June 19, 2018

Sopko to discuss Idlewild

    Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will host author Jennifer Sopko at 6 p.m. June 22 in the Children's Room. She will discuss her book, "Idlewild - History and Memories of Pennsylvania's Oldest Amusement Park." To register for the free event, call 412-672-0625.

Plum Concert Series to begin

     The Sounds Like Summer on Plum Concert Series begins Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Those attending the free concerts should bring a chair. Following is the schedule:

     June 21 - Rewound Band

     June 28 - The Mike Medved Band

     July 5 - 3 Sides

     July 12 - Regular Joes

     July 19 - Sheena B & Casanova

     Friday July 20 - Trinity Wiseman

     July 26 - The House Band

     Aug. 2 - The Stonehorse Band

     Aug. 9 - The Nowhere Men

     Aug. 16 - Smoke & Mirrors

     Aug. 23 - Chuck Corby and Quiet Storm

     Aug. 30 - Tony Janflone

Local author to speak at library

     Robert Herring will discuss his book, "Scars of a Magician," at 6 p.m. June 29 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. The story is about a young magician who lives in a magical hidden village and struggles with being a teenager. Herring will sign copies of his book. To register for the free event, call 412-672-0625. 


May 22, 2018

Clairton AARP to gather

     Clairton AARP 1612 will meet on May 23 at Wilson Presbyterian Church, 400 N. 4th St. in Clairton. Coffee and doughnuts will be offered at 9:30 am followed by a membership meeting at 10. A memorial tribute to lost members will be presented after the meeting. Lunch will be a hot sandwich and pasta salad; cost is $3, $4 guests. For a copy of the latest newsletter, call 412-854-0594. Entertainment will be provided by keyboardist Jim Sykes and vocalist Jody Dausey. The summer banquet  will be June 27 at South Hills Country Club. For reservations or more information, call 412-384-7894. For membership information, call at 412-714-4411.

Legion to host oldies dance

     An oldies dance by Candy & Mike will be May 26 at 8 p.m. in the ballroom at White Oak American Legion Post 701, 2813 Capitol St. in White Oak. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost is $5.     

Reading social planned

     The Reading Social hosted by Carnegie Library of McKeesport will gather from 12:30-1:30 p.m. June 20 at Butler's Rock Run Inn along Rock Run Road in Elizabeth Twp. Books by author Jojo Moyes will be discussed. Registration is not needed for the free event. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

June 12, 2018

June 20, 2018

Summer outing planned by Clairton AARP

     Clairton AARP 1612 will have its summer banquet on June 27 at South Hills Country Club. Entertainment will be provided by singing duo Darryl & Kim. Reservations can be made by calling 412-384-7894.

     Upcoming tours include a trip to northeast Ohio for a Titanic Dinner Adventure that features a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, a cruise on Lake Erie aboard the Nautica Queen, and dinner at the Quail Hollow Resort. In July, a trip to the Erie Station Dinner Theater to see "Frankie's Place." For more information about the trips, call 724-872-1165.

     For more information about the group, call 412-854-0594 for a copy of the newsletter. For information about joining and for an application, call 412-714-4411. To join a local chapter, applicants must be a member in good standing of AARP National.

Movie planned at library

     "Monkey Kingdom" will be shown at 10 a.m. June 26 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Those attending can bring a pillow. Registration is not required. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

May 31, 2018

Despotakis attends school music advocacy gathering

     Mark Despotakis, director of market development for Progressive Music in McKeesport joined nearly 100 music industry leaders, artists and arts education activists to advocate for all school-aged children to have access to quality, comprehensive school music education programs.

     During the National Association of Music Merchants' Advocacy Fly-In May 21-24, the delegation met with members of Congress and other policy stakeholders to reinforce the importance of music as part of a well-rounded education.
     “Music education is core to our business, but it’s always been about more than business to us,” Despotakis said. “We believe in
what music does for all of us across the lifespan but it’s especially crucial for all students to have access to music education that helps them become well-rounded and cultured members of society.

     "That’s why we take our roles as advocates at the federal, state and local level so seriously and take the time to participate in events like the NAMM Advocacy Fly-In," he said.
     The Advocacy week began with a Day of Service at The Kennedy Center helping with the D.C. Public Schools Music Festival. Members guided students through the performance process and provided maintenance and repair to many of  the students'  instruments. In the evening, news contributor and author Charlie Sykes discussed the state of politics in America.

     On Tuesday, Despotakis took part in advocacy training, learned about issues facing public school music programs, and was briefed on the Every Student Succeeds Act, a federal education policy that places more emphasis on a well-rounded education that includes music and gives more decision-making to states and local districts. Music Matters, a new compilation of research, was released by the Arts Education Partnership, the Country Music Association, and The NAMM Foundation. The research indicates a variety of academic and behavioral benefits such as increased focus, managing and navigating problems, and enhanced memory and vocabulary development. That evening, Despotakis joined The NAMM Foundation in awarding the SupportMusic
Champion Award.

     Despotakis met with Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey and staff members from the offices of Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Mike Doyle and other elected officials on Wednesday to advocate for full funding of school-level music programs across the nation, as stipulated in
ESSA, and to discuss the multitude of benefits music education espouses. He also was part of a special Congressional reception with arts advocates and policymakers in the Mansfield Room at the U.S. Capitol.

    Despotakis does public policy and advocacy work for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and is an active member of the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network. Advocating for equitable access to music education for all children is a key mission at Progressive Music.

Library plans children's events

     A variety of children's activities are planned in June in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport:

     June 9: Ice Cream Social and Summer Reading Program registration, 1 p.m.

