The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra opens with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Heinz Hall. The program includes Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, selections from Suite No. 2 of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet Orchestral Suites Op. 64, British-West African composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade for Orchestra Op. 33, and Jimmy López Bellido’s Techno. Visit to get your free ticket.


A replenishment blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the social hall at Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Center Church Road, McMurray. Visit donate or call 412-209-7000 to register.


The Peters Creek Historical Society’s Tea Party Brunch will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Enoch Wright House in Venetia. Doors open at 10:30. Reservations are required. Seating is limited. Tickets are $25 per person. Call 724-348-6406.


The Peters Township Parks and Recreation Department will conduct a teen esports night from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at the community center. Ages 13-17 can attend. Fee is $5 ($8 non-members). Visit or call 724-942-5000 to register.


Pumpkin stack decor will be the craft project at the Peters Township Parks and Recreation Department’s ladies night event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at the community center. Fee is $10 ($15 for non-members). Visit or call 724-942-5000 to register. Deadline is Nov. 7.


The Peters Township Community Center will be open from 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 23 for recreation for ages 6 to 10. Fee is $5 ($8 non-members). Children should bring a water bottle labeled with their name and wear gym shoes. Visit or call 724-942-5000 to register.


The Peters Township Parks and Recreation Department is offering a DIY program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 where ages 18 and older create a flag out of fabric and ribbon that can be displayed on patriotic holidays or year-round. Fee is $10 ($15 non-members). Visit: or call 724-942-5000 to register.


Preschool children, ages 3 to 5, can participate in Thanksgiving activities during Turkey Time. This Peters Township Parks and Recreation Department activity will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the community center. Fee is $5 ($8 non-members). Visit: or call 724-942-5000 to register. Deadline to sign up is Nov. 15.


The Peters Township Parks and Recreation Department is offering a one-day bus trip to Oglebay on Dec. 8. The bus departs at 12:30 p.m. and returns to the community center at 10 p.m. Tourists will visit the Wheeling Glass Museum, take a self-guided tour of the Mansion Museum, shop at the stores at The Hilltop, dine at the Wilson Lodge, then take a guided tour of the Festival of Lights. Visit: or call 724-942-5000 to register.


My G-d: Defining the Divine, a thought-provoking six week-course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute that answers the most pressing questions on perceiving, defining, and approaching G-d, begins Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad of the South Hills, Mt. Lebanon, or via Zoom. Call 412-512-3046 or email for more information.


The South Hills Coin Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Bethel Park Municipal Building located at 5100 West Library Ave. The program will be on certifying coins. A 50/50 will be offered and children’s prizes will be awarded. Applications are being accepted for membership. For information, call 724-984-6611.


The Ruthfred Acres Woman’s Club (RAWC) will meet at noon Nov. 8 at the Crowne Plaza Suites.

Author Joanne Niehl will discuss her book, “Pittsburgh on Your Plate.” The cookbook is filled with 175 recipes and stories that define the city, its people, and its culture. The book includes a special Pittsburgh cookie table section featuring 30 of her favorites.

Call 412-951-1283 for more details or to join the organization..


The South Hills Women’s Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Scott Park Lodge in Scott Township. A collection of non-perishable food or monetary donations will be accepted for the Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank, and Ed Blank will be the feature presenter. He will share information on the greatest movies and the best and worst celebrity interviews. For more information or to attend call 412-953-3209.



The Upper St Clair League for the Arts will operate its Sugarplum Shop and Art Gallery from Nov. 10 to 15 at its activity center located at 1770 McLaughlin Run Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday as well as 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday.

Arts and crafts designed by local artists, pottery, stained glass, fiber art, fused glass and painted gourds will be among the items offered for purchase along with hand-carved saints, polymer clay, homemade soaps, jewelry, wreaths, pillows, centerpieces, purses, covered notebooks and greeting cards. An extensive gallery featuring paintings of all mediums, prints and photography will be on display.


The St. Raphael the Archangel Holiday Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at SS. Simon & Jude, 1625 Green Tree Road in Scott Township. There will be 65 tables of crafts, a Chinese Auction, a bake sale and lunch available for purchase. Admission is free.


Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA) presents its 10th annual “gently used costume jewelry sale” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12 at the South Park Municipal Complex, located at 2675 Brownsville Road. All items are priced between $1 and $5.

Necklaces, bracelets, rings, vintage pins, holiday pins, cufflinks and tie clips are among the items for sale. Available for purchase also are scarves, scarf jewelry and children’s items. There will also be auction items and raffle baskets. Proceeds support deployed troops and displaced veterans.

Visit for more information on OTA.


The Southwestern Pennsylvania R.N. Club will hold its 30th annual Veterans Day program at noon Nov. 11 at the South Park Nurses War Monument on Corrigan Drive. All military nurses will be honored and a wreath will be placed at the monument. The public can attend.


The Southwestern Registered Nurses Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at Hamilton Presbyterian Church in Bethel Park. Scott A. Yeager, Outreach Manager, will discuss the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange. All registered nurses can attend.


The Labouré Ladies Guild of St. Catherine Labouré Parish will hold its annual “Joy of Christmas” Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at St. Louise de Marillac School and LeGras Parish Center, 320 McMurray Road in Upper St. Clair. There will be 115 artists and crafters as well as a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase. Admission is $2 and includes one ticket for the Chinese auction.


The AARP Chapter 3016 meets every second Thursday of the month at Unity Presbyterian Church located at 1146 Greentree Road. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. Anyone over 55 can attend. With 270 members, the club offers travel, programs, picnics, pancake brunches, socials and a holiday party. Call 412-563-3961 for more information.


The Take Pounds off Sensible Chapter 475 of Carnegie meets year-round at the Carnegie United Methodist Church located at 415 Washington Ave. Cost is $5 per month. Weigh-in is at 3:30 p.m. Class follows from 4 to 5 p.m. Call 412-818-7489 for more details.

Almanac Sports Editor

An award-winning journalist, Eleanor Bailey has been employed by Observer Publishing Company since 1982. She is the sports editor at The Almanac and a contributor for the Observer-Reporter.

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