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Wizard and Witch Festivals offer family fun at Monongahela Aquatorium Story by Keren Lee Dreyer October is much anticipated by many in southwest Pennsylvania for its crisp temperatures, inferno-like fall colors spreading across the woodlands, and pumpkin spice flavored everything. But most of all, it is Halloween and its related festivities that flourish at this time of year which bring out the wizards, witches, ghouls, and goblins en masse. This year Monongahela Aquatorium, at 200 Railroad Street in Monongahela, will host the first annual Wizard Fest 2018. This festival, along with Witch Festival 2018 (and more!), is the brainstorm of Aquatorium Innovations, a 501(c)(3) headed by volunteer Claudia Williams for the purpose of organizing events at the Aquatorium. Children of all ages are invited to “catch the magical train to the Wizard Fest at platform 9.75, Monwarts Express” Williams said, explaining the event’s genesis: “It’s fall and we are having our third annual Witch Fest, and it was so successful we wanted to have an event that didn’t conflict with other communities’ events, and since we had witches, we thought we’d try wizards.” As fitting for a wizard festival, Williams said plenty of magical activities are in store including a costume contest, a sorting event “where everyone is chosen for a certain group based on your personality,” a live owl show along with other “Magical Creatures” seen in a
wildly popular wizard book and movie series, and magic spell and potion making for both kids and adults. Also, Rivers of Steel will have their educational vessel docked at the Aquatorium for their presentation of “Fantastic Invertebrates and Where to Find Them.” Though some of the activities during the Wizard Fest and Witch Festival may appear to have mystical foundations, Williams assures all families and other attendees that Aquatorium Innovations does not intend to promote “paganism or religious culture at all. We do have mystical personalities and readers and, again, it’s for fun.” Fostering that fun will be approximately 50 vendors who will provide “a nice selection” while giving people “a lot of space to mill around and participate in the activities” Williams said. “They’ll be finding vendors with magical themed products, brooms, candles, wands, and all sorts of fun things.” Climb aboard the Monwarts Express at Platform 9.75 on Saturday, October 13.
Family friendly festivities run from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. with general admission for all ages set at only $10. Be sure to bring your broom and dancing shoes to “Music, Magick, and Mayhem on the Mon,” also known as Aquatorium Innovations’ third annual Witch Festival - a gala, two day event at the Aquatorium that offers all ages fun on October 26 from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., and an 18 and over only day on October 27 from 11 a.m. onward. Because of its great success during its first two years, the Witch Festival has attracted close to 100 vendors this year. Shopping opportunities abound, from popular clothing and party items to handcrafted jewelry, beads, candles, bath products, and adult items (October 27 event only). Witches, wizards, and all other comers are summoned to a witch dance instructional with a professional dancer leading the show, Williams said. Participants will have several hours of time to practice, and then do the dance. Prizes for best hat, best costume, and best broom will be awarded. Games and a trivia contest round out the two day festival. While the Wizard and Witch festivals will add to the excitement of October for many, the Monongahela community stands to reap financial benefits as well. “First year (Witch Festival) turnout far exceeded our expectations and the
weather was beautiful. Last year it was a cold, rainy, windy, ugly fall day but we still had thousands of people come in witch costumes and have a good time” Williams said. Additionally, Williams said that “We buy everything we can for our events right here in the city. We use a local printer, sign man, local distributor and state store,” meaning that between Aquatorium Innovations and thousands of hardy event attendees, Monongahela stores, hotels, and other local businesses throughout the area may see a welcome bump in patronage at at time when businesses typically experience a post-summer/pre-Christmas slump. Wizard Fest 2018 and the Witch Festival will each go on as planned, rain or shine. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Check out Monongahela Aquatorium at http://monaquatorium.org/ for information on local hotel accommodations, how to volunteer or become a vendor, concert schedule, and more.
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While newly minted Rotarians (back) Patrick and Alicia Elmore look on, LaRae Dillion, who was also installed at the event, smiles as District 7330 Governor Cherie Sears pins Danica Dillon with a “Be the Inspiration” pin that celebrates Rotary International’s 2018-19 theme.
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“Red Horse” re-materializes for Cal-U theatre first year students Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Long before California University of Pennsylvania’s incoming freshman theatre class took up life on this world’s stage, “The Red Horse Animation” materialized in late November of 1970 at the Guggenheim Museum in NY, NY. The live (better; living) theatre piece, an experimental use of space, actors’ physicality, and movements, flowed from the minds of JoAnne Akalaitis, Lee Breuer, Philip Glass, Ruth Maleczech, and David Warrilow who, in 1970, sequestered themselves near Mabou Mines, Nova Scotia, to create “The Red Horse Animation.” Mabou Mines theatre company is alive and well in New York City today. As Breuer wrote of the show in the original program (noted on Mabou Mines’ web page), “It is a stage image. It is constructed in mediums of expression available to the performing artist — movement, speech, music and acting.” Breuer’s use of his actors’ physicality in the performance space, combined with a paucity of language and props, drives the Red Horse into and out of existence throughout the show. There was no pretension of a great “literary statement,” and neither was it a play with a story arc. Instead, it stressed process and interaction to draw the audience into a world - and character created by the performers. It is with this type of theatre in mind that California University’s Professor of Theatre, John Paul “JP” Staszel, Ph. D., was enlisted to work with the university’s already distinguished theatre department. “I was brought in to bring a different experience to our students, show what their career can be, and how to prepare themselves for the job market” Staszel
said of his role in the department. And drawing from his background in dance and physical theatre, Staszel chose to create a reworking of “The Red Horse Animation” for Cal-U’s first year theatre students and anyone thinking of theatre as a major or career path. Staszel’s production, “Red Horse,” emulates the original in its use of physicality, movement, and acting. Training actors for the rigors of “Red Horse” involves instruction on “how to lift each other and how to lift with each other, how to take their bodies off the ground and what they look like, build confidence in what they look like on stage, and combine it with the text” Staszel said. Building a show based on physicality and dance not only has its physical challenges, but also those of the actors’ own processes - their ability to bring authentic life to words and images in a script. “They have to really have confidence in their interpretation of things,” Staszel said. “The challenge is to get these young students to buy into this process and product-making experience,
which is really at the graduate level...ultimately, they have to bring the content based on the(ir) interpretation of this work.” Staszel notes that while the final product may not be phenomenal, refined, or lengthy, his stress right now is “process over product. While I want the product to be finished as can be, we’re creating something that’s completely original, and that’s the beauty and the scary thing together.” "Red Horse" also stands to defy traditional plays by shunning the Act 1, Act 2, etc. format in favor of a more fluid presentation, meaning, Staszel said, it could be a 45 minute show, or it might be 20. Whatever the run time may be, the best way to find out is to attend a performance...or two. “Red Horse” runs from Thursday, November 1 through Saturday, November 3. Show times are 7 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Steele Hall box office at 724-938-5943. Non-Cal-U students tickets are $12, and $6 for under 13, and a mere 50 cents for students with a valid California University ID card. Keep up with Cal U Theatre on facebook at: facebook.com/CalUTheatre/ Visit Mabou Mines web site at maboumines.org/ for an in-depth look at a truly unique theatre company.
Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” celebrates 200th anniversary with show It’s alive! This fall, Greensburg Civic Theatre (GCT) is returning to the Greensburg Garden & Civic Center to debut their 67th theatrical season with the play “FRANKENSTEIN.“ Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s original novel, adapted to the stage by Austin Tichenor, is celebrating its 200th birthday this year. Directed by Vince D’Angelo, “Frankenstein” is starring Josh Schaefer of Connellsville, PA as the doomed Dr.
Victor Frankenstein, and features Jason Baker of Monessen, PA as the Creature. The cast also includes Scott Walton of Blairsville, Christopher Carrolli of Greensburg, Dakota Morrison of Greensburg, Casey Arn of Butler, Layne Lueckert of Greensburg, Conor McQueen of Mount Pleasant, William S. White of Monessen, and Brooke Lickenfel of Jeannette. Greensburg Civic Theatre will be hosting this thrilling show October 18 at 8 pm, 19 at 8 pm, and 20 at 2 pm, at the
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HEALTH Form Healthy Eating Habits Fall is here and with it the urge to indulge in too much candy at Halloween time. Here’s some tricks for those trying to resist those treats and other unhealthy foods. 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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With Halloween just around the corner and the smell of pumpkin spice in the air; Halloween enthusiasts are getting pumped. They are ready for October. The leaves are changing and will soon be falling from the trees. Many of us have already started watching Halloween movies. We have been impatient for fall to get here. We love scary movies and we love haunted houses. Fright Farm, one of the best haunted attractions in Pennsylvania has completed preparations for this year’s haunt entitled ABANDONED. Fright Farm has been scaring people for 29 seasons. With the return of PARANOIA one can go blindly into the darkest and face one’s fears. Who knows what lurks in the darkness? When you first arrive to Rich’s Fright Farm, you are greeted by creatures and monster as you enter the festival. Food, games, and entertainment are everywhere for you to enjoy. Patrons will then head on to the HAYRIDE OF NO RETURN , a twisting and turning ride through the woods which prepares you for the screams and horrors that await in the FRIGHTMARE MANSION. The hayride comes to a stop and you then enter the gates of HALLOWED GROUNDS which lead to the mansion. A howl and a blood-curdling scream
dance through the wind and those who are there to greet you at the doors cackle at your fear. You will enter the house from Hallowed Grounds but be careful as things in the house are not what they seem to be. Monsters behind every nook and cranny follow you all through the house. They know the outcome of your fate. They know you must face this nightmare you have entered. After leaving the mansion you will enter the final attraction PARANOIA. You will find yourself face to face with the true horror of not knowing what lies in the dark. Don’t trust your senses as you make your way through the dark. If you make it through PARANOIA you can congratulate your friends and yourself for surviving Western Pennsylvania premier haunted attraction FRIGHT FARM ABANDONED!
