USC Fall Play Tickets On Sale

Upper St. Clair High School’s Performing Arts Department will present the play, “Almost Maine,” written by John Cariani. Directed by Larry Cervi, the curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 26. afternoon matinees are offered at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27. All shows will be held in the Upper St. Clair High School theatre.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Online ticket sales began Oct. 12 at www.usctheater.org. Tickets for all shows can be picked up on any of the performance days.

Admission for Upper St. Clair’s senior citizens is free with a USC Gold Card. Gold Card holders must obtain their free theater tickets in person at the box office.

Square Dance Lessons

Square dance lessons are from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. No experience is necessary. The lessons cost $4 to attend. For more information, call 412-835-8391.

Ghostly Evening

Woodville Plantation will host an evening around a bonfire on its grounds to share ghostly tales and early folklore told by storytellers of the late 18th century. Snacks, beverages, and a kids corner will be available in the Stillhouse. The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26, “rain or moonlight.” Stories will be held outside as long as weather permits. Should weather be unfavorable, the event will move inside the Stillhouse.

This is a family friendly event. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated. Questions may be directed to tiffanyatnevillehouse@gmail.com or call 412-221-0348.

Little Lake’s ‘Blithe Spirit’

Little Lake Theatre Company will present “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward from Oct. 24-26 at 8 p.m., Oct. 27 at 2 p.m., and Nov. 1-2 at 8 p.m. In the play, novelist Charles Condomine finds himself haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. As the personalities clash, Charles’ current wife, Ruth, is accidentally killed, “passes over,” joins Elvira, and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity in this hilarious ghost story from the playwright of Hay Fever. “Blithe Spirit” is directed by Rachel Pfennigwerth. Tickets are $21-$22.50, and $14 for children 15 and under. For tickets and information call 724-745-6300 or go online to www.littlelake.org.

BP Lions scholarship

Bethel Park Lions will award the $5,000 George Meyer Scholarship to a deserving Bethel Park High School senior in the spring of 2020. Applications are available at the counselor’s office at the high school.

Tax Preparers Needed

Volunteer tax preparers who are IRS trained and supervised are needed to perform tax returns for people with modest incomes. Call Bernie Grimes at 412-841-1151 for more information.

Bowling fundraiser

Horses with Hope Inc. is holding its annual Bowling Fundraiser from 12 to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Meadows Lanes Bowling, 210 Racetrack Road, North Strabane. The cost to attend the fundraiser is $30 per person or $150 for a lane of six bowlers. Included in the entry fee are food, refreshments and bowling. A silent auction and 50/50 raffles will be available. The deadline to make a reservation is Oct. 18. For more information, contact Joanne Slappo at 412-576-4154, laslappo@verizon.net.

Civic engagement classes

Allegheny County Library Association and PublicSource will host a series of “Citizen Toolkit” classes in libraries in October as part of a broader role libraries are playing within our communities. “Fake News and Information Literacy Workshops” and “Power of the Pen: Getting public attention on your issues”stem from ACLA’s recent $250,000 PA Department of Education grant focused on civic literacy and engagement throughout Allegheny County.

The courses will be held locally on the following dates and times:

3:30 p.m., Oct. 21 – Mt. Lebanon Public Library (teen);

7 p.m. Oct. 23 – Community Library of Castle Shannon.

AUP Club

The Association of University People/AUP if looking for single, four-year college graduates over 50 to join the group for monthly dinners, meet at various social spots and gatherings. Interested individuals are welcome to attend activities. For more information, call Mark 412-939-0656.

Oct. 25 – Scrabble at the Galleria Mall in Mt. Lebanon – 1 p.m. in the area near Anthropologie. Be on time and bring your board. RSVP with Rina Provost at 412-341-8009 or rina.ferrarelli@verizon.net.

Oct. 30 – Dinner at Mia Madre Trattoria in Avalon – 6 p.m. 649 California Ave. in Avalon. Cash only. No alcohol served. BYOB for an $8 corkage fee per bottle. RSVP with Mark at 412-939-0656.

