Pennsylvania Bridges April 2017

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Connecting Our Communities

Spring Cleaning


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Spring Cleaning The strong scent of bleach, the warm softness of freshly laundered linen, the gleam of polished fixtures and newly mopped floors, all these evoke for me childhood memories of helping my family spruce up our living space each spring. Somewhere between St. Patrick's Day and Easter, at least two whole weekends would be dedicated to cleaning our house from top to bottom. Given that time of year is also college basketball season, one of my most vivid recollections of my formative years involve my stepfather wiping down the glass shelves of his beloved entertainment center with Windex, all the while yelling at full volume at the TV. By his estimation, three things were sacred above all: his Magnavox stereo, his record collection, and then Memphis State Tiger basketball. To me fell the task of gently dusting the covers and spines of four crates of vinyl, hoping for the safety of my ear drums the Tigers played well and the refs didn't make any “bad” calls. Chances are, you've got your own memories of spring cleaning, whatever form they take. I hope, for your sake, they were less noisy than mine! When thinking about my own remembrances, I found myself wondering when exactly did the yearly custom begin, and what was the original purpose? In this digital age, one doesn't have to waste time wondering, so off to Wikipedia I went. Here's what I learned. Spring cleaning is an annual tradition that dates back to Biblical times, with evidence that the ritual of cleansing your home from floor to ceiling coincides with certain religious observances such as Passover and Lent. Purifying one's domicile is seen as an act of renewal, of preparing the spirit for the year ahead. As recently as the 19th century, it was recommended homes be thoroughly dusted during the month of March, however, this was for practical, not spiritual, reasons. In March, particularly in northern climates, windows and doors can be opened without fear of draughts or alternately - insect infestations, and

swift moving winds help carry dust from the home. With the advent of vacuum cleaners and the decline of the coal furnace, it's no longer necessary to confine these activities to the month of March. Yet, today, in 2017, spring cleaning remains a popular activity, or so I've been told. Domesticity has never been my strong suit. Still, even a packrat like me can appreciate the feeling of contentment and accomplishment that accompanies a truly tidy house. Clean is calm. It's almost impossible for chaos to thrive in the midst of sterility. While no one has ever accused me of having an immaculate house, I do have my own routine cleansing rituals. After each issue is sent to the printer, I organize, sort, and file the dozens of piles of paper that accumulate as we prepare the content of the same. Active computer files are archived in storage and copies sent to “the cloud” for back up. Databases are updated, and contacts added. Actual cleaning products even make an appearance, with surfaces like my desk and keyboard getting a much needed bath. (On a related note, our technology columnist and my husband, Eric, who generously donated his column space this issue to a last minute notice about a youth fishing tournament, insists I tell you that you should never immerse your electronics in water. He'll be back next issue.) Whether your home gets a carpet to drape makeover each spring or you simply take a few hours on occasion to organize and regroup your space, it's important to also take time for what may well have been the original intention of spring cleaning, to restore the spirit and re-energize the soul. Happy spring cleaning! Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

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Three Rivers Quilt Show...p. 10 Art exhibits in Pittsburgh...p. 11 Conversations: Royalty & Fashion at the Frick... p. 14 JAMES Photographic Gallery exhibits local talent...p. 17 Waynesburg U art exhibit...p. 21

EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY WCCC camps for teens...p. 4 WCCC Municipal Police Academy seeks applicants...p. 8 Student paper breaks records with 16 awards...p. 10 Caregiver Education Group to meet...p. 14 History of pre-need funeral planning dates back...p. 19 This Month in History...p. 20

BOOKS & LITERATURE Uniontown Author Series...p. 9 Pleasant Hills Book Sale...p. 10 Bentleyville Library...p. 30 California Library...p. 30 Chartiers-Houston Library..p. 30 Citizens Library Events...p. 30 Donora Library Events...p. 31 Fredericktown Library...p. 31 Monessen Library...p. 31 Charleroi Library...p. 31 Monongahela Library...p. 31 Peters Township Library...p. 31 Rostraver Library...p. 31


STAGE & SCREEN On stage at Geyer PAC...p. 14 On stage at State Theatre...p. 14 Paw Patrol show in May...p. 16 Extreme Open Mic...p. 16 Wayneburg U Chamber concert to take stage...p. 17 Jazz Appreciation events...p. 19 Cal U Dept. of Theatre & Dance to present “Clybourne Park”...p. 19 Percussion group STOMP returns to Pittsburgh stage...p. 25 PBT presents premiere of Deane’s “Romeo & Juliet”...p. 25 On stage at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg....p. 27

Citizens Library: More than just four walls...p. 5-6 First Presbyterian Church in California is 120 years old...p. 7 Fish Frys in Daisytown...p. 7 Dapper by Salon Eye Candy caters to male clientele...p. 15 Pike Run Fishing Tourney...p. 12 Easter Morning Sunrise Service set for April 16...p. 14 Ohiopyle Wine, Music & Art Festival set for May...p. 17 Cal U to host “A Trip Through Time” medieval fest...p. 21



FAITH & SPIRITUALITY Pastor BT Gilligan: Find a church that loves & supports...p. 8

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE Facts about ragweed...p. 5 Are you prepared for potential April showers (and flooding)?...p. 9 Exploring the Paranormal...p. 22 How to convince an addict to seek professional help...p. 22 Mental Health Spotlight...p. 23 Afghan War vet to discuss his book at Cal U...p. 23 Open your heart & home...p. 25

SPECIAL EVENTS Fish Frys in Daisytown...p. 7 Tulip Tea Party...p. 8 Center in the Woods April events & daily offerings...p. 9 On the Town: Interesting Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See Near You...p. 27-29

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Disenchanted on Wednesday, April 26, at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street.This hilarious, not-for-children musical, follows Snow White and her posse of sassy storybook princesses as they set the record straight. CBS New York says “Disenchanted puts a new spin on Disney classics, leaving audiences doubled over in laughter.” Details on page 18.




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Citizens Library: More than just four walls Story by Fred Terling Every article I write starts with a perspective or angle for me. Going in, there is an aspect of what I am about to write about that brought me to cover the story in the first place. Occasionally, that angle changes after the interview. Those are the fun ones. This story is one such example of that. Initially when I went to meet Kathy Pienkowski, Circulation Manager and Diane Ambrose, Director of Citizens Library in Washington my story pitch was the decrease in funding to local libraries. I received a plethora of information about that from both Diane and Kathy, but I also learned that libraries aren't necessarily just four walls and a lot of books, struggling to keep up with technology. Oh no, Pennsylvania Bridges reader, this library is a hands on learning center. However, to maintain these resources over the coming years, sustainable funding is absolutely paramount. “It's becoming a tightrope on what can be funded as the budget becomes more difficult to set as traditional sustainable funding sources shrink,” says Kathy Pienkowski. Indeed, as in the past three years the library has seen a big reduction in appropriations. Part of the reason may be that a large portion of sustainable funding is received from three townships: Canton, North Franklin and South Strabane. Although Washington County is growing and receiving impact fees, a lot of the increase is being channeled into infrastructure and equipment for the townships. Then there are the school districts. “We do get support from Washington and McGuffy School Districts, but Trinity dropped us completely, yet we still have to provide support for those students. Which isn't exactly fair to the school districts that do support us,” Diane states. The Library being a 501c(3) non-profit receives state aid along with county aid as they are a District Center. There is support from W&J College and the Orphans Court which has a Board presence. Residents, particularly in East

Washington have also come to aid with petitioning and fundraising. “There is also a misconception that the libraries investments are fluid,” Kathy added. “But they are restricted and we can't touch them. We have to go to court to use those funds and most are tied up in HVAC, computers, books and are restricted by nature.” There were even rumors that the library was going to close, which is simply not true. The Library stands as the District Center and Headquarters for the entire Washington County Library System. So what is the solution? Both Diane and Kathy believe having a solid, consistent Board with experience in writing new bylaws is a start. Recently, there was a turnover of five Diane Ambrose, Director (left) & Kathy Pienkowski, Board members but there is Circulation Services Manager (right) great promise with the new ly designed for them. In 2016 alone, members coming on board. One in parbetween physical and e-book checkout, ticular has vast experience with over one million + resources were utifundraising and bylaws. lized. Yes, over one million in a single “Another thing we have to overcome year. is the misperception that libraries are As a patron of the library, any downobsolete,” says Kathy. “Particularly by loadable e-book from is those who haven't set foot in a library in free. Onsite computer usage is free. Free a long time.” Wi-Fi. Free job search databases and The Citizens Library does not have a even a free parking placard with library public relations person on staff, so they membership. Oh, but there's more! must do all of the promotion themAlong with the Greene County Library selves. This is the part of the story that System, a program called the Waggin took a major turn for me. I must admit, I Network was created that serves Avella, am one of those who hasn't set foot in a Bentleyville, Burgettstown, California, library in quite some time. Well, other Chartiers-Houston, Citizens, Donora, than to deliver copies of Pennsylvania Bridges. As I parked the car and walked Eva K. Bowlby, Flenniken, Frank Sarris, Fredericktown, Heritage, John K. Tener, to the library, I thought to myself how libraries are faring against modern com- Marianna Community, Monongahela munication tools, the Internet, tablets, e- and Peters Township Libraries. The sysbooks, any of the plethora of tech gadg- tem is accessed online and is a shared integrated catalog library system. ets we all utilize on an hourly basis. That answered my question as I Wow, was I in for a surprise. approached the building. More surprises Let's start with tracking of resources so await for future patrons of the Citizens there is some legitimacy to the numbers Library. If you've ever wanted to learn a I am about to throw at you. language, this is the place to do it. The The Citizens Library, being the hub library offers Mango Language which is and 29 largest in Pennsylvania, has a monster of a tracking system, specificalStory continued on page 6

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For Your Health ---F Facts About Ragweed--Achooooo! The most famliar sound we hear this time of year as we begin the ravages of ragweed in our fields. A retired allergist once said Pennsylvania was the best place on earth to practice. We have the deciduous and evergreen pollens in the spring, then the grass pollens in the summer. The rainy days of spring and summer produce lots of molds, leading into fall when the ragweed is in full bloom until the first killing frost. Couple that with our cool nights and everyone opens the windows (and even puts a fan in the window) to suck in all of those outdoor allergens. Remember, flower pollens rarely cause allergy as their pollen is moved by bees. It’s the windborne pollens that present the most difficulty to allergy sufferers. According to the Allergy & Asthma Foundation of America, 1020% of us suffer from ragweed allergy. A single ragweed plant produces up to 1 billion pollen grains. Pollen levels are highest in the morning and early afternoon. Pollen must travel by air to another plant to fertilize seed for growth in the coming year. Allergists advise: Avoid peak pollen times for outdoor activity. (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) & Use central A/C & HEPA filters For more information about ragweed allergies... ...ask your pharmacist!


