Mon Valley Happenings

January 31, 2019

Chef Baldwin presents culinary program at library

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will present Grandma's Kitchen with Chef Crystal Baldwin from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 11 in conjunction with Black History Month. She will take attendees on a culinary journey from Africa to the United States. Participants will create a dish with the chef; materials will be provided. Registration is required for event and can be done by calling 412-672-0625. There may be other classes at locations other than the library.

Prayer vigil planned in Elizabeth

     A community prayer vigil is planned at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Anglican Church of the Transfiguration, 206 Third Ave. in Elizabeth. There will be a time of prayer for the community and its battles with addiction and support for the recovering addict and the families and friends affected by the addict. The vigil will mark the start of the Life Recovery program and information and resources will be available. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Pastor Karl Petterson at 412-584-6013 or Erin Donovan at 412-482-4810.

January 28, 2019

Black History Month program planned at library

     In conjunction with Black History Month, a documentary about author/activist Dr. Maya Angelous will be shown at 10 a.m. Feb. 5 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. The documentary includes interviews with Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Common, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Referred to as "a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture," she was a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American ideas that pushed boundaries. She is best known for her autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Registration is not needed; attendees can bring a pillow. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

February 5, 2019

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to gather

    Elizabeth Township Seniors will meet at noon Feb. 11 at the Boston Spectrum. Greeters will be Margaret Goettel, Gerda Novak and Jack Greenewald. Sandin Home Health Services will offer free blood pressure screenings until noon. President Tom George will  preside at the meeting and Chaplain Don Kuhns will offer the table blessing.  Members should bring their own lunch; cupcakes, coffee and tea will be provided. Red is the color of the day in observance of Valentine's Day.
    The business meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with the flag pledge and singing of "God Bless 
America." Entertainment will be provided by Don and Peggy Driscoll with the Town and
Country Classic Music. Jon and June Steffl will conduct the Share the Wealth and there will be a basket auction. 
Those bringing items for the auction include Peggy Fetchen, Toni Denne, Rod Sullivan, Bud Hall, Barb Minteer, Carol Ruscin, Diane Bochiochio and Alan Lewis. Items should be there by 11 a.m. Tour Director Bob Gillie will discuss upcoming trips and Jim Franciscus will call bingo after the meeting.
    If Elizabeth Forward School District cancels school because of weather, the seniors' meeting will be cancelled.

Financial group to discuss tax changes

     "2018 Tax Changes - What They Mean to You" will be presented by Duncan Financial Group at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Registration is required for the free program and can be done by calling 412-672-0625. Light refreshments will be served.     

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.

January 22, 2019

Fire company offers Sunday breakfasts

     Elizabeth Twp. Fire Department, Blythedale Station, offers breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sundays through April 14 at the Blythedale station, 1799 Blythedale Road in Elizabeth Twp. Breakfast is available to eat in or for takeout.

Free tax clinics planned in Homestead

     Human Services Center Corp. and the Mon Valley Initiative will offer free tax clinics with IRS-certified tax preparers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1, March 1 and April 5 by appointment only; call 211. The clinics will be at MVI, 305 East Eighth Ave. in Homestead. To qualify, total household income for 2018 can be up to $50,000 or $30,000 if filing an individual return.

February 14, 2019

River Hill church to host flea market

     The annual indoor flea market at River Hill Church of Christ, 2105 River Hill Road in Forward Twp., will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16. Items will include husewares, jewelry, appliances, furniture, antiques, glassware, collectibles, toys, and clothing. There will be homemade soups and baked good for purchase. For more information, call 724-258-4660.

Mardi Gras dinner, dance planned at St. Michael Parish

     St. Michael Knights of Columbus Mon Valley will have a Mardi Gras dinner and dance on March 2 in the church's Archangle Hall. A buffet by Woody's Catering begins at 6 p.m. with dancing until 10 with The Best of Times; the event is BYOB. Cost is $25 and an item for the food bank. There will be a basket raffle, 50/50, photo booth with a free souvenir photo, and a crowned Mardi Gras king and queen. For more information, call Bernie Bernadowski at 757-544-0690.

January 21, 2019

February 13, 2019

Time change for Heritage Center's Black History Month event
     "The Wall That Heals: Bringing Love to Our Valley of Tears" will be presented at 1 p.m. Feb. 16 at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport, The Black History Month program will be presented by Diane Richard and Carl Truss of "Let's Talk" the the producers of "The McKeesport 23: A Tribute Video" and "The Wall That Heals." For  more information about the program or the center, call 412-678-1832 or visit the web site at

Youth chess tournament planned at library

     Queens' Gambit Chess Institute will host a youth chess tournament at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Youth in kindergarten through eighth grade can participate with the winners invited to participate in a regional tournament. Registration is required for the free event and can be done by calling 412-672-0625.

Calvary Chapel South Pittsburgh to host community dinner

     A community dinner is planned at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at Calvary Chapel South Pittsburgh, 730 Fifth St. in West Elizabeth. The meal will be beef stew. For more information, call 412-656-1304.


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January 18, 2019

Pancake breakfast planned by McKeesport ministry

     An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and bake sale hosted by McKeesport Shared Ministries is from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at Christy Park United Methodist Church, 436 29th St. in the Christy Park section of McKeesport. The breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, a choice of sausage or bacon, and a beverage (coffee, tea, orange juice or water. Baked goods will be available at an additional cost. Information about McKeesport Shared Ministries programs and events will be available.

