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The Lucky Ones Like many people, I am fascinated by history, and am particularly intrigued by the history of my own family, and the stories of the ancestors who came before me, who lived and loved in times go by. On my father’s side of the family, we can trace our roots back to an ancient Scottish clan, Clan Currie, and we have our own unique tartan and coat of arms. On my mother’s side, the branches of our family tree include some names of note, as I can count among my departed relatives both American folk hero Davy Crockett, “King of the Wild Frontier,” and John Sevier, the first governor of Tennessee. Then there’s the stories my late grandmother Eleanor used to tell me about how her “people” hailed from Ireland, and immigrated to the United States after the Great Potato Famine. “They were so hungry and so poor back in Ireland, Carla,” she would say, “They would pass around the one potato they had and sniff it before they split it up.” Now, I don’t know how much of that was folklore versus truth, and I know my grandmother had a flair for the dramatic and a tendency to exaggerate details. However, I do know our ancestors were of Irish descent, and arrived in the United States in the mid-19th century. There are a lot of stereotypes about Irish people, much like there are common misconceptions about all ethnicities. Our food is bland, our hair is red, and we’re all affable if violent alcoholics. Then there’s the perception that all Irish people

are lucky. Now, admittedly, I was born with fiery red hair and an equally fiery spirit, but I am mostly non-confrontational and abhor violence. Having said that, I’ve had extraordinary luck during most of my 42 years on this planet. Not only do I have a penchant for winning contests - half the take, basket auctions, etc. I’ve had my fair share of sheer, dumb luck, of being fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time when an opportunity has presented itself. So, whether it’s related to my Irish ancestry or not, there’s no denying I’m one of the lucky ones. That being said, I mostly believe people make their own luck. They set goals, they work hard, and they stay focused on their objectives until they achieve them. Success is not contingent on some magical, elusive quality found at the end of a rainbow, rather, it is the end result of a combination of inspiration and perspiration, of dreaming of the impossible and then setting about to make it possible. This edition is dedicated to those individuals who have - instead than waiting for fortune to smile upon them - found ways to take charge of and mold their own destinies. Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

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James and the Giant Peach, the musical, promises adventure at California Area High School Story by Keren Lee Dreyer James and the Giant Peach is not your typical Cinderella story. Authored by Roald Dahl, the story follows James, the main character, as he loses his parents at the age of four in a terrible accident at the London Zoo (they were eaten by an angry rhinoceros, to be exact). But like Cinderella, he ends up being abused. With help from a mysterious man, he magically finds a way out through beans that grow a giant peach. Inside this peach, James finds new insect friends, all of whom embark on a harrowing journey that ultimately ends with… Well, you will simply have to see the show to experience the rest of the story. And what a show California Area School District has in store for the musical version of this stage production. “Expect the unexpected” said director, John Rohlf. “Whenever I looked at this show, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it is. But, after seeing it, I was blown away at how neat it is. With the group of kids we have, we’ve been able to do neat things with the scenery and shadow puppets.” “Neat things” continue on with costuming, which are the result of a collaboration between Rohlf and the student actors. “A lot of the main characters are

basing themselves off of historical figures. We had also looked at David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Princess Diana, Elton John, a lot of British performers. We then based costumes on their styles and what they wore. They connect not only with what the insect (characters) might be, but also the British experience. We will be using British accents. The story is British, so we’ve been trying to lean into that much as we can.” Helping out with proper British accents is stage manager, Lindsey Frick, a recent graduate of Capa High School in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The school provides academic and arts education, and Frick’s studies on British accents there are being employed to help create authentically British sounding dialogue for the show. “It’s probably one of the biggest challenges because it’s so new to them (the


cast)” Rohlf said. “One cast member wanted her character to be from Australia, so she did a lot of research of the area and accent. It’s been a journey.” Rohlf was introduced to James and the Giant Peach while working with theatre students over the summer at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA. “I heard the songs and was blown away at how catchy and how well written they were.

I didn’t know where they were from and learned that they were from James and the Giant Peach. I read that Dahl wrote this as a kind of therapy because he was dealing with a potential tragedy with his firstborn child.” Sharp-eyed readers will recognize Roald Dahl’s name as the writer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and a number of other children’s books. He wrote a number of television stories that appeared on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” along with the screenplays for James Bond’s “You Only Live Twice,” and the classic “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” As a musical, complete with a live pit band, Dahl’s fantastical writing shines through and promises a family-friendly, entertaining evening for all. “Come and be ready to go on an adventure,” Rahl enthused, “That’s the theme we’re trying to get across. We’re devising it as we go and just taking the journey.” James and the Giant Peach goes up at California Area High School on March 8 and runs through March 10. Show times are 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. All seats are $8 - a small price to pay for a big journey.


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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr is proud to announce the company’s 50th Anniversary Season lineup, featuring a mixedrepertory production of Pittsburgh talent and a celebration of George Balanchine and P.I. Tchaikovsky in honor of PBT’s milestone season. Details on page 16. Submit your photos for consideration for Editor’s Choice “Pic”of the Issue to Original photography only accepted for consideration.



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Julia House offers recovery based housing for women in crisis Story by Keren Lee Dreyer When most entrepreneurs create a business, its design is to fulfill a desire for occupational independence while creating a black bottom line by answering a market demand. Dylan Sullivan, founder of Sullivan Brothers Coffee in Uniontown, had exactly these things in mind when founding his company at 23 N. Beeson Boulevard. But when another demand was brought to his attention, his thoughts turned from profit to non-profit to fulfill that need. Recovery based housing in Uniontown was mostly for men, as it was pointed out to Sullivan by several women, meaning women finished with recovery and in need of an apartment to restart their lives had few, if any, options. Sullivan was already on the way to remodeling for apartments in January of 2017, and was told by those women “if you’re thinking about apartments, you should think about recovery based apartments for women.” Sullivan did, and Julia House, a 501(c)(3), was founded that same month. Fortunately, the city “did allow for things like this,” so permits were no problem. However, overcoming public perception was another thing, as Sullivan explained “A lot of times people do have problems because people want access to housing, but not in their neighborhoods. There’s a stigma attached to it. There’s no treatment happening there. These are people who have been through their treatment and are finding a way to live.” To foster their transition from their former halfway house lives to independence, Sullivan provides rooms for up to eight residents according to his “unofficial sort of motto of ‘clean, safe, affordable housing.’” Working with that goal, and the women, is Sarah, who is “sort of like a manager and will work with the women personally. She has experience in the field of addiction treatment. Sarah actually helps with the house and interacts with the women on a personal level. I work on the big picture things such as maintenance and rules and regulations” though, when needed, Sarah

and Sullivan may swap roles. Most women at Julia House successfully worked their way through Good Works Life Recovery House in Uniontown, PA. This faith-based organization cultivates “positive coping skills to resist the temptations of chemical dependency” while learning “how to walk with God on their personal journey to healing and recovery,” according to their web site. However, overcoming chemical dependency is only part of the equation. Many of these women were literally raised on the streets or in abusive family environments, or worse. With no semblance of a typical home life, basic skills that come naturally to most people are unknown to them. Both Julia House and Good Works Life Recovery House help by teaching “the basics of the basics” according to Sullivan, including the importance of making your bed in the morning and “getting up and out to work on time, and being good at your job.” Other basics reinforced at Julia House comport with faith-based themes, including “don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t steal, inside or outside of Julia House” said Sullivan. Most of what those rebuilding their lives at Julia House learn is that there are people just like them, people with the same struggles and same hopes and dreams. Some may perceive that they’ve slid too far down the scale, Sullivan said, but seeing people who have been successful in recovery, and “accomplished all this stuff against all odds” is inspirational and creates a sense of hope for the future. One current resident of Julia House

living that hope, who will go by Jackie B here, states “I don’t think I would have made it out there without this place. I would probably have gone back to the life I was living.” At the house, she said “We keep each other accountable, helping each other with rides, finding jobs, going to meetings, things like that. We all help each other.” “I have a good life now, and a good job. It’s not something I thought I would ever have. I work with intellectually challenged people” Jackie said of the positive direction her life is now moving. “I would say my next step is going to be to buy a house or someplace to live, and stay in Uniontown. They have the best place for recovery. I want to stay here and do my job and do whatever I can to help people...when people know there are people who care and really want you to succeed, it puts a whole new light on it. They see what you’re doing and want that for themselves.” Seeing those who have successfully gone through recovery and have made it to Julia House is part of becoming and independent member of society. Jackie B relates what many in the grip of substance abuse experience, both in the life and during recovery, saying “When I was using, I had no self-esteem. I didn’t think I was worth anything. I didn’t even want to live. But when I went to a halfway house, they show you that you’re worth something and that God has a reason for you in this world. They help, and it makes you want to help people in the same way.” Unfortunately - and incredibly there are many substance abusers who do not realize that non-judgmental help is available to them. “That’s why there’s people out there still dying” Jackie B said, “They don’t know there’s a better way and they just give up. That’s the grips of addiction; it gets hold of you and won’t let go. But there’s people out there to help you, every step. It’s hard but so worth it. I wish I could tell everybody about it.” Sullivan’s future plans include expanding the apartments under the auspices of Julia House, reasoning that it is “better they be in a place Continued on next page...

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like Julia House than in some seedy part of town. We have plans to satisfy the need because this problem isn’t going away anytime soon. They (Julia House residents) expressed that they don’t want to leave, but know they have to make room for people coming in. So the idea is to make a place with a little bit less structure, a little bit less support, but still a part of Julia House, so we’re going to try.” “It’s a good feeling to step outside of that life and into something bet-

ter” Jackie B said, “and it’s there for anyone. People will gladly help… .(and) once you realize how powerless you are and that there is a God, it’s such a relief and makes your life so much easier. It’s probably the most important part of recovery.” To learn more about Julia House, e-mail, and visit Good Works Life Recovery House at to learn more about their halfway house programs.

