Blood drives

Vitalant, formerly Central Blood Bank, is hosting multiple blood drives to provide opportunities for healthy members of the community to help save lives by donating.

Drives are scheduled in Peters Township from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Center Presbyterian Church, 255 Center Church Road (Group Code C5300079), and from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at Wright’s United Methodist Church, 788 Venetia Road (Group Code G0110174).

To support safe social distancing, prospective blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 877-258-4825 or visiting by searching with the group codes attached to each drive.

Theater director speaks

The guest speaker for the South Park Women’s Club next meeting will be Lorraine Mszanski, executive director of South Park Theater.

Her responsibilities include getting permission for plays to be staged, finding and casting actors, organizing rehearsals and more. She will speak more about her job and what it entails, and maybe share what to expect next season.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the South Park Township Community Center Room. In addition to the guest speaker are a short business meeting and dessert.

Women from all communities are welcome to attend.

Lions fish fry

Bethel Park Lions will hold a fish fry Oct. 22 at Lions Park, 5757 Irishtown Road.

Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes fish sandwich, coleslaw and drink for $14. Dinner is from 4 to 7 p.m., and on the menu is fish or shrimp, french fries or macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and drink for $14. Children’s meal is available for $5.

The event is drive-through only. Proceeds benefit Lions charities.

Elks card party

Pittsburgh South Hills Elks will host a card party on Oct. 23 at the Elks lodge, 2789 South Park Road, Bethel Park.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. The event features a Chinese auction.

The cost is $20 per person, with the money raised going toward Elks charity projects. For tickets, call 412-831-0616.

Anti-Semitism course

“Outsmarting Anti-Semitism,” a four-part Rohr Jewish Learning Institute course, is scheduled for 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 3-24, via Zoom or in person at Chabad of the South Hills, 1701 McFarland Road, Mt. Lebanon.

Through illuminating source texts and captivating case studies, the course considers the sources of anti-Semitism, along with the appropriate strategies for overcoming it.

Watch the trailer and register at If you would like to attend the first class for free contact Rabbi Mendel Rosenblum at

Sugarplum Shop

The Upper St Clair League for the Arts will hold its Sugarplum Shop and Art Gallery from Nov. 4-7 at the McLaughlin Run Activity Center, 1770 McLaughlin Run Road.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday.

Featured will be pottery, fiber art, stained glass, fused glass, painted gourds, cypress knee Santas, hand carved santas, polymer clay, homemade soaps, jewelry, wreaths, pillows, center pieces, purses, covered notebooks and Susan Castriota’s patented microwave lids.

More than 25 local artists will be featured, and a portion of the sales will be given as an art scholarship to an Upper St. Clair High School student.

Card party and basket raffle

St. Valentine Women’s Guild/Christian Mothers, a part of Our Lady of Hope Parish, is hosting its 66th annual card party and luncheon on Nov. 6. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and lunch served at noon.

Tickets are $25 per person. Reservation deadline is Oct. 22. Call Rita at 412-608-2939 or Jessica 412-580-4640, or email for more information.

Veterans Day service

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Club will hold its annual Veterans Day Memorial Service at noon Nov. 11 at the South Park Nurses War Memorials on Corrigan Drive.

All military nurses will be remembered with a wreath placed at the nurses’ monuments.

The program will include the Rev. Jon Brzek, retired U.S. Navy Command chaplain and parochial vicar at St. Joan of Arc/St. Catherine Laboure Parish; retired Army Lt. Col. Lois Shirley, a member of the Women’s Overseas Service League whose service included assignments in Vietnam and Germany; Clarence Hopson, deputy director of Allegheny County Parks; and bagpiper Bradley Wilson.

The public is welcome to attend.

Women’s Club meeting

The South Hills Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Scott Park Lodge, Scott Township. The guest speaker for the evening will be artist Jack Puglisi. He is an artist known for his finely detailed pen and ink renderings. The club’s main focus each year is to raise funds for local charities while offering women the opportunity to socialize and meet new friends. The club is always open to new members. For those interested in attending, call Suzanne at 412-953-3209.

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