Town Hall Meeting

NOV. 21—State Senators Jim Ferlo, Jay Costa and Wayne Fontana, along with Highmark Officials and Medical Staff of West Penn Hospital, will host a Town Hall Meeting from 6-8 p.m. at the Teamsters Temple, 4701 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Guests will hear from both Highmark and West Penn officials on their progress in promoting health, sustaining vital medical services and ensuring the success of West Penn. For more information, call 412-621-3006.

Newly Elected Officials Course

NOV. 23—The Local Government Academy will host a 2013-2014 Newly Elected Officials Course from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 901 Western Ave., Suite 205, Pittsburgh. Sessions address the complex task of running a municipality and prepare newly elected officials to deal with policy matters and the government process. For more information, visit

Rites of Passage Program

NOV. 23—Seshemet Community Council will host its Rites of Passage Program from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Homewood Carnegie Library, 7101 Hamilton Ave., Homewood. The program will run through May and is for males and females ages 11-18. It will include sessions on knowledge of culture and history, community service, parental involvement, health, self-esteem, conflict resolution and leadership. For more information, call 412-370-4693 or visit

Madden Tournament

NOV. 29—The Community Empowerment Association and the Coalition on Urban Affairs will host the Up Your Game Madden Tournament Challenge at 4 p.m. at the Arts, Cultural and Training Institute, 7120 Kelly St., Homewood. This is an anti-violence and human service campaign with weekly gaming tournaments aimed at imparting lessons about conflict resolution, reducing urban violence and giving young men a healthy, constructive outlet on the weekends. There will also be a Midnight Basketball Program at 8 p.m. Young men ages 12-25 are welcomed to participate. For more information, call 412-371-3689 or email

Reindeer Ball

DEC. 1—Pittsburgh Mercy Health System will host its Reindeer Ball from 4-7 p.m. at The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, 1000 Penn Ave., Downtown. Guests will experience the musical “Christmas In Oz.” This will be an evening of dance, art projects, cookie decorating, dinner and more. For more information, call Lorry Perkins at 724-934-3538 or EMAIL

Holiday Open House

DEC. 5—The McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center will host its annual Holiday Open House from 12-5 p.m. at 1832 Arboretum Dr., McKeesport. There will be holiday themed trees, treats, unique gifts and more. There will be activities for children of all ages. The event will run through Dec. 9. For more information, call 412-678-1832.

MLK Jr. Writing Award Competition

ONGOING—Carnegie Mellon University will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Award Competition. Pittsburgh area high school and college students are asked to submit personal narratives dealing with individual experiences of racial or cultural differences or personal reflections on King’s legacy that rely on concrete detail. Both poetry and fictional and nonfictional prose pieces are welcomed. A cash prize will be awarded. Entries must be received by Nov. 22. For more information, email

Bistro Opening

ONGOING—Marva Jo’s Bistro will host its Opening at 320 5th Ave., McKeesport. The Bistro will open Fridays from 8-11 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 p.m.-12 a.m., and include unlimited desserts, coffee, tea, bottled water and more. This is a BYOB establishment and breathalyzers will be on hand. Entertainment will include Tony Campbell and his band, Aubrey Bruce, Marva Josie and more. For more information, call 412-583-6741 or visit

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