​​​​MEETINGS and EVENTS

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November 2, 2016

Ukrainian church to host pyrohy sale
     St. John's Ukrainian Church, 1907 Eden Park Blvd. in McKeesport, will have a pyrohy sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4. Items ready-to-eat will be potato and cheese pyrohy, homemade haluski, and homemade wedding soup. Also available are frozen potato and cheese pyrohy, and potato and sauerkraut pyrohy, and potato and bacon pyrohy. For more information, call 412-678-2206.

Flea market, bake sale planned

     A flea market and bake sale is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 735 Bunola River Road in Elizabeth. Outside space rental is $10; tables are not provided. Call 412-384-6464 to reserve a space. Homemade food will be available for eat-in or takeout.

Stuffed cabbage, bake sale scheduled

​     St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church, 330 Shaw Ave. in McKeesport, will have a stuffed cabbage and bake sale. Orders for stuffed cabbage ($1.75 each), homemade bread ($4 for plain bread, $4.50 for raisin bread), cheregie, cookies, and nut, apricot and poppyseed rolls ($10.50 per roll) must be made by Nov. 6. ; call 412-678-6393, 412-672-3444 or 412-672-0736 to place an order.

     Orders can be picked up Nov. 10.

November 12, 2020

Takeout dinner to benefit food pantry

     Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 317 South Second Ave. in Elizabeth, will have a roast beef dinner Nov. 14 from 4-7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Boro Food Pantry. The event is takeout only due to Covid-19. Meal includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cole slaw or applesauce, roll, and dessert. Cost is $10, $6 for children younger than 12. To order, call 412-384-7050.  

November 10, 2020

Fish fry planned at St. Sava Serbian church

     An Advent Fish Fry is planned at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in the social hall, 901 Hartman St. in McKeesport, from 2-6 p.m. Dec. 4. The take-out only event requires pre-order by phone by calling 412-469-2955 through Nov. 25. Payment by credit card only. No orders will be taken at the church the day of the fish fry.

     The menu features hand-breaded halibut on a hard roll. A la carte items include halushki (sauteed cabbage and noodles), Spanish rice, french fries, sauerkraut and bean soup, apple strudel, and palachinke (cheese filled crepes). There also will be nut, apricot and poppy seed rolls; there is a maximum single order of six. Additional rolls can be ordered after the fish fry.

Heritage Center to host virtual Veteran's Day program

     Bob MacPherson will present, "Every Moment Mattered... the life of Cassin Young, Captain, USN Navy (Deceased)" at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 on Zoom. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, he has been working on the story of the Medal of Honor awardee for six years. Young was a career Navy submariner but was remembered more for the two events that happened in December 1941 and November 1942. His life story reflects the transition of the Navy from the age when battleships were king to the dramatic days of the first year of World War II when the Navy had to learn to fight without most of them. He was in the right place at the right time during Pearl Harbor and was tragically lost less than a year later in one of the most infamous and lopsided naval battles of the war. The whole story has never been told in writing before and MacPherson plans to have the story published by the end of the year.

​     To pre-register for the Zoom presentation, go to www.mckeesportheritage.org.     

November 13, 2020

Library hosting lottery calendar fundraiser

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, is having a 2021 Lottery Calendar fundraiser to benefit the library branches. Cost is $25 for 365 chances to win. Payouts are $25 weekdays, $50 Saturdays and Sundays, $100 the first of every month, and $75 to $1,500 on 10 special days. Calendars can be purchased, cash only, at the front desk of the McKeesport branch. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

October 15, 2020

MLT hosts drive-thru spaghetti dinner

     A drive-thru spaghetti dinner hosted by McKeesport Little Theater will be from 2-7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Jacob Woll Pavilion (main pavilion) on Sycamore Drive in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. Cost is $10 and includes spaghetti with marina sauce, meatballs (optional), salad, dinner roll and beverage. There will be a bake sale. The dinner is takeout only.

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October 14, 2020

Historical society to host flea market, vendor sale

     A pop-up flea market and vendor sale will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 and from noon to 3 p.m.  Oct. 25 at the Elizabeth Township Historical Society, 5811 Smithfield St. in the Boston section of Elizabeth Twp. Cost to reserve a 10x10-foot space is $25; call 412-807-8452 or email betweentworivershistory@gmail.com to reserve a spot. Make checks payabe to ETHS and mail to Debbie Gilbert, 1109 Sommerset St., McKeesport, PA 15135. Set up begins at 8 a.m.; vendors and sellers should bring your own tent, table and chair.

November 23, 2020

NAMI McKeesport meetings cancelled
     National Alliance on Mental Illness McKeesport affiliate has cancelled its December and January meetings due to the latest Covid  guidelines. Resumption of meetings will be announced after the new year. NAMI is a support and educational organization for families and friends of those suffering with mental illness.

