community updates


CHURCH BELLS RING… As part of its Saints and Stained Glass series, the Historical Society of Mount Lebanon will host a tour of Southminster Presbyterian Church on Washington Road 2 p.m., Sunday, December 9. This tour will cover the history of the church, which was designed by Pringles and Tufts architects in the 1920s, as well as the stained glass windows that were styled after those in Chartres Cathedral in France. The tour will include a visit to the bell tower and a presentation about the carillon. Tickets are $10 for the tour only and $20 for the tour and an English tea in the church’s Fellowship Hall at the tour’s end. RSVP at 412-418-9348 or

ELECTRIFYING PROGRAM Mt. Lebanon Library presents “The Life and Work of Thomas Edison,” a new free series that starts Friday, November 2, and runs 10 a.m., Fridays through December 14 (no lecture November 23). Edison, known as “the Wizard of Menlo Park,” developed  incandescent light, a power distribution system, the phonograph and movie cameras. Dr. Cleon Cornes will review Edison’s life and discuss the many ways his work has made an impact on our lives.



MEET THE AUTHOR If you enjoyed mtl’s September article, “What’s So Funny,” about Brigitte Martin and her new coffee table book Humor in Craft, stop at Mt. Lebanon Library 7 p.m., Monday, November 12, to meet her. Martin, Connecting Road, will discuss art and the craftspeople featured in her book and introduce you to  a world of whimsical and funky contemporary craft. You can even cross a hard-to-shop-for friend off your holiday shopping list, as autographed copies of Humor in Craft will be available for purchase. The program is free.

HISTORIC GIFT IDEAS The end of Mt. Lebanon’s centennial year is approaching, and you can show your appreciation for our 100-year-old community by buying Historical Society of Mount Lebanon’s holidays cards.  The cards, some in color and others in black and white,  feature vintage scenes of Mt. Lebanon. They come in sets of 12 featuring six scenes (two of each). Cost is $15. Purchase the cards at the Mt. Lebanon History Center, 200 Lebanon Avenue, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, or at And if you’re looking for other great holiday gifts, you can’t go wrong with “Mt. Lebanon,” the historical society’s book of historic photographs, a Mt. Lebanon coloring book or an “I  Lebo” T-shirt or baby onesie. Items can be ordered online and shipped anywhere in the U.S. 412-563-1941.

HOLIDAY HOUSES The Mt. Lebanon office of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is hosting its 22nd  annual house tour on Saturday, November 10. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund.

Tickets are $25 and include a tour of eight homes, lunch, a Chinese and silent auction, 50/50 raffle, bake sale, book sale, and car raffle.

Tickets for lunch only are $8, or two for $15.

This year’s featured homes are:
1057 Lindendale Drive, 210 Seminole Drive, 12 Hazel Drive, 40 Woodhaven Drive, 109 Jefferson Drive, 928 Valleyview Road, 387 Parker Drive and 805 White Oak Circle.

Tickets and directions are available at Howard Hanna’s Mt. Lebanon Office at 607 Washington Road and online at the event’s official website: