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March 8, 2012 7:54 am

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An evening that rocks

A Celebration of McKees Rocks event with wine and refreshments and a sampling of local foods from McKees Rocks and Stowe will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Ave.

Community updates from the Rev. Regis Ryan, executive director of Focus on Renewal, and Taris Vrcek, executive director of Community Development Corporation, will be presented. Stories about the area will be shared by Brian O'Neill, Post-Gazette columnist, and author Bernie Agreen.

The Sto-Rox High School band and the Strong Talented Aspiring Rockers, a high school dance team, will perform.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Information: 412-771-3052.


Test your lawn and garden soil

The Geneva College Chemistry Society will accept lawn and garden soil samples for testing Monday through March 23. Only the first 100 samples will be accepted.

Soil samples can be brought from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to room 212 in the Science & Engineering Building or to Campbell Laboratory, 1900 Third Ave., New Brighton.

Soil samples may also be mailed to: Kerry McMahon, Geneva College, 3200 College Ave., Beaver Falls, PA 15010.

Soil will be tested for acidity, potassium content and phosphorous content.

Potassium and phosphorus are fertilizer nutrients needed by plants.

Results will be mailed out in late April.

The Geneva Chemistry Society is accepting a donation of $2 per sample to defray the costs of analysis. Information: 724-847-6722.


Biggest bedtime story event

The Kiwanis Club of Sheraden is sponsoring its second biggest bedtime story event for children from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the American Legion Post 496 on Chartiers Avenue.

There will be a multicultural read-around-the-world program.

Participants are invited to wear pajamas and bring a blanket for story stations representing France, Germany, Italy, England, India and Ireland. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Vegetable gardening program

The Scott Conservancy is sponsoring a program, Vegetable Gardening, from 7 to 8 p.m. March 22 at the Scott Park Lodge. The cost is $5.

Allegheny County Penn State Master Gardeners will discuss the basics of planning vegetable gardens, preparing the soil and selecting the proper plant and seed varieties.

Also to be covered will be topics like starting plants from seeds, harvesting and getting the most from small plots.

Information will be provided about organic gardening and edible landscaping. Soil test kits will be available for purchase and there will be free take-home literature covering general, related subjects.

Registration: or 412-788-1361.

First Published 2012-03-08 06:56:39

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