Things to do
“Taste of Heaven” cookie sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 8, St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church, 2005 Mohawk Road, Upper St. Clair. Variety of homemade cookies available. Containers provided. Cost: $6 (small), $10 (large). 412-310-0521. stgregoryusc.org.
Cookie Walk: 9-11 a.m. Dec. 8, Waverly Presbyterian Church, 590 S. Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh. Homemade cookies and soup will be sold. Cost: $12 (small box of cookies), $20 (large box of cookies), $6 (soup). 412-242-0643. waverlychurch.org.
Breakfast with Santa: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 1, St. Valentine Church, Frawley Hall, 2710 Ohio St., Bethel Park. Games, prizes, balloon artists, music, dancing, face painting, Pirate Parrot and Steeley McBeam. Children 2 and older receive a free gift bag after visiting Santa. Cost: $25 for family of two adults and all children, $8 per additional adult, and $6 children ages 2 to 12. 412-608-2939.
Cranberry Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry, 724-776-4806. cranberrytownship.org/programs:
• Visits with Santa: Dec. 1, 8 and 9. Register in advance with the parks and recreation department. Cost: $12 per child, $9 for Cranberry residents.
Grand Hanukkah Seniors Luncheon: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12, South Hills Jewish Community Center, 345 Kane Blvd., Pittsburgh. Lunch with hot latkes and music. Sponsored by the Chabad of the South Hills and the community center. Cost: $5 donation. 412-278-2658. email@example.com.
“Mad” About Christmas: 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Broughton Fire Hall, 1030 Cochran Mill Road, Pittsburgh. Retro 1960s dinner club Christmas party. Tickets: $35 each. Deadline to purchase: Dec. 3. Benefits South Park Township Library. 412-833-5585.
Reindeer Ball: 4-7 p.m. Dec. 2, Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, 1000 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh. Benefits A Child's Place at Mercy. Visits from Martha, Frog and Toad, Lars the Polar Bear, Tacky the Penguin, Clifford, Curious George, Mrs. Claus and holiday characters from “A Winter Wonderland.” Crafts, face painting, balloon and caricature artists, a child-friendly buffet, and cookies. Cost: $80 (adults), $45 (children). 724-934-3537.
Heavenly Cookie Shoppe: 9 a.m.-noon, Dec. 8, Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park. Homemade Christmas cookies and craft items. Cookies are $8 per pound. Benefits mission projects of United Methodist Women. 412-835-6621.
Holiday Cookie Sale: 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Dec. 8, Baldwin Community United Methodist Church, 5001 Baptist Road, Baldwin. Cookies are $8 per pound. Benefits missions for women and children.
“Fill That Truck”: Until Dec. 1. Donate new, unwrapped toys at Baranowski Restaurant or Peak Performance Chiropractic office on McKnight Road. Toys will be loaded into a truck at Bonnie & Clyde's restaurant in Wexford on Dec. 8 Benefits local families of Women's Choice Network.
Fair Trade Market: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1, Holy Sepulcher Church 6515 Old Route 8, Butler. Jewelry, household items, Christmas decorations and ornaments, children's toys and games, coffees, teas and chocolates. Benefits mission school in Patzún, Guatemala. Free admission. 724-898-2424. holysepulcher.org.
Greens & Things Holiday Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1, Robin Hill, 949 Thorn Run Road, Moon. Fresh, natural and dried centerpieces, swags, wreaths and accents for home and gift giving. Benefits Moon Township Garden Club philanthropies. Door prize.
Penn Hills Light Up Night: 7-9 p.m. Nov. 29, Penn Hills Municipal Building, 12245 Frankstown Road. Opening ceremony presented by the Penn Hills NJROTC Color Guard. Penn Hills High School Choral Ensemble, Santa and his elves, and refreshments. Portion of proceeds benefits Penn Hills Rotary Club and the Penn Hills High School Interact Club. 412-798-2129.
New Year's Eve party: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Marriott hotel, 1308 Freedom Road, Cranberry. Cost: $75 (through Dec. 21), $80 (Dec. 22 to 27). Hors d'oeuvres, two drink tickets, three-course dinner, DJ and cash bar. 18 and older. Hosted by St. Ferdinand Church. 724-776-9177, ext. 313. 724-779-3986.
