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North Hills Monthly

Community Events, October 2016

Oct 01, 2016 02:07PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Benefits & Fundraisers

Family Mini-Golf Outing
Sat., Oct 8, noon- 3pm. Fun Fore All, Rt. 19, Cranberry Twp. Compete for fun and prizes, hole in one and closest to the pin. Proceeds benefit the Leader Dogs for the Blind. Sponsored by Cranberry Twp. Area Lions Club.  Cost $10 for golf and lunch.

Cattivo Howloween Critter Bash
Fri. & Sat., Oct. 14-15, 8pm-2am. Cattivo, 146 44th St., Lawrenceville, 15201. Fourth annual Howloween Benefit Bash for homeless critters. Enjoy music of Pittsburgh’s spookiest bands and three ghoulishly clever comedian MCs. Rock n’ Roll-themed costume contest at midnight on the 15th. All proceeds will benefit local nonprofit animal advocacy groups Kopycat Sanctuary and The Proper Pitfall. Tickets $13 at the door.

Unique Boutique
Sat. Nov., 12, 10am-4pm. Edgeworth Club, 511 East Drive, Sewickley. Unique Boutique will feature 50 artisans and vendors selling clothing, home décor, gourmet food, jewelry, and accessories. $10 admission or $35 admission and lunch. Reservations required. Presented by the Heritage Valley Sewickley Foundation to benefit the Heritage Valley BreastCare Program. RSVP and questions to 412-749-7050 or

NHCO Winter Coat Drive 
Mon., Oct. 1 -21, 9am-4pm. Sat. 9am –noon. North Hills Community Outreach, 1975 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park. Collecting new and gently worn coats, all sizes. Coats should be clean and have working zippers and fasteners. Hats, gloves and scarves are also welcome. More info or alternate locations, call 412-487-6316.

Arts & Entertainment

North Hills Digital Immersion Theater Double Feature
Oct., 5, 14 & 18, 6:30pm. North Hills High School, 53 Rochester Rd. A double feature shown on the 24-ft. dome begins with Flight Adventures followed by Cosmic Castaways. Free and open to the public but reservations are required. Call 412-318-1000 x3166.

Celebrate Oakmont
Wed., Oct. 5, 4-7:30pm. Greek Orthodox Social Hall, 12 Washington Ave., Oakmont. Taste samples of signature dishes from favorite area restaurants and bakeries. 40+ vendors, shopping, door prizes, grand raffle, Chinese auction, entertainment and more. Presented by the Oakmont Chamber of Commerce. Tickets $15. Call 412-828-3238 or stop by the chamber office.

Craft Show
Sat., Oct 8, 10am-3pm. Sisters of Divine Providence, Providence Heights, 9000 Babcock Blvd, Allison Park. Shop from over 60 crafters selling seasonal jewelry, woodworking, ceramic, cosmetics, home décor, pottery, clothing, candles and more. Cost $5, children 12 and under free.

Family Fishing Program
Sat., Oct. 8, 11am-3pm. Pine Community Center, 100 Pine Park Dr., Wexford. Learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, baiting the hook, and taking a fish off the hook. Also get the opportunity to fish, no license required! All equipment is provided. Adults must bring a child and children must bring an adult. Fee $10 per child. 724-625-1636.

Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra Presents Gala Concert
Sat., Oct. 8, 7pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland, 311 Cumberland Rd.,Pgh. The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra, and Conductor Charley Rappaport, will celebrate 10 years of collaboration with a gala concert featuring the vocal stylings of Gary Burdick, special guests and former directors Alan Epstein and Don Maue, and The Great American Gypsies Reunion ensemble. Tickets $12, available at the door and online.

