Sights & Sounds - Oct. 9

Published Oct 9, 2013 at 6:18 am (Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm)

Panel on China

Peters Township Public Library, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, will present “China as Number One? Scarcity and China’s Ascent in the 21st Century” at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the library. Featured speakers for this free program will be William Adams, senior international economist for the PNC Financial Services Group, and Damien Ma, a fellow at The Paulson Institute. Register by emailing or calling 724-941-9430.


The Old Schoolhouse Players, Hickory, will hold auditions at 7 p.m. Oct. 13-14 for “The Littlest Angel,” which runs in December. Those auditioning should prepare a brief song, no more than 16 bars. Cast requirements : one little angel, age 7 to 10, and 12 to 20 adults. There are ten speaking roles, which include the Gatekeeper, Understanding Angel, Heavenly Messenger and Divine Music Director.

‘Over the River’

The Old Schoolhouse Players will present “Over the River and Through the Woods” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 18-20 at the Bud Allison Memorial Auditorium, Mt. Pleasant Township Community Center, 20 Wabash Avenue, Hickory. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances are at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 60+ and students, and $8 for children 12 and under. Reservations recommended. Call 724-344-7467 for tickets or visit All sales final - no refunds.

Literary Society event

On Oct. 11, the Literary Society at La Roche College will host a presentation that explores the history of Pittsburgh’s medical establishments.

Guest speaker G. Alan Yeasted, M.D., FACP, senior vice president and chief medical officer at St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon, will present “The History of Pittsburgh Hospitals and Medical Schools.” Dr. Yeasted will focus on today’s institutions and the independent and Catholic hospitals that previously existed in the city of Pittsburgh.

The presentation will begin at 8 p.m. in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center at La Roche’s main campus in the North Hills. Open to the public, the event is free and will include refreshments.

For more information, contact La Roche College English Department Chair Sister Rita Yeasted, Ph.D., at 412-536-1216 or

Choral music

Renaissance & Baroque presents the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Stile Antico, performing The Phoenix Rising, a program of choral music from the English Renaissance, at 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Calvary Episcopal Church, Shadyside.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, or call 412-361-2048. Tickets are $20-$35 and student tickets are $10.

Dan Rooney book talk

The Peters Township Public Library will welcome Dan Rooney and Carol Peterson at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 to discuss the book they co-authored, “Allegheny City: A History of Pittsburgh’s North Side.”

Rooney will explain the role of the Pennsylvania Railroad in the landscape, share comments about famous North Side families, and describe his faith in the future of the neighborhood. Peterson will provide details about the architecture and ethnic groups on the North Side.

Copies of the book will be available for signing and purchase after the discussion.

To register, email or call 724-941-9430. Limited seating. Advance registration required. Rooney will not be available to sign Steelers or NFL paraphernalia during this event or pose for photographs.

Anniversary exhibit

A Hagar the Horrible Viking Fest to celebrate the comic strip’s 40th anniversary, will take place 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 9 at the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh. Viking helmets will be on hand and there will be a special visit from Hagar himself. To buy tickets, visit

The Hagar the Horrible exhibition runs through Dec. 1 and features 40 pieces of original art as well as personal artifacts.

Cops in Couture

Cops in Couture, a fashion show benefitting the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial of Allegheny County near Heinz Field, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at The Mall at Robinson.

Highlighting over 70 police officers and K9 units from Allegheny County police departments, these officers, including Officer James Kuzak, who was injured in the line of duty, will model the latest fashion trends.

Tickets are $35 at For more information, visit

Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory will celebrate its 35th anniversary Oct. 10 with an art auction. Visit for details

Meadows entertainment

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino announces its entertainment line-up for October. All shows are free admission.

• Silks Lounge, 8 p.m.: Airborne (dance/variety), Oct. 11; Tres Lads (rock/variety), Oct. 12; Night Life (dance/disco), Oct. 18; Rumours (Fleetwood Mac tribute band), Oct. 19; Smokin Section (dance/pop), Oct. 25; NOMaD (country), Oct. 26.

• Pacers Lounge, 9 p.m.: “Fresh Country Friday” with DJ AJ Fresh and an acoustic country artist, Fridays in October; “Saturday Dance Night” with DJ AJ Fresh and his “Fresh Hostess,” Saturdays in October.

Pumpkin Patch Trolley

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s annual Pumpkin Patch Trolley runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27, with the last ride leaving at 4:15 p.m.

The antique trolley takes children to select a pumpkin at the patch and to decorate it at the new education events room.

Pumpkin Patch admission includes unlimited rides on multiple trolleys and tours of the display building.

Admission is $10/adults; $9/seniors 62 and older; $7/children ages 1-15; and free for kids under 1. Admission includes a pumpkin for each child. Additional pumpkins are $2.

Tickets can be purchased for specific time periods in advance on-line at

• In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival, which runs Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 26-27, the museum will offer park and ride service from its lot to the Washington County Fairgrounds. Service runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Round-trip trolley tickets are $2 per person (children under 3 are free) and riders are taken to the main gate of the festival. This rate does not include Pumpkin Patch activities or the museum.

