DEC. 17—The EastLiberty Shoeboxes will host a Community event at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 250 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty. This is a non-profit organization that provides Christmas gifts for children and families. For more information, call 412-361-0463 or visit

Pre-Kwanzaa celebration

DEC. 17—The 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania Inc. will host its annual Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration at 12 p.m. at the Community College of Allegheny County Student Service Center, 808 Ridge Ave., North Side. This is an event for students to participate in and demonstrate their knowledge of the history and principles of Kwanzaa. For more information, call Mabel Morton at 412-478-1894 or email

Christmas Party

DEC. 17—Five Starr Corporation and Champions Enterprise will host its 36th annual Toys for Champions Christmas Party and Toy Giveaway from 12-4 p.m. at the McDonalds Restaurant, 430 Penn Ave., Wilkinsburg. For more information, call 412-904-4456 or email

Celebrating Family

DEC. 18—Lori Hollis with Little Angels Learning Academy will host the Heavenly Sounds at Christmas Dinner, Concert and Family from 3-7 p.m. at Dave & Busters Showroom, 180 E. Waterfront Dr., Homestead. The theme will be “Celebrating the Family.” The concert will feature Heavenly Sounds and special guests Francie Lucas of WORD FM and the Hamilton Singers. Dinner will be served at 3 p.m. and the concert will begin at 5 p.m. For more information, call 412-680-1600 or 412-953-3837.

Story Session

DEC. 18—Morgan-Lee & The Firm impact will host Stories that Make a Difference from 3-5 p.m. at the St. Benedict the Moor Center, 2900 Bedford Ave., Hill District. This is an opportunity for individuals to get acquainted with the Acculturation, Justice and Peace Outreach and the Hill Dance Academy Theatre. There will also be a story session on Dec. 22 from 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 412-586-7903 or email

Kwanzaa 2011

DEC. 30—The Community Empowerment Association will host its Kwanzaa 2011 Celebration from 6-9 p.m. at the Cultural & Learning Institute, 7120 Kelly St., Homewood. There will be African dancing, children’s activities, specialty vendors, food and more. Guests are required to bring a covered dish. For more information, call 412-371-3689.

Holiday Tours

ONGOING—Allegheny County Parks Department and UPMC will host the Hartwood Acres Park Celebration of Lights from 6-10 p.m. at 200 Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh. This is a park consisting of 629 acres of land, decorated with lights. The proceeds benefit project Bundle Up and other local charities. The cost is $12 per car and $3-$5 per person, per bus. For more information, call 412-767-9200.

Weather Shelters

ONGOING—The Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Community Services and Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s Operation Safety Net will host its Severe Weather Emergency Shelter from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. at Smithfield United Church of Christ, 620 Smithfield St., Downtown.This is a safety shelter for people who are homeless when the temperature drops below 25 degrees. For more information, call 412-779-1329.

Clinic Opening

ONGOING—The Allegheny County Health Department will host its Influenza Vaccination Clinic at 3441 Forbes Ave., Oakland. The clinic will offer flu vaccines, while supplies last, Mondays through Fridays. Appointments are not needed. Fore more information, visit

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