Holiday Promenade on Walnut: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (open festivities), 3-4 p.m. (VIP), 4 p.m. (fashion show) Dec. 2, Nadia Salon, 5519 Walnut St., Shadyside. No charge 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Art vendors, performance, refreshments. VIP and fashion show tickets: $15. thedanceticket.blogspot.com. 412-860-1628.
Hanukkah Toy Drive: Drop off new, unwrapped toys at Chabad of the South Hills, 1701 McFarland Road, Mt. Lebanon, or E2 Toys 2 Try, Scott Towne Center, 2101 Greentree Road, Scott, through Dec. 6. Benefits underprivileged and hospitalized children in Pittsburgh and out-of-town schools affected by Superstorm Sandy. 412-278-2658, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presents for Patients Community Night: 5-7 p.m. Nov. 29, St. Barnabas, 5827 Meridian Road, Gibsonia. Horse drawn hayrides, entertainment, bonfire, Santa Claus, refreshments and fireworks. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped gift for a nursing home patient. 724-443-0800, ext. 5310. email@example.com.
Coats for Kids Drive: Mancan Inc. Staffing Agency and United Way collecting gently used coats for families in need. Coats and cash donations may be dropped off at any Mancan location through Dec. 14. 330-456-7284. 724-941-3895. mancan.com.
International Women: 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7, Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, 2310 Haymaker Road, Monroeville. Festive Holiday Celebration program for foreign and American born women. Babysitting available. Reservations required 48 hours in advance. 412-373-1181.
Hampton Band's Holiday Extravaganza: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1, Hampton Middle School, 4589 School Drive, Allison Park. Events include make-your-own-sundaes, holiday craft mart and cookie walk. Entertainment provided by Hampton School District musicians. Benefits Hampton bands. hamptonbandparents.org.
Light Up the Diamond Christmas parade: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, line up begins 6 p.m. at Wilmington High School, 350 Wood St., New Wilmington. Entries should follow the “Country Christmas” theme. Monetary prizes awarded to first, second, and third place winners. 724-946-5074.
“Rat Pack Christmas” concert:8 p.m. Dec. 8, Kean Theater, 5847 Meridian Road, Gibsonia. Trio performs Vegas-style Christmas concert. Tickets: $30. 724-444-5326. keantheater.com.
Women's Christmas dinner:6 p.m. Dec. 5, Monaca United Methodist Church. Reservations due by Nov. 25. Cost: $10. 724-775-7776.
Salvation Army, Western Pennsylvania Division, Allegheny County. salvationarmy-wpa.org:
• Christmas Red Kettle Season: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., now until Dec. 24. Additional sites and volunteers needed. 412-446-1637.
• Adopt-A-Family holiday program: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. now until Dec. 14, gifts collection at 6017 Broad St., East Liberty. 412-362-0891, ext. 104.
• Bikes for kids collection: Through the end of November. Donations collected at Kraynick's Bike Shop, 5003 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh.
North Hills Senior High School planetarium: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 14, 17 and 19, North Hills Senior High School, 53 Rochester Road, Ross. “George and Oatmeal Save Santa” and “Winter Wonders” shown on 24-foot planetarium dome. No charge.
Hampton Christmas Tree Light-Up: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Community Center, 3101 McCully Road, Allison Park. Photos with Santa, cookies, and refreshments. 412-487-7870.
Presents for Patients Community Night: 5-7 p.m. Nov. 29. St. Barnabas Gibsonia Campus, 5827 Meridian Road, Gibsonia. Fireworks, horse-drawn hayrides, carol sing, refreshments, bonfire and photos with Santa. Attendees asked to bring a new, unwrapped gift for a nursing home patient. 724-443-0800, ext. 5310. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Jolly Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1, Messiah Lutheran Church, 4300 Main St., Munhall. Vendors, crafters and bake sale. 412-461-6958. 412-655-3469.
Three Rivers Ringers:6 p.m. Dec. 2, Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1146 Greentree Road, Green Tree. Handbell ensemble will perform “The Gift of the Magi.” No charge. Donations welcome.
Braddock Community Male Chorus Christmas Concert:5 p.m. Dec. 9, Watts Community Center, 736 Washington St., Braddock. 412-818-4116.
