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CHILDREN

Bethel Park -- Christian music artist Randall Goodgame will perform his "Slugs & Bugs" tour for children age 10 and younger at 4 p.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road. Cost: $5. Tickets: 412-835-6621.

CLASSES

Washington -- The Washington County Bar Association will hold a free seminar series open to the public called the "People's Law School," with sessions from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 and Oct. 8. The first two sessions will be held in room 114 of the Burnett Center at Washington & Jefferson College, 60 South Lincoln St. The last session will be held in the Commons ballroom. Registration requested: 724-225-6710. The first program will feature a court system overview by Washington County Common Pleas President Judge Debbie O'Dell Seneca and other attorneys and court personnel about how the court system is structured, the difference between the criminal justice system and the civil, the function of the "row offices," and legal resources available to the public.

FOOD

Monongahela -- Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church will hold its 15th annual Ethnicfest from 10 a.m. until dusk Sept. 28 and from noon until dusk Sept. 29 in Chess Park.

FUNDRAISER

Castle Shannon -- The Fire Department of Castle Shannon will hold its train show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at the fire hall at Route 88 and Grove Road. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for children younger than 12. Tables for dealers are still available at $20 for an 8-foot table. Information: Fred Molly at 412-833-4441, business office at 412-884-7913, or www.csvfd.org.

Dormont -- Dormont AARP will hold a pancake and sausage brunch as a fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Dormont Presbyterian Church, Espy and Potomac avenues. All are welcome. Cost: $5 for adults, $2 for children younger than 10. Proceeds benefit hospice care.

South Park -- The Bethel Park Lions will hold its annual White Cane Day solicitation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the South Park Shops, at Library and Baptist roads. All donations benefit vision-impaired charities. Lions will be wearing orange apron vests.

Whitehall -- The Southwestern Pennsylvania Registered Nurses Club will hold its 14th annual fall card party from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at South Hills Country Club, 4305 Brownsville Road. All proceeds go to the nursing scholarship fund. Public welcome. Admission: $25, includes lunch and door prizes. Tickets for a ticket auction and raffles will be sold at the event. Lunch tickets are being sold in advance. For lunch tickets: Elizabeth Breneman, 412-655-9420.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

South Hills -- St. Clair Hospital is conducting its annual free prostate screenings for men age 55 and older. Participants must attend an educational seminar on prostate cancer and screenings at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at St. Clair Hospital's main campus at 1000 Bower Hill Road, Mt. Lebanon, where they will provide blood samples to detect prostate-specific antigen levels. Physical screenings will be conducted from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Center at Village Square in Bethel Park, 2000 Oxford Drive. Space is limited. Preregister by next Thursday: 412-942-5082.

Upper St. Clair -- Pickleball is played from 1:30 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday at the Community and Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park, 1551 Mayview Road. The game is for ages 50 and older. Cost: $25 for 10 sessions, or $3 a session for rec center members and Upper St. Clair residents; $35 for 10 sessions and $4 per session for residents of surrounding communities. No experience necessary, just gym shoes. More information: 412-221-1099, ext. 603.

HOLIDAYS

Washington -- State Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-Washington, will sponsor his annual holiday bus tour of Harrisburg on Dec. 10. The day will include a tour of the Capitol building and the governor's residence, lunch at the Capitol with Mr. Neuman and a trip to Chocolate World in Hershey. Cost: $65, includes lunch and Chocolate World tour. Pre-registration required: 724-743-7602.

MARKETS

Dormont -- A farmers market is being held from 4 to 7 p.m. each Monday through Oct. 28 at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church parking lot, Alabama and West Liberty avenues.

Pleasant Hills -- The Pleasant Hills Lions Club is holding a farmers market from 3:30 to 7 p.m. each Thursday through Oct. 17 in the parking lot of Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road.

MEETINGS

Peters -- The Peters Township Public Library Couponing Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month in the reading room on the second floor of the library, 616 E. McMurray Road. Bring unwanted coupons to the meeting. Learn tips about how to save money on grocery shopping and household products.

