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Friday, November 09, 2018 - Updated: 4:36 pm


Polishfest 2018 will be Sunday, Nov. 11, noon-5 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Festival is a free family-oriented celebration of ethnic dance, music, culture and religion. Featuring Polish homemade baked foods from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood, as well as cooking demonstrations, gift mart and more. Sponsored by Polish Falcons of America, with proceeds benefiting the University of Pittsburgh Polish Room Scholarship Fund. For information, e-mail lgk505@aol.com, or watch vide0 at www.vimeo.com/116154874.


Epiphany Academy, 820 Crane Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood, is offering a “Desert Day for Clergy” on Thursday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Program includes Mass at noon and light lunch. For information and to register, call 412-341-7494, or e-mail epiphanyassociation@gmail.com.


Organist Kimberly Marshall will perform a concert at St. Paul Cathedral Parish in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Concert is part of Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh, in cooperation with St. Paul Cathedral concert series. Tickets are $12. For information and tickets, visit www.organseries.com or call 412-242-2787.


A free showing of a documentary on Our Lady of Guadalupe will be Saturday, Nov. 17, from noon-2 p.m. at Legion of Mary Home, 1705 Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood. Doughnuts, popcorn and refreshments provided. For information, call 412-885-5840 or visit www.pittsburghregia.com.



SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township will offer a grief support program, “Surviving the Holidays,” on Saturday, Nov. 17, 3-4:30 p.m., in lower level of church. For information, call 724-935-2104, ext. 234.



The Catholic Community of the East End of Pittsburgh will host a joint parish mission, “Igniting the Light of Christ Within You,” at St. Bede Parish in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. Mission will be led by Paul Koleske, a contemporary Catholic Christian inspirational speaker, musician, composer and recording artist. Program is free and open to the public. For information, call 412-662-7222, or visit www.cceepgh.org.


The Music Plus Concert series at St. James Parish in Sewickley continues Sunday, Nov. 18, with a program titled “Viola of My Soul.” Concert starts at 3 p.m., and will feature Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra artists Randolph Kelly on viola, with assisting artist Donna Amato. A 20-minute preconcert featuring students of Donna Amato Studio will start at 2:30 p.m. Reception will follow. Concert is free and open to the public, with good-will offering accepted.



Special Agent David Foster of the Federal Bureau of Investigation will give a presentation on why he made a career change from ordained minister to FBI agent on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless Township. Sponsored by La Roche College’s Criminal Justice Club and the Office of Alumni Relations, lecture will look at how his two professions are more similar than they appear. Program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit 20767.thankyou4caring.org/fbi-agent-foster, or call 412-412-536-1191. Only those holding a registration e-mail confirmation will be admitted.


The Pittsburgh community is invited to volunteer and/or donate to the second annual Amen to Action event Friday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. Program includes Meals of Hope packing event, where volunteers will pack more than 1 million meals to be delivered by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. An all-faith worship service will be held. For information, visit www.amentoaction.org.


Father Levi Hartle will present “Lord, Teach Us to Pray (Luke 11:1) at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Ave. on Pittsburgh’s South Side. One presentation will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. Cost is $30, and includes lunch. A shortened version will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7-9 p.m. Cost is $15. To register for either program, call 412-381-7676.


Reservations are now being accepted for a funny fundraiser dinner and show Saturday, Dec. 8, in Frawley Hall of St. Valentine Parish in Bethel Park. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30. Sponsored by parish’s Women’s Guild, cost is $25 per person and includes buffet dinner, desserts and show. Guests can bring their own bottle and mixers, and must be 21 or older to attend. Reserved seating for groups of eight or more, with list of names due at time of purchase. Reservation deadline is Dec. 1. For tickets, call Rita at 412-608-2939 or Joyce at 412-303-9435.


Tickets are now on sale for Pittsburgh Mercy’s 15th annual Reindeer Ball on Sunday, Dec. 9, 4-7 p.m. at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, 1000 Penn Ave. in Downtown Pittsburgh. A gala for children where guests dressed in holiday finest can mingle with holiday characters and storybook friends, create crafts, decorate cookies and more. Children can enjoy a meal from child-friendly buffet stations, and watch Ryan Stana’s “Santa’s Christmas Circus” holiday revue. Tickets are $115 per adult, $60 per child. For tickets, call 724-934-3537 or visit www.pittsburghmercy.org/events. Proceeds benefit Pittsburgh Mercy programs and services for children and families.


St. Valentine Preschool in Bethel Park has added Tiny Hearts for Two classes for 2-year-olds and their adult buddy. Class includes playtime, crafts, finger plays, songs, stories, field trips, snack and more. For information or to schedule a tour, call 412-835-5539.


Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless Township, is offering “Gratitude as an Avenue of Healing” in four Monday sessions, Nov. 19-Dec. 10, 10-11:30 a.m. Presented by Karen Lehman, sessions will include input, reflective journaling and sharing to increase awareness of gratitude. Cost is $10 per session, or $30 for four sessions. To register, call 412-366-1124 or visit www.cdpsisters.org/kearns. Walk-ins welcome.

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