Mon Valley Happenings

November 23, 2021

Wigilia luncheon planned at Holy Family Church

     Holy Family National Catholic Church, 1921 Eden Park Blvd. in McKeesport, will host a Polish Wigilia luncheon at 1 p.m. Dec. 11. The menu includes mushroom borsch, fish, potato pierogi, sauerkraut, broccoli salad, rye bread, and Christmas cake. Cost is $10, $5 for children 12 and younger. Reservations are required by Dec. 5 and can be made by calling Kathy Trumpe at 412-664-4591 or Marian Sleczkowski at 412-494-8276.

Library to host various events

Carnegie Library of McKeesport will host the following activities:

For Children and Families:

* PreK Storytimes for children up to age 5, featuring songs, stories, and a craft. Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at the White Oak branch and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at McKeesport.

* Christmas Party Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. in the Children's Room in McKeesport. There will be food, music, crafts, and a special guest. Register at McKeesport, White Oak or Duquesne libraries.

​* Family Movie, "The Muppet Christmas Carol," Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. in the J-Room. Popcorn will be provided.

* Duquesne Holiday Party is Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. with snacks, craft, a movie, and a special guest.

* After School Programs for youth up to age 12 are Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and features arts and crafts, science experiments, games, and other activities.

October 6, 2021

Encore performance of Living History Tour planned at Heritage Center

     There will be an encore performance of the Living History Tour Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. Folks will learn the stories of notable, famous, and infamous McKeesporters laid to rest in the historic McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery. Tickets are $12, $6 for students, no charge for children 6 and younger; they can be purchased at the center or web site at mckeesportheritagel.org. For more information, call 412-678-1832.

Library to host variety of events

     The following events are planned at Carnegie Library of McKeesport.     

     * PreK Storytime returns to the library's White Oak Branch Tuesdays at 11 a.m. for stories, songs, and a craft. The library is at 169 Victoria Drive in White Oak.
     * Remembering Sept. 11 with retired McKeesport Firefighter Jimmy Young will be Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. in the Children's Room at the McKeesport site, 1507 Library Ave. He will talk about his travels to New York City to help with rescue operations after the attacks in 2001. Refreshments provided.
     * Professional Storyteller Alan Irvine will tell ghost stories at the McKeesport Library Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. The event is appropriate for ages 5 and older. Snacks provided.
     * Halloween Party for Kids and Families will be Oct. 23 from 2-4 p.m. There will be games, snacks, music, pumpkin decorating, and a costume contest.

     For more information, call the library at 412-672-0625. To register, go to http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/M/MCKEESPT/ekpmonth.cfm?curOrg=MCKEESPT&setRef=new. 

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to gather

     Elizabeth Township Seniors will meet Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. at the White Oak American Legion. Sandin Home Health Services will offer free blood pressure screenings until noon. President George Caliguri will preside and Chaplain
Don Kuhns will offer the table blessing. The business meeting will begin at 1 p.m. after lunch. The flag pledge will be recited and the Star Spangled Banner sung. Lunch will be Swedish meatballs, egg noodles, broccoli
salad, and cookie; cost is $9. A silent auction conducted by Carol Butler and Betty Lucot and share the wealth will be done by Gayle Wells and Linda Baila. Those bringing items for the auction include Peggy Petchen, Bernie Gillie, Sandy Pefta, Marian Dimpel, and Ed Ference. Items should be there by 11 a.m.
    Superintendent of the Elizabeth Forward School District Dr. Todd Kerucsin will be the speaker at 11:15 and Larry Newburg talk about Medicare at 1:15. Officers for 2021-2022 will be sworn in by former president Jack Greenewald.   Tour directors Debbie and Vaughn Gilbert will discuss upcoming trips. Bingo is planned after the meeting. 
     Tickets for the Christmas party, which will take place at the regular meeting time in December at the American Legion will be sold at the October and November meetings. Tickets are required to attend; tickets will not be sold at the door. Cost is $25 and includes the meal, gratuity, servers for the buffet, and entertainment. Entrees include a choice of stuffed chicken breast, stuffed pork chop, or zucchini parmesan, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, tossed salad, rolls and butter, beverages, and dessert.

