Concordia open house

Concordia of the South Hills Retirement Living’s open house will feature “What Other Retirement Communities Won’t Tell You” at 1 p.m. followed by tours until 3 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18.

The campus is at 1300 Bower Hill Road in Mt. Lebanon. Refreshments will be served in the Harmony Room on the ground floor of the community.

For more information online, visit the Coming Events section of the website at www.ConcordiaLM.org. To register or to schedule a private tour by phone, call director of marketing Christie Wahlen at 412-294-1351.

Genealogy Society meets

The Mt. Lebanon Genealogy Society will meet at 1 p.m. Nov. 18 at Mt. Lebanon Public Library. The presentation will be two short videos on “You Received your Ancestry DNA Results: Now What?” The presenter is Crista Cowen from Ancestry. Following the videos, there will be plenty of time to share experiences and learn from one another. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Christmas drop-off

Crossroads Ministries again will serve as a local drop-off site for this year’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox distribution project. Now in its 26th year, Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, has collected shoeboxes filled with gifts for children ranging in age from 2 to 14. The shoeboxes are delivered to children in need in the United States and around the world.

Crossroads Ministries is located at 81 Walter Long Drive, Finleyville.

National Collection Week this year is Monday, Nov. 18, through Monday, Nov. 25. Collection hours at Crossroads are Monday, Nov. 18 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 19 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 20 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 21 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 22 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 23 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 24 – noon to 4 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Last year churches and community organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania gathered 19,690 shoeboxes. For more information on Crossroads Ministries’ collection program, please call the church office at 724-348-1620.

Live Well Speaker Series

Bethel Park’s Live Well Speaker Series continues from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Bethel Park Community Center. This month’s topic is “Let’s Talk About Mental Health,” with representatives from St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Psychiatric and Mental Health Services discussing a variety of information.

Nurses club to meet

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Club will meet at 9:30 am Nov. 19 at Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Hamilton Road, Bethel Park. David von Hofen is scheduled to speak at the event and will present the topic, “Update on Parkinson’s Disease.” All registered nurses are welcome to attend. For more information, call Linda at 412-882-6114.

Trails meeting

Growing Together Through Trails will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Bridgville Public Library. The meeting will discuss current statistics along with national trends and local, county and statewide initiatives concerning bicycle and pedestrian usage. RSVP by emailing growtogetherthroughtrails@gmail.com.

U.S. Air Force Band Concert

The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Upper St. Clair High School theater, 1825 McLaughlin Run Road. The concert is open to the public. John Seybert, Upper St. Clair School District’s performing arts curriculum leader, will serve as a guest conductor, and members of the high school band will perform alongside the Air Force band.

The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band is comprised of more than 40 professional airmen-musicians who tour regularly with a variety of renditions of orchestral classics, marches, Broadway hits, jazz standards, movie music and patriotic favorites. For more information about the concert, contact Master Sgt. Ryan Heseltine at 757-225-3295, or visit www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil.

USC PTC open mic

The Upper St. Clair Parent Teacher Council will host its semiannual Open Mic at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Boyce Middle School theater. The focus for the evening will be on student wellness. For more information about PTC Open Mics, contact Kerstin Goodworth, PTC vice-president and Open Mic committee chairperson, at kerstinmayr@hotmail.com.

Kindergarten Meet & Greet

St. Elizabeth Elementary School will hold a Kindergarten Meet & Greet for parents looking to send their children to kindergarten. Come to St. Elizabeth Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 45 to meet with Mrs. Lisa Jarosh. Parents will receive a brief overview of the kindergarten curriculum. This is a parent-only meeting. The children will have an opportunity to visit the classroom and meet with Mrs. Jarosh in January. For more information, email Jarosh at ljarsoh@st-elizabeth.org.

Retired Men Meet

The Retired Men’s Luncheon Group invites retirees to its lunch at noon Nov. 21 at Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills. Following lunch, the Thomas Jefferson High School acappella choir will perform seasonal songs under the direction of Julia Lucia. 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.

Historical Society holiday event

Peters Creek Historical Society invites members and guests to a holiday social event at 6 p.m. Nov. 25 in the social room of Wright’s United Methodist Church, 788 Venetia Road, Peters Township. Covered dishes and hors d’oeuvres brought by members will be served.

The society’s holiday gathering is a prelude to the annual Soup and Stroll, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the historic Enoch Wright House, Museum of Westward Expansion, 815 Venetia Road. A supper with homemade soup and desserts, artisan bread and beverage will be served. An invitation to stroll through the house, mining room, Father Christmas and log cabin is extended to all who visit.

For more information, visit www.peterscreekhistoricalsociety.org, or call 724-746-3203 or 724-348-6406.

Holiday Fundraiser

There will be a holiday fundraiser for Angel Ridge Animal Rescue at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair, from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 1.