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The Rotary Club of California celebrated the installation of members of its new satellite Sunset Club Wednesday, September 19. New members include (from left, back row) Joe Rusnak, Jamison Roth, Joe Grodz (chairperson), Jordan Rossell, J.P. Staszel, Patrick Elmore, Alicia Elmore, (front) Ashley Jamison, Erin Staszel, Sarah, Klein, Erin Dentino, LaRae Dillon, and Rotarians in-the-making, Carter Jamison and Danica Dillon. The new Sunset Club, which meets once a month on the third Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., will get together again October 17. For more information, contact Joe Grodz, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Brownsville Free Public Library needs help to avoid repeating history Story by Keren Lee Dreyer It was in the late 1800s that the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.) in Brownsville, PA sought to create a library in order to “put good literature within the reach of everyone.” The W.C.T.U. saw this as a way to “exert substantial moral influence in the community,” according to the current Brownsville Free Public Library web site’s History section. While initially successful in building and organizing its collection, the fledgling library coped with moves from its original home of three reading rooms in the Brownsville Post Office, to the Odd Fellows building, and eventually into the Brownsville Borough Building. It was there, somewhere around 1914 or 15, that “public interest ceased, apathy set in, and it just died.” Books from the defunct library were subsequently distributed to Brownsville’s local high school libraries. The void created by the library’s closing was eventually filled by Charles L. Snowdon sometime around 1927. Snowdon believed Brownsville should have its own library building, and followed through with construction of what remains the Brownsville Free Public Library, at 100 Seneca Street. Pink granite pillars and the words Brownsville Public Library in concrete relief are architectural hallmarks of Snowdon’s vision. Though the Brownsville Free Public Library has grown with the times since the “Roaring Twenties,” two things have been fairly constant in its history. First, it is a very busy library, according to Library Director, Emma Beaver. Vibrant children’s programs, a staple since 1928, help increase foot traffic and publicity for the library. Summer Quest for kids ages 14 and under, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEAM) programs, an 8 week long fall, spring, and summer story time for preschool age kids, and a kindergarten readiness program one time per year for children ages 3-5 are all on tap for the benefit of area children. Programs for teens, including art, along with computer classes for everyone, a “nice sized” local history collection, and an “Adulting 101,” class, which is “an 8 week program for teens and young adults where we teach them about banking and credit cards, how to change tires...things like that” are some
of the other offerings provided to the community by the library, Beaver said. A four station computer lab, complete with a multi-function printer, offers internet access to area students and residents who may not have access at home. “It (the lab) helps with resumes and job applications, and helps students with homework” which helps lessen the achievement gap, Beaver said, adding that people “can only do so much for homework and job applications on your phone over public wi-fi.” And thanks to a grant from the Fayette County Library System, 3 of the computers are equipped with resume software, so “if someone uses it on the computer, they can get their resume printed out on resume paper at no charge.” For family fun, Brownsville Free Public Library hosts a weekly Monday Movie Night at 6 p.m. Movies are free and popcorn is only $1. Movie listings are available on the library’s web site or at the library. Over 12,000 people (figures from 2017) have enjoyed the library’s resources and programming, along with 2,000 computer sessions by residents, and a circulation of over 11,000 items including books, audio books, magazines, DVDs and CDs. And from January through July of this year, Beaver said “we’ve answered 1,852 instructional and reference questions (on computers and various subjects), and had 44 one-on-one computer classes.” Numbers like these support Beaver’s statement that the Brownsville Free Public Library is a busy place. What they don’t show is the second, unfortunate constant in the library’s history; deeply troubled financial times. Per capita funding from the local municipality stands at $2.78, though it
should be $5, according to state standards. Because the area is considered to be “in crisis” by the state, however, it is not enforcing the $5 standard, though it cannot dip below $2 without serious repercussions, according to Beaver. Compounding the library's financial outlook is local funding that has remained stagnant for over a decade. And though “some municipalities in the past year have increased their funding by a few hundred dollars,” Beaver said, funding increases in the thousands of dollars are needed to keep the library open beyond 2019. “What we’re asking, and letting the community know, is we need $15,000 extra sustainable funding in order to survive” Beaver said. “We’ve been pulling our savings while waiting (to hear about funding from other municipalities), and we’re draining our savings, so it’s ‘do or die’ time. We would like municipalities to keep in mind that costs are always going up, so we need our funding to go up or we’re going to be in this position again.” Beaver explains the worst-case scenario, which is “we don’t make it through 2019, and Brownsville no longer hosts a library, and seven areas no longer have a public library. There will be no more support for the schools, and no place for community members who don’t have access to the internet to go for jobs. There will be one less place for those who like to do local genealogy, and no more programs, services, and resources we offer for free to help community members enrich their lives.” Though the ramifications of closing are severe, Beaver ultimately maintains a positive outlook, saying “We’re very thrilled and happy to be part of this community, and to be here to help this last 91 years. We’re hopeful the communities will be able to pull the funding together to help us stay open.” While the wheels of municipal and other funding sources churn, concerned patrons of the library may offer immediate financial help via check, through the mail or in person, or through the library’s convenient PayPal “Donate” button at bfpl.org/donations.html Visit Brownsville Free Public Library’s web site at bfpl.org/ for more information on upcoming events, hours of operation, and its extensive collection.
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Free Produce to People Food Distribution - Fayette County Thursday, October 11 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
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NEW ORANGE DONORA DRAGONS T-SHIRTS Donora was founded in 1901 and our sports teams were originally known as the Orange and Black. Around 1920, we adopted a fire-breathing Dragon as our official mascot, reflective of what the Blast Furnaces and Open Hearth looked like in the night's sky at the steel mill. Even though students haven’t graduated from Donora in close to 50 years, we’ve found that the younger generations still recognize the Dragon as a symbol of Donora and are proud to display the logo and colors, and also proud to call Donora home. In 2017, we introduced a new modernized Dragon design created by two artists with Donora roots: Jesse Francis and Jared Altamare. Another Donora guy - Armand Forlini, printed the Dragon on black T-shirts with orange and white ink. This year we are flipflopping the colors as we go with orange T-shirts with black and white ink. The black T-shirts will still be for sale, but with limited quantities for now. Starting in November, 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 until 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/color is sold out. NEW BOOK FOR SALE - 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 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. 10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE
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SMOG MUSEUM In conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the Donora Smog incident of 1948, the current home of the Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum was opened in 2008 and has been flourishing ever since. 2018 marks our 10th anniversary. Located in the heart of Donora at the corner of McKean Avenue and Sixth Street, the museum has permanent exhibits related to the founding of the town, town life, steel mills, the 1948 Smog tragedy, Donora schools and sports, social clubs and organizations, and a rotating exhibit whose artifacts change three to four times a year. To eliminate any confusion, the Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum are one in the same entity. The artifacts within the Smog Museum are the property of the Donora Historical Society. The Smog Museum is just the name of our museum. We think that people are more inclined to seek us out when they wonder, "What is a Smog Museum?" And it has worked since we’ve had visitors from 44 states (including Alaska), Washington, D.C. and from foreign countries on five different continents such as Canada (North America), China, Japan (Asia), Columbia (South America), England, France, Belgium and Germany (Europe), and Ethiopia (Africa). Come visit us on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment. 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.”
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Center in the Woods October 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. Travel Friends has quite a few day and weeklong trips coming up, including a day trip on October 13 to see the production of “Jesus” at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster. Sign-ups will begin soon for book club, pickleball and Tai Chi classes! The Center in the Woods is a nonprofit, senior facility with the goal of hosting fun activities and community events for adults ages 60+. Lunch is served at 12 noon; please call one day in advance to order. 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 report tthe Center in the Woods by 10:30 am. on assigned days and distribute meals to registered participants. Reimbursement for gas mileage is available. Volunteers are also needed in the kitchen. We also need volunteers to help with various fundraising activities and administration work. FMI, please contact Maria at 724-938-3554, Ext. 103. The Center’s hall is available for rental. Call for details. FMI on programs and other activities, call 724-938-3554 Ext. 103. CITW is located at 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. FMI: centerinthewoods.org
ON THE ROAD AGAIN! BE SAFE & SECURE Whether you have a passion for owning antique or classic cars, camping in a recreational vehicle or sporting about on an ATV, snowmobile or golf cart, you’ll need insurance coverage for all your vehicles. Any of these vehicles can be added to an Erie Insurance auto policy. You love your old car—the engine, the color, and, of course, all those curves. Tinkering under the hood or driving down the highway is the best way to spend hours of your day. As an auto aficionado, you’ve invested a lot of time and money in your car. Whether you own a classic, custom or collectible car, you’ll want to make sure that you have the right insurance coverage to help keep your investment safe. While some insurers require a separate policy to insure antique cars or special interest vehicles, Erie Insurance usually writes them on the same policy as modern models. Having one policy streamlines the paperwork and billing for you, freeing up your time, so you can get back to your car. ERIE also offers discounts for antique or classic cars that are driven at very low-mileage; 500 miles or less per year, for instance. Even if you never drive your vintage car, you’ll still want to protect it from unexpected events like fire, vandalism and theft. Your ERIE agent can advise you about the right coverage at the right price for your special vehicle. Need insurance coverage for your RV or camper? We can help you protect your investment. When your travel trailer or towable camper is on an ERIE auto insurance policy, you can be covered for physical damage while it’s parked temporarily at a campsite and for liability damage while it’s attached to your ERIE insured vehicle. You can also insure motorized RVs or motor coaches for the same coverages as your auto insurance policy. Ask your local Erie Insurance agent for details to make sure you get the
coverage you need. Life can be more fun when you own miscellaneous toys for recreation and sport but always play it safe by having proper insurance coverage. Erie Insurance offers auto customers insurance coverage for ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), snowmobiles, off-road motorcycles, trail bikes, mini-bikes and golf carts. ATV insurance (and other miscellaneous vehicle coverage) can help cover: Physical damage to your vehicle, including collision, vandalism and theft; Property damage liability (if another person’s property is damaged and you’re responsible for it); Uninsured or underinsured motorists Check with your Mariscotti Insurance agent to learn more and get a quote. If you add your special vehicles right to your ERIE auto policy, you have the convenience of one company and could end up paying less. This information provided by Mariscotti Insurance Agency, 324 Third Street, in California. For more information about all types of insurance coverage offered by Mariscotti Insurance Agency, contact your agent, Kim Mariscotti, at 724-938-9302.