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First Presbyterian Church in California celebrates 120th birthday Story by Keren Lee Dreyer From its beginning 120 years ago, and through today, members of the First Presbyterian Church, at 303 4th Street in California, PA have taken an active role both in keeping their building beautiful and in maintaining Christian outreach to those in need. Lifelong church member and former Clerk of Session, 84 year old Isabelle Anderson, recalls the church's genesis: When a fire destroyed the Coal Center Presbyterian Church (CCPC) in 1897, a committee was formed by members of that church who withdrew from CCPC in order to create the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of California. In 1898, 115 charter members paid $1,100 for the church's new site, which consisted of two lots on 4th street. While on the same site, the church changed its name to First Presbyterian Church of California in 2006. While the church was being built, its members used the I.O.O.F. (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) hall in California, PA, for their services, though construction progress soured when contractors “left in 1900 without finishing the building” Anderson said. “Members had to cover the roof for protection, and they had to wait to finish as funds for heat and seating became available.” A key feature of the original church building, its stained glass windows were funded by organizations and individuals, with Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) both building, and in this century restoring, those windows. Proper choirs were traditionally backed with a proper pipe organ and, according to Anderson, Andrew Carnegie offered half of the $2,000 cost

of installing a pipe organ in the new building if church members raised the other half, which they did successfully. An electric organ replaced the pipes in 1958. Whether backed by a pipe, or electric organ, First Presbyterian has featured a skilled choir from its inception. Anderson, herself a member starting with her high school days, still sings there today. Currently, “anyone who can carry a tune” is welcome to join the choir, Anderson said, though in earlier times an audition was required. Not Just Another Pretty Place Recently, First Presbyterian has undergone interior improvements from paint to lighting, along with extensive restoration of all stained glass windows including those in the original building and subsequent additions. The now bright interior is home to church members who are involved both

in their local community and out in the mission fields. “The church is still active and we do mission trips to West Virginia” Anderson said, adding “There is a group who makes prayer shawls for the sick, and mercy meals for the sick of the church.” According to First Presbyterian's web site, there are five ministries which reach out to the community, including visits by deacons to shut-ins, Christian education on Sunday, and more. The music ministry even offers children a chance to “play bells on special occasions.” First Presbyterian plans to mark its 120th anniversary celebration with special events, starting with Easter and continuing throughout 2017. With pastor Candace Cook at the helm for the past 10 years, Anderson said “We're like family - we all know and care for each other. If someone needs help, we're right there for them.” To discover more about First Presbyterian Church of California, or to check upcoming events, visit their web site at All are welcome to worship services at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday. And, to those who can carry a tune, the choir eagerly awaits. Photo: The sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church recently underwent a remodel. Photo courtesy of their site.

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Westmoreland County Community College is accepting applications through April 17 for its full-time Municipal Police Officers' Training Academy, which will begin June 6 at the Youngwood campus. The program trains students for police officer positions in Pennsylvania cities, boroughs and townships. The curriculum includes courses in criminal law, police procedures, criminal investigations, laws of arrest, firearms, defensive tactics, physical fitness and emergency vehicle operation. The academy is certified by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (MPOETC). The 800-hour program runs through November 1. Classes will meet daily Tuesdays through Saturdays and on occasional Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Youngwood campus. Academy graduates are eligible to receive 15 college credits upon enrolling in Westmoreland's Criminal Justice associate of applied science degree program. Instructors have professional experience in the field and include police chiefs, patrol officers, state troopers, K-9 officers, narcotics agents, medics, investigators and those with advanced firearms skills. Tuition is $3,950, which covers all educational costs with the exception of uniforms and footwear. The application deadline is April 17 an early application is advised. FMI and application materials visit or call 724-925- 4298.


I don't know how many of you enjoy hot sauce and spicy foods, but I do. I love all things spicy. For me, “the hotter the better” is a slogan I often use when ordering food. I started my love of hot sauce in middle school when there was a rule in my house about dinner. I either ate what was prepared or I went hungry. So, when my mother cooked something I didn't like, I realized I could change the taste by putting hot sauce on the food. Now that my palate has been refined in the fire of a thousand brands of hot sauce, I have learned a few things about hot sauce. I have noticed that some hot sauce isn't really spicy. Most sauces advertised as being spicy are filled with vinegar and salt. These are not actually spicy, the combination of vinegar and salt trick our minds in to thinking it is spicy. Other hot sauces have nothing real in them and are a list of of chemicals I can't pronounce that are only used for manipulating our brain into thinking something is spicy. I call all of these kinds of sauces fake hot sauces. Meanwhile, the best sauces do not use vinegar, they use hot peppers, maybe different varieties but still actual peppers. I call these kinds of sauces real hot sauces because they have real ingredients and are made from real peppers. In the average grocery store in

America the majority of sauces sold are fake. They sell themselves as the hottest and best but the reality is that they are only pretending to be spicy. The real hot sauces do not have giant advertising budgets and do not have flashy signs or bright colors to get us to buy them. Instead they sit on the back of the shelves quietly waiting for someone who knows what they are looking for to pick them up. I say all of this because, I think sometimes churches can be a lot like hot sauces. There are some churches that look right on the outside, they are bright and flashy and look really great, but on the inside they are fake. There is nothing real about them, at best it just feels fake and at worst is manipulative and dangerous. These fake churches might look great and have big budgets and might even have lots of people attending, but at their core there is nothing there. However, there are other church-

es. Real churches, churches that may not be big or flashy or have lots of people. These real churches may not be the majority in America, they may not end up on TV, and they may not even be the ones with famous pastors or anything like that; but they are still there. The real churches are the ones who put into action the words of Jesus about loving everyone, caring for the poor and needy, and showing grace and mercy above judgment and condemnation. The real churches are the ones that will love you, as you are, no matter what you have done in your life. These real churches are the ones who will reach out in to the community and help those around them. No church is ever going to be perfect, but the real churches are the ones who admit they don't have it all figured out yet. I don't know what you feel about church, but if you’re looking for a church, find a real one, one that will care for you, work with you, and walk with you through all of life's journeys. Worship services are held at California United Methodist Church, 227 Third St., every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. On the first Wednesday of each month, the church hosts a community potluck at 6 p.m. To support the CUMC’s Weekend Feeding program, which feeds hungry kids, visit

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Center in the Woods April 2017 Activities The Center in the Woods is a non-profit, senior facility with the goal of hosting fun activities and community events for adults ages 60+. Lunch is served at 12 noon; please call one day in advance to order. Daily activities include: Mondays: Piano lessons, Watercolor, Choir & Cards; Tuesdays: Lab services, Billiards lessons, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Bingo, Dart ball & Cards; Wednesdays: Bible study, Bean bag toss, Oil painting, Basket guild & Beauty shop; Thursdays: Lab services, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Jam Session & Bingo; Fridays: Beauty shop, Wii Bowling & Euchre Visit the beauty shop on Wednesdays, & Fridays by appointment. Bethany offers massage therapy by appointment. Call 724-678-3308. Jam sessions every Thursday at 1 p.m. feature local talented musicians. Piano lessons are offered on Mondays. Call Judy at 724-785-6959 to schedule your lesson. Birthday celebration the last Tuesday of the month at 12 noon. Bridge on Monday and Thursday, 500 Bid on Wednesday and Euchre on Friday. Games start at 1:15 p.m. Mon Valley Hospital Lab Services

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 710 p.m. Koffee Klatch presented by Edward Jones on the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. The Adult Day Center is in need of volunteers. If you are interested in giving some of your time to assist our participants with activities or just being a friend, please contact Mary Beth at 724-938-3554, Ext. 123. Volunteers are needed to serve as drivers or runners for the daily Home Delivered Meals program throughout the California, Daisytown, Brownsville and West Brownsville areas. Volunteers report to the Center in the Woods by 10:30 am. on assigned days and distribute meals to registered participants. Reimbursement for gas mileage is available. Volunteers are also need in the kitchen where you can help serve meals. We also need volunteers to help with various fundraising activities and administration work. FMI, please contact Maria at 724-938-3554, Ext. 103. The Center’s hall is available for rental. Call for details. FMI on programs and other activities, call 724-938-3554 Ext. 103. CITW is located at 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. FMI:

Uniontown Library Author Series: 5/13 at 4 p.m. Throughout 2017, the Uniontown Public Library will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, and poets. Each month, a writer will visit the Library to share their experiences as published authors. They will offer a short talk on a subject related to their genre, do a reading from their work, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience. A meet-and-greet and book signing will follow. These events are free and open to the public. Each event will be ticketed, with the free tickets becoming available at the Library's main desk before each author's visit. Seats are limited, so we encourage you to get your tickets early. Refreshments will be offered by sponsoring businesses or by the Library. At each event, attendees will have a chance to win a copy of the author's featured

book in a free raffle! May’s speaker is John Edward Lawson. John Edward Lawson is an author, editor and poet living in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. He is the author of 16 books of fiction and poetry, and numerous chapbooks. Over 500 of his poems, stories, and articles have been published in magazines, anthologies, literary journals, and newspapers worldwide. In addition to being a founder of Raw Dog Screaming Press and former editor-in-chief of The Dream People, John currently serves as vice president of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction. On May 13 at 4 p.m., John will share what it’s like to be on both sides of the verse, having begun his career as a poet with a penchant for dark issues and become an editor of poetry with the acclaimed Raw Dog Screaming Press.

ARE YOU PREPARED Floods can happen anywhere it rains. What if an inch of water filled your home or business? Even worse, what if you lost everything you own in a flood? Flood insurance can help cover the devastating financial losses from such disasters. Floods can occur anywhere and anytime, even in places where you would think it could never happen. Damage from a flood can be extensive and costly to repair. Flood insurance can offer you lots of protection. It covers damage from heavy or prolonged rain, coastal storm surge, melting snow, blocked storm drainage systems or other similar causes. It gives you coverage that’s not available through home or business insurance. Many people think that flood damage is covered by their home or business insurance policies—it’s not, and that could be a costly assumption.Thinking about all that you could lose in a flood, insurance coverage is a smart and safe choice. Flood insurance is available for homes, apartments, manufactured homes, condos and businesses. Erie Insurance offers flood coverage through a partnership with American Bankers Insurance Company, a federally funded flood carrier. If you ask around, you’ll find out that ERIE has been offering great coverage and service for a long time—over 90 years, in fact.With help from our agents, we can help get you covered. Flood insurance helps cover damage to your building or personal property. It can help cover things like: A home and its foundation A building and its foundation Electrical and plumbing systems Air conditioning equipment, furnaces



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Three Rivers Quilters present 2017 quilt show The Three Rivers Quilters Guild will present their 2017 quilt show April 27, 28 and 29 at The Meadows Race Track and Casino Special Event Center, 210 Racetrack Road, Washington. This colorful show will feature over 100 quilts created by fabric artists from far and wide. Quilts will range from miniatures to bed sized done in many different techniques. In addition, there will be ongoing quilting demonstrations, a sewing related “Granny's Attic” and many vendors with quilt related items. Hours: Thurs., April 27 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., April 28 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m; Sat., April 29 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $10 per person. Special $5 admission after 3 p.m. on Friday. This year's theme is “Two Color Quilts”. The juried and judged show is open to all quiltmakers. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded. Entries


should be submitted by March 21, 2017. For a registration form and information about the show and the Three Rivers Quilters Guild, visit our website Contact Ruth Ann Lowery, 724-344-0323 regarding group discounts or general information about the show.