Free tax prep program to begin

     The AARP Tax Aide Program will be offered at no cost on Fridays Feb. 22 through March 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McKeesport office of St. Rep. Austin Davis, 627 Lysle Blvd. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 412-664-0035 beginning Jan. 22. There also will help available with applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program and assistance with enrolling in various state programs.

Elizabeth church to host soup, chili sale

     Bethesda United Presbyterian Church, 314 North Third Ave. in Elizabeth, will have a soup and chili sale. Cost is $7 per quart. Soups that can be ordered are broccoli cheese noodle, butternut squash, chicken noodle, chili, turkey chili, hot sausage, potato, split pea with ham, stuffed pepper, and vegetable. Orders must be placed by Feb. 17 by calling 412-384-9616. Soup can be picked up from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 27 at the church.

February 1, 2019

Library to host Youth Chess Club

     The Queens' Gambit Chess Institute will offer a Youth Chess Club at 4 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Children's Room of Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Designed for beginners, children of all ages can receive hands-on lessons in chess and friendly competition. The program will conclude with a mini-chess tournament with prizes for the top players. Registration for the free event can be done online at For more information, call 412-672-0625.


February 8, 2019

Produce distribution date set

     The Pittsburgh Dream Center is partnering with McKeesport Presbyterian Church to provide produce for those in need. The next distribution is from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Feb. 14 at the church, 1510 Versailles Ave. in McKeesport. There is no cost. For more information, call 412-678-2000.

Library changes daytime movie schedule

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will show "Bohemian Rhapsody" on Feb. 12 and "The Old Man & The Gun" on Feb. 26. The movies begin at 10 a.m. in the Children's Room. Registration is not needed. Those attending can bring a pillow. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

Youth C.A.S.T. to address students

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will host Youth C.A.S.T. Leadership Network at 4 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Children's Room. The program is a youth-driven, full-service leadership and development model that focuses on creating an extended social and educational environment to support positive social and emotional learning experiences for youth in grades 6-12. Children are encouraged to bring a parent or guardian to the free event. To register, call 412-672-0625.

Sit, Be Fit exercise class planned
     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will offer Sit and Be Fit exercise classes Feb. 10 and 24 from 10-10:30 a.m. in the Children's Room. Participants will work on movement, strength, and balance. To register for the free event, call 412-672-0625.

Importance of libraries topic of Cover Stories discussion

​     "Cover Stories," a discussion group that focuses on a topic in the news and discusses long-form articles and feature stories pertaining to the topic. "Why Libraries are Important" will be discussed at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Registration is required for the free event and can be done by calling the library at 412-672-0625.

Hungarian church to host stuffed cabbage sale

​     Free Hungarian Reformed Church, 101 University Drive in McKeesport, will have a stuffed cabbage sale. Cost is $7.50 for six and $14 for 12. Orders must be placed by Feb. 15 by calling 412-672-7298 and leaving your full name and phone number. Orders can be picked up from 3-6 p.m. Feb. 23 and before and after the 10 worship service Feb. 24.

Chorale group begins spring season

The Mon Yough Chorale, a community chorus based in White Oak, will begins its spring season Jan. 27 with rehearsals at 7 p.m. at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way in White Oak. Anyone 16 and older can join the group; there are no auditions. For more information, go to 

Bingo planned at St. Eugene Church

     St. Mark Parish bingo will be Jan. 25 at ST. Eugene Church, 3210 Liberty Way in Liberty Borough. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with early birds at 6:30 and regular games beginning at 7 for the all-paper format. Tickets are $20, $25 at the door, and include 20 regular games and four specials. Early Birds, All Nighter, Magic Number, Quickies, Winner Take All Double Bingo and 500 pts Must Go Jackpot are not included in the ticket package. There will be a Chinese auction, door prizes, food, 50/50 and rip opens. For tickets or special need seating, call 412-678-6275, ext. 105, or 412-980-2918.

Library to offer book crafts

     Crafts with Books is an on-going class to give new life to old books at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. The group meets at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 in the Children's Room. To register for the free event, call 412-672-0625.

Peace Lutheran to host soup, sandwich event

     Soup & Sammies is planned from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 26 at Peace Lutheran Church, 641 Zimmer Hill Drive in the Greenock section of Elizabeth Twp. Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade soups will be available . Cost is $7, $4 for children. For more information, all 412-751-8073.

Train show to benefit local fire company

     Central Volunteer Fire Co. of Elizabeth Twp. will host Grand Central Train Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at Court Time Sports Center, 95 Enterprise St. in Elizabeth Twp. Cost is $5, free for children 12 and younger; group rates for first responders and scouts. Train vendors and multiple train displays will be featured. For more information, call 412-751-9712 or go to

January 25, 2019

Valentine event planned for Junior Gardeners

     A Valentine workshop for the Junior Gardeners is from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at Pizza Hut, 1235 Long Run Road in White Oak. The Juniors are ages 6-14 and must be accompanied by an adult for their project of making Valentines for consumers of Mon Yough Community Services residential programs. Participants are responsible for their own food and drink; craft supplies are provided. Reservations must be made by calling instructor Joanne Welch at 412-804-8395 or online at

Library to host Health Care Town Hall

     A Health Care Town Hall will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Chelsa Wagner, Allegheny County controller, will present information and gather stories about the UPMC and Highmark "divorce." Registration is required for the free event and can be done by calling 412-672-0625.