October 13, 2021

YCC Nine Hole Champion, Awardees for 2021

December 3, 2021

Heritage Center presents Pearl Harbor program

     "The Road to Pearl" will be presented by former Navy submariner Bob MacPherson Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center. In conjunction with the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he will discuss what lead up to the attack and why it should not have been a surprise. The center is located at 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport.

Library to host Christmas party

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport will have its Christmas party Dec. 16 from 5-7 p.m. in the Children's Room at the library. Cost is $5 per family of up to four people and $1 for each additional person. The event includes pizza, games, music, treat bags, and a visit from a special guest. Registration is required and can be done in person at the library by Dec. 13; payment is due when registering. The library is located at 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport.

Toys for Tots collection planned at Light-Up Night

     Buena Vista Fire Department will support the Marine's Toys for Tots program during Light-Up Night festivities Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted; cash donations will be accepted at the BVFD Social Club. No toys that appear as a weapon will be accepted. Festivities during the evening include the tree lighting, a candlelight sing-a-long, and refreshments. The event is at the fire garage, 125 Conroy St.  

November 3, 2021

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to meet

     Elizabeth Township Seniors will meet at noon Nov. 9 at the White Oak American Legion. Sandin Home Health Services will offer free blood pressure screenings until noon. President George Caliguri will lead the business meeting at 1 p.m. after lunch and Chaplain Don Kuhns will offer the table blessing. The Pledge of Allegiance will be recited and "God Bless America" will be sung. 

     Lunch is $9 and will be baked ham, macaroni and cheese, tossed salad, and cookie. There will be share the wealth by Gayle Wills and Linda Baila, and a silent auction by Carol Butler and Betty Lucot. Those bringing items for the auction include Brenda Hoffman, Carol Butler, Dorothy Guidas, Debbie Caldwell, Carol Ference, Judy Smith and Pat Kiss; items should be there by 11 a.m. Bingo will be played after the meeting.
     Tour directors Vaughn and Debbie Gilbert will discuss trips and nominations for 2022 officers will be accepted. Tickets for the Christmas party during the December meeting will be sold; cost is $25 and no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are required to attend. Price includes the meal, gratuity, buffet servers, and entertainment. Entree includes choice of stuffed chicken breast, stuffed pork chop or zucchini parmesan, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, tossed salad, rolls and butter, and dessert. Ticket deadline is Nov. 16 if sending a check made out to Elizabeth Twp. Seniors and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Brenda Hoffman, 223 Lexington Drive, McKeesport 15135.

NAMI McKeesport to gather
     NAMI McKeesport affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 in Room 120 Frable Building at Penn State Greater Allegheny; note the room change. The meeting is open to families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness.
     Upon entering any Penn State property individuals are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status and to comply with such rules and precautions while on the property.
     A review of the annual NAMIWalks fundraiser in October will be given followed by a "care and share" session. 
"Finding Our Path Forward" is the theme for the NAMI Keystone PA virtual conference Nov. 18. Free standard registration may be completed by going to info@namikeystonepa.org.
     NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The organization offers understanding and support unique to those affected by these conditions. NAMI McKeesport occasionally invites mental health professionals to speak about treatment and resources.

     For more information about the McKeesport meeting, call 412-527-6600. For the NAMI Helpline call 412-366-3788 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

November 30, 2021

MVI offers financial event

     With 2022 just around the corner, Mon Valley Initiative wants to help folks make a new year’s resolution to be better prepared financially. “Tackle Your Financial Goals VI,”  an online-only event, will be at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7. To register for the free event and receive a password, email MVI Employment Coash Deborah Mattie at dmattie@monvalleyinitiative.com or call 412-464-4000, ext. 4000.

     T. Charles Howell IV, MVI director of workforce development and financial coaching, said this is the sixth time MVI has offered the event. Experts will answer questions about topics like building credit, buying a house, opening a bank account, and finding a better job. In keeping with the football theme, the sessions will include games, with prizes donated by California University of Pennsylvania.

