Community Events, December 2017
Nov 30, 2017 01:26PM ● Published by North Hills Monthly magazine
North Hills Annual Districtwide Book Fair
Sun., Dec. 3, 1-4pm. Barnes & Noble, Waterworks Mall, 926 Freeport Rd., 15238. All-ages, family-friendly event with live entertainment from North Hills Chorale, guitar and orchestral ensembles with a special appearance by Chris Jamison, poetry reading by high school English teacher Mark Franks and a meet-and-greet with local authors. A percentage of each sale made with a special voucher will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Shop online at
Play It Forward Toy Drive
Thurs.-Sun., Dec. 7-10, 9am-5pm. Edward Jones Branch Office, 2605 Nicholson Rd., Bldg. 1, Ste. 1200, Sewickley. Traci Conlon, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Sewickley, PA, is supporting Play it Forward Pittsburgh by using her office as a drop-off location for a toy drive, collecting gently used toys that will be offered free to families in need. Local residents can help support this effort by bringing in items to the Edward Jones’ branch office.
A Noel Celebration
Sat., Dec. 9, 7pm. Visitation Chapel at Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd., 15101. North Hills Chorale will present a Christmas concert including a sing-along to Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Freewill offerings accepted. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations for North Hills Community Outreach Food Pantry. More info www.nhchorale.com.
Sounds of the Season
Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30-8:30pm. St. Kilian Parish Church, 7076 Franklin Rd., Cranberry. Sounds of the Season concert performed by St. Kilian Parish music ministry adult choir, youth choir and bell choir with instrumentalists. Narrator will share the Christmas story. Free. A goodwill offering will be taken to benefit St. Vincent DePaul Charities.
Arts & Entertainment
Fri.-Sun., Dec. 1-3, 10am-6pm. Lawrenceville Business District. More than 6,000 attendees are expected this year for the tour that will cover the 5500 block of Butler Street to parts of Penn Avenue and 34th Street. Forty different businesses will offer free sample-size cookies to customers doing their holiday shopping. www.lvpgh/cookietour2017
Phipps Flower Show and Garden Railroad
Fri., Dec. 1-31, 10am-11pm. Phipps Conservatory, One Schenley Park, Pgh. The most magical time of the year arrives with more dazzling indoor and outdoor lights and expanded stunning flower displays. See delightful interactive trains in Garden Railroad: Treasure Island, displayed together for the first time in this year’s all-new holiday show.
Adults $17.95, Children 2-18, $11.95. www.phipps.conservatory.org
Bird Brains Opens
Fri., Dec. 1- Jan. 31, 11am & 1:30pm. National Aviary, 700 Arch St. The National Aviary’s new free-flight bird show Bird Brains explores the concept of bird intelligence and the behaviors, traits and skills various species have developed to survive in the wild. Audiences will see macaws use their climbing skills and intelligence to master an obstacle course, and will see how crows employ problem-solving skills to get food. Admission $15, show tickets additional $5.
Light the Night
Fri-Sat, Dec. 1-2, 7pm. Christ Church at Grove Farm, 249 Duff Rd., Sewickley, 15143. Kick off the Christmas season with Urban Impact Foundation as they present Light the Night, a Christmas celebration featuring stunning performances, live music, dance and art from a cast of more than 300 youths and adults. Free. More info, 412-321-3811.
Sun., Dec. 3, 3pm. Northland Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., 15237. A community handbell choir entertains with a mix of seasonal favorites ringing in the joy of Christmas. Due to space limitations reservations must be made for this free concert at www.northlandlibrary.org or call 412-366-8100 x 113. More info www.ringpittsburgh.org.
Saturday Singles Dance
Sat., Dec. 2, 7:30pm. West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy., West View. For ages 40+. Free speed dating and nacho bar, dance until midnight. Dec. 16 holiday party with free appetizers and desserts, dance until midnight. 724-316-5029, www.dancetonight.weebly.com
Tai Chi at Orchard Hill
Sat., Dec. 2 & 9, 10:45-noon. Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford. For ages 16+. Instructor Xiaobo Huang La Presta demonstrates how to find balance, relieve stress and build vitality. Tai Chi Sword combines the styles and characteristics of both Tai Chi exercise and sword play. Relax, stretch, tone, strengthen, increase flexibility through Tai Chi. Walk-ins welcome. $7 per class or save with a pass. www.orchardhillchurch.com
Santa’s Wine Picks
Thurs., Dec. 7, 7pm. Northland Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., 15237. Evening of wine tasting and education with John Eld, professional wine educator. Finger food will accompany each of the wines. Register in person and seating is limited. $30 each, payment due with registration.
