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Community Events & Weekend Highlights February 2020

Jan 27, 2020 03:27PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Weekend Highlights

Feb. 7-9..............................

Mendelssohn Choir Presents Satan’s Fall by Stewart Copeland
Fri., Feb. 7, 8:30pm and Sat., Feb. 8, 8pm, Roxian Theatre, 425 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks. The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) presents Satan’s Fall, composed by Stewart Copeland, former rock drummer and cofounder of The Police. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for meet and greets with Mr. Copeland prior to the show. For more information or to purchase tickets ($40-$150), visit

Twilight Night: A Starry Preview of North Hills High School Musicals 
Thurs., Feb. 6 and Fri., Feb. 7, 7pm, Memorial Park Church, 8800 Peebles Rd., Allison Park, 15101. High school musical performers from North Hills area schools will perform a sneak peek of their spring musicals. Admission to the evening concert will be a give-what-you-can donation to North Hills Community Outreach, which provides food and financial help to those most in need in northern Allegheny County communities. Presented by Memorial Park Church. 
For info, or 412-364-9492 x118.

Cat Fanciers’ Association Cat Show
Sat., Feb. 8-Sun., Feb. 9, 9am-4pm., The Willows Event Center, 1830 Midland Beaver Rd., Industry, 15052. Sponsored by Steel City Kitties, Inc. $8 adults/$7 seniors/$6 children/5 and under free. Free parking, open to public. Enter your household pet by Feb. 3 at Info at 412-734-9419 or

I Made It! Market at The Block Northway
Sat., Feb. 8, 10am-4pm, The Block Northway’s South Atrium, 8013 McKnight Rd., Pittsburgh 15237.  I Made It! Market, Pittsburgh’s nomadic indie craft marketplace, is holding its signature Valentine’s Day shopping event, with 100+ local artists. Family-friendly event, free and open to the public. Free parking. For info, Carrie Nardini at or 412-254-4464. For participating artists and activities, visit

Saturday Singles Dance
Sat., Feb. 8 and Feb. 22, 7:30pm-midnight, West View VFW, 386 Perry Highway, West View, PA 15229. For ages 40+. Jan. 11: Feb. 8: Pre-Valentine’s Party. Call Dance Line 724-316-5029, email, visit

Feb. 14-16..............................

Happy Valentine's Weekend!

Feb. 21-23..............................

Flamingo Fest
Sat., Feb. 22-Sun., Feb. 23, 11am-3pm. National Aviary, 700 Arch Street, Pgh., 15212. Get up close to the National Aviary’s flamingo flock and learn all about this fascinating species. Enjoy games, crafts, story time, an exciting flamingo yoga game, and other fun activities while learning how to help protect flamingos and other wetlands species. Included with admission.

Feb. 28-March 1..............................

Passport to Paradise 21+ Party 
Fri., Feb. 28, 6-10pm. National Aviary, 700 Arch Street, Pgh, 15212. Escape the winter weather and enjoy an island getaway at the National Aviary! Sip beer, wine, or a signature cocktail and enjoy meal items available for purchase from Atria’s. Get nose to beak with island birds while exploring indoor tropical habitats, all in support of the National Aviary’s important work in conservation, avian medicine, and education. Light bites included with ticket price; heavy hors d'oeuvres, meal items and alcoholic beverages available for purchase. $25 early bird; $30 presale; $35 at the door. 21 and over; tickets available at

2020 Phipps Weddings Showcase
Sun., March 1, 6-9pm. Phipps Conservatory, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh 15213. Enjoy a spectacular evening at Phipps while meeting event planning experts, photographers, florists, musicians, bakers and others who can make a wedding experience unforgettable. Open to engaged couples and immediate family members who are planning a wedding shower, ceremony or reception. $15 per person. Valet parking will be available for $5. Spaces are limited.

Arts & Entertainment

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.

Cabin Fever Adult Winter Reading Club
Jan. 1-Feb. 28, Northland Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., Pgh., 15237. As winter settles in and it gets colder outside, you might feel the need to escape to a warmer climate or read a ‘hot’ romance book. If printed books are not your thing, try out an audio book or a book on a Nook (or any such device).  Starting Jan. 2, stop by the Ask a Librarian Desk and pick up your reading log.  Check out the new categories and find out what prizes you can win.