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Rotary Club of California to host trivia event 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 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,
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Engelbert Humperdinck at The Palace Theatre
Engelbert Humperdinck will be performing at The Palace Theatre in downtown Greensburg on Sunday, October 28 at 6 p.m. Engelbert Humperdinck could have never anticipated a career as a singer. As a shy young boy, he stayed away from the stage although he was passionate about music. It wasn’t until he was seventeen when he put down his saxophone and performed his vocal impressions in a singing contest at a pub that his career in the music industry took off. Engelbert exploded on to the music scene in the sixties with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The shy handsome boy catapulted almost instantly to world icon. His first single in the charts was “Release Me,” which went into the Guinness Book of Records for achieving 56 consecutive weeks on the charts. It was No. 1 in 11 countries. With his records selling over 140 million copies – 64 reaching gold status and 35 reaching platinum – Engelbert has achieved success that few other artists
can claim. He has been the recipient of four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, and Leicester Walk of Fame. His music has been such an international sensation that he has performed for the Queen multiple times in addition to several presidents and many heads of state. Fifty years in the business is a rare achievement, but Engelbert’s music has a universal appeal, transcending time and generational divides. He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock, and even gospel. His vocal range – from loving and tender to masculine and strong – has allowed him to perform a variety of styles over the years and attract listeners of all genres. But it is his personal quality as a performer - his honesty and self-deprecating humor – that makes him such a delight on stage. It is clear that after five decades, Engelbert Humperdinck is an eternal
Brownsville Historical Society Events: Ghost Tours, Wine Tastings, and Holiday Tours, Oh My! NEMACOLIN CASTLE CANDLELIGHT GHOST TOURS - Our most popular event! - Weekend evenings throughout October (We are also planning to hold tours on select weeknight evenings as well. Dates will be posted soon) Walk the haunted halls of Nemacolin Castle as your tour guide tells the tales of paranormal and supernatural activity experienced there. Hear the chilling experiences of staff, volunteers, and visitors as you enter the very rooms and areas where they took place.
Cost is $15 per person. "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 us at 724-785-6882.
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New California University of Pennsylvania Student Trustee Prepared for Position What does the boardroom at California University of Pennsylvania have in common with the wide open spaces of a national park? Plenty, says junior Alex Arnold, of McClellandtown, Pa. Cal U’s student member of the Board of Trustees for 2018-2019, Arnold is majoring in history and parks and recreation management “Whether you’re managing a university or managing a park, the operations are very similar, especially with matters such as budgets, staffing and even dealing with forms of government,” he said. Another similarity: Both require a heart for service and a desire to manage assets responsibly. “I feel that the student trustee is a vital position on the Council of Trustees, because you bring that student perspective,” Arnold said. “As the student trustee, I have to remember not to put my personal opinion forward, but to put forward what the
students want, because that’s who I am representing, not myself. “It’s all about serving the students, and I feel that at this level I can really help them.” Each of the 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has a policy-setting Council of Trustees. Before being appointed by the governor, a student trustee must go through a screening and interviewing process on campus. Then it’s on to interviews with a team from the State System’s Board of Governors. “I did not do this because I wanted a resume builder or needed it to go further,” said Arnold. “I’m doing it because I feel with my experience, and now in this role, I can really help our students and hopefully be an asset to Cal U.” Arnold is in his second year as a seasonal park ranger with the National Park Service. He works 10-hour shifts Friday through Monday at Friendship Hill
National Historic Site, in Point Marion, Pa. He started working as a volunteer at Friendship Hill when he was just 13. His first year as a seasonal park ranger was at Maryland-based Chesapeake & Ohio National Historic Park. When he’s not working in a park, he is
busy at Cal U. Beyond the classroom, Arnold is secretary of the College Republicans Club and past president of the Parks and Recreation Student Society. His job as a student worker in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations introduced him to many campus constituents. “I was fortunate to know what career I wanted before I came to college, and I’ve been able to tailor my major and my activities to reach my goals,” he said. “My student job has further helped me become known.” Arnold credits Cal U professors for their role in his development as a leader and decision-maker. “The faculty here is amazing, because you can get close to them on a personal level and they will bend over backward to help you,” he said. “You learn so much, and they really help to advance your career while you’re still in school.”
California University joins Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing institute in Pittsburgh Students in Cal U’s robotics and mechatronics engineering technology programs are preparing for careers at the forefront of advanced manufacturing. Now California University of Pennsylvania is empowering those students to network, learn and innovate through its membership in Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM), an institute headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa. Launched by Carnegie Mellon University in 2017, ARM now operates as a nonprofit public-private partnership. It is funded with $80 million from the Department of Defense and an addition-
al $170 million from various public and private organizations. Its goal is to “accelerate the advancement of transformative robotic technologies and education” and make American manufacturing more competitive on a global scale. ARM focuses on solutions that make it easier for small and mid-size companies to benefit from robotics, and on technological tools that allow U.S. manufacturers to compete successfully with lowwage manufacturing abroad. Through ARM, Cal U students will have opportunities to work with leading companies on projects that advance cut-
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ting-edge robotic technologies, with special emphasis on key industrial sectors such as aerospace, automotive, textiles, electronics and more. Cal U faculty will be valued contributors to world-class knowledge center that showcases what’s new and next in robotics. Their participation in ARM will help students map pathways to high-value careers in robotics and mechatronics engineering technology. Students and faculty also will have access to Hazelwood Green, ARM’s center for advanced manufacturing research that is scheduled to open next year at the
historic Jones & Laughlin Steel site in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood. California University of Pennsylvania offers a two-year associate degree program in robotics engineering technology, and a four-year bachelor’s degree program in mechatronics engineering technology that is unique within the State System. The programs can be taken independently; a 2+2 option allows students who complete the associate degree to transfer their credits to the bachelor’s degree in mechatronics program. Learn more about all of Cal U’s academic programs at calu.edu/academics.
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Westmoreland County Community College held a ribbon cutting ceremony September 28 to celebrate its new Science Innovation Center at the Youngwood campus. The 18,500-square-foot center is an expansion of Science Hall which brings together all of the college’s science programs. Biology, microbiology and anatomy classes moved from Founders Hall to the new center, which features new classrooms that integrate lectures and labs together. “Our faculty have embraced this new combination of lecture and lab. They are rethinking pedagogies with the new technologies and utilizing the space so students can collaborate in groups,” stated Dr. Tuesday Stanley, president, Westmoreland County Community College. The addition also includes new student study spaces to enhance group learning and a new café where students can relax, study and socialize. “Every inch of the building is focused on students,” said Chad Amond, chair, Westmoreland County Community College Board of Trustees. “From the lab, to the study areas, this building is just the next step by the college to move forward their mission.” The new Science Innovation Center enables the college to deliver and effectively integrate world-class science resources and strategies to engage stu-
dents in understanding science concepts and make real-world connections to the subject matter. Westmoreland President Tuesday Stanley presided over the ceremony which was attended by business and community leaders and elected officials. Speakers at the event included Westmoreland County Commissioners Gina Cerilli, chair, Charles Anderson and Ted Kopas; Westmoreland County Community College Board of Trustees Chair Chad Amond; and Westmoreland County Community College Educational Foundation Vice President Joseph Trimarchi. Special guests in attendance included Westmoreland board members Gene Ciafre, Barbara Ferrier, Bridget Johnston, William Kerr, Larry Larese, Ronald Ott, Leia Shilobod, Jess Stairs and John D. Wright; Educational Foundation board members L. Christian DeDiana, Buck Helfferich ,Bonnie Lewis and Judy Scheeren; Kelley Folts and Marc Janty of Cannon Design; Dr. Jim Denova, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation; Mike D’Orazio representing Senator Pat Toomey; Tim Gribbin representing State Representative Eric Nelson; Joe Orr, JC Orr and Sons; Donnie Jones and Tyson Baker, Turner Construction; Dan Pagliari; and Natalie Nichols.
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WCT’s Runway Fashion Show set for 10/17 Westmoreland Cultural Trust will be hosting its annual runway fashion show fundraiser at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. The event begins with a VIP experience at 6 PM followed by the runway show at 7 PM. The evening will wrap-up with an after-party at 8 PM. For fourteen years, Westmoreland Cultural Trust has hosted a fashion show starring local retailers. This year, the Trust has combined haute couture and theatrical costume into a night to remember. The worlds of “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and beyond come to life on the runway. Local fashion boutiques will feature modern looks inspired by some of the most beloved characters of all time. The emcees are also legends in their own right – Broadway star George Dvorsky and recent ‘American Idol’ gold ticket winner Aubrey Burchell. For those who would like to start the party earlier and get an exclusive experience, VIP passes are being offered for the event. Passholders will be welcomed to The Palace’s Megan’s Suite and tented S&T Bank Courtyard for early shopping opportunities prior to the models hitting the runway. Exclusive VIP caterer Jaffree’s Restaurant will be serving hors d’oeuvres while wine, beer, and soft drinks will be available during the pre-show festivities compliments of Westmoreland Cultural Trust. During the runway show, VIP guests have the option of sitting on stage, getting up close with the fashion on display. All VIP guests will also receive a swag bag full of exclusive samples. The Fashion Show will extend beyond
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TRUNK OR TREAT ON 10/28 Join us on October 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. for “Trunk or Treat’ at the United Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 499 E. Malden, Coal Center. Also, don’t miss us at the Homecoming Parade on October 13, where we’ll be selling hot, delicious, homemade soup in the vacant lot across from Redstone Pharmacy.