Student paper breaks record, collecting 16 awards The Yellow Jacket newspaper, a student-run news publication at Waynesburg University, recently earned a record number of awards from two prestigious journalism organizations. For the year 2016, The Yellow Jacket has accrued 16 awards, breaking the previous year's record of nine awards. Between staff, group and individual awards, the newspaper was named as a finalist for 11 awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), a national organization of journalism professionals. The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) awarded the Yellow Jacket a total of five awards, announcing one first place award, one second place award, and three honorable mentions for Waynesburg. The SPJ Mark of Excellence competition assesses college newspapers by dividing entrants into small schools (19,999 students) and large schools (10,000+ students) for some categories. Seven Yellow Jacket staff members were named finalists among small schools in categories including General News, In-Depth Reporting, Sports Writing, Feature Writing and others for a total of 10 awards. The Yellow Jacket was also named a finalist for the Best All-Around NonDaily Newspaper award, which assesses all non-daily newspapers regardless of school size. “Any time a student wins an award from SPJ, it's a reminder that the curriculum and program we have for journalism students at Waynesburg is really preparing students for the real world,” said Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, faculty advisor for the Yellow Jacket and instructor of communication. “To win such prestigious awards only further reinforces that students are getting a great education and still enjoying all the benefits of a small-school setting.” The finalists for these Mark of Excellence awards were selected from among entrants across SPJ Region 4, which includes Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. A group of students will travel to the SPJ Region 4 Spring Conference in Detroit, Michigan, at the end of March to learn how the newspaper placed. First-place winners in each category will move on to the national SPJ competition. “We set a record last year with five SPJ awards, two of them being first place,” said Kimmi Baston, executive editor of the Yellow Jacket. “Even

before finding out our placement, to have surpassed our record by so much is such an amazing accomplishment for the entire Yellow Jacket staff.” SPJ presents the Mark of Excellence Awards annually, honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. Waynesburg University's previous record number of Mark of Excellence Awards was five. In addition to collecting 11 awards from SPJ, the Yellow Jacket received five Student Keystone Press awards from the PNA in Division II, which includes four-year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000. In the General News category, senior Jacob Meyer earned second place for his story “Thomas More women's basketball stripped of 2014-15 title.” Senior Kyle Dawson earned first place in the Sports Story category for his story “From fringe to spotlight.” The Yellow Jacket earned honorable mentions in General News (“Dreams will live on” by senior Kimmi Baston), Ongoing News Coverage (“Community addresses ongoing drug use and overdose problem” by senior Kimmi Baston, sophomores Teghan Simoton and Mattie Winowitch and 2016 graduate Anthony Conn) and Sports Story (“NCAA sanctions baseball team for practice violations” by Kimmi Baston). “We're being compared to schools with great journalism programs all across the state, and we're more than measuring up,” said Baston. “I'm incredibly proud of the individuals whose hard work and countless hours earned them this recognition.” The Student Keystone Press Awards contest recognizes high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers. “Winning awards like these is great for resumes and bragging rights, but more importantly they're a testament to the high quality education that students can get in the Department of Communication,” said Szuminsky. “We believe we're doing what we say we will when it comes to providing students with real benefits, and this is outside validation and support for that idea.”

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April exhibits at SPACE, The Lantern Building, 707 & 709 Penn Galleries The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to announce the opening of three gallery exhibitions throughout the Cultural District in April. Both Remembering Pittsburgh at the Lantern Building and Non-Punk Pittsburgh at Space gallery will open on April 7. Communal Resurrection: The Soul of a Community will open on April 21 in both 707 and 709 Penn Galleries. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Remembering Pittsburgh, photographs by David Aschkenas - April 7 May 21 - The Lantern Building, 600 Liberty Avenue - Opening reception: April 7, 5:30-10 p.m. - Remembering Pittsburgh features photographs taken by David Aschkenas (including photo to the right) between 1978 and 1982. In 1980, Aschkenas received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to photograph Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. Recently, he scanned 450 four by five inch black and white negatives from the project and made new prints, many of which have never before been printed. Non-Punk Pittsburgh, curated by Dennis Childers and Larry Rippel April 7 - June 18, - Space Gallery, 812 Liberty Avenue - Non-Punk Pittsburgh presents a retrospective of the music and arts during the fall of the industrial revolution, opening the door for the vibrant arts community Pittsburgh has today. The show focuses on an era in Pittsburgh music history that will resonate with patrons who participated in the live music scene in the 1970s-mid 80s, but presents a relatable depiction of Pittsburgh's history for all ages. A series of special events will be held in correlation with this exhibition,

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Dedication of Pike Run kicks off fishing tourney One of California’s most popular outdoor events opens this year with a celebration of environmental conservation and towngown collaboration. The Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival, which attracts hundreds of area families each year, will begin with a dedication of the newly restored Pike Run stream area at Rotary Park, at Third Street and Route 88 in California Borough. University and town officials will make brief remarks at 7:30 a.m. April 22, before fishing begins at 8 a.m. Through a contract from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, a multi-agency cooperative based at Cal U, carried out the habitat restoration project last fall in collaboration with the California Borough Recreation Authority, Pheasants Forever, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington County Conservation District and the state Department of Environmental Protection. Rock weirs were installed to alter water flow, and log dams were built in the stream to reduce erosion along the bank and create deeper, better-oxygenated pools for fish. Streamside improvements were made and non-native plant species removed. A trail was constructed so hikers and anglers can walk safely to the stream, which is just a few blocks from the Cal U campus. And Cal U biology student have begun a five-year effort to monitor the stream’s water quality, aquatic life and insect communities — a key part of the project. “It was encouraging to see so many different departments come together to make this happen,” says Pat Alfano, president of California Borough Council. “It’s something we can be proud of.” Fishing for Kids Registration for the 22nd annual Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival begins at 7 a.m. The free event is open to boys and girls ages 15 and younger. An adult must accompany children younger

than 13. Kids may bring their own fishing gear, or they can borrow equipment from a Cal U student volunteer as part of the state Fish and Boat Commission’s Borrow-A-Rod-and-Reel program. The stream has been stocked with nearly 600 rainbow, brook, brown and golden trout, some as long as 24 inches. The organizing committee will provide entertainment and many other activities. Vendors will sell bait, tackle, food and beverages at the park. The festival closes with a weigh-in, prizes and the awarding of trophies. Students in the University’s parks and recreation management program organize the event. Faculty member Dr. Candice Riley says planning the festival “gives students a chance to interact with the community and gain important reallife experience.” The festival is organized and programmed by the University’s parks and recreation management program, the Parks and Recreation Student Society, the Recreation Program Planning class, and the Cal U Eco-Learning Community, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, California Rotary, the Borough of California and the California Recreation Authority.

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When Men Want to Come Clean, Dapper by Salon Eye Candy is Ready Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Dapper by Salon Eye Candy, at 340 Broad Ave., Suite. 3 in North Belle Vernon, touts itself as “A New Kind of Old Barber Shop.” In a fortunate business decision for its customers, “old barber shop” services such as bloodletting, tooth extractions, and leeches are not part of the scene. Instead, a rustic/industrial ambience greets men, as do straight razor shaves, real men's haircuts, a free glass of beer (that's right), and most importantly, licensed barber Laura D'Emidio. D'Emidio, also a licensed cosmetologist, says most men are receptive to walking in and discovering a female barber, while others are “a little leery.” However, D'Emidio notes, “If you look at our facebook page, every review is 5 stars.” During the course of a cut, or hot towel/warm lather/straight razor shave including free face massage - D'Emidio says she makes customers comfortable and relaxed while working with a firm and gentle touch. The result is pleased customers, several of whom D'Emidio caught “taking selfies in their car afterwards.” Pleased customers are repeat customers, and several drive an hour, one way, around every two or three weeks to receive un bel taglio from D'Emidio. Coming Back Around - With the advent of hippie culture in the 1960s, men eschewed barber shops in favor of long hair and long beards. During the late 1960s, unisex salons took rise, offering slick decor and slicker hairstyles (John Travolta, anyone?), while the traditional barber shop with its oldschool barbers and techniques languished for several decades. However, the past few years have seen a rise in the number of barber shops and the number of barber schools. Men who desire anything from male peer-bonding to a regular guy's haircut are more easily finding barbers with a combination of

new and old world skills working in shops like Dapper. While traditional haircuts, mustache and beard trims, and straight razor shaves are on the menu, fades, basic designs, hair coloring, brow shaping, waxing, and hair products to maintain that great barber shop look at home are part of Dapper's offerings. D'Emidio, who was a top stylist at Sport Clips before moving on to Dapper, also offers education on styling products, saying “The more you know about what you're putting on your hair, the better off you will be,” while advising “Axe and Old Spice, just put them down.” Barbers Are Different - Because of specialized techniques, which differ from those used by salon stylists, earning a barber's license requires specific training, usually through a nine month program at an approved school. The traditional red, white, and blue barber pole, like the one gracing Dapper's building exterior, once meant a licensed barber would be found inside. But, D'Emidio cautions, according to Pennsylvania state law “Anyone can put up a pole, so you have to watch where you go to see if it's the real deal or not.” With her specialized training and license, D'Emidio is the real deal whose

training was enhanced through an apprenticeship with Joe Ferruzza at the House of Ferruzza Hair Center in Bethel Park, PA. “It was like watching a professional dancer dance” D'Emidio said of Ferruzza's style and ability at the chair. “He did it with such grace and class, I was able to learn from it. He was a great teacher.” Party Time - Dapper by Salon Eye Candy features events such as A Mans Night Out of Straight Razor Shaves and Elite Cigars, hosted by Leaning House Fine Cigars in Belle Vernon, and prewedding parties for groomsmen and grooms. Groomsmen's parties include beer, music, and fun, D'Emibrio said, adding that those wanting to schedule a party should call a few days ahead. “We'll have everybody spoiled and taken care of for the wedding, and we'll travel to you.” Walk-ins are welcome, though a call ahead allows D'Emibrio to warm the towels for guys seeking a straight razor shave. Call 724-243-3953 for an appointment or to discuss a groomsmen party. Don't forget to like Dapper by Salon Eye Candy on Facebook at:

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use their unique skills and teamwork. The show includes two acts and an intermission, and engages audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the PAW Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and packs. “Using Bunraku, puppetry elements are built into costumes worn by real

actors to create a wonderful combination of life-size pups and to make a stronger connection with the audience. The PAW Patrol cast sings and dances, which brings a fun, realistic parallel between the animated series and the live show,” says Jim Waters, a producer with VStar Entertainment Group. The performance features uptempo music and a brand new cleverly written script that is a good introduction to live theater for kids. Classic theatrical scenery along with a high-tech video wall visually transports families to an authentic PAW Patrol environment, including locations from the TV series, like Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi's farm and Jake's Mountain. Special interactive video allows the audience to participate via interviews, solve clues with the Pups, follow Mayor Goodway and much more. Tickets for all six performances can be purchased at or by phone at 412-566-6666.

“Extreme Open Mic” to take stage at the Cabaret at Theater Square The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces a new show has been added to the 2016-2017 TRUST Cabaret Series performance schedule. Jim Caruso's Cast Party - “An Extreme Open Mic” with Billy Stritch at the Piano will perform on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the Benter Foundation for its generous support of this special event. TRUST Cabaret Series performances begin at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Table and hi-top seating for single tickets: $55; Theater seating for single tickets: $45. Full tables are also available. Accessible services are available. For subscription information call (412) 456-1390. Groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930. Jim Caruso's Cast Party - “An Extreme Open Mic” celebrates local musical and variety talent. This marks the first appearance in Pittsburgh's

Cultural District for the Manhattan mainstay, hosted by Caruso and musical director Billy Stritch. Jim Caruso's Cast Party is a wildly popular open mic night

that has been bringing a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night for the past fifteen years. It's a cool cabaret night-out and a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jawdropping music and general razzle-dazzle. The buoyant, sharp and charming Caruso guides the entire affair like an uber-fan, musical genius Billy Stritch holds court at the ivories, and the audience is invited to participate in the festivities! The Wall Street Journal raved, “The gold standard of open mic nights.” Pittsburgh: Open Mic Participant Sign Up - In Pittsburgh, interested open mic participants can learn more about the event and sign up to secure a spot by visiting For ticket information, visit, call 412-456-6666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

