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Runners take off at the start of the 5K race during Harmony's annual Silvester New Year's celebration. Butler Eagle File Photo
Santa coming to senior living community

There will be an intergenerational holiday party from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the parking lot outside The Waters of Wexford senior living community, 210 Fowler Road, Warrendale.

A firetruck carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus and several of their elves will pull up to the community at 5 p.m. They will hand out candy canes to children, their parents and grandparents and pose for photos.

Holiday music will be playing, and the entranceway and front lobby of the senior living community will be decked out for the holidays. There will be a table set up near the front entrance with hot chocolate and cookies for guests.

Perhaps the real draw is the special mailbox where kids can leave their letters to Santa. The elves who live and work at the community will make sure that every one of them gets answered.

Senior citizens to enjoy holiday event at Seneca Valley

The 24th annual Seneca Valley Senior Holiday event will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the intermediate high school, 126 Seneca School Road, Harmony.

Senior citizens in the school district are invited to enjoy a special holiday performance by various high school student groups, including the SV Jazz Ensemble.

A sit-down holiday meal will be served in the school’s cafeteria immediately following the performances. Doors open at noon.

The event is free, but registration is required by calling 724-252-6040 and selecting 0. Registrations must be made by Dec. 13.

Cranberry library sets fundraiser

The Cranberry Public Library, 2525 Rochester Road, will host a holiday fundraiser Dec. 10 and 11 at the Sample Schoolhouse in front of the Cranberry Township Municipal Center.

The library’s “Storytime with Mrs. Claus” fundraiser runs at multiples times on Dec. 10 — 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. — and at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 11.

For a fee of $20 per child, children ages 4 to 8 will be able to enjoy stories, a craft and a hot chocolate station with Mrs. Claus in the Sample Schoolhouse.

Registration is required for each one-hour session. Those interested in attending may register at

As part of the library’s annual fundraising campaign, the event raises revenue to support library programs and services.

Music and light display returning to Butler County

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland came back to Butler County this winter, and is displayed at the Cooper’s Lake Event Venue instead of the Big Butler Fairgrounds for the first time.

The display consists of lights synchronized to music played over a radio station, and it features a 50-foot tree of lights and a 300-foot drive-through, color-changing tunnel.

The display opened Nov. 18 and will be in place until Jan 1. It is open from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 to 10 p.m., or later, on Saturday and Sunday, including holidays. It is even open in the rain.

For admission, visit

Sacred Music Chorus slates concert

The Sacred Music Choir 2022 will present a concert of Christmas choral, instrumental and organ music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the sanctuary of St. Peter's Anglican Church, 218 E. Jefferson St.

In addition to traditional carols, music of the season by composers such as Rameau, Dello Joio and Sowerby will be sung, and organ and instrumental music by Bach, Haydn and Powell will be played on the 38 rank Zimmer pipe organ.

The public concert is free. However, donations are accepted. A reception will follow the concert.

Daryl Kemerer directs the 12-member nondenominational choir, and Kathy Kemerer is the accompanist.

Cookie sale at Old Union Presby Church

Old Union Presbyterian Church, 200 Union Church Road, Mars, will have a cookie sale with homemade cookies available in a four-dozen tray or a two-dozen box.

Order by Dec. 2 by calling 724-538-8672. Pick-up times are from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 10 and noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at the church.

Registration for Harmony Silvester 5K & 1 Mile runs open

Registration for the annual 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run is open for Harmony’s New Year’s Eve Silvester celebration.

The 5K race begins at 3:30 p.m. and the 1 mile at 4:15 p.m. on Dec. 31. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the 1 Mile. Prices increase after Dec. 15.

Register at RunSignUp/Harmony Silvester or Day-of registration will be available.

Church hosts walk-through Bethlehem

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 501 E. Main St. , Evans City, will have a walk-through Bethlehem event from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10.

Reservations not required. The church is handicapped accessible. Enter from top parking lot.

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