CLUBS

AUP

The Association of University People is looking for single, four-year college graduates over the age of 50 to join the group for monthly dinners and social gatherings. Upcoming events include: An Afternoon at Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia, Aug. 18, at the pavilion, arrive anytime between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., RSVP to Liv at 412-580-3957; Dinner at Girasole in Shadyside, 6 p.m. Aug. 22, RSVP to Liv at 412-580-3957, no walk-ins. For information, call 412-734-8445 or visit www.aupsinglespittsburgh.org.

WBN

Women’s Business Network announces the following meetings: Mt. Lebanon chapter, 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28, Panera Bread, 1500 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, call Jennifer Bibb at 724-518-3461; South Hills chapter, 8 a.m. Aug. 16, King’s Restaurant, 155 McMurray Road, Upper St. Clair, call Lucy Cichon at 412-559-1889. For more information, visit www.wbninc.com.

FLEA MARKETS/SALES

Garage sale

The Women of St. Benedict will hold its “Gigantic Garage Sale” Aug. 16-18, at St. Benedict the Abbot Church, 120 Abington Drive, McMurray. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. A variety of special sales will take place on Friday and a $5 bag sale will be held on Saturday. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds benefit St. Benedict the Abbot and Women of St. Benedict activities and charities.

Flea market

Bethel Park Recreation will hold its monthly flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18, at the Port Authority Parking Lot, corner of Brightwood and Lytle roads. Vendor fees are $10 for residents (used items; new item fee is $14) and $14 for non-residents. The last flea market for the year will be held Sept. 15. For more information, call Bethel Park Recreation at 412-831-1328.

FUNDRAISERs

Beer Garden Bash

Mt. Lebanon Public Library’s ninth annual Beer Garden Bash fundraiser will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 25, featuring more than two dozen craft beers. The library-courtyard event, sponsored by the Friends of the Mt. Lebanon Library, will feature ales, lagers, ciders and soft drinks, along with gourmet bratwurst, hot dogs and veggie dogs, plus other treats and steel drum music. Tickets are on sale at http://www.mtlebanonlibrary.org/beergarden and at the front desk for the all-inclusive price of $35 – or $50 for those wishing to make a larger tax-deductible gift to the library. All proceeds will be donated to support books and programs at the library. The number of tickets is limited, and tickets will not be sold at the door. The event is open to adults 21 and over. Dan Meunier will return to perform on his steel drum. For more information, contact Bob Hagerty at 412-417-5415 or jamesrhagerty888@gmail.com.

Hoagies

Bethel Park High School Band, Bethettes, Orchestra and Top 21 will be selling 12-inch hoagies once again as its main fundraiser. The three types of hoagies, which will be sold at different intervals throughout the school year, include regular (ham, salami, bologna, cheese, lettuce and tomato), special (same as regular but lettuce and tomato are packaged separately; suitable for freezing), and turkey (turkey breast meat and cheese, with lettuce and tomato packaged separately). Cost is $6 per hoagie. Order by Sept. 1; pick up Sept. 8. To order, call 412-831-1786. Orders can also be placed through members of each squad.

HAPPENINGS

Historical tours

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation offers the following tours in August:

• Downtown’s Best Walking Tour, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 16, 23 and 30. Advance paid reservations required. Cost of $20 per person includes a guidebook. Tours are limited to 12 persons.

• Free Friday 4th Avenue Historic District Walking Tours, 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays, Aug. 17, 24 and 31. Explore what was once Pittsburgh’s “Wall Street” financial district. Reservations not required, but appreciated.

• Free Friday Gateway Center Historic District Walking Tours, noon to 1 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 17, 24 and 31. Reservations not required, but appreciated.

• Free tours at the Old Allegheny County Jail Museum, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 20 and 27. Tours take 30 minutes; last tour leaves at 12:30. Reservations not required.

• Shadyside Walking Tour, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Advance paid reservations required. Cost is $10 for PHLF members. Non-member price is $35 and includes a one-year complimentary membership in PHLF. Space is limited. Reservation deadline is Aug. 17. Walk through the western section of Shadyside including rarely seen cut-de-sacs including Pittsburgh’s only wooden street.

For more information and reservations, call 412-471-5808 ext. 527 or email marylu@phlf.org.

Spider mania

Washington County Department of Parks & Recreation will hold Eight-legged Ramble – Spider Mania at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Mingo Creek County Park, Shelter 6. Observe and identify spiders found in the fields and forests of the park, or bring spiders from home for identification purposes. Dress for the weather and light hiking;. Free. Registration is required by calling 724-228-6867, as space is limited.

Parish festival

Our Lady of Grace Parish, Scott, will hold its annual festival through Aug. 18. The event will feature dinners from local restaurants from 4 to 6:30 p.m. when the grill opens. There will also be specialty foods each night. Rides, games, bingo and raffles open at 7 and nightly bands begin playing at 8. For a complete schedule, visit www.olgscott.org.

Star party

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will hold a public star party on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Mingo Creek Park Observatory located in Mingo Creek Park, Mansion Hill Extension, past Shelter 10, Washington County. Safe solar observing begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by night sky observing at approximately 8:45, weather permitting. For details, visit www.3ap.org.