     June 11-14:  "Science in the Summer," noon

     June 15 and 29: Family Movie Nights, 4 p.m.

     June 18: First day to log minutes read during the summer

     June 20: Birdfeeder Craft and Nature Books, noon

     June 27: Musical Instrument Builds, noon

     June 30: Sand Art, 11 a.m.

     Registration is required for the free events for children up to age 12. For more information or to register, call 412-672-0625.


Send information to mvhappenings@gmail.com. Announcements will be posted for one month.

Library to mark cheese day

     National Cheese Day will be celebrated from 1:30-4:30 p.m. June 4 on the grounds of the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Free cheese quesadillas will be provided.

Event planned at rose garden

     Rose Day at the Renziehausen Park Rose Garden and the 85th anniversary of the Garden Club of McKeesport will be celebrated from 1-4 p.m. June 9. Co-sponsored by the Garden Club of McKeesport and the Pittsburgh Rose Society, the event will be at the Garden Center of the Garden Club of McKeesport, 1400 Pin Oak Drive in McKeesport. There will be tours of the garden, Dorothy Zenkevich will offer demonstrations on starting roses from cuttings, Betty Monyok will demonstrate fresh flower arranging, and Adrienne Virtes will show how to create pressed flower book
     The Garden Club of McKeesport is a member of the NGC Inc, GCFP,  and District VII of the GCFP. For more
information about the club, send an email to info.gardenclubofmckeesport.org or go to thegardenclubofmckeesport.org.

May 30, 2018

Leonetti to speak at Corpus Christi

     Surge of the Heart Mission with Jon Leonetti will be at Corpus Christi Parish, 2515 Versailles Ave. in McKeesport, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 4-6. Leonetti is a nationally known Catholic speaker who has dedicated his life to helping Catholics fall in love and stay in love with the living God. For more information, call 412-672-0765.

Ice cream social kicks off reading program

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will kick off its Summer Reading Program with an Ice Cream Social at 1 p.m. June 9 in the Children's Room. Children who register for the program can have an ice cream sandwich and other refreshments. There will also be information about other programs for kids and teens during the summer. Registration is suggested for the free event. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

June 6, 2018

Queen Bee golf event

Youghiogheny 18 Hole Ladies’ Golf Association  joined with the 9-Hole Ladies’ League for the annual Queen Bee. Wearing the tiara for the Queen Bee is Penny Natale, above, left, with a net 70; Hee So Kim, center, the Honey Bee award with a net 76; and Teresa Garella, right, Busy Bee in a playoff with net 79s bested Betty Lee Hancsak and Diane Riley. Baby Bee Nine-holer Pat Sheleheda had net 42. At right, Natale joins Baby Bee Nine-holer Pat Sheleheda with a net 42. Last year’s Queen Bee was Kim, Lynn McHolme was Honey Bee, Sandy Payne was Busy Bee, and  Baby Bee was Sheleheda.

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.

Memorial Tournament winners

Improving her score by 12 strokes for a net 65, Sue Hobart, left, claimed first place in the 18-
Hole Women’s Golf Association Memorial Tournament at Youghiogheny Country Club.
The two-day, 36-hole Better Ball of two rounds event paid tribute to deceased members of the group. Improving her score by 8 strokes, Teresa Garella was runner-up with a net 67. Last year’s winner was Jane Marino and runner-up was Hee Soo Kim.

Nine Hole winners

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole Golf League winners of the Memorial Tournament were Low Gross, Judi Murray, left; Low Net, Pat Sheleheda; and Star of the Day,  Ginger Spang.

Mon Valley Happenings


June 1, 2018

June 4, 2018

Mt. Vernon Church to host Strawberry Festival

     The annual Strawberry Festival at Mt. Vernon Community Church, 2200 Greenock-Buena Vista Road in Elizabeth Twp., will be from 3-6 p.m. June 9. The event will feature strawberries, cake, ice cream, food, homemade strawberry jam, music, face painting, and a craft. A pie-eating contest is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. There will be a basket raffle to benefit EF Project, a ministry that helps homeowners in the Elizabeth Forward Area, and an Aunt Carol's Gourmet Dips fundraiser to benefit Twin Rivers Teen Outreach, a ministry for high school students.

Garden event planned at library

     To mark National Gardening Week, the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will have a make and take garden event at 4 p.m. June 6 with Carol Korinko of the McKeesport Garden Club. Participants can plant vegetables, herbs, or flowers. To register, call, 412-672-0625.

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to meet

    Elizabeth Township Seniors will meet  at noon June 11 at the Boston Spectrum. Greeters will be Bud Hall, Larry Dillen and Ralph Hoffman. Sandin Home Health Services will offer free blood screenings until noon. President Joe Procacina will lead the meeting and Chaplain Don Kuhns will offer the table blessing. Lunch is $4 for  stuffed peppers, mashed potatoes, and cookies.
    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 Dorothy Howell, Carol Bates, Helen Reder, Helen Markus, Chuck Dansak, and Rose Naylor.  Items should be there by 11 a.m.
    Tour director Bob Gillie will discuss upcoming trips. Tickets for the July picnic must be purchased at the meeting. Cost is $12, $15 for nonmembers. Tickets will not be sold at the picnic.
    A collection for a local food pantry will be taken and Jim Franciscus will call bingo after the meeting.

Knit in Public event planned

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will host Knit in Public Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 9 on the library grounds. Anyone who likes knitting and crocheting can take part. A picnic lunch will be served. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

Cookbook Club to gather

     The theme for the Cookbook Club at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, is "A Night Out." The group will meet at 6 p.m. June 11. Registration is recommended and can be done by calling 412-672-0625.