Pennsylvania Bridges March 2017

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Connecting Our Communities

Helping Hearts


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Helping Hands, Helping Hearts Call it vanity, but I've always been proud of my hands. Slender with long fingers, they're what my grandmother used to pronounce “piano player hands,” in spite of the fact I quit taking piano lessons at the age of 11 after a year and a half of frustrated attempts to skillfully tickle the ivories. Truly, I am the musical black sheep of my family. My mother is such a talented musician and singer she landed a full opera scholarship, and I can't carry a tune in a bucket, much to the chagrin of all those who’ve suffered through my few pathetic efforts to sing at local open mics. You can come out of hiding now, for I'm never going to sing outside of my shower again. Instead, I found my instrument in a computer keyboard, and there are moments when I'm writing that my fingers seem to dance with all the grace of a prima ballerina, the steady, comforting click clack of the keys beautiful music to my ears. These hands have written countless articles, essays, poems, plays, and a full length novel. They've taken the work of other writers and polished it to a high sheen. They helped me to become the first member of my family to graduate with a terminal degree. They've enabled me to keep a roof over my head and feed my family. With these hands, I guided a person from infancy to adulthood, and along the way I joined them together with my soulmate’s during our wedding ceremony in 2014. And, finally, these hands built this publication you're holding in your hands right now. Sadly, roughly six months ago, my left hand became quite uncooperative, having succumbed to the ravages of Rheumatoid Arthritis, and typing has become a real chore. As with any obstacle, you make allowances, and you adjust and adapt, but the reality is my mind races along at a rate my fingers can't match. The joy I once found in the very act of writing has been replaced by fear of the pain, and the result is I'm a lot less productive than I used to be. Surgery's an option, but it will have to wait for a more optimum time. In the meantime, as mentioned above,

I've adapted. I'm training my PC to recognize my voice, as well as using the voice to text recorder on my smartphone. Touchscreens are easier to manipulate than a keyboard, so I frequently write articles and make lists on my tablet. It's slow going, but it gets the job done. Still, for all my efforts to adjust, there are days I stare longingly at my monitor like an animal peering through the bars of a cage, feeling like a captive in my own mind. Outside of my desire to share my voice, my very ability to create is compromised. For example, my husband, out of love and concern for my safety, will no longer allow me to chop vegetables for fear the result will resemble a crime scene in a slasher flick. Those days when I feel particularly helpless, I've come to realize, those are the days I have to ask for help. And, like my childhood attempts to pursue a musical career, accepting my limitations and asking for assistance is not one of my talents. It takes courage to admit you need help, and - for me - bravery isn’t always abundant. What I've learned through this process, however, is most people have a helping heart and are happy to lend a hand. All I have to do is ask. Where need exists, generosity provides. Nowhere is this more true than here in southwestern Pennsylvania. This issue is dedicated to those with helping hearts and hands, who devote themselves to caring for others. On behalf of those who often or on occasion need assistance, thank you. Take pride in what you do, and in the good work you do with your hands and your hearts. Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

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Westmoreland Museum of American Art Events...p. 6 Craft & Vendor Show...p. 8 Three Rivers Quilters present 2017 Quilt Show...p. 10 Paint ‘n Sip at James Photographic...p. 22

COMMUNITY & LOCAL BIZ EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY Calvary Chapel school to move to new location...p. 5 Tech Tips from TechBoxz: How to maintain your computer...p. 12 WCCC offers continuing education classes in March...p. 14 Caregiver Education Group to meet...p. 14 Cal U offers 3-D Computer Animation Workshop for high school students...p. 17

BOOKS & LITERATURE Uniontown Author Series...p. 9 Pleasant Hills Book Sale...p. 10 Bentleyville Library...p. 30 California Library...p. 30 Chartiers-Houston Library..p. 30 Citizens Library Events...p. 30 Donora Library Events...p. 31 Fredericktown Library...p. 31 Monessen Library...p. 31 Charleroi Library...p. 31 Peters Township Library...p. 31 Rostraver Library...p. 31

STAGE & SCREEN Jackie Evancho...p. 10 DRUMline Live!...p. 11 On stage at State Theatre for the Arts in Uniontown...p. 15 On stage at Washington & Jefferson College...p. 16 PBT to perform with Dance Theatre of Harlem...p. 16 Brain Candy Live!...p. 17 Thoroughly Modern Millie to take stage at Cal High...p. 17 On stage at Cal U of PA...p. 21 On stage at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg....p. 27

Cal U offers free counseling to veterans & their families...p. 4 Singers & musicians wanted for community choir, orchestra & band...p. 14 Waynesburg students spend spring break helping others...p. 16 Brownsville woman’s love of music lives on...p. 19 Marianna Canoe Race & Anything that Floats...p. 21 High school musicals take stage in March...p. 24 Domiciliary Care Providers are urgently needed...p. 24 California Rotary Club hosts spaghetti dinner...p. 25



FAITH & SPIRITUALITY Pastor BT Gilligan: What to do when life is like the weather ...p. 8

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE Wild Game Dinner...p. 4 Nurses help pregnant women in Fayette & Greene...p. 7 Practice Safe Selfies!...p. 9 Winter Golf in PA is no dream, it’s real!...p. 15 Exploring the Paranormal...p. 22 Mental Health Spotlight...p. 23 AARP Smart Driver classes at WCCC...p. 25

SPECIAL EVENTS Fish Frys in Daisytown...p. 7 Center on the Hill events...p. 8 Center in the Woods February events...p. 9 Pleasant Hills Book Sale...p. 10 On the Town: Interesting Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See Near You...p. 27-29

The special exhibit "The Food Quilt" - created to bring awareness to the plight of those in need of food assistance in our area - will be on display at the 2017 Three Rivers Quilters' Quilt Show to be held April 27-29.This quilt will be donated to the Greater Washington County Food Bank as a fund raiser. Details about the Quilt Show are on page 10 of this edition.




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Cal U offers free counseling to veterans, families California University of Pennsylvania will offer free services to military veterans and their families through Cal U’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. Area residents who have served in any branch of the military are eligible to attend counseling sessions. Their dependents and family members also may receive counseling. University enrollment is not required to receive these services. Appointments are available from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays on these dates: March 2, 9, 23 and 30; April 6, 13, 20 and 28; and May 4. Licensed clinical social worker Abbie Lieberum, from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ McKeesport Veterans Center will meet with clients on the third floor of Manderino Library, near Cal U’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, on the main campus in California, Pa. Pay-by-meter parking is available nearby in Lot 17, behind the Natali Student Union. Services include individual and marriage counseling, readjustment counsel-

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Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Through the years, Pastor John Thomas of Calvary Chapel and Calvary Chapel Christian School (CCCS) in Fredericktown, believed that reaching children means reaching a whole community. With the purchase of Cox-donahey Elementary School in Brownsville, Thomas' vision expands to several new communities and potentially thousands more kids. Calvary Chapel, a non-denominal church with roots in the Jesus movement during the 1960s, has followed Thomas from the church's origins in Costa Mesa, California to Fredericktown, Pennsylvania through a series of lifechanging callings, according to Thomas. During the early 70s, Thomas sat under Calvary Chapel founder Chuck Smith's teaching for 10 years in Costa Mesa, southern California. Though involved with church outreach and teaching Bible classes, Thomas sensed a sea change was in the air. “I felt strongly called to move to Pennsylvania. I was a potter by trade, and went on an adventure with God...and with my wife (Shelly), and two children (Leah and Elijah). I felt we were being led here.” In 1984, Thomas gave notice to his employer and moved with his family from their home in Huntington Beach, California, to Fredericktown, where he eventually opened a pottery studio of his own. Drawn to the makings in the studio, neighborhood children learned about more than pottery, they learned the Gospel according to John. “Some became saved” Thomas said, “and parents started coming in to see what was happening.” As his teaching reached more of the shop's visitors, members of the community began asking about forming a church, which became a reality in 199. Another calling led Thomas to create a preschool for the church, then a first grade, “and now we need more room” Thomas said. For a while, the church bought houses around its church location in Fredericktown and converted them for school use. With the continuing growth of Calvary Chapel's school, it was clear


a proper facility was needed. When the Cox-donahey Elementary School at 112 Thornton Road, Brownsville, went up for sale, Thomas quickly sent a letter of intent to the district to begin the purchase process, along with other potential buyers seeking to secure the property. Offers ended on November 17, 2016 at 5 pm. Thomas recounts the anxious evening “I was at my attorney's office with my iPad, checking the other offers to be sure mine would be the highest (it was). At 7 pm, the board voted to approve the sale.” With financing subsequently secured, and with final approval by a local judge, the school became the new location for Calvary Church and CCCS. Although Calvary loses the Jefferson and Carmichaels districts in the move to Brownsville, it picks up Belle Vernon, Laurel Highlands, and Albert Gallatin, while retaining the Beth Center, Brownsville, California, and Charleroi school districts. Calvary's acquisition clears the way for future student growth and outreach, as Thomas explains “We'll reach more students with the new location and church. The school's auditorium will be converted into a sanctuary for the Church. Most people who go to the school go to the church. The new site can accommodate (thousands) of kids. The new facility has 16 acres, and now we can have outdoor recess.” Students attending Calvary's pre-k through 12th grade classes receive the

BJU Press curriculum (Bob Jones), which is in accord with Pennsylvania state standards, and is nationally recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, according to CCCS's web site. The Christian centered curriculum is central to Calvary's positive impact on surrounding communities. “Kids get a Christian world-view, and are responsible and moral, and are part of the solution rather than part of the problem” Thomas said. While parochial school tuition can be a concern for families, Thomas stresses that CCCS is not set up as money-making business; instead, it is a ministry to the community, with the teachers taking part in that ministry. Thomas adds that “the church is the mother of the school (with financial support through weekly giving), though we have tuition set up to help cover our expenses.” Calvary Chapel opens its Brownsville church doors this summer, while the school will be ready and open for the 2017 - 2018 school season. “We've been looking and praying for something like this and are really excited about it,” Thomas said. To find more about CCCS and Calvary Chapel, visit them online at:

