November Events: Veterans Day, Lebo Lights, Symphony Splendor, Oliver Miller Homestead Thanksgiving, The Marriage of Figaro, Charlie Brown Christmas Musical, Yes! Virginia, The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans, Jewish Comedy Night, Cheers for Children, Holiday for the Birds, SHIM Angel Day, MLJWC Holiday Market, Lebo Comics Festival, NCJW Designer Days, Wings & Wildlife, Free Ski and Coldwell Banker Holiday Breakfast.
Celebrate our World War II veterans with the Veterans Breakfast Club on Sunday, November 5, at 1 m. in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. The event includes a panel discussion, refreshments and special recognition ceremony. All are welcome. www.VeteransBreakfastClub.com
The Historical Society of Mount Lebanon will present a veterans’ storytelling program as part of its speaker series on Wednesday, November 8, at 7 p.m. at Mt. Lebanon Public Library. It will also host a brief program at the Mt. Lebanon Veterans Memorial in Main Park on Veterans Day, November 11, at 5 p.m. www.LeboHistory.org.
Uptown Lebo Light Night is Thursday, November 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Washington Road.
Beverly Bright Night is Thursday, December 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Beverly Road.
Mt. Lebanon’s light nights are fun, festive evenings with carolers, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa and a ceremonial tree lighting. Come to the one closest to you, or come to both! Entertainment, setting and local business involvement will vary, but both are fun for the whole family! www.MtLebanon.org.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Association’s Symphony Splendor tour returns to Virginia Manor again this year! Eight families will open their festively decorated homes to the public on Sunday, November 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can enjoy performances by symphony musicians and a free Molly’s Trolleys shuttle service between the homes. www.PSA75.org.
Thanksgiving on the Frontier
Ever wonder what Thanksgiving was like 250 years ago? Stop by the Oliver Miller Homestead on Sunday, November 19, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a reenactment of The Miller family’s Thanksgiving feast. Guests can also tour the grounds of this historical Whiskey Rebellion site or watch a short reenactment of a church service by John McMillan, a local 18th century Presbyterian minister and missionary. www.OliverMillerHomestead.org.
The Marriage of Figaro
Even if you don’t know opera, you know the music from The Marriage of Figaro, which has been used in movies from The King’s Speech to Zombieland to The Shawshank Redemption. See this famous comedic opera in its entirety from November 4 to 12 at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. www.PittsburghOpera.org.
Charlie Brown Christmas
Take a break from the shopping frenzy this Black Friday, November 24, and head down to the Byham Theater to see the new touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage. This adaptation is based on the beloved animated television special and features Vince Guaraldi’s original music. www.TrustArts.org.
Little Lake Theatre Company kicks off the holiday season with two evenings of festive fun on November 24 and 25. Family-friendly activities begin at 7 p.m., including ornament decoration, writing letters to Santa, treats, a visit from Santa himself and a performance of Yes Virginia! The Musical. www.LittleLake.org.
Heart and Soul
New Orleans’ Preservation Hall is the musical heart of the French Quarter, and three of the concert hall’s long-time performers—Irma Thomas, The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet and The Blind Boys of Alabama—are coming to Pittsburgh for one concert on Wednesday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to see these illustrious jazz artists begin at $30. www.TrustArts.org.
Jewish Comedy Night
Renowned comedian Avi Liberman, who has performed in various shows for CBS, Comedy Central and NBC, is coming to Pittsburgh for Chabad of the South Hills’ 3rd Annual Jewish Comedy Night. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, at The Hollywood Theater in Dormont. Tickets are $25. www.Chabadsh.com.
Cheers for Children
Howard Hanna Mt. Lebanon is hosting its “Cheers for Children” children’s hospital holiday celebration on Thursday, November 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Springhill Suites on Washington Road. Adult beverages, hors d’oeuvres from Mt. Lebanon restaurants, raffles, auctions, music and more are included in the $20 ticket price. 412-561-7400.
Holiday for the Birds
A local favorite festivity for preschoolers—Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy’s Holiday for the Birds—gives your kiddo the chance to make a biodegradable bird feeder, learn about local bird species and meet some animals in person. Register ahead of time for this event at Mt. Lebanon Public Library on Saturday, December 2, at 10 a.m. Email: ChrisGPhillips@verizon.net.
As SHIM prepares for its many holiday programs to help local families in need, it asks the community to participate in Angel Day on Wednesday, November 8. This annual holiday giving campaign helps insure a happy holiday season for more than 600 South Hills children. All donations received on Angel Day will be matched up to $5,000. www.ShimCares.org.
MLJWC Holiday Market
Support our local Junior Women’s Club at their ninth annual Holiday Market on Saturday, November 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This handmade juried art show at Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church includes food trucks, raffles, bake sales and more. www.MLJWC.com.
The Lebo Comics Festival at Mt. Lebanon Public Library will conclude this month with two events. First, celebrate 75 years of Wonder Woman, who originally appeared in Sensation Comics in 1942, at a presentation on her history and influence on Thursday, November 16, at 7 p.m. Then come to the library at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, for a comic-themed party, which features crafts, refreshments and activities for all ages. www.MtLebanonLibrary.org.
Always on the lookout for deals on designer clothes? Don’t miss Designer Days at Thriftique, an resale store in Lawrenceville operated by NCJW Pittsburgh, from November 3 to 5. The shopping event features deep discounts on new and gently-used upscale designer clothing and accessories, with an additional 50% off remaining items on the final day. All proceeds go toward NCJW programs. www.NCJWPGH.org.
Wings & Wildlife
The National Aviary’s annual juried art show is November 4 to 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year, the show will highlight the works of 40 regional and national wildlife artists. The Aviary is also hosting an opening soiree and benefit auction on Friday, November 3, for those who want to experience the show in a more formal setting or purchase art before the show opens to the public. www.Aviary.org.
Your fourth or fifth grader is eligible to ski or snowboard for free up to three times this winter! The Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association offers free ski passes to nearly 10,000 kids annually, and they also offer 50% off beginner lift, lesson and rental packages for accompanying adults. It is $35 to apply for the program before December 1 and $40 after. www.SkiPA.com.
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services will host a holiday breakfast to benefit Make-A-Wish Greater PA and West Virginia and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Friday, December 8, at Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South 164 Fort Couch Road. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast served at 9:30. Tickets are $20. Guests are invited to bring non-perishable food items for the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Judy Hlister at the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services South Hills office, 412-901-6808 or email Judy.Hlister@pittsburghmoves.com.
Senior Luncheon The Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department will host a luncheon for seniors, 55 and older, on Tuesday, November 14, at the rec center on Cedar Boulevard. Bingo at 11, hot lunch buffet and 50/50 raffle at noon, and movie at 1. Cost is $6 and please bring a canned good for the food bank. Please preregister. Walk-ins will pay a late fee and will only be accepted if space permits. Register in person or by calling 412-343-3409.