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I just left my husband. He was lying in a hospital bed, hooked up to an IV, with a steady parade of doctors and nurses in and out of the room, checking his vitals and making notes on their chart. Before you all nominate me for the Worst Wife of the Millenium, please be advised that he's on the mend, and he's in the best possible hands under the circumstances. His fever is down, his various counts are up, and he's resting, storing up much needed energy. Meanwhile, I'm back in the office wrapping up the February issue because that's what I do. Just like the U.S. Postal Service or the Maytag repairman, we at Pennsylvania Bridges put out an issue every month, without fail, come rain or shine, snow or hail, or even in sickness or health. I'm here putting the finishing touches on this edition, checking that all the Is are dotted and the Ts are crossed because - if I don't - I risk the disappointment of 10,000 plus loyal readers. You see, unlike most daily newspapers and glossy magazines, we aren't owned by a large corporation, and while I personally believe some of the finest writers in the field grace our pages, we don't have a large staff. We don't have a parent company who dictates what we print or what we don't. We're a family owned publication, and we're controlled by

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Craft & Vendor Show...p. 3 Carnegie Museum of Art exhibits...p. 8, 10, 26 Art of Love exhibit....p. 14

BOOKS & LITERATURE Uniontown Author Series...p. 9



Beloved educator and mentor embarks on new chapter...p. 5 Armstrong honored...p. 5 Cal U to host Harlem Globetrotters...p. 14 Cal U hosts Scholastic Art & Writing Awards...p. 15 Chiropractors can get their start at Cal U...p. 24

Hollywood Special Effects...p. 6 Beatles Tribute...p. 7 On stage at State Theatre...p. 17 On stage at Little Lake...p. 11 PBT performances...p 18 On stage at Geyer PAC...p. 18 Average Mom: The Movie...p. 19 PBT presents Swan Lake...p. 20

Monessen Author Series...p. 11

Cal U Theatre season...p. 25

Brownsville Library...p. 29

On stage at the Palace Theatre

Bentleyville Library...p. 28

in Greensburg....p. 26

California Library...p. 28

Country Thrift Market holds first annual Prom & Wedding Fashion Show...p. 7 Free Produce to People ...p. 8 Donora Historical Society News...p. 12 Cal U announces the Big Help...14 Bowls of Compassion...p. 14 Armstrong employee wins fiber splicing competition...p. 16 Greater Monessen Historical Society News...p. 22 Good Eats Ministry feeds hungry kids...p. 23


Chartiers-Houston Library..p. 28 Citizens Library Events...p. 28 Donora Library Events...p. 29 Frank Sarris Library...p. 30 Fredericktown Library...p. 28 Monessen Library...p. 29 Charleroi Library...p. 29 Peters Township Library...p. 29 Rostraver Library...p. 29

FAITH & SPIRITUALITY Pastor Dawn: Continuing Education in Faith...p. 26

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE Mental Health Spotlight with Fred Terling...p. 21 About Face with Tasha...p. 25 WCCC offers AARP Smart Driver Course...p. 25 Senior Hunger is a Nationwide Epidemic: Part I...p. 16 Exploring the Paranormal...p. 22

SPECIAL EVENTS Gun Show at CITW...p. 6 Center in the Woods January events & daily offerings...p. 9 Cal U Theatre season...p. 30

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Beloved educator & mentor Carole Waterhouse begins next chapter in life Story by Carla E. Anderton Encouraging. Nurturing. Enthusiastic. Inspiring. Supportive. These are just a handful of the words used by former students and colleagues to describe Dr. Carole Waterhouse, who recently retired from California University of Pennsylvania after over 30 years of teaching. What becomes evident upon talking to those she's mentored during her career is that Waterhouse was, for many of them, the first teacher who called them writers. “She made me believe I was a writer. A good writer,”filmmaker and former student Don Ammon said. “[Even] after [my] graduation, Carole continued her support… still believing in me.” Another former student, science fiction novelist Erica Satifka, said “Carole nurtured my growing interest in creative writing and really made me feel as if I had skills… she encouraged me to write what my heart wanted.” Perhaps the reason so many students have found a kindred spirit in Waterhouse is the fact that she's been writing since childhood, with four published novels and a short story collection to her credit. To date, her works include the novels Shadows of an Empress, Winsome's Delight, The Tapestry Baby, and Without Wings, as well as the short story collection Paradise Ranch. “Writing was a childhood love,”Waterhouse said, adding she was encouraged by a “fourth grade teacher who loved my stories.” Waterhouse's passion for the written word led her to pursue multiple degrees

in creative writing. During her graduate studies in fiction at the University of Pittsburgh, she discovered she had a gift for teaching. “As a teaching assistant in grad school, I was so nervous,”she recalled. However, her students didn't notice, later telling her she was “very energetic and lively.”This positive experience taught her that “teaching was something [she] really enjoyed.” During this time, she first encountered and gained an appreciation for more non-traditional students when she volunteered as a teacher in the Pitt's prison program. “I love working with students who never expected to get a college education,”she said, a sentiment that remained with her throughout her career. A few years later, after teaching part time for both Pitt and Westmoreland County Community College while simultaneously writing for The Latrobe Bulletin and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Waterhouse was hired as a professor of journalism at Cal U in August of 1996. “I felt very fortunate to get the position,”she said. “I wanted to stay in this area.” Early on, she said she was blessed by guidance and friendship from several mentors and colleagues, all of whom helped her to grow in her career. “At Cal U, Dr. Sumner Ferris immediately took on the role of mentor,”Waterhouse said. Additionally, she expressed appreciation for the friendship, support, and comfort she was shown by colleagues Dr. Fred Lapisardi and Beth Baxter. When an opportunity arose, she was

happy to shift from teaching journalism courses to focusing more on creative writing classes. She continued to mentor and inspire generations of aspiring poets, writers of fiction, playwrights, and screenwriters until her retirement in December of 2017. “I've been doing this almost my whole life,”she said. While teaching has not been without challenges, from “difficult students”to the fact that “it's so much more work than most people understand,”Waterhouse said she's “enjoyed the wide range of students”she's worked with during her career. Her plans for retirement include “doing a lot of traveling”as well as hiking, skiing and outdoor activities. She's taking classes in painting, pottery, and weaving as part of an effort to explore new artistic endeavors and, of course, she'll continue to write. There's no denying the tremendous impact she's had on students throughout the years, and while her retirement is well earned, her presence in the classroom will be long remembered. Former student and longtime English department secretary Debbie Custer, who counts herself fortunate to have had Waterhouse as both a teacher and colleague, summed it up succinctly. “She is awesome in the classroom,” Custer said. “Her enthusiasm helps put you in the right mind frame and you end up really putting a good effort into what you do. She is caring and understanding… You want to do well in her class.”

Armstrong Honored as Employer of the Year by Veterans Cable Services Armstrong was the recipient of the 2017 Veteran Employer of the Year Award, presented by Veterans Cable Services. Co-founders of Veterans Cable, John Piazza and Tony Accamando, presented the award to Armstrong President, Jeff A. Ross at the annual Armstrong Awards Banquet, in recognition of their commitment to veteran causes. “Choosing Armstrong as recipient of

the 2017 Veteran Employer of The Year Award was an easy choice for Veterans Cable Services,” stated Tony Accamando, Co-founder. “For over four decades I have known the folks at Armstrong. Their personal commitments, as well as that of their company in support of community based organizations, ranks them at the top of the list of communications companies,” continued Accamando. “Supporting veteran's

causes is nothing new to Armstrong as they have always recognized the unselfish sacrifices made by our brave

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CRAFT & VENDOR SHOW AT CENTER ON THE HILL A Craft & Vendor Show will be held at Center on the Hill, 100 Summit Road, Belle Vernon, on Sat., March 3 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Featuring a Chinese Auction & Baked Good Sale. Lunch will be available for purchase. ADMISSION IS FREE! Vendor tables are $20 and can be reserved by calling Pat at 724-929-6366.

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces a theatrical experience like no other, The Hollywood Special Effects Show, will play at the Byham Theater, 101 6th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 , on February 5th at 7:30 p.m. The Hollywood Special Effects show is presented as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Audiences will be able to get closer to the action than ever before as this interactive and explosive family show goes behind the scenes of many favorite blockbuster films to discover the science and secrets of creating movie magic. Live on stage, the show's team will give revealing insight into the world of special effects, taking families on an exciting journey as they feel the heat of an onstage inferno, marvel at gruesome sci-fi monsters, are blown away by apocalyptic weather and hold on tight through huge explosions. The Hollywood Special Effects Show uses more pyrotechnics than any other touring theatre show, and for some sequences, the audience is protected by bullet proof glass placed across the stage. The animatronic dinosaur that

appears in the show was built by specialists in Japan, and the large air cannon used in the finale is capable of firing a projectile over an incredible 1500 feet! Tickets (starting at $25) are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at, or in person at Theater Square Box Office.

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THERE IS HOPE Addiction Recovery Ministry offers a Christ centered 12 Step Program for people struggling with addiction and for those in recovery. Meetings will be held every Monday 6:30-8:30 at Malden Christian Fellowship at 343 Old National Pike in Brownsville. Fliers are available for distribution. FMI: 724-434-4597 or 734-785-3042

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Country Thrift Market to host first annual Prom & Wedding Fashion Show Story by Lauren Rearick For one night only a Brownsville business is bringing the spirit of New York City Fashion Week to its residents. The Country Thrift Market, 909 National Pike West is holding its first annual Prom and Wedding Fashion Showcase on Feb. 9 beginning at 6 p.m. The night will feature fashions exclusively donated and available at the thrift store. According to Rachel Willson, market manager, the evening is a dream come true for the operation and herself. “When I first was hired here it was my goal that I wanted to have a fashion show in the thrift store,” she said. “This last summer we had a non-profit group donate 250 dresses to us and I've been hanging on, waiting for the right opportunity.” For the evening of fashion, Willson and her team are planning on featuring formal gowns and tuxedos available at their shop for purchase. The offerings include prom gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses and more, with many of the clothing items retailing for less than $15. Willson explained that she's often

dreamed of holding an event that would transform the store into something you'd see at New York Fashion Week. “Anyone that walks in they're going to feel like they're in New York City,” she said. “They'll feel that excitement and that energy and be able to say, 'Yes, I was part of that.'” All of the proceeds raised from the evening will go towards Country Thrift Market. The store is part of the Greater Washington County Food Bank and uses the proceeds from clothing donation sales to help offset the cost of the food bank. Although this is the first of what Willson hopes will be many more

fashion shows in the future the evening was planned on a large scale. Along with the fashion show attendees can also enjoy music, light food items and gift baskets. The Country Thrift Market will also be open during the show, and have savings on some of its items, along with discounts on beauty related items. Local “celebrities” are also joining in on the fun, with Willson sharing that county commissioners, local authors and senators are planning to strut their stuff down the runway. Vendors will be in attendance, too to help those planning to attend big events look their best with beauty services and more. “There's no better way to advertise our shop than having a fashion show to showcase what products we have to see and can offer to the public at a discounted rate,” Willson said. Tickets will be available the night of the event for $5, and all proceeds benefit the Greater Washington County Bank. For those who wish to donate a gown or clothing items to the store or for future events Willson said they can visit the store during business hours or call 724 632-2190 for more information.

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles to take the stage at The Palace Theatre 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 begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 28 for One Night ONLY at The Palace Theatre! As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press), 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. 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! Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right. Tickets are available for $36, $40, $46 and $54 by contacting The Palace Theatre Box Office at 724-836-8000 or visiting The Palace Theatre is located at 21 W. Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA.

