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Briefly: See what's happening around the Sewickley Valley

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 12:03 a.m.

Quaker Valley School District will host the second in a series of three parent workshops from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Osborne Elementary School.

The free program, which will include dinner and childcare, is titled “Promoting Excellence at Home,” and is co-facilitated by author and educator Don Sheffield and community liason Terry Bradford.

For more information, call 412-414-1335 or email at

To make reservation, contact Stephanie McKissic at 412-749-3616 or

Herald reporter to speak Friday at Senior Men's Club

Sewickley Herald reporter Bobby Cherry will be the guest speaker of the Senior Men's Club at 10 a.m. Friday at the Sewickley Valley YMCA.

He will speak to the group about the newspaper industry.

All retired men are invited to attend. Members meet for coffee at 9:30 a.m. prior to the talk.

Temperament discussion group to meet Thursday

Laughlin Children's Center in Sewickley is offering a discussion group on issues of temperament between parent and child, as well as among siblings.

The group for parents will meet from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month beginning today in the Laughlin Center board room, 424 Frederick Ave. The cost is $20 per session. Financial aid is available.

Contact the center at 412-741-4087 to reserve a spot.

Public invited Saturday to tour Quaker Valley school

Quaker Valley School District will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the district's newly-remodeled middle school at 618 Harbaugh St., Sewickley.

The school reopened earlier this month following a $26.5 million renovation.

The public also can get a glimpse of the middle school during another event, “For the Love of Music,” on Feb. 8 in the school cafeteria.

The event features entertainment provided by Quaker Valley orchestra students. Seatings begin at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Adult tickets are $25. “Mini Maestro” meals for children are available for $10.

Reservations are due by Feb. 1.

Silent auction opportunities, as well as additional desserts, will be available for purchase.

All proceeds benefit the middle school orchestra program.

For more information, contact Corrie Ann Nye, orchestra teacher, at

Burns Supper to be held Saturday

The Burns Supper, a traditional Scottish dinner honoring poet Robert Burns, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Fern Hollow Nature Center and Sewickley Heights History Center, 1901 Glen Mitchell Road, Sewickley Heights.

The cost is $75 for members or $100 for nonmembers. Seating is limited to 50.

For reservations, call 412-741-6136 or email

Quaker Valley student exhibit at Old Economy continues

Quaker Valley sophomore Michael Falcone of Leetsdale will host an opening for “A Plane Old Exhibit” from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Old Economy Village's visitor center in Ambridge.

The exhibit will continue through April.

Sweet Jazz Series to begin

Tickets are available for Clearview Federal Credit Union's ninth annual Sweet Jazz Music Series beginning in February at Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 200 Broad St., Sewickley.

Featured performances from 7 to 9 p.m. are: Feb. 1, Chico's Quartet+1; Feb. 8, Tony Campbell; Feb. 15, Etta Cox & the Al Dowe Band; and Feb. 22, Tania Grubbs.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the event for members or $15 in advance and $18 the day of the event of nonmembers.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Sweetwater office at 412-741-4405.

Montessori open house scheduled for Sunday

Montessori Children's Community is holding its first open house of the year from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Chadwick Street school.

The school is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year for children in preschool through sixth grade. For more information, call 412-741-8982.

Raffle happening at St. James

St. James Church in Sewickley invites the community to participate in a raffle for $3,500 cash or tuition for one student at St. James School.

Raffle tickets are available for $100 each. Two hundred tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held Saturday during St. James Centennial Gala at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley Heights.

For more information, contact Proceeds benefit the school.

Preschool registration at Presbyterian church continues

Registration for the FriendShip Preschool, which is located in The Presbyterian Church, Sewickley, is taking place for the 2013-14 school year.

FriendShip offers classes for ages 22 months to 5 years. The school also features a Children's Corner Drop-Off program from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays for anyone in the community ages 22 months to 5 years and a Stay-and-Play Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact Jenny Hay, director, at 412-741-4550, ext. 225, or

Query Club to meet Feb. 11 at library

Connor Cogswell will present “South American Adventures” and Tom Graham will present “The Peleliu Controversy” at the next Query Club meeting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Sewickley Public Library's second floor conference room.

Modeled on Benjamin Franklin's similarly named group, the Query Club of Sewickley meets for the purpose of learning — studying culture and history. At each meeting, two papers are presented with time for discussion.

For more information, contact secretary Linda Zang at 412-352-1482.

Student art displayed at Sweetwater exhibit

Sweetwater Center for the Arts' annual student and instructor exhibition will be held from March 1 through 29 in the balcony gallery at the center, 200 Broad St., Sewickley.

All students and instructors from 2012 are invited to participate in the exhibition.

A free reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 1.

At the reception/open house, Sweetwater instructors will be available to provide demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Those attending can observe professional artists paint and draw, learn to throw a clay pot on the ceramics wheel and explore other things the local art center has to offer.

Garden vendors sought for Old Economy spring event

Old Economy Village in Ambridge is seeking garden vendors for its Garden Mart on May 18.

Garden clubs, centers, businesses and vendors are invited to reserve spaces to sell plants and products and to display information during the mart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cost is $25 for a 12-by-12-foot space. For more information or to register by May 11, call 724-266-4500, ext. 114, or email

65th turkey dinner draws near

Sewickley United Methodist Church will host its 65th annual turkey dinner for the community on Feb. 7.

Seatings will be at 5 and 6 p.m. The cost is $15 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 10 and free for children younger than 3.

Featured will be roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, coleslaw, dinner rolls, fruit pie and beverages served family style in the Simpson Room.

Takeouts also will be available at the event, which is being led by dinner chairwoman Sandra Lane.

For tickets, call Dottie Price at 412-741-4660 or the church office at 412-741-9430.

Advance ticket purchases are recommended. The event has sold out for the past seven years.

Eighth Day Feast planned for Monday

The Eighth Day Feast will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 801 Beaver St., Sewickley.

Dinner will include broccoli and cheese soup with bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches and fresh vegetables.

The evening's topic is titled “Don't Call Them Crazy: The Plight of the Mentally Ill.”

The group will look at those who suffer from physical and mental ailments and learn what can be done to stand on the side of justice for all.

There is no charge. Donations will be accepted.

Sunday school, services held

Antioch Baptist Church, 332 Elizabeth St., Sewickley, holds Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. followed by morning worship and a praise service at 10:45 a.m. with the Rev. Travis Coon.

A Bible study and prayer service is scheduled at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

For more information, call 412-741-7688 or visit

Weekly service planned Sunday

Blackburn United Methodist Church holds a weekly service with the Rev. Dennis Bouch at 10 a.m. Sundays at the church on Blackburn Road, Sewickley Heights.

TriCounty Choir Institute play auditions planned Sunday

The TriCounty Choir Institute will hold auditions for the Passion play “Why Must He Die?” from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. James Church's Gathering Space, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley.

Auditions are open to individuals in high school through adults for the on-stage cast or the Village Singers performing in pews.

This marks the 22nd year of the Passion play about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

It will be performed 11 times during the Lenten season from March 8 to 29 at various churches

For more information, call Linda Wallace, director, at 412-741-3463, email or visit

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