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Veteran’s service organization returns to roots Story by Christine Haines Major changes are taking place at the American Legion in Brownsville, and it’s more than just the remodeling. District 24 Commander Kevin Kavanaugh is determined to turn what had basically become a bar on Brownsville Avenue into a district service center for veterans, including the National Guard members who call Brownsville home three days at a time while training in Hiller. Kavanaugh said the whole concept of how a veterans’ service organization should operate is in transition. In many ways, it is returning to its roots. “We have been chartered by the Congress of the United States to provide services for the veterans of the American services. This goes back to 1919 to take care of veterans coming back from World War I. Historically, we have asked out citizens to go out and fight wars, but when they come back, we haven’t met our obligation,” Kavanaugh said. Kavanaugh said that lack of service to veterans has never been clearer than the present, when 23 veterans a day are committing suicide. Young veterans haven’t been turning to the service organizations like the American Legion for help and the very organization that could help them has suffered its own problems, including a significant decline in membership. “Congress has elected to determine that the individuals who served between 1975 and 1991 are “Cold Warriors” and are determined by them to not have served in a hostile environment. That has created a 15-year gap in membership eligibility,” Kavanaugh said. The second problem, Kavanaugh said, is posts increasingly becoming the bar down the street. Veterans returning from the war on terrorism, from Operation Desert Storm through the present, have had little desire to enter the smoke-filled bar environments of the posts. Reaching, and serving, those younger veterans is the third problem facing the service organizations, Kavanaugh said. “Our country has a tendency to send the best and the brightest over there to do this. They are giving up what could be financially-beneficial lives. They sign a contract to serve their country, but in return, we have signed a contract to serve them,” Kavanaugh said. Kavanaugh said Department Commander James Vollrath, who is responsible for all of the American Legion posts in Pennsylvania has tasked the district commanders to solve those
problems. “When you enter the military service, you enter a very structured environment. There are regulations and manuals for everything,” Kavanaugh said. For veterans returning from a war zone, which is a chaotic situation and dropping them without structure back into civilian life, it simply continues the chaos, Kavanaugh said. “The former 24th District Commander, Bob Munhall created a committee to locate and establish a facility to be called the 24th District Veterans Resource Center. We decided that Brownsville was located central to those posts,” Kavanaugh said. Kavanaugh said he has been treated by the Veterans Administration for PostTraumatic Stress Disorder by being given drugs and sat before a computer to talk to a psychiatrist in Pittsburgh. “That’s not the way I thought it should be done,” Kavanaugh said. Kavanaugh said veterans are used to a structured outdoor environment. “Maybe when you’re going to decompress them the way is to put them back in that type of environment,” Kavanaugh said. He is working with Dunlap Lake and is looking at surrounding parks for suitable activities to reduce veteran stress levels. “We want to be able to go out to the Legions and establish morale, welfare and support facilities,” Kavanaugh said. “Anybody who wants to come in and use this building can. I’ve invited the VFW, Amvets, Paralyzed Veterans and the community.” While there is much to be done to renovate the building, Kavanaugh intends to have the first floor ready and open for Veterans Day. The first floor will contain the reception area and lounge where Kavanaugh envisions veterans coming to relax over a cup of coffee and talking to one another. “The primary thing we are doing is assisting veterans of the global war on terrorism to transition back into the community,” Kavanaugh said. “It’s important for the global war on terrorism veterans to understand that you can live a productive life and by going to
one location, you can be guided to the multitude of services.” The second floor of the building will be utilized for training and meeting space. IT also needs to be made handicapped-accessible, as does the basement level. Kavanaugh said he’s already been approached by one veteran-owned business interested in using the location to train veterans to install wireless communications transmitters. “They will do the training. I’m just
giving them the facility to do it in,” Kavanaugh said. The basement will be transformed into a day room, with recreational equipment such as pool and foosball tables, as well as shower and laundry facilities for the reservists. “Our hope is to be able to draw in the global war on terrorism veterans,” Kavanaugh said. The American Legion will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019 and he would like to have the building fully functional, but that takes labor and money. “The Vietnam veterans have been very supportive, especially the five (with businesses) within this block,” Kavanaugh said. Donations toward completion of the resource center may be sent to the American Legion, PO Box 2324, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2324, with the earmark “24th District” in the check memo area.
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Increased security measures announced for Pittsburgh performing arts venue After a thorough benchmarking and vetting process against numerous performing arts venues across the country, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is launching enhanced guest entry practices for the Byham Theater, the August Wilson Center, and Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. These practices are designed with the convenience of our guests in mind to ensure a safe environment in which outstanding performances in the arts can be enjoyed by all. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust always seeks to meet national best practices regarding the safety of our guests. These new protection measures will now require persons entering or reentering our largest performing arts venues to be screened by our onsite security personnel. Our staff will utilize equipment and practices similar to those in place at airports, concerts or sporting events. The
new screening process will include walk through metal detectors and bag inspections. Not only are more and more performing arts venues switching to similar practices, but venue third-party users and renters are also now requiring theater operators to implement these new security measures to better protect their audiences. “We’re always excited about providing amazing experiences and performances in the arts, while at the same time, increasing our ability to reassure our guests they are well protected while with us,” Kevin C. Wilkes, Chief Security Officer of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust stated. “We’ve made sure our new systems utilize the most current and effective screening technology without interfering with the arts experience.” While these new procedures were designed with audience convenience in
mind, it is highly recommended that guests arrive to these venues up to 45 minutes earlier than they have in the past, to ensure a timely entry into the venue for the start of the performance. To entice guests to take advantage of this early entry into the theater, the affected venues will offer discounted drinks and concessions during a “Happy Half Hour” prior to each show. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy redlight district into a magnet destination for arts-lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the coun-
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Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Since its inception, Esther Spadaro has been teaching voice at the Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy, located in the Department of Music and Theatre at California University of Pennsylvania. Created by Michele Pagen, Cal-U’s Department of Music and Theatre co-chair and chair of the Theatre Division, the Academy provides studies in acting, voice, and dance from third grade through college age students. Whether working through a summer program or through the academic year, students engaging in voice work through the Academy now have a definitive way to bring out their best voice through Spadaro’s new book, “The Estill Adventure: Figures for Beginners,” released on September 13, 2018. In the beginning of this method is Jo Estill herself, a Donora native who toured the world as an opera singer in the early 1950s. After settling in New York City, she enrolled in post-graduate work in Speech and Hearing. Through her own research and interest in the mechanics of singing, Estill developed ways for students to control their voice through knowledge of the voice’s various structures. Estill founded Estill Voice Training Systems in 1991 to begin work on instructing those who would eventually teach using her voice systems, with many instructors benefiting from her Estill Voice Training and Figures for Voice programs. Though she passed on in 2010, Estill Voice International lives on to bring her philosophy and methods to the world of stagecraft. Some time later, when Spadaro was searching for a way to better provide students an understanding of how to control their voices as actors and singers, she was referred to Estill, which led to both an initial five day intensive training session and many years of friendship and weekend instruction in New York City. As a way to bring the Estill method to her young students, Spadaro developed instructional sheets called “Adventures in Estill” for their work binders. Through this work, Spadaro became the de facto
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expert on training beginners and children using Estill’s methods. With “The Estill Adventure: Figures for Beginners,” Spadaro takes technical, speech-pathology and anatomy related subjects and makes them palatable to a young audience, as she explains, “There’s no music in this book, it’s just for skill learning. It’s made to be hands on and when a teacher teaches from this book, they can use creative ways to introduce the book. And when a student has a problem, they can go to the book - it’s for voice problem solving.” Solving voice problems is fostered through exercised based on “figures,” according to Spadaro, which are ways for students to “get from one point to another, (and) how to transition sounds from one phrase to another to add color to the sound.” Through learning, practice, and play, students are taught how to make sound safely, but also develop “good range and power with artistry.” The figures themselves were inspired in Estill by figure skaters, who use the edges of their skates to perform figures on ice. In the voice box itself are what most know as vocal cords (technically, vocal folds) which also have edges. Spadaro describes Estill’s reasoning: “She thought ‘when you think about vocal folds and the muscle color, there’s a white strip across the top. When you make sounds in speaking or singing you use the edges of the vocal folds. The skaters had to create all the different turns and so forth on the edge
of their skates - they used different styles on the edge.’ And she said ‘We are learning to manipulate the edge of the vocal folds. These are figures to learn to control the edges of the vocal folds.’” Each figure is taught in the book by an accompanying Figure Buddy, such as “Cory Cricoid” and “Larry Larynx” to name only two. Corresponding hand signals provide students visual cues for remembering the characters and their functions. The characters and other artwork, developed by Kimberly McInnis, combine with raps, play rhymes, couplets, and more as a way to make learning about the voice fun. Ultimately, what “The Estill Adventure: Figures for Beginners” provides for students is a comprehensive and easy to understand way of learning to control all aspects of vocal production, leading to enhanced voice and singing capabilities previously unavailable through more didactic methods. Most importantly, Spadaro’s new book continues the legacy of Jo Estill’s key philosophy: “Everyone has a beautiful voice. You just have to know how to use it.” Visit The Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy at https://www.mvpaa.com/ for information on their academic year and summer classes, and friend them on Facebook at facebook.com/ BeAnMVP
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The holidays are upon us and with them the urge to overeat. Keep in mind that a “serving” is the amount of food recommended, while a “portion” is the amount actually consumed. Remember to always check the food label. Fast food restaurants have inundated the roadsides of America and eating out has become a recreational activity. Here are some tips to win the Battle of the Bulge: Plan ahead - Look up menu items and their nutritional content ahead of time. Don’t arrive starving and always skip the bread basket, sugared beverages and alcohol Follow-My-Plate: When is the last time you saw a 9-inch plate at a restaurant? Fill up on fruits and vegetables Look for “light items” Practice portion control Take half of your meal home or share with a friend Choose steamed, broiled, grilled or baked foods Avoid fried, sauteed or crispy items Have all dressings, sauces and condiments served on the side and use them sparingly Substitute a side salad for fries or whole wheat for white products Eat slowly and stop when satisfied, not stuffed. Skip dessert or choose fruit for something sweet. Drink plenty of water Choose low fat milk Keep 100% juice to 4-6oz a day Beware of all other caloric beverages by checking out their nutrition facts label. For more info about healthy choices, ask your pharmacy.