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Uniontown art gallery highlights local talent Story by Lauren Rearick A local business is hoping to engage with their hometown through art. Jim Stepanik and his wife, Denise are the owners of JAMES Photographic and The Gallery, 86 West Main St., Uniontown, a gallery and professional photography study built with the mission to highlight and work with artists and art appreciators. After spending more than 40 years away from their Uniontown hometown, the pair moved back a few years ago, and brought with them the desire to impact their neighbors with art. “We started the business simply as a photography business, specializing in commercial work and portraiture,” Denise Stepanik said. “We added the art gallery because the Uniontown location provided extra space and we think it's important to have art as an economic generator when tourism is a primary business. A major mission for us is to give back to the community and we are in a unique position to do that as an art and photography business in our hometown,” she added. Among the ways they're using art as a means of giving back is through the invitation of students to the gallery to

speak with artists, sponsoring student art shows with proceeds going to local school art programs and as a space for nonprofits to hold art-related fundraising events. In addition to holding events that give back, the husband and wife also display the works of local artists for community members to enjoy and purchase. Since opening, numerous local artists have had their work on display in The Gallery. “We think it is critical to show local artist's works - their pieces are an outpouring of their thinking and passion, which is also unique,” Denise Stepanik said. Her husband agrees, noting their desire to “change the community and culture to enhance the appreciation of art.” Since opening the pair has continued to work to expand their offerings for local artiContact Phil at: sans and aspiring R19 Capital, LLC artists. While they (717) 975-7006 previously held closed pottery paint 'n' sips for Copyright 2017. This offer is not valid for owner-occupied real estate. This is not nonprofits and an offer to sell securities. R19 Capital, LLC and its affiliates are not licensed dealers or brokers, nor are mortgage brokers and as such do not hold themselves to be. fundraising oppor-

tunities, they now offer weekly paint 'n' sips, inviting others into their space to enjoy the act of painting. They hope in the future to pair with local artists who wish to instruct the classes and perhaps expand to additional days of class offerings. Through these classes and gallery events, Jim Stepanik is hopeful that the business will “help the region to see art differently, and to inspire others to create.” He believes along with his wife that if they can help people see and enjoy art, then they can improve everyone's spirits and transform their community into a much better place. The gallery, along with the events and photographic studio are the couple's invitation to the community - inviting them to admire and appreciate the beauty of what's around them. From images of the Laurel Highlands to pottery and paintings, the operation is a true portrait of the talented individuals that call Uniontown home. “We want to help the region to see their community differently and inspire them to create,” Jim Stepanik said. For more information about the gallery, call 724-438-9096 or visit

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host the second Chamber Works concert of the semester Thursday, April 13, at noon.The concert, which will take place in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel, is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. Donations can be made at the concert to benefit Relay for Life. Refreshments will be offered at a reception afterward. Twice each semester, the University’s Music Program presents Chamber Works concerts to showcase the hard work and talents of small ensembles.The ensembles and repertoire featured vary at each concert; at a given event, attendees may hear performances from a brass, percussion or woodwind ensemble, a guitarist or pianist, or a beauty or barber shop quartet. Small ensembles are taught by University instructors outside of general music classes and provide students opportunities for leadership within the group and individual creativity. Students in small musical groups are also exposed to a wider variety of musical genres than is possible in large ensembles. Chamber Works concerts illustrate the hours of practice dedicated and students’ passion for their craft. For more information, contact Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, at rdepries@ or 724-852-3420.


All you need is music & theater! Pittsburgh area stages to host eclectic performances in April RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES - APRIL 19, 8 p.m. - BYHAM THEATER, 101 SIXTH STREET Join RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the release of The Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album! The celebration in Pittsburgh takes place on Wednesday, April 19, 8 p.m., at the Byham Theater, 101 6th St., Pittsburgh. Photo (right) by Richard Lovrich. RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, High-Definition screens and multimedia content, RAIN will bring the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album to life in its entirety with the launch of the 2017 Tour. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is

transporting. Let RAIN take you back with all of the songs from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band along with all of your other Beatles favorites such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day's Night,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude” and more! This adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends! “Just turn off your mind, relax and float downstream for a quick fix of nostalgic cheer!” Tickets start at $43.75. Tickets are available at, by phone at 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave. HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE APRIL 26, 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. AUGUST WILSON CENTER, | 980 LIBERTY AVENUE Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will perform on Wednesday, April 26, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a family band of eight brothers, performs an array of musical genres, including hip

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hop, jazz, funk, rock and calypso. Consisting of four trumpets, two trombones, euphonium, bass, drums and guitar, the group has performed around the world. The eight brothers are the sons of trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran. Having come from a musical family, the brothers originally formed the Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble in 1990.Tickets, $22.75, are available at, by phone at 412-456-6666, or at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave. DISENCHANTED - APRIL 26, 7:30 p.m. - BYHAM THEATER, 101


SIXTH STREET, PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Disenchanted on Wednesday, April 26, at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street. This hilarious, not-for-children musical, follows Snow White and her posse of sassy storybook princesses as they set the record straight. Creator, Dennis T. Giacino came up with the I dea for the musical while teaching a history class. While teaching his students about the Jamestown settlement, he thought about how the real Pocahontas would react to her Disney counterpart. From there he created the hit musical. The musical, which premiered in 2011, has been performed to sold-out crowds across the country. Show includes adult content, haze and strobe lights. Recommended for ages 14+. Tickets start at $30. Tickets are available at, by phone at 412456-6666, or at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. FMI:



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Spin-off of classic play “A Raisin in the Sun” to take stage at Cal U Story by Fred Terling How many white people does it take to screw in a lightbulb? All of them. One to hold the lightbulb and the rest to screw the world! This was one of the test questions that Cal U Director, John Staszel, had on his test to see if his students had read the assigned “Clybourne Park” play. There were four such awful jokes buried in the second act of Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play written in 2009. “Clybourne Park” is a spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” The play is the latest to be performed at the California University of Pennsylvania in late April, 2017. Set up as bookends to Hansberry's “Raisin in the Sun,” two scenes are set fifty years apart. The first scene takes place before and the second scene takes place after the events of “A Raisin in the Sun.” In 1959, Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son. Inadvertently, they have sold their house to the neighborhood's first black family. Fifty years later in 2009, the roles are reversed when a young white couple buys the lot in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification. In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate

with this home as the battleground. Both social commentary and an examination of race relations, the play is much more than that, as Director John Staszel comments. “Most people focus on the racial issues, but it's also strongly about community and caring. [It’s] more of a narrative on how you view people behind closed doors.” This is Mr. Staszel's first full blown production. He prepared for the play with a stage reading of “A Raisin in the Sun” in February of this year with students. The production took a full month preparation and a one night event during Black History Month. “I wanted to do something to honor a particular person in the field during that month. Lorraine Hansberry was the first black play write to have her work performed on Broadway. I wanted to honor that,” said Staszel. With that reading the natural progression was to follow-up with “Clybourne

Park.” However, there was a deeper desire for John to select that particular play to present. He was a new Director in a new department with new students. He want to do something more relevant with a poignant, edgy contemporary viewpoint. “I really wanted to challenge the students, designers and myself. There is an intellectual undercurrent that makes you think beyond what you are seeing. Although it spreads out over fifty years, there is still a thread that ties it together. I wanted to stretch that to encompass all of the issues in between, beyond the time aspect,” John adds. Although the material is raw and sounds a bit heavy, there is a lot of humor and adds to the edginess. The language is pretty course, so this is definitely a PG-13 play. There is also a level of expectation that Bruce Norris sets up in his play, only to shatter it and leave the audience with jaws dropped. “This is a great play,” Staszel adds. “You don't really expect it to explode and then it suddenly explodes on you. As far as the humor, it's the kind that you laugh first and then second guess yourself as to why you reacted that way.” The production of “Clybourne Park” will take place on April 27, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. at California University of Pennsylvania - Steele Hall, Main Campus, 816 Third Street, California. For tickets, call 724-938-5943.

JazzLive: Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in April with special events The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, together with returning JazzLive sponsor, BNY Mellon, celebrates National Jazz Appreciation Month throughout April 2017. ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT - April 18 | Cabaret at Theater Square | 8 p.m. | $38.75 “Robert Glasper's energy is infectious… Intelligent, creative, and incredibly impassioned, the pianist is the ideal flag-bearer for the new jazz era.” Grammy-winner, hip hop, jazz and R&B maverick, Glasper has ushered in a wave of modern, relevant jazz music that is embraced by music enthusiasts of all ages. Returning to Pittsburgh for his third visit, Robert Glasper will play his heavy groove inflected songs from the new album ArtScience. SOUL SESSIONS PRESENTS

AVERAGE WHITE BAND - April 25 | August Wilson Center | 8 p.m. | $41.75 Still funky after all these years, the Average White Band created grooves that have been imitated, sampled, but never duplicated to the level of legend that they have established since naming the band AWB in 1972. AWB is widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit “Pick Up the Pieces,” the band's strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi-Grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records. COHEN & GRIGSBY TRUST PRESENTS THE HYPNOTIC BRASS

ENSEMBLE - April 26 | August Wilson Center | 8 p.m. | $22.25 The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's sound was described by Fader Magazine as “a huge brass bridge of hypnotic polyphony connecting the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra's Arkestra with the urgency of hip hop and the sweeping emotional scale of Curtis Mayfield's Blaxploitation opus.” With weekly jazz since 2005, BNY Mellon presents JazzLive is the most consistent supporter of the local jazz scene. The Backstage Bar continues to be the hub for downtown jazz, with BNY Mellon presents JazzLive programming continuing throughout April. April 4, 5-8 p.m.: Anton DeFade April 11, 5-8 p.m.: DK Cypher April 18, 5-8 p.m.: Jevon Rushton Tickets available at

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The History of Pre-need Funeral Planning Pre-need planning is nothing new. Throughout history, people have planned and prepared for death. In Roman times, nearly 2,000 years ago, burial clubs held monthly meetings and collected dues to pay for members' funerals. In the Middle Ages, guilds, crafts organizations, and fraternal groups collected funds in advance to pay for members' final expenses. Since ancient times, people have seen the importance of planning for the expense of a funeral honoring a dear friend's memory. By the mid-19th century, London, England hosted over 200 burial societies-clubs that spread the cost of burial among members. With low selectivity, high rates, and weekly premiums, these clubs were the forerunners of modern industrial insurance. In the early 1800s, some clergy in the United States banded together for the same purpose. They founded “death insurance,” which became today's life insurance. For many years, funeral directors did not sponsor these plans. In fact, most funeral directors felt their profession shouldn't be involved. However, after World War I, some funeral directors in parts of the United States started offering “burial insurance.” Many other plans followed, such as mutual benefit associations, funeral certificate plans, funeral debentures, funeral trusts, funeral savings accounts, and legal reserve funeral insurance. Benefits could be any combination of cash, credits, merchandise, and service. Today, many funeral directors, cemeteries, and other providers develop and market preneed plans. These plans fill a need which people have felt for centuries.

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Remember When - This Month in History with Fred “Tomato” Terling: Important Dates in April

April 2, 1792 - Congress established the first U.S. Mint at Philadelphia. April 2, 1805 - Fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was born in Odense, Denmark. He created 168 fairy tales for children including the classics The Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen and The Nightingale. April 3, 1860 - In the American West, the Pony Express service began as the first rider departed St. Joseph, Missouri. For $5 an ounce, letters were delivered 2,000 miles to California within ten days. A total of 190 way stations were located about 15 miles apart. The service lasted less than two years, ending upon the completion of the overland telegraph. April 3, 1995 - Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman to preside over the Court, sitting in for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist who was out of town. April 4, 1949 - Twelve nations signed the treaty creating NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The nations united for common military defense against the threat of expansion by Soviet Russia into Western Europe. April 6, 1896 - After a break of 1500 years, the first Olympics of the modern era was held in Athens, Greece. April 6, 1483 - Renaissance artist Raphael (1483-1520) was born in Urbino, Italy. He created some of the world's greatest masterpieces including 300 pictures with a Madonna theme. April 9, 1865 - After over 500,000 American deaths, the Civil War effectively ended as General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant in the village of Appomattox Court House. April 10, 1847 - Publisher Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911) was born in Budapest, Hungary. He came to America in 1864 and fought briefly in the Civil War for the Union. He then began a remarkable career in journalism and


publishing. His newspapers included the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York World. He also endowed the journalism school at Columbia University and established a fund for the Pulitzer Prizes, awarded annually for excellence in journalism. April 12, 1961 - Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. He traveled aboard the Soviet spacecraft Vostok I to an altitude of 187 miles (301 kilometers) above the earth and completed a single orbit in a flight lasting 108 minutes. April 12, 1981 - The first space shuttle flight occurred with the launching of Columbia with astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen aboard. Columbia spent 54 hours in space, making 36 orbits, then landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. April 13, 1743 - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was born in Albermarle County, Virginia. He was an author, inventor, lawyer, politician, architect, and one of the finest minds of the 1700's. He authored the American Declaration of Independence and later served as the 3rd U.S. President from 1801 to 1809. He died on July 4, 1826, the same day as his old friend and onetime political rival John Adams. April 14, 1828 - The first dictionary of American-style English was published by Noah Webster as the American Dictionary of the English Language. April 15, 1817 - The first American school for the deaf was founded by Thomas H. Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc in Hartford, Connecticut. April 15, 1912 - In the icy waters off Newfoundland, the luxury liner Titanic with 2,224 persons on board sank at

