Bauer's Steps Ahead Program

Bauer's Steps Ahead is a group available to anyone wanting to stay involved in the community, especially those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. An outing to an area event is planned each month and anyone interested may attend. Past trips have included a Polynesian Fire and Dance Show, a visit to PNC Park, tours of various museums and outings to a number of local concerts. Costs vary for each excursion, and details are about future events are generally released a month ahead of time. To be added to the group list to receive announcements or learn more about the program, contact Sandra Mikita at 866-235-7683.

Bauer Steps Ahead will board the Gateway Clipper in October {September 30, 2014}

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, Bauer Steps Ahead enjoyed a performance of "Oliver" at the Strand Theater in Zelienople. Trip attendees were greeted by the owners of the Spring Street Café, Carol and Mary, at the first stop upon arrival. All of the Café staff members were very accommodating and served up a delicious four-course, chef-prepared dinner. After the meal, most of the group chose to walk down the street to the Strand Theater while enjoying the local businesses in the quaint town of Zelienople. The Strand Theater featured the musical "Oliver," a beloved production that vividly brings Dickens' timeless characters in "Oliver Twist" to life. Everyone agreed the 34 professional and regional talents of the cast (including the children), the live orchestra and the professional staging came together to create a superb performance.

The next outing is scheduled for Monday, October 20, 2014, when Bauer Steps Ahead will board the Gateway Clipper in Pittsburgh to enjoy a lunch buffet and show. Those who attend will see beautiful views of the Pittsburgh skyline and enjoy a new lively song and dance show, the "Roaring Riverboat Review." The show pays homage to the "Showboat" era of life on the river, featuring some of the region's best entertainers.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 7:45 a.m. or the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for bus transportation at 8:45 a.m. The cost is $68 for bus transportation, cruise, lunch buffet and show. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for reservations as soon as possible. Money is due by Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Make checks payable to Bauer Funeral Home and mail to PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see performance of "Oliver!" {August 27, 2014}

On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, Bauer Steps Ahead traveled to the Palace Theater in Greensburg to be entertained with an unforgettable violin musical performance by Shoji Tabuchi and his band ensemble that included four talented singers and dancers. The many varieties of music had the audience tapping their toes or even singing along with some selections while they enjoyed the light-hearted stories and comedy from Shoji. Before the show, the group stopped at the Lamplighter Restaurant in Delmont for a delicious hot lunch.

The next outing is scheduled for Sunday, September 28, 2014, when Bauer Steps Ahead will enjoy a performance of "Oliver" at the Strand Theatre in Zelienople!

This beloved musical brings the timeless characters in Charles Dickons' "Oliver Twist" to life. Set in London in 1853, this heart-wrenching and heart-warming musical journey tells the story of a young orphan who falls into a gang of pick-pockets. It's a "Dickens" of a tale brought to life by professionals who have performed on the Broadway and Pittsburgh stages, in addition to local talent.

Before the show, the group will stop for lunch at the Spring Street Café in Zelienople. The menu includes Winter Chicken Salad and a cup of soup, or either Anniversary Chicken with cheddar cheese and bacon or Sliced Roast Beef Au Jus, served with a cup of soup or salad, Green Beans Almandine or Garlic Mashed Potatoes. All meals include dessert, coffee, tea and iced tea. When making reservations, please give your meal selection.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Participants are to meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 9:15 AM and the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 10 AM. The cost is $72 for bus transportation, lunch and the show. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464 to make reservations as soon as possible; seating is limited. Money and reservations are due Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Make checks payable to Bauer Funeral Home and mail to PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Read about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

See Shoji Tabuchi perform at the Palace Theater in Greensburg {July 02, 2014}

Join Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 to see Shoji Tabuchi from Branson, MO perform at the Palace Theater!