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Esteemed Art and Antique Appraiser Coming to Local Venues in March

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Story by Dave Zuchowski A year after Kurt Shaw accepted the position of art critic for the Pittsburgh “Tribune Review,” someone phoned him to see if he might know the value of a painting by Pittsburgh artist, Henry Koerner. “That when I realized I knew how to appraise and decided to spend the next three years studying with the Appraisers Association of America,” Shaw said. After the AAA certified Shaw, the International Fine Art Appraisers invited him to join its organization in 2012. Since then, he's been offering an average of 10 public appraisals every year at places like community libraries, senior centers, historical societies, frame shops and art galleries. This is addition to doing appraisals for estates, banks, trust officers of banks, estate lawyers and private individuals for tax purposes and insurance settlements. This month, Shaw will visit two local venues to appraise the art and antiques of locals who might be interested in learning the value of everything from old family heirlooms to potentially valuable items bought at a yard sale. From 1 to 4 p.m on March 9, he'll be at the Uniontown Art Club, 86 W. Main St. in Uniontown for an event titled the “What It's Worth Appraisal Fair.” Those with items they'd like to have appraised will be charged $10 in advance for the first item or $12 at the door. (For an advance ticket, stop at the art club store, 86 W. Main St. between 12:30 and 5:30 p,m., Monday - Saturday). The cost for each additional item to be appraised is $5. From noon to 3 p.m. on March 30 he'll be at Lois Guinn Framing, 3339 Washington Rd. in McMurray. The cost per appraised item is $10 for the first, $5 for the second with a two item limit. During each appraisal, Shaw will ask about the item's history, research its latest fair market value on a computer and provide the owner with a list of area auction houses, information on how auction houses work and a recommendation as to which auction house to take their particular item to. For those with a piece of furniture or bulky pieces too cumbersome to move to the venue, Shaw recommends bringing in multiple photos of the item taken from the front, back and side as well as photos of any tags or marks on the item. Side views of the way the piece of furniture is joined is very important because they give appraisal clues such as the piece's age. Artworks, no matter their size, have to be brought in for Shaw to


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see in person. When KDKA-TV started to air its popular program “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures,” Shaw was one of the original appraisers who's also stayed with the show since. “'Treasures' is like a marathon,” Shaw said of the show. “Because of my art

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critic background, people bring me in their art and paintings, which is the show's most popular category. For the event, I usually start at 8:30 in the morning and stay through 5:30 that evening.” Over the years, Shaw said he's been asked to appraise some unusual items like the signed photo of opera diva Maria Callas brought in by an older man who saw it at a flea market near Murraysville and bought it for two dollars. “I appraised it for$1,000,” Shaw said. Last year, at an appraisal event in McMurray, two sisters in their 40s brought in a pencil drawing of a young woman that hung in the hallway of their childhood home. The drawing was by noted feminist painter, Hannah Wilke, and Shaw valued it at $20,000. One of the latest items that got a high appraisal value was a painting of a hunting dog given as a wedding gift to a Mt. Lebanon woman that Shaw appraised at $34,000. If you're unable to make either of the two local events this March, Shaw is also doing individual appraisals at his office in Robinson Township. Interested individuals can bring in items by appointment only by phoning 412-944-4159.

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Free Produce to People Food Distribution - Fayette County Thursday, March 14 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Fayette County Fair Fairgrounds, 132 Pechin Road, 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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SPRING CEMENT CITY HOME AND WALKING TOUR DATE SET Our spring Cement City Home and Walking Tours and your chance to see Thomas Edison’s solution for worker housing created 102 years ago in 1917 and the inspiration for the featured addition to the Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village are scheduled for Saturday, April 13th, Sunday, April 14th, Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th at 1:00 p.m. This is our ninth year. The tours start at the museum located at 595 McKean Avenue with a photo, artifact and blueprint presentation on Donora’s National Historic District – Thomas Edison’s Cement City created 101 years ago in 1917. The photos are from our Bruce Dreisbach glass plate negative collection and were taken during all phases of construction in 1916 and 1917, over a century ago. The presenter is Smog Museum curator and Cement City resident Brian Charlton, who authored an article in the fall 2013 edition of the Western Pennsylvania History magazine published by the Heinz History Center titled “Cement City: Thomas Edison's Experiment with Worker's Housing In Donora.” A walking and home tour follows in the

Historic District to point out various architectural and social details. The tours conclude by touring the interiors of at least two homes with rooms restored to the period. The cost of the tours are $15/person and space is limited. It is encouraged to choose a date, then call or email to get your name added to a RSVP signup list. If you have any questions about Cement City, one of our Home and Walking Tours or our project with the Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village, please consult our website and click the “Cement City” tab, or contact the Historical Society. Additional tours will be scheduled again for September or October depending on the Steeler’s schedule if you can’t make any of this spring’s tours. It’s encouraged to call or email ASAP to get your name added to a waiting list to be contacted when dates have been scheduled. If you would like to schedule a private tour for your group, please call or email the historical society and we can discuss a date that works for both parties. ELDORA PARK WALKING TOUR Our third annual Eldora Park Walking Tours are scheduled for Saturday, March 30th and April 6th at noon. The tours

will start at the Smog Museum in Donora with a photo and newspaper article presentation on Eldora Park. We will then drive the three miles to conduct the walking tour portion in the Eldora section of Carroll Township on the historic Wickerham farm. The cost is $12 per person and you should allow two hours for the presentation and walking tour. Please contact the Historical Society to RSVP as space is limited. 1948 SMOG PRESENTATION IN ROSTRAVER Donora and Rostraver have a shared history that includes the 1948 Smog, when residents from both sides of the Mon River perished that Halloween weekend. In the second in a series of presentations for Donora and Rostraver residents, or anyone interested in Mon Valley history, Brian Charlton of the Donora Historical Society will visit the Rostraver Historical Society on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Fells Methodist Church at 800 Fellsburg Road in Rostraver to present “The 1948 Smog Disaster.” This presentation has been given countless times in Donora and around the Pittsburgh area, and was also filmed by CSPAN. 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.”

Save the dates for Cal U Theatre performances to be staged during spring semester Unexpected: A Selection of Symbolist Plays, Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre - April 4, 5, 6 @ 7 pm, April 6 @ 2 pm - One-act plays by Maurice Maeterlinck, Susan Glaspell, and Valery Bryusov will have you on the edge of your seat. Commit to the Bit: An Evening of Sketch Comedy and Improvisation.

Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre – April 17 & 18 @ 7pm - Graduating senior Jeshua Myers, known to audiences for his portrayal of Ram (Heathers, the Musical) and Barfeé (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Jesh will combine his training in theatre and improvisation in this showcase. An Evening of One Acts*** – The

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Center in the Woods March 2019 Activities Center in the Woods would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to come and be a part of our community. Whether you’re looking for fellowship, a new activity, or you’d like to volunteer, we encourage you to stop in. No membership is required. Make a reservation a day ahead and join us for lunch at noon. The Center in the Woods is a non-profit, senior facility with the goal of hosting fun activities and community events for adults ages 60+. Lunch is served at 12 noon; please call one day in advance to order. !Daily activities include: Mondays: Piano lessons, Watercolor, Choir & Cards; Tuesdays: Lab services, Billiards lessons, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Bingo, Dart ball & Cards; Wednesdays: Bible study, Bean bag toss, Oil painting, Basket guild & Beauty shop; Thursdays: Lab services, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Jam Session & Bingo; Fridays: Beauty shop, Wii Bowling & Euchre Visit the beauty shop on Wednesdays, & Fridays by appointment. Bethany offers massage therapy by appointment. Call 724-678-3308. Jam sessions every Thursday at 1 p.m. feature local talented musicians. Sit and enjoy or bring an instrument and join in. Piano lessons are offered on Mondays.

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Comedy for a Cause to benefit MGA of West Penn Phipps 2019 symposium: The Future of Food The Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA will hold its 5th annual Comedy For A Cause to benefit the organization’s FREE patient support services. The event is slated for Saturday, April 27th at the Sokol Club Banquet Hall, 2912 East Carson Street, South Side. Doors open at 6:30pm, followed by buffet dinner at 7pm and show time at 8pm. In addition to entertainment from three acclaimed comedians (Headliner Gene Collier, Feature Comic Larry XL and EmCee Joey Welsh), the evening will feature silent and live auctions of autographed sports memorabilia and other exciting prizes, a basket raffle

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Registration open for Summer College at Cal U Students who attend any college or university, including the 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, have a choice of more than 200 credit courses at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Both on-campus and online courses are offered during the 2019 summer term in convenient five-week, seven week and 10week sessions. The summer sessions begin on May 20 and end on Aug. 9. The flexibility of Summer College is designed for students to advance their education and careers. “Our Summer College is an ideal way to help students get ahead or catch up on credits and improve their GPAs,” said Kathy Gavazzi, Cal U’s associate registrar and director of Summer College and Winter

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens announces the 2019 One Health One Planet™ Symposium: One Health and the Future of Food to be held March 13 – 14 in Pittsburgh, bringing together hundreds of attendees to explore the effects of food systems, habits and culture on human, animal and environmental health. Organizational leaders, M.D.s, D.V.M.s, public health specialists, ecologists, scientists, researchers, students and anyone who is interested in exploring the intersection of human and environmental health are invited to attend by registering at During this year’s symposium on One Health and the Future of Food, experts from healthcare, environmental, veterinary and other disciplines will share groundbreaking new insights on the human, animal and ecological impacts of food and diet, including large-scale agriculture, plant-based diets and diet trends, antibiotics and pesticides in foods and more. Through informative, engaging sessions, attendees will join together to address vital questions including: How do our diets impact human and environmental health? How do our food systems affect environmental processes? What are the agricultural impacts of climate change? What are the direct impacts of plant-rich diets on human and nonhuman health? How can the future of food embrace One Health solutions? Phipps’ One Health One Planet Symposium will be held on Thurs., March 14 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Phipps, located at One Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, with an opening reception held on Wed., March 13

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Former college wrestler turns traumatic neck injury into a healing business Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Cliff Wonsettler, of Scenery Hill, was an aspiring wrestler with Penn State during the years from 2000 2002. When a traumatic neck injury ended that phase of his life, he built on his hospital and recovery experiences to create a new career, and a new business, on the family farmlands in Scenery Hill. “Thank God i was able to come out of that after neck surgery and be a pretty normal functioning person” Wonsettler explained. “The neurosurgeon told me I should be thankful I could walk. My athletic career was over, but that experience piqued my interest in how to get people back to doing things they love to do physically. I was a sophomore, and right at that time I decided to pursue a career in kinesthesiology. At the time, being in sports medicine was the thing to get into to help people get back into what they love to do.” Armed with positive recommendations and good grades, Wonsettler was accepted into the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), eventually also becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). “It’s interesting how an experience can be a turning point” Wonsettler said. “It was a difficult time but, despite that difficult time, it lead me onto the path I’m on now and, to be honest I’m glad it put me on the path it did and I’m happy to be here.” That “here” is Wonsettler’s new physical therapy facility, Wonsettler Physical Therapy & Specialized

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Warhol to host “Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour” The Andy Warhol Museum announces Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour, opening May 17, 2019. Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour will mark the first solo, North American museum exhibition for Kim Gordon. A veteran of the avant-garde music scene and the co-founder of Sonic Youth, Gordon is hailed as a music icon. Her work as a visual artist, which has run parallel to her music career, has yet to be fully explored. This project encompasses two separate but integrated components: a survey exhibition of Gordon’s paintings, drawings and sculpture, and a commissioned score titled Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss for Warhol’s 1963–64 silent film Kiss—Warhol’s hour-long silent film featuring fourteen couples: Naomi Levine, Pierre Restaney, Gerard Malanga, Jane Holzer, Philip van Rensselaer, Charlotte Gilbertson, John Palmer, Andrew Meyer, Mark Lancaster, Ed Sanders, Rufus Collins, Marisol, Harold Stevenson, Steven Holden and unidentified others. In interviews and in her memoir Girl in a Band, Gordon cites Warhol as an early artistic influence and a source of inspiration, specifically the lo-fi glamour of his studio, the Silver Factory, and the multidisciplinary approach of his artistic practice. “I was interested in the lo-fi take on

popular culture that Andy Warhol represented,” says Gordon in a 2013 interview with W Magazine. The exhibition layout will feature new, never-before shown figure drawings, along with sculptures that highlight the eroticism and elegance of Warhol’s Kiss. The exhibition will also highlight Gordon’s persistent use of language in her paintings with obscure band names in her Noise Name paintings, and phrases lifted from the media for her Twitter Paintings. In conjunction with the score commission Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss, a limited-edition vinyl double LP will be released. The LP, recorded live in The Warhol theater on August 1 and 2, 2018, includes the sound score by Kim Gordon, Bill Nace, Steve Gunn and John Truscinski. It will feature three sides of audio on clear vinyl, with a silkscreen still image from the film Kiss on the fourth side of the record, and an inserted booklet featuring work from the Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour exhibition. An insert of essays will accompany the vinyl. To complement the exhibition, a schedule of public programs are being organized and will be announced at a later date.

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Pittsburgh Humanities Festival programming lineup announced, begins 3/22 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University are excited to announce the complete programming lineup for the fourth annual Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, which takes place March 22 – 24, in locations throughout the Cultural District. The Festival kicks off with major star power on March 22 at the Byham Theater, with “An Evening with Kevin Kwan: Crazy Rich Asians and the Power of Representation.” As part of this Featured Event, the author of the 2013 novel that inspired one of the year’s biggest blockbusters will provide insight into his early life, how AsianAmerican culture influenced his writing, and the process of transforming a novel into a movie. “Mr. Kwan is a perfect fit for the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, as academics, artists, and intellectual innovators alike gather to take on some of the toughest topics of today,” says Randal Miller, Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “The major social impact and popularity of Crazy Rich Asians is undeniable, and provides an entertaining platform for ‘smart talk about stuff that matters.’” This year’s Humanities Festival will include a second Featured Event on March 23, starring the Last Podcast on the Left, presented in partnership with Live Nation. This hugely popular podcast focuses on all things horror, both real and imagined. Hosted by comedians Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski, Last Podcast on the Left manages to find the humor in the darker side of humanity. In addition to the Featured Events, the Festival will also be comprised of fourteen Core Conversations with local artists and influencers, whose unique perspectives and platforms are advancing important dialogue in our region. Taking place on Saturday, March 23, these interactive sessions will explore universal themes by delving into the realms of fashion, music, social media, comic books, and more. Core Conversations will include interviews with such notable Pittsburgh figures as: editorial cartoonist, Rob Rogers (pictured bottom right); Fashion Africana founder, Demeatria Boccella; magician Lee Terbosic; Artistic Producer at City Theatre, Reginald Douglas; David Newell—best known

for his portrayal of Mr. McFeely on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; and street-style photographer and social media star, Chancelor Humphrey. In addition, Core Conversations will also feature such national figures as DJ Perly, female world champion DJ, and performance artist Bill Shannon, whose work celebrates dance and disability. “The festival demonstrates that the humanities are stimulating, entertaining and vital to the life of the community,” says David Shumway, co-director of the Humanities Festival and director of the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon. “This year’s lineup of interviews and presentations by national and international thought-leaders, exemplifies Pittsburgh’s rise as an innovation

city and a capital of culture.” Additional partner events include City Theatre’s production of The Roommate (through March 24), and an evening with author Valeria Luiselli at Carnegie Music Hall on March 11, exploring her novel, Tell Me How It Ends, which focuses on the reality facing undocumented children seeking asylum in the U.S. To view the complete schedule, visit: Bookish in the ‘Burgh As the Humanities Festival unfolds, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will also launch Bookish in the ‘Burgh, a brandnew free, one-day festival celebrating teen literature by bringing authors and readers together. Running concurrently with the Humanities Festival on Saturday, March 23 in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Bookish in the ‘Burgh will provide a platform for eight acclaimed young adult authors to join their readers for a full day of conversation, book signings, and a celebration of young adult literature. Bookish in the ‘Burgh will be comprised of a writing workshop, book signings, and intimate interviews and panel discussions with some of the top young adult authors in the country, including: New York Times Bestselling author Morgan Matson, author of Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, named one of the Top Ten Best Books for Young Readers by the American Library Association; and New York Times bestseller, The Unexpected Everything Critically acclaimed author AnnaMarie McLemore, whose books in the magical realism young adult genre (Wild Beauty, When the Moon Was Ours, and The Weight of Feathers) have won multiple awards and titles, including the Stonewell Honor Book, Kirkus Best Book, Booklist Best Book, School Library Journal Editors’ Choice, and many more Pittsburgh local Rachael Lippincott, whose debut novel Five Feet Apart was named a New York Times Bestseller K. Ancrum, author of The Wicker King and the upcoming The Weight of the Stars, emerging star in the psychological, young adult thriller genre Jay Coles, whose debut novel, Tyler Johnson Was Here, is about a boy whose life is torn apart by police bruContinued on next page...

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Gallery 86 is now the home of the Uniontown Art Club and is located at 86 West Main St. in downtown Uniontown. The gallery and gift shop is filled with unique and one-of-a-kind works of art made by local artists. Hours of operation are MondaySaturday 12:30-5:30 p.m. The UAC is a local non-profit that was established in 1927. They have been promoting and generating appreciation of the visual arts in the community for over 90 years. Their web address is Check out their Facebook page for upcoming special events and shows.

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Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, continued from page 15... tality when his twin brother goes missing, inspired by events from the author’s life and the Black Lives Matter movement Kathryn Ormsbee, a.k.a. K.E. Ormsbee, whose young adult and middle grade books (Tash Hearts Tolstoy, The Lucky Few, The House in Poplar Wood) have been critically acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Caribbean-American author, Kheryn Callender (This is Kind of an Epic Love Story and Hurricane Child), who is committed to expanding diversity in both middle grade and young adult books Rachel Lynn Solomon, whose critically acclaimed debut novel You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone was named a Sydney Taylor Honor Book “As an emerging young adult author and longtime fan and advocate of the importance of young adult literature,

Bookish in the ‘Burgh is a complete passion project for me,” says Kelsey Ford, Programming Manager at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “There are very few teen book festivals in the Mid-Atlantic Region, so the opportunity to bring these critically acclaimed and New York Times Bestselling young adult authors to Pittsburgh for a free festival designed especially for teens is incredibly special and exciting for our city.” 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. To register for Bookish in the ‘Burgh, and to see a complete list of programming, visit

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre announces company’s 50th Anniversary Season lineup Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr is proud to announce the company’s 50th Anniversary Season lineup, featuring a mixed-repertory production of Pittsburgh talent at the August Wilson Cultural Center and a celebration of George Balanchine and P.I. Tchaikovsky in honor of PBT’s milestone season. The five-ballet season runs October 2019 through April 2020 and includes: “Giselle” with the PBT Orchestra;” “The Nutcracker;” “Beauty and the Beast;” “Here & Now” featuring choreography by Kyle Abraham, Dwight Rhoden and artist in residence Staycee Pearl; and “Balanchine & Tchaikovsky” with the PBT Orchestra to celebrate PBT’s landmark 50th Anniversary Season. PBT will begin its 50th Anniversary Celebration on July 13 with a performance at Chautauqua Institution with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra featuring vignettes of The Sleeping Beauty, set to P.I. Tchaikovsky’s stunning score. 50th ANNIVERSARY SEASON LINEUP — 2019-2020 “Giselle” with the PBT Orchestra Oct. 25-27, 2019 — Benedum CenterChoreography: Jean Coralli and


Jules Perrot | Music: Adolphe Adam Hope, heartache and betrayal cast their haze on one of the most breathtaking ballets of the Romantic period in “Giselle” with the PBT Orchestra. A village girl is doomed by a lover’s deceit to a ghostly sisterhood of spurned maidens intent on revenge in what Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls a “bewitching and beguiling dance with death.” Audiences will lose themselves among the mist and supernatural beauty of the fascinating scenery, story and score by Adolphe Adam. “The Nutcracker” - Dec. 6-29, 2019 — Benedum Center - Choreography & Concept: Terrence S. Orr | Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky The magic of “The Nutcracker” comes to life on the Benedum Center stage! Beneath the Stahlbaum’s Christmas tree, a battle between the gallant Nutcracker prince and the ruthless Rat King unfolds, ensnaring the young Marie and sending her on an adventure through the Land of Enchantment. Stunning scenes, sparkling snowflakes and Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score make “The Nutcracker” Pittsburgh’s favorite holiday tradition. PNC Presents “Beauty and the Beast” - Feb. 14-23, 2020 —

Benedum Center - Choreography: Lew Christensen | Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky Beauty comes from within. So does the nature of the Beast. See both sides of the story in “Beauty and the Beast.” The classic tale weaves a tender love story between the gnarled trees of the enchanted forest. Audiences are offered a glimpse at unexpected romance, heartbreak and the power of love through striking scenery and stunning neoclassical choreography. “Here & Now” ft. Kyle Abraham, Staycee Pearl & Dwight Rhoden March 20-29, 2020 — August Wilson Center - In partnership with the August Wilson Cultural Center Choreography & Music: Mixed Repertory This mixed-repertory production brings together three celebrated choreographers to create stunning dance for the here and now in the August Wilson Cultural Center. “The Quiet Dance,” from Pittsburgh native Kyle Abraham, captures the feelings of frustration and isolation through sweeping movement, beginning in silence and then carried by the gentleness of Bill Evans’ arrangement of Bernstein’s “Some Other Time.” Staycee Pearl, local choreographer, will create a brand new ballet for

the program. And the beloved popular music of Paul Simon sets the stage for Dwight Rhoden’s physical and visceral “Simon Said.” “Balanchine & Tchaikovsky: A 50th Anniversary Celebration” with the PBT Orchestra - April 17-29, 2020 — Benedum Center - Choreography: George Balanchine | Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s storied history with Balanchine and Tchaikovsky is revived in this mixedrepertory production celebrating two of ballet’s greatest contributors. The music of P.I. Tchaikovsky has provided the backbone for many of George Balanchine’s most exquisite ballets, including the invigorating “Theme and Variations,” the expansive “Allegro Brilliante” and the consummate “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux,” set to the classic music of Swan Lake. This special 50th Anniversary event also features “Diamonds,” the brilliant third movement of Balanchine’s “Jewels.” Subscriptions start at $81 and are on sale now at or 412-4549107. Season ticket packages feature 20 percent savings over single tickets and a variety of subscriber benefits. Single ticket sales will open Aug. 6, at or 412-456-6666.

