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North Hills Monthly

Community Events, April 2017

Apr 02, 2017 12:08PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Benefits & Fundraisers

Spaghetti Dinner
Sat., Apr. 22, 4-7pm. St. Catherine of Sweden Farmer Hall, 2554 Wildwood Rd., Allison Park.  Knights of Columbus Council 10411 all-you-can-eat dinner of spaghetti, meatballs, salad and dessert. Freewill offering accepted. Proceeds benefit nondenominational charities.

Benefit Talent Showcase
Thurs., Apr. 6, 7pm. Dorseyville Middle School auditorium, 3732 Saxonburg Blvd. “Acts of Kindness,” features 31 students in grades 6-8 performing 20 acts. Admission is free but monetary donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. 

ASPCA Help A Horse Day Fundraiser
Wed., Apr. 26, 7pm. Painting with a Twist, 10 N. Meadows Dr., Wexford. An evening of fun painting a horse while making a donation to PA Equine Rescue & Retirement Foundation (PERRF). Help PERRF win a $25,000 grant to continue their efforts. Open to the public, $35 each, register online

Afternoon Tea
Sun, May 7, 1:30-3:30pm. St. Ferdinand Church, Oldenski Hall, 2535 Rochester Rd., Cranberry. Afternoon of tea, scones, tea sandwiches, desserts, raffle and door prizes. Adults $17, children 4-10 $6, 3 and under free. Reserve space by May 1. 724-779-3986. Proceeds benefit St. Ferdinand building campaign.

Cocktails & Cuisines 10-Year Celebration
Fri., May 19, 6-10pm. The Woodlands, 134 Shenot Rd., Wexford. Sample signature dishes and desserts from area restaurants. Sip cocktails, wine, craft beer while networking. Music, dancing and silent auction. Tickets $85/person. Proceeds benefit Crisis Center North to help those dealing with domestic violence and abuse.

Arts & Entertainment

Tai Chi Exercise for Exercise
Sat., Apr. 1, 10:45am-noon. Orchard Hills Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford. Classes every Sat. through June 24 except Apr. 15 and May 20. Taught by Xiaobo Huang LaPresta. Walk-ins welcome, ages 16 and up.

Historic Railroad Presentation
Wed., Apr. 5, 7pm. Old Economy Village, Granary Bldg., 14th and Church St., Ambridge, 15003. David Aitken, a retired railroad yardmaster and author, will present The Little Saw Mill Run Railroad, discussing the life and time of the railroad and valley residents from 1840-1950. Free but reservations are required. 724-266-4500 x 110. 

St. Joseph HS Presents Hello Dolly!
Thurs.-Sun., Apr 6-9, 7pm. Casino Theatre, 145 Lincoln Ave., Vandergrift, 15690. Saint Joseph High School Spring musical, Hello Dolly! All seats $10. Also Sat. and Sun. 1pm matinees. Tickets, call 724-567-5049 or

St. Alphonsus Passion Play, Make Us Believers
Fri., Apr. 7, 8pm. St. Alphonsus School, Ryan Center, 201 Church Rd., Wexford. Friday evening, enjoy the fish fry from 4:30-7:30pm in the cafeteria. Sat. performance starts at 7pm. Admission is free; freewill offerings appreciated. Open to the public.

Ballroom Dancing
Fri., Apr.7, 7-10:30pm. Orchard Hill Church Gym, 2551Brandt School Rd. Wexford. First, third and fifth Fridays until June. Certified instructor Bobby D teaches, waltz, swing, cha cha and more. Beginners' lesson 7-8pm, social dancing 8-10:30pm. Walk-ins welcome. $10 per person.

Undergraduate Open House
Sat., Apr. 8, 9am-2pm. La Roche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd, 15237. Open house for high school students, transfer students and families featuring a tour of the campus, information sessions and financial aid presentations. Register at

Saturday Singles Dance
Sat., Apr.8, 7:30pm-midnight. West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy, West View. Black & Gold Pirates and Penguins party with free game tickets, team prizes and giveaways. Sat., Apr. 22, free hotdog bar with your favorite toppings. 724-316-5029,

Sealarks Women’s Group
Wed., Apr. 12, 1pm. Memorial Park Church, 8800 Peebles Rd., Allison Park. Group provides Christian fellowship and social activity for women alone; widowed, divorced or never married. Program will be on the life and poetry of Robert Frost. More info, 412-487-7194.

