November 17, 2017

Church plans roast beef dinner

     Elizabeth Wesleyan Church, 205 Church St. in Elizabeth, will have a roast beef dinner from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 18. The meal includes, roast beef, green beans, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, dessert, and a beverage. For takeout, call 412-384-8868.

Free Thanksgiving dinner in Clairton

     Mt. Olive First Baptist Church, 451 Park Ave. in Clairton, will have a free Thanksgiving dinner from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 24. The dinner includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, candies yams, cranberry sauce, dinner roll, dessert, and beverage. Delivery will be offered for shut-ins only by calling 412-233-8517 between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thanksgiving. The Mt. Olive Youth Ministry is hosting the meal.

Legion offers ballroom dancing

​     White Oak American Legion Post 701, 2813 Capitol St. in White Oak, has ballroom dancing from 8-11 p.m. Mondays. Doors open at 7. Cost is $10.

Talk addresses ways to prevent wandering

     The Aging Institute at UPMC McKeesport, Suite 145 Crawford Building, will present a talk about ways to prevent wandering behaviors in dementia patients and how to create a safe environment. Betty Robison, RN, from the Aging Institute will be the presenter for the free program from 1-2 p.m. Nov. 29. She will also discuss the causes of wandering and the signs to look for in someone with dementia. Free parking vouchers will be provided. To register or for more information, call 412-647-1897.

Movie night planned at library

     "Captain Underpants" will be shown at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, at 5 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Children's Room. Popcorn will be provided; computers will be shut down. Registration is suggested for the free event and can be done by calling 412-672-0625.

December 7, 2017

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to gather

       Elizabeth Township Seniors will meet at noon Dec. 11 at the Boston Spectrum for the Christmas party. Attendees must have a ticket; no tickets will be sold at the door. Officers will serve as greeters. Sandin Home Health Services will offer free blood pressure screenings until noon. President Jack Greeenewald will preside at the meeting and chaplain Don Kuhns will offer the table blessing. The business meeting will begin with the flag pledge and singing of the "Star Spangled Banner." Entertainment will be provided by performer Bryan Mahan. There will not be bingo or Chinese auction.

Church plans bake sale

     Hungarian Reformed Church of Duquesne, 1411 Kennedy Ave. in Duquesne, will sell Hungarian nut  horns and 12-inch cookie trays. Orders can be placed by calling 412-469-2185 and picked up the week of Dec. 11.

Mon River Arts to present Christmas show

     "A Seussified Christmas Carol" will be presented by Mon River Arts at the Grand Theatre, 207 South Second Ave. in Elizabeth. A whimsical version of the Charles Dickens classic Christmas story, show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 15 and 16, and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17. All tickets are $12. Call the box office at 412-406-8425 or email or order online at

December 13, 2017

Garden club to meet

     The Garden Club of McKeesport will meet on Monday, Dec. 18 in the Margaret Larson Garden Center in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. President Pro Tem Marsha Pratt will lead the meeting at 11 a.m. The horticulture report will be about evergreens and the invocation will be given by Chris Keefe. In lieu of a gift exchange, members' donations will be made to the food bank. Lunch will be catered by Twin Oaks Restaurant in White Oak and the all-female singing group Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus will provide the entertainment.

     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 or email

Cookie sale planned at church

     Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church, 2200 Greenock-Buena Vista Road in Elizabeth Twp., will have a Christmas cookie sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7.  Cookies can be mixed and matched. Cost is $7 a pound.

November 14, 2017

School to host vendor fair

     Mary of Nazareth Catholic School Vendor Fair is from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 in the school gym. There will be food and a Chinese auction. The school is located at 1640 Fawcett Ave. in White Oak. For more information, call 412-672-2360.

December 12, 2017

Russian Orthodox church to host bake sale

     A Christmas bake sale is planned Dec. 21 at St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church, 330 Shaw Ave. in McKeesport. There will be paska, raisin paska, homemade bread, nut, apricot and poppyseed rolls, and assorted cookies. Orders must be placed by Dec. 17 by calling 412-672-0736 or 412-678-6393.

November 28, 2017

Community chorus plans Christmas concert

     Elizabeth Forward Area Community Chorus will present its Christmas concert, Love is Born, at 7:30 p.m . Dec. 1 and 2,and 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Elizabeth Forward High School, 1000 Weigles Hill Road in Elizabeth Twp. The chorus will be accompanied by the Junior Chorus comprised of students from local school districts in grades 3-5. Tickets will be available at the door.