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Hopwood man discusses his storied 40 year career in blacksmithing Story by Christine Haines As a young man Ed Claypoole had no idea what a blacksmith was, but he was fascinated by a scribe he owned that had a twist in the handle. Claypoole looked at that twist in the iron but couldn’t figure out how it had been made until he talked to a farmer he was doing some work for and the older man explained that it had been made by a blacksmith. When that explanation didn’t help, the farmer took it back a step farther. “He asked if I knew what an anvil is and I said yes. You know, the coyote and roadrunner,” Claypoole said. And that began his career as a blacksmith. It was the 1970s, there was no internet for research and blacksmithing books were few. “I got led into it by seeing work I couldn’t do. I’m self-taught. I never went to blacksmithing school. I probably did a lot wrong and probably still do,” Claypoole said. “I know that I’m better because of the ease with which I can correct my mistakes.” But for more than 40 years Claypoole has done enough right that he has been able to make his living working fulltime as a blacksmith, the past 13 years operating out of a forge in Hopwood. “I have not had another job other than blacksmithing for about 40 years,” Claypoole said. Claypoole has a wall of mistakes and samples so customers can see the type of work and materials that will be used in their project. “People can see exactly what I mean. Five eighths and one quarter sound the same, but there’s a world of difference,”


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Claypoole said. Claypoole has made tools for mills, whimsical sculptures and decorative items, including a door knocker shaped like a branch, complete with growth rings on the wood. “I’m the blacksmith. I can do anything, whether it’s art deco or traditional,” Claypoole said. “At this time the biggest market for me is architectural. In an economy where money is a little tighter, people are willing to spend money on their homes.” Claypoole uses a variety of methods in his smithing as well, from traditional tools through the most modern, depending on the needs of the job. He has a

breastplate that he made for himself as functional armor. Claypoole said he uses it when he does grinding so the sparks don’t catch his clothing on fire. “I certainly use all the old methods, but I have to stay competitive,” Claypoole said. “I have to use the technology I have to learn to work faster. The reason the old-time blacksmith used the tools he did was because he didn’t have what we have.” Among the tools Claypoole uses on a regular basis when doing big industrial jobs is a 300-pound power hammer that can strike 180 hits a minute. Claypoole also uses a wide variety of hand tools, including a hammer and chisel to chip the dried, concrete-like mud out of his shop when it flooded several years ago. His shop flooded again last August, but the water wasn’t as deep and the mud wasn’t as hard, Claypoole said. It still took some five months to clean up the mess left by the 18-inches of water. While the two floods resulted in a lot of loss, Claypoole said seeing all that he has left has let him know just how blessed he’s eer. It’s a career that has also led to a hobby -- collecting anvils. The collection includes an 18th century Strelinger goldsmith’s anvil, a Viking anvil and an antique French anvil. The oldest anvil in his collection is an ancient Roman anvil. He even has two Acme anvils along with replicas of the Roadrunner and Coyote. “I didn’t get those until my 60th birthday, and then I got two of them,” Claypoole said of the Acme anvils.

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The legendary John Denver evokes memories of an era in music which was both inspiring and influential. In this tribute by Ted Vigil, John’s great music lives on. With the uncanny resemblance and sound of the late John Denver, Ted Vigil performs many of Denver’s hits, including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song,” “Sunshine on My Shoulder,” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.”

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Waynesburg University will host “Mock Crime Scene” day for prospective students Waynesburg University will host Mock Crime Scene, a specialty visit day for prospective students, Saturday, March 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required online. The event will begin with check in on the second floor of the Stover Campus Center beginning at 8:15 a.m. Lunch is included as part of the event for students. “This Mock Crime Scene event, hosted by Waynesburg’s Department of Criminal Justice and Social Science, has been conducted annually for over fifteen years and has introduced thousands of high school students interested in criminal justice to subject-matter experts in the field and exposed them to valuable training in crime scene investigation,” said James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and director of security operations and emergency management. Session topics will include firearms identification and the National

Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), crime scene analysis and photography, bombing and improvised explosive device (IED) post blast, and crime scene and drug identification. Participants will also experience a Laser Shot demonstration on the University’s newly updated system. Laser Shot enables students to gain first-hand experience in conflict resolution, judgment, tactics and

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Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Pittsburgh Field Office. The event will also feature Waynesburg University faculty, including Tanda; Adam Jack, chairperson of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Science; Dr. Ken Cairns, assistant professor of criminal justice; Mike Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science; Kristin Clingerman, assistant professor of criminal justice; and Kevin McClincy, instructor of criminal justice. After the event concludes, families will have the option to participate in guided campus tours with the admissions staff. To register, visit, or for more information, contact Bob Barnhart, admissions counselor, at 724-852-3346 or rdbarnha@


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Mental Health Spotlight: State Representative Dan Miller to host Disability & Mental Health Summit As mentioned in the past two Mental Health Spotlights, there is a free Disability and Mental Health Summit coming up in March. Recently, the Summit’s organizer, State Representative Dan Miller (pictured right), took some time out to speak with me about his background, the summit and why mental health, disability and addiction issues are at the forefront of his mission in representing the citizens of not only his district, but in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well. Representative Miller is starting his fourth term in the State House Legislative District 42, to which he was first elected in a special election in 2013. His district includes all of Mt. Lebanon, Dormont, Castle Shannon, Baldwin Township and parts of Scott and Brookline. He spends a large portion of his time in the legislature focusing on disability, mental health and addiction issues. “One of my priorities has been to try to develop more of a mental health early intervention system,” says Representative Miller. “Clearly early screening and service intervention has led to many successes in the disability field, but mental health has been more challenging. Over the last several years experts have found success by developing and applying a variety of screening tools, with the most common, perhaps, being for depression.” Recently, I attended a conference that punctuated that point. As most funds allocated are for the after-action treatment for mental health, early detection goes unfunded for the most part. Leaders like Representative Miller are attempting to fix that issue. “We developed a bill that would require school medical forms to be amended at certain developmental stages to ensure that doctors are standardizing conversations about the value of depression screens and informing parents and kids about why they should consider them,” Representative Miller added. Undiagnosed and unaddressed mental health issues are a plague in our country, and we must do whatever we can to combat stigma at all stages. His belief is that early screening and efforts to “normalize” such discussions will benefit many. He believes that the disability, mental health, and addiction arenas have been often neg-

lected by elected leaders. Access to appropriate treatment and services across the board can be challenging, which often leads to negative lifelong impacts. In addition, far too many people with a diagnosis

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economy and community entirely. As part of this, he and his staff designed the Disability and Mental Health Summit to break down barriers, provide greater resources and information and bring people together right here in the South Hills and Allegheny County. “Our Summit has become the largest collection of disability-related resources in western PA and, thanks to our hosts, Beth El Congregation, and our sponsor, St Clair Hospital, it is free to attend, the Representative adds. “My goal was to make sure that people, families, and professionals had access to high quality resources close to home. From our resource fairs, to our dozens of sessions, to our special programming for transition-age students, we have a lot to offer.” Unlike some smaller events, this event isn’t focused only on autism or mental health or any other single area. Rather, it takes an all-in approach to offer programming focused on a wide variety of challenges and directed toward a broad spectrum of ages. Always forward thinking, Representative Miller is already planning his 2020 Summit, even before the 2019 one has begun. “While our 2019 Summit planning is already finished, we have already begun work on the 2020 Summit, which we are very excited about. Next year’s Disability and Mental Health Summit will coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and we plan on working with a variety of partners to make it a signature event. We want everyone to know, that here in our area, opportunity, dignity and independence for all citizens matter,” the Representative concluded. I personally will be presenting a NAMI In Our Own Voice Presentation on Thursday, March 14 at 4:15 p.m. I hope to see everyone there for not only my presentation, but all of the wonderful sessions Representative Miller and his staff have tirelessly put together. State Representative Dan Miller’s Disability and Health Summit will be held on March 13th through 15th, 2019 at the Beth El Congregation, 1900 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. The event is free for all and you can register for sessions at


Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The second book in the Della and Lila series, Della and Lila and the Treasure Adventure, is now available to purchase online at Amazon or at our official site.

Voted “Best of the ‘Burgh” by Pittsburgh Magazine and “Best of the Best” by the Observer-Reporter. Author Brianne Bayer Mitchell was the proud recipient of the Inspiring Lives Magazine Empowering Women in Philanthropy Award for 2017. Local Readers, get your copy of Della and Lila and the Treasure Adventure or Della and Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid (or both!) at Flowers by Regina in California, PA. Learn more at or

Art of Love on display at Greensburg Center Eighteen local artists will be showcasing their love-themed at Art of Love, an exhibit at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center. “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,” explained show organizer and curator Moira Richardson. With work utilizing such techniques as watercolor, acrylic, oil painting, woodburning, mixed media, 3-d pieces, and even jewelry creations, the art is as varied and nuanced as the feelings of love itself. The artists hail from Connellsville, Greensburg, Jeannette, Latrobe, and Mount Pleasant to as far away as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The Art of Love exhibit will be available for viewing until February 28. The

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Phantom of the Opera will take the stage for limited engagement at Benedum Tickets for Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA are on sale for the triumphant return Pittsburgh engagement at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America. This event is a season special part of the 2018-2019 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Broadway Across America. Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “Having received great critical acclaim in the U.K. and North America, I am really pleased that Laurence Connor’s new production of PHANTOM will continue to tour the U.S. playing in tandem with the Broadway production which just celebrated 30 years at the Majestic Theatre.” Cameron Mackintosh said, “With PHANTOM still the reigning champion as the longest-running production on Broadway after 30 phenomenal years, with no end in sight, I’m delighted that this spectacular new production of PHANTOM has been as well-received in the U.S. as the brilliant original and has already been seen by over 3.7 million people across North America since it opened in November 2013. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, the new PHANTOM is thrilling audiences and critics alike all over again. With the production continuing to be such a success, we are delighted to welcome our exciting new stars to keep the music of the night soaring for many years to come.” Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is presented by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group, and NETworks Presentations. Directed by Laurence Connor (who co-directed the new production of Les Misérables

that is back on tour across North America after a hugely successful revival on Broadway, directed the award-winning new production of Miss Saigon that played London’s West End, Broadway and begins its national tour in 2018, and also directed the stage version of the movie School of Rock now playing on Broadway, in London’s West End, and on North American Tour), with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter, and musical supervision by John Rigby. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe); book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber; orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston

Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command. Cameron Mackintosh’s brilliant original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA continues performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and in its recording-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway and many other cities around the world. Tickets (currently starting at $36 for select performance) are on sale now and available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at, by calling Guest Services at 412-4564800, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

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Planning Your Own Funeral: Things to Consider To help relieve their families, an increasing number of people are planning their own funerals, designating their funeral preferences, and sometimes paying for them in advance. They see funeral planning as an extension of will and estate planning. Funeral Planning Tips Thinking ahead can help you make informed and thoughtful decisions about funeral arrangements. It allows you to choose the specific items you want and need, and compare the prices offered by several funeral providers. It also spares your survivors the stress of making these decisions under the pressure of time and strong emotions. You can make arrangements directly with a funeral establishment. An important consideration when planning a funeral pre-need is where the remains will be buried, entombed, or scattered. In the short time between the death and burial of a loved one, many family members find themselves rushing to buy a cemetery plot or grave — often without careful thought or a personal visit to the site. That's why it's in the family's best interest to buy cemetery plots before you need them. You may wish to make decisions about your arrangements in advance, but not pay for them in advance. Keep in mind that over time, prices may go up and businesses may close or change ownership. However, in some areas with increased competition, prices may go down over time. It's a good idea to review and revise your decisions every few years, and to make sure your family is aware of your wishes. Put your preferences in writing, give copies to family members and your attorney, and keep a copy in a handy place. Don't designate your preferences in your will, because a will often is not found or read until after the funeral. And avoid putting the only copy of your preferences in a safe deposit box. That's because your family may have to make arrangements on a weekend or holiday, before the box can be opened.

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“Heartbeat” - A short story by Lisa Scherer

Home alone, I lay down on the couch, pull a cover to my chin and stare into darkness. Everything is black. Not a sound except my heart beating through my ears. Lub dub,lub dub, lub dub. I listen to the sound and wonder if anyone else were in the room if they too could hear it. It is loud. I focus on the sound fixedly, while relaxed and keeping my eyes closed. I am alive, I remind myself, and this is what being alive sounds like. Lub dub,lub dub, lub dub. Every minute of the day my heart has a job, and that job is to pump blood to every part of my body, while having the blood carry oxygen, vitamins, minerals, and food on its journey so the body can move, think, and restore itself. It's like an amazing city inside with mini rivers, highways, strange objects, and invisible gases. My bare feet stretch out to gently push against the nearly bare chest of our dog “River” who sleeps at my

feet; her body temperature of about 102 keeps my feet warm. Straightaway I feel the rhythm of her heart through the bottom of my foot, which sits flat against her. Her heart beats faster than my heart. She is comfortable, yet her heart rushes like she was running. This is normal for her, a sleeping border collie mix her size with a heartbeat of about 60 to 140 beats per minute, compared to mine at 60 to 100 beats per minute at rest. I am reminded of the fact that the fastness of her heart means her beautiful life will be shorter than mine; I push that thought away faster than it had arrived, and instead I focus on the sound of our hearts as we are breathing, in the moment. One beat at a time, my feet sink further below River's fur for more warmth. She stays asleep. My thoughts move into dreams. As I sleep my heart continues its magic, as does River’s. Lub dub,lub dub, lub dub.

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Waynesburg U to host Sports Journalism Camp Waynesburg University will offer its annual Sports Announcing & Sports Journalism Camp, hosted by Lanny Frattare, beginning Monday, June 17, to Friday, June 21. The cost is $500, and students who are current sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school are eligible to attend. Frattare, former voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates and assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University, said high school students will learn practical skills for a career in sports broadcasting and sports journalism. Camp sessions will include topics such as interviewing techniques, play-by-play announcing and writing game coverage. The week will conclude with a trip to Washington, Pennsylvania, where campers will practice what they have learned at a Washington Wild Things baseball game. “The Waynesburg University Sports Announcing and Sports Journalism Camp provides high school students with the rules for effective announcing

and provides them with hours of practical experience behind the microphone,” said Frattare. “We want to have the campers experience the realities of broadcasting to know if they might enjoy a career as a sportscaster.” Guest speakers at this year’s camp will include Bill Hillgrove, voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh; John Steigerwald, former WTAE and KDKA sports anchor; Paul Steigerwald, former voice of the Pittsburgh Penguins; and Mark Kaboly, senior Steelers writer for The Athletic Pittsburgh. Space is limited, and campers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due April 26, and the remaining cost is due May 24. To learn more about this year’s Sports Announcing & Sports Journalism Camp, visit sportsannouncingcamp.

Waynesburg U to offer Mindfulness Certificate Waynesburg University will host a Mindfulness Certificate Course on campus Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24. Led by the University’s Psychology Club, the course is an intensive training session aimed at helping participants teach mindfulness techniques to clients. “Our goal is to provide the University’s students and surrounding area’s mental health professionals with an opportunity to get specific training in a popular topic among the counseling field,” said Justin Shirey, a senior psychology major and president of the Waynesburg University Psychology Club. The club is using a curriculum from Professional Education Systems, Inc., a nonprofit organization that creates seminars, conferences, in-house training and other tools for mental health professionals. The Mindfulness Certificate Course

will show participants how to help clients with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships and other issues. The course will provide “topical insight to participants as they learn from an expert in the area of focus,” said Sarah Bell, coordinator of academic communications and study abroad. Bell said Waynesburg University always searches for opportunities to incorporate learning on campus. “Offering this training on campus aligns with Waynesburg University’s goal of offering innovative and student-centered learning experiences,” she said. The cost of training is $300 per person, and registration ends March 1. To learn more about the course, contact Bell at or visit

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PT Library launches “Explore Your Backyard Wilderness” Programming Escape the snow and cold at the Peters Township Public Library by visiting a free Backyard Wilderness display during library hours now through mid-April. The family-friendly, interactive exhibit features: A scavenger hunt for 15 hidden plants and animals “Telescopes” that provide more information about the creatures they are pointing at Tips on how to becoming an outdoor explorer Inspiring quotes hidden in the tree

roots The library was awarded a grant from HHMI Tangled Back Studios to host the display. It is part of a campaign designed to get kids excited about exploring the outdoors and observing the ecosystems around them. Beginning in March, the Youth Services Department will offer programming for families that want to spend more time studying nature together like Backyard Birdies on Saturday, March 2, 10 to 10:45 a.m., Are You a Citizen Scientist? on Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

and World Water Day Celebration on Thursday, March 21, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Plans are underway for additional programs that will be offered in partnership with the Peters Township Parks and Recreation Department later in the spring. For more information about the Backyard Wilderness display or to register for one of the March programs, call the Youth Services Department at 724.941. 9430 #3.

RSVP at Westmoreland County Community College to offer driving course 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 premium 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; Westmoreland-Murrysville, 6707

Mellon Road, Export and Latrobe Senior Center, Fifth Ward School Building, Avenue C, Latrobe. Please note that the costs have changed. The fee for the class is $20 at the first class and $15 for AARP members. Make checks payable to AARP. Registration is required. Registration for these classes is ongoing. To register, call Westmoreland County Community College’s Registration Center at any of the following: 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, visit

M USIC L ESSONS Do you want to learn to play a musical instrument? Experienced Instructor Jon Klein is now offering private lessons for students ages five and up for the Guitar, Ukelele, Drums & Percussion. No need to leave your home, Jon will travel to you! Great with kids, references available. Offering quality musical instruction at competitive rates, Jon has over 25 years of professional music experience and holds a B.S. in Commercial Music Technology from California University of Pennsylvania. For more information, contact Jon via email at

Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series Schedule: Share the magic of theater with a child you love Flight School the Musical–It’s the first day of Flight School, where they teach birds to fly. Penguin has the soul of an eagle and is ready to live on the wind, but he wasn’t built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him. Penguin’s spirit won’t be grounded. With some friends of a feather, and a little help on the technical bits, Penguin follows his dream to flip, flap, and fly! Vital Theatre Company from the United States presents this show, based on the book from best-selling author Lita Judge. Suitable for children and adults ages 3+. Byham Theater, BUTLER REGION

(Seneca Valley Senior High School), EAST REGION (Greensburg-Salem High School), NORTH REGION (Marshall Middle School), WEST REGION (Cornell High School), SOUTH REGION (Mellon Middle School) - February 17–24, 2019 Rosie Revere, Engineer–Ms. Greer's classroom includes three inquisitive outof-the-box thinkers. Theatreworks USA presents a fun, new musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect, and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math).

Recommended for children and adults ages 4+. Byham Theater, BUTLER REGION (Seneca Valley Intermediate High School), EAST REGION (Greensburg-Salem High School), NORTH REGION (Marshall Middle School), WEST REGION (Cornell High School), SOUTH REGION (Mellon Middle School) - March 31–April 7, 2019 Emily Brown and the Thing– Something monstrous is keeping Emily Brown awake...One evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley hear a Thing crying outside their window. He just can’t get to sleep. Emily Brown

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and Stanley set off on incredible adventures to the Dark and Scary Wood, the Whirling Wastes, and beyond to find the Thing’s cuddly, his bedtime milk, and his medicine…but nothing seems to help him settle. What’s really troubling the Thing, and will anyone ever get to sleep? Recommended for children and adults 3+. Byham Theater - May 16–19, 2019 Accessible services are available.To purchase tickets, call (412) 456-6666, visit, or visit in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.


On stage at the Andy Warhol Museum in March

O PEN YOUR H EART & H OME The Southwestern Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is looking for individuals in your area to open their homes and offer a caring, safe, and nurturing family environment for eligible adults who cannot live independently due to physical, intellectual or age related impairments. Domiciliary Care Providers are typically individuals who open their homes and are willing to provide residents with housing, support, care and encouragement in a family-like setting. They are everyday people making a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. When you share your home and provide services, you receive $979.00 a month for each individual residing in your home. Services include meals, housekeeping, laundry, medication set up, scheduling and providing transportation to medical appointments. Domiciliary Care homes can accommodate 1-3 residents and are certified to meet the required fire, health and local zoning standards. If you are interested in becoming a certified Domiciliary Care provider and providing quality living alternative for a person who meets the criteria, or want to refer someone who will benefit from the programs services contact: Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging Domiciliary Care Program at 1-800-411-5655.


