At a Glance: Mavuno Festival, Fire Safety Show and More in the Quaker Valley

The return of the Mavuno festival

For 26 years, the Mavuno Festival has celebrated the art and culture of Black, Indigenous and People of Color, thanks to BIPOC artists and educators from the Sewickley community. He is back at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts until October 28.

The art exhibit curated by Steve Alexis celebrates black artists and features Pittsburgh artists Petra Floyd, Dominick McDuffie, Zeal Eva and Darrin Milliner. “The story I’m trying to tell is pay attention to what these manufacturers say, don’t just pay attention to what they look like,” Alexis said.

On September 23, enjoy The Sounds of Freedom with Anita Levels, a presentation on the experience of Africans in America and American musical genres such as blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and hip hop. The workshop will focus on African cultural elements, vocal styles and instruments that migrated across the Atlantic during slavery, were preserved and are still present today. The event will fill up quickly, so register.

For more information or to register for specific events, visit

Quaker Valley Fire Safety Show

The Quaker Valley Fire Safety Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 15 on Broad Street between Beaver and Thorn. There will be fire trucks, emergency vehicles, fire prevention education, kid-friendly activities, food trucks and more. The free event is sponsored by Quaker Valley Fire Safety (Cochran Hose, Leetsdale, Big Sewickley Creek, Fair Oaks and Aleppo Fire Departments).

For more information, search for “Quaker Valley Fire Safety Fair” on

Upcoming meetings

The Sewickley Historic Review Board will meet at 7 p.m. on October 3 at the Borough Building, 601 Thorn St.

The Leet Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Township Municipal Building, 194 Ambridge Ave.

Jambridge Music and Arts Festival

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on September 24 at the 900 Merchant Street block in Ambridge, the Jambridge Arts & Music Festival for all ages is free and open to the public. The event will feature live musical performances indoors and outdoors throughout the day. Performers include NASH.V.ILL, Different Places in Space, Mean Blue Planets, Shy Birds, Bobby Tomson & the Groove, Too Hearted, Prosperity Gospel, Dave Granati For These About to Rock Academy, Ambridge Area Steel Drums, and more Again.

Over 17 artist vendors will be on site, including Inner Groove Record Store, Sew Unique, Lock & Key Pottery, The Beauty in Alchemy and Kindlewood Crafts.

The beer will be sold by Fermata Brewing Company, Allegheny City Brewing Co., Altered Genius Brewing CO., Lincoln Avenue Brewery and Union Brothers Brewing. Food vendors include Bridgetown Taphouse, Annie Lee’s Southern Kitchen, Little Athens Express, and Crop & Kettle.

The event is jointly sponsored by Merchant Coffee Company, Bridgetown Taphouse and Fermata Brewing Company in Ambridge, as well as various community and area sponsors.

More information can be found at or by emailing inquiries to [email protected]

Crafton Churches Tour

Stroll with Crafton Heritage on foot or by car from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on September 24 to discover the highlights of six active churches and walk the paths trodden by our predecessors. A guide map will be given to you on the day of the visit.

On tour are St. Philip’s Roman Catholics, Nativity Episcopals, Early Baptists, St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutherans, Crafton United Presbyterians and Hawthorne Avenue Presbyterians.

Not on the tour, but included in the memorial booklet are the once prosperous Crafton United Methodist, First Christian and First Presbyterian.

The memorial booklet includes the history of the nine churches which were all active at the time. This is only available to tourists and must be ordered online. A reception will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Crafton United Presbyterian, 80 Bradford Ave.

For more information or to register, visit Only 60 tickets will be sold.

Sale of clothesline

The Sewickley Academy’s Home & School Association hosts the annual Community Clothesline Sale from September 23-27. Gently used clothing for all ages, as well as books and sporting goods, will be available for purchase in the Academy’s Snyder Gym. Proceeds benefit the many student activities sponsored by the Home & School Association throughout the school year. Each day of the sale begins at 10:00 a.m., closing at 7:00 p.m. on September 23 and 26, and at 5:00 p.m. on September 24, 25 and 27. On September 26, all remaining items will be sold at half price, and seven September 27 is “Bag Day” in which shoppers pay a total of $25 for whatever they can fit in a provided bag. Donations for the sale are accepted until September 10. Items can be dropped off in carts located outside the Academy’s Rea Auditorium.

Senior Men’s Club

An affiliate member of the Sewickley Valley YMCA, the September 23 Senior Men’s Club speaker will be Jeremy Shaffer, Republican candidate for US Congress. Upcoming speakers include Capt. Robert Jolly, US Army Corps of Engineers, discussing locks and dams in western Pennsylvania on September 30; Len Barcousky discussing presidential visits to the region on October 7; Tom Waseleski discussing Homestead as an industrial town on October 14; Dawn Keezer of the Pittsburgh Film Office on October 21; and Bob Ferguson speaking about backing up the power grid on October 28. For more information, visit or

business connection

The Greater Pittsburgh Business Connection, a referral group of business professionals, will meet Sept. 28 at Eat’n Park on Route 60 in Robinson Township for breakfast from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Speakers will be Bill Forde of Keller Williams Commercial and Jim Kernick of Kernick Tire & Auto Center. To attend, become a member, or for more information, visit or call 412-364-6446, ext. 302.

Ole 5K

TASH’s 14th Annual Ole 5K will take place at 10 a.m. on October 8 at the Harmar Grove Pavilion in North Park. TASH is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization that has worked in Oaxaca, Mexico since 1998. It aims to bring the Pittsburgh community closer to the people of Mexico. Pete Noll, a 1992 graduate of Quaker Valley High School, has lived in Oaxaca for 20 years, but returns several times a year. With his team, they organize the 14th annual Olé 5k Benefit Run to support Anna Seethaler Hospital and other local nonprofits.

At the end of the Olé 5K Benefit Run, there will be a Mexican buffet, organic coffee grown in Oaxaca, smoothies, a 50/50 raffle, music and an awards ceremony.

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