Country Fall Festival
Sat., Oct. 8, 9am-7pm. Main Street Four Corners Park, Main St. and Grandview Ave., Zelienople. A community event with family entertainment, kids’ pony rides and activities, live music, food, arts and crafts, farm market, historic tours, chili cook-off contest, chainsaw carving and more. Additional activities in Harmony. Free shuttle available. or 724-452-5571.
Saturday Singles Dance
Sat., Oct 8 & 22, 7:30pm-midnight. West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy., West View. Ages 40+. Oct. 8: free speed dating and Chile con Queso nacho bar. Oct 22: Halloween party with costume contest, tricks and treats. 724-316-5029,

Sealarks Women’s Group
Wed, Oct. 12, 1pm. Memorial Park Church, 8800 Peebles Rd, Allison Park. Provides Christian fellowship and social activity for women alone–widowed, divorced or never married. October program on the Pigeon Heroes of  American Wars. 412-487-7194.

AARP Chapter #3736 Meeting
Thurs., Oct. 13, 7:30pm. St. Ursula School, 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park.  Group meets the second Thurs. of each month Sept.- May. Must be 50 years old to attend, guests are always welcome. Dues $7 per year. Events include dinners, tours and trips, and a summer picnic. More info, call Ruth Weinman 724-443-0647.

NHCO Thanksgiving Food Collection
Fri., Oct. 14 – 28, 9am-4pm. North Hills Community Outreach, 1975 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park. Food collection to create complete Thanksgiving meals to distribute to local families in need. Collecting grocery gift cards of at least $15, boxes of stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes, canned cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, pumpkin pie mix, gravy mix and napkins. or 412-487-6316.

St. Ursula Rummage Sale
Sat., Oct. 15, 9am-1pm. St. Ursula School cafeteria, 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park. Hosted by St. Ursula Christian Mothers-Guild. Rain or shine event, open to anyone who wants to participate. Reserve your table now for $15 and keep all the profits from what you sell. Call Chris 412-486-3193.

St. Nicholas Flea Market 
Sat., Oct. 15, 8am-noon. St. Nicholas Church, 24 Maryland Ave, Millvale. Sale starts with a 50 percent discount on everything. Food and baked goods will be sold. Questions or directions, call 412-821-1893.

Social Media and the Secret Live of Teenagers
Mon., Oct, 17, 6-7:30pm. Seneca Valley Intermediate High School Auditorium, 124 Seneca Farm Dr., Harmony, 16037. For parents of kids K-12. Author Nancy Jo Sales will speak about the dominant force of social media and how to help kids negotiate the new challenges. Subject matter is suitable for adults only.

Financial Aid Community Night
Wed., Oct. 19, 6:30-8pm. Zappala College Center at La Roche, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Ryan Room. An overview of financial aid and the application process, Q & A session, and a demonstration on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). Free and open to the public.
Info at or 412-536-1125.

Adult Coloring Classes
Thurs., Oct. 20, 1-3pm. Olive Branch, 1160 Perry Hwy., off Fieldview, Wexford. Adult coloring classes will be offered on Thursdays. Classes are free and materials are provided, or you can bring your own. The Olive Branch is a fair trade boutique and outreach center and is staffed by volunteers. Space is limited, call 724-799-8700 to sign up.

Pittsburgh Philharmonic Opens with Rhapsodic Concert
Fri., Oct. 21, 8pm. Butler County Community College Succop Theater, 107 College Dr., Butler, 16002. The Pittsburgh Philharmonic opens its concert series Oct. 21 with Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6. The program that also will feature a hit selection from a Broadway musical.  Tickets or 724-284-8505. $12 general admission, $8 seniors, $5 students.

Hillman Performing Arts Series
Sat., Oct. 22, 7:30pm. Hillman Center for Performing Arts, 423 Fox Chapel Rd., Fox Chapel. Season includes five family-friendly shows October -April. All shows are on Saturdays. Five-show subscription, $125 for adults, $105 for seniors 65+, and $70 for children under 18. Tickets for show(s) are $16-$30. Subscriptions and tickets may be purchased online at or 412-968-3040. 

Halloween Party in the Park
Sat., Oct 22, 1-4pm. Pine Community Park, 100 Pine Park Dr., Wexford.  A ghoulishly good time for the whole family. Games, bounce house, bonfire, costume parade, crafts, food and more! Fee $3 per person. 724-625-1636.

