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Things to do around Allegheny County

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Hampton-area Jedis-in-training Cameron Potter, 8, (bottom left) feigns defeat as Logan Grondwalski, 6, celebrates during the Star Wars: Jedi Academy, an evening of Jedi-related activities on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in the Hampton Community Library, Allison Park. Behind them, Rafael Romero Lauro, 9, (left) squares off in a light saber duel with Carson Potter, 7. The library hosts a theme-related event night once a month for first- through fourth-graders.
Hampton-area Jedis-in-training Cameron Potter, 8, (bottom left) feigns defeat as Logan Grondwalski, 6, celebrates during the Star Wars: Jedi Academy, an evening of Jedi-related activities on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in the Hampton Community Library, Allison Park. Behind them, Rafael Romero Lauro, 9, (left) squares off in a light saber duel with Carson Potter, 7. The library hosts a theme-related event night once a month for first- through fourth-graders.

Fish fries

Ukrainian-American Citizens Club, 302 Mansfield Blvd. at Walnut Street, Carnegie: 4-7:30 p.m. March 1, 8, 15 and 22. Baked cod and baked potato added to menu. Park in lot across Mansfield.

St. Ferdinand Church, Oldenski Hall, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry: 4-7 p.m. Fridays during Lent. Takeout available. Cost: $8.50; child dinner $6.60; sandwich $6.50; pizza $4.50.

St. James Parish, 200 Walnut St., Sewickey: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays until March 29. Fish dinners include entrée, two sides and a drink. Prices: $7 to $11. Kids meal: $4. Takeout available. 412-741-6650 ext. 406.

St. Valentine Church, 2710 Ohio St., Bethel Park: 4-7:30 p.m. Fridays during Lent. Fifteen menu items available, including drinks and desserts. Takeout available. 412-851-9176.

St. Mary Catholic Church, 10 St. Mary's Lane, off Route 50, Cecil: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Fridays during Lent, including Good Friday. For takeout, call 412-221-9771. Menu and directions at

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 901 Hartman St., McKeesport: Noon-6 p.m. Fridays through March 29. 412-664-0820.

American Legion Post 474, West New Castle Street, Zelienople: 4-8 p.m. Fridays through March 29. Cost: $10 adults; $6 children. Ticket and 50/50 auctions. Hosted by Zelie Memorial Skate Park. For carry out, call 724-831-4570.

Good Samaritan Parish, Jericho Hall, Eighth Street and Melrose Avenue, Ambridge: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays through March 29. Local delivery available, minimum $20, or call for pickup. 724-266-6010. Good Friday pierogi sale, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29, takeout only.

Mount St. Peter Parish, Marble Hall, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays through March 22. Local delivery available during lunch hour. To place order, call 724-335-1458 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on fish fry days.

St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 201 Church Road, Pine: 4:30-7 p.m. Fridays through March 29, in the school cafeteria. Order online at or, after 2 p.m., call 724-759-8659 or 412-304-1254. Specify pickup time. Cost is $9 adults; $2 kids; a la carte pricing; and homemade dessert buffet for small donation.

Ford Cliff Volunteer Fire Co., 609 Neal Ave., Ford Cliff: 4-6:30 p.m. Fridays in Lent. All-you-can-eat buffet. Cost: $9.50 adults; $4.50 children. Takeout and delivery to shut-ins. 724-763-1591.

Moon Township Volunteer Fire Co.: 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Fridays through March 29, Public Safety Building, 1000 Beaver Grade Road. Takeout available.

St. Alexis Church, 10090 Old Perry Highway, McCandless: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 22. Cost: $9 adults; $6 children younger than 10; free for children younger than 3; sandwich $6; bowl of soup and roll $3. Takeout, 724-401-1379, after 3:30 p.m., or

Veterans of Foreign Wars Club, Beaver and Ferry streets, Leetsdale: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 29. Sponsored by Leetsdale Fire Department. Takeout or delivery available. 412-716-4776.


Venture Outdoors Hiking Series — or 412.255.0564:

• Rachel Carson Trail Quest: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, March 2-30. First hike from North Park to Dorseyville. Shuttle from hike end point to start. Cost: $30 members, $60 nonmembers, for all five hikes; $8 members, $12 nonmembers, for a single hike.