Community Christmas Carol Festival:7 p.m. Dec. 2, Elizabeth Baptist Church, 735 Bunola River Road, Elizabeth. Choirs, soloists, scripture readings, and prayer. “Love Gift” offering benefits the Elizabeth Borough Clergy Food Bank. 412-384-6464. Attendees asked to bring a nonperishable item for food bank.
Monaca United Methodist Women Christmas Dinner: 6 p.m. Dec. 5, Monaca United Methodist Church, 813 Indiana Ave., Monaca. Stuffed chicken breast. Cost: $10. 724-775-7776.
Fairview Elementary School Holiday Extravaganza:9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8, Fairview Elementary School, 738 Dorseyville Road, Indiana. Shopping fair with more than 50 artisan crafters and vendors. Fifteen themed gift baskets will be raffled off. Benefits Habitat for Humanity.
Canine Companions for Independence:The national nonprofit provider of trained assistance dogs for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities is selling a “Carols for Christmas” compact disc. Cost: $15. Benefits the organization. 412-720-8200.
The North Hills School District music department holiday concerts: All at 7 p.m., North Hills Junior High School auditorium, 55 Rochester Road, Ross, unless otherwise noted. Free. Nonperishable food donations will be taken to benefit the North Hills Backpack Initiative.
• Dec. 5, advanced guitar recital (Junior High LGI Room)
• Dec. 6, combined orchestras
• Dec. 11, senior high band
• Dec. 12, junior high band
• Dec. 13, elementary band
• Dec. 18, senior high choir (Senior High Auditorium, 53 Rochester Road, Ross)
• Dec. 20, junior high choir
Gift drive for Beaver County Children and Youth Services: Sponsored by the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. Participants will be provided with the first name, age, and gift preferences of a child and will purchase, wrap and deliver the gift. Drop off from 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 or 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 8, Penn State University, Beaver campus, Student Union Building, Room 16, 100 University Drive, Center. For details, contact Diane Canning at 724-375-2474 or Cindy Hovanec at 412-370-2884 or 724-378-7448. Donations can be made in cash or by check payable to Beaver Valley Area Chapter PSAA and mailed to Office of Campus and Community Relations, Penn State Beaver, 100 University Drive, Monaca, PA 15061. 724-773-3815 or email@example.com.
A Visit to Bethlehem: 1-4 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9, St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland, 311 Cumberland Road, McCandless. Walk-through village streetscape with townspeople, live nativity. Free. 412-364-2508.
Nutcracker:8 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9, Andrew Carnegie Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie. Tickets at the door: $12 adults; $10 senior citizens and children. 412-279-8887 or carnegieperformingartscenter.com.
Annual holiday play by R-Act Theater Group: 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Merrick Art Gallery, 1100 Fifth Ave., New Brighton. Play takes the form of an old-fashioned live radio production. Refreshments following. Tickets: $5-$9. 724-846-1130.
Breakfast with Santa: 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Dec. 1, Brentwood Civic Center, Brentwood Park, Windor Road. Pancakes, strolling magician, photos with Santa, ornament sale. Cost is $6 in advance, $7 at the door. Sponsored by the Brentwood Girl Scouts. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Starry Night: 3-5 p.m. Dec. 1, Ann Ashley United Methodist Church, 334 2nd Ave., Munhall. Journey through Bethlehem in event offering real-life experience of Mary and Joseph's journey to the manger. Work on crafts at stations including the census taker's office, the inn and the stable. Cosponosred by Homestead Park and Whitaker United Methodist churches. 412-462-9030; www.hpumc.com.
Meditation and Whole Life Transformation:7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 20, Winchester Thurston School, 455 Morewood Ave. “Pittsburgh Supreme Meditation and the Science of Transformation” with Acharya Kedar. No charge. 724-420-5826. meditateinpittsburgh.org.
Singles Dance: 8 p.m.-midnight Dec. 1, West View VFW, 386 Perry Highway, West View. Free speed dating at 7 p.m. Free nachos and cheese and snacks. Admission: $8. 724-316-5029. email@example.com. dancetonight.weebly.com.
Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee board meeting: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh. Hank Butler, executive director of Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition, will discuss November's election results. No charge.