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Alabaster Productions is holding auditions, by appointment only, on November 5-16 for singers, dancers and instrumentalists for its 2019 season shows including David and Goliath, That’s Amore (swing and Big Band hits), Country Music Gold and Proud To Be An American. Shows are performed at a variety of venues including area restaurants, assisted living facilities, churches, and yes, state and federal prisons. Auditions for shows to be performed for school assemblies include Dr. Seuss, The History of Pittsburgh and The Rain Forest. Auditions for Alabaster’s state and federal prison Worship Concerts are also being held. “We are looking for multi talented adults who enjoy using their gifts to inspire and encourage others,” says Mary McCormack, director of the Christian non profit performing arts touring company. “Alabaster
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Old souls, vintage furniture, and a new idea Story by Keren Lee Dreyer When Donora resident, Dana Galiffa, and Anni Keffer, of Peters Township, met as youth group leaders at The Bible Chapel in the South Hills in 2015, they were both “coming into a new season of life,” according to Keffer. In the course of mapping out goals and possible new directions, Galiffa first imagined opening an on-line vintage clothing store. However, a fortuitous check of business models on the west coast led Galiffa and Keffer into the furniture rental business. Vintage furniture, to be exact, under the auspices of Old Souls Vintage Rentals. This is not a storefront, however. Instead, it is a warehouse with a broad selection of vintage and antique furniture including chairs, tables of all kinds, couches and much more, along with vintage dinnerware, cutlery, and even typewriters from several different eras. By appointment, brides and grooms, set designers, event planners, backyard party throwers, and movie an television set designers alike can pick and choose vibrant vintage settings to enhance their gala or program. To create their customized Lounge Experience for between 50 to 100 events per year, Galiffa and Keffer give ear to customer ideas and desires, and provide accordingly. “We make sure we buy things that overall fit our brand and what our clients like,” Keffer explained, “As it has grown, we buy things we might not normally take but, if a client asks for something, we go look for it. We want to have things that go well together to make an eclectic version of something.” Ever popular, Old Souls Vintage Rentals’ Lounge Experience provides gala goers a place to hang out, rest from dancing, or simply socialize. Typical configurations include the planner’s choice of a couch, two chairs, a coffee table, side tables, and if desired, a rug. Most importantly, Galiffa notes, is that any Lounge Experience can be created accommodate 4 to 20 or more people. Additionally, Old Souls Vintage Rentals can provide custom builds, said Galiffa. “We’ve built a line of
farm tables, archways (and more). That’s something we enjoy, and I really enjoy fixing things and refurbishing.” And most all of the pieces are kept natural as possible to maintain authenticity. Potential clients can choose from an assortment of furniture pieces, tables, and small items, which range from the 1800s until present time, to recreate the feel and look from their desired era. Art Deco, Great Gatsby, and Victorian era Lounge Experiences have graced some events, though Old Souls Vintage Rentals also provides for corporate photo shoots, films, and television shows, said Keffer. In addition to working with Coke, Netflix, and Twitter, Galiffa and Keffer provided a set - and subsequent interview of their own - for Kevin Harrington, the man who brought infomercials to late night television, and was one of the original sharks on Shark Tank. Years ago, at a time when television stations would sign off for the night (yes, kids, this was really a thing) Harrington enquired of the networks why nothing was on in the wee hours of the morning. “They had nothing,” Keffer said, continuing “Then he saw a guy with Ginsu knives at a trade show and brought it to t.v., and also the Jack Lalanne juicer.” The rest is history to night owls and insomniacs alike. But those up and planning a good time a bit earlier need not worry about how their Lounge Experience items, event archways, and other decorations will find their way to an
event. With their Signature Installation and Retrieval process, available to Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, Old Souls Vintage Rentals “will bring everything to you” Galiffa said, clarifying the process, “We set it up, we make it look beautiful, and at the end of the night we have people who come and clean it up. You don’t have to worry about any of that.” While many entrepreneurs start a business to create a bottom line, Galiffa and Keffer see their success as a way to not only make a positive impact on their industry, but also to bless others by giving a portion of their event profits to two organizations; on in Pittsburgh and one world-wide, according to Keffer. In a more local and customer-centric way, Galiffa and Keffer strive to leave their clients with lasting, positive memories. “Our big thing is we want to make everything an experience. We want to make your event an experience people will talk about for years to come, and for people to walk away saying that was literally the best event they’ve ever been to,” Keffer enthused. “We want to provide something they’ve never seen, but will keep talking about after it’s over.” “We built our business on ‘why,” so we focus on that, and we want to leave a legacy on this industry that’s more than just furniture,” Keffer said, adding “We want to impact people around us through the words we say, how we react on social media, and how we treat people in person - we want them to walk away feeling uplifted, encouraged, and loved.” To quickly begin your journey to a stylish event, contact Old Souls Vintage Rentals via chat on their web site at: http://pittsburghvintagerentals.com/. While there, browse through professional photographs of fine vintage furniture pieces and other items. Don’t forget to make friends with them on facebook at: facebook.com/oldsoulsvintagerentals
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Free Produce to People Food Distribution - Fayette County Thursday, November 8 at 10 a.m. 12 p.m. - Fayette County Fair Fairgrounds, 132 Pechin Road, Connellsville - The program provides supplemental food items to families each month. Typically families receive about 60 pounds of food each month. Residents of Fayette County who receive the food are asked to bring a large box, wheeled cart or laundry basket to put their food in. In an effort to speed up the process at the distribution center, we have implemented what is known as a Passcard. In order to receive the Passcard you will need to bring with you a copy of a utility bill with your name and address on the bill. You will also need a photo ID. Registration for the distribution begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 11:30. All food is distributed based on a first come first serve basis. To ensure you receive food please arrive no later than 10 a.m. You are able to attend if you live in another county other than Fayette. FMI: freshfirechurch.net
WE HAVE NEW COMPUTERS THANKS TO A WCCF GRANT Along with the Smog Museum celebrating its 10th anniversary in October of this year, so did our computer system. Our computers, scanners and printers were purchased when the museum opened in 2008, thus making them extremely antiquated. While most might assume that our antiquated computers would be fitting for a historical society, we were in need for a serious upgrade to keep pace with technology for sharing resources with our many partners. After filling out a grant application this summer, one of our partners took notice – the Washington County Community Foundation. In October we accepted their grant check from the Women of Philanthropy Fund during the Women of Philanthropy Giving Circle Annual Membership Luncheon at the Southpointe Golf Club. This grant will enable us to purchase the latest computer technology and keep us running for another 10 years. And no, the old computers will not be part of our museum’s exhibits. CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA - GIVE THE GIFT OF NEW ORANGE DONORA DRAGONS T-SHIRTS If you liked our Donora Dragon black T-shirts from 2017, then you may also like our Donora Dragon orange T-shirts for this year. Same Dragon logo, but on
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book. His love for Donora and his pride in being from Donora are evident from the very first pages of his book - "Memories of Donora - Growing up Jewish in a Western Pennsylvania steel town." As Mishkin writes, "This book will perhaps allow me in some small way to bring the Donora I knew back to life, so that I can tell people who can never know the Donora I knew about a truly remarkable place. The softback 123 page book sells for $20 at the Smog Museum or can be ordered by email and shipped with additional S&H. Thanks to Mr. Mishkin’s kind generosity, all proceeds benefit the Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum. ADDITIONAL INFO If you have additional questions about the subjects mentioned above, the historical society, museum, presentations or possibly volunteering, feel free to stop by on Saturdays or by special appointment (with at least a week’s notice), email us at DonoraHistoricalSociety@gmail.com, call us at 724-823-0364 and leave a message, visit us on the web at www.DonoraHistoricalSociety.org, or follow us and Like Us on Facebook at “Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.”
Waynesburg University Players to present “The Boys Next Door” The Waynesburg University Players will present their annual fall play Wednesday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.
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orange cloth. If you are no familiar with the Dragon logo, you can view it on our website under the “Merchandise” tab. The black T-shirts will still be for sale, but with limited quantities for now. You can buy short-sleeve Tees ($20), long-sleeve Tees ($25) and crewneck sweatshirts ($30) at the Smog Museum on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and at the Donora Library Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. You can also order using the email address or phone number below. Shirts sent by mail will require additional S&H. Quantities are limited so please consider having your order added to a waiting list if your size/style/color is sold out. CHRISTMAS OR HANUKKAH GIFT IDEA - GIVE THE GIFT OF MEMORIES OF DONORA Sidney Mishkin was raised in Donora, Pennsylvania and has a lot of fond memories of growing up there. A 1955 graduate of Donora High School and a retired lawyer from Indianapolis, Indiana, Mishkin has visited Donora over the years for class reunions and visits to family. After a visit to the Smog Museum in 2017, rummaging through the Museum's collections brought back many of his memories of growing up in Donora and the realization that those memories should be preserved in a
The play, “The Boys Next Door,” written by Tom Griffin, tells the story of four mentally disabled men who live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly burned out young social worker. “This is an important and valuable play for actor and audience alike,” said Edward L. Powers, professor of theatre and director of the Theatre Program. The cast includes: Arnold Wiggins - Ed DiOrio, sophomore communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Hunker, Pennsylvania Lucien P. Smith - Christian T. Wilson, senior digital design major from
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania Jackie Palmer - Kristina Fisher, senior nursing major from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania Norman Bulansky - Cory Tretinik, sophomore communication (electronic media) major from Clarksville, Pennsylvania Barry Klemper - James V. Galucci, freshman biology (predental/medical/veterinary) major from Burgettstown, Pennsylvania John Hedges - Thomas Faye, junior music ministry major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mrs. Fremus - Elizabeth Nicodemus, senior sports management major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mrs. Karen Warren - Emma Herrle, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Butler, Pennsylvania Sheila - Michelle Frye, senior advertising major from Carmichaels,
Pennsylvania Clara - Emma Hardacre, freshman marine biology major from New Carlisle, Ohio Ms. Corbin/State Senate Secretary Allegra Ochs, freshman nursing major from Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania Mr. Klemper - Chris Battaglia, freshman history/secondary education major from Roaming Shores, Ohio Senator Clarke - Holly Hendershot, junior communication (journalism) major from Manheim, Pennsylania Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased online at waynesburg.ticketleap.com/boys. Waynesburg University students may purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $3. For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.
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Center in the Woods November 2018 Activities
Center in the Woods would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to come and be a part of our community. Whether you’re looking for fellowship, a new activity, or you’d like to volunteer, we encourage you to stop in. No membership is required. Make a reservation a day ahead and join us for lunch at noon. The Center in the Woods is a non-profit, senior facility with the goal of hosting fun activities and community events for adults ages 60+. Lunch is served at 12 noon; please call one day in advance to order. The next monthly half-take Bingo is on November 5 at 1:30 pm. On November 8 and 29 at 11 am, Cal U’s American Sign Language Class will sponsor a “Sign Language Bingo” with prizes. Shirley’s Travel Friends are traveling to the Gateway Clipper for Light Up Night on November 16. The band Outpost will be at the Center for a Saturday night dance on November 10 from 6-10pm – Admission is $8. Sign up now for November 20 trip to Lady Luck Casino - Cost $20 includes transportation, $10 free play and lunch. !Daily activities include: Mondays: Piano lessons, Watercolor, Choir & Cards; Tuesdays: Lab services, Billiards lessons, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Bingo, Dart ball & Cards; Wednesdays: Bible study, Bean bag toss, Oil painting, Basket guild & Beauty shop; Thursdays: Lab services, Chair dancing, Healthy Steps, Jam Session & Bingo; Fridays: Beauty shop, Wii Bowling & Euchre Visit the beauty shop on Wednesdays,
& Fridays by appointment. Bethany offers massage therapy by appointment. Call 724-678-3308. Jam sessions every Thursday at 1 p.m. feature local talented musicians. Sit and enjoy or bring an instrument and join in. Piano lessons are offered on Mondays. 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. 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 are also needed in the kitchen. We also need volunteers to help with various fundraising activities and administration work. FMI, please call 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: centerinthewoods.org
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Can you name five signers of the Declaration of Independence? How about the name of the person who discovered the Theory of Relativity? Who holds the all-time one season home run record? Who said the famous (and scandalous) line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” and in what movie? Is your head filled with a jumble of what seems to be useless information? Now is the time to put it to work for you and a charity of your choice. The Rotary Club of California is sponsoring a Trivia Smack-Down Saturday, November 17, 6 p.m. at the Center in the Woods, Route 88. It’s your turn to shine as you sign up family members, friends and colleagues to form a team to compete that evening. Teams can have from four to eight members. Four-person teams cost $30 per player; teams with five to eight players cost $25 per member. Spectators, who cannot sit with teams and cannot help answer questions, can buy tickets for $10 in advance or at the door. Monetary prizes to the winning five teams will be donated to that team’s
Waynesburg University launched the eHIVE, an Entrepreneurial Hub for Innovative Ventures and Endeavors, Friday, Oct. 5, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Located on the second floor of the Stover Campus Center on the University’s main campus in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, the eHIVE will be available to all Waynesburg students regardless of major and will host events to foster the entrepreneurial mindset, creativity and innovation, as well as provide venture creation coaching. During the ceremony, remarks were offered by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee and Dr. Melinda Walls, the W. Robert Stover Chair of Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Department of Business Administration and the director of The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Also in attendance were students; University faculty and staff; local community members; Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader, President of the Borough Council Larry Marshall; President/CEO of First Federal Savings and Loans, Judi Goodwin Tanner; and Waynesburg University Board Chair Jim Lowe. “Waynesburg University already has a very strong mission of faith, service and learning,” said Walls, who will lead the eHIVE. “Our goal is to build on this mission by encouraging all students to think and act entrepreneurially. We encourage our students to think big, but start small, act fast, and fail forward. We want our students to learn from their mis-
charity. There are a limited number of team spaces available, so get your team together now, register, and select your charity. All proceeds from the event support the local and international projects of the Rotary Club of California. Sponsorships are also available are various levels including, Round Sponsor, $100; Team Sponsor, $200; Bronze Level, $25; Silver Level, $50; Gold Level, $100; Platinum Level, $250; and Diamond Level, $500. There will also be a Basket Raffle and anyone wishing to donate items should contact Lisa Buday for pickup at the number or email listed below. Team reservations are due by November 5. Sponsorships close November 5. For additional information, contact event chairperson Lisa Buday at email@example.com or 724938-1355.
