The Upper St. Clair Performing Arts Department wraps up a series of concerts and performances by students with a Combined Strings Concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in the high school theater.
Women’s Club meeting
The next meeting of the South Hills Women’s Club will be held at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 at Vanadium Woods, 50 Vanadium Road, Bridgeville. A representative from The Frick Pittsburgh will speak about the local museum and share information about the 1893 World Exposition in Chicago and detail how it ties to Pittsburgh. Those interested in joining the group or attending the meeting should call Susan at 412-257-1057.
South Hills Coin Club
The monthly meeting of the South Hills Coin Club will be held at 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 2999 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park. Members and the general public are invited. This month’s program will be on proof sets. A 50/50 will be offered and children’s prizes awarded. Applications are being accepted for membership. For more information, call 724-984-6611.
Retired Men’s Luncheon Group
The Retired Men’s Luncheon Group invites retirees to its lunch at noon Jan. 16 at Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills. Following lunch, Thomas Jefferson High School students Mara and Casey Lako will play violin and guitar arrangements of songs from the Beatles to modern contemporary music. The cost for lunch is $8 and payable at the door. Please reserve your lunch by calling the church office at 412-655-2000, option 0.
Auditions for Sleeping Beauty
The Carnegie Performing Arts Center is holding auditions for the charming ballet Sleeping Beauty based on the famous fairytale first penned by Charles Perrault and later by the Brothers Grimm. Performances will be at the newly-renovated Andrew Carnegie Music Hall in March. Director Monica Ryan choreographs the production and rehearsals will take place on Saturday afternoons. Ages 5-12 are invited to audition at 1 p.m., ages 13 and up are invited to audition at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at the studios of the Carnegie Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Main St. in Carnegie. For more information call the school at 412-279-8887 or access the web site at www.carnegieperformingartscenter.com.
AUP monthly dinners, events
The Association of University People/AUP is inviting single, four-year college graduates over 50 to join them for monthly dinners and meet at various social spots and gatherings. Interested individuals are welcome to attend activities. For more information call Mark at 412-939-0656.
Jan. 19 – Brunch at Shiloh Grill on Mt.Washington — 11:30 a.m. 123 Shiloh St., Pittsburgh, PA 15211. RSVP to Bill at 412-657-7485.
Jan. 20 – Lunch at Casbah in Shadyside – 1 p.m. 229 S. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. RSVP to Liv at 412-580-3957 (cell or text) by Jan. 19.
Jan. 22 – Bridge at the Galleria Mall in Mt. Lebanon – 2-5 p.m. Meet outside of Panera Bread. Call Bill at 412-657-7485 to reserve a chair.
Jan. 24 – Scrabble at the Galleria Mall in Mt. Lebanon – 1 p.m. in the area near Anthropologie. RSVP to Rina at 412-341-8009.
Jan. 28 – Dinner at DiPietro’s Ristorante in West View – 6 p.m. 412 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229. RSVP to Bill at 412-657-7485.
The Women’s Business Network’s mission is to provide personal and professional resources to advance the presence of aspiring and successful businesswomen. Visit www.wbninc.com for more information. Local area meetings are open to local women professionals and entrepreneurs.
The Mt. Lebanon Chapter meets at 8:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays at Panera Bread in the Galleria of Mt. Lebanon, 1500 Washington Road. This month’s meetings are Jan. 14 and 28. Contact Marlene Will-Knapp at 412-833-9279.
The McMurray Chapter meets at 8:30 a.m. generally on the first and third Wednesdays at The Bowling Alley at the Meadows, 210 Racetrack Road, North Strabane. This month’s meeting is Jan. 15. Contact Rachelle Hudak at 412-997-4766.
The South Hills Chapter meets at 8 a.m. generally on the first and third Thursdays at Sylvan Learning Center, 100 Siena Drive. Upper St. Clair. This month’s meeting is Jan. 16. Contact Kim Spierto at 412-831-7876.
The Washington Chapter meets at 8:30 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays at Panera Bread, 108 Trinity Point Drive, South Strabane. The next meeting is Jan. 22. Contact Vicki Pinkney at 724-909-7032.
Temple Emanuel in Mt. Lebanon will host “Scam Jam,” a fraud information event for seniors, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 21.
