Pittsburgh Zoo Membership Giveaway

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).

Qualifications:

  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.

Q&A:

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

Passcode: newcomers

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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

Virtual Wine and Chat

Monday March 22, 2021 8:30 PM

Grab a glass of wine or your favorite beverage and join us for a virtual wine and chat event to catch up over Zoom.

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Book Club: Dopesick

Wednesday April 14, 2021 8:00 PM

Join us as we discuss the book “Dopesick” by Beth Macy on April 14 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: In this extraordinary work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of a national drama that has unfolded over two decades. From the labs and marketing departments of big pharma to local doctor’s offices; wealthy suburbs to distressed small communities in Central Appalachia; from distant cities to once-idyllic farm towns; the spread of opioid addiction follows a tortuous trajectory that illustrates how this crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

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Quarantine Kitchen

Saturday March 27, 2021 4:00 PM

Much of our lives are virtual these days. We’re working from home, video-calling family members, and keeping up with friends through social media. The current pandemic has invited us to turn to new forms of entertainment we can participate in from home, including virtual social events. One way to mix up your home-bound routine is through a Zoom cooking class. There’s no reason to go out to learn new kitchen skills and cook a delicious meal; Chef Shawn Culp will come straight to you via your home computer.

Take the family on a virtual trip to Florence, Italy, where Chef Shawn will teach you how to prepare traditional pasta from scratch using a pasta machine. Don’t have a pasta machine, no problem. Chef Shawn will have his kid chef show you how to roll it out with a rolling pin. Chef Shawn will teach you the art of hand-cut pasta and the secrets to a flavorful tomato sauce, as well as professional tips and tricks for the kitchen. Additionally, you will make a fresh Caesar dressing and bake cookies. An authentic Italian experience, all without leaving your kitchen! But wait, this isn’t just for mom and dad. Young chefs will learn valuable culinary skills as they enjoy this hands-on experience as they chop, mix and roll their way to a delicious dish.

As a participant, you and your family will get a meal kit with all the ingredients to make fresh pasta, marinara sauce, Caesar dressing, and fresh-baked cookies.


Price: $45 – to be paid via Venmo to @Christina-Clodfelter

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Skin Therapy by Lauren

Sunday March 14, 2021 5:30 PM

While vital to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, face masks are causing an uptick in acne. The humid and sticky environment your mask creates around your face lends itself to breakouts around the nose, cheeks, mouth, and chin. You are not alone. This condition, known as “maskne” (mask acne), is a common side effect of using a mask for prolonged periods. Maskne doesn’t merely cause pimples, though. It may also result in skin issues, including redness, bumpiness, and irritation.

If you, your spouse, teen, tween, son, or daughter are concerned about maskne, join licensed esthetician and USC mom Lauren Fritz-Gibbs as she explains what maskne is and how to prevent it. She will also talk about how nutrition affects the skin.

As a participant, you and your family will get a Himalayan clay mask to apply during the seminar, a facial silicon scrub brush, a microfiber towel. You will also get a car kit to help with on-the-go mask organization and skin therapy to keep men, women, kids smiling under the masks!

When: Sunday, March 14th at 5:30 pm
Price: $35 – to be paid via Venmo to @Christina-Clodfelter
RSVP by Saturday, March 6th

Participants will be emailed regarding pick up days and times.
Zoom Link https://edgenuity.zoom.us/j/93877573807?pwd=R2ViUE9taWpJeTRjenlNcTNpTFZFUT09
Meeting ID: 938 7757 3807 Passcode: 543806

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Summer Camp Information

Summer is just around the corner (even though these frigid days are making it feel like it will never come). Are you interested in summer camps for your little ones but don’t know what’s available? Have you sent your little ones to a summer camp before and would like to share your experience? What about extra-curricular activities?

Play groups has developed a shared google sheet to help share information about summer camps and extra-curricular activities. If your little one(s) has attended a summer camp and/or you’ve enrolled them in an extra-curricular activity (beyond school affiliated activities), please fill out the google sheet with the program name, location, ages, website/contact info, price, duration, registration date (if known), any other comments, and your name. Please let Sara Lucas know if you have any questions.

Book Club: Between the World and Me

Thursday February 25, 2021 8:00 PM

Thursday February 25, 2021 8:00 PM

Join us for January Book Club to discuss Between the World and Me  written by Ta-Nehisi Coates on February 25 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:Between The World And Me helps us all fight prejudice and prepares young black men in the US for growing up by revealing Ta-Nehisi Coates’s reality of life as a black man dealing with racism in America

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New Member Meet & Greet

Wednesday February 10, 2021 8:00 PM

This is an opportunity for all of the members that have joined this Newcomers year (since ~June 2020) to get to know each other and to learn more about the club.

Join us on February 10 at 8 pm on zoom.

Wear your favorite comfy clothes, grab your drink of choice or snack and let’s chat!

*Zoom details will be sent prior to the event.

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Cupcake Virtual Class

Monday February 15, 2021 5:15 PM

Join us for The Pie Place virtual class! Enjoy creating this fun ice cream cone cupcake treat! Class will be held virtually on Monday, February 15th at 5:15pm.

Class will be recorded. If you cannot meet for the live class, you can still get a kit to support a local business and watch the video at a later time.

All supplies are included (9 cupcakes, icing bags, sprinkles, chocolate chips and fondant). Kits will be available to pickup at The Pie Place on Saturday, February 13th and Monday, February 15th. Curbside pickup is also available.

RSVP here so we know who to look for. But also use this link to purchase your kit: https://checkout.square.site/buy/JOCQ6JPLXKKCRI46RWN347WM

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Quiplash Game Night

Saturday February 20, 2021 8:00 PM

Grab your partner and your beverage of choice and join us for a fun, virtual date/game night!

When: Saturday, February 20th, 2021
Time: 8:00pm

We will be playing the game Quiplash! Players will answer silly questions and then vote for their favorite answer (silliest/most creative/most ridiculous often wins). The player with the most points at the end wins!

This game is similar to Cards Against Humanity except players come up with their own clever answers.

Please RSVP by Friday, February 19th. We will be sending out the link closer to the event.

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