Mon Valley Happenings


November 12, 2019

Heritage Center to host history of American music program

     "Roadside Stops: A Journey Through American Music with Pastor Chuck Owston" will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport.  A member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Owston has been playing and singing American roots music for more than 30 years. He did field research studying folk heritage in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky . That research became his graduate thesis. During the program, the pastor at Bryn Mawr Church of Christ in White Oak will be accompanied by guitar, harmonica, slide steel guitar, and mandolin while taking the audience on an educational journey from the origins of American music to today's popular music. Admission is free for heritage center members, $2 donation for nonmembers.

Fall craft class planned at library

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will have an adult fall craft class at 1 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Children's Room. Registration is required for the free class and can be done by calling 412-672-0625.

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.

November 26, 2019

Public speaking class offered at library

     Silver Tongue 101 will be offered at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, from 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Children's Room. This public speaking for beginners class will teach ways to overcome fears, and how to write an effective speech, prepare to deliver it, calm nerves, and give a speech to impress the audience. The focus of the session will be developing a speaking style to reflect your personality and help accomplish your goals. To register for the free class, call 412-672-0625.

Information available for Census jobs

     A representative from the U.S. Census Bureau will discuss 2020 Census jobs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Jobs can provide extra income, flexibility, weekly pay, and paid training. For more informaton about the free sessions, call 412-672-0625.

November 11, 2019

McKeesport Garden Club to gather

     Garden Club of McKeesport will meet at 11 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Margaret Larson Garden Center in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. President Marsha Pratt will conduct the business meeting. The Horticulture Report will be Holiday Plants. Plans will be discussed and finalized for the holiday sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5-7 and from noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Items will include fresh greens, swags, wreaths, and kissing balls, as well as holiday arrangements, a Kids Korner, and a bake sale. Proceeds will benefit the garden club. 

     The invocation will be given by Agnes Sash and lunch will be prepared by Willie Jackson, Lawanna Spritz and Usha Gowda. The program will be the annual in-house auction with auctioneers Chris Keefe
and Judy Geary. Members should bring donations for the food bank.

     For the past 86 years, the club has maintained the arboretum and rose garden in Renzie Park through fundraising and member volunteer hours. 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, visit the web site at or email

December 3, 2019

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to gather

   Elizabeth Township Seniors will meet at noon December 9 at the Boston Spectrum for the Christmas party. Officers will serve as the greeters. Sandin Home Health Services will offer free blood pressure screenings until noon. President Tom George will lead the meeting and Chaplain Don Kuhns will offer the table blessing. After the Christmas lunch, the president will lead members in the flag pledge and singing of "God Bless America." Birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated and a collection will be taken for a local food bank. Entertainment will be offered by singers Darryl and Kim. There will not be bingo or basket auction. Members should bring a bag lunch to January and February meetings.
    If Elizabeth Forward School District cancels school because of the weather, the meeting will be cancelled. There will be a meeting if school is just delayed.

Green cleaning workshop planned

     A representative from Women for A Healthy Environment will show how to clean chemical free and environmentally sound at 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Duquesne branch of the Carnegie Library of McKeesport and 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the White Oak branch. Green cleaning kits will be distributed at each session. To register for the free events, call 412-672-0625.

     The Duquesne branch is located at 300 Kennedy Ave. in Duquesne and the White Oak site is at 169 Victoria Drive in White Oak.

Adult craft class offered at library

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will host an adult craft class to make Christmas candy holders at 1 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Children's Room. To register for the free program, call 412-672-0625.

McKeesport Little Theater hosts 'Wonderful Life' radio play as fundraiser

    Joe Landry's “It’s a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play” will be at McKeesport Little Theater at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6,7, 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. The beloved American Christmas classic comes to life as a 1940s broadcast to tell the story of idealistic George Bailey who considers ending his life one Christmas Eve. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and can be purchased online at

November 19, 2019

Holy Family Church plans pierogi sale

     A pierogi sale is planned Nov. 22 at Holy Family Parish, 1921 Eden Park Blvd. in McKeesport. Orders must be called in to 412-664-7009 starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 21. Quantities are limited. Pierogis are $10 a dozen and include potato-cheese, dry cottage cheese, and lekvar; stuffed cabbage are $2 each; and haluski is $5 a quart or $2.50 a pint. Orders can be picked up from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 22.

North Huntington AARP to host Christmas party

     Christmas party for the North Huntingdon AARP Chapter 3221 will be Dec. 5 at the Stratigo's Banquet Center, Colonial Manor Road in North Huntingdon. Entertainment will be provided by Pittsburgh's Piano Man Lee Alverson, who will perform Billy Joel and Elton John songs as well as many of his own tunes. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; lunch will be served at 1. Tickets for the members-only gathering are $25 and are available by emailing No tickets will be sold at the door.