The free event will feature take-home resources and guest speakers from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, state Office of Attorney General and Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, along with games of “fraud bingo” with prizes.
“Scam Jam” is organized through the Department of Banking and Securities’ Investor Education and Consumer Outreach Office. Registration is encouraged at email@example.com.
Live Well Bethel Park
As part of the Live Well Bethel Park series, a physician with UPMC Sports Medicine, will present information about sports-related concussions. Dr. Rob Dingle will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Bethel Park Community Center, 5151 Park Ave. The event is free and open to the public.
Senior lunch, movie matinee
Mt. Lebanon Recreation will host a senior luncheon and movie matinee Jan. 21 on the second floor of the recreation center. The program is for senior adults and their guests. Mt. Lebanon residency is not required. At 11 a.m. is a celebration of National Tea Month. Hot lunch buffet and 50/50 raffle is a noon, and a movie on the big screen from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Please preregister. Walk-ins are not encouraged and will only be accepted if space permits. A late fee is charged. Fee is $7, due the Friday before the luncheon. Call 412-343-3409 for more information.
Symphony of Food
WOMEN of Southwestern PA will host its 13th annual Symphony of Food at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at Bella Sera, 414 Morganza Road, Cecil Township. Tickets are $100 and must be purchased in advance either at www.womenofswpa.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Area restaurants preparing their signature courses for dinner include Mediterra Bakehouse, Toscana Brick Oven, Au “Grottens” Café and Catering, Bella Sera Event Villa and Catering, Girl Friday Cooking Co., La Tavola Italiana Ristorante, Angelo’s Restaurant, PW Catering and Rania’s Catering. A majority of Famous Female Chefs are assisting WOMEN to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the organization’s founding.
WOMEN of Southwestern PA uses the funds generated to provide grants to local nonprofits that benefit women and children. The 2019 fundraiser raised $57,000, and this year’s goal is $65,000. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
For more information, call Laurie Lawrence at 412-779-9294 or Kathy Kanotz at 724-493-5910.
Used instrument drive
Jakob Satterfield, a sophomore at Upper St. Clair High School, has organized a used musical instrument drive to benefit the non-profit Hungry for Music (hungryformusic.org).
Donations are tax-deductible, and the instruments will be refurbished and given a new life with children who would otherwise not be able to afford them. All instruments in any condition will be accepted, with the exception of pianos and organs.
The event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 24 and 25 at the high school.
Satterfield is a member of the drumline in the high school marching band and is senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop 366 in Upper St Clair.
Flea Market in Carnegie
The Flea Market at the Church of the Atonement, 618 Washington Ave., Carnegie will be held Jan. 24 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. Jan 25 for lunch and then will reopen at 1 p.m. for the bag sale. For more information, call Joyce at 412-276-0366.
Chinese Buffet Dinner
South Hills Community Baptist Church is hosting a Chinese buffet dinner Jan. 25 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The menu features: egg rolls, chicken fried rice, cheese dumplings, egg drop soup, potato wedges, steamed rice and dessert. Additionally, a bake sale will also be held. A donation of $10 per person is suggested. All proceeds go to the South Hills Community Baptist Church. The church is located on the corner of Old Washington Road and Route 19 in Upper St. Clair.
Get Organized for Good
If you plan to make 2020 your year to conquer clutter, register to attend Get Organized for Good, scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 25 at Peters Township Public Library.
Jill Yesko, certified professional organizer and president of Discovering Organizing, will provide step-by-step decluttering and organization instruction. She will share Pittsburgh resources for recycling, selling and donating your household items, as well as sure-fire methods to simplify your home.
Register for the free program at ptlibrary.org/events or call 724.941.9430, ext. 1.
Chabad of the South Hills Jewish Center in Mt. Lebanon presents “A Magical Evening With World-Renowned Master Illusionist Ilan Smith” on Jan. 26 at the Carnegie Stage, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. The show starts at 7:45. Reserve tickets at www.chabadsh.com/magic, mussie@Chabadsh.com or 412-344-2424. The event is co-Sponsored by Huntington Bank.
Square dance lessons
Square dance lessons will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning at Southminster Church, 799 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Singles or couples are welcome. No experience is necessary. Admission is $4. For more information, call Ken at 412-835-8391 or Ann 412-563-0559.