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Lafayette’s Farewell Tour Revisited by Young French Scholar Story by Dave Zuchowski The name Lafayette can be found on street signs, county maps, hotels, a New Hampshire mountain and towns across the U.S. The prolific use of his name bears testament to the regard that Americans had for the Marquis de Lafayette, who sailed by ship from his native France at the tender age of 19 to help fight alongside the Americans during the Revolutionary War. A favorite of George Washington, Lafayette took part in the Battles of Brandywine, where he was wounded in the leg, and the Battle of Yorktown, which insured American independence after the defeat of Britain. Following the Revolution, the marquis returned to France, but President James Monroe and Congress invited the last surviving Major General back to the United States in 1824, partly to help celebrate the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Revolution. Arriving on Staten Island on August 15 of that year, he began a grueling 13 month, nearly 6,000 mile journey across the then existing 24 states on what is known as his Farewell Tour. At each place Lafayette stopped, he received a hero’s welcome and was feted with dinners, parades, accolades and cheering crowds. Traveling with his son, George Washington Lafayette, by stagecoach, horseback, canal boat and steamship, he ended his visit by having dinner with President John Quincy Adams at the White House on September 6, 1825. The following
day, he sailed back to France. Nearly 200 years later, a young French scholar, Julien Icher, left his native country with the goal of revisiting the same route taken by Lafayette. Working with the French consulate in Boston, he began a six state tour of New England that started on March 2017 and ended four months later on July 31. Returning to France, he raised $100,000 from several organizations, including the American Friends of Lafayette, with the goal completing the remainder of Lafayette’s Farewell Visit. As part of his tour, he was included in the French delegation during President Emmanuel Macron’s three day state visit to the US in April 2018 where he attended a ceremony on the White House lawn and President Macron’s address to
Congress. This September, Icher retraced Lafayette’s route through Western Pennsylvania, an effort that took him from Erie to Meadville, Butler and Pittsburgh. Locally, he made stops in Washington, Scenery Hill, Brownsville, Rostraver, Uniontown and New Geneva, places included on Lafayette’s itinerary. At each place, Icher looked for evidence of the marquis’ visit and worked with local historical societies to add to his research material. To raise awareness of Lafayette’s contributions to American independence, he also contacted local newspapers inviting them to write about his ambitious project. In Brownsville, Icher visited the Brashear House where a historical marker identifies the site as the place where Lafayette addressed a crowd of onlookers from the steps of the
Mon Valley YMCA to hold inaugural “Harvest Dance” on October 12 A “Harvest Dance” will be held Friday October 12, at the Mon Valley YMCA from 6-10 p.m. This will be the Mon Valley YMCA’s first dance. The Mon Valley YMCA is located at 101 Taylor Run Road, Route 88, Monongahela, PA 15063 (Off Route 88 between Monongahela & Charleroi. Exit 39 on PA 43 turnpike). Reservations are not required but you can call and register now at the YMCA at 724.483.8077 or visit them online at monvalleyymca.org. Singles or couples (no partner
required). Only $10 members and $12 non-members. Includes free snacks and free hour dance lesson, plus you will learn how to line-dance to “The Monster Mash” with Brian Lee, Pro-Dance Instructor/DJ and main sponsor of the dance. He will be playing the best Oldies and music thru the decades to Swing/Jitterbug, Hustle, Latin dance (Salsa, Cha-Cha, Rhumba), Waltz, Line Dance, and more along with any special requests. Brian Lee encourages you to put on your dancing shoes for an evening
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old stone house. Icher also visited the Brownsville Masonic Lodge #60 where he saw the lodge’s handwritten minutes of meetings which records members planning for Lafayette’s May 29 visit to Brownsville. Lodge trustee and former master, Paul Burd said that Masonic tradition holds that, during his visit to Brownsville, Lafayette presented members with a chair that remains in the lodge collection of memorabilia to this day, although he added there is no written mention of the chair in the minutes or any other document. Icher, who studied history and geography at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon and has a Master’s Degree in Geography, plans to publish a book on his journey after he returns to France next July. He may also use his researches to write a dissertation for a Ph. D. "While Lafayette did visit the White House, Congress and national figures like Jefferson and Monroe during his Farewell Tour, he also went to small towns to meet the people where he emphasized the spread of liberty and the American spirit and to see the changes the country had made since he left for France after the Revolution," Icher said. To follow Icher’s journey along the rest of his Lafayette tour, go to www.thelafayettetrail.com. APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, will hold free presentations that will help answer many questions concerning basic Medicare. Registration is required: Call 724-925-4204 Dec. 11 - WestmorelandYoungwood Campus, 2-4 p.m. 145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood Registration code: PRDX 5019-01 FMI: westmoreland.edu 15
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Cal U’s GACO sponsors 31st Procurement Opportunities Fair California University of Pennsylvania’s Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO) will hold its 31st annual Procurement Opportunities Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Monroeville Convention Center. Any business interested in selling its products or services to prime contractors or federal, state and local government agencies should attend. The event focuses on providing companies with contracting and subcontracting information. Business owners can meet representa-
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Waynesburg’s Education Department receives grant money for technology Waynesburg University’s Department of Education was recently presented a $5,000 grant from the FirstEnergy Foundation. The grant will provide education students with technology assistance in the form of iPads to enhance their class instruction and student teaching experiences. “We are pleased to support Waynesburg University with this grant to provide our future teachers with the technology they need to excel,” said Dee Lowery, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation. “Teachers with greater abilities lead to students with greater capabilities, which meets our goal to help build a stronger economy and workforce for the future, a commitment shared by Waynesburg
University.” This is the second consecutive year Waynesburg has received aid for technology from the FirstEnergy Foundation. Yvonne Weaver, chair of the Education Department and instructor of education, shared the importance of having current and relevant technology available to education students. “The use of technology in today’s classrooms will continue to grow, and teachers need to be prepared to integrate it into the curriculum, planning, teaching and differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students,” she said. The availability of iPads will allow students to integrate technology into their curriculum and lesson plans for
instruction. “This is a way to bring the classroom to life for all academic subjects,” added Weaver. “Technology is the application of tools, materials and processes we use to solve problems and provides benefits to all individuals.” FirstEnergy’s Manager of External Affairs Randy Durr visited campus Sept. 12 to present the $5,000 check to Weaver and the Education Department. Waynesburg’s Department of Education was recently named a 2018 College of Distinction for Education, recognized for excellence in the four distinctions of engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
U.S. News & World Report names Waynesburg a Top 10 Best Value School B Waynesburg University continues to be a Best Value School, ranked among the top ten best deals of both private and public universities in the northern United States by U.S. News & World Report. Ranked at No. 6 on U.S. News & World Report’s Regional Universities North list, Waynesburg qualified as a Best Value School due to the high quality of academic programs combined with low costs. “Coming on the heels of our recent MONEY Magazine ranking, which places us third in the region, this ranking reinforces our reputation for value,”
said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “We at Waynesburg University are very proud of the quality education and value we offer our students.” As attention on higher education is turning toward outcomes and fiscal responsibility, new rankings systems that focus primarily on value and job placement have been developed. Waynesburg University has consistently ranked as a top school within these systems. Last month, the University was named to MONEY Magazine’s 2018 “Best Colleges For Your Money” list,
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Westmoreland accepting applications for Police Officers’ Training Academy Westmoreland County Community College is accepting applications through November 30 for its part-time Municipal Police Officers’ Training Academy which begins January 12, 2019. The 920-hour academy trains students for police officer positions in Pennsylvania cities, boroughs and townships. The curriculum includes courses in criminal law, police procedures, firearms, emergency vehicle operation, criminal investigations, laws of arrest, physical fitness and defensive tactics. The part-time academy runs January 12 through November 2019. Classes will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one or more Sundays a month at the Youngwood Campus located at 145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood. The Westmoreland Police Academy is cer-
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my, graduates are eligible to receive 15 college credits upon enrollment in Westmoreland’s associate degree Criminal Justice program. Academy courses are taught by instructors with professional experience such as chiefs of police, patrol officers, state troopers, K-9 officers, narcotics agents, medics, investigators, special agents, and those with advanced firearms skills. Tuition is $4,950, which covers the educational costs associated with the program, with the exception of uniforms and footwear. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2018 and early application is advised. For more information and application materials, visit www.westmoreland.edu/policeacademy or call 724.925.4298.
Westmoreland hires new Athletic Director, Brian Rose, to lead program Brian Rose of Bethany, WV has joined Westmoreland County Community College as the Athletic Director. “We did a nationwide search to find the right person for this position at Westmoreland. Brian had great experience in both collegiate athletics and recreational programming. We have plans to grow both programs in the next couple of years and we think his experience is a good match,” stated Dr. Sydney Beeler, vice president/Enrollment Management. Rose brings over 20 years of experience in the field to Westmoreland. From his early years as Sports Information Director at Bethany College, Carnegie Mellon University and Allegheny College, Rose has worked for years with student athletes and brings that knowledge to Westmoreland. After returning to Bethany in 2005 as the
Sports Information Director (SID), Brian spent several years building the image of the college and relationships with the media. He also focused his time mentoring students interested in the Sports Information field. He served as host SID for six PAC Championship Tournaments/Meets, as well as three ECAC Tournaments, two ECAC Tournament games and one NCAA Tournament contest. “Athletics is an important part of college,” said Dr. Tuesday Stanley, Westmoreland president. “We wanted to find a director that had experience in multiple areas of athletics such as recreational sports programming and facilities management along with recruiting. We are pleased to welcome Brian to our team.” In 2013, Rose was promoted to Director of Athletics at Bethany College. Over the next
Brymn is new Women’s basketball coach
James Brymn of Penn Township has joined Westmoreland County Community College as the new Women’s Basketball head coach. “We are excited to have James take over the women’s basketball program here at Westmoreland,” said Brian Rose, athletic director. “His experience and leadership will help grow our program and develop a strong team in the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association).” For over 10 years, Brymn has been the assistant girls’ basketball coach at Penn Trafford High School. During his time, he worked to develop game plans
for the team and taught a range of basketball-specific skills that would help advance players.A graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Brymn was an instrumental part of the coaching staff which led the Penn Trafford varsity team to its first section title in over 40 years and the first WPIAL championship in the school’s history. Brymn will begin recruiting for the team, which will open their season on November 5 at home against PennState, Dubois. He is seeking to hire an assistant women’s basketball coach to round out his recruiting efforts.
five years, Rose became a member of the President’s cabinet, oversaw fiscal management of the department, the hiring of department personnel and day to day management of the athletic facilities on campus. In addition, Rose served on multiple committees including the Student Athlete Advisory Committee where he was the co-chair and the Persistence & Completion Committee which focused on retaining students. “Joining the Westmoreland team is an incredible opportunity,” said Rose. “I grew up in the area and understand the importance of sports in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Student athletes are important to the growth of Westmoreland and I am excited to lead the program.”
