Flags Over Sheraden (Throughout the year)
For the last 10 years, our club members have hung 60 USA flags, a state of PA flag and a city of Pittsburgh flag on 6 patriotic holidays along Chartiers Avenue (the main road) in Sheraden. When we took the flags down after the 4th of July in 2016 it was obvious that our flags all needed replaced. With that also came the idea to expand the number of flags we displayed. Prices have soared in the last 10 years and we did not want to cut corners from the Free events we provide for the children throughout the year.
In August, letters were mailed to the few businesses we still have in the community and to many of the active community members. We were able to raise a little more than $3000. That would help replace everything but would not allow us to expand our efforts. Our Secretary, Marianne Muraska applied for a grant from the PA District Foundation and we are happy to announce that we received a $1500 grant that was presented to us on March 2, 2017. It is with these additional funds that we were able to expand the numbers of flags we are able to display along the road.
Installation and Induction Dinner (October)
Each year we hold a special celebration dinner to install our new officers, induct new members, and present awards to the club and members. This Installation Dinner is held the first or second Thursday in October.
Sheraden Scares Halloween Fest (October)
The annual Sheraden Scares Halloween Fest is held the Saturday be-fore Halloween. It involves costumed children gathering at the basketball court at Langley K-8 school. Members are needed to help pin numbers on the marchers for costume judging, help hand out bags of candy and drinks, game monitoring and general crowd control.
Kiwanis One Day (October)
Each year, Kiwanis clubs around the world join in a day of service. Kiwanis One Day currently is held on the fourth Saturday of October. In 2017, Kiwanis One Day will be observed on October 28.
Kiwanis One Day is a great opportunity to bring together the Kiwanis family of clubs to focus on local community service. It’s an example of our belief that kids need Kiwanis–kids in the community need Kiwanis to provide programs and services no longer available because of school and municipal budget constraints, and kids who want to be in youth clubs need Kiwanis club members as mentors to help them thrive, prosper and grow.
Fall Pancake Breakfast (November)
One of our three major fundraisers, our Fall Pancake Breakfast occurs in November. Members sell tickets for $6, donate baskets for our basket raffles and bake delicious goodies for our bake sale. On Pancake breakfast day, members help in the kitchen, serve pancakes, clear tables, sell numbers and baked goods. We typically serve over 175 breakfasts!!
Sheraden Shines (December)
The first Friday in December is Sheraden Shines Night in the community when the Christmas tree below Langley is lit and the street pole lights are lit. We host a sing along with Santa and Mrs. Claus, then all of the families are invited up to the American Legion where we have hot chocolate and snacks, games, crafts, raffles, and pictures with Santa. All free to the children of Sheraden.
High Rise Bingo for Valentine's Day (February)
Recently we switched our High Rise Valentine's event from a sing-a-long to bingo. The residents really enjoy the bingo, and our club provides small prizes including candy, trinkets and every resident was given a lap robe made by our member Carol Schwartz. Our Aktion Club also supports the project by putting together small goodie bags for each resident.
Biggest Bedtime Story (February/March)
This event is typically held at the end of February or beginning of March and partners with the Sheraden branch of the Carnegie Library. Each year, a different theme is picked and books and arts and crafts are selected around that theme. A special guest reader joins us to read their favorite book to the children and parents, who are encouraged to wear their pajamas to the library. Past special guest readers included Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor, Bill Peduto. Manju Germanwalla does a wonderful job coordinating this event every year.
Sheraden Easter Egg Hunt (March/April)
Our annual Easter Egg Hunt occurs shortly before Easter and provides all children in Sheraden and the surrounding area an opportunity to find eggs and take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Each year, our Aktion Club fills over 1200 eggs that our members then hide in straw in Sheraden Park. The Easter Bunny hops around and gives each child a chocolate bunny. Each child also receives a prize, stuffed animal, snack and juice pouch.
Spring Pancake Breakfast (March/April)
One of our three major fundraisers, our Spring Pancake Breakfast occurs in April. Members sell tickets for $6, donate baskets for our basket raffles and bake delicious goodies for our bake sale. On Pancake breakfast day, members help in the kitchen, serve pancakes, clear tables, sell numbers and baked goods. We typically serve over 175 breakfasts!!
Kids Day Health Fun and Safety Fair (May)
In the spring, we host our annual Kiwanis Kids Day Health Safety and Fun Fair, now in its 15th year, at Langley H.S. cafeteria. We invite organizations and service providers from all over Allegheny County to give demonstrations, provide gifts, or education to families in the Sheraden area. This is a huge event that actually starts in September. All members are needed to distribute the workload as we are the only sponsors of this event.
Sheraden Community Picnic (August)
In August, we co-host the annual Sheraden Community Picnic in Sheraden Park. We provide corn on the cob and watermelon for about 200 Sheraden residents. We also host games and crafts for the children, all free of charge.
Rose Sale (September/October)
The annual Pennsylvania Kiwanis Foundation Rose Sale is a district-wide fundraising project. Over the years, our Annual Rose Sale has provided an easy way for Pennsylvania Kiwanis Family members to raise money for their local service accounts. In addition, it allows the Pennsylvania Kiwanis Foundation the ability to fund grants and scholarships. The roses are $18 per dozen, our club retains $7, the rest goes to the Foundation. If you are interested in purchasing roses, please send us an e-mail: Kiwanis of Sheraden@gmail.com.
Kiwanis Booth at the Pittsburgh Pride Fest (June)
In 2019, we partnered with clubs in the Western Pennsylvania area to host a booth at the Pittsburgh Pride Fest! Our volunteers helped Pride Fest attendees assemble “Pride Packs” containing toiletry items and snacks which were distributed to local LGBTQ homeless shelters to be given to queer youth. We were one of the only booths at Pride Fest that actually gave back to the LGBTQ community in Pittsburgh during the event and are planning on making this an annual event!