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Nurses provide long-term help for pregnant women in Fayette & Greene Story by Keren Lee Dreyer Talmudic rabbis characterize all beginnings as difficult, and the prospect of becoming a new mother certainly qualifies as such, with endless advice, doctor visits, and a healthy dose of the unknown. However, becoming a new mother while also fighting an uphill battle against poverty or addiction could be completely overwhelming, leading to improper self care and possibly nonexistent prenatal care. Fortunately, for low-income, first time mothers-to-be struggling under these circumstances, ready help is available. The Nurse Family Partnership, offered under the auspices of the Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc. - a 501(c)(3) non-profit, provides nurses for in-home help, guidance, and counseling to income qualifying pregnant women in Fayette and Greene counties. The Nurse Family Partnership, a nationwide program in force since the mid 1970s, conducted evidence-based home visitation programs through randomized controlled trials in diverse populations in 1977, 1990, and 1994 to determine the effectiveness of those programs, according to their web site. Trial research on the site indicates that when visiting nurses work with firsttime, low income mothers, benefits such as improved prenatal health, fewer childhood injuries, fewer future pregnancies, more maternal employment opportunities, and the child's increased readiness for school were found. Judy Downs, RN, WHNP-BC, and Nurse Supervisor for the Fayette County Community Action Nurse Family Partnership, explains how it works

locally: “The visits are flexible, and vary from weekly to every other week until the baby is 20 months old, then monthly for the last 4 months, then terminating at the second birthday of the child.” Downs added that to qualify, clients must be a first time mother, meet low income guidelines (235% below poverty level), and must live in Fayette or Greene county. Highly trained nurses seeking to work in the program go through specific training at the Nurse-Family Partnership's National Service Office in Denver, Colorado before they can see clients, according to Downs. Nurses assigned to clients stay with their client through the program's duration of two years, forging a bond with and providing encouragement to low income mothers who may be addicted to cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs, or who may lack family support. “All pregnancies are scary, and the first time a lot of people feel very lost, so having a nurse partner through that time makes it less scary. Some don't have family, so a nurse can provide positive feedback and help keep the client on a good path”

Downs said. Fayette's Nurse Family program currently employs five nurse home visitors, with a client capacity of 125, Downs said, while noting there are currently 104 clients participating, meaning there is room for more women to be helped by the program. As of June, 2016, 1030 women were served by the program in Fayette and Greene counties, and an additional benefit is available to clients who meet specific qualifications: An opportunity to receive no-cost certified nursing assistant training through classes offered by the Agency. Downs said that several former clients who became certified nursing assistants went on to become nurses. Helping clients become self-sufficient by finding their strengths and capitalizing on them, by providing guidance to ways out of addiction or an abusive relationship, and increasing parental skills for a stronger future generation are some of the results actualized by the Nurse Family Partnership Program in Fayette and Greene counties. Funding help is provided by the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Office of Early childhood Development and Early Learning, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, and the PA Department of Public Welfare. For more information on the NurseFamily Partnership, call 724-437-6050, extension 3305, or visit Fayette County Community Action Partnership's web site at:

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So, how about this weather? It has been just the strangest weather. One day it is 65 degrees and the next we get four inches of snow. Some people love the warm weather, others prefer it cold. For me, I am an avid skier, I prefer it cold. I learned to ski at three years old in my back yard and out of the last thirty ski seasons I have missed two, both for injury. This year, because of the weather, I have only been skiing one time. Every time I have managed to try and go out skiing the weather does not cooperate. I have tried my hardest my hardest to go skiing this year, but through no fault of my own it all went wrong. Circumstances beyond my control, the weather, kept me from going. Have you ever experienced this? Maybe not with skiing, but times in our life where we try our hardest, work our best, and then something outside of our control happens and everything we tried falls apart. It can certainly be frustrating, but what can we do about it? We can say it is no big deal or there will be another opportunity but that doesn't change the feelings of frustration and anger over the destroyed plans. When it happens enough we can feel like Murphy's Law is becoming reality and that if it can go wrong it will go wrong. I think one of the most important

pieces when something goes wrong is to acknowledge that it is wrong. Maybe it is something small, a first world problem, or it is something massive and painful. Either way, if we bury it and pretend nothing is wrong we end up unable to move beyond the pain because we are working so hard not to admit there is a problem. Beyond acknowledging the problem, I think that we also have to acknowledge if there is anything we can do to fix the problem. There may not be, like the weather, we can't always control the things that impact us. However, when we know if we can fix the problem we can make a plan. Making a plan is the last thing we can

do. Maybe the plan is to fix the problem, or maybe the plan is to change ourselves in light of the problem. From weather changes to life changes to anything else if we know that something is wrong and we know if we can fix it or not, we can make a plan to deal with whatever is happening in life. Worship services are held at California United Methodist Church, 227 Third St., every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. On the first Wednesday of each month, the church hosts a community potluck at 6 p.m. To support the CUMC’s Weekend Feeding program, which feeds hungry kids, visit


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

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 710 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 724-938-3554, Ext. 123. Volunteers are needed to serve as drivers or runners for the daily Home Delivered Meals program throughout the California, Daisytown, Brownsville and West Brownsville areas. Volunteers report to the Center in the Woods by 10:30 am. on assigned days and distribute meals to registered participants. Reimbursement for gas mileage is available. Volunteers are also need in the kitchen where you can help serve meals. We also need volunteers to help with various fundraising activities and administration work. FMI, please contact Maria at 724-938-3554, Ext. 103. The Center’s hall is available for rental. Call for details. FMI on programs and other activities, call 724-938-3554 Ext. 103. CITW is located at 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. FMI:

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

Uniontown Library Author Series: 3/4 at 4 p.m. Throughout 2017, the Uniontown Public Library will showcase the talent of novelists, short story writers, and poets. Twelve writers will participate in our new Author Series, which celebrates the written word in a variety of styles and forms. Each month, a writer will visit the Library to share their experiences as published authors. They will offer a short talk on a subject related to their genre, do a reading from their work, and participate in a question and answer session with the audience. A meet-and-greet and book signing will follow. These events are free and open to the public. Each event will be ticketed, with the free tickets becoming available at the Library's main desk before each author's visit. Seats are limited, so we encourage you to get your tickets early. Refreshments will be offered by sponsoring businesses or by the Library. At

each event, attendees will have a chance to win a copy of the author's featured book in a free raffle! Any adjustments to the Author Series schedule will be announced on the Library's Facebook page. March's speaker is Dr. Nicole Peeler, who will speak on the subject: “Setting My Series in Pittsburgh” on Saturday, March 4 at 4 p.m. Nicole D. Peeler writes urban fantasy for Orbit Books and, in her spare time, is an associate professor at Seton Hill University, where she co-directs their MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. Having recently finished the final book of her award-winning Jane True series, she is looking forward to the upcoming publication of Jinn and Juice, the first book in a series about a cursed jinni living in Pittsburgh. Nicole also lives in Pittsburgh, although she’s neither cursed nor a jinni. FMI:

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Three Rivers Quilters present 2017 quilt show The Three Rivers Quilters Guild will present their 2017 quilt show April 27, 28 and 29 at The Meadows Race Track and Casino Special Event Center, 210 Racetrack Road, Washington. This colorful show will feature over 100 quilts created by fabric artists from far and wide. Quilts will range from miniatures to bed sized done in many different techniques. In addition, there will be ongoing quilting demonstrations, a sewing related “Granny's Attic” and many vendors with quilt related items. Hours: Thurs., April 27 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., April 28 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m; Sat., April 29 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $10 per person. Special $5 admission after 3 p.m. on Friday. This year's theme is “Two Color Quilts”. The juried and judged show is open to all quiltmakers. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded. Entries


should be submitted by March 21, 2017. For a registration form and information about the show and the Three Rivers Quilters Guild, visit our website Contact Ruth Ann Lowery, 724-344-0323 regarding group discounts or general information about the show.

Jackie Evancho to appear at Benedum Center The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to announce Jackie Evancho's muchanticipated return to Pittsburgh. Jackie will perform Sunday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the Benedum Center, 237 7th St, Pittsburgh. This event is a part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series. “She is a prodigy; they break the rules by definition,” wrote Andrew Duckenbrod of the Pittsburgh PostGazette after Jackie performed for a sold-out crowd in Pittsburgh. “[Her] voice mesmerizes. She has become one of the performers who have been defining the “crossover classic” category of singers - those who are equally comfortable with Puccini or pop.” Jackie Evancho dazzled American television audiences at age ten, gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC's America's Got Talent. Since then, she has released a string of platinum and gold albums, with sales of over 2.5 million in the U.S. Along the way the singer accomplished numerous accolades, including: youngest solo Platinum artist, youngest top 5 debut artist in UK history, youngest artist to give a solo concert at Lincoln Hall, and highest debut artist of 2010. She has had six consecutive number 1's on the Billboard Classical charts. During her impressive five year career, she has also had the privilege to perform for numerous dignitaries around the world, including: twice for President Obama and the First Lady, the Pope, and the Imperial Family of Japan. She was also invited to perform on Oprah's farewell special. In January, she performed the national anthem for a worldwide audience at the presidential inau-

guration of Donald J. Trump.. Jackie Evancho is now a 16-year-old with a driver's license. The singer is still recording classical crossover songs in her beautiful soprano voice, but 2016 saw the teenager evolve musically with the release of new pop-sounding music. She received rave reviews for her single “Apocalyse” and for interpretations of recordings “Safe and Sound” and “Writing's on the Wall.” She ended 2016 with a well-received Christmas CD, Someday at Christmas, which saw her once again at number one on the Classical charts. Tickets ($53.75-$83.75) are available online at, by phone at 412-456-6666, or in person at the Theater Square Box Office at 655 Penn Avenue. FMI: The Friends of the Pleasant Hills Library will hold its annual Book Sale at the Pleasant Hills Borough Building, 410 East Bruceton, Pleasant Hills, from March 30 to April 2. Thousands of Hardback & Paperback books, games, puzzles, etc, for all ages from 2 to 102. Thursday March 30: Preview Night 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. $6 Entrance Fee, this night only, to get first pick on items. Light refreshments will be served. Friday March 31: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday April 1: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday April 2: Box Day from 12 Noon to 3 p.m. Fill one or more of our boxes for $6 per box.

