Chicken, ribs barbecue at Mt. Vernon Church

     A barbecue featuring Boomer Kelly's chicken and ribs barbecue is from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church, 2200 Greenock-Buena Vista Road in Elizabeth Twp. There will be a bake sale, basket auction, and music.

Library offers daytime movies

     Family movies will be shown at 10 a.m. in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. "Apollo 11" will be shown Oct. 8 and "The Lion King" will be shown Oct. 22. Both are 2019 films. Registration is not needed for the free movies. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

Chapman event golf winners

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole Golf League winners of the two-person Chapman event are Pat Sheleheda and Carole Friend. Coming in second was the team of Judi Murray and Jan Baum.


YCC Star of the Year

Eleanor Craig is the “Star of the Year” for the 18-Hole Women's Golf Association at Youghiogheny County Club. Administrator Betty Lee Hancsak organized the tournament for golfers who qualified throughout the season by posting individual low net scores and winning “Star of the Day.”

October 10, 2019

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to meet

   Elizabeth Township Seniors will meet at noon Oct. 14 at the Boston Spectrum. Greeters will be Cathy and Don Kuhns. Sandin Home Health Services will offer free blood pressure screenings until noon but will not be able to offer free flu shots this year. President Tom George will preside at the meeting and Chaplain Don Kuhns will offer the table blessing. Octoberfest will be celebrated with a $4 lunch featuring kielbasa, hot dogs, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin cookies. The business meeting will begin with the flag pledge and singing of "God Bless America." Enterainment will be accordionist Kevin Solecki.

     Tour Director Bob Gillie will discuss upcoming trips. John and June Stefl will conduct the share the wealth and Financial Secretary Bernie Gillie will continue to collect $10 dues for 2020. The organization will celebrate 52 years with a celebration. Officers for next year will be nominated. Tickets will be sold for the Christmas party. Cost is $16, $20 for nonmembers. Meal choice is pasta primavera or stuffed pork chop or stuffed chicken breast with mashed potatoes, vegetable and cupcake.
    There will be a Chinese auction; those bringing items include Flo Sullivan, Carol Bates, Betty Heath, Alan Lewis, Janet Blaho and Ellen Hornfeck. Items should be there by 11 a.m. Birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated and a collection will be taken for a local food pantry. Bingo will be played after the meeting.

Monessen church plans paint party

     Monessen First Christian Church, 115 6th St. in Monessen, will host a Paint Party from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 20. Cost is $20 and includes all supplies and snacks. No experience is needed to participate. For tickets, go to Eventbrite.com. For more information, call 724-684-8585.

October 1, 2019

October 2, 2019

October 18, 2019

Clairton AARP to gather

     Clairton Area AARP #1612 will meet Oct. 23 at Wilson Presbyterian Church, 400 N. 4th St. in Clairton. Coffee and donuts will be served at 9:30 a.m. followed by a business meeting. Entertainment will be an encore performance by ventriloquist Cindy Speck. Lunch will be $3, $4 for nonmembers. The final tours of 2019 are a day trip to Canton, Ohio for A Holly Jolly Christmas Review at the Canton Palace Theater on Nov. 16 and a Pittsburgh Christmas Gala with visits to the Carnegie Museum, Phipps Conservatory and ending with an evening at Kennywood on Dec. 6. Members are given priority but guests can attend if space is available. Call 724-872-1165 for details.

     For a copy of the newsletter with information about events, call 412-854-0594. For membership information, call 412-714-4411. To join a local chapter membership is AARP National is required. 

Chiz Rider to perform at Central Highlands church

     Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church, 100 Timothy Drive in Elizabeth Twp., will host the Chiz Rider Ministries Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 20 at 8:30 and 11 a.m. He has been playing the trumpet since he was 4 and has made several recordings, including his newest solo CD, "Psalm 50." His trumpet ministry appeals to wide range of folks with music ranging from "Amazing Grace" to the contemporary sounds of "SOS. The music ministry has been reaching out to people throughout the country and abroad for more than 37 years, performing more than 260 concerts a year.

Library to offer Halloween-themed events

     Halloween-themed events are planned at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. "Coraline" will be shown at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Children's Room. Popcorn will be provided. Regististration is not required for the free event.