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Brownsville Historical Society Events: Wine Tastings & Holiday Tours "SIPPING THROUGH THE AGES" Wine tasting fundraiser event at Nemacolin Castle - Sat. Nov. 17 7 p.m.9 p.m. - Spend an evening sampling wines and spirits from various wineries in a classic historical setting. Guests will also get an opportunity to get an early view of the castle decorated for the upcoming holiday season. Tickets will be available soon. Cost is $40 per person. Must bring valid and proper ID. No persons under 21 years of age will be
admitted. "HOLIDAY LIGHT-UP NIGHT 2018” - Fri. Nov. 23 beginning at 5 p.m. Come to Nemacolin Castle and help Brownsville kick-off the Christmas season on Holiday Light up Night 2018. The castle grounds will be buzzing with things to do: holiday musical entertainment, characters, vendors, Civil War soldiers, and delicious food as well as our famous "wassail". Santa and his friends will be outside to greet the guests. The Castle will be beautifully decorated both
inside and out and will be available for tours. Tour cost is $15 per person. NEMACOLIN CASTLE CHRISTMAS TOURS - Beginning on light up night and all weekend evenings in December. Visit Nemacolin Castle at one of the best times of the year. See the castle decorated as the Bowman family would have seen it, in the colonial, Victorian, and turn of the century fashion! Tour cost is $15 per person. For any questions regarding these events, please call 724-785-6882.
takes and not be afraid of failure.” The vision of this entrepreneurial leadership program is to create a culture of proactive and innovative problem solving which will provide Waynesburg University students with the tools they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. “Today is the beginning of a new chapter in preparing our students for lives of purpose,” Lee said. “With advances in technology and artificial intelligence, our society is changing, and the job demands are changing at an ever-increasing pace. The eHIVE represents the University’s commitment to preparing students to be critical thinkers, to be adaptable, and to create a culture of problem solving, which is the hallmark of entrepreneurial leadership.” Waynesburg University’s W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a faculty position, was endowed through a recent $2 million gift from the Stover Foundation, which was the lead gift in the University’s O.A.K.S. (Opportunity And Knowledge Strengthened) Campaign.
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City Mission and Citizens Library Partner to Build a Better Community City Mission is working with the Citizens Library to expand the resources available to help restore their residents to sustainable, independent living. The collaboration is a natural one. “Our primary goal is to help prepare people for life outside these four walls,” said Steve Nicholas, the City Mission Director of Career Training and Education. “Partnering with Citizens Library helps us provide more support, resources, and tools to more people.” “I was ecstatic when Steve came to us,” explained Diane Ambrose, the Executive Director of the Citizens Library. “We were very excited to know that the Mission is helping train people for local jobs.” Kathy Pienkowski , the Circulation Services Manager at Citizens Library, gave Nicholas several electronic cards, which could be used by City Mission residents to access all of the library’s resources, including their job search database, Gale courses, and media center. “We’re more than happy to collaborate,” said Pienkowski. “City Mission is right in our backyard. A stronger community is made through collaboration. And people and businesses, everybody is made better by a stronger community.” In the world of non-profits, where organizations compete over a small pool of donor funds, it would be easy for City Mission and Citizens Library to see each other as competitors. “We really appreciate that Citizens Library doesn’t view us as a competitor,” said Nicholas. “We’re working together to build each other up and to build up the
community around us.” “We’re not here to compete,” explained Ambrose. “We’re here to serve people.” City Mission residents are taking advantage of the Gale courses offered by Citizens Library. Gale courses are free, online courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment. They cover a wide range of topics, from Accounting to Writing and Publishing to Teaching, Technology, and Healthcare. “We’ve had 14 certifications through Gale courses for our residents in the last 3 months,” said Nicholas of the online courses available through the Citizens Library. “This is something that builds resumes and builds focus. It’s been awesome!” Ryan M., a current resident of City Mission, has completed eight Gale courses and achieved six certifications during his time at the Mission. “I started taking the courses to keep my mind engaged and focused while I’m preparing to transition back into college,” he said. “And I’ve also been able to gain some certifications I can put on a resume.” The Gale courses have also helped Ryan to give back to the City Mission community and to mentor
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fellow residents. His experience has allowed him to guide other residents through the process of selecting courses that best fit their needs. Recently, when City Mission staff selected him as a Resident Assistant to supervise and mentor other residents, Ryan took an Assertiveness Training course to help him become a better mentor and role model. “I’ve always struggled in that area,” he explained. “I’ve always been more passive, and I looked at that as a positive trait. But this course is helping me see assertiveness in a new kind of way.” City Mission’s Vocational Assistant, Brianna Kadlecik, has taken four Gale Courses so far and plans to take more. The first course she took was Introduction to Microsoft Excel. “By the second lesson, I was already implementing my new skills into my work. The course really helped me understand the logic behind the system. I highly
recommend Gale courses to any staff person. I’m already seeing applications in my everyday work.” City Mission is also utilizing the Citizens Library’s Media Center, which enables participants to record audio and video sessions. Steve Nicholas is using the Media Center to record mock interview sessions with the residents to help them prepare for job searches. “We were able to watch the sessions with the residents, which allowed me to coach each individual through the playback. Without the library, I would not have been able to coach them through the mock interviews. When you get to see yourself, you see more clearly your own strengths and weaknesses.” “This isn’t your Grandmother’s library anymore,” said Kathy Pienkowski of the Citizens Library. “We’re trying to turn around the perception of the library through collaborations with other organizations that are doing great things in the community. We’re selling literacy and life-long learning. Books are just the beginning.” Nicholas added, “We’re looking forward to a continued partnership with Citizens Library.”
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Westmoreland County Community College conducted two programs for middle and high school female students to showcase manufacturing careers for women in celebration of national Manufacturing Day at its Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Mt. Pleasant. Approximately 100 students representing nine high schools and middle schools attended the half day event held October 26. Students participated in three 40-minute sessions selected from 10 activities that covered topics such as solid modeling using Inventor, virtual welding, soldering in electronics, machining a nametag with CNC, designing a house and furniture with Revit, air-conditioning a house, robotics and automation, and 3-D printing. Speakers for the events included comments from LaJennifer Lacombe, Elliot Group, and Becky Parker, director/Advanced Technology Center. The program also included a panel discussion with current Westmoreland ATC students Chelsi Bartlow, Lexi Vanorsdale, Savannah Embry and Lisa Demor. Students in attendance represented
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Southwestern Pintsylvania with Reanna Roberts This month, I sat down with Voodoo Brewery, and the interview is slightly different than the last interviews in a few ways. Not only is Voodoo is significantly bigger, and older, than most of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s craft breweries, instead of sitting down with someone who wears many hats, I sat down with their COO, who is also one of the partners, Jake Voelker. Jake is former military, and that is when his love of craft beer began. When he would be home in the US, he would seek out different and new craft beer that he hadn’t had yet. He really enjoyed spending his time off this way, and then in 2010 the opportunity came up for him to link up with investors in Voodoo Brewery. He started as a silent partner, but as the brewery grew, in 2014 he was able to come on full time. While there are partners, a COO, etc., Voodoo is actually an employee owned company. When I say that Voodoo Brewery is bigger than the other breweries I’ve spoken to, I mean significantly bigger. Most of those that I have spoken to only have a single brewpub, or in some cases, not even really a pub with seating indoors. Voodoo opened their first pub in 2011 in Meadville, PA, shortly after Jake joined the team of investors that had already been together. His goal was to get the first pub up and running. Now, there are 7 locations, some with a large staff, some small, (we met at the Homestead, PA location,) and they are the largest craft brewery in Western PA by volume and distribute to 7 states with more to be added. There are two brewers, the head brewer and director of barrel aging, Curt Rachocki, and Sean Strickland. They, and their staff, do everything from brewing, purchasing, bottling/canning, and are in early and out late from the ‘compound,’ which is what the group of buildings in Meadville where the brewing is done is referred to. The production staff is also responsible for the naming of the majority of the beers. They are always trying new things and have a few secret ideas up their sleeves coming out of their “Building 3” line, which is an experimental line of brewing. It has been vaguely mentioned on social media, but otherwise there hasn’t been a ton of talk about it. Being such a large craft brewery, at least by the standards of those I have interviewed so far, and because we were meeting in Homestead, PA, which is
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A Star is Born: A Brief Cinematic History Story by Fred Terling Last month witnessed the newest version of a cinematic classic, A Star Is Born. The 2018 version features Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the roles of Jackson Maine and Ally. The story line remains similar with a rags-to-riches theme with the male character being on the wane of his career while battling substance abuse issues. This version follows that formula, but like each of its predecessors, offers a fresh story with fresh characters. This was a labor of love for Cooper who not only stars but directs. Additionally, he learned to play guitar and took vocal lessons to authenticate Jackson Maine’s performance. The film has been getting a ton of Oscar buzz as Cooper’s heart and dedication to craft this one oozes out of every frame of the film. As this film in all of its variations is somewhere on my top ten lists throughout time, I decided to provide a recap of the previous versions for those who may not have been aware there are three other A Star Is Born films and/or itching for a bit of trivia. The original was released in 1937 and was not a musical. Instead it was a romantic drama and the storyline differs in that the characters are actors, not musical performers. Janet Gaynor plays Esther from North Dakota who transplants to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Here, she meets Fredric March who plays Norman Maine. Maine, like the characters who will follow him through the history of this film lineage, is an alcoholic. With this ver-
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portrays Esther, a club and jingle singer. Kris Kristofferson is rock star, John Norman Howard. Note the male character name change for the first time. What I like about this version most is that although Streisand gives a towering performance and her songs are amazing, Kristofferson’s self-destructive character is so real. He runs roughshod over everyone and everything. I feel his pain, his angst. He loves Esther madly, as she does him, but he can’t get out of his own way to realize he has everything in the palm of his hand. Perhaps there was a point in my life where I related strongly with this character, thus the bond of understanding. The film received luke-warm reviews but remains a fan favorite. The main song, “Evergreen,” co-written by Streisand and Paul Williams, went on to reach number one on the charts in 1977 and won a Grammy. A bit of trivia: The first two versions of A Star Is Born depicted Esther winning an Academy Award, but in this one, the character won a Grammy. Because the first two lead actresses lost those awards in real sion, the musical score was the only cal elements, the central characters life, Barbra Streisand is the only lead one not nominated for an Oscar, remain actors as in 1937 and the to win the same kind of award for 2018 version pending. The film was transformation of the characters to nominated for seven other Academy musicians would not happen until the the film as her character does in her respective role. In the 2018 version, Awards but neither Gaynor nor 1976 version. Like her predecessor, Lady Gaga can possibly repeat that March won in their respective cateJanet Gaynor, Ms. Garland was nom- feat with the song, “Shallow,” which gories. inated for an Academy Award but did is the current version’s “Evergreen.” The first remake occurred in 1954 not win. It will also be interesting to see if and this one did include music. This By far, my hands down favorite of Bradley Cooper will complete the time, Judy Garland takes on the role the films is the 1976 musical remake, Oscar hype and take home the award of Esther and again, she is an aspiroften referred to as the “Barbara for either best actor or best director. ing actress. James Mason plays Streisand” version. Unlike their actIf he does either, it will add another Norman Maine this time around. ing counterparts in previous films, in trivia point to the long history of this film that began back in 1937. Although this one does include musi- this adaptation, Barbara Streisand APPRISE, the State Health his 21st annual Holiday Spectacular on December 1 Insurance Assistance Program, will University of Pittsburgh Dance Team, a Connick and Andy Williams. He is verhold free presentations that will classic holiday choir and wonderland of satile. He engages his live show audihelp answer many questions conall your favorite Christmas songs. Mark ences with song, dance, and laughter. has been hailed by critics as the best cerning basic Medicare. Registration Mark is a true showman. since Andy Williams, Sinatra and is required: Call 724-925-4204 Mark Milovats in Concert 2018Bennett. Mark Milovats began his career as a “Christmas Wonderland” will be perDec. 11 - Westmorelandpop standards crooner and has been formed at The Byham Theater (101 Sixth Youngwood Campus, 2-4 p.m. expanding his musical variety with each St.-Pittsburgh) on Saturday, December 1 145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood passing year. He has a rich and powerful at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39 and $45 and are voice that has been compared to many of Registration code: PRDX 5019-01 available at the Byham Theater Box music greats. Mark has been compared FMI: westmoreland.edu by industry insiders to, Sinatra, Bennett, Office or by calling (412) 456-6666.
