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Insurance training

DEC. 9—A For the People Insurance Agency Inc. will host the Insurance Training Institute at 2514 Wylie Ave., Hill District. They will offer a four-day intensive training for people interested in selling insurance. The course will run through Dec. 12. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-621-5581 or visit http://www.aforthepeople.com.

Annual fundraiser

DEC. 12—The Union Project will host their 8th Annual Unwrapped Circus Fundraiser from 7-11 p.m. at 801 N. Negley Ave., Oakland. Step inside this three-ring circus featuring a world of incubation, innovation, expression and creativity. There will be ceramics, stained glass, live art demos, puppet installations, dancers and more. Tickets include complimentary drinks, food and entertainment. They are $35 in advance, $40 at the door and $20 with a student ID. For more information, call 412-363-4550 or visit http://www.unionproject.org.

Day of oneness

DEC. 12—The Community Empowerment Association and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Clairton will host “A Call to Oneness, Reconciliation and Prayer” from 5:30 p.m.-12 a.m. at Clairton Education Center, 501 Waddell Ave., Clairton. This event is for all who’ve lost a loved one to tragedy and uniting communities to keep youths safe. It is in memory of the three children lost in the fire. There will be a candlelight vigil, spaghetti fundraising dinner and a play for peace all night basketball tournament. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund in the three children’s name. For more information, call 412-371-3689.

Queens luncheon

DEC. 12—The Harriet Tubman Guild Inc. will host their annual Queens Luncheon from 12-3 p.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. There will be a meal, entertainment by the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church male gospel chorus and a presentation of the Winona Idell Lincoln service award. This is a major fundraiser for the senior residence center. The cost is $40. For more information, call 412-363-8422.

Reindeer ball

DEC. 13—Pittsburgh Mercy Health System will host their 6th Annual Reindeer Ball from 4-7 p.m. at the Westin Convention Center Ballroom, 1000 Liberty Ave., Downtown. This is a benefit gala for the children served by A Child’s Place at Mercy. This is an event for the whole family. There will be dancing with Mrs. Claus, a holiday revue, Jingles the Elf and storybook characters. Tickets are $80 for adults and $45 for kids. For more information, call 724-934-3537 or e-mail Lorry Perkins at lperkins@mercy.pmhs.org.

Skate with Santa

DEC. 13—Q92.9 and Citiparks City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation will host “Skate with Santa” from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Schenley Park Skating Rink, Overlook Dr., Oakland. This is a special opportunity to ice skate with Santa Claus before Christmas. This is a family event. There will be photos available with Santa. There will be great music, refreshments and more. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for youth. Skate rental is $2.50. For more information, call 412-422-6523 or visit http://www.SchenleyRink.com.

Dazzle in denim

DEC. 14—The Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation Inc. will host a “Dazzle In Denim” Event from 6-10 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 4215 5th Ave., Oakland. The event will promote awareness of sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait. This is an evening of awareness, entertainment and a silent auction. The attire is “Denim Chic” and the honorary chairperson is Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Clark and his wife, Yonka. The cost is $100 per person. Call 412-488-2723 or e-mail awilliams@cscfkids.org.

Book drive

DEC. 17—The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation will host a Book Drive at 7:15 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2705 East Carson St., South Side. This is an evening of fun for the whole family. Customers can purchase books for donation and receive a 10 percent discount and also Joseph-Beth will donate 20 percent of their total sales made between 7-9 p.m. Bettis and his mother, Gladys, will read classic Christmas tales. Call Maureen White at 412-381-3600 or e-mail mwhite@josephbeth.com.

Kwanzaa celebration

DEC. 26—The Community Empowerment Association will host their 2009 Kwanzaa Celebration at the Kingsley Association Community Center, 6435 Frankstown Ave., Homewood. There will be food, children’s activities, hip-hop and spoken word performances, specialty vendors, national and local artists, food, an award ceremony and more. For more information, call 412-371-3689 or email kwanzaa@ceapittsburgh.org.

Celebration of lights

ONGOING—Allegheny County Rite Aid and WTAE-TV will host The “Rite Aid Celebration of Lights” at 6 p.m. at Hartwood Acres, 215 Saxonburg Blvd., Pittsburgh. This is the 18th year for the 3.5-mile stretch light show of holiday light displays at Hartwood Acres. There will be holiday themed characters and displays. The cost is $12 per carload and the proceeds benefit the Salvation Army’s/ WTAE-TV Project Bundle. For more information, call Ashley Flower at 717-975-5718.

(To have items listed on Community Calendar, send information at least two weeks in advance to: 315 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219; Fax: 412-481-1360 or email: newsroom@newpittsburghcourier.com.)

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