COVID-19 virtual town hall

Medical experts from St. Clair Hospital and Mayo Clinic are hosting a free virtual town hall on Zoom to answer the community’s questions on the COVID-19 pandemic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30.

The event is being moderated by Dr. Maria Simbra and will feature St. Clair physicians Stephen Colodny, chief of infectious disease; John Sullivan, senior vice president and chief medical officer; and Ruth Christoforetti, family medicine and primary care. Also joining are Mayo Clinic physicians Stacey Rizza, executive medical director for international academic affairs and Andrew Badley, professor of medicine and molecular medicine.

The virtual town hall coincides with St. Clair’s fourth anniversary as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. For more information, including how to participate in the town hall, visit

Movie Chats

The Denis Theatre Foundation in Mt. Lebanon continues a series of Movie Chats via Zoom with “The Florida Project” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

The 2017 film, directed by Sean Baker, follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.

Watch the movie ahead of time and then join an educational discussion with film instructor Elaine Wertheim.

Registration is limited. To register, email for the Zoom link.

“The Florida Project” is available through Kanopy and Hoopla, free to card holders at area libraries.

Other movies in the series are “All the King’s Men” (1949), Oct. 8; Dial M for Murder (1953), Oct. 15; “Born Yesterday” (1950), Oct. 22; “And Breathe Normally” (2018), Oct. 29; “A Face in the Crowd” (1957), Nov. 5; “Harold and Lillian” (2015), Nov. 12; and “Wag the Dog” (1997), Nov. 19.

Pennies for the Trail

Pennies for the Trail fundraisers are scheduled for the benefit of the Montour Trail.

The Peters Township Friends and the South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail will hold their events from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 in Peters Township, South Park Township, Jefferson Hills and Clairton. Bethel Park Friends of the Montour Trail Penny Day is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

Trail users are encouraged to bring their change or any other monetary donations to one of the collection points along the trail for donation andto talk with our local volunteers.

Donations for Peters Township can be given to volunteers at the Brush Run Road trailhead, along the trail behind Pareo Gyro or at the upper end of the bridge near the water treatment facility on Valley Brook Road. In the case of inclement weather, donations will be accepted at the upper end of the bridge near the water treatment facility.

The family of volunteer Padmavathi Banavara has offered a challenged to match the first $1,500 in Peters Township donations.

The Bethel Park Friends of the Trail will be collecting at the Limestone and Irishtown parking lots and at Clifton Road.

If you would like to contribute but are not able to do so in person, contact Mark Imgrund 724-941-6351 or in Peters Township or Dave Oyler from South Park at 412-831-9288 or

Farmers market extended

The Bethel Park Recreation Farmers Market is being extended for two weeks, until Oct. 13.

The market is held from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the VIP parking lot in South Park, off Corrigan Drive. For more information, visit

Shred-It event

As a thank you to their customers and the communities in which they serve, Guardian Storage is hosting free Shred-It events.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3, safe and secure disposal of unwanted documents will take place at the Guardian Storage at 2670 Washington Road in North Strabane Township.

To ensure service as many people as possible, Guardian has set a limit of five file boxes or the equivalent per person and asks that any file clips be removed beforehand. More materials will be shredded during the last hour of each event as long as space remains in the Shred-It truck.

Face masks are required at the event to help ensure safety.

The event is part of the Guardian Gives program, which is centered around educating youth, helping neighbors in need and contributing to a cleaner environment.

Because the Shred-It service is free, participants are asked to provide voluntary cash or new school supply donations to support the Education Partnership, a local nonprofit organization that helps bridge the gap between what students have and what they need to succeed in the classroom.

Trick or Trivia

Peters Township Parks and Recreation will host “Trick or Trivia” for participants ages 5 and older from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Peterswood Park Amphitheater.

Teams of between two and eight members are welcome at the Halloween-themed and family-friendly event. The person who registers a team will receive an email with rules and instructions.

Register by Oct. 5 at the Peters Township Parks and Recreation Center or by visiting Fee is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

South Hills Coin Club

The next monthly meeting of the South Hills Coin Club will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Bethel Park Municipal Building, 5100 W. Library Ave.

The program will be on Mercury dimes, which were struck by the U.S. Mint from 1916 to 1946, prior to replacement by coins bearing the likeness of Franklin Roosevelt.

All members and the general public are invited. A 50/50 will be offered and children’s prizes awarded. Applications are being accepted for membership.

For more information, call 724-984-6611.

Bethel Woman’s Club

The Bethel Woman’s Club meets Oct. 21 at the South Hills Elks Lodge, 2789 South Park Road, Bethel Park.

A social gathering at 11:30 a.m. will be followed by lunch at noon. The program features Christine Macintosh, Bethel Park Public Library director, speaking about “Women’s Undergarments of the Past.”

All South Hills women are invited to attend. For information about reservations, call Pat at 412-831-1861. Checks for the luncheon must be received no later than Oct. 16.

Sarris candy bars will be available, with profits benefiting Meals On Wheels and South Hills Interfaith Movement.

BP Halloween events

The municipality of Bethel Park will hold a “Spooktacular Parade” from noon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 31 and trick-or-treating from 6 to 8.

The parade will feature emergency vehicles and antique cars, along with candy and surprises for kids in the community. The event is being held in partnership with the Bethel Park Community Foundation.

Residents wishing to participate in trick-or-treating should turn their porch lights on. Those not wanting to participate can leave their porch lights off. Those participating in trick-or-treating are being encouraged to socially distance and wear a mask.

The municipality also is holding a Halloween decorating contest for Bethel Park residents. Judging will be from Oct. 23 through Nov. 1. One winner will be declared in each ward.

For more information, visit or visit the Municipality of Bethel Park Facebook page.

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