Festival of Trees upcoming
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - The Beaver County Festival of Trees, held indoors at the Lodge in Brady's Run Park, runs Thursday through Dec. 3.
The lodge is magically transformed into a snow-laden, winter wonderland with many beautiful artificial trees and wreaths. This year's theme is Christmas Dreams. Those attending also can visit the Candy Cane Lane Gift Shop, which is loaded with affordable gifts and trinkets, a snack bar, a children's craft corner, baskets and the jolly old man himself, Santa.
Local entertainers will be performing at the festival this year.
The festival ends on Dec. 8 with the annual benefit tree/wreath auction. For information, go to www.beavercountyfestivaloftrees.org; call Ron Wisbith at (412) 303-5650; or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Festival of Trees proceeds benefit the children involved with Beaver County Children and Youth Services through the Valentine Dream Fund. Proceeds are used to purchase back-to-school shoes, winter coats, summer camp outings and eyeglasses.
Heritage Holidays Weekend at
PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center's third-annual Heritage Holidays Weekend on Nov. 20-21 will celebrate the region's cultural diversity with live music and dancing, delicious food samples and hands-on activities from nearly 40 of Western Pennsylvania's ethnic and heritage groups.
The rich traditions of the dozens of cultures throughout the region will be on display, including Irish, Italian, Carpatho-Rusyn, Filipino, African American, German, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Indonesian, Native American and Scottish ethnicities.
Visitors can sample scrumptious Carpatho-Rusyn nutrolls while enjoying the sounds of the Japanese choral ensemble during this family-friendly weekend at the center.
This event is free with admission and free to center members. Separate admission tickets are required for the Vatican Splendors exhibition.
For information, go to www.heinzhistorycenter.org. The Senator John Heinz History Center is at 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh.
Santa coming to Brooke Hills Park
WELLSBURG - Kids are welcome to come tell Santa what they want for Christmas at Brooke Hills Park's annual brunch with Santa at 11 a.m. Dec. 4. The cost is $5 per child, and pre-registration is required. Those in grades fourth and under are welcome. Call (304) 737-1236 to pre-register.
Country Night at the Vineyard Cafe
WHEELING - This Tuesday the Vineyard Cafe is celebrating Thanksgiving in a big way.
A shortened open mic begins at 7 p.m. followed by two of the valley's best country bands. Hank Vincent and Stonestreet Station will be on stage from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the evening will conclude with Howdy Grant and the Outlaws from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The cafe will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes, corn and all the trimmings. Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite dessert or make a small donation to the cafe.
Hank Vincent and Stonestreet Station are based in the Weirton/Steubenville area, although two members are from Aliquippa, Pa. The group includes Hank Vincent and Jay Marsh on guitars; Del Long on bass; Bill Dudash on lead guitar; and Densil Lynn on drums. Vincent, the band leader, has played width bands throughout the country before coming home to Follansbee.
Howdy Grant from Jewett has been playing and singing with various renditions of his band, the Outlaws, for more than 40 years. He has been the featured performer several times on the Wheeling Jamboree and also performed at Jamboree in the Hills. He and his wife, Verla, have been regular performers at Wheeling's Victoria Theater.
The Vineyard Cafe is at the Wheeling Vineyard Church, 647 Warden Road. For information, go to www.vineyard-cafe.com or call (304) 224-1782.
STEUBENVILLE - Under the direction of Paul Weber, the Schola Cantorum Franciscana will hold its fall concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Franciscan University of Steubenville's Christ the King Chapel.
The performance will include Brahms' "Missa Canonica," the Bach Advent Cantata "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland" and "Berliner Messe."
The concert is free and open to the public.
Science center's miniature
PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center's popular Miniature Railroad and Village exhibit will reopen for the holiday season Saturday.
New to the exhibit this year is a completely renovated scale replica of Lakemont Park's Leap-The-Dips, one of the region's most famous roller coasters and a claim to fame for Blair County.
Located in Altoona, Leap-The-Dips is a Figure Eight, side-friction, wooden roller coaster that was built by the E. Joy Morris Co. of Philadelphia at the turn of the 20th century.
The scaled-down version of the coaster originally debuted at the Science Center on Nov. 27, 1998, and was removed three years ago because of needed repairs.
Carnegie Science Center is at 1 Allegheny Ave. on Pittsburgh's North Shore next to Heinz Field. For information, visit www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call (412) 237-3400.
Students to stage 'Beauty and the Beast, Junior'
STEUBENVILLE - Bishop John King Mussio Central Junior High School invites the community to "Beauty and the Beast, Junior" Friday through Sunday at Catholic Central High School's Lanman Hall.
The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with Sunday's performance at 3 p.m. The musical is under the direction of Helena Szypulski with assistant director and choreographer Chad Hewitt. The lead roles will be played by Michaela DiCarlo in the character of Belle, with Caleb Moore portraying the Beast. Mikayla Bernert will play the part of the narrator.
Other members of the cast include Eva Balzano, Matthew Boni, Adriana Coniker, Casey Feher, Anne Fischer, Haley Hartzell, Kayla Inomata, Isaac Kiedrowski, Emily Kissinger, Ashley Lamatrice, Jude Ledyard, Anna Luther, Katherine Moore, Ezekiel Paulowski, Sheldon Phillips, Jacob Rigaud, William Spinnenweber and Philip Stoutz.
Featured as dancers in "Beauty and the Beast, Junior" are Kaylee Bates, Ashlynne Daley, Daniela Gonzalez, Alli Lamantia, Maddy Metcalf, Maddie Padgett, Allison Pizzoferrato, Rhiannon Rogers, Michaela Torrence, Nicole Virtue, Jordan Wood and Maurkesha Young.
Other students appearing in the production are Taylor Bennington, Joshua Bensur, Emily Byers, Rachel Dziewatkoski, Angela Duff, Katie Engle, Rebecca Fouts, Garrett Gallaher, Alyssa Hermann, Moira Hernon, Luke Homes, Maria Kelly, Serena Lewis, Anthony Raymond, Bill Raymond, Cody Raymond, Alanna Marshall, Alexis Mastroianni, Mariana Miller, Abby O'Kruta, Mary C. Pankus, Tara Pizzoferrato, Clare Puorro, Reha Rabanni, Alli Richards, Shannan Schramm, Kateri Spencer, Hannah Stoutz and Hannah Ward.
Backstage and crew members include Alexis Bennington, Bradley Berkey, Sophia Bodo, Brady Bolger, Fran Capaldi, Terri Crawford, Jacob Decker, Sarah Keenan, Anthony Lamantia, Megan Lloyd, Abigail Miller, Alex McComb, Georgi McGinness, Andrew Milewsky, Ainslie Oiler, Miranda Parkinson, Ryan Pentes ,Seth Potenzini, Andrew Reed, Mark Rest, Jesse Robinson, Matthew Sarlo, Kateri Schmiesing, Nick Stimpert and Brandon Svec.
Tickets for "Beauty and the Beast, Junior" are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Advance tickets are available at the school's office at 320 West View next to Catholic Central High School in Steubenville. Tickets also may be purchased at the door. For information, call (740) 346-0028.