Sound Series: Princess - Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m. - The Warhol welcomes the performance duo, Princess, comprised of Alexis Gideon and Michael O’Neill (JD Samson & MEN). The duo’s Out There is a concept video album and live performance. Released song-bysong, each episode stands alone and moves the narrative forward to a conclusion. Out There reclaims the original power of MTV by building on the long legacy of concept albums like Ziggy Stardust and Deltron 3030. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12/$10 members & students; Visit or call 412-237-8300 Sound Series: Mivos String Quartet - Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m. - Co-presented with Music on the Edge series of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music The Mivos Quartet is devoted to performing works of contemporary composers and presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet’s beginnings in 2008 they have performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding group of international composers representing multiple aesthetics of contemporary classical composition. They have appeared on prestigious series such as the New York Phil Biennial, the Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Germany), Shanghai New Music Week (Shanghai, China), and Lo Spririto della musica di Venezia (La Fenice Theater, Italy). Mivos is also committed to working with guest artists, exploring multi-media projects involving live video and performing improvised music. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: advance $15/$10 students and seniors; door $20/$15 students and seniors; visit or call the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, 412-624-7529 Sound Series: Rafiq Bhatia: Breaking English - Thursday, March 7 at 8 p.m. - The Warhol welcomes composer, producer and guitarist, Rafiq Bhatia on a tour supporting his latest album Breaking

English on Anti Records. This evening-length live performance, features Bhatia’s electroacoustic trio including Ian Chang (Son Lux, Joan As Policewoman) on electronic and acoustic drums and Jackson Hill (Xenia Rubinos) on bass and synthesizers. Following up on Bhatia’s two previous Sound Series performances, as guitarist with Son Lux, Breaking English pushes further at the boundaries of sound art and improvisation, while blending elements of both organic and mechanical, intimate and distant. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20/$15 members & students; Visit or call 412-237-8300 The Artist Up Close: Devan Shimoyama - Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. - Catalogue contributors, Jessica Beck, Emily Colucci, Alex Fialho, and Rickey Laurentiis, talk with Devan Shimoyama about his work and practice. This event serves as a closing dialogue for the exhibition, Devan Shimoyama: Cry, Baby, and offers a chance for the community to respond and meet the artist. Shimoyama and authors will be available to sign copies of the exhibition catalogue, which will be for sale in The Warhol Store. Free; Registration is suggested; Visit Sound Series: Turning Jewels into Water, plus special guest, Soy Sos - Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m. - Co-presented with PearlArts Studios - The Warhol welcomes Haitian electronic music composer/percussionist/turntablist Val Jeanty, and percussionist/composer, Ravish Momin with their new project Turning Jewels into Water, on a tour supporting their debut EP Which Way Is Pittsburgh-based DJ and producer, Soy Sos (aka Herman Pearl) opens the evening with a high energy set. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12/$10 members & students; Visit or call 412-237-8300 Sound Series: serpentwithfeet Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. The Warhol welcomes vocalist and performance artist, serpentwithfeet

(aka Josiah Wise) on a tour supporting his debut full-length album, soil, co-released by Tri Angle Records and Secretly Canadian. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $18/$15 members & students; Visit or call 412-237-8300 Sound Series: A Night of Deep Listening, featuring Joe McPhee, Claire Chase, and Peter Evans Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. Carnegie Music Hall - Co-presented with Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 - Organized in collaboration with Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018, this evening program is a musical synthesis of the exhibition-within-the-Internationalexhibition Dusty Groove II: Space Is a Diamond. Working in collaboration, John Corbett, Jim Dempsey, and artist Josiah McElheny have presented a gallery of artifacts anchored by sculptural portraits of four maverick musicians of the twentieth century: John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Harry Partch, and Sun Ra, plus an homage to the “cosmic explorations” of the twenty-first century musical visionary, Joe McPhee. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25/$20 members & students; Visit or call 412-237-8300 Sound Series: Instruments of Happiness Guitar Quartet Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m. - Copresented with Music on the Edge series of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music - Instruments of Happiness is an electric guitar ensemble created by composer/guitarist Tim Brady. This ambitious project is dedicated to the performance of new music and includes a quartet, a professional orchestra of twenty guitarists and a 100-strong community-focused ensemble. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: advance $15/$10 students and seniors; door $20/$15 students and seniors; visit or call the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, 412-624-7529

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Waynesburg U program named Best Online Masters

Monessen Historical Society March 2019 News

Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation (MACI) Program was recently recognized as a “Best Online Masters” Crime Scene Investigation Program, ranking in the top five of all similar programs in the nation. “We are honored to be listed in such an elite group of educational institutions,” said Adam Jack, associate professor of criminal justice, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Science and director of graduate criminal justice. “Our program is designed for working professionals, and courses are taught by top-notch industry experts.” Waynesburg’s MACI Program was also awarded “Most Customizable,” being acknowledged for advisors who “will personally help students customize the program to develop advanced investigative skills and techniques, through conceptual and theoretical coursework, and practical case studies,” according to the report. “Through our 100% online curriculum, we have been able to customize our high quality degree in Criminal

The Greater Monessen Historical Society announces that the Spring Exhibit in the Heritage Museum will focus on Monessen professional athletes and the strong history of sports in the city. Anyone who has photos or memorabilia they are willing to loan or donate are asked to contact the museum at 724684-8460. The Monessen Heritage Museum will be closed on Saturdays through the month of March. Special arrangements can be made for groups or individuals, who would like to tour the facility when we are closed. Please contact the museum to arrange a time. As we are a volunteer based organization, our hours may be affected by the weather. During the winter months, please call ahead if you are planning on visiting to make sure someone is at the museum to welcome you. Please send in your membership dues for 2019. Individual memberships are $15 a calendar year with family memberships being $20.00. Business memberships are $50. Membership is based on the calendar year of January through December and include four issues of the newsletter, “Valley Historian”. GMHS is looking for individuals willing to present a lecture or program on local history or families in 2019. If interested, please contact the museum. Do you have talents to share? Do you have spare time? Do you want to give

Investigation to meet the needs of our graduate students,” added Jack. The research, conducted by Online Masters, was based on academic quality (academic metrics, online programming, faculty credentials and training), student success (graduate reputation, student engagement, student services and technology) and affordability (average net cost, percent of students with loans and default rate). The mission of Online Masters is to inspire others to influence society through the pursuit of higher education. The group, comprised of successful professionals with graduate degrees, creates proprietary research and data-analysis methods to find the nation’s premier online masters programs. Online Masters has helped more than 112,000 students, worked with more than 30 industry experts and analyzed more than 6,000 programs. To learn more about Waynesburg’s MACI Program, contact Ben Brudnock, director of graduate and professional enrollment, at

APPRISE to offer free Medicare 101 presentation APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, will hold a free presentation that will help answer many questions concerning basic Medicare. These Medicare 101 presentations will be held at the following locations and registration is required: March 19 - Westmoreland-Latrobe, 2-4 p.m. Registration code: PRDX 5019-60 April 9 - WestmorelandMurrysville, 6-8 p.m. Registration code: PRDX 5019-91 May 14 - WestmorelandYoungwood Campus, 6-8 p.m. Registration code: PRDX 5019-02 Through these free presentations,

participants will learn the basics regarding Medicare. Call 724-925-4204 to register. Space is limited. This program is presented by APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program. APPRISE is sponsored by Westmoreland Retired Senior Volunteer Program and is funded, in whole or in part, by a grant through the Administration on Community Living, Westmoreland Board of County Commissioners, Area Agency on Aging and the PA Department of Aging.

back to the community? Do you enjoy history? If so, please consider joining our group and volunteering at the Museum. Call for details. The Heritage Museum is also home to the Museum Shoppe, which is filled with the area’s largest collection of ethnic cookbooks. They make great gifts. There are also many books and items dealing with local history that are for sale. 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 Friday 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.

#1 hit true crime podcast coming to Benedum Number one hit true crime podcast, My Favorite Murder, is coming to the Benedum Center on Friday, March 15, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale to the public and can be purchased at About My Favorite Murder - My Favorite Murder is the hit true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Since

its inception in early 2016, the show has broken download records and galvanized a devoted “Murderino” fan base. The show’s live tours are known throughout the world, selling out large theaters across the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe. For additional information about My Favorite Murder, please visit

Chamber Music at Old St. Luke’s Church March 24, 2019 – 2 p.m. - “A Bassoon Runs Through It” - Academy Chamber Ensemble with Bassoonist, Amy Baker April 28 – 2 p.m - “Contemporary Character for Flute and Clarinet” PM Woodwind Project ~ Dr. Amanda Morrison - clarinet & Dan Parasky -

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NOW PLAYING! Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 PM - River City Brass presents CELTIC CONNECTIONS III Adult $25 – 31; Senior $23 $29; Student $10; Children 6 and under free RCB’s popular Celtic Connections is back for the third time! They honor the musical heritage of Ireland, Scotland, and Appalachia. Selections include: Amazing Grace, Highland Cathedral, and Oh, Danny Boy. Wednesday, March 13 at 7 PM - Live Nation presents NEEDTOBREATHE - ACOUSTIC LIVE TOUR - $39.50, $49.50, $75 NEEDTOBREATHE is a GRAMMY-nominated rock band hailing from South Carolina. Their most recent album H A R D L O V E released in 2016 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Albums, Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts and #2 on the Billboard 200. NEEDTOBREATHE recently released their 4-track EP Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions) – which includes the single “Forever On Your Side (with

JOHNNYSWIM)” – and are set to debut their first-ever fully acoustic album – Acoustic Live Vol. 1. Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 PM - Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra - MUSIC & MAGIC $15, $29, $35, $37, $50 Falla: El amor brujo Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Amit Peled, cello Schubert: Symphony No. 3 Grammy-nominated cellist, conductor, and pedagogue Amit Peled enjoys a busy and dynamic career performing for audiences across the globe. A talented basketball player, at 6’5, Mr. Peled had to make a tough choice between the basketball arenas and the concert halls. Sunday, March 17 at 6 PM Latshaw Productions presents RHYTHM OF THE DANCE $35, $40, $45, $65 Combining traditional Irish dance and music with the most up-to-date stage technology, the show is a thousand-year-old story executed with all the advantages of the modern-day stage show. The production is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using the traditional and modern arts of dance (ballet, modern dance, jazz) and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient. Friday, March 22 at 7:30 PM KATHLEEN MADIGAN – HOT DOGS AND ANGELS TOUR $39.75, $39.75, $45.75 For 28 years, comedian Kathleen Madigan has been touring 250 nights on the road and squeezing in hour-long filmed specials and performances on every late-night show

ever made. From 25 appearances on the Tonight Show and multiple appearances on Letterman and Conan to recently riding around with Jerry Seinfeld in his internet series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Madigan is still having a blast and selling out theaters across the country. Wednesday, March 31 at at 3:30 PM - RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER - $38, $43, $48, $65 Fifteen-time GRAMMY Awardwinner Ricky Skaggs' career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. If Skaggs' burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn't already enough evidence, consider that legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited Skaggs with “single-handedly saving country music.” His life's path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact. Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 PM River City Brass presents TAKE THE “A” TRAIN - Adult $25 – 31; Senior $23 - $29; Student $10; Children 6 and under free Pittsburgh’s own Billy Strayhorn wrote the music that gave us the title for this program. The big (brass) band is ready to swing classic tunes like Sing, Sing, Sing and What a Wonderful World. Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 PM REO SPEEDWAGON - $69.75, $79.75, $89.75 ($5.25 additional the day of concert); REO Speedwagon - Take It On the

Run Package also available By the early ‘70s, the band’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out” followed, setting the stage for 1980’s explosive Hi Infidelity with millions in sales fueled by massive hit singles such as “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run.” Friday, April 12 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, April 14 at 2 PM Stage Right presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Adults $19, $23, $26, Students $16, $19, $21 This timeless rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire.