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Save the dates for an exciting and innovative season of Cal U Theatre performances Red Horse – The Blaney Theatre November 1, 2, 3 @ 7 pm, November 3 @ 2 pm A devised production inspired by the work of the Mabou Mimes and Lee Breuer A completely original retelling of the experimental 1970s production. Red Horse is a collaborative creation; Actors create images allowing dialogue to give way to actor’s bodies in a poetic staging of the life of the Horse. Exciting for the whole family! Red Horse marks the twenty-second annual first year student show, and one of the first devised productions by first year Cal U students. As always, a great deal of fun you do
not want to miss! Harry Connick Jr.’s The Happy Elf – Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre December 6, 7, 8 @ 7 pm, December 89@ 2 pm Music and Lyrics by Harry Connick, Jr. Book by Lauren Gunderson and Andrew Fishman. Based on the song by Harry Connick, Jr., and adapted from the television show written by Andrew Fishman - 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
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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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Theater Series for Pre-Teens and Older Features Shifting Perspectives In its fourth season, the 2018-2019 EQT Bridge Theater Series presents four pieces that will challenge perspectives, twist, and turn. The North American premiere of Androcles and the Lion from Denmark’s Carte Blanche and Teatre Gruppe 38 theater companies kicks off the season as a special part of the 2018 Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, telling a traditional story with a new voice, complete with hammocks instead of theater seats. Throughout the rest of the season, companies from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the U.S. will ask audience members to leave their preconceived notions at the door and open their minds to stories told through parkour, projections, physical theater, and more. 2018–2019 EQT BRIDGE THEATER SERIES PROGRAMMING Androcles and the Lion–A suspenseful tale as old as time itself. Even if you know the story, this version is a new experience that is told as the audience reclines in hammocks under a radiant sky. Androcles is a slave who must escape after being accused of theft. He flees into the burning sun of the Libyan Desert. So many creatures and sounds live in the Desert, and in the middle of the pitch-dark night, sounds roar so loudly that Androcles’ heart freezes. Experience this tale of danger, deception and kindness in this unexpected and immersive story. Fourth Floor at 807 Liberty Avenue November 2–10, 2018 Moon Shot–Theatre Unspeakable from the United States presents the biggest story on the smallest stage. To recreate the story of America’s Apollo 11 lunar landing, seven actors squeeze onto a 21-square foot stage nearly as tight as NASA’s original Mercury capsules. Using only their bodies and their voices, this astounding play brings to life one of the most daring times in the history of human exploration—the Space Race. From the Cold War to Sputnik, from Yuri Gagarin to Neil Armstrong, this action-packed show brings the company’s tongue-in-cheek humor to a whole new atmosphere—one where the rules of gravity no longer
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apply. Byham Theater January 18–19, 2019 LEO–Y2D Productions, in association with Chamäleon Productions, from Canada and Germany asks "What would happen if the law of gravity were to suddenly change?" LEO is a mind-bending, funny, surreal, and surprisingly touching theater work that challenges the senses and tests perceptions of reality through the clever interplay of live performance and hightech video projection. Universally appealing to adults and children, LEO leaves audience members wondering which way is up and which way is down. Winner of several awards, including the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award and the Scotsman Fringe First Award, LEO has dazzled audiences and critics in cities all around the world. Byham Theater March 29–30, 2019 Murikamification–Arch 8 from the Netherlands invites you to step into the daydream that unfolds before your eyes. Using the magical, surrealistic stories of Haruki Murakami as a source of inspiration, Kaiel creates an intensely physical and absurd performance trail. In each new city, the work is adapted to the local context. In each version of Murikamification, diverse and
curious audiences are overwhelmed by surprising scenery in the streets of their own cities. Follow the action on this moving theater piece throughout Pittsburgh’s own Cultural District. Cultural District May 16–19, 2019 Single tickets for the 2018-2019 EQT Bridge Theater Series are on sale. Fourshow season tickets are available for $40. Flex tickets packages of six are also available for $66. These six flex tickets can be redeemed for any performance available in the 2018-2019 Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series, EQT Bridge Theater Series, and EQT Children’s Theater Festival. Accessible services are available. All EQT Bridge Theater Series shows are recommended for children and adults ages seven +. For younger children (under the age of seven), the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series provides a perfect, affordable introduction to theater. Visit TrustArts.org/Kids for more information. To purchase tickets, call (412) 4566666, visit TrustArts.org/Bridge, or visit in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. For subscription information, call (412) 456-1390. Groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930.
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Mental Health Spotlight: When should I seek help? One in five people have a mental illness. Chances are, you know someone who copes with one daily. Unfortunately, these are no casserole conditions and stay hidden. When someone with mental illness is having a hard day, no one brings them a casserole or a pot of chicken soup. Most don’t even know how to approach the subject when a loved one is suffering. With all the stressors of daily life, how does one even know they may potentially need help for anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar or any of the other diseases that span that one in five statistic? As I said, life stressors can have us all feeling a little depressed at times and high at other times. That doesn’t necessarily equate to mental illness or a need to see a therapist. Many seek spiritual counseling, family therapy or just talk with friends over a cup of coffee to get themselves right. This month, I wanted to reach out to the readers that may continue to struggle outside of those routine social engagements. When I was first diagnosed, it was a surprise. I made an appointment with my doctor as sleep was becoming difficult and my memory was beginning to slip. Additionally, all that I craved to eat were taco salads and self-harming had become an issue. Every morning, I showered, shaved, got dressed and drove to work. Something was off though. I suppose in hindsight I knew
that, but had no idea what it was. Therefore, I sought out a professional. Little did I know that visit would end me up in the hospital confined for the next three weeks? Despite all of my obvious ailments, it never really occurred to me that a mental illness may have set in, not that it was contagious and I caught it. That is part of the misunderstanding of mental illnesses in the first place. We don’t just catch them but they can be the result of various stressors that put our brain in a state in which it was not built to function. Genetics play a huge part as well. So herein lies the dilemma. If we find ourselves in a position that we are incapable to self-diagnose and people around us aren’t aware, how do we know when to see a doctor or therapist? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recent came up with eight early warning signs that may help. Of course, you will have to rely on yourself to monitor where you are with any of these conditions or stick
them up on the fridge so you can see them. You may also want to share with a loved one or a family member if any of these eight may be in your sights. Early prevention and being proactive are your best measures of action. Don’t worry about the stigma of mental illness! It’s better to be alive. The one thing I’ve learned through my 30 years of dealing with bipolar disorder, my presence here on this earth affects more than just me. Here are eight signs that you may need help. Everything you feel is intense You’ve suffered a trauma and you can’t seem to stop thinking about it You have unexplained and recurrent headaches, stomach-aches or a rundown immune system You’re using a substance to cope You’re getting bad feedback at work Your relationships are strained You feel disconnected from previously beloved activities Your friends have told you they’re concerned 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.
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program to offer AARP Smart Driver course The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Westmoreland County Community College is offering an AARP Smart Driver Course at three locations. The eight-hour class will cover how to handle adverse driving conditions and traffic hazards, in addition to the effects of aging and medications on driving. There is no actual driving or written test involved in the program. Automobile insurance companies in Pennsylvania voluntarily provide premium reductions to graduates of the AARP Smart Driver Course. Additionally, four-hour refresher classes are offered to those who previously
completed the eight-hour class. The program, developed by AARP and sponsored by RSVP, will be held at the following locations: Westmoreland County Community College, 145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood; Westmoreland-Murrysville, 6707, Mellon Road, Export; Westmoreland-
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O PEN YOUR H EART & H OME The Southwestern Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is looking for individuals in your area to open their homes and offer a caring, safe, and nurturing family environment for eligible adults who cannot live independently due to physical, intellectual or age related impairments. Domiciliary Care Providers are typically individuals who open their homes and are willing to provide residents with housing, support, care and encouragement in a familylike setting. They are everyday people making a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. When you share your home and provide services, you receive $979.00 a month for each individual residing in your home. Services include meals, housekeeping, laundry, medication set up, scheduling and providing transportation to medical appointments. Domiciliary Care homes can accommodate 1-3 residents and are certified to meet the required fire, health and local zoning standards. If you are interested in becoming a certified Domiciliary Care provider and providing quality living alternative for a person who meets the criteria, or want to refer someone who will benefit from the programs services contact: Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging Domiciliary Care Program at 1-800-411-5655.
Monessen Historical Society October ‘18 News The annual fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Jozwiak Hall in the St. Vincent DePaul Society building on Grand Blvd. The theme will be the “The Armistice, the Great War and New Nations”. Guests are encouraged to dress in costume from the time period of the World War I, which saw the creation of the new nations of Poland, the First Czecho-Slovak Republic and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Tickets are available at the Heritage Museum for a donation of $30. The menu will feature Eastern European foods. Happy hour begins at 5 PM with dinner served at 6:15. “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 will be added in the fall featuring Lou and Jim Manderino, who rose to the highest ranks of Pennsylvania state government. The Historical Society is researching
the history of Monessen’s African American community. If anyone has photographs, memorabilia, and items related to Monessen’s African American community, please consider loaning or donating them to the Heritage Museum. The annual Membership and Fund Drive will begin in October. 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. The Historical Society is looking for individuals interested in becoming historic reenactors. Inquire at the Heritage Museum or speak to any board member. Look for us at the Fifth Monessen Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at historic Monessen City Park. 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!
