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Ongoing Events

Men’s Church Softball League of the South Hills Seeks Players, Teams
Registration is open to teams and/or players wanting to play in the Men’s Church Softball League of the South Hills. Games are played as doubleheaders on Saturdays; sometimes makeup games on Fridays.  Normal season runs through July. Games are played in Bethel Park or Bridgeville. Contact Bob Keibler, League Commissioner at 724-518-6072 or rkeibler@nacahtech.com.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Monthly Family Support Group Meetings
Looking for support around a diagnosis of Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease or Myeloma? 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sponsors free monthly Family Support Group Meetings for all patients, family members caregivers and friends affected by blood cancers.

  • Greensburg, PA - Third Thursday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 PM 
    Our Clubhouse Westmoreland, 4893 Route 30 Greensburg, PA 15601 
  • South Hills (Bethel Park, PA) - Fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM 
    Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Rd. Bethel Park, PA 15102 

For more information or to register to attend please call: 1.800.726.2873, ext. 2882 

Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center Kidzone Summer Camp
Camp activities include swimming, dancing, traditional sports, crafts, unique sports, reading, nature hikes and activities. Daily and weekly options available. For more information call Jared Englert at 724-225-WELL or email jenglert@whs.org.

The Pilates Body Class Schedule – You Are Never Too Old To Start a Pilates Program!
Burn calories, build muscle and improve your health in 2016. Learn Pilates Class is offered Monday evenings at 6:30 pm and Friday morning at 9:00 am. For more information, call 724-941-2411 and visit us online at www.thepilatesbody.org

Special Introductory Offer: Private lessons by yourself or with a group of 2 to 4 others (semi-private), is an opportunity to begin building a strong and progressive practice in Classical Pilates. Private lessons are set up by appointment only, from 6 am to 8 pm daily and on the weekends.  Call or email the The Pilates Body at 724-941-2411 to set up your first appointment. 

Quit Smoking Now!
To learn more about how hypnotherapy can help you quit smoking, call Pittsburgh Integrative Mental Health at 412-687-1234 or log on to www.pimhservices.com. Six-week programs (individual and group)

October 2018

October 3-9
The 6th Annual RealAbilities Pittsburgh Film Festival at SouthSide Works Cinema
Info and Tickets: FilmPittsburgh.org

October 4
Medicare and You.
Medicare open enrollment starts October 15 and ends December 7. A free dinner will be provided for all attendees. RSVP is required. 4:00 p.m. HealthSouth Harmarville Rehabilitation Hospital, 320 Guys Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA  15238.  Please RSVP to Liz Miles at Elizabeth.miles@healthsouth.com or 412-828-1300 x 7271.

October 9
Alzheimer’s Education Series
Hosted by Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. Managing My Day to Day Routine While Caring for a Loved One Living with Dementia.  Registration & Dinner: 5 pm- 5:30 pm.   Program: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Presenter: Carrie Chiusano, CADDCT, CDP, ADC, Executive Director, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Dementia Care Center of Excellence. Register by Friday, October 5. To register, please call 724-250-5001 or email WashingtonEvent@SrCare.org. Each presentation will be held at Presbyterian SeniorCare Network in the Hillsview Chapel. Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is located at 835 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301.

October 9
Safety for the Healthcare Worker (CEU event)
Register by October 4. Registration and Dinner: 5:00 pm. Presentation: 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Presbyterian SeniorCare. Oakmont location: The Atrium at Westminster Place. 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139.  Register by calling 412-435-8955 or by emailing  OakmontEvent@SrCare.org

October 10
Baptist Homes. Lost: When Wandering Becomes Dangerous
Presented by Betty Robison, RNC, MSN, UPMC Aging Institute. Registration 4:00 PM. Presentation 4:30 to 6:30 PM. http://www.baptisthomessociety.org/

October 11
11th Annual Senior Fair
10 am – 1 pm. Broughton VFD, 1030 Cochrans Mills Road.  Pittsburgh (South Park), PA. (Drug drop-off box- please bring any unused or expired medications for disposal).

October 11
Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. Four Pillars of Personal Safety
Register by October 8. Registration and Dinner: 5:30 p.m. Presentation: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Oakmont location: Presbyterian SeniorCare, The Atrium at Westminster Place, 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA  15139.  Register by calling 412-435-8955 or by emailing OakmontEvent@SrCare.org.

October 13
18th Annual Gala – Autism Connection of Pennsylvania
6:00 pm. – 10:00 pm. J. Verno Stuidos, 330 Jane Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. Cost is $150.00.  Please join us in an evening of special recognitions, auctions, music and more. Please RSVP by September 28, 2018.  For more information.

