Getting Together – Aug. 14
Laureate Zeta Iota will meet for Beginning Day on Aug. 22 at Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. Members will tour the arboretum before dinner. The service committee is collecting eyeglasses for New Eyes for the Needy.
Southwestern PA Registered Nurses Club will hold its 14th annual fall card party 10:30 a.m. Sept. 28. Play cards, games or just socialize. Admission is $25. Includes lunch and prizes. Tickets for a Chinese auction, Share the Wealth and raffle will be sold at the event. For luncheon tickets, call Elizabeth Breneman at 412-655-9420. Proceeds will benefit the nursing scholarship fund.
• Family Battle of the Books, 7 p.m. Aug. 26. Pick up the list of required reading.
• Stop Bullying Now, elementary students and parents, 7 p.m. Aug. 29.
• Falun Dafa to improve mind and body, 7 p.m. Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12. Easy-to-learn exercises and mediation.
• Wise Walk, 9:30 a.m. Aug. 29. Ten-week walking program geared to ages 50+.
• Computer Basics, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16.
• Dog Body Language for pet parents, babysitters, kennel employees, dog walkers and petsitters, sponsored by Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation, 2 p.m. Aug. 17.
• Pet CPR with Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation, 11:30 a.m. Aug. 17. Topics include heat stroke, insect stings, cuts, poisoning, choking and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Call 412-220-7800 to register.
• Teen Movie Night, 6 p.m. Aug. 27.
• Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Discuss “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.
• Sign up for yoga class to begin Aug. 20.
• Bag A Bunch of Books sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 30 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 31. Cost is $5 a bag. Proceeds will help raise funding for a new roof.
• Geographic Focus on Civil War Era, 10 a.m. Aug. 19.
• Chess Club, K-seventh grade, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20.
• Folksong Sharing, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21.
• Beer Garden Bash, 6 p.m. Aug. 24. Enjoy ales and lagers and a picnic meal.
• Fun With Animals with Verna McGinley, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 28. Explore ponds, streams and animals that live in them.
• Open Art Studio, kids, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 31.
• Dig Into Reading Finale Picnic, noon Aug. 17. Games, treats, music.
• Research on the Internet, 7 p.m. Aug. 20. Cost $5.
• Internet Assisted Job Search, 7 p.m. Aug. 27.
• Finishers, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20. Bring crafts to work on.
• Adult Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26. Read “Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen.
• Pick the Perfect Pet, 7 p.m. Aug. 22.
• Grow a Terrarium, 7 p.m. Aug. 26. Bring a glass container. Cost is $10.
Upper St. Clair
• Family Fun with ventriloquist Cindy Speck, ages 4-8, 7 p.m. Aug. 22.
Phipps Conservatory anticipates the blooming of one of the world’s rarest, largest and smelliest flowers, the legendary corpse flower. It was first cultivated in 1889. Named “Romero” after horror director George Romero, whose Night of the Living Dead was filmed around Pittsburgh, the corpse flower is on display in the Palm Court until it blooms late in August.
The flower will last 24-48 hours, then it will collapse, reappearing six to 10 years later.
Friendly Squares will host a free fun night of square dancing at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at St. Benedict the Abbot Church, McMurray. Families, singles and couples are welcome.
For details, call 412-302-1960.
Red, Ripe and Roasted
Phipps Conservatory will host its ninth annual Red, Ripe and Roasted tomato and garlic festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 25. This family-friendly event features cooking demos, tomato contest (prizes for ugliest, smallest or largest tomato), farmers’ market and activities for kids.
Guests are asked to bring a bag of fresh produce to help community members through the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Last year’s event collected more than 3,100 pounds of food.
Afternoon of music
3rd Street Gallery, Carnegie, will present Roger Barbour & Friends at 3 p.m. Aug. 18. The afternoon of music will feature Roger Barbour on trumpet and flugel horn, Mark Strickland on piano, Miles Jackson on upright bass, Vince Taglieri on drums and Barbara Ray on vocals. Cost is $15 at the door.
Bethel Park Community Foundation will hold its final Tower Concert featuring the Pittsburgh Banjo Club at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 18. No charge. Donations accepted.
Shadyside’s Summer Art Festival will be held Aug. 24-25 on Walnut Street. Local, regional and national arts. Live music and free giveaway of an original painting. For details, visit www.artfestival.com.
Washington Area Humane Society in Eighty Four will host its second Dog Swim at Mineral Beach, Finleyville, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 2. Dogs will receive a doggie bag of goodies. Activities are planned for dogs and humans of all ages.
Preregister at www.washingtonpashelter.org for $10 for the first dog and $5 for additional dogs. On Swim Day, first dogs will be $15, additional dogs $5.
Fix ‘Ur Cat will sponsor its second miniature golf charity tournament starting at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 at Red Carpet Golf and Recreation Center in Washington.
Dinner will be served at 5 p.m., golf begins at 6:15. Dessert, raffles, prizes.
Tickets are $15 per person or $55 per foursome.
Fix ‘Ur Cat is a volunteer group whose goal is to help Washington County residents access low-cost neuter/spay services for their cats. Proceeds from the golf outing will support these services in the Washington County area. Receive one raffle ticket for each pound of dry cat food or five cans of food donated to Fix ‘Ur Cat. For details, call 724-503-8523.
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation has planned the following program on Pittsburgh’s Penn Avenue. Travel Penn Avenue from Wilkinsburg to Pittsburgh’s Point at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center in Wilkinsburg. Follow the path that British General John Forbes and his troops took as they marched westward to take control of the Point in November 1758.
To register, call 412-471-5808 ext. 527.
The Central Blood Bank will conduct a blood drive 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 28 at Peters Township Public Library. All donors will receive two Pittsburgh Pirate tickets. For an appointment, call 412-209-7213.
Monongahela Valley Hospital plans a Bariatric Surgery Information Session, 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Call 412-641-3632.
• Auxiliary Ice Cream Social with lunch, ECC, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 23. Proceeds will enhance services for patients and visitors. Call 724-258-1167.
• Advanced Carbohydrate Counting, ECC, 6 p.m. Aug. 28. Call 724-258-1483.
Christian Singles Fellowship of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church will offer its 40th annual retreat for singles Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at Jumonville Camp & Retreat Center in Hopwood. All denominations of single, separated, divorced or widowed people are welcome. For details, call Deanna Everly at 304-376-4132.