Mon Valley Happenings


Library to host family Christmas party

     A family Christmas party will be from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Palisades, 100 Fifth Ave. in McKeesport. The event will include pizza, games, music, treat bags for the children, and a visit from a special guest. Cost is $5 for a family up to four and $1 for each additional person. Registration is required and can be done in person at the McKeesport, White Oak or Duquesne library locations. The deadline to register is Dec. 17. For more information, call the library at 412-672-0625.

Open house planned at Angora Gardens

     Angora Gardens, 3 Muse Lane in White Oak, will have a Holiday Open House from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14. The event will include photos with Santa ($5), a miniature Christmas village, vendors, entertainment, a children's craft, concessions, a bake sale, Mistletoe Magic Mega Auction Basket, and a 50/50. Poinsettias will be available for purchase at $8. Proceeds will benefit Angora Gardens.

December 5, 2018

Library to host open house

     An open house will be from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Attendees can view the Walk on By art exhibit which will be at the library all month. Music will be provided by Power There of Choir. Donations of toiletries such as soap and deodorant will be collected for those in need. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

Festival of Trees planned in Renzie Park

 McKeesport's annual Festival of Trees will be from noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 6-10 in the Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renziehausen Park. Admission is $2; children admitted free with a nonperishable food item. About 100 trees designed and decorated by community groups, student organizations, and local businesses will be displayed. Food will be available provided by McKeesport Area High School culinary students and the Semper Fidelis Club will have a bake sale. Hayrides will be offered through Renzie Park. Christmas displays also are in the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center and the Garden Club of McKeesport's clubhouse in the park. Entertainment is offered throughout the festival.

November 26, 2018

Clairton Area AARP to meet

     Clairton Area AARP Chapter 1612 will meet Nov. 28 at Wilson Presbyterian Church, 400 N. 4th St. in Clairton. Coffee and doughnuts will be served at 9:30 a.m. followed by a brief business meeting. Entertainment will be provided by Pittsburgh's Dueling Pianos with Ron Soltis and Matt Tichon. Lunch will be available for $3, $4 for nonmembers. A day trip to Castle Noel in Medina, Ohio is planned for Dec. 3 and a holiday luncheon will be Dec. 5 at South Hills Country Club. The tour schedule is being planned for 2019. For a copy of the newsletter, call 412-854-0594.

Chorale concert

The Mon Yough Chorale will present its Christmas concert, "A Chorale Christmas," at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way in White Oak. Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door. A cookie reception will follow the concert. For more information about the group, go to

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.


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December 10, 2018

November 23, 2018

WWI pictorial exhibit at St. Sava Church

     St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 901 Hartman St. in McKeesport, will host "Over There - So Far Away," a pictorial exhibit of World War I from the Serbian perspective, from Nov. 23-28. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Allied victory of WWI and the exhibit honors the sacrifice of the Serbian people during the war. In July 1918, President Woodrow Wilson honored Serbia by ordering the Serbian flag be flown over the White House. For more information, call 412-664-0820, go to, or St. Sava Serbian Orthodox on Facebook.

Holy Family plans pierogi sale

     The last pierogi sale before Christmas at Holy Family Parish, 1921 Eden Park Blvd. in McKeesport, will be Nov. 30. Orders must be placed Nov. 29 beginning at 8 a.m. and can be done by calling 412-664-7009; quantities are limited. Menu items are potato-cheese pierogi, dry cottage cheese and lekvar pierogi, $9 a dozen; stuffed cabbage, $1.75 each; haluski, $5 a quart or $2.50 a pint; until sold out. Orders can be picked up Nov. 30 between 3-6 p.m.

Lions to host First Responders dinner

     The annual First Responders Appreciation Dinner hosted by McKeesport Lions Club will be Nov. 27. Club members will prepare and deliver meals to McKeesport firefighters and police, McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service, and UPMC McKeesport emergency room workers between 5 and 6 p.m.

December 12, 2018

McKeesport garden club to meet

     The Garden Club of McKeesport will meet Dec. 17 at the Margaret Larson Garden Center in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport.  President Pro Tem Marsha Pratt will conduct the business meeting at 11 a.m.  The following officers for 2019-2020 will be sworn in: Marsha Pratt, president; Jane Miller, vice president; Barbara Willis, recording secretary; Adrianne Virtes, corresponding secretary; and Caroline Monyok, treasurer.

     The invocation will be given by Chris Keefe. Lunch will be catered by The Twin Oaks Lounge of White Oak. In lieu of a gift exchange, members’ donations will be made to the food bank. The program will be caroling with Craig Jansen.
     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, visit the web site at or email the club at


December 4, 2018

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to gather

     Elizabeth Township Seniors will meet at noon Dec. 10 at the Boston Spectrum. Officers will be the greeters. 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. The sit-down Christmas party lunch will be stuffed chicken breast, stuffed steak, or cheese ravioli. Members should bring a bag lunch to the January and February meetings. Officers for 2019 will be installed and Liz and Duke will provide the entertainment. There will 
not be a basket auction or bingo.
    If the Elizabeth Forward School District cancels (not delays) school for weather, the meeting will be canceled.

