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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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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.

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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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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.