To help area parents gather the information they need to choose the best preschool for their child, the Peters Township Public Library will offer Preschool-A-Palooza from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 19. Ask questions of representatives from area preschools, while children’s librarian Linda Esposito offers activities for children. Participants include: Center Church Christian Preschool, The Goddard School, Justabout Pediatric Therapy, Macaroni Kid, Namaste Montessori of Peters, Noah’s Ark Preschool, St. Ben’s Catholic Preschool, St. David’s Christian Early Learning Center, St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Preschool, Sunshine Kids and Tender Shepherd Preschool. For more information, contact Linda Esposito at email@example.com.
Women’s Business Network
The McMurray Chapter of the Women’s Business Network meets at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 16 at The Bowling Alley at the Meadows Casino, 210 Racetrack Road in North Strabane. Contact Sallie Dunn at 724-503-4500. The South Hills Chapter meets at 8 a.m. Jan. 17 at Whole Foods, 111 Siena Drive in Upper St Clair. Contact Lucy Cichon at 412-559-1889. The Mount Lebanon Chapter meets at 8 a.m. Jan. 22 at Panera Bread, 1500 Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon. Contact Marlene Will-Knapp at 412-833-9279.
Association of University People (AUP) is looking for single, four-year college graduates over 50 to join them for monthly dinners and social gatherings. The next event will be lunch at Casbah, 2295 Highland Ave., East Liberty, at 1 p.m. Jan. 21, with RSVP to Liv at 412-580-3957 (valet parking available). For more information, call 412-734-8445 or visit www.aupsinglespittsburgh.org.
SP Women’s Club
South Park Women’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 21, in the South Park Township Community Center located across from Bavarian Village. In addition to a business meeting, there will be socializing, games and treats.
FLEA MARKETS/CRAFT FAIRS
An indoor winter book and jewelry sale will be held Jan. 18 and 19 at The Church of the Atonement, Episcopal, 618 Washington Ave., Carnegie. Friday hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to noon and reopening from 1 to 2 p.m. for a bag sale. Sale items include books, jewelry, lamps, puzzles and wall hangings. In case of inclement weather, the sale will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 20. For more information, visit www.atonementcarnegie.org.
“Take Action for Jackson,” a spaghetti dinner to benefit Jackson Beck, a 2-year-old from Upper St. Clair who became paralyzed after contracting Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) and is currently living at the Children’s Home, will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19, in Fellowship Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair. Cost is $10 at the door or online through the “Take Action for Jackson” Facebook page. There is also a raffle of more than 50 baskets, most valued at over $100 each. Donations can also be made through the Jackson Beck Go Fund Me initiative. Proceeds will be used to facilitate his transition to his home and all that is involved is supporting this child for his lifetime challenges. For more information, email Kelly Rackley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Symphony of Food
WOMEN of Southwestern PA’s 12th annual Symphony of Food will be held Jan. 25 at Bella Sera Event Venue, Canonsburg. Doors open at 6 p.m. Participating restaurants include Giant Eagle Market District, Toscana Brick Oven, La Tavola Italiana, Au “Grottens” Café and Catering, Mediterra Bakehouse and Signature Desserts. Tickets are $100 and must be purchased in advance online at www.womenofswpa.org or by email at email@example.com. WOMEN of Southwestern PA uses the funds to make grants to local women’s and children’s organizations.
The Jackie Banks Memorial Scrapbooker’s Getaway Weekend 2 will be held Feb. 1-3, 2019, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Washington. Meals, overnight accommodations and crop space are included, and a daycropper option is available. On-site craft store, Chinese auction and Valentines for Veterans make-and-donate card project are all part of the fun. To register, email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 25. Proceeds benefit Jackie’s Boys.
Tickets are now on sale for Mt. Lebanon Public Library’s 9th Annual Brews for a Chili Night IX, set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 26, at the library. The beer and chili fundraiser will feature live music, more than two dozen craft beers, cider, soft drinks, a wide array of chili prepared by pro and amateur chefs, snacks and desserts. All-inclusive tickets are $35 per person, available at the library’s front desk or online at www.mtlebanonlibrary.org/chilibrews. Tickets are limited, and won’t be sold at the door. For more information, contact Bob Hagerty at 412-417-5415 or email@example.com.
