DeTorre golf benefit

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole League joined the 18 Hole Golf Association to honor the memory of former member JoAnne DeTorre in a Ladies in Red golf benefit for Easter Seals. Nine Hole members, from left, are Pat Sheleheda, Rayne Bird, Ginger Spang, Rose Marie Zuro, Jan Baum and Judi Murray.

June 11, 2019

Ladies in Red event

Library to celebrate vegetable day

     National Eat Your Vegetables Day will be celebrated from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 17 on the grounds of Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. In conjunction with National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, the day is geared to re-introducing a healthy portion of vegetables into daily diets. A healthy snack will be provided. For more information about the free event, call 412-672-0625.

McKeesport Art Group to gather

     Pittsburgh artist Jack Puglisi will be the guest at the McKeesport Art Group meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 17 in the Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. Puglisi's main medium is pen-and-ink and he favors pointillism and crosshatching. Pointillism uses thousands of dots of ink to create colors and shade and crosshatching uses overlapping lines in multiple directions to build shade and texture. The meeting is open to nonmembers.

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.

Heritage Center volunteers host spring tea

     A Spring Fling Tea hosted by the volunteers at McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport, is 1 p.m. May 25. The event includes lunch, vendors and music. Cost is $20. For more information or reservations, call 412-678-1832.

Summer camps planned by Mon River Arts

     Two camps are planned this summer by Mon River Arts.

     School of Rock is from 9 a.m. to noon July 8-19 for ages 8-14 and is a grandstage musical theatre camp. Director is Jen Gorton and choreographer is Sami Parks. The camp will focus on singing, dancing, and acting. A performance will be at 7 p.m. July 19. Cost is $275. 

     Musical Theater Dance Party is from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 5-9 for ages 10-18. The dance intensive camp will focus on jazz and musical theater technique, as well as tap basics. Instructor is Samantha Parks. A performance will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 9. Cost is $275.

     Registration for each camp is required by July 1 and can be done by calling 412-405-8425. Discounts are available if registration is done for both camps by May 31. Registration forms are at the web site at monriverarts.org. For more information, call 412-405-8425.

June 6, 2019

Mt. Vernon Church to host Strawberry Festival

     A Strawberry Festival will be from 3-6 p.m. June 8 at Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church, 2200 Green-Buena Vista Road in Elizabeth Twp. The menu will feature shredded beef sandwiches, hot dogs, homemade potato salad, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, strawberry spinach salad, strawberry pretzel salad, and strawberry desserts. There will be music, basket raffles, and games. Food is available for takeout.

Food Truck Fridays planned at Sampson's Mills Church

     Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way in White Oak, will host Food Truck Fridays from 5-7 p.m. June 7, July 5 and Aug. 2.

Rose Day scheduled by garden club

     Garden Club of McKeesport will host Rose Day from 1-4 p.m. June 8 at the Arboretum and Rose Garden in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. There will be garden tours, rose propagation and flower arranging demonstrations, and a chance to ask rosarians questions. There will be refreshments. The event is sponsored by the McKeesport garden club and the Pittsburgh Rose Society.

Knit day set at library

    Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will host Knit in Public Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 8 on the library grounds. Anyone who like to knit, crochet and socializing can participate. A picnic lunch will be served. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

Ice cream social kicks off reading program

     Summer reading programs at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will kick off with an ice cream social from 1-3 p.m. June in the Children's Room. Sign up for a reading program and receive a free Subzero ice cream. Bring a friend and if they sign up too both will win a small prize. 

     Four reading programs are offered June 17 through July 27 - Read to Me's Independent Readers, Teens, and Adult. Log six or more hours of reading beginning June 8 to qualify for the Summer Reading Party on Aug. 8. Special programs will be: July 12 at 1 and 2 p.m., Carnegie Science Center's "Digital Planetarium"; July 19 at 1 p.m., Soldiers & Sailors' "Civil War Footlocker Program", and July 31 at 1 p.m., Allegheny County Parks' "Nocturnal Animals."

     Register at at the McKeesport, White Oak or Duquesne libraries. For more information, call 412-672-0625.     

Memorial tournament

Penny Natale, left, took the lead on the first day of the 18-Hole Women's Golf Association Memorial Tournament and ended the event with a net 62 to claim the win. The event at Youghiogheny Country Club paid tribute to deceased members of the group during a two-day 36-Hole Better Ball of two rounds. Runner-up was Teresa Garella, right, with a net 67. Last year’s winner was Sue Hobart and runner-up was Garella.

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June 13, 2019

Grandma's Kitchen planned at library

     Peg Snee will offer different ways to use rotisserie chicken during Grandma's Kitchen from 6-7:15 p.m. June 11 at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave., McKeesport. The event may take place outside. To register and for more information, call 412-672-0625.