October 13
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
We are always proud to announce that Home Instead Senior Care will be participating in the upcoming Pittsburgh Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, October 13th, 2018! We will be hosting our 3rd annual Bingo Bonanza to help fundraise for the walk. The event will include bingo games, a 50/50, and a Chinese auction. We would greatly appreciate your participation, and any raffle basket donations for the auction. If you or someone you know would like to donate/volunteer, please contact Maranda, Colby, or Leigh Ann at the office for more information! 

  • Where: The Pleasant Hills Apartments @ 500 East Bruceton Road. Pleasant Hills, PA 15236
  • When: Thursday, September 20th from 5-7pm. Seating will be limited so be sure to RSVP to the Home Instead Office by September 13th.(412)-205-3345

October 16
2018 SWPPA Annual Conference “Embracing Aging.”
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
In conjunction with a new location this year, we have an expanded conference format with morning and afternoon concurrent sessions. We are excited to offer additional sponsorship and promotional opportunities to maximize the exposure for those who support the conference. Please take a moment to review the new opportunities and deliverables included here in our exhibitor prospectus.  Space is limited; submit your application early. All opportunities are on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline is August 1, 2018.  Contact us at conference@swppa.org or 412-344-1414 with any questions.

October 16
Safety for the Healthcare Worker (CEU event)
Register by October 12. Registration and Dinner: 4:30 pm. Presentation: 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Presbyterian SeniorCare. Washington location: Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, Hillsview Chapel, 835 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301. Register by calling 724-250-5001 or by emailing WashingtonEvent@SrCare.org.

October 16-19
Nurse-Led Care Conference 2018: Transforming Practice, Defining Value in Philadelphia, PA
Please consider joining national leaders to examine challenges, opportunities and solutions for transforming health care through nurse-led models of care. Here’s the link to the conference website.

October 17
Monongahela Valley Hospital Offers Free Breast Cancer Education Program/Luncheon
Valley Hospital and the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion Regional Cancer Center will present a free Breast Cancer Education and Screening Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. in the hospital's Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. The free event will feature a light lunch, information regarding early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer, optional breast examinations and vendor displays, as well as, special guest speaker Melanie Taylor, co-host of Bubba Show on Star 100.7. Advance registration is required by calling MVH's registration hotline at 724-258-1333.

October 18
Presbyterin SeniorCare Network. Four Pillars of Personal Safety
Register by October 15. Registration and Dinner: 4:30 p.m. Presentation: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Washington location: Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, Hillsview Chapel, 835 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301. Register by calling 724-250-5001 or by emailing WashingtonEvent@SrCare.org.

October 19
2018 PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference
Workshops sessions will include topics like: New Advances in Treatment for Women with BRCA Mutations, Advances in Breast Cancer Research and Clinical Trials, The Benefits of Exercise During and after Treatment and much more. For more information go to www.pabreastcancer.org.

October 19
“Hope on the Horizon:  Healing & Connection During Challenging Times” 8:00am – 4:00pm, Wyndham Grand, Downtown PittsburghRegister at:  www.ahci.org

October 20
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Annual Pennsylvania Blood Cancer Conference
Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. This is a wonderful educational event for blood cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and their families to learn more about the latest disease-specific breakthroughs and current treatments from local and national experts. This is a FREE program, but registration will be required. For information on how to register, please contact Angela Austin at 412-395-2882 or Angela.Austin@lls.org.

October 20
Zombies to Invade Monessen
Calling all runners and zombies. The Monessen/Rostraver Rotary Club is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Zombie 5K Run/Walk Race on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the run/walk starts at 9 a.m. in Monessen City Park on Grand Boulevard in Monessen. Registration is $30 per person. Registration also will be accepted the day of the event. Register online at runsignup.com/Race/PA/Monessen/MonessenRostraverRotaryClubZombie5k. For more information, contact Kristen Joseph, president, Monessen/Rostraver Rotary at 724-880-9419.

October 20, 21
Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Festival
The first-ever Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Festival will feature FREE fall fun for all ages on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st. Join us as we transform the Allegheny River into a pumpkin playground! An exciting lineup of pumpkin-themed events will take place on the North Shore Riverwalk and the Allegheny River on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to dusk, and Sunday, Oct. 21 from noon to 6 p.m. And you won’t want to miss our our most exciting activity of all— the Great Pumpkin Paddle…2,000 pound pumpkins hollowed out rowing down the river for the most comical competition you’ll ever see! For a full lineup of events, visit www.monsterpumpkin.com

October 29-31
For additional information and/or to register, please go to http://upmc.asapconnected.com/courses.aspx?coursegroupid=13986.  Questions? Please contact Dan Lichok at Lichokdj@upmc.edu.