Mingling and a Movie:6 p.m. Dec. 7, Southside Works Cinema, 425 Cinema Drive, Pittsburgh. Must be 21 or older. Happy hour with food, drinks, music and prizes. Movies start between 7 and 8 p.m. Cost: $30 (includes 3 drink tickets, light hors d'oeuvres and admission to a movie). Additional cash bar available. Reservation line open Monday to Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 412-481-8800.
Boar's Head Festival: 7 p.m. Dec. 8; 5 p.m. Dec. 9, Park United Presbyterian Church, 115 East Grandview Avenue, Zelienople. Traditional service of Christian music. No charge but tickets required. 724-452-8004.
Cajun Dance: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Bulgarian-Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center, 449 W. Eighth Ave., West Homestead. Live music with Grand Bon Rien. Admission includes dance lesson. Cost: $8. 412-247-6604.
Flea market:8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1, Harmony Museum's Stewart Hall, 218 Mercer St., Harmony. Table rentals: $12, $20 (two). Vendors may set up Nov. 30. Benefits Harmony Museum. 724-452-7341.
Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks. 412-771-3052. FatherRyanArtsCenter.org:
• Jingle Bell Blitz Toy Collection: 6 p.m. Dec. 7. Benefits children and families served by Focus on Renewal. Donation boxes for new, unwrapped gifts available at Cioppino Restaurant in the Strip District and the Father Ryan Arts Center.
• Simply Inspirational Treasures “For the Holidays” gallery show and sale: 7-9 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 6. Handcrafted jewelry for men and women.
• Fall Arts Education Showcase: 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Student end-of-semester showcase for families and friends. Tickets: $5. Benefits arts education programs.
• Reader's Theater Presentations: 12:45 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 13. Third-graders from Sto-Rox Elementary School and St. Malachy Catholic School bring words and characters to life.
• Jazz Up the Holidays: Benefit Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 18, David E. Williams Middle School, 100 Porters Hollow Road, Kennedy. Jazz vocalist Lisa Yvonne Ferraro with band members Mike Tomaro, Max Leake, Dr. Steven Hawk, Bob Matchett, Kurt Lorence, and Lenny Rogers. Benefits arts education classes and financial aid program. Tickets: $10 (adults), $8 (children and seniors).
Art, music, theater
“A Christmas Story” trip: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Pittsburgh. Lunch at Atria's in Peters before a performance of “A Christmas Story” at the Little Lake Theater, followed by dessert at Sarris Candy's ice cream parlor. Registration required. Cost: $65. 412-884-3797.
The Americas in concert:7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Hillman Center for Performing Arts, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh. Performances from 60 young musicians from the Pittsburgh region. firstname.lastname@example.org. 412-457-0518.
Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 200 Broad St., Sewickley. sweetwatercenter.org:
• Holiday luncheon: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 29. Three-course lunch. Cost: $15.
• “Let the Men Cook” during Sewickley Light Up Night: 5-9 p.m. Nov. 30. Three-course meal prepared by all-male volunteers. Cost: $15 (adults), $5 (12 and younger.)
Free movies at Kean Theater: 2 p.m. Tuesdays in December, 1 p.m. Wednesdays in December, Kean Theater, 5847 Meridian Road, Gibsonia. Sponsored by UPMC Health Plan. keantheater.com.
Young Artist Competition: 1-4 p.m. Jan. 20, Swope Hall, Slippery Rock University. Winner receives $400 and will perform with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra on March 9. Open to any high school graduate within a 25-mile radius of Butler County. 724-287-3365. butlersymphony.org.
University of Pittsburgh Men's Glee Club: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, St. John the Baptist Parish, 444 St. John St., Plum. Roast beef dinner at 5:40 p.m. Tickets: $10 (concert), $15 (concert, dinner), $10 (dinner only), $5 (dinner for children 6-10). 412-793-4511.
Song writing workshop: 3 p.m. Dec. 1, Bedford Center for the Arts in the Anderson House, 137 E. Pitt St, Bedford. Singer-songwriter Hannah Bingman conducts interactive class. Attendees can bring songs they are working on and ask questions.
Military-themed variety show:7 p.m. Nov. 30, Soldiers and Sailors Hall, 4141 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh. Stage and screen performances by Joe Grushecky, Bill Deasy, CLO and Pittsburgh Broadway Stars. Cost: $15. 412-621-4253. soldiersandsailorshall.org.