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Free Produce to People Food Distribution - Fayette County Thursday, February 8 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.Typically families receive about 60 pounds of food each month. 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. 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:

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Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) is thrilled to announce the successful completion of fundraising efforts toward the Teenie Harris Archivist endowment. This $1.5 million campaign ensures that the museum will continue to research and interpret one of its most important collections, the Teenie Harris Archive. Dominique Luster, CMOA's current Teenie Harris Archivist, was hired in 2016. “Charles 'Teenie' Harris had no idea, at the time, that he was building what would become one of the most important archives of the 20th-century African American experience,” said Luster. “It is a great honor to share the stories of the thousands captured in the photographs. And this archive still has countless more stories to tell. I'm grateful and excited to see the support for this position, and eager to continue with this amazing body of work.” In a joint statement, co-interim directors Catherine Evans and Sarah Minnaert said, “Teenie Harris is special, to CMOA and to Pittsburgh. Visitors tell us again and again that the photography in the Teenie Harris Archive is a favorite aspect of CMOA's collection. The sheer size and scope of the archive, and the personal connections many people hold to these images, make this endowed position absolutely essential. We can't

wait to see the discoveries we'll make.” About the Teenie Harris Archive Charles “Teenie” Harris produced nearly 80,000 images of Pittsburgh's African American community as a photographer for the influential Pittsburgh Courier and as a freelancer. The photographs, taken from the 1930s to the 1970s, capture a period of momentous change for black Americans, and depict a black urban community that, in spite of the segregationist policies and attitudes of midcentury America, was innovative, thriving, and proud. The museum acquired these negatives in 2001 from the Harris estate,

and established the Teenie Harris Archive soon afterward. It is one of the most complete records of a single community. This fundraising drive was kicked off by a $300,000 challenge grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Leadership support was provided by: Nancy and Milton+ Washington, the Davenport Family Fund, and Cecile M. and Eric N. Springer. Generous institutional support was provided by: The Heinz Endowments, Anonymous, PNC Bank Foundation, EQT Foundation, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Massey Charitable Trust. Dedicated Individual support provided by: David and Gabriela Porges, Betsy and Doug Branson, Janet and Bill Hunt, Clyde B. Jones III, Nancy and Woody Ostrow, Brian Wongchaowart, Ellen Still Brooks, Christopher Carson and Maria KastCarson, Dawn and Chris Fleischner, Margo M. Flood, Charles A. Harris, Greg J. Hohman, Richard V. Gambrell, and the generous partners, employees, and friends of Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. Photo: Charles “Teenie” Harris, Selfportrait, c. 1938-1945, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Phipps Conservatory invites you to Orchid & Tropical Bonsai Show Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is transformed with hundreds of stunning orchids and a renowned, ornate collection of tropical bonsai during the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show, open now through Sun., Feb. 25. Guests are invited to explore the beauty and wonders of tiny miniature orchids, exotic hybrids and one of the finest collections of slipper orchids in the world - in addition to the SUPER. NATURAL. appearance of glass artist Jason Gamrath's larger-than-life orange sculpted orchids. Visitors can also immerse themselves in the expressive detail of miniature bonsai trees, meticulously trained for years and showcased in this special exhibit. Guests rank Phipps' orchids as one of the most interesting parts of their garden experience, and an abundance of vibrant orchid colors, unique varieties and new features are sure to delight in this year's show. New displays include six giant 5-

foot-diameter Phalaenopsis orchid spheres suspended from above, oversized baskets brimming with colorful orchids in multiple rooms of the historic glasshouse and distinctive 6-foot and 9foot tree frame displays with a mix of breathtaking orchids. In addition, treasured stories about the bonsai in Phipps' exclusive collection will be presented alongside these time-honored trees. Upon entering Phipps' Palm Court, visitors will be surrounded by fragrance as some of the most beautiful, fascinating orchids in the world delight in beds, baskets and other displays. The Serpentine Room comes alive with the variety of miniature tropical bonsai trees on display, showcasing the ancient Japanese art of bonsai amid a lush green backdrop. A rainbow of color engulfs the Sunken Garden filled with fuchsia, lime and peach Phalaenopsis orchids complemented by brightly colored

bromeliads. Plus, the signature Orchid Room displays rare, nationally-recognized specimens to enjoy. Newly surrounded by a tropical paradise, Garden Railroad: Treasure Island provides even more to explore during the show. A display that truly puts the “arr!” in garden, this year's engaging train exhibit continues to delight guests with a fun treasure hunt, pirate jokes and more. Interactive push buttons set miniature locomotives chugging through an island filled with plants, water features and detailed pirate props that all ages will love. Conservatory hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors and students, and $11.95 for children 2 - 18. Members and kids under 2 enter free. FMI:

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Center in the Woods February 2018 Activities The Center in the Woods is a nonprofit, 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. NEW! Weight Watchers at the Woods. Weekly meetings starting in 2018. Mininum of 15 participants needed. If interested, call Maria at 724-938-3554, ext. 103. Cost and payment options will be mailed upon request. Daily activities include: Mondays: Pianlessons, 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 tschedule. 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 7-10 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 724938-3554, 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 tthe 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 needed in the kitchen. 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:

SAVE YOUR LIFE: PRACTICE SAFE SELFIES The selfie:That simple act of holding up your phone and snapping a photo of yourself. (Please note: Having someone take a photo of you by yourself is not, by definition, a selfie.) What once seemed reserved for teens obsessed with documenting every aspect of their lives and celebrity red carpet events now seems to pervade all corners of our lives. Even politicians have mastered the art of the selfie. The practice seemed to hit its peak in 2013 when Oxford Dictionary declared “selfie” its word of the year.Yet, its ubiquity shows no sign of slowing. And while selfies can be an easy way to capture a moment, they can be dangerous. There are some statistics around selfie fatalities. But there is far less data about injuries resulting from self-

Uniontown Library Author Series: February ‘18 Throughout 2018, the Uniontown Public Library will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, nonfiction writers, and poets. Every month, a visiting author 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 book raffle and signing will follow. All events will take place on Saturdays at 3 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be offered by sponsors or by the Library. At each event, attendees will have a chance to win a copy of the author’s

featured book. February’s author is Wende Dikec. Wende Dikec has spent her life traveling the world and collecting stories wherever she visited. She writes in several romance genres. Several of her short stories have been published in magazines. She teaches at the Young Writers’ Institute, and is a member of Romance Writers of America, Three Rivers Romance Writers, Women’s Fiction Writers, Mindful Writers, and PennWriters. Wende will discuss “Romance Across Genre” during her talk. FMI:

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Pittsburgh Humanities Festival announces programming line-up The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center of Carnegie Mellon University announce the complete programming lineup for the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival. Festival events will span one week, taking place from February 24-March 4, 2018, in locations throughout Pittsburgh's Cultural District and neighboring locales. Featured Events and Core Conversations of this year's festival will explore the theme of “Continuum: Past, Present, Future.” “The festival demonstrates that the humanities are stimulating, entertaining and vital to the life of the community. This year's transition to an annual event, along with the lineup of interviews and presentations by national and international thought-leaders, exemplifies Pittsburgh's rise as an innovation city and a capital of culture,” comments David Shumway, co-director of the Humanities Festival and director of the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center are excited to welcome Guy Raz, NPR Host of TED

Radio Hour and How I Made This, Nizar Ibrahim, National Geographic paleontologist, and Allison Rapson and Kassidy Brown of We Are the XX, for three of the Featured Events of the third Pittsburgh Humanities Festival. Other Featured Events include the previously announced Post-Secret: The Show and Feathers of Fire. The 2018 festival also features fourteen Core Conversations comprised of intimate discussions, interviews and performances, scheduled to take place on

Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4. These sessions explore the themes of past, present and future through the works and ideas of regional and national authors, academics. The Core Conversations include interviews with Pittsburgh leaders, such as Rick Sebak, Ed Piskor, Gisele and John Fetterman, and Jonathan Auxier, as well as national experts, such as Autism advocate Steve Silberman and Lou Reed biographer Anthony DeCurtis. Topics range from the magic of storytelling to ethics and AI systems to the book that predicted Trump. To view the complete schedule, visit: Tickets are now on sale for all Core Conversations and Featured Events. Tickets for Core Conversations can be purchased for $5 per Conversation. Ticket prices for Featured Events varies. For pricing and to purchase tickets, visit, the Box Office at Theater Square, or call 412-456-6666.

Carnegie Museum of Art announces upcoming exhibitions Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces its 2018 schedule of special exhibitions, including the Carnegie International, 57th edition, 2018, the museum's signature contemporary art show. Visions of Order and Chaos: The Enlightened Eye - March 3-June 24 - Heinz Galleries - Through painting, sculpture, furniture, prints, drawings, and personal objects, Visions of Order and Chaos shows a Western world in tension between rational order and chaotic abandon. The exhibition is the first major survey of CMOA's 1750-1850 collections. During this time, the world changed dramatically. Revolutions toppled monarchies, and constitutional democracy took root in the US and France. This was a time of explosive changes, with accelerating ideas on liberty and equality chal10

lenging social norms. Research and restoration projects have yielded several never-beforeshown works. Combined with new acquisitions and longtime gallery favorites, the exhibition tells a story of this sensational century. This was one of the most fascinating times in our history, and CMOA invites you to view our world through their eyes. Visions of Order and Chaos is organized by Louise Lippincott, Curator of Fine Art, and Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design. Deana Lawson - March 15-July 15, 2018 - Forum 80 - Photographer Deana Lawson (b. 1979) addresses critical issues surrounding representations of African Americans and the African diaspora. No other photographer working today depicts the black figure so directly and sensitively.

Many of Lawson's sitters are strangers that she encounters in her everyday life and then photographs in intimate settings. For this solo exhibition, Lawson expands her artistic practice with new and experimental methods of installation. By applying her own photographs as well as appropriated images directly to the museum walls without frames, Lawson will heighten the immediacy of her work and invite audiences to consider urgent questions of race and representation. Deana Lawson is organized by Dan Leers, Curator of Photography. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. Learn more: call 412-622-3131 or visit

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CHAMBER MUSIC AT OLD ST. LUKE’S Now in its fourth season, Chamber Music at Old St. Luke's once again gifts Pittsburgh music lovers with the opportunity to enjoy intimate chamber music concerts in beautiful Old St. Luke's Church in Carnegie, PA. This charming, historic building is an ideal setting for the close communion between performers and audience that makes chamber music such a special, rewarding experience. The 2017-2018 season of “Chamber Music at Old St. Luke's” features some of Pittsburgh's foremost musicians performing a wide variety of music, from classical treasures to traditional Appalachian carols in a series of eight lively programs. Performances will be held on Sundays at 2 p.m.: February 18 - Academy Chamber Ensemble and Slippery Rock University Chamber Singers “Austria and Croatia” - 2 p.m. March 25 - Gypsy Stringz - virtuoso violinist George Batyi and his band play Hungarian gypsy music and more - 2 p.m. April 22 - Academy Baroque Ensemble - “Tutto Italiano” - 2 p.m. May 20 - harpist Marissa Avon 2 p.m. All concerts are free to the public. Donations are both accepted and appreciated.

Monessen Author Series welcomes Jamie Lackey Story by Carrie Gessner On Saturday, February 24, the Monessen Public Library will welcome author Jamie Lackey as part of its 2018 Author Series. Lackey will present “Writing and Resilience: Submitting Your Work and Dealing with Rejection.” The event begins at 1 PM and will include a reading from the author's works, a question-and-answer session, and refreshments. It is free and open to the public. Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her wonderful and talented husband, Paul Stefko, and their cat, Zuko. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories, novellas, and novels. She's a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She's sold a novel and over 130 short stories. She read submissions for Clarkesworld Magazine from 2008 through 2013. She worked as an assistant editor for the Triangulation Annual Anthology Series from 2008-2010, and she was one of the magazine's two coeditors in 2011. She was an assistant editor at Electric Velocipede from 2012-2013, and she edited both Triangulation: Lost Voices and Triangulation: Beneath the Surface. Lackey's debut novel, Left-Hand Gods, was published by Hadley Rille Books in 2016. Elizabeth Avigaline has spent her whole life hiding because of the magic in her blood, a gift to lefthanded people from the Left-Hand Gods. People like Beth have been hated, feared, and burned at the stake in Cadarnfel for over three hundred years, ever since magic broke the old Empire. But the new Queen is left-handed, and things are finally changing. Beth leaves the safety of her home and travels to