• Laurel Highlands Trail Quest: 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 6-May 25. Bus shuttle from Monroeville to each trailhead and back. Participants who sign up for the Quest must plan to use the bus. Cost: $125 members, $189 nonmembers, for all seven hikes; $20 members, $27 nonmembers for a single hike.

Singles Dance: 8:30 p.m. March 1-12:30 a.m. March 2, Monroeville Double Tree Hotel, 101 Mall Blvd. Snacks, prizes, variety disc jockey, cash bar, couples welcome. Admission: $8. 412-751-5181 or

Cajun Dance: 8:30 p.m. March 2, BMNECC Hall, 449 W. Eighth Avenue, West Homestead. Cajun dance lesson at 7:30 p.m., live music with Grand Bon Rien. Wood dance floor. Cash bar. Admission: $8, includes dance lesson. 412-247-6604.

Irish fest: 4-6 p.m. dinner, 7-10 p.m. live music, March 2, Sacred Heart Church, 154 Orchard Ave., Emsworth. Irish Mass following dinner, music by Carnival of Souls, live and ticket auctions, concession stand, movie room for younger children. Free admission. Cost for dinner: $10 adults; $5 students; free for children younger than 5. 412-853-9304.

Feather their nests pre-school program: 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. March 6, Mingo Creek County Park, Park Office, 12 miles east of Washington on Route 136. Children ages 3-5 will make nesting materials bags to attract birds. Supplies provided. Participants may choose to bring items such as dryer lint or pet fur. Adult must attend. Fee: $2 Registration required at 724-228-6867.

Bricks 4 Kidz: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Cranberry Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry. Kindergarten students build, learn and play with Lego-brand blocks. For children ages 5 and 6. Cost: $72 for Cranberry residents with resident discount cards; $78 nonresidents. Register at

Women's book club: 7 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, St. Kilian Parish, 7067 Franklin Road, Cranberry. Anyone who enjoys books and conversation is invited. 724-625-1665.

LifeSpan — Resources and Services for those 60 and older, West Allegheny Library Building, 8042 Steubenville Pike, Imperial. 412-276-5056:

• Bingo: Noon-2 p.m. Mondays, Community Room.

• Line Dance Classes: 9:15-10:15 a.m. Wednesdays, gymnasium. Cost: $3. Call to register.

• Low-impact Aerobics: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, gymnasium. Free. Spaces available.

Art, music, theater

“Music of the Three B's” (Bach, Beethoven and Brahms): 8 p.m. March 2, Ingomar United Methodist Church, 1501 W. Ingomar Road, Franklin Park and 4 p.m. March 3, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road. Presented by Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. Tickets at the door: $22 adults; $8 students; free for children younger than 12. Discounts and subscriptions available. or 412-635-7654.

Open house and artist reception for annual student and instructor exhibition: 6-8 p.m. March 1, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 200 Broad St., Sewickley. Instructors will provide demonstrations and hands-on activities. Free. or 412-741-4405.

“A Chorus Line”: 7:30 p.m. March 5, Westminster College, Orr Auditorium, 319 S. Market St., New Wilmington. Ticket prices start at $33, available at 724-946-7354.

Lycoming College Tour Choir: 7 p.m. March 2, North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Road, Ross. 412-366-2662.

“Seussical Jr.”: 7 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2, South Fayette Middle School Auditorium, 3700 Old Oakdale Road, McDonald. Cost: $7 adult; $3 student and senior citizen; free for children younger than 5 and South Fayette Senior Citizen Gold Card members. Tickets at 412-477-5568.

Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road, Richland. 724-444-5326. Free movies:

“The Greening of Whitney Brown” (PG): 2 p.m. March 5.

“Life as a House” (R): 1 p.m. March 6.

Pittsburgh Technical Institute Showcase — A Gallery of Art, Technology and Industry: Through April 30, The Mall at Robinson, 100 Robinson Center Drive, Entry C, lower level near Macy's. Displays graphic design, video, and web/interactive work of the recent graduating class of the institute's School of Design.

