March 16, 2018

Heritage Center plans women's history program

     Local historian Ellen Vasey Show will present "Fascinating McKeesport Women" at 2 p.m. March 24 at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. She will highlight women who left their mark on the community in a variety of backgrounds inlcluding journalism, aviation, and philanthropy, those who influenced social and political movements, and those who broke barriers in their fields. Cost is free for members, $2 for non-members. For more information, call 412-678-1832, go to the web site at, or email

Benefit spaghetti dinner scheduled

     A spaghetti dinner to help offset medical expenses for cancer patient Larry Hartos will be from 2-6 p.m. March 18 at White Oak American Legion Post 701, 2813 Capitol St. in White Oak.

​Pork chop dinner offered at church
Church plans roast beef dinner
    Elizabeth Wesleyan Church, 205 Church St. in Elizabeth, will have a roast beef dinner from 3:30-6:30 p.m. March 17. Takeout orders can be placed by calling 412-384-8868. The menu includes roast beef, green beans, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, beverage, and dessert.

March 6, 2018

Library offers afterschool classes

    A variety of afterschool classes are offered Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Children ages 5-12 can take part in the following classes:

     March 7 - Design a Board Game

     March 14 - Story Cubes (creative writing game)

     March 21 - Detective Science

     March 28 - Books & Cookies Book Club

     Registration is suggested for the free events. To register is for more information, call 412-672-0625.

​Mon River Arts to present 'The Lion King Jr.'

​     The youth program at Mon River Arts will present Disney's "The Lion King Jr." at the Grand Theatre, 207 South Second Ave. in Elizabeth. Show times are 7:30 p.m. March 8 and 9, 2 and 6 p.m. March 10, and 2 p.m. March 11. Tickets are $8, $10 at the door. The March 8 performance is pay-what-you-can night. Tickets are available by contacting the box office at 412-405-8425 or or online at

Cookbook Club to gather

​     The theme for the Cookbook Club's March 12 meeting at 6 p.m. is foods that are green. The group gathers each month at the library, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, to try new foods based on a specific theme. Registration is suggested for the free event. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

Zion Baptist to host 'The Last Supper'

​     The Upper Room Group will present "The Last Supper" at 7 p.m. March 11 at Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust St. in McKeesport. The presentation provides a biblical account of the activities that took place at the Last Supper. Each of the 12 apostles tells of their encounters with Jesus.

​World War II fashion show, tea planned

​     A special program and fundraiser, World War II Fashion Tea, is planned at 4 p.m. March 10 and 2 p.m. March 11 at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. The fashion show is in conjunction with the center's traveling exhibit, "We Can Do It! WWII" on loan from the Heinz History Center and is co-sponsored by the Elizabeth Twp. Historical Society. Seating for the event is limited. Cost is $15 and tickets are available at the heritage center. For more information, call the center at 412-678-1832.

Saturday children's classes scheduled at library

​     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will have Saturday classes for children ages 5-12 at 11 a.m. in the Children's Room. There will be 50 States Bingo on March 10 and Easter crafts on March 31. Registration is suggested for the free events. For more information, call 412-672-0625.


February 26, 2018

Cemetery to begin spring cleaning

     Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Twp. will begin spring cleanup on March 1. All holiday and weathered items will be removed if not done so by family members.

Produce to People dates scheduled

     Distribution dates for Produce to People are March 8 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, 1 North Linden St. in Duquesne, and March 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at McKeesport Founders Hall, 3600 O'Neil Blvd. in McKeesport. Recipients should bring bags, boxes, or a rolling cart. Volunteers are available to help those with mobility issues.

     Produce to People is the food bank's large-scale produce distribution program, which provides 30-45 pounds of food - mostly fresh produce - to eligible families. Families can attend as many distributions as needed and still go to their local pantry. For eligibility guidelines and registration details, go to

February 20, 2018

McKeesport Ministerium plans Lenten services

     The McKeesport Area Ministerium will sponsor its 17th annual ecumenical Lenten series. For five weeks, McKeesport area churches will host 30-minute prayer services at noon followed by a light lunch. A free will offering will be taken at each location to help defray the cost of the meal.

