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Antiques Group

The group, which usually meets at 7:00 pm or 1:00 pm  on the second Monday of the month, will be on sabbatical in December, January, and February and on vacation in June July, and August.

Anyone interested in joining the group or attending a particular meeting should contact Norma Kehr  724-774-3844 or  To quote the 1991 Newsletter, “Come join – this is a fun experience.

2017 Schedule

Antiques Group does not meet in  January,  February, March,  July and Aug

April 10, 2017  1:00 pm   Hostess: Claire Mervis  Topic:  “Flip it Over!” a presentation by Bob Capo on MayerChina

May 8, 2017 1:00pm  Hostess:Norma Kehr  Topic:  “It’s Carnival Week”  (Carnival Glass)

June 2017 (Date?) Field Trip Planner  Beaver Falls Historical Museum  Lunch:  1810 Tavern

September 11, 2017  1:00 pm   Hostess: Bonnie Reyes @ Aunt Mary’s Historic New Galilee Home  Topic: “This Old House” presentation by Bill Bitner ( Historian and current owner)

October 9, 2017  11:00am. Hostess: Jean Macaluso  Topic:  “Good to the Last Drop” (Vintage items related to coffee)     

November 13, 2017 1:00 pm  Hostess:Jackie Heaney  Topic:  “Signs of the Time” (Vintage signs)

December11, 2017  1:00 pm   Hostess:  Jane Kennedy  Topic:”To Grandmother’s House We Go”  ( The Holiday Table – Heritage China)


Peggy with her family mandolin


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Garden Group

On September 27, 2017, the group will be meeting iat the home of Sally Osmanski (Jane Kennedy’s daughter)  in Moon Township to view her extensive dahlia garden. Following that, the group will have lunch at Buford’s Restaurant.

The  last event for 2017 will be October 25th at  Jane Kennedy’s residence in New Brighton.  Bring favorite garden tool and/or garden catalog to discuss

The Garden Groups annual picnic and the Zuberbuhler Farm was held on August 20th.


On July 20th, the Garden Group visited Hartwood Acres and joined Femmes for lunch at Hartwood Restaurant.

The Garden Group has been meeting since the early nineties and currently has 20 members.

Meetings are normally on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted.  No meetings are scheduled for November, December, and January.  All members are invited to join this active group.  You do not need to have gardening skills.




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Cultural  Events

Open to any member of AAUW. Guests welcome

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AAUW Cultural Events “Little Mermaid” — with Janet Wise, Beth Hesselson, Susan Brandt,  Jeannie Snitger and Lea Kretchmar at Lincoln Park Performing Arts.


Marlene Holland – 724-728-2474 (or)
Sue Brandt – 724-891-3224 (or)

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Literature l

This group meets every other month at 1810 Tavern

Monday, August 21st at 1:00 pm   Hostess:  Jodean Brooks    Mischling by Affinity Konar

Literature II

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AAUW Lit 2 Group 2015-2016
AAUW Lit Group 2016-2017

Date                                    Hostess  –                Dessert.       Leader          –       Book
September 19.                   Fran  Colafella         Ann               Frances              My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

October 17.                          Beth Buttermore          Fran.              Ann.           When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

November 21                     Ruth Ann Duff          Beth B.           Sue                       Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

December 12.  Felicity Farms – Paperback book exchange Lunch at Felicity Farms at 12:30 pm
Joline  The All-GirlFilling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

January 16. –                        Margot McClellan        Ruth Ann.     Multiple Leaders  Discuss Dec. books received in our exchange

February 20.                        Joline Mannion At Frances’s    Joline – Beth H.         Never Let Me Go by
Kazuo Ishiguro

March 20                             Joyce Hoppa. – Margot.      Margot.                  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by  Rachel Joyce

April 17.                              Sue Brandt –          Beth H.         Fran.                 A Room with A View by E. M. Forster

May 22.                                Gail Sapio              Sue  –         Kathi.                We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

June 19.                                 Ann Niemann       Gail         Joyce.                   The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

July 17  Frances  Potluck Dinner.                  Recommend books for next year

August 22 ?        Reservations required.    Board Room at the Wooden Angel.  Dinner  6 for 6:30               Choose  books, hosts, and leaders for upcoming year