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February 2018 News: Donora Historical Society ELDORA PARK WALKING TOUR Our second annual Eldora Park Walking Tour is scheduled for Saturday, March 24th and/or March 31st at noon. We'll decide if one day or two depending on demand. The tour will start at the Smog Museum in Donora with a photo and newspaper article presentation on Eldora Park highlighting the roller coaster, carousel, picnic and dance pavilion, and “Electric” Theater, as well as renowned speakers and performers. See our newly acquired century-old Eldora Park 48”x10” panoramic photo. The presenter will be Smog Museum curator and archivist Brian Charlton. We'll then drive the three miles to conduct the walking tour portion in the Eldora section of Carroll Township to the historic Wickerham farm retracing the trolley line and ending up at the park site to describe, among the few remaining ruins, where the park amenities once existed with one of the Wickerham descendants. The cost is $10 per person and you should allow two hours for the presentation and walking tour. This tour is only held once a year and is scheduled after the winter has lessened the forest's undergrowth. Two hiking routes can be taken, one more demanding than the other. You may do as much hiking as you'd like to see the ruins and understand where the park amenities existed. Guides will be on hand to answer your questions. Appropriate dress and footwear is required due to potentially wet and muddy conditions. Hiking poles are also encouraged. If you have any questions about the tour itself or would like to be added to a signup list, please contact the historical society. Please contact the Historical Society to RSVP as space is limited. All phone messages and emails will be returned and you will be notified on the status of the tour date. Space will be limited. EVERY DARK CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING Inspired by the Netflix series “The Crown,” especially Episode 4, titled “Act of God,” that mentions Donora and the 1948 Smog, Philadelphia author Andy McPhee started to visit the Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum early in 2017 to do research for his new book project. As McPhee continues to research his

larger project, he's already started to share some of his stories via his new Blog titled, “Silver Lining - Clean Air and the Tragedy of a Pennsylvania Mill Town,” that deals with people, objects, and events related to the Donora (PA) Death Fog of 1948, a tragedy that led directly to the nation's first Clean Air Act. McPhee also shared one of his Blog stories on Atlas Obscura in an article about Donora's beloved “5th Street Steps.” Please consult our website to see McPhee's work. Go to the “Links” page and then scroll down to find “Silver Lining.” SPRING CEMENT CITY HOME AND WALKING TOUR DATE SET Our spring Cement City Home and Walking Tour and your chance to see Thomas Edison's solution for worker housing created 101 years ago in 1917 is scheduled for Sunday, April 22nd at 1:00 p.m. If Sunday sells out, Saturday, April 21st will be the overflow date. The cost of the tour is $13/person and space is limited. It is encouraged to call or email to get your name added to a pre-RSVP signup list to be contacted when the tour date gets closer. If you have any questions about Cement City or one of our Home and Walking Tours, please consult our website and click the “Cement City” tab, or contact the historical society. ADDITIONAL INFO If you have additional questions about the subjects mentioned above, the historical society, museum, presentations or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by on Saturdays or by special appointment (with at least a week's notice), email us at, call us at 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit us on the web at, or follow us and Like Us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”

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Art of Love exhibit on display until February 28

On April 14, CalU students come together to help our California residents with any around the house projects they may need!

Harlem Globetrotters to appear at Cal U of PA Tickets are available online now for the Original Harlem Globetrotters' “2018 Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour,” coming Feb. 7 to the Convocation Center at California University of Pennsylvania. The world's largest collection of elite dunkers, the 2018 Globetrotters cast includes six players who have competed in the annual College Slam Dunk contest held during Final Four weekend, a Guinness World Record holder for slam dunks, and the 2016 winner of the popular TV show “The Dunk King.” The 2018 show also marks the debut of the Flying Globies, an acrobatic trampoline dunk team that defies gravity with exciting in-air stunts. The family-friendly show features premier showmen such as Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton, Ant Atkinson and Hammer Harrison, plus fan favorites Firefly Fisher, Bull Bullard, Thunder Law and Cheese Chisholm. They join the largest female roster in team history, including women's basketball stars TNT Lister, Ace Jackson, Hoops Green and


Torch George. The 2018 tour also marks the return of the Globetrotters' longtime nemesis, the Washington Generals. After a longstanding series that saw the Generals lose more than 14,000 times, the Generals are back from a two-year hiatus with one goal - to beat the Globetrotters. Ticket prices range from $15 to $135, and can be ordered online at The Convocation Center's doors open to the general public at 6 p.m. Feb. 7; the show begins at 7 p.m. Fans who purchase a “Magic Pass” for an additional $15 can spend time on the court from 5:30 to 6 p.m. During this pre-show, Magic Pass holders can interact with the Globetrotters one-onone, shoot baskets, try out ball tricks, or collect autographs and photos. After virtually every game, Globetrotters stars remain on the court for at least 15 minutes to sign autographs and have photographs taken with fans. The University is easy to reach via major highways and Toll Road 43.


More than 35 local artists will be showcasing their love-themed artwork at Greensburg Garden and Civic Center from February 3-28. Whether you have loved and lost or loved and won, we have all felt the ups and downs that come from that feeling of love in our lives. Whatever your current take, this collection aims to explore love in all its forms, from dark to light. With work utilizing such techniques as watercolor, acrylic, oil painting, graphite sketching, wood-burning, mixed media and 3-D pieces, and even jewelry creations, the art is as varied and nuanced as the feelings of love itself. The artists hail from Greensburg, Latrobe, and Jeannette, to as far away as Connellsville and Pittsburgh. The artists range from an elementary school student to retired schoolteachers; those with higher education degrees in art to those who will be showcasing their art for the

very first time. The Art of Love exhibit will be available for viewing from February 3-28. The Greensburg Garden and Civic Center is located at 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg. They are open Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 9 PM, and Saturdays from 9 – 3 PM. Show organizer and curator, Moira Richardson, an artist in the Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s Incubator for the Arts program, will be hosting an artist reception on Wednesday, February 14 from 6 – 8:30 PM. The event will feature music by local jazz ensemble The Moment. This event is free and open to the public.

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Cal U hosts annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for SWPA students Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Pick up a Campbell's Soup can and admire Andy Warhol's pop culture sensibility. Pick up a Stephen King novel and get ready to be thrilled. Pick up a kids book and read about Clifford the Big Red Dog's next adventure. While this disparate group is admired by their respective world-wide audiences, they have one common denominator: Scholastic. Founded in Wilkinsburg, PA by Maurice R. Robinson in his mother's sewing room, Scholastic grew from its first four page publication in October of 1920 to its current status as a global publishing powerhouse in part through its excellent school publications, and in part through its Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for students. From its inception in 1923, Robinson's goal for the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards was to provide 7-12 grade students with demonstrable talent “in things of the spirit and mind at least a fraction of the kind of honors and rewards accorded to their athletic classmates for demonstrating their bodily skills.” Robinson's expanded view of the awards is reflected in his 1930 statement (as seen at “It is not the prime object of the Scholastic Awards to provide a training ground for the artists of the future, although it is obvious that many of them will come from these ranks. It is a service of more value, in our estimation, to open avenues of expression to young people before the springs of imagination have run dry under the standardizing pressure of adult life, and to insure to a wide group of future citizens, regardless of vocation, a sense of the power of independent thought and an appreciation of the beauty and wonder of existence.” Past award winners whose “springs of imagination” remained open into adult life include Pittsburgh native, Andy Warhol, who at age 17 won for a painting created while at Schenley High School in 1945, while 1965 alumnus, Stephen King, won at age 17 with his short story, “Men of Straw.” Not to be outdone in their place as pop

culture icons of their own, Harry Potter's perpetual copyrights are owned by Scholastic, while Clifford the Big Red Dog remains a Scholastic publishing mainstay and mascot, whose tales are loved by kids around the world. Lifelong careers in the arts and writing are no accident, and are potentially within reach of any talent at the local level who willingly commit to the process of developing their craft. This process begins not only with a teacher's recognition of a particular student's talent, but in finding greater, possibly national recognition by those established in the fields of writing and the arts. Fortunately for 7-12 grade students in several Southwestern Pennsylvania counties, a route to that recognition exists in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Founded in 2002 by Greene County resident, retired teacher, Greene County Association of School Retirees Volunteer of the Year award winner (2013), and current Co-Director, Janice Hatfield, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of Southwestern Pennsylvania is an Affiliate Partner to the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Echoing Robinson's original goal for the national Awards, Hatfield said her purpose for the local awards is to encourage students “as writers and artists, to encourage talent, and to give recognition. If you play football, basketball, or are in track, you get recognition. This is recognition as artists and writers; they are competing for top prize and, if they get it, they'll go on to be recognized at the national level.” The journey to possible national level recognition begins with local teachers in

the Greene, Fayette, Washington, South Fayette, and Belle Vernon school districts, who are responsible for submitting student works on line. The works, including art forms in all mediums, along with writing submissions, will be judged locally, while “only Gold pieces are judged again at the national level...seniors can enter both art and writing, and seniors are also eligible for scholarships” Hatfield explained. Judging for the 2018 awards took place in January, and winning notifications were sent to principals in the participating districts. This year's award winning student works will be on display in California University's Scholastic Art Exhibit, which runs from January 29 - February 18 inside the Manderino Library. The Scholastic Awards Celebration is being held at California University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, February 18, kicking off with a noon reception on the third floor of Manderino Library before processing to Steele Auditorium at 2pm for the main award ceremony. Teachers, local Scholastic members, and students alike will attend the celebration, some with an eye on moving up to the national level. National Gold level winners will attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June, Hatfield said, while winning works from around the country will be on display in the New York City before embarking on a five city journey designed to heighten the artists' exposure. In addition, there is an alumni program and summer workshops, which are free to attend for students who have won on the national level, Hatfield said. Find them on facebook at: For more extensive information on the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, including entry information for this year, visit:

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The Artsburgh Flex Pass is a great way to sample performing arts and music events throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area! Simply order as many Flex Passes as you like (each pass is good for one ticket to one event!) and follow the redemption instructions for the event you are going to see. Attend any event that appears in the Artsburgh calendar's “Artsburgh Flex Pass” tab. Each pass is good for one ticket to any event. Passes are valid for any performance within 12 months of your purchase date. See lots of art, any time. See the shows you like throughout the year with no additional subscription commitment to any one organization. See more art and save. Passes start at just $20 each. The more passes you buy, the more you save. 3-5 passes are $18 each & 6 or more passes are $15 each. The following organizations are Artsburgh Flex Pass participants: Alia Musica Pittsburgh, Arcade Comedy Theater, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Focus on Renewal/Ryan Arts and Culture Center, Kinetic Theatre Company, Moquette Volante, New Hazlett Theater CSA performance series, off the WALL productions, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Pittsburgh Opera, Prime Stage Theatre, Real/Time Interventions, Renaissance & Baroque,Texture Contemporary Ballet,Trevor C. Dance Collective, Urban Impact Foundation. For more information:


Tanner Kirsch Wins Fiber Splicing Competition

The “EmigrationImmigration-Migration” exhibit will be on display at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art through April 22. Emigration-Immigration-Migration is a civic engagement project that uses photographic imagery to document the faces and experiences of multiple generations of immigrants and their descendants. Using Pittsburgh's stories as a lens through which to consider the broader American immigrant experience, the project highlights the central role that immigration has played in the formation of our identity, in sustaining our economy, and in the enrichment of our cultural diversity; and in so doing, the project helps create a space for civil, constructive conversation about immigration today. Five photographers from the Pittsburgh region are participating in this project; they are Brian Cohen, Lynn Johnson, Annie O'Neill, Scott Goldsmith, and Nate Guidry.The two writers on the team are Reid Frazier and Erika Beras. The Museum is located at 221 N. Main Street, Greensburg. FMI: Visit or call 724-837-1500


Tanner Kirsch, Premise Technician, from the Armstrong Connellsville system recently won the championship for a fiber splicing competition. Tanner was among 19 total splicers to compete representing each Armstrong office. Tanner's final splice was under one minute total to prep and splice a fiber. Tanner's name was added to the “Theo Cup” to signify his championship. The “Theo Cup” was named after Armstrong Employee, Theo Paul, who was the goto fiber splicer for Armstrong for many years. This was the second year for Armstrong to hold the fiber splicing competition that was conducted at the Armstrong training facility in Butler, PA. This competition is a test of the technician's attention to detail and speed while fusion splicing a fiber. Photo: Presenting the Theo Cup to Tanner Kirsch are (l-r) Joe Battista and

