Historical society

Peters Creek Historical Society welcomes Vincent T. Ciaramella as its guest speaker at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, in the social room of Wrights United Methodist Church, 788 Venetia Road, Venetia. Ciaramella will discuss wealthy socialite, athlete and industrialist Eben Byers, who was one of the greatest amateur golfers in the world, having won the 1906 amateur championship, when his jaw fell off. His talk will include artifacts from the Byers estate. For information, visit


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:

• Scrabble at The Galleria of Mt. Lebanon, 2 p.m. Aug. 24, in the area near Anthropologie, RSVP to Rina at 412-341-8009.

• Lasagna Party, Labor Day, Sept. 3, at a member’s house in the North Hills. RSVP to Liv at 412-580-3957.

For information, call 412-734-8445 or visit


Women’s Business Network’s Mt. Lebanon chapter will meet at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at Panera Bread, 1500 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. For more information, call Jennifer Bibb at 724-518-3461. To learn more, visit


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 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

Charity event

Courts of Support will hold a charity event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 26, at Glen Creek Tennis Club, 1919 Stolz Road, South Park, to benefit Hekima Place. Events offered include Triples Tennis, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Pickleball. Food will be available for Moe’s Southwest Grill, Dante and Romulus (two new pizzerias opening soon in the Strip District). There will be live music from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., prizes, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Hekima Place is a not-for-profit, charitable organization started by South Hills native Kate Fletcher, who founded a home for orphaned or vulnerable girls in Kenya. A generous donor has offered to match the first $10,000 raised for the event.


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.

Donations needed

Friends of Family Hospice & Palliative Care is seeking donations for its fifth annual Family Treasures Sale to be held in October. The desired good quality, gently-used or new donations include: jewelry, collectibles, purses and wallets, china and glassware, picture frames, mirrors, lamps, books, CDs and DVDs (no VHS), holiday decor, artwork, kitchen items, craft items, linens, and furniture (no large bookcases or large entertainment centers). Items may be dropped off at the Family Hospice front desk, 50 Moffett St., Mt. Lebanon, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. For furniture donations, call Pat at 412-833-7315. Due to space limitations, contact Friends in advance after Sept. 15. Email with questions. Proceeds benefit patients and families of FH&PC.

FosterCat bingo event

FosterCat, Inc. will hold a bingo fundraiser on Sept. 23 at the Royal Place Restaurant, 2660 Library Road, Castle Shannon. Doors open at noon. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. Food items available for purchase include baked goods and items listed on a special event menu. Tickets are $30 each and include 10 bingo games (six cards per game). Tickets can be purchased in advance at, by calling 412-481-9144 or via email at If purchasing through email, provide your name, address, phone number and number of tickets desired. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the event. All proceeds go directly to the support of cat rescue, cat care, foster and adoption.

Scholarship fundraiser

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Club will hold its 19th annual scholarship fundraiser card party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29, at South Hills Country Club. Proceeds benefit the nursing scholarship fund. The club has awarded over $290,177 since 1962. Play cards and silent bingo or just socialize. Admission fee of $40 includes a hot lunch and door prizes. For luncheon tickets, call Betty at 412-655-9420. All seats are reserved; no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets for the Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and a mystery box raffle will be sold at the event.



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

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. 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. 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. 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. Aug. 27. Tours take 30 minutes; last tour leaves at 12:30. Reservations not required.

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

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 or call 412-526-7360.

Theater events

Pittsburgh Public Theater kicks 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 PPT’s new artistic director, learn more about the 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 or visit the O’Reilly Theater Box Office in the Cultural District.

Square dancing

Peanut Squares will hold western square dancing events at the following locations:

• Open house at Peanut Squares, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 28, at Covenant Community Church, 1630 Greentree Road, Scott, with caller Brad Deibert. Cost is $4. Thursday lessons will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. beginning Sept. 6, at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Lessons are $4 each. For more information, call Paul Rinald at 412-735-2423 or Ann Biercewicz at 412-563-0559.

• Free night of introduction to western square dancing, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16, at Peace Lutheran Church, 107 Carol Drive, McMurray. Lessons will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at this location with Brad Deibert instructing. For more information, call Renee and Bob at 724-267-4655.

No experience needed. Singles, couples and families are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Dress is casual.

Call for talent

The Harmony Singers of Pittsburgh, a South Hills choral group, will launch its 2018-2019 season at 7 p.m. Sept. 4, with an open house and welcoming reception that includes an ice cream social for returning and prospective members. The event will take place at the Brightwood Christian Church Social Hall, 5044 West Library Road, Bethel Park. Weekly rehearsals are held at the church during the concert year. Entertaining for more than 50 years, the Harmony Singers perform a wide variety of music, from Broadway to rock ‘n’ roll to patriotic and pop tunes. The group is available to perform for civic, social, church or business organizations. New members are welcome; all voices are needed. Performance experience and the ability to read music are preferred, but not required. For more information, call 412-279-2323 or visit


Pittsburgh Opera opens its 80th season with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Performances run Oct. 6, 9, 12 and 14, at the Benedum Center. Adult tickets start at $14, with children’s tickets for those ages 6-18 starting at $7. Subscription/season ticket packages are on sale now at Single tickets go on sale Aug. 27.


