Pittsburgh Zoo Membership Giveaway

Please click the link to join the zoom call for the drawing. We can stay and chat for a bit as well. https://us05web.zoom.us/j/2367573652?pwd=eGJHemt0eWl0cDFMN1JSdk5iMGNTQT09

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Sweepstakes

USCNC will give away one family membership for the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium to a qualifying Newcomer member. The drawing will be broadcasted live via zoom on March 25th of 2021 from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm(EST).


  1. Contestant must enter their name into the drawing by RSVPing to this post before March 20th, 2021.
  2. Contestant must be currently registered as a member of the USCNC by March 20th, 2021.
  3. Contestant must have attended an USCNC event between December 1st 2020 and March 20th 2021.


How much does a membership cost?

A family membership to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is $125.

How does the winner activate their membership?

The gift membership is purchased as a blank certificate. After drawing the name, we will fill out the certificate with the winner’s information before presenting them with it. The recipient’s membership does not become active until the day they redeem their certificate. Their Membership will be valid for one full year from the date of redemption. This allows the gift recipient to decide when they would like to begin their year-long Membership.

Do existing USCNC members qualify for the drawing or is this only available to new members?

All registered members (both existing and new) of the USCNC will qualify to enter the sweepstakes provided they meet the criteria.

Does the contestant have to attend the live drawing to accept the certificate?

While attendance to the giveaway event will be highly encouraged it will not be a requirement. Though it should be noted that attendance to a previous event is a firm requirement.

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How can I officially submit my name into the drawing for this prize?
To submit your name please RSVP ‘yes’ to the event on the USC Newcomers website. Even if you do not attend the zoom event, you must still submit an RSVP so the organizers can include your name in the raffle drawing.

Does the contestant have to attend the live drawing to accept the certificate?

While you must RSVP yes to the event, it should be noted that attendance to the giveaway event will be highly encouraged but it will not be a requirement. However, attendance to a previous event is a firm requirement.

For more information pertaining to the zoo gift membership please visit their membership website.

Thursday March 25, 2021 8:00 PM

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Newcomers School Talks

Tuesday March 2, 2021 8:30 PM to 9:30 AM

Are you considering kindergarten for your little one and want to talk to other mamas/caregivers about their experiences? 

Join us Tuesday, March 2 from 8:30 – 9:30 via zoom to ask any questions you may have. 

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81358426810?pwd=Q0MzRGFlZ3AxeG5Cb20vNFFYWFRSdz09

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Hello ladies!  Preschool and kindergarten registration are just around the corner.  Many mamas/caregivers typically would gather most of their information from casual discussions at play groups, etc… Unfortunately, these playgroups aren’t really able to happen right now.  So, I want to put together some informal, virtual events to discuss different schools/processes for registration from ladies in the group who have experience with each particular school.

1) I am first looking for VOLUNTEERS to lead a discussion for the different schools in USC area: (e.g. Kindergartens: Streams, Eisenhower, Baker; Preschools: Westminster, St Thomas More, Goddard School, Beverly Heights, St. David’s, Christ United, etc.). I’m looking for 1-2 volunteers per school.  Please let me know if you are interested by the end of January so we can start to schedule these events. 

2) If there is a particular SCHOOL you are interested in other than those listed in (1), please let me know. 

I’m hoping to start scheduling these sessions the 2nd-3rd weeks of February.  Please contact Sara Lucas (saramarc8@gmail.com) with any questions/comments/suggestions.

Support local Businesses

We encourage everyone in the community to shop and support local businesses during this crisis.

Many neighborhood restaurants have taken the necessary precautions in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

In addition to restaurants offering delivery and curbside pickup for food, there are local shops also offering these services for items to  purchase that can make great gifts and provide entertainment while sheltering at home.

Here are some local businesses we encourage members to support. Please feel free to share  other local business in the comments on the post on our webpage or in our private Facebook group. We can get through this together while support our community and neighbors. This is also a great way for those very new newcomers to learn some of our local attractions!

  • Simmons Farm has a market on route 19 across from Market District Express. They have flowers, vegetable plants, and fresh produce. You can also call or email for curbside pick up. To do so please call 724-941-1490 for farm locations and 724-941-7540 for Rt. 19 or email orders@simmonsfarm.com, or enter with a face mask
  • Emma’s Market & Deli located in Pinebridge Commons across the street from the post office. Get your deli needs! Fresh sliced deli meats, cheese, prepared foods, or even milk! 412-221-2216
  • The Pie Place, located on 19 and Highland, by Pier One. Order online and pickup on Wednesday from 10-2 (they are also open for order pickup on Saturdays 10-2) great if you have a birthday to celebrate and need a custom cake, or just want a sweet treat… they also make some great savory dishes
  • Fired Up Pottery is owned and run by a local USC mom and has great options for online viewing, phone ordering, and curbside pickup (11a-5p). Need an activity for your kids? Maybe an idea for a Mother’s  Day gift to pass along to Dad…?  They have a great Mother’s Day gift basket featuring other local businesses, but quantities are limited! Give them a call! 724-941-0302
  • Toss Pizza and Wings. Why cook? Order a pizza and some wings and support a local business that delivers to your house!
  • Cucina Bella for a quarantine date night! Order a delicious meal from a local gem and either pick it up or have it delivered through Uber Eats. 412-257-5150
  • Ice Cream!!! We have several options close by.
  • Learning Express in the Galleria – 412-341-8697 – is open and delivering. Do you need to purchase something for a child’s birthday or just need something new to occupy your own child? It is a 25$ minimum, plus a $5 delivery fee. They will leave the packages on your door and even wrap for free.

