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In brief: Star parties, networking events and more in Pine, Richland area

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Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh’s Star Parties start Aug. 5-6 at 8:30 pm at the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Regional Park. The hilltop will also be open the night of the Perseid Meteor Shower on Aug. 12, weather permitting. This is an opportunity for amateur astronomers, students and the general public to observe the wonders of the summer sky. For more information, call 724-224-2510.

Women’s Business Network

Women’s Business Network members can take advantage of networking with other business women throughout the region, ongoing professional education and leadership opportunities. All professional women are invited to visit a local meeting as a guest. Find out more at

The Cranberry Chapter’s next meetings are Aug. 4 and 18, 7:30-9 am at the Cranberry Community United Presbyterian, 2662 Rochester Road, Cranberry. For more information, contact Suzanne Sekula at 412-889-7738.

The Pittsburgh North Chapter’s next meetings are at 9 am Aug. 5 and 19 at Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mount Royal Blvd, Allison Park. For more information, contact Kathy Bell at 412-855-0578.

The Wexford Chapter’s next meetings are 8:15-9:30 am Aug. 9 and 23 at Omega Federal Credit Union, 10455 Perry Hwy, Wexford. For more information, contact Suzanne Venneri at 412-264-8446.

The Criders Corners Chapter’s next meetings are noon-1:15 pm Aug. 9 and 23 at The Sports Grille, 1294 Freedom Road in Cranberry Township. For more information, contact Jocelyn Cilik at 724-772-5593.

The Virtual Chapter’s next meeting via Zoom is 7 pm Aug. 17. For more information, contact Jennifer Pasquale at 412-908-1663.

Worship service at Hartwood Acres

On Aug. 7, at 10 am, Elfinwild, Parkwood and Hampton Presbyterian Churches will partner to host a combined worship service outdoors at the Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheatre. The service will be led by the pastors of the participating churches. The HPC praise band and the PPC praise members will contribute music to the service. Communion will be offered as part of the service. The Amphitheater is located at 4070 Middle Road in Allison Park.

Members are encouraged to donate to their individual churches as usual; however, any monies collected that day will be donated to the North Hills Community Outreach, HEARTH and Anchorpoint. Bring blankets and chairs. The HPC praise band will present a short (30-minute, or so) concert prior to the one-hour service, and play a couple of songs afterward; so, bring a picnic brunch early for the music and stay after a little longer.

Call any of the three church offices for details or questions, Dirk Lesnett at Elfinwild UP, 412-486-5400; Jeffrey Potter at Parkwood UP, 412-486-9220; or Ted Martin at Hampton PC, 724-443-3201.

St Barnabas 5K

St. Barnabas Charities hosts the 31st Annual Free Care 5K presented by Paracca Interiors Flooring America on Aug. 6. The race will begin at 9 am at the St. Barnabas Gibsonia campus on Meridian Road. Proceeds from the annual event support the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which affords $6 million in care to patients and residents every year. Competitive and amateur runners, joggers, walkers, teams, stroller pushers and wheelchair racers of all ages will enjoy a rolling 3.1-mile out and back course. No pets, smoking or inline skates. The Free Care 5K also features ChampionChip Timing, elite runners #1-200, start line corral, USA Track & Field certification, as well as medals awarded for all ages. A post-race party will be held after the race featuring raffle prizes, food and the awards ceremony emceed by Pittsburgh Pirate’s in-game host, Joe Klimchak. Registration is $25 per person before Aug. 6 and $30 per person on race day. For more information or to register, visit


The Rick Laus Jazz Band will perform from 2-3 pm Aug. 7 at the North Park Harmar Shelter as part of the Autism Pittsburgh and Azure Family Concerts Pittsburgh series. Tickets are free and can be reserved at

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