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Brownsville Area Ministerial Association November/December Events Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison) is hosting a Grace on the Hill Bible Study on the book of Romans on Sunday evenings November 4, November 18, and December 2. The studies begin at 5:13 p.m. with a light dinner, singing, prayer time, and Bible Study. Pastor Roger Diehl is leading the evenings. The events are free and open to the public. On Monday evenings November 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the addiction recovery ministry There is Hope, a Christ centered 12-step program, will be held at Malden Christian Fellowship (343 Old National Pike, Brownsville). This ministry will meet every week on Mondays. It is open to those in recovery and those struggling with addiction as well as their family members or loved ones. For more information, please call 724-434-4597 or 724-785-3042. Pleasant View Presbyterian Church (533 Smock Road, Smock) has group for children called Kingdom Kids. They will meet on Wednesday, November 7 thru November 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (No meeting on November 21.) This group is for ALL children ages 4-12 years. The children will enjoy Bible stories, crafts, snacks, games, and songs. You do NOT have to belong to Pleasant View to participate in this free event. Register nowat 724-677-2149. Rev. Laura Blank is the pastor. Sunday, November 11- FISH (Faithful In Serving Him) Clan Youth Group – will have a regular meeting from 1:11 - 3:33 p.m. This once-amonth ecumenical ministry is hosted by various congregations in the Brownsville Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) and led by volunteers. It is open to everyone – free of charge – and youth ages 11-17 all are welcome. You do NOT have to be a member of a congregation in order to participate. If you live in the Brownsville Area, come and grow in faith together. Come for lunch, games, movies, Bible Study, and mission projects to help others. Questions? Contact Pleasant View’s Rev. Blank at
724-677-2149. Free event!! The BAMA meeting on Tuesday, November 13 will be at 9:15 a.m. at the Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison). Pastor Roger Diehl will be the host. Pleasant View Presbyterian Church (533 Smock Road, Smock) has group for children called Kingdom Kids. They will meet on Wednesday, November 14 and November 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (No meeting on November 21.)This group is for ALL children ages 4-12 years. The children will enjoy Bible stories, crafts, snacks, games, and songs. You do NOT have to belong to Pleasant View to participate in this free event. Register now at 724-677-2149. Rev. Laura Blank is the pastor. There will be a food bank at Pleasant View Presbyterian Church (533 Royal Road, Smock) on Saturday, November 17 at 10 a.m. Coffee will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. Packing for the food bank is on Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. Allison Nazarene Church (416 Vernon St., Allison) is hosting a Grace on the Hill Bible Study on the book of Romans on Sunday evenings November 18, and December 2, May 20. The studies begin at 5:13 p.m. with a light dinner, singing, prayer time, and Bible Study. Pastor Roger Diehl is leading the evenings. The events are free and open to the public. The St. Vincent de Paul sponsored Food Bank will be held on Wednesday,
November 21 at the First United Methodist Church (215 Church St., Brownsville). Folks can pick up their food from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. New clients can come at this time to register. The next date is December 19. Help is needed for the Food Bank at Calvin U.P. Church (307 Spring St., Brownsville) on Friday, November 16 at 8:45 a.m. to unload and help is needed again to distribute the food on Saturday, November 17 at9:15 a.m. The food distribution begins at 10 a.m. On Wednesday, November 21, Pleasant View Presbyterian Church (533 Royal Road, Smock) will host a Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. It will be held in conjunction with the Calvin U.P. Church. The public is invited. If you would like to participate, please contact Rev. Laura Blank at 724-677-2149. On Thursday, November 22 the Historic Church of St. Peter (300 Shaffner Ave., Brownsville) will host a Mass at 9 a.m. The public is invited. Pleasant View Presbyterian Church (533 Smock Road, Smock) has group for children called Kingdom Kids. They will meet on Wednesday, November 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This group is for ALL children ages 4-12 years. The children will enjoy Bible stories, crafts, snacks, games, and songs. You do NOT have to belong to Pleasant View to participate in this free event. Register now at 724-6772149. Rev. Laura Blank is the pastor. Allison Nazarene Church (416
Vernon St., Allison) is hosting a Grace on the Hill Bible Study on the book of Romans on Sunday evening,December 2. The study begins at 5:13 p.m. with a light dinner, singing, prayer time, and Bible Study. Pastor Roger Diehl is leading the evening. The event is free and open to the public. On Sunday, December 2 the Bentworth Ministerium Community Choir will be sharing their Christmas Cantata at 7 p.m. “Journey of a King” at the Washington Alliance Church (246 Sanitarium Road, Washington, PA). The public is invited to this free event! Sunday, December 9 - FISH (Faithful In Serving Him) Clan Youth Group – 1:11 to 3:33 p.m. at the Fort Burd Presbyterian Church (Route 166 / 200 Thornton Road, Brownsville). This once-a-month ecumenical ministry is hosted by various congregations in the Brownville Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) and led by volunteers. It is open to everyone – free of charge – and youth ages 11-17 all are welcome. You do NOT have to be a member of a congregation in order to participate. If you live in the Brownsville Area, come and grow in faith together, Come for lunch, games, movies, Bible Study, and mission projects to help others. Questions? Contact Pleasant View’s Rev. Blank at 724-677-2149. Free event!! On Sunday, December 9 the Bentworth Ministerium Community Choir will be sharing their Christmas Cantata “Journey of a King” at the Christian Assembly of God Church (100 Meadow St., Bentleyville) at 7 p.m. The public is invited to this free event. There will be a food bank at Pleasant View Presbyterian Church (533 Royal Road, Smock) on Saturday, December 15 at 10 a.m. Coffee will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. Packing for the food bank is on Friday, December 14 at 10 a.m. On Sunday, December 16 there will be a “Blue Christmas Service” held at REPUBLIC’s First Christian Church.
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Historic Building Reborn to Serve Community Story by Dave Zuchowski Many folks living in Franklin Township (Fayette County) fondly remember the old, two-story, cement block building in Flatwoods that hosted many events that made it the center of community life. However, they may not know the history of the venerable building goes deeper than 1934, the year it was built. Things actually got started in 1891 when local resident, J. O. Strickler attended a Grange meeting in German Township and came away thinking it might be a good idea to start something similar in his neck of the woods. Strickler went around talking to area farmers about his idea and enough people got on board that they eventually established a Grange in Curfew on May 7, 1892. At first they rented, then bought an existing building, but eventually tore it down in 1934 to build the current structure. According to Dan Page, co-owner with his wife, Lori, they used most of the material in the original building to construct the new one. "When the building was finished, a local newspaper called it "state of the art," said Page, whose grandfather, Emery Page, was a caller for square dances held there. Besides serving as a social meeting place for farmers where they could also discuss political issues that impacted them, Page said the Grange was noted for its oyster dinners which drew large crowds. Through the years, Grange membership dwindled to the point that a decision was made to sell the building to the township early this century. For five years, a theater group, Flatwoods Productions rented the hall, but the building saw little use otherwise. In March of 2016, the Pages, decided to purchase the building to save it as a community center, keeping the old activities while adding new ones. These include the Paint and Dip event, scheduled for November 4, which will have participants paint a picture while dipping things like pretzels and potato chips in a chocolate fountain. "Our motto is faith, family, community and history," said Page, who’s lived in Franklin Township since the age of two. His wife, Lori is a native of Connellsville, so both have sentimental ties to the old building. While the Grange never did sit vacant, it was in need of some tender loving care when the Pages bought it. The couple repointed the bricks in the chimney, cleaned out the gutters and
downspouts, waterproofed the downstairs, repainted the dining room, updated the rest rooms by adding new flooring and a baby changing station and installed a brand new water line from the road to the building. "We kept the original light fixtures in the dining area for nostalgic reasons, and did almost all the restoration work ourselves with the help of friends, some of which are very skilled and professional," Page said. Now called the Gathering Place at the Old Grange, the building has had youth and church groups in for meetings and has held sporadic public events since the downstairs portion opened this past summer. Bookings have built steadily since, and the building is hosting events like showers, birthday parties and reunions almost every weekend. "Our goal is to have the place be selfsufficient financially, and we’re marketing the building for groups of up to 50 and 60," Page said. The downstairs holds a large dining room and fairly large kitchen used solely for cooling and heating already prepared food. "We decorate for the season, especially for Christmas, and folks have said they don’t have to do much decorating
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when they hold an event here," Page said. "People who knew the place before the renovations have also said how nice it now looks." In the future, the couple plans to repaint and refurbish the second floor and give it an elegant look. The room has a high ceiling, large windows and a stage, and they would like to program plays and smaller concerts and perhaps offer dinner theater options. In the near future, the Gathering Place will have its own website and include postings on Facebook. "We’re very appreciative of everyone who’s supported us throughout this entire process," Page said. "It’s meant a lot to us both." For more information or to make an event inquiry, phone 724-710-4306.
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An Annual Holiday Open House Fundraiser. Attendance is Free by RSVP with a holiday donation* to one or more of the benefiting organizations Enjoy a great holiday party, dancing to the music of Abacus Jones and delicious food donated by area restaurants and caterers.
HOLIDAY CONCERT December 2 at 3 p.m. FREE ADMISSION Get into the holiday spirit with the VFW Post 8543 Band’s annual holiday concert featuring your favorite songs of the season! Admission is FREE with a donation to the Food Bank or Toys for Tots. Non-perishable food items, unopened new toys, & monetary donations only, please.
