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Antiques Group

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

2018 Schedule

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

April 9, 201  1:00 pm   Hostess: Janet Wise  Topic:  Brenda Applegate of Beaver County History and Research Landmark Foundation will give a power point presentation on Beaver County’s WWI historical memories on this 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI.

May 14, 2018 1:00pm  Hostess: Norma Kehr  Topic: “Into the Woods” Treenware

 June (field trip)

        September 11, 2018  1:00 pm. Hostess: Bonnie or Nancy   Topic: “Rin Tin Tin” (tin containers)

October 8, 2018  1:00 pm. Hostess: Jackie Heaney  Topic: “You can Bank on it” (vintage banks)

November 12, 2018 1:00 pm  Hostess: Jane Kennedy  Topic:

December10, 2018 1:00 pm   Hostess:  Jean Macaluso  Topic: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” vintage Santa’s


Peggy with her family mandolin


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Garden Group

AAUW Beaver Valley Garden Interest Group – 2018 Schedule

1. MAY 9TH – FELLOWS RIVERSIDE GARDENS, 123 McKinley Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44509
Over 40,000 bulbs planted for spring viewing
On site amenities: Kravitz Garden Café, Garden Gift Shop, Weller Gallery, Observation Deck
Cost: No Admission Fee
Departure Time and Transportation Arrangements: Will depart from Chippewa Plaza (near Burger King) at 10:30 AM, volunteer drivers will be needed.

Fellows Riverside Garden

2. June 15th– Renziehousen Park, 2100 Eden Park Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132 (Proposed in combination with Femmes)
Largest rose garden west of Harrisburg, PA and was voted one of the top ten public rose gardens in the United States. The McKeesport Garden Club maintains between 2,500 – 3,000 roses, perennials beds, a butterfly garden and water pond. Members of the McKeesport Garden Club will facilitate a tour of the grounds and prepare a lunch for our group that will be served at their clubhouse which is located within the gardens. A gift shop is also located onsite.
Cost: $15 per person (note – cash only with reservations needed 1 week prior to excursion. Lunch capacity set at 40 attendees.
Departure Time and Transportation Arrangements: Will depart from Chippewa Plaza or Cranberry Twp Plaza using PA Turnpike to Monroeville exit. Departure time is yet to be determined. Tour to begin at 10:30AM.

3. July 15th – Picnic at Zuberbuhler Farm, 672 Achortown Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Hosted by Dick and Rae Nancy Zuberbuhler
Spouses, friends, and significant others welcomed.
Bring covered dish and wine/beer of your choice. Soft drinks will be provided.
Appetizers served 2:30pm with dinner to follow.

4. July 25th – Hybridizing Gladiolas, home of Pinky Fredericks, 750 Allendale Road, New Brighton, PA 15066 (located past Sylvania Hills, Rte. 68)
Excursion will be hosted by Jean Macaluso who will provide refreshments.
Cost: No Admission Fee
Arrival Time: 11AM

5. August 29th – Kimberly Thonie Farm, Brighton Twp.
Program details are yet to be determined.
6. September 26th – Chatham University Eden Hall Campus, 6035 Ridge Road, Gibsonia, PA 1504
First academic community in the world built from the ground up for the study of sustainable living, learning, and development. The University is committed to advancing the legacy of Rachel Carson, class of 1929.
Group Tour Cost: $125 (To be divided by attendee.)
Additional cost of $10 for lunch that will be held in campus dining hall.
Departure Time and Transportation Arrangements: Will depart from Chippewa Plaza (near Burger King) at 8:45 AM. Volunteer drivers will be needed. Note – tour time to begin at 10AM for those wishing to make alternate driving arrangements.

7. October 24th – Orchid Care Program presented by Demetria Marsh, Orchid Society of Western PA Program Chair and Phipps Volunteer
To be hosted at home of Frances Pickard, 1530 River Road, Beaver
Arrival Time: 12:30PM with a light lunch to be served followed by the program.
Cost: $75 (Speaker cost to be divided by attendees.)


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.

Sue Brandt – 724-891-3224 (or)

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Literature l

This group meets every other month at  Plated & Poured (formerly 1810 Tavern)

Irena’s Children by Tilar Mazzeo
The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto
Monday, June 11 at Plated & Poured – 1:00
Hostess Linda Lobozzo

Monday, April 16, 2018  Winter Gardens by Kristin Hanna

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

Literature II

aauw literature 2group 2014-2015 schedule 

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) Educated by Tara Westover
July 17, 2018                   Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towle 
 (Frances Pickard,  Hostess)
August 21, 2018              (Susan Huntsman, Hostess) The Great Alone. By Kristen Hannah
Sept. 18, 2018                  (Mary Patrick,  Hostess)
Oct. 16, 2018                     (Joanne Renkin, Hostess)
Nov.  20, 2018                 (Jean Macaluso
, Hostess) The Girl who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes

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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