Pitt to give opioid overdose prevention presentation

     The University of Pittsburgh Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. will host an Opioid Overdose Prevention Community Meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 13 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. There will be a presentation and slide show, and training and distribution of Naloxone. There will be an information table. Food and beverages will be provided. To register for the free event, call 412-672-0625.

Wacky Wednesdays schedule announced

     First Evangelical Free Church of McKeesport is joining with Carnegie Library of McKeesport to offer Wacky Wednesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. at the library, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. The dates are June 12, July 10, July 24, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21. The gatherings include treats, music, and a Slip 'n Slide. For more information about the free events, call 412-672-0625.

Women golf winners

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole Golf League winner of the Star of the Day and Low Net on May 9 was Jean Joseph, left. Winner of the May 16 game of Even Holes was Judi Murray, right.

June 10, 2019

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June 5, 2019

May 17, 2019

Queen Bee golf winners

Youghiogheny 18 Hole Ladies’ Golf Association shared an event with the 9-Hole Ladies’ League for the annual Queen Bee. Above right, last year's Queen Bee Penny Natale crowns this year's winner Dottie Bitonti-Wissen, who had a net 67.  Honey Bee and Bumble Bee with net 70 and 71 were Angie Piesik and Maureen Fiore. Baby Bee Nine-holer Judy Murray, bottom right,  had net 35 and was crowned by last year's winner Pat Sheleheda. 
In the top left photo are Honey Bee Piesik, Queen Bee Bitonti-Wissen, Bumble Bee Fiore, and Baby Bee Murray.

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to gather

      Elizabeth Township Seniors wil meet at noon June 10 at the Boston Spectrum. Greeters will be Elaine and Bill Apfelthayer and Barb Potenziani. Sandin Home Health Services will offer free blood pressure screenings until noon. Tickets for the July picnic will be sold; cost is $10, $12 for nonmembers and no tickets will be sold the day of the picnic. President Tom George will lead the meeting and Chaplain Don Kuhns will offer the table blessing. Lunch will be cabbage and meat balls and mashed potatoes; cost is $4. 
    The business meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with the flag pledge and singing of "God Bless America." June and John Stefl will conduct Share the Wealth and there will be a basket auction. Those bringing items for the auction include Mary Sas, Helen Reder, Helen Weiskircher, Rose Naylor, Marilyn Wagner, Sandy Williams and Alan Lewis; items should be there by 11 a.m.
    Tour Director Bob Gillie will discuss upcoming trips. A collection for a local food pantry will be taken. Bingo is planned after the meeting.

Flea market planned at Divine Redeemer

     Sisters of the Divine Redeemer, 999 Rock Run Road in Elizabeth Twp., will have a flea market from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 6-7 and from 9 a.m. to noon June 8.

Event to match companies, employees

     Mon Valley Initiative and Southwestern Pennsylvania Re-Entry Coalition will host an event featuring 30 companies doing on-site interviews during "Jump Start Your Job Search" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7 at Mon Valley Initiative, 305 East Eighth Ave. in Homestead. Industries that will be represented include manufacturing, construction, skilled trades, hospitality, recreation, health care, government services, and food service. 

     Training programs will include Bidwell Training Center, Builders' Guild of Western Pennsylvania, Community College of Allegheny County, IUOE Local 95, Literacy Pittsburgh, New Century Careers, and Public Allies Pittsburgh. Resources for the unemployed and underemployed will be available including Dress for Success, Families Outside, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Men's Wearhouse, Rainbow Kitchen, and PA Ways to Work.

     For more information, visit www.monvalleyinitiative.com or call 412-464-4000 or 724-565-8040.   

Due to rain, the Youghiogheny Country Club 18-hole Ladies Golf Association opted for a putt-putt corn-hole game, supervised by head golf professional Troy Williams. Organizer Betty Lee Hancsak said the golfers raised more than $1,100 for Easter Seals during their annual “Ladies in Red “ event in memory of fellow golfer Joanne DeTorre. Easter Seals was one of DeTorre’s favorite charities. Diane Riley won a #7 Callaway Steelhead Lob Wedge with a Project X 4.0 flex shaft donated by DeTorre's husband, Bob. Pictured are DeTorre’s family and friends attired in red.

May 15, 2019

Heritage Center plans 'Piggyback Flight' program

     In recognition of Armed Forces Day, the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center will present a program about B-17 bomber pilot Glenn Rojohn's legendary "Piggyback Flight" mission at 1 p.m. May 18. His children, Cyndi and David Rojohn, will tell their father's as detailed in their book, "The Piggyback Flight Pilot's Journey." The event is free for members, $2 for nonmembers. Refreshments will be offered. For more information, call 412-678-1832 or visit the webs site at www.McKeesportHeritage.org. The center is located at 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport.