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Touring Musical is Stage Adaptation of Highest Rated Christmas TV Special of All Time Following four successful years of touring and more than 350 performances, the “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will fly into Greensburg at The Palace Theatre on Wednesday, November 28 live on stage with the critically acclaimed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (www.rudolphthemusical.com). The North American tour kicks off November 16 in Dayton, OH before soaring coast to coast to more than 40 cities. The world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster will help Santa save Christmas. In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut and has been delighting audiences across the country for over 50 years. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is a wonderful new way to experience this family tradition,” says producing partner Jonathan Flom. The national tour is a family favorite - a “holiday staple” (The Boston Globe) and an "utterly charming, top-notch production" (Orlando Sentinel). Projections, costumes and characters are
faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. The 12foot-plus-tall Abominable Snow Monster is jaw-dropping. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets highlight the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects. Flom says, “The familiar story elements from the television special are addressed with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage.” Since the special itself is a classic musical, the stage show does not feel at all like an adaptation and audiences are surprised and delighted when they see performances of songs such as “Fame and Fortune” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” that are heard but not performed in the TV special. The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmastown and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius. After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa
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STOMP, the international percussion sensation, returns to Greensburg STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its Greensburg return to The Palace Theatre November 24 at 8 p.m. & November 25 at 2 & 6 p.m. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people. Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York's Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours. It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures the same way… or paint cans, or kitchen sinks or… STOMP, an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards, and sell-out engagements, is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London's Tony Award), a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a Special Citation from Best Plays. In addition to the stage shows, STOMP has been an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards, an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for their acclaimed HBO special Stomp Out Loud, noteworthy TV appearances
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including The London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, The Academy Awards (produced by Quincy Jones), Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and a series of awardwinning international commercials. A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicat-
ing through dance and drum. Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps - to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated. Tickets are available by calling 724836-8000 or by logging on to www.thepalacetheatre.org
2ND ANNUAL CALIFORNIA HOLLY DAY HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST ANNOUNCED The second annual California Holly Day House Decorating Contest will be underway with applications being accepted November 1-30. Applications can be found at the California Borough Building during business hours, at calboroughrecauth.com or facebook.com/ groups/241355756272952. All information regarding the second annual California Holly Day
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Save the dates for Cal U Theatre performances Harry Connick Jr.’s The Happy Elf – Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre December 6, 7, 8 @ 7 pm, December 89@ 2 pm Beloved bumbling Eubie is back for one more year in Bluesville. Join him, Gilda, Hamm, and the big man himself, Santa, for this heart-warming musical filled with the holiday spirit. Steele Hall will be filled with elves galore as Cal U Theatre students and members of the local community come together to bring this show to life. This production is suitable for all ages! Edges – The Blaney Theatre --February 21, 22, 23 @ 7 pm, February 23 @ 2 pm Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul - Edges is the first musical attempt by award-winning composer/lyricists Benji Pasek and Justin Paul (of Dear Evan Hansen fame). Edges is a song-cycle about burgeoning adults asking coming-ofage questions. This charming, witty and honest examination of adulthood explores what happens when we are teetering on the edges of our lives. Mtishows.com Unexpected: A Selection of Symbolist Plays, Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre April 4, 5, 6 @ 7 pm, April 6 @ 2 pm A night filled with the unexpected sure to make your mind to roam, your heart yearn,
and your hairs stand on edge. One-act plays by Maurice Maeterlinck, Susan Glaspell, and Valery Bryusov will have you on the edge of your seat. As symbolist plays traditionally handle thought provoking content, our selections are sure to provide a night full of surprises. Commit to the Bit: An Evening of Sketch Comedy and Improvisation. Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre – April 17 & 18 @ 7pm Graduating senior Jeshua Myers, known to audiences for his portrayal of Ram (Heathers, the Musical) and Barfeé (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Jesh will combine his training in theatre and improvisation in this showcase. An Evening of One Acts – The Blaney Theatre- May 2, 3, 4 @ 7 pm, May 4th @ 2pm. Join us as we welcome our new crop of directors with this evening of one act plays ranging from laugh out-loud comedies to through-provoking dramas. Some subject matter may not be suitable for younger patrons.
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Mental Health Spotlight: Finding Our Rhythm One thing I have learned throughout the years is that being proactive in my treatment increases successful recovery exponentially. Part of this practice is getting to know when the same-oldsame old is no longer working. Mental illness is a life illness. This was difficult for me to wrap my arms around initially, but that part of acceptance so vital to moving forward, warrants embracing this concept. With that in mind, knowing when to make that extra visit to my psychologist, call to my support group or reaching out to a close friend, adjusting my route has become commonplace in regard to my own coping skills. When it comes to meds, that of course, I ONLY discuss with my psychiatrist. I never want to adjust my medications without consulting her as the ramification can be deadly. Once constant coping skill for me throughout my life has always been music. Unfortunately, my ability to express myself musically falls a bit short, until recently. I have short fingers and large palms which has always prohibited me to gain any sort of proficiency on guitar except for basic chords. My singing voice is best left in the shower. My love for the art has been primarily as a listener. I enjoy pretty much every type of music as is exemplified in my concert going schedule this past summer. I started with the Pittsburgh Symphony, bounced around to such extremes as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, ending with Morris Day and The Time. Just keep country music far away as that may trigger my bipolar anger. Just kidding. Maybe. I recently attended the Mental Health America Southwestern Pennsylvania chapter’s “Let’s Make Change” conference. The opening keynote was a man named, Jim Donovan. Rusted Root fans may know Jim as one of the co-founders and/or his new band, Sun King Warriors. What most are unaware of, however, is that Jim has his Master’s in Education, an Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University and motivational speaker who teaches drum circle leadership recovery protocol. He developed the drum circle protocol which wraps wellness education into an interactive
and beginner-friendly music making session using drums and percussion. When I first saw his accompanying workshop to the conference I thought, “interesting, what is this all about?” It mentioned in the official program regarding the session that “participants will discover how to use music and wellness strategies to decrease chronic stress, manage anxiety through support in an authentic self-expression experience.” I was intrigued and decided to give it a go. One of the best decisions I made all year. What followed was a group of 20+ people sitting in a room following Jim’s lead. At first, we just banged on the big djembes, the large African drums shaped like a large goblet and played with bare hands. The body is carved from a hollowed trunk and is covered in goat skin. He then moved us to interact with others in the group, dropping any social barri-
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ers I had when I walked into the session. Nervous at first, but hey, I’m the one who jumped into the deep end here. Then suddenly, something absolutely amazing transpired: music started happening. A steady rhythm. This group of people who barely knew each other ten minutes before, we were now synching and creating music. I was pretty blown away. Needless to say, I fell in love with my djembe and had to bring it home. Those things are authentic and not cheap. I crossed my fingers that the family budget would hold, my wife wouldn’t suddenly turn homicidal and I would still find my own rhythm when I returned home. I have, and it has become part of my nightly workout. Oh yes, I get pretty physical and sweaty channeling my flow through that drum. I suppose I must give it a name someday, for now it’s just “drum.” In closing, a couple of thoughts here. Changing coping strategies is as important as talking to my psychiatrist if I feel my medication is no longer working. Additionally, it can be very rewarding just jumping in and discovering something you may not have previously considered. I know, for me, it has seriously been life altering. I found my rhythm and it is within me. For more on Jim Donovan and Introduction to Drum Circle Leadership Recovery Protocol, his book “Drum Circle Leadership,” and all things he is up to, check out his website at: www.jimdonovanmusic.com NEED HELP? IN THE U.S., CALL 1800-273-8255 FOR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. *Mental Health Spotlight is an opinion based column. Any resources mentioned are provided for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional.
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Monessen Historical Society November ‘18 News The annual day of giving (Give Big, Pittsburgh) for local nonprofits, such as the Greater Monessen Historical Society, will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, from 12 AM to 12 AM. Why should you participate in Give Big Pittsburgh? Give Big Pittsburgh will raise money for GMHS through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to take action. This 24-hour online fundraising effort hosted by the Pittsburgh Magazine in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Foundation and local sponsors, will offer the Historical Society the chance to raise funds to support its critical missions. Please consider donating! The annual Membership and Fund Drive is now underway. Watch for the renewal letters in the mail. Individual memberships are $15 a calendar year with family memberships being $20.00. Business memberships are $50. Memberships make a great gift and include four issues of the “Valley Historian” newsletter. “Monessen 120” is the name of the autumn exhibit at the Monessen Heritage Museum that salutes the one hundred and twentieth anniversary of the founding of the town in September of 1898. It features select displays highlighting interesting items and photographs from the past 120 years. A special section will pay tribute to the one
hundred and tenth anniversary of the birth of Monessen Mayor, Hugo Parente. Also, displays have been added featuring Lou and Jim Manderino, who rose to the highest ranks of Pennsylvania state government. With the holidays fast approaching, the Heritage Museum Gift Shoppe has many great ideas for gift-giving. They carry the largest selection of nationality cookbooks in the area, as well as works by local authors. GMHS is working with other local organizations and groups to participate in the “Monessen Christmas Jubilee”, which will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Monessen Public Library and Cultural Center. The Historical Society will have Santa and Mrs. Claus and free Santa photos for children of all ages, which will be mailed to the homes. The Greater Monessen Historical Society has a Twitter account. Follow us at @MonessenHistory. We are also on Facebook and have over 3000 followers worldwide! We can be located on Facebook under “Greater Monessen Historical Society”. See our latest events, news and photos of previous events. Google us and find our webpage filled with all the necessary information to visit, donate, join or learn about us! The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM until 3 PM. The phone number is 724-684-8460.
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Author Tim O’Brien to headline library event
Tim O’Brien will be the featured author for The Peters Township Library Foundation’s 2nd annual Novel November event on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale through the library website at ptlibrary.org or at the Circulation Desk. Ticket prices are $5 for Students, $15 for Veterans, and $20 for Adults for general admission seating. A limited number of VIP tickets will be sold for $60 and include VIP reserved seating, a pre-event reception/book signing with Tim O’Brien, passed hors-d'oeuvres by Chef Garnett Livingston, and a voucher for one of O’Brien’s books. The venue for this special event will be the Peters Township High School Auditorium at 264 East McMurray Road in McMurray. A book signing will follow the program. Books will be sold by Penguin Bookshop at the event. Media sponsors are 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP. Tim O’Brien received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel Going After Cacciato. In 2005 The Things They Carried was named by The New York Times as one of the twenty-two best books of the last quarter
century. It received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The French edition of The Things They Carried received one of France’s most prestigious literary awards, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. The title story from The Things They Carried received the National Magazine Award and was selected by John Updike for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. His novels have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages. O’Brien was a consultant for Season 3 of “This Is Us” which explores Jack’s tour of duty in Vietnam.
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A Light at the End of the Tunnel: City Mission resident T’Kora says she’s “growing in every way” One night when T’kora was 17, she woke to the sound of her Mom screaming. She grabbed a golf club and ran to her parents’ bedroom. Her Dad was beating her Mom. “He’d been choking her all night,” she explained. “There was a body-sized hole in the wall where he’d thrown her through it, and when he looked at me, he had these red, bloodshot eyes like the devil himself.” T’kora threatened to hit him with the golf club unless he let her go. He did relent, but he had already beaten her Mom so badly that she required shoulder surgery. “I feel bad for my Mom,” T’kora said. “I want her to be happy, but my Dad stole her happiness. She used to have self-esteem through the roof, and he ruined her. It breaks my heart.” T’kora grew up in Greenwood, SC. “I really didn’t have a childhood,” she explained. “My Dad took that from me. He was very abusive, mentally. And physically with my Mom, my sister, and my brothers.” Her Dad suffers from a lot of mental health issues and was abused himself as a child. “My Dad could put the fear of God in you with just a look, because
we knew how crazy he was.” When T’kora was eight, her Mom got really sick. “She had epilepsy, chronic fatigue, and a seizure disorder. If you heard a thump in the house, you knew it was Mom having a seizure. I’d have to go and take care of her. When she came to, I’d move her up onto the couch. My Dad usually wasn’t there, so it was mostly on me.” He placed all the responsibility of running the household on T’kora’s
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shoulders. “My Mom wasn’t to lift a finger. It was on me to cook and clean and take care of my brothers, to make sure their homework was done and to get them dressed for school.” At night, her Dad would have his friends over to the house, and he’d make T’kora and her brother, who was 9 months younger, fight for their entertainment. “His friends would yell and scream. They’d throw money at us and make us hurt each other and hit each other with crazy stuff. It ruined my relationship with my brother. We can’t even look at each other.” To self-medicate, T’kora started stealing pills and alcohol from her Dad. “I knew where he kept all his bottles,” she said. He was a musician, and he always kept a bottle of whiskey with his musical equipment. He would drink it to loosen up his throat for recordings or performances. Eventually, she started stealing his prescription medication as well. She was only twelve when she started cutting herself. “When I was 15, I cut myself up real bad.” Her friend noticed and invited her over to her house after school. “That’s when I smoked marijuana for the first time, and I got super high. Within a week, I wanted to try it again, and I put myself through some crazy circum-
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stances to get it.” At seventeen, she got her first job and was able to save up enough money to move out on her own. Unfortunately, she moved right into another abusive situation, which lasted for five years. “It was very abusive in every way. I still have a scar on the back of my neck from it,” she said After graduating high school, T’kora attended Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, studying Agriculture and Horticulture. Instead of paying rent and utility bills with her student loan money, she was buying drugs. “I was doing drugs all day, every day.” Eventually, she moved to Harrisburg with a family that promised to help her. “I was living in rough conditions in South Carolina, and they made me believe they were going to help.” While living in Harrisburg, T’kora was given all the alcohol and marijuana she could ever want. “I wouldn’t even ask for it. They’d just give it to me.” T’kora was able to get health insurance while living in Harrisburg, which enabled her to finally get medication for her mental health issues. “When I was 13,” she recalled. “I was diagnosed with PTSD, Bi-polar disorder, and Depression. I’d been selfmedicating for years with illegal drugs. When I finally got insurance, the doctors were trying different medications to find the right combination, so my mood was up and down. The family I was staying with couldn’t deal with that.” Eventually, she started cutting herself again, but this time, she took the initiative to admit herself to a psychiatric hospital, where she was able to detox. She has been clean and sober ever since – that was last March. But her road to recovery still had a few more bumps along the way. After her brief stay in the hospital, she returned to the home where she Continued on page 25
“Elf” the musical to take Pittsburgh stage 12/26-30 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces that NETworks Presentations, LLC, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Unique Features are bringing the Broadway musical ELF to Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. Tickets are available now for performances Wednesday, December 26 to Sunday, December 30. Performance dates and times for ELF at Heinz Hall are Wednesday, December 26, Thursday, December 27, and Friday, December 28 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 29 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, December 30 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toymaking abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy
embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). The production will feature direction by Sam Scalamoni and choreography by Connor Gallagher. Tickets (starting at $31) are available at these official ticketing sources: www.TrustArts.org, by calling the Heinz Hall Box Office at 412-392-4900, or in person at either Heinz Hall Box Office (600 Penn Avenue), or Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.