Please, as you visit these businesses, let them know that you are with the Upper St Clair Newcomers’ Club. We don’t expect anyone to follow these suggestions daily, but if you could please choose a day or two, or even create your own schedule, please help our local businesses in these hard times

Champange Brunch

Saturday July 24, 2021 11:00 AM

Let’s get together for some mimosas, snacks, and bocce ball at Amy Cochran’s back deck at 1815 Tilton Dr.

Champagne, juice, and a few brunch items will be provided. Bring your favorite beverage and/or appetizer.

We’ll be on the back deck so follow the music down the driveway.


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Wednesday July 7, 2021 7:00 PM

Bunco is the first Wednesday night of the month!

We’re meeting at 7pm at Lucy’s house (3329 Comanche Rd). The hostess is requiring ALL PLAYERS to be fully vaccinated.

Bring $5 (which if you’re lucky you’ll win back) and a snack to share.

Please only RSVP is you have been fully vaccinated for Covid. See you there!


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Teacher/Admin Appreciation

Hi ladies! We would like to once again create appreciation baskets for valued members of our community. We decided to spoil our teachers and administrators this time.

Stephanie Cooper will be putting together some baskets to drop off the final week of school to the wonderful individuals who have made this year happen.

Please feel free to donate snack items or drinks or you can paypal her at robison.stephanie6@gmail.com, Venmo @stephanie-cooper-206.

Thank you all so much for always being so generous!

Smore’s and Stars

Friday May 21, 2021 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Ladies night to celebrate life with s’mores, stars and wine.

Elysia McKenzie provide the s’mores and a few bottles but feel free to bring any drinks you’d like.

Where: Elysia’s house (1701 Northgate Dr.)
When: 8:00 on May 21, 2021

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Day of Outdoor Play

Saturday May 15, 2021 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Now that the weather is starting to get warmer, we will start hosting third Saturday play groups at rotating parks!

In non-Covid times, this particular May weekend was normally USC Community Day. Due to capacity limitations, the township has cancelled the traditional Community Day activities and instead is encouraging everyone to participate in “A Day of Outdoor Play”.

Let’s all join in and meet at the Baker Elementary playground between 10:00 – noon. This play group is open to all members and their family members!

Please RSVP so we know who to look for.

Hope to see you there!

*Due to this event being held in a public space, the club has no guarantee of max occupancy of space, nor the public’s diligence in mask wearing. For the comfort and safety of our members, masks are encouraged for members at all times.

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Movie Club: Tootsie

Thursday May 20, 2021 8:30 PM

Join us on for a discussion on the movie Tootsie.

When: May 20 at 8:30 pm

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Synopsis: New York actor Michael Dorsey is a talented perfectionist who is so hard on himself and others that his agent can no longer find work for him. After a soap opera audition goes poorly, Michael reinvents himself as actress Dorothy Michaels and wins the part. What was supposed to be a short-lived role turns into a long-term contract, but when Michael falls for his castmate Julie, complications develop that could wreck everything.

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Informal Events

We’ve been getting some questions about the informal events happening as CDC guidelines allow for groups to meet.

What is an “official” Club event versus an “unofficial” event? The Club decided not to have any “official” in-person events through the 2020-2021 year (ending in May).  Based on the previous CDC and state guidelines, the Club’s board decided not hosting any in-person events was the safest option.  This is also why we are not collecting dues for this year.

As the distancing guidelines have changed (and vaccinations have become readily available) members of the Club have been interested in having in-person events again.  These events are “unofficial” because they are being planned by any Club member (not just committee chairs) and are not posted on our website (www.uscnewcomers.org).  The member who plans the event will decide what “Covid rules” she would like (masks required, vaccines required, limits on total attendees, etc).

I hope this clears up any confusion!  Please feel free to reach out to Anne with any questions or comments (annekulli@gmail.com).

Book Club: Dear Mrs. BIrd

Thursday May 27, 2021 8:00 PM

Join us as we discuss the book “Dear Mrs. Bird” by AJ Pearce on May 27 at 8pm.

There are several copies of the book from the library kit available. If you would like a copy of the book, please reach out to Melissa Davis.

Where: virtual! Here is the zoom link

Synopsis: London, 1940. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance – but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine.

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