Peters Township High School National Honor Society’s 13th Annual Volleyball Tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish Scholarship Fund will take place from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the high school gym. Each school in the district will organize a faculty team that will compete against each other to be crowned the champion. Hot dogs, nachos, soda, candy and baked goods will be available. Admission is $5. Advanced tickets will be available beginning Jan. 29. Contact any of the schools for details. Tickets will also be sold at the door the evening of the event.
The Petrochemical Invasion of Western PA, Its Environmental Consequences and What Can Be Done about It will be offered at 7 p.m. Jan. 15, at Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills (Sunnyhill), Mt. Lebanon. The event is sponsored by the Izaak Walton League. A major part of this event will be a discussion between audience activists and the presenters, which will include: Matt Mehalik of the Breathe Collaborative, Patricia DeMarco, author of “Pathways to Our Sustainable Future — Global Perspective from Pittsburgh”; Robert Schmetzer, Beaver County Marcellus Community and Citizens to protect the Ambridge Reservoir; Terrie Baumgardner, activist, field organizer for Clean Air Council and volunteer with Beaver Marcellus Community and Citizens to Protect the Ambridge Reservoir.
Baldwin night at the new Mt. Lebanon Historical Society Headquarters will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 15, at the headquarters located at 794 Washington Road. The Baldwin Historical Society will host the We Can Do It! WWII traveling exhibit, which explores Western Pennsylvania’s impact on the home, industrial and battle fronts during World War II. Free. For more information, call 412-329-8595, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pat Lombardi, president of BHS, at 412-882-9986.
Christian Business Partners will interview Heather Ferri on her new book, “Victim to Victory,” from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 16 at The Oven Restaurant, 2000 Village Run Drive, Wexford. For more information, call Heather at 412-339-6468.
Spencer Family YMCA, Bethel Park, will hold its Summer Camp Kick-off from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17, featuring camp information, Gaga and camp games. To learn more about summer camp, visit https://www.ycamps.org/day-camps or contact the Youth Development Business Office at 412-573-4166. For more information about the kick-off event, call 412-347-6565.
Family Fun Night
Spencer Family YMCA, Bethel Park, will hold Family Fun Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 18 – National Popcorn Day. Enjoy healthy popcorn samples, games, workouts and a movie. Non-members are welcome. For more information, visit www.pittsburghymca.org or call 412-347-6565
The White Oak American Legion Post #701 located at 2813 Capital Street will sponsor an oldies dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Jan. 19, featuring music from the 50s and early 60s by Candy and Mike. Admission is $5 per person, with all proceeds benefiting veterans programs. For more information, call 724-984-5511.
Jewish Comedy Night
Chabad of the South Hills 4th Annual Jewish Comedy Night will be held at 7 p.m. March 3, at the Music Hall at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library, 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie. The evening of laughter, healing and remembrance will feature singer, comedian and piano savant Sarge telling his life story through comedy, music and song. There will be wine, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Early bird special fee of $25 includes priority seating – reserve and pay before Jan. 23. After that date, the price increases to $36. To RSVP, visit www.chabadsh.com, email email@example.com or call 412-344-2424.
Westminster Recreation and Outreach Center (WROC) at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, will offer First Place 4 Heath, a Christ-centered health and weight-loss program, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 21-April 8. Fee of $79.99 includes the “Forever Changed” Bible study. A free orientation meeting, required for new members, is planned for 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Jan. 14. Register at wroc.westminster-church.org or call Kathy Long at 412-835-6630.
Lungs at Work, an award-winning nonprofit federal black lung clinic located in McMurray, will sponsor an outreach event from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22, at the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Local 1197 office, 20 North Main Street, Ellsworth. Health assessments, pulmonary screenings, pulse oximetry testing, benefits counseling and assistance with federal Black Lung applications will be offered to coal miners who may have black lung disease. Appointments are required by calling Lungs at Work at 724-941-1650. Insurance cards must be presented. For more information, call 724-941-1650.
The Mind Body Center located at 1720 Washington Road, Suite 207 in Upper St. Clair continues its Skinny Jeans Challenge by offering knowledge about nutrition in the winter. Sample supplements that will boost vital nutrients that are needed in the colder months, and learn about a whole foods diet and how to pick healthy foods for the season. Make roller bottles from 6 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday, with bottles, oils and supplies provided, for $5 per bottle.