Don't miss this unforgettable show that features country, bluegrass, big band, Cajun, Broadway, pop, jazz, swing and classical music, melded with class, warmth, humor and professional perfection. Before the show, the group will stop at the Lamplighter Restaurant in Delmont. The menu choices are boneless stuffed chicken breast, baked stuffed pork chops with red skin potatoes, or broiled Boston scrod with rice. All dinners include a fresh fruit appetizer, tossed salad, vegetable, bread, assorted desserts, coffee, tea and iced tea.

Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 8:30 a.m. or at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for bus transportation at 9 a.m. on August 26. The cost for the bus, luncheon and show is $85. Reservations and money are due by Friday, July 25, 2014. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464 to make reservations as soon as possible; seating is limited. Make checks payable to Bauer Funeral Home and mail to PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offer a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join.

Read more about past excursions on the website or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer Steps Ahead to see Vicki Lawrence in Altoona {April 08, 2014}

On Saturday, April 5, the Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead groups traveled to Greensburg to hear River City Brass Band present "Big Band Brass" at the Palace Theater! James Gourlay, artistic director, led the talented musicians in playing music from the '40s, '50s and '60s. The evening performance included wonderful soloists — both vocal and instrumental — along with delightful comedy and light hearted fun. Before the concert, the group enjoyed dinner at the Lamplighter Restaurant in Delmont.

The next outing is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, 2014, when Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead see a performance of "Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Women Show" at the Mishler Theatre in Altoona!

Emmy Award-winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. First introduced to audiences in 1974 as the sidekick on "The Carol Burnett Show," Vicki later headlined the spin-off, "Mama's Family." You will find this performance to be very funny and entertaining with a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and observations about her life.

Before the show, we will stop for lunch at the Olive Garden Restaurant in Altoona. The menu includes unlimited garden fresh salad, your choice of soup, a side order of pasta (fettuccine alfredo or spaghetti with meat sauce) and assorted Dolcini desserts. When making reservations, your pasta needs selected.

Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 7:30 AM or at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 8:30 AM. The cost is $90 for motor coach transportation, meal and show ticket. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464, 724-756-2710 or 814-473-3080 to make reservations as soon as possible; seating is limited. Money and reservations are due by Wednesday, May 7. Make checks payable to Bauer Funeral Home and mail to P.O. Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offer a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join.

Read more about past excursions on the website or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to enjoy a big band concert {March 07, 2014}

On Saturday, April 5, join Bauer Steps Ahead to hear the River City Brass Band present "Big Band Brass" at the Palace Theater in Greensburg.

This Pittsburgh-based 28-piece band ensemble tours throughout the US and many other venues across the world. River City Brass swings into Big Band mode featuring hits made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., and also music from the libraries of Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and others.

Before the concert, the group will stop at the Lamplighter Restaurant in Delmont for dinner. The menu choices are boneless stuffed chicken breast, roast sirloin with whipped potatoes or broiled Boston scrod with rice. All dinners include a fresh fruit appetizer, tossed salad, vegetable, bread, assorted desserts, coffee, tea and iced tea.

Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 1:30 PM or at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 2:30 PM. The cost is $65 for bus transportation, concert tickets and dinner. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464, 724-756-2710 or 814-473-3080 to make reservations as soon as possible; seating is limited. Money and reservations are due by Friday, March 21. Make checks payable to Bauer Funeral Home and mail to P.O. Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offer a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join.

Read more about past excursions on the website or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see Disney on Ice! {January 30, 2014}

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see Disney on Ice!On Thursday, March 6, 2014, join Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see the Disney on Ice show, "100 Years of Magic," at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh!

Join in the celebration as 65 of your favorite Disney characters from 18 beloved stories come to life on the ice. You'll be captivated by the glittering, colorful costumes and show props, fascinated by the artistry of the professional ice skaters and enchanted by the familiar music of Disney. Become a kid at heart as you experience this ice skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments you will never forget. After the show we will stop at Eat'n Park Restaurant. The menu choices are a Bavarian turkey pretzel sandwich with a side, the soup and salad bar, or the super burger with fries. Lunch includes a beverage and desert.

Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 7:15 a.m. and the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 7:45 a.m. for bus transportation. The cost is $70 for bus transportation, the show and lunch. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464, 814-473-3080 or 724-756-2710 to make reservations; seating is limited. Money and reservations are due by Wednesday, February 19. Make checks payable to Bauer Funeral Home and mail to PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offer a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join.

Read more about past excursions on www.bauerhillisfuneral.com/steps-ahead or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to visit the Hartwood Acres Estate {November 14, 2013}

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to visit the Hartwood Acres EstateOn Wednesday, December 11, 2013, join Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead as they visit the Hartwood Acres Estate in Pittsburgh!

The 629-acre park is in Allegheny County and preserved within is one of the largest and most spectacular country estates in the region. The three-story Hartwood Mansion, built in 1929, was styled as a 16th century Tudor and is maintained to evoke the elegant lifestyle of the Lawrence family. Many rooms will be decorated with the finest seasonal trimmings. A traditional English-style High Tea of assorted tea sandwiches, scones and other delicious finger foods will be served in the Great Hall while a professional musician entertains everyone with Holiday music. After lunch, a docent will conduct a guided tour through the mansion.

The cost is $51 for bus transportation, High Tea and guided tour. Attendees will meet at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 9 a.m., and at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 8:15 a.m. on December 11.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offer a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For more information or to reserve a spot for the event, call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464. Reservations are due by Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Visit the Elk Country Visitors Center with Bauer Steps Ahead! {September 26, 2013}

On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, join Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead for a fall foliage tour and to visit the Elk Country Visitors in Benezette!

A guide will introduce everyone to the interactive and state-of-the-art interpretive exhibits designed to educate visitors about the history, ecology and behavior of the elk population. The 4D Immersive Theatre features a 30-minute film filled with multimedia sights, sounds and sensory experiences, all to showcase the elk's activities and wildlife conservation efforts. You can visit the gift shop and may also see the magnificent elk along the road or forest edge. After leaving the Visitors Center, the group will eat a lunch of assorted sandwiches, soup, dessert and coffee or tea at the Benezette Hotel.

Meet at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for bus transportation at 7:15 AM and at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home for bus transportation at 8 AM. The cost is $43 for motor coach bus transportation, guided tour, film and lunch. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464 to make your reservation; seating is limited. Money and reservations are due by Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Make check payable to Bauer Funeral Home and mail to P.O. Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For more information about the group or the schedule and cost of October's event, call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see "A Little Family Business" at the Apple Hill Playhouse {August 29, 2013}

On Sunday, September 22, 2013, join Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see a matinee performance of "A Little Family Business" at the Apple Hill Playhouse in Delmont!

This comedy features Ben, a bigoted chauvinist who runs an inherited Massachusetts carpet cleaning factory. After he has a heart attack and goes on a rehabilitating cruise, his wife, Lilian, is left in charge of the business where she averts a strike, increases profits and thinks about going into politics. Ben returns to find his power stripped, and along the way there is much confusion resulting from their extramarital affairs. Following the show, the group will have dinner at the Lamp Lighter Restaurant in Delmont. The main entrees offered are baked scrod, roast sirloin, chicken marsala and cheese ravioli with marinara sauce. All meals are served with a baked potato, vegetables, bread, salad, dessert, coffee and tea.

Those attending will meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg for bus transportation at 11:15 a.m., and at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for bus transportation at 12 p.m. The cost is $50 for bus transportation, show ticket and meal. Money and reservations are due by Friday, September 13, 2013. Please call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for reservations and questions. Send money to Bauer Funeral Home, PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offer a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Read more about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see performance of "The Marvelous Wonderettes" {June 26, 2013}

On Tuesday, July 30, join Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see a dinner theatre performance of "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at the Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs!

In this musical comedy we will meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, their story will follow from the 1958 Springfield High School Prom through their 10 year reunion. The girls will perform classic '50s and '60s songs, such as "Lollipop," "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," "It's My Party" and over 20 other classic hits! Before the show, a delicious hot lunch will be served. The menu includes honey glazed fried chicken, meatloaf, fish, soup, tossed salad, potatoes, vegetables, rolls, desserts and drinks.