Live theater

Little Lake Theatre Company announces “Steel Magnolias,” through Aug. 18, at the Canonsburg theatre. For tickets, visit www.littlelake.org or call 724-745-6300.

Parish picnic

St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Route 88, Finleyville, will hold its annual parish picnic from 1 p.m. until dark on Sunday, Aug. 19, on the parish grounds. There will be game stands for all ages, a country store, craft and theme baskets, all-day bingo and food stands featuring roast lamb, roast beef, haluski, kolbassi and sauerkraut, hot dogs and more.

Live theater

The Pittsburgh New Works Festival announces 18 world premiere plays for its 28th season. Performances begin Aug. 19 and continue through Sept. 23. Each of the presented plays was selected from 341 submissions received from seven countries and 35 states. Festival passes ($50) and single tickets ($17 in advance or $20 at the door) are on sale now. For more information, visit pittsburghnewworks.org.

Auditions

The South Hills Chorale will hold auditions for all voice parts for the 2018/2019 season at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 and 27, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1066 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. To schedule an audition, email John Elders at southhillschorale@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.southhillschorale.org.

Theater events

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s new Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski, who began her tenure on Aug. 1, will kick off the 2018-2019 season with a Summer Happy Hour on Aug. 23, at the O’Reilly Theater, downtown. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby. At 7:30, there will be a conversation in the theater. Meet Marya, learn more about her upcoming season, and enjoy beverages and munchies. Tickets are $10.

• The Second City will perform “Made in America: Some Assembly Required” Aug. 24 and 25, at the O’Reilly Theater. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and at 5:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy The Second City’s latest take on our dysfunctional nation. Cabaret tables onstage with seating for four will be available. Beverages such as beer, wine and cocktails purchased at The Public’s bars can be taken into the theater. Tickets start at $35. Tickets for age 26 and younger are $15.75 with a valid ID.

For tickets to Meet Marya and The Second City in “Made in America: Some Assembly Required,” call 412-316-1600, click ppt.org or visit the O’Reilly Theater Box Office in the Cultural District.

Night at the Races

The Pittsburgh Predators Mite Red Hockey Team will host its first Night at the Races at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25, at the Heidelberg Volunteer Fire Department, located at 456 First Street. Proceeds from the event will help offset the cost of in and out of town tournament fees, travel expenses, team jerseys and ice time. Tickets for this 21 and over event are $25 per person, which includes food, beer and drawing entry. For more information, email Lindsay at lindsanderson24@gmail.com or call 412-526-7360.

HEALTH

Tai-chi

Tai-chi Tuesdays with Tai-chi Tracy will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at The Physical Therapy Center, 1699 Washington Road, Bethel Park, and from 2 to 3 p.m. at O-I-L Wellness Center, 3047 Industrial Blvd., Bethel Park. Cost is $12 if preregistered. Drop-in cost is $15. For details, visit www.Tracylinn.com.

Plant-based support

Pittsburgh South Plant Based Community Support Group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 15, at the Upper St. Clair Library. The topic is “The Venerable Sweet Potato.” The group is open to anyone interested in a vegetarian, vegan or whole food, plant-based lifestyle. There is no cost to join. Meetings are held monthly.

Essential oils

Interested in learning about doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils? Contact Deb Bosco at 724-713-6217 or bosco.deb@gmail.com to register for free classes/continuing education. Classes are held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at The Physical Therapy Center, 1699 Washington Road-Ground Floor, Bethel Park. Upcoming classes include Back to School with Essential Oils for Teachers & Students on Aug. 15, and Essential Oil Basics – Fun Oil Hacks on Aug. 22. To register, contact Deb Bosco at the phone number listed above, or email her at bosco.deb@gmail.com. Classes are free and individual classes or consultations can be arranged.

Discussion Group

Tuesday Tea & Essential Oils will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 and 28, at The Physical Therapy Center, 1699 Washington Road), Bethel Park. This is a free drop-in style discussion group on doTERRA Essential Oils. Drop in for a cup of tea. No registration needed. For questions or to meet at an alternate time, contact Deb Bosco at 724-713-6217 or bosco.deb@gmail.com.

Reunions

Carrick Class of ‘63

Carrick High School Class of 1963 will hold its 55-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Frisch’s Restaurant. For more information, call Judie Ball at 412-303-0268.

BP Class of ‘68

Bethel Park High School Class of 1968 will hold its 50-year reunion at 6 p.m. Sept. 8, at South Hills Country Club. For more information, visit alumniclass.com or email dandl9@comcast.net.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Divorce

A DivorceCare Support Group is held from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. through Oct. 11, at The Bible Chapel, McMurray. For more information, visit biblechapel.org or call 724-941-8990.

WORKSHOPS/CLASSES

Ballet/jazz

Spencer Family YMCA, Bethel Park, will offer a classical ballet program in the fall which will include ballet and jazz classes for preschool through adult levels. Registration is open. Classes begin Sept. 1 with Virginia Nicoll. To register, call 412-833-5600.

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