Highlands High School presents “Fame”: 7 p.m. March 8 and 9, 2 p.m. March 10, Highlands High School, 1500 Pacific Ave., Natrona Heights. Tickets: $8, reserved; $7, mezzanine; $6, balcony. 724-226-1000.


Pleasant Hills Lions Club spaghetti dinner: 1-5:30 p.m. March 3, Pleasant Hills Borough Building Community Room, 410 E. Bruceton Road. Benefits club charities; club will deliver donations of nonperishable food items to food bank. Cost: $7 adults; $4 children 12 or younger. Take-out service available.

Beatlemania Magic: 8 p.m. March 2, Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road, Richland. National touring Beatles tribute band. Pre-show dinner on-site at 6:30 in Mount Vernon Restaurant. Benefits St. Barnabas Free Care Fund. Tickets start at $22; dinner $23. 724-444-5326 or

A taste of Italy spaghetti dinner: 4-8 p.m, final seating at 7:15, March 2, Mt. Lebanon High School cafeteria, 155 Cochran Road. Hosted by Mt. Lebanon Band Builders. Performance by the high school jazz band; 50/50 raffle; baskets to be raffled. Benefits the band's trip to perform at Walt Disney World. Takeout available. Cost: $9 adults; $5 children younger than 10.

Mansfield Five and Four Townsmen: 7 p.m. March 2, at the SNPJ Lodge 6, 540 Third Ave., Bridgeville. Food, snacks and beverages available for purchase; basket auctions and raffles; doors open at 6 p.m. Presented by South Fayette Foundation for Excellence; benefits South Fayette School District. Tickets: $20. Call 724-693-9441.

UPMC Children's Ball: 6-9 p.m. March 2, Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Ave., North Shore. Dinner, backstage pass, dance music, sing-alongs and more. For children of all ages, parents, grandparents and friends. Benefits the UPMC Health for Life Summer Camp at Braddock. Tickets: $100 adults; $40 children. For tickets or sponsorship call Gina O'Malley at 412-802-8256.

Lunch at the Library: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 2, Beaver Area Memorial Library, Meeting Room, 100 College Ave., Beaver. Homemade soups, breads and desserts served. Takeout available after 1 p.m. Benefits the library. 724-775-1132.

Blanket drive for homeless: Wexford Chiropractic Centre, 130 Wexford Bayne Road, Wexford. New and used blankets accepted to benefit homeless ministries. 724-935-1610.


Smart Gardening Workshop: Register by Feb. 28 or walk in for 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 9, Community College of Beaver County, One Campus Drive, Monaca. Presented by Penn State Master Gardeners of Beaver County. Topics and speakers include:

• “Cool tools and other stuff for gardeners”: by Steve Piskor

• “Shady spaces, exciting places!”: by Linda Kramer

• “Treasures from our grandparents' gardens, Heirloom seeds”: by Emily Stevenson

• “A garden in a nutshell, Container Gardening” by Gwen Lutz

Cost: $45 preregistered; $55 walk-ins. Includes continental breakfast, beverages, lunch and prizes. Register on-line at Information at 724-774-3003.

Veteran Fitness Classes: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, VA Butler Healthcare Auditorium, Building 1, first floor, 325 New Castle Road, Butler. Focuses on ways veterans can live healthier lives and be physically active. Register at 724-285-2292.

Food safety certification courses: Sponsored by Allegheny County Health Department for food industry workers. Teaches importance of food safety and techniques designed to prevent food contamination and poisoning. 412-687-2243 or

• Certification: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 4 and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 11, West Penn Hospital, 4800 Friendship Ave., Wintergarden Conference Room, Bloomfield. Fee: $60, Allegheny County residents or food industry workers; $75 others.

• One-day refresher classes: For workers whose certification has expired. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 2 at Double Tree Hotel, 500 Mansfield Ave., Green Tree. Fee, includes exam: $55 for people living in the county or working in a food facility here; $70 others.

Discounted culinary student fees of $40 for county residents and $55 for nonresidents are available for the certification course and refresher class.

• Certification challenge exam: No instruction, 2-3 p.m. March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1, May 15, May 29, and June 5, at the health department's food safety division, 3901 Penn Ave. Bldg. 1, Lawrenceville. The one-hour exam, for those who already have had food safety training, is $40 for those who live in the county or work in a food facility here and $55 for others.

