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Group photo of a residents' class.
Mt. Lebanon’s popular residents academy, a nine-week program that gives residents an inside look at how the municipality operates, graduated its seventh class earlier this spring. In addition to presentations from municipal departments, including police, fire, finance, public works, recreation and economic development, representatives from the Mt. Lebanon School District, Medical Rescue Team South Authority, South Hills Cooperative Animal Control  and several other service providers address the class. The residents academy fills up fast, and there is almost always a waiting list. To register for next year’s class, visit, or call (412) 343-3552. /Photo: John Schisler

CHECK WITH THE INSPECTORS If you’re thinking about selling your house, here’s a reminder to give Mt. Lebanon’s Inspection Office a call to make sure there are no active permits or violations that could impact your closing.

Rodney Sarver, chief inspector and zoning officer, says sometimes it’s something as simple as a fence permit that needs to be checked out and marked as completed. Additions are a bit more complex because they require a certificate of occupancy.

“We need to ensure that these permits are closed out, to ensure a safe transfer of property,” said Sarver.

The Mt. Lebanon Inspection Office can be reached at (412) 343-3408.

Saturday Uptown Market /Photo: Judy Macoskey


Warm weather means spending time outside without having to worry about frostbite. Mark your calendar for these happenings and get out there.

THE MARKETS The Mt. Lebanon Uptown Market kicks off from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 11, in the heart of Mt. Lebanon’s Uptown business district, and continues every Saturday through the end of October. On the second Saturday of each month, makers and artists will set up and sell art, apparel, jewelry, housewares and more.

On Wednesday, June 5, the Mt. Lebanon Lions Club Farmers Market debuts from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church, 975 Washington Road. The market will feature occasional special events, including music and other entertainment.

DIVE IN The Mt. Lebanon Swim Center opens on Saturday, May 25. Daily admission fees are $10 for adults 19 to 61, and $9 for seniors and for children 3 to 18. Kids under 2 get in for free. For season passes, call 412-561-4363, or visit the recreation section of


JUNETEENTH On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and enslaved people in the United States of America were now free. Mt. Lebanon’s fourth annual Juneteenth celebration will be held from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, June 9, at Mt. Lebanon Park. Last year’s Juneteenth event drew more than 300 people, a record organizers are hoping to break.

Artist Ashley Hodder takes a selfie with her daughter Estelle DeSilva, 7, in front the butterfly Hodder painted to commemorate the Lebo Pride Celebration held at Mt. Lebanon Park on June 17, 2023. Photo: John Schisler

LEBO PRIDE The third annual Mt. Lebanon Pride celebration returns to Mt. Lebanon Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 15. The family friendly event features arts and crafts, face painting, a bounce house, a clothing swap, music, food, an interactive art installation and more.

FIRST FRIDAYS The Mt. Lebanon Partnership’s super-popular First Friday street party returns on Friday, June 7, July 5 and August 2. Festivities are from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring a concert in Clearview Common. Check back  next month for a list of bands.

SUMMER REC JOBS The Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department is accepting applications for camp counselors and supervisors to lead the sports, art and playground camps this summer. These are part time, seasonal positions that run from June 17 to July 26. Pay is $10 to $16.75 an hour, depending on the role. Counselors and supervisors will develop fun activities, work with staff to supervise children in the programs and much more. Some of the activities include painting, ceramics, sidewalk art, kickball, table games, nature programs and music. Find out more about the specific roles and apply at