Wreath craft offered at library

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will have a wreath craft at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 in the Children's Room. Participants will make a wreath out of construction paper; decorations will be included. The program is open to families and children of all ages. Registration is suggested for the free event and can by done by calling 412-672-0625.

Help offered for health insurance marketplace

     Mon Valley Initiative and YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh will offer free help and information about purchasing health insurance through the Affordable Care Act from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at the MVI offices, 305 E. 8th Ave. in Homestead. Information will also be available about Medicaid and CHIP programs, which is open for enrollment year-round. The enrollment deadline for the ACA marketplace is Dec. 15 and the web site is closed for maintenance on Sundays during the enrollment period.

     For more information or to schedule an appointment with a health care navigator from the YWCA, call 412-255-1471.

November 20, 2017

Zombek lightup night planned

     The annual Zombek Christmas Light Display lightup night is from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 25 at 214 Williamsburg Drive in Elizabeth Twp. near Butler's Golf Course. The schedule is: grand lighting, 6 p.m.; visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 6:30-8:30; visit with the Pirate Pirogies, 6:30-7:30; horse and carriage rides, 6:30-7:30; and a visit from the Christmas Minion and Gingerbread Man. There will be a Chinese auction and free hot chocolate.

Senior safe driving course offered

     Seniors for Safe Driving, a course designed specifically for drivers 55 and older, is from 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 6 in the Children's Room of Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. After completing the course, participants could be eligible for a 5 percent reduction on auto insurance for three years. Preregistration is required and can be done by calling 1-800-559-4880, going to or emailing

Lions sponsor casino, outlet shopping trip

     The Mon River Fleet Lions will sponsor a but trip to Sands Casino and Outlet Shopping in Bethlehem on Nov. 25. Cost is $65; no seats are reserved without payment. Travelers get $30 in free play and a $5 food voucher, a discount coupon for outlet stores, and snacks, movies and games on the bus. The Christkindlmarkt will be open. The bus will leave Great Valley Shopping Center in North Versailles at 6:45 a.m. and leave Sands Casino at 5 p.m. For reservations, call Alice Jones at 412-609-7799.

Take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

    With the arrival of colder weather, the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning increases.
     The Allegheny County Health Department said carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that is the by-product of incomplete combustion of a fuel. Hundreds of people die each year nationwide from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, but most deaths could be prevented through greater awareness and education.
     “Carbon monoxide poisoning is known as the ‘silent killer'," health department director Dr. Karen Hacker said. “Exposure to carbon monoxide can gradually cause a person to become unconscious, and eventually die. It’s critical that residents have carbon monoxide detectors in their homes, and to have their furnaces and fireplaces cleaned and inspected before each heating season.”
     ACHD encourages the use of carbon monoxide detectors, which can be purchased at most stores that carry home supplies. Hacker stressed detectors are no substitute for regular furnace maintenance.
     Carbon monoxide poisoning may include any of the following symptoms: headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, loss of hearing, blurry vision, vomiting, disorientation, seizures, loss of consciousness, coma, respiratory failure, and cardiac arrest. Anyone who believes they are experiencing these symptoms due to carbon monoxide poisoning should leave the premises and immediately call 911.
     Everyone is at risk, but individuals with health problems such as heart or lung diseases, the elderly, infants, children, and pregnant women are especially vulnerable.
     For a free educational brochure about the dangers of carbon monoxide, go to

December 2, 2017

Church to host carol fest

     Elizabeth Baptist Church, 735 Bunola River Road in Elizabeth, will host its 36th annual Community Christmas Carol Festival at 7 p.m. Dec. 3. Several choirs and soloists from Elizabeth and surrounding areas will come together to celebrate the true "reason for the season." The evening will include scripture readins and prayer by pastors of participating churches. Favorite Christmas carols will be sung. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the program. The Love Gift offering will benefit the Elizabeth Boro Clergy Food Bank. For more information, call 412-384-6464.

Santa to visit WOAA

     White Oak Athletic Association will host An Evening with Santa will be from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 3 at the association, 1798 Lower Heckman Road. Sponsored by the borough's Recreation Board, there will be pictures with Santa, balloons, cookies, personalized ornaments, treat bags, and hot chocolate.


December 11, 2017

Elizabeth church to present cantata

     Bethesda United Presbyterian Church, 314 North Third Ave. in Elizabeth, will present the cantata, "Jesus, A Beacon of Light, Hoe, Joy and Peace," at 11 a.m. Dec. 17.  The cantata will feature the Bethesda Chancel Choir, members of Olivet Church, and .the Anunciation Handbell Choir of Holy Family Parish in McKeesport. A social hour will follow the presentation.