     The schedule is:

     Feb. 21 - Auberle, 1101 Hartman St.

     Feb. 28 - Bethlehem Baptist Church, 716 Walnut St.

     March 7 - McKeesport Presbyterian Church, 1510 Versailles Ave.

     March 14 - Rainbow Temple, 536 Shaw Ave.

     March 21 - St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 220 8th Ave.

     For more information, call 412-672-8490.

​Lifespan to host reading social

​     A reading social, hosted by Carnegie Library of McKeesport will be at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Lifespan in Olympia Shopping Center. The book that will be discussed is "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. To borrow the book, ask a librarian at the desk to order a copy at no cost. Registration is not needed for the free gathering. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

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March 14, 2018

Church plans rummage sale

     Calvary Chapel South Pittsburgh, 730 Fifth St. in West Elizabeth, will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon March 17. Proceeds will benefit the Calvary Chapel Youth Summer Discipleship Program in California. For more information, call 412-596-8869 or go to the web site at

​​​Reading social scheduled at LifeSpan

​     A reading social presented by Carnegie Library of McKeesport will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. March 21 at LifeSpan in Olympia Shopping Center. Participants will be discussing their choice of literature about an historical person during any time period. No registration is needed for the free event. For more information, call 412-672-0625.    


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March 13, 2018

Angora Gardens to host egg hunt

     An Easter Egg hunt will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 at Angora Gardens, 3 Muse Lane in White Oak. Hunt times are noon for ages 1-3; 12:45 p.m. for ages 4-7; and 1:30 for ages 8-12. There will be food, music, games, vendors, a magician, crafts, face painting, bunnies, Chinese auction, and 50/50.

​Pierogi sale planned at Holy Family Parish

​     Holy Family Parish, 1921 Eden Park Blvd. in McKeesport, will have a pierogi sale on March 16. Orders should be called in to 412-664-7009 starting at 8 a.m. March 15. Menu is potato-cheese, dry cottage cheese, lekvar, and cabbage pierogi for $9 a dozen; stuffed cabbage for $1.75 each; and haluski for $5 a quart, $2.50 a pint. Quantities are limited. Orders can be picked up between 3-6 p.m. March. 16.

​New Century Careers offers guidance at library

​     New Century Careers, a nonprofit workforce development organization offering entry-level training for qualified applicants, will be at Carnegie Library of McKeesport at 1 p.m. March 20. Applicants must be at least 18; have a high school diploma or GED; show successful performance on an aptitude test; and submit a completed application, including high school transcripts and two reference letters. To register for the tuition-free program, call 412-672-0625. The group will meet in the Children's Room of the library, located at 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport.

St. Patrick's Day party scheduled

​     White Oak American Legion Post 701, 2813 Capitol St. in White Oak, will have a St. Patrick's Day party on March 17. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 412-672-7994.

March 7, 2018

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to gather

     Elizabeth Township Seniors will meet at noon Monday at the Boston Spectrum. Greeters will be Joann and Bob Francesconi and Shirley Barnes. Sandin Home Health Services will offer free blood pressure screenings until noon. President Joe Procacina will lead the meeting and Chaplain Don Kuhns will offer the table blessing. Lunch is $4 and will be shepherd's pie and tossed salad.
    The business meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with the flag pledge and singing of "God Bless America." Tom and Estelle George will conduct the "share the wealth" and there will be a basket auction. Those bringing items for the auction include Alan Lewis, Janet Blaho, Sandy Bowser, Barb Ziegler, June Stefl, Oleva Gainer, Joni Ashton, Pat McGinn, and Carol Bates. Items should be there by 11 a.m. Tour Director Bob Gillie will discuss upcoming trips.  Green is the color of the day in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.  Jim Franciscus will call bingo after lunch.

'Coco' to be shown at library

​     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will show the family movie "Coco" at 4 p.m. March 16 in the Children's Room. Popcorn will be provided; computers will be shut down. Registration is suggested for the free event. For more information or to register, call 412-672-0625.

