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May Flowers We've all heard the saying “April showers bring May flowers.” A little digging reveals this sentiment's origins harken back to 17th century Great Britain and Ireland where the level of precipitation in April is high because of the direction of the jet stream. Meteorology aside, however, this expression also finds root in the idea that after a long, dark, and cold winter, a more optimistic spring awaits. “April showers bring May flowers” is a phrase often intended to lift the spirits with the prospect of a brighter, more beautiful tomorrow. Even in the midst of a torrential downpour, we can imagine the splendor to come. Dazzling and bold, hardy May flowers have withstood the deluge and now shine as brilliant as the sun, their vivid colors a symbol of hope realized. Who among us cannot relate to the resilient flowers of May, and to the notion that we are better for having weathered the April storms? However, science tells us this common adage isn't always accurate, depending on the type of flower and where you call home. Those living in warmer climates, for example, may see perennial buds beginning to burst as early as March or even April. Because their bulbs have been slumbering in the ground all winter, one month's rainfall has little effect on their growth and overall health. Rather, it's the accumulation of precipitation over many months that matters. On the other hand, annuals, which must be replanted each year, can't be put in soil until winter and the accompanying menace of frost has past. In climates like ours, that usually means waiting until spring is in full swing. Whatever the type of flower, it's clear

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what matters most is not precipitation but temperature. When the sun begins to warm the earth and spring like conditions have us trading our winter coats for light windbreakers, the first flowers appear, despite how much rainfall occurred during the previous month. Given a hospitable climate, they bask and thrive in the abundant light. Again, we can draw a comparison between ourselves and flowering plants. Under the right circumstances, given warmth in the form of love and support, we also blossom and flourish as individuals. With help and encouragement, we prosper. This edition is dedicated to living May flowers, to those who've experienced and overcome adversity on the path to success, as well as to those who've been sources of guidance and inspiration for those weathering life's storms. Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

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Art exhibits on display at 707 & 709 Penn Galleries...p. 11 Three Rivers Arts Fest announces music line-up...p. 16 Digital Photo Workshop...p. 27 Auditions at Geyer PAC...p. 27 Pittsburgh Glass Center offers special couples event...p. 29

EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY Waynesburg University president Douglas Lee honored...p. 4 Cal U marks 184th Commencement May 12-13...p. 8 Tips from TechBoxz...p. 12 WCCC camps for teens...p. 14 Caregiver Education Group to meet...p. 14 This Month in History...p. 20 WCCC nursing program earns continuing accreditation...p. 22

Uniontown Author Series...p. 9 Bentleyville Library...p. 30 California Library...p. 30 Chartiers-Houston Library..p. 30 Citizens Library Events...p. 30 Donora Library Events...p. 31 Fredericktown Library...p. 31 Monessen Library...p. 31 Charleroi Library...p. 31 Monongahela Library...p. 31 Peters Township Library...p. 31 Rostraver Library...p. 31

STAGE & SCREEN Pittsburgh Dance Council kicks off season with aerial event...p. 10 On stage at Geyer PAC...p. 14 Three Rivers Arts Fest announces music line-up...p. 16 On stage at State Theatre...p. 17 Wendy Bell hosts Evening of Thanks at Palace Theatre...p. 19 Jazz Appreciation events...p. 22 TGIS Concert Series line-up



announced for Palace...p. 26 On stage at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg....p. 27

First annual Team Humanity games to be held...p. 5 Rotary Club donates books to Monongahela Library....p. 10 Berries for Mom!...p. 14 Farmer’s Markets offers healthy food solutions...p. 15 Brownsville Masonic Lodge holds unique distinction...p. 17 Jazzy Boutique offers big city shopping in Mon Valley...p. 18 Charleroi equestrian serious APHA circuit contender...p. 18 Ohiopyle Wine, Music & Art Festival set for May...p. 24



FAITH & SPIRITUALITY Pastor BT Gilligan: Following the crowd is wrong path...p. 8

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE Washington County Food Bank offers gardening, cooking classes & much more...p. 7 Are you ready to float through boat season?...p. 9 Farmer’s Markets offers healthy food solutions...p. 15 Exploring the Paranormal...p. 22 Five Reasons Why Suicide is Never the Answer...p. 22 Mental Health Spotlight...p. 23 Open your heart & home...p. 25

SPECIAL EVENTS Center in the Woods April events & daily offerings...p. 9 TGIS Concert Series line-up announced for Palace...p. 26 On the Town: Interesting Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See Near You...p. 27-29

“Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAVs) are fun!” says Brownsville man and California University of Pennsylvania student Joseph Phillips. Learn more about UAVs and Cal U’s new UAV program on page 21.This photo was of the Monongahela River and surrounding area was taken by Phillips with a UAV.






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Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee has been selected as a recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times' 2017 Outstanding CEO and Top Executive Award. These awards honor Western Pennsylvania's outstanding business leaders. The winners include CEOs and company presidents at both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh region. Lee accepted his award at the Westin Convention Center Wednesday, April 12. Lee joined Waynesburg University as Executive Vice President in October 2009, working closely with then President Timothy Thyreen. He was unanimously elected President of the University by the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and took office on July 1, 2013. Under Lee's leadership, Waynesburg University has received national attention for the economic outcomes of its graduates. Studies published by The Brookings Institution, The Economist, USA Today and MONEY Magazine have placed Waynesburg University in the top 10 percent nationwide for this type of category. In September 2016, Waynesburg University was ranked No. 7 in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Value School for the North” ranking. Also under Lee's leadership, the University has been recognized regionally by the Pittsburgh Business Times as a Best Place to Work for 2015 and internationally as one of the most beautiful Christian college campuses in the world. In March 2015, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) awarded Waynesburg University reaccreditation for a ten-year period, and in September 2015, the University was awarded Imani Christian Academy's 2015 Leadership in Service

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Education Award. The University has also been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years. Currently, Lee is serving as the Chair of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Presidents' Council and on the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania. Lee was recently chosen as a co-recipient of the Southpointe CEO Association's World Class CEO Award for 2016 and was named to The Pennsylvania Business Central's Top 100 People list of 2013. He was also the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) General Greene District of the Laurel Highlands Council's 2015 Good Citizen Award and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®. He is an Eagle Scout, has served on the Executive Board for the Mountaineer Area Council Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Fort Jackson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. He has also served on the Boards of the Union Rescue Mission in Fairmont, W.Va., the Harrison County Bar Association, the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia and Howe Cemetery. He was a volunteer fireman, serving as line officer and executive officer. An endurance athlete, Lee is a finisher of three Ironman Triathlons and six marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon and Death Valley Marathon.

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Former NFL player organizes first annual Team Humanity Games Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Former 10 year NFL player and Brownsville resident, William James (Peterson, Jr.), learned much about teamwork, camaraderie, and success from his years in the big leagues. Now, as the founder and owner of Team Humanity Clothing Company, James will extend that brand to unite seven communities during the first annual Team Humanity Games, to be held in downtown Brownsville on June 17, rain or shine. James' goal is to spread camaraderie throughout the participating communities, which he says is gained by “working with each other and pushing each other and depending on each other. We can build buildings and new towns, but if we don't work together and for each other, nothing much is going to change.” “When I got here, people would not work together, and this goes on across the United States,” James said, expanding “In a locker room, you may have different ideologies or economic backgrounds, but people put these things aside to achieve a goal and work together...Teams have the Lombardi Trophy because they work together. Hopefully, we can begin that process.” The seven communities involved in the process of camaraderie building through the Team Humanity Games are: Belle Vernon, Brownsville, California, Charleroi, Connellsville, Uniontown, and Washington. And even before the games have begun, James gladly notes “A lot of communities see the need and want this

in their communities as well. The councils of surrounding areas have expressed interest in having this over two different days in different locations. We're in conversation right now for next year.” While the importance of unity is paramount, its process promises great fun through the games themselves, which are based on well-loved childhood games and competitions such as dodgeball, tug-of-war, three legged race, diaper derby, bingo, a hot dog eating contest sponsored by Georgio's Pizza, Brownsville, and many more. A 5k race starts at 9 a.m., while at 10 a.m. the festivities kick off with a “Steeler or Steeler presence” according to James, plus numerous food vendors from Brownsville and the participating communities, and a D.J. to spin the

party tunes. Along with the games, money will be raised for another Brownsville organization, 180 Degrees Empowerment Center, which provides area youth with personal development through life classes, goal setting discussions, and skill development. A $10 ticket, with proceeds benefitting 180 Degrees, could net the lucky winner who is present a $25,000 prize, or a still hefty $10,000 prize if not present. No competition would be complete without a trophy for the winners, and only one prevailing community will take home the first annual Team Humanity Games trophy, made by Yowlers Trophies in Uniontown. “The trophy is a big deal, it's a great trophy, it's amazing,” James said. The trophy will be kept by the winner until the following year and as James said “The bragging rights associated with that will be fun.” James is opening a new, flagship Team Humanity Clothing Company store in downtown Brownsville, which he said “is the first retail store in downtown Brownsville in decades.” And, as he points out, both the company and the games do the same thing - bring people together. FMI about the Team Humanity Games, Team Humanity Clothing, or how to participate, visit blogs/the-tam-humanity-challenge/theteamhumanity-games

Waynesburg University awards full scholarship to Ohio science major Waynesburg University recently announced Kimberly Taylor of Rocky River, Ohio, as the 2017 Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship recipient. The scholarship is presented to one Ohio high school student interested in a career in mathematics or one of the sciences, and it pays the complete tuition and room and board for the student’s four years at Waynesburg University. “It is a great honor to have been

selected,” said Taylor. “I feel sure now that Waynesburg is the right choice for me. It was meant to be.” Taylor’s exceptional 4.592 GPA and involvement in multiple community and school activities, events and groups make her a deserving recipient of the scholarship. Receipt of the scholarship has validated Taylor’s choice to pursue a career in chemistry and made the ability of travel

during college more of a reality. “I can focus more on chemistry and building relationships in that field,”

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MVPAA Summer Experience has a limited number of technical theatre openings. Performance slots are now full. - Summer Experience dates are July 17-29 - Held Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Steele Hall, California University of Pennsylvania, California. The annual Summer Experience program is a two-week intensive program for students aged 8 to 17 focused in performance or technical theatre. MVPs study acting, dance and voice or technical work such as set and costume construction, lighting and prop design during morning classes, break



for lunch, then return in the afternoon to apply what they've learned in class to the rehearsal of a fully-staged musical which is performed on the last day of the Experience.This year’s musical is “Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, Jr.” Beginning this year, we’re also accepting students who wish to learn the technical aspects of theatre.Technical students will work alongside our staff to learn about lighting, set and costume construction, stage management, run crew, and much more! Please note: Space is limited to 10 technicians, so apply today!




