Boys & Girls Club Opening New Facility in City

October 03, 2023 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements, McKeesport and Region News

The Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania will return to the city with a new facility called “The Club Teen Center” on Fifth Avenue, Downtown, a spokesman has announced.

A ribbon-cutting for the center — located at 1305 Fifth Ave., in a structure owned by UPMC McKeesport Hospital — is planned for 3 p.m. Wednesday.

BGCWPA officials also will outline the organization’s new priorities and approach to helping Kids in communities across western Pennsylvania, said David Tobiczyk, vice president of advancement, in an email announcement.

Elected officials, community leaders and representatives from UPMC are expected to attend.

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Penn State Celebrating 75 Years With Party

September 13, 2023 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Penn State’s “McKeesport Center” — predecessor of today’s Greater Allegheny Campus — opened in 1948. The campus will host a community party this Saturday. (Photo courtesy Penn State Greater Allegheny)

Penn State University will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its McKeesport campus with a community party this Saturday on the lawn of the student union.

Spokeswoman Victoria Garwood said the “Blue & White Watch Party” will begin at 12 noon outside of the Student Community Center and will include both a free play area for families and a special ticketed event for guests 21 and over.

Visitors will be able to see the Penn State Nittany Lions football team take on the University of Illinois on either indoor or outdoor big-screen TVs, Garwood said.

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W.O. Marks 75th With Octoberfest

September 06, 2023 |

By Vickie Babyak | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

Download the White Oak Oktoberfest flyer

White Oak Borough will celebrate its 75th anniversary during an Oktoberfest on Sept. 29 at the White Oak Athletic Association, 1798 Lower Heckman Road, a spokeswoman said.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Adult tickets are $30 and tickets for children 12 years old and under, are $15. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 22.

Oktoberfest is a German folk festival that originated from the southeastern state of Germany called Bavaria and is celebrated annually. A number of U.S. cities celebrate with beer and German food.

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‘Taste of Serbia’ Returns Sept. 29 & 30

September 06, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Members of Orkestar Pobeda will perform Sept. 30 during the “Taste of Serbia” festival at St. Sava church on Hartman Street. (Submitted photo via Facebook)

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church of McKeesport-Duquesne will hold its 2023 edition of “A Taste of Serbia” Sept. 29 and 30 in the parish social hall and courtyard, 901 Hartman St., McKeesport.

Festival hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 29 and 12 to 7 p.m. Sept. 30, said Dottie Ikach, a parish spokeswoman.

“Since the public grew to love Serbian foods and flavors over the years from past church events and McKeesport’s International Village, the fourth-annual ‘Taste of Serbia’ festival incorporates Serbian hospitality and culture,” Ikach said.

Rain or shine, patrons may dine inside the church hall or outside under the courtyard tent. Other options include walkup orders, take-out orders or pre-orders.

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Renzie Ribfest Continues Through Monday

September 02, 2023 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Orlando Carter of Straight Out of the Kitchen tends the grill Saturday morning at Renziehausen Park. The McKeesport Ribfest continues through Monday, when fireworks will close the weekend. (Tube City Almanac photo)

Good crowds and pleasant weather greeted attendees Friday for the opening night of McKeesport’s annual Labor Day Weekend ribfest.

Organized by the City of McKeesport and the McKeesport Lions Club, the event is free and open to the public. Booths are arranged near the Lions Bandshell at Renziehausen Park, near the corner of Eden Park Boulevard and Jimmy Beaumont Boulevard.

Live music is being provided today by Pendulum — a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band — 4:45, while the Nashville sound of Dozzi takes the stage at 7 p.m.

The Clintones arrive at 4:45 p.m. Sunday — when a car show is also scheduled — while Jimmie Ross & The Jaggerz begin at 7 p.m. A car show is also scheduled for Sunday.

On Monday, the Blues Brothers tribute show “The Booze Brothers” begin performing at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Varange Cabil of Robbie’s Ribs was among the workers helping owner Roberta Williams at the Renzie Rib Fest. (Tube City Almanac photo)


W.N. Church Plans Peach Festival Fundraiser

August 16, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, West Newton News

The West Newton First Church of God, 157 North Second St., will hold a Peach Festival fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Lions Club Field House on Pittsburgh Street, a spokesperson said. The fundraiser will feature homemade sandwiches, salads, peach desserts and drinks.


Library Plans Final Book Sale for 2023

August 16, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

The West Newton Public Library will hold its final book sale for the year in the parking lot at 124 North Water St. on Aug. 26, a spokesperson said. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors may “fill two bags” with used books or other items for $5.

The library recently received a large donation from a book collector who was downsizing, and those items include non-fiction books on sports, history, and rock collecting. All are in good condition.

Other items on sale will include adult fiction, biographies, paperbacks, children’s books and puzzle books. For more information, call (724) 633-0798.


Kane Center Fun Walk Returns Sept. 16

August 13, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Sponsors and walkers of all ages are being encouraged to participate an event that raises money to fund events at Allegheny County’s Kane Community Living Centers.

The 12th annual Joan Burns Fun Walk 4 Kane will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Kane center on Ninth Avenue in McKeesport, a spokesman said. The event supports the Kane Foundation, which provides quality-of-life improvements for residents at the county-operated homes for the aged and people with disabilities.

Registration for the walk costs $20 and donations are tax-deductible. Free registration is available for anyone who collects $50 or more in pledges. To register in advance before Sept. 1, visit the county’s website. Registration on the day of the event begins at 8 a.m.

Checks may be made payable to Kane Foundation Walk, The Kane Foundation, 955 Rivermont Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15207. For more information, call (412) 292-8069.


Sponsors Needed for International Village Webcast

August 03, 2023 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

We once again are broadcasting this year’s McKeesport International Village from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15, 16 and 17, and we could use your help.

If you would like to make a donation in exchange for being mentioned during the broadcast, please visit our website and click the "Donate" link:

If your business, group, or organization would like to sponsor the broadcast, sponsorships are $150 for one 30-second announcement per hour, or $250 for two 30-second announcements per hour. Please email your announcement to

Deadline for sponsorships is Aug. 10. Tube City Community Media Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations may be tax-deductible as allowed by law. This is not tax advice; consult a tax professional for information.


August: Busy Month for City’s Library

August 03, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Children played on a giant slip ’n slide on the library lawn in July. (Submitted photo courtesy Carnegie Library of McKeesport via Facebook)

August is an especially busy month for the Carnegie Library of McKeesport and its branches, when community events in the city, White Oak and Duquesne highlight an already full programming lineup.

Director Vincent D'Alesio said the main event at the library itselt will be the wrap-up party for the annual Summer Reading Program. That party begins at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 for everyone who participated, he said. Participants will enjoy food, entertainment from a juggler and a stilt-walker, and a airbrush tattoo artist. Raffle prizes also will be awarded, D'Alesio said. Registration by Aug. 7 is required by calling (412) 672-0625.

The library’s annual book sale will held this year at White Oak Community Day at Heritage Hills Park on Saturday (Aug. 5). The lower floor of the White Oak branch library will be open for book shoppers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., D'Alesio said.

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