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Community Events & Weekend Highlights December 2019

Nov 30, 2019 10:12AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Weekend Highlights

Dec. 6-8..............................

Festival of Lights
Fri., Dec. 6, 3-9pm, La Roche University, the Sisters of Divine Providence and Providence Heights Alpha School. Sponsored by McCandless Crossing, the Festival of Lights is a community tradition that provides an entertaining, family-friendly atmosphere to celebrate the holiday season. Craft show, children’s activities, a bounce house, visit from Santa, food trucks, live ice sculpting, carriage rides and fireworks. La Roche performing arts majors will present The Nutcracker, and there will be a holiday musical presentation featuring ensembles from the PYCO School of Music, Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra and the La Roche University Interfaith Choir. Admission is free, open to the public. Canned donations accepted for the Cans for Cocoa food drive. For the full schedule of events, visit

Star Wars After Dark
Fri., Dec. 6, 6-10 pm, Carnegie Museum of Natural History. This IS the party you’re looking for. Find kyber crystals in Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems. Brave the Hoth-like Polar World. Find the answers to ancient mysteries like is Jabba a mollusk and is Chewie a mammal? Sip on festive cantina cocktails. Costumes encouraged! All attendees must be 21 or older. $15 nonmembers, $13.50 members, Fast Pass $32.50. 

Sixth Annual EduNations Benefit Concert
Fri., Dec. 6, 7pm, Memorial Park Church Sanctuary. Featuring musician and author Michael Card. Free of charge, goodwill offering encouraged. All proceeds go to EduNations for the benefit of students in Sierra Leone. On Sat., Dec. 7, Michael Card will also present a Hesed Biblical Imagination Workshop from 8am-4pm. Tickets for the conference are $35. To register for the benefit concert and conference, visit

Elf: The Sleepover
Sat., Dec. 7, 6pm-10am. Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Center, Pgh. Watch Elf on the big screen in the Rangos Giant Cinema, sing along to a holiday laser show, and create a delicious hot chocolate concoction. Make a light-up holiday card, experiment with wintery science, and try your hand at the snowball toss and pin the tusk on the narwhal. $39 per person. 

Let Your Heart Be Light
Sat., Dec. 7, 7pm, and Sunday, Dec. 8, 3pm, Visitation Chapel at Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Allison Park, 15101. North Hills Chorale program will include an audience sing-along for Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Freewill offerings accepted. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food donation for the North Hills Community Outreach Food Pantry. For more info,

Johnny Angel and The Halos Christmas Show 
Sat., Dec. 7, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Cumberland Woods Village, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101. Make your holiday season complete with Johnny Angel and the Halos Christmas performance! Johnny Angel and the Halos sell out at every venue they perform, so buy early! To order tickets, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006, Option 1 or visit www.TheLegacyLineup.comFor information, call 412-635-8080.

Saturday Singles Dance
Saturday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 21, 8pm-midnight, West View VFW, 386 Perry Highway, West View 15229. For ages 40+. Dec. 7: Great Giftcard Giveaway featuring hundreds of dollars in giftcards to be given away. Optional meet-and-greet at 7:30pm. Dec. 21: Holiday party featuring an amazing array of free hot and cold appetizers and delicious desserts. Free dance lesson 7:30 p.m. Call Dance Line 724-316-5029, email, visit

DEC. 13-15..............................

Pittsburgh Big Doo Wop Big Band Christmas Show
Sat., Dec. 14, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Legacy Theatre, Cumberland Woods Village, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101. Relieve the sounds of the 50s, 60s, and 70s with the Pittsburgh Doo Wop Big Band under the direction of Richard G. Mansfield, conductor of the American Soundtrack Series. To order tickets, call Brown Paper Tickets at 
1-800-838-3006, Option 1 or visit For information, call 412-635-8080.

DEC. 20-22..............................

Live Nativity at First Baptist Church
Sat., Dec. 22-Sun., Dec. 23, 6-8pm. First Baptist Church, 301 Adams St., Rochester, PA. First Baptist has had a live nativity for 47 years, and it is part of many family Christmas traditions. Refreshments and children’s activities. Free.

Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden
Through Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m.–11 p.m. and 5–11 p.m. for Winter Light Garden, Phipps Conservatory, One Schenley Park, Pgh., 15213. Pittsburgh’s blockbuster holiday experience is back, bringing more indoor and outdoor splendor than ever before. Please note that Phipps will close at 5 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 24 and will be closed all day Wed., Dec. 25.

DEC. 27-29..............................

Fun Fore All Family Fun Park Holiday Lights Mini Golf
Through Jan. 7, Fun Fore All, 8 Progress Ave., Cranberry Twp. Proceeds benefit the Highmark Caring Place. Fun Fore All's Holiday Lights Mini Golf was named one of Kidsburgh’s best holiday light displays in 2017 & 2018! Two award-winning miniature golf courses turned into fully playable walk-through holiday light extravaganzas!