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Healthy Habits Training Center has classes in gardening, cooking & more Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Like most food banks, the Washington County Food Bank collects and distributes food to those in need. But that's just the beginning, because Washington County residents may utilize the Bank's effectual resources for learning to grow many things; from plants, vegetables and, eventually, chickens, to growing in knowledge about cooking, and even computers. Jodi Gatts, Director of Healthy Habits Training Center, describes the Bank's driving passion to help the community become more self sufficient: “Unfortunately, the number of food insecure people in Washington County continues to grow, and we need a new approach. Teaching people how to grow, and preserve and excess of food, is another step for helping them to be less food insecure. There's so much to learn about nutrition and fresh foods, which are so much more nutritious than running to Sheetz or the Dollar Store.” The Food Bank's Healthy Habits Training Center is equipped with two stoves, sinks, working islands, and a classroom with laptops and a smart t.v. In addition to computer classes to benefit seniors, the Center hosts a monthly cooking session with Frank Santilli, Executive Chef at Bistecca Steakhouse and Wine Bar on Racetrack Road in Washington, PA. Santilli's Cooking 101 class features lessons ranging from culinary terms, herbs, chopping presentations, and which knives to use for certain foods at hand. Importantly, Gatts said Santilli will “...create at least one recipe from the type of food in the box,” and added that “Bistecca has been very generous with their donations of the meat for the classes. To help provide food, both from the bank and home-grown, Washington County residents may learn to garden at the Bank's Gardening 101 class. “No matter where they are, like in an apartment and want to do a container garden, or if they have two acres, we want to be a resource...we'll do hands-on and take them to the demonstration garden,” which consists of 32 raised bed boxes fashioned from the large number of wooden pallets on hand at the Bank. For those not living on vegetables alone, the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, an international non-profit

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Lisa J. Buday with a Pittsburgh location, provided a grant for 50 fruit trees, to be planted at the Food Bank, 909 National Pike West, Brownsville, PA. Gatts invites anyone in the community who can help plant the fruit trees to join her on May 25 from 8 a.m. to around 4:30 p.m., rain or shine. Once ripe, the fruit will be harvested and distributed to community members. The Washington County Food Bank has partnered with the Trinity School District for a Freight Farm project, which repurposes a shipping container into a hydroponic (no soil needed) ecosystem for growing food; in this case, lettuce - up to 1,500 heads per week using about 10 gallons of water. Once underway at Trinity High School this summer, the harvested lettuce will be distributed to the Food Bank and other non-profits. Future plans include “a big vision that's going to depend on volunteers and community involvement to come through,” Gatts said. Chickens, including fast growing meat chickens, along with those that lay eggs, are are in the Bank's sights, as are upcoming kids camps for adventures in the gardens, learning about cooking, or even learning about warehouse operations. Within the next five years, Gatts wants to see the old bank barn on the property renovated into classrooms, which would host field trips for elementary school students and feature a curriculum on gardening. A number of events of interest to the Washington County Community

include: May 4 - “Healthy Tips - Normal Aging Changes” at 1 p.m. with Betty Robison, MSN, RN-BC of the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh. May 6 - Paint a Pallet and Pizza American Flag Fundraiser - 2 hour time slots are available from noon to 8 p.m. $35 per person, which includes paint, pallet, brushes, and pizza. To be held at The Healthy Habits Training Center. RSVP Jodi Gatts at 724-632-2190, extension 115, or by e-mail: May 8 at 6 p.m. - Free Essential Oils 101 class, led by Ruth Cialone, and independent distributor of Young Living Essential Oils. - To be held at The Healthy Habits Training Center. - RSVP Jodi Gatts at 724-632-2190, extension 115, or by e-mail: May 18 - 1 p.m. - Italian Cooking class - Not your everyday Lasagna Taught by JR Armstrong, Dining Service Manager at Hawthorne Assisted Living. May 25 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation has given us 50 fruit trees! We'll learn the benefits of incorporating these trees into our community, and work together to get them all planted! This will be a fun community event that will provide fresh fruit for community members in need. To volunteer, please contact Jodi Gatts at 724 632-2190 x 115

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Following the crowd can have less than delicious consequences By Pastor B.T. Gilligan

Free Produce to People Food Distribution - Fayette County Thursday, May 11 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Fayette County Fair Fairgrounds, 132 Pechin Rd, Connellsville - The program provides supplemental food items to families each month that typically families receive about 60 pounds of food each month. 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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Yesterday, I followed the crowd. I gave in to the mass marketing hype and bought a mystical sugary drink from a certain coffee shop in the next town over. It wasn't the worst drink I have ever had, but it was close. It was filled with sugar and sour and the only reason I even tried it was because of the advertising done about the drink. I won't have another one. I was highly disappointed in this drink, and with myself for giving in to the mass marketing hype machine that suckered me in to buying one of these drinks. This is the peer pressure my mother warned me about, and I didn't listen. The worst part about this, is that as I read the description of the drink I knew I would not like it. I knew it was all the flavors I did not enjoy, and yet, I still ordered it. In the Bible a guy named Paul writes about evil and good and how he wants to do good but he can't seem to stop doing evil. He talks about this habit as if he knows he should not do it, and even as he is doing it he knows he shouldn't

do it and he still can't seem to stop himself from doing it. He keeps giving in to the same mistake over and over and over again. It may not be a weird mystical drink from a coffee shop, but is still something he knows he shouldn't do and does it anyway. At one point, Paul compare this inward battle to a war waging deep inside of himself. In the midst of that battle between ourselves and that thing we should not do, what do we do? Maybe we need help in the midst of it. Maybe, that help is professional help. Maybe that help is just

someone to listen and talk to and say that you shouldn't do it. Right after Paul finishes talking about the war waging inside of him he talks about the impact this battle has on us. So often, we start to beat ourselves up over this battle. We may even start to think that, while we didn't give in we shouldn't feel this badly or have this battle. Paul counteracts that and says that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. That followers of Jesus are still going to have that war inside them, and that is normal and expected and we do not have to feel guilty over it. Instead we get help to not give in and not let the evil inside us take over all that we do. Worship services are held at California United Methodist Church, 227 Third St., every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. On the first Wednesday of each month, the church hosts a community potluck at 6 p.m. To support the CUMC’s Weekend Feeding program, which feeds hungry kids, visit

California University of PA marks its 184th Commencement May 12-13 A former Cal U administration and management major who has built a distinguished career as a certified public accountant returns to campus May 12 and 13 as the speaker at California University of Pennsylvania’s 184th Commencement. Thomas L. Bakaitus Jr., Class of 1983, will deliver the Commencement address at separate ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. May 12 in the Convocation Center. Master’s degree candidates are vested in their academic hoods during the ceremony. Undergraduate ceremonies start at 10 a.m. May 13, also in the Convocation Center. Nearly 900 undergraduates and 400 graduate students have been invited to participate in Commencement, although not all will attend. University President Geraldine M. Jones will confer the degrees and personally greet each graduate who walks across the stage. Graduates’ families and friends are

welcome to attend. About the speaker Bakaitus, of Pittsburgh, is a CPA, partner and operating officer at Herbein + Company Inc., a CPA firm employing more than 180 people in eight offices across Pennsylvania. A partner in the firm since 2001, Bakaitus is partner-in-charge of all aspects of Herbein’s western Pennsylvania operations, managing the firm’s Pittsburgh, Greensburg and Allison Park offices. He also serves as

assistant secretary of Herbein’s executive committee. His experience includes individual, partnership, corporate and start-up tax planning and preparation, as well as client representation before federal, state and local taxing authorities. Bakaitus earned his bachelor’s degree in administration and management at Cal U, where he was named the 2011 Alumnus of the Year by the College of Liberal Arts. He also holds a Master of Science in Taxation from Duquesne University. Pittsburgh Magazine has recognized him as a Five-Star Wealth Manager in Individual Tax six times since 2010. The National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals selected him as one of the 2015 “Top 10 Public Accounting Professionals” in Pennsylvania. Bakaitus also serves on the board of directors for the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and Penn Technical Institute, and is president of the Piatt Place Home Owners Association. Both graduation ceremonies can be viewed live online at

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

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-10 p.m. Koffee Klatch presented by Edward Jones on the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. The Adult Day Center is in need of volunteers. If you are interested in giving some of your time to assist our participants with activities or just being a friend, please contact Mary Beth at 724938-3554, Ext. 123. Volunteers are needed to serve as drivers or runners for the daily Home Delivered Meals program throughout the California, Daisytown, Brownsville and West Brownsville areas. Volunteers report to the Center in the Woods by 10:30 am. on assigned days and distribute meals to registered participants. Reimbursement for gas mileage is available. Volunteers are also needed in the kitchen. We also need volunteers to help with various fundraising activities and administration work. FMI, please contact Maria at 724-938-3554, Ext. 103. The Center’s hall is available for rental. Call for details. FMI on programs and other activities, call 724-938-3554 Ext. 103. CITW is located at 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. FMI:

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

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



Whether you’re a powerboater or a sailor, you’ll want to make sure your boat is covered from bow to stern. Insurance can help keep your investment safe. WHY YOU NEED BOAT INSURANCE Everyone wants to have a safe experience while they’re out on the water, but if there’s an accident; insurance could help cover you, your passengers and your boat. If you’re new to boating, you might think you’re covered by home insurance, but the policy is not designed to offer you that protection.You need to buy a separate boat policy. Some banks, marinas or states may require you to have boat insurance. For instance, to get a loan on your boat, most banks will want you to have boat insurance.Your marina may also want proof of insurance before they let you use the slip. Some states require insurance coverage, too. At Erie Insurance, we want to help you protect the things that are important to you – and if you love the water – that includes your boat. ERIE offers coverage for sailboats, powerboats, houseboats and inboard or outboard motorboats as well as jet skis, wave runners and wave jammers. HOW INSURANCE CAN HELP PROTECT YOU & YOUR BOAT If something unexpected happens, ERIE’s boat insurance policy could help cover: Medical costs for injuries to you, your family members and others Liability for injuries or harm to other people or property Physical damage for damage to your boat and its equipment (including the trailer or outboard motor, if included on your policy) With ERIE’s property damage cover-


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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces a new season for the 20172018 Pittsburgh Dance Council. Pittsburgh Dance Council is a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The 2017-2018 season of the Pittsburgh Dance Council will kick off this summer at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival with two special free outdoor performances by site-specific aerial dance company Blue Lapis Light. “In the history of the Dance Council we’ve never done a free outdoor performance. All of our seasons showcase a broad spectrum of dance. This season takes it a step further by including a free outdoor spectacle that we expect to be seen by 20,000 people,” said Randal Miller, Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “The mission of the Dance Council is to bring the best in contemporary dance to Pittsburgh. My vision for advancing our mission is creating opportunities for people to see that dance. What we bring here is absolutely

some of the best dance in the world, and we want people to see it.” Blue Lapis Light - Stardust Season

Special - Friday and Saturday - June 2 & 3 - 9 p.m. - Fifth Avenue Place façade Aerial dance company Blue Lapis Light will extend boundaries and defy edges in their Pittsburgh premiere performance during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. This site-specific performance will be a completely original piece choreographed specifically for the Fifth Avenue Place façade above Stanwix Street. Blue Lapis Light seeks to transform urban environments into inspired works of art, creating beauty that transcends space in their expansiveness, connecting us to a sense of wonder, possibility, and hope. Dancers enliven the structure through aerial balletic movements, igniting a sense of wonder and transcendent beauty. Like nothing ever presented in Pittsburgh before, this spectacle dance performance is free to attend. For more information:

Rotary Club donates 100 children’s books to Monongahela Library

Celebrate Spring with us with a walking tour of Victorian Monongahela based on true ghostly tales. It appears that a few of our residents have never really left! Some stories will be recounted by the individuals who have experienced the paranormal events themselves! Each guest will receive a set of notecards commemorating the walk. Sponsored by the Monongahela Area Historical Society May 20 - Meet at 11:30 a.m. at historic Chess Park - Tour Begins Promptly at Noon West Main Street Monongahela, PA 15063 Cost $15 per person Prepaid Reservations Required Call 724-258-6432 or PayPal/major credit cards accepted. This tour combines history and architecture with frightful tales of the supernatural!


In recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation in 2017, the Rotary Club of Monongahela donated 100 children's books to the Monongahela Library. To raise the $1,700 needed to purchase the books, the Club recently held a raffle for four Pittsburgh Penguins tickets which were donated by 84 Lumber. “Literacy has long been a focus of Rotary International and so when our Club considered ways in which we could mark the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation in our local community, we wanted to incorporate literacy in our centennial project,” remarked Monongahela Rotary Club President Dr. Stephanie Wehrle-Davies. “And when we thought of literacy, we naturally thought of our local library. Our Club is very grateful to everyone who sold or purchased our raffle tickets and to 84 Lumber for donating the Penguins tickets.” The Rotary Club worked with Monongahela Library Children's Director Becky Dudzik, who selected

the children's books to purchase. “What a generous gift,” said Dudzik. “These 100 books will benefit so many children in the coming months. We thank the Rotary Club for choosing our library for its centennial project.” After the books were purchased, members of the Club attended a children's story hour at the Library, and were able to interact with the children ranging in age from three to six years old, and well as some of the parents and grandparents. “Children at that age are so impressionable,” said Wehrle-Davies. “We

hope that this small gesture from our Club will impress upon these youngsters the importance of literacy, as well as the importance of doing something good for others and for your community.” Chartered in 1921, the Rotary Club of Monongahela performs numerous community service projects, including distributing Rotary dictionaries to local third grade students and providing annual scholarships to graduating seniors of Ringgold High School. It recently packed food boxes at the Greater Washington County Food Bank and is preparing for its inaugural Monongahela Rotary Rubber Duckie Derby in June, to raise money for its charitable projects. Photo: Members of the Rotary Club of Monongahela Dr. Stephanie WehrleDavis, Dave Savarino, Dave Clark, Sandy Davis, Tom Graney and Jim Haines attended a children's story hour at the Monongahela Library. Children are Karmyn Alejandro (in chair), Olivia Carlson, Arabella Wilson, Addison Hensley, Lucas Withum, Cadence Withum, Elise Ash and mom Stephanie Ash.