Essential oils

New to Essential Oils and interested in learning about doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils. Contact Deb Bosco at 724-713-6217 or to register for free Classes/Continuing Education. On Aug. 22, the class is Essential Oil Basics — Fun Oil Hacks. Classes are held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at The Physical Therapy Center, 1699 Washington Road-Ground Floor, Bethel Park. AromaTouch Training will be offered on Oct. 28. To register, contact Bosco at the phone/email listed above. Classes are free.

Discussion Group

Tuesday Tea & Essential Oils will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Aug. 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; stay for a little or the whole time. No registration needed. For questions or to meet at an alternate time, contact Deb Bosco at 724-713-6217 or



Tai-chi Tuesdays with 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, through Sept. 4. Advance registration is required at

Delay the Disease

WROC at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, offers Delay the Disease, a fitness class for those managing Parkinson’s disease, in the gym at the church, with instructor Jeannine Hartman CPT, ACE, Orthopedic Specialist ACE. Fall Session 1 will be offered Sept. 11-Oct. 30, from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays ($40) or from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays ($35). Fall Session 2 will be offered Nov. 1-Dec. 20 (no class Nov. 22), from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays ($35) or from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays ($35). For more information or to register, call the church at 412-835-6630.

Diabetes prevention

Register now for YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, presented by Spencer Family YMCA. Led by a trained lifestyle coach in a classroom setting, this program is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance. Learn about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over 25 months. You must be at least 18 years old, have a BMI >25, and be at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. Participation includes a 3-month membership to the YMCA. Financial scholarships are available. To register, contact Vince at or call 412-347-6446.


Bethel Park

• Genealogy Group, 1 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month.

• Memory Café, 10 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month. Coffee and conversation specifically for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Register.

For more, visit Register at 412-835-2207.


• Blue Heron Nature Skills: Goldenrod Magic and Medicine, 6 p.m. Aug. 22, at the library. Register online.

• Blue Heron Nature Skills: Local Edible/Medicinal Plant Walk, 4 p.m. Aug. 26, at McLaughlin Park. Register online.

• Puppy Tales, 1 p.m. Aug. 27, for ages 6 and up. Read to a trained therapy dog and make a dog-related craft. Registration required.

• After-school chess program, Tuesdays, for children in grades K-8. Beginners meet from 6 to 7 p.m., with experienced players meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. This half-hour of instruction led by chess master Eric Berthoud, will be followed by a half-hour of game play. Participants must attend at least six of the eight evening sessions to be eligible for the tournament. Register online.

For more, visit

Castle Shannon

• Cooking Fun, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28, for children, tweens and teens. Make snacks and meals. Registration required for adequate supply purchase.

• Books ‘n Brews Book Discussion, 7 p.m. Aug. 28, at Spoonwood Brewing located at 5981 Baptist Road. Discuss “Bluebird, Bluebird” by Attica Locke. Appetizers provided by the library.

For more, visit

Frank Sarris

• Reminder: the parking lot and entrance are located at the back of the building and are accessible from Murdock Street.

• Beginning the week of Sept. 10, six days per week, there will be an all new lineup of children’s programming.

• Tamburitzans Performance, 7 p.m. Sept. 22, at the Canon-McMillan High School Auditorium. A show that celebrates cultures from all over the world through song and dance, the Tamburitzans dazzle audiences across the country with elaborate costumes and incredibly versatile musicians, singers and dancers. This show benefits the Frank Sarris Public Library through the generosity of the Slovenian Savings and Loan Association of Canonsburg. Tickets are $20 for general admission and can be purchased at the library or online at

For more, visit Register at 724-745-1308.

Mt. Lebanon

• Concert in the Courtyard: Martin Spitznagel, 7 p.m. Aug. 23. This free concert features ragtime music, and will be moved inside in the event of rain. To learn more, visit

• Beer Garden Bash, 6 p.m. Aug. 25. Sample more than two dozen fine regional ales, lagers and ciders in the library’s garden courtyard. There will be gourmet root beer and ginger beer for the designated drivers. Food includes hot dogs, bratwurst and veggie dogs with specialty toppings. Steel drum artist Dan Meunier will perform. The $35 general admission and $50 VIP tickets are available at the library or at No tickets will be sold at the door. This is a 21 and over event.

For more, visit


• Vietnam Stories: Then and Now, 7 p.m. Aug. 23, with Todd DePastino, executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club. In March of this year, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, members of the Veterans Breakfast Club—including seven Vietnam veterans–embarked on a two-week guided tour of Vietnam highlighting the battle zones of the war, while also exploring Vietnam’s history and natural beauty. DePastino will share experiences from the trip. Registration recommended online or by phone.