USC Partners in Education Meeting

Upper St. Clair School District’s Partners in Education committee will host its first event of the school year Oct. 28 at 9 a.m. in the Fort Couch Middle School large group instruction room. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a parent panel to learn about their journey in special education, the resources that have been a support to their children, and the successes that have come out of collaboration and experiences. For more information about the upcoming PIE program, contact Amy Pfender, assistant to the superintendent, at apfender@uscsd.k12.pa.us or 412-833-1600 ext. 2062 or Frances Scher, Parent Teacher Council PIE committee chairperson, at fscher@yahoo.com.

USC Women’s Lecture Series

Upper St. Clair School District will host its first “Sharing Her Story” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Boyce Middle School library. The event, part of the uscGAL initiative, is free and open to the public. The goal of the event is to provide a forum for attendees to hear the life story of successful women, to reflect on their own experiences and to offer an opportunity for girls and women to network and form authentic connections.

The inaugural event will feature Dr. Mary Parks-Lamb, owner of Lamb Medical Concierge & Aesthetic Medicine. Light refreshments will be available and all attendees will have an opportunity to win door prizes. For more information, email Giulia Gouker, uscGAL coordinator and Upper St. Clair High School English teacher, at ggouker@uscsd.k12.pa.us.

Kosher Cooking for a Cause

Love and Knaidels Kosher Cooking for a Cause continues with “Sweet Beginnings Ruglelach Bake” at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Chabad of the South Hills, 1701 McFarland Road. Bake two pans, one to take home one to share. Enjoy a buffet of appetizers while you bake. Register online at Chabadsh.com or batya@chabadsh.com.

Doggie Costume Parade

Artis Senior Living of South Hills at 1001 Higbee Drive in Bethel Park is having its first Halloween Doggie costume parade and contest. The doggie parade will be at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31, and there will be a special gift for the best-dressed pup. For more information about Artis Memory Care Community, call 412-595-8917.

Christmas Affair Scheduled

The John McMillan Presbyterian Church at 875 Clifton Road, Bethel Park, will be hosting its annual Christmas Affair on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes over 55 crafters and features the Gingerbread House, a Chinese Auction, SHIM’s Angel Emporium Tree and the Kris Kringle Kafe. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit local and world-wide missions. For more information, call 412-833-4704, email the church at jmpc.ChristmasAffair@gmail.com or search John McMillan Christmas Affair Craft Show on Facebook.

Spaghetti dinner, bake sale

Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Center Church Road, Peters Township, will hold its annual spaghetti dinner and bake sale from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Dinner cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children under 4. Take-out dinners will be available.

Proceeds benefit Trinity’s outreach ministries, including the Appalachia Service Project, a Christian ministry in which volunteer adults and youth repair homes for those in need in rural Central Appalachia. The public is welcome.

Preschool Story House

St. Elizabeth Elementary School in Baldwin will hold a Preschool Story Hour open to the public from 1-2 p.m. Nov. 7. Any child who is 3 or older (and is potty-trained) is welcome to attend. There will be a story, followed by some activities with some of the middle school’s students. Children can be dropped off after signing in with one of the preschool teachers. Parents can stay, but it’s not necessary. For more information, email slydon@st-elizabeth.org.

Craft show

There will be a craft and vendor show with 35 vendors benefiting the Family Promise group from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at St. Benedict the Abbot Church in Peters Township in the Pope Benedict Activity Center. The funds raised by the event will help pay for gas for their van that transports the families, purchase items for their breakfast food pantry and diapers for the children.

There will be hot food including pierogies for purchase or to take home for $8 a dozen. They can also be pre-ordered by Oct. 18.

Bower Hill VFD Craft Show

The Bower Hill Volunteer Fire Department will hold a craft and vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at its fire hall located at 161 Vanadium Road in Scott Township.

Raising Kids program

The Upper St. Clair Parent Teacher Council Wellness Committee will host author Michele Borba on Nov. 11 for in-service teacher training and a community presentation.