     “We know talking about your finances can be stressful, so we try to keep this event fun — but it’s fun with a purpose,” Howell said. “We hope anyone who’s been struggling to make ends meet will learn something useful, and afterwards, they’re invited to can give us a call so that we can continue the conversation.”
     Since 2001, Mon Valley Initiative has offered residents of Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland counties free workforce development services, including career coaching, resume assistance, computer classes and help with soft skills, such as preparing for job interviews, and recently added financial coaching services.

Heritage Center takes part in Festival of Trees

     The McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport, will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 2-5 during McKeesport's Festival of Trees, Dec. 2-5 from 12-8 p.m. Festivities at the center include a Chinese auction, toy giveaways, free craft, and a gift shop with Christmas decorations, homemade items, and antiques. 

     The Festival of Trees, the city's annual event, features trees decorated by groups and organizations from McKeesport and surrounding communities. The trees are on display in the Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renzie Park, an easy walk from the heritage center, from noon-8 p.m. Dec. 2-6.

November 8, 2021

McKeesport Little Theater hosts dinner, show

      McKeesport Little Theater's production of Music Theatre International "All Together Now," a global event celebrating local theatre, will be Nov. 12-14 at the theater, 1614 Coursin St. in McKeesport. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Dinner prior to the evening performances is  from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and lunch is from 12:30-1:30 p.m. prior to the matinees. Dinner is spaghetti and meatballs, salad, drinks, and dessert; lunch is soup and salad, drinks, and dessert. Cost of the meal and ticket is $25. Cost for the show only is $15; come to the door an hour prior to the performance.  

     The show features songs from MTI’s catalogue of musicals including "Annie,"  Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s "Mary Poppins," "Godspell," "Les Misérables," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Mamma Mia!," "Matilda," "Rent" and "Waitress." Drew Cohen, MTI’s president and CEO, said, “The revue features songs from the world’s most iconic musicals, so there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy. Our goal with this worldwide event is for organizations to provide hope, inspiration and excitement to their communities through the transformative power of musical theatre."

     The cast features Abigail Weiss, Alex Stumpf, Amanda Anne Leight, Mandy Eckenrode Duxbury, Brian James Foreman, Caitlin Kapoor, Dylan Stramaski, Kaitlyn Majewski, Kathleen Carney, Katie Beth Kirby, Laura Stumpf, Lydia Richardson, and Maria Palmer. Edward Bostedo is the director.
     Reservations are required no later than Nov. 10 (Wednesday); seating is limited. Proceeds benefit the theater. For reservations, go to https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/mckeesport-little-theater/all-together-now-47150/tickets.

Events planned at library

​     The following events are planned at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport:

     * Nov. 13 - A popular tech program for youth and teens is from 10 a.m. until noon. Participants will use a laptop and camera to create short stop-motion movies. 
     * Nov. 20 - Salute to Santa Parade with a "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" themed float. 
     * Nov. 26 - Teen Program, Super Smash Bros. Wii Tournament at 2 p.m. in the Children's Room for students in grades 5 and up.  Call 412-672-0625 or visit the library to register. 

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole League Closing Day included lunch and awards after golf. Winners of the closing day scramble were Jean Joseph and Judi Murray. Awards were given to Champion, Judy Murray; Star of the Year,  Ginger Spang; Low Putts, Jean Joseph; and    Ringers and Most Improved Golfer, Sarah Gossman.

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November 17, 2021

Fame Jr. the Musical opens at Grand Theatre

     Mon River Arts in Elizabeth will present "Fame Jr. the Musical" Nov. 19-21. Show times are

7:30 p.m. Nov. 19; 2 and 6 p.m. Nov. 20; and 2 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Grand Theatre. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. A "Pay What You Can Night" performance is Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.; all seats are general admission and attendees are asked to "pay what they can" to watch the show. MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

     Based on the movie, television series and stage show, "Fame Jr." features a high-energy contemporary pop score, including the popular title song, and a coming-of-age story. Set during the last years of New York City's High School for the Performing Arts in the early 1980s, the show tells the inspiring story of a diverse group of students who commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With a mix of candor, humor, and insight, the story explores issues that confront many young people today.

