down in front!


watch the winners
Enjoy a different kind of athletic event (and some rousing music) at the Mt. Lebanon High School  field Saturday, September 24, at 7 p.m., when the Blue Devil Marching Band presents its annual Festival of Bands. Many people think the physical stamina, coordination and practice required to master an on-field  band routine  is comparable to that of a competitive sport. (And if you don’t believe it, Google “Is Marching Band a Sport?”) We’ll save that debate for another time, but don’t be surprised if performances by the Blue Devils, including the popular drumline, along with many area high school bands and a major college band have you cheering—and they’re all winners.  Tickets are $7 at the gate of $6 in advance from band members. More information at or from Band Builders Vice President Valerie Christofel,

The Commonheart will play at Uptown Block Party.
The Commonheart will play at Uptown Block Party.

party in a central location
That way nobody gets lost.  We’re closing a couple of blocks of Washington Road for Mt. Lebanon’s Uptown Block Party, Saturday, September 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. The party, presented by the Mt. Lebanon Partnership, features music in Clearview Common by The Commonheart, games and food. The event will benefit Accessible Lebo, a nonprofit that strives to make Mt. Lebanon a great place for people of all abilities. There’s no admission but a $5 donation will buy you a wristband that will allow you to buy beer. Because there’s going to be beer. We forgot to say.

folk festival
Dance at the Folk Festival.

pittsburgh folk fest
The Pittsburgh Folk Festival, Pittsburgh’s oldest and largest celebration of ethnic diversity, observes its 60th year, Saturday, September 3, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, September 4,  from 11 to 6, at the Schenley Tent Plaza in Oakland. The free festival showcases more than 30 cultures and includes music, dancing, craft and culinary exhibits, food from all over the world and a global marketplace filled with handcrafted and imported goods. Learn more at

Outreach golf
Outreach event chairs Dave and Mary Birks, Dave Paolicelli, John Jones and Myles Lilley. Photo: Judy Macoskey

golfing for good
Show off your golf skills and help support Outreach Teen & Family Services  on Thursday, September 29, at Lindenwood Golf Club in Canonsburg. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 and lunch and a short program at 2. Cost is $150 for singles, $600 for foursomes and $50 for lunch only. Packages and sponsorship opportunities also are available. Pre-registration is required. Registration online or by mail, using the downloadable registration form. Learn more at, under the “Events” tab.

Community Events

Kingdom Kids of Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church is registering children for fall Kindergarten Enrichment. The Tuesday and Thursday program begins October 4 and is held from 11:40 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. One day a week is $55. Two days is $105.  Contact, 412-531-6227, ext. 103.

The Mt. Lebanon Police Department is looking for substitute crossing guards. All crossing guards start as subs  and are eligible for regular positions when openings occur.  Many subs work regularly. Pay is $13.91 an hour with  a $5.25 a day travel allowance. Various 2 ½-to 4 ½-hour positions are available beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Applicants receive training and a uniform. All guards must have a high school diploma, their own transportation and a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.  Tney also must pass a background check. Apply at Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building, 710 Washington Road, or the Public Safety Building, 555 Washington Road, weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or online at, under “Employment Opportunities.” For more information, call Supervisor Sharon Kroner at 412-343-4540.

The Mt. Lebanon Class of 1991 reunion will be Friday, November 25, at Cefalo’s in Carnegie. $55 includes two drinks and heavy hors d’ouevres. Tour the newly renovated high school on Saturday morning. For more information or to buy tickets, visit and search for “Mt. Lebanon Class of 1991.” Information: 561-264-1562.

Baptist Homes Society offers continuing education activities for social workers and registered nurses at its two locations, 489 Castle Shannon Boulevard and 500 Providence Point Boulevard. All classes are free and include dinner. For more information call 412-350-9654 or email

The Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh, 300 Beverly Road, is accepting applications for its certification program for yoga teachers, starting in October. To apply, go to For more information, call 412-344-7434,  or email

Pre-High Holiday Seniors Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, September 28, at  Chabad of the South Hills, Mt. Lebanon.  Special guest speaker, shofar making presentation, High Holiday themed music. $5 suggested donation. Wheelchair accessible. Preregistration strongly encouraged. Call  412-278-2658 or email

The Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church’s Autumn Food Fair and Yiayia Joan’s Attic starts Wednesday, October 5 and runs until Friday, October 7.  Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 123 Gilkeson Road. Visit for more information

The Pittsburgh Symphony Association will hold its annual holiday home tour in Mt. Lebanon on Sunday, November 20. The fund-raiser will showcase eight architecturally significant houses in Virginia Manor, all beautifully decorated for the holidays. Musicians will play as people tour the first floors of the houses. Tickets:

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