2013-11-27


Fitzgerald Announces 46th Annual Holiday Choral Program Schedule

Highlights Holiday Events Going on Throughout the County

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced the 46th Annual Holiday Choral Program will kick off on Tuesday, December 3, with a performance by the Quaker Valley High School Concert Choir, at 11:30 a.m.  This and all concerts for the program will be held on the Grand Staircase of the Allegheny County Courthouse, located at 436 Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh.

Performances will be held each weekday through Friday, December 20. Twenty-six local choirs, orchestras, and bands will participate in this year’s program. Each performance will also be broadcast on the Grant Street side of the Courthouse so downtown shoppers and workers may enjoy the concert.

A special thanks to Colteryahn Dairy for providing refreshments for the school groups on their performance day.

Participating schools have also been asked to make donations of filled stockings to The Holiday Project, a program that has provided holiday gifts to children and youth who receive services through the Allegheny County human services system since the late 1960s.  Concert-goers are invited to participate in the program by making a donation of an unwrapped gift.  More information about The Holiday Project, including suggested gifts, is available at http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/holidayproject.aspx.

The full schedule for the 46th Annual Holiday Choral Program follows:

Date 

Time 

Group 

Dec. 3

11:30 a.m-12:10 p.m.

Quaker Valley High School Concert Choir

12:20 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Seneca Valley Intermediate High School Choirs

Dec. 4

11:30 a.m-12:10 p.m.

Marshall Middle School 8th Grade Orchestra

Dec. 5

11:30 a.m-12:10 p.m.

Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf: Signshine

Dec. 6

11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Ingomar Middle School 7th Grade Orchestra

12:20 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Bishop Canevin High School Concert Choir

Dec. 9

11:30 a.m-12:10 p.m.

Carson Middle School Orchestra

12:20 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Keystone Oaks High School Symphonic Band & Chorus

Dec. 10

11:30 a.m-12:10 p.m.

Ingomar Middle School 8th Grade Orchestra

12:20 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Northgate “Sizzlers” Jazz Band

Dec. 11

11:30 a.m-12:10 p.m.

Deer Lakes Chamber Singers

12:20 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Jefferson Middle School 8th Grade Chorus

Dec. 12

11:30 a.m-12:10 p.m.

Marshall Middle School 7th Grade Orchestra

12:20 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh Mifflin Chorus

Dec. 13

11:30 a.m-12:10 p.m.

Upper St. Clair High School Pantheon Choir

12:20 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

McKeesport Area High School Orchestra

Dec. 16

11:30 a.m-12:10 p.m.

Shaler Area High School Choir

12:20 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Shaler Area Advanced Jazz Band

Dec. 17

11:30 a.m-12:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh Minadeo Elementary School Chorus

12:20 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Environmental Charter School Choir & Orchestras

Dec. 18

11:30 a.m-12:10 p.m.

Mellon Middle School 8th Grade Choir

12:20 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Steel Valley Concert Choir

Dec. 19

11:30 a.m-12:10 p.m.

Shaler Area High School Orchestra

12:20 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Penn Hills High School Cantabile Choir

Dec. 20

11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Harrison Middle School Band, Chorus & Orchestra

12:20 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh Whittier K-5 Instrumental Ensembles

In addition to the Holiday Choral Program, there are a number of other events planned at County facilities throughout the holidays:

Kane Regional Centers 

Each of the four Kanes kicks off its own holiday celebration with entertainment, visits from Santa and a lighting of holiday decorations for residents, friends, family and staff alike:

Kane Scott
300 Kane Blvd, Scott Twp. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

6:30 PM

Kane Glen Hazel
955 Rivermont Dr, Pittsburgh 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

6:00 PM

Kane Ross
110 McIntyre Rd, Ross Twp. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

6:30 PM

Kane McKeesport
100 Ninth St, McKeesport 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

6:30 PM

Later this month, residents will also be on the receiving end of AARP’s “Presents for Patients” program, with visits to each Center scheduled through the week before Christmas.

Parks 

Our county parks are not just for recreation, but a beautiful place to spend some time during the holidays.  There is plenty going on:

Saturday, November 30

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
North Park

Rose Barn 

Cookies with Santa includes holiday crafts, musical entertainment, KDKA “Kidcast,” cookies and refreshments and holiday movies.

 

All December

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Hartwood Acres
Mansion 

Holiday Mansion Tours are offered by reservation only; tour admission fees and hours apply.

 

Sunday, December 1

1:30 – 4:30 PM
South Park
Oliver Miller Homestead 

Celebrate the Scots-Irish heritage of the Millers with highland dancing. Participation is welcomed; a tea and traditional foods will be on display - $2 admission.

Monday, December 2

5:00 – 8:00 PM
Hartwood Acres
Mansion 

Holiday Candlelight Tours are offered by reservation only; cost $6/person.

Tuesday, December 3

5:00 – 8:00 PM
Hartwood Acres
Mansion 

Holiday Candlelight Tours are offered by reservation only; cost $6/person.

Saturday, December 7

10 AM – 12:00 PM
Round Hill Park
Visitors’ Center 

Cookies with Santa includes holiday crafts, musical entertainment, KDKA “Kidcast,” cookies and refreshments and holiday movies.

Edible Ornaments for Wildlife is also being offered for children, youth and adults; create tasty decorations that will please the critters that visit your yard.

Sunday, December 8

1:30 – 4:30 PM
South Park
Oliver Miller Homestead 

It’s an 18th Century Frontier Christmas. The house will be decorated with greens, berries, pine cones and ribbons; traditional puddings will be cooked at the open hearth - $2 admission.

2:00 PM
Round Hill Park
Upper Barn 

Blessing of the Animals sponsored by the White Oak Park Save Haven – large and small animals are welcome, and refreshments are available afterwards at the Visitors’ Center.