Participants for Bauer Steps Ahead will meet at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for motor coach transportation at 8 a.m., and participants for Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead will meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 9 a.m. for motor coach transportation. The cost is $71 for transportation, the meal and the show ticket. Money and reservations are due by Monday, July 15, 2013. Checks can be made out to Bauer Funeral Home and sent to PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Please call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for reservations and questions. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Read more about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see performance of "Viva Las Vegas" at The Chadwick {May 20, 2013}

On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, join Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see a Las Vegas-style show come to life! "Viva Las Vegas" will be performed at The Chadwick in Wexford, featuring the Pops Orchestra singers and dancers of Latshaw Productions.

This exciting 90-minute performance pays homage to and celebrates the time when the brightest stars of Hollywood, comedy and music entertained the Vegas Strip! Prior to the show at 11:30 a.m., a delicious hot lunch will be served in the formal ballroom. The menu includes tossed salad, mango pineapple glazed chicken with rice, green beans with water chestnuts, dessert, coffee, tea and iced tea.

Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg for bus transportation at 9 a.m. The cost is $67 (payable to Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home) for bus transportation, the meal and show ticket. Money and reservations are due by June 3, 2013. Please call Sandy at 814-473-3080 or 724-756-2710 for reservations and questions. Send money to Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home, PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Read more about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer Steps Ahead to see live performance of "Viva Las Vegas" {May 16, 2013}

On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, join Bauer Steps Ahead to see a Las Vegas-style show come to life! "Viva Las Vegas" will be performed at The Chadwick in Wexford, featuring the Pops Orchestra singers and dancers of Latshaw Productions.

This exciting 90-minute performance pays homage to and celebrates the time when the brightest stars of Hollywood, comedy and music entertained the Vegas Strip! Prior to the show at 11:30 a.m., a delicious hot lunch will be served in the formal ballroom. The menu includes tossed salad, mango pineapple glazed chicken with rice, green beans with water chestnuts, dessert, coffee, tea and iced tea.

Meet at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for bus transportation at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $65 for bus transportation, the meal and show ticket. Money and reservations are due by June 3, 2013. Please call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for reservations and questions. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Read more about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer Steps Ahead enjoys local murder mystery production {April 29, 2013}

Bauer Steps Ahead enjoys local murder mystery productionOn Sunday, April 28, 2013, Bauer Steps Ahead traveled to Worthington to see "Death by Dessert," a dinner theater production put on by the Armstrong County Community Theater.

The group met at the Bauer Funeral Home Community Room that was decorated to look like an Italian restaurant, following the theme of the theater production that they were about to see. A variety of specialty cheeses and fruit were served before boarding the bus.

Everyone enjoyed the murder mystery theater. As the plot unfolded, the audience was delighted with its fast-paced and entertaining story about two families that had been feuding for a generation while operating two competing Italian restaurants that shared a common wall. When their building's landlord was found dead, everyone was a suspect — from the old-world Italian grandmother to the bumbling wait staff. Between acts a delicious Italian meal was served with lasagna, chicken parmesan, garden salad and dessert. During the meal, each table had time to decide who they thought was the murder suspect and then cast their vote on who-dun-it.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For information about future events, please call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464. See pictures from this trip and past excursions on our Facebook page!

Bauer Steps Ahead to see performance of "Death by Dessert" {April 05, 2013}

On Sunday, April 28, join Bauer Steps Ahead to see "Death by Dessert," a dinner theater production put on by the Armstrong County Community Theater.

This murder mystery will be a delight to the audience with its fast-paced and entertaining story. The plot unfolds in New York's Little Italy, where the Donnaducce and Duccedonni families have been feuding for a generation while operating two competing Italian restaurants that share a common wall. But when the building's landlord is found dead, everyone is a suspect — from the old-world Italian grandmother to the bumbling wait staff. However, you won't just sit back and watch — each table must vote on whodunit! The meal will include chicken parmesan, lasagna, garden salad, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea.

