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Quaker Valley band dinner fundraiser and more planned throughout Sewickley Valley

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 10:30 p.m.

Here's a look at community events happening throughout the Sewickley Valley:

Quaker Valley band to hold annual pasta dinner

Quaker Valley High School Band will host its annual pasta dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at St. Stephen's Church, 405 Frederick Ave., Sewickley.

Pasta, meatballs, bread, salad, beverages and a dessert will be served by band members, who also will perform during the event.

Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students, $5 for senior citizens and free for children younger than 4. Tickets will be available for $1 more per ticket at the door.

There also will be gift-basket raffles. All funds will be used to help students attend band camp, purchase music accessories and for scholarships and other band-related items.

For advance tickets, call 412-741-7708 or contact a band member.

Pancake breakfast planned at St. Matthews

The Trustee/Steward Boards of St. Matthews AME Zion Church, located at the corner of Thorn and Walnut streets in Sewickley, are hosting pancake breakfasts from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday in February.

Pancakes with eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, and beverages will be served. There is no charge, however, donations will be accepted.

Music Plus Series concert to feature Pittsburgh Symphony, Vancouver Orchestra members

The next concert in the Music Plus Series will feature Trio Verlaine at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at St. James Church, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley.

Performing will be Pittsburgh Symphony's Lorna McGhee on flute, David Harding, professor of viola and chamber music at Carnegie Mellon University, and Vancouver Orchestra principal harpist Heidi Krutzen.

The 50-minute community concert is free; donations will be accepted.

The event also will feature a 20-minute pre-concert with a performance at 2:30 p.m. featuring the Beaver County Flute Choirs under the direction of Debbie Silverstein. A post-concert dessert and beverage reception will follow.

Query Club meeting planned Feb. 11

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.

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

Leetsdale VFD fish fry events begin Feb. 15

Leetsdale Fire Department is holding its annual fish fry every Friday during Lent, Feb. 15 to March 29, at the Veterans of Foreign War's Club, Beaver and Ferry streets, Leetsdale.

The fish fry events will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eat in, take out or have fish dinners delivered by calling 412-716-4776.

Proceeds will benefit the fire department.

Senior Men's Club speaker to talk exercise

Adrienne Groom will be the guest speaker of the Senior Men's Club at 10 a.m. Friday at the Sewickley Valley YMCA.

She will talk about exercise for individuals ages 65 and older.

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

The speaker for the Feb. 8 meeting will be Pittsburgh Pirates announcer Bob Walk.

Abraham Lincoln assassination discussion set for next Woman's Club event

Rob Dunbar, a charter member of the Western Pennsylvania Civil War Roundtable of Sewickley, will speak about the Abraham Lincoln assassination at the Feb. 11 meeting of the Woman's Club of Sewickley Valley.

The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Edgeworth Club.

An optional lunch is available at 12:15 p.m.

Lunch reservations are due by Sunday evening and can be made by calling by calling 412-741-8500.

FriendShip Preschool registration taking place

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

Student art exhibit to be displayed at Sweetwater

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 lead 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 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, which wil be held 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

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