There will be a book reading and signing of “Wilson & Bella’s Christmas Wish!” – written and illustrated by award-winning author Susan Castriota – that follows Wilson, the adopted poodle, and his dog friend Bella on their quest to find a foster home for their friend Holly, a very special shelter dog.

Autographed books available for purchase, 2020 lottery calendars, gift basket raffle and “Real Life Rescue” greeting cards for purchase. A portion of the proceeds from every sale benefits Angel Ridge Animal Rescue Meet adoptable dogs from Angel Ridge Animal Rescue. Admission is free and open to the public. Bring a food donation for Angel Ridge Animal Rescue and receive a Wilson Gift Basket raffle ticket.

Auditions for Little Lake

Little Lake Theatre Company will hold auditions for adult actors for the first three plays of the 2020 season from 4-10 p.m. Dec. 1 and 6:30-10 p.m. Dec. 2. Visit www.littlelake.org/auditions to sign up and for more information. All auditions will be cold readings from the scripts. The first three plays include: Amadeus, Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo and Born Yesterday. For more information, contact Jena Oberg at 724-745-6300 or email jena@littlelake.org.

USC Light Up For Unity Night

Upper St. Clair residents are invited to join their community members and neighbors at dusk on Dec. 8 for Upper St. Clair’s first annual Light Up For Unity Night. Three community groups – the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair, the Upper St. Clair/Bethel Park Breakfast Rotary Club, and the Upper St. Clair Band Parents Association, along with sponsor Brentwood Bank – are coming together to host Light Up for Unity Night to celebrate our community and its differences.

To participate, USC residents need only set out luminaria on Dec. 8 at dusk. Community members are further encouraged to turn on their assembled holiday outdoor light displays to fully engage in this community-inspired opportunity. Luminaria kits can be purchased from all USCHS instrumental students, who will make and deliver the kits on Dec. 7. The kits can also be ordered online at www.uscbpa.org. The deadline to place an order is Dec. 2. For more information, contact Amanda McQuillan at bpaluminaria@gmail.com or call 412-726-5949.

McMurray Lions sale

The McMurray Lions Club is selling Koeze Nut products, including as cashews, mixed nuts, chocolates, caramel crunch and more. Proceeds go directly to help local Lions charities. For a complete listing of products and pricing, visit www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/mcmurray. Order before Dec. 3.

Safe driving class

South Fayette Township Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Seniors for Safe Driving class at 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at the South Fayette Senior Center at 515 Millers Run Road. It is approved by PennDOT and designed for drivers ages 55 and older. There’s no exam, and there is only classroom instruction. No on-the-road driving is required. Participants can receive a 5 percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, as mandated by Pennsylvania state law

Registration is available by calling 800-559-4880, by going online to www.seniorsforsafedriving.com or by signing up at the South Fayette Township Building, also located at 515 Millers Run Road.

Canon-Mac reunion

Canon-McMillan High School Class of 1999 is holding a 20-year reunion at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at the SNPJ Lodge 138 in Strabane. Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner (vegetarian and gluten-free options available), dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and live music by ‘90s cover band Pixelated. Cash bar. For tickets, visit https://cm1999.ticketbud.com/20-year-reunion. For more information, email Katie Green at kmavrich@yahoo.com.

Holiday cookie sale

St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church at 2005 Mohawk Road (Brookside Farms) in Upper St. Clair is inviting the public to its 9th Annual Taste of Heaven Cookie Sale featuring ethnic delicacies, traditional holiday cookies and everyday favorites from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7. Cash or Check only. For additional information call 412-835-7800.

Christmas at Neville House

Celebrate the Christmas holiday season by candlelight at Woodville Plantation as the organization commemorates holiday traditions and music of the early to mid 19th century. Tour the Neville House at 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, and experience holiday music performed in the parlour, and hear of traditions and stories from Christmas past. Candlelight Christmas will take place Dec. 8, with tours starting at 5 p.m., with the last tour departing at 8 p.m. Tickets for “A Candlelight Christmas — Celebrating Christmas Past” are currently on sale, and cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. Reservations are appreciated but not required. For more information, call at 412-221-0348 or email tiffanyatnevillehouse@gmail.com.

Scholarship fundraiser

A fundraiser to benefit the Scott Beynon Memorial Scholarship Fund will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Library Volunteer Fire Hall when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Arizona Cardinals. Tickets are $50 for adults, $60 at the door and $20 for Children 10 and under. Includes pre-game snacks, dinner by Cyd West Comfort Catering, beer and mixers. BYOB. Tickets are available at Evey Hardware, Beynon’s Service Center or by calling Ann Henney at 412-576-1932. Tickets will be sold for basket and TV raffles at the event. Funds will be used for a student pursuing continuing education in automotive technology.

Holiday party

The South Hills Women’s Club will have its Holiday Party on Dec. 9. The group will meet at Houlihan’s at the Galleria at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. For more information on the club, call Susan at 412-257-1057.

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