The cost is $28 and includes bus transportation, the meal and tickets. Meet at 11:45 a.m. at the Bauer Funeral in Kittanning for a snack before leaving. For reservations, please call Sandy at 724-545-9464 and send money in by Friday, April 19 (seating is limited). Guests are welcome.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to visit Pittsburgh National Aviary {April 05, 2013}

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead group had an early taste of spring when they visited Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh on March 19. Upon arrival, lunch was served at the Café Phipps, and a guided tour of the nation's oldest and largest Victorian greenhouse followed.

Phipps featured the Spring Flower Show, designed and inspired by the beloved children's classic story, "The Secret Garden." The well-informed docents were full of historical facts about the Aviary and its founder, Henry Phipps. The group learned about a variety of plant descriptions and where they were indigenous to, and was then escorted through various rooms that were named after the plants inside, such as Palm Court, Fern Room, Desert Room, Serpentine Room, Topiary Room and Orchid Room. Some highlights included displays of whimsical topiary animals, a formal Victorian garden with dipping pool and jet fountains, and thousands of colorful blooms.

The next outing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, 2013, when Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead will visit the Pittsburgh National Aviary. The Aviary houses the most diverse bird collection in North America, with more than 600 rare and beautiful birds viewed in an intimate setting. An Aviary expert will introduce many species of birds while you observe their unique behaviors in their natural habitats. "Lunch on a Fly" will be served in the Care Classroom while you experience a close encounter with some of the most popular birds. Lunch includes assorted sandwiches, pasta salad, fresh fruit and beverages.

The cost is $46 for bus transportation, lunch, Aviary presentations and the tour. Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 9:30 a.m. for a snack before boarding the bus. Lunch will be served upon arrival to the Aviary. For reservations, please call Sandy at 814-473-3080 or 724-756-2710 and send money before April 22. Guests are welcome.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Visit our Facebook page to see pictures from previous trips.

Bauer Steps Ahead enjoys seeing the Tamburitzans at Concordia Lutheran Ministries {March 21, 2013}

Bauer Steps Ahead enjoys seeing the Tamburitzans at Concordia Lutheran MinistriesOn Saturday, March 16, 2013, Bauer Steps Ahead traveled to Concordia Lutheran Ministry in Cabot to see a special performance of America's longest-running multicultural song and dance company, the Duquesne University Tamburitzans.

The group was appreciative of the special invitation to see this exclusive performance, and upon arrival the group was graciously greeted by the staff of Concordia and escorted to the grand dining hall to see the show.

As the show started, the Tamburitzans spokesperson explained how dedicated these talented young folk artists are to performing the music, songs and dances that have been preserved from Eastern and neighboring Southeastern European folk cultures, and also shared each country's customs and way of life. The performers represented the different regions by wearing beautiful original and authentically-reproduced costumes, singing songs in many languages and articulating the cultural footwork. An ensemble complimented the performers by playing lively traditional European music on unique musical instruments.

Before the group boarded the bus to travel back to Kittanning, anyone that was interested was invited on a brief tour of one of the model apartments and heard what Concordia has to offer to its residents.

The announcement for the Bauer Steps Ahead April outing is forthcoming.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see the Spring Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory {February 19, 2013}

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to see the Spring Flower Show at Phipps ConservatoryOn Tuesday, March 19, 2013, join Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead for a guided tour of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh.

The nation's oldest and largest Victorian greenhouse is now presenting its Spring Flower Show, inspired by the beloved children's classic story, "The Secret Garden." Highlights include whimsical topiary animals, a formal Victorian garden with dipping pool and jet fountains, and thousands of colorful blooms. A gourmet lunch will be served at the Phipps Café and shopping will be available at the Phipps Gift Shop.

The cost is $43 for bus transportation, lunch (choices are forthcoming) and tour. Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg for bus transportation at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served upon arrival to the Phipps Café at 11 a.m., with shopping and the guided tour to follow.

