Bethel Park Recreation changes

With the announcement of Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest COVID-19 restrictions, Bethel Park Recreation is making the temporary changes through Jan. 4.

The Bethel Park Community Center is open from 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on weekends.

All community center walking appointments have been suspended through Jan. 4, and winter program registrations are not being accepted until Jan. 5.

For more information, visit, or call the recreation department at 412-831-1328 or the community center at 412-851-2910.

Chili cookbook

Every winter since 2011, the Friends of Mt Lebanon Public Library group hosted the fundraising Brews for a Chili Night event. The chili and some of the cornbread are homemade and donated by library patrons and supporters.

With the 2021 event not occurring because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Friends sent a call out to their former chili chefs for recipes and then compiled them all into a booklet featuring 39 varieties of chili – from traditional to off-beat, meaty to vegan, mild to burn-the-tastebuds-off-your-tongue hot – and four cornbreads.

Cookbooks are $10 and all proceeds benefit the library. Purchase your cookbook at the Book Cellar’s shopify store at

Christmas Eve services

Crossroads Church, 1120 Boyce Road, Upper St. Clair, will host two outdoor Christmas Eve services in the parking lot, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 24.

Divine Services for the Nativity

St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church, 2005 Mohawk Road, Upper St. Clair, will hold Divine Services for the Nativity of Our Lord with Divine Liturgy at 5 p.m. Dec. 24, live streaming of Vesperal Divine Liturgy at 8 p.m. Dec. 24, and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 24.

Space will be limited this yearbecause of COVID-19 social distancing requirements, with up to 50 participants at each Divine Service. For more information, visit

Tree of Hope

Thomas Presbyterian Church has placed a Christmas tree on its grounds, called the Tree of Hope. The purpose of the tree is to have a place where individuals, families and children can place an ornament and then deliver a prayer request to the church mailbox located outside the meeting house of the church.

Each week’s congregations will be informed of the prayer requests and asked to share the requests with congregation members who will keep the requests in prayer during the week.

The Tree of Hope will be located at the church, 1068 Linden Road, Nottingham Township, through New Year’s Day.

Hide donations sought

Pittsburgh South Hills Elks Lodge 2213 is asking hunters to donate hides to the Elks Veteran program. The hides will be used to make leather gloves for handicapped veterans and provide tanned leather to make occupational therapy kits.

Drop off hides at the lodge, 2789 South Park Road, Bethel Park, or call 412-831-0616 for pickup.

Cookbook benefits nonprofits

Help support nonprofit organizations by ordering the McMurray Rotary Cookbook, featuring nearly 200 pages’ worth of recipes from club members, family members, friends and a few authentic chefs.

All proceeds go to the club’s philanthropy beneficiaries, a list of which is provided in the book.

Donation for the book is $30. To order, mail a check to Rotary Club of McMurray,P.O. Box 1291,McMurray, Pa. 15317, or visit

South Hills Coin Club

The 61st anniversary coin show of the South Hills Coin Club is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Crowne Plaza — Pittsburgh South in Bethel Park, across Fort Couch Road from South Hills Village.

Free admission and hourly door prizes are featured. COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

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