Thurs., Dec. 7, 6-7:30pm. Orchard Hill Church gym, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford. Love music and want a fun way to exercise? Instructor Bobby D will get you moving in the right direction. $10 per person. www.orchardhillchurch.com
I Made It! North Hills
Sun., Dec. 10 11am-5pm. The Block Northway, 8013 McKnight Rd., 15237. More than 60 artists will take over two floors within the main complex so shoppers can buy handcrafted items for everyone on their lists. Items featured include ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry, kids’ items, housewares, clothing, illustrations and more. www.imadeitmarket.com.
Cranberry Township 55+ Club
Tues., Dec. 12, 1pm. Cranberry Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry. Group meets 2nd Tues. every month. The club features activities, social opportunities and visits to points of interest. More info, contact Bill, 724-776-1933.
Sealarks Women’s Group Christmas Celebration
Wed., Dec. 13, 12:30pm. Memorial Park Church, 8800 Peebles Rd., Allison Park. Group provides Christian fellowship and social activity for women alone. All welcome to attend and consider joining. James Gourley, conductor of the River City Brass Band, will present the Christmas program. Nonmembers welcome, $2 fee. Reservations 412-487-7194.
Thurs., Dec. 14, 10am-noon. Orchard Hill Church lobby, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford. Adults 55 + meet monthly for music, inspirational speakers and outreach projects that happen locally or within the Pittsburgh community. www.orchardhillchurch.com
20th Annual Senior Holiday Event
Fri., Dec. 15, 12:15pm. Seneca Valley High School, 128 Seneca School Rd., Harmony. For senior citizens living in the Seneca Valley School District community. Secondary school students will provide a holiday meal and various performances. Free, but reservations required. Call by Dec. 8, 724-452-6040 ext. 0.
Latshaw Pops Christmas Variety Show
Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30pm. The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. The Latshaw Pops Orchestra, featuring 22 professional musicians, singers and dancers, will perform a two-hour show that includes a special appearance by the Chelsea Davis Dancers. Tickets $25-$35, 724-836-8000 or www.thepalacetheatre.org.
I Made It! Cranberry
Mon., Dec. 18, 11am-5pm. Former H.H. Gregg space, Cranberry Commons Dr., 16066. More than 60 artists will take over the space so shoppers can buy handcrafted items for everyone on their lists. Items featured include ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry, kids’ items, housewares, clothing, illustrations and more. www.imadeitmarket.com
Mon., Dec. 18, 7pm. Northland Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., 15237. Ann Manchella will demonstrate the preparation of Dal Makhani with ingredients including black lentils, red kidney beans, butter and cream. The meal is typically served with rice or nann. Watch the preparation and taste a generous sample. Copies of the recipe will be available. Registration is required, www.northlandlibrary.org
La Roche Preview Day
Mon., Dec. 4, 4:30-7:30pm. La Roche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., 15237. Prospective students and their families are invited to experience La Roche firsthand by meeting students and staff, touring the campus, and learning about the admission process as well as scholarships and financial aid. A complimentary dinner will be served. Register www.laroche.edu or call 412-536-1272.
Saint Joseph Placement Test
Sat., Dec. 9, 9am-noon. Saint Joseph High School (SJHS), 800 Montana Ave., Natrona Heights, 15065. This test is required for all freshman wishing to apply for SJHS scholarships. Register with admission director Mrs. Palumbo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-226-932.
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
Breast Cancer Support Group
Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 7-8:30pm, UPMC Passavant. Patients only. Free. www.cancercaring.org.
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.
Every Thursday thru Dec. 7, 7-9pm. Orchard Hill Church,
2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford, Rm. 201. Group discussion to support members and provide a caring environment as they explore biblical insights into loneliness, depression and new relationships.
General Patient Support Group
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, 7-8:30pm, UPMC Passavant. Free. www.cancercaring.org.
Meets each Thursday thru Dec. 7, 7-8:30pm. Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford, Rm. 205. Grieving the loss of a loved one. Learn tools for recovering and renewing hope.
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 www.lupuspa.org.
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, www.stoneridgecc.org.
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
Recovery from Codependency
Meets every Thursday, 7-9pm. Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford. Find support with others to transform brokenness, heal emotional damage from the past and mend relationships. If you are working through a relationship with an addict, combine recovery and spirituality to work this 12-step program.
Recovery for Parents of Addicts
Meets Thursdays thru Dec. 14, 7-9pm. Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford, K-1 Rm. For parents of adult children who are struggling with addiction. Learn biblical boundaries and coping skills that will produce hope and healing for struggling parents.
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.
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30pm at HealthSouth Harmarville, 320 Guys Run Rd. Michelle McCracken, 412-828-1300 ext. 7200.
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.
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 and 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 Wednesdays 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 www.anchorpointcounselingministry.org.