Please call Sandy at 814-473-3080 or 724-756-2710 before March 5 to make your reservations. The cost of this event is due in advance. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead kicks off 2013 with a performance by the Tamburitzans {February 15, 2013}

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, join Bauer Steps Ahead to see a special performance by Duquesne University's Tamburitzans at Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot, PA.

This unique ensemble of talented young folk artists is dedicated to the performance and preservation of the music, songs and dances of Eastern and neighboring South Eastern European folk cultures. During the course of this one hour performance, performers will articulate their cultural footwork while wearing a kaleidoscope of original and authentically reproduced costumes. Songs in many languages and dialects, accompanied by an ensemble of unique musical instruments, will be showcased.

The cost is $32 and includes bus transportation and tickets. The group will meet at 1:15 PM at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for some delicious cookies before boarding the bus. Please call Sandy at 724-545-9464 before March 1 for reservations (seating is limited). The cost of the tickets is due in advance. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Read more about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead enjoys an afternoon at the Rosehaven Bed and Breakfast {December 07, 2012}

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead enjoys an afternoon at the Rosehaven Bed and BreakfastOn Thursday, December 6, the Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead group traveled to Butler for an afternoon getaway and luncheon at Rose Haven Bed and Breakfast. The Proprietor, Debbie Carey, created an elegant dining experience and pampered her guests with gracious hospitality as she served each course of her homemade culinary creations. The luncheon was served in one of the two dining rooms.

Each room of the home was beautifully decorated for the holidays and full of the family's collection of well-preserved antiques that included upscale furniture and glassware. After lunch everyone was given a tour of the home that was originally built in the 1800s and remodeled into today's five-bedroom home. Before leaving, each guest was presented with a lovely keepsake favor.

The group will take a break during the winter, but the next event will be in March of 2013. Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For more information and to personally receive any future event announcements call the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home at 724-756-2710 or 814-473-3080.

Bauer Steps Ahead celebrates Christmas at the Casino Theatre {December 04, 2012}

On Sunday, December 2, Bauer Steps Ahead met at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for a special holiday luncheon that included quiche, fresh fruit, a cheese plate and cookies served in the family room. The room was decorated with antique radios, a wooden doll, WWII veteran's photo and other homemade decorations relevant to the theme of the play they attended. A special Christmas present to each attendee was having his or her picture taken in front of one of the funeral home's original fireplaces. After lunch, the group boarded the bus to travel to the Casino Theatre in Vandergrift where they attended the 17th Annual Hometown Christmas show, "Hope is Just Around the Corner".

The musicians, choir and actors that brought this Christmas musical drama to stage were all local talent under the direction of Patti Albert. Set in 1941, the story portrayed the golden age of radio and the daily life of a family that struggled during the holiday season as they faced the brink of WWII along with the rest of the country. Throughout the performance, reenactments of 1940's radio big band era music, performed by a live orchestra and choir, and various nostalgic skits of the airways integrated into the story line. In addition, the historical radio broadcasts portrayed the country's fear of what was happening in the world at that time. The prevailing theme, "Hope is just around the corner," ran throughout the program.

Everyone agreed the compilation of 1940's music mixed with the familiar Christmas favorites and story line touched their spirits and many shed a tear throughout the moving performance. Because the performance took the audience a step back in time, stories of some of the group members own experiences during 1941 were shared on the bus trip back home.

The group will take a break during the winter, but the next event will be in March of 2013. Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For more information and to personally receive any future event announcements call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464. Read more about past excursions on the website or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to visit the Rosehaven Bed and Breakfast in Butler {November 16, 2012}

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to visit the Rosehaven Bed and Breakfast in ButlerOn Thursday, December 6, you are invited to join Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead for a memorable afternoon getaway at the Rosehaven Bed and Breakfast in Butler.

Savor the culinary creations of Proprietor Debbie Carey as she creates an elegant dining experience, pampers her guests with gracious hospitality and rounds out the afternoon with a tour of her home. You will be served choices of gourmet coffee or tea, relishes, fruits, chocolates, homemade soup and scones, assorted gourmet sandwiches and assorted deserts, all served on her fine china collections. Well-preserved antiques are tastefully displayed and exceptional seasonal decorations add to the holiday ambiance. Before leaving, Debbie will present each guest with a lovely keepsake favor.