Library to host Christmas party

     A Christmas party for families is planned from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the McKeesport Palisades. Registration is required by Dec. 18 and can be done in person at the McKeesport, White Oak, or Duquesne branches. Cost is $5 for immediate family, $1 for each additional person and is due at the time of registration. There will be children's crafts, music, and a special Christmas guest. For more information, call 412-672-0625.


December 1, 2017

NAACP to host dinner dance

     A holiday dinner dance hosted by McKeesport NAACP will be from 5-10 p.m.. Dec. 10 at the Palisades, 100 Fifth Ave. in McKeesport. Donation is $35. For more information, call 412-292-5852.

Open house planned at Angora Gardens

     A holiday open house at Angora Gardens, 3 Muse Lane in White Oak, will be from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 8. There will be photos with Santa, a miniature Christmas village, vendors, entertainment, a children's craft, and concessions.

SA seniors offer Breakfast with Santa

     The Senior Class of South Allegheny will host Breakfast with Santa from 9-11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 in the high school cafeteria. Breakfast will end at 11 a.m. There will be crafts and pictures with Santa. Cost is $6, $2.50 for adults.

Garden club to gather

     The Garden Club of McKeesport will have its holiday sale in conjunction with the McKeesport Festival of Trees. The sale is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 7-9 and noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 10. There will be fresh greens, wreaths and swags, and boxwood kissing balls, as well as holiday designs, a Kids Korner, and bake sale.For more information about the holiday sale or the club, visit the web site at or email

     The Garden Club of McKeesport 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.

November 27, 2017

Seniors Move planned at library

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, White Oak Branch, will offer Seniors Move at 10 a.m. Mondays. The 45-minute movement class is geared for seniors, but all adults are welcome. To register for the free event, call 412-672-0625.

Craft, vendor show to benefit EF band

     Elizabeth Forward High School Marching Band will host a holiday craft and vendor show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Boston Spectrum, 6001 Smithfield St. in the Boston section of Elizabeth Twp. More than 50 crafters and vendors will participate. There will be onsite gift wrapping, food, drinks, and a Chinese auction. There will be a chance to win toys including a Super Nintendo Entertainment System classic edition.

Church hosts pierogi sale

     Holy Family Parish, 1921 Eden Park Blvd. in McKeesport, will have its final pierogi sale of the year Dec. 1. Place orders Nov. 30 starting at 8 a.m. by calling 412-664-7009. Quantities are limited. Orders can be picked up Dec. 1 from 3-6 p.m. Menu is potato-cheese, dry cottage cheese, lekvar, and cabbage pierogis, $9 a dozen; stuffed cabbage, $1.75 each; and haluski, $5 for a quart and $2.50 for a pint.

November 16, 2017

McKeesport Light Up Night, parade planned

     Light Up Night in McKeesport will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Kennedy Park along Lysle Boulevard. There will be music, a children's craft, and light refreshments.

     The 53rd Salute to Santa Parade will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 18 on Fifth Avenue between Market and Coursin streets. The parade will be followed by a children's party at the McKeesport Palisades, which will feature the crowing of the Salute to Santa Princess and Queen.

Fundraiser features Dancing Queen

     Dancing Queen will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Boston Spectrum, 6001 Smithfield St. in the Boston section of Elizabeth Twp. Cost is $25 for the 21 and older event and includes beer and mixers. There will be a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds benefit Elizabeth Forward Junior Wrestling. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 412-419-9599 or emailing

McKeesport ministerium to host Thanksgiving service

     A McKeesport Area Community Thanksgiving Service will be Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 220 Eighth Ave. in McKeesport. Speaker will be the Rev. William B. Meekins Jr., lead pastor of McKeesport Charge Shared Ministry United Methodist Church. Worship will be led by Chalice. There will be a light meal and dessert after the service. The church is handicapped accessible. The service is hosted by the McKeesport Area Ministerium. For more information, call 412-672-8490.

Art group to gather

     McKeesport Art Group will meet at 1 p.m. Nov. 20 at Community Life Center in Olympia Shopping Center. The Christmas party, the tree for Festival of Trees, and opportunities to exhibit artwork in the Community Life facility will be discussed. Members will have a chance to tour the facility.

     The group will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2018. Plans are being made for a special members-only art show in conjunction with McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center to celebrate the occasion.