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“Communal Resurrection” exhibit on display at 707 & 709 Penn Galleries The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Communal Resurrection: The Soul of a Community, an exhibit by Steve Prince. The exhibit will be on display at 707 and 709 Penn Galleries, Pittsburgh, through Sunday, June 18. An opening reception was held in conjunction with the quarterly Gallery Crawl on Friday, April 21. “I have been fascinated with music my entire life. I grew up in New Orleans and I was baptized in sound at an early age. From the spirituals in church, to the rhythm and blues my father played in our home, to the Mardi Gras parades cascading the streets of my city, to the street corner performers playing jazz and syncopation in the French Quarters, and to the birth of Hip Hop and its transformative, creative, stylistic foundation that has affected multiple musical genres feed this work,” shares Prince. Communal Resurrection centralizes around the theme of Black Music, tracing its social impact from slavery to present. Prince has created a multi-panel woodcut panel that chronicles the way in which music serves as a conceptual balm for people under mental, physical and spiritual stress. Coupled with the woodcut, he will display several images that speak to human experience as it relates to historical moments and representations of possible solutions to our social and modern moral dilemmas. In addition to the works exhibited in 707 Penn Gallery, Prince will be working with two high school groups to create a communal piece in 709 Penn Gallery. Using the prompt of the power of a seed, Prince challenges students to interrogate what is in the soil of

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Be savvy about your web presence in today’s age So you own a business, belong to a local club, or have a fascinating hobby and want to let the world know. Facebook is great for sharing a quick story or spreading the message about a special sale or event. What you're missing with Facebook, however, is the professional appearance, credibility, and uniqueness a website can offer. Facebook forces you to create and organize your information in a very specific manner, making navigation or searching specific information difficult. As your page becomes more popular you might notice a lot of other ads and suggested videos are taking up more of your page. Then, comes the inevitable account and page changes Facebook likes to make every few months - all in the name of profit, just not yours. If you're a business on Facebook, it's all pay to play now. What looks more credible, or Owning your own domain shows a commitment to investing in your business. It suggests you have an interest in extending your ability to connect with customers in a more memorable way. Websites allow you to collect email addresses and offer direct downloads such as coupons, ebooks and other incentives. First, you need to find a name that suits your future site. The easiest way to do this is to head over to and search for available names. Once you've found a suitable name, leave the site in your rear-view mirror and never look back. I say this because of a recent experience with them that left me feeling betrayed. I made a mistake and let one of my domains expire and this was completely my fault. The domain was

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WCCC offers career exploration camps for teens Westmoreland County Community College will offer Career Education and Exploration Boot Camps for 7th - 12th grade students starting in June. Each week from June 5 to July 28, a different camp will be held. Students will have the opportunity to explore careers through hands-on activities and demonstrations. The camps will be held at the Youngwood campus and Westmoreland's Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Mount Pleasant. The camps are designed to expose middle and high school students to career exploration activities in a fun way and give students the opportunity to experience college life and a potential career while also learning new skills. The majority of the camps will be taught by Westmoreland County Community College faculty. The complete list of camps follows: Week of June 5-9 - 3D Printed Dragster (held at ATC), Health Professions Explorers Camp, Spanish Language and Culture, Exploring Business Week of June 12-16 - Design a Dream Home (held at ATC), Books Influence


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Let’s talk tomatoes... and other fresh delights available at farmer’s markets Story by Fred “Tomato” Terling This exact time last year I was digging out my first ever garden. I had never done one, but remembered working with my Uncle Mike in my youth on his, which was an annual event. Half way in to my digging by hand, the one thing I forgot was that Uncle Mike always rented a roto-tiller. I suppose my mind is getting older than my will. I tilled, I planted some seed, some tomato starter plants. The cucumber and sweet pea yield was mighty, the tomatoes not so much. They were there, but they were green. Sitting in Richie Ziack's barber shop talking with the other patrons, I brought up my plight. Everyone in there seemed to be having the same problem. Some blamed the lack of rain, some too much. There was no consensus only various theories of how and why tomatoes do what they do. Off to the internet I went. What I discovered is that I may have planted a little late. The most challenging part is trying to determine how the prime season of June and July are going to react weather-wise. Unless you own a hot house and can control the climate of the plants, plant a couple of bushes of cherry tomatoes to ensure you get reds from your yield. Here's why: first, tomatoes have to reach the mature green stage. Once that happens, the fruit begins producing lycopene and carotene. These two substances only trigger if the external temperature is no lower than 50 degrees and no higher than 85 degrees. Any cooler, the process slows down any hotter, the process comes to a complete halt altogether. The smaller the variety, the more rapid the maturation process. Cherry tomatoes ripen quickly, beefsteaks not so much. Wind also plays a factor in the process of starting the whole ripe green to beginning red process. That is triggered by a chemical called ethylene. Ethylene is odorless and colorless and invisible to the naked eye. Consistent winds carry that chemical away. You may pick tomatoes that have started turning ripe and put them in the window to finish. They do, but not because of the sun; it's because ethylene is being permitted to do its thing. With

last summer and the extreme heat and low overnight temps, no wonder I only ended up with cukes, peas and a monster watermelon. If you don't have a green thumb, the space or patience to vegetable garden, don't miss out on the nutrients and taste of the fresh stuff. Grocery stores are fine in the off season, but don't deprive yourself from the best by taking a little trip to local farmers markets. Here is a sampling of area Farmers Markets. Canonsburg Farmers Market Every Friday May 5 through midSeptember, 3:30pm to 7pm 148 W. Pike St., Canonsburg More than 14 vendors, anchored by Simmons Farm of McMurray, will carry produce, poultry, beef, eggs, cheese, wine, whiskey, honey, desserts and gifts, among other items. Charleroi Farmers Market Thursdays from 3pm-6pm, July through October 724-483-6011 423 McKean Ave, Charleroi The Charleroi Farmers Market is a covered farmer's market. Joe's Farm Market Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm, closed Mondays 724-632-5877 3132 National Pike, Richeyville Stop by Joe's Farm Market and check out fresh fruit and vegetables and their country store featuring jams, dips, soaps, honey, and much more. Main Street Farmers Market Thursdays 3pm-6pm, May-October 412-392-2069 139 S Main Street, Washington The Main Street Farmers Market features area vendors offering locally grown produce (both organic and local farm-grown), meats, eggs, dairy products, prepared foods like fresh-baked bread, pastas, salsas, live entertainment,

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The Uniontown Art Club presents our third season of “Art at the Summit.” Located at and sponsored by the Summit Inn on Route 40 East of Uniontown, this arts and fine craft show and sale will be held: SATURDAY, MAY 13 - 10 A.M.-5 P.M. SUNDAY, MAY 14 - 10 A.M.-5 P.M. SATURDAY, JULY 8 - 10 A.M.-5 P.M. SUNDAY, JULY 9 - 10 A.M.-5 P.M. SATURDAY, OCT. 22 - 10 A.M.-5 P.M. SUNDAY, OCT. 23 - 10 A.M.-5 P.M. The local and talented artists of the Uniontown Art Club will give you a great selection of beautifully hand crafted fine art and fine crafts to view and purchase, including: Paintings (oil, acrylic & water colors), Pottery and ceramics, Sculptures, Blacksmithing, Photography, Fused Glass, Jewelry, and much more. You willl love what you see! All items are for sale. Admission is free! FMI:

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Brownsville Masonic Lodge holds unique distinction west of Alleghenies Story by Dave Zuchowski Many area residents are probably unaware of the fact that Brownsville's Masonic Lodge #60 holds claim to an impressive historic first. Chartered on January 23, 1794, the lodge is the oldest in continuous use west of the Alleghenies. Members of the Pittsburgh lodge might take umbrage with the claim, citing the fact that their charter dates back to 1745, nearly fifty years earlier. However, the Pittsburgh lodge experienced several years of “broken service” during the anti-Masonic fervor that swept the nation early in the 19th century. The key words to the Brownsville claim are “oldest in continuous use.” Hanging on the wall of the current lodge building, the former Central Presbyterian Church at 135 High Street in Brownsville, is a plaque with verbiage from the charter that gives the lodge the rather lofty title “Lodge of Hope and Good Intention at Fort Burd.” The latter is attributed to Col. James Burd, who played a prominent role in the French and Indian War and oversaw the erection of the fort that bears his name. After getting its charter, the lodge first met on Church Street on land donated by Chadds Chalfont, who also donated the land for the Methodist Church across the street and served as the first president of the lodge. The initial site served as the lodge meeting place until 1825, when it moved to the third floor of the Worrell Building, later the Gallatin Bank on High Street. Another site, the Snowden Building on Market Street, became the lodge's third home in 1903, an arrangement that lasted until 1873, when the lodge members purchased the former Central Presbyterian Church and made it their latest home. Over the years, 140 masons served as Lodge #60's president, including Paul Burd III, a descendant of Col. James Burd. The current president is David Simmons of Grindstone. Among the lodge's past members are four recognized with the highest honor given to a Knight Templar, a related Masonic organization, and four others who were made 33rd degree Masons, the fraternal organization's highest honor. The Brownsville lodge meets at 7:30 the first Monday of each month and cur-

rently has 185 members, down from its previous high of 350 in the era of the 1920s through the 1980s. “Every lodge in the state meets at 7:30, no matter where it's located,” Burd said. The meetings usually feature some sort of program such as First Responders Day in March or April of each year in which police, firemen and EMTs are honored. In June the lodge holds Strawberry Night, a family event that recognizes past presidents and thanks family members for their allowing their heads of households to spend time away from home attending Masonic functions. The Masons also sponsor a blood drive three times a year to which the public is invited to participate. For each unit of blood donated the Grand Lodge in Philadelphia donates $10 to their charity of choice. In the case of the Brownsville Masons, the lodge opts to donate the contribution to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Erie. In November, the lodge honors our nation's veterans by inviting them in, presenting them with a pin and honoring them and their contributions to the nation. “At each monthly meeting, we also take up a collection for our veterans,” Burd said. “Over the years, the Masons across the U.S. have given millions to veterans, including free phone cards to those deployed overseas.” According to a brochure titled “Being a Mason,” the world's three million Masons contribute more than $2 million daily to charities. “We're all about core values and don't talk about politics or religion when we get together,” Burd said. “Although we

respect everyone's right to belong to any religion of their choosing, all Masons must believe in God, and all Masons around the world believe in a supreme being as a requirement for membership.” With 223 years of history, the Brownsville lodge has accumulated and preserved a good bit of memorabilia, beginning with the original gavel that brought the meetings to order, the original 1794 charter, minutes from every meeting, hand-written bylaws and its original Bible. Prized possessions include a stone from the quarry used to build King Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem and a chair donated to the lodge by the Marquis de Lafayette, a Master Mason, during a May 29, 1825 stopover in Brownsville while on his American tour. At present, the chair occupies a place of honor and is mounted on a wall in the lodge meeting hall. “In addition to many signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, fourteen American presidents were Masons, beginning with Washington,” Burd said. “Ben Franklin was also the first state president of the Masons.” In 2019, the Brownsville lodge will celebrate its 225th anniversary, an event that will see a visit by the state president, a celebratory dinner and the disbursement of souvenirs. For more information on Brownsville's Masonic Lodge #60, email

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Jazzy Boutique in Belle Vernon brings big city shopping experience to the Mon Valley Story by Lauren Rearick Peer in through the windows of 540 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon and the sight of something grand is there to greet you. Jazzy Boutique is bringing the experience of big city consignment shopping to the Mon Valley, complete with highend fashion brands, accessories and even a white Baby Grand piano. The store is a dream come true for owner and operator, Diann Donaldson who is giving back to her neighbors near and far, through fashion and partnerships with the community. Her foray into the world of fashion started nearly four years ago. “At the time I was in Naples, Florida and I was visiting lots of consignment shops down there,” she said. “A lot of the stores were classic boutique style, that didn't appear to be like a typical consignment shop in any way. I thought about it and realized we didn't have anything like that in the Mon Valley. I wanted to open something like that and I told myself that I was 50 and if I didn't

open a store now, I probably never would.” With a lifetime in business, Donaldson knew she had the experience needed to open a business, and started Jazzy Boutique in a smaller location nearby. The store eventually outgrew the space and moved to their current, larger location last summer. “This location gave me the space to encompass the vision I had,” she said. Her vision includes the trademark piano in the window and a wide array of fashions from popular name brands. Along with fashion, the store works with local artisans to sell community-sourced handmade products including bath bombs, soaps and more. Community is at the heart of everything the operation does, with Donaldson working with her consigners