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DRUMLine Live Worldwide Tour to stop in Pittsburgh at Benedum on 3/12 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces DRUMLine Live Worldwide Tour will make a stop in Pittsburgh on Sunday, March 12, at 7 p.m., at the Benedum Center, 237 Seventh Street. This performance is part of the 20162017 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The DRUMLine Live Worldwide Tour kicked off in the USA in January 2017. DRUMLine Live, the show stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience. With its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear grabbing energy, DRUMLine Live is a high octane musical roller coaster ride that is guaranteed to touch every emotion in your body. We're back with a BRAND NEW show for the entire family and we promise… you will be on your feet by Halftime! Represented by Christine Barkley, CEO of Creative Booking Agency in New York City, “DRUMLine Live” will allow children and adults to experience the intense musical rollercoaster of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) halftime show. “I guarantee people have never seen a show like this before,” said Don P. Roberts, CEO of “DRUMLine Live” and Executive Band Consultant of “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat.” “The cast of musicians and singers, led by an all-star group of percussionists, will perform extraordinary choreography that will have the audi-

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Hot Stuff! How to maintain your computer Story by Eric J. Worton With spring fast approaching I thought it would be a good idea to talk a bit about how the warmer weather may affect your computer. The average computer consumes about 100- 250 watts and higher end multi-media systems with a dedicated 3D graphics card can easily exceed 500 watts. The machine I use here at Tech Boxz draws about 650watts when it's under a full load and since there are very few moving parts in a computer most of that energy is converted to heat as opposed to mechanical. Keeping in mind my numbers are an approximation-there are many other factors that could contribute to widely variable results-a couple computer systems equate to the same heat production as a small space heater. Without proper cooling and ventilation that heat builds up fast, as high as 172 degrees Fahrenheit in my work system. Unlike most consumer electronics, computers require regular maintenance to perform well. Focusing on the number one cause of computer failures, here are a few preventive measures you can perform yourself. Every six to twelve months your computer should be cleaned using what most would called “canned air.” Using the proper term, gas duster, will probably just get you a confused look from your local Best Buy sales rep. In addition to Best Buy you can pick this up at many local retailers and big box stores like Wal-Mart. Quick fact from Wikipedia, Despite the name “canned air”, the cans contain gases that are compressible into liquids. Air on the contrary, cannot be compressed into liquid at any pressure since the critical temperatures of air components (-296.42 F for nitrogen; -245.48 F for oxygen). Back to the cleaning. First, you'll need to unplug the computer and remove any peripherals like printers, keyboards and mice. Now press the power button a couple times to discharge any electricity stored in the capacitors. Next, open the

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Westmoreland County Community College is offering a variety of online and classroombased continuing education courses starting in March. Business and professional development classes are offered in computers, health care and nursing, industry, emergency medical services, firefighter, law enforcement and public safety. Several programs provide the coursework required to be eligible to take professional certification examinations which include Nurse Aide and Emergency Medical Technician. Firefighter classes will be held along with certification testing in April and August. Classes are offered on a variety of topics, including arts and crafts, computers, fitness and health, food, law and money, personal interest, pet care, photography and safe driving, among other areas. Free motorcycle safety classes are offered through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program. The College for Kids series offers “The Art of Acting” giving a comprehensive study of acting technique through work on scenes, monologues, improvisation exercises, and script analysis with a particular emphasis on character development. Additional classes for children include sports camps, Dining Etiquette Dos and Don'ts, and a variety of cooking and baking classes. Most classes meet at the college's Youngwood campus; however, some are conducted at other Westmoreland locations. The complete schedule of Westmoreland Continuing Education classes is available online at register for classes or request a print copy of the schedule, call 724-925-4204.


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Warm Winter Golf in Pennsylvania is No Dream…It's Real! Story by Rick A. Cumings The symptoms appear within two or three days. Sometimes sooner. The 1000 mile stare. The aimless pacing. The Itch…with a capital I…for another addictive 'hit.' Suffering addicts are driven to search desperately for upgrades in gear to make future 'hits' even better. Yup…a golf addict dreads this time of year because snow blankets the par 5 fairways or freezing temperatures and howling winds have shriveled the closecut grass on the greens to crinkly snippets. And golf addicts are imprisoned indoors fighting the above symptoms. We get 'mini-hits' practicing putts on the carpet, or club cleaning, or just gazing longingly at the lonely golf bag in the corner. Until, finally, in mid-March, the weather relents just a little, and golfers can escape to the ecstatic highs to be had in the great golfing outdoors. But not THIS spring. It is February…and, as of this writing, we are blossoming in the sunny warmth of Florida type weather. But, it is, perhaps, even more agonizing for golfers because weather patterns insist on playing cruel tricks. Temperatures soaring high into the 60s allow golfers to roam at will across still-green fairways and greens. Exultation! Celebration! And then, just as suddenly, the bottom drops out and temperatures plummet low into the 20s and snow whips into mounding drifts across those same fairways and greens. Depression! Medication! TV weatherfolk tease us with daily speculation of more 50s or 60s in the near future. Followed by more freezing wintry forecasts. We are tossed. We are topsy-turvy. It can be too much to take. Our cries for relief to the Golf Gods founder on apathetic ears. But enough of the hopelessly addicted players. What befalls those who provide and promote our addiction…those who run the golf courses…during this weather anomaly? Are they not also susceptible to the ups and downs of weather? A call to the Cedarbrook Golf Course pro shop in Belle Vernon (the course which drivers on I-70 near Highway 51 can view on both sides of the road) was

shortened because all four phone lines were ringing and the harried voice informed me he was the lone worker in the shop. His quick comment was, “Call me when it's raining and colder, not now when it's beautiful and warm” and, obviously, quite busy. Like normal winters, courses are open on a day-today basis. But THIS winter, Chippewa Golf Club near Bentleyville, is open on a week-to-week basis. According to Kathy, the only pro shop worker on this 65 degree February afternoon, Chippewa is open a couple of days each January, February and March. “This year we were open a week in January and two weeks (so far) in February.” She noted, on a recent 60 + degree weekend, thirty golfers came out on Saturday and 150 came out on Sunday. “That's the same number we see on a Sunday in July,” she said. “It's been mostly men coming out,” said Kathy. “Either their wives kick them out of the house or they just have more free time.” She agreed women can be just as addicted to golf, but they typically seem to have more jobs to do around the house this time of year than men. Uniontown's Duck Hollow Golf Club has also seen a distinctly differing pattern from most winters. “Last year we hardly had anything going on,” said Freddie Harrison, Duck Hollow's manager. But this year? “We had 100 golfers out on both Saturday and Sunday last weekend and Monday was our biggest day so far.” Those are numbers any golf course covets in the best of spring and summer and fall weather. But Hello!! This is FEBRUARY !! Because the grass is dormant this time of year, nary a mower is to be seen. Still, workers are out on the course clearing branches, leaves, debris blown about by the wind. “We've changed cup

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CALADH NUA March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day! Caladh Nua is a tightly-knit, vibrant and staggeringly talented band with its origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. Comprised of five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran and tin whistle to button accordion—the band has captured the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balanced them finely with an innovative and contemporary flair. A long list of TV and radio broadcasts of their performances and two acclaimed recordings includes American Public Radio, the BBC and RTE. Performing a vast repertoire of haunting songs and evocative Irish tunes, Caladh Nua is a young ensemble on the rise. LA RONDE By Arthur Schnitzler Directed by Dan Shaw Thursday, Friday and Saturday April 20-22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee: Saturday at 2 p.m. Schnitzler’s roundelay of love is told in ten interwoven scenes: two characters appear in each scene and one of those moves into the next. The soldier of the first scene leaves a prostitute to appear in the next scene with a parlor maid. The maid then departs to be with her wealthy employer. He, in turn, receives his mistress, a certain married lady...and so on, until the story comes full circle. Expect some updates and lively variations in this production! FOR TICKETS, CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE AT 724-223-OLIN 16

Waynesburg University students spent spring break serving others During spring break, 43 Waynesburg University students will travel around the East Coast to participate in four Faith, Learning and Service Immersion trips. Led by University faculty members, students will serve in Brooksville, Florida, Concord, North Carolina, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will welcome 10 University students from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, March 5. Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, will lead the group. During the trip, students will help the commission's Conservation Center to clean up, repair and maintain parts of an 850-acre wildlife area. In addition to learning about natural habitats and preservation from the experience, students will have a chance to apply the information learned in science courses

to a real environment. Dr. Chad Sherman, associate professor of communication, and Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will lead 12 students as they serve with Habitat for Humanity of Cabarrus County from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 3. The University has partnered with Habitat for several years, and this year's group will continue that relationship as they advance the building of a new home for a family in need. The project will provide an opportunity for students to learn about the issues that lead to poverty in America and how they can help make a difference. Six students will spend spring break in Philadelphia serving with the Center for Student Missions, an organization that matches groups with service opportunity in the city. Led by Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, associate professor of sociology, the group will serve from Monday, Feb. 27,

through Thursday, March 2. The students will serve at several different organizations, including St. John's Hospice, Whosoever Gospel Mission and the Philadelphia Furniture Bank. Olagoke believes the experience will teach students about a variety of sociological issues in real life, such as diversity and social stratification. Led by Josh Sumpter, instructor of biblical ministry studies and assistant University chaplain, 15 students will work with The Pittsburgh Project from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 3. The Pittsburgh Project is located on the North Side of Pittsburgh and focuses on home repairs for city residents who are vulnerable for a variety of reasons. Sumpter hopes students will make their mark not only through the physical results of manual labor, but also through the spiritual connections they form by spending time with homeowners in need.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to perform with Dance Theatre of Harlem Onstage March 16-26, at the August Wilson Center, BNY Mellon presents Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem for a mixed bill production celebrating the diversity of talent and styles in American ballet. The collaboration marks PBT's first known main-stage partnership with another professional ballet company. The production is presented in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Dance Council and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and is made possible with support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust, The Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh. Support for the collaboration's educational programs comes from Point Park University and the University of Pittsburgh. With five works on each eclectic program, the audience will see dance from choreographers, including Glen Tetley, Dwight Rhoden and Robert Garland, and hear music from artists, such as Johannes Brahms, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Pittsburgh native Billy Strayhorn. Each company will perform signatures from its own repertoire, and the two troupes will collaborate on a staging of the bravura “Black Swan Pas de Deux” from “Swan Lake.” The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra will perform the Billy

Strayhorn hits of PBT's “StrayLifeLushHorn” for all shows. The performance run will feature two alternating programs. PBT's “StrayLifeLushHorn” and “Ave Maria,” and the collaborative staging of the “Black Swan Pas de Deux” will appear on each. DTH will perform two selections for each performance, rotating from a total of four works. The nine-performance run kicks off with a Private Performance and Preview Party at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 16.

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Adam Savage & Michael Stevens join forces for “Brain Candy Live!” The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is thrilled to announce the new live show BRAIN CANDY LIVE!, starring Adam Savage, editor-in-chief of and former co-hostof the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” and Michael Stevens, creator of awardwinning YouTube Channel “Vsauce”, will debut at the Benedum Center, 237 7th St, Pittsburgh, for one night only on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. BRAIN CANDY LIVE! is an outrageous evening of entertainment from two of the most amazing minds of our times. Adam Savage, one of television's most loved personalities, has joined forces with Michael Stevens, one of YouTube's biggest stars. Together, the two are bringing along more than 3 tons of their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that's been described as a cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group. Ask yourself, “Is it possible to 3D print a human - live onstage?” “Can you slow down the effects of gravity with something we throw away every day?”