St. Sava Serbian church to offer fish fry
      An Advent take-out fish fry is planned at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in the social hall, 901 Hartman St. in McKeesport, Dec. 4 from 2-6 p.m. Pre-ordering is required; call 412-469-2955 through Nov. 25 and payment is credit card only. No orders will be taken at the church the day of the fish fry. The menu features hand-breaded halibut on a hard roll and the following a la carte items: halushki, Spanish rice, french fries, sauerkraut and bean soup, apple strudel, and palachinke (cheese filled crepes). There also will be nut, apricot and poppy seed rolls with a maximum single order of six rolls; additional rolls can be ordered after the fish fry.

Library to offer curbside-only services

      In compliance with the Allegheny County Health Director's stay-at-home advisory, there will be no browing, in-person programming, or PC use at the Carnegie Free Library of McKeesport and its branches effective immediately. The facilities will be fully contactless and will be reviewed for changes in two weeks. The following services will be offered via the contactless service model:

     * Contactless pickup and drop off for library materials. Call ahead to schedule a time to pick up holds. Drop off materials during open hours in designated bins in the vestibule.

     * Phone service for questions and placing holds.

     * Outdoor Wifi

     * Virtual programming (Storytime on Facebook, Virtual Kitchen, Book Club, etc.)

     *  Electronic resources: With a valid library card, the library is available online for access to digital resources that includes books, audio items including music and films, and databases for research.

     * Remote printing via email. Email documents to mckeesport@einetwork.net and call to inform the library documents are being sent for printing. Staff will bring the print out to you and collect the printing fee of 15 cents per black and white page or 50 cents per color page.

     * Faxing is available until 4:15 p.m. Wait in the vestibule while staff collects the fee (50 cents per page and $1 for long distance) and sends the fax; it could take several minutes.

     * All payments for services are cash only, due before service is rendered.

     * Grab and Go Crafts monthly craft bags will be available for families on certain days. See the Event Calendar at mckeesportlibrary.org for more information.

     * Library staff will be available via phone to help with online resources and questions. Call 412-672-0625.

     * No children can enter the building at this time. There are no exceptions.

October 27, 2020

McKeesport ministerium plans prayer day

     The McKeesport Area Ministerium will host “A Community Day of Prayer” at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30 at Kennedy Memorial Park, located along Lysle Boulevard in McKeesport. Issues and concerns including Covid-19, the election, the quest for racial and social justice, and loss of employment will be lifted up in prayer. There will be social distancing and CDC guidelines will be followed.

NAMI McKeesport to meet

     National Alliance on Mental Illness McKeesport affiliate will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at its new location on the second floor of the Dravosburg American Legion Post 380, 51 Duquesne St. The new meeting date is the first Thursday of the monty. Speaker Jessica Balough will describe her journey with mental illness for most of her life and how she has dealt with it. According to Covid-19 guidelines, masks are required as well as social distancing during the meeting.
     NAMI is a support and educational program for families and friends of those who suffer with mental illness. For more information, call Anna Lisa at 412-527-6600.

October 28, 2020

Library plans Read Between the Wines fundraiser

     Shop, sip and support the Carnegie Library of McKeesport with Read Between the Wines. By clicking on the the link below, 10 percent of all purchases will benefit the library. Deadline to participate is Nov. 17. For more information, contact Jan Gerber, cause entrepreneur, One Hope Wine, at 7seaswine@gmail.com. The link is: https://www.onehopewine.com/event/36814bb6-f8c0-4ed5-9e9f-6c0d2d902e55.

October 16, 2020

Al-Anon family group meetings planned

     Al-Anon Family Group of McKeesport meets each Tuesday at noon at Beulah Park Methodist Church, Grandview Avenue at Grover Avenue in McKeesport. Al-Anon is a support and educational program for family and friends of those with alcohol addiction. There are no dues or fees. Those attending should wear a mask.

Photo event for Faces of McKeesport mural project

     Photos will be taken from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 and from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 18 at Gergely Park Water Street at Joe Bendel Way for the Faces of McKeesport Mural project. The project is hosted by YouthCAST and the McKeesport Community Newsroom, part of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University. Residents will be photographed by a YouthCAST photographer for the Faces of McKeesport mural, which is designed to celebrate the city's community spirit and diversity. The mural will be unveiled in the spring at a location to be determined. All ages can be part of the mural. Participants must sign a model release and parental permission is required for anyone under 18 years old. Those taking part must wear a mask and practice social distancing.

McKeesport Heritage Center to host Zoom presentation

     McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center will host a Zoom event, "Preserving Your Home Collections," at 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Museum Manager Dave Moore will discuss how to keep items of historical value safe for future generations. Pre-registration is required and can be done at www.mckeesportheritage.org.

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