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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. Oct. 17, Late Night Tailgate, Byham Theater. A rollicking back-and-forth mix of live sports talk-show and comedy, with an all-star lineup of comedians, athletes and pop culture experts. 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 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.
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“Peppa Pig Live” to take stage in November
Peppa Pig Live, now one of the most successful family theater tours in North American history with more than 500,000 tickets sold to date, will continue its record-breaking run when it plays the Byham Theater on November 20, 2018. Just in time for the holiday season, Peppa Pig’s Surprise (peppapigliveus.com), the newest live stage show based on Entertainment One’s (eOne) top-rated series airing daily on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., will visit cities across the United States. 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. In Peppa Pig’s Surprise, it’s a lovely
day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, Peppa and George cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy fun interactive games and, of course, many surprises. The live show encompasses the charming, colorful nature of the incredibly popular preschool series and features brand-new songs and life-size puppets that walk, talk, dance, and jump up and down to give audiences a fully immersive theatrical experience from the moment the curtain opens. The show gives little ones and their families the opportunity to engage with their favorite characters like never before in an unforgettable first live stage show experience. For more information and tour dates, please visit peppapigliveus.com, Facebook, and Twitter.
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Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series Schedule 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. This lovable trio extracts endless delight from everyday cleaning supplies, a towering punchaway paper wall and some brave audience members. 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 finale ever. Sure to inspire many a belly laugh for both young and not so young. 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. Based on the book by Tammy Sauer. Suitable for children and adults ages 3+. Byham Theater, BUTLER REGION (Seneca Valley Intermediate High School), EAST REGION (GreensburgSalem 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
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REGION (Cornell High School), SOUTH REGION (Mellon Middle School) February 17–24, 2019 Rosie Revere, Engineer–Ms. Greer's classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams, Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture, and Ada Twist's curiosity can drive her teacher crazy. 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 (GreensburgSalem 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? Tall Stories from the UK is about to find out in this magical musical based on the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train your Dragon) and Neal Layton. Recommended for children and adults ages 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. For subscription information, call (412) 456-1390. Groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930. For older children and teens (over the age of seven), the EQT Bridge Theater Series is a great way to continue and nurture a love of theater, through adventurous and avant-garde programming. Visit TrustArts.org/Bridge for more information.
“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.
“Rocktopia” to take Palace Theatre stage 10/24 An explosive musical concert event that fuses the most iconic 20th-century rock with world-renowned classical masterpieces, ROCKTOPIA features the works of musical innovators across centuries—including Journey, Mozart, Queen, Beethoven, Aerosmith, Handel, Led Zeppelin, Tchaikovsky, U2, Heart, Puccini, The Who and more—performed by an elite lineup of vocalists, a five-piece rock band, a thirty-person choir, and a twenty-piece orchestra on
October 24 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg. ROCKTOPIA delivers one-of-a-kind, spine-tingling musical arrangements with insanely talented lead vocalists, a 5-piece rock band, a choir of 30, and an orchestra of 20. The groundbreaking live concert will be performed by a celebrated, diverse array of rock, Broadway, and opera vocalists. FMI: palacetheatre.org
Pastor Dawn Hargraves: Be part of the solution
“…only say the words, and I shall be healed.” These are words spoken in liturgy at times in response to Holy Communion, at times in response to our great need and always in faith. The words have been spoken though the ages perhaps you remember them? Perhaps they resonate with you? Perhaps they bring forth a yearning? Perhaps, they do not make sense, yet they comfort? The liturgical words that have been said and heard within the body of the church matters. It brings forth remembrance, ritual, and recognition. However, I am not so clueless to note that the body of the church has used words, power, and position for harm. Now is a time when the harm done by the church is very apparent. Certainly, healing is profoundly needed, and restoration called for vehemently. It is not a new thing for folks to be disheartened and appalled at “church.” It is not new for folks to be turned off by church stuff and decide to walk away. However, consider that as one who is appalled or disheartened, your voice is needed within the church. Do not walk away or at least consider not walking away. Remain, and be a part of the healing and the restoration. The church is not faultless. It is comprised of people. People make poor choices, bad decisions, and other faithless behavior. Being part of the church means that one is willing to be involved
in a relationship with God (Higher Power) and one another. That means holding one another accountable; accountable in love. We will get this right and we will get this wrong yet if all the people that remain are those that are not bothered by the sins of the church, is it at all possible for the church to behave as the church is meant to behave? The best way to treat a problem is to acknowledge the problem. The best way to improve a condition is to educate oneself about the condition and act. The only way the church will be the church is if all the voices of all the people are heard, respected, loved, and acknowledged. Being the church is not easy. It is not a once a week worship experience. It is a lifetime of growing in faith with others that might not get it right all the time yet are willing to as a good friend of mine says, “get on the boat with all the animals”. Being the church is a willingness to not know everything, be teachable, be humble, be brave, and stay faithful. Being the church means, leaning in to righteousness, justice, and mercy. Let’s face it, we are not perfect. The church is not perfect. If we expect perfect, we might ask ourselves why? And if we ask ourselves why, maybe it is time to find out more about the life of the church. There is power there, for you and for me – let’s be together to be sure this power is used for all good.
Chamber Music at Old St. Luke’s Church October 21 – 2 p.m. - “Plucked and Bowed” - Monique Mead - violin, Warren Davidson - viola, and Isabel Cardenes - harp - Music of Bach and Mozart 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 Character for Flute and Clarinet" - PM Woodwind Project ~ Dr. Amanda Morrison - clarinet and Dan Parasky flute May 19, 2019 – 2 p.m. - “Todo Tango” - Raquel Winnica Young - mezzo-soprano, Tom Roberts - piano, and Warren Davidson - violin Old St. Luke's Church is located at 330 Old Washington Pike Carnegie FMI: Call 412-969-7072 or visit m.facebook.com/ChamberMusicAtOldSt Lukes. Free admission. Donations are accepted and appreciated
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Little Lulu’s Lions nonprofit organization offers haven for stray and special needs felines out of the way places for a few moments
Story by Christine Haines It all started about 10 years ago when Lori “Lulu” Kendall moved back from Oregon to her brother’s home in Charleroi and the neighborhood was overrun with stray cats. Kendall started taking care of them, feeding them and making sure they had medical care. “I couldn’t catch the tom, but every time I got one of his girlfriends, I’d get them spayed,” Kendall said. She worked with animal rescue programs, sheltering cats and kittens until permanent homes could be found, and occasionally, ended up with a cat that just didn’t seem to find a home. She recently received her own 501c3 nonprofit classification for Lulu’s Little Lions, so people can make taxdeductible donations to help offset the cost of caring for the 60 cats and kittens currently residing in her Charleroi home alongside her husband, son, her son’s girlfriend and two pet dogs. Kendall said her husband didn’t like cats when they met. “He actually has a couple now that he calls his own,” Kendall said. The family pets are distinguished from the adoptable cats by collars. There are also some special needs cats that will most likely live out their days at the rescue. “Three rooms are just cat rooms, but there are cats everywhere,” Kendall said. That’s not an understatement. If you stand still for any length of time, a kitten will curl up and go to sleep between your feet. If you sit, Patches, an extremely social year-old calico, will most likely try to figure out how to get to your lap or shoulder. Three-week old Puppy (yes, he’s a kitten) will find a way to chew on your shoe or try to figure out how to slip through a doorway he shouldn’t be going through. “Each cat has a name and each one has earned it,” Kendall said. The day of the interview with Pennsylvania Bridges Kendall had an unexpected visit from three sisters who were dropping off a donation of $700 in memory of their brother who had recent-
of peace and quiet for herself. Kendall said one morning her husband greeted her with a small lump of fire in his hand. Since all of her cats were spayed, the thought didn’t cross her mind that it was a kitten. “I thought it was a mouse. I thought, 60 cats in the house and we have a mouse,” Kendall said. Someone had slipped a pregnant cat through her door overnight, and the “mouse” was a tiny, newborn kitten. “We’re looking for a new place just for a cat sanctuary because we have a lot of ly passed away. “We were trying to decide where to give these donations. We thought of the Humane Society because he was a cat lover, but he really didn’t like dogs, so we didn’t think that was right,” Kathi Perozzi of Belle Vernon said of her late brother, Robert Zubritsky of Monessen. There was an article about Lulu’s Little Lions on the opposite side of Zubritsky’s obituary in a local newspaper. “We took it as a sign,” Perozzi said. Kendall said the donation was more than welcome and she will be using it to call an exterminator to flea bomb her yard. “Since it’s been wet, the fleas have been driving me crazy. I bet I’ve spent $4,000 on flea medicine this year,” Kendall said. Taking care of approximately 25 adult cats and 40 or so kittens is both costly and time-consuming. Cats found scratching at fleas rapidly find themselves in a flea bath. With or without fleas, all of the animals are kept clean, as are the litter boxes, Kendall said, with a daily routine that keeps all of the animals cleaned and fed and when necessary, medicated. Kendall’s mornings are spent almost entirely on cat-care. The well-being of the cats comes first for Kendall. Chuckie, a brown tabby with white paws, was initially placed in a foster home after he was dropped off at Lulu’s
Little Lion. “He was there an hour when he got sick. We took him to the vet and there was no problem except separation anxiety,” Kendall said. Patches, the social calico, is a left-over from last summer. “She’s one of the left behind guys. Two of her siblings were adopted, but no one wants them once they get so big. I try to adopt them when they get to three pounds, then have them come back when they’re up to weight to be spayed or neutered,” Kendall said. All of Kendall’s adult cats are spayed or neutered before being adopted out, though she does take in pregnant cats when necessary. “A lot of rescues will abort the kittens and give you a lecture and people don’t like that. You’re asking for help and you’re getting a lecture,” Kendall said. Lulu’s Little Lions is a no-kill shelter, even before the kittens are born. Kendall had set up a nursing box in the kitchen for her latest mother cat. The cat had other ideas though and carefully moved each baby into the living room closet. The mother cat comes and goes as needed to care for her kittens. She periodically nurses Puppy who is only slightly older than her own kittens but refused to take a bottle when he was brought to the shelter, and keeps her babies out of the way of the older kittens who may be racing around the kitchen and living room. She also finds
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special needs cats,” Kendall said. One black and white cat, Tank, is mostly blind and is among the special needs cats. Kendall received her after someone tried to set the cat on fire last summer. “She got distemper, which cats don’t usually survive, but she did, so I called her Tank,” Kendall said. Kendall will be at Pet Supplies Plus in Belle Vernon several weekends in October with cats available for adoption and accepting donations. She had nothing but praise for the store. “They’ve donated so much cat food and we can go any time for collections or adoptions as long as there’s not another rescue there at the same time,” Kendall said. “One year I adopted out over 100 cats, but this year has been slow.” Kendall said the cats and kittens up for adoption are all litter trained, up-to-date on shots, flea-treated and spayed or neutered, if old enough. All of those services are included in the $70 adoption fee. Kendall may be reached through Lulu’s Little Lions Facebook page or by calling 724-797-2710.
