March 14, 2020

CANCELED NAMI McKeesport to gather

     The National Alliance on Mental Illness McKeesport Affiliate will meet at 7 p.m. March 19 at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport, Frable Building, Room 122. Speaker Michelle Seaman of PEERSTAR*LLC, a community behavioral healthcare service working to aid recovery and integration, will describe the nature  of support provided by the program. PEERSTAR  distinguishes itself from other peer support providers by the powerful supportive relationships with leading academic institutions. Certified Peer Specialists providing support can say to  the person requesting support, "I know what it's like; I've been there."
     NAMI is a support, education, and advocacy group for families and friends of people with mental illness. For more information, call 412-527-6600.

CANCELED McKeesport Area Ministerium meeting planned

     The McKeesport Area Ministerium will meet at 9 a.m. March 19 at McKeesport Presbyterian Church, 1510 Versailles Ave. in McKeesport. The next Lenten service will be at noon March 18 at Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust St. in McKeesport.

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.

March 9, 2020

Lenten pierogi sale planned at Holy Family Parish

     Holy Family Parish, 1921 Eden Park Blvd. in McKeesport, will have a Lenten pierogi sale. Orders must be placed beginning at 8 a.m. March by calling 412-664-7009. Quantities are limited. Orders can be picked up from 3-6 p.m. March 13. The menu is potato cheese pierogis, lekvar pierogis, and cabbage pierogis, $10 a dozen; stuffed cabbage, $2 each; haluski, $5 a quart, $2.50 a pint.

McKeesport Garden Club to gather

     The Garden Club of McKeesport will meet at 11 a.m. March 16 at the Margaret Larson Garden Center in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. The meeting will be conducted by President Marsha Pratt and yearly reports will be presented by committee chairpersons. A conservation and horticulture lunch will be provided and served by members Mary Ann Hall, Dolly Heineman, Diane Bochicchio and Jane Miller; Adrienne Virtes will give the invocation. The program will be after lunch.

     The annual rose pruning demonstration will begin at 1 p.m. April 4 in the rose garden; raindate is April 18. The public can learn how to correctly prune roses. Those attending should bring their own work gloves and tools like pruners and loppers, and dress to work in the garden.

     A Mother's Day Tea will be at 12:30 p.m. May 2 at the garden clubhouse, 1400 Pinoak Drive in Renziehausen Park. Cost is $20; reservations are required and due by April 18 and can be made by calling 412-872-4321. Space is limited. 

The menu is on the web site,

     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, go to the web site or email the club at

Library to host wine, canvas event

     Jan Catalogna of the McKeesport Art Group will lead a wine and painting party from 1-3 p.m. March 15 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Participants will create the same painting. All materials will be provided; bring a brunch item and a favorite beverage. Cost is a $30 donation.

March 3, 2020

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to gather

     Elizabeth Township Seniors will meet at noon March 9 at the Boston Spectrum. Greeters will be Ellie Coban and Rosemarie Hadzina. Sandin Home Health Services will offer free blood pressure readings until noon. President Tom George will preside at the meeting and Chaplain Don Kuhns will offer the table blessing. Lunch will be salad and soup.
    Following lunch the meeting will open with the flag pledge and singing of "God Bless America." Tour director Bob Gillie will discuss
upcoming trips and John and June Stefl will conduct share the wealth. Green is the color of the day and entertainment will be a magician. A collection will be taken for a local food pantry and March birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated.
   There will be a basket auction; those bringing items include Janet Wargo, Barb Minteer, Diane Kiss, Rita McMillan and Marge
Martinzak. Bingo will be played after the meeting.

Daytime movies planned at library

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will show two movies in the Children's Room. "JoJo Rabbit" will be shown March 10 and "Little Women" will be shown March 24; both start at 10 a.m. The first is a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy - JoJo - whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided by his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, he must confront his blind natinalism. In the second movie, Jo March reflects back and forth on her life while telling the story of the March sister - four young women determind to live life on their own terms. The movies are intended for adults. No registration is needed for the free movies. For more information, call 412-672-0625.


