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PITTSBURGH, Oct. 30, 2013 – Festival of Lights, one of the most popular holiday traditions in the North Hills, will take place on Friday, Dec. 6 on the adjoining campuses of La Roche College and the Sisters of Divine Providence in McCandless Township. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

Beginning at 3 p.m., Festival of Lights will include a craft show in the Zappala College Center. Evening events will include a tree lighting ceremony, a live nativity, ice carving, carriage rides and Christmas karaoke. Live performances will include the La Roche College Dance team, Ladies of Note and Village Quartet of TriCounty Choir, Village Singers of TriCounty Choir Institute, and the Providence Heights Alpha School students. Children can enjoy activities, games, crafts and a visit from Santa Claus in the Kerr Fitness & Sports Center. The festival will conclude with a fireworks display on the La Roche campus.

Colleen Ruefle, La Roche’s vice president for student life and dean of students, said, “Festival of Lights is a community tradition that provides an entertaining, family-friendly atmosphere to celebrate the holiday season.”

The event will include the Cans for Cocoa food drive for guests to donate canned goods or other nonperishable food items to North Hills Community Outreach. The La Roche Student Government Association will accept donations on the lawn of Bold Hall II from 6 to 8 p.m. Donors will receive a 12-ounce cup of cocoa for their generosity.

Sponsors for Festival of Lights include La Roche College, The Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence, and Providence Heights Alpha School.

For a schedule of events or more information, visit or contact Colleen Ruefle, vice president for student life and dean of students, at 412-536-1069 or

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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