NOW PLAYING! Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 PM - THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE! $39, $42, $49 ($5 additional at the door) The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Contestants play classic games just like on television's longest running and most popular game show…from Plinko™ to Cliffhangers™ to The Big Wheel™ and even the fabulous Showcase. Thursday, October 11 at 7 PM ALMOST QUEEN The Ultimate Queen Experience & ROCKIN’ THE PARADISE World’s Greatest Tribute to Styx - $20, $25 & $30 Almost Queen delivers a live performance showcasing signature four-part harmonies and intricate musical interludes. Donning genuine costumes, the band recaptures the live energy and precision that is the penultimate Queen experience. Rockin’ the Paradise STYX Tribute is all about the chemistry, the passion, energy and note-for-note accuracy of a legendary and historic performance up close and personal. The band focuses on STYX’s trademark high-pitched harmonies, a dynamic guitar assault and a solid rhythm section. Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 PM Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra - CELEBRATE 50! - $15,
$29, $35, $37, $50 Sibelius: Finlandia, Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor with Maxim Lando on piano, Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 - At age 15 pianist Maxim Lando has already won acclaim and multiple awards. After pianist Lang-Lang suffered an injury Lando famously performed as his “left hand” at both Carnegie Hall and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Sunday, October 14 at 8 PM SOCIAL DISTORTION - $35, $45 Over the past 30 years, the punk godfathers in the band have all but trademarked their sound, a brand of hard rockabilly/punk that's cut with the melodic, road-tested lyrics of frontman Mike Ness. Their searing guitars and a locomotive rhythm section sound as alive today as they did in '82, as do Ness' hard-luck tales of love, loss and lessons learned. Wednesday, October 17 - FAIRY TALE FASHION - WCT’S 14th ANNUAL RUNWAY FASHION SHOW - VIP Experience – 6 PM, Runway Show – 7 PM, After-Party – 8 PM - $55, $65, $75, $85 The evening festivities start off with a VIP Party, followed by a grand runway event featuring local retailers as they display their latest trends. At the afterparty, attendees can purchase their favorite items at our various party popup shops. Complimentary sweet and savory tasting stations, beauty bars and live beauty and fashion related demos all make for an unforgettable fashionfocused evening. Thursday, October 18 at 8 PM ERIC JOHNSON - Ah Via Musicom Tour - $45, $49 ($5 additional per ticket at the door) The guitar has been very good to Eric Johnson, earning him international renown as a player, composer, recording artist and live entertainer as well as an ever-growing audience of admirers. He earned the title of “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet," by Guitar Player with his million-selling, now-classic 1990 album Ah Via Musicom
which yielded three Top 10 singles including "Cliffs of Dover.” Now, 28 years later, he revisits that landmark recording with a 2018 tour on which he will play the album – hailed as a "masterwork" in Amazon.com's review – in its entirety. Friday, October 19 at 8 PM DENNIS DEYOUNG - THE GRAND ILLUSION 40TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM TOUR - $48, $58, $68, $78, $98 Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of STYX and the lead singer and songwriter on seven of the bands eight Top Ten hits. In 1977, history was made upon the release of THE GRAND ILLUSION album. Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx celebrate that history by performing the album in its entirety plus all eight Top Ten hits Lady, Babe, Come Sail Away, Too Much Time on my Hands, Blue Collar Man, Suite Madame Blue and many more. Saturday, October 20 at 7 PM THE CLARKS - $25 Don’t miss regional favorites The Clarks playing their annual benefit concert for Big Brothers Big Sisters. All proceeds benefit mentoring programs supporting children facing adversity in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 PM - THE TEMPTATIONS - $38, $48, $58, $68, $78 The Temptations are world-renowned ambassadors of soul, conscience and style. From 16 million-selling LPs, 14 #1 R&B singles, three Grammys, membership in The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and induction into The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, Detroit’s Temptin’ Temptations are still here, and still going strong. Among the most popular of their nearly 100 R&B charted songs are “My Girl,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” and “Treat Her Like a Lady.” Friday, October 26 at 8 PM - THE MUSIC OF CREAM - 50th Anniversary - $40, $45, $49 ($5
additional at the door) THE PEDIGREE OF CREAM IN A NEW MULTI-MEDIA CONCERT EXPERIENCE Fifty years since Cream’s earth-shaking debut album, the bloodlines of that hallowed trilogy come together to pay tribute to the band's legendary four-album reign over the psychedelic frontier of the late 1960s. Kofi BAKER (son of Ginger) and Malcolm BRUCE (son of Jack) unite with Will JOHNS (nephew of Eric and son of Zeppelin/ Stones/ Hendrix engineer Andy) to unleash the lightning that electrified a generation. Sunday, October 28 at 6 PM ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK The Man I Want to Be Tour 2018 $45, $62, $75, $85 Engelbert exploded on to the music scene in the sixties with his first single in the charts, “Release Me,” which went into the Guinness Book of Records for achieving 56 consecutive weeks on the charts. The following decades saw Engelbert touring the world to sell-out crowds. In a career spanning almost 50 years, Engelbert has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum, four Grammy nominations, and a Golden Globe. 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 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".
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October 2018 Events at the Monongahela Area Library Special Events: 10/6/18 - 8 AM-5PM - Fall Fleatique Join us at our big bi-annual book sale, Saturday, October 6th. The Fall Fleatique may only last until 3:00 PM, but the library is open until 5:00. Stop in and browse our large selection of titles at great prices! 10/8/18 - 5:30-6:30 PM - STEM: Spooky Science - Ready for some ooey gooey hands-on science? Come join us for some exciting Halloween themed science experiments. For children Grade 3 and up. Registration is required. 10/10/18 and 10/31/18- 6-7 PM Discover Medicare - Navigating the in's and out's of Medicare can be difficult. Join us for a discussion of all things Medicare and have your questions answered! Hosted by Insurance Services. Registration is required. 10/20/18 - 11 AM-4 PM - Pumpkin Carving Party: Join us and the Monongahela Main Street Program for an afternoon of pumpkin carving. All pumpkins are locally grown and will be displayed from telephone poles along West Main Street for at least ten days, including the Halloween Parade! This event is free and walk-ins are welcome. Carving tools and designs will be provided. Light refreshments will be on hand. If you would like to sponsor a pumpkin, please contact Terry Necciai of the Main Street Program for more details. 10/20/18 - 1-2 PM - Halloween Storytime: Join us for an afternoon of special Halloween themed stories and block play. Children 18 months and up are welcome to join the fun and socialize with others their age. *10/29/18 - 6-7 PM - The Psychology of Fear: What are you afraid of? How
do you react when you are scared? How do film makers and authors use our fundamental fears against us? Join Guest Speaker Daniel McClure Neff PhD, LBS and discover these answers and more! Or will you stay home hiding under your blanket trembling at the scratching coming from outside your window? Regularly scheduled events: Story Time: Story Times are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11:00 am. 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. Tutoring Tuesdays: Susan Menzer, paraprofessional educator and Ringgold Middle School teacher’s aide, is offering free tutoring for grades 3-8th every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30pm. Susan specializes in mathematics, but can help with other subjects. Crochet Club: Bring your yarn, bring your hook and let's get our crochet on! Join us to sit a while, chat, and work on your creations with fellow crochet enthusiasts Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6-8 PM. Dads Matter: The Monongahela Area
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cussing books? Want to join a book club? The Book Bites group meets once a month for a lively discussion of a preselected book. The October book is Before the Fall by Noah Hawley and this month's meeting will take place on Thursday, October 11th from 1-2 PM. Medicare Resource Table: Get started with Medicare! Whether you are approaching 65 or already on Medicare Chuck Karolewski, CIC, CLU of Greater Pittsburgh Insurance Consultants Inc., will help you understand Medicare, how it works, and how to make it work for you. Chuck will be stationed in the library every Thursday from 11:30am-1pm starting Oct 18th to Dec 6th. Stop by and ask him all you Medicare related questions! Nookworms: Pre-teens and teens ages 11-18 can join the fun of a book club! The group meets to review and discuss themed books the last Monday of every month. Please contact the library for the October book. The group will meet Monday, October 22nd from 4-5 PM.