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to offer a unique way of giving back. At the conclusion of each fashion season, she invites consigners to pick up the remainder of their items or they can donates them through the boutique to multiple organizations in the Mon Valley. Residents of all ages benefit from Jazzy Boutique's charity work, including students at California University who are invited to select items for job interviews and internships, parents and families in need and young students looking to make their dreams come true. “It's so rewarding to see individuals come in and have a boutique experience and to be able to give back to them,” Donaldson said. “The Mon Valley has given so much to me and this is my way of giving back.” One of the most memorable moments



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Area equestrian contender on American Quarter Paint Horse circuit Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Charleroi resident Kristen Glemba climbed onto the competitive horseback riding saddle at the age of 8 and now, at 31, is a contender on the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) circuit. In her early competition days, Glemba rode a quarter pony in English Pleasure while serving on the American Quarter Horse circuit. However, since she found Pleasure to be “very political,” she moved into barrel racing around 13 years ago. “It's just you and the timer when you barrel race,” Glemba said, adding that “barrel racing is more exciting all around. I just enjoy it - it's fun.” Glemba also participates in stake racing and pole bending. According to the APHA Handbook, barrel racing is a timed event where the horse and rider travel in a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels set 35 - 40 yards apart, and “ designed to test the speed and maneuverability of the horse.” In a stake race, it's common for a single pole to be set up at the far end of the arena, “...and riders simply run as fast as they can down the arena, turn the pole, and run back across the finish line.” Pole bending resembles an automotive slalom, but here the horse and rider weave fast as possible through a

series of six poles set 21 feet apart. To be a successful equestrian takes a passion for horses, and a willingness to put up with barn upkeep, saddle rubs, and possibly “a horse snorting in your face” Glemba said. “It's kind of a lifestyle, and definitely not for everyone.” While the lifestyle may not be for everyone, even in the realm of those with a passion, Glemba notes, “They're animals you're dealing with and they have a mind, and you have to work with them as a team. A rider and a horse don't always match personalities.” Glemba's passion for horses, skill, and sometimes handing out a resume, has garnered sponsorships from Thorobred, Inc., of Anaheim, California, Taylored Western Designs in Bridgeville, PA,

Dream Designs in Smithton, PA, Mitch's Bail Bonds, Bridgeville, and Bishop's Pizza in West Mifflin. Sponsors want to be seen, and in this arena Glemba does not disappoint. With a 2D Championship at the APHA World Show in Fort Worth, Texas in 2015, and two top five and one top 10 finishes in 2016, her sponsors have reasons to be proud. Back home, Glemba owns and operates Redd's Mill Ranch in Charleroi, where her race horses, lesson horses, breed mare, and up and coming young horses find home and ring. Glemba says of her horse breeding “It's more rewarding when you're breeding them, raising them, and showing them. That's a huge accomplishment in my book.” While Glemba's plans include more travel and competition in barrel racing, pole bending, and stake racing, providing lessons at the Ranch, breaking horses, and conditioning young horses for competition, her children, Jayla, 7, and Tyler, 3, have competition plans of their own. Jayla's pee-wee barrel racing aspirations are sponsored by Taylored Western, Thorobred, Inc., and Dream Designs, while Tyler races his steed, a tiny dirt bike, for the first time this year.

Wendy Bell to host “An Evening of Thanks” at the Palace Theatre Emmy Award-winning journalist Wendy Bell is hosting an “Evening of Thanks” on June 28 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg. “This special community has been incredible to me this past year,” Bell says, referring to the astounding success of her Facebook page, Positively Wendy Bell, as it continues its steady climb towards 100K followers. “The people of western Pennsylvania have wrapped their arms around this idea that there is good news all around us,” Bell says. “And the historic Palace Theatre is the perfect place for us to come together and celebrate that posi-

tive energy our country really needs right now.” “Life isn’t a nightly rundown of murders and crime and corruption,” Bell explains. “There are so many extraordinary stories of everyday people doing remarkable things, so what are we waiting for?... People are hungry for GOOD news,” she says. And that’s what sparked Bell’s idea to launch a positive news website called Bell says she’ll unveil it, and introduce several people whose stories will be featured in it, live on stage. Bell’s “Evening of Thanks” will feature a handful of people

whose stories went viral on her Facebook page, reaching more than 10 million people. “This is my opportunity to surprise some of the people I’ve interviewed whose determination and perseverance are beyond extraordinary.” Bell will ask her Facebook followers to weigh in on which charitable organizations should receive a significant portion of the evening’s proceeds. Wendy Bell’s “Evening of Thanks” is Wednesday June 28 at 7:30 p.m., with a private VIP session before the show at 6:30 p.m. FMI: the-palace-event.

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Common Funeral Flowers According to Teleflora, “The type of flowers you choose can express your particular sentiment.” See below for an overview of the symbolic meaning behind the most common flowers. Lilies - The lily is the flower most commonly associated with funeral services as they symbolize the innocence that has been restored to the soul of the departed. Gladioli - Typically used in fan sprays as a classic and elegant arrangement for traditional funeral services, the gladiolus embodies strength of character, sincerity, and moral integrity. Carnations - Long lasting and fragrant, carnations are a popular choice for sympathy arrangements. The red carnation evokes admiration while a pink carnation stands for remembrance. White carnations stand for pure love and innocence. Chrysanthemums - Mums are frequently included in arrangements for funeral services. Their symbolic meaning varies from country to country, but in the US, they symbolize truth and the flower is usually regarded as positive and cheerful, although New Orleans is a notable exception. Roses - As one of the most recognizable flowers, roses can be a beautiful part of an arrangement of funeral flowers. White roses evoke reverence, humility, innocence, and youthfulness. Red roses convey respect, love, and courage. Pink roses signify love, grace, appreciation, and gentility. Dark crimson roses denote grief and sorrow. Yellow roses are given by friends of the deceased to symbolize their strong ties. Orchids - Orchids say “I will always love you”. When giving an orchid plant as a gesture of sympathy, it is important to give consideration to color. Pink and white are traditional colors of sympathy. Hydrangea - Sending a seasonal spring plant is a nice and appropriate gesture for a grieving family. The hydragea is a gift of thanks in repayment for understanding and is given as a gesture of sincerity. Daffodils & Tulips - Bright yellow spring tulips and daffodils are a symbol of renewal and fresh starts. They are believed to bring encouragement and hope to a person who is grieving or unhappy so they make a great choice to send as a sympathy gift to the family home of the departed.

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Area man lets his imagination take flight with Cal U’s new UAV program Story by Joseph Phillips Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAVs) are fun. About two years ago, in an effort to juice my understanding of mechatronics, I felt it would be a good idea to pick a pet project, research the science behind my interest and try to bring it back to an industrial market after significant effort to ferret out a good reason, and a good method to employ an understanding of an emergent technology field. Call me Ishmael, seriously, what was I thinking? I started crashing and abusing a trusty hobby shop drone with FPV. Translation, that means you can use an app on your phone or a screen or a pair of VR (virtual reality) goggles to see the environment from the point of view of the camera. You feel, despite the lag in transmission, you are flying, weightlessly at times, drifting above the trees. Never mind the photography, the elvin mirth I felt from flying was worth it. I like painting, and the studies I do for landscapes helped me with natural color and use of light and composition, perspective. My hope was that one day I might get a chance to study in an Unmanned Aerial Systems program, and luckily, with the help of inspiring staff and students at California University of Pennsylvania, I can, and I also get to meet other people who want to take drone development seriously. People sometimes ask me really weird questions about drones and I've always thought it would be great if there was a local effort to make a big change in the public perception of drones. Cal U's Office of Public Relations provided me with some background to share about the new associate degree program in Unmanned Aerial Systems/Drone Technology: “California University of Pennsylvania's associate degree program in Unmanned Aerial Systems/ Drone Technology begins this fall. The twoyear degree program prepares students to enter the civilian drone industry - an industry expected to have a $90 billion economic impact and generate 100,000 jobs nationwide in the next 10 years. “We're not talking about toys - these drones are tools,” says Cal U spokesperson Christine Kindl. “Drones are becoming game-changers in industries ranging from agriculture and real estate to construction and law enforcement,” she adds. “Researchers

are using them to collect data and images as they study everything from traffic patterns to climate change. “We want our Cal U students to be equipped to enter this new career field, and perhaps even move it forward. Technicians are needed to imagine, design and build these unmanned vehicles, to configure and maintain them, and to analyze the data they collect. That's what our new associate degree program is all about.” Kindl noted that Cal U's new program is about more than piloting drones, although an optional one-credit course will help students get ready to take the Federal Aviation Administration exam required for licensed UAS operators. “Our Cal U students also will have a foundation in college algebra, physics, weather science and technical writing academic skills that UAS professionals need throughout their careers,” she says. “We expect that graduates of our drone technology program will have a bright future in a field that is changing not just business and industry, but our everyday lives.” I decided on a plan to preclude my enrollment, a primer. I would fly my starter fifty times before I throw down some bread on a pro drone, like the kind that makes for nice TV and movie location shots, Steadicam overviews. That way, when I eventually crashed the pro drone, I thought, I would be ready. I would have support from the university, some skin in the game, because it was going to be repair or nothing. I even installed a HDMI port on the drone, which didn't require any programming effort on my part, and was thinking about medical delivery, real problems and solutions offered by drone technology. Here is a list of scenarios. Some of these are already occurring, especially in places where harsh weather washes out road and rail, in remote areas. Commercial: Delivery, photography, sports coverage, film and movie, search and rescue Civil: Surveying and planning land and artifice for thermal leaks, for structural issues in giant bridges, skyscrapers, for measuring the volume and shape of a body of water for placement of a hydroelectric dam, for city planning and maintenance. Rescue: Delivery of vital medicines like antibiotics, insulin, and other necessities in an emergency. For finding

lost people. For alerting others when one becomes lost or trapped in a remote area. For creation of a national aerial flight system complete with communication and safety ratings. That's right. The same process that makes flying a plane statistically safer than driving a car is underway with NextGen initiatives to make a place in the National Airspace for drones and drone commerce. For cleaning rust with lasers from old smokestacks. For supplying free internet service to millions of people, and restoring telecommunications. For taking surface chemical and spectral analysis of underwater volcanos. For weaving a rope across a chasm to quickly begin the slow and arduous process of replacing a bridge. Machine vision: Using generative models of AI, where a computer and a user can work to train a software program to recognize patterns within data. It can teach itself to find equations that match abstract ideas about patterns, its own form of useful logic and parlance, by wrote of definition, we would like to see in our world. For example, I could “teach” the drone to recognize tin cans, fly over a vast field and count and place each can there, instantly. I could find the keys people lose when tailgating at the parking lot after a big football game, then deliver the keys to them. For spotting the exact square footage of underperforming corn in a field of 1000 acres and determine the poundage of nutrients or insecticide or herbicide needed to make the corn healthy. Catch other drones that are in unsafe places and impound them. I studied and passed my AKT and got my small commercial drone license. I am a licensed pilot operator for drones aloft under 55 lbs. I can route into airports if I secure a waiver and prepare a flight plan that safely keeps two sets of eyes on craft, communicate with crew, and fly a drone, with the expectation of wild times in adverse weather, and that makes me a better pilot. It's a lesson learned, learn passionately, and always have an ability to look up and realize possibilities exist that you may never know unless you try, to fly.

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to present the 2017 Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF). This year's festival kicks-off with a ticketed performance of multi-Grammy Award winner, David Sanborn live at the August Wilson Center on June 16 and closes with Latin uber group,The Spanish Harlem Orchestra on June 18. The three day festival also features internationally renowned and multiGrammy award-winner Angelique Kidjo on Saturday June 17. Kidjo, is one of the greatest international music artists today and was named by Time Magazine as “Africa's premier diva.” Kidjo's appearance is a ticketed performance at the August Wilson Center. Free concerts on outdoor stages are always the highlight at the PJLIF, and this year's festival will not disappoint with all-star group Hudson leading the way. This quartet is comprised of legendary musicians, Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski and Larry Grenadier coming together to create a distinct, remarkable sound. Internationally-acclaimed trumpeter/composer and Pittsburgh favorite, Sean Jones returns to this year's festival. To enhance the festival goers experience, the celebration will start Friday night with a bash at the 9th Street Stage - AFROHEAT! The second installment of Rhythm & Groove 2017, a large scale jazz soiree takes place on June 16th at the August Wilson Center featuring the Caribbean vibes of Elan Trotman's Topicality, classic, jazz standards by Allan Harris, Latin grooves of Noel Quintana's Latin Orchestra and a special appearance by Sean Jones. Tickets for Rhythm and Groove 2017 are available at for David Sanborn and Angelique Kidjo are available, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at the Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh.