Pittsburgh Concert Chorale:8 p.m. Nov. 30 and 4 p.m. Dec. 2, Ingomar United Methodist Church, 1501 West Ingomar Road, Pittsburgh; 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. Performances will include a mix of seasonal classics. Cost: $18 (online for adults), $22 (at the door), $8 (students). Free for children younger than 12. 412-635-7654. pccsing.org.
“Scrooge the Musical”:7 p.m. Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2, South Fayette High School, 3680 Old Oakdale Road, McDonald. Tickets: $5 (adult), $3 (students, children). No charge for senior citizens holding South Fayette Gold Cards. 412-221-4542, ext. 241.
The Skyliners' Donna Groom concert:2:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Lighthouse Pointe Village at Chapel Harbor, 500 Chapel Harbor Drive, Pittsburgh. No charge. To register: 412-781-2707.
Matinee Movies: 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, and 17, Cumberland Woods Village, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive, Allison Park,. PA 15101. “The Family Stone,” “Titanic,” and “A Christmas Story.” Seniors can enjoy movies inside 247-seat theater. No charge.
North Hills Chorale: 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 3 p.m. Dec. 9, Kearns Spirituality Center, La Roche College 9000 Babcock Blvd. Allison Park. “A Bouquet of Carols” holiday concert. Freewill offering accepted. Attendees asked to bring nonperishable food item for North Hills Community Outreach Food Pantry. nnhchorale.com.
A Circle of Friends Choirs:email@example.com.
• 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 415 E Grandview Ave, Zelienople. 724-452-7560.
• 4 p.m. Dec. 8, Mars United Presbyterian Church, 232 Crowe Ave., Mars. Benefits MHY Family. 724-625-3141 ext. 228.
• 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Succop Theater, Butler County Community College, 107 College Drive, Butler. Benefits VNA Hospice. 724-431-3213.
• 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Hope Lutheran Church, 8070 Rowan Road, Cranberry. Benefits Glade Run Services. 724-776-3141.
• 4 p.m. Dec. 15, Valley High School, 703 Stevenson Blvd., New Kensington. Benefits Camden Lookabough, 3. 724-594-3245.
• 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Trinity Lutheran Church, 323 Fifth St., Freeport. Benefits Freeport Food Bank. 724-295-9557.
“The Glass Menagerie”:8 p.m. Nov. 29, Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Penn State New Kensington, Forum Theatre, 3550 Seventh Street Road, New Kensington. Performed by the drama club and directed by Bill Mitas, instructor in theatre arts at the campus. Cost: $8 adults; $5 students. 724-334-6032.
Butler County Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Road. Featuring the Butler Senior High Singers under the direction of Byran Helsel, choral selections will include “The Night Before Christmas,” and “Peace, Peace, Peace. A selection of Klezmer music and Rimsky-Korsakov's “Snow Maiden Suite” will also be performed. Guest Conductor for the show is Walter Morales. Tickets: $22 in advance, at the Symphony office, 259 S. Main St., Butler or 724-283-1402; $25 at the door; $5 for students. butlersymphony.org.
Project Bundle-Up: Document shredding by Business Records Management in exchange for monetary donations and winter clothing to benefit Project Bundle-Up. Sponsored by Business Records Management.
• 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8, Business Records Management, 1325 Eisenhower Blvd., Johnstown.
• 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8, Walmart, 250 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh.
• 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8,. Business Records Management, 923 Bidwell St., Pittsburgh.
Animal Friends: 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh. 412-847-7000. thinkingoutsidethecage.org:
• Holiday Hops & Hoppers Beer Event with Rabbits: 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Beer tasting with free-roaming shelter rabbits. For ages 21 and older.
“Light up the Night”: 6 p.m. Dec. 9, Pittsburgh Marriot City Center, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh. Violinist Andrews Cardenes, former concertmaster for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Benefits the Chabad of the South Hills Jewish Center for Living & Learning. 412-344-2424. chabadsh.com.
Neighborhood Sweater Drive: Through Nov. 30. New or gently used sweaters and sweatshirts for the needy collected at Briarcliff Pavilion, 249 Maus Drive, North Huntingdon and Kade Nursing Home, 1198 W. Wylie Ave., Washington. Sponsored by Reliant Senior Care. 724-991-6704.