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City Mission graduate credits program with helping him recover his life and family “There should be a City Mission in every city,” said Thomas, a recent graduate of the City Mission program. “Do you know how many lives that would save? If I was a billionaire, I’d build a City Mission somewhere in some other city that’s just like this one. City Mission can give you life all over. It can reunite you with your family. It doesn’t get any better than this.” One night, not that long ago, Thomas woke to the sound of gunfire outside his home in McKeesport. When he opened his front door to see what was happening, he had no idea he was walking right into a drug battle. A bullet flew past his head. “I had my girlfriend and my kids in the house,” Thomas said. “After that, that’s when I went to my Mom’s house and asked for help. I knew I needed to change my life.” In 2011, Thomas was a victim of street violence. “I was completely paralyzed from the waist down,” he explained. “The doctors told me I’d never walk again.” At that time, Thomas was an undefeated amateur boxer on the cusp of his first professional fight. “I had eleven surgeries on my neck and spinal cord,” Thomas explained. He had to resign himself to the idea that he may never walk again. Then, one day, his legs twitched, and the doctors sent him to physical therapy, where he relearned how to walk. “I started out in a power wheelchair,” Thomas said. “I had to work my way up through to a walker and then a cane. It wasn’t until four years later the doctors told me I might be able to walk again without a walking device.” Fueled by anger and revenge, Thomas worked hard to slowly rebuild his body. “I used my pain and the doubts of other people. I took all my pain and anger out on those machines. I knew I had to get

better if I wanted to get revenge.” The same drive that had earned him an undefeated record and a professional fight helped him rebuild his strength, and eventually he was able to walk again. “But as I got better, I was actually getting worse,” Thomas remembered. “I started hanging out at bars and doing drugs. I stopped taking my medication, and I went downhill. It was the worst time of my life.” One time, on his way to a doctor’s appointment, he had so many drugs in his system that he fell unconscious on the sidewalk. Another time, he was arrested for a crime he did not commit. That was when his daughters were taken away and placed in foster care. Sadly, Thomas’ story is all too familiar. So many people struggle to break

the cycle of poverty and addiction, but City Mission provides a safe place for people like Thomas to start a new journey and a new life so they have a chance to break out into something bigger and better than they ever thought possible. Since arriving at City Mission in July of 2018, Thomas has been working with Children and Youth Services (CYS) to regain custody of his daughters. When he told CYS he was living at City Mission and explained the requirements of the Program, they told him that the Mission’s requirements were very similar to theirs. If he continued to follow the rules of the Mission, he would eventually get his daughters back. While living at City Mission, Thomas’ anger slowly dissipated, and his desire

for revenge disappeared. His heart opened as a spiritual journey began. “I’m a different person now,” he explained. “My friends see it, my family sees it, the workers at CYS see it.” City Mission helped Thomas turn his life around by supporting his recovery, helping him reconnect with family, and developing his practical job skills. But the Mission also helped Thomas improve physically. “City Mission encouraged me to walk and work and use the right side of my body. They’re helping me build my strength to walk long distances. They gave me hope.” Recently, Thomas was granted custody of his daughters, and he and his girlfriend, who had previously applied to become a foster parent so she could take care of his children, moved into their own place as a family. “I’m going to be in their life again,” Thomas exclaimed. “If it wasn’t for City Mission, I wouldn’t be able to see my daughters, I wouldn’t have a relationship with my family. I’m very grateful for this place. They opened the doors to me for nothing and gave me a bed. They gave me food. I’ve never seen a place like this before.” “What I’ve done in the last 6 months, I could not have done without the Mission. Now I can go out and work a job and do stuff the doctors told me I’d never be able to do. The people here are a blessing. They gave me guidance. They gave me freedom. My mind is free. I’m not doing any type of drug. I’m not looking over my shoulder. I have the freedom to enjoy life with a sober mind. This is the real deal.”

Brie Arthur, noted author and horticulturist, to discuss foodscaping at a luncheon in Uniontown Brie Arthur, noted author and horticulturist, will discuss foodscaping at a luncheon in Uniontown on March 23. Who ever said that flowers and edibles can’t grow successfully side-byside? Here is your chance to learn how to do it from a foodscape expert. The Penn State Master Gardeners of Fayette County are hosting Brie

Arthur for a fun and informative talk on how to interplant ornamentals with edibles to create beautiful foodscapes. Her talk takes place on Saturday, March 23, at 9:30 a.m., at the elegant Grayson House, 157 Riggin Road in Uniontown. Afterward, join the author for lunch, conversation and a book signing, all while enjoying the stun-

ning views of the Laurel Mountains. The author of The Foodscape Revolution, Brie will also be sharing tips from her upcoming book, Gardening with Gains, to be published this year by St. Lynn’s Press. Cost for the talk and lunch is $50. Reserve your spot by visiting

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garden-affair. For more information, please call Penn State Extension – Fayette County at 724-438-0111, or email Valerie V. Sesler at Connect with Fayette County’s Master Gardeners on Facebook.


BENTLEYVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 931 Main St. in Bentleyville

Storytime meets every Monday at 11:00 am for ages 30 months to 5 years. TOPS meets every Tuesday, weigh-in is at 5 meeting starts at 5:30. Coffee and Crayons meets every Friday at 10:30 am.


Mason-Dixon RAMP FESTIVAL Save the date! The 29th Annual MasonDixon Ramp Festival will be held on April 27 & 28 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Vendor applications being accepted now! Set up fee is $20 for the weekend. All vendors must be set up by 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 27. Vendor applications must be submitted by April 10, with checks payable to MasonDixon Park. Send application and check to Connie Ammons, 73 Cosgray Run Road, Core, WV 26541. 28

MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY - 326 DONNER AVE., MONESSEN - Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will host noted Pennsylvania UFO/Bigfoot/Anomalies Researcher Stan Gordon on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 11 AM. Stan’s programs are always popular. Come early to get a seat! The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 5:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served. The group will discuss “genealogy in the news” and new websites. New members are welcome. The Knitting/Crochet Club will meet on Wednesday, March 13 and 27, at 6 PM. The Friends of the Library will meet on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 5:30 PM. Please come and participate. The Friends are planning a mini Spring Boutique to be held from March 25 to April 6, 2019. A great chance to pick up gifts and spring decorations at reasonable prices. The Monessen Public Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 10:30 AM. This month’s book is “Valley of Decision” by Marcia Davenport. Originally published in 1942, The Valley of Decision was an instant success, and its story of four generations of the Scott family—owners and operators of a Pittsburgh iron and steel works—has since captured the imagination of generations of readers. Absorbing and complex, it chronicles the family’s saga from the economic panic of 1873 through the dramatic rise of American industry and trade unionism, through waves of immigration, class conflict, natural disaster, World War I, and Pearl Harbor. In 1945 it was made into a major motion picture starring Greer Garson and Gregory Peck. Contact the Library to reserve a copy of the book! 724-684-4750. A Job Corps representative will be at the Library on Thursday, March 21, 2019, from 10 AM to Noon. If you are interested, please contact Cherie at 412-773-3259. The mission of the Job Corps is to help young adults attain the

necessary skills for employment or further education. The Monessen Veterans Council is partnering with the Monessen Public Library to sponsor the Monessen Military Banner Tribute. Under this program, a photograph of a veteran, living or deceased, or an Active duty military person will be displayed a banner in the City of Monessen from one of the utility poles. The cost of having the banner produced and erected for display is $100 per banner. The average life span of these banners is three to five years. Applications for the banners will be taken at the Monessen Public Library. To order a banner, you must have a picture of the person, some general information of their service, and a check for $100 made out to the Monessen Public Library at the time of application. Persons who live out of the area can call the Library at 724-6844750 and may get an application online at the website and email the application and picture to the Library at and send the check to the Monessen Public Library, 362 Donner Ave, Monessen, PA 15062. Once your check is received your order will be processed. Local artist, Missy Barber will be at the Library on the first Saturday of each month to provide an art lesson for local children. The Children’s Coordinator, Marsha Adams is looking for donations of plastic storage containers to organize the Children’s Programming items. The containers can be of all sizes. They can be left at the Circulation Desk. Children’s Program Schedule 2019: StoryTime every Monday at 5:30 PM for ages 3-12. Techie Tuesday for ages 10+ and Lego Club for ages 7+ at 5:30 PM. Baby Basics on Wednesday at 11 AM for ages 3 mos. To 3 years. Also,

Toddler Time, at 1 PM, for ages 3 to 5. Saturday STEM at 11 AM for all ages. March Schedule: Saturday, March 2 -Read Across America/Dr. Seuss B-Day! Visit with Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 & Thing 2. Monday, March 4 - Parachute Day, let’s play parachute games & parachute drop from balcony! Wednesday, March 6 -Bring a smock & sippy cup-celebrate Michelangelo’s Bday-Paint & Sippy Cup! Saturday, March 9 - International Day of Awesome-Lego Movie & Everything’s Awesome popcorn! Monday, March 11 - National Napping Day – Wear your pajamas and snuggle up for Storytime! Wednesday, March 13 - Pre-K-Play / Toddler Time fun with math and counting snacks! Saturday March 16 –St Patrick’s Day Shenanigans: build your own leprechaun trap, leprechaun bingo, Pot ‘O Gold hunt, & pin the mustache on the leprechaun. Please bring empty cereal boxes if you have them to build your own trap, thank you! Monday, March 18 - Sparky the Fire Dog Day. Sparky will read us a story and we’ll have activities. Wednesday March 20 - Mr. Rogers’ Birthday, let’s build a road in the neighborhood of make-believe! Saturday, March 23 – First weekend of spring, let’s plant seeds and watch them grow Monday, March 25 - Purple Day-wear purple, Purple People Eater Contest, and make purple lip balm. Wednesday March 27 - National Umbrella Month, tissue paper umbrellas, games & activities. Saturday, March 31 - National Crayon Day, Make crayons, coloring contest and more.

