Things to do
The Faure String Trio: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Old St. Luke's Church, 330 Old Washington Pike, Scott. Classical and contemporary Christmas carols. Free. 412-489-3795.
Christmas Day dinner: 1-4 p.m. Dec. 25, First Presbyterian Church of Castle Shannon, Social Hall, 3636 Poplar Ave. Free ham dinner for those who are alone and for those in need. Call for reservations between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Requests for home deliveries of meals needed by Dec. 20. 412-561-0401.
Community Christmas Dinner: 1-4 p.m. Dec. 25, Oakmont Elks, 106 Washington Ave. Open to anyone who doesn't want to be alone on Christmas, including singles, couples and families. Free. Any donations received will benefit our veterans. To reserve a time and table, call 412-828-1668 or 724-337-7466. Walk-ins welcome.
Kwanzaa: 3-8 p.m. Dec. 29, Arts, Cultural & Training Institute, 7120 Kelly St., Homewood. African dancing, children's activities, storyteller, specialty vendors. Bring a toy and a covered dish (no pork). Community Empowerment Association. 412-371-3689.
North Allegheny School District winter concerts. All are free; all begin at 7 p.m.:
• Dec. 20: Carson Middle School Orchestra, 200 Hillvue Lane; Marshall Middle School Orchestra, 5145 Wexford Run Road; Franklin Elementary School Band, 2401 Rochester Road.
• Jan. 8: North Allegheny Intermediate High School Band, 350 Cumberland Road.
• Jan. 9: Bradford Woods Elementary School Orchestra, Forest Road; Ingomar Elementary School Orchestra, 602 W. Ingomar Road.
• Jan. 10: Ingomar Middle School Orchestra, Ingomar Heights Road.
• Jan. 11: Peebles Elementary School Orchestra, 8625 Peebles Road.
Barrett Elementary School, Steel Valley School District, holiday concert: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 221 E. 12th Ave., Homestead.
Salvation Army, Western Pennsylvania Division, Allegheny County, Christmas Red Kettle Season: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. through Dec. 24. Additional sites and volunteers needed. 412-446-1637 or salvationarmy-wpa.org.
Beaver County Humane Society holiday boutique: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 20, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 21 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 22, adjacent to the Beaver Valley Mall, 570 Route 18, Center. Handmade scarves, fleece blankets, handmade collars, dog and cat toys, wreaths, and more.
Canine Companions for Independence: The national nonprofit provider of trained assistance dogs for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities is selling a “Carols for Christmas” compact disc. Cost: $15. Benefits the organization. 412-720-8200.
All Night Skate: 10 p.m. Dec. 31-6 a.m. Jan. 1, Mon View Roller Rink, 377 Stoney Hill Road, Greensboro. For children and teens 17 and younger. X-box-based dance competition; games and prizes; hot dogs and sauerkraut at midnight. Children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult during the skate. Parents or guardians dropping off children must complete and sign consent forms and waivers before leaving. Admission: $10.
Friday fun singles dance: 8 p.m. Dec. 28-1 a.m. Dec. 29, Clarion Hotel, 401 Holiday Drive, Green Tree. Couples welcome. Prizes, snacks, party hats, noise makers, variety disc jockey. Admission: $10. 412-751-5181 or 412-922-8100 or djnickfunn.com.
Silvester celebration: Dec. 31, Harmony Museum, 218 Mercer St., Harmony. 2-5 p.m., museum tours, $1; continuous showings of “Dinner for One,” free; Bleigiessen, the German tradition of examining melted lead shapes for clues as to what the New Year may bring, $1; 3:30 p.m., pork-and-sauerkraut dinner in Stewart Hall, $12, benefits museum operations; 3 and 3:45 p.m., 5K run and 1-mile fun run/walk, benefits Harmony's parks; 6 p.m., countdown to Sign Innovation ball drop to midnight in Germany, followed by fireworks and the singing of “Auld Lang Syne.” Register at shops or online at harmony-pa.us.