Whitehall -- Women of all ages are invited to gather for a free retreat titled "Connecting Women's Wisdom" starting at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God Motherhouse, 3603 McRoberts Road. The program, featuring guests speakers and quiet moments, addresses difficult moments when a person may ask "Where are you, God?" and shows how people are equipped to handle life's challenges. Space is limited. Register by Sept. 27: 412-885-7406.

MUSIC

Mt. Lebanon -- The Mt. Lebanon High School Marching Blue Devil Band will present its 19th annual band festival, featuring bands from several other local schools, at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Mt. Lebanon Stadium on Horsman Drive. The festival will be held rain or shine. Tickets: $6 in advance from any band member or $7 at the gate.

OPEN HOUSE

Mt. Lebanon -- All eighth-graders are invited to visit Seton-La Salle Catholic High School, 1000 McNeilly Road, from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Sept. 30. Register by Monday: www.slshs.org or 412-561-3583, ext. 127.

OUTDOORS

Castle Shannon -- The Castle Shannon Revitalization Corp. will host its second annual Castle Shannon Fall Festival, featuring entertainment, crafts, local foods and children's activities, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 on Willow Avenue between Park and Poplar avenues. Admission is free.

Mt. Lebanon -- The Historical Society of Mount Lebanon is offering a 90-minute tour of Mt. Lebanon Cemetery at 1 p.m. Oct. 26. Meet at the cemetery's front gate on Washington Road. Cost: $5 for historical society members, $10 for nonmembers. Preregistration required: cready@gmail.com or 412-418-9348.

Mount Pleasant Township -- Hickory U.E.P. Church is sponsoring the Krepps Covered Bridge Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the bridge at Waterdam and Covered Bridge roads. The event includes craft and home product vendors, fall decorating items, produce and plants, children's games, antique cars, tractors, trucks and food. Admission and parking is free. Dogs are not permitted. An outdoor church service will be held on the festival grounds at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Nottingham -- The Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer 50-minute group hayrides, accommodating 25 people an hour, on Fridays and Saturdays in October in Mingo Creek County Park. Hayrides will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 18 and 25; 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12; and 1 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26. Cost: $50 per hayride. To reserve a time: 724-228-6867.

RELIGIOUS

Bethel Park -- Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, will begin a program called Wednesday Night at Church at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, with dinner followed by classes and worship. Dinner: $6 for adults, $3 for ages 4 to 12; $18 maximum per family. To attend: 412-835-6621 or www.christumc.net.

SALES

Scott -- The Friends of the Scott Township Library will host a used-book sale for members of the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Scott Park Community Center Room, near the pool on Park Road. A pre-sale for members of the Friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. next Thursday.

Whitehall -- A book sale to benefit Whitehall Public Library will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4-5, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 in the borough community room, 100 Borough Park Drive. The sale is sponsored by the moving company, Two Men and a Truck.

SPECIAL INTEREST

Jefferson Hills -- The West Jefferson Hills Historical Society will hold an "Antique Road Show" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Jefferson Hills municipal center community room, 925 Old Clairton Road. The public is invited to bring items to be appraised by a local professional.

TALKS

Monongahela -- Miles S. Richards of White Oak will speak about the life of Walter Forward, after whom Forward Township is named, at a meeting of the Monongahela Area Historical Society at 7 p.m. next Thursday in the parlor room of the First Presbyterian Church, 609 Chess St. The talk is free and open to the public.

Peters -- Lawrence Gallant, a local author, explorer and historian for the Peters Creek Historical Society, will deliver a presentation on ancient catastrophes at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Wright Methodist Church meeting room, 785 Venetia Road. Admission is free and ope to the public.

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Send event details with a daytime phone number to Kaitlynn Riely, c/o Southscape, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd of the Allies, Pittsburgh 15222 or email her at suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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