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SPEAKEASY Taking a cue from the recent popularity of “The Great Gatsby” movie (and maybe from character Jordan Baker who says: “I like large parties”), Mt. Lebanon Library will host A Novel Affair, 6 p.m. Saturday, October 12. The fundraiser replaces Books & Bubbly, and Library Director Cynthia Richey promises “it’ll be bigger and even better.” gatsby coverExpect live music from the era (jazz and ragtime), demonstrations of period dances (get ready to Charleston), signature cocktails from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s time (gin rickey, anyone?) and wine, beer and food. The Book Cellar will sell books at Roaring Twenties prices. Guests are encouraged to don their Fitzgerald-era-inspired clothing. Tickets are $30 in advance at the library and $35 at the door.


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ART EXHIBIT “A destination to see something not otherwise seeable,” is how Avon Drive artist Wess Smith describes “Deliberate Voyages,” his exhibition at the Borelli-Edwards Gallery in Lawrenceville. Smith, an artist with more than 50 years experience in traditional media, has branched out to digital painting in this new exhibit, on display until October 12.



FAB BOOK The Beatles made a lot of hits while they were a group and even now with 50 percent of them looking through the bent-back tulips, they seem hotter than ever. The moptops take center stage in The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny), a beautiful children’s book written by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer of California and illustrated by Mt. Lebanon’s Stacy Innerst. You can meet Innerst, get an autographed copy of the hardcover book (no Paperback Writers here) and take in some surprise Beatles entertainment at the official book signing November 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Create-A-Frame/Handworks Gallery, 615 Washington Road.

Signed copies of the books are $20 each and are not for the benefit of Mr. Kite. All profits will go to Center for Theater Arts, a nonprofit school for the arts that builds children’s self esteem as they learn how to sing and dance and act. Even Eleanor Rigby could have had a career in sales had she taken a class at the Center and built up her confidence.

Innerst illustrated the book the classic way—by creating paintings of each scene. Many of those paintings and some prints will also be available for purchase at the signing.Innerst_book

Reaction to the book has been hot and getting better all the time. “It’s been really good so far,” Innerst says. “The Beatles just kind of open doors like no one else.”


FAMILY HOSPICE MEMORIAL WALK  Family Hospice and Palliative Care hosts its annual Memorial Walk on Sunday, October 6, at Riverfront Park on the North Shore. Emceed by Pirates broadcaster Steve Blass, registration starts at 9 a.m., and the 3K walk begins at 10. Cost is $25 for adults; free for 12 and under. Pets on leashes are welcome. Pre-register at or by calling 412-572-8812.


 GOING THE EXTRA MILE Mt. Lebanon Fire and Police departments will team with CrossFit Mt. Lebanon for the Mogadishu Mile, a 5K run walk at 6 p.m., Friday, October 4, at Jefferson Middle School. The event is a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that provides programs and services to severely injured service members. This is the third year for the event and there will be a new feature—a team CrossFit challenge. Teams of four are encouraged to sign up for an additional 25 minutes of running and cardiovascular endurance based exercises. Prizes will be given to the best teams. Online registration is at and Early registration is $25; day of registration is $30.