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).

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.

Newcomers School Talks

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

Holiday Market

Let’s venture over the bridge and downtown for an afternoon of holiday sights, shopping and grub!

Where: Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh
When: December 3, 11 AM – 3 PM

We will arrange carpools for those who want one or perhaps all plan to take the T! Looking forward to taking in all the holiday cheer with you!

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Ladies Favorite Things Brunch

It’s that giving time of the year again!

Join us for our Favorite Things Brunch!
Sunday, Dec. 11 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Mediterra Cafe on Beverly Rd. We will meet in the room in the back on the left. We have table service with a full food and bar menu, YAY!

We’re going to try something a little new this year that results in taking home more than one item each!

Bring 3 items that you love (the same item purchased 3 times) that cost less than $10 each. Total investment is less than $30. It can be something serious or something silly, just as long as it is one of your FAVORITE items. Think toiletry item, food, home goods item, beauty item, a book, etc. No need to wrap and waste energy which means more time for fun! And at the end each of us will leave with three new items to try!

We can’t wait for this event and to spend a holiday afternoon with you all!

***PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, DEC. 8 as we need to provide the restaurant with a final count***

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Winter Family Party

Bring the kids over for a family winter party at Megan’s house!

Location: 2301 Lambeth Drive

Kids of all ages welcome. Please RSVP for all the people in your family attending and children’s ages so we can have age-appropriate activities.

RSVP by Sunday, Dec 4.

Hope to see you there!

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Couples Night: Beer and Cookies!

Grab your significant other and join us at Samantha’s for our annual Beer and Cookies Exchange Party!

The celebration begins at 6:00 pm on Saturday, December 17, 2022.

Where: Samantha’s House (1401 Deepwood Dr.)

Please bring your drink of choice and an app or dessert to share and be prepared for a night of fun and friendship.

Please note: Everyone in attendance will need to bring cookies and beers to participate! We will announce the week before how many beers/cookies you will need to bring, based off of the number of those in attendance!

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Book Club and Favorite Book Exchange

When: Dec 27 at 6:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market Coffee Bar – 111 Siena Dr, Upper St Clair, PA 15241

Join us for a post-holiday get-together! We will discuss “The Mother-In-Law” by Sally Hepworth.

Synopsis: “A twisty, compelling novel about one woman’s complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in murder.”


After some discussion, we will do a favorite book exchange! Bring a wrapped copy of a book you love to exchange. Hope to see you there!

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Wine & Chat

Where: 1815 Tilton Dr at Amy’s

Bring favorite beverage. Amy will provide munchies.

Hope to see you there!

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