2:27 a.m. after striking an iceberg just before midnight. Over 1,500 persons drowned while 700 were rescued by the liner Carpathia which arrived about two hours after Titanic went down. April 16, 1889 - Film comedian Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) was born in London. He began in vaudeville and was discovered by American film producer Mack Sennett. He then went to Hollywood to make silent movies, developing the funny 'Little Tramp' film character. April 18, 1775 - The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and William Dawes occurred as the two men rode out of Boston about 10 p.m. to warn patriots at Lexington and Concord of the approaching British. April 23, 1564 - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born at Stratford-onAvon, England. Renowned as the most influential writer in the English language, he created 36 plays and 154 sonnets. April 24, 1800 - The Library of Congress was established in Washington, D.C. It is America's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library. Among the 145 million items in its collections are more than 33 million books, 3 million recordings, 12.5 million photographs, 5.3 million maps, 6 million pieces of sheet music and 63 million manuscripts. About 10,000 new items are added each day. April 26, 1986 - At the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine, an explosion caused a meltdown of the nuclear fuel and spread a radioactive cloud into the atmosphere, eventually covering most of Europe. A 300-squaremile area around the plant was evacuated. Thirty one persons were reported to

have died while an additional thousand cases of cancer from radiation were expected. The plant was then encased in a solid concrete tomb to prevent the release of further radiation. April 26, 1785 - American artist and naturalist John J. Audubon (17851851) was born in Haiti. He drew lifelike illustrations of the birds of North America. April 27. 1822 - Civil War General and 18th U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio. During the war, he earned the nickname “Unconditional Surrender” Grant and was given command of the Union armies. He served as President from 1869 to 1877. April 28, 1789 - On board the British ship Bounty, Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Captain William Bligh, setting him and 18 loyal crew members adrift in a 23-foot open boat. Bligh survived a 47-day voyage sailing over 3,600 miles before landing on a small island. April 29, 1863 - American publisher William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) was born in San Francisco. The son of a gold miner, in 1887 he dropped out of Harvard to take control of the failing San Francisco Examiner which his father had purchased. He saved the Examiner, then went to New York and bought the New York Morning Journal to compete with Joseph Pulitzer. Hearst's sensational style of “yellow” journalism sold unprecedented numbers of newspapers. April 30, 1789 - George Washington became the first U.S. President as he was administered the oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall at the corner of Wall and Broad Streets in New York City.

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California University is about to get medieval - “A Trip Through Time” Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Attention all citizens of the Sylvan Kingdom of AEthelmearc residing in the College of Silva Vulcani: An historic event your way comes. Society for Creative Anachronism Chatelaine/Knight Marshal, Gabrielle de Winter, known in the modern world as Cindy Lynn Speer, has organized for your pleasure “A Trip Through Time,” a festival of reenactments, dance, fencing, and kilt bearing to be held at California University's Natali Student Center this April 29, from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. Cindy Lynn Speer, secretary for California University of Pennsylvania's Department of History, Politics, and Society, and published fantasy author, is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), which is “a Medieval society that does events all over the world, including weekend practices for things like archery, dance, and fencing” Speer said. The non-profit SCA has “kingdoms” around the world, with California University being home to one of the few univeristy based locals, College of Silva Vulcani, Kingdom of the AEthelmearc. Silva Vulcani at Cal-U hosts practices in rattan, fencing, archery, and dance. Speer's involvement with the SCA, and her passion for medieval history, culminates in “A Trip Through Time,” which is inspired by re-enactments of

historic events. A grant from the Provost provided funding for the event, while Speer said of her part “I'm the person silly enough to think of it, and I'm the person doing it.” Speer's organizational skills and knowledge of medieval history helped to collect a serious roster of re-enactors, displays, and demonstrations for “A Trip Through Time.” “You learn so much more outside the classroom doing this,” Speer said, adding “I sincerely believe knowing history is important so we can see where we are and how we got here, and because learning history teaches you how to think critically. Re-enactors from the 63rd PA Volunteer Co., and Voices of the Confederacy, will have a Civil War encampment, while the 42nd Royal Highlanders will be on hand to represent

the French and Indian War. French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and a Scottish Jacobite and his wife, will display material culture from their times, while James Roberts plans a kilt demonstration for the proper donning of the plaid. Additionally, Roberts will have wasters, a type of wooden practice sword, lined up for a basket hilt sword fighting demonstration. The Pittsburgh Country Scottish Dancers, along with Medieval and Renaissance dancers and fencers from SCA, will teach their arts, while a demonstration of primitive food preparation techniques will be handled by Monica Colberg. An impressive collection of Native American items, including armaments, tools, and other material culture will be on display, courtesy of Todd “Ghost in the Head” Johnson. The SCA, Speer, and the California University Fencing and Medieval Clubs will join forces for a fencing exhibition of various pre-1600s styles, along with lessons in Medieval and Renaissance dance. “I love demonstration fencing because you can do the flashy, silly stuff, the pretty and beautiful stuff you wouldn't do in real life,” Speer said of her upcoming participation in the fencing exhibition. Cal U President, Geraldine Jones, will welcome visitors and introduce Faculty from the Department of History, Politics, and Society, who will answer questions from attendees. Speer hopes their experience at “A Trip Through Time” will lead attendees “ further study in history, or in writing history, or just walking away thinking 'Cal is a cool place, that was such a nice day.'” Visit the event page for “A Trip Through Time” at: To learn more about Silva Vulcani, visit:

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host a student art show in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, April 10, through Friday, April 21. A reception will be held in the gallery to open the exhibit April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.The exhibit and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The exhibit will be a compilation of some of the best student work from studio art classes and will range from jewelry to sculptures to drawings and paintings. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite work from the semester to class, and professors will then choose a variety of pieces for the exhibit. Much of the work included is created by students with majors outside of the Department of Fine Arts. As such, according to Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art, seeing their work displayed in a gallery is an exciting experience. “Most of the time, it's the only time they'll have a piece in a gallery, and it looks different in the gallery than it does in the classroom,” said Heisey. “In ceramics, if you make a cup, it's a nice cup. But when you put it in the gallery with the lights on it, it's magical.” Heisey also hopes that the campus and local community members who view the exhibit realize they have the ability to create art, as well, and become inspired. “It's a great way for people to see what we do, and maybe they see it and think, 'that's something I can do, too,'” said Heisey. The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at 724-852-3247.


Exploring the Paranormal with Reanna Roberts Have you heard of cryptozoology? Even if you haven't heard the term, or even the term cryptids, I would be very surprised if you were not at least familiar with the topic. Cryptozoology is considered a 'pseudoscience,' and it studies the existence of creatures that are generally only known of due to folklore and rumors. Some of the most common cryptids that you may have heard of, and that have possibly been encountered in this general region, would be Bigfoot or Sasquatch, the chupacabra, mothman, wendigos, the jersey devil, thunderbirds, and Appalachian black panthers. Even if you have heard of these creatures before, you may not be familiar with what they are or what they look like, so in this article I will give you a brief rundown of the more common, locally known cryptids. I'm sure most everyone is familiar with Bigfoot. He is described, essentially, as a creature that walks upright, has large hands/feet, and looks more like an ape, monkey, or gorilla, than human. The majority of the sightings that make it to the news are those of hoaxes. The scientific community has dismissed the existence, but there are those that are still searching and studying the creature. In our general area, there is a rather large Bigfoot camping adventure in Benner's Meadow Run campgrounds consisting of hikes, stories, workshops, and speakers. If this is something that interests you, it does sound like a great time, and as far as I know, you do not actually have to stay overnight; you can travel to and from each day. Chupacabra are not nearly as common of a creature in our area, but it is still one of the most familiar, and most recognized cryptids. The chupacabra is also known as the 'goat-sucker,' and often attacks livestock and drains them of their blood. The majority of the sightings in the southwestern USA have been verified as wild and domesticated dogs that are affected by mange. Chupacabra is strongly believed to be an urban legend. The wendigo is one of the more interesting, albeit grotesque, cryptids that are said to be in our general area. The term has even taken on meanings in the medical/psychiatric field because it has been around for so long. The wendigo was originally an Algonquin legend, and started out as a demonic spirit that would possess people. There is also a monster called a wendigo in the lore


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that is somewhat tall and zombie-like. It's skin is falling off, it's jaundiced, and it only eats human flesh. Those that have 'become' wendigos do so by cannibalistic means. The wendigo doesn't care if you do it because it's a necessity for survival or if you enjoy it, but the wendigo spirit will take you over when this happens. In regards to the psychiatric meaning of wendigo, it is referring to wendigo psychosis, which is when, even though there is other food readily accessible, the person craves human flesh. Thunderbirds are relatively common creatures in the SWPA area, and sightings seem to be picking up yearly. The thunderbird is very reminiscent of a pterodactyl, but often times when these are seen in other areas, there are large birds that can easily explain what the sighting was. I do know that about twenty years ago there was a sighting along Rt. 837 in Finleyville/ Monongahela of a thunderbird, and there have been many others, also, that Stan Gordon, UFOlogist/cryptozoologist has responded to. While I personally believe that creatures similar to these may exist, or some even might have at one point, I feel like a lot of the sightings can be easily debunked and explained away. Things like drug or alcohol consumption, lack of sleep (often, they are seen late at night; ) or just the fact that the person may want their 'five minutes of fame' could cause them to see these creatures. What do you think about these cryptids? Do you have any opinions? Have you seen any of them in person? Let me know! Email

Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons why these people do not get the help they need to get better. Many family members who see their loved ones struggle have a very difficult time in getting their loved ones assistance. Here are six suggestions on how to convince a person struggling with alcohol or drugs to get the help they need to get better. Family Intervention - The most popular way to get someone the help they need is to do a family intervention. This is when family members and an interventionist get together with the addict to tell them how they love them and wish that they get help to get better. Each family member takes a turn and tells the person how special they are and that they need to get help. The person who is struggling listens and hopefully they become convinced to get the help they need. Talk To The Person On What Will Happen If They Do Not Get Help Another way to convince the person who is struggling with alcohol or drugs is to get someone who is an expert on addiction and have them do a one on one talk with this person. This expert on addiction should explain to the addict what will happen if they do not get the help they need to get better. Basically, the expert should warn the person of the dire consequences of what will happen if they do not change their ways. The expert should be vivid as possible and hold nothing back. The goal is to convince the person to get help or they will suffer and eventually their life will slowly come to an end. Use The Services of A Professional Or A Former Addict - Try to find a professional or even a former addict who has “Been There” to talk to the person. This is similar to Step Two, however instead of warning the person, these professionals can use their skills to talk and try to reason with the person. These experts are usually trained and can use a proactive approach into trying to convince the addict to get help. The goal is to try to reason and talk with the person so they can get professional help. Find Out The Reasons Why The Person Won't Get Help - Many people overlook this suggestion. Ask the person who is struggling with alcohol or drugs to list 3 reasons why they will not get

help. At first, they will say all kinds of things, but continue to engage the person and get the 3 main reasons why they refuse to get help. It might take a couple of tries but listen to what they say. Once you get the answers, WRITE them down on a piece of paper. Note: Fear and Frustration are huge factors for the person not getting help. Determine The Solutions To Those Barriers - Once you get those 3 reasons, get a professional or an expert to find the solutions to those issues. For example, the person says that they will not get help because they tried a few times and they failed and that they will fail again. Ask a few addiction professionals to find a solution to this issue that will help the addict overcome this barrier. One good answer to this example is the following: “Yes, you tried to get better and failed however this time we will do things differently. We will keep a daily diary of everything you do and you or someone else will document what you do each day. If you stumble or fail you will write down your feelings at the time and why you failed. When you recover from a bad episode you can READ your diary and find out what went wrong. Use your list from step three and list every positive thing that will counter those barriers. When you are finished, present this to the person who is struggling and explain what you came up with. This will help reduce the person's fears and anxieties and may convince them to get help. Developing a plan to counter their reasons of not getting help will go a long way. Talk to the Person Instead of Talking At Them - Nobody wants to be lectured. Be honest with them and tell them that it will require some hard work on their part but that they can get better. If they don't get help, they will suffer. The person who is struggling is scared and they need help in overcoming their fears and resistance to getting help. Remember to find out those fears, address possible solutions to those fears, and you will have a better chance of getting through to that person.. Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods”. Stan's managing fear book has become very popular with over 300 positive book reviews and counting. Please read the many book reviews of Stan's popular book by going to his website at

