March Events: Egg Hunt, Mad Hatter’s Ball, Orchid Show, Disability Summit, Reach for a Star Gala, Pennsylvania Vital Records, Pittsburgh Playhouse Closes, Club Lebo, Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, Visual Voices: Truth Narratives, Lights! Glamour! Action!, Men’s Golf Membership, St. Paul’s Rummage Sale and Pre-Passover Outing.
Mad Hatter’s Ball
Beginning with a “Very Merry UnBirthday” cocktail and Viennese hour to celebrate Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club’s 50th anniversary, the organization’s “Mad Hatter’s Ball,” will include an open bar, silent auction, luxury basket raffles and more. The group’s annual charity gala, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 24, in Cefalo’s Banquet and Events Center, will benefit the Foster Love Project. www.MLJWC.com.
Stop and smell the orchids! The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania’s annual orchid show will be held at the Phipps Garden Center Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See hundreds of orchids, learn how to care for them and buy enough to bring springtime into your home. www.oswp.org.
State Rep. Dan Miller’s 5th Annual Disability Summit is March 22 and 23 at Beth El Congregation. Miller is excited to welcome keynote speakers Teresa Miller, Pennsylvania Secretary of Human Services on March 22, and Pedro Rivera, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education on March 23. The summit also will feature a support services resource fair on March 22 and an employment and transition fair on March 23, with informative sessions on both days. To promote inclusivity, summit events are free and open to the public. www.DisabilitySummit.com
Reach for a Star
The Center for Theater Arts (CTA) will host its 37th annual Reach for a Star gala Saturday, March 10, at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Southpointe. The event begins with a patrons’ reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a cocktail hour and auction at 7 p.m. Live entertainment will follow dinner, with a chance to hear from special guests—past guests have included Broadway stars and famous composers. www.CenterForTheaterArts.org.
Learn how Pennsylvania Vital Records can help in your genealogical research. Marilyn Cocchiola Holt, president of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogy Society, will speak Monday, March 19, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Lebanon Public Library. www.MtLebanonLibrary.org
After 85 years, the Pittsburgh Playhouse is closing its doors. As Point Park prepares to move into a new six-story teaching and theater facility downtown, the Playhouse invites the community back to the Rockwell Theatre one last time to say goodbye. The Lights Out Celebration will be Monday, June 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. The event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, dancing, open mic and theater memorabilia. Tickets go on sale March 15. www.PittsburghPlayhouse.com
Your middle schooler will want to go back to school on a Friday night for Club Lebo! This rec department “lock-in” program provides Mt. Lebanon students, grades 6 to 8, with a supervised environment to hang out with friends and engage in fun activities such as sports, dancing, games and movies. This month’s club will be at Jefferson Middle School Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m. To register your student or volunteer as a chaperone, visit www.mtlebanon.org/515/Club-Lebo.
This year the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival will explore the theme of continuum: Past, Present, Future. From February 24 to March 4, the festival will present a series of performances and conversations with renowned academics, artists and innovators including Rick Sebak, NPR’s Guy Raz and National Geographic paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim. The festival is based in the Cultural District and surrounding areas. www.TrustArts.org
Highlighting the interconnectivity of the modern-day global community, Contemporary Craft’s new exhibition, Visual Voices: Truth Narratives, features 35 ceramic artists who touch on global issues and emotions. Themes acknowledge racial, religious, class and gender biases in every part of the world. The exhibition runs March 14 through August 18. www.ContemporaryCraft.org
Lights! Glamour! Action!
Watch the 2018 Oscars on the big screen at the Pittsburgh Film Office’s annual gala! On Sunday, March 4, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 6 p.m., guests can walk the red carpet and enjoy a champagne reception, gourmet food stations, cocktails and more. Dress is black-tie optional. www.pghfilm.org.
Men’s Golf Memberships
Want to join the Mt. Lebanon Senior Men’s Golf Club? Membership is open to men age 55 and older, and the club plays Wednesday mornings from April through October at the Mt. Lebanon Golf Course, plus monthly outings to other local courses. The season kicks off with a dinner at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at the Crowne Plaza Suites Pittsburgh South. www.mensgolfmtlebo.webs.com.
St. Paul’s Rummage Sale
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is hosting a rummage sale on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Outreach Teen and Family Services. www.StPaulsPgh.org.
Make a Seder plate out of wood at Chabad of the South Hills’ pre-Passover family outing. The event, which will also include interactive Passover activities will be held on Sunday, March 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Home Depot Village Square Mall in Bethel Park. Bring something for the kosher food pantry. Pre-register at www.chabadsh.com.