    A Monster Mash Costume Party will be from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Children's Room. Costumes are required for the free event which will include treats, games, music, and crafts. Registration is not needed.

     The Youth Outreach Program will host a Scary Movies Night from 7-11:30 p.m. Oct. 24. The movies will be "Halloween" from 1978 and 2018. The event is sponsored by the library, McKeesport Area High School, the City of McKeesport, ACLA, and Youth Outreach.

     For more information about any of the events, call 412-672-0625


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

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.

September 23, 2019

October 14, 2019

Garden club to gather

     Garden Club of McKeesport will meet Oct. 21 at the Margaret Larson Garden Center in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. The business meeting will be conducted by President Marsha Pratt at 11 a.m. The horticulture report will be “Preparing Our Gardens for Winter.” The invocation will be given by Diane Bochicchio. Lunch will be prepared by Diane Bochicchio, Debbie Siegel and Marsha Pratt. The program will be “Aroma Therapy” and the speaker will be club member Joyce Dupak. Members should bring donations for the food bank.
     The garden club has maintained the Arboretum and Rose Garden in the park for 86 years through fundraising and volunteer hours by members. 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 Garden Club of McKeesport, visit the web site at www.thegardenclubofmckeesport.org or email info.gardenclubofmckeesport@gmail.com.

Library to host wine, canvas event

     Jan Catalogna of the McKeesport Art Group will lead a wine and canvas party from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Children's Room o Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Participants will create the same holiday painting. Cost for the adults-only event is a $30 donation, which includes art materials. Those attending should bring a brunch item and a favorite beverage. For more information or to register, call 412-672-0625.

CareerLink services offered in McKeesport

     Camille Smith, neighborhood outreach specialist at PA CareerLink, will be at Carnegie Library of McKeesport from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. She can assist with job leads, PA CareerLink registration, resume development, career counseling, apprenticeship programs, and advanced training. There is a break for lunch at noon. For more information, call Smith at 412-436-4933 or the CareerLink office at 412-552-7100.

September 26, 2019

Apple Fest, Log House Days planned in Greenock

     Greenock United Methodist Church, 1213 Greenock-Buena Vista Road in Elizabeth Twp., will have its annual Apple Fest Sept. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. There will be barbecue chicken and pork, homemade apple treats and a bake sale, children's games, and music by Rubbie Greenewald. For more information, call 412-751-7726.

     The Elizabeth Twp. Historical Society will host its annual Log House Days that day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can tour the historic 1790 home (adjacent to the church). There will be living history exhibits, reenactors, and vendors. For more information, call 412-751-5389.

Library hosts Dining to Donate event

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport will have a Dining to Donate event from 11 a.m. until close Sept. 29 at Applebee's, 2045 Lebanon Church Road in West Mifflin. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of the check (excluding tax and gratuity) when presenting the flyer. The flyers are available at the circulation desk at the library, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

Country dinner, store offered at Round Hill church

     Round Hill Presbyterian Church, 2150 Round Hill Church Road in Elizabeth Twp., will have a Country Dinner and Store from 2-6 p.m. Sept. 28. The dinner is chicken and biscuit or stuffed cabbage and includes apple sauce, potato, vegetables, dessert, and a drink. Children's dinner is chicken nuggets. Cost is $12, $6 for children. Meals are available to eat in or for takeout. There will be a country store, basket raffle, crafts, and baked goods. Debit cards and PayPal will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Mission Fund. For more information, visit www.roundhillchurch.org.

Mon Valley Initiative to honor volunteers

     Community volunteers from Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland counties will be honored Oct. 17 during Mon Valley Initiative's 30th annual community awards dinner at the Sunset Room in Elizabeth Twp. MVI’s community development partners will recognize volunteers from their municipalities during the ceremony. State Rep. Austin Davis will receive the Sen. H. John Heinz III Award for Community Service and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will receive the Regional Partnership Award. DRS of Greater Pittsburgh, is the platinum sponsor.
     Veteran Pittsburgh radio personality Sean McDowell, who recently retired from WDVE-FM, will be the master of ceremonies. for the evening. He started his radio career at the former WFFM-FM radio in Braddock. His father, the late Al McDowell, was born in Clairton and started his career at WEDO in McKeesport before becoming a newscaster at KDKA-TV and WTAE-TV.

     Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7. Tickets are $35 and include dinner, soft drinks, and dessert; a cash bar will be available. Tickets may be purchased until Oct. 4 by sending a check to Mon Valley Initiative, 305 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead, PA 15120, or visiting https://monvalleyinitiative.com/.

Workshop focuses on green cleaning

     A Green Cleaning Workshop is planned at noon Oct. 3 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. A representative from Women for A Healthy Environment will explain how to clean in a chemical-free and environmentally sound way. Attendees will receive a green cleaning kit. Registration is required for the free event and can be done by calling 412-672-0625.

Nine-Hole Golfers closing day winners

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole Golf League had its Closing Day Scramble on Oct. 3. Winners of the three-person scramble were, left photo, Jean Joseph, Rose Marie Zuro and Ginger Spang.  Placing second, center photo, were Judi Murray, Carole Friend and Pat Shelehed; and third place winners were, right photo, were Pat Lozano, Jan Baum and Patty Decima.  Awards were presented at the luncheon. The Most Improved Golfer of the year was Murray and Spang had the best ringer score of low gross and won low putts for the year.

"10 Ladies Out” winner
Maureen Fiore won the annual “10 Ladies Out” at Youghiogheny Country Club. Last year’s winner and current administrator Lynn McHolme awarded cash prizes to the final three in the competition. Golfers competed during the season for one of 10 lowest handicap adjusted rounds to qualify. Recording scores on the hole-by-hole event were YCC head golf professional Troy Williams and teaching professional Keith Amodeo. The golfer with the highest net score on each hole was eliminated; ties required a sudden-death chip-off before going to the next hole. Measurements of the chip-offs determined the winners of the final two holes. Sara Kostelac beat McHolme by 3 inches; then Fiore beat Kostelac by 4 inches. Above left, Williams congratulates Fiore; above right, are McHolme, third place; Kostelac, second, and Fiore.

Nine Hole event winner

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole Golf League winner of the Low Net game was Judi Murray.

Mon Valley Happenings

October 7, 2019

October 3, 2019

Photography workshop offered at library

     A photography workshop, taught be Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Martha Rial, begins Oct. 7 and continues the first Monday of the month from 6-8 p.m. at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Students will learn basic operations of a basic DSLR camera, composition, lighting, and basic Photoshop. Some cameras will be available; bring your own if you have one. Registration is required for the free class and only six students will be accepted. To register, call 412-672-0625.

Mon Yough Chorale plans fundraiser

     Mon Yough Chorale will sell hot dogs, chips, and baked goods at the Busy Beaver in Oak Park Mall in White Oak, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5. The group is a community choir that performs throughout the area.

Halloween Crafternoon scheduled

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will have a Halloween Crafternoon for adults at 1 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Children's Room. Participants should bring a clean, clear bottle (such as wine, liquor, etc.) To register for the free event, call 412-672-0625.

Roast beef dinner planned at Elizabeth church

     Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 317 South Second Ave. in Elizabeth, will have a roast beef dinner from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 12. Cost is $10, $6 for children younger than 12 and includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw, apple sauce, rolls and butter, beverage, and homemade dessert. Takeout orders are available. For more information, call 412-384-7050.

St. Sava Serbian Church to host oldies dance

     An oldies dance is planned from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 19 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 901 Hartman St. in McKeesport. Music will be provided by DJ Rich Antoncic. Cost is $15 (pay at the door). There will be a food buffet, beer, soft drinks, door prizes, basket auction, 50/50 raffle, and paint sticks. The event is BYOB for wine and liquor. For more information, visit stsavapa.org.

​Parade, Trunk or Treat scheduled in Elizabeth Twp.

     Halloween parade and Trunk or Treat will be from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at the Elizabeth Twp. Municipal Building, 522 Rock Run Road. Children will line up for the parade at 10:45 and the parade will start at 11 a.m. and go behind the municipal building to interact with first responders and continue on to the Trunk or Treat. There will be a costume contest and treats (bring a bag). For more information or to register to take part in Trunk or Treat, call 412-751-2880.

