Murrysville area: Holocaust speaker, Dixieland picnic, conservation events, and more.


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Speaker on Holocaust Education at ‘Boomers and Beyond’

James Paharik, professor of sociology and director of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University, will present “The Holocaust and Catholic Social Teaching” at the upcoming “Boomers and Beyond” Speakers Session in Murrysville on 13 september.

Paharik lectures on the Holocaust and genocide in the modern world. His current research focuses on the rise of disinformation in the media.

The presentation will take place at noon at the Mother of Sorrows social hall, 4202 Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and attendees can bring a bag lunch. Drinks will be provided.


Symphony East will host a picnic at Dixieland

Symphony East will host a Dixieland box-lunch picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 19 in Murrysville.

The 1 p.m. show will feature the Ralph Guzzi Dixieland Band and will take place at St. Alban’s Anglican Church Picnic Pavilion, 4920 Cline Hollow Road in Murrysville.

Cost is $30 per person and includes a picnic lunch at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required by September 12—no tickets will be sold the day of the event. For reservations, visit or call 724-327-4864.


Upcoming Westmoreland Conservancy Events

The Westmoreland Conservancy will host the following adult fall programs:

• September 10: Search for salamanders in King/Potter reserves, 9 am at the reserve lot on Crowfoot Road in Murrysville.

• Sept. 22: Fall Equinox Walk, 6:30 p.m. at Morosini Universal Walking Trail, Morosini Farm Court in Murrysville.

• Sept. 28: Monthly meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Murrysville Community Library, 4130 Sardis Road.

• Oct. 8: Witch hazel hike, 10 am at the reserve on Hunter Drive in Murrysville.

All events are free. To register, visit


Fall Programs at the Murrysville Library

The Murrysville Community Library will host the following adult programs in the fall:

• Sept. 7: Seminar for first-time buyers, noon

• Sept. 12: Build Your House of Balance, 2 p.m. with Samantha Shields of Alliance Physical Therapy, discussing how to know if you’re at risk for falls and how to decrease that risk as you age. This program will be virtual.

• September 12-13: “Charting Your Future,” 6:30 pm with Sam Abraham and Vanda Raszewski hosting a two-part series on helping seniors learn how to manage financial, health, legal and estate issues.

• September 19: “Railroads in Civil War Strategy,” 6 pm with host and Civil War re-enactor Kenneth Serfass portraying General and former President Ulysses S. Grant.

• Oct. 1: CASA Information Meeting, 10:00 am with a presentation on the State Court Appointed Special Advocate program. Participants can learn how to help children in need by volunteering.

• Oct. 18: Dementia Awareness, 6:30 p.m. with host Doreen Putnam, author of “Sometimes Grandma Doesn’t Know Me!” that will help participants learn more about dementia and its warning signs.

All programs are held at the Library, 4130 Sardis Road in Murrysville, unless otherwise specified. For more information or to register online, visit


clearance sale at Presbyterian Union

The Union Presbyterian Church will hold a fall thrift sale Sept. 9-10 at the church, 656 Route 380 in Washington Township.

The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 9 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 10. Items other than jewelry, furniture and antiques will not be priced and will be available for donation at the customer’s option.

There will be food available for purchase.


Fall Storytime at the Murrysville Library

The Murrysville Community Library will hold its annual fall story hour sessions for babies, toddlers and preschoolers for six weeks beginning September 13.

“Babies-n-Books,” for ages 12-24 months, will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays from September 13 through October 18. The sessions last 30 minutes.

“Toddler Time,” for ages 2-3, will take place Wednesdays at 10 a.m. from September 14 through October 19. Sessions last 45 minutes.

“Preschool Storytime,” for ages 3-6, will be held Fridays at 10 a.m. from September 16 to October 21. Sessions last 45 minutes.

All programs are free, but registration is required by visiting


Upcoming public meetings

• Council of Delmont, 7 pm on Sept. 13 at the borough building, 77 rue Greensburg. An agenda is available on

• Franklin Regional School Board Combined Committee of the Whole/Voting Meeting, 7:30 pm September 19 at the Murrysville Municipal Building. Meetings are broadcast live on local access channel Comcast 19 and streamed live on

Patrick Varine is an editor at Tribune-Review. You can contact Patrick by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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