The free program, “Unselfie: Raising Caring, Successful Kids In a Plugged-in, Trophy-driven World,” is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Upper St. Clair High School Theater.

The event is in collaboration with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Nursery School in Mt. Lebanon, the Upper St. Clair Youth Steering Committee and Upper St. Clair School Board and superintendent’s office, with a grant from the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair.

Borba is an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. Her work aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, build strong families, create compassionate and just school cultures, and reduce peer cruelty. Her practical, research-based advice is culled from a career of working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.

Veterans Day service

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Club will hold its annual Veterans Day Memorial Service at noon Nov. 11. The service is held at the South Park nursing war memorials on Corrigan Drive. All military nurses will be remembered with a wreath placed at the nurses monuments. Assisting in the program will be South Park VFW 6664. Local dignitaries include the Rev. Jon Brzek, St. Joan of Arc and retired U.S. Navy command chaplain; Clarence Hopson, deputy director of recreation for county parks and Sue Means, Allegheny County Council. The public is welcome to attend.

Selling ornaments

The Bethel Park Historical Society will honor veterans on the Schoolhouse Arts and History Center Christmas tree this holiday season. Area residents are invited to honor their veteran on a custom 3-inch porcelain ornament featuring the veteran’s photo and branch of military service. Orders are now being accepted for the ornaments, which are $25 each or two for $40. Organizers are asking people to submit their orders by Nov. 1. Ornaments will be available for pick-up at the Schoolhouse Arts and History Center, 2600 South Park Road, from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 21. Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund on-going restoration efforts at the Schoolhouse. For more information or to obtain an order form, please call Chris at 412-310-4373 or e-mail bphsfundraiser@gmail.com.

South Hills Women’s Club

The South Hills Women’s Club will meet at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at 50 Vanadium Road, Bridgeville. Tammy Hepps will share her usable history regarding genealogy to help others research and apply genealogy to their personal histories and their communities. Those interested in attending should call Sue at 412-257-1057.

courses offered

A six-week series, “Worrier to Warrior: Jewish Secrets to Feeling Good, However You Feel,” starts Nov. 12, presented by Chabad of the South Hills.

Mined from the teachings of the Torah and contemporary psychology, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute course takes a fresh approach to the battle against bad feelings, providing realistic spiritual mechanisms for remaining upbeat no matter what life brings.

The course sill be offered from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the South Hills Jewish Community Center, 345 Kane Blvd., Scott Township, and also from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays, starting Nov. 17, at Chabad of the South Hills, 1701 McFarland Road, Mt. Lebanon.

For more information, call 412-344-2424 or email rabbi@chabadsh.com.

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.

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.

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.

Adult Interest Center

The Adult Interest Center at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, began its 45th year of operation in September. The center, which is open to people ages 55 and older, meets at 11 a.m. Fridays in the church’s fellowship hall. Entertainment is featured, with an optional catered lunch for $7.

The schedule includes:

Fitness for 55-plus

Fitness classes for adults 55 and older are scheduled at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair:

Strong Bodies – Strong Bones, 9 to 9:50 a.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 18. Cost is $65;

Gentle yoga, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 30. Cost is $63;

Arthritis Foundation exercise, 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Mondays and 10 to 10:50 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 28 through Dec. 18. Cost is $40 for Mondays and $35 for Wednesdays;

Tai chi, 11:15 to noon Wednesdays through Dec. 18. Cost is $65.

For more information, visit wroc.westminster-church.org or call 412-835-6630, extension 200.

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.

Dinner for a Dollar

Community of Christ, Bethel Park, will be holding dinner for a dollar from 5 to 7 p.m., Nov. 14. Spaghetti, bread and rolls, fresh garden salad and dessert will be served. The church accepts donations of $1 per person or $3 per family. The donation is not required. No reservations needed. No take out will be available. For any questions or volunteer requests, call Janet at Janet at 412-805-7194.

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