March 1, 2021

Ministerium to host prayer service

     McKeesport Area Ministerium will host an ecumenical "Healing for Our Nation" prayer service Wednesday, March 3 from noon to 1 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust St. in McKeesport. The gathering will be in-person with safety measures in place, or virtually. Following are the options to participate virtually:

     Facebook: zion.baptist.9883

     Zoom: Meeting ID is 987 1990 4323 and the Passcode is 044730

     Conference Call: Call 1-978-990-5000. Access Code is 145613. If prompted for ID, say Zion Baptist Church.

January 22, 2021

McKeesport Heritage Center to host virtual lost trolley parks program

     Lost Trolley Parks of Western Pennsylvania will be presented via Zoom by author Jennifer Sopko on Wednesday, January 27 at 7 p.m. Presented by the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center, she will share images and history of forgotten trolley parks, including Olympia Park, that she has discovered in her research for her upcoming book on last amusement parks in Western Pennsylvania. To register for the virtual program, go to www.mckeesportheritage.org.   

November 12, 2020

Takeout dinner to benefit food pantry

     Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 317 South Second Ave. in Elizabeth, will have a roast beef dinner Nov. 14 from 4-7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Boro Food Pantry. The event is takeout only due to Covid-19. Meal includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cole slaw or applesauce, roll, and dessert. Cost is $10, $6 for children younger than 12. To order, call 412-384-7050.  

November 13, 2020

Library hosting lottery calendar fundraiser

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, is having a 2021 Lottery Calendar fundraiser to benefit the library branches. Cost is $25 for 365 chances to win. Payouts are $25 weekdays, $50 Saturdays and Sundays, $100 the first of every month, and $75 to $1,500 on 10 special days. Calendars can be purchased, cash only, at the front desk of the McKeesport branch. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

February 17, 2021

Mon River Arts to offer theater, dance classes

     Limited spots are available for Mon River Arts' spring theater and dance classes March 1 through May 1, with a Showcase May 1 at 2 p.m. The following classes are offered:

     Rising Stars for ages 5-7 from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Mondays. A musical theater class filled with creative movement and fun for young performers. Cost is $150.

     Stageplayers for ages 8-12 from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursdays. Intermediate theater instruction and group vocal instruction focusing on developing acting skills, confidence, and friendships. Cost is $200.

     Showstoppers for ages 13-17 from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Advanced musical theater class focusing on building the triple threat qualities of acting, vocals and dance. Cost is $250.

     Level 1 Jazz for ages 8-12 from 9-10 a.m. Saturdays. Beginner level jazz dance. Cost is $175.

     Level 2 Jazz for ages 13-17 from 12-1 p.m. Saturdays. Intermediate level jazz dance. Cost is $175.

     Beginner Tap for ages 8-12 from 10-11 a.m. Saturdays. Beginner level tap dance. Cost is $175.

     Intermediate Tap for ages 13-17 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon Saturdays. Intermediate level tap. Cost is $175.

     A multi-class discount of $25 per student is available for those who register for two or more classes.

     For more information or to register, call 412-405-8425 or visit the web site at monriverarts.org. MRA is located at 206 Plum St. in Elizabeth.    


February 23, 2021

Heritage Center to host BHM virtual program

     Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era will be presented via Zoom Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Hosted by the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, pre-registration can be done online at mckeesportheritage.org. The program will be presented by Samuel W. Black, diretor of the African American Program at the Senator John Heinz History Center, former president of the Association of African American Museums. He served  on the Executive and Advisory councils of the Association for the Study of African American Life & History and the program committee of the American Alliance of Museum. He is a member of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society of Pittsburgh and former vice president of the ASALH Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch. For more information about the program, call the heritage center at 412-678-1832.

November 23, 2020

NAMI McKeesport meetings cancelled
     National Alliance on Mental Illness McKeesport affiliate has cancelled its December and January meetings due to the latest Covid  guidelines. Resumption of meetings will be announced after the new year. NAMI is a support and educational organization for families and friends of those suffering with mental illness.

St. Sava Serbian church to offer fish fry
      An Advent take-out fish fry is planned at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in the social hall, 901 Hartman St. in McKeesport, Dec. 4 from 2-6 p.m. Pre-ordering is required; call 412-469-2955 through Nov. 25 and payment is credit card only. No orders will be taken at the church the day of the fish fry. The menu features hand-breaded halibut on a hard roll and the following a la carte items: halushki, Spanish rice, french fries, sauerkraut and bean soup, apple strudel, and palachinke (cheese filled crepes). There also will be nut, apricot and poppy seed rolls with a maximum single order of six rolls; additional rolls can be ordered after the fish fry.

Library to offer curbside-only services

      In compliance with the Allegheny County Health Director's stay-at-home advisory, there will be no browing, in-person programming, or PC use at the Carnegie Free Library of McKeesport and its branches effective immediately. The facilities will be fully contactless and will be reviewed for changes in two weeks. The following services will be offered via the contactless service model:

     * Contactless pickup and drop off for library materials. Call ahead to schedule a time to pick up holds. Drop off materials during open hours in designated bins in the vestibule.

     * Phone service for questions and placing holds.

     * Outdoor Wifi

     * Virtual programming (Storytime on Facebook, Virtual Kitchen, Book Club, etc.)

     *  Electronic resources: With a valid library card, the library is available online for access to digital resources that includes books, audio items including music and films, and databases for research.

     * Remote printing via email. Email documents to mckeesport@einetwork.net and call to inform the library documents are being sent for printing. Staff will bring the print out to you and collect the printing fee of 15 cents per black and white page or 50 cents per color page.

     * Faxing is available until 4:15 p.m. Wait in the vestibule while staff collects the fee (50 cents per page and $1 for long distance) and sends the fax; it could take several minutes.

     * All payments for services are cash only, due before service is rendered.

     * Grab and Go Crafts monthly craft bags will be available for families on certain days. See the Event Calendar at mckeesportlibrary.org for more information.

     * Library staff will be available via phone to help with online resources and questions. Call 412-672-0625.

     * No children can enter the building at this time. There are no exceptions.


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

Mon Valley Happenings

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.