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Mental Health Spotlight: When should I seek professional help? One in five people have a mental illness. Chances are, you know someone who copes with one daily. Unfortunately, these are no casserole conditions and stay hidden. When someone with mental illness is having a hard day, no one brings them a casserole or a pot of chicken soup. Most don't even know how to approach the subject when a loved one is suffering. With all the stressors of daily life, how does one even know they may potentially need help for anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar or any of the other diseases that span that one in five statistic? As I said, life stressors can have us all feeling a little depressed at times and high at other times. That doesn't necessarily equate to mental illness or a need to see a therapist. Many seek spiritual counseling, family therapy or just talk with friends over a cup of coffee to get themselves right. This month, I wanted to reach out to the readers that may continue to struggle outside of those routine social engagements. When I was first diagnosed, it was a surprise. I made an appointment with my doctor as sleep was becoming difficult and my memory was beginning to slip. Additionally, all that I craved to eat were taco salads and self-harming had become an issue. Every morning, I showered, shaved, got dressed and drove to work. Something was off though. I suppose in hindsight I knew that, but had no idea what it was. Therefore, I sought out a professional.

Little did I know that visit would end me up in the hospital confined for the next three weeks? Despite all of my obvious ailments, it never really occurred to me that a mental illness may have set in, not that it was contagious and I caught it. That is part of the misunderstanding of mental illnesses in the first place. We don't just catch them but they can be the result of various stressors that put our brain in a state in which it was not built to function. Genetics play a huge part as well. So herein lies the dilemma. If we find ourselves in a position that we are incapable to self-diagnose and people around us aren't aware, how do we know when to see a doctor or therapist? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recent came up with eight early warning signs that may help. Of course, you will have

to rely on yourself to monitor where you are with any of these conditions or stick them up on the fridge so you can see them. You may also want to share with a loved one or a family member if any of these eight may be in your sights. Early prevention and being proactive are your best measures of action. Don't worry about the stigma of mental illness! It's better to be alive. The one thing I've learned through my 30 years of dealing with bipolar disorder, my presence here on this earth affects more than just me. Here are eight signs that you may need professional help: Everything you feel is intense You've suffered a trauma and you can't seem to stop thinking about it You have unexplained and recurrent headaches, stomach-aches or a rundown immune system You're using a substance to cope You're getting bad feedback at work Your relationships are strained You feel disconnected from previously beloved activities Your friends have told you they're concerned about you NEED HELP? CALL 1-800-2738255 FOR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. *Mental Health Spotlight is an opinion based column. Any resources mentioned are provided for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional.

Afghanistan war vet discusses his book, ‘Outlaw Platoon,’ April 13 at Cal U U.S. Army veteran Sean Parnell, author of Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan, will give a talk from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 13 in Manderino Library, Room 208, at California University of Pennsylvania. The free event is open to the public. Cal U's Office of Military and Veterans Affairs extends a special welcome to area veterans, who are invited to join the campus community and ROTC cadets for Parnell's presentation. The author will share stories about his military service, from college ROTC to

his combat experience in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. A question-and-answer session will follow the talk. Paperback copies of Parnell's book will be available for purchase; cost is $10, payable in cash (no debit or credit cards). Parnell is a retired Army Infantry captain who served with the elite 10th Mountain Division and endured 485 days of combat along the AfghanistanPakistan border. He was wounded in action on June 10, 2006, when his platoon was nearly overrun by a force that outnumbered them almost 10 to 1. Refusing to leave his

men, he was wounded twice more during the firefight. Today, Parnell is co-founder of the American Warrior Initiative, an organization that inspires people to give back to our nation's veterans, and a regular contributor to national news outlets. The presentation is sponsored by Cal U's Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, which provides resources and support for service members and military veterans who are studying on campus and online. Co-sponsors are the University's Office of Library Services, Army ROTC and Cal U's Department of Criminal Justice. FMI:

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STOMP, the international percussion sensation, returns to Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces STOMP, the international percussion sensation, returns to Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 11 through Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people. This event is presented by 35 Concerts. Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday, at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets ($41.25 - $61.25) are available at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Groups of 10+ please call 412-471-6930. Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York's Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours. Throughout its life, the show has continued to change by creating new material; next year/this year (depending on when release goes out), it will incorporate two new pieces. It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts or

plumbing fixtures the same way… or paint cans, or kitchen sinks or… The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says cofounder/director Luke Cresswell. A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum. Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but con-


ventional percussion instruments - dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps - to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated. Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets ($41.25 - $61.25) are available at, by calling 412-4566666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. Groups of 10+ please call 412-471-6930.

PBT presents North American premiere of Deane’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ In the company’s 2016-2017 Season finale, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will present the North American premiere of Derek Deane’s dramatic “Romeo and Juliet” with the PBT Orchestra in five performances April 21-23, at the Benedum Center. The production features opulent costume and scenic designs by Roberta Guidi di Bagno, a native of Italy, and new lighting designs by Michael Korsch. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Music Director and Conductor, Charles Barker will lead the PBT Orchestra in Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s famous score. Deane originally choreographed his interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragic love story in 1998 for English National Ballet’s in-the-round production at Royal Albert Hall. In 1999, Deane recreated the production for the traditional proscenium stage, which is the version PBT will introduce to North

American audiences this spring. Deane’s is a classic reading of Shakespeare’s story of star-crossed lovers designed in the decadent aesthetic of Renaissance Verona. Standout settings are the moonlit balcony scene and the eerie crypt with its somber procession of candle-bearing monks. Many credit Prokofiev’s score for cementing “Romeo and Juliet’s” place among the major works in the ballet repertoire. Although it was intended for the Kirov ballet, “Romeo and Juliet” premiered instead in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1938. It didn’t debut in the Soviet Union until the Kirov staged it in 1940. The nuance of the music and drama of the story set the scene for expressive dancing that demands both technical and emotional intensity from its performers. “Romeo and Juliet’s” dancing follows its own character arc from the

rapturous first encounter to their tragic reunion in the crypt. The choreography also capitalizes on the physicality of the male dancers in dueling scenes between the Montagues and Capulets and raises tensions with frenzied sword-fighting sequences. In addition to the character development of Romeo and Juliet, roles to watch include the fiery Tybalt and stony Lady Capulet, spotlighted in a heartrending reaction to the death of her nephew. Tickets start at $28, and are available at, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 8 or more can save up to 50 percent on tickets by calling 412-454-9101 or emailing

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Della and Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid is the first in a series of books for children that explores the themes of nature, conservation, family, community service, and helping others. Throughout the text children are introduced to research patterns in the forms of charts, maps, and footnotes. Beginning concepts of biology, geography, and environmental science are also presented. A beloved local landscape provides the backdrop for this story about two sisters, Della and Lila, who befriend a mermaid in trouble. As the increasing mistreatment of the Monongahela River persists, Marina the Mermaid turns to two little girls, Della and Lila, to help her

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See The Summer King: Preview Celebration Wednesday, April 12 at 6-7:30 p.m. Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh Celebrate the upcoming world premiere of “The Summer King: The Josh Gibson Story,” with Pittsburgh Opera, the Josh Gibson Foundation, and Carnegie Museum of Art's Teenie Harris Archive. Cast members from “The Summer King” sing selections from the opera; Sean Gibson, Executive Director of the Josh Gibson Foundation, shares stories of his great-grandfather Josh's career in Negro League Baseball; Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn discusses the development of “The Summer King” and the Pittsburgh world premiere; and the Teenie Harris Archive highlights the work of Harris during Gibson's lifetime. Tickets are $25 and include two drinks plus tasty bites from The Cafe Carnegie. “The Summer King” opens April 29 at the Benedum; for more information, visit FMI: Free Produce to People Food Distribution - Fayette County Thursday, April 13 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fayette County Fair Fairgrounds, 132 Pechin Rd, Connellsville The program provides supplemental food items to families each month that typically families receive about 60 pounds of food each month and includes items such as meat, when available, fresh vegetables and fruit, canned items, dairy,when available, and much more. Residents of Fayette County who receive the food are asked to bring a large box, wheeled cart or laundry basket to put their food in. In an effort to speed up the process at the distribution center, we have implemented what is known as a Passcard. In order to receive

the Passcard you will need to bring with you a copy of a utility bill with your name and address on the bill. You will also need a photo ID such as a driver's license or government issued ID. The distribution will begin Thursday at 10 a.m. Registration for the distribution begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 11:30. All food is distributed based on a first come first serve basis. To ensure you receive food please arrive no later than 10 a.m. You are able to attend if you live in another county other than Fayette. FMI: Conservatory Dance Company at the Byham Theater April 13 at 8 p.m.-April 15 at 11 p.m. Byham Theater, 101 6th St, Pittsburgh Point Park University's dance season culminates in a special performance. An evening of works by masters of the new and old worlds, a new contemporary voice, and the swan song of Doug Bentz, beloved dance faculty member for more than 40 years. FMI: Wildflower Walk Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friendship Hill National Historic Site, 223 New Geneva Rd, Point Marion Come join the rangers for a wildflower walk at Friendship Hill National Historic Site. The hike is roughly two miles. We will be venturing steep terrain at times, so make sure you are willing and able to do the hike (caution to young children, elderly and persons with pre-existing heart conditions). We will meet under the saucer magnolia tree located adjacent to the Albert Gallatin house. Bring water, snacks, good hiking boots/shoes, and appropriate clothing apparel for the weather (rain gear



if needed). FMI: Super Science Saturday: Egg-cellent Egg Hunt Saturday, April 15 at 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh Join us for our annual Egg-cellent Egg Hunt! Follow clues that lead to treats, and meet live springtime animals! This event is designed for children 3-10 years old. Scavenger hunt maps and prizes are available to the first 500 children. Free with museum admission! Super Science Saturdays is a free program at Carnegie Museum of Natural History that allows visitors of all ages to explore a special theme through hands-on activities, experiments, demonstrations, discussions with museum experts, and more! FMI:


PALACE THEATRE April 13 at 7:30 PM, April 14 at 7:30 PM & April 15 at 2 PM & 7:30 PM Stage Right presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Adults: $18 – $25; Students: $15-$20 - A timeless classic, Jesus Christ Superstar is a passionate, reverent musical journey perfect for the Easter weekend. Friday, April 21 at 8 PM - ROBBY KRIEGER - $49, $59, $84 - Guitarist Robby Krieger is one of the legendary figures in rock. Wednesday, April 26 at 7 PM - Newhaven Court at Lindwood presents ABSENCE: A PLAY BY PETER M.

