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By Charlotte Smith
Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Veterans Breakfast Club is a nonprofit organization that gives veterans a chance to share their stories with the public.

The group holds monthly breakfasts in six locations around the Pittsburgh area where veterans tell funny, poignant and vivid stories about their service. One location for meetings is at Peter's Place, 1199 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, Upcoming meetings are planned for July 15 and Sept. 16.

Breakfast is $12, although just to attend is free.

All veterans and the general public are welcome to join any event. Call 412-623-9029 to reserve a spot for breakfast or, for more information, visit

• The Pittsburgh Area Jitterbug Club is a social dance club dedicated to the preservation and promotion of fast dancing such as jitterbug, shag, bop and other forms of swing dancing.

Formed in 2003, the club emphasizes getting to know other club members as well as dancing with them with a goal to build a “family” of friends who love to dance. Dues are $35 for the first year and $25 each year thereafter.

Free lessons are given prior to each dance, with nearly 40 regular dances being held each year. Many of the dances are held at the SNPJ No. 6, 540 Third Ave., Bridgeville.

Dances, beginning at 7:30 p.m., are set for July 19, Aug. 2 and 16, and Sept. 27.

For details, visit or call the dance hotline at 412-366-2138 or 412-551-0830.

• A casual knitting group has begun meeting at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at Kid Ewe Knit, 429 Washington Ave., Suite 4, Bridgeville.

Lively talk and various projects are shared. The store is also planning a Knitting Tour of Ireland for October 2015. Call 412-257-2557 for details on the trip or about any upcoming courses or new yarn materials.

• The Woodland Garden Trails of the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden are set to open Aug. 1.

More than 2,000 planted native trees, shrubs and perennials have been installed. The Botanic Garden, developing in the part of Settler's Cabin Park that straddles Collier and North Fayette Townships, will eventually have 18 thematically distinct gardens on 400 acres when completed.

It will also hold a visitor's center, an amphitheater, a celebration garden for weddings, and a center for applied botanic research.

For more information, visit

New services

• Katsur Dental, 1597 Washington Pike, Collier Town Square, now offers walk-in emergency services. Call 412-279-2960 for details.

• Pittsburgh Telephone Answering Services has relocated from 2793 Noblestown Road, Crafton, to 367 Mansfield Ave., Green Tree.

The 30-plus-year-old company is a nationwide call center with live answering services as a virtual receptionist. Call 412-571-2630 or visit for more information.

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