Saint Elizabeth Elementary School, 1 Grove Place, Baldwin Borough, will host its annual Catholic Schools Week Open House on Jan. 26. The Catholic Schools Week Opening Liturgy will be at 10:30 a.m., followed by a pizza party in the school cafeteria from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Open House Preschool- 8th grade will take place from 12:15-1:30 p.m. For additional information, call Saint Elizabeth School at 412-881-2958.
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will be held Mondays from Jan. 27 to March 23. Learn how you and your family can take control of your money, get out of debt and create a plan for your future. The meetings will be held each night from 7-8:30 p.m. at Westminster Recreation & Outreach Center, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair. For more information, call 412-835-6630 ext. 200 or go online to wroc.westminster-church.org.
Enjoy contests and speakers while losing weight for $5 per month with TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 475, which is celebrating its 50 anniversary this year. The group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Carnegie United Methodist Church, 415 Washington Ave., Carnegie. Weigh-ins are at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call Francis at 412-818-7489.
“Judaism’s Gifts to the World” is a six-session course by the Rohr Jewish Learning on the history, meaning and power of Jewish values. The course will be offered from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 28 at the South Hills JCC 345 Kane Blvd, and from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays starting Feb. 2 at Chabad of the South Hills, 1701 McFarland Road, Mt. Lebanon. For more information, call 412-344-2424 or email email@example.com.
Lungs at Work is launching a new option for black lung testing, and all area coal miners are invited to participate. The session runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at the UMWA at 20 N. Main St. in Ellsworth. Miners from around the area can attend for health assessments, pulmonary screenings, pulse oximetry testing and benefits counseling and assistance with federal Black Lung applications. Appointments are required so call Lungs at Work at 724-941-1650 to schedule an appointment. Attendees should bring their health insurance card.
St. Elizabeth Preschool, located at 1 Grove Place in Baldwin, is holding a preschool preview “Planting the Seeds of Learning” where preschool parents and children can experience the school’s hands-on approach to learning. The event will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in its preschool classrooms. The staff will be there to welcome visitors and answer any questions. RSVP by calling 412-881-2958 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. The event will be rescheduled to Feb. 6 in the event of inclement weather.
St. Elizabeth Kindergarten, located at 1 Grove Place in Baldwin, will hold its “Kindergarten Connection” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 when kindergarten parents and children can experience the fun of the program through learning center activities. RSVP by calling 412-881-2958 to reserve a spot, or email email@example.com for more information. The event will be rescheduled to Feb. 6 in the event of inclement weather.
Anniversary coin show
The South Hills Coin Club will hold its 60th anniversary coin show on Feb. 1 and 2 at Crowne Plaza Suites Pittsburgh South, 164 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 724-984-6611.
Income tax assistance
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, Feb. 3 through April 9, at The Bible Chapel, 300 Gallery Drive, Peters Township. The program is first-come, first-served, with no appointments.
Necessary items are last year’s tax return; identification for yourself and spouse; Social Security numbers and birthdates for yourself, spouse and dependents; all W-2 and 1099 tax documents, including Social Security 1099; 1095 health care statements and property tax receipts. Both spouses must sign joint returns.
Federal, state, local taxes and property tax/rent rebate forms are prepared. For more information, call the Internal Revenue Service at 800-829-1040. Online, search “VITA” at www.irs.gov. Please do not contact The Bible Chapel.
Russian artist to speak at Bethel Art Guild to meeting
The “Bethel Art Guild” will meet at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Bethel Park Community Center, 5151 Park Ave. in Bethel Park. The speaker will be Yelena Lamm, who began painting as a child in Russia where she was born. She studied fine art at the Roerich Art College in St. Petersburg, Russia. Yelena has been in Pittsburgh since 1995 and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Yelena celebrates beauty in her paintings with her use of shapes and color. Her unique style gives her traditional subjects a very special look, as she mixes curves with architectural structures and geometric shapes. She is able to apply these techniques to both her work with portraits and still life.
Holocaust survivor program
An evening with Holocaust survivor Sammi Steigman is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Chabad of the South Hills, 1701 McFarland Road, Mt. Lebanon. Hewill share his story about life in a Nazi labor camp, being subjected to the horrific medical experimanets, how he survived and the many lessons he’s learned throughout his life.