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Last Saturday Cinema choices are “Harvey” on July 28 and “Lars and the Real Girl” on August 25.

Think of LAST SATURDAY CINEMA as the drive-in without the cars. Bring a chair to Clearview Common (at the corner of Washington Road and Alfred Street) around dusk on Saturdays, July 28 and August 25 for a free movie under the stars. On July 28 is the 1950 film Harvey with Jimmy Stewart, and on August 25 is Lars and the Real Girl, a 2007 film starring Ryan Gosling. The Denis Theatre Foundation is hosting this film series as a way to raise awareness of its campaign to renovate and reopen the landmark theater on Washington Road.

After the movies, film writer and teacher Elaine Wertheim will lead a movie discussion at Il Pizzaiolo on Washington Road. Wertheim is on the program committee with chair Christina Ambroselli and Conrad Waite.


The week you receive this magazine is the week world class tennis comes to Mt. Lebanon. Two overlapping tournaments, the United States Tennis Association Men’s Futures of Pittsburgh and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS started June 30 and will continue through July 8 at the Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center, 900 Cedar Boulevard. The qualifying tournament for the Men’s Futures began Saturday, June 30 and finishes Monday, July 2. The main attraction for the pro event starts Tuesday, July 3, at 9 a.m. and wraps up with the PNC Men’s Futures of Pittsburgh Final on Sunday, July 8. This pro circuit event awards $10,000 in prizes as well as pro tennis points that allows players to enter even larger events with bigger purses. The Mt. Lebanon stop is only one of 29 futures events held around the country, according to tournament director Dan Hackett. The second event, the National Collegiate Clay Court Championships/West Penn Amateur event, attracts top college players from around the country as well as the best local and college players, Hackett says. The main draw play starts Monday, July 2 at 9 a.m. For details, draws and results, check out


Drink more beer. It’s for the library.

More than a dozen of the Pittsburgh region’s finest craft beers, ales and lagers will be featured at MT. LEBANON PUBLIC LIBRARY’S BEER GARDEN BASH, 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, August 25, in the library’s courtyard. Classical Revolution Pittsburgh, a merry band of musicians resolved to get classical music out of stuffy concert halls, will provide the music with a program titled Chamber Music on Tap. The fundraiser, which last year netted almost $4,000, also features freshly baked soft pretzels and other snacks. The $20 tickets go on sale July 10 at the library’s front desk.

THE BIG PARADE The countdown to MT. LEBANON’S CENTENNIAL PARADE on Saturday, September 8, is under way. Invitations have been sent and bands, mascots and celebrities are falling into line. The parade will start at 3 P.M. on Washington Road at the intersection of Cochran Road and proceed down Washington Road, ending at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Once the parade has ended, there will be an all-ages community party along Washington Road between Shady Drive and Lebanon Avenue with food, music by Uptown Rhythm and Brass, family activities, shopping and more. If you or your organization would like to march, sponsor a float or participate, contact 412-440-2055 or



Karma Yoga, a fundraiser for the Wrapped in Love Foundation, is Tuesday, July 10, on the Southminster Church lawn.Last year more than 85 people gathered on the lawn of Southminster manse to bend and twist and stretch their way into various yoga poses under the direction of  Mt. Lebanon yoga instructor Janet Tant. This year’s annual karma yoga event is 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 10. Once again, it will be held on the manse lawn at Southminster Church—at the southeastern corner of Washington Road and Castle Shannon Boulevard. Empire Music will provide a sound system so it will be easy to hear Tant’s directions. This free gentle yoga class is open to everyone—even those new to yoga—and serves as a fundraiser for the Wrapped in Love Foundation, an organization that supplies blankets to cancer patients and others with serious illnesses, giving more than 1,700 blankets to eight area hospitals and caring facilities. Donations are welcome.“Yoga is physical, yet a very spiritual practice,” says Tant.

KARMA FOR A CAUSE “It is a wonderful feeling to express your inner self through an activity like yoga and at the same time help people who are going through a difficult time.” For more information, contact Tant at 412-344-1799 or To learn more about the Wrapped in Love foundation, log on to

Gear up for the classic car show, Sunday, July 8.









FUN, FUN, FUN Daddy took the T-Bird away back in the Johnson administration, but you may be able to find it at the MT. LEBANON POLICE DEPARTMENT CAR SHOW Sunday, July 8. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., little deuce coupes with flat head mills will share the stage with 409s, custom machines, fuel-injected Stingrays and a 413, along Washington Road between Lebanon Avenue and Cedar Boulevard (that section of the street will be closed beginning at 8). Music by the Good Guys Duo. Will they play Hot Rod Lincoln? I guess we’ll see. The Mt. Lebanon Police Department and the Mt. Lebanon Police Association sponsor this family-friendly event with help from Mt. Lebanon Sunrise Rotary, the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department and the Pontiac Oakland Club of Western Pennsylvania.  Proceeds benefit the police department’s youth programs.



July 4. When we told Merrie Olde England to Back the Helle Off.

ALL ABOARD! Ride the Freedom Train at the MT. LEBANON INDEPENCE DAY CELEBRATION, Wednesday, July 4, at Mt. Lebanon Park. Beginning at noon, carnival games, food, pony rides, petting zoo and lots more stuff. This year, because of the high school renovation project, the evening concert, which features Jeff Jimerson and Airborne, will be at Clearview Common and the fireworks display will be fired from the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Rain date for the fireworks is the next day. Visit and click on “Recreation Department” for details.

PARTY ON The signature summer event, ULTRAparty, will be back this year on Saturday, August 4, from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Mt. Lebanon Partnership is presenting the sixth annual party, which again will feature the music of popular cover band Velveeta. A $5 donation allows those 21 and older to purchase beer. Proceeds will benefit The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, which sponsors several special-needs hockey teams, including the Mighty Penguins. Sponsors so far are Wilson-McGinley/Miller Lite, the Saloon, Rollier’s, Empire Music, Pierson and Scott, Inc./Polachek Co. and Higher Images. The partnership also plans a pre-party, ULTRA FamilyFest, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Clearview Common with DJ Zombo. The event will include adaptive skiing and fly fishing for kids to try. Eighty to 100 volunteers are needed to assist on the day of the event. If you are interested in volunteering, providing sponsorship or serving as a food vendor, email As party time approaches, check