1) Wouldn’t it be great if there were neighborhood ice cream shops with over 40 flavors of ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream cakes, ice cream bars, freshly made waffle cones, waffle bowl sundaes, cookies, hard to find glass bottle soda pops, and candy? Well there is! Scoops Pittsburgh has been steadily growing over the last 19 years and now has five shops. Owner Mike Collins opened the first Scoops on Beverly Road in Mt. Lebanon in 2000. Then came Brookline, Bloomfield, Bellevue, and Carnegie. Friendly staff scoop your favorite ice creams and skillfully build your delectable delight. Scoops uses high quality ice creams from several suppliers including Hershey’s. There’s even a selection of holiday flavors. The shops also sell Scoops cash (gift certificates), and who wouldn’t want the gift of delicious ice cream.
THE NUTCRACKER (ballet) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Dec. 12 – 15, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.
2) The Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center is not related to the Chicago zoo of the same name. It is a regional hub of arts activity in Midland, just down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, and an annual production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is a highlight there. 2 p.m. One Lincoln Place, Midland. (MV)
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A RADIO PLAY by Joe Landry, from the movie. Dec. 6 -15, McKeesport Little Theater.
3) As everyone from Glassport to Turtle Creek knows, it’s not really Christmas until you hear from McKeesport Little Theater. This season the McKeesportian thespians present a unique live version of a classic holiday movie. George Bailey materializes on stage in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, by the well-known playwright/adapter Joe Landry. 2 p.m. 1614 Coursin St., McKeesport. (MV)
THE NUTCRACKER (ballet) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Dec. 14 – 15, Laurel Ballet Performing Company.
4) Want to see The Nutcracker danced in Greensburg? It is not only possible but a certainty, thanks to Laurel Ballet, which performs the classic at The Palace Theatre. 2 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St. (MV)