Dodge ball tournament: 3-5 p.m. Dec. 5, Gateway Middle School, 4450 Old William Penn Highway, Monroeville. Benefits “Kids Helping Kids” and Malayaka House orphanage in Uganda.
Food protection certification courses:For food industry workers. Sponsored by the Allegheny County Health Department. Fee: $60 (Allegheny County residents), $75 (others). 412-687-2243.
• Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, Allegheny General Hospital, 320 E. North Ave., Pittsburgh.
Volunteers sought by St. Barnabas Hospice: Training session 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 29, The Woodlands Lodge, 200 Lodge Lane, Valencia. Visits, light housekeeping, errands, clerical work. Accommodations can be made for anyone who cannot attend on this day. 724-444-5541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baldwin Borough Public Library: 41 Macek Drive. 412-885-2255 baldwinborolibrary.org:
• Children's story times: 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, toddlers ages 2 to 3 and 10-10:45 a.m. Fridays for preschool ages 3 and older.
• Build a Gingerbread House: 11 a.m. Dec. 1. No charge.
• The Winner's Workshop: Peak Performance Strategies for Athletes: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 4. Dave Loshelder explains tools and strategies needed to reach goals. Cost: $20
• Teen Night: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Games, prizes, and snacks.
• Holiday party: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Stories, songs, and Santa Claus.
Brentwood Library: 3501 Brownsville Road. 412-882-5694 www.brentwoodpubliclibrary.org:
• Card Club: 10 a.m. Mondays.
• Crafters Circle: 6-8 p.m. Mondays.
• Gaming: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Snacks provided.
Bridgeville Public Library: 505 McMillen St. 412-221-3737 bridgevillelibrary.org:
• Scrappy Scrabblers: 1-3 p.m. Fridays. Enjoy an afternoon of Scrabble. New players welcome.
• Computer Basics: 10:30 a.m. Fridays.
• Babies and Books: 10 a.m. Fridays. Stories, songs and fingerplays for infants to 2-year-olds followed by playtime.
Community Library of Castle Shannon: 3677 Myrtle Ave. 412-563-4552. castleshannonlibrary.org:
• Monthly Book Discussion Group: 7 p.m. second Mondays.
• Ornament making: 6 p.m. Dec. 4.
• Holiday Story Time: 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Carols and crafts.
• Holiday Card Making: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Music and refreshments.
• Holiday Party: 6 p.m. Dec. 18. Music, movies, games, and snacks.
• Movie Day at the Library: 11 a.m. Dec. 4.
Coraopolis Memorial Library: 601 School St. 412-264-3502. coraopolislibrary.blogspot.com:
• Christmas Craft-a-Thon: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3. All ages.
• “Pete the Cat Saves Christmas”: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Story time and craft.
• “How Do Dinosaurs Get Ready for Christmas?”: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13. Preschool story time.
• Open house: 1-3 p.m. Dec. 15. Bring a decorated gingerbread house for inaugural contest.
• Snowman story time and crafts: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19.
• “Polar Express” story time: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20.
• “American Girl: McKenna Shoot for the Stars” movie: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26.
Cooper-Siegel Community Library:403 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. 412-828-9520, ext 215 coopersiegelcommunitylibrary.org:
• Story times: 10:30 a.m. Fridays, infants up to 24 months; 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, toddlers, ages 24 to 36 months; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, ages 3 to 5.
Green Tree Public Library:10 W. Manilla Ave. 412-921-9292 greentreelibrary.org:
• Preschool story time: 10:30-11 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Children ages 3 to 5.
Jefferson Hills Public Library:925 Old Clairton Road. 412-655-7741 jeffersonhillslibrary.org:
• Scrabble Club: Noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays.
• Learn to Play Bridge: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Bridge expert Thomas Morris. 412-384-4378.
• Storytime: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 13 and 20. Children ages 3 and older.
Moon Township Public Library:1700 Beaver Grade Road. 412-269-0334. moonlibrary.org:
• Library Kid's Club: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Children in first through fifth grades invited to brainstorm ideas for the library's children's department.
Northern Tier Library:4015 Dickey Rd, Gibsonia. 724-449-2665. northerntierlibrary.org:
• “Are You Ready for Kindergarten?”: 4-4:45 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 13. Activities and games.