Owl-O-Ween Celebration
Sat., Oct. 22 & 29, 11am-3pm. National Aviary, Allegheny Commons West, 700 Arch St., 15212. Wear costumes and enjoy close encounters and photo ops with vultures, owls and other creatures of the night. Candy, crafts and creepy, crawly bug stations will be available and included in admission price.

Digital Boot Camp for Parents
Sat., Oct. 22, 8:30-10am. CCAC North, 8701 Perry Hwy., Rm. 3002. Eight monthly sessions to educate parents on the best practices for digital citizenship. The first session, Digital Etiquette, covers the nuts and bolts of digital rights and responsibilities. Space is limited. Register at

Harvest Festival at Garden View Manor
Sat., Oct. 22, noon-4pm. Pittsburgh Mercy Garden View Manor, 441 Swissvale Ave., Wilkinsburg.  A family-friendly event open to the public to enjoy lawn games, creative art projects, painting garden rocks, decorating wooden garden benches and rain barrels, and crafting butterflies from recycled soda bottles. Rain or shine. Pumpkin patch also available. No reservation necessary, more info, call 412-342-4633.

Health & Wellness Community Heart & Stroke Symposium
Fri., Oct. 14, 8am-1pm. Legacy Theatre at Cumberland Woods Village, 9100 Babcock Blvd. Seminar will feature heart and stroke topics presented by UPMC Passavant physicians, and blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. Free to attend, registration required. 412-748-6640.

Workshop for Families Affected by Substance Use or Addiction
Sat., Oct. 22, 8am-12:30pm. Passavant Conference Center, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., Allison Park. Free workshop designed to provide family members with the opportunity to interact with professional in the field of addiction. Topics include treatment, recovery, relapse awareness, managing emotions, conflict resolution, and self-care for family members. Register at or 412-748-5120.

Families Strike a Pose for Fitness
Sun., Oct. 23, 9am. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Dr., Pgh., 15213. Whether you have always wanted to try yoga or are a yoga aficionado, grab your mat (if you have one) and bring the kids! One hour of fitness and mindfulness, presented in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh.  All ages are invited, led by a certified YMCA yoga instructor on Phipps’ front lawn. Free.

Tame Your Sugar Monster
Tues., Oct. 25, 7pm. St. Ferdinand Church Education Building, 2535 Rochester Rd., Cranberry. Kathy Parry-Your Real Food Coach will reveal the dangers and addictive nature of sugar and how your habit may be aging you. Topics include how much sugar is okay and the top 12 ways to kick a sugar habit. Free.

Support Groups

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group
Meets 1st Monday of the month, 6-8pm, and last Fri., 1:30pm, Paramount Senior Living at Cranberry, 500 Seven Fields Blvd., Mars. 724-779-5020.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
Meets last Wednesday of each month, 5:30-6:30pm. Home Instead Senior Care, 4900 Perry Hwy., Bldg. 1, Ste. 100, Pgh., 15229. Registration required call 412-266-2915.
Amputee Support Group 
Date varies month to month at 4-5:15pm. HealthSouth Sewickley library, 303 Camp Meeting Rd., Sewickley. Call 412-749-2388 to get on contact list and for more information. Refreshment s provided.

Amputee Support Group 
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7pm at HealthSouth Harmarville, 320 Guys Run Rd. 412-828-1300 ext. 7762. 

Bereavement Support Group, Beyond Bridge to Hope
Bereavement support group for those who have lost someone to substance abuse. Meets 2nd Wednesdays, 7pm, PHF Conference Center, McCandless Twp. Free. 412-748-6640. 

Bereavement Support Group
Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm, St. Sebastian’s Parish, Haber Hall. Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry support group for widows and widowers over 50. Register at 412-366-1300.

Breast Cancer Support Group
Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 7-8:30pm, UPMC Passavant. Patients only. Free.

Brain Injury & Stroke Support Group 
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from noon-1:15pm at HealthSouth Sewickley, 303 Camp Meeting Rd., Sewickley. Lunch provided. For more info, call Michelle McCann, OTR/L CBIS, at 412-749-2388. 

Bridge to Hope
For families of those affected by substance abuse. Wednesdays, 7pm, PHF Conference Center, McCandless Twp. Free. 412-748-6640.