Bingo planned at St. Eugene Church

     Friday Night Bingo is planned Oct. 18 at St. Eugene Church, 3210 Liberty Way in Liberty Borough. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., early birds at 6:30 and regular games at 7. The games are an all-paper format. Cost is $20, $25 at the door and includes 20 regular games with $50 prizes and three specials with $150 prizes. Games that will be sold separately are Early Birds, "All Nighter," Magic Number, Quickies, Must Go Jackpot of $700, and Winner-Take-All Double Bingo. There will be a 50/50, basket auction, door prizes, and food. Rip-opens will be available. For tickets or special need seating, call the church office at 412-678-6275 or 412-980-2918.

Library to host breast cancer program

     Allegheny County's Breast Consortium will present a breast cancer educational program in the Children's Room of Carnegie Library of McKeesport from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10. To register for the free event, call 412-672-0625. The library is located at 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport.

October 16, 2019

'Rocky Horror Show' planned at Grand Theater

     Mon River Arts will present "The Rocky Horror Show" at 8 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 25-26 at the Grand Theatre, 207 South Second Ave. in Elizabeth. Directed by Ray Cygrymus, the cult classic is about Brad and Janet whose car gets a flat tire in a storm. They find the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank N-Furter and his household of interesting people. Tickets are $16, $14 for students and seniors; they can be purchased at www.monriverarts.ticketleap.com. For more information, call 412-405-8425. The show contains mature themes and is for audiences 17 and older; younger attendees must be accompanied by an adult.

Author to discuss book about ADD

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport will host local author Loretta Martine who will discuss her book, "Her Kid with A.D.D.!" at noon Oct. 24 in the Children's Room. She is a teacher with direct experience of what it's like to have ADHD. The book is geared for ages 7-14 and has illustrations to make it easier to understand. Autographed copies of the book will be available to purchase. To register for the free event, call 412-672-0625.

McKeesport to host Halloween parade, party

     The City of McKeesport and Carnegie Library of McKeesport will host a Halloween parade and party for children from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 26 at the Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. Children will parade in costume to the pavilion where there will be a costume contest, free lunch, music, storytime, and a take-home craft. No registration is needed for the free event. Children must be accompanied with a caregiver.     

Clairton seniors group to gather

     Clairton Area AARP No. 1612 will meet Sept. 25 at Wilson Presbyterian Church, 400 N. 4th St. in Clairton. Coffee and donuts are offered at 9:30 a.m. followed by a brief business meeting. Entertainment will be provided by Pittsburgh magician David Lawrence. Lunch is offered for $3, $4 for non-members.
     Upcoming day trips include a visit to Canton, Ohio on Nov. 16 for a Holly Jolly Christmas Review, and a Pittsburgh Gala with stops at the Carnegie Museum, Phipps Conservatory, and Kennywood on Dec. 6. For more information about these and future trips, call 724-872-1165.

     Call 412-714-4411 for membership information or 412-854-0594 to request a copy of the newsletter with information on all events. Membership in AARP National is required to join a local chapter.

Church kitchen to open for community flea market

     The kitchen at Liberty Presbyterian Church will be open during the Liberty Borough Community Flea Market Day on Sept. 28. Doughnuts and coffee will be available from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature burgers, hotdogs, haluski, pierogies, and soda. The church is located at 900 Elizabeth St. in Liberty Borough. For more information, call 412-673-2235.

Art show planned at LifeSpan

     Mon Valley LifeSpan Senior Resource Center in Olympia Shopping Center, 4313 Walnut St. in Versailles, will host an art show from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. The work of award-winning local artist Lou Romanchak will be displayed. The art teacher at LifeSpan invited other artists and her art students at the center to display their work in the show. The exhibit is in conjunction with and annual car show.

Library to host vocational rehab presentation

     A representative from the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will be at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, at 1 p.m. Sept. 26. Information will be provided to determine if you or someone you know could benefit from the services offered by the Pittsburgh OVR, which helps those with disabilities secure and maintain employment and independence. For more information about the free event, call 412-672-0625.