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6th Annual MGA Pooch Parade

Start Date: Oct 26, 2014

End Date: Oct 26, 2014

Start Time: 09:00 AM

Ends Time: 12:00 PM

The Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA invites all dog lovers to enjoy a fun day together at South Park on Sunday, October 26th 2014 for the 6th Annual MGA Pooch Parade. This family-friendly event features a one mile fun walk on a paved trail beginning at the Dog Park at South Park. All registered participants will receive morning refreshments, a tote bag of goodies, an official t-shirt, and a bandana for their dog. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the ‚??Pooch Parade‚?Ě begins at 10:00 am. Walkers without dogs and even virtual walkers are also welcome to participate. Form a team and walk in honor or in memory of a loved one with MG.
The event features a costume contest with prizes for best dog and best dog/owner combo costumes, as well as prizes for top individual and team fundraisers. There will be free Halloween candy for the kids, and fabulous raffles of gift baskets and silent auctions, including Steeler tickets, a signed Malkin jersey, hockey stick and gloves signed by Rick Tocchet and a Myrtle Beach vacation. A variety of vendors will be on hand to provide information and products of interest to dog lovers, including the ‚??Ask-the-Vet‚?Ě booth hosted by Dr. Marina Siegert of Bethel Park Animal Clinic. Bring your used eyeglasses to the Upper St. Clair Lions Club booth.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania (MGA), a private, non-profit that provides treatment and free support services to those with myasthenia gravis ‚?? a chronic autoimmune muscle weakness disorder. MG can strike anyone of any age and there is no known cause or cure.
So bring your ‚??best friend‚?Ě, canine or human, and enjoy a day of fun while supporting people with myasthenia gravis. For more information, please call (412) 566-1545 or visit mgawpa.org to download a registration form.

ROCK STAR: The Making of Musical Icons from Elvis to Springsteen

Start Date: Oct 26, 2014

End Date: Oct 26, 2014

Start Time: 02:00 PM

Ends Time: 03:30 PM

"All stars are celebrities, but not all celebrities are stars," according to David Shumway in his new book, Rock Star: The Making of Musical Icons from Elvis to Springsteen, in which he studies rock icons like Elvis Presley, James Brown, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, and Bruce Springsteen.

Shumway will visit the Peters Township Public Library on Sunday, October 26 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. to discuss how the media offered rock stars the opportunity to thrive on many stages including recorded music, concert performance, dress, cover art, films, television, video, print and others. He will show how changes in American Society elevated rock stars as political figures impacting our popular culture. The talk will be illustrated with photographs, video, and music. Register to attend this free event by emailing programs@ptlibrary.org or call 724.941.9430. A book signing and reception will follow the program.

David Shumway teaches courses on American literature, film, and popular culture and in literary and cultural theory. He has written several books including John Sales, for the Illinois Contemporary Film Director Series published in 2012. He recently received a Fulbright award to lecture in Barcelona in the spring of 2013. Dr. Shumway is a member of the Board of Trustees, Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the founding Director of the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

THE DEMON OF BROWNSVILLE ROAD BOOK TALK

Start Date: Oct 20, 2014

End Date: Oct 20, 2014

Start Time: 07:00 PM

Ends Time: 08:00 PM

Presented by: Bob Cranmer, former Allegheny County commissioner

October 1988: Bob Cranmer buys a house in the Pittsburgh suburb he grew up in. He has no idea that his dream home is about to become his worst nightmare.

The Cranmers seemed fated to own the house at 3406 Brownsville Road. As a young boy, Bob had been drawn to the property, and, just when the family decided to move back to Brentwood, it went up for sale. Without a second thought, they purchased the house that Bob had always dreamed of owning. But soon, the family began experiencing strange phenomena-objects moving on their own, ghostly footsteps, unsettling moaning sounds-that gradually increased in violence, escalating to physical assaults and, most disturbingly, bleeding walls... Now, Bob Cranmer recounts the harrowing true story of the evil presence that tormented his family and the epic spiritual war he fought to save everything he held dear.

Bob Cranmer was born in Pittsburgh, graduating from Brentwood High School in 1974 and Duquesne University in 1978. He then entered the US Army as a second lieutenant and served with the 101st Airborne Division and in Washington, D.C. In 1986, Bob went to work for AT&T and returned to Pittsburgh. Entering politics, he was elected Allegheny County Commissioner in 1995, serving as chairman. He was instrumental in a major development plan for Pittsburgh involving the construction of two sports stadiums and a new convention center. Bob currently runs a firm providing government relations.

Register for this program by emailing programs@ptlibrary.org or call 724-941-9430.

PITTSBURGH: WHISKEY REBELLION, PROHIBITION, AND THE RESTORATION OF A PITTSBURGH TRADITION

Start Date: Oct 30, 2014

End Date: Oct 30, 2014

Start Time: 07:00 PM

Ends Time: 08:30 PM

In recognition of the long history of whiskey in Western Pennsylvania , Meredith Grelli, co-owner and co-founder of Wiggle Whiskey, will visit the Peters Township Public Library to present Pittsburgh: Whiskey Rebellion, Prohibition, and the Restoration of a Pittsburgh Tradition on Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. Learn about the important ties that whiskey had in the lives of industry giants Frick, Carnegie and Mellon. Register to attend by emailing programs@ptlibrary.org or call 724.941.9430.

Meredith Grelli will discuss how Pittsburgh made America's original drink and how Wigle Whiskey, the city's first whiskey distillery since Prohibition, is bringing our heritage back home. Wigle Whiskey is named for a good-natured gentleman who was sentenced to hang for his unsinkable love of whiskey. In 1794, Phillip Wigle defended his right to distill in a tussle with a tax collector. He unwittingly helped spark the Whiskey Rebellion, which pitted Western Pennsylvania distillers against George Washington's troops. Wigle Whiskey is working to restore a Pennsylvania tradition championed by these rebellious distillers. They make spirits much the same way Phillip Wigle and his friends did when Pittsburgh was the center of American Whiskey - with a copper pot and fresh local, organic ingredients.

Grelli teaches New Product Development in Chatham University's Food Studies Program. Before Wigle, Grelli worked in brand management at the Heinz Company, went to business school at Carnegie Mellon University, cooking school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, worked in Urban Redevelopment efforts and studied urban history at the University of Chicago.

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