November 15, 2017

MASH students to present 'Peter Pan'

     The McKeesport Area High School Speech Club will present "Peter Pan" at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 19 in the high school auditorium. Cost for the annual children's play is $2 for students and children, $3 for adults. Tickets are available at the high school box office 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. and one hour before show time.

Season of Light kickoff planned

     White Oak will begin to celebrate the season on Nov. 18 with a pancake and sausage brunch with Santa from 2-4:45 p.m. at Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co., 2916 Jacks Run Road. Youth 16 and younger are admitted free; $2 for ages 17 and older. There will be photos with Santa and goody bags for children.

     Santa will arrive at Oak Park Mall at 6 p.m. for the kickoff of the Season of Light. Festivities are from 6-8 p.m. and include the winner of the coloring contest flipping the switch to light the tree. There will be entertainment, door prizes, visits with Santa, and refreshments.

     The event is co-sponsored by White Oak Borough, Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co., Oak Park Management, and White Oak EMS.

November 22, 2017

Lions to host 'Frozen' pancake breakfast

     Mon River Fleet Lions will have a holiday-themed pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 2 at the Main Pavilion in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. A Frozen Winter Wonderland show with the Ice Queen, Ice Princess and Olaf begins at 10 a.m. where youngsters get to be princes and princesses. Children can make a snowflake craft. Breakfast includes pancakes and sausages (silver dollar pancakes for the little ones), a topping bar with sprinkles, syrups, whipped cream, syrups, and other toppings. Waffles will be available for adults. Cost is $8, $4 for children 4-10 and $3 for children 3 and younger. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 412-398-1256.

Wreath-making event planned

     Calvary Chapel South Pittsburgh, 730 Fifth St. in West Elizabeth, will have a community wreath-making event from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 3. Pine branches will be provided as well as additional supplies and decorations if needed. Participants should bring a wire frame, paddle of wire, wire cutters, and decorations (extra items to share with others). Attendees can bring a snack to share. For more information, call 412-596-8869 or go to

Bus trip to Harrisburg scheduled

     State Rep. Bill Kortz will host a holiday bus tour to Harrisburg Dec. 4. The bus will leave the parking lot at Macy's in Century III Mall at 6:45 a.m.; boarding begins at 6:30. The trip includes a tour of the governor's mansion and state capitol to see it decorated for Christmas. Lunch will be provided by Kortz. Cost is $35 (dependent on the number of participants). Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling Sherry Butler at 412-466-1940. Space is limited. Payment must be made to secure a spot.

Church plans Breakfast with Santa

     Boston United Methodist Church, 6103 Smithfield St. in the Boston section of Elizabeth Twp., will host Breakfast with Santa from 10-11 a.m. Dec. 2. Register by Nov. 24 by calling the church office at 412-751-5815. Santa will mail tickets to the children the week of the event.

Toys for Tots collection drive scheduled

     McKeesport Lions Club will have a Toys for Tots collection drive from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 26 at McKee's Point Cafe, 501 Water St. in McKeesport. There will be a breakfast buffet for $8 with all proceeds going to Toys for Tots. Those who bring a new, unwrapped toy will receive cookies.

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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.

December 4, 2017

Church presents live nativity

     First Evangelical Free Church, 4001 University Drive in McKeesport, , will present a live nativity. "Come to the Light" will be at 7, 7:45 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9. The inside multi-media presentation features animals and music. The will be crafts for children and free refreshments. For more information, call 412-678-6655.

November 24, 2017

Food pantry schedule to change

     The mobile food pantry at Beulah Park and Christy Park United Methodist churches will be only once a month - the third Thursday - starting in December. The new schedule will be in effect December, January and February. The regular schedule will resume in March. Times will remain the same.

Elizabeth Twp. lightup event planned

     The lightup night celebration in Elizabeth Twp. is from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 1 at the municipal building, 522 Rock Run Road. There will be a parade from the middle school to the municipal building; folks should gather at the municipal building to watch the parade. Festivities will begin with the lighting of the tree. After Santa arrives, children can have their picture taken with him during activities in the Public Works maintenance garage. Other activities include a magician, gift raffle, and treats for all ages.

Church to host traditional wigilia

     Holy Family Parish, 1921 Eden Park Blvd. in McKeesport, will have a traditional wigilia (vigil dinner). at 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Cost is $20, $10 for children younger than 12. Reservations must be made by Dec. 1 by calling 412-664-4591. The gathering will include St. Nicholas, Santa, and carols. The dinner is sponsored by the Blessed Sacrament Society.