Monday, December 9

5:00 – 8:00 PM
Hartwood Acres
Mansion 

Holiday Candlelight Tours are offered by reservation only; cost $6/person.

Tuesday, December 10

5:00 – 8:00 PM
Hartwood Acres
Mansion 

Holiday Candlelight Tours are offered by reservation only; cost $6/person.

Friday, December 13

7:00 – 10:00 PM
Boyce Park
Carpenter Log House 

Plum Borough’s Sugar Plum Days offers hot cider and cookies.

Saturday, December 14

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Boyce Park
Four Seasons Lodge 

Cookies with Santa includes holiday crafts, musical entertainment, KDKA “Kidcast,” cookies and refreshments and holiday movies.

1:00 – 5:00 PM

Boyce Park
Carpenter Log House 

Plum Borough’s Sugar Plum Days will unveil their newly refurbished antique sleigh so that children can have their photos taken in it; there will also be a children’s craft and a visit from Santa.

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Hartwood Acres
Mansion 

“Baby It’s Cold Outside Musical Tour” presented by the Friends of Hartwood includes caroling, wassailing, wine and cheese. Tickets of $25/person must be purchased in advance – space is limited, so purchase now.

Saturday, December 21

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
South Park

Home Economics Building 

Cookies with Santa includes holiday crafts, musical entertainment, KDKA “Kidcast,” cookies and refreshments and holiday movies.

Saturday, December 28

7:30 AM – 11:30 AM and/or
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Park

Rose Barn 

Christmas Bird Count – take part in ongoing research to document winter birds in North Park. No experience necessary, but pre-registration is required by calling 724-935-2170. Signup for one or both sessions.

Saturday, December 28

1:00 PM  – 4:00 PM
North Park

Rose Barn  

 

Winter Fun Day - Break out those winter toys and join your North Park Friends for this winter day of fun and community engagement. Light refreshments will be served along with coupons for ice skating rink.

A Time to Give 

Last, but not least, county employees and offices are generous with their time and resources, especially during the holidays.  Following is just a sampling of some of the programs that our employees are participating in and leading:

DHS Holiday Project 2013 

The DHS Holiday Project provides a holiday gift to children and youth who receive services through the Allegheny County child welfare system. Recipients of gifts include newborns, toddlers, school-age children, teenagers and young adults. In each case, gifts from the Holiday Project provide an invaluable sense of normalcy for children and youth whose lives are shaped by daily challenges.

County employees have participated in the Holiday Project as sponsors where they are matched with a specific child and his or her wish list, as donors where monetary donations are made to allow volunteers to shop for non-sponsored children, and through their donation of a filled stocking (This is also the second year that participants in the Holiday Choral Program will be making donations of filled stockings.).

Would you like to participate?  Unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at the Human Services building, One Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh 15222 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.  You may also send checks, made payable to DHS Donations Fund. Please put “Holiday Project” in the memo line and mail to DHS Holiday Project/OCR, Human Services Building, One Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh 15222.

Is online more your style?  View the Holiday Project Amazon.com Wish List. Gifts from this list are shipped automatically to the Holiday Project Workshop. Simply search “DHS Holiday Project” on Amazon.com’s wish list site.

 

2013 Pittsburgh Polar Plunge at Heinz Field
Saturday, December 14, 2013
 

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support local Special Olympics athletes by jumping or running into icy cold waters to raise funds for Special Olympics.  County participants include representatives and teams from the Allegheny County Police, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, and Port Authority of Allegheny County Police.

Not interested in an icy dip?  You can still donate to the cause or pledge one of those brave souls who is going to take the plunge. Want to see the fun yourself? Participants will take the plunge at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 14 at the river at Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Avenue.

 

Allegheny County Camp Cadet Alumni
Annual “Sweatshirts for Veterans” Drive
 

As part of their ongoing community service, the Allegheny County Camp Cadet Alumni are collecting sweatshirts for veterans. New sweatshirts of any style, color and size are collected to donate to our veterans, both male and female. Sizes L to 4XL are especially needed.

You can donate by sending sweatshirts to Officer Mike Spagnoletti at Allegheny County Police Headquarters, 400 North Lexington Street, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15208, or by contacting Officer Spagnoletti at 412-370-0979 to arrange for pick-up prior to December 21.

The alumni will donate the sweatshirts on Saturday, December 21 at 10:00 AM on a visit to veterans at the Southwestern Veteran’s Center, 7060 Highland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

 

Variety “My Bike” Program 

Allegheny County was one of the first partners in the “My Bike” Program which provides adaptive bikes to children with disabilities so they have the freedom of a bike and the joy of riding alongside friends.  In November 2012, Variety, the Children’s Charity, announced a goal of 200 sponsored adaptive bikes by Christmas of that year. Thanks to the generosity of Allegheny County employees, and many others, Variety received 220 sponsored or pledged bikes in just under two months.

The program serves a 14-county service area including Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Crawford, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.  Do you know of someone who could benefit from an adaptive bike, send them to Variety to apply today. Want to join Allegheny County employees and many others in sponsoring an adaptive bike?  Do it today. 

 

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank 

Allegheny County has a population of 1.2 million people and nearly 165,000 residents are food insecure – or 13.5% of our population. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank helps those individuals and families stretch their food and avoid hunger by providing emergency food assistance. We’ve all heard the “one in eight” commercials and the people who most need our help could very well be our friends, family or neighbors.

The county sponsors ongoing food drives as part of its support of this agency (Cookies with Santa is once again accepting non-perishable food items), but you can participate in many others ways.  Make a financial donation, visit the Giving Collection in the online store where your purchases also provide much needed support to the Food Bank, or consider making a direct donation of a non-perishable food item at one of many events throughout this holiday season.

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