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North Hills Monthly

Community Events, January 2018

Jan 01, 2018 02:14PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Benefits & Fundraisers

NHCO’s Annual Citrus Sale
Tues., Jan. 2, 9am-4pm. North Hills Community Outreach, 1975 Ferguson Rd, Allison Park. Taking orders through Feb. 5. NHCO also seeking congregations, schools or civic groups to help take orders. Boxes are grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and pears. Purchases benefit NHCO, and the fruit may also be donated to their food pantry. To order online, or call 412-307-0069.

Beaver County Humane Society (BCHS) PetSmart Challenge
Tues., Jan. 2, 11am-7pm. Beaver County Humane Society, 1717 Rt. 228, Cranberry. BCHS has the chance to earn a “Big Thanks Bonus” of $16,000 from PetSmart Charities if 500 of their shelter animals are adopted from the PetSmart locations that house BCHS adoptable pets by Jan. 28, 2018. Locations include Monaca (115 Wagner Road), Cranberry Township (1717 Route 228) and New Castle (2573 West State Street). Funds raised directly benefit the animals and programs of BCHS. For more info, call Mike 724-775-5801 x 122. BCHS hours are Tues. & Thurs. 11-7, Wed., Fri. & Sat. 11-4, closed Sun. and Mon.

Twilight Night: A Starry Preview of North Hills’ High School Musicals
Fri., Feb. 2, 7pm. Memorial Park Church, 8800 Peebles Rd., Allison Park.  High school musical cast soloists will present songs from their upcoming musicals and give an exciting sneak peek of their shows in the spring. Participating schools include Avonworth, Fox Chapel, Hampton, North Allegheny, Northgate, Pine Richland and Shaler school districts, along with Eden Christian Academy. Admission is a give-what-you-can donation to North Hills Community Outreach.

Arts & Entertainment

Ballroom Dancing
Fri., Jan. 5, 7-10:30pm. Gym at Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford. Dances every first and third Friday through June 1. Instructor Bobby D teaches waltz, swing, cha cha and more. Come for the dance lesson and stay the entire evening. Walk-ins welcome. $10 per person at the door. 724-935-5555.

North Hills Art Center 2018 Winter Exhibition
Sat., Jan. 6, 1-3pm. North Hills Art Center, 3432 Babcock Blvd., 15237. Art show will include artwork from North Hills middle and high school students featuring an array of media including pottery, sculpture, digital imaging, drawing and painting. Public is invited to attend the opening reception. The show is also open at no cost during the center’s business hours, M-F, 10am-3pm.

Tai Chi for Exercise 
Sat., Jan. 6, 11am-12:15pm. Gym at Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford. Every Saturday through June 23. Experience movements with breathing techniques to rejuvenate your body, improve blood circulation, increase energy, and improve your immune system. 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. For ages 16 and up. $7 per class. 724-935-5555.

Saturday Singles Dances
Sat., Jan. 6: 7:30pm-midnight, West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy, West View. For ages 40+, perfect pair mix & match ice breaking singles dance with gift cards and prizes. Sat., Jan. 20: free pizza party and dance. Register or 724-316-5029.

What Do the Shriners Do (When They’re Not Driving Little Cars)?
Tues., Jan. 9, 9:30am Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Rd., Pgh., 15238. Presentation by Terry and Cathy Steinhauser who will talk about how money raised by the drivers–and their circus performances, musical pageants and caravans–all goes to support Shriners’ 16 free-care hospitals for children in the U.S. and Wounded Warriors. The public is welcome to attend this free AAUA-sponsored event.

2nd Act
Thurs., Jan. 11, 10am-noon. Lobby of Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford. Adults 55 + gather monthly for music, inspirational speakers and outreach projects. Social activities are planned for those who wish to participate. 724-935-5555.

Social and Emotional Needs of the Older Adult
Thurs., Jan. 11, 7pm. Northland Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., Pgh., 15237. Aging long isn't the same as aging well. Elaine Malec, licensed clinical psychologist and certified dementia practitioner, will talk about the most critical factors related to longevity and quality of life, and will touch on topics such as buffers against Alzheimer's, the "hidden killer" of the elderly, and socio-emotional selectivity theory. or 412-366-8100.

