DEC. 16—The Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP will host a General Membership Meeting at 6 p.m. at the Freedom Unlimited Building, 2201 Wylie Ave., Hill District. The meeting will include a discussion on the education issues and voting for the national board members. For more information, call 412-471-1024, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.naacp-pittsburgh.org.
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 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 email@example.com.
DEC. 19—The Business Women of the Ujamaa Collective will host the Kwanzaa Holiday Bazaar from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Hill District branch of the Carnegie Library, 2177 Centre Ave. at Kirkpatrick , Hill District. There will be handmade gifts, food and music and games. For more information, call 412-512-2680, 412-969-3260 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEC. 21—Family Hospice and Palliative Care, in cooperation with Bidwell Presbyterian Church, will host a Grief Support Group from 7-8:30 p.m. at 1025 Liverpool St., North Side. Every third Monday of each month there will be a 90-minute session that is designed to help those coping with the loss of loved ones by finding support from professional bereavement specialists and fellowship with those going through similar experiences. The sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-572-8809.
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, and an award ceremony. For more information, call 412-371-3689 or e-mail email@example.com.
DEC. 26—IVY Charitable Endowment of Pittsburgh, an affiliate of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., will host the Second Annual Precious to Cultured Pearls Presentation Ball at 6 p.m. at the Churchill Valley Country Club, 800 Beulah Rd., Churchill. The ball will feature special guests and honorary co-chairs Judge Dwayne Woodruff and his wife, Joy Maxberry Woodruff. There will be cocktails, hors d’ouvres, a special presentation and dinner and dancing. Tickets are $85 and proceeds will benefit programs and services to assist the community. Call 412-242-4179.
DEC. 30—The Young Men and Women’s African Heritage Association board of directors will host Kwanzaa: A Pledge for Change Using the 7 Kwanzaa Principles from 4-8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Banquet Space, 302 W. North Ave., North Side. The evening will feature a drum circle, African dance, raffles for children and adults, the history of kwanzaa, food, vendors, a fashion exhibit, and a scavenger hunt. There will also be event photos available for $5 each. The event is free and open to the public. Call 412-322-4008.
DEC. 30—The Jazz Workshop Inc. will host the Culture of Kwanzaa and Jazz from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Homewood Carnegie Library, 7101 Hamilton Ave., Homewood. Call 412-244-0480 or 412-731-3080.
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. There will be holiday themed characters and displays. The cost is $12 per carload and the proceeds benefit the Salvation Army’s/ WTAE-TV’s “Project Bundle Up.” Call Ashley Flower at 717-975-5718.
ONGOING—PPG Place will host their Annual Gingerbread House Display and Competition at the PPG Place Wintergarden, 2 PPG Place, Downtown. The houses will be on display and are available for purchase. The proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. For more information, call 412-831-8253 or visit www.ppgplace.com.
(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 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.)