Connoquenessing Creek Polar Plunge: Noon Jan. 1, Jackson Street canoe launch park. Register by mail or online. Sponsor a plunger; those not wishing to plunge themselves can sponsor plungers for $20 each. Benefits Harmony parks as well as Harmony Volunteer Fire Company.
Singles Dance: 8 p.m.-midnight, Jan. 5, West View VFW, 386 Perry Highway. Black-and-gold pep rally, team prizes and giveaways. Free dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $8. 724-316-5029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robots versus Humans: Registration required by Dec. 21 for 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 27, Marshall Township Municipal Building, lower level, 525 Pleasant Hill Road. Solve riddles in binary code, program a robotic car, watch the action of hexbugs, Roombas and a horseshoe crab robot. Presented by Carnegie Science Center. Fee: $18, residents; $20, nonresidents. To register, call 724-935-3090, ext. 115.
Winter Contemplative Prayer: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 8, Villa Maria Community Center, 318 Villa Drive, Pulaski. Monthly program series; spiritual and holistic topics; includes time for reflection and discussion. Speaker is Barbara O'Donnell. Cost: program $7; program and lunch, $12. Registration required. 724-964-8886 or email@example.com.
World War II presentation: 11 a.m. Dec. 27, Cumberland Woods Village Theater, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive, Allison Park. Featuring historian Tim Neff and artifacts in an army footlocker. www.thelegacylineup.com or 800-324-5523.
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 ages 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 still available.
Art, music, theater
Music in a Great Space: 4 p.m. Jan. 6, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, corner of Amberson Avenue and Westminster Place, one block off Fifth Avenue. Pittsburgh Camerata in a candlelight Epiphany concert. Tickets: $10 adults; $5 students and those 60 and older. 412-682-4300 shadysidepres.org.
Free movies at Kean Theater: 2 p.m. Tuesdays in December, 1 p.m. Wednesdays in December, Kean Theater, 5847 Meridian Road, Gibsonia. Sponsored by UPMC Health Plan. keantheater.com.
Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. 412-563-0368, www.thehollywooddormont.org:
• “Christmas Vacation” (1989): 8 p.m. Dec. 20, Benefit to fight leukemia. Tickets: $10; doors open at 7 p.m.
• “Rocky Horror Picture Show”: Midnight Dec. 22, featuring Junior Chamber of Commerce Players.
• Breakfast and a movie: 11 a.m. Dec. 23, featuring “White Christmas” and a light breakfast from the Sugar Café. Cost: $7.
• “Zombo Presents … Urgh! A Music War”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Music until 9:30, when the movie begins.
Disability resource breakfast: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Dec. 20, Volunteers of America, 1650 Main St., Pittsburgh. Featuring speaker Julie Ann Sullivan of Learning Never Ends, presenting “Laughter Helps During Challenging Times.” 412.782.5344, ext. 209, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allegheny Valley Hospital's Destination Wellness, Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Tarentum. 724-274-5202:
• Highmark Personal Nutrition Coaching: One-on-one counseling session by a registered dietitian to address nutritional changes to manage heart disease, diabetes, weight, and other health-related issues. Sessions by appointment only. No charge for Highmark members, nominal fee for others.
• Holiday Stress Busters: 6 p.m. Dec. 20. Megan Klucinec and Larry Heath discuss how to combat stress. Free.
Baldwin Borough Public Library, 41 Macek Drive. 412-885-2255, baldwinborolibrary.org:
• Children's story times: 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, toddlers ages 2 to 3 and 10-10:45 a.m. Fridays for preschoolers 3 and older.
Brentwood Library, 3501 Brownsville Road. 412-882-5694, www.brentwoodpubliclibrary.org:
• 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, bridgevillelibrary.org:
• Scrappy Scrabblers: 1-3 p.m. Fridays. Enjoy an afternoon of Scrabble. New players welcome.
• Computer Basics: 10:30 a.m. Fridays.