November 2018

November 1
13th Annual Immunization Update
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Monroeville - 7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Register Here! More information is on the websiteExhibitor Opportunities are available:
Please contact Mary Rodgers Schubert, 412-624-9079 or  mschuber@pitt.edu for information.

November 5
Modern Day Ethics: Guns, Social Media and Clinical Dilemmas
A three-hour ethics course - 1:00 p.m. until 4:15 PM - (registration begins at 12:15 PM) - UPMC Herberman Conference Center, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232 - Additional Information and registration can be found at: https://upmc.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=175079  

November 9
Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program’s Dinner and Gathering Focuses on Fruitful Health Ministries in Tri-State Area
The Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program, part of Pittsburgh Mercy and Trinity Health, serving in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, will host a Dinner & Gathering, “Health Ministry: Success in Church and Community,” in the Sister M. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium, UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Uptown). Registration starts at 5 p.m. The dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by the program. The event is scheduled to conclude by 8 p.m. Registration is accepted by U.S. mail only. Seating capacity is limited. Early registration is encouraged. Registration ends Friday, October 26, 2018. To register, visit https://www.pittsburghmercy.org/faith-communities/education/#dinner-and-gathering. For more information, contact the Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program at 412-232-5815 or email ParishNurse@pittsburghmercy.org.

November 16
35th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference
Additional information and online registration can be found at  https://upmc.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=183456

February 2019

February 9
2019 Cupids Chase Set for February 9 – 5K Event Benefits Local Community – Options Programs
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Support Groups


Presbyterian SeniorCare, in affiliation with the Alzheimer's Association, offers monthly support and educational sessions. All are free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP, contact Jennifer Marasco Kuhn at 412-826-4059 or jmarasco@srcare.org.

When: Last Tuesday of each month
Time: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Woodside Place, Presbyterian SeniorCare: 1215 Hulton Road, Oakmont, PA 15139
Contact: 412-826-4059

Presbyterian SeniorCare, in affiliation with the Alzheimer's Association, offers monthly support and educational sessions. All are free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP, contact Jennifer Marasco Kuhn at 412-826-4059 or jmarasco@srcare.org.

When: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Presbyterian SeniorCare, Hillsview Chapel: 835 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301
Contact: 724-223-5745


Bridge to Hope Support Group
Drug and alcohol addiction and its accompanying tragedies have touched countless Americans from all walks of life and from all backgrounds. The Bridge to Hope provides free education and support to such affected families. Anonymity respected. Bridge to Hope Support Group is an Outreach Program of the Passavant Hospital Foundation and as such is a support organization only and does not offer medical or psychological advice. Meets weekly on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Conference Room #1, Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center, Cumberland Woods Village, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., Allison Park. No registration is necessary. For additional information, call (412) 748-6640.


Beyond Bridge to Hope Support Group
Beyond Bridge to Hope is a monthly Bereavement Support Group for adult family members who have experienced the death of a loved one due to drug or alcohol abuse. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center in McCandless Township. They are facilitated by a certified grief counselor, whose specialty has been in the area of bereavement for the past 24 years, Susan Wesner, RN, MSN, CS, a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. The meetings are free of charge. Beyond Bridge to Hope Bereavement Support Group is an Outreach Program of the Passavant Hospital Foundation and as such is a support organization only and does not offer medical or psychological advice. No registration is necessary. For additional information, call 412-748-6640.

Good Grief Center offers Bereavement Support Groups
The Good Grief Center for Bereavement Support offers support groups for anyone having trouble coping with the death of a loved one. General groups are from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on first and third Wednesdays; and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on second and fourth Thursdays. A "Daughters without Mothers" support group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month. The Good Grief Center, a nonprofit organization located at 2717 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill, serves all ages and is a division of Ursuline Senior Services. To register, call 412-224-4700 or send e-mail to support@goodgriefcenter.com. For more information, visit www.goodgriefcenter.com.

SouthernCare Hospice
Offers a monthly Bereavement Support Group free to the public. The group meets from 4:30-5:30 the Third Monday of every month at 90 West Chestnut Street, Ste. 500, Washington, PA 15301. No registration is required. For more information please call 724-222-7425.

Suicide Bereavement Support Group at Monongahela Valley Hospital
Monongahela Valley Hospital will begin a Suicide Bereavement Support Group for anyone who has been touched by suicide. Sessions will start Monday, February 9, 2015, and will meet the second and fourth Mondays through May at 6 p.m. in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. The free informal group meetings will be led by staff Psychologist Sam Lonich, who has extensive professional experience working with suicide survivors. The last day to register for the sessions is Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Register by calling 724-268-1144.


