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Briefly: See what's happening around the Sewickley Valley

| Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Trio Verlaine will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of St. James Church, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley, as part of the free Music Plus series of family-friendly community concerts.

The group is comprised of musicians David Harding, Heidi Krutzen and Lorna McGhee.

A pre-concert at 2:30 p.m. will feature Debbie Silverstein directing the Beaver County Flute Choirs. A dessert/beverage reception will follow the concert.

Also scheduled in the Music Plus series is a jazz concert by the Maureen Budway Quartet titled “Swing into Spring” at 3 p.m. March 17 at St. James.

The 50-minute concert also is free. At 2:30 p.m., a pre-concert featuring Quaker Valley elementary musicians under the direction of Chris Burgh will be featured.

Donations will be accepted at both concerts. For more information, call 412-741-6650.

Pancake breakfast

Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley Heights will host its seventh annual Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugar Celebration from 8:30 a.m. to noon March 2.

The event will feature traditional or buckwheat pancakes served with maple syrup from the Beaver County Conservation District, sausage and a drink.

Family activities include a maple sugaring exhibit, bonfire, maple sugar candy and a raffle. Tickets for the breakfast are $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children younger than 3. Fern Hollow members will receive a $2 discount per ticket.

All outside activities are free. Proceeds will fund environmental education at Fern Hollow. For more information, call 412-741-6136 or visit

Wissahickon Nature Club

Fern Hollow Nature Center and the Wissahickon Nature Club will present “Mammals Communication featuring Chuck Tague's Photography” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the nature center, 1901 Glen Mitchell Road, Sewickley Heights.

Susanne Varley will lead the talk about the way mammals use a wide variety of ways to communicate.

An exhibit featuring dog agility and obedience training by Elaine Mayowski and her Shetland sheepdogs also will be featured.

Participants are invited to arrive at 7 p.m. for coffee, tea and a potluck dessert. The meeting is open to the public.

QV schedules final parent workshop

Quaker Valley School District will host its final parent workshop, “Promoting Excellence at Home,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 7 at Osborne Elementary School. The free program will include dinner and child care.

Co-facilitatied by Don Sheffield, author and educator, and Terry Bradford, community liason, the program is designed to assist parents in developing habits of excellence at home.

For more information, contact Bradford at 412-414-1335 or email

Senior Men's Club

John Harper from the Pennsylvania Geological Survey will be the guest speaker st the Senior Men's Club at 10 a.m. Friday at the Sewickley Valley YMCA. He will speak about the history and geology of Pittsburgh's rivers.

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

DVD collection

Girl Scout Troop 50329 in Sewickley is holding a DVD drive for the residents of the Union Aid Society apartment buildings in Sewickley.

The scouts are collecting new and gently used DVDs of any rating and genre through March 1 at drop boxes located at the four main offices of Quaker Valley Schools and also at St. James Parish, Clay Café, Sewickley Public Library and the Sewickley Valley YMCA.

Baseball clinic

Members of the Quaker Valley High School baseball team and Coach Todd Goble will host a youth baseball clinic for players ages 6 to 12 on March 3 in the high school gym.Instruction will be given on hitting, fielding, catching and pitching from 2 to 5 p.m.

The cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Checks can be made payable to Quaker Valley Baseball Boosters, c/o Lorrie Kuny, treasurer, 115 Hamilton Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143.

The child's age, parents' email address and phone number should be included.

Union Aid scholarship

The Union Aid Society will award a $4,000 need-based college scholarship to a high school senior who lives in the Quaker Valley School District area.

The scholarship is for the first year of college; $2,000 will be awarded per semester.

Consideration will be given to students with a minimum of a 3.0 grade-point average. Application materials will include financial information, references, high school transcript and an essay.

Interviews will be scheduled with finalists. The deadline to apply is April 15.

For more information, contact the society at 412-741-9240 or

Garden vendors sought

Old Economy Village in Ambridge is seeking 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 will 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

Dinner to benefit those affected by Sept. 11 attacks

A roast beef dinner will be held March 3 at the Leetsdale Veterans of Foreign Wars post, 515 Beaver St., to benefit Tuesday's Children.

The nonprofit organization supports those who were directly affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Dinner will include roast beef, potatoes, dessert and beverages.

The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger.

Nominations sought for Herald Man, Woman, Citizen of Year honor

The community once again is invited to help the Sewickley Herald select the Sewickley Herald's Man, Woman and Citizen of the Year.

From now until March 15, we'll look for recommendations of those who have given unselfishly to the community.

Send us a few paragraphs detailing the achievements of the individual or group you'd like to recommend.

Include your name, telephone number and email address so we can learn more about your choice.

Letters can be sent to Sewickley Herald editor Debra Utterback, 504 Beaver St., Sewickley, PA 15143 or emailed to

Honorees will be named in the March 21 edition of the Sewickley Herald. On April 19, the Herald will host its annual honors dinner at the Edgeworth Club.

B.G. Shields, then editor of the Herald, created the event 35 years ago to honor select residents who had contributed above and beyond.

Last year's recipents were: Jim Bouchard, Sharron Schaefer and Village Green Partners.

World Day of Prayer planned March 1

World Day of Prayer will be celebrated at 1 p.m. March 1 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Logan and Washington streets, Sewickley.

The Rev. Thomas Moog will deliver the message on the theme, “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me.”

Tea will be served following the service. World Day of Prayer is an annual event celebrated by Sewickley-area churches.

The Presbyterian Church, Sewickley

An organ and violin recital will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of The Presbyterian Church, Sewickley, as part of the church's 175th anniversary celebration.

Charles Boyd Tompkins, the university organist at Furman University, and his Boston-based violinist son, Gregory Tompkins, will perform a recital of music by J. S. Bach and other composers.

They are the nephew and great-nephew, respectively, of The Rev. Harry Thomas Hutchinson, who served as the assistant pastor of the church from 1959 through 1968.

The concert is being performed in the honor of his widow, Eileen Boyd Tompkins, who lives in Sewickley.

St. James Church

St. James Catholic Parish and the Knights of Columbus will hold a St. Patrick's Day Dinner Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. March 16 in the school gym, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley.

The menu will feature baked chicken, stuffed cabbage, salad, green beans, baked potato and desserts. Music will be provided by disc jockey Lou Frishkorn. A Chinese auction and raffle will be featured.

Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased in the rectory office and after all weekend Masses. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call 412-741-6650 or visit

Also, Duquesne University's Voices of Spirit, an ensemble of singers under the direction of Christine Jordanoff, will present “In Memorium” at 7 p.m. March 22 at St. James Church.

The Lenten performance will combine musical selections providing framework for prayer and reflection in a format featuring stations of the cross.

For more information, call 412-741-6650.

St. Matthews AME

The Trustee/Steward boards of St. Matthews AME Zion Church, located at the corner of Walnut and Thorn Streets in Sewickley, will host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Pancakes with eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and beverages will be served. There is no charge, however, donations will be accepted. The church also offers worship at 11 a.m. Sunday mornings with the Rev. Robert Hickey Sr.

Sunday school is held at 9:30 a.m.

A Bible study also is available at noon and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Everyone is welcome.

Antioch Baptist Church

Antioch Baptist Church, 332 Elizabeth St., Sewickley, will celebrate its annual Usher and Missionary Days with friends and family at 10:45 a.m. March 17.

The theme is “There is No Greater Love than Family and Friends.”

Dinner will be served immediately following the service. All are welcome. Call 412-741-7688 for details or visit

Antioch holds Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. followed by morning worship and a praise service at 10:45 a.m.

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