• Babies and Books: 10 a.m. Fridays. Stories, songs and fingerplays for infants to 2-year-olds, followed by playtime.
Community Library of Castle Shannon: 3677 Myrtle Ave. 412-563-4552. castleshannonlibrary.org:
• Monthly Book Discussion Group: 7 p.m. second Mondays.
• Holiday movie marathon: 1 p.m. Dec. 28.
Coraopolis Memorial Library, 601 School St. 412-264-3502, coraopolislibrary.blogspot.com:
• “Polar Express” story time: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20.
• “American Girl: “McKenna Shoots for the Stars” movie: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26.
• Knitting class: 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 22. Supplies provided.
Cooper-Siegel Community Library, 403 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. 412-828-9520, ext. 215; coopersiegelcommunity library.org:
• 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.
Jefferson Hills Public Library, 925 Old Clairton Road. 412-655-7741, jeffersonhillslibrary.org:
• Scrabble Club: Noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays.
• Learn to Play Bridge: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Bridge expert Thomas Morris. 412-384-4378.
• Storytime: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 20. Children 3 and older.
Moon Township Public Library, 1700 Beaver Grade Road, Suite 100. 412-269-0334:
• Winter Reading Club: Jan. 1-Mar. 1. Pick up a book log at the information desk. For every four books you read over the next two months, you are entered into a drawing for dinner and a movie. Teens in grades 6-12 also are welcome to participate.
• Teen Open Art Studio Time: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8. First installment of monthly studio in the Sky Room for artists in grades 6-12. We'll provide a craft or art project, but feel free to bring anything you're working on at home. Food and drinks provided. This month's craft will be graffiti T-shirts. Bring a light-colored T-shirt. Registration recommended. email@example.com.
Penn Hills Library, 1037 Stotler Road. 412-795-3507, pennhillslibrary.org:
• Advanced Knitting Club: 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
• Wednesday Afternoon Book Club: Third Wednesdays.
Peters Township Public Library, 616 E. McMurray Road. 724-941-9430, www.ptlibrary.org:
• Teen Sharpie Tie-Dye T-shirts: 3:30-4:15 p.m. Dec. 20. For grades 6-12. Bring a white shirt, socks, pillowcase to tie-dye using Sharpies.
• Holiday Movies and Hot Cocoa: Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 22. Holiday movie marathon.
• Last Minute Holiday Gift Wrapping Party: 1-3 p.m. Dec. 23. Bring your gifts and learn some unusual wrapping techniques.
Pleasant Hills Public Library, 302 Old Clairton Road. 412-655-2424, pleasanthillslibrary.org:
• Life-story writing group: 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays. Help and encouragement to anyone writing or planning to write memoirs or family history.
• Tot Time: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20. For children 2 to 3 1⁄2 years.
• Teen Talk: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 29. For students in grades 6 to 12. Pizza, conversation, and games.
Scott Township Public Library, 301 Lindsay Road. 412-429.5380, scottlibrary.org:
• “Scottie's Preschool Story Time”: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Children ages 3 to 6.
• One-on-one computer training: 8-9 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $5.
Sewickley Public Library, 500 Thorn St. 412-741-6920, sewickleylibrary.org:
• 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, southfayettelibrary.org:
• Chess Club: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays. Children in kindergarten through eighth grades. 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.
• E-reader drop-in help sessions: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Learn to use library resources on e-readers or smart phones.
• Tales'n Tunes Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Fridays. For ages 3 to 5 with caregivers. Children sing songs with movements, listen to stories and participate in art activities.
• Tales'n Tunes Storytime: 10:30-11 a.m. Dec. 21, featuring songs, stories and art activities for ages 3 to 5.
South Park Library, 2575 Brownsville Road. 412-833-5585, southparklibrary.org:
• Tail Waggin' Tutors Program: 7 p.m. Dec. 20. Children read to certified and insured therapy dogs with the handlers nearby.
• Read to Succeed! Club: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
• Christmas playcation: 2-4 p.m. Dec. 27. Elementary school ages and parents. Music, toys, munchies provided.