Cancer Support Group
Free general cancer support group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 6:30-8pm, UPMC Passavant-Cranberry. 412-622-1212.

General Patient Support Group
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, 7-8:30pm, UPMC Passavant. Free.

Head Injury Support Group
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7-9pm at HealthSouth Harmarville, 320 Guys Run Rd.  Call Tom Bymes for info, 412-670-4861. 

Lupus Foundation of PA
Free support group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7 pm, UPMC Passavant. Contact Chris Callen at 724-759-1021 or visit

Mourning Glory Bereavement Group
Meets 2nd Tuesdays at 7pm and 2nd Thursdays at 2pm, Crystal Conservatories. For those who have lost a loved one. Assistance from a certified grief counselor. Free. Sponsored by St. Barnabas Medical Center Hospice. Register at 724-444-5541.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Pittsburgh South
Meets 1st Wednesdays, 7-9pm, 105 Braunlich Dr., Ross. Support groups for families and caregivers of individuals who are living with mental illness. Free. 724-443-4422,

New Journey Christian Cancer Support Group
Meets 1st Mondays of the month, 7 pm, Stoneridge Church, 811 Dressel Rd. Free. 412-486-7778,

Parkinson’s Support Group
 Meets the last Wednesday of each month, beverages and snacks provided, 1-2:30pm at HealthSouth Harmarville, 320 Guys Run Rd.  Jessica Valko at 412-828-1300 x7710 or

Serenity Counseling Women’s DBT Skills Group
Mondays, 6-7pm, 153 Perry Hwy., Suite 201, Pittsburgh. Manage emotions, improve relationships and reach life goals. Call or text 412-848-7023. 

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group 
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30pm at HealthSouth Harmarville, 320 Guys Run Rd. Michelle McCracken, 412-828-1300 ext. 7200.

Stephen Ministry 
Available anytime. One-to-one Christian care for people going through difficult times. Initial face-to-face contact with the coordinator, who will match you with a Stephen minister. Contact Pastor Heather Lubold at 412-491-9315 or Lynn Warmus at 724-713-5361.

Wexford Breast Cancer Support Group
Meets 2nd Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm, Allegheny Health Network’s Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion, 12311 Perry Hwy. Free parking and light refreshments. Cosponsored by the Cancer Caring Center. Registration requested for newcomers at 412-622-1212.

Wexford General Cancer Support Group
Meets 4th Mondays, 5-6 pm, Allegheny Health Network’s Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion, 12311 Perry Hwy. Welcomes patients and adult family members. Free parking and light refreshments. Cosponsored by the Cancer Caring Center. Registration requested for newcomers at 412-622-1212.

ANCHORPOINT Counseling Ministry – 600 McKnight Park Dr., Ste. 802, 412-366-1300
Anchorpoint Bereavement Support Group (for widows/widowers over 50): meets 1-2:30pm, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, St. Sebastian Church in Haber Hall. To register, call 412-366-1300.

 Self-Care for Women: Monday’s 6-8pm. Anchorpoint offices. Support and educational group for women struggling with stress or depression. Registration now open for fall. Space is limited. Scholarships available. Call 412-366-1300.

 Sanctuary—Empowering Teen Girls: Tuesdays, 4-5:30pm. Anchorpoint offices. For girls grappling with sadness, loneliness, fitting in, assertiveness, body image and more. Registration now open for fall. Space is limited. Scholarships available. Call 412-366-1300. 

Life After Divorce: Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm. Anchorpoint offices. Ten-week educational group for people trying to make sense of life after divorce.  Major insurance accepted. Registration now open for fall. Space is limited. Call 412-366-1300.

 SPIN for Single Moms & their Kids:  1st & 3rd Wed. of the month, 6:30-8pm. Anchorpoint offices. A support and education group for single mothers and their children. SPIN includes a free meal, great conversation, and homework help for the kids while the moms meet. Registration is now open for fall. Space is limited. Call 412-366-1300.

Professional Counseling for families and kids:  Need someone to talk with but can’t afford it or lack health coverage? Subsidized professional therapy is available at Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry. Call 412-366-1300 or visit