Town Forum on Opioid Crisis
Tues., Apr. 11, 6:30pm. CCAC North, 8701 Perry Hwy., 15237. Presentations by an expert panel comprised of DEA, FBI H.O.P.E., Pittsburgh Poison Center, police and health professionals. A Q & A session and drug takeback event will also be held. Free and open to the public. 

Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
Fri., Apr. 14, 7:30-9:30pm. Pine Community Center, 100 Pine Park Dr., Wexford. Ages 10-15. Bring a flashlight to hunt for eggs filled with candy, coupons, gift cards and other prizes. Members $6, nonmembers $12. Register by Apr. 7 at or 724-625-1636.

Great Pittsburgh Civil War Roundtable
Mon., Apr. 17, 7pm. Hampton Twp. Community Center, 3101 McCully Rd., Allison Park. Meets third Monday of every month. April presentation by Noah Andre Trudeau, Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days That Changed a Presidency. Mar. 24-Apr. 8, 1865. Free to the public. More info, 724-625-2329.

The Extraordinary Life of Pittsburgh’s Living Legend – Bruno Sammartino 
Wed., Apr. 19 & 26, 6:30-9:30pm. CCAC North, 8701 Perry Hwy., 15237. Two-part class about the longest reigning professional wrestling champion in the nation. He might even make an appearance. Register or 412-788-7507. 

Multicultural Community Fashion Show
Thurs., Apr. 20, 6pm. Kerr Fitness & Sport Center at La Roche, 9000 Babcock Blvd., 15237. La Roche students will host a multicultural celebration of food, crafts and clothing with prize baskets and gift cards. Fashion show starts at 8pm with fashions from Saudi Arabia, Kenya, China, Korea, Nepal, India, Jordan, Vietnam, Haiti, Turkey and more. Event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by GLOBE (Globalization for La Roche College, One Beat on Earth).

Scholarship Applications Due April 21
Fri., Apr. 21, 5pm. McCandless Democratic Committee is seeking applicants for its 12th annual $1,000 scholarship. Applicant must be a senior at North Allegheny High School with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a registered Democrat or, if under 18, the child of a registered Democrat. Applications available at NASH guidance office or at

Anchorpoint Community 50th Anniversary Celebration
Sat., Apr. 22, 6pm. North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Rd., 15237. Community worship service with pastors and musicians from various churches/denominations followed by a cake reception. Free and open to the community. Info at 412-366-1300 or

Read Local Cranberry
Sat., Apr.22, 11am-1pm. Cranberry Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. 16066. Into the Air author A.K. Downing will join local authors and the community at Read Local Cranberry. Downing will provide a giveaway to attendees.

Annual Senior Citizens’ Luncheon
Sat., Apr. 22, 11am. Fox Chapel Area High School cafeteria, 611 Field Club Rd., O’Hara Twp. Fox Chapel school district seniors are invited to this free luncheon. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call Carol, 412-967-2410.

Butterfly Forest at Phipps Conservatory
Sat., Apr.22 – Sept. 4, 9:30am-5pm. Phipps Conservatory, One Schenley Park, 15213. More than 20 species of butterflies flutter through the tropical botanicals where guests can get nose-to-wings with them. Admission $17.95 adults, $16.95 for students and seniors and $11.95 for children 2-18. More info,

Earth Day Celebration
Sat., Apr. 22, 2-4pm. Pine Community Center, 100 Pine Park Dr., Wexford.  Kids ages 5-12 and their families will enjoy an afternoon of outdoor fun and education with earthy activities, recycling games, hiking and more. Members $10 per family, nonmembers $20 per family. Preregistration required or 724-625-1636.

Blood Drive
Tues., Apr. 25, 7:30am-2:30pm. Fox Chapel Area High School, 611 Field Club Rd., O’Hara Twp. People 16 and older are encouraged to donate blood. Participants will receive a T-shirt. Sign up to donate. Email or call 412-967-2445. Walk-ins welcome.