“What happens if everyone on earth jumps in the air at exactly the same time?” Discover all this and more as Adam and Michael entertainingly answer questions, question answers and talk Mother Nature into doing some things she's never done before! About Adam Savage - One of the most highly regarded and watched series on Discovery Channel, “MythBusters” ran for 14 earth-shattering years. Co-hosted by Savage, the show mixed scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to confirm or bust myths, creating its own signature

style of explosive experimentation. Today, in addition to creating content for his website, Adam has become a proponent for making, working with the White House to encourage kids and adults alike to get their hands dirty. He's also a regular at conventions across the country, where his elaborate and handmade costumes attract much attention … and hugs. About Michael Stevens - Michaels' passion for learning, science and making curiosity contagious led him to create Vsauce in 2010. The YouTube channel captures attention with fun questions like, “What Color is A Mirror?” “Can You Count Past Infinity?” and “Why Are Things Creepy?” Now reaching a collective 17 million subscribers with video views in excess of 2 billion, Vsauce has grown into one of the largest educational networks on the web. Tickets ($33.65-$53.75) are available at, by phone at 412-4566666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

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Area high school students are invited to attend a free, hands-on 3-D computer animation workshop at California University of Pennsylvania - and three participants will depart with a $500 Cal U scholarship when the two-day workshop ends. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 1 and April 8 in the multimedia lab in Helsel Hall. Students must commit to attending both Saturday workshop sessions. Seating is limited to 25 participants. Lunch will be provided. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Assistant professor Aleksandra Prokic, who teaches computer animation in Cal U's graphics and multimedia program, will lead the handson workshop. Students will use open-source Blender software as they explore: Computer modeling,Texturing, Mapping, Lighting, Animation, & Special effects. SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES At the workshop's conclusion, Cal U faculty and animation professionals will judge the students' creations and award a $500 scholarship in each of 3 categories: Modeling/texture/lighting, Animation/special effects, & Overall quality.

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Brownsville Woman’s Love of Music Lives on Through Endowment Story by Dave Zuchowski At a recent concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, my concert companion glanced through the program booklet and found a name she knew well in the endowment section. Excited by her discovery, she showed me the list of endowed chairs and pointed to the name Olga T. Gazalie, whose estate endowed the orchestra’s first violin chair. After a search through symphony records, Joyce DeFrancesco, the orchestra’s director of media relations, advised that Gazalie’s endowment started in 2011, the year of her death, and runs for ten years. While she said it’s the orchestra’s policy not to disclose the amount of donor gifts publicly, she added that funding endowed chairs range from $50,000 to $1,000,000. “Endowed naming opportunities at the Pittsburgh Symphony are numerous and diverse,” DeFrancesco said. “Donors can endow a musician's chair, a guest artist, a designated space in Heinz Hall or an award winning education or community engagement program in honor or memory of family or friends or someone else important to them. Depending on the size of the gift, chairs or programs may be named for a period of 10 or 20 years, or in perpetuity. Anonymity is also assured if that is a donor's preference.” Born in Brownsville in 1919, Gazalie lived in a house on Market Street since the age of five and continued to live there the rest of her life until she became a resident of Mount St. Macrina a couple of months before she passed at the age of 92. Early on, her parents, Paul and Emma (Sabo) Toth, operated a grocery store in the same building as the house. Gazalie was a graduate of what was then called California State Teachers College, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree with a focus on English, French and Social Studies. While at the College (now California University of Pennsylvania), she played violin and served as concertmaster for the school’s Sinfonietta. While teaching at Redstone High School, she also directed the Glee Club and performed on the organ and piano at weddings and funerals. “She definitely had a love of music,” said Rev. Jason Gary DelVitto, Gazalie’s

nephew and priest at the Antiochian Orthodox Church in Bridgeville. “At home she’d listen to classical music, and my wife, Anna, and I would take her to musical shows at Heinz Hall and the Benedum Center. She was especially fond of Dutch violinist and conductor Andre Rieu and his orchestra.” At home, Rev DelVitto said his aunt listened to classical music on recordings and also supported classical radio station WQED-FM. In 1972, Gazalie and her husband, Albert, opened the Al Gazalie Wholesale Company in Brownsville. After her husband died, she continued to operate the business and oversaw its operation until her own demise. “My aunt was one of the generation who worked from an early age,” Rev. Del Vitto said. “She definitely had a strong personality.” Gazalie’s philanthropy didn’t stop with the Pittsburgh Symphony. She also made significant donations to the Brownsville Library and her alma mater. “Mrs. Gazalie established the Olga Toth Gazalie ’41 and Albert E. Gazalie Scholarship at Cal U through a generous estate donation to the university,” said Bruce Wald, a university spokesperson. “The scholarship is awarded to freshmen students entering the Honors Program with preference given to those students majoring in programs in Business.” Wald added that, while he’s unable to release the amount of her contribution, establishing an endowed scholarship requires a minimum of $10,000. Gazalie awarded another major contribution to the Brownsville Historical Society. Eddie Stevenson, society treasurer, said the contribution came to more

than $50,000. “Her gift came to us as a total shock,” Stevenson said. “We put the money into an irrevocable trust, but used part of the funds to install a new security system in Nemacolin Castle and print new brochures.” Stevenson claims that, through the years, Gazalie and her husband did a number of other things for the society such as donating candles and decorations for the annual Christmas tour of the castle. Brownsville benefited by yet another of her contributions. When her husband died, she left a portion of the building she owned on Market Street near her home to the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation (BARC). “Olga Toth Gazalie is a prime example of giving from your heart to your hometown,” said former Brownsville mayor, Norma Ryan. “My recollection of Olga is a super down-to-earth lady with a passion for her town. BARC is very grateful to have been donated the property that once housed Brownsville’s council office, meeting room and police station. The original jail is still intact in the lower level of the building, and we have named the building donated to BARC the Gazalie Building.” Photo of a young Olga Gazalie (top middle) courtesy of her family.

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Preparing & Delivering a Eulogy at a Funeral A eulogy is a celebration of a person's life. It should highlight your best memories of the deceased and stimulate positive memories in other mourners. It should contain praise for the person and/or some aspect of the person's life and acknowledge the lessons you have learned from them. A eulogy should express your honest feelings of gratitude to have known the person and to have been part of their life. Make an effort to find out if others are also preparing eulogies so that these can be coordinated to avoid duplication and instead cover all aspects of the person's life - their family, work, hobbies, etc. Ask others, especially people unable to be at the service, for their memories/stories which you might use. Although a eulogy should contain uplifting memories and make reference to significant events, you should not attempt to chronicle the person's entire life; share only a slice that you think is most memorable. Find a theme or common thread running through your experience with the person and then select two or three related stories to base your eulogy upon. Humor can be used in a eulogy and will relax yourself and the audience but care should be taken to ensure it is appropriate. Above all costs, keep your eulogy positive and to the point (no more than five to eight minutes). When delivering a eulogy, you may lose control and begin to openly weep at any time. However, the two places that are of greatest concern are the opening and closing. One thing you can do is to design the eulogy so that emotionally loaded ideas do not come at these points. If you are overcome, pause, take a few deep breaths, drink some water and proceed when you are ready. The audience will understand that the emotion you show is natural. Again, a eulogy should evoke positive feelings from the bereaved. As such, it is important that you should avoid raising the question "why?". Likewise, do not rail against the circumstances surrounding the death or its unfairness. Remember that you are not preparing an obituary or memorial for publication, both of which summarize total life achievements rather than provide a personalized segment.


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Remember When - This Month in History with Fred “Tomato� Terling: Important Dates in March March 1, 1932 - The 20-month-old son of aviation pioneer Charles A. Lindbergh was kidnapped from his home in Hopewell, New Jersey. The Lindberghs then paid a $50,000 ransom. However, on May 12, the boy's body was found in a wooded area a few miles from the house. March 3 - Telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Bell and his father were involved in teaching deaf persons to speak. Bell developed an interest in the vibrating membrane as a method of electrically transmitting sounds. His very first sentence spoken on the newly invented telephone on March 10, 1876, was to his assistant, "Mister Watson, come here, I want you." March 4, 1933 - Newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office and delivered his first inaugural address attempting to restore public confidence during the Great Depression, stating, "Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself..." March 4 - American football legend Knute Rockne (1888-1931) was born in Voss, Norway. He coached the Notre Dame Football team for 13 seasons, amassing an overall record of 105 wins, 12 losses and 5 ties. He became famous for his locker room pep talks and the saying, "Win one for the Gipper." He was killed in an airplane crash on March 31, 1931, in Kansas. March 6, 1836 - Fort Alamo fell to Mexican troops led by General Santa Anna. The Mexicans had begun the siege of the Texas fort on February 23rd, ending it with the killing of the last defender. "Remember the Alamo" became a rallying cry for Texans who went on to defeat Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto in April. March 6 - Renaissance genius Michelangelo (1475-1564) was born in Caprese, Italy. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, poet and visionary best known for his fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and his sculptures David and The Pieta. March 9 - Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) was born in Gzhatsk, Russia. On April 12, 1961, he became the first human in space, orbiting in a capsule 187 miles above the Earth's surface in a flight lasting 108 minutes. March 10, 1862 - The first issue of


U.S. government paper money occurred as $5, $10 and $20 bills began circulation. March 10, 1880 - The Salvation Army was founded in the United States. The social service organization was first founded in England by William Booth and operates today in 90 countries. March 14 - Albert Einstein (18791955) was born in Ulm, Germany. His theory of relativity led to new ways of thinking about time, space, matter and energy. He received a Nobel Prize in 1921 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1933 where he was an outspoken critic of Nazi Germany. Believing the Nazis might develop an atomic bomb, he warned President Roosevelt and urged the development of the U.S. Atomic bomb. March 15, 44 B.C. - Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Senate chamber in Rome by Brutus and fellow conspirators. After first trying to defend himself against the murderous onslaught, Caesar saw Brutus with a knife and asked "Et tu, Brute?" (You too, Brutus?) Caesar then gave up the struggle and was stabbed to death. March 15 - Andrew Jackson (17671845) the 7th U.S. President was born in a log cabin in Waxhaw, South Carolina. As a boy he volunteered to serve in the American Revolution. Captured by the British, he refused an order to clean an officer's boots and was slashed by his sword. Jackson later gained fame as a hero during the War of 1812. In politics he helped form the new Democratic Party and became the first man from an impoverished background to be elected President, serving from 1829 to 1837. March 17th - Celebrated as Saint

Patrick's Day commemorating the patron saint of Ireland. March 19 - Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) was born in Monmouth, Illinois. He became a legendary figure in the Wild West as a lawman and gunfighter, best known for the shootout at the O.K. Corral in 1881, in which the Earp brothers (Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan) fought and defeated the Ike Clanton gang. March 21 - Organist and composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was born in Eissenach, Germany. His output included thousands of compositions, many used in churches. Among his best known works; The Brandenburg Concertos for orchestra, The WellTempered Clavier for keyboard, the St. John and St. Matthew passions, and the Mass in B Minor. March 22, 1972 - The Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Senate and then sent to the states for ratification. The ERA, as it became known, prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender, stating, "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex," and that "the Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article." March 23, 1775 - Patrick Henry ignited the American Revolution with a speech before the Virginia convention in Richmond, stating, "I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" March 24, 1989 - One of the largest oil spills in U.S. history occurred as the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound off Alaska, resulting in 11 million gallons of oil leaking into the natural habitat over a stretch of 45 miles. March 24 - Harry Houdini (18741926) was born (as Erik Weisz) in Budapest, Hungary. He came to the U.S.