March 2, 2020

MRA to offer musical theatre class

     A musical theatre class for youth ages 10-16 will be offered at Mon River Arts, 206 Plum St. in Elizabeth, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 17 through May 19. Deadline to register is March 10. Students will learn scenes and songs from Disney's High School Musical Jr. with instructors Kathy Hawk and Sami Parks. Training in drama and vocals will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and dance/choreography from 6:30-7:30 in a structured and positive setting class setting. A showcase performing will be at 7:15 p.m. May 19. For more information or to register, call 412-405-8425 or go to

Library to host Grandma's Kitchen

     Grandma's Kitchen will be from 6-8 p.m. March 10 at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. The adult event focuses on recipes made by your baba, nona or gramma and the theme will be sauces. To register, call 412-672-0625. 

March 6, 2020

Mister Rogers and Philosophy event planned at library

     A panel discussion will address the book, "Mister Rogers and Philosophy: Wondering Through the Neighborhood," at 6 p.m. March 13 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. The book is co-edited by Eric and Holly Mohr and compares well-known elements in the popular children's television show with major philosophical concepts such as those of Plato, Socrates, Aristotle and Marx. The Mohrs collected 24 essays, each named for one of Rogers' songs that address topics like wonder, anger, problem-solving, pretending, and friendships. The panel will feature Holly Mohr, director of Religious Education at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church; Eric Mohr, philosophy professor at St. Vincent College; Sara Lindey, English professor at St. Vincent College; and Matthew Ussia, English professor at Duquesne University. To register for the free event, call 412-672-0625.

Mon River Arts to present 'Mary Poppins Jr.

     The Youth Theatre Troupe at Mon River Arts will present "Mary Poppins Jr." at 7:30 p.m. March 13; 2 and 6 p.m. March 14; and 2 p.m. March 15. There is a special Pay What You Can performance at 7:30 p.m. March 12. Tickets are $8, $10 at the door. For tickets, call the MRA box office at 412-405-8425.

February 23, 2020

CANCELED McKeesport Lenten luncheon services planned

      McKeesport Area Ministerium will host Lenten luncheon services. The schedule is:

     March 4 - Auberle, 1101 Hartman St.
     March 11 - McKeesport Presbyterian Church, 1510 Versailles Ave.

     March 18 - Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust St.

     March 25 - First Christian Church, 1025 McCleary St.

     April 1 - St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 220 8th Ave.
     All services begin at noon. A light lunch will be served at each worship site following the service; a free will offering will be taken to help defray the cost of the meal.

Library to host after-school events

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will offer after-school events Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. in the Children's Room. The schedule is:

     March 4 - Dr. Seuss craft

     March 11 - St. Patrick's Day crafts

     March 18 - Magnet science

     March 25 - Books & Cookies book club

     The free programs are geared for youth up to age 12. No registration is needed. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

Shrove Tuesday pancake supper offered at Peace Lutheran

     Peace Lutheran Church, 641 Zimmer Hill Drive in the Greenock section of Elizabeth Twp., will have a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 4-7 p.m. Feb. 25. Free-will donations will be accepted for the all-you-can-eat meal. Proceeds will benefit McKeesport Downtown Housing. For more information, call 412-751-8073.

March 30, 2020

Church to sale chocolate eggs

     The Ladies Society at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1921 Eden Park Blvd. in McKeesport, made chocolate-covered Easter eggs to sale at the church vendors sale. However, the fair has been postponed and the church is closed but the eggs are still for sale. The half-pound eggs are $10 each in a choice of milk or dark chocolate. Fillings are peanut butter, fruit and nut, and coconut. Eggs can not be shipped; contact the church via Facebook (Holy Family National Catholic Church) or email at They can be picked up at the church hall Fridays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until noon until Easter.

Rose event cancelled

     The annual rose pruning demonstrations scheduled for April 4 and rain date of April 18 at the Garden Club of McKeesport are cancelled due to the Covid-19 stay at home order. The Rose Garden and Arboretum are located in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport.



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