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Seniors Being Hungry is a Nationwide Epidemic: Part One Nearly one in every six seniors in America faces the threat of hunger and not being properly nourished. This applies to those who aren't sure where their next meal is coming from and those who don't have access to the healthiest possible food options. The issue is severe enough that the AARP reports that seniors face a healthcare bill of more than $130 billion every year due to medical issues stemming from senior hunger. Senior hunger is an expansive issue that requires an understanding of exactly what constitutes a senior being “hungry,” the issues that stem from senior hunger, and how seniors who are hungry can be helped. To understand the concept of seniors being hungry, you must understand what it means to be “food insecure.” When you are food insecure, it means that there is “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways,” as defined by a study published in The Journal of Nutrition. Essentially, it means that you aren't receiving and/or don't have access to the necessary foods

insecure someone is: Low Food Security - While there may not be an overall reduction in how much food someone is intaking, there may be a lower quality and variety of your diet. For instance, there may be reduced amounts of fresh vegetables and meats, but that may be replaced with fast food. In this category, people don't miss many meals, but the type of meals that are and nutrients to help sustain your life. The concept of being “hungry” is a state-of-mind, meaning that there is a physical aspect to the lack of food. Attending to an area where people are hungry and basically starving is a much more immediate and severe problem to solve. Being food insecure, on the other hand, helps include people who may have enough food and don't technically live consistently in hunger, but the food they are eating-usually in large amountsisn't up to nutritional and dietary standards. 13% of Households In America Are Food Insecure. In 2006, the USDA broke down food insecurity into two categories to help determine how food

being eaten diminish in quality. Very Low Food Security - When you have very low food security, your health and ability to correct it with healthy food is in a dire situation. To be assigned this categorization, the USDA says there must be “multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake,” meaning you're often missing meals and not eating enough to survive. Information provided by the National Council for Aging Care. Used with permission. This is part one of a multi-part series. FMI:

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Former Cal U athlete Matt Antoine to represent Team USA at Olympics .California University of Pennsylvania will be tuned in to next month's Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, where alumnus Matt Antoine will represent Team USA as a member of the men's skeleton team. Skeleton competitors race down a frozen track headfirst, lying face down atop a small, steel-framed sled with no brakes or steering devices. Unlike other winter sliding sports, such as bobsled and luge, the race always involves single riders who compete to finish the course in the fastest time. Top racers reach speeds of more than 80 miles per hour. Antoine earned his bachelor's degree in 2009 through Cal U Global Online, which offers degree and certificate programs 100 percent online to students across the United States and around the world. The athlete's travel and training schedules made online learning a convenient option, and Cal U's degree program in sport management, with a focus on wellness and fitness, “was right up my alley,” Antoine said. A native of Prairie du Chien, Wis., Antoine earned a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia


Bag and Bling Bash Feb. 25 from 2-4 p.m. - America's first medal in the event in 12 years. He has earned 11 World Cup medals in his career and currently is ranked seventh in the world. “I want to stay involved with sports on the marketing side or management side of a team,” Antoine said after his bronze-medal performance in Sochi. “There's no question the degree will lead into what I want to do” after his 2018

Olympic run. More than 2,800 athletes from more than 85 nations are expected to participate in 15 sports at the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The 17 days of Olympic competition take place Feb. 9-25, with skeleton races scheduled for Feb. 15-17.

“No Sex Please, We’re British” to take stage at Greensburg Civic Center Just in time for Valentine's Day, Greensburg Civic Theatre presents the adult comedy/farce “No Sex Please, We're British” February 9-11 at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg PA. An unassuming couple's home is suddenly filled with pornographic literature in a farcical misunderstanding. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, February 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. on

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Save the date for these performances by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the beauty and spectacle of a performance by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Save the date for these upcoming shows featuring PBT dancers. New Works Venue: August Wilson Center PBT has built its repertory around an eclectic mix of classics, modern masterworks and new commissions from both seasoned and emerging choreographers. In March at the August Wilson Center, Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr will hand over the program to choreographic voices from PBT's own company of dancers: Amanda Cochrane, Julia Erickson, Yoshiaki Nakano, Jessica McCann, William Moore, JoAnna Schmidt and Cooper Verona. Each choreographer will create a signature work on his or her fellow artists, offering audience members a personal, insightful look at the way today's dancers interpret

their own medium.. Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. UPMC Presents West Side Story Suite + In the Night + Fancy Free

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with the PBT Orchestra Venue: Benedum Center PBT celebrates the 100th birthdays of collaborators Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein with three company premieres. The theatrical West Side Story Suite samples iconic songs (with dancer vocal debuts!) and Tony-winning choreography from the duo's groundbreaking musical (1957) and film. PBT also debuts in Robbins' first ballet and claim to fame: Fancy Free (1944), an early Bernstein collaboration that inspired the Broadway hit On the Town. Rounding out the program is a more rarely seen Robbins masterwork: his classical In the Night (1940), which sets romantic pas de deux for three couples to four Chopin nocturnes. Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. FMI:


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California Native to Debut First Film - Average Mom: The Movie Story by Dave Zuchowski Cathy Lynn Yonek likes to say that her love of theater and film is only equaled by her love of animals. To see this is true, you only need to glance at her work history and where and what she studied. Yonek was a theater major at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, where in the fall of her junior year she spent her “season abroad” in London at Roger Williams College. “It was an exciting time when I got to go to the theater almost every day,” she said. Back in the States, she studied with Stella Adler, a well-respected American actress and acting teacher, and also took private classes in Shakespeare with Julliard's Robert Neff Williams. While in New York, she worked on a feature film where she “fell in love with the business” and decided “this is what I should be doing.” It was an experience that convinced her to relocate to Los Angeles in 1998. Less than a year later, she was back on the East Coast running a restaurant in upstate New York where she remained for the next 7 years, followed by five years in Pittsburgh working for Radio Disney. In her career, she's also been a reader for several production companies and a literary agent. “All this time, LA kept calling me back,” she said. Six years ago, she relocated to Burbank, where she helps support herself by doing private parties, bartending, pet sitting and working on two novels. Her first, “Locked In,” is about a woman embroiled in an abusive relationship, while her second, “Matsutake,” is not yet finished.. At the moment, her biggest venture, a 12-minute, short film titled “Average Mom,” is now getting off the ground. Yonek wrote, directed and acted in the film, which she dedicated to her mother, Dolores. Yonek calls her a very strong woman who managed to raise and send to college three daughters after her hus-

band died when Yonek was only 10. “Mom worked at Cal U and as a seamstress making custom wedding and prom gowns,” Yonek said. “She also did home interior shows where she exhibited accessories and small furniture.” Now living in San Antonio, Texas, with her daughter, Jacqueline, Dolores flew to California to help Yonek with her film, doing everything from making potato salad for the cast and crew to creating the costumes. In her film, Yonek included a scene where she as the “Average Mom” falls asleep at the sewing machine, an actual event borrowed from an experience with her mother in her childhood. “My film is semi-autobiographical, and the title character is really a composite of my mother and me,” she said. Yonek said she got motivated to make the film when she discovered a contest sponsored by Warner Brothers. “One day, I decided just to sit down on the patio and write the screenplay,” she said. Yonek said she filmed the movie in Burbank at a jewelry store made to look like a costume shop, a restaurant turned into an ice cream store, in a park near

her home, in a house she rented and in her garage. Through networking, she assembled her cast, which included a friend and an actor who previously played her son in a trailer she shot for a feature film. “To make things easier, I was fortunate to have a wonderful cinematographer, assistant director and editor” she said. “To me, the editing process is just as creative and important as the filming.” At the moment, the film has been included in the Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival, scheduled for this coming December. Yonek has also applied for inclusion to other film festivals, the reason why the she's prohibited from doing advance screenings and offering online viewing of the film. The trailer, however, is accessible online at website High school classmate and California attorney, Lisa Buday, said she's known Yonek since kindergarten and remembers her as “gracefully outgoing.” As proof of Yonek's love of theater, Buday said the filmmaker talked one of their now retired high school speech teachers to take them both to Morgantown to see a Shakespeare play. She also recalls Yonek playing the role of Snoopy, in California High School's first musical “You're a Good Man Charlie Brown” directed by Lori Martin. “Cathy Lynn is delightful person who knew what she wanted to do and left the area to go do it.,” Buday said. As to the filmmaker, Yonek said the news is so fill of negativity that she wanted to make a positive, feel good movie. “I also wanted to honor my mother by dedicating the film to her,” she said. “She's a good example of someone who goes above and beyond to help their children.”

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Supporting a child through grief & bereavement Even very young children feel the pain of bereavement, but they learn how to express his or her grief by watching the adults around them. After a loss-particularly of a sibling or parent-children need support, stability, and honesty. They may also need extra reassurance that they will be cared for and kept safe. As an adult, you can support children through the grieving process by demonstrating that it's okay to be sad and helping them make sense of the loss. Answer any questions the child may have as truthfully as you can. Use very simple, honest, and concrete terms when explaining death to a child. Childrenespecially young children-may blame themselves for what happened and the truth helps them see they are not at fault. Open communication will smooth the way for a child to express distressing feelings. How to help a grieving child: Allow your child, however young, to attend the funeral if he or she wants to. Convey your spiritual values about life and death, or pray with your child. Meet regularly as a family to find out how everyone is coping. Help children find ways to symbolize and memorialize the deceased person. Keep your child's daily routine as normal as possible. Pay attention to the way a child plays; this can be one of a child's primary ways of communicating. What not to do: Don't force a child to publicly mourn if he or she doesn't want to. Don't give false or confusing messages, like “Grandma is sleeping now.” Don't tell a child to stop crying because others might get upset. Don't try to shield a child from the loss. Children pick up on much more than adults realize. Don't stifle your tears; by crying in front of your child, you send the message that it's okay for him or her to express feelings, too. Don't turn your child into your personal confidante. Rely on another adult or a support group instead.

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PBT to present “Swan Lake” at Benedum Center Over Valentine's weekend, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) revives the great love story “Swan Lake” with the PBT Orchestra featuring new scenic designs. “Swan Lake” runs Feb. 16-25, at the Benedum Center. Tickets start at $28 and are available at, 412456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square in downtown Pittsburgh. PBT's “Swan Lake” features P.I. Tchaikovsky's stirring score conducted by PBT Music Director Charles Barker, staging by PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr, choreography after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and scenic and costume designs by the late Peter Farmer, who was a leading figure in ballet theater design for more than 50 years. “Swan Lake” originally premiered in 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and was revived by Petipa and Ivanov in 1895. From the ballet itself to books, films and fashion inspired by it, “Swan Lake” has captured the public imagination for over 100 years. Its choreography exemplifies classical technique - from the ballet en blanc swan scenes to the Black Swan's famous 32 fouettés - but the undulating port de bras of the swans adds its own mystique to the classical vocabulary. The ballerina's dual role of Odette/Odile, commonly referred to as White Swan/Black Swan, is one of the most iconic in the repertoire, demanding technical mastery and emotional range to morph from vulnerable and pure Odette to audacious and deceptive Odile. Thematically, these polar-opposite personalities symbolize a battle between good and evil. Choreographically, they also contrast. Odette is fluid and ethereal with the delicate carriage and rippling swan arms that are a signature of the ballet. Odile is virtuosic, demanding attention with a series of heart-pumping jumps and turns, including the famous 32 fouettes of Act 3. In the story of “Swan Lake,” the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart turns the princess Odette into a swan with a curse that only true love can break. She can only return to her human form by night, which is when she encounters Prince Siegfried during a hunting expedition. The pair fall in love, but Von Rothbart intervenes. He sends his daughter, Odile, to impersonate Odette and


deceive Prince Siegfried into declaring his love to the wrong woman, throwing the lovers' fates into limbo. Performance Times: Visit Theater Programs: Audience members are invited to join the artists for a series of pre- and post-show programs at the Benedum Center. Free and open to all ticket holders unless otherwise noted. Performance Preview | Fri., Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. - A pre-show discussion with Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr Family Pointe | Sat., Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. - An entertaining pre-show program, designed for all ages, featuring costumed characters and dance activities. Reservations requested at Insights | Sat., Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. - A pre-show discussion with PBT artistic staff members, who share historical and cultural context for the production. Reservations requested at Talks with Terry | Sun., Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. - Audience members can watch a few minutes of the company's onstage warm-up class, then Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr previews the ballet and conducts a Q&A. Ballet Adventures | Sat., Feb. 24, at 12 p.m. - A pre-performance opportunity for children ages 5 to 13 to warm up, learn basic ballet steps and try out modified choreography from “Swan Lake.” Located at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Ave. Fee: $25 plus ticket purchase. Additional details and registration information available at Audio-described performance | Sun., Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. - A live narration of the ballet for patrons with vision impairments. Additional details are available at