Seniors get fit exercise class: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, West Mifflin Borough Building, 3000 Lebanon Church Road, first floor. Taught by Denice Normandy-Fonzi of Fonzi's Synergy Fitness; offered by CCAC through the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging's Cultural Enrichment Program. Designed for all levels of senior capabilities, seated or standing. Free to age 60 and older. To register, contact Jessica Gettig at 412-831-7111.


The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead Inc.: Accepting nominations through March 31 for outstanding senior volunteers age 65 or older who volunteer at least 15 hours a month. Forms and contest rules at Forms can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005. State winners will be selected by popular vote at Online voting will take place from April 15-30. A panel of senior care experts will pick the national honoree. Call 412-646-1257 or 412-264-4700.

Community service

Free income tax assistance: 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. weekdays through April 15, The Bible Chapel, 300 Gallery Drive, Peters. Provided by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Walk-in only, no appointments.

Health Care

Red Cross Blood Drives:

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 5: California University, 250 University Ave., California, Pa.

• 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 5: Carnegie Mellon University, University Center, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Bereavement support group: Beginning March 6, 6-7:30 p.m. for seven consecutive Wednesdays, Donor Hall, UPMC Passavant-McCandless, 9100 Babcock Blvd. Registration due by March 1. Open to anyone 18 or older. It is recommended that your loss occurred at least four months prior to the start of the program. All information will be kept confidential. Free. Register with Ed Lewis at 412-635-5899.

“Ask the Orthopaedic Surgeon About Joint Pain Solutions”: 6 p.m. March 5, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Charles W. Young Conference Center, 1301 Carlisle St., Harrison. Hosted by hospital's PriorityCare program. Presented by Dr. Michael Miller. For adults 55 and older. Free. Register at 724-226-7339.


Baldwin Borough Public Library, 41 Macek Drive. 412-885-2255,

• Spring travel series: 7 p.m. March 5. Presentation on Tahiti.

• Children's story times: 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays for toddlers ages 2 to 3, and 10-10:45 a.m. Fridays for preschoolers 3 and older.

• AARP tax help: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays through April 11. Free tax preparation assistance to low- and middle-income taxpayers. First-come, first-served basis. No appointments available.

Brentwood Library, 3501 Brownsville Road. 412-882-5694,

• 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,

• Chess Club: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays.

• Fourth Thursday Book Group: 6-8 p.m.

• Computer Basics: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays or 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays. Four weekly classes. Call to register.

• AARP tax assistance: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays through April 12. For those with low or moderate income, especially those age 60 and older. Free. Call for appointment.

• Preschool Storytime: 1 p.m. Thursdays. Ages 4 and 5.

• Pro Martial Arts Armor Predator Prevention Program: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Teaches children to stay safe. Call to register.

• Scrappy Scrabblers: 1-3 p.m. Fridays. Enjoy an afternoon of Scrabble. New players welcome.

• Babies and Books: 10 a.m. Fridays. Stories, songs and finger plays. Infants to age 2, followed by playtime.

Clairton Public Library, 616 Miller Ave. 412-233-7966,

• Book clubs: 1 p.m. second Tuesday and 9 a.m. third Monday of each month. Coffee and refreshments provided.

• Spring art show and sale: Plans are under way. Local artists invited to leave name and phone number at main desk. No entry fee.

Castle Shannon Library, 3677 Myrtle Ave., Castle Shannon. 412-563-4552.

• Book discussion group: 7 p.m. second Monday of each month. Discussing “The Fallen” by Kathleen George on March 11.

• Teen Advisory Group: 4:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Meets once a month to talk about the programs, books, music, and movies teens want to see. Sign up at the library, or 412-563-4552, or email

Cooper-Siegel Community Library, 403 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. 412-828-9520, ext. 215;

• Story times: 10:30 a.m. Fridays, infants up to 24 months; 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, toddlers 24 to 36 months; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, ages 3 to 5.

Coraopolis Memorial Library, 601 School St. 412-264-3502. Registration required by calling the library, in person or via email at Early literacy kits for parents and caregivers of preschoolers now available.

