down in front!

all the pickled things

Salt. Vinegar. Delicious in chip-flavor form, and instrumental in the pickling process, which has sprung up independently all over the world to unite us in tangy, lip-puckering satiation. On July 15 and 16, the Rachel Carson Bridge, downtown, will become the Republic of Picklesburgh, with an array of brined and vinegared treats from around the world. Corned beef? You bet. Sauerkraut? Please. Kimchi? What do you think? Also artisan cocktails featuring pickled ingredients, pickling demonstrations, music and of course, a pickle juice drinking contest. All the pickled things.

Emilio Gomez, last year’s Men’s Futures singles winner, is from Ecuador. Photo by Hannah Phillips.

all you need is love

Unless you’re playing tennis. Then love isn’t everything. In fact, it’s nothing at all. Not even a secondhand emotion. The USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Professional Tennis Tournament and Futures Tournament runs from June 27 to July 6 at the Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center on Cedar Boulevard. At the same time, college contenders from all over the country will convene for the “West Penn,” National Collegiate Clay Court Championships, the oldest clay court event in the U.S., held since 1889. Come and watch some great tennis. Matches go on all day, with feature matches from 5 to 6.  Admission is free. Tournament director is Mt. Lebanon head pro Hank Hughes. For information,


senior lunches, trips

Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department hosts a monthly senior luncheon, presentation and movie at the recreation center on Cedar Boulevard. Cost is $6. Senior trips also are popular. Please note that you must preregister at 412-343-3409. Here’s the summer schedule:

Tuesday, July 19 Chef Dan Andrasko of Marian Manor will give a cooking demonstration, and a dietician will discuss the benefits of garlic. Check-in is at 10:30 with the presentation at 11, lunch at noon and the movie at 1. Sponsored by Bethany Hospice and Marian Manor.

Tuesday, August 16 A presentation on Medicare enrollment guidelines and Medicare basics, followed by lunch and a movie, sponsored by Highmark.

Thursday, August 18 Enjoy a trolley trip to Sewickley. This trip,  open to anyone 18 and older, includes lunch, shopping and a tour of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. Bus leaves the recreation center at 10 a.m., and returns around 3 p.m. Cost is $10.

Call 412-343-3409 for more information.


library garden concert

hot august nights

The Mt. Lebanon Library courtyard is the stage for free concerts every Thursday in August. Concerts start at 7 and will move inside if it rains. Which it won’t. This summer’s lineup:

August 4: Mt. Lebanon resident Christopher Mark Jones performs

August 11: RML Jazz returns by popular demand.

August 18: Nan Hoffman plays American folk music.

August 25: Mt. Lebanon High School String Quartet wraps up the series.


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drivin’ around in your automobile

If you go motorvatin’ over the hill and you see Maybellene in a Coupe de Ville, chances are you’re someplace like the Mt. Lebanon Classic Car Show and Street Festival. On Sunday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Washington Road will host a bevy of Chevys, some Lincolns, we’re thinkin’, and a Ford smorgasbord, including your Mustang, Sally. Admission is free to the family event, which includes music, food, tons of cool cars and even a Touch-a-Truck event for the little ones at the Mt. Lebanon Library.


VA manor christmassave the date

The Pittsburgh Symphony Association will hold its annual holiday home tour in Mt. Lebanon this year. The fund-raiser, which will be open to the public, will showcase a number of architecturally significant houses in Virginia Manor, all beautifully decorated for the holidays. Now in its third year, the holiday home tour previously has been in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood.  Mt. Lebanon seems a good location for the event, as many symphony subscribers and supporters live here, along with nearly 30 of the 100 PSO musicians. Symphony musicians will play as people tour the first floors of the houses. So save the date, Sunday, November 20, and watch for specific information about the locations, the price of the tour, where to buy tickets and other particulars in our September issue.


Southwinds will host its 15th Annual Charity Golf Outing on Monday, July 25. Southwinds provides homes for people who are developmentally challenged, while offering opportunities for social involvement and independence. To register or be a sponsor, visit

On July 4, we celebrate the spirit of freedom that is the birthmark of our great nation. Our very first freedom, apparently, was the right to ride a pony into town and pretend a feather in your hat was macaroni. You can still do that in most states, but we have a lot more planned for our Fourth. Games and activities for kids start at noon in Mt. Lebanon Park. All-star softball and baseball games go from 9 to 5. Petting zoo, Eurobungy, climbing wall and, of course, pony rides for you to express your millinery freedom. The acoustic trio Tres Lads are in concert in the park at 7:30 and fireworks after dark, usually around 9:30. Rain date for the fireworks is July 5.

The DeMarillac Guild will hold a flea market on Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16 at St. Louise DeMarillac Church, 320 McMurray Road. Hours are 9 to 5 on Friday and 9 to 1 on Saturday.

Mt. Lebanon Christian Church, 371 Cedar Boulevard, is having a vacation bible school from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., August 9-11. For more information call 412-531- 8554 or visit

Mt. Lebanon Library’s Beer Garden Bash is happening at 6 p.m., Saturday, August 27. Dozens of craft beers, ciders, soft drinks, gourmet hot dogs, and more in the library’s lovely courtyard. Music by steel drummer Dan Meunier. The $35 tickets will go on sale at the library and on the library’s website on July 5. Newcomers’ and Neighbors’ Club of Mt. Lebanon meets each month for coffee at various coffee shops around town. New to the area? Been here a while but looking to meet new people? Join us for coffee and conversation. All women who live or work in Mt. Lebanon are invited. Children are welcome. For more information, contact Louise or Sara at

At 10 a.m., Saturday, August 6, the Historical Society of Mount Lebanon will host a one-mile walking tour of Virginia Manor. See a variety of styles and learn about the events that shaped one of Mt. Lebanon’s prettiest neighborhoods. Meet at the entrance to Virginia Manor off Cochran Road. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for members.

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