with his family as an infant and lived in New York City. He began as a Coney Island magician, then became a world famous escape artist, known for escaping from chains, handcuffs, straightjackets, locked boxes and milk cans filled with water. He died on Halloween 1926 from a burst appendix and was buried in Queens, NY. March 25, 1807 - The British Parliament abolished the slave trade following a long campaign against it by Quakers and others. March 26 - American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was born in Columbus, Mississippi. His works featured Southern settings and include; The Glass Menagerie, Night of the Iguana, and two Pulitzer Prize winning plays, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof . March 28, 1979 - Near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident occurred in which uranium in the reactor core overheated due to the failure of a cooling valve. A pressure relief valve then stuck causing the water level to plummet, threatening a catastrophic nuclear meltdown. The accident resulted in the release of radioactive steam into the atmosphere, and created a storm of controversy over the necessity and safety of nuclear power plants. March 30 - Vincent Van Gogh (18531890) was born in Groot Zundert, Holland. He was a Postimpressionist painter, generally considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt. During his short (10-year) painting career he produced over 800 oil paintings and 700 drawings, but sold only one during his lifetime. During his life, Van Gogh suffered from despair and bouts of mental illness, at one point cutting off part of his own left ear. He committed suicide in 1890 by gunshot.

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If it floats, it races: Annual Marianna Canoe & Anything that Floats Race Story by Keren Lee Dreyer If it floats, it races. Bring your tractor tire, inner tube, bathtub, bamboo raft, or even a regular old canoe to the 11th Annual Marianna Canoe and Anything that Floats Race, happening April 29 and 30 on 10 Mile Creek in Marianna, Pennsylvania. Race founding member, Jason White, said the event began in 2007 as a way to raise funds for stocking trout in 10 Mile Creek. “We wanted to do something to get the community involved, so we thought 'Why not utilize the waterway?'” White describes the genesis of this race as a business decision, saying “We've been cognizant of what works in other parts of the country, and brought those seeds back here to grow...a lot of people had canoes and others, kayaks, so that's how it all started.” With 17 boats participating in the first year's canoe race, White said the inaugural event was a success, leading to greater things. “It became a two day event, now called Outdoorfest. It's a family attraction because so many people moved away (to other states), but now people plan their family vacations around it.” With a turnout of over 4,000 people in 2016, along with 209 boats, the event, now hosted by the Marianna Outdoorsmen Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has become Pennsylvania's largest canoe and kayak race of its kind. And for the last four years, it has includ-

ed the anything that floats race, costumes, and other revelry. But canoes are just the beginning, as some have taken the anything that floats theme to heart, bringing inner tubes, a tractor tire, even a bathtub. Though an impressive array, White recalls a bamboo raft, intricately woven together of young bamboo shoots, saying “It was most impressive. I can't believe they took the time to weave all of that bamboo together.” While providing good-time, old-fashioned family fun, along with prizes for best boat, best canoe, best kayak, and best costumes are the weekend's key aspiration, this fundraiser ultimately benefits 10 Mile Creek, surrounding communities, and the ecosystem while funding outdoors education for children, who will be future caretakers of the area. “One thing this event does is give people hope,” White said, adding that if communities once thought to be desolate

foster their natural resources, “things can grow and people will come back to the area.” Other programs which grew from the race, and subsequent creation of the Marianna Outdoorsmen Association, include: Ten Mile Watershed Clean-Up, Habitat Improvement and Preservation, which benefits fish and wildlife, hikers, bikers, and nature lovers; Veterans and Disabled Citizens, which fosters access and involvement by veterans and the disabled; Education of America's Youth, which promotes youth volunteer involvement in community improvement and stewardship of the outdoors; and Community Development and Promotion, which encourages improvements to local towns and cities that lead to stability and growth. “That event (canoe race of 2007) built all of this. Without that event, none of this would be possible - without that seed, this tree wouldn't have grown to be as big,” White said of these programs, and others, sponsored by Marianna Sportsmen Association. Improvements to the creek and surrounding areas since the initial 2007 race are evident to visitors of the race, and likely help its continued growth. “We do habitat cleanup, plant trees, watershed improvement, and we've made great progress. We're seeing osprey, heron, and I'm proud to say, even a bald eagle. We've had many positives and continue to build.” Pre-registration is available at, or in person at the Marianna Volunteer Fire Company, 84 Broad Street, Marianna, PA, on Wednesday, April 19, and Wednesday, April 26. Registration forms and further information are available at:

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Exploring the Paranormal with Reanna Roberts It is generally thought, within paranormal circles, that one of the reasons children can see ghosts is because they haven't already been conditioned to not believe in them or that they are not real. What if we apply this same logic to those with Alzheimer's or dementia? Often times, if you are visiting a nursing home where there may be quite a few residents with dementia or Alzheimer's, they often confuse visitors with their family members that have since passed, grown up, or grown away. I want to focus on those, though, that often see their husbands/wives who have previously passed. Maybe the resident is confused, maybe the resident is not able to think clearly, but maybe due to the mental deterioration they can, like a small child, see, hear, and/or interact with spirits. Maybe their husband or wife is still hanging around them, keeping them company. There have been stories of people who have either technically died and been revived or those that were around others when they passed, that the one passing sees, hears, or talks to their loved ones that have “come to

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Mental Health Spotlight: Erasing the Stigma of Mental Health Issues Good day, Pennsylvania Bridges readers. Thanks to our gracious editor, [Editor’s Note: Thank you, kind sir!] I now have a monthly column about something that I deal with daily, mental health. I was first diagnosed thirty years ago with something called bipolar disorder. Not a lot was known about it or its previous name, manic depression. Subsequently, back in 1986, my treatment and medication plan ended the day I was released from the hospital. For the next twenty-five years I struggled through life leaving a wake of anger, destructive relationships and unfulfilled potential because I assumed I was cured. Why hadn't I gotten more proactive in my condition when I absolutely knew something was amiss? Why didn't I return to seek counseling from a psychologist? Other than blind ignorance, the simple answer is STIGMA. Webster's Dictionary defines stigma as a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. It was far more palatable to accept that I was moody or just a poor sleeper than perhaps some other issue was a foot. Stigma is also the singular most addressed issue in the Mental Health Community today, which is ironic as we who battle disorders are the daily warriors who have to live with them. No, there are not cures for mental health issues. Only ways to keep the symptoms

gling to get others to understand just how isolated we feel in our conditions, how on earth do we gain an acceptance of self to take those little steps towards recovery? Especially when one already feels like a freak or abnormal? I always find a simple path to questions like this to be the easiest. In the case of stigma, reframe it and change your mind. It really is that simple. Compassion, empathy and understandin check through a tight regiment of medication, structure, sleep, exercise, diet and being proactive in our clinical treatment. With this in mind, I thought that I would start the first column of this new feature addressing stigma and the added luggage it adds to the symptoms of not only bipolar disorder, but all mental health issues. I provided the text book definition above, but let me expound in a real life, practical definition of what stigma means. It means isolation. Whether or not you battle a mental condition, that singular word probably evokes some sort of physical or emotional responses. Repeat it - isolation. What does that mean to you? For me it goes deeper than just loneliness. It's a word that turns a warm day cold, full room empty and color to black. If strug-

ing. We have them for strangers that we see undergoing hardships on the local news. Why not extend that to friends, family, loved ones. I recently heard a really cool little phrase. It was, "mental health is not a casserole condition." The meaning, simply put, when those who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, or any other condition, do not have someone drop by with a casserole nor drops off a pot of chicken soup to make us feel better. It's not done because it is simply misunderstood. I hope that in my case, people aren't ashamed of MY condition. It is what it is and part of me. Finally, I've said it before in other articles, the internet is a wonderful thing. Research, read and study up on a condition of a loved one. You may find that simply coming to understand the struggle that occurs daily, you will become empowered to help. A simple hug, walk in the park or even, a pot of chicken soup can mean the world, shatter that wall of isolation and eliminate stigma. *Mental Health Spotlight is an opinion based column. Any resources mentioned are provided for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional.

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High school musicals take stage in March The following musicals will take stage at area high schools: Laurel Highlands, "Into the Woods," March 9-11 Thomas Jefferson, "Shrek the Musical," March 9-11 Belle Vernon, "Crazy for You," March 16-19 Bentworth, "The Wizard of Oz," March 16-18 California, "Thoroughly Modern Millie," March 16-18 Geibel Catholic, "Sister Act," March 17-19 Greater Latrobe, "Titanic: The

Musical," March 17-19 + Uniontown, "James and the Giant Peach," March 16-18 Canon McMillan, "The Wizard of Oz," March 23-25 Monessen, "Rock of Ages: High School Edition," March 23-25 + Mount Pleasant, "Footloose," March 23-25 + Burgettstown, "The Sound of Music," March 30-April 1 For ticket information and show times, please contact the individual schools.

“Circo Comedia” to delight children March 5-12 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to present Circo Comedia as part of Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series. Performances take place March 5 through 12, 2017 at six performance locations throughout the area. Circo Comedia stars duo Jean Saucier and Patrick Côté. Montreal natives, Saucier and Côté perform acrobatic tricks and daring feats topped with their humor and eccentricity. Saucier, an equilibrist, juggler, trick cyclist, acrobat and magician, performs from great heights while Côté, a clown, expert roller skater and drummer, acts as his somewhat imperfect assistant. The show follows the tradition of the Quebec Circus. Standard Free Holder, raved, "Their fast paced entertaining show was an adventure for all ages. Stunts and tricks were enjoyed by the sell-out crowd who found it hard not to laugh,

as the talented duo reached out to involve the audience in their routines." Individual tickets (General admission: $12 at the door; $10 in advance) can be ordered online at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Group tickets can be ordered by calling 412-471-6930. Children under 2 are free but require a lap pass. Performance locations include: City: Byham Theater, March 5 at 2:00 p.m.; East: Penn Hills High School, March 8 at 7:00 p.m.; North: Marshall Middle School, March 9 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; West: Avonworth High School, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.; South: Mellon Middle School, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; and Butler: Seneca Valley Senior High School, March 12 at 2:00 p.m.