Dementia Caregiver & Improv Workshop Saturday, April 15 at 1- 3:30 p.m. Steel City Improv Theater, 5950 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh Agreeing to Remember's 4th workshop at Steel City Improv Theater! Bring a notebook and some comfortable shoes, because you're going to be learning about dementia care AND doing improv at the same time! We teach positive dementia care while keeping it fun and engaging. Find out how you can use your improv comedy skills to communicate better with your loved ones with dementia. FMI:

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See Washington Join the Washington Wild Things for their first annual craft beer, wine and whiskey tasting festival. Presale tickets are $20 - day of tickets are $25, and includes unlimited tastes from all vendors and a souvenir drinking glass. Designated drivers and under 21 free. FMI: Two Cultures, One Me: Special Preview - Hosted by South Hills Interfaith Movement - SHIM Thursday, April 20 at 6:30-8 p.m. Whitehall Public Library, 100 Borough Park Dr, Pittsburgh Where are you from? Many of us answer without a second thought. For refugee teens right here in Pittsburgh's South Hills, the answer is a little more complicated. Two Cultures, One Me is a dynamic photo exhibit that gives SHIM teens a chance to explore their identities, share their unique voices and experiences, and show that there is more that unites us than divides us. Join us for this special preview of Two Cultures, One Me at the Whitehall Public Library, then join us for the unveiling of the exhibit at Celebrate the South Hills with SHIM. FMI: Animaniacs Live! Thursday, April 20 at 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, 510 E 10th Ave, Munhall Animaniacs Live - songs from the original WB show performed live! Starring composer Randy Rogel, and voice actor of the original Animaniacs cast Rob Paulsen - Voice Actor Tickets $39.00 - $109.00 FMI: Factory Swing Shift Friday, April 21 at 5-9:30 p.m. The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh The Factory stays up late! Visit our hands-on underground studio to make art after dark during Factory Swing Shift. Visitors can drop in to experiment with a range of materials and techniques in a relaxed creative environment with skilled artist educators, special guests, and music. This event takes place during Good Fridays, offering half-price muse-


um admission. FMI: Food and Fashion Truck Festival Friday, April 21 & Saturday, April 22 Fourth Avenue adjacent to Market Square and PPG. This event runs from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and is open to the public. Pittsburgh Earth Day is collaborating with over ten of Pittsburgh's finest food truck purveyors to make the 2017 Food Truck Festival the most sustainable food truck festival in the country. New this year, local fashion designers and boutique owners hit the road with their ensembles to join us for this outdoor round-up. Wild and Wacky Science Weekend April 21 at 2 p.m. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park CampResort Mill Run Pa, 839 Mill Run Road, Mill Run Let's try some of Yogi Bear's favorite experiments and learn facts about the world around us. Science experiments Kids' Crafts - Adult Crafts ($) - Wagon Ride - Scavenger Hunt - Candy Bar Bingo ($) - Snowless Snow Tubing FMI: ROCK The Palace Saturday, April 22 at 6-10 p.m. The Palace Theatre, 21 W Otterman St, Greensburg Westmoreland Cultural Trust is setting the stage to ROCK The PALACE on Saturday, April 22! Not only is this one of the Trust's fundraising events, but it also doubles as the auditions to feature new bands in our summer TGIS concert series. ROCK The PALACE supports the Trust's mission by featuring local bands and providing them with a concert-style platform and priceless experience to play on the same stage as countless national touring artists at The Palace Theatre. The audience will play a key role in the evening, as they vote their favorite musicians and bands on to victory. Industry judges include Diane Shrader, Executive Director of Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, Bob Boyle of Bad Boy Blues Band, Mike Vale of The Crystal Blue Band and Jimbo and the Soupbones. The Palace Theatre doors will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, where local food vendors will be on-site in the Megan's Suite, along with a full bar.

Live music will begin on stage at 6pm. Bands Scheduled to Appear: A Little Less Human, Acoustical Bruce, Andy Gregg, Brahctopus, JWP, Leah K Music, Mark and the Wild Things, Special Reserve, Thieves & Lovers, and Victoria Morgan Intermission performances by fan favorite, Kaelber and thirteen year old Rachel Leigh of Norwin. FMI: Auditions: Beauty & the Beast Apr 22 at 2 p.m. to Apr 24 at 6 p.m. The Geyer Performing Arts Center, 111 N Pittsburgh St, Scottdale All ages welcome. Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song. You may be asked to do a cold reading. You may be asked to do light dance movement. Dancers, gymnasts, tumblers, jugglers, fire-breathers, contortionists, anyone with a special skill, please come prepared to show off. Show dates June 2224 at 7:30 and June 24 & 25 at 2:30. FMI: Film Screening: Andy Warhol's Vinyl (1965) at Ace Hotel Saturday, April 22 at 8-10 p.m. Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, 120 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh The Warhol and Ace Hotel Pittsburgh present a screening of Andy Warhol's film “Vinyl� (1965) in the Ace Hotel gym. In the first film adaptation of Anthony Burgess's novel A Clockwork Orange, superstar Gerard Malanga plays a juvenile delinquent named Victor who is arrested and then reprogrammed in order to protect mainstream society from his ultraviolent behavior. The iconic Edie Sedgwick makes her screen debut, casually smoking amidst the drug fueled, sadomasochistic activities swirling. FREE; registration recommended for all free programs. FMI: Mother of All Pottery Sales - Hosted by Union Project Sunday, April 23 at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Union Project, 801 N Negley Ave, Pittsburgh Mark your calendar now for our fourth annual Mother of All Pottery Sales, a clay celebration that brings ceramic artists and lovers together! Join us for hands-on activities from the Mattress Factory - Museum of Contemporary Art in our studio, live demonstrations ceramic artists, and a sale featuring

locally-made pottery from the region's top ceramic artists. We will keep updating the event details. In 2016, the Mother of All Pottery Sales featured more than 40 artists exhibiting and selling their work. We are committed to being accessible to all. Union Project is wheelchair accessible via our Stanton Avenue door. Please let us know what accommodations we can make to ensure your experience is positive, contact Michelle Clesse at 412-363-4550 or if you have specific accommodations or needs. Breakfast and a Movie: The Sting Sunday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Hollywood Theater in Dormont, 1449 Potomac Ave, Pittsburgh The Friends of the Hollywood Theater invites you to a light brunch and a classic movie. Breakfast and a movie is $15 ($13 for Hollywood members). You must order your brunch ticket by 11 p.m., Thursday April 20th, online or at theater. Doors open for the brunch at 10:15 a.m., and the film starts at 11. Film only tickets ($8) can be purchased at the door after 10:30 a.m. Menu to be announced. Catering by Prohibition Pastries FMI: Empty Bowl 2017 Sunday, April 23 at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc., 108 N Beeson Ave, Uniontown Tickets will be $15 at the door, but will be on sale soon for $10. Children under 5 are free but do not receive a bowl. There will be homemade soup, auctions, entertainment, friendly faces and a lot of fun. Phil Krzyek from the PICKLE FM 99.3 will be on hand as our emcee. FMI: Gear Fest- Used Gear & New Beer Sunday, April 23 at 12-5 p.m. Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, 120 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh At Gear Fest you will find Used Gear and New Beer to Celebrate Earth Day, Craft Beer Week, and Pittsburgh's Outdoors! Buy and sell used outdoor equipment and clothing. It's spring, so clean out those closets, basements, and garages and put some of that great outdoor gear to good use by selling to someone else. Shop local artisan out-

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See door inspired products like Apothecary Muse or Pack Up + Go. Discover parks, trails, and places to plan your next adventure, whether it be climbing at Pittsburgh's newest gym Ascend, a surprise trip with Pack Up + Go, or a new favorite trail in one of our beautiful State Parks. And of course you can't have gear without BEER, especially since it's Craft Beer Week in Pittsburgh. There will be live music as well to keep all entertained while they browse, shop, and just hangout sharing favorite outdoor stories. FMI: Carnegie Mellon University Chorus Friday, April 28 at 8-11 p.m. Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts, 5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh Free and open to the public. Under the direction of Thomas Douglas, the CMU Chorus will come together to perform a Music of Ricky Ian Gordon. FMI: Youth Invasion Friday, April 28 at 5-10 p.m. The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh The Warhol is excited to present its annual Youth Invasion! This program features teens' unique take on Andy Warhol's artwork, with their points of view, ideas, and creative expressions energizing the entire museum. The event highlights youth performers in the museum's entrance space, theater, and galleries, as well as presents an exhibition of youth artwork. Tickets $10 & $5 for students. FMI: Educator Open House - Earn Act 48 Credit! 4/29 at 10 a.m. - 4/30 at 12:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh Join us for an opportunity to learn more about the educational programs, artist residency opportunities, tours and hands-on activities at Pittsburgh Glass Center. Educator Open Houses are not “just� for teachers. Principals, administrators and PTA/PTO representatives are welcome too! The event includes a tour of the PGC facilities as well as glassblowing demonstrations. Make your own fused glass tile and earn one Act 48 credit. No cost, but preregistration is

required. Light refreshments provided. FMI: 6th Annual Raise Your Voice Music and Arts Fest Saturday, April 29 at 12-7 p.m. Monessen City Park, 113 City Park Rd, Monessen Admission is free. All donations and proceeds go to Monessen Communities That Care (CTC). We are now accepting vendors, artists, and musicians. Featuring: God's Green Apples, Saybrook, Andy Gregg Music, MULUmusic, & The Keystoners FMI: 1826644244247951 20th Annual Art All Night: Lawrenceville April 29 at 4 p.m. to April 30 at 2 p.m. 85 36th Street, Pittsburgh Art All Night: Lawrenceville (Pittsburgh) is a free annual celebration of arts and community. Anyone and everyone is invited to submit one (and only one) piece of artwork or sign up to perform during this one-of-a-kind neighborhood event attended by nearly 12,000 people on the last weekend of April. The event is held in a different venue within the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh each year. FMI: Relay For Life of Fayette County Fundraiser - Hosted by Soul Joel Productions April 29 at 7-10 p.m. State Theatre Center for the Arts, 27 E Main St, Uniontown Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The band One Bad Night kicks off the night at 7pm and plays until 8. Then 4 comedians from NYC take the stage. Headlined by Yannis Pappas (Comedy Central Presents Special, The Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon, and AOL Sports 2 Point Lead). All to benefit Relay For Life of Fayette County. Anyone who purchases a ticket for the show, will received a complimentary drink at Rizz's after the show! Tickets: FMI: Outdoorfest 2017 - 2 Days of FUN April 29 at 11 a.m. - April 30 at 6 p.m. Marianna Outdoorsmen Association, 17 Magnolia Avenue, Marianna April 29 - Kicking Off with the 11th Annual Marianna Canoe, Kayak, and Anything That Floats Race, Trout

Stocking, Live Music, Vendors and Crafters, Stoney's Brewing Company as Sponsor and Vendor. Camping only available to Volunteers and Vendors this year. April 30 - Trout Derby (Kids 9-11 a.m. & Adults 1-3p.m.), Live Music, Vendors, and Crafters, Stoney's Brewing Company as Sponsor and Vendor. FMI: Alleviate Allergies the Natural Way Sunday, April 30 at 6:30-8 p.m. LPS Strength & Meditation, 30 E. Main Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Uniontown Join RYT-200 and Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Laura Scoville to learn simple, natural techniques that alleviate allergies. Open with a short yoga practice focusing on poses that alleviate sinus pressure, headaches, congestion and other symptoms related to allergies. The class will move into breathing exercises to clear the airways and end with an informational session including essential oils, herbs and Ayurveda. Workshop participants will take home printed handouts of information. $35 early and drop-in registration. LPS Members receive 15 percent off registration price. FMI: 2017 Pittsburgh Wine Festival Thursday, May 4 at 5-9 p.m. Heinz Field, N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212 The 15th Annual Pittsburgh Wine Festival returns to Heinz Field. We're certain you won't want to miss this: an unmatched selection of the Finest Wines from around the World, & a delectable variety of foods & tasty eats, all served for you and your friends. FMI: KID MANIA Consignment Event May 5 & 6 Washington County Fairgrounds - Hall 1&4 Free parking, admission, & giveaways. Selling over 55,000 New and Gently Used Items at 50-90% off retail: Maternity & Kids Clothes (Newborn16yrs), Baby items, Furniture, Toys, Books, Movies, Video Games/Systems, brand new toys from Melissa & Doug & more. Lowest prices around. Restrooms, changing room, food court & 20+ local

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vendors. Lots of cash & carry & raffles. FMI: Artist Showcase and Reception Hosted by The Phoenix Arts Center Friday, May 12 at 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. State Theatre Lobby, 27 E Main St, Uniontown Come see our Spring Semester students showcase their work and enjoy fellowship and light refreshments with the Phoenix! No cost, but donations welcome. Showcase and Reception will take place in the hours between the showings of the monthly classic movie at The State Theatre, so come early or stay late and enjoy the movie as well! (Admission price for movie is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre box office.) FMI: Laurel Highlands Paranormal Conference & Horror Writing Fest Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department, 317 Pittsburgh St, Scottdale Sponsored by The Ligionier Valley Writers. Meet members of both the writing and the paranormal investigative communities as they join together for an interesting and informative day. Increase your knowledge of paranormal events in Pennsylvania while having fun. FMI: 1882137285402998 National Pike Steam, Gas, and Horse Association 2017 Spring Show 5/20 at 9:45 a.m. - 5/21 at 7 p.m. National Pike Steam, Gas and Horse Association, 222 Spring Rd, Brownsville FMI: 157896204663155


BENTLEYVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 931 Main St. in Bentleyville

CALIFORNIA PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 Wood St., California April 17 at 5 p.m. - Library Board of Trustees Meeting Every Tuesday at 10:00 is Story Time with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Story Time with Kristen and Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Reservations are recommended. FMI: Call 724-938-2907.