World class performers to appear in Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and their partners are going to be packing downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District with world-class performers from all over the planet. Here’s a quick rundown of everything that’s coming. Nov. 5, Capitol Steps, Byham Theater. Begun by a group of Senate staffers to satirize their employers, the Capitol Steps have created bipartisan musical political comedy for more than 30 years (and 35 albums). Jan. 15, “We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” featuring Damien Sneed, August Wilson Center. Showcasing the immortal music of the Civil Rights Movement, along with spoken word of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches. Presented with the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Feb. 5, The Havana Cuba All-Stars, Under the Auspices of the Ministry of Culture, “The Asere Friendship Tour,” Byham Theater. Masters of Cuban music bring their rhythmically rich sound the States, from cha cha to rumba, salsa to son Cubano. Feb. 8, Sounds of China, Byham Theater. Explore the rich history of Chinese music, led by an outstanding ensemble of folk musicians who seamlessly blend the ancient and the modern. March 2-3, Cirque Mechanics “42 FT—A Menagerie of Mechanical
Pastor Dawn Hargraves: All Work and No Rest?
Stop, Rest. I have been reading 24/6 A Prescription for a Healthier Life by Matthew Sleeth, MD. It is about Sabbath. Inside the church we might hear the term Sabbath used however outside the church, that is not a word one would tweet or hashtag. Instead, we talk about days off. More often I think, folks tend to talk about NOT having a day off or how much he/she works. I will admit that I do not believe I talk about my workload or my work schedule excessively or regularly, however I fail to set boundaries on my day off or even give voice to having a full day off. This is likely because I really like work. I like my work, the work God places before me, and the work that is necessary for my position. I find it hard to not work. Because of this, liking work and not giving voice to having a full day off, I tend toward doing myself the equivalent of throwing me in front of the bus. See, no one can work 24/7. Everyone benefits from having some time off, time that is Sabbath time. So, what is Sabbath time? When is Sabbath? Well, this can be debatable but let us try not to just go with the everpopular churchy answer of Sunday because some folks work on Sunday,
including me. So, the reality is that Sabbath is a day that one can set aside all those things that we feel must be done so that we might be in the practice of rest, renewal, and reverence. Technically, it is a full day (yes, twentyfour hours) however even eight hours will provide for healthier living and faithfulness. Dr. Sleeth does a wonder with his poetic writing, illustrating for the reader how we might be so caught up in work that we think we know what we are doing yet we are missing out on the expert that directed us to take on some rest once a week. Our habits and styles, and expectations all do a number on the probability of resting let alone renewal. And perhaps we are led down the road of revering work rather than our God or Higher Power. Too many day’s off for folks are days filled with chores, running errands, and whatever else. We are losing our ability to Sabbath and it is likely we do not even recognize it. So, let me ask you this – do you rest? I don’t mean sleep. I mean rest? Do you take time to rest and enjoy the crisp fall air or the purr of your cat? Do you rest no matter the dishes in the sink or the task that can be done tomorrow? Do you rest that you would be renewed for the work ahead? Do you rest with a revering heart for all that you are? Do you rest for the joy of it finding renewal of spirit; revering the Creator? If not, stop - for only in stopping is there the window to be opened for the choice for rest to happen. Stop, rest. Still living and learning God’s ways, Pastor Dawn
Rotary honors October Student of the Month
Marvels,” Byham Theater. The latest invention from Cirque Mechanics, inspired by the traditional one-ring circus reinvented with wood, steel, and American ingenuity. Check TrustArts.org for the most current information. Tickets are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: TrustArts.org, by calling 412456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. Tickets for groups of 10+ are available online at TrustArts.org or call 412-4716930. For more information about the current Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, visit TrustArts.org.
The Rotary Club of California Sunrise recognized Trevor Kotchman as the October Student of the Month from California Area High School. Trevor, the son of Larry and Renae Kotchman, is an honors student, active in a long list of clubs and organizations, and is a member of the CAHS marching band. Rotary honors an outstanding student from both California Area and BethCenter high schools every month during the academic year. The club meets 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Hampton Inn and Suites, California Technology Park, and welcomes guests. The new Sunset Satellite Club meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at various locations around town. FMI about Rotary, contact Beth Baxter, 724-9387204, and visit rotary.org
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Fundraiser to benefit Brownsville Library
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Those Two Women, better known as Margie McKinley and Renee Wamsley have created a fundraiser to benefit the Brownsville Free Public Library. “If You Build It…They Will Donate: Christmas House Challenge” is a play on the traditional Gingerbread House Contest only it has been expanded beyond the edible treat. It began this summer when McKinley wanted to donate her sister’s collection of Christmas Village buildings to the library. Unfortunately they had to turn it down due to their lack of storage space. The collection had belonged to her sister Laura who had just lost her battle with a very rare brain disease, HE. “Our family wanted the village to be displayed locally where people could enjoy them and serve as a tribute to Laura.” Within a week, McKinley and Wamsley turned this missed opportunity into a fundraiser that will benefit the financially strapped Brownsville Library. They designed this fundraiser to be fun and affordable for everyone. If You Build it…They Will Donate: Christmas House Challenge invites participants to create a building of any theme. It may be an edible gingerbread house, a cardboard replica of a Brownsville building or a flower shop made of flowers. The theme and the materials that are used are your decision. Not kits are permitted. The only rule to be followed is the size. The base may be no larger than 14 X 14 inches and no taller than 25 inches. It may be smaller. There are three categories in which to enter this contest; Individual, School Homerooms (K- 9) or as a Group (friends, business, organizations, family). The entry fee is no less than $5.00 per creation. Entry forms may be picked up at the Brownsville Library and must be returned to the library or mailed to Margie McKinley, 200 Indian Rock Drive, Brownsville, PA 15417 by November 12th. The Brownsville Area Elementary School homerooms have accepted the first challenge. The school’s guidance counselor, Mrs. Lent said that “this is a wonderful project, not only to help the library but it also meets much of the criteria that we are required to follow in assignments.” Emma Beaver, the librarian expressed her gratitude to the Brownsville community in that so many have stepped up answer the Brownsville Library’s call for help. The creations will be on display at the American Legion which is located in the town square at 119 Brownsville Avenue, from December 7th to the 15th and open daily noon until 7pm. The community is
was living in Harrisburg. At this point, tensions in the house began to escalate. One morning, one of the women she was staying with, woke her up screaming at six in the morning. “She started yelling and cussing at me. She was very aggressive. It triggered my PTSD and reminded me of my Dad.” The next day, T’kora met with her counselor, who was able to get her into a drug and alcohol treatment facility for one month. At the end of her stay in rehab, she had nowhere to live. It was clear she was no longer welcome in Harrisburg, but she knew it was unhealthy to go back to her parents’ house in South Carolina, so she moved to a halfway house in Johnstown for six months. “I really liked it there,” she said. When her six months were up, her counselors encouraged her to go to City Mission, and they setup a conference call for T’kora with Nettie Ledbetter, the Women’s Housing Coordinator at City Mission. “I got on the call with Miss Nettie. I was pouting, because I didn’t want to go. But Miss Nettie said, ‘Hi, T’kora’ all bubbly and stuff like she always is. She talked about City Mission, what they offer and what they expect. Everything she said just sparked something inside me. What really got me was the career training. I was so scared. I wasn’t ready for the real world. At City Mission, I really felt I
encouraged to come in and vote for their favorite building. Each submission will have its own voting bank. A vote is done by placing a monetary donation of any amount in the bank. The entry that raises the most money for the library will win a special prize. The creations will also be judged on originality, creativity, and overall appearance. There will be first and second place winners in each of the three categories. As part of this fundraiser, we are also looking for sponsorships from local businesses and individuals.
have not contacted you and would like to support this event please call Margie McKinley at 724-309-8695. McKinley and Wamsley hope that enough money will be raised to lessen the library’s financial burden for 2019. The use of the American Legion has been graciously donated by Kevin Kavanaugh, the 24th District American Legion Commander. “We are presently renovating the building to transform it into a community center and a headquarters for local veterans, states Kavanaugh. This event is wonderful because it gets us back to what a sense of community is all about in Brownsville.”
could learn and get some skills under my belt and prepare myself for the real world.” “City Mission means the world to me,” she said after almost 11 months in the program. “I’ve grown so much. I think differently. I walk differently. My confidence is through the roof. Living at City Mission makes me realize I’m capable of so much more than I ever thought I was. It provides so much. It offers so much. It helps you connect with God. To think I was hesitant to come here because of that. I can connect with God here in my own way, and I’m finally finding out who I really am.” “I’m growing in every way,” she said. “Even my family sees it. It’s hard for my Mom that I’m so far away, but she doesn’t worry about me so much any more. I can hear the positivity in her voice now. Before, the only thing I could hear was depression. She’d say, ‘T’kora, come home.’ Now, she says, ‘I’m proud of you. You’re doing really good.’ She’s proud of me. That means a lot.” “There’s light at the end of the tunnel. I have a new perspective on life, and I finally see a future for myself.” Within the next few months, T’kora plans to go back to school and pursue a degree in therapy.