     "Fame Jr." is directed by Samantha Davin. Diane McClintock is music director and Christine Pittman is choreographer. The cast includes Alessa Cavalancia, Hannah Damiani, Toni DeFonso, Gabi Dworek, Isabella Falcone, Lily Giffin, MJ Giunta, Emmabelle Glendenning, Sonja Glover, Lilah Hall, Orson Hall, Ellie Holderbaum, Abby Horn, Caitlyn Kelley, Lizzy Klose, Marissa Klose, Campbell Knox, Katie Kunkel, Kayleigh Johnson, Alayna Lacko, Avery Laughlin, Christian Ludwick, Anderson Miller, Dylan Mough, Macey Pendleton, Hunter Powell, Brenna Reed, Kylee Ross, Sophia Segner, Sea Sombar, Emma Smerbeck, Harlow Spalla, Shea Stephens, Penny Thompson, and Sam Thompson.

     For  more information or tickets, go to the web site at monriverarts.org.

Soapbox Derby re-organization meeting planned

     The Greater Pittsburgh Soapbox Derby will have a re-organization meeting Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church hall, 907 Eden Park Blvd. in McKeesport (across from McKeesport High School). Anyone interested in the derby can attend.

Garden club host holiday sale

     The Garden Club of McKeesport will have its holiday sale Dec. 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at it's clubhouse in Renziehausen Park, 1400 Pinoak Drive. The sale will feature fresh greens (wreaths, swags, and kissing balls), flower arrangements, a Kids Korner, and bake sale. For more information, call 412-672-1050

​​​​​MEETINGS and EVENTS

Send information to mvhappenings@gmail.com. Announcements will be posted for one month.

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 28, 2021

NAMI McKeesport to meet

     National Association on Mental Illness McKeesport Affiliate will meet at Penn State Greater Allegheny at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 in Room 122 of the Frable Building. The meeting is open to family and friends of people with mental health conditions. Updates on events and programs will be shared along with a care and share session.

     NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. For more information call 412-527-6600.

Library offers CPR class

     Family & Friends CPR will be offered at 11 a.m. Dec. 10 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. The class is for anyone who wants to learn CPR but does not need a certification card. The class is geared for community groups, new parents, grandparents, babysitters, or anyone interested in learning the lifesaving skills of CPR. The class is provided by Care Heart CPR. To register for the free class, call the library at 412-672-0625.

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole Golf League winner of the two day 2021 Championship, left photo, is Judi Murray, left, and runner-up is Pat Sheleheda. In the right photo, the Star of the Year is Ginger Spang, left, and Low Net winner for the day is Jean Joseph.

October 1, 2021

Women's Nine Hole 2021 golf champions

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October 21, 2021

Elizabeth church plans roast beef dinner

     Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 317 South Second Avenue in Elizabeth, will have a takeout-only roast beef dinner Oct. 23 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Cost is $11, $6 for youth under 12, and includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw or apple sauce, roll, and dessert. To place an order or for more information, call 412-384-7050. Proceeds benefit the Women's Society.

September 23, 2021

St. Sava church plans 'A Taste of Serbia 2021'

     A Taste of Serbia 2021 will be Oct. 1 from 3-7 p.m. and Oct. 2 from noon to 7 p.m. at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church of McKeesport-Duquesne, 901 Hartman St. in McKeesport. Pre-orders via credit card will be taken through Sept. 26 by calling 412-469-2955 or online at www.stsavapa.org. Walk-up orders will be taken while supplies last; cash and credit cards are accepted. There is a limited amount of outdoor seating in the courtyard.

     Fish sandwiches and pierogies will be available Friday only and lamb sandwiches will be offered both days. New items are cevaps, six grilled skinless meat sausages served with onions, a roll and kajmak spread; and burek, a savory meat and cheese pie in phyllo dough. Also on the menu are stuffed cabbage rolls, traditional sauerkraut and red kidney bean soup, halushki, Serbian potato salad, and Serbian coleslaw. Serbian salads are mixed with an oil and vinegar dressing. Sweet treats include apple strudel, palacinke, krofne, pineapple pita, kifle, nut and apricot rolls, and a bakery sampler. The St. Sava Sundae mounds two scoops of vanilla ice cream with warm apple strudel topping. 
     Safety guidelines and restrictions will be followed. Masks are recommended for those who are not vaccinated.