Exploring the Paranormal with Reanna Roberts

Five Reasons Why Suicide is Never the Solution

I know I've written about what could possibly be making someone think their house is haunted, but I thought I would touch on one of the biggest 'reasons,' for lack of a better term, as to why people often jump to it being haunted, at least in the southwestern PA area. I'm sure we've all heard this. Someone sees an apparition of a man in a head dress, or they happen to live in really any state in the contiguous US, they jump to “my house is built on a native American burial ground!” Yes, there is a very real chance that that is a true piece of information. There is also a real chance, though, that this isn't what is causing them to hear the bumps in the night. If everyone who lived somewhere that was a burial ground dealt with hauntings, nearly everyone living in southwestern PA, or even PA, would be dealing with this. There are at a minimum of 3 archaeological sites in Fayette County, 3 in Greene county, 1 in Washington, and 2 in Westmoreland. These are most definitely not the only places that native Americans once resided in this area; these are the only ones that are on the National Register of Historic Places. I live in Monongahela. Monongahela is not just the name of a river, it is the name of a native American tribe that settled in the Ohio Valley years ago. The mounds baseball fields are labeled as burial mounds, but you don't hear people talking about seeing ghost native Americans while they are playing a game of baseball really, do you? It is the same as what I've written about regarding cemeteries in the past. The

You are at the end of your rope and you can't take it any much longer. You are in pain and you are suffering and you feel there is no hope. The first thing that you need to do is to seek the services of a professional counselor. As a published author of a managing fear book and as a Layman, here are five reasons why suicide is not an option to your problems. Things Change Over Time Regardless of your situation, things do not stay the same. You may feel very bad today, but it won't last forever. Remember this fact: Regardless of your current situation, everything changes over time, including your current situation. Nothing remains the same forever. There Are Always Other Options You may feel lost and confused but the answers to your specific problems are out there. The key is that you have to find the answers. The answers to your problem will not come to you. As mentioned before, the first step in finding the solution to your problem is to seek help from a qualified professional. You Can't Predict The Future - You are fearful, confused and do not know where to turn. You think that there is no hope for you. When you are in this situation, remember the 99% rule. The 99% rule states that that no one can predict the future with one hundred percent certainty. Even if the thing that you are afraid of does happen, there are circumstances and factors that you can't predict which can be used to your advantage. For instance, you miss the deadline for a project you have been working on for the last few months. Everything you feared is coming true. Suddenly, your boss comes to your office and tells you that the deadline is extended and that he forgot to tell you

person that passed has no connection to the cemetery or burial grounds aside from that is where their physical manifestation has been lain to rest. They are more attached to where they resided when they were living, where their family is now, or even wherever an object is that they had an attachment to. When you initially hear something bumping in the night in your new home, try to think rationally and debunk what you’re hearing before you jump to the conclusion it’s Queen Aliquippa coming back to haunt you because your house is her burial site. Do you have questions about the paranormal? Let me know! Email

Nursing Program earns continuing accreditation Westmoreland County Community College’s associate degree nursing program earned continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The reaccreditation follows an October 2016 site visit by a team of educators and health professionals from ACEN who evaluated the program and met with Westmoreland nursing faculty and administrators. “I congratulate the team and appreciate the tremendous amount of work they dedicated to this success,” said Westmoreland County Community College President Tuesday Stanley. The ACEN accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process designed to enhance


quality improvement in nursing education. Accreditation heightens faculty members’ and administrators’ awareness and responsiveness to areas needing improvement, aids in student recruitment, and is required by many nursing programs for admission to the graduate level. Currently, 289 students are registered in the associate degree nursing program with 96 graduating in May. The college accepted 140 new students who will begin the nursing program in the fall. “I am so proud to be involved with an outstanding nursing program with the best faculty and administrative oversight,” Stanley said. FMI:

the day before. This unknown factor changes everything. We may be ninetynine percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world of difference. Focus On The Facts of Your Situation and Not Your Thoughts When people are depressed they rely on their fearful, depressing, and negative thoughts. That is a huge mistake. Your fearful thoughts are exaggerated and are not based on reality. When you are depressed, focus on the facts of your current situation and not on what you think. Do not assume anything regarding your current situation. Seek help from a professional immediately. Go To The Hospital Immediately When You’re in Crisis - If things are so bad that you are unable to function, drop everything and go to your local hospital or crisis center immediately. The people there will take care of your situation right away. No situation is hopeless. Your loved ones, friends, relatives, God, mental health counselors, priests, ministers, etc. are all good sources of help. They are all willing to help you and they can make a difference, but you must be willing to take advantage of this help. Regardless of your situation, take advantage of the help that is around you. Remember: Every problem has a solution. You just have to find it. Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods”. Stan's managing fear book has become very popular with over 300 positive book reviews and counting. Read the many book reviews of Stan's popular book by going to his website at

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Mental Health Spotlight: The Importance of Taking Our Medication Meds. A word most people in mental health recovery hate. Why do I have to take them? I feel better now, can I stop taking them? They make me feel like a zombie, I'd rather self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Being in various mental health group settings, I've frequently heard these and more. A huge part of my diagnosis was finally gaining acceptance that I have a disease. The second, and it took quite a bit of time, was accepting that this disease was with me for the rest of my life. Acceptance. There's that word that I use so often when speaking personally or presenting. There is a world that opened up when I was finally able to achieve it. An important part was to educate myself on everything about my illness. I wanted to know more than anyone on the planet about it. The one thing that kept coming up was adherence to a medication regiment. No two people have the same prescriptions. Medication for each person is as unique as the way we look. Yes, as a person in a creative field, I was afraid the side effects would numb me to the point that I was no longer functional. For the first week, those fears seemed justified. Then a day passed and another and the next. Soon, the haze cleared and I found a new focus I hadn't had since my teens. My thoughts no longer raced and ricocheted around my cranium like a pinball. I could create more, with no frustration. My psychiatrist said that the key to maintaining wellness with my disorder was getting to functional. I

can't possibly see myself working in a nine to five job ever again, but for what I do, functional is a great tradeoff to the anger, anxiety and fear that loomed over me like an angry shadow waiting for me to slip up and submit to the darkness. This is what medication has done for me. There are other treatment and coping mechanisms that I use and fine tune as I learn more from both study and interaction with peers in group settings. I don't claim to know everything but I do know that following my scheduled medications put me at home plate and give me a solid point from which to start. I can't stress this enough. As someone in a great point in his recovery, TAKE YOUR MEDS! Recently, in my striving to study more, I came across a publication that addresses the issues people have with taking

their medication. It focused on bipolar and schizophrenia (I am bipolar). The study found that generally the average patient with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder takes only 51%-70% of prescribed medication. The factors that they cited as nonadherence: poor insight and lack of illness awareness, distress associated with specific side effects or a general fear of side effects, inadequacy to address the symptoms and believing medications are no longer needed. There was also concerns with potential weight gain and sedation. If so inclined, you can read the entire research paper: The expert consensus guideline series: Adherence problems in patients with serious and persistent mental illness. Available from: pert_consensus_guideline_series_Adher ence_problems_in_patients_with_serious_and_persistent_mental_illness NEED HELP? IN THE U.S., CALL 1-800-273-8255 FOR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. *Mental Health Spotlight is an opinion based column. Any resources mentioned are provided for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional.

Waynesburg University nursing professor to present scholarly paper Dr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing at Waynesburg University, will offer a podium presentation based on her scholarly paper at the University of Kentucky’s 13th Annual Nursing Faculty Development Workshop. The paper was accepted for presentation at the workshop, which will be held May 11 and 12, after Stolfer submitted an abstract of the paper in October 2016. “The event will provide networking opportunities with nursing scholars throughout the nation,” said Stolfer. “The newly gleaned information will be shared with faculty peers and students

to enhance student engagement.” Titled “Active Student Learning in the Psych Clinical Setting: The Nursing Education Group,” Stolfer’s paper details an activity for nursing students during their psych clinical experience. She explains how an instructor can guide a Nursing Education Group to research and discuss topics related to clinical psychology work. As psych clinical work can be an uncomfortable experience for students, the Nursing Education Group can help them to become more self-confident and comfortable in a clinical setting. Stolfer also presented a scholarly

paper at the University of Kentucky Annual Nursing Faculty Development Workshop in May 2015. She believes academic work and presentations are essential to her role as a Waynesburg faculty member and Certified Nurse Educator. “As I tell my students on the first day of class, nursing is a wonderful way to do God’s work,” said Stolfer. “Not only is caring for others essential, but wisdom and knowledge also is important to foster the students’ professional growth.” FMI about Waynesburg University, visit

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Line-up announced for Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is free and open to the public and runs ten full days from June 2-11 in Point State Park, the Cultural District, and Gateway Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., *unless otherwise noted. Friday, June 2 - Rebirth Brass Band Whether seen on HBO's Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, GRAMMY Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. *Also performing: Jimbo and the Soupbones Saturday, June 3 - Hippo Campus Hippo Campus has done its fair share of growing up since forming in late 2013. Their pair of 2015 EPs, Bashful Creatures and South, catapulted a freshly-formed band onto sold out tours, radio airwaves, late night TV stages, timelines, feeds, and glowing screens the world over. Their first full-length record, Landmark, showcases not only their trademark ear for ringing melodies and impeccably constructed pop frameworks, but a desire to dig deeper, both into their talent and in their selves, for inspiration. Sunday, June 4 (91.3 WYEP Day) Las Cafeteras - Born in the streets of Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras are children of immigrants who are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with what LA Times has called a "uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock ‌ live, they're magnetic." *Also performing: Meeting of Important People, The Suitcase Junket Monday, June 5 - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Known for its artistic excellence for more than 120 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is credited with a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. The Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras. Tuesday, June 6 - Michael Kiwanuka Soulful and raw, Londoner Michael Kiwanuka's is critically-acclaimed for his first two albums and has staked his claim on the list of great British singer-

songwriters. *Also performing: Cloves Wednesday, June 7 - Sean Rowe + Birds of Chicago - Sean Rowe: Touring in support of New Lore, Rowe has an unparalleled voice - full of gravely soul, aged and edged by years on the road, as a father and husband, as a creative force always looking for the next rhyme. Birds of Chicago: A collective centered around Allison Russell and JT Nero, Birds of Chicago evoke stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered; they draw heavily on the gospel tradition and the music feels like a new, secular gospel of sorts. Thursday, June 8 - Beats + Bars - featuring Choo Jackson, HollyHood, Billy Pilgrim, Pirate Gang, Track Meet, Hubbs, DJ Selecta - Beats + Bars features a diverse group of Pittsburghbased hip-hop artists, whose talents flow through the underground on waves of carefully-produced instrumentals, laced with outstanding lyrical ability. The energy and creativity that these performers bring to the stage gives a glimpse into the region's ever-growing hip-hop scene. Friday, June 9 - Dawes - Touring in support of their fifth album, We're All Gonna Die, Dawes returned home to Los Angeles for this latest release. It was clear from the onset that home was much more than a physical place for Dawes. It was a state of mind. It also meant getting to a point where everyone felt they had found a sound that was uniquely their own, equivalent to an author finding their own voice. *Also

performing: The Accidentals Saturday, June 10 (Bluegrass Day supported by Colcom Foundation) - Sarah Jarosz + Fruition Sarah Jarosz: A gifted multi-instrumentalist, a singularly expressive vocalist and a songwriter of rare insight, Sarah Jarosz has been described by The New York Times as "one of acoustic music's most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success." Jarosz won a 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Folk Album. Fruition: The first time they ever made music together, Fruition's three lead singer-songwriters discovered that their voices naturally blended into beautiful three-part harmonies. In the eight years since that impromptu busking session, the Portland, Oregon-based quintet has grown from a rootsy, string-centric outfit to a full-fledged rock band with an easy but powerful grasp of soul, blues, and British Invasion era pop. Sunday, June 11 - St. Paul and the Broken Bones - Sea of Noise, the second full-length album by St. Paul and the Broken Bones, marks a quantum leap in sound and style for the highvoltage Birmingham, Alabama-based band. They toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe and their most recent concert work included arena dates opening for the Rolling Stones. *Also performing: The Commonheart FMI,

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Remember When - This Month in History with Fred “Tomato� Terling: Important Dates in May