Oldies dance planned at legion

​     White Oak American Legion Post 701, 2813 Capital St. in White Oak, will have an oldies dance with Candy and Mike from 7-11 p.m. March 10. Proceeds will benefit veteran's programs.     

February 22, 2018

Ukrainian church plans pyrohy sales

     St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1907 Eden Park Blvd. in McKeesport, will have pyrohy sales Thursdays and Fridays through March 23. Pyrohy varieties, sold by the dozen, are potato/cheese, $9; potato/kielbasa/sauerkraut, $10; potato/sauerkraut, $10; sweet cabbage, $10; and lekvar, $10. Other items are homemade soup of the day, haluski, and macaroni and cheese, each available for $3.50 a pint or $6 a quart; stuffed cabbage, 3 for $8; plain paska bread, $6; raisin paska bread, $6.50; and other breads and baked goods at various prices. To place an order to be ready for pickup in the church hall, call 412-678-2206. Walk-in customers are welcome. 

Church to host roast beef dinner

    Elizabeth Wesleyan Church, 205 Church St. in Elizabeth, will have a roast beef dinner Feb. 24 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The meal includes roast beef, green beans, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, beverage, and dessert. To place a takeout order, call 412-384-8868.

Line dancing scheduled at legion

     White Oak American Legion Post 701, 2813 Capitol St. in White Oak, will have line dancing on Feb. 23. Instruction begins at 7 p.m. followed by the dance at 8.


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.

March 1, 2018

Library offers daytime movies

     Two movies are planned at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. "Loving Vincent" will be shown on March 6 and "Brad's Status" will be on March 20. Both movies start at 10 a.m. in the Children's Room. Registration is not required for the adult event. Attendees  can bring a pillow. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

Clairton AARP plans Easter trip

​     A trip is planned by Clairton Area AARP No. 1612 on March 20 to the Ramada Ligonier for an Easter celebration of "Songs of Faith." The outing will include a tour of Heritage United Methodist Church. For more information about the trip, call 724-872-1165 or 412-233-9028. The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. March 28 at Wilson Presbyterian Church, 400 North 4th St. in Clairton.

Mary of Nazareth school to present 'Wizard of Oz'

​     "The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition" will be presented by students at Mary of Nazareth Catholic School in White Oak at 2 and 7 p.m. March 10 at Francis McClure Intermediate School. Tickets are $7, $8 at the door. For tickets, call 412-672-2360.

March 12, 2018

NAMI McKeesport to meet

     The National Alliance on Mental Illness McKeesport affiliate will meet at 7 p.m. March 15 at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport, Room 122 Frable Building. Updates on Southwestern PA and statewide NAMI events will be discussed.

     The film, "Suicide: The Ripple Effect," will be shown at Loews Theater at the Waterfront in Homestead on March 22. The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines  who tried to take his life at age 19 by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then, his mission has been to use his story to help others stay alive and find recovery. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the NAMI Keystone PA office at 412-366-3788.

    NAMI is a support, education, and advocacy group for families and friends of people with mental illness. For more information, call 412-527-6600.

​Garden Club of McKeesport to gather

​     The Garden Club of McKeesport will meet on March 19 at the Margaret Larson Garden Center in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. The business meeting will be conducted by President Pro Tem Marsha Pratt at 11 a.m. Yearly reports will be presented by committee chairpersons. The Conservation Report is "What is Conservation" and the Horticulture Report will be "New Plants for 2018. Lunch will be provided and served by the executive board. The invocation will be given by Carol Korinko. Robert Fickly of the PA Game Commission will present the program, "The Bald Eagle."

​     Annual rose pruning demonstrations will start at 1 p.m. and continue until done on April 7 at the Rose Garden in Renziehausen Park. The rain date is April 14. Non-members can attend to learn how to correctly prune roses. Attendees should bring their own work gloves and tools like pruners and loppers; dress to work in the garden.

​     The club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, National Garden Club Inc. District VII Garden Club Federation of PA, and the Confederation of McKeesport District Women's Clubs. For more information about the club, go to the web site at or email