For more information, visit or call 724-228-9256.


The Heritage Players will perform the musical “Oliver!” at 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20 at the Seton Center, Pioneer Avenue, Brookline.

Tickets are $10 at the door or online at For information, call 412-254-4633.

WSO concert

Washington Symphony Orchestra announced receipt of a $7,000 grant from The Heinz Endowments’ Small Arts Initiative to assist with the production of its Oct. 12 concert, “Space—The Final Frontier,” which will take place at 8 p.m. at Trinity High School.

For tickets, call 724-223-9796 or visit

Day trips

Mt. Lebanon Recreation will hold the following day trips:

• Register by Oct. 15 for “Elf the Musical” followed by dinner in Pittsburgh Dec. 1. Ages 6 years and older (youth 17 years and under must be with a paid adult) can attend. Cost of $139 per person includes dinner, show, transportation and tour of Pittsburgh holiday lights.

• Holiday bus trip, Dec. 8, to Nemacolin Woodlands and Overly’s Country Christmas Light Display. Travel by motorcoach to the Laurel Highlands resort. Enjoy a gourmet brunch before browsing the resort shops and the eclectic art collection. Visit the life-size nativity in historic Mt. Pleasant and grab a bite to eat (not included) before touring the light display from the bus. End the day by exploring the Holiday Village, which includes a bonfire, general store, sweet shop and model trail display. Bus departs from the Mt. Lebanon Rec Center at 10 a.m. and returns at 8 p.m. Cost is $119/person.

Call 412-343-3409 to register or for more information.


ToonSeum’s newest exhibit will run through Oct. 20. “Duck!” showcases original animation art, comic art and artifacts of some of the most iconic quackers — from Donald to Daffy and Baby Huey to Quackula.

For information, visit

‘Our Town’

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Masterpiece Season begins with “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Featuring an all-Pittsburgh cast including Tom Atkins of Peters Township and Elliot Pullen, an 11-year-old from Mt. Lebanon, “Our Town” runs through Oct. 27 at the O’Reilly Theater, in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

Tickets are $29-$60. Students and those age 26 and younger are $15.75 with valid ID. For performance times and to purchase tickets, visit or call 412-316-1600.

Shopping extravaganza

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services, Peters Township, will hold its 10th annual shopping extravaganza to benefit the Make-A-Wish-Foundation. The free event will be held 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 16 at Valley Brook Country Club on Hidden Valley Road in McMurray and will feature leather goods, glassware, fashion accessories and more, plus Chinese and silent auctions. Hors d’oeuvres and snacks will be served.

Call 724-942-1200 for more information.

Day trip

Sign up by Oct. 22 for a day trip to Nemacolin Woodlands and Lady Luck Casino Dec. 4, sponsored by Peters Township Parks and Recreation.

The trip will include a guided art tour of the Hardy Family Art Collection consisting of nearly 1,000 individual pieces valued at over $45 million, lunch at Nemacolin Woodlands and time at the Lady Luck Casino with $15 in free play.

Bus departs from Peters Township Parks and Rec Center’s side parking lot at 9 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m.

Fee is $85/person. A minimum of 35 bus passengers is required or trip will be cancelled.

For more information, call 724-942-5000.

Haunted Cabin

Boy Scout Troop 248 of Oakdale will hold its Haunted Cabin 7-9 p.m. Oct. 23-26.

Located at 248 Clinton Avenue, the Haunted Cabin ground covers almost a full acre and features a covered bridge, maze, torture chamber, Grizzly Mansion, Barracuda Cove, Dead Man’s Pass and graveyard. Meet the judge, creek critters and maybe even the Cabin Witch.

Cost is $5 per person. Scouts and other youth groups will receive the group discount price of $3 per person. Groups should make arrangements for specific nights and times by calling the VIP reservation line at 724-693-0549.

Parking is limited. Overflow parking is ¼ block from the cabin. A refreshment stand will be available.

Luxury car show

The Galleria of Mt. Lebanon will hold a Luxury Car Show Oct. 24-Nov. 4. Times will be announced.

A reception will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 25.

Design presentation

Tony Award-winning theatrical set designer Donyale Werle will be the featured speaker for the Design Dialogue presentation hosted by the La Roche College Interior Design Advisory Board on Oct. 24 at the Carnegie Science Center.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception including hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and silent auction, followed by the presentation at 6:30.

Tickets are $30/general admission, $20/alumni and $15/students. To order or for more information, call 412-536-1024 or email For more information about the La Roche Design Division, visit

Night of Fright

The Western Pennsylvania Paranormal Hunters will host Night of Fright 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 26 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall on Beechwood Ave., Carnegie. All ages are welcome and the night includes a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, costume contest, games and music by DJ Drama J plus more. Refreshments available. Tickets are $5 and children under 13 are free. Part of the proceeds benefit the library. Tickets are available at

‘Freckleface Strawberry’

Looking Glass Theatre, Little Lake Theatre Company’s theatre for young audiences, will present “Freckleface Strawberry” at 1:30 p.m. most Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Oct. 27-Nov. 17. Directed by Sara Barbisch, this musical is based upon the books by actress Julianne Moore.

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