• Baby Playtime: Stories and Rhymes: 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 11. For children up to 18 months.
• Toddlers Just Want to Have Fun!: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 12. For ages 18 months to 3 years.
• Tween Art Club: 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Ages 8-12 will create projects from recycled and new materials. Registration required.
• Teen advisory board: 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Help plan events. Counts for National Honor Society credit.
• Coffehouse Poet Discussion Group: 6 p.m. Dec. 6. Discussing the works of Dorothy Parker.
• Holiday party: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Make Christmas tree ornaments; holiday music and cookies. All ages welcome. Registration required.
Penn Hills Library:1037 Stotler Road. 412-795-3507 pennhillslibrary.org:
• Advanced Knitting Club: 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
• Wednesday Afternoon Book Club: Third Wednesdays.
Peters Township Public Library:616 East McMurray Road, Peters, 724-941-9430. ptlibrary.org:
• Author and poet Samuel Hazo: 2-3 p.m. Dec. 2. Hazo discusses “Poetry in Public Speech.” Book signing and reception will follow. Register: email@example.com.
Pleasant Hills Public Library:302 Old Clairton Road. 412-655-2424 pleasanthillslibrary.org:
• Lifestory writing group: 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays. Help and encouragement to anyone writing or planning to write memoirs or family history.
• Preschool story time: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 18. For children 3 1⁄2 to 5 years.
• Baby Book Nook: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 19. For infants through 2 years and caregiver.
• Tot Time: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays Dec. 6 to 20. For children 2 to 3 1⁄2 years.
• PJ Family Story Time: 7 p.m. Dec. 17.
• Jingle All The Way: A Family Holiday Celebration: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Games, crafts, music, and snacks. $2 donation requested.
• Gingerbread House Workshops: 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Dec. 8. Ages 3 to 12. $3 donation requested.
• Teen Talk: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 29. For students in grades 6 to 12. Pizza, conversation, and games.
• Crafty Christmas: 7 p.m. Dec. 10. For students in grades 6 to 12. Learn how to make simple ornaments.
Scott Township Public Library:301 Lindsay Road. 412-429.5380 scottlibrary.org:
• “Scottie's Preschool Story Time”: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Children ages 3 to 6.
• Cookie exchange: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 8.
• One-on-one computer training: 8-9 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $5.
• Jewelry sale: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 8. Fifteen percent of sales donated to library.
• Gingerbread house workshop: 2-3 p.m. Dec. 9, Build your own gingerbread house. Milk carton base, graham crackers and candy will be supplied.
• Book Bingo: 7-8 p.m. Dec. 13. Grades K-8. Younger children with an adult.
• Conversation Salon: 1-3 p.m. Dec. 10. This month's topic: the electoral college.
Sewickley Public Library:500 Thorn St. 412-741-6920 sewickleylibrary.org:
• Wise Walks: 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Participants walk one to two miles and return to library for healthy snack.
South Fayette Township Library:515 Millers Run Road. 412-257-8660 southfayettelibrary.org:
• Chess Club: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays. Children in kindergarten through eighth grades. Registration required.
• Mother Goose Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children up to 3 years old. Songs, finger plays, flannel board stories.
• E-reader drop-in help sessions: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Learn to use library resources on e-readers or smart phones.
• Tales 'n Tunes Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Fridays. For ages 3 to 5 years with caregivers. Children sing songs with movements, listen to stories, and participate in art activities.
South Park Library:2575 Brownsville Road. 412-833-5585 southparklibrary.org:
• Vintage Purses: 7 p.m. Nov. 29. Megan Wojcik's collection of purses and gloves.
• South Park Beading & Design Group: 6 p.m. Nov. 28. Anne Oyler of 3 Rivers Beading.
Whitehall Public Library:100 Borough Park Drive. 412-882-6622. whitehallpubliclibrary.org:
• Catch Me If You Can at Candy Land!: 1-3 p.m. Dec. 1. Children ages 3-8 are invited to play a life-sized game of Candy Land. $3 per child collected at door.
Day of Worship with Jason Upton: 2 or 8 p.m. Dec. 8, Bakerstown United Methodist Church, 5760 William Flynn Highway, Gibsonia. Cost: $17. eventbrite.com/event/4587717988.
