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giving season

Support Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services’s Holiday Breakfast, Friday, December 11, at Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South, 164 Fort Couch Road. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast served at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are $20, and please bring non-perishable food items for the food bank. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 412-833-5405 or e-mail

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Allegheny West homes on tour.

victorian holiday

Get all Dickensian at the Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour, December 11 and 12 on the North Side. Starting at Calvary United Methodist Church, where you can browse antiques and crafts at the Christmas Shop,  the guided tour will take you into some of the finest, most lavishly decorated Victorian homes of Old Allegheny West. Learn about Victorian holiday traditions and about some
of the notable residents of the Allegheny West neighborhood. Following the tour, visit one of the world’s largest toy train museums. House tour, $35; train museum tour, $15.
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brite night

Welcome the holiday season at Beverly Brite Night on Beverly Road, Thursday, December 3, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Kids’ activities, Santa, music, caroling. No grinches allowed, but maybe some Whos will show up and sing that “fah who for-aze, da-who doraze” song they like so much.


winter guard
Last year’s crew of Santa’s Pancake Breakfast helpers pose with the Bearded One.

santa & pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes? Who doesn’t love Santa? From 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, December 12, these beloved institutions will come together at the still-pretty-new Mt. Lebanon High School cafeteria. The high school’s Winter Guard serves up the pancake breakfast, which is sure to draw the always hungry Santa to the event. Games, face painting, crafts, cookies and more. A boutique, and more. Live music, and more.  More. $8, adults; $4, children 2-5.



Chanukah Seniors Luncheon, 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 8, at the South Hills Jewish Community Center, 345 Kane Boulevard. Hot Latkes, menorah lighting, Chanukah music. $5 suggested donation. Wheelchair accessible. To register please call 412-278-2658.

The Deacon Cookie Sale at Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church, 900 Country Club Drive, is Saturday, December 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. Fresh baked cookies, breads, pastries and a variety of freezable goodies. Proceeds benefit Deacon missions and community outreach.
Saturday December 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church British Tea Room. Soup, scones, tea and a cookie sale. Proceeds benefit United Methodist Women’s Mission to Women, Children and Youth.

On Saturday, December 12, Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church will hold its 12th Annual Cookie Walk, from 10 to noon, at 220 Mansfield Boulevard in Carnegie. Nut crescents, fruit filled kolache, Ukrainian truffles, Italian rum balls, almond cookies, hamantaschen and Russian tea cakes along with hundreds of beautifully decorated holiday favorites. Cookies will be sold by the pound. Proceeds go toward community outreach programs and maintenance and beautification projects of the church, designatedas a historic landmark by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.

At 7 p.m., on Monday, December 14, at Mt. Lebanon Public Library, licensed professional counselor Paula Kauffman Oberly will provide simple strategies to help you relax and enjoy the holiday season. The presentation will focus on recognizing how our bodies respond to anxiety and how awareness of this can lead to more control over its negative impact.

The South Hills Chorale will perform its annual holiday concert program Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19, at Westminster Church on Washington Road in Upper St. Clair. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is A Jubilant Holiday. For ticket information call 412-222-9109 or visit

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