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

Movie Night: 13th

Thursday September 24, 2020 8:30 PM

Join us on for a discussion on the movie 13th.

When: September 24th at 8:30 pm

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85832106710?pwd=andwMkx1R2EwZ01ENEJ2endxTjBSUT09

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Synopsis: Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Available on Netflix.

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Tanny Penaloza-Carrera

Our next featured member is Tanny Penaloza-Carrera.  She joined Newcomers because she wanted to meet new people. 

Tell us about yourself: 

I’m from Guayaquil, Ecuador. I moved to Pittsburgh 9 years ago to get my BA/MBA. 

I’m a Sr. PM for a software company downtown. I work on projects to improve customer experience and the adoption of our product/features. 

I’m married and have a 3 years old boy, Bash. He is our office manager. We moved here in 2018 when we realized that we needed more space for our very active toddler. 

Here are some fun facts about Tanny: 

If you could be any animal, what would you choose and why?

Hummingbird! They can fly and enjoy nature, and are associated with good luck and joy. I love the legends about these beautiful animals. 

If you could choose anything in the entire world for your last meal, what would it be?

A plantain based traditional Ecuadorian meal. 

If all the States in the USA were represented by food, what food would each state that you have lived in be represented by?

This will be a long answer. But, as mentioned, I’m not from here. My first time in Pittsburgh, my now husband took me to a restaurant to celebrate and the waitress asked if I wanted “pop.” I thought it was odd I was offered what I thought was popcorn. I also thought it was interesting she just called it “pop” but didn’t ask for clarification and nicely declined. Only to later find out she was referring to what I knew as “soda.” Since then, I always associate popcorn with PA 😅. 

What is the best place you’ve ever visited and why?

Japan. It was absolutely beautiful, the food was delicious and whenever we needed help, we always found a person willing to give us a hand. 

What is the luckiest thing that has ever happened to you?

My friend gave me his bingo card because he thought it was “lame,” and I ended up winning the cash prize. He wasn’t happy, but I was thrilled. My first time winning something and it wasn’t even mine. 

BOOK CLUB: MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE

Wednesday October 14, 2020 8:00 PM

Join us for a discussion on the book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
by Lori Gottlieb.

When: October 14th at 8:00 pm

Where: virtual! Check back a few days before the event for the zoom link

Synopsis: Gottlieb is a best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, who takes us on a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising behind the scenes of a therapist’s world – where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she). 

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Ladies Night IN Fall Art Project

Monday October 19, 2020 7:30 PM

Event Date: 10/19/2020
Event Time: 7:30pm
Event Location: Zoom

Grab your favorite Fall beverage and pick a Fall / Halloween craft from AR Workshop Robinson. Join us on Zoom while we make our crafts and chat!

AR Workshop Robinson has several take and make kits available on their website. Order and pick up your project in time for our event date! Hope to see you then! Zoom link will be emailed out prior to the event!

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Aimee Mack

Aimee Mack joined Newcomer’s this year as a great way to meet others.  She and her husband have been married for almost 10 years (their anniversary is coming up soon!).  Since they’ve been married, they’ve lived in 4 different states.  They have 5 years old twins. The whole family is excited to explore Pennsylvania. 

Here are some fun facts about Aimee: 

If you had $5,000,000 what would you do with the money and why?

After making sure we have enough for the twins’ college, we would Buy a beach house in NC. Big enough for all of our families to visit. 

If you could be any animal, what would you choose and why?

Leopard, just love leopard print 

Which fictional place would you most like to visit and why?

Wherever unicorns live

If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?

Pretty women. I love Richard And Julia together! 

What is the best place you’ve ever visited and why?

Las Vegas, my husband and I go there on vacation 

What is the luckiest thing that has ever happened to you?

We got invited to the Kentucky Derby. It was a dream come true. 

If time travel were real: when and where in time would you go and why?

Go back to our wedding day. It was a lot of fun!! 

If you could wake up tomorrow and know absolutely everything about ONE thing… what would it be and why?

How to successfully homeschool my children.

Virtual Bunco

Wednesday October 7, 2020 7:30 PM
Bunco is the first Wednesday night of the month!

Just because we can’t get together, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! Join us for a fun night of Virtual Bunco!

Where: in your home! Time: 7:30

We will update with the zoom link a few days before the big night. Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.

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Book Club: The Thirteenth Tale

Tuesday September 15, 2020 8:00 PM
 

Join us for a discussion on the book The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

When: September 15th at 8:00 pm

Where: virtual! Check back a few days before the event for the zoom link

Synopsis: The book follows reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, who has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long.

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A Few Rules for Summer

Summer is here and so is the official break for Newcomers.  While we won’t be planning our usual array of fun activities, there are some things that will continue throughout the summer, like Book Club, Bunco, and playgroups.

We want to make sure that the activities that will continue are as safe as possible for all participants, so we have a few things to ask of our members moving forward: 

  1. Please RSVP to every event you attend so that we know who to contact in the event a member becomes ill after. 
  2. Please change your RSVP from the website to NO as soon as possible when you cannot attend an event. 
  3. Please do not attend an event if you or someone in your house does not feel well. This includes coughing, sneezing, fever, etc. 
  4. Please contact a member of the board if you get sick after attending an event so that we can notify everyone in attendance.

These small things can help us all stay safe and make the most of the summer!

Book Club: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Tuesday June 30, 2020 7:30 PM
 

Join us for a discussion on the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

Date: June 30th, 2020

When: June 30th at 7:30 pm

Where: 1572 Hastings Mill Rd. (Melissa Davis’s home)

The discussion will take place outside around a bonfire if weather permits. We will host the meeting around a bonfire if weather permits.

Synopsis: The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

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