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December 2016 ————————————————————————————————————————— journey through his past, present and future. This year, though, Ebeneezer is ready and waiting with a surprise for those pesky ghosts. 724-746-6300 or for more info. DECEMBER 8 ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Christmas dinner and December meeting. Hoss’s Steakhouse in Rostraver at 6:30 p.m. Members and nonmembers are invited to share dinner and listen to a presentation from Jim Greenwood, one of RTHS’s own. DECEMBER 9 FRIDAY DINNER AT THE LEGION – American Legion Post 712, 650 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills. Open to the public. Eat in or take out. For takeout orders call 412-653-1555. Along with our regular Friday menu, we are featuring stuffed pork loin, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad and rolls. This is a NON-SMOKING event from 4-8 p.m. CHRISTMAS PAJAMA PARTY – 4-8 p.m. The Good Ol’ Days Nostalgic Vacation House, 914 Broad Avenue in North Belle Vernon. Benefits local shelters and Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Admission: new pajamas for victims of domestic violence and their children. Christmas cookies & punch will be served. All are welcome. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT - Featuring Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Monongahela, 430 West Main Street in Monongahela. No charge, light refreshments served. Call 724-258-7054 for more info.

'THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS' CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. West Newton United Presbyterian Church, Third and Main Streets. Presented by The West Newton Community Singers. Advance tickets are available for adults $6 and $3 for students at the Dee Taylor Agency. For more info, call 724-872-6093. Tickets will also be available at the door. Adults: $7 and students: $3. DECEMBER 9 & 10 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 7:30 p.m. Grand Theatre, 207 S. 2nd Avenue, Elizabeth. Presented by Mon River Arts. Tickets: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Group rates available for 10 or more. Call 412-405-8425 or email DECEMBER 9-11 A GIFT TO REMEMBER – Presented by the Old Schoolhouse Players, Mt. Pleasant Twp. Community Center, 20 Wabash Avenue, Hickory, PA. For info: 724-344-4767 or 'WHAT A GLORIOUS NIGHT' MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA – 7 p.m. Pricedale Union Church. Living Christmas Tree musical extravaganza. No tickets are necessary but an offering will be taken. Babysitting is provided. There is no reserved seating. For more info visit or call 724-929-9588. CHRISTMAS DESSERT THEATER – 7 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Crossroads Ministries, 81 Walter Long Road, Finleyville. Tickets are $6 and include dessert. Tickets are available at or by calling the church at 724-348-1620.

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Editor Christen Stroh Editorial Coordinator Heather Latorre Contributing Writers/Photographers Ken Askew, Kyra Bergman, Jill Brown, J.R. Brower, Paul Chasko, Colette Dell Tracy Fedkoe, Alice Harris Charlotte Hopkins Mandy Withers-Kozlowski Heather Latorre, Krista Ramsey, Miranda Startare Christen Stroh, Michelle Taylor

DECEMBER 10 COOKIE SALE – 9-11 a.m. Baldwin Community United Methodist Women, Baptist Road across from Caste Village Shopping Center. Cookies will be sold for $9 per pound. Proceeds benefit missions for women, children and youth. OLDIES DANCE – 7-11 p.m. White Oak American Legion post #701, 2813 Capital St. in White Oak, PA. A 50/50 will be offered. $5 per person. All proceeds benefit veterans programs. Music from the '50s and early '60s by Candy and Mike. For more info call 724-9846611. LIVE NATIVITY – 6-9 p.m. Community of Christ, 3472 South Park Rd, Bethel Park. Free drive-through live nativity. Enjoy 10 outdoor scenes with live actors and animals from the comfort of your car as you drive through a luminary lit path that depicts the journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. COOKIE WALK – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. St. Thomas A' Becket Parish, 139 Gill Hall Road in Jefferson Hills. Wide selection of homemade holiday cookies for that perfect Christmas Cookie tray! Complimentary hot dogs, beverages, and snacks as well as cookie decorating for the kids and door prizes. All cookies are weighed and priced at $8 a pound. For more info, contact Sherri Kearns at or 412-650-6292. ILLUMINATION NIGHT – 5-8 p.m. Celebrate the Christmas season with cider, a horse-drawn carriage, crafts and activities for kids, and seasonal songs performed by some of our favorite local ensembles. Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church. For more info, visit or call 412-655-2000.

Advertising: Heather Daerr, Kim Davidovich Gloria Astle Charmaine Nebash Circulation Manager: Ken Askew Accounting and Business Administration: Judy Gramm Promotions and Events: Kara Prentice Art Director JMC Graphics (412) 835-5796

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK – Noon-2 p.m. Monessen Amphitheater. Carolers, snacks, Santa, crafts, and more! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, email DECEMBER 10-11 SANTA TROLLEY AT THE PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last trolley with Santa leaves at 4 p.m.). $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) and $8 for children ages 1-15; children under 1 are free. Admission includes trolley rides and exhibits. Purchasing advanced reserved tickets is encouraged at For info, call 724228-9256. HOLIDAY HOUSE TOURS – Brownsville Period homes open for tours: 131 Front St. 209 Front St. 212 Front St. and 514 Market St. $15 per person for the self-guided tours. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets will go on sale 30 minutes prior to the start of the tours at Brownsville Fire Co. 1, 520 Market St. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. DECEMBER 11 BINGO SOCIAL - Holy Family social hall, 2nd St, West Newton at 12:30 p.m. with the start of early birds. This is an all-paper BINGO and the $8 admission includes a packet of 20 cards, a progressive jackpot (over $400), door prize chance, Red Ball and a delicious luncheon.

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South Hills Mon Valley Messenger December 2016  

South Hills Mon Valley Messenger December 2016