Laketon Heights United Methodist Church anniversary:10:30 a.m. Dec. 2, 9601 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. The church celebrates its 97th anniversary. Reception follows service. 412-241-9170.
Advent and Lessons Carol Service: 4 p.m. Dec. 9, Presbyterian Church Sewickley, 414 Grant St., Sewickley. Carols from several countries will be performed in response to scripture readings. Adult and high school singing choirs and handbell choirs. No charge. 412-741-4550 ext. 205.
The Bible Chapel, 300 Gallery Drive, Peters. 724-941-8990. biblechapel.org:
• The Caring Tree: Dec. 1, 2. Choose an angel from trees in the main lobby and return a unwrapped gift for holiday delivery.
• “Countdown to Christmas” sermon series: Weekends through Dec. 30.
• Christmas concert: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, “The Gift of Joy, He is Coming: Christmas Cantata.” No charge. Childcare provided. Offering taken to benefit the City Mission.
Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park. 412-835-6621. christumc.net:
• Single Adult Ministry: 7 p.m. (fellowship), 7:30 p.m. (classes) Mondays. Contact Denise Siwik ext. 120.
• Drum Circle: 6:45-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12. Multigenerational drum circle. No experience necessary.
• The Open Door All New Weekly Worship Opportunity: 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
• Peace from Ashes: 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Tom Etzel, shares story of the creation of a foundation to cultivate global peace among children.
• Youth Christmas Coffee House: 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 8. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, treats, and karaoke.
• Festival of Lessons and Carols: 7 p.m. Dec. 9. The Chancel Choir, Carillon Choir, Wesley Singers, and Believe men's ensemble.
• Hope for the Holidays: 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Candle lit service for those suffering from loss, health issues or depression. Contact: Debra Bates ext. 127.
• Christmas Eve Worship: 3 p.m. Dec. 24, Children's Christmas Hour; 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. Dec. 24, Contemporary Worship; 7 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m. Dec. 24, Cathedral Worship.
Villa Maria Education & Spirituality Center, 2105 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria. 724-964-8886. villaprograms.org:
• Nativity display: Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9. Hundreds of nativity sets from around the world. Light refreshments served. Free will offering. Live performances on Sundays by Wade Raridon Singers, Seraphim, St. Camillus Choir, St. James Choir, New Bedford Presbyterian Choir. Celtic harpist plays on Saturdays. Full course dinners on Sundays. Tickets sold in advance. 724.964.8920 ext. 3348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Roast beef dinner: Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Roast beef, vegetables from organic gardens, mashed potatoes, salad. biscuits, dessert, and beverage. Tickets sold in advance. Children 7 and under eat for free. Takeout available. 724.964.8920, ext. 3348. email@example.com.
• Taize Prayer: 7-8 p.m. Dec. 4. Musicians from the Church of Note Dame in Hermitage.
• Spaghetti dinner: Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 9. Sauce made from garden vegetables and meatballs made from organically raised cattle. Tickets sold in advance. Takeout available.
• Coffee and Contemplation: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 11. Cost: $7 (program), $12 (program and lunch). Monthly program focuses on a variety of spiritual and holistic topics.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Pittsburgh. 412-835-6630. westminster-church.org:
• Breakfast at the Manger: 9 a.m. Dec. 8. The Christmas story with live nativity, photos with Santa, shopping at Santa's Shop. Cost: $8 (adults), $5 (children ages 2-12), no charge (children under 2).
• Christmas concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Annual concert with Upper St. Clair Chanticleers and church choirs.
• Pet Remembrance Service: 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Family members and pets encouraged to attend.
• Christmas Remembrance Service: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17.
• Seasons: A Celtic Christmas: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Harp and hammered dulcimer trio.
• Christmas Eve Worship: 5 p.m. Dec. 24 (family service); 7 p.m. Dec. 24 (contemporary service); 9 p.m., 11 p.m. Dec. 24 (lessons and carols).
• Communion and Prayers: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 31.
Blue Christmas dinner and worship service: Reservations by Nov. 30 for 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. service, Dec. 4, Crafton United Presbyterian Church, 80 Bradford Ave. For people may feel lonely or down during the holiday season. Free dinner. Call 412-921-2293 for reservations.