Mental Health Spotlight: One Treadmill to Avoid How often have you had a dream to do something? It burns in you, you become obsessed with it. Finally, the day comes where you put that plan in motion. Could be a new porch, vacation, that flower garden you always wanted to plant. Maybe you've worked on that perfect wedding. The day comes when you've done it and accomplished that thing. How do you feel now? How long did the happiness last until you started looking for the next thing? Of course, you experienced joy and happiness, but it was temporary, wasn't it? Why does this happen and why is happiness so fleeting? As a person who makes a living in the creative field, the dissatisfaction typically sets in the next day. I could have written that better or shot that scene from a different angle and oh how that audio sounds hollow. We talked about imposter syndrome last issue, so hedonistic adaptation seems the next step on our road to self-awareness and happiness. What is this new term though, sounds a bit dirty! Hedonistic adaptation is a phrase that refers to the pursuit of happiness. This happiness is much like running on a treadmill because no matter how much we get, we aren't completely happy, and we always want more - thus, we keep running and running, seeking for the next happiness hit. Two psychologists, Brickman and Campbell, first published about this concept in 1971 with their essay, “Hedonic Relativism and Planning the Good Society,” via the New York: Academic Press. During the 70's, the concept was known as hedonic adaptation. It was only twenty years later that Michael Eysenck likened hedonic adaptation to that of a treadmill; a more modern and understandable example. Thus, the hedonic treadmill was born. The concept, plain and simple, is our tendency as human beings to chase happiness, only to return back to our original emotional baseline after getting what we want. Sound familiar? Let's look at a few examples: 1. You obsessively think about that

one thing that will make you happy. 2. You find it difficult being happy without seeking happiness. 3. You unintentionally take other people and things for granted 4. You feel chronically bored and restless 5. You keep idealizing the future That last one is a biggie for most of us. I think idealization is probably the rocket fuel for the hedonistic treadmill. The whole reason why we start running on this hamster wheel in the first place is that we're not happy with what we have right now. We start to idealize the future and create stories and fantasies about what could be. Here are some suggestions that, in my experience, can help you get off the treadmill and access long-term happiness: Take time to enjoy little moments.

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Take time to smell those roses! We're so often preoccupied with searching for the next obsession that we forget the beauty here around us. Gratitude is a powerful experience. Reflect on what you thought would bring you happiness in the past. Think back to everything in the past that you were infatuated with. Make a list. How long did that happiness last? And how long before you started chasing something else after you got what you wanted? Why? Self-reflection is a powerful ally in most things. What are you running away from? The hedonistic treadmill is all about running towards something. However, I think it can also mean that we're running away from something and using objects and/or experiences as surrogates for happiness. Think about it. Maybe another list for these issues? Realize that anything outside of you cannot give you happiness. It seems cliché to say, “happiness comes from within,” but it is true. I have a quote I heard somewhere in the folds of time that goes, “how can you expect someone else to make you happy, if you don't know how to do it for yourself?” Finally, on a personal note, I've found that extending myself and helping others is far more rewarding and keeps me out pacing the treadmill by focusing on others' happiness over mine. It's easier to do and much more naturally rewarding. I'll leave you with a final though from Doctor Seuss, “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” NEED HELP? IN THE U.S., CALL 1800-273-8255 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.

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News from Greater Monessen Historical Society The Greater Monessen Historical Society membership renewal and fund campaign for the 2018 year is continuing. Individual memberships are $15 per year. A family membership is $20, with a business membership being $50. Membership is based on the calendar year and includes four issues of the newsletter, “Valley Historian”. Donations fund the operation of the Monessen Heritage Museum and allow the Society to adhere to its mission of preserving the ethnic and industrial history of Monessen and the Mon Valley region. Future plans include renovating the Milsom/Endicott Johnson Building into a museum annex for additional exhibit and event space. The Spring Exhibit will focus on local bridges and river transportation. If anyone has photos they are willing to loan or donate for the exhibit, please drop them off at the museum or email a scan to . During the winter season, please contact the Museum before visiting to make sure someone is on duty. For the safety

of our volunteers, the Museum may close due to inclement weather. Please consider donating a copy of your family genealogy to the Museum for the local history collection. The Society is looking for membership lists and minute books from former societies and groups. The Greater Monessen Historical Society has a Twitter account. Follow us at @MonessenHistory. We are also on Facebook and have over 3000 followers worldwide! We can be located on Facebook under “Greater Monessen Historical Society”. See our latest events, news and photos of previous events. Google us and find our webpage filled with all the necessary information to visit, donate, join or learn about us! The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM until 3 PM. The address is 505 Donner Avenue, Monessen, PA, 15062. The phone number is 724-684-8460. Admission is always free.

Attention Vietnam Era Veterans (and families) Plans for an Honor Roll for Vietnam Era Veterans are moving along quickly in California, PA. The committee is collecting information about anyone in the California Area School District who served in the Armed Forces any time during the following dates: November 1, 1955-April 30, 1975. Vets (or their families) should send the following information to California, PA Vietnam War Honor Roll, P.O. Box 605, California, PA 15419: First, middle, and last name of the Veteran, Branch of

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Exploring the Paranormal with Reanna Roberts Valentine’s Day. We are all familiar with the holiday whether we celebrate it or not. A fair amount of people, I know, have a similar sentiment as my husband, who thinks that Valentine's day was “invented by the greeting card companies.” When I worked in the jewelry industry, people thought that it would be the busiest holiday of the year, and it's not. Not everyone has a significant other to buy for. But when did Valentine's day make the transformation from celebrating a Saint from the second century to being celebrated as a holiday of love? What about Cupid, where did he come from and why is he always a baby? Chronologically, before Cupid, and before Saint Valentine, there was Eros. Eros was the Greek God of desire and/or attraction. He has a few different familial origin stories, and while Greek mythology is a popular topic, people seem to know his Roman counterpart, Cupid, a bit better. Unlike the traditional image of Cupid, Eros is an adult male, rather than a child, and is usually depicted as rather slender. There is thoughts from a few different philosophers on where he originated, but it seems that initially, he was assumed to be the first or one of the first Gods to come into existence. Later in life, he had parentage established, being the son of a deity. He, like the traditional image you think of with Cupid, did often carry a lyre or bow & arrow around with him, and yes, he had wings. Cupid is essentially just the Romans version of Eros. If you look at most Roman and Greek mythology, you can easily see the counterparts to the gods in each culture. Which, yes, that is to be expected since the two empires touched. Cupid is rarely given a father with his parentage, but he is often portrayed as the son of Venus. While we don't have many depictions of Cupid as an adult, he did age and grow into a man, regardless of still being portrayed as a child today. Valentine's day was named for a Roman saint from the 3rd century, Saint Valentine of Terni, so this may be the reason why the Roman image of Cupid,

versus the Greek Eros, is generally used. Thanks to Chaucer in the 1300s, February 14 was associated not only as a feast day for the saint, but with romance, and this is actually around the time when people started giving flowers and greeting cards. (This was hundreds of years before Hallmark was even a company, so they couldn't have invented it. I checked.) The holiday was initially changed in the 1700s from just a general day devoted to Saint Valentine to the Valentine's day holiday, to then both celebrate the saint and to overshadow a pagan holiday, Lupercalia, and had nothing to do with romance. It is not just celebrated by predominantly Christian countries, though, or even only Greece and Italy; there are many Asian countries that also celebrate the holiday. It is so far removed from Catholicism at this point that most places don't associate it with religion at this point, but there are a few middle eastern countries that the holiday is banned.

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Good Eats Ministry continues to help feed hungry California kids Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Healthful school lunches help increase student learning, cognition, and concentration, according to studies by the National Bureau of Economic Research and others. But when the weekend comes, any number of students may go hungry, meaning a rough start to the school week come Monday. Fortunately for in need K - 4 students in the California Area School District, volunteers from California United Methodist Church (CUMC) are packing a nutritious solution against weekend hunger with their Good Eats program. Pastor Dawn Hargraves of CUMC helps serve the program with grant writing and fundraising, while its steering committee handles the details of collection and distribution. Their mission “is to provide food to all elementary school children in the California School District through the weekend who meet the requirements of the reduced lunch program,” Hargraves said, adding that there is a goal to expand beyond those grades sometime in the future. Additional help for the Good Eats program comes through the Brownsville United Methodist Church, along with members of California University who are part of the steering committee. While planning weekend meals for children from kindergarten through fourth grade, Good Eats volunteers plan meals of 11 - 13 items, which children from kindergarten through fourth grade can enjoy with no preparation, or very little, such as microwaving or heating. Hargraves explains that, in addition to foods that can withstand a third grader's backpack being thrown onto a bus seat, such as oranges and apples, Good Eats provides includes both shelf stable milk and juice, which provide additional vitamins and calcium, which help children to nutritionally thrive while stimulation brain growth. Although providing more expensive items, such as milk, may cause the organization to “sweat it out until the next grant,” Hargraves sees the positive as well, saying, “As a pastor, it's a beautiful thing to see all the facets going into

this program. It's about feeding the kids well...they come into school with full bellies and knowing that someone loves them.” Food from donations to the local food bank, along with food purchased from donations, is packed into bags every other week with the help of volunteers. It is then taken every week to the schools, where the bags are anonymously distributed to the lockers of students qualified for the school lunch program, Hargraves said. Providing food in this manner, while important for nutrition and child development, does have a down side, as Hargrave explains, “There's a lot of stigma associated with having reduced meal

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lunches, and we are cognizant of that, and so is the school. We try not to have that as a barrier because some of the kids won't take the food to not have the stigma, and they'll go hungry all weekend. It makes it hard to learn back at school.” A long term goal of Good Eats “is to give food to every child so there is no stigma,” Hargraves said, “but we're not there yet.” The perspective about stigma was fostered through staff from California University, who explained that some Cal U students “won't go to the local food pantry because (other) Cal students work at the pantry. There is a hidden food pantry where it is anonymous, and they can get food in a more quiet way,” Hargraves said, adding that it “was a good education for our team.” In addition to this perspective, California University staff provided an inventory tool which helps streamline stock and distribution methods. In addition to help from volunteers and the food bank, the Lions Club and Rotary Club usually donate money, while others in the community buy regularly through and donate those items. While donations are welcome, Hargrave recommends people to wait for Good Eats food drives because the food is specific, meaning all the children receive exactly the same items - and those items must be in containers the children can open on their own. To learn more about food donations, monetary donations, or to volunteer in the food packing operations, community members are invited to call California United Methodist Church at 724-9382270. And to find out about the upcoming Care and Share Thrift store event, friend them at Direct monetary donations may also be made through the Good Eats gofundme campaign at “We're really grateful there are so many hearts that want to help make sure kids don't go home hungry,” Hargraves said.

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Spaghetti Dinner HUGO’S RESTAURANT 687 NATIONAL PIKE WEST BROWNSVILLE, PA A Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will be held to benefit Reverend Aleda Menchyk, Minister of Calvin United Presbyterian Church in Brownsville and BAMA Food Bank Coordinator. Rev. Aleda’s home, built in the 1870s by her great uncle, was severely damaged in a January 14 fire. Help her friends help her! She helps the Brownsville area, and now she needs our help! $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 years old and younger. Tickets available at the door or by calling 724-561-5616. Take-out dinners available. Basket raffles and drawings!

