A reindeer planter-making session will be the project during the Peters Township Parks and Recreation Department do-it-yourself time at the community center. Ages 55 and over can participate in the event being held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 22. Fee is $10 ($15 for non-members). Visit: or call 724-942-5000 to register.


An autumn blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Bethel Presbyterian Church located on Bethel Church Road. The event benefits South Hills Interfaith Movement. To donate blood register by calling 412-209-7000 or by visiting:


The Taste of Heaven cookie sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 3 at the St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church located at 2005 Mohawk Road in Upper St. Clair. Participants can purchase a container and select from an assortment of homemade cookies and holiday treats. Pre-packaged containers of nut horns, apricot horns and traditional holiday specialty cookies will also be available. Cash or check will be the only acceptable methods of payments. Call 412-835-7800 for more information.


The Peters Creek Historical Society’s annual “Soup and Stroll” open house will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Enoch Wright House located at 815 Venetia Road. In addition to homemade soup, there will be desserts and artisan bread available as visitors stroll through the decorated house that features the mining room, textile room and Charity Wright’s bedroom. The log cabin also will be open for viewing. Cost is $10 per adult; $5 for children under 8. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Visit or call 724-941-6609 for more details on the event or regarding the society.


Mt. Lebanon’s Uptown Winter Market and Holiday Celebration will kick off the holidays on Washington Road on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be music, artists, makers, vendors, entertainment and all the traditional holiday elements such as the Southminster Handbell Choir and an elf hunt.


Collection boxes for the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys For Tots program have been placed at the Peters Township recreation center and public library. New, unwrapped gifts for children, from infancy to 14 years old, will be accepted until Dec. 11. Residents can also drop off donations during the community center’s holiday kickoff celebration being held Dec. 4. For further information, call 724-942-5000.


The Dean Streator Holiday Concert will be held at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Bethel Park Community Center. Among the featured entertainers will be: The Community Band South directed by Jim Bennett and Max Gonano; the Bethel Park High School Top 21 vocal group, directed by Todd Kuczawa; and the Southminster Presbyterian handbell ringers, directed by Richard Pinkerton.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Bethel Park Community Foundation, the major event sponsor. For more information, call 412-851-2910.


The North Way Christian Community Dormont Campus, located on Espy Avenue, will host Christmas Eve services from 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 22; at 5 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 23, and at 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Visit: or call 412-725-3102 for more details.


The Peters Township Community Center will be open from 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 23 for recreation for ages 6 to 10. Fee is $5 ($8 non-members). Children should bring a water bottle labeled with their name and wear gym shoes. Visit or call 724-942-5000 to register.


The Peters Township Parks and Recreation Department will offers leaf luminaries from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the community center. Ages 13-17 will decorate a mason jar that can be displayed on the dining room table for Thanksgiving. Fee is $5 ($8 non-members). Visit: or call 724-942-5000 to register. Deadline to sign up is Nov. 21.


Creative children, ages 6 to 10, can attend a mixed medium holiday art class from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Peters Township Community Recreation Center. Participants will use watercolors and pastels to craft a piece of art. Fee is $5 ($8 non-members).

Visit: or call 724-942-5000 to register. Deadline to sign up is Nov. 26.


Ages 13 to 17 can learn how to make holiday bath bombs for gifts or keepsakes from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Peters Township Community Recreation Center. Fee is $10 ($15 non-members).

Visit: or call 724-942-5000 to register. Deadline to sign up is Dec. 4.


A gingerbread workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Bethel Park Library. Participants should bring a can of icing or bag of candy to share for decorating. All other materials will be provided. All ages can participate. No registration required.


The Peters Township Parks and Recreation Department is offering a one-day bus trip to Oglebay on Dec. 8. The bus departs at 12:30 p.m. and returns to the community center at 10 p.m. Tourists will visit the Wheeling Glass Museum, take a self-guided tour of the Mansion Museum, shop at the stores at The Hilltop, dine at the Wilson Lodge, then take a guided tour of the Festival of Lights. Visit: or call 724-942-5000 to register.


A Chanukah seniors luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 21 at Chabad of the South Hills, located at 1701 McFarland Rd. in Mt. Lebanon. In addition to the holiday program, there will be hot latkes and raffle prizes. Suggested donation is $5. The event is wheelchair accessible. Call 412-278-2658 or email: to pre register.


The AARP Chapter 3016 meets every second Thursday of the month at Unity Presbyterian Church located at 1146 Greentree Road. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. Anyone over 55 can attend. With 270 members, the club offers travel, programs, picnics, pancake brunches, socials and a holiday party. Call 412-563-3961 for more information.


The Take Pounds off Sensible Chapter 475 of Carnegie meets year-round at the Carnegie United Methodist Church located at 415 Washington Ave. Cost is $5 per month. Weigh-in is at 3:30 p.m. Class follows from 4 to 5 p.m. Call 412-818-7489 for more details.

Almanac Sports Editor

An award-winning journalist, Eleanor Bailey has been employed by Observer Publishing Company since 1982. She is the sports editor at The Almanac and a contributor for the Observer-Reporter.

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