Garden club plans holiday sale

​     A holiday sale hosted by the Garden Club of McKeesport will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and from noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the club house, 1400 Pinoak Drive in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. The sale will feature fresh greens, wreaths, bake sale, and arrangements. For more information about the sale or the club, visit the web site at

McKeesport church to present live nativity

     First Evangelical Free Church, 4001 University Drive in McKeesport near Penn State Greater Allegheny, will present a live nativity Dec. 7-8. Performances are planned at 7, 7:45 and 8:30 p.m. There will be live animals, children's crafts, and refreshments. For more information, visit the web site at

November 28, 2018

Community chorus plans Christmas concert

     Elizabeth Forward Area Community Chorus will present "Peace is Come" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Elizabeth Forward High School. There will be a canned good collection to benefit Elizabeth Forward Meals on Wheels. Tickets are available at the door or from any EFACC member.

Elizabeth Baptist Church to host Christmas Carol Festival

     The 37th annual Community Christmas Carol Festival will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 735 Bunola River Road in Elizabeth. Music groups, choirs, and soloists from the community and surrounding areas will celebrate the true "reason for the season." The event is interspersed with scripture readings and prayer by pastors of the respective churches and those attending can join in singing Christmas carols. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshments after the program. The "Love Gift" offering will benefit the Elizabeth Boro Clergy Food Bank. For more information, call 412-384-6464.

​Library offers Saturday classes

     Children's classes will be offered in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. There will be a spin art class Dec. 1 and Christmas ornament making class Dec. 22; each class begins at 11 a.m. Children up to age 12 can participate in the free classes. No registration is needed. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

November 29, 2018

Mon River Arts to present 'Fruitcakes'

     "Fruitcakes," a comedy by Julian Wiles, will be presented by Mon River Arts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at the Grand Theatre, 207 South Second Ave. in Elizabeth. Tickets for reserved seating are $14, $12 for students and seniors.

     Directed by Lorraine Mszanski, the two-hour family show combines a batch of fruitcakes, three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Fruitti, and a Christmas hog named Buster. The story centers on run-away Jamie who ends up in this little town and initially thinks everyone is "nuttier than fruitcakes" but eventually comes to appreciate the town and its residents.

     The cast features Randy Dicks, Emma Leach, Rob Holderbaum, Terri Davis, Hunter Leach, Livia Mazzarella, Jillian Cerilli, Renata Martin, Stephanie Mansfield, Ashley Mayersky, Wayne Lucas, Emma Holderbaum, Audrey Elliott, Ellie Holderbaum, Sadie Elliott, Alessa Cavalancia, Lilah Hall, Emily Linder, Hannah Damiani, Emma Damiani, and McKenna Jones.

     For tickets, call the box office at 412-405-8425 or email Tickets also can be purchased online at

Port Vue church to host Christmas party

     A children's Christmas party at Port Vue United Methodist Church, 1565 Washington Blvd. in Port Vue, will be Dec. 8 from 12-2 p.m. Children in preschool through fifth grade can take part in the free event, which includes crafts, games, Santa Shop, and snacks. Children should be dropped off no earlier than 11:55 and picked up promptly at 2 p.m. Registration is required by Dec. 2 and can be done by contacting the church office at 412-672-7289. The party is sponsored by Family Life Enrichment.

November 30, 2018

'The Happy Elf' planned at McKeesport Little Theatre

     McKeesport Little Theatre, 1614 Coursin St. in McKeesport, will present "The Happy Elf" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7,8, 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16. Tickets are $12, $7 for youth 12 and younger. For reservations, call 412-673-1100. Santa will be at the theater from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15.

     Lunch will Santa will be prior to the Sunday performances from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Cost is $5 per person (does not include a ticket for the show) and includes a hot dog, macaroni and cheese, fruit, cookie, and beverage. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 412-673-1100.

     Theater-goers can bring unwrapped new toys and/or canned or dry goods donations for the local food bank.     

November 15, 2018

Garden club to gather

     The Garden Club of McKeesport will meet Nov. 19 at the Margaret Larson Garden Center in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. President Pro Tem Marsha Pratt will conduct the business meeting at 11 a.m. The program will be the In-Club Auction with club member auctioneers Dorothy Zenkevich and Chris Keefe. The Horticulture Report will be “A Conservation Tip/Garden
Cleanup.” Mary Ann Hall will give the invocation and lunch will be prepared by Dorothy Zenkevich, Pam Cottle, Barb Grabofski
and Barb Willis. Those attending should bring donations for the food bank.

     The Garden Club of McKeesport and the Arboretum and Rose Garden are celebrating 85 years of Growing from 1933 through 2018. 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, go to the web site at or email

Rock the Township to benefit fire departments

     Rock the Township, a benefit concert for the five fire departments in Elizabeth Twp., will be from 7-11 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Sunset Room, 95 Enterprise St. in Elizabeth Twp.; doors open at 6. Proceeds will benefit Blaine Hill, Blythedale, Buena Vista, Greenock and Central volunteer fire companies. Participating bands are 3 Sides, 7 Fatal Guns, U-Betz Band and Gone South. There will be food and craft vendors, a cash bar, 50/50, and Chinese auction. Cost is $10, $15 at the door. The event is hosted by the Court Time Foundation, Court Time Sports Center, the Sunset Room and Candelore's Barking Beauties Elizabeth. For more information, call 412-754-2005 or go to