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North Hills Monthly

Community Events, February 2018

Jan 31, 2018 02:16PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Benefits & Fundraisers

Clothing Drive
Mon.-Fri., Feb. 1-28, 6:30am-3:30pm. Fox Chapel Area High School, 611 Field Club Rd., O’Hara Twp. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students are collecting gently used clothing during the month of February to sell to students and teachers. Proceeds will benefit the school’s FBLA project for the Alzheimer’s Association.  Unsold items will be donated to the Salvation Army. Public can drop off clothing at the main entrance atrium.

Welcome to the Jungle
Fri., Feb. 23, 6-10pm. National Aviary, 700 Arch St., Pgh., 15212. Enjoy a rainforest-inspired evening at the National Aviary’s fundraiser. Sip beer, wine, or a signature cocktail and enjoy tasty light bites from Atria’s. See colorful birds demonstrate their natural behaviors. Proceeds support the National Aviary. Cost $30, 21+. or 412-323-7235.

Arts & Entertainment

Ballroom Dancing
Fri., Feb. 2, 7-10:30pm. Orchard Hill Church Gym, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford.  Certified instructor Bobby D teaches waltz, swing, cha cha and more. 1st and 3rd Fridays through June 1. Walk-ins welcome. $10 per person.

Tai Chi Exercise for Exercise
Sat., Feb. 3, 11am-12:15pm. Orchard Hill Church Gym, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Wexford. For ages 16+. Saturdays through June 23. Experience movements with breathing techniques to rejuvenate your body, improve blood circulation, increase energy and improve your immune system. $7 per class. Walk-ins welcome.

Saturday Singles Dance
Sat., Feb. 3, 7:30pm–midnight, West View VFW, 386 Perry Hwy., West View. For ages 40+, gift card giveaway event with hundreds of dollars to be given away. Sat. Feb. 17, free speed dating and free chili con queso with nachos. or 724-316-5029.

Great Decisions
Sat., Feb. 3, 9:30-11:30am. La Roche College, Science Center Bldg., Rm. 103, 9000 Babcock Blvd., 15237. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), this eight-week foreign policy presentation and discussion series is free and open to the public. 724-443-4479

Transfer Tuesdays at La Roche
Tues., Feb. 6, 9am-5pm., Palumbo Science Center, La Roche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., 15237. Transfer Tuesdays are open to students who want to transfer or return to college to complete a bachelor’s degree. Students can tour the campus, receive unofficial credit evaluations and waived application fees and get on-the-spot admission and scholarship decisions. Tuesdays through April 24. or 412-536-1260.

Tax Prep
Tues. & Thurs., Feb. 6-Apr. 12, 9am-noon. Northland Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., 15237. The library will partner with AARP to offer tax prep for senior citizen and low-income residents. Appointment required, no walk-ins. Appointments made each Monday for that week. Register in person or call 412-366-8100 x113.

Blood Drive
Wed., Feb. 7, 7:30am-2:30pm. Fox Chapel Area HS, 611 Field Club Rd., O’Hara Twp. People 16+ encouraged to donate and will receive a free t-shirt. Central Blood Bank will offer scholarships for the largest number of donations throughout the year; specify donation to go toward Fox Chapel HS if donating at another center. Register 412-967-2445, walk-ins welcome.

I Made It! Sweet
Sat., Feb. 10, 11am-5pm. The Block Northway, 8013 McKnight Rd., 15237. Pop-up marketplace with over 70 local artisans selling handcrafted wares such as fine arts, bath and body products, jewelry and more. There will also be a Valentine’s Day craft station.

Identifying Symptoms of Stroke
Mon., Feb. 12, 5:30pm. Ryan Room, Zappala College Center at La Roche, 9000 Babcock Blvd. Three educational workshops will be offered, one each month. Sponsored by Passavant Hospital Foundation. More info and registration

Expanding Opportunities: 100% Pittsburgh
Tues., Feb. 13, 9:30am. Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, Fox Chapel and Field Club Rds. Pittsburgh Foundation will present 100% Pittsburgh, an initiative that focuses on expanding opportunities for our region’s most vulnerable groups—youth ages 12-24 and female-headed households. Sponsored by AAUW. Free; public is welcome.

Spinners and Marcels to Perform at Valentine’s Day Show
Wed., Feb. 14, 8pm. The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman, Greensburg, 15601. Enjoy soul, R&B, doo-wop and more as The Spinners and The Marcels perform on Valentine’s Day. Tickets $48-$78. Call 724-836-8000 or

Masters of Illusion: Believe the Impossible
Sun., Feb. 18, 3pm. The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, 15601. Fun for the whole family, a magic show with escapes, interactive mind magic, large-scale illusions and audience participation. Tickets, $23-$60 each. 724-826-8000 or

Meet Design
Mon., Feb. 19, 7:45am-3:30pm. La Roche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., 15237. All-day event for high school juniors and seniors to explore creative careers in the fields of graphic and interior design. Register online by Feb. 14 at Limited space and one parent per student is welcome.

Mon., Feb. 19, 7pm. Northland Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., 15237. You can grow new brain cells as you age. Learn some neurobic activities as the Carnegie Science Center walks you through ways to focus your senses and exercise your brain. Registration required, 412-366-8100 or

Mon., Feb. 19, 10am-2pm. Blueberry Hill Park, Blaine’s Way, Sewickley, 15143. For ages 6-12. Join CDG Sports, Franklin Park Borough and Coach Dave Gray for the fun side of winter at Winterfest 2018. Held with or without snow.  From sled riding to flag football, there is something for every kid to enjoy.  Be sure to bring your own sled if there’s snow. Hot dogs, chips, and hot chocolate will be provided. $40 residents, $45 non-residents. Pre-registration required at,  412-364-4115.

Etna Winter Street Skate
Sat., Feb. 24, 4-9pm. Butler St., Etna, 15223. Free, fun, family-friendly event that transforms Butler St. into an outdoor Ice rink. Activities for all ages, slap shot contest, face-painting, marshmallow roasting and more. Bring your own skates or rent a pair.  More info, 412-781-0569.

Weaving Classes
Sat., March 3 & 10, 9am-4pm. Depreciation Lands Museum, 4743 S. Pioneer Rd., Allison Park. First class is Introduction to Weaving, where you will learn all the steps needed from design of a project to producing a piece of woven cloth. March 10 class is Exploring Weave Structure, for students with experience on multi-harness looms. Preregistration required; $25 into class, $40 structure class, includes looms, tools, all materials and lunch.


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. Specifically, volunteer drivers and on-board dispatchers are needed for the Free Rides for Seniors shuttles, which transport seniors in the Route 28 communities to UPMC medical appointments and shopping during weekdays. No special license is needed and training is provided. Shifts are short. Contact Kerry at or 412-449-0151 for more information. 
Seniors Need Volunteer Snow Shovelers
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 volunteer.

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

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.

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