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Dance performances take stage at Byham & Benedum theaters in March Bereishit Dance Company to perform Bow & Balance and Imbalance The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Bereishit Dance Company performing two works Bow and Balance and Imbalance on Saturday, March 4, at 8 p.m. at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Bereshit Dance Company, based in Seoul, South Korea, brings a contemporary dance performance that merges with eastern Asian culture. BOW, a male duet, is inspired by the traditional Korean archery. Balance and Imbalance features company dancers alongside some of Korea's most revered traditional drummers and pansori vocalists. The performance highlights the relationship between body movement and sound. Choreographer and dancer, Park SoonHo founded Bereishit Dance Company in 2000. He completed his choreographer's course in the Netherlands at the Eupropean Dance Development Center. Park Soon-Ho has performed throughout Europe and Asia. His works have

been featured in dance festivals around the world. Tickets: Single ($25-$60) are available through these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources:, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. A limited number of $10 tickets, orchestra level, are being offered for Pittsburgh Dance Council presentations at the Byham Theater, available on a first come first served basis. RIVERDANCE: The 20th Anniversary World Tour RIVERDANCE The 20th Anniversary World Tour, back by popular demand, will play a limited engagement at the Benedum Center, 237 7th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, from Friday, March 17, 2017 through Sunday, March 19, 2017. This tour is a season special¸ part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America. RIVERDANCE - The 20th

Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, and will feature new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand new number, "Anna Livia," featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a cappella hard-shoe number. RIVERDANCE - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. Tickets (starting at $36) are available online at, by phone at 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Rotary Club of California is sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner on Tuesday, March 7, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hugo's Restaurant, 687 National Pike West, Brownsville. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread, beverage, and dessert. Take out available. For tickets, contact Beth Baxter, 724-938-7204, or any California Rotary member. Conversations & Cocktails:


Greensburg Civic Theatre to hold auditions for “Wait Until Dark” Greensburg Civic Theatre holds auditions for the taut and suspenseful thriller WAIT UNTIL DARK on Saturday March 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg PA. The cast of six has parts for men and women ages 12-60. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The cast breakdown is as follows: Susy (20s - 40s) Blinded in a car accident. Intelligent and independent, but uncomfortable with her new situation. Married to Sam for less than a year. Sam (20s - 40s) Susy's husband. Photographer, ex-Marine. Believes that

Susy should be able to learn to take care of herself. Gloria (character is early - mid teens) Bratty, upstairs neighbor who helps out Sam and Susy. Does not always get along with Susy. Prone to temper tantrums. Mike and Carlino (20s - 50s) Con men just out of prison. They used to work together, and are coming together for the first time since they both were released from separate prisons. Not violent criminals, but able to take care of themselves. Harry Roat (20s - 50s) Stone-cold criminal. Calm and in charge. Doesn't

ruffle easily. Capable of extreme violence and able to hide it. Possible psychopath. Directed by Andy Kirtland, the show dates at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center are Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 at 8 PM and Sunday, May 7 at 2 PM. Email for an appointment time; walk-ins also accepted at the March 11th auditions. Resumes and/or headshots, though not required, may be submitted in advance via email to

WCCC offers AARP Smart Driver Course at three locations beginning 3/20 The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Westmoreland County Community College is offering an AARP Smart Driver Course at three locations starting March 20. The eight-hour class will cover how to handle adverse driving conditions and traffic hazards, in addition to the effects of aging and medications on driving. There is no actual driving or written test involved in the program.

Automobile insurance companies in Pennsylvania voluntarily provide premium reductions to graduates of the AARP Smart Driver Course. Additionally, four-hour refresher classes are offered to those who previously completed the eight-hour class. The program, developed by AARP and sponsored by RSVP, will be held at the following locations: Westmoreland County Community College, 145

Pavilion Lane, Youngwood; Westmoreland-Latrobe, 130 Depot Street, Latrobe and Latrobe Senior Center, Fifth Ward School Building, Avenue C, Latrobe. The fee for the class is $20 and registration is required. To register, call Westmoreland’s Registration Center at 724-925-4204

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Royalty and Fashion in Early Modern European Portraits Enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and an exclusive conversation between Frick Director Robin Nicholson and scholar Laura Engel undressing how the iconography of costume and gesture associated with portraits of royal women translates into popular images of aristocrats and actresses. Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. The Frick Art Museum Auditorium and Galleries Dr. Laura Engel, Professor of English, Duquesne University; Robin Nicholson, Director, The Frick Pittsburgh $25 members; $30 non-members and guests. Space is limited; advance registration and pre-payment required. Register online or call 412-371-0600.


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Della and Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid is the first in a series of books for children that explores the themes of nature, conservation, family, community service, and helping others. Throughout the text children are introduced to research patterns in the forms of charts, maps, and footnotes. Beginning concepts of biology, geography, and environmental science are also presented. A beloved local landscape provides the backdrop for this story about two sisters, Della and Lila, who befriend a mermaid in trouble. As the increasing mistreatment of the Monongahela River persists, Marina the Mermaid turns to two little girls, Della and Lila, to help her

save her home. Della and Lila rally their family and friends and form a summer long campaign to raise awareness about pollution and ecological damages in the Monongahela River. The girls and their friends work very hard to try and save Marina's home. But, will they be able to do it? Find out what happens when Della and Lila work together with their family, friends & community to help save our river.

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See Smoke-Free for Life Tuesday, March 7 at 6 PM - 7 PM Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, 240 Wellness Way, Washington This class is FREE and open to the public! Learn to overcome barriers that have kept you from quitting in the past. Develop a customized “quit-plan” that will lead to success. Learn the art of positive self-talk and watch it work for you. Understand how to control your weight during and after the program. Practice sound techniques to manage stress. Develop strategies that will prevent relapse. Give and receive support in a positive and comfortable environment. 3 Ways to Register: Online at, In-person at the Wellness Center, or Contact Eric Schmalzried at 724.250.5249 or Free Produce to People Food Distribution - Fayette County Thursday, March 9 at 10 AM Fayette County Fair Fairgrounds, 132 Pechin Rd, Connellsville The program provides supplemental food items to families each month that typically families receive about 60 pounds of food each month and includes items such as meat, when available, fresh vegetables and fruit, canned items, dairy,when available, and much more. 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. FMI: Beauty and the Beast After Dark Friday, March 10 at 6 PM Carnegie Museum of Natural History At the heart of Beauty and the Beast is the powerful story of metamorphosis. Be our guest as we explore transformative natural phenomenons and real beasts in the natural world at a special

21+ event. Dress for a grand ball and sip on themed cocktails as you explore our castle-like museum by night. $15 in advance; $20 at the door; $13.50 for members FMI: GIRLS ROCK - Benefit and Art Exhibition Friday, March 10 at 6 PM - 8:30 PM Percolate : Art Space, Gallery, Creative Laboratory, 317 S Trenton Ave, Wilkinsburg 63 women from Pittsburgh and the surrounding area will be exhibiting their work to support Girls Rock Pittsburgh, an empowerment program for female youths of all definitions, abilities, & backgrounds. FMI:

work in Contemporary. No dance experience necessary as classes are geared towards beginner dancers. Ages 14 & up are welcome. $30 per participant; preregistration is recommended. Register online or at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. FMI: Wedding Resale- Pittsburgh Sunday, March 12 at 1:30 PM Pittsburgh Airport Marriott A one day FANCYFLIP Wedding Resale event where any newlyweds can rent a booth to sell their used wedding items to future brides. It is like a flea market for wedding stuff! FMI:

Mommy & Me Cake Decorating Saturday, March 11 at 10 AM Dairy Queen (North Charleroi, PA) Mommy & Me is a great way to spend a Saturday morning with your child. Limited space available. Cost is $25 per couple this includes your lesson, kids meal & cake. Call 724-489-9222 to reserve your space.

MoonFlow Yoga with Lacey Sunday, March 12 at 6:30 PM Chaney's Natural, 138 W Main St, Monongahela MoonFlow yoga class releases negative energy and pent up stress with moon salutations. Moon salutations are designed to calm the mind and body and channel inner feminine energy. Bring your mat, some friends and $10

Community Division Class Sampler Saturday, March 11 at 2 PM Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, 2900 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh Ready to try a new avenue of fitness? Have the urge to start dancing but are not sure where to start? Here is your chance! Join us at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Studios on Saturday, March 11th for an afternoon of introductory dance and fitness classes from the PBT School Faculty. Warm up with a beginner level PBT Barre Fitness workout based on classical ballet and Pilates exercises, learn the traditional dance steps in Character, and finish with learning basic technique and combination

Hobbyist Mosaics at The Phoenix Arts Center March 14-May 2 from 6-8 pm Ages: High School/Adult Uniontown High School Art Room Cost is $75. Beginner Mosaics for Hobbyists is a class for those who are interested in learning how to create art by mortaring or gluing pieces of tesserae (material) onto another object, or substrate. Students will be introduced to the classic mosaic hammer and hardie in order to cut local materials. The class will cover how to mix mortar and epoxy, how to build a substate, and how to apply tesserae in flowing lines of Continued next page...




NOW PLAYING! Greensburg Civic Theatre’s Greasepaint Players present Reginald F. Bain’s interactive children’s comedy “Clowns’ Play” March 17 and 18 at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center (951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA 15601). The cast of 8 includes adults and children performing together with the non-profit thespian troupe that has provided family entertainment to the region for approximately three decades. Performances are Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Advance tickets may be charged by phone at 724-836-8000, ordered online at or by mail-in order form found at ROCKTOPIA Co-Creators, vocalist and recording artist Rob Evan, a member of the multi-platinum-selling rock band, Trans- Siberian Orchestra; and Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer, a national leader in the area of symphonic rock and world music fusion have collaborated to bring together a world class cast of vocalists and musicians. ROCKTOPIA LIVE will debut at The Palace Theatre for one night only on Friday,

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See andamento (movement). FMI: Detoxing Your Home Tuesday, March 14 at 7 PM Wohar Chiropractic Health Center, 1295 Grand Blvd, Ste 100, Monessen Learn how to replace chemicals in your home with easy to use natural cleaning products. FMI: MF at 40: A Walk Through the Archives Thursday, March 16 at 6 PM Mattress Factory - Museum of Contemporary Art, 505 Jacksonia St. [parking lot], Pittsburgh Muddy shorts. Bird nests. Artists' sketches. Curator's notes. Fragments of hard candy. Installation models. The Mattress Factory is a museum unlike any other, and our archives are one-of-akind as well. During this inaugural MF@40 event, visitors will have an opportunity to get a rare look at the Mattress Factory’s archives, which capture the museum’s evolution since its founding in 1977. Chronicling artwork, documentation and objects throughout its history, this is an event you won’t want to miss. $15 tickets include two drinks, light appetizers, after-hours access to the museum’s galleries and guided tours of archival materials. MF Members enjoy FREE admission for this event! For the special discount code, please contact FMI: Sound Series: Kid Koala: Nufonia Must Fall Live Thursday, March 16 at 8 PM Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh Part film, part puppetry, part live music, and 100% award-winning storytelling, Nufonia Must Fall is a multidisciplinary performance piece created by internationally renowned Canadian DJ and musician Kid Koala and directed by KK Barrett (Being John Malkovich and Her). Koala and the dynamic Afiara Quartet provide live scoring on piano, strings and turntables. Critics have tagged it as “modern primitive multimedia” because it mixes live puppet theater, video, a live string quartet, and a nest of electric instruments to tell the story of a tone-deaf and completely unemployable robot who falls in love


with its human creator, a brilliant but unwitting scientist. Get ready for romancing the Anthropocene. FMI:

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The Wiseguy Kitchen Comedy Show & Dinner Friday, March 17 at 6:30 PM Bella Sera, 414 Morganza Rd, Canonsburg Join former mob boss turned reality star Big Vinny, aka The Wiseguy Chef and his crew, as they try to go legit. The Wiseguy Chef tries to teach his patrons how to prepare delicious Italian American cuisine. Our own Chef Giuseppe will prepare a delicious buffet for you to enjoy prior to the laughs beginning. Cost is $65. FMI:

Heroic Tales Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 PM Katz Performing Arts Center, 5738 Darlington Rd, Pittsburgh Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 3 celebrates the hero within each of us while Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man honors the unsung heroes of World War II. Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is one of the most evocative pieces of American music, long associated with moments of intense emotional grief. We conclude our journey through the country’s heritage of heroism and remembrance with Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait featuring narration by the magnificent Demareus Cooper. FMI:

Still, Birth. A Staged Reading of a New Play Friday, March 17 at 8 PM Carnegie Stage -off the WALL, 25 W Main St, Carnegie You are invited to participate in a developmental reading and talk-back for a new play by Campany and Parrish. Pregnancy and infant loss often occurs in silence, causing a moratorium on grief that can have tremendous impact upon the health of the mother, as well as the rest of the family. This grief can transform into various physical and mental health issues. Still, Birth seeks to speak of this loss aloud in the hopes of supporting those who suffer in silence. Seating is limted. Please use CODE: still101 - to make your FREE reservation. You may also choose to pay the $10 donation to support Off The Wall Theatre/Carnegie Stage for allowing us to use the space. FMI: Beyond Bodyslams! - Pittsburgh, PA Saturday, March 18 at 7:05 PM Steel City Improv Theater, 5950 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh Gary Michael Cappetta revives his acclaimed stage show, BEYOND BODYSLAMS! giving you an inside and personal look at his most controversial and outragious experiences from his acclaimed book, BODYSLAMS!. Through his no nonsense, artful story telling ability and never before seen video, GMC will relive his days with the WWF, NWA, AWA, WCW and ROH. $20 - General Admission. $40 Meet & Greet - Includes Early Entry

Exhibit Tour: #Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience Sunday, March 19 at 1 PM Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St, Pittsburgh Transport yourself back in time during an in-depth tour of #Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience with History Center docents. See what makes Pittsburgh unique through the History Center’s extensive collection of photographs. Experience life through the lens of Pittsburghers with the upcoming exhibition, #Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience. From the darkroom to the digital era, #Pixburgh provides visitors with a compelling glimpse into how Pittsburghers chronicle their city and their own lives in a format that’s more popular than ever. This exhibit tour is included with regular museum admission and is free for History Center members. FMI: Empty Bowls Dinner 2017 Sunday, March 19 at 1:30 PM - 6 PM Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 5th Ave, Pittsburgh The annual Empty Bowls dinner serves up a meaningful meal of soup and bread as a reminder that too many people throughout our region are facing hunger. This year’s event benefiting Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest will feature arti-

san pottery for guests to take home, soups from restaurants across the City of Pittsburgh, children’s activities, an auction featuring local artwork and a host of celebrity soup servers. This year's seating sessions are: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 when purchased in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets for children are $10. FMI: Ladies Night Sunday, March 19 at 4 PM Brownsville Do It Best Hardware, 6027 National Pike, Grindstone A fun filled event with everything for the Ladies: Crafts, Craft Ideas, Bag Sale, Scavenger Hunt, Prize Drawings, Product Demonstrations & more FMI: FUSE: Tchaikovsky + Drake Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30 PM Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, 600 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh This concert features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 with a dozen Drake songs weaved throughout the work, including “We’re Going Home” and “Hotline Bling.” ** Please note that this concert features the music of Drake; he will not be performing at this event.** Each FUSE@PSO experience begins at 5 p.m. with a happy hour, featuring a variety of happy hour-priced drinks, activities and sponsors. The concert follows at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Series season packages are available as well. Tickets are general admission and there is no intermission. Drinks are allowed in the concert hall at these performances. FMI: Anna Karenina - Vakhtangov Theatre Thursday, March 23 at 7 PM SouthSide Works Cinema, 425 Cinema Dr, Pittsburgh This Vakhtangov Theatre production of Anna Karenina is a modern dance interpretation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, originally published in serial installments from 1875 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger. Telling the life story of the titular Anna, a St. Petersburg aristocrat, against the back of late 19th century Russian society, Tolstoy's novel is widely considered a pinnacle in realist fiction.Cholina strives

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On the Town: Places to Go, Things to Do & People to See to find the equivalent of Tolstoy's words in harmony and movement, as every gesture holds as much meaning as a word. Tickets are $15 for adults. $12.50 for children and seniors. Save $2 off admission w a ticket stub from New Hazlett Theater or PICT Classic Theatre FMI: Material Worlds Fashion Show Friday, March 24 at 7 PM Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, 120 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh High fashion meets high tech at Material Worlds, a one-night-only event presented by Carnegie Museum of Art at Pittsburgh's Ace Hotel. Inspired by the CMOA exhibition "Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion" (February 4–May 1, 2017), local artists will showcase wearable works of art featuring innovative technology, unique processes, and unconventional materials. Mingle with other Pittsburgh professionals and creatives during a thrilling runway show. General: $40 ($35 Carnegie Museums members), includes drink ticket. VIP: $100 ($90 Carnegie Museums members), includes guaranteed runway seating and access to VIP open bar lounge Attire: Creative Formal FMI: or Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet & Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival March 24 - March 26 David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh Marketplace, Classes, Special Events and more. FMI: Farm to Table Local Food Conference March 24 - March 25 David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh We’re getting back to our roots! We’re excited to be able to bring a cultural perspective to our conference this year. The theme is: Growing Roots for Healthy Communities and it’s all about celebrating the diversity of farming and traditional cooking methods that make eating local fun, educational and enriching. The conference provides consumers with two days of networking and educational opportunities. Seasonal cooking

demonstrations, gardening, and information about the nutritional value of local food are presented by local experts. Meet with other Locavores to discuss ideas about where their food comes from and where to find businesses and organizations who can provide them with healthy food and healthy lifestyle choices. Event held 10 a.m.-5p.m. both days; additional events before and after each day. FMI: Pittsburgh Humanities Festival Mar 24 at 8 PM to Mar 26 at 9 PM Cultural District, Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center of Carnegie Mellon University, is a threeday gathering of internationallyrenowned academics, artists, and intellectual innovators in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The Festival will offer intimate conversations, interviews, and performances focused on art, literature, music, science, policy, politics, and more—all helping us to explore what it means to be human. It’s smart talk about stuff that matters. The Writers of the Onion - Friday, March 24 Bassem Youssef - Saturday, March 25 A Conversation with Kathleen Neal Cleaver and Denise Oliver-Velez Sunday, March 26 + 24 Concurrent Sessions (Interviews & Conversations) FMI: Explore the full lineup and get tickets at Spring 2017 Mindfulness Fair Saturday, March 25 at 10 AM 123 University Place, Pittsburgh The Fair will showcase resources and activities available to both the campus community and the Pittsburgh region, and will feature a variety of talks, yoga, and Tai Chi demonstrations, information tables, and family activities. Lunch/refreshments provided and admission is free. FMI: Pittsburgh Fairytale Ball Sunday, March 26 at 10 AM David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh Our princesses can't wait to sing, dance, and play with your little ones! There will be a Royal Entrance, Stories,

Songs, Free Portrait Station, Candy Buffet, Tiara Decorating Station, Group Games, Dancing and More. Pose with The Snow Sisters. Create a Crown with Rapunzel. Enjoy candy with The Little Mermaid. Read Stories with Belle. Have an enchanted evening with all your favorite fairytale friends. FMI: Family Day Saturday, March 25 at 11 AM The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N Main St, Greensburg Surprises and fun for the whole family! Enjoy free admission, art projects, scavenger hunts, special discounts and more. FMI: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Saturday, March 25 at 11:45 PM The Hollywood Theater in Dormont, 1449 Potomac Ave, Pittsburgh Hosted by The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players. Come do the time warp with them! FMI: Steel City Slam Tuesday, March 28 at 7:45 PM 6001 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh Cash prize slam! $25 for 1st, $10 Gift Certificate to Capri Pizzeria for 2nd, Hearty applause for 3rd. All you need to compete are three, 3-min poems. Not interested in competing? You can also come read on the open mic, judge the slam, or just watch the poetry. Signup at 7:45, show starts at 8:15. $5, All Ages Venue, All Ages (including Adult) Content. Slam list caps at 8 poets, open mic at 6. Are you a youth poet? Come before the show. Our sister group Young Steel has a youth focused workshop from 6-7:30 before the slam every week. FMI: Half-Pint Prints Saturday, April 1 at 10 AM - 12 PM The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh Families work with The Warhol’s artist educators to create silkscreen prints during this drop-in silkscreen printing activity for children ages 1 to 4 years old.