Live Nativity: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, Homeville Christian Church, 4702 Eliza St. West Mifflin. Free. 412-461-3731.
Nativity Lutheran Church Christmas Eve service: 7 p.m. Dec. 24, 4517 Mt. Royal Blvd.,Hampton. 412-487-1071, NativityLutheranChurch.org.
German community of Pittsburgh for Christmas worship: 4 p.m. Dec. 23, First Lutheran Church, 615 Grant St., Downtown. The Rev. Horst H. Bandle will be the worship leader and will preach in German. Music: Teutonia Mannerchor and Damenchor; Pittsburgh Posaunenchor brass choir; André Bierman, tenor soloist; and Gloria Dei Ringers. Informal reception will follow. Reduced parking is available in the Mellon Square and Smithfield-Liberty garages with a validated ticket (have ticket stamped at ushers table).
Beulah Presbyterian Church, 2500 McCrady Road, Churchill. 412-242-4570, beulahpresby.org:
• 10:15 a.m. Dec. 23, sermon by The Rev. Dr. Doug Marshall, “Bethlehem — Big Deal!” Music features a carol sing and sanctuary choir in John Rutter's “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”
• 4:15 p.m. contemporary family and 7 p.m. traditional Dec. 24, sermon by The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Reyes Fillmore, “Christmas Grace.” Reception following both services.
The Bible Chapel, 300 Gallery Drive, Peters. 724-941-8990, biblechapel.org:
• “Countdown to Christmas” sermon series: Weekends through Dec. 30.
• Christmas Eve services: South Hills, 300 Gallery Drive, McMurray, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.; Robinson, Pittsburgh Technical Institute, (North Fayette Campus), 1111 McKee Road, Oakdale, 7 p.m.; Washington, 34 W. Wheeling St., 6 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m., service online, 7 p.m. Child care available for 2 and younger for all services except the 7 p.m. South Hills service.
Christ United Methodist Church 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park. 412-835-6621, christumc.net:
• Christmas Eve Worship: 3 p.m. Dec. 24, children's Christmas hour; 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 24, contemporary worship; 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24, cathedral worship.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Pittsburgh. 412-835-6630, westminster-church.org:
• Christmas Eve Worship: 5 p.m. Dec. 24 (family service); 7 p.m. Dec. 24 (contemporary service); 9 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24 (lessons and carols).
• Communion and Prayers: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 31.
Girls of New Vision/Boys of New Vision youth group: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, New Vision Community Church, 1620 Randolph Lane at Verona Road, Verona. 412-241-6160.
Essential Coffee Hour Bible Study: 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, Wexford Presbyterian Church, 10645 Perry Highway, Wexford. 724-935-5650.
Women's Bible study: 7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays, Fountain Park Church, 8533 Peters Road, Cranberry. An 11-week study: “Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit.” 724-779-2003.
Bible study: 9 a.m. Wednesdays, St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry. Priests discuss upcoming readings. Bring the study edition of the New American Bible. 724-776-9177.
Mommy Matters: 9-11:30 a.m. on first and third Tuesdays of each month, Penn Hills Free Methodist Church, 715 Universal Road, Penn Hills. Bible-based support group for mothers. Child care provided. 412-793-7263.
Christ's Church Ministries: 10 a.m. Saturdays, St. James Episcopal Church, 11524 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. A Christian and Hebraic fellowship. Not affiliated with the Episcopal Church. 412-377-2940.
Celebrate Recovery: 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Three Rivers Assembly of God, 1030 Jefferson Road, Penn Hills. A Christ-centered drug and alcohol recovery group. 412-372-3453.
Women's Catholic Scripture Study: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Scholastica Parish, 309 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. Registration fee: $55, includes materials for the 30-week course. 412-963-1931.
The Kabbalah of You: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. Sundays, Chabad of the South Hills, 1701 McFarland Road, Mt. Lebanon. Six-week course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. 412-344-2424. chabadsh.com.