Sisters of Divine Providence Lucky Number Ticket
Valid Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2020.The Sisters of Divine Providence are pleased to announce the availability of the 2020 Lucky Number ticket. The fundraiser is based on the Pick 3 day and evening PA Lottery games. Each $25 number is valid from Jan. 1, 2020-Dec. 31, 2020. Daily winners receive a minimum of $25 up to $150 on select days throughout the year when their three-digit number is selected. Visit or call 412-635-5401. Supports the ministries and mission of the Sisters of Divine Providence.

Arts, Entertainment, Fundraisers and More

Beaver Valley Choral Society Christmas Concerts
Sat., Dec. 7, 2pm, St. Blaise Catholic Parish, 772 Ohio Avenue, Midland 15059. 
Sat., Dec. 14, 7pm, Holy Family Catholic Church, 521 Seventh Avenue, New Brighton 15066
Sun., Dec. 15, 4pm, St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 632 Virginia Avenue, Rochester Twp. 15074
Sat., Dec. 21, 4pm, New Brighton United Methodist Church, 1033 Sixth Avenue, New Brighton 15066. The 130-voice BVCS Choir presents In Heaven the Bells Are Ringing. The BVCS Chancel Choir, Treble Youth Chorale and Mary Inman Honors Bell Choir also will perform. Admission is free, donations accepted.

A Circle of Friends Christmas Performances
A series of benefit concerts to raise money for nonprofits in need. ACOVC has more than 60 members that perform on behalf of local organizations to raise funds. 

Fri., Dec. 6, 7:30pm, Hope Lutheran Church, Cranberry,
to benefit Grove City Community Food Pantry

Sat., Dec. 7, 7pm, Harmony-Zelienople United Methodist Church, Harmony.
To benefit Pine Valley Camp

Sun., Dec. 8, 7pm, St. Pau’s United Methodist Church, Allison Park.
To benefit North Hills Community Outreach

Sat., Dec. 14, 7pm, St. Peter’s Reformed Church, Zelienople.
To benefit Zelienople Historical Society

Sun., Dec. 15, 2:30pm, St. Peter’s Reformed Church, Zelienople.
To benefit the Michael Clawson Family

Free Matinee Movies at the Legacy Theater
Mon., Dec. 2, 2pm. Yesterday (PG-13, 116 min.); Mon., Dec. 9, 2pm. The Lion King (PG, 118 min.); Mon., Dec. 16, 2pm, White Christmas (not rated, 120 min.) Cumberland Woods Village, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101.  Movies are first-come, first-seated. No reservations are required. Call 412-635-8080 for general information or weather cancellations. Visit for complete listings.

Victorian Holiday Traditions
Thurs., Dec. 5, 7pm. Northland Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., Pgh., 15237. Do you know when the first Christmas card was sent or why many people keep a bucket of water handy when they lit their Christmas trees? Join staff from The Frick as they explore the origins of these and many other Victorian holiday traditions. Registration is required. You may register online, in person at the adult services desk or by calling 412-366-8100, extension 113.

Ballroom Dancing
First and third Fridays, beginning Dec. 6, Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Road. Certified instructor Bobby D teaches waltz, swing, cha cha and more. Come for the entire evening or just join in at 8pm for social dancing. Walk-ins welcome. $10 per person at the door. 

Memory Decline and Aging: When Should I Be Concerned?
Tues., Dec. 10, 11am, Cumberland Woods Village, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101. Ariel Gildengers, MD, University of Pittsburgh associate professor of psychiatry and board-certified geriatric psychiatrist, will discuss normal aging and its impacts on brain health and memory, and review the difference between normal cognitive aging and abnormal memory loss that may be the early signs of dementia. For info, 412-635-8080.

Sealarks Women’s Group
Wed., Dec. 11, 1pm, Memorial Park Church, 8800 Peebles Road, Allison Park, 15101. This group provides Christian fellowship and social activity for women alone: widowed, divorced or never married.  Meeting, appetizers and music by accordionist Kevin Solecki. Guests $2. All women alone are welcome to attend and consider joining. More info: 412-487-7194.

Through Dec.12, 11am-noon. Orchard Hill Church, Kidzburgh K-1 Classroom, 2551 Brandt School Rd., 15090. For ages 16+. Find balance, relieve stress, and build vitality with this class taught by Certified Instructor Xiaobo Huang La Presta. Experience movements with breathing techniques to rejuvenate your body, improve circulation, increase energy, and improve your immune system. Tai Chi Sword combines the styles and characteristics of both Tai Chi exercise and swordplay. $7 per class. 724-935-5555.

Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table
Mon., Dec. 16, 7 pm. Hampton Township Community Center, 1301 McCully Rd., Allison Park. Steve and Lisa Ball will co-present, Stephen Foster; Hotel for Two. Lecture is free and open to the public.

Winter Melting Pot(luck)
Mon., Dec. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Northland Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., Pgh., 15237. Join members of the Muslim Association of Greater Pittsburgh, Temple Ohav Shalom, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, and Indian cook Ann Manchella to celebrate the cultures and religions that make up our community. Food will be served during the event. If you are interested in bringing a snack to share, please email No unapproved outside food will be allowed. Registration is required. You may register online, in person at the adult services desk or by calling 412-366-8100, extension 113.

Seneca Valley Hosts 22nd Annual Senior Holiday Event
Thurs., Dec. 19, 9:30am, Seneca Valley Intermediate High School. This special holiday presentation is for senior citizens living in the Seneca Valley School District Community. Continental breakfast followed by performances. The event is free, but reservations are required. 724-452-6040, ext. 0 by Dec. 11, 2019. 

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition
Through April 19, 2020. Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh, 15212. Explore 125 real mummies and related artifacts from across the at Carnegie Science Center’s PPG SCIENCE PAVILION™. The exhibition enthralls guests with dramatic displays of the mummies and their personal stories, as well as state-of-the-art multimedia stations that take visitors on a 4,500-year journey. Tickets on sale now.


La Roche University’s Preview Day 
Mon., Dec. 9, 4:30-7pm. La Roche University invites prospective students and their families to experience campus firsthand. Attendees will hear from current students, learn about the admissions process, and explore La Roche’s financial aid and merit-based scholarships. The event will include refreshments, a campus life showcase, an optional campus tour and a complimentary dinner in the Cantellops Dining Hall. Admissions counselors will be on-site to answer questions. Register online at

Home School Christmas Tour Program at Old Economy Village
Dec. 13 and 18, 1pm., Old Economy Village, Ambridge. Old Economy Village is holding two Christmastime for Children Tours for homeschool families. The 1-1/2 hour tour is designed for children ranging from preschool to third grade. The first hour involves tour guides leading groups to five locations which includes a story, singing Jingle Bells, making a craft and two other activities. Then participants go to the granary and enjoy a 30-minute party with Belsnickel. To register, contact David Miller at or 724-266-4500 x 110.

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, 412-266-2915.

Amputee Support Group 
Date varies month to month at 4-5:15pm. Health Sewickley library, 303 Camp Meeting Rd., Sewickley. Call 412-749-2388 to get on contact list and for more information. Refreshments provided.

Amputee Support Group 
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7pm at Encompass Health 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.

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous
Meets every Tuesday at 10:30am Prayer Room, Memorial Park Church, 8800 Peebles Rd., McCandless. More info call Jane 412-951-9157.

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

Grief Support Group
Meets 1st Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30am. Lighthouse Point Village, 500 Chapel Harbor Dr.,15238. Support and professional help will be provided to those coping with grief ages 18+. Registration required call 412-572-8829.

Grief Share
Meets every Thursday, Oct. 3-Dec. 5, 7-8:30pm. Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Rm. 206 15090. For those grieving the loss of a loved one. Learn valuable tools for recovering from the pain and renewing hope for the future. Registration preferred; workbook cost $15. 724-935-5555.

Head Injury Support Group
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7-9pm at Encompass Health 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, 1-2:30pm at Encompass Health Harmarville, 320 Guys Run Rd. Beverages and snacks provided. Jessica Valko at 412-828-1300 x7710 or

Parkinson Support Group
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30am at Rose E. Schneider YMCA, 2001 Ehrman Rd., Cranberry. For info, Dale Reckless 724-728-7550 or

Parent-Child Alienation
Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, 7-8:30pm. Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Rm. 204, 15090. Finding comfort, encouragement and hope for restoration through the pain of broken family relationships. For parents, grandparents, children and other family members.

Recovery from Codependency
Meets Thursdays, 7-9pm, Orchard Hill Church, Kidzburgh,4-5 grade rm., 2551 Brandt School Rd., 15090. Find support with others to transform brokenness, heal emotional damage from the past, and mend shattered relationships. If you are working through a relationship with an addict, combine recovery and spirituality to work through 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 Encompass Health 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, 5-6pm, 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
Tuesdays, 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
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. Space is limited. Call 412-366-1300.

Single Moms CARE Group
1st & 3rd Wed. of the month, 6-8pm. Heritage Presbyterian Church, 2262 Rochester Rd., 15237. For single moms to find understanding and hope and develop supportive relationships and learn about strategies and resources to help weather the challenges of being a single parent. Complimentary childcare is available. 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