Brad-Mar-Pine Baseball and Softball
Registration open, discount applies until Jan. 15. Open to boys and girls 3-19 years old. All players who live in Marshall Twp., Bradford Woods, Pine Twp. and neighboring communities welcome. Registration closes March 15. Season begins in April and continues through June. More info and registration,

Young Ladies’ Doll Tea
Sun., Jan. 28, 2-3pm. Depreciation Lands Museum, 4743 Pioneer Rd., Allison Park. An afternoon of tea, treats and crafts for young ladies ages five and older, accompanied by their favorite dolls. Learn about a Pennsylvania girl’s life in the early days of settlement. Cost $15 per child. Register 412-486-0563 or

Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival
Fri.-Sun., Apr. 6-8, 10am-6pm. David Lawrence Convention Center, Pgh., 15219. Advanced registration is open for all classes. Festival will offer a marketplace, classes and special events encompassing knit, crochet, sewing and quilting, fiber spinning, weaving and more. Register at

Avon Club Scholarship Opportunities
Applications due by Feb. 11. Women in the Avonworth School District are eligible to apply for three scholarship opportunities. Applicants must live in the Avonworth School District but do not need to attend Avonworth Schools (private and other types of schooling are eligible). Application available at

CCAC North Offering Free Shuttle Service for Students
Community College of Allegheny County’s North Campus will offer a free shuttle service for CCAC students along the Perry Hwy. corridor north of West View, beginning Jan. 16. The shuttle will provide a connection to Port Authority resources and make four runs Monday through Thursday during peak times in the morning and early afternoon, with stops near bus stops on Perrymont Rd., Babcock Blvd. and Cumberland Rd., before returning to North Campus. During inclement weather, the shuttle will also transport students and faculty from the lower campus parking lot to the upper parking lot. 
Luminari 2018 Essay Competition
Submissions due Jan. 19. Essay competition open to all students in grades 7-11 in the Pittsburgh region. Two winners will be selected and receive a merit-based scholarship to Luminari’s I Want to be an Ambassador! camp. To apply, write, by hand, a one-page essay describing your interest in the subject matter and ways in which you will benefit from the I Want to be an Ambassador! camp. More info at


NHCO Urgently Needs Volunteers in the Upper Route 28 Corridor
North Hills Community Outreach has an urgent need for volunteers interested in helping seniors in the Route 28 corridor near Tarentum and Brackenridge. Volunteer drivers and on-board dispatchers are needed for the Free Rides for Seniors shuttles, which transport seniors to UPMC medical appointments and shopping during weekdays. No special license is needed and training is provided. Shifts are short. If you are interested, please contact Kerry at or 412-449-0151 for more information. 
Volunteer Snow Shovelers Needed to Help Seniors
Seniors in all neighborhoods in northern Allegheny County need volunteers to keep their yards and sidewalks safe by shoveling snow. This is a great project for teens, youth groups and families. Please contact Cathy at North Hills Community Outreach at 412-307-0069 x 3313 or to register to volunteer.

Pittsburgh OASIS Intergenerational Tutor Program Volunteers
Volunteers 50+ are needed to tutor Pittsburgh and Woodland Hills’ school district students in grades K-4. A two-day training class will be conducted on Tues., Jan. 23 and Thurs., Jan. 25 from 9am- 2:30pm at 411 Seventh Ave., Suite 525, Pgh. No teaching experience is required; all training, materials and clearances are provided free of charge. Contact John Spehar 412-393-7648 or

Knitters/Crocheters Wanted
The Olive Branch Fair Trade Store and Missions & More is starting a group to knit and crochet items to be donated as part of its outreach ministry to people in need. Stop into the store at 11160 Perry Hwy. in Wexford, or call 724-799-8700 to leave your name, phone number and email address to be contacted for an organizational meeting to share ideas for mission projects.

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.

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.

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, 7pm, 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

Recovery from Codependency
Meets every Thurs. ,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 twelve-step program.

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 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