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MONONGAHELA AREA LIBRARY - 813 W. MAIN STREET, MONONGAHELA - Basic Computer Classes: Need assistance using a mouse, browsing Facebook, conducting internet searches, or Microsoft Word? The library can help! One-on-one classes are on Fridays by appointment only. Stop by or call the front desk at 724-258-5409 to sign up today! OsmoTime: OSMO is a award-winning game system that transforms screen time into healthy, hands-on, interactive play. OSMO fosters learning in key areas such as: creative problem solving, art, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and common core. For children 4 and older. Parental supervision is required. - Every Saturday from noon to 2 PM Crochet Club: Bring your yarn, bring your hook and let's get our crochet on! Join us to sit a while, chat, and work on your creations with fellow crochet enthusiasts Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6-8 PM. Story Time: Story Times are held Wednesdays 11 AM-12 PM. Ms. Becky reads with the children, completes a

small craft, and incorporates some block play. Children 18 months and up are welcome to join the fun. Writer’s Group: The Writer's Group meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month (March 6th & 20th) at the library to critique and encourage each other's writing. Writing exercises are utilized and tips and advice are given to budding writers. Lego Club: The cornerstone of an aweinspiring creation begins with one small Lego. Turn your imagined palace, tower, or fort into a reality; come build with us! The town will marvel at your projects displayed in the library. Each week will have its own theme! - Every Thursday 4:30-5:30 PM Nookworms: Pre-teens and teens ages 11-18 can join the fun of a book club! The group meets to review and discuss themed books the second Monday of every month. For March the book is Warcross by Marie Lu and the group will meet on March 11th 4-5 PM. Book Bites: Love reading and discussing books? Want to join a book club? The

Book Bites group meets once a month for a lively discussion of a pre-selected book. The March book is The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. - March 21st 12 PM Excel Basics Series: Understanding Microsoft Excel can be daunting to a beginner, but the library is here to help! Join us for a 3-part series, starting from the very basics. Classes are taught by Ben Myers, an accounting manager at a local tech company with extensive public and private accounting experience. Classes will be held on March 14th, 28th, and April 11th. Registration is required for each section. Participants do not have to attend all three classes. St. Patrick's Day Storytime: Join us for a special afternoon as we celebrate this special holiday with love stories and block play. Children 18 months and up are welcome to join the fun. Saturday, March 16th 1-2 PM Pysanky Egg Classes: Learn to decorate eggs using the traditional Ukrainian Easter egg style! Classes are hosted by local expert Aura Kimokeo-Mitomi. Price

of the class is $20 per person and includes the cost of all materials. For ages 13+, registration is required due to limited class size, and payment is due the day of the class. Classes are scheduled for March 16th, 23rd and 30th from noon to 4 PM, and April 12th and 13th 4-8 PM. STEM Forensic Science: Solve crimes and learn how to use real life techniques of a Crime Scene Examiner. For children ages 7 and up. Register at the front desk or by calling 724-258-5409 during business hours. - March 18th 5:30-6:30 PM. Spaghetti Dinner: Help support your library and enjoy some delicious spaghetti at the same time! Dinners will be served from 12-4 PM on Sunday, March 31st at the Elks Club, 444 Jackson St., Monongahela, PA 15063. Dinners are $9 and will include spaghetti, two meatballs, a side salad, drink and a homemade dessert. Children under 12 can receive a dinner with one meatball for $6. Children under 2 can receive a free bowl of spaghetti. Proceeds benefit the Monongahela Area Library and the Monongahela Elks Club.

WEST NEWTON LIBRARY - 124 N. WATER ST., WEST NEWTON - The West Newton Library, is located at 124 N Water St. West Newton. Their phone # is 724-633-0798, and their hours of operation are Mon and Thurs 12-5, Wed 12-8, and Sat 10-2. We are holding a large fill a bag book sale in our back-room. Come fill a bag with Hardcover, paperback, children’s books. We have soomething for everyone. Sale is ongoing until books are sold. Done reading your hardcover, large print and paperback books? Consider donating them to our library shelves to share with our patrons. We are also asking for donations for our upcoming jewelry sale in 2020.

Used jewelry of all types: rings, necklaces, pins, earrings, bracelets, and watches All donations appreciated.

One of our volunteers will provide you with a letter for taxes. The West Newton Library is holding it' 3rd Annual Super gift basket raffle event March 24 at the Turkeytown Fire Hall, 90 Supervisor Drive, West Newton, Pa from 1pm to 4pm. Doors open at noon, $10 per ticket covers light lunch, snacks, and 8 strips of general raffle tickets. Drawings begin at 2:30 pm. FMI call 724-633-0798. Tickets available at the Library, 124 N Water St or Gary's Churckwagon Restaurant, 2nd St., West Newton. Local author donates his book, “The Struggles of Coalition Warfare” to


West Newton Library Barry Fellabaum has been a math teacher, a coal miner, an engineer, and a business owner. He is from West Newton, Pennsylvania and now lives in Medina, Ohio. After retiring from a major oil company, he looked for something to do to fill the day and remain sharp. He decided to volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide. Later, he embarked on a lifelong desire to learn more about historical events that shaped the 20th Century. World War II, especially the war in Europe,

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project to a published book. The next undertaking for him is a book about the contributions of the Underground in Holland during the war.


EVA K. BOWLBY PUBLIC LIBRARY - 311 N. WEST ST., WAYNESBURG - STORY CLASSES - Beginning March 5 through May 10 for children of ALL ages! Preschoolers* ages3-4 Tuesday @ 10:30am, ages 4-5 Tuesday @ 1:30pm, Toddlers*ages 18-35mos. Thursday @ 10:30am, ages 18-35mos. Thursday @ 11:30am, Stories Under the Moon* ages 3-6years Wednesday @ 5pm, Baby Lapsit* Birth-18mos. Thursday 1:30 p.m., and Weekend Readers* ages 3-6 years Saturday @ 10:30 a.m. LEGO BRICK MASTERS - meets Saturday, March 2 & 16 at 11:00am., for ages 3 & older. ARTIST RECEPTION - Monday, March 4, 5:00-7:00pm for local Washington county resident, Deanna Volz. Ms. Volz is a recent graduate from Wittenberg University with a Bachelors’ in Art and Japanese. She is currently enrolled in the Children’s book Illustration Certificate at Hollins University. Samples of Ms. Volz artwork are on display in the Gallery area of the Bowlby Library. Light refreshments will be served during the reception. *NEW* SENIOR MONDAYS Monday, March 4 @ 10:30am-12pm. Kicking off a new monthly program

just for seniors (ages 55+). Celebrating Music & Movement, Make & Take Craft, and a Light Lunch. Sponsored by SeniorLife; RSVP your seat today at 724.627.9776 GENEALOGY 101 - Join us on Wednesday evenings March 6, 13 & 20 at 6:30-7:30pm. Come & get started on your family tree! Add your family records and discover new family ties with free access to thousands of records and indexes. CODE SQUAD - Students aged 612yrs, come join the Code Squad @ the Library! Classes begin on Thursday, March 7 @ 5:00-6:00pm. Bowlby Library’s Code Squad will begin our Spring programming/coding sessions for 10 weeks. Come join us as we develop our own cartoons using PBS KIDS ScratchJr. New members are always welcome! WRITERS CONTEST WORKSHOP - Join us for Write On! Contest Workshop for kids in grades K-5 on Thursdays, March 7 & 21 @ 5:00pm. Got a story to tell? Write it and you could enter to win prizes from PBS Kids! TEACHER WORKSHOP: BARNYARD BANTER - Monday, March 11

@ 4:00-5:00pm. Greene County teachers are invited to discuss the Denise Fleming's Barnyard Banter book and how to use in the classroom. Each teacher will get to take a copy of the book back to their classroom. 4:00-5:00 TEEN ADVISORY GROUP - The library invites Teenagers 13-18years to join us at the library Tuesday evenings, March 12 & 26 at 6:00pm. READING COMPETITION CLUB Kids in Grades 4-8 are invited to join the Bowlby Team! Join us on Tuesdays, March 12 & 26 at 6:00pm. AFTER HOURS JAPANESE NIGHT - Join us to learn all about the Japanese culture and cuisine on Friday, March 15, 4:00-8:00pm. BOWLBY BOOK CLUB - Monday, March 11 at 6:00pm. New members are always welcome! Book discussion on “A Walk in the Woods,” by Bill Bryson. PIE & BINGO - Join us for Pie & Bingo on Friday, March 22, 6:009:00pm. All Ages Welcome! Library will supply all items needed including prizes; call to register at 724.627.9776. Donations accepted to

offset cost of pie & prizes. COOKBOOK CLUB - Do you like to try new recipes, make new friends? Join us for this new program Monday, March 25 @ 6:00pm. Theme for this month: TBA. MOVIE NIGHTS @ THE LIBRARY – Enjoy a movie here at the library every Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) FREE snack and beverage! March 6 - Small Foot March 13 - Unbroken: Path to Redemption March 20 - Sgt. Stubby March 27 - Searching ANNUAL POETRY COMPETITION - With the month of April being National Poetry Month, the library is inviting patrons/citizens to participate by submitting original poems to the library beginning Monday, March 25 through Saturday, April 13. The competition will be broken down into the following categories: KindergartenSecond Grade, Third Grade-Fifth Grade, Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade, Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade, and Adults Winners will be announced on Monday, April 30.

CITIZENS LIBRARY - 55 S. COLLEGE ST., WASHINGTON - Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club: “Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, meeting Thursday March 21, 2019, 6-7, Conference Room, Free and open to the Public –Feel free to bring a snack! Tech Tuesday –March 12th ,5pm, Play with tech toys in our media studio. All ages Middle Grade Book Club March 21 st 6:30. Grades 6-8. Discuss book & do a craft Game Night -March 27th, 6pm. Grades 6-12. Play video, tabletop & board games. Citibooks: Used bookstore open 10-6, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & 30

Thursdays and 10-4 on Saturdays, in the lower level of the library. Adult Book of the Month for March: “ Run Away” by Harlan Coben. Weekly Chess Club- Begins – Continues each Saturday through March 23, 10:-1130, open to all ages and levels. Instructors available. Chess Tournament-Saturday, March 30, 10-3:30. Open to grades 1-12, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies awarded in each division. Registration opens March 2, and is required by Thur, March 28. Lego Club-Mondays, March 11 & 25, 5-6pm,STEM activity on Mar 25.

All ages. Preschool Story Time-Tuesdays at 2:00, for 3-5 yrs. You must be pre-registered. Toddler Story Times-Wednesdays at 10:30 for 1.5 -2yrs; 11:30 for 2.53. Must be pre-registered. Limited enrollment. STEAM Design Squad with Miss Emma-design, invent & create for grades 3-6, will meet Monday March 4th & 18th Registration is required. Children’s Dept. “Book of the Month” March, is “Joseph Had a Little Overcoat “ by Simms Taback. Random drawing , children 12 & under. Drawn on Saturday,

March 30. Wine Down and Paint, Friday March 22 6 to 8pm. $30 (BYOB, refreshments served) Please register limited seating. Crochet: with Cheryl, Tuesday in March 6-8 PM. Reception Saturday-March 9Scholastic Gold Key Winners (7th through 12th grade) 12-5pm Iyengar Yoga classes-with Nadia Krol, Mondays and Thursdays in March, 5:30pm, $10

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Cliff Wonsettler was an aspiring wrestler with Penn State during the years from 2000-02. When a traumatic neck injury ended that phase of his life, he built on his hospital & recovery experiences to create a new career & business, on the family farmlands in Scenery Hill. Read more on pages 11-12.

“I’m the blacksmith. I can do anything, whether it’s art deco or traditional,” Claypoole said. “At this time the biggest market for me is architectural. In an economy where money is a little tighter, people are willing to spend money on their homes.” Read more of Claypoole’s story on page 17.

Luck of the Irish MARCH 15, 8-10 P.M. Bradford House is partnering with Red Pump Spirits for a “Luck of the Irish” event. Featuring music by South Winds, whiskey samples from Red Pump Spirits, games of chance, and much more! A $10 donation at the door is suggested.


Tickets for Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA are on sale for the triumphant return Pittsburgh engagement at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street. Details on page 21.

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