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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 UPCOMING EVENTS 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. The themes for October are: 2 & 5 – Balloons, Balloons, Balloons!, 9 & 12 – Five Little Monkeys, 6 & 19 – Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 23 & 26 – Bats are Beautiful, 30 & 11/1 - Halloween Party Book Club for Adults - Book Club will discuss The Clock Dance on Tuesday, October 2 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. 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. Oct. 4: Fall Trees Oct. 13: Leaf Globes Oct. 20: Pinecone Spiders Oct. 22: Paper Tube Bats Read for the Record - Help kids all over the world break the record for the largest shared reading experience on Oct. 24. Our pre-K and toddler classes will be reading Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and each participant will receive their own copy of the book. Want to participate? You can read Maybe Something Beautiful for free online on
Oct. 24! Visit www.readfortherecord.org. FREE Online Classes - Gale Courses, Free 6-week online classes begin Wednesday, Oct. 17. Includes topics such as accounting, grant writing, computer skills, web design, and more! Author Signing with Emma Bates - Join us Tuesday, October 9th from 6-7pm as local author Emma Bates unveils her new book with proceeds donated to Houses for Hatti. Miss Bates will share with us the inspiration for her book and sign copies. Emma is currently a 5th grade student at Carmichaels Elementary. Refreshments will be served. 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. October’s dates are the 13 & 27. 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 Windows 10 Class - Having trouble with your new computer? Just need help
brushing up on skills? Join us October 18th at 2pm for our monthly computer class. 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. It’s Ghost Story Time - Friday, October 19 from 6-8 pm, story teller Alan Irvine will spin spooky tales to an over 21 crowd at the library. Relax with a glass of wine and enjoy an appetizer or two. Donation of $10 per person. Please reserve your ticket by October 15. Call the library for details. 724-966-5263 Adult Crafting - Saturday, October 20 from 10:30am -12pm, we will be getting in the fall spirit and painting ceramic pumpkins. Class size is limited to 15. Cost is $20 per person. Please reserve your spot by October 15. 724-966-5263 Trunk or Treat - October 27 from 3pm to 5pm, Flenniken Library will be holding a Halloween celebration at the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church at 104 East Greene Street in Carmichaels. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Outreach Program. Activities include: Trunk or treating, games. 5-in-1 Ferris wheel, face painting, pumpkin painting, concessions, story telling and more! Prizes will be given for best costume and best themed trunk. Cost is $3 if pre-registered or $5 at the gate. All persons providing trick or treating trunks must be pre-approved. For more details contact Brandy at 724966-5263 or email@example.com. 1950’s Sock Hop - Flenniken Public Library presents a 1950’s Sock Hop, Saturday, November 3 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 29. Cost is $30 per person. 724-966-5263
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MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY - 326 DONNER AVE., MONESSEN - monessenlibrary.org Enjoy Books are being sold at the Library for a donation of $30. Pick up your copy at the Circulation Desk. Tickets for a Steeler Basket raffle are also available at the Circulation Desk. The drawing will be held on October 9, 2018. The basket consists of a signed Antonio Brown photo, $25 Walmart gift card, Steeler table cover, and black and gold paper plates and napkins. Monessen Public Library & Cultural Center are joining together with the high school and city hall to collect and recycle plastic bags. The collection will run through Earth Day of 2019. The recycling center will recycle the plastics for use in making outdoor furniture. The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, October 15, 2018, at 5:30 PM. New members are always welcome. The Crochet/Knitting Club will meet on Wednesday, October 10 and 24, 2018, at 6 PM. Bring your projects. Join club member Candis Elyanich Kelley in her project to knit plastic mats using recyclable plastic bags. Children’s Storytime meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 PM. Toddler Time is Tuesday at 1 PM. Wacky Wednesdays begin at 5:30 PM. STEM activities are held on Saturday morn-
ings at 11 AM. Activities begin as soon as the clock chimes. October is National Fire Prevention Month Children are encouraged to donate snacks foods for our brave local firefighters. We will collect snacks at each event or program. You may also place them in a clearly marked bag, “Firefighter Donation” and leave them at the front desk. Monday 10/1 - National Homemade Cookie Day – Celebrate with “Milk and Bookies” Tuesday 10/2 - Adopt a Dog Month Learn about animals who need forever homes Wednesday 10/3 – Techie Day wackiness and mayhem Saturday 10/6 – Mad Hatter Day – Alice in Wonderland themed crazy hat day - Make a crazy hat Monday 10/8 - Columbus Day Explore a whole new world Tuesday 10/9 - National Fire Prevention Day – Library Luncheon, Sorry, no Toddler Time today Wednesday 10/10 – Minute 2 Win-It games. Saturday 10/13 – Children Visit Monessen Fire Station at 11am & present snacks to firefighters. Monday 10/15 - All In for Apples -
Learn about apples, taste apple treats and make apple crafts Tuesday 10/16 – “Hip to Be Square” Join the adventures of Spookley the Square Pumpkin Wednesday 10/17 – Pumpkin Bowling Saturday 10/20 - Count Your Buttons Day - STEM activities Monday 10/22 –“Family Movie Night“It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” Celebrate fall with your family & we supply the popcorn! Tuesday 10/23 - Mole Day – holy moley!!! Special Library Trunk full of pretend treasures Wednesday 10/24 – Punk Rock Day – Dress like a punk Rocker – Discover Punk Rock Facts! Saturday 10/27 – Animation Day – position models to create stop motion animation Monday 10/29 – Decorate a Pumpkin Tuesday 10/30 –.Pumpkin Bingo 10/31- No Wacky Wednesday Check the Library out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
MAD HATTER TEA TO BENEFIT WEST NEWTON LIBRARY The Mad Hatter Tea will be held at LaGrande, 105 Main Street, in West Newton. Purchase your tickets at Gary’s Chuckwagon Call 724.633.0798 - Tables of 8 or more, call to reserve Basket Auction, Vintage Tea Pot & Tea Cup Silent Auction
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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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
October events at Frank Sarris Public Library Teen Advisory Board – grades 7-12 meet to plan, organize and lead activities that will engage and benefit members of the community. New members welcome. Tuesday 10/1, 6-7p.m. Fiction Book Club – The group will be discussing Custard’s Last Stand by Tamar Myers. Tuesday, 10/10, Noon. Teen Writers’ Club (grades 7 – 12) will meet to write, share and support each other through the creative process. Monday, 10/15, 6-7pm. Legends and Lore of Southern Pennsylvania – Presentation by Thomas White. Wednesday, 10/23, 6:00 pm. Halloween Bash – Pre-school and elementary aged children and their fun loving adults – join us for a boonanza of Halloween activities! This event is free and no registration is required. More information about this spooktacular event to follow on our website’s Event Calendar. Saturday 10/27. Trivia Night at the Round Tables – Halloween Edition! If you are looking for something new and fun to do, grab some friends and pool your knowledge together at our after-hours trivia competition. Teams will compete for first prize answering questions from different categories. We will have snacks and drinks to satisfy your hunger while our questions challenge your brain. The fee is $5/person and teams can have 4 or 5 people. Payment is due at registration and space is limited. Register at the children’s desk. Please contact Beth Kairush or Leslie Yoder at 724-7451308 (option #1) for more information. Saturday 10/27, 6:30-8:30 p.m Weekly Programs: Please note: Children’s programs are on break the week of Thanksgiving – from Monday 11/19 – Saturday, 11/24 and Saturday 12/22 through Sunday 1/6/2019. Yoga Story Time - Stretch and be centered at this special yoga session for kids (and their grownups)! We use stories and child-friendly concepts to guide toddlers and up through a simple yoga routine. Learning yoga can help kids (and grownups) build concentration and focus, learn to manage stress, and develop body awareness. Mondays, 10:30-
11:00 a.m. Happy Monday! - Rise and Shine and greet the new week with the sunniest story time session you can imagine! We will read stories, sing songs, and do other activities designed to make you feel good. All ages welcome! Mondays, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Madcap Mondays - Join the fun for an afterschool program that explores a new activity each week! Crafts, games, and science are just a few of the possibilities. You can try something new or do something that you already love. Registration is required. Register 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 5:306:30 p.m. for Grades 2-4 Mother Goose Story Time - For infants up to 18 months with a caregiver, this is a gentle language development program that helps build social skills and fosters bonding between the parent and child. We enjoy stories, finger plays, songs, and movement! Tuesdays, 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. Tuesdays, 11:15-11:45 a.m Family Night -This is a time for everyone, toddlers through great-grandpar-
ents, to get involved in stories, crafts, and games. There will be new things to explore each week. Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Little Picassos - Inspire your child’s imagination and self-expression with hands on art activities. Every week is a new make and take creation. Ages 2-5. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Story Time - Provides active young children with 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. This program focuses on movement while developing gross motor skills, listening skills and social skills while also introducing new vocabulary. Ages 2-5. 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 Wiggles and Giggles - Bring your little ones to stretch, sing, and dance. This program focuses on movement while developing gross motor skills, listening skills and social skills while also introducing new vocabulary. Ages 2-5.
Thursdays, 11:15-11:45 More than A Story - At Kindergarten story time, your child will enjoy great stories, songs and some rhymes. Each class is a chance to practice kindergarten readiness skills like listening during stories, making predictions, and following directions. Ages 5-6. Thursdays, 1:302:30 Super Science - Each week, kids ages 3-7 and 8-13, will have fun investigating and discovering different scientific ideas through hands-on learning. Join us as we uncover what makes science so super! Registration is required. Register at the children’s circulation desk or by calling 724-745-1308 (option #4). Thursdays, 5:30-6:15 Spanish Story Time - Story time favorites – stories and songs – in Spanish. Children in preschool and up will sing songs in Spanish and English that teach colors, weather, numbers, months, days of the week, family members, and a basic conversation song. Fridays 10:30-11:00 a.m. and 4:00-4:30 p.m. Mother Goose Story Time - For infants up to 18 months with a caregiver, this is a gentle language development program that helps build social skills and fosters bonding between the parent and child. 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 events and online programs, visit our website at www.franksarrislibrary.org, or call 724745-1308.
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“Red Horse” will take the stage at California University of Pennsylvania and will run from Thursday, November 1 through Saturday, November 3. Show times are 7 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Steele Hall box office at 724-938-5943.
In Pittsburgh, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, will perform at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, from Tuesday, November 20 through Sunday, November 25. Tickets (starting at $32) are available at TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-4800, or at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.
Pennsylvania Bridges resident retro whiz Chuck Brutz recently had the opportunity to meet and shake hands with one of his childhood idols, the legendary Dan Ackroyd, who starred in the iconic film “Ghostbusters”
California University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Music and Theatre presented 'An Evening of Creative Works' at 7 p.m. Oct. 4-5, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 6. The student-directed event was performed in the Gerald and Carolyn Blaney Theatre in Steele Hall. Photo by Kelly Tunney.
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Pennsylvania Bridges October 2018 - "Good Spirits"