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Free with museum admission FMI: Mad Hatter Tea Party Saturday, April 1 at 2 PM The Somerset Historical Center, 10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset This program is open to the public and current LHOAF members. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is an introduction to a series of literature-inspired foods and cooking techniques. Attendees will learn about traditional Victorian afternoon teas. There will be tea, cakes and sandwiches for the enjoyment of participants as well as a demonstration on how to make a Battenburg/Domino Cake using a recipe from the 1800s. All those attending will leave with copies of the original Victorian recipes used to make the sweets and savories present at the program. The fee is $10 per adult for LHOAF and museum members, $15 for non-members and $5 for all children between 11-18 years of age. Advance registration required by calling the Somerset Historical Center. Please RSVP by Saturday, March 25. FMI: Super Science Saturday: Egg-cellent Egg Hunt Saturday, April 15 at 12 PM - 4 PM Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh Join us for our annual Egg-cellent Egg Hunt! Follow clues that lead to treats, and meet live springtime animals! This event is designed for children 3–10 years old. Scavenger hunt maps and prizes are available to the first 500 children. Free with museum admission! Super Science Saturdays is a free program at Carnegie Museum of Natural History that allows visitors of all ages to explore a special theme through handson activities, experiments, demonstrations, discussions with museum experts, and more. Animaniacs Live! Thursday, April 20 at 8 PM - 11 PM Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, 510 E 10th Ave, Munhall Animaniacs Live features songs from the original WB show performed live! Starring composer Randy Rogel, and voice actor of the original Animaniacs cast Rob Paulsen - Voice Actor


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The Bentleyville Public Library has moved to a temporary location at the Fairway Communications building at 608 Main Street, Bentleyville. Every Tuesday - TOPS - 5-5:30 p.m. (Weigh-in) 5:30 p.m. (Meeting) Weight loss group March 6 - Bentleyville Historical Society meets at 6 p.m. March 8 at 5:30 p.m. - Monopoly Night for kids ages 7 & up. Lego Club meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month (ages 7 and up) March. 15 at 5:30 p.m. - Family Craft Night - Must register March 16 at 6 p.m. - Book Club March 27 at 6 p.m. - Friends of the Library will meet Coffee and Crayons - Starting every Friday at 10:30 am we will be coloring. Bring in a book you may have or try one of our pages and stop in and enjoy each other’s company as we color.This program is for adults of any age. For more information, call us at 724-239-5122.

CALIFORNIA PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 Wood St., California Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. - Library Board of Trustees Meeting Every Tuesday at 10:00 is Story Time with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Story Time with Kristen and Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Each Story Time includes a snack and craft. Please call to add your name to our list and we'll give you a call announcing each new session. Reservations are recommended. FMI: Call 724-938-2907.


CHARTIERS-HOUSTON LIBRARY 730 West Grant St., Houston Mondays at 1 p.m. - “Mother Goose Storytime” - For infants to 3 years old with Caregiver, this is a gentle language development program that helps build social skills and fosters bonding between the parent and child. Mondays at 1 p.m. - Sit & Knit Patrons can join fellow knitters and crocheters to work on projects, learn a new craft, or share needlework knowledge. Join our Lego club on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month! The program is open to all ages, although it is recommended for ages 5 and up.The library is also accepting donations of new or gently used Lego sets. Tuesdays at 2 p.m. - Block Party Children ages 3-5 Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. - “Shut Up & Write” - This is a venue for writers to work in the company of other writers on a regular basis. Thursdays at 4 p.m. - “Grown Up” Coloring - Adults can still reap the stress-relieving benefits of coloring! The library will provide coloring pages, markers, crayons, and colored pencils. First Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. - Join our Mystery Book Club for a riveting read and book discussion. Tuesdays at 4 p.m. - Preschool Story Hour. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers can join us every Tuesday from 4-4:30 for stories, crafts, and fun that build their social skills and gets them ready for preschool or kindergarten! Mondays at 5:30 p.m. - Yoga Class where students are introduced to yoga breathing and poses. Great for yoga novices and current yoga practitioners who wish to refresh the basics or want a gentler class. Bring a mat, a towel and some water. Class is$1 per person, best deal on yoga classes anywhere! Register at the library or call us at 724-745-4300.

CITIZENS LIBRARY - MARCH 2017 ACTIVITIES Story Time Registration Registration began Tuesday, January 24 for the spring sessions of Preschool and Toddler Story Times. Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-5, is on Tuesdays, 2:00 – 2:30, through April 18. Toddler Story Times are on Wednesday mornings through April 19.Toddler Story Times are: 10:30 – 11 a.m. for ages 1 ½ to 2 years, and 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. for ages 2 ½ up to 3 years. Registration is required for all story times. Call 724-222-2400, ext. 235 or stop in the Children’s Department for more information or to register; “Parent’s Guide to Story Time” brochures are available at the desk. “Timeless Trivia Night.” - A fun filled evening for every member of the family.Watch a video and then particpate in the trivia question contest that follows. Light snacks will be provided. Prizes awarded to the winner. - March 8 at 6 p.m.Theme: The Explosive Era of the Baby Boomers Celebrate “Popcorn Lover’s Day” at the library! Stop in on Thursday, March 9, and pick up a pack of microwave popcorn at either the front desk or the Children’s Dept. desk. Plus, enter your name in a random drawing for a package of specialty popcorn from “Popcorn Willy’s”. March 14 - Lunch with Friends featuring:Tom Northrop. Join us for a catered lunch after a stimulating program. Programs are free and begin at noon on the lower level of Citizens Library. Stay for lunch immediately following for a $6 fee. Tech Toys - Tuesday, March 14 from 6-8pm. Grades 6-12. - Celebrate Teen Tech Week with us as we have show off all our tech toys such as 3D printers, drones, robots, experiments and more! Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 16, in the conference room.The book will be Stones from the River by Ursula

Hegi. Free and open to the public, readers should feel free to bring a snack! Middle Grade Book Club - Thursday March 16 from 6:30-7:30pm. Grades 6-8 -Discuss books, make a quick tech craft for Teen Tech Week and eat some pizza. Monthly Chess Club - Meets the first Saturday of the month from 1011:30 a.m., and is open to all ages and all levels of play.The Chess Tournament is March 18. Registration is required. LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, from 5-6 p.m.The program is open to all ages, and there are sets of larger building blocks for children who are too young for regular sized Lego bricks.The Children’s Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used LEGO sets. Drop in the Children’s Dept. on Fridays for TGIF - “Tinkering, Games, Ideas, and Fun” - All supplies, materials, and directions for a different activity, craft, game, or puzzle each week will be set up in the Children’s Dept. for anyone who stops in on Fridays. CitiBooks, a used books bookstore in the lower level of the library, is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues & Wed; 10 a.m to 6 p.m.Thurs; & 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat CitiBooks is staffed by volunteers & all proceeds benefit the library. CitiBooks’ 6-Year Anniversary $5 Bag Sale – Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To volunteer, email Citizen’s Library is located at 55 South College Street,Washington, PA 15301. Phone # is 724-222-2400 FMI:

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March 12 at 1:30 p.m. - Dr Samuel Hazo will share a reading with us of poems from his most recent book,They Rule the World. Dr. Hazo is the author of poetry, fiction, essays and four plays. In 1993, Governor Robert Casey named Dr. Hazo Pennsylvania’s first State Poet Laureate and he held this honor until 2003.Throughout his writing career he has explored themes of morality, love, passion, art, courage and grace in a style that is unmistakably his own. In 1972, his book Once for the Last Bandit was a finalist for the National Book Award. Register online to attend or call 724.941.9430 #1. March 12 at 12-4 p.m. - The Peters Township High School Photography 8 Classes and Photography Club will exhibit their work during regular hours in the main lobby of the library from March 9-17. “The Gallery” is an impressive display of hundreds of photographs, all taken by PTHS students. Matted photographs and canvases will be on display. For more information about “The Gallery,” contact the club sponsor Erin Boni at March 22 at 7-8:30 p.m. - Local author and historian Lawrence Gallant will discuss the ancient mysteries of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He will focus on archaeological discoveries along Peters Creek such as the recently found “Mystery Stone,” the copper plates recovered from the faces of two giant skeletons in an “Indian” mound, a “Pennsylvania pyramid” and other enigmatic subjects. Mr. Gallant is editor of Ancient American magazine and is founder of their field investigator program. He also belongs to the Heinz History Center speaker’s team and has lectured at conferences and universities around the country as well as local historical societies. Register online or call 724.941.9430 #1. March 25 at 10 a.m. -12 p.m. - An introduction to the process involved in d searching for family roots: how to find

the who, when, and where of your family. Beginning with information-gathering from family tradition and oral history interviews, the methodology of recording, organizing, and storing your family history will be reviewed. Resources discussed will include census schedules, vital records and courthouse resources, church and cemetery records, military records, and immigration and naturalization. March 30 at 6:30-8 p.m. - Bring your kids to meet the widely popular creator of Max the Duck! Jackie Urbanovic, NY Times bestselling author/illustrator of over 20 books including Duck at the Door and Duck Soup will visit the library and join our Youth Services Department for an evening of early literacy fun filled with reading, storytelling, laughter and lots of drawing. A Meet & Greet book signing reception will follow. The Peters Township Public Library is located at 616 E McMurray Road in McMurray. FMI: Call 724.941.9430 or visit their web site at

ROSTRAVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon Free Kids Movie Matinee Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m. - Film is “The Cat in the Hat” (Rated PG) Bring a sleeping bag and pillow and we provide the popcorn. Free Adult Movie Matinee Monday, March 6 at 1 p.m. - Film is “American Pastoral” (Rated R) Pysanka Ukrainian Egg Class Wednesday, March 22 at 11 a.m. - Cost is $25 per person - Must register and pre-pay. Create a decorative egg to take home! Mommy & Me Painting Event Sunday, March 26 at 1 p.m. - Cost is $40 – Mom and child, paints and canvas OR $55 – Mom and two kids, paints and canvas - Must register and pre-pay. Every Wednesday in March at 10:30 a.m. - Tiny Tykes Program For kids ages 18 months-3 years old. Please call 724-379-5511 to register.

MONESSEN PUBLIC LIBRARY 326 Donner Ave., Monessen The Mon Valley Genealogy Forum will meet March 20 at 5:30 p.m.The group is open to anyone interested in genealogy. Light refreshments will be served. The group will discuss the latest reports of “genealogy in the news”, new research sites, and family histories. Alley’s Adventure Time will be held on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Toddler Time will be on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. Wacky Wednesdays are for ages 8 – 12 and will be held at 5:30 p.m. Public is welcome at all board meetings. Second Wednesday of the month at 5:15 p.m. FMI, call the library at 724-684-4750.

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Second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 3:30 p.m. - Bridge Club Second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. - Knit & Crochet Third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. - Book Club Story Times are Fridays at 11 a.m. Second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 1:30 p.m. - Lego Club Wee Build meets the third Saturday of the Month at 1 p.m. Block Party - March 25 at 1 p.m. Register at the library or call us at 724-379-7940.

FREDERICKTOWN AREA LIBRARY 38 Water St., Fredericktown 3/5 at 5 p.m. - Book Buddies 3/8 at 7 p.m. - Reading Rangers Book Club 3/9 & 3/23 - Sit & Knit Crochet Club at 5:15 p.m. 3/21 at 7 p.m. - Teen Book Club 3/21 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Representative Pam Snyder 3/28 at 7 p.m. - Discovery Detectives 3/15 at 6:30 p.m. - Board Meeting Register at the library or call us at 724-377-0017.

JOHN K.TENER LIBRARY 638 Fallowfield Ave. Charleroi Craft days for kids! Stop in to make and take home a little craft. A new craft will be available the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. For more information about programs at the John K.Tener Library in Charleroi, call 724-483-8282.