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LENTEN STUDY United Christian Church 499 E. Malden Drive Coal Center, PA The United Christian Church will present a Lenten Study on Adam Hamilton's series, John: The Gospel of Light and Life. The study time begins with a light meal at 5 p.m and study at 6. Follow the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus through the Gospel of John and understand the context of some of the best-known verses in the New Testament. Join us in Holy study during this season of Lent on Tuesday evenings starting February 20. We will start with a light meal at 5 p.m and begin the study at 6. This is for both adults and youth. If you would like the companion book, you can order it on Amazon or see Lisa Buday. If you could prepare the meal or assist in preparing food for an evening of study, please sign up. FMI: 724-938-2098


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Feb. 5 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Giving, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Natali Student Center Performance Center. Help with volunteer activities and donation opportunities. Donations of gently used children’s books, toaster pastries, board games, jigsaw puzzles, toiletry items, school supplies, and nonperishable food are welcome. Feb. 6 — Central Bank Blood Drive, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Natali Student Center Performance Center. To make an appointment, call the Cal U Center for Volunteer Programs and Service Learning at 724-938-4784 or visit Feb. 7 — Long Live Their Legacy: A Celebration of Negro League Baseball, 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Duda Hall, Room 103. Joel Gray, Pittsburgh Pirates’ community outreach coordinator, presents this Black History Month initiative designed to help educate students about Negro

Students seeking a Doctor of Chiropractic degree can get their start at California University of Pennsylvania. Cal U now offers dual degree programs in conjunction with three of the nation's top chiropractic colleges: Cal U's “3+3” dual degree programs allow students to earn a bachelor's degree at Cal U while transitioning into the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program at Palmer, NYCC or Logan. Under the agreements, students enroll in Cal U's B.S. in Biology program with a pre-professional concentration, where they take approved courses in chemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, human anatomy, microbiology and human physiology, along with other science and general education courses. After completing a minimum of 90 credits during three years of study at Cal U, qualifying students transfer to Palmer, NYCC or Logan to begin their chiropractic education. Approximately

League baseball. Feb. 19 — Soul Food Luncheon, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Gold Rush Culinary Center. Diners enjoy a menu created from recipes and stories from members of the Cal U community. Feb. 21 — Black Arts Festival & Multicultural Affairs Night at Cal U Basketball, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Convocation Center. Enjoy men’s and women’s games against Seton Hill. Halftime performances will include tributes to Black History Month. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students. Cal U students with valid CalCards and children under age 12 are admitted for free. Feb. 1-28 — The Dream Legacy Service Challenge. Campus organizations can compete in this challenge sponsored by the Center for Volunteer Programs and Service Learning and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Education.

30 credits earned in their first year of chiropractic study are accepted at Cal U, completing the requirements for the B.S. in Biology degree. Students then complete about two more years of study at Palmer, NYCC or Logan to earn the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. California University is enrolling students now for the dual degree program in pre-professional biology/chiropractic. Undergraduates who select Cal U's preprofessional concentration also can prepare to enter a variety of professional health science schools to study medicine, dentistry, podiatry, pharmacy, osteopathy, optometry, veterinary science or physical therapy. For details, contact Cal U's Office of Articulation and Transfer Evaluation at or 724-938-5939.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents “Musical Thrones”, “Bollywood Boulevard” & more The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series brings an array of diverse, unique theatrical performances by award-winning artists to the Cultural District this February MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire - Thursday, February 8, 2018 | Byham Theater | 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35 Fans of the most talked about show on television can now get their fantasy fix live on stage with the hilarious send-up MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire. MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire brings your most beloved and be-hated characters to life as you journey through all 6 seasons of the Emmy Award winning Game of Thrones series. Sing and dance along with Daenerys and her dragons, Tyrion, Joffrey and all the jolly members of the Lannister and Stark families in this love letter to fans. You will be transported to Thrones’ magical locations (if you close your eyes) where bloodthirsty musical theater comics leave no joke unturned in serving up Thrones’ notorious violence, power struggles, and more – plus worse yet – a ballad or two. This show is preparing for battle so saddle up and come on down to King’s Landing – and


hold onto your swords! This show contains adult content and is recommended for audience ages 12 and up. L.A. Theatre Works in The Mountaintop - Saturday, February 17, 2018 | August Wilson Center | 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Tickets start at $25. On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 the night before the killing is a mystery. In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid. Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop is rife with humor and political jabs, while giving us a glimpse at the human side of Martin Luther King Jr. Hours after his famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line, “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” the celebrated Reverend reveals his hopes, regrets, and fears, creating a masterful bridge between mortality and immortality. Please note: The Mountaintop contains

some mature language. Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema - Thursday, February 22, 2018 | Byham Theater | 7:30 p.m. - Tickets start at $30. The artistry of Hindi cinema comes alive during this exuberant stage show that fuses live music, dance, and imagery that will thrill lifelong fans and novices alike. Join a passionate group of performers as they trace the evolution of Bollywood, from black-and-white classics to colorful blockbusters, and bring the spirit and romance of India’s grand palaces, mountain vistas, and sweeping mustard fields. Bollywood Boulevard premiered on August 3, 2017 at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. PostSecret: The Show - Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | Byham Theater | 7:30 p.m. - Tickets start at $30. PostSecret: The Show is an immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others. Projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide the audience through crowd-sourced narratives revealing the true stories behind the secrets. See the hopeful, shocking, and painful secrets that

brought hundreds of millions to the PostSecret blog, became six best-selling books and are currently in a Smithsonian art exhibition. Frank Warren, Internet phenomenon and recipient of the Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award, collaborated with an award-winning team of theatre professionals to bring PostSecret to life, theatrically, for the first time. PostSecret: The Show is a breakthrough in audience sourced storytelling that reaches beyond the confines of the stage, reminding audiences that secrets can be both walls and bridges. This show content contains adult themes and is recommended for audience ages 16 and up. Ticket Information: Tickets are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at or in person at Theater Square Box Office.

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About Face with Tasha Oskey: Love the Skin You’re In Most people consider February to be the month of “love” because of Valentines Day. I always liked Valentines Day because it gives us something to celebrate in the doldrums of a long winter. Also, since it's the holiday that focuses on love, hopefully it reminds us to love one another and to love ourselves. With that in mind, this is a great time to pamper yourself by taking some extra time on your skin and nurturing yourself from the inside out. So whether you have a Valentines date night to get ready for or other plans, in this column I will be going over some things you can do to show yourself some love. As women we can be so hard on ourselves, especially when it comes to our appearance. Try not to be so critical of your appearance and be more accepting. Also, sometimes we do so much for others that we neglect taking time for ourselves, so I implore you to do that. Take a spa day with your friends or at home take some extra time for yourself. Instead of taking a quick shower, draw yourself a bath and soak for awhile. As far as your skincare regimen goes, this is a great time to add a mask into your routine. There are different kinds of face masks. I recommend choosing one based on your skin's needs. I really like the sheet masks because they are infused with different serums and you don't have to rinse afterwards. You just massage any remaining serum into your skin and walla your done! It's also great to use a mask before you put on makeup because it preps the skin nicely. The

point of all this, is whether you are prepping for Valentines Day or not, this is a good time to indulge a little and do a little more for your skin than you normally would. Do you know what's in the products you use? If your not sure you really should find out because you could be doing more harm than good to your skin. Rest assured I've not jumped onto the all natural, organic products bandwagon all of a sudden! Because even though those products sound good, that doesn't mean they are right for you either just because they are natural. Some ingredients such as glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, etc. are considered to be chemicals but yet do wonders for the skin. Whereas the more natural products aren't strong enough to do much for the skin. What I am referring to are products containing sulphates and parabens. These can cause irritation and dry out the skin by stripping it of it's natural oils. A lot of skincare and makeup products contain fillers that over time can

actually break down collagen in the skin. In the vein of being good to your skin, it's important to do your research and know what's in your products. Don't overdo it with skincare either by using too many products at once. Try to use the products that will target your skin's issues and be consistent with those products. There are many skincare fads that come and go so don't get caught up in that. Your skin will thank you! If your going out for Valentines Day why not go all out! Go for a bold lip and put on those fake eyelashes. This is a perfect time to do something daring that you wouldn't normally do. With that being said, as much as I love makeup, it's also a good idea once in awhile to give your skin a break from makeup even if it's just a few days. Wearing makeup all the time can clog the pores so give your skin some time off once in awhile. Let this Valentines Day be about taking some extra time to pamper yourself and don't be so hard on yourself. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Valentines Day than to love yourself and love the skin your in! About Face with Tasha is a new, regular column devoted to all things pertaining to beauty and skincare. Tasha Oskey isa Licensed Esthetician and Skincare Specialist at Massage Envy in uptown Mt. Lebanon. Have a question about skincare? Email us at and we’ll pass it on to her.

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Almost, Maine The Blaney Theatre March 1, 2, 3, 2018 @ 7 p.m., March 3, 2018 @ 2 p.m. This show explores gender, sexuality, discrimination, and bullying issues and introduces the concepts of civic responsibility and the nature of the human condition. High schoolers are welcome. Heathers: The Musical Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre April 12, 13, 14, 2018 @ 7 p.m., April 14, 2018 @ 2 p.m. This laugh-outloud musical comedy unapologetically explores issues of teen suicide, murder, bullying, homophobia, and gun violence. following the performance. Suitable for high school students. Cognitive Distortions: Spring

AARP Smart Driver Course offered at three locations

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The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Westmoreland County Community College is offering an AARP Smart Driver Course at three locations starting March 12. The eight-hour class will cover how to handle adverse driving conditions and traffic hazards, in addition to the effects of aging and medications on driving. There is no actual driving or written test involved in the program. Automobile insurance companies in Pennsylvania voluntarily provide premi-

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um reductions to graduates of the AARP Smart Driver Course. Additionally, four-hour refresher classes are offered to those who previously completed the eight-hour class. The program, developed by AARP and sponsored by RSVP, will be held at the following locations: Westmoreland County Community College, 145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood; Westmoreland-Latrobe, 130 Depot Street, Latrobe and Latrobe Senior Center, Fifth Ward School Building,

Avenue C, Latrobe. The fee for the class is $20 and registration is required. Registration for these classes is open. To register, call Westmoreland County Community College's Registration Center at 724-925-4204 or 1-800-2622103, extension 4204. These sessions are sponsored by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Westmoreland County. FMI:

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Mainstage May 3, 4, 5, 2018 @ dancers and choreographers as they explore the communicative aspects of the body. Open to all ages of students interested in dance; and to high school students studying psychology, physical and mental health, and society and cultures. FMI:


NOW PLAYING! Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. - 3 DOORS DOWN ACOUSTIC - BACK PORCH JAM - $39.75, $49.75, $65 ($5/$5.25 additional per ticket day of show); VIP Packages available 3 Doors Down has announced plans to stage the “Back Porch Jam” Tour, an acoustic interpretation of the band's hits, fan favorites and deep album cuts. Formed in 1995, Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down consistently captivates audiences worldwide. Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. CIRQUE D'OR - $25, $35, $45 With an array of the world's greatest acrobats, contortionists and aerial artists, Cirque D'Or has been entertaining fans around the world with tremendous popularity. Their electrifying and mesmerizing stunts have been performed live on and above the stage with breathtaking aerial performances. The show travels with a cast of 30 performers from around the world and is a thrill-a-minute spectacle. Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. - DONNIE IRIS - 75th - Encore Performance - $24, $38.50, $48.50, $74 Due to the overwhelming demand of his 75th Birthday Bash that sold out in under a week, Donnie Iris & The Cruisers have added an encore performance! Sunday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. - G3 with Joe Satriani, John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and Phil Collen (Def Leppard) - $48.50, $68.50, $88.50, $98.50; VIP Packages available Guitar icon Joe Satriani welcomes Dream Theater's John Petrucci and Def Leppard's Phil Collen to his action-packed celebration of guitar wizardry. Since its debut in 1996, Satriani's G3 tour has featured the world's greatest guitarists (everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp) and has become a consistent concert hall sell-out attraction in the U.S. and around the globe. Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. -

MARILLION - $45 ($5 additional per ticket day of show) Marillion, pioneers in the development of crowdfunding and fan-funded music, emerged from the brief progressive rock revival of the early '80s to become an international recording and touring phenomenon who have sold more than 15 million albums. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. - THE SPINNERS AND SPECIAL GUEST THE MARCELS - $48, $58, $68, $78 Hailing from Detroit, rhythm & blues vocal group The Spinners topped the charts with hits “I'll Be Around”, “The Rubberband Man”, “Working My Way Back to You” and “Could It Be I'm Falling in Love.” They will be joined by The Marcels, the guys who put the “Bomp” in the “BompA-Bomp” back in 1961 with their first hit single “Blue Moon.” Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra KEYS TO THE HEART - $15, $27, $33, $35, $48 Tickets available by visiting or calling 724.837.1850 Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. - PARTY AT THE PALACE - One Party - Four Seasons - VIP Party & Event Ticket $125, Event Only Ticket $75 ($10 additional at the door) The theatre will be transformed into four different party areas to include live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres and desserts! The celebration kicks off with a 6 p.m. VIP Party on stage, which includes passed hors d'oeuvres, live music, a commemorative photograph, and a glass of champagne. Following the VIP event, the party moves into the outer areas of the theatre for live entertainment from area theatre organizations, friends, fun, and an impressive offering of delectable hors d'oeuvres. All proceeds benefit programs of Westmoreland Cultural Trust. Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. River City Brass presents CELTIC HURRICANE - Adult $25 - 31; Senior $23 - $29; Student $10; Children 6 and under free The popular Celtic show is back for a fifth season! Celebrate spring with songs like Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and Caledonia, played with River City Brass' unique fusion of brass band, pipes, and drums. Tickets available at or calling 412.434.7222