• Youth Advisory Council, 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 1, for grades 6 and up.

• Teen Book Lunch Club, noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 1. Discuss “Rachel’s Tears” by Beth Nimmo and Darrel Scott.

• Tween Crafternoons, 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 4, for ages 9 to 13.

For more, visit


• Trivia Night, Sept. 15 (time TBA), Scott Park Community Room. Teams consist of 1-8 people (individuals are welcome and will be matched with a team). Cost is $15 per person or $100 for a team of eight. Registration requested before Sept. 1. Proceeds benefit the library.

• The library will be closed Aug. 24 and 25.

• The Scott Township Public Library (STPL) is currently seeking a board member. The STPL Board is in particular need of an individual with finance/accounting experience. Those interested should send a letter of interest and a current resume to Gina Leone, director, at Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a current resident of Scott Township (or a member of an adjacent community that does not have a library). This is a volunteer position.

For more, visit Register online or call 412-429-5380.

South Fayette

• After-school chess program, Mondays, for children in grades K-8. Beginners meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with experienced players meeting from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. This half-hour of instruction led by chess master Eric Berthoud will be followed by a half-hour of game play. Register online.

• South Fayette Community Days, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25

• Coloring for Adults, 6 p.m. Tuesdays

For more, visit Register online or call 412-257-8660.

Upper St. Clair

• Vintage Radio Players, 2 p.m. Aug. 28. Reenact radio shows from the 1940s and 1950s. The group meets bi-weekly to read through classic scripts and will perform at personal care homes and in the library. Register.

• Yarn Works, 7 p.m. Aug. 28. Make your own projects, share your talents and meet new people.

• Express Yourself, 10 a.m. Aug. 29. Share writings and serve as a resource and writing inspiration for one another.

• Virtual Reality Demo, 7 p.m. Aug. 30. Join the staff of Pittsburgh virtual reality firm OpenARC for an overview of the current state of VR technology, its unique potential, and the near future of the technology. Plus, experience virtual reality first-hand. Free. Register.

Please register online or by calling 412-835-5540. Free.

For more, visit Register online or call 412-835-5540.


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 or email

ML Class of ‘78

The Mt. Lebanon High School Class of 1978 will host its 40th anniversary reunion on Sept. 22, at the South Hills Country Club. In addition, the class will attend the Friday night football game of Mt. Lebanon vs. North Allegheny, with a gathering afterward at a local establishment. On Saturday at 10 a.m. there will be a tour of the renovated high school followed by lunch in the cafeteria. The reunion dinner begins at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available soon. For more information, email or visit

BP Class of ‘55

Bethel High School Class of 1955 will hold a luncheon at noon on Sept. 27, at the South Park Club House on Brownsville Road. To register, contact Lynne Johnson at 412-257-2727 or

SHHS Class of ‘63

South Hills High School Class of 1963 will hold its 55-year reunion from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 28, at Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South in Bethel Park. For more information, contact Sandi (Esposito) Demas at 412-854-2740 or


Prostate Cancer 

St. Clair Hospital will offer a new prostate cancer support group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. this evening, Aug. 23. Meeting will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month in the Dunlap Conference Center, Room C, Fourth Floor of the hospital, unless otherwise noted. The group is open to individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer throughout their treatment process. Patients can network with individuals with similar experiences and discuss specific concerns. Upcoming dates include Sept. 27 (Critical Care Classroom, St. Clair Hospital, Fourth Floor), Oct. 25 and Dec. 27. To register, call 412-942-6445. The hospital is located at 1000 Bower Hill Road in Mt. Lebanon.

Memory Café

Neighborhood Memory Café, a monthly gathering for individuals who experience memory problems and their caregivers to socialize with others who are living a similar journey, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 1, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 905 E. McMurray Road, Venetia. For more information on this free event, visit or contact Sue Schmidt, coordinator, at


Square dancing

Peanut Squares Dance Club will hold the following square dance events:

• Introductory square dance open house with caller Brad Diebert, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 28, at Covenant Community Presbyterian Church, 1630 Greentree Road in Green Tree.

• Square dancing lessons, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 6-December, at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon.

No experience, costumes or partner are required; ages 9-90 welcome. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $4 per night. For more information, call Ann at 412-563-0559, or call/text Paul at 412-735-2423.


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.


Babyccino, a chic meet for mod moms and tots that explores the elements of the six days of creation and the seventh day of rest, meets from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Chabad of the South Hills, 1701 McFarland Road, Mt. Lebanon. Upcoming classes include: Light, Sept. 6; Heavens, Sept. 13; Plants, Oct. 4; Space, Oct. 11; Fish and Birds, Oct. 18; Animals, Oct. 25; Man, Nov. 1; Shabbat, Nov. 8. Fee is $7 per class or $50 for the full session. For more information, contact Mussie Rosenblum at or 412-344-2424, or visit

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