• Talk of the Town adult discussion group: 6:30 p.m. first Thursday of the month. Topics of interest and important to the community.

• Mystery Book Club: 6:30 p.m. fourth Thursday of the month.

• The Yarn Bunch — Knit and Crochet With Miss Marge: 10 a.m. Saturdays. Call ahead; supplies provided.

Hampton Community Library, 3101 McCully Road, Allison Park. 412-684-1098,

• Snowflakes and Stories Winter Storytime: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. For children ages 2 to 3.

• Snowman and More Winter Storytime: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fridays through March 22. For children ages 3 to 6.

• Books and Blocks: A Mommie and Me Lapsit: 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 21. For moms looking to make friends and build a foundation in literacy with their babies. Children up to 24 months old.

Oakmont Carnegie Library, 700 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. 412-828-9532.

• Oakmont Fit Club: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Trainer Kevin Fulton conducts free weekly workout sessions.

Penn Hills Library, 1037 Stotler Road. 412-795-3507.

• CPR (including infant CPR) and first aid for teens and adults: 6:30 p.m. March 5. Cost: $25. Call library to register.

• Herb seed starting and transplanting: 7 p.m. March 7. Presented by Barb Kline. Cost: $5. Call library to register.

• Total Body Toning: 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Raylene Cooley. Sign up by calling 412-798-3388.

• Yoga with George Bender: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Sign up by calling 412-793-2108.

• Hercules Boot Camp: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Darille Allen. Sign up by calling 412-307-5404.

• Tai Chi: 10 a.m. Fridays. Connie Ainsworth. Cost: $36 for six classes. Sign up by calling 412-779-3600.

• Zumba: 9 a.m. Saturdays. Gwen Tucker. Call 412-277-1677 to sign up.

• Advanced Knitting Club: 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

• Wednesday Afternoon Book Club: Third Wednesdays.

Peters Township Public Library, 616 E. McMurray Road, Peters. 724-941-9430.

• Photography exhibit by Peters Township High School students: Through March 6, main lobby. Erin Boni,

• Spa Science: 2-2:20 p.m. Feb. 28. Ages 2 to 5 with an adult.

• S.A.T. Preparation Workshop: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sundays through March 3. Cost $175. Presented by the Educational Achievement Center.

Pleasant Hills Public Library, 302 Old Clairton Road. 412-655-2424,

• Preschool story time: Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Ages 3 12 to 6, with or without a caregiver.

• Baby book nook: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Birth to 2 years old, with a caregiver.

• Tot time: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Ages 2 to 3 12 years old, with a caregiver.

• Happy birthday Dr. Seuss: Noon-2 p.m. March 2. Celebrating Read Across America. Stories read by special guest readers from 2-3 p.m. To register, call 412-655-2424 or email

• Teen gaming tournament: 4 p.m. March 11. Wii set up with a variety of games. Bring a favorite game from home. Grades 6 to 12.

• After school adventures – Green Fun: 4 p.m. March 13. Art and science activities. A $1 per child donation requested, collected at event. Kindergarten through fifth grade. To register, call 412-655-2424 or email

• After school adventures – Paper Flowers: 4 p.m. March 20. Use origami techniques to create a bouquet of flowers and animals. Kindergarten through fifth grade. To register, call 412-655-2424 or email

• Family egg hunt extravaganza: 2 p.m. March 24. Doors will open at 1:45. A $2 donation per child requested, collected at event. To register, call 412-655-2424 or email

•P.J. family story time – Very Hungry Caterpillars: 7 p.m. March 25. Explore caterpillars metamorphosis into butterflies.

• Life-story writing group: 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays. Help and encouragement for anyone writing or planning to write memoirs or family history.

Scott Township Public Library, 301 Lindsay Road. 412-429-5380,

• “Scottie's Toddler Storytime:” 10 a.m. second and fourth Mondays. Ages 2 to 3 12.

• “Scottie's Preschool Story Time”: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Children 3 to 6.

• One-on-one computer training: 8-9 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $5.

Sewickley Public Library, 500 Thorn St. 412-741-6920,

• Wise Walks: 9:30 a.m. Thursdays. Participants walk 1 to 2 miles and return to library for a healthy snack.