Ballroom Dancing
First, third and fifth Fridays, Jan. 3-May 29, Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Road. Certified instructor Bobby D teaches waltz, swing, 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. 

Jan. 9-May 21, 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. $7 per class. 724-935-5555.

Gunn Klass by Depreciation Lands Museum
Tues., Feb. 4, 6:30-9:30pm, Hampton Middle School/ Tech Ed Classroom. On Tuesday nights, expert craftsmen guide students 18 years and older in designing and creating 18th century firearms. Students may also choose to study other historical crafts as diverse as leatherwork, woodworking, engraving, and sewing period clothing. Klass runs for two 15-week semesters each year, and students may join the class at any time. Museum membership is included in class tuition fee. $65 per semester. 412-486-0563,

Meet the Artist: Cranberry Artists Network
Wed., Feb. 5, 6:30-7:30pm, Back Hall Gallery, Cranberry Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Twp. 16066. Photographer Thomas D’Andrea will be the featured CAN artist during the month of February. For more info, The show runs from Feb. 1-29.

Thurs., Feb. 6, 7pm, City of Asylum, 40 W. North Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15212. With featured authors Kaveh Akbar and Jaquira Díaz. Dialogues is an annual reading series presented by the Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program. As part of their time at Chatham, Akbar and Díaz will visit Sojourner House to engage with writers at that facility. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved at

Movie Night: Downton Abbey
Thurs., Feb. 6, 6:30pm. Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., McCandless. Grab a cup of tea and a biscuit and join fellow Downton Abbey fans as they watch the 2019 movie. The library will provide the snacks and "catch up" sheet for those who may not remember all the scandals and spectacular moments from the show. Registration is required for this program. Register online, in person at the adult services desk or by calling 412-366-8100, extension 113.

Flooding in Our Community
Wed., Feb. 5, 7pm, McCandless Town Hall. Join Northland Library at McCandless Town Hall as a panel of experts talk about the how’s and why’s of flooding and what homeowners can do to mitigate the impact on their property. The Library is a partner for this program along with Girty's Run Watershed Association and Allegheny County Conservation District.

Lost in the Flood Artist Reception
Thurs., Feb. 6, 6pm, Kipp Gallery, first floor of Sprowls Hall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and Indiana University of Pennsylvania present Lost in The Flood, an exhibition juried and curated by Courtenay Finn, chief curator of MOCA Cleveland. The exhibition features work by 13 members of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh examining the fragile relationship between success and failure, fear and desire, and the promise of the past and the promise of the future. Free and open to the public. For more info, or 412-361-1370. The exhibit will continue until Feb. 14.

It Isn’t Easy Being the New Kid
Tues., Feb. 11, 9:30am, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, corner Fox Chapel and Field Club roads. Speaker Jenna Barron, executive director and cofounder, ARYSE, will discuss her work to help Pittsburgh’s immigrant children through the Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education (ARYSE).   Presented by Fox Chapel Area Affiliate of The American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Presents VISIONS, etc. 
Tues., Feb. 11, 5:30pm, Tomayko Gallery, Lawrence Hall, downtown Pittsburgh. VISIONS, etc., is the newest iteration of the AAP at Tomayko Gallery Artist Series. The exhibition features selected works from member Christopher Ruane's Visions series that combine mixed reality, photography, and film with technology. Ruane’s work utilizes augmented reality and visitors are invited to download a free app on their phone to interact with the various pieces. Free and open to the public. For info, or 412-361-1370.

Pain in The Back Is Whack
Thurs., Feb. 13, 6:30pm. Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., McCandless. Join Christine Fiori of NovaCare Rehabilitation as she talks about what causes back pain and how you can help prevent it. She will also provide a handout of exercises you can do at home to strengthen your back. Registration is required. Register online, in person at the adult services desk or by calling 412-366-8100, extension 113.