Harvest Soup Lunch set at Greenock UMC

     Greenock United Methodist Church, 1213 Greenock-Buena Vista Road in Elizabeth Twp., will host a Harvest Soup Lunch at noon Nov. 20. Sponsored by Third Thursday at the church, a variety of soups will be available. A free will offering and/or a donation of canned goods will be accepted to benefit the ELizabeth Twp. Food Pantry. Call 412-807-8452 for more information.


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November 8, 2019

'And the Winner is...' opens at McKeesport Little Theater

     McKeesport Little Theater will present "And the Winner Is…" Nov. 8-10 and 15-17. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the 1614 Coursin St. theater.  Mitch Albom's comedy tells the story of Tyler Johnes, a self-obsessed movie star who is finally nominated for an Oscar but dies the night before the awards. But he is determined to know if he wins so he makes a deal with a heavenly gatekeeper and returns to Earth for the big night. The journey is a twisting tale of Hollywood, the afterlife, and how people are judged. For tickets, call the theater at 412-673-1100.

Library to host board game night

    A night of board games for those 18 and older will be 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Light refreshments will be offered. Registration is required and can be done by calling 412-672-0625.

November 7, 2019

McKeesport church to host stuffed cabbage, bake sale

     St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church, 330 Shaw Ave. in McKeesport, will host a stuffed cabbage and bake sale Nov. 14. There will be stuffed cabbage, homemade bread, raisin bread, nut, apricot and poppyseed rolls, cheregi, and assorted cookies. Orders must be placed by Nov. 10 and can be done by calling 412-672-0736 or

Grandma's Kitchen planned at library

     Chef Zoey Mae Basa will prepare unique Thanksgiving side dishes during Grandma's Kitchen from 6-7:15 p.m. Nov. 12 at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Registration is required for the adult event and can be done by calling 412-672-0625.

Discussion to focus on diabetes

     In conjunction with World Diabetes Day, Dr. Kareem Lezama of Latterman Clinic in McKeesport will discuss the causes, treatment, and prevention of diabetes at 1 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Registration is required for the free even and can be done by calling 412-672-0625.

November 18, 2019

Meeting, luncheon planned for Clairton AARP

     Clairton Area AARP 1612 will meet Nov. 20 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 provided by singer/guitarist Chris Volpe. Lunch will be $3, $4 for non-members.

    The holiday lunch will be at noon Dec. 4 at Salvatore’s Event Center in Baldwin. Entertainment will be provided by local pianist Sal Ventura. Reservations are due by Nov. 25 and can be made by calling 412-384-7894.
      Tours in 2020 begin in March with a trip to Greensburg and the Palace Theater for Rhythm of the Dance, an Irish experience. For more information, call 724-872-1165. Priority is given to members, but guests can participate if space is available.
welcome if space is available.

     The group does not meet in January or February. Regular meetings will resume on March 25. The chapter will make changes for next year. The newsletter is published quarterly; the next one will be mailed in January. To receive the newsletter, call 412-854-0594 to request a copy. For information on becoming a member of Clairton Area AARP 1612, call 412-714-4411; membership in good standing with the national association is required to join a local chapter.

December 5, 2019

Festival of Trees begins in McKeesport

     The Festival of Trees at the Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport is from noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 5-6. Admission is $2, children 12 and younger are admitted free with a donation of a non-perishable food item.

Author Bashaar to discuss her book

     Local author Kathryn Bashaar will discuss her book, "The Saint's Mistress," at 1 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. The story takes place in the 4th Century with the fall of the Roman Empire and rise of Christianity and is the untold story of St. Augustine's beloved mistress. To register for the free event, call 412-672-0625.


November 13, 2019

Mon River Arts Youth Theatre to present 'Elf Jr.'

    Mon River Arts Youth Theatre will present "Elf the Musical, Jr." will be performed at the Grand Theatre in Elizabeth at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21, 2 and 6 p.m. Nov. 23, and 2 p.m. Nov. 24.  Based on the holiday film, this comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Tickets are $, $10 at the door; groups of 10 or more should contact the box office for a group rate. A special Pay What You Can Night is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 where theatre-goers can make a donation to see the show. Tickets for Friday through Sunday can be purchased at For more information, go to or call the MRA Box Office at 412-405-8425.

Reading social planned at library

     "The Shipping News" by E. Annie Proulx will be discussed during a reading social at 12 p.m. Nov. 20 at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Registration is not required for the free event. For more information, call 412-672-0625.