May 1st - Observed as May Day, a holiday and spring festival since ancient times, also observed in socialist countries as a workers' holiday or Labor Day. May 2, 2011 - U.S. Special Operations Forces killed Osama bin Laden during a raid on his secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The raid marked the culmination of a decade-long manhunt for the elusive leader of the alQaeda terrorist organization based in the Middle East. May 3, 1469 - Italian writer and statesman Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was born in Florence, Italy. He offered a blunt, realistic view of human nature and power in his works The Prince and Discourses on Livy. May 4, 1970 - At Kent State University, four students were killed by National Guardsmen who opened fire on a crowd of 1,000 students protesting President Richard Nixon's decision to invade Cambodia. Eleven others were wounded. The shootings set off tumultuous campus demonstrations across America resulting in the temporary closing of over 450 colleges and universities. May 5th - Celebrated in Mexico as Cinco de Mayo, a national holiday in remembrance of the Battle of Puebla in 1862, in which Mexican troops under General Ignacio Zaragoza, outnumbered three to one, defeated the invading French forces of Napoleon III. May 5, 1961 - Alan Shepard became the first American in space. He piloted the spacecraft Freedom 7 during a 15minute 28-second suborbital flight that reached an altitude of 116 miles (186 kilometers) above the earth. May 6, 1937 - The German airship Hindenburg burst into flames at 7:20 p.m. as it neared the mooring mast at Lakehurst, New Jersey, following a

trans-Atlantic voyage. Thirty six of the 97 passengers and crew were killed. May 6, 1856 - Psychoanalysis founder Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was born in Freiberg, Moravia. His theories became the foundation for treating psychiatric disorders by psychoanalysis and offered some of the first workable cures for mental disorders. May 7, 1833 - Composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was born in Hamburg, Germany. He composed over 300 songs and numerous orchestral, choral, piano, and chamber works, including his German Requiem commemorating the death of his mother. May 8, 1884 - Harry S. Truman (18841972) the 33rd U.S. President was born in Lamar, Missouri. He became president upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt in April 1945. May 10, 1994 - Former political prisoner Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa. Mandela had won the first free election in South Africa despite attempts by various political foes to deter the outcome. May 11, 1888 - Songwriter Irving Berlin (1888-1989) was born (as Israel Isidore Baline) in Tyumen, Russia. Although he could not read or write musical notation, he became one of America's greatest songwriters, best known for songs such as God Bless America, White Christmas, There's No Business Like Show Business and Puttin' On the Ritz. May 14, 1607 - The first permanent English settlement in America was established at Jamestown, Virginia, by a group of royally chartered Virginia Company settlers from Plymouth, England. May 14, 1804 - Meriwether Lewis and William Clark departed St. Louis on their expedition to explore the

Northwest. They arrived at the Pacific coast of Oregon in November of 1805 and returned to St. Louis in September of 1806, completing a journey of about 6,000 miles. May 14, 1796 - Smallpox vaccine was developed by Dr. Edward Jenner, a physician in rural England. He coined the term vaccination for the new procedure of injecting a milder form of the disease into healthy persons resulting in immunity May 17, 1875 - The first Kentucky Derby horse race took place at Churchill Downs in Louisville. May 18, 1980 - Mount St. Helens volcano erupted in southwestern Washington State spewing steam and ash over 11 miles into the sky. This was the first major eruption since 1857. May 19, 1930 - African American playwright Lorraine Hansberry (19301965) was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is best known for A Raisin in the Sun (1959) a play dealing with prejudice and black pride. The play was the first stage production written by a black woman to appear on Broadway. May 21, 1881 - The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton. The organization today provides volunteer disaster relief in the U.S. and abroad. Community services include collecting and distributing donated blood, and teaching health and safety classes. May 22, 1859 - Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born at Edinburgh, Scotland. He was also deeply interested in and lectured on spiritualism. May 24, 1844 - Telegraph inventor Samuel Morse sent the first official tele-

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graph message, "What hath God wrought?" from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., to Baltimore. May 25, 1803 - American author and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. May 27, 1937 - In San Francisco, 200,000 people celebrated the grand opening of the Golden Gate Bridge by strolling across it. May 28, 1961 - Amnesty International was founded by London lawyer Peter Berenson. Today Amnesty International has over a million members in 150 countries working to free prisoners of conscience, stop torture and the death penalty, and guarantee human rights for women. May 29, 1917 - John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) the 35th U.S. President was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the youngest man ever elected to the presidency and the first Roman Catholic. May 30, 1783 - The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first daily newspaper published in America. May 30, 1922 - The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was dedicated. May 31, 1889 - Over 2,300 persons were killed in the Johnstown flood in Pennsylvania. Heavy rains throughout May caused the Connemaugh River Dam to burst sending a wall of water 75 feet high pouring down upon the city.


Thank Goodness It’s Summer concert line-up announced

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.


Westmoreland Cultural Trust is proud to announce its 13th annual TGIS (Thank Goodness It's Summer) concert series line-up featuring 15 weeks of local/live entertainment in the S&T Bank Courtyard and Megan's Suite at The Palace Theatre (21 West Otterman Street, Greensburg). This FREE community event runs every Thursday evening May 25 - August 31 from 6-9:30 p.m. Bands from all over the region will play outdoors in the courtyard while guests enjoy light bites from neighboring restaurant Caffe Barista and refreshing cocktails. The season will end Friday, September 8 with a finale on The Palace Theatre stage featuring several returning TGIS bands. Scheduled to Appear (Thursdays): 5/25 - Jimbo and the Soupbones 6/1 -Neon Swing X-perience 6/8 - Switch 6/15 - The Abilene Band 6/22 - Gary Pratt 6/29 - Sky Pilot & moneypenny 7/6 - Gashouse Annie Duo & Detention 7/13 - Hamilton Ave. 7/20 - Bad Boy Blues Band 7/27 - The Bricks 8/3 - Supper Break String Band 8/10 - East Coast Turnaround Acoustic Trio 8/17 - Jeff Perigo & Friends 8/24 - ROCK The Palace (April 22) 2nd & 3rd Place Winners 8/31 - ROCK The Palace (April 22) 1st Place Winner 9/8 - FINALE About the Bands: Jimbo and The Soupbones: Musical genres are crossed without apology, resulting in a fresh, yet familiar blend of funk, rock, soul and blues that excludes no one. Since landing on the live music scene in 2008 with their debut CD, SelfTitled (yes, that's actually the title), they've twice been crowned "Best band in Pittsburgh." Neon Swing X-perience: Neon Swing X-perience was formed in 1998 by Mike Urick and a rag-tag group of musicians who had a passion for the music of a bygone era. Since its origins, NSX has been relentlessly devoted to updating and preserving vintage American genres such as swing, rocka-

billy, hot jazz, horn rock, and blues. Switch: Switch Acoustic, a three-piece acoustic act playing in Westmoreland County and the Pittsburgh Metro area, is comprised of members of the band Switch, the Metro area's best cover band. Switch Acoustic, backed by many years of experience, will sing their own songs plus audience favorites from almost every genre of music. The Abilene Band: Country music group Abilene debuted in the early 1980s. The band was composed of Herb Humphreys, Keith Taylor, Larry Miller, Jay McKnight and Ray Rhodes. Abilene traveled the tri-state area while also finding time to record two local hits, You Don't Need to Need Me Now and Louisiana Feeling. For several years, the band was the opening act for national performers and won a number of 'Battle of the Bands' competitions and contests. Gary Pratt: At a very early age, Gary Pratt expressed his talent and his love for music. Country music has always been a part of his life. In addition to performing locally, he had the pleasure of showcasing his music in Nashville at various venues including The Captain's Table on Printer's Alley, Gilley's, The Sweetwater Lounge, Douglas Corner, The Bluebird Cafe and many more. Skypilot: Sky Pilot enjoys playing and singing cover songs from the 60s and 70s. There's never a dull moment when this band plays, and it's always a guaranteed good time. moneypenny: Moneypenny plays music of an original nature with most of the songs written by lead guitarist George Kulik and co-produced by percussionist Jim Wolfe. This band will also play a select few cover tunes. Detention: Jane and Mandi from Detention have been playing together for about 7 years. From the inception of this acoustic duo, Mandi and Jane developed their own unique blend of musical talent and humor to delight their audiences. The energy they exhibit during their performances made them favorites at many local establishments and has resulted in their performing at numerous private parties, benefits and weddings. Gashouse Annie: Gashouse Annie is entering its second decade of music

entertaining and playing country music. Their energetic show includes an outstanding diversity of original music along with familiar songs old and new. Hamilton Ave.: Hamilton Ave. is an acoustic classic rock band formed in January 2012. Covering music from the 1950s to the present and just a touch of country, they perform songs from such artists as America, The Eagles, The Temptations, The Beatles, Goo Goo Dolls,Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, and many more. The Bad Boy Blues Band: From Greensburg, BBBB is a mixture of oldstyle and modern blues with a touch of classic rock. Bob Boyle & Ned Stokes have been together for 40 yrs. Vinnie for the last 8 and newest member is Mike Sheffler. Fun and energy is their recipe for a great show. The Bricks: The Bricks is an acoustic duo, formerly 3 Bricks Shy. Comprised of Tim Lint on acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals and Sam Paul on acoustic guitar and vocals, they play a mix of 70s, 80s & 90s acoustic & country rock, as well as original compositions. Supper Break String Band: Southwestern PA natives and brothers Josh and Zack Starrett, along with lifelong friend and multi-instrumentalist Spencer Hall, make up this Americana/Grass-Rock trio. Since their inception in 2012, they have been gaining attention in the bluegrass and music festival community with raw, high-energy performances and a rabid passion for live music. East Coast Turnaround Acoustic Trio: East Coast Turnaround is a blue-collar band known as "The Fathers of Trucker Rock" for their blend of southern rock, blues and soul. Jeff Perigo & Friends: Singer-songwriter Jeff Perigo has been playing music since 1994 in the Johnstown, Indiana and Somerset areas - including acoustic or electric, classic rock, folk, blues, country and jam band. FMI:

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See May 9 - Preserving Your Digital Photographs Workshop - 6:30 p.m. Heinz History Center - Pittsburgh Learn practical strategies for managing and preserving your digital photographs. Discover the step-by-step measures that can be taken to locate, select, organize, and store the digital photographs on phones, digital ca.m.eras, computers, and social media accounts. This progra.m. is offered in celebration of the History Center's feature exhibition, #Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience. This workshop is free and open to the public, but does not include access to museum exhibitions. FMI: preserving-digital-photographs-workshop May 10 - MVAA / Charleroi Area Middle/High School Art Show - 5 p.m. - Charleroi The MVAA, along with Off the Wall Arts, will be sponsoring the Annual Charleroi Middle/High School Art Show on May 10 at the Charleroi Area High School. Working in conjunction with Art Teacher Patrick Camut, this year's show will include cash prizes for top entries and the MVAA jazz band sponsored by "Off the Wall Arts". Open to the public. 5-8 p.m. May 11 - Creative Reuse Shopping Event - Thu 6 p.m. - Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Shop from 6-8 p.m., and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Creative Reuse. Your purchase can give three times: to the recipient, the artisan, and this local non-profit. Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (PCCR) promotes resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse. We achieve our mission through community initiatives including our SHOP where artists, teachers and

everyone else can get the materials they need for their creative projects, and through our hands-on creative programs, both at our Center and around the region. If you're looking for affordable art and craft supplies, fabric, yarn, sewing notions, office supplies, paper, business and industrial discards and surplus, or vintage curiosities to incorporate into your creative project, you'll love our shop. May 12 - NewMoves Contemporary Dance Symposium - May 12-13 Kelly Strayhorn Theater - Pittsburgh Now in its ninth year, newMoves Contemporary Dance plays a vital role in Pittsburgh's dance scene by encouraging artists to take creative risks. This year's festival takes a shift, focusing on supporting artists by connecting them with today's bests. The two day symposium offers Master Classes, workshops, conversations and more! Audiences experience innovative new voices, as local contemporary dancers and choreographers share the stage with visiting guest artists. Past newMoves artists include Sidra Bell, Kyle Abraham., Staycee Pearl, Gia T. Cacalano, Jil Stifel, Shana Simmons, Anthony Williams and many more. Pay What Makes You Happy! Tickets for this event are available at any price. Simply choose the level that makes you happyor name your own! All seats are general admission. FMI: May 12 - Auditions at Geyer Performing Arts Center for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" Do you speak six languages? Is your best friend the dictionary? Well, Actors and Artists of Fayette County has a show for YOU in 2017! July 20-23, they will present "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" - Auditions:



Friday, May 12 from 6-9 p.m. & Saturday, May 13 from 12-3 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: AUDITIONS ARE ONLY FOR AGES 16 AND OVER. You will NOT be permitted to audition if you are under the age of 16 by May 12. The auditions will comprise of a brief cold read from the script and a vocal audition. Please come prepared with 15-32 bars of a pop-style, uptempo Broadwaystyle song. Songs from the show are more than welcome, but NOT required. Auditioners may also be asked to do a brief improv session, as this show deals with a lot of improvisation. Please read up on the show before auditioning; this show is NOT INTENDED FOR CHILDREN. *There may be a brief dance audition for anyone auditioning for Barfee* May 12 - Live Music Flow & Meditation - 6 p.m. - LPS Strength & Meditation - Uniontown Join Mandy Kushner, RYT-200, and Tim Krupar, RYT-200, for a magical evening of yoga, meditation and live music. Stir your soul and give yourself some extra love as you experience the energy of live, ethereal music as you practice. Tim will guide students through an opening and closing meditation while Mandy leads the class through a warm vinyasa flow accompanied by Tim on guitar. $20 early registration/$25 drop-in LPS Members receive 15 percent off registration price! FMI: schedule May 12-14 - Daniel Tiger's Weekend at Pennsylvania Trolley Museum - 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. - Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington Everyone's favorite feline is coming back to the Pennsylvania Trolley Continued on pages 28 & 29


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NOW PLAYING! May 10, 7:30 p.m. - Westmoreland Cultural Trust presents THE FABULOUS EQUINOX ORCHESTRA All across America, audiences have fallen in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentlemen and the high-energy show that is Davis & Johnson Present The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. May 12 at 8 p.m. - YNGWIE MALMSTEEN - Yngwie Johann Malmsteen is a world-renowned guitarist from Stockholm, Sweden. May 13 at 6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. TWO SHOWS - BILL ENGVALL One of America's most beloved performers, Bill Engvall, will perform live on stage for an evening of hilarious comedy. May 14 at 7:30 p.m. - BUDDY GUY At age 79, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city's halcyon days of electric blues. May 17 at 7:30 p.m. - PAUL ANKA Legendary singer/songwriter Paul Anka brings his extraordinary talents to the stage for an unforgettable performance. Songs include Diana, You Are My Destiny, and Breaking Up Is Hard to Do. May 20, 7:30 p.m. - WSO presents BEETHOVEN'S ODE TO JOY Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Soloists from the Pittsburgh Opera, WSO Chamber Singers & WCS Chamber Ensemble will perform. May 27 at 7:30 p.m. - THE CRYSTAL BLUE BAND Greensburg, PA natives Mike Vale, Ron Rosman and Eddie Gray, as part of another major, nationally acclaimed classic rock group, wrote, recorded and released 19 consecutive chart singles. June 2, 8 p.m. & June 3, 8 p.m. CHICAGO THE MUSICAL The tale focuses on two rival vaudevillian women accused of murdering their paramours, and their insidious journey to freedom.

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See Museum! Join us as we welcome Daniel Tiger, from the hit PBS KIDS series "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood." Daniel Tiger will be visiting the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum for 2 weekends this year! Visitors will get the opportunity to ride on one of the museum's restored trolleys. Their ride will take them to our Trolley Display Building where they will have the opportunity to meet Daniel Tiger! After meeting Daniel, children can enjoy story-time and play games. The museum's Event Room will have refreshments for guests. Tickets: Adults: $15, Seniors: $13 (ages 62+) & Children: $15 (ages 1-15). FMI: May 13 - The Wizard of Oz - Kids Will Be Kids Showing - 10:30 a.m. Row House Kids - Pittsburgh Join Row House Cinema for a morning celebrating the classic "The Wizard of Oz" Each attendee will receive a small goody bag with Oz themed activities and swag. We encourage everyone to don their costumes and red glittery shoes to get into the spirit of the movie! Saturday, May 13th 10:30a.m. $6.50 Tickets Coming Soon! A "Kids Will Be Kids Show" is a family movie where kids are allowed to run around and be kids. A little lower on the volume as well. Please note this will be distracting to someone expecting a quiet movie theater experience. May 13 - Mother's Day, "Beautiful Generations" Paint and Sip Fundraiser - 2 p.m. - Project Talent Theatre Workshops - Connellsville Come out and enjoy a day painting with friends and fa.m.ily. This event is a fundraiser for Project Talent Theatre Workshops to help support our childrens progra.m.ming by offering free classes to local students. $30 per person, materials included. Light refreshments served. FMI: Call 724-208-1746 May 14 - Twelfth Night - National Theatre Live - 11 a.m. - SouthSide Works Cinema - Pittsburgh A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept


up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible. Tickets are $20. Take $2 off admission w a ticket stub from PICT Classic Theatre New Hazlett Theater. May 14 - Exhibit Tour: #Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience - 1 p.m. Heinz History Center - Pittsburgh Transport yourself back in time during an in-depth tour of #Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience with History Center docents. See what makes Pittsburgh unique through the History Center's extensive collection of photographs. Experience life through the lens of Pittsburghers with the upcoming exhibition, #Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience. From the darkroom to the digital era, #Pixburgh provides visitors with a compelling glimpse into how Pittsburghers chronicle their city and their own lives in a format that's more popular than ever. This exhibit tour is included with regular museum admission and is free for History Center members. May 16 - Teen Poetry Workshop - 6 p.m. - Capri Pizzeria and Bar Pittsburgh Want to learn to slam? We're here to help! Open to youth poets of all experience levels, Young Steel is a weekly workshop to teach you to become your new favorite poet! All you need is paper and pen - we'll be writing something new every week. But if you have anything you want to share, bring it along we're here to critique and revise as well. Feeling brave? Stay for the all ages Steel City Slam held after the workshop, in exactly the same venue. Note to parents: Young Steel is exclusive to youth poets, but the Steel City Slam is open to poets of all ages, and will include many adult poets. May17 - Smoke-Free for Life - 6 p.m. - Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center - Washington Held May 17 - June 28 Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. - This class is free and open to the public! Instructor: Sarah Hayes As a participant in Smoke-Free For Life you will: Learn to overcome barriers that have kept you from quitting in the past Develop a customized "quit-plan" that will lead to success - Learn the art of positive self-talk and watch it work for you - Understand how to control your

weight during and after the progra.m. Practice sound techniques to manage stress - Develop strategies that will prevent relapse - Give and receive support in a positive and comfortable environment Classes will be held at the Wilfred R. Ca.m.eron Wellness Center FMI: May 18 - Art Museum Day - 11 a.m. - The Westmoreland Museum of A.merican Art - Greensburg The Westmoreland will celebrate the Association of Art Museum Director's Art Museum Day with free admission. May 19 - Factory Swing Shift - 5 p.m. - The Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh The Factory stays up late! Visit our hands-on underground studio to make art after dark during Factory Swing Shift. Visitors can drop in to experiment with a range of materials and techniques in a relaxed creative environment with skilled artist educators, special guests, and music. This event takes place during Good Fridays, offering half-price museum admission. May 19 - Missed Connections - 8 p.m. - Steel City Improv Theater Pittsburgh Steel City Improv Theater (SCIT) is proud to welcome Harrisburg Improv Theatre (HIT) founders Jake Compton and Paul Barker. In this show, they explore themes of love, loss, and longing in this character driven experience, based off of the "Missed Connections" ads on Craigslist. The audience supplies the ads and the show is entirely made up on the spot. May 20 - Ghostly Tales at High Noon - Monongahela Area Historical Society - Meet at 11:30 a.m. at historic Chess Park. Tour Begins Promptly at Noon - West Main Street, Monongahela Celebrate spring with us with a walking tour of Victorian Monongahela based on true ghostly tales. It appears that a few of our residents have never really left! Some stories will be recounted by the individuals who have experienced the paranormal events themselves! Each guest will receive a set of notecards commemorating the walk. Cost $15 per person - Prepaid Reservations, PayPal and major credit

cards accepted. FMI: Call 724-258-6432 or visit May 20 - Spa Yoga - 11 a.m. Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center - Washington Saturday, May 20 11a.m. - 1p.m. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon with this two-hour restorative yoga class that will incorporate massage throughout your practice. Bring your body into balance with two hours of relaxing, healing restorative yoga. This class will start with a soothing paraffin dip to soften your hands. Therapeutic massage will be given during each pose to bring you to a state of balance throughout your yoga practice. This class brings an element of luxury and pampering but with heightened awareness around a deeper level of well-being than you would find anywhere else. Not only will this restorative class provide you with the time of relaxation, rest and repose, the spa treatments are part of balancing therapies for overall wellness, both inside and out. Sign up at the front desk or online. This class is limited to 18 participants so all can enjoy the benefits to the fullest. Member: $50 | Non-Member: $65 FMI: Call Vanessa Burrows, Spa Supervisor, at 724-250-5238 or email May 20 - Lawrenceville Cat Crawl hosted by Animal Friends - 2-5 p.m. Lawrenceville We invite you to cat crawl through Lawrenceville to shop and visit our adorable adoptable cats and kittens, who will be spending their day at the unique shops and eateries along Butler Street. Purchase a shopping pass at the PNC Bank parking lot to get access to specials at each participating business with proceeds benefitting Animal Friends! Shop, eat, cuddle - a purr-fect Saturday in Pittsburgh! Participating businesses include: City Grows, Curiosity Shop, Franktuary Lawrenceville, Gallery on 43rd Street, greensinner, Hambone's Pub, Industry Public House, Joan, Lawrenceville Vision Care, Love Bikes, Nine Stories Pittsburgh, Phoenix Boutique, Pints on Penn, Songbird Artistry, T's Upholstery Studio, & Wildcard FMI: May 20 - Make It a Date at Pittsburgh Glass Center - 6 p.m. -

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See Pittsburgh Glass Center - Pittsburgh Join us for a private Make-It-Now evening of glassmaking at Pittsburgh Glass Center. Specially designed as a one-of-a-kind date night, each couple will have the opportunity to work together and make a sculpted glass paperweight. This is definitely a test of compatibility because it takes to sculpt and blow glass! After your hands-on hot time, we'll provide hors d'oeuvres and wine or beer, plus live entertainment. Glassblowing and fla.m.eworking demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the night. Make a reservation to get together for a hot date at Pittsburgh Glass Center. 21+. Schedule a 20-minute glassmaking session online or at 412-365-2145. $70 per couple. Pre-registration is required. Pittsburgh Glass Center is a nonprofit, public access school, gallery and stateof-the-art glass studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art. World-renowned artists come here to make studio glass art. People interested in learning more about glass come here to take a class, explore the contemporary gallery and watch live hot glass demonstrations. FMI: May 21 - Calendar Party hosted by Fayette Friends of Animals Our 17th annual Calendar Party will be held at the Uniontown Fire Hall on Sunday, May 21. The party begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Contact Lucinda at 724-439-5246 for more information, to host a table, or to donate items for the Chinese auction. FMI: 1794855627499871 May 23 - Steel City Slam- Last Slam Of The Season - 7:45 p.m. - Steel City Slam - Pittsburgh Cash prize slam.! $25 for 1st $10 Gift Certificate to Capri Pizzeria for 2nd Hearty applause for 3rd. All you need to compete are three, 3-min poems. Not interested in competing? You can also come read on the open mic, judge the slam, or just watch the poetry! Signup at 7:45, show starts at 8:15 - $5, All Ages Venue, All Ages (including Adult) Content Slam. list caps at 8 poets, open mic at 6. Are you a youth poet? Come before the show! Our sister group Young Steel has a youth focused workshop from 6-7:30 before the slam every

week! May 23 - Planting a Healing Garden - 7 p.m. - Phipps Conservatory Garden Center - Pittsburgh Join Jessica Graves at Phipps Conservatory for the first in the Summer Herbal Wellness Series. In this class students will learn the secrets for basic herbal first aid using plants for PA gardens. Discover plant properties, planting tips and preparation techniques for firstaid herbs. Class is offered through Phipps Conservatory. Registration is required. Students will go home with plants & plans! FMI: and select the "Green and Healthy Living" tab. May 24 - Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead - 7 p.m. SouthSide Works Cinema - Pittsburgh Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard's brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. Tickets are $20. Save $2 off admission w a ticket stub from PICT Classic Theatre or New Hazlett Theater. David Leveaux's new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard's name overnight. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare's iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds. May 25 - Jazz in the Garden - 7-10 p.m. - Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh Beat the summer heat with cool tunes and full blooms as we bring some of Pittsburgh's finest jazz musicians together for one very special evening of music, food and libations. For this year's edition of the annual celebration, our headliners, the Benny Benack Big Band - led by Pittsburgh jazz icon Benny Benack, Jr. and featuring Benny Benack III - will be joined by additional jazz superstars for an unforgettable night in our lush Outdoor Garden. Guests at Jazz