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Pastor Hargraves: Continuing Education in Faith I had a most excellent lesson midJanuary; a continuing education in faith. I did not expect it. Myself along with many other clergy in our United Methodist district are invited to participate in a book study. Traditionally this is viewed as obligatory. Some may move it right to the mandatory category. In our busy clergy ministries, the addition of a book study is a challenge and the timing of this study comes during Lent. Lent often is busy with additional worship services and local church bible studies. So, to determine whether I would oblige the invite to participate or not, I decided to investigate the contributors to the book. My investigation did not get far. Four writers contributed to this 111-page book. I decided to check out the pastor of the group - Pastor Dave Barnhart of ST Junia UMC in Birmingham AL. I began by reviewing his blog. I looked through the blog for entries specific to the topic the book study would be tackling. Easy enough, there were several entries and I began to read. I began to read hoping for any excuse to get out of being a part of this book study. Instead, my faith expanded; my education continued. My education in faith continued by a few simple words in Barnhart's blog. Be “a burden-lifter” (Barnhart 2013). A burden lifter makes perfect sense to this believer in God. Oh, the burdens this world has for us; oh, the burdens humanity makes for one another; oh, the burdens we make for ourselves. What a moment of education, in faith - be a burden-lifter. However, with me a lot of education takes a while for concepts to truly sink in. I must percolate a while on a thought, or allow a concept to run

around the recesses of my mind for a fair amount of time, or I need the concept to meet with real life application. The provisions of real life applications for burden lifting has been coming in droves since that Continuing Ed moment. Personally, I think God has a hand in this. It is as if God has said, “Dawn, just to be sure you understand this, let me give you a number of examples and experiences to help you practice.” So, I have been practicing being a burden-lifter. There are times in life when we are supposed to make time for education in faith or continuing education in faith. Some know this as spiritual formation. There is a lot to learn. There is a lot to unlearn. There is a lot that might remain a mystery. And then, there just might be a Continuing Ed moment that transforms you and me. May your continuing education in faith enlighten you. Pastor Dawn is the pastor at California United Methodist Church..Services are held at California United Methodist Church each Sunday at 10 a.m. at 227 Third Street in California. All are welcome!

Japanese exhibit on display at Carnegie Museum Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces a new exhibition of one of the most celebrated works of Japanese art, the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido by master printmaker Utagawa (And?) Hiroshige. The series depicts the spectacular landscapes and interesting characters encountered along the journey from Edo (now Tokyo) to the imperial capital Kyoto. Central to the exhibition are CMOA's prints from the first H?eid? edition; 55 in total, created between 1831 and 1834. This will be

the first time in 25 years that the entire series has been on view at the museum. Visitors can follow the progress of the journey along the gallery walls, moving from location to location. In a unique twist, visitors will see examples from Hiroshige's other series to illustrate the artist's varied approach to the same subject and innovations of vantage point, perspective, and scale. The exhibit will be on display March 24-July 8 in Gallery One FMI:

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The hit musical “The Bodyguard” to take stage at the Benedum Center The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical The Bodyguard, will play the Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, from February 27 to March 4, 2018. Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox* stars as Rachel Marron. In the role of bodyguard Frank Farmer is television star Judson Mills. Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, and adapted by Academy Award-winner (Birdman) Alexander Dinelaris, The Bodyguard had its world premiere on December 5, 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre. The Bodyguard was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Best Set Design and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards. The UK production of the musical recently completed a triumphant return run in London’s West End after a sell-out 16month UK and Ireland tour. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You. Direction is by Thea Sharrock. Set & costume design is by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Richard Brooker and video


design by Duncan McLean. Choreography is by Karen Bruce, orchestrations by Chris Egan, musical supervision by Richard Beadle and production musical supervision by Mike Dixon. Musical director Matthew Smedal conducts the live orchestra. The U.S. National tour of The Bodyguard is produced by Michael Harrison, David Ian and Nederlander Presentations, Inc. Rounding out the principal cast are Alex Corrado (Gotham, Hannibal) as Tony Scibelli, Rachel’s personal security guard, Charles Gray (Broadway: The Color Purple, Tour: The Lion King) as manager Bill Devaney, Jonathan Hadley (Broadway: Jersey Boys, A Class Act) as publicist Sy Spector, Jorge Paniagua (Regional: The Full Monty, Oregon Shakespeare Festival) as the Stalker, Jasmin Richardson (Tour: Memphis, Dreamgirls) as Rachel’s sister Nicki Marron, Mark McCollough Thomas (NYC: Consent, Godforsaken) as FBI agent Ray Court, and Kevelin B. Jones



III (Idlewild Music Festival) and Sebastian Maynard-Palmer (Tour: Kinky Boots) alternating in the role of Rachel’s son Fletcher. The ensemble includes Adam Barabáš, Elyssa Jo Brown, Henry Byalikov, Megan Elyse Fulmer, Devinn Harris, Alex Jackson, Megan Melville, DeQuina Moore, Kevin Mylrea, Stefan Raulston, Matthew Schmidt, Amber Snow, Lauren Tanner, and Naomi C. Walley. Tickets currently start at $30 and are available at these official ticket sources: online at, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-4800, or in person Theater Square Box Office at 655 Penn Avenue. Tickets for Groups of 10+ are available online at or by phone at 412-471-6930. Performances for The Bodyguard take place Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evening at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


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Auditions will be held for Washington Community Theatre’s production of “Hairspray” on March 19 & 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Auditions will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1793 100 East Wheeling Street in Washington, PA. Come prepared to sing 32 measures of a song and to do a reading. Pianist will be provided. No chorus roles for children under the age of 12 and limited space in ensemble for children under 16. For questions, please call 724225-0140. Show dates: June 20-24 at the Washington Park Main Pavilion


JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Auditions will be held at the Geyer Performing Arts Center on February 10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. & February 12 from 6-9:30 p.m. CALLBACKS: Wednesday, February 14 at 6 p.m. All ages. Please come prepared with 24-32 bars of the song of your choice. Please bring appropriate dance attire. You may be asked to sing selections from the show.

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Every Monday at 10 a.m. is STORY TIME with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Monday at 10 a.m. and Story Time with Kristen and Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10 a.m. Each Story Time includes a snack & craft. Story Time is open to any child with a desire to learn and play. Reservations are recommended. The California Recreation Authority sponsors Saturday Story Time. FMI: Call 724-938-2907. The Bentleyville Public Library has moved to a temporary location at the Fairway Communications building at 608 Main Street, Bentleyville. Make It Monday Stop by from noon till 7:30 for a stand alone activity every Monday that you can make yourself. (STEM Activity) Every Tuesday TOPS 5-5:30 p.m. weigh-in, 5:30 -6:15 - Meeting.Weight loss group Coffee & Crayons Every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Stop by and color with the community. Bring your own coloring book or try one of ours. Lego Club the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. for ages 7 and up Bible Study every Thursday at 1 p.m. Feb. 13 - Board Meeting Board meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 - Book Club at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 - Family Craft Night open to all ages 5:30 p.m. Every third Wednesday of the month. Please register by calling the library 724-239-5122 Feb. 26 - Friends of Bentleyville Library Help support the library and plan fun events 6:30 p.m. FMI: Call us at 724-239-5122.


CHARTIERS-HOUSTON LIBRARY 730 West Grant St., Houston TAG:Teen Advisory Group meets First Saturday of every month at 12 noon. Are you in grades 6-12? Want to earn volunteer hours in the company of your friends? Join our Teen Advisory Group and meet once a month to brainstorm ideas about programs you’d like to see in the library, books you’d want to recommend, or projects you and other volunteers could help the library complete. “Brainfood”, aka, snacks, will be provided and the library Wii video games, and board games will be made available at each meeting. Looking for crafting buddies to inspire your creative projects? Come to our monthly crafterdays. Here we welcome crafters of all kinds to sit and knit, crochet, or even paper mache in the company of other creative crafters. Each crafterday will also include printed instructions and a live demo on how to make a simple craft. Event held 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. 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. Wednesdays at 6 p.m. “Shut Up & Write” This is a venue for writers to work in the company of other writers on a regular basis. First Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Join our Mystery Book Club for a riveting read and book discussion. Register at the library or call us at 724-745-4300.

Feb. 6 from 6-8 p.m. - Come join Cheryl Hopper, a local fiber artist, and friends who would like to share their love of crochet. Bring your crochet and let us share our work and have an evening of friendship and crochet. If you would like to learn how to crochet come we would love to teach you. If you have questions call 724-747-0220. Feb. 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. - Love on the Rocks - Join us for another rock painting party, everyone is invited! Materials provided or you can bring your own. Feb. 14 from 1-3 p.m. - Sweets and Treats for Seniors - Join us for our monthly series for seniors and their families.This month's topic is “Myths about Healthcare”. RSVP at the library. Feb. 15 from 6-7 p.m. - Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club - The book for this month is The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. Free and open to the public, feel free to bring a Snack! Meets in the Conference Room. Teen Time Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. Come hang out, play games, use

our Maker Space, & more. New activities every week. For grades 6 and up. Middle Grade Book Club - Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Discuss books, make a craft, and eat some pizza. For grades 6-8. Every Friday in the Children's department there are crafts to make or activities to do. Stop by any time for these drop in activities, no sign ups required. Monthly Chess Club Meets the first Saturday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m., and is open to all ages and all levels of play. Instructors will be available. Chess Club is free, and is open to all ages, including adults. LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mons, 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. To volunteer, email Citizen’s Library is located at 55 South College Street,Washington, PA 15301. Phone # is 724-222-2400 FMI:

FREDERICKTOWN AREA LIBRARY 38 WATER ST., FREDERICKTOWN WEBSITE: PHONE: 724-377-0017 Reading Club will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the library. Call the library to register your child. Discovery Detectives will meet the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the library. Call the library to register your child. Teen Book Club will meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the library. Call to register. SIT N KNIT/CROCHET will meet the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Beginner through expert is wel-

come. Rep. Pam Snyder's Community Outreach staff is at the library every third Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. 3 p.m.. Just stop in! No appointment needed. Would you like to be a powerful advocate for the Fredericktown Area Public Library? We are looking for a few good men and women who would like to serve as library trustees. If interested just stop in the library.

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Free Monday Movie Matinee. Stop by

Tiny Tunes Music Mondays at 11 a.m. Ages: 2½ 5 with an adult.Tiny Tunes Music is a fun, casual program of playing with and learning about music. Book Babies Tues at 10 a.m. Birth-12 months with an adult. Mother Goose Storytime Tues at 11 a.m. Ages: 12 24 months with an adult. They're just learning to talk -give them something to talk about. Toddler Tales Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Ages: 2 3½ with an adult. Wii Sports for Adults Every Wednesday Stay active in the comfort of your library. No registration required. Kindergarten Storytime Thursdays at 10 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. Ages: Kindergartners and 5-year-olds.This full-hour program goes the next step in learning and loving reading. Register at the Youth Services Desk. Coloring, Coffee & Classics 9:15 a.m. For ages 18 and up. Every Wednesday in Café Lee. Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. Drop In Chess Tues at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Every Tues in Café Lee. Drop in with a partner and challenge yourselves to a game or two of chess. FMI, call 724-941-9430.

the library on the first Monday of each month at 1:00pm for the viewing of a newly released film to DVD. Popcorn and water are provided. Friends of the Library Monthly meetings are held at 6:30pm on the 4th Monday of each month. 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.

JOHN K.TENER LIBRARY 638 Fallowfield Ave. Charleroi Craft days for kids. A new craft will be available the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. FMI about the John K.Tener Library in Charleroi, call 724-483-8282.