Chamber Music at Old St. Luke’s Church November 18 – 2 p.m - Diamanté Trio Mary Beth Malek- clarinet, Paula Tuttle cello, and Devin Arrington - violin - With Brazilian singer, Lilly Abreu December 23 – *7 p.m. evening performance - Early Mays - Appalachian Folk Songs and Carols February 17, 2019 – 2 p.m. “Amor!”…Ballads and Fado - Chanteuse Daphne Alderson and the St. Michel Band March 24, 2019 – 2 p.m. - “A Bassoon Runs Through It” - Academy Chamber Ensemble with Bassoonist, Amy Baker April 28 – 2 p.m - “Contemporary
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NOW PLAYING! Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 PM - River City Brass presents THE BRIT-AM INVASION Adult $25 – 31; Senior $23 - $29; Student $10; Children 6 and under free Do you remember the swinging 60s? Join us for a celebration of rock n’ roll from across the pond and right here in the USA. You’ll be hearing music by The Beatles, Petula Clark, and The Beach Boys too! Sunday, November 4 at 3 PM - Latshaw Productions presents PETULA CLARK - $43, $48, $58 With three Grammy Awards and millions of sales to her name, Petula Clark is the iconic artist behind countless huge global hits including “Downtown,” “I Know A Place,” “My Love,” “This Is My Song,” “I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love,” and "Don't Sleep in the Subway". Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 PM - Elko Concerts presents THE DOOBIE BROTHERS - $95, $105, $125, $135 ($5 additional at the door) The Doobie Brothers’ legacy has been built upon not just hit records, but also an unrivaled commitment to musical integrity and a steadfast allegiance to their enthusiastic fan base. Their No. 1 gold-certified singles Black Water and What a Fool Believes lead a catalog of hits that includes Listen to the Music, Jesus
Friday, November 9 at 8 PM Latshaw Productions presents BRET MICHAELS - $48, $58, $68, $78, $88, $98 Bret Michaels is a multiplatinum global superstar who has turned his passion for music into a multifaceted brand that encompasses record breaking touring sales, Reality TV stardom, legendary songs that have sold over 32 million records, product endorsements as well as being a devoted philanthropist, all supported and followed by three generations of loyal fans. Rising to fame as the front man of Poison, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, he helped define the rock-n-roll scene on the Sunset Strip. Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 PM - Rich Engler presents GINO VANNELLI & HIS BAND - $65, $75, $100 - VIP Experience $60 (show ticket required and sold separately) Since his debut release of Crazy Life in 1973, Gino Vannelli has remained one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. From rock to jazz, to soul, even classical, this singer/songwriter/producer has left no musical stone unturned. With an amazing 19 albums under his belt, most hitting the Billboard charts—his latest release being Live in LA, hit number one on Amazon. Vannelli is a living legend, and his live shows should be seen to be believed. Sunday, November 11 at 7 PM - Elko Concerts presents GLADYS KNIGHT - $59, $79, $89, $95 ($5 additional per ticket at the door) The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the
last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seventime Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Friday, November 16 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM & Sunday, November 18 at 2 PM - Stage Right! Presents MAMMA MIA! Adults: $19, $23, $26; Students: $16, $19, $21 A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit. Saturday, November 24 at 8 pm and Sunday, November 25 at 2 and 6 pm - Westmoreland Cultural Trust presents STOMP - $34, $40, $50 STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30 PM - Westmoreland Cultural Trust presents RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL $20, $27, $35, $42 The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters as they
come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 PM - River City Brass presents CHRISTMAS BRASSTACULAR - Adult $25 – 31; Senior $23 - $29; Student $10; Children 6 and under free Celebrate the magic of Christmas with your River City Brass! This show is fun for the whole family with classic carols, favorite film music, and special surprises. Choirs from around the region will be joining us as well! Sunday, December 2 at 4 PM Latshaw Productions presents CAROL OF THE KING, THE IRISH DANCE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR - $30, $35, $40, $65 Led by former lead dancer from Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance! Featuring 20 of the world's most skilled Irish dancers and musicians, Carol of the King brings the inspiring Christmas story of love and salvation to life. The world-renowned Irish dance troupe performs lightning-fast hard shoe rhythms and graceful soft shoe jigs to an epic orchestral soundtrack, while stateof-the-art lighting and Christmas spirit ignite the stage into an explosive display of dance and music.
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November 2018 Events at the Monongahela Area Library Story Time: Story Times are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11:00 am to noon. Ms. Becky reads with the children, completes a small craft, and incorporates some block play. Children 18 months and up are welcome to join the fun and socialize with others their age. OsmoTime: Saturdays 1-3 PM - OSMO is a award-winning game system that transforms screen time into healthy, hands-on, interactive play. OSMO fosters learning in key areas such as: creative problem solving, art, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and common core. For children 4 and older. Parental supervision is required. Lego Club: Thursdays 4:30-5:30 PM The cornerstone of an awe-inspiring creation begins with one small Lego. Turn your imagined palace, tower, or fort into a reality; come build with us! The town will marvel at your projects displayed in the library. Each week will have its own theme! Tutoring Tuesdays: Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 PM - Susan Menzer, paraprofessional educator and Ringgold Middle School teacher’s aide, is offering free tutoring for grades 3-8th every Tuesday from 4:305:30pm. Susan specializes in mathematics, but can help with other subjects. Nookworms: Last Monday of the month 4-5 PM - Pre-teens and teens ages 11-18 can join the fun of a book club! The group meets to review and discuss themed books the last Monday of every month. Please contact the library for the November book. Book Bites: Third Thursday of the month 1-2 PM - Love reading and discussing books? Want to join a book club? The Book Bites group meets once a month for a lively discussion of a preselected book. The November book isLeft
Neglected by Lisa Genova. Crochet Club: Mondays and Tuesdays 6-8 PM - Bring your yarn, bring your hook and let's get our crochet on! Join us to sit a while, chat, and work on your creations with fellow crochet enthusiasts Monday and Tuesday evenings. Basic Computer Classes: Need assistance using a mouse, browsing Facebook, conducting internet searches, or Microsoft Word? The library can help! Classes are on Fridays by appointment only. Sign up today! Writer’s Group: The Writer's Group meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month at the library to critique and encourage each other's writing. Writing exercises are utilized and tips and advice are given to budding writers. Medicare Resource Table: Thursdays 11:30AM-1PM through December 6th As a service to the community, Chuck Karolewski from Greater Pgh Insurance Consultants in North Charleroi will be here weekly to answer your Medicare questions. Whether you are just getting started with Medicare, have plan questions, or are looking to change plans, Chuck will try to help you. No reservations needed, just stop by and ask Chuck. (A salesperson will be present with information and applications.) *Employment Help: Karen Wagner of the Mon Valley Initiative will be here every Monday from 12-2pm. Whether you are job searching or looking to switch careers, she is here to help. Karen can assist with resume and cover letter creation, job searching and applying, overcoming barriers to employment, and will conduct mock interviews. If it’s employment related, Karen can help! No appointment necessary, just stop by! Thanksgiving Storytime: Saturday
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we host Todd “Ghost in the Head” Johnson, for Native American Month. Ghost’s program will encompass education and/or demonstrations in the construction of clothing, moccasins, weapons, tools, wigwams and fine arts, such as bags and fishing nets, and cooking over an open fire. The program is for all ages. Group size is limited, be sure to sign up soon! Diabetes and You: Monday, November 19th 6-7:30 PM - The Monongahela Donora Area Lions Club and the Library are happy to host Special Guest Speaker Kathleen Guy, RD, CDE of the Monongahela Valley Hospital. Come learn about diabetes and how it affects the lives of you and your loved ones. Kathleen will also discuss care and how to manage it. Light refreshments will be available. No reservations necessary. Please note the library will be closed November 22-24th for the Thanksgiving weekend.
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would like to invite you to visit us at 200 Bank Street. We are open Saturday & Sunday from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.. Weekdays by Appointment. Come explore Brownsville and be inspired by the rich history. There are new photos by Stephen Beckman, the creator of the gallery, and Charles Hoopes, his business partner. Our photos are on the website and available for purchase. castirongallery.com Questions? Call 973-652-5324. We are searching for old photos of the area and artifacts to coincide with the same. Schedule your free tour today! 27
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TOPS meets every Tuesday at 5:30 weigh-in starts at 5. Bible Study group meets every Thursday at 1:00 pm. Coffee & Crayons meet every Friday at 10:30 am. Storytime every Mondays at 10:30 am for ages 30 months to 5 years. Bentleyville Historical Society meeting Monday Oct. 8 at 6:30 pm. Family Craft Night Oct. 17 at 5:30 pm for all ages. Book Club meets on Thursday Oct. 18 at 6 pm discussing The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien Pumpkin Contest due by Oct. 19 before 4 pm. Friends of the Library meets Oct. 29 at 6 pm.
ROSTRAVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon rostraverlibrary.org Friends of the Library Monthly meetings are held at 6:30pm on the 4th Monday of each month. Knitting at the Library meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. & the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Contact: Judy Yoskosky Afternoon Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each Month at 1 p.m. Contact: Judy Wasko Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Tiny Tykes Program For kids ages 18 months-3 years old. Please call 724-379-5511 to register.
FLENNIKIN PUBLIC LIBRARY, 102 EAST GEORGE ST., CARMICHAELS - flenniken.org Preschool & Toddler Classes Preschool Classes are held on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m with stories, songs, and crafts. Perfect for ages 3-5 and their parents. Classes will run to Dec. 11. Toddler Time is taught on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. with stories, songs, and crafts. Perfect for toddlers up to 3 years old and their parents. Classes will run to Dec. 14. Book Club for Adults - Book Club will discuss Frankenstein by Mary Shelley on Tuesday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m. Book Club meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Reserve your copy at www.waggin.org. The Movie or the Book? Which is better, the movie or the book? Stop in Tuesday, November 6th beginning at 5:30pm to watch Ready Player One (PG13). Popcorn provided! Drop-in Crafternoon - Drop in on Thursdays after school to craft with friends. We provide the supplies—you provide the creativity! Open to all ages. Nov. 1: Pumpkin Art Nov. 8: Watercolor Turkeys Nov.15: Thanksgiving Bookmarks FREE Online Classes - Gale Courses, Free 6-week online classes begin Wednesday, November 14th. Includes topics such as accounting, grant writing, computer skills, web design, and more! Minecraft Modding Classes - We will be
holding Minecraft Modding classes at the library twice monthly through December. Mods (short for modifications) are anything that changes Minecraft's game content from what it originally was. Classes will be held on the second and fourth Saturdays from 11 -12. November dates are the 10th & 24th. Class size is limited to 12, so please call the library to secure your spot. You are welcome to bring your own device or use one of ours. 724-9665263 Job Searching Workshop - Trying to find a new a job and having trouble with everything being online? We can help. We will be holding a workshop on Thursday, November 15th at 2pm to walk you through the process of searching and
PETERS TOWNSHIP LIBRARY TO Peters Township Public Library will host Welcome Home: Celebrating Veterans and Their Families on Saturday, November 10 from noon until 2:00 p.m. Service members and their young families will enjoy a meet-andgreet with Katerina Kittycat from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, refreshments, a caricature artist, and a special performance by Pittsburgh Magician Al Mazing at 1 p.m. All are welcome to
how to apply for employment in a 21st century world. Call the library to reserve your spot today! 724-966-5263 This class is brought to you by a grant from the Community Foundation Greene County. Adult Crafting - Saturday, November 17th from 10:30am -12pm, we will be getting in the holiday spirit and painting ceramic snowmen. Class size is limited to 15. Cost is $20 per person. Please reserve your spot by November 15th. 724-9665263 Greene County Reading Competition Book Clubs - Join us on Wednesday, November 28th, at 6pm to discuss Baseball Fever by Johanna Hurwitz (Elementary) and Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood (Middle School). These clubs are open to all students in grades 3-8. 1950’s Sock Hop - Flenniken Public Library presents a 1950’s Sock Hop, Saturday, November 3rd from 6 to 9 pm at the Carmichaels Fire Hall. Festivities include: 50’s cuisine, dancing, local wineries and distillery, Chinese Auction and 50/50 raffle. Prizes will be awarded for best 50’s attire. Tickets on sale now through October 29th. Cost is $30 per person. 724-966-5263.
attend this event. Registration is requested at ptlibrary.org or call 724.941.9430 #1. This event is part of a Veterans Coming Home grant that WQED received from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). “Military service extends beyond the person who directly answers the call to serve to encompass the whole family,” said Gina Masciola, manager of educa-
tion projects. “It is important that we thank service members for the sacrifices they make, but this event also allows us to draw attention to and celebrate the service of their families as well. Libraries are the perfect community partner to host these thank you events as they are an integral part of the communities they serve.” For more information, call the library at 724.941.9430 #1.