South Fayette Township Library, 515 Millers Run Road. 412-257-8660,

• Chess Club: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Registration required.

• Mother Goose Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children up to age 3. Songs, finger plays, flannel board stories.

• Tales 'n Tunes Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Fridays. For ages 3 to 5 with caregivers. Songs with movements, stories, art activities.

South Park Township Library, 2575 Brownsville Road, South Park. 412-833-5585.

• Strange Encounters of Pennsylvania — An Afternoon with Stan Gordon: 1 p.m. March 16. Gordon will discuss and sign his books “Really Mysterious Pennsylvania” and “Silent Invasion: The Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot Casebook.” He will bring a display of UFO and Bigfoot information. Registration by phone requested.

• A Chocolate Lover's Tea: 7 p.m. March 8, Community Center. Bill Sarris of Sarris Chocolates will tell us about the chocolate business. Sample sweets of all sorts and teas. Bring your favorite tea cup. Cost: $10 registration by phone required.

• South Park Township Book Club: 7 p.m. March 21. Discussion of “Firefly Lane” by Kristin Hannah.

• Knitting Group: 11 a.m. March 2. Meets one Saturday a month; for every skill level; instructor available.

• Casual knitting group: 6 p.m. Mondays.


International Women: 9:30 a.m. March 1, Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, 2310 Haymaker Road, Monroeville. For all women in the community, whether foreign or American born. Program by Asian members who will wear and display their traditional dresses. Babysitting is available through the church. Reservations for babysitting are required and must be made 48 hours in advance by calling Faye Junker at 412-373-1181.

Military Wives Club: 11:30 a.m. hospitality, noon luncheon, 1 p.m. program, second Wednesday of each month, September through May, 911th Air Force Reserve Base, Moon. From I-376, take Moon Business Exit 3, from I-376 Business, take Thorn Run Exit, follow signs. Dues: $10 per year. Contact Joan about reservations and questions, 412-279-8424.


World Day of Prayer, March 1, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

• 11 a.m.: March 1, Christ Church, Fox Chapel (Anglican) — the former Fox Chapel Episcopal Church, 630 Squaw Run Road East. Ten local congregations representing six denominations will be participating. Featured speaker: the Rev. Dr. Henry L. (Laurie) Thompson, III, dean of the doctor of ministry program and professor of liturgy at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge.

• 1 p.m.: Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mount Alvernia, 146 Hawthorne Road, Shaler. Sponsored by Millvale Ministerium.

• 1 p.m.: St. Jude the Apostle Church, 405 Westinghouse Ave., Wilmerding.

Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2105 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa. 724-964-8886 or

• Coffee and Contemplation Series — Deepening Our Lenten Journey: 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 5. Cost: $7 program; $12 program and lunch. Registration required.

• Coffee and Contemplation Series — Choices of Simple Living: 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 6. Cost: $7 program; $12 program and lunch. Registration required.

“Dead Man Walking” — The Journey Continues: 6:30 p.m. March 6, St. Charles Borromeo, 7345 Westview Drive, Boardman, Ohio. Sister Helen Prejean will speak. Free. No registration required. Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park. 412-835-6621

The Spiritual Life of Abraham Lincoln: 7 p.m. March 6. Led by the Rev. Duane Thompson.

Prayer and Fasting: 7 p.m. Wednesdays in March. Lenten study based on “The Power of Prayer and Fasting” by Marilyn Hickey. Reservations and purchase of text are required. Books are available from Amazon.

Kittanning Ministerial Association services on Wednesdays during Lent:

• Noon: Grace Presbyterian Church, corner of Arch and North Jefferson streets, Kittanning.

• 7 p.m.: First Baptist Church, corner of Arch and North McKean streets, Kittanning.

Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Lively Virtues: 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays through March 18, St. Louise de Marillac Parish, 320 McMurray Road, Upper St. Clair. DVD study presented by the Rev. Robert Barron. Cost: $15. Registration required at 724-249-3949 or or

Soup and Inspiration: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through March 19, Heritage Presbyterian Church, 2262 Rochester Road, Franklin Park. Soups at 6 provided by church members; inspiration at 7 is “With Jesus in the Upper Room.” Free child care available. Registration preferred at 412-366-1338 or

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