July/August Events:Independence Day in Lebo, Classic Car Show & Festival, Yoga on the Lawn, St. Clair Summer Swing, Potterfest, Allegheny 9 Race, History Tour of Beverly Heights, Ballet Under the Stars, Summer Fun with Rec, Big Butler Fair, Library Garden Tour, Community Choir Concert, Band Fundraiser for Goodwill, Junior Women’s Club New Member Social, Harmony Singers Talent Call, Salvation Army Cooking Class
Mt. Lebanon 4th of July
Enjoy games, amusements, food and family-friendly activities from noon to 5 p.m. at Mt. Lebanon’s July 4 Community Day in Mt. Lebanon Park. A 7:30 p.m. concert by Tres Lads acoustic trio precedes the fireworks extravaganza, which will begin at 9:30 p.m. www.MtLebanon.org
22nd Annual Classic Car Show & Festival
Stop by Uptown Mt. Lebanon on Sunday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Mt. Lebanon Classic Car show. It’s free to the public, with plenty of food, vendors, music by the Good Guys Duo and, obviously, the chance to check out some rare and unique classic cars. www.MtLebanonPD.org
Yoga on the Lawn
Even if you are just a beginner, the 11th annual Karma Yoga event on the lawn of Southminster Presbyterian Church is a fun, enjoyable way to support a good cause. All proceeds from this event, held on Wednesday, July 12, at 7 p.m., go to The Corner, which is a nonprofit community center that brings together residents of West Oakland and Pittsburgh’s East End and offers valuable programs and workshops to its visitors. www.CornerPgh.org
The theme for St. Clair Hospital’s 2017 Summer Swing fundraiser is “Broadway on the Green.” Held at St. Clair Country Club on Friday, July 14, the evening will feature gourmet food stations and performances from Rema Webb, who starred on Broadway in The Color Purple, The Book of Mormon and The Lion King. All proceeds benefit the hospital. www.StClair.org/giving/summer-swing/
You may want to apparate to this 21+ Harry Potter event at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 21, at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, because your broomstick won’t get you there fast enough. Hogwarts-inspired activities, cocktails, wine and a DJ will make you feel like you are at the Yule Ball. Costumes are encouraged, but muggles are also welcome. Event SOLD OUT. AfterDark.CarnegieMNH.org.
South Park is hosting the Allegheny 9 on Saturday, August 5, at 9 a.m. The Allegheny 9 is a series of races, one in each of the nine parks in Allegheny County, offering a mix of 5K and 10K road and trail races. The series was created by the Allegheny County Parks Foundation to get people into the parks and to help raise money for improvement projects. www.ACParksFoundation.org
Beverly Heights SpotlightThe Historical Society of Mount Lebanon is hosting a Neighborhood Spotlight tour in Beverly Heights on Saturday, August 5, at 10 a.m. The event will focus on a one-mile circuit of the area’s streets, featuring various architectural styles and many stories of the events that shaped the neighborhood. Local architecture expert Pat Calvelo will lead the tour, which meets on Spaulding Circle. www.LeboHistory.org
Ballet Under the Stars
The Allegheny County Summer Concert Series will present a free “Ballet Under the Stars” event featuring Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre on Sunday, August 20, at Hartwood Acres. This twist on the typical “concert under the stars” presentation will feature a performance by PBT dancers, crafts, dance activities, photo opportunities and a barbecue with the artists. www.PBT.org
Summer Fun with Rec
The Dive in Pool Party is Friday, July 14, at 8:15 p.m. at the Mt. Lebanon Swim Center. A movie will be shown at dusk.
Head down to Mt. Lebanon Park on Sunday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m. for a free concert in the park by Artistree, a Pittsburgh-based pop, rock and soul group.
A beach-themed Art Camp for 4- to 6-year-olds and 7- to 11-year-olds will be held from July 31 to August 4 at the Recreation Department. Activities include crafts, painting and sculpture led by local artists.
Public Safety Camp is also July 31 to August 4 for kids ages 9 to 12, and each day will feature different events related to our three public safety departments—Police, Fire and MRTSA.
Pre-registration for the summer camps is required. www.mtlebanon.org
Big Butler Fair
Its claim to fame is “the largest fair in Western Pennsylvania,” so if you are looking to take the kids to a fair this summer, give the Big Butler Fair a try! It’s one hour from Mt. Lebanon, with a “Kiddie Land,” free concerts, fireworks, tractor pulls and school bus demolitions—typical fair stuff—and it guarantees a change in scenery from the suburbs. The fair runs from June 30 to July 8. www.BigButlerFair.com.
Lebo Garden Tour
Want to take a peek at the most beautiful private gardens in Mt. Lebanon? Then don’t miss Mt. Lebanon Public Library’s 27th Annual Garden Tour! This year’s event has three parts. First, the pre-tour party is the night before on Saturday, July 8, at 7 p.m. featuring live entertainment, light fare and cocktails in the Library garden courtyard. The self-guided garden tour is on Sunday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and pre-registration is not required (though there is a discount for registering ahead of time). Finally, a perennial sale will also be held at the library during tour hours. All plants in the sale are donated from local gardens, and gardening experts will be available to offer tips and advice. www.MtLebanonLibrary.org.
Community Choir Concert
As part of its Mission: Possible week, the Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church is hosting a free choir concert on Wednesday, July 19, at 7 p.m. The choir consists singers from the church’s chancel choir, Brookline Presbyterian church, some members of the Harmony Singers and South Hills Chorale and other singers in the South Hills community. www.MLEPC.org
Mt. Lebanon Marching Band is hosting a joint fundraiser with Goodwill on Friday, August 11, in the Mellon Middle School parking lot from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The marching band will receive 10 cents for every pound of items, such as clothing and home goods, donated to Goodwill on that day. Last year, the Fox Chapel High School Orchestra made over $1,000 doing the same fundraiser. The Mt. Lebanon Marching Band hopes to do better. www.LeboBand.com
New Member Social
The Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club is kicking off its 50th Anniversary year with a casual get-together for anyone interested in joining the club. The event will be held on Thursday, August 24, at 7 p.m. at 126 Markham Drive. Wine and food will be provided, and guests are encouraged to bring friends. www.mljwc.com
Want to join the Harmony Singers? All are welcome at the Harmony Singers’ Open House for new members on Tuesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. at the Brightwood Christian Church Social Hall. Performance experience and music-reading ability preferred. www.HarmonySingers.org.
The Salvation Army of Pittsburgh and 412 Food Rescue are working together to present a free weekly “Cooking Matters for Parents” class. The program is six weeks long—focused on cooking and nutrition lessons and one grocery store visit—and each class is two hours long. Dates for the program were not set at press time, but it is expected to run from July into August. Email Kristie.Dodds@USE.SalvationArmy.org for more info or to preregister.