CHARTIERS-HOUSTON LIBRARY 730 West Grant St., Houston The Bentleyville Public Library has moved to a temporary location at the Fairway Communications building at 608 Main Street, Bentleyville. Every Tuesday - TOPS - 5-5:30 p.m. Weight loss group Every Monday from 12:00 on we will have a “Make It Monday” sponsored by Friends of the Bentleyville Library.We will have an activity out all day that you can make here at the library.We will change it every week so be sure to stop by and make something ! Storytime Mondays at 11 a.m. Feb. 27- May 15 - Story & a craft for ages 30 months to 5 years Board meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Lego Club meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month (ages 7 and up) April 14 - Closed for Good Friday April 19 at 5:30 p.m. - Family Craft Night - Must register April 20 at 6 p.m. - Book Club - “The Rosie Effect” by Graeme Simsion April 23 at 2 p.m. - BINGO or BUST 2:00 pm at the Bentleyville VFD Social Hall the doors open at noon. Pre-sold tickets are $40 admission, at the door $50. Includes all regular games, special & jackpot. FMI, call Della at 724-2638270 or Jim at 412-217-1556. April 24 at 6 p.m. - Friends of the Library will meet. Help support the library and plan fun events! Coffee and Crayons - Starting every Friday at 10:30 am we will be coloring. Bring in a book you may have or try one of our pages and stop in and enjoy each other’s company as we color.This program is for adults of any age. For more information, call us at 724-239-5122.


Mondays at 1 p.m. - “Mother Goose Storytime” - For infants to 3 years old with Caregiver, this is a gentle language development program that helps build social skills and fosters bonding between the parent and child. Mondays at 1 p.m. - Sit & Knit Patrons can join fellow knitters and crocheters to work on projects, learn a new craft, or share needlework knowledge. Join our Lego club on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month! The program is open to all ages, although it is recommended for ages 5 and up.The library is also accepting donations of new or gently used Lego sets. Tuesdays at 2 p.m. - Block Party Children ages 3-5 Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. - “Shut Up & Write” - This is a venue for writers to work in the company of other writers on a regular basis. Thursdays at 4 p.m. - “Grown Up” Coloring - Adults can still reap the stress-relieving benefits of coloring! The library will provide coloring pages, markers, crayons, and colored pencils. First Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. - Join our Mystery Book Club for a riveting read and book discussion. Tuesdays at 4 p.m. - Preschool Story Hour. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers can join us every Tuesday from 4-4:30 for stories, crafts, and fun that build their social skills and gets them ready for preschool or kindergarten! Mondays at 5:30 p.m. - Yoga Class where students are introduced to yoga breathing and poses. Great for yoga novices and current yoga practitioners who wish to refresh the basics or want a gentler class. Bring a mat, a towel and some water. Class is$1 per person, best deal on yoga classes anywhere! Register at the library or call us at 724-745-4300.

CITIZENS LIBRARY - APRIL 2017 ACTIVITIES National Library Week is April 915 this year, and the Children’s Dept. will celebrate by premiering the book “Daniel Finds a Poem” by Micha Archer. Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-5, is on Tuesdays, 2:00 – 2:30, through April 18. Toddler Story Times are on Wednesday mornings through April 19. Toddler Story Times are: 10:30 – 11 a.m. for ages 1 ½ to 2 years, and 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. for ages 2 ½ up to 3 years. Registration is required. Call 724222-2400, ext. 235. Bilingual Story Time - Presented by the “Manos a la obra” students of W&J College - Saturdays - April 15, 22, 29, and May 6 at 11-11:30 a.m. “Timeless Trivia Night.” - A fun filled evening for every member of the family.Watch a video and then particpate in the trivia question contest that follows. Light snacks will be provided. Prizes awarded to the winner. - April 12 at 6 p.m.Theme: Hail to the Chiefs April 11 - Lunch with Friends featuring: Jean Kanouff - Hats Through History. Join us for a catered lunch after a stimulating program. Programs are free and begin at noon on the lower level of Citizens Library. Stay for lunch immediately following for a $6 fee. Registration is open for the spring session of the “Play & Learn” Parent-Toddler Workshop. “Play & Learn” will be on Wednesday mornings, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., on May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.The five-week workshop is for children ages 1-3 years, with a parent or adult caregiver. Each week’s 75-minute program will include circle time, play time, an art activity, and individual time with a community resource professional to discuss issues of children’s health and development. Enrollment is limited, and registration is required for this workshop. To register, or FMI, stop in or call the Children’s Dept. at 724-222-2400, ext. 235. Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club will meet on Thursday, April 20, in the conference room.The book will be “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbet. Free and open to the public,

readers should bring a snack! Middle Grade Book Club Thursday April 20 from 6:30-7:30pm. Grades 6-8 - Come eat pizza, make a craft, and discuss your favorite books! Monthly Chess Club - Meets the first Saturday of the month from 1011:30 a.m., and is open to all ages and all levels of play. LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, from 5-6 p.m.The program is open to all ages, and there are sets of larger building blocks for children who are too young for regular sized Lego bricks.The Children’s Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used LEGO sets. CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues & Wed; 10 a.m to 6 p.m.Thurs; & 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. CitiBooks is staffed by volunteers & all proceeds benefit the library. CitiBooks is having a 50% Off Sale. Stop by on Thursday, April 20 for half off your purchase. CitiBooks is having a $5 Bag Sale on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. To volunteer, email Citizen’s Library is located at 55 South College Street,Washington, PA 15301. Phone # is 724-222-2400 FMI: Check out the full length feature article on pages 5-6 of this issue by Assistant Editor Fred “Tomato”Terling about the array of programs and services available at Citizen’s Library!

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PETERS TOWNSHIP LIBRARY - APRIL 2017 ACTIVITIES The Peters Township Public Library offers free and low cost computer classes on most Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. on a variety of topics. Registration is required at the library’s Circulation Desk the day prior to the class and payment must be made at that time for classes with a fee. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Upcoming classes include: Computers 101 on April 11 - Get to know your computer and the Internet, along with the library online library catalog. Free class. Genealogy Research on April 18 Learn how to use the library’s resources to help you search for your roots.The lesson covers how to use the Heritage Quest database, Ancestry Library Edition and Google. Free class. Word Processing 1 on April 25 Includes creating/naming/saving documents, working with text and printing options. Cost $5. Word Processing 2 on May 2 Includes indents, tabs, tables, automating tasks, spell/grammar checks, page numbers, styles and headers/footers. Cost is $5. Word Processing 3 on May 9 Includes templates, e-mail, mail-merge and insert graphics. Cost $5. Beginner’s PC toolkit on May 16 Learn how to capture content, work with directories, access simple to use programs and learn about keyboard short-cuts. Free class. Computers 101 on May 23 - Get to know your computer and the Internet, along with our online library catalog. Free class. Social Networking on May 30 - A demonstration of Facebook and blogging – two of the most common forms of social networking. Cost $5. For more information about the computer classes, please call Peter Stamoolis at 724.941.9430 ext. 5767. Peters Township Public Library

ROSTRAVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon

DONORA PUBLIC LIBRARY 510 Meldon Avenue in Donora

will host Thinking Money, a new traveling exhibition designed to teach tweens, teens and the adults in their lives about money, from Saturday, April 1 through Sunday, April 30.The public is also invited to attend a variety of programs for all ages about financial topics like saving, spending and avoiding fraud. “Money affects all of us, but many of us lack the information we need to make smart decisions about our financial futures,” said Sue Miller, Assistant Library Director. “Thinking Money is designed to teach us about financial literacy in a way that is not only understandable, but fun, and we’re proud to bring it to our library – the only one in Pennsylvania!” Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun activities,Thinking Money explores themes like wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day, imagining your future self and avoiding financial fraud. FMI, visit or call 724-9419430 #1. Admission to the exhibition, which will be located in main lobby of the library, and all programs are free.

Alley’s Adventure Time will be held on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Toddler Time will be on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. Wacky Wednesdays are for ages 8 – 12 and will be held at 5:30 p.m. Public is welcome at all board meetings. Second Wednesday of the month at 5:15 p.m. FMI, call the library at 724-684-4750.

Second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 3:30 p.m. - Bridge Club Second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. - Knit & Crochet Third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. - Book Club Story Times are Fridays at 11 a.m. Second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 1:30 p.m. - Lego Club Wee Build meets the third Saturday of the Month at 1 p.m. Block Party - April 22 at 1 p.m. Register at the library or call us at 724-379-7940.

MONONGAHELA AREA LIBRARY 813 W. Main St., Monongahela

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FREDERICKTOWN AREA LIBRARY 38 Water St., Fredericktown

Story Time is held Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Miss Becky reads with the children, completes a small craft, and incorporates some block play. Children 18 months & up. The Writer's Group meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month. Children ages 8 through 12 are welcome to join in on the all-new K'nex Club, which will meet at the library on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 3-4 p.m. April 20 at 1 p.m. - Book Bites Club “Killing Patton” by Bill O'Reilly FMI, call the library at 724-258-5409.

Donora Public Library – Library Director. See position description and details at washlibs,org Fredericktown Area Public Library– Library Director. See position description and details at washlibs,org Monongahela Area Library is looking for volunteers (with clearances) for circulation desk coverage, shelving, shelf reading, light cleaning duties, and possible program assistance. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 724-258-5409.

Fridays at 10-11 a.m. - Preschool Story Hour 4/12 at 7 p.m. - Reading Rangers Book Club 4/13 & 4/27 - Sit & Knit Crochet Club at 5:15 p.m. 4/18 at 7 p.m. - Teen Book Club 4/18 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - State Representative Pam Snyder 4/25 at 7 p.m. - Discovery Detectives 4/19 at 6:30 p.m. - Board Meeting Register at the library or call us at 724-377-0017.

Knitting at the Library meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. & the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Contact: Judy Yoskosky Afternoon Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each Month at 1 p.m. Contact: Judy Wasko Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. - Tiny Tykes Program - For kids ages 18 months-3 years old. Please call 724-379-5511 to register.

MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY 326 Donner Ave., Monessen

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JOHN K.TENER LIBRARY 638 Fallowfield Ave. Charleroi April 9, 12:30 p.m. - Kids Bingo April 12 - Stop in to check out our new building blocks sets - as we start getting ready for summer reading. Craft days for kids! A new craft will be available the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Closed April 16-17 for Easter FMI about the John K.Tener Library in Charleroi, call 724-483-8282.


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