World Penguin Day
Tues., Apr. 25, 10am-7pm. National Aviary, 700 Arch St., Pgh. 15212. Visit the National Aviary to show your support for African penguins, which are facing extinction. Games, crafts, and penguins to meet. Admission $13-$25.

Heritage Body & Soul First Anniversary Celebration
Tues., Apr. 25, 11:30am. Heritage Presbyterian Church, 2262 Rochester Rd., 15237. Jennifer Antkowiak will speak on women’s wellness and teach a WALK15 aerobics class. A personal defense class will be offered at 6:30pm. Weeklong celebration open to the public. Free. More info, 412-366-1356 and

Garden and Landscape Marketplace
Sat., Apr. 29, 8am-4pm. Shady Side Academy Ice Rink, 423 Fox Chapel Rd., 15238. Marketplace features more than 20 vendors selling new, unique and hard to find perennials, annuals, and fruit and vegetable plants. Free and open to the public.


Folk Concert
Mon., Apr. 3, 7pm. Ross Community Center, 1000 Ross Municipal Rd. Adam Broome and Jaige Trudel of Maivish and Rachel Bell will perform acoustic folk music. Free. Public welcome, but seating for only 200.

Yarn Wrapped Flower Pots
Mon., Apr. 17, 7-8:30pm. Northland Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., 15237. Participants will take two ordinary terracotta pots and transform them into vibrant home accents. Great Mother’s Day gifts. Cost $15 upon arrival; register 412-366-8100 ext. 113.

Wise Walk
Tues., Apr. 18, 9:30am. Northland Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., 15237. Walking may be the simplest way to work out. Wise Walk 10-week program at Pie Traynor Field. Walk for 30-40 minutes. Registration required for week one. Water and snacks provided. 412-366-8100 ext. 118.

Women’s Business Network
Open to area women business owners and those in sales seeking networking opportunities. Agenda includes self-marketing, a business presentation, table talking and networking.
Wexford Chapter:  Tues., Apr. 11 & 25, 8am. Montecello’s Restaurant, 10441 Perry Hwy., Wexford. Call Judith Gray for more info, 412-848-7986.

North Hills Chapter: Fri., Apr. 7 & 21, 9am. Eat ‘n Park, Rt. 8 & Saxonburg Blvd, Etna. Call Jessica Ramish for more info, 412-367-3200.

Cranberry Chapter: Thurs., Apr. 6 & 20, 7:30am. Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church, 2662 Rochester Rd., Cranberry. Call Teresa Gadberry for more info, 724-316-3427.

Criders Corners Chapter: Thurs., Apr. 13 & 27, noon. The Sports Grille, 1294 Freedom Rd., Cranberry. Call Jan Stevens for more info, 412-366-1600.

Sarver Chapter:  Thurs., Apr. 6 & 20, 11:30am. Coopers Station Restaurant, Rt. 356, Sarver. Call Miriah Makowski for more info, 724-681-7956.

Wed., Apr. 5, 9am-5pm. Lingenfelser Financial Services, 9123 Perry Hwy., 15237. Every Wednesday, free second opinion and/or questions regarding financial matters. Other times available. Call Kevin, 412-366-4900.

Leadership Skills Workshop
Wed., Apr. 5, 9:30am-noon. Hilton Garden Inn, Garden View Ln., Cranberry, 16066. CE Leadership Group presents this free workshop that will give you skills and concepts to use in your company, in your role as a professional, and in your personal life. Register at or call 724-316-8802.

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 412-749-2388to 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

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.

Think Caregiver
Free phone and online support for anyone providing unpaid care to dependent children, spouses, parents, sibling, relatives, friends or neighbors. Part of the Hope Grows nonprofit organization. Caregivers can call 412-369-4673 to opt in to receive periodic check-in calls. Go online to Hope Grows Facebook Page and Twitter feed for tips and encouragement.

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, 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, 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 to 2:30pm, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, St. Sebastian Church in Haber Hall. To register, call 412-366-1300.

Self-Care for Women
Mondays 6-8pm. Anchorpoint offices. Support and educational group for women struggling with stress or depression. 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. Space is limited. Scholarships available. Call 412-366-1300.

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

SPIN for Single Moms & their Kids
Wed., 6:30-8pm. Anchorpoint offices. 1st & 3rd Wed. of the month.  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. 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