• Prime Time Books, 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21, for adults and teens. Discuss “The Crazyladies of Pearl Street” by Trevanian. Copies are available at the desk.
• American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness, 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 23
• Cancellation — Get to Know ... Ezra Jack Keats program originally scheduled for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Jan. 31, has been canceled and replaced with a new program for elementary school students looking at children’s authors. This month’s focus will be on Keats, author of “Peter’s Chair” and “The Snowy Day.”
For more, visit www.carnegiecarnegie.org. Register at 412-276-3456.
• 3D Printing for Adults, 6 p.m. Jan. 16. Free. Register.
• Little Bits Workshop, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28, for grades 5 and 6. Participants must attend both classes. Register.
• How to Pay for College, 7 p.m. Jan. 24. All parents with any grade level high school student are encouraged to attend. Register.
For more, visit www.bethelparklibrary.org. Register at 412-835-2207.
• Conversation Salon, 1 p.m. Jan. 15.
• Lego Club, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17, for children ages 7-12. Register.
• Artist Trading Cards: Mixed Media Crafting, 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 19, for adults. Basic supplies provided or bring your own. Theme: Turning Over a New Leaf.
For more, visit bridgevillelibrary.org.
• Junior Librarians, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Children will help check out books, put books away, and learn things about the library.
• Cooking Fun, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22, for children of all ages.
• Crafternoons for Adults, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Theme: Rolled Book Page Designs. Registration and a $3 donation are appreciated.
For more, visit castleshannonlibrary.org.
• New Resource: KANOPY, a new film streaming service, is now available. Cardholders can stream up to eight available movies per month. To create and account, visit the library’s website or download the KANOPY app.
• New Resource: Flipster – Magazines can now be accessed on Flipster. To create an account and gain access, visit the library’s website.
Register at 724-745-1308. www.franksarrislibrary.org.
• Paws to Relax, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 15, with Therapy Dogs International, for seniors and intellectually disabled adults and their caregivers.
• Career Workshop Series: Resume Writing, 1 p.m. Jan. 16.
• An Evening with Heidi Sopinka, 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Sopinka, who has worked as a bush cook in the Yukon, a travel writer in Southeast Asia, a helicopter pilot, a magazine editor, and is co-designer at Horse Atelier, will discuss her debut novel, “The Dictionary of Animal Languages.” The book will be available for purchase.
For more, visit www.mtlebanonlibrary.org.
• Afternoon Book Club for Adults, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Discuss “Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall” by Kazuo Ishiguro.
• WQED Writing Program, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Jan. 20, for children
• Tween Book Club, 4 to 4:45 p.m. Jan. 21, for ages 9 to 13. Discuss “The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
For more, visit www.ptlibrary.org.
• American Red Cross Volunteer Information Session, 10 to 11:30 p.m. Jan. 15, for adults.
• Steelers Trivia for Adults, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Winner receives a gift card to Primanti’s.
• Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie, 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 18, for adults ages 18 and older. Prop bags will be provided. Register.
• Cooking Club for Adults, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21. This month’s dish: broccoli cheddar soup. Register.
For more, visit www.scottlibrary.org. Register online or call 412-429-5380.
• Income during Retirement, 7 p.m. Jan. 15. Register.
• Story Time Chess, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18, for children ages 3.5 – 7. Space is limited. Registration required.
For more, visit southfayettelibrary.org. Register online or call 412-257-8660.
Upper St. Clair
Express Yourself Writing Group, 10 a.m. Jan. 16 and 30. Stop in anytime. New attendees: email Beth Fyne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more, visit www.twpusc.org. Register online or call 412-835-5540.
Six Steps to Sanity, a 12-week program to help parents, grandparents, spouses and family members who have adult loved ones suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction, will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m.Wednesdays, Jan. 23-April 10, at St. Louise de Marillac Church, Bishop Leonard Room (lower level), 320 McMurray Road, Upper St. Clair. This faith-based program is an outreach of the Substance Addiction Ministry at the church, and is adapted from the bestselling book “Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children” by Allison Bottke. Free. Registration is required by contacting Bruce and Nancy Shea at email@example.com or 412-952-1084.