in the Garden can pre-order locallysourced picnic box meals prepared by the chefs at our award-winning CafĂŠ Phipps, and chase the summer heat away with refreshing beverages at the wine and beer cash bar. Rain or shine, the show will go on! Two different registration options are available. FMI: June 3 - Chicken People: The Scenery Hill Outdoor Film Festival Sat 8 p.m. - 13 School House Street, Scenery Hill Venture to the countryside and experience Scenery Hill's first ever Outdoor Film Festival! Bring your blankets, pillows, and lawn chairs. Popcorn, drinks, and additional concessions will be available for purchase. All funds will go towards The Scenery Hill Heritage Festival. (Please do not bring food or drinks to the event, alcohol is prohibited) The festival is free to the public, and takes place the 1st Saturday of every month from June-Sept, 8 p.m. The screenings will take place at the North Bethlehem Community Center's back lawn. CHICKEN PEOPLE is a fun and quirky documentary that follows the trials and tribulations of those who breed exotic birds in the world of competitive poultry. The feature is about three remarkably rich and diverse personalities who come together to compete in their shared passion to raise the perfect chicken. The film follows the struggles and triumphs of the characters, along with a wide array of competitors-both human and chicken-from the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens, to the Dixie Classic in Tennessee. The Uniontown Poultry Association is going to bring some fancy chickens prior to the screening of CHICKEN PEOPLE! Show up at 8p.m., June 3rd to see the show birds, and then watch the film! FMI: June 4 - TEDxPittsburgh 2017 | Awakening: Ideas on the Rise - 11:30 a.m. - Byham Theater - Pittsburgh Take part in Pittsburgh's premiere platform for showcasing the ideas, individuals and innovations that are redefining the Steel City: TEDxPittsburgh. Esteemed speakers, performers, and filmmakers will share ideas related to technology, entertainment, and design on the #TEDxPGH 2017 stage on Junee

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4. This year, we're proud to announce that we're partnering with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to host "Awakening: Ideas on the Rise" at the historic Byha.m. Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh. Our 2017 theme shines a light on ideas that sparked a shift in perspective or action. You can see our list of 2017 speakers at $30 General Admission tickets include all-day access to the conference, the Innovation Corridor, and lunch provided at break. VIP: The $50 VIP Package includes a unique experience at TEDxPittsburgh, plus a one-year Partners membership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, in addition to all-day conference access and lunch. Visit for a full list of benefits. FMI: June 6 - Kids Yoga - 10:30 a.m. LPS Strength & Meditation Uniontown Join Jenny Dayton, RYT-200, for Kids Yoga, a class for children ages five to 10 and their parent(s). The series is a fourweek group class for one hour in the morning with the intention of helping both children and parents find mindfulness during the long summer days. Our series respects seasonal changes and themes and allows children to explore their unique place in the world as they continue to grow and change. The series is available by pre-registration only (child must be registered in advance for the entire series or as a daily drop-in). Series dates include: June 6, 13, 20 and 27. Must pre-register for entire series or daily drop-ins. Our series is limited to 10 registrants, including series pass holders and drop-ins, so please register your child early. Series Pricing: (4) week series registration: $48 Daily Drop-in: $15 FMI: schedule


BENTLEYVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 931 Main St. in Bentleyville

CALIFORNIA PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 Wood St., California May 16 at 5 p.m. - Library Board of Trustees Meeting Every Tuesday at 10:00 is Story Time with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Story Time with Kristen and Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Reservations are recommended. FMI: Call 724-938-2907.

CHARTIERS-HOUSTON LIBRARY 730 West Grant St., Houston The Bentleyville Public Library has moved to a temporary location at the Fairway Communications building at 608 Main Street, Bentleyville. Every Tuesday - TOPS - 5-6:15 p.m. Weight loss group May 1 - Bentleyville Historical Society will meet. May 8 at 6 p.m. - Friends of the Library will hold an Open House. Learn how you can help support the library and plan fun events! Every Monday through May 15 from 12 noon on we will have a “Make It Monday” sponsored by Friends of the Bentleyville Library.We will have an activity out all day that you can make here at the library.We will change it every week so be sure to stop by and make something! Storytime Mondays at 11 a.m. Feb. 27- May 15 - Story & a craft for ages 30 months to 5 years Board meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Lego Club meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month (ages 7 and up) May 17 at 5:30 p.m. - Family Craft Night - Must register May 18 at 6 p.m. - Book Club - “A Dog's Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron May 21 - Spaghetti Dinner at the Bentleyville VFD Social Hall. Includes pasta, salad, bread & butter, dessert, and beverage. Children 12 and under $6 Adults $10.Take-out Available. Coffee and Crayons - Starting every Friday at 10:30 am we will be coloring. Bring in a book you may have or try one of our pages and stop in and enjoy each other’s company as we color.This program is for adults of any age. For more information, call us at 724-239-5122.


TAG:Teen Advisory Group meets First Saturday of every month at 12 noon. Are you in grades 6-12? Want to earn volunteer hours in the company of your friends? Join our Teen Advisory Group and meet once a month to brainstorm ideas about programs you’d like to see in the library, books you’d want to recommend, or projects you and other volunteers could help the library complete! “Brainfood”, aka, snacks, will be provided and the library Wii video games, and board games will be made available at each meeting! Day off School Boredom Buster May 12 - 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Not sure what to do with your day off school? Come to the library! We’ll have DIY crafts, games and activities set up for kids of all ages! Looking for some crafting buddies to inspire your creative projects? Come to our monthly crafterdays! Here we welcome crafters of all kinds to sit and knit, crochet, or even paper mache in the company of other creative crafters! Each crafterday will also include printed instructions and a live demo on how to make a simple craft. Event held 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Join our Lego club on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month! The program is open to all ages, although it is recommended for ages 5 and up.The library is also accepting donations of new or gently used Lego sets. Wednesdays at 6 p.m. - “Shut Up & Write” - This is a venue for writers to work in the company of other writers on a regular basis. First Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. - Join our Mystery Book Club for a riveting read and book discussion. Register at the library or call us at 724-745-4300.

CITIZENS LIBRARY - MAY 2017 ACTIVITIES Drop in the Children’s Dept. on Fridays for TGIF: “Tinkering, Games, Ideas, and Fun”. All supplies, materials, and directions for a different activity, craft, game, or puzzle each week will be set up in the Children’s Department.This is not a set program, but a DIY event throughout the day. Each activity is self-guided; younger children must have an adult with them. “Timeless Trivia Night.” - A fun filled evening for every member of the family. Watch a video and then particpate in the trivia question contest that follows. Light snacks will be provided. Prizes awarded to the winner. - May 10 at 6 p.m.Theme: The Turbulent Sixties May 9 - Lunch with Friends featuring: Emily Rodavich, author of “Mystical Interludes: An Ordinary Person's Extraordinary Experiences”. Join us for a catered lunch after a stimulating program. Programs are free and begin at noon on the lower level of Citizens Library. Stay for lunch immediately following for a $6 fee. Registration is open for the spring session of the “Play & Learn” Parent-Toddler Workshop. “Play & Learn” will be on Wednesday mornings, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., on May 10, 17, 24, and 31.The five-week workshop is for children ages 1-3 years, with a parent or adult caregiver. Each week’s 75-minute program will include circle time, play time, an art activity, and individual time with a community resource professional to discuss issues of children’s health and development. Enrollment is limited, and registration is required for this workshop. To register, or FMI, stop in or call the Children’s Dept. at 724-222-2400, ext. 235. Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club will meet on Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m., in the conference room.The book will be “The Liars’ Club” by Mary Karr. Free and open to the public, readers should bring a snack! Middle Grade Book Club Thursday, May 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. -

Grades 6-8 - Come eat pizza, make a craft, and discuss your favorite books! Monthly Chess Club - Meets the first Saturday of the month from 1011:30 a.m., and is open to all ages and all levels of play. LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, from 5-6 p.m.The program is open to all ages, and there are sets of larger building blocks for children who are too young for regular sized Lego bricks.The Children’s Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used LEGO sets. CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues & Wed; 10 a.m to 6 p.m.Thurs; & 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. CitiBooks is staffed by volunteers & all proceeds benefit the library. To volunteer, email May 29 - MEMORIAL DAY - LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY Summer Wine Tasting Event Friday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. - Join us for Citizens Library's 9th Annual Summer Wine Tasting - Come sample the wine from four local wineries and enjoy a light sampling of gourmet food catered by Michael Passalacqua of Angelo's Restaurant. - Ticket Info: $25/advance or $30/at the door Citizen’s Library is located at 55 South College Street,Washington, PA 15301. Phone # is 724-222-2400 FMI:

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PETERS TOWNSHIP LIBRARY - MAY 2017 ACTIVITIES Tiny Tunes Music - Mondays at 11 a.m. - Ages: 2½ - 5 with an adult. Tiny Tunes Music is a fun, casual program of playing with and learning about music. Every week explore a different theme and way to make music. Book Babies - Tuesdays at 10 a.m. - Birth-12 months with an adult. You can't start too early at the library! In this 20-minute program, babies will gain contact with language through stories, songs, rhymes and finger plays, helping them take their first steps toward a lifetime love of books and reading. Mother Goose Storytime Tuesdays at 11 a.m. - Ages: 12 - 24 months with an adult.They're just learning to talk -- give them something to talk about! 20 minutes of books, fun rhymes, songs and finger plays to encourage language growth and a love of reading. Toddler Tales - Wednesdays at 10 a.m. - Ages: 2 - 3½ with an adult. They can walk, they can talk -- and they can learn! This 30-minute program adds crafts and fun to stories for further encouragement on the way to becoming lifelong readers. Kindergarten Storytime Thursdays at 10 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. Ages: Kindergartners and 5-yearolds. This full-hour program goes the next step in learning and loving reading through stories, activities, crafts and movies. Register at the Youth Services Desk. Coloring, Coffee & Classics - 9:15 a.m. - For ages 18 and up. Every Wednesday in Café Lee. Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness.Take a break and spend an hour coloring while you listen to classical music and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. Drop In Chess - Tuesdays at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Every Tuesday in Café Lee. Drop in with a partner and chal-

ROSTRAVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon

DONORA PUBLIC LIBRARY 510 Meldon Avenue in Donora

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

MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY 326 Donner Ave., Monessen lenge yourselves to a game or two of chess. The Peters Township Public Library offers free and low cost computer classes on most Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. on a variety of topics. Registration is required at the library’s Circulation Desk the day prior to the class and payment must be made at that time for classes with a fee. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Upcoming classes include: Word Processing 3 on May 9 Includes templates, e-mail, mail-merge and insert graphics. Cost $5. Beginner’s PC toolkit on May 16 Learn how to capture content, work with directories, access simple to use programs and learn about keyboard short-cuts. Free class. Computers 101 on May 23 - Get to know your computer and the Internet, along with our online library catalog. Free class. Social Networking on May 30 - A demonstration of Facebook and blogging – two of the most common forms of social networking. Cost $5. For more information about the computer classes, please call Peter Stamoolis at 724-941-9430 ext. 5767.

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

Second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 3:30 p.m. - Bridge Club Second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. - Knit & Crochet Third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. - Book Club Story Times are Fridays at 11 a.m. Second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 1:30 p.m. - Lego Club Wee Build meets the third Saturday of the Month at 1 p.m. Block Party - May 27 at 1 p.m. Register at the library or call us at 724-379-7940.

MONONGAHELA AREA LIBRARY 813 W. Main St., Monongahela

FREDERICKTOWN AREA LIBRARY 38 Water St., Fredericktown

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

Fridays at 10-11 a.m. - Preschool Story Hour 5/11 & 5/25 - Sit & Knit Crochet Club at 5:15 p.m. 5/17 at 6:30 p.m. - Board Meeting Fifth Annual Sip of Summer Outdoor Wine Tasting - Friday, June 23 from 7 p10 p.m. - Waleski Horse Farm, 38 Emery Road, Richeyville - Great Wineries - Catered buffet by Route 40 Deli & Catering, Beallsville - Vendors & Basket Auction - Music by Bob Podish Tickets $30 in advance or $35 at the door - Includes wine, food, souvenir wine glass & door prize ticket. Purchase at the library or on our web site via PayPal. FMI call us at 724-377-0017.

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