Meet Design at La Roche
Mon, Feb. 17, 8:30am-pm, La Roche campus, Babcock Blvd. Meet Design is an all-day event for high school juniors and seniors to explore creative careers in the fields of graphic and interior design. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. The event includes a continental breakfast and lunch, and a full campus tour option at the end of the alumni presentation. An optional afternoon tour of the design studios and labs for parents also is planned. Register online by Feb. 12. Limited space is available, and one parent or guardian per registered student is welcome to attend. For info, call the Office of Freshman Admissions at 412-536-1792 or

Ulysses S. Grant's Friendship with President Abraham Lincoln
Tues., Feb. 18, 11 am, Cumberland Woods Village, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive, Allison Park, 15101. With speaker  Kenneth J. Serfass, Retired Gunnery Sgt. USMC, and Ulysses S. Grant first-person impressionist. Seminars are every other Tuesday at 11:00 am. RSVP to 412-635-8080; this is also the number to check for weather cancellations. Visit for a complete listing.
Eager to Serve: The Indomitable George Washington
Wed., Feb. 19, 7-8:30 pm, Depreciation Lands Museum/Museum Tavern, 4743 S. Pioneer Rd, Allison Park, 15101. George Washington traveled to western PA seven times in a 41-year period. From spying on the French in 1753 at the young age of 21, to the taking of Fort Duquesne, Washington narrowly escaped with his life over 10 times! Presented by Jonathan Klemens, local author and 18th century historian. Pre-paid registration ($8 general/$5 members) is required, and seating is limited. Appropriate for adults and teens. 412-486-0563,

Just Ask Julian: Elder Law Questions Answered 
Thurs., Feb. 20, 1pm, Cumberland Woods Village, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101.  How do I know if my Power of Attorney will work? With speaker Julian Gray, Certified Elder Law Attorney. 412-635-8080

Pennsylvania Native Plants for Challenging Spaces
Tues., Feb. 25, 7:30pm, Northmont United Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Highway, McCandless. The Longvue Acres Garden Club is hosting this free program open featuring the Audubon Society's Environmental botanist and horticulturalist, Roxanne Swan. For more info,

Cranberry Artists Network 2020 Vision Opening Reception
Thurs., Feb. 27, 6-8pm, Cranberry Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township 16066. As we enter a new decade, artists are showing how they see things, the world and/ or their hope for the future. Carolyn Pierotti the owner/director of Purple Room Fine Art LLC will select the pieces and awards for this show. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will continue till March 26.  For more info,

Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care
Thurs., Feb. 27 at 6:30pm. Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., McCandless. Teepa Snow, one of the world's leading educators on dementia and the care that accompanies it, believes it is important to transform existing care into a more positive dementia care culture. Brianna Kelly of HCR ManorCare will discuss this Positive Approach to Care, Four Truth’s about Dementia, Teepa Snow’s Gem States, and how to support a person living with dementia. Registration is required. Register online, in person at the adult services desk or by calling 412-366-8100, extension 113.

Legally Blonde the Musical
March 5-7, 7pm, March 8, 2pm. Fox Chapel High School, 611 Field Club Road in O’Hara Township.
The Fox Chapel Area High School 2020 spring musical . Tickets are $13 each and all seats are reserved.  Tickets go on sale February 3 at 8 a.m. and can be purchased through the website for an additional convenience fee.  Tickets will also be sold at the high school box office (with no convenience fee) on Sat., Feb. 29 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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.

Entry Submissions Open for North Pittsburgh Quilters Guild Quilt Show 
Friday, April 24-Sunday, April 26, Ross Township Community Center. This year’s theme is Log Cabin Fever. More than 100 quilts will be displayed along with a variety of vendors, and chances to win a dream basket, sewing machines and a quilt appraisal. Entry submissions are open to the public for this juried show. Tickets to win the Log Cabin Raffle Quilt are being sold by members and available in local quilt shops. For more info,

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.

Thursdays, Jan. 9-April 2, 7-9pm., Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Rm. 206 15090. Student Ministry Room, Upper Level. The road to healing from the heartache of divorce is not meant to be traveled alone. Team members facilitate small 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.

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.

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