Community Health and Education Programs
The Washington Hospital Breastfeeding Support Group For pregnant women, mothers who are currently breastfeeding, fathers and siblings. Last Monday each month (except December) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room The Washington Hospital. Register by calling 724-250-4476.


Third Monday of each Month "Teal Hearts Network” - Support Group for Cancer Survivors
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOOC), Pittsburgh Chapter, and the Cancer Caring Center have teamed up to offer “Teal Hearts Network” at the Cancer Caring Center’s Bloomfield Headquarters.  Mary Urban will lead the group, which will offer survivors the opportunity to share common concerns and experiences. Meetings will be held on the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00. Registration is requested by calling the NOCC at 412 661-1095.

Living Each Day Support Group
For cancer patients and their families. Second Thursday each month.
5:30 p.m. at Occupational Therapy Apt., 4th floor, The Washington Hospital. Register by calling 724-229-2278

Prostate Cancer Support Group
For patients with prostate cancer and/or their families. Third Thursday of each month.
7 to 8:30 p.m. at Occupational Therapy Apt., 4th floor, The Washington Hospital. Register at 724-229-2278

Free Bariatric Surgery Information Seminar - Second Monday of each month.
Christopher J. Myers, MD, minimally invasive bariatric and general surgeon with the UPMC Horizon Bariatric Surgery Center, will offer a free bariatric surgery information seminar at UPMC-Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Associates. Dr. Myers will continue to hold information seminars at the Franklin office the second Monday of every month. To register for the seminar or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Myers, call 724-588-6660. UPMC-Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Associates is located at 44 Circle St., Franklin.


Teen Outreach Program
With Mary Jo Podgurksi and the staff of the Academy for Adolescent Health, Inc. ECHO – Educating Children for Healthy Outcomes – Home-based early intervention program for children in grades 4-8. Parents & Daughters – Girls ages 9-12. Parents & Sons – Boys ages 10-14. Pregnant & Parenting Teens – Supportive services for high-school teens that are pregnant or parenting. Teen Father Program – Young fathers up to the age of 22. For more information, call (724) 222-2311.

Healthy Family Home Training Camp
The Allegheny YMCA, the Wilmerding YMCA and the Homewood Brushton YMCA is offering The Healthy Family Home Training Camp. This 12-week program helps families prevent obesity by engaging them in activities that support a healthy lifestyle.  Incentives like family memberships are offered to participants at no cost.  Groups are now forming.  To learn more, contact Gretchen North at 412-227-3820 or gnorth@ymcapgh.org.


Compulsive Eaters Anonymous Meetings
CEA-HOW is a non-profit 12-Step, self-help group for anyone who has a problem with food. It is based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. If you have a problem with food addiction or compulsive eating, CEA-HOW might be for you. It's simple, it's free & it works! It's a new way of life. For more information, call 412-225-1664, or email info@ceahowpa.org or visit our website at www.ceahowpa.org.


  • 8:30 a.m. - Bethel Park Library, 5100 W. Library Road (Book Study), Bethel Park, PA 15102


  • 6:30 p.m. - Avalon Ministry Center, 336 South Home Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202 (Avalon)


  • 7:15 a.m. - Trinity Episcopal Church, 550 S. Main Street (Pitch), Washington, PA 15301
  • 4:30 p.m. - Dormont Presbyterian Church, 2865 Espy Avenue (Book Study), Dormont, PA 15216


  • 7:00 a.m. - Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 105 Gateshead Drive, McMurray, PA 15317


  • 6:00 p.m. - Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 105 Gateshead Drive, McMurray, PA 15317


  • 8:30 a.m. - Alliance Church, 2510 Old Washington Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241
  • 9:00 a.m. - Christ Church Parish House, 122 N. Maple Avenue Rear, Greensburg, PA 15601


North Hills Support Group
Meets every second Tuesday of the month.
Passavant Hospital, Donor Hall, 6:30 pm. Contact Judy at judpot50@yahoo.com or call 412-979-2233. All are welcome, patients, family, caretakers, friends!


Stroke Support Group
Share feelings associated with life after stroke, as well as obtain information on services available to stroke victims and their caregivers. Third Tuesday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Occupational Therapy Apt., 4th floor, The Washington Hospital. Register at 724-229-2449

The Allen Place Stroke  Support Program
Meets every Thursday of the month.
10:30 AM—1:00 PM at 227 Bonvue Street, Pittsburgh. Health education and training, social activities, physical activity, guest speakers and nutritional experiences.  For more information, contact Jerry Ann Allen, RN, MPM, Executive Director, at 412-231-1531 and visit www.allenplacecommunity.org.   

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