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MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY - 326 DONNER AVE., MONESSEN - monessenlibrary.org The annual Holiday Boutique sponsored by the Friends Group of Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center will open on Monday, November 5. Shop locally for great gift ideas at reasonable prices. Christmas decorations will also be available. The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, November 19, 2018, at 5:30 PM. They will discuss "Genealogy in the News", new websites and our family tree research. Light refreshments will be served. New members are always welcome. Join us for the first Greyhound Classic Ultimate Trivia Challenge! Test your thinking ability and "smarts". Represent your business, school, organization or community. Support the efforts of the Friends of Monessen Public Library, the Monessen Band Parents Association and the Monessen Education Association on Saturday, November 17, at Monessen High School Gymnasium. Form a team having 4 to 6 players. Cost is $15 per player. Spectators can attend for $5. Be a sponsor, if not a player. Contact Karen Cosner, at Monessen Public Library, 724–684–4750. The Knitting/Crochet Club will meet Wednesday, November 14 and 28, at 6
PM. The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 22, for the observance of Thanksgiving. Children’s schedule: November 3rd – Saturday at 11 a.m. Make Art with Missy! Missy Barber is a local artist with flair, join us! November 5th – Monday at 5:30 p.m. – Thanksgiving story and Turkey Bowling November 6th –Tuesday Toddler Time @ 1pm–American Teddy Bear Day– Bring Teddy Bear for sleep–over November 7th – CommUNITY Projects – Join Eli for game design/programming @ 5:30 pm (ages 12+) November 10th – Saturday at 11 a .m. – Origami Day & Let’s Talk Turkey for Gobble–Gobble Turkey Bingo November 12th – Dear Santa Letter Writing Week – We provide stationery, stamp & mailbox to North Pole November 13th – Tuesday Toddler Time @ 1pm – Make Word Pictures for Santa Claus November 14th – CommUNITY Projects – Join Eli for game design/programming @ 5:30 pm (ages 12+) November 17th – Saturday at 11 am
– Thanksgiving Crafts November 19th —Monday at 5:30 pm – Family Game Week–bring your favorite or play one of our November 20th – Tuesday Toddler Time @ 1pm November 21st – No CommUNITY Project tonight, stay home and enjoy your family time! November 22nd – Happy Thanksgiving! Library Closed November 24th – 11am–National Sardines Day–Lets play a game of Sardines! November 26th – Christmas Story ~ Make and Take Christmas Ornaments @ 5:30 pm November 27th – Tuesday Toddler Time @ 1pm November 28th – CommUNITY Projects–Join Eli for game design/programming @ 5:30 pm (Ages 12+) Join us December 1st for Monessen Christmas Jubilee, great family fun & special guests!
ANNUAL HAM DINNER AT GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Grace United Methodist Church in Coal Center will hold their annual Ham Dinner on Saturday, November 3 from 4-7 p.m. Dinner includes baked ham, baked potato, green beans, homemade apple sauce, homemade cole slaw, fresh baked pies and cakes, rolls and a beverage. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Children two and under are free. Take out is available. The church is located at 420 California Drive, Coal Center, PA. Please call the church office for tickets & info at 724-330-5350.
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Storytime with Miss Angie (Preschool ages) Friday's at 10 a.m. Please join us at the Donora Public Library for Storytime with Miss Angie, geared for preschool ages. Ladies’ Bridge Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday's of each month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Knit and Crochet Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Book Club (Adults) meets the 3rd Thursday of the month from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lion's Club Meeting is the 3rd Monday each month at 6 p.m. Monongahela Valley Community Band meets every Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 Wood St. , California calpublib.org Every Monday at 10 a.m. is STORY TIME with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Monday at 10 a.m. and
CITIZENS LIBRARY - 55 S. COLLEGE ST., WASHINGTON - WASHLIBS.ORG/CITIZENS Teen Time Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. Come hang out, play games, use our Maker Space, & more. New activities every week. For grades 6 and up. Middle Grade Book Club - Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Discuss books, make a craft, and eat some pizza. For grades 6-8. Monthly Chess Club Meets the first Saturday of the month from 10-11:30
a.m. , and is open to all ages and all levels of play. Instructors will be available. Chess Club is free, and is open to all ages, including adults. LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mons, from 5-6 p.m. The program is open to all ages, and there are sets of larger building blocks for children who are too young for regular sized Lego bricks. The Children’s Dept. is also
accepting donations of new or gently used LEGO sets. CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Tues & Wed; 10 a. m to 6 p.m. Thurs; & 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. To volunteer, email email@example.com. Phone # is 724-222-2400
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Story Time with Kristen and Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10 a.m. Each Story Time includes a snack & craft. Story Time is open to any child with a desire to learn and play. Reservations are recommended. The California Recreation Authority sponsors Saturday Story Time. FMI: Call 724-938-2907.
November events at Frank Sarris Public Library Teen Advisory Board for grades 7-12 will meet. New members welcome. Monday 11/5, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Tax & Income Planning Strategies for 2018 and Beyond – A classroom course at the library, hosted by The Tax Professionals at Valley Tax Service as a fundraising project for the Frank Sarris Public Library. Light refreshments provided - donation is $29.99. To learn more or to register, call 724-745-1308. Two part class held Tuesdays 10/30 and 11/6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Marketing The Presidency – A presentation by Steve Mihaly of an array of “odd” artifacts that political candidates have produced to get their names and ideas in front of the electorate. Light dinner provided, but space is limited. Please register by November 1st at the circulation desk or by calling 724-7451308. Wednesday, 11/7, 4-6 p.m. Paint & Sip is an evening of painting while enjoying light bites, wine and the company of friends. The $20 fee is due at the time of registration. To register visit the adult circulation desk or call 724-745-1308 by Tuesday November 6th. Thursday 11/8, 6-8p.m. Mini Golf for all ages. Tee times start at 10:15 a.m. $1 per person. Register your team and tee time at the adult circulation desk or by calling 724-745-
1308. Saturday 11/10, 10:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Fiction Book Club will be discussing Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. Wednesday 11/14, Noon. 2018 Benefit Luncheon for Frank Sarris Public Library will be at the Valley Brook Country Club. This luncheon and raffle fundraiser benefits the Frank Sarris Public Library. For tickets or more information, visit franksarrislibrary.org. Sunday 11/18, 11:30 a.m. Teen Writers’ Club for grades 7 – 12, will meet to write, share and support each other through the creative process. Monday 11/19, 6-7p.m. The library is closed November 22nd and 23rd. Weekly Programs: Yoga Story Time - Stretch and be centered at this special yoga session for kids (and their grownups)! Mondays, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Happy Monday! - Rise and Shine and greet the new week. All ages welcome! Mondays, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Madcap Mondays - Crafts, games, and science are just a few of the possibilities. Registration is required at the children’s circulation desk or by calling 724-745-1308 (option #4). Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. for Grades 5-8 and 5:30-
6:30 p.m. for Grades 2-4. Mother Goose Story Time - For infants up to 18 months with a caregiver. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Toddler Tales - Finger plays and songs based on simple concepts, repetition and lots of movement. Ages 2-3. Tuesdays, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Family Night - Stories, crafts, and games. New things to explore each week. Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Little Picassos - Every week is a new make and take creation. Ages 2-5. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Story Time - Stories, finger plays and songs based on simple concepts, repetition and lots of movement. Ages 2-3 but siblings are welcome. Wednesdays, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Wiggles and Giggles - Bring your little ones to stretch, sing, and dance. Ages 25. Wednesdays, 1:30-2:00 p.m. Story Time - Provides active young children with stories, finger plays and songs based on simple concepts, repetition, and lots of movement. Fit for ages 2-3 but siblings are welcome. Thursdays, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Wiggles and Giggles - Bring your little ones to stretch, sing, and dance. Ages 25. Thursdays, 11:15-11:45 a.m. More than A Story –Practice kindergarten readiness skills like listening dur-
ing stories, making predictions, and following directions. Ages 5-6. Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Super Science - Kids ages 3-7 and 813, join us as we uncover what makes science so super! Registration is required. Register at the children’s circulation desk or by calling 724-7451308 (option #4). Thursdays, 5:30-6:15 p.m. Spanish Story Time - Story time favorites – stories and songs – in Spanish. Fridays 10:30-11:00 a.m. Mother Goose Story Time - For infants up to 18 months with a caregiver. We enjoy stories, finger plays, songs, and movement! Saturdays, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Toddler Tales - Provides active young children with stories, finger plays and songs based on simple concepts, repetition, and lots of movement. Ages 2-3. Saturdays, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Our entrance and free parking lot are located at the back of the building and are accessible from Murdock Street. For more details on upcoming events and a complete listing of upcoming events and online programs, visit our website at www.franksarrislibrary.org, or call 724-745-1308.
Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series Schedule: Share the magic of theater with a child you love Aga-Boom– Clown Action Productions and Dimitri Bogatirev jump headfirst into a chain reaction of absolute silliness and a blizzard of laughter with three former stars of the Moscow Circus. Rooted in theatrical clowning, AGA-BOOM brings together the best traditions of circus arts, physical comedy and European avant-garde. Get ready for a live-action cartoon, exploding with sophisticated slapstick, outlandish chases and the most chaotic Suitable for all ages. Byham Theater - November 9–10, 2018 Your Alien– One day, you’ll be looking out your window when something wonderful comes your way… and you will want to keep him. Arts Power from the United States presents Your Alien, touching down with a stranded alien who strikes up a fabulous friendship with the boy who finds him. They go to school and have loads of fun together, but as evening approaches, the alien grows homesick. Will the boy be able to figure out how to
help his new friend? This funny and uplifting new musical shows how the power of true friendship can last a lifetime. Suitable for children & adults 3+. Byham Theater, BUTLER REGION (Seneca Valley Intermediate High School), EAST REGION (Greensburg-Salem High School), NORTH REGION (Marshall Middle School), WEST REGION (Cornell High School), SOUTH REGION (Mellon Middle School) - January 6–14, 2019 Flight School the Musical–It’s the first day of Flight School, where they teach birds to fly. Penguin has the soul of an eagle and is ready to live on the wind, but he wasn’t built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him. Penguin’s spirit won’t be grounded. With some friends of a feather, and a little help on the technical bits, Penguin follows his dream to flip, flap, and fly! Vital Theatre Company from the United States presents this show, based on the book from best-selling author Lita Judge. Suitable for children and adults
ages 3+. Byham Theater, BUTLER REGION (Seneca Valley Senior High School), EAST REGION (Greensburg-Salem High School), NORTH REGION (Marshall Middle School), WEST REGION (Cornell High School), SOUTH REGION (Mellon Middle School) - February 17–24, 2019 Rosie Revere, Engineer–Ms. Greer's classroom includes three inquisitive outof-the-box thinkers. Theatreworks USA presents a fun, new musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect, and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math). Recommended for children and adults ages 4+. Byham Theater, BUTLER REGION (Seneca Valley Intermediate High School), EAST REGION (Greensburg-Salem High School), NORTH REGION (Marshall Middle School), WEST REGION (Cornell High School), SOUTH REGION (Mellon
Middle School) - March 31–April 7, 2019 Emily Brown and the Thing– Something monstrous is keeping Emily Brown awake...One evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley hear a Thing crying outside their window. He just can’t get to sleep. Emily Brown and Stanley set off on incredible adventures to the Dark and Scary Wood, the Whirling Wastes, and beyond to find the Thing’s cuddly, his bedtime milk, and his medicine…but nothing seems to help him settle. What’s really troubling the Thing, and will anyone ever get to sleep? Recommended for children and adults 3+. Byham Theater - May 16–19, 2019 Accessible services are available.To purchase tickets, call (412) 456-6666, visit TrustArts.org/Kids, or visit in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.
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On February 8, Sounds of China will take the stage at the Byham Theater. Explore the rich history of Chinese music, led by an outstanding ensemble of folk musicians who seamlessly blend the ancient and the modern.
On February 5, The Havana Cuba All-Stars, Under the Auspices of the Ministry of Culture, will bring their “The Asere Friendship Tour” to the Byham Theater. Masters of Cuban music bring their rhythmically rich sound the States, from cha cha to rumba, salsa to son Cubano.
Producer Jeffrey Seller and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced tthat single tickets for HAMILTON will go on sale to the public on Monday, November 5 at 9 a.m. ET at TrustArts.org and at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue). Tickets will be available for performances January 1 through January 27, 2019. There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per account for the engagement. When tickets go on sale, prices will range from $81 to $190.25 with a select number of $490.25 premium seats available for all performances. There will be a lottery for forty (40) $10 seats for all performances. Details will be announced closer to the engagement. Jeffrey Seller notes, “It's tempting to get tickets any way you can. There are many sites and people who are selling overpriced, and in some cases, fraudulent tickets. For the best seats, the best prices and to eliminate
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the risk of counterfeit tickets, all purchases for the Pittsburgh engagement should be made through TrustArts.org.” HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. FMI: trustarts.org 31