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MARCH ON The Mt. Lebanon High School Blue Devil Marching Band will present its 21st Annual Festival of Bands on Saturday, October 3, at 7 p.m., at Mt. Lebanon Stadium, rain or shine. Other area high school bands performing include, Taylor Allderdice, Brashear, Chartiers Valley, Cornell, Shaler, and more. There will also be special performances by The Mt. Lebanon Drum and Frontline, and the Mt. Lebanon 8th Grade Band.

library fright night
Charlotte Neilsen is a charming Snow White.

BOO! The library’s annual Fright Night is a celebration of all things spooky. This year’s event is 6:30 p.m., Friday, October 23, and you can expect thrills and chills for the entire family, free refreshments at Franken’s Diner, scary books for sale at The Book Cellar, activities, crafts and tons of fun. Costumes are optional, but highly recommended. Tickets are available at the gate for $7 or in advance from any band member for $6. For more information, email or call 412-874-5908.


GREEK FOOD Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church’s Autumn Food Fair is Wednesday, October 7, through Friday, October 9. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 123 Gilkeson Road. No fax, phone or online ordering this year. Takeout is available in the Community Center food line. Shop for odds and ends at Yiayia Joan’s Attic.

Donora will perform at the Uptown Block Party on October 17.

THE THING THAT’S HAPPENING Last month, we told you everything we knew about a mysterious uptown event that had no name—yet.Well, we know a little more now. We know it’s going to be a block party. And we know it’s going to be held uptown. Once we had those two bits of intelligence, we were able to connect the dots—it’s the Uptown Block Party. If that name happens to change before October 17, we will still have local bands Donora and Beauty Slap, along with beer, buskers,
and giant life-sized games. Presented by Mt. Lebanon Partnership and sponsored by Wilson-McGinley and Venture Outdoors, the Uptown Block Party will run from 5 to 10 p.m. on the 17th. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for Accessible Lebo, a group that aims to make life easier for people with special needs, including intellectual and/or physical challenges.


A LITTLE PIZZAZZ Pizzazz, the Garden Club of Allegheny County’s 20th annual shopping-event fundraiser is Thursday, October 15 through Saturday, October 17 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club. Along with returning favorites such as Catch All, Janet Egan and Crème de la Crème, the benefit will feature 15 new vendors and Orchid Originals, a booth that will present demonstrations by club members of elegant designs with orchids.

Tickets to Thursday’s Preview Party are $125. Friday and Saturday shopping day admission for each day is $10, or $40 with a buffet lunch. Pizzazz has raised more than $1 million so far. Proceeds support gardening and botanical projects across the region.

Details here, or call 310-977-1511.



REMEMBER WHEN For nearly seven decades, Music for Mt. Lebanon has been entertaining all ages of music lovers with programs in virtually any style you can imagine. This year’s season runs from October through April 2016, in such venues as Southminster Presbyterian Church, Mt. Lebanon High School and Mellon Middle School. Tickets are available at:  

Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners

Saturday, November 7

Mellon Middle School Auditorium

Best known for their 1959 hit, Since I Don’t Have You, Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners are a doo-wop group from Pittsburgh. And it’s not just originals; they cover the likes of the Four Seasons to Guns N’ Roses. They’ve hit the top 40 with songs This I Swear and Pennies from Heaven. Other classics include It Happened Today (1959), Close Your Eyes (1961) and Comes Love (1962). Current group members include Jimmy Beaumont, Donna Groom, Nick Pociask, Rick Morris and Mark Groom.


Seton-La Salle High School’s Open House is Sunday, October 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 1000 McNeilly Road. Meet students, parents, and teachers, and learn about academics, sports, activities and scholarship opportunities. For more information, visit or call 412-561-3583.

Temple Emanuel of South Hills will hold Cabaret Night 8 p.m., Saturday, October 24. Admission is $36 per person for tickets purchased by October 17. Cash wine bar, dessert auction. Entertainment by pianist and songwriter Dale Gonyea. For reservations or more information call Temple Emanuel 412- 279-7600.

The Mt. Lebanon Aquatic Club’s Swim-A-Thon will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, October 23, at the Mt. Lebanon High School swimming pool. Swimmers will raise money for the Samuel J Foundation,, a nonprofit dedicated to pediatric brain tumor research. The event also includes raffles and a concession stand. For more information, email

Mt. Lebanon Council of Republican Women will be holding its 61st Annual Benefit Luncheon at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 10, at St. Clair Country Club. For information and reservations, please contact Dee Spahr at 412-343-1055.

State Rep. Dan Miller will host Conversations That Matter, 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 14, at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 933 Brookline Boulevard. Topic of this month’s program is Women in the Workplace. Women earn on average 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Many report additional challenges, including: pregnancy discrimination, nursing accommodations, harassment, and access to maternity leave.

Howard Hanna hosts Cha Cha for Children’s Hospital, a fundraiser for the hospital’s Free Care Fund, 6:30 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, at South Hills Country Club on Brownsville Road. Tickets are $60 and include food, raffles, dancing and a cash bar. Call 412-561-7400 for tickets.

St. Gregory’s Byzantine Catholic Church will host A Tasteful Night, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Friday, October 30, at the Crowne Plaza on Fort Couch Road. Food from more than a dozen downtown and South Hills restaurants, live entertainment, and Chinese, silent, and live auctions. Tickets are $60. For more information, contact Sharon Opal at 412-721-3799 or Barbara Stasiuk at 412-885-2140.

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