BROWNSVILLE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 SENECA ST., BROWNSVILLE WEBSITE: PHONE: 724-785-7272 Play K programs begin Wednesday February 7 for children ages 3-5. Registration is required. Please call for more information. Children's Spring Story Time will begin March 21, and will take place on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. through May 9. No registration required, the more the

merrier! The library will be closed on Monday, February 19. One-on-one computer and technology classes are ongoing - call to make your appointment today. You can get your library card free of charge if you live within Fayette, Washington, or Greene County!

LOCAL LIBRARIES, LEND US YOUR NEWS. Is your local library having a special event or fundraiser? Are you having a guest speaker or author reading/signing? Do you offer story hours, tech help and/or classes? Are you having a used book sale? Send us your news. There is NEVER A FEE to list library activities in our pages. Send your library news to or call 724-769-0123.

MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY 326 Donner Ave., Monessen

The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.. New members are always welcome. The Monessen Crochet/Knitting Group will meet on Wednesday, February 14 and 28, 2018, at 6 p.m.. Stop by the Library and pick up great old classics or new reading material for those cold winter nights. At the book sale, gently used copies of books are

DONORA PUBLIC LIBRARY 510 Meldon Avenue in Donora

Storytime with Miss Angie (Preschool ages) Friday's at 10 a.m. Please join us at the Donora Public Library for Storytime with Miss Angie, geared for preschool ages. Ladies Bridge Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday's of each month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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backs. Children's Storytime will be held Mondays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m..Toddler time is Tuesdays at 1 p.m.. Need chocolate for Valentines Day, on February 14? The Library has Sarris Candy bars available at the Circulation Desk. Pick some up today! As part of the Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center Author Series, the Library will host local author, Jamie Lackey, on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 1 to 4 p.m. for a book signing and discussion session. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about Jamie Lackey,

from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Book Club (Adults) meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:30p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lion's Club Meeting meet the 3rd Monday each month at 6:00 p.m. Monongahela Valley Community Band meets every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Donora Public Library will partner with the Southwestern Goodwill to host a donation drive.We are once

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AUDITIONS FOR DISNEY’S HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Actors and Artists of Fayette County presents auditions for “Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame” on Friday, April 13 from 69 p.m. and Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film's Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. The new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo's gothic novel. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. Callbacks: Saturday, April 14 (Time TBD if necessary) Show Dates: June 14-17, 2018

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Ongoing Events Story Time (starts 2/12) - Monday through Thursday mornings. Programs for children 9 months to 5 years old are offered during the school year to promote early literacy skills. Check our website calendar for days and times appropriate for your child, call the children's desk, or email Miss Barb at Madcap Mondays (starts 2/12) Mondays 4:30-5:30pm for Grades 5-8 & Mondays 5:30-6:30pm for Grades 2-4 Science, crafts, slime, painting, games, bots and many other activities. Come try something new or do something you already love! Sign up by calling the Children's Desk 724-745-1308. Email questions to Ms. Barb at Spanish Story Time (starts 2/13) Tuesday mornings at 11:15am Preschool children can join Ms. Noreen for story time favorites - stories and songs - in Spanish. Children will also have fun learning common Spanish words. Email questions to Ms. Noreen at Lego Club Mondays 5-6pm Children in grades K-8 collaborate with other Master Builders on their own designs or special building challenges. Little Picassos (starts 2/14) Wednesday mornings at 10:15am Children ages 2 - 5 years old along with their fun loving adult can join Miss Barb at the library to do a craft with messy things like glitter, glue, water, paints, etc. Dress appropriately to get messy! Family Night (beginning 1/16) Tuesdays at 6:30pm Come join the fun at our all ages evening story hour with stories, games and activities to share. Table Top Gaming Wednesdays 3-6pm With more than twenty games to choose from, we invite you and your friends to stop by and play a few! If you can't make this organized playing time, feel free to stop by anytime to play. Fiction Book Club Adults join us as we discuss a book selected by the book club members. Stop by the adult circulation desk to pick up your copy. New members are welcome! . Of Dice and Men Roleplaying Games Saturdays at 2pm Weekly, tabletop, role-

playing gaming sessions; we play a variety of games, most notably Dungeons & Dragons and Call of Cthulhu. For Teens and adults; newcomers should come an hour early to set up characters for play. Computer Instruction Designated library staff will provide one-on-one computer help by appointment only. Call the library at 724-745-1308 for more information or to sign up for an appointment. Page Turners (High School Students) Book Club Join us for the Page Turners next book club meeting. New members are welcome. Wiggles and Giggles (starts 2/15) Thursdays at 11:15am - This is a motion class for 2 - 5 year olds.We will be moving and dancing for 35-40 minutes, so no sitting! Email questions to Ms. Barb at Teen Writers' Club - Are you a student in grades 7 - 12 who enjoys writing? Whether you enjoy writing fiction, poetry, short stories or more, stop by to meet like-minded teens.We'll write, share and support each other through the creative process. Check our website for date and times. Email questions to Beth Kairush,Teen Advisory Board coordinator, at Upcoming Events Saturday 2/3 11-12pm - Page Turners High School Book Club is reading Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer and will meet in the Teen Lounge 11-12 p.m. Feb. 3. Monday 2/5 - Vegas Day 1-3pm Senior citizens - scratch that Vegas itch with a less costly trip to your library. Win a prize playing casino-like games while enjoying light refreshments. Monday 2/5 - Teen Advisory Board 67pm - Students in grades 7 - 12 meet monthly to plan, organize and lead activities that will engage and benefit members of the community. Planned activities can be fun, educational, or service related, and they can be for anyone of any age. If you are a student who is interested in making a difference in your community, stop by the meeting or call Beth Kairush,Teen Advisory Board coordinator, at 724-745-1308 for more

information. Thursday 2/8 - Paint & Sip 6-8pm Join us for an evening of painting while enjoying light bites, wine and the company of friends.The fee is $20 and must be paid at the time of registration. Please sign up early as we require a minimum of six participants to hold this event and only have space for 12 people. Deadline for sign up is Tuesday February 6th. If necessary the snow day will be Thursday 2/15. Saturday 2/10 - Valentine's Day Gala 10:00-12:00 - Be My Valentine's Day Gala. Join us in the Children's Department for games, crafts, cookies and some heart felt stories. No Reservations. Wednesday 2/14 - Fiction Book Club 12pm - Adults join us as we discuss Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Stop by the adult circulation desk to pick up your copy. New members are welcome! Monday 2/19 - Vegas Day 1-3pm Senior citizens - scratch that Vegas itch with a less costly trip to your library. Win a prize playing casino-like games while enjoying light refreshments. Tuesday 2/20 - Nonfiction Book Club 2pm - Join us this month as we discuss The Quartet by Joseph Ellis. New members are welcome! Stop by the adult circulation desk to pick up your copy. More from Your Library Art on Display in the Athena Sarris Gallery Visit the second floor of the library regularly to enjoy the exhibits provided by talented local artists and photographers. If you're an artist interested in displaying your work in this venue, please visit our website or stop in to get an application. Gently Used Books for Sale Our used book sale is ongoing and new titles are being added all the can replenish your bookshelves for just $5 per bag or buy individual books for $0.25, $0.50 or $1.00. For a complete listing of events, visit the Frank Sarris Library's website at, on the Event page, or call 724-745-1308 for more information.

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Cal U presence to be felt at Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on February 4 While neither team's uniforms will be Vulcans red and black, Cal U will have an impact on the field and behind the scenes when the Philadelphia Eagles try to dethrone the New England Patriots at Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis, Minn. Gene Steratore, Class of 1988, will be the referee heading the officiating crew. And five Cal U alumni, plus a former instructor, handle front-office duties for the NFC champion Eagles. Steratore has been a referee for 12 of his 15 years as an NFL official. This will be his first Super Bowl assignment and his 12th post-season game. Although he will be the first Cal U graduate to serve as the Super Bowl referee, Steratore is the third alumnus to officiate the big game. His older brother, Tony Steratore '87, was the back judge for Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, and for Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 - a point of pride for their mother, alumna Jean Steratore '87. The first alumnus to officiate the NFL's biggest game was 2010 Cal U Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Dale Hamer '60. He was the head linesman for Super Bowl XVII in 1983 and Super Bowl XXII in 1988. Hamer retired from the field in 2001 and stepped down as a replay-booth official in 2014. Officials are not allowed to talk to the media during the season, and he joked that a pre-game comment from Steratore would be out of the question. “Gene's an outstanding referee, and this really should have happened a long time ago,” Hamer said. “He runs a good, solid game and has the respect of all the coaches and media. When a team sees Gene come on to the field, they know what kind of game they'll get. “He'll let them play, but he will be tough.” Paul Lancaster '95, a former Vulcan basketball standout, is in his first year as the Eagles' director of player engagement - the same role he played for 16 years with the Buffalo Bills. It's Lancaster's job to be a mentor and resource for all Eagles players off the field. Through a wide array of programs, he prepares them mentally, emotionally and physically for life on the gridiron and supports them during their transition to post-football careers. This is Lancaster's first playoff season, and he's been busy helping Eagles players and their families make arrange-

ments for the game. “God just put me in the right place at the right time, and our players did such a phenomenal job,” Lancaster said. “For my family and I to go the Super Bowl my first year here, after not getting a whiff of the playoffs for 16 years, is really beyond words.” Lancaster pointed out another Cal U connection: Dr. Kevin Elko '81, a performance consultant and motivational speaker, is on retainer with the Eagles and addressed the team before its NFC championship win over Minnesota. Both Lancaster and Elko are originally from Brownsville, Pa. Four more alumni, all graduates of Cal U's exercise science program, are part of

the Eagles' Sports Science team: Shaun Huls '16, director of high performance; Joe O'Pella '09, assistant athletic trainer; and Keith Gray '13 and Ben Wagner '15, assistant strength and conditioning coaches. And Chris Peduzzi, head athletic trainer for the Eagles, has been an instructor for both graduate and undergraduate programs in Cal U's Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies. Dr. Barry McGlumphy, a professor in the department, developed Cal U's master's degree program in exercise science and health promotion. Each year he also works as an athletic trainer for National Football League teams, including several Eagles training camps and some regularseason games. “I have been very fortunate to work closely with many of these professionals and cannot state enough how important they are to the success of the Eagles team this season,” McGlumphy said. Huls said his Cal U degree, which was in the sport psychology concentration, has been very helpful. He coordinated strength and conditioning and injury programs for the Navy SEALs before joining the Eagles in 2013. “In any walk of life you are always dealing with the psychological aspects and athletes are no different,” he said. “I looked at this degree as a vehicle for my own self-improvement so that I could extend better benefits to the players. “I felt the Cal U program was high quality education that definitely fit our busy schedule.” McGlumphy has tracked the success of his program's graduates since 2003. Tallying alumni who've worked in the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA and MLS, he speculates that Cal U's online exercise science program leads the nation for the number of graduates working in professional sports. “These graduates have excelled in the professional setting and are responsible for the year-round health care and conditioning of this Super Bowl-bound team. “It is refreshing to know that as proud as we are of these graduates, they are equally as proud to represent Cal U each day in their pursuit of excellence.” That pursuit continues on Super Bowl Sunday.

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TAX HELP FOR THE ELDERLY The Fayette County Community Action Agency will be assisting local residents with their income tax return this tax season. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free tax help to people who earn $53,000 or less and cannot afford professional assistance.Volunteers will be available to help prepare basic tax returns for taxpayers with special needs, including persons with disabilities, low to moderate income, unemployed, and elderly taxpayers. Trained and certified community volunteers can help eligible taxpayer with credits, such as the EITC, Child Tax Credit or Credit for the Elderly The TCE-VITA tax season begins on Monday, January 22, 2018, and is located at the Uniontown Mall. The days of operation are Monday thru Friday from 9am to 3 pm. Mondays and Wednesdays- Walkins, and Tuesdays,Thursdays, & Fridays - appointment only,To schedule an appointment the number to call is 724-430-6430. This year we have another tax site location in the Masontown area by appointment only on Thursdays. For taxpayers who want to prepare and file their own tax returns electronically, there is IRS Free File. Individuals or families with 2015 adjusted gross incomes of $60,000 or less can file their taxes by using the free file software, The VITA-TCE Program for Fayette County is sponsored by Fayette County Community Action Agency and is funded by the United States Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service and United Way. FMI: 31