Clairton AARP group to gather

     Clairton AARP Chapter 1612 will meet May 22 at Wilson Presbyterian Church, 400 N. 4th St. in Clairton. Guests and folks 55 and older can attend. Refreshments are at 9:30 a.m. followed by a meeting at 10. Entertainment will be provided by keyboardist Jim Sykes and vocalist Jody Dausey. Cost of a light lunch is $3, $4 for guests.
     Upcoming trips include the Palace Theater in Greensburg May 19 to hear The Lettermen, and the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown June 20. For more information about the trips, call 724-872-1165.
     For information about joining the chapter, call 412-714-4411. Membership in the National AARP is required to joing a local chapter. For information about receiving the newsletter, call 412-854-0594 and leave your email
address.

Library to host walk on the trail

     An Evening on the Trail, hosted by the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, is planned at 6 p.m. May 22. A guide from the McKeesport Trail Commission will talk about the local trail during the walk. A light snack will be offered after the walk. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather. Registration is required and can be done by calling 412-672-0625.

Queen Bee winner

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole Golf League winner of the Queen Bee Tournament and Star of the Day is Judi Murray. She was crowned by last year's winner, Sheleheda. Runner-up with a 1 point difference is Ginger Spang.

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May 16, 2019

MLT to present 'Steel Magnolias'

     The curtain goes up "Steel Magnolias" at McKeesport Little Theater, 1614 Coursin St. in McKeesport, at 8 p.m. May 17 and 18 and 2 p.m. May 19. Tickets are $15, $10 for students; group rates are available. For reservations, call 412-673-1100.

Greek food festival planned at White Oak church

     Annunciation Greek Church, 1128 Summit St. in White Oak, will have its Greek Food Festival from noon to 7 p.m. May 18. Food items will include lamb shanks, Greek-style chicken, gyros, pastitsio, spanakopta, grape leaves, rice pilaf, and a variety of Greek pastries. For more information, call 412-673-1224.

Golf fundraiser benefits local youth-oriented groups

     A golf outing to benefit community youth programs Bright Beginnings (a pre-school), Kids' Club (an elementary program), and Twin Rivers Teen Outreach (high school program) is an 8 a.m. scramble start June 1 at Butler's Golf Course in Elizabeth Twp. Cost is $400 for a foursome and includes an 18-hole round of golf, a barbecue lunch at the pavilion, and a drink ticket. For nongolfers, a $50 ticket includes a paint party with a wine and cheese reception at 10 a.m. and the barbecue lunch. There will be gift baskets, prizes, a 50/50 raffle, additional on-course options, and a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one. For more information or tickets, email revwaltp@gmail.com.

May 29, 2019

Summer concert series planned in Elizabeth

     Sounds Like Summer on Plum will mark 10 years with concerts from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays from June 6 through Aug. 29. The schedule is:

     June 6 - Rewound (classic rock)

     June 13 - Mike Medved Band (rock)

     June 20 - Neon Swing X-perience (Big Band)

     June 27 - Cassanova (oldies)

     July 4 - No concert

     July 11 - Nowhere Men (Beatles tribute)

     July 18 - Steel Mill Rising (rock)

     July 25 - EZ Action (oldies)

     Aug. 1 - The House Band (rock/pop)

     Aug. 8 - Tony Janflone (rock/jazz)

     Aug. 15 - HiFi Sunshine (oldies/classic rock)

     Aug. 22 - Chuck Corby & Quiet Storm (oldies)

     Aug. 29 - Gone South (rock)

     Those attending should bring a chair. The concerts are BYOB. Local businesses will be open for shopping and food.

Suehr to retire

The Rev. Dr. Clifton J. Suehr, center, is retiring after 18 1/2 years at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Irwin. His final service will be 10 a.m. June 16. Interim successor will be the Rev. Sarah Lee-Faulkner, left, assistant to the bishop, Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA. Karen Legenzoff, right, Holy Trinity director of Christian education, presents Suehr the honor of Pastor Emeritus of the church.

June 14, 2019

Library to host reading social

     PBS American Masters' "And Still I Rise" will be viewed and discussed at 12:30 p.m. June 19 at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. The documentary tells the story of Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014), a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer. Best known for her autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," her lyrical modern African-American thoughts pushed boundaries and encouraged people to think about their history in a new way. Registration is not needed for the free adult event. For more information, call 412-672-0625.