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Literature III

Members meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm at The Grand Valley Inn unless otherwise specified.
January 16, 2018               The Unwomanly Face of Women: An Oral History of Women in WWII  by Shetland Alexievich (Janet Wise, Hostess)
February 20, 2018          The Orphans Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Betty Kimmel, Hostess)
March 20, 2018               Before we were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Kathy Miller, Hostess)
April 17, 2018                  This is How it Always Is:A Novel by Laurie Frankel (Jackie Heaney, Hostess)

May 15, 2018                  Bear Town by Fredrick Backman (Joan Tracy, Hostess)

June 19, 2018                 Deb Newton, Hostess)
July 17, 2018                   Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towle 
 (Frances Pickard,  Hostess)
August 21, 2018              (Susan Huntsman, Hostess)
Sept. 18, 2018                  (Mary Patrick,  Hostess)
Oct. 16, 2018                     (Joanne Renkin, Hostess)
Nov.  20, 2018                 (Jean Macaluso
, Hostess)

we do not meet in December.

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Investment Group:

The six members of our investment group have met 10 times since we began last June. (It’s true! We really enjoy each other) We were very diverse on the depth of our experiences ranging from many years being invested to relatively little knowledge on in-vesting. We eased into the decision to invest after much discussion of what we wanted to ac-complish, and how we wanted to go about it. We decided that our purpose was to learn about the reasoning behind investing and to learn the process of actually investing, including how to open an account, if needed, and how to choose individual stocks, bonds, gold, and mutual funds, and the “why”.

First, we decided to create a portfolio of “fantasy” stocks where we each follow one stock or fund and report on its progress each meeting. We shared various information on mate-rials, magazines, brokerages, and computer programs. Last month we decided to each open an account with $300.00 and buy one stock we had researched. This stock or fund will also be dis-cussed at the meeting.

This was probably the worst time to begin investing due to the crash that has been going on this month, but we wanted to learn and learn we shall !! We will learn to be patient and say of the market, “it will come back”; “it gives us an opportunity to buy low now and hopefully sell high in the future” (double down); ” it demonstrates the need to diversify”; “it encourages us to ‘keep a shopping list’ of good stocks for when prices fall, and “it shows the wisdom of always keeping some cash on hand for this scenario”.

You are welcome to join us the last Thursday of February at Beth Hesselson’s house at 10:00 AM. Bring money…….just kidding. Sue Brandt

Investment Group- The Investment group will meet this month on Thursday, Dec. 1st at Val Keeley’s house at 10:00 AM. Please call her if you would like to join us at 724-601- 6500. We will discuss various local banks and decide if they would be a good invest- ment. As always, we will check our group fantasy stocks and our individual stocks. Jean Macaluso still leads the pack! Way to go Jean. (My apologies to our new member Debbie Mangelli for surprising her at the meeting saying we would meet at her house! I meant to say “Welcome”!! – Sue)

Femmes du Jour

FEMMES du JOUR SCHEDULE 2018    Thursdays  at 12:30 unless noted

JANUARY  18          Don’s Deli, Beaver ( suggest that you go early and place your order)
FEBRUARY  15        Taiwan 101, across from Applebee’s, Center Twp.

MARCH  15.            Vesuvio’s, near Panera’s, Center Twp.

APRIL  19                Cracker Barrel, bear Marriott, Cranberry
MAY 17.                  Court House, Lisbon, OH (ten miles past Rogers)
JUNE  21.                 Bus trip to Market Square, Pittsburgh, Farmers’ Market Day (details as to dining,, etc, closer to the date)

JULY  19.                 Red Lobster, Robinson Twp.

AUGUST 16.          Firebirds, past Dick’s Plaza, Cranberry
SEPTEMBER  20   The Tavern, New Wilmington
OCTOBER  18.        Brovo’s, Cranberry
NOVEMBER  15.      Shadow Lakes, Aliquippa
DECEMBER  20.       Wooden Angel, Bridgewater         (Pre-paid reservation)

We meet for lunch on the third Thursday of each month, at 12:30 pm except where noted.*  If you plan to attend, please call Jean  Macaluso, 724-869-8507, or email  by the preceding Tuesday.








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