We will meet at Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg for bus transportation at 10:45 a.m. The cost is $35 and includes transportation, lunch and a tour of the bed and breakfast. Call Sandy at Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home at 814-473-3080 or 724-756-2710 by Monday, December 3 to make your reservation. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead to celebrate Christmas at the Casino Theatre {November 09, 2012}

On Sunday, December 2, join Bauer Steps Ahead for a matinee at the Casino Theatre in Vandergrift, to see their 17th Annual Hometown Christmas show, "Hope is Just Around the Corner."

The show is a Christmas musical drama performed exclusively by local talent. Set in 1941, the story portrays the golden age of radio and a family's struggle of going through the holiday season with some family members absent due to a nation on the brink of WWII. Throughout the performance, reenactments of nostalgic radio broadcasts let the audience step back in time and experience the fear of what is happening in the world. Big band era music, performed by a live orchestra and choir, will integrate into the story line as it is broadcast over the family's radio. Original music mixed with familiar Christmas favorites form the backdrop for this memorable dramatic musical. The prevailing theme, "Hope is Just around the Corner," runs throughout the program.

The group will meet at Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 12 p.m. for a light snack and the bus will leave Kittanning at 12:45 p.m. The cost is $33 and includes a snack, bus transportation and show tickets. Reservations and money are due by Tuesday, November 27. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for questions and reservations. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Read more about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer Steps Ahead tours the DeBence Music World Museum {October 22, 2012}

Bauer Steps Ahead tours the DeBence Music World MuseumBauer Steps Ahead enjoyed seeing the panoramic fall colors as they traveled to tour the DeBence Antique Music World Museum in Franklin on Tuesday, October 16. Upon arrival, a buffet style lunch was served in the event center at the museum before the tour began.

A personal guide introduced the group to a number of beautifully crafted mechanical rare music boxes, player pianos, merry-go-round and Wurlitzer band organs, Nickelodeons and Calliopes. Everyone was fascinated that the music spanned from gentle to loud big-band music. Over 100 old-time mechanical musical instruments, over 40 Tiffany-style lighting and a wide range of antiques were shown during the tour. Before leaving Franklin, the group had extra time to shop at the museum's gift shop and the unique businesses nearby.

During the month of November there will be no outing; instead the group is invited to participate in the annual Holiday Grief Program: "Surviving the Season", on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at 7 PM at the Bauer Funeral Home. This free event is open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one and is looking for guidance over the holiday season. Jenna Rhodaberger, MSW, LSW, Bereavement Coordinator and Medical Social Worker of VNA Hospice and Palliative Care will be the speaker.

The next outing will be Sunday, December 2, 2012 when attendees will travel to the Casino Theatre in Vandergrift to see a production of the theatre's 17th Hometown Christmas with the theme of "Hope is Just Around the Corner". Complete information about the trip is forthcoming.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome. For information, schedule and cost of future events, call Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464. Read more about past excursions at www.bauerfuneral.com and visit our Facebook page to pictures of October's trip.

Bauer Steps Ahead enjoys performance of "Born Yesterday" {September 26, 2012}

On Sunday, September 23, 2012, Bauer Steps Ahead traveled to Gibsonia to see a matinee performance of "Born Yesterday" at the Kean Theatre of the St. Barnabas complex. The comedy "Born Yesterday" is one of the most successful and longest running Broadway plays and was performed by semi-professionals from the area who did a wonderful job.

The play followed the politics of a successful but corrupt businessman who brings his not-so-bright girlfriend to Washington DC and hires a journalist to educate her. Through her education she realizes her boyfriend isn't such a gentleman and plots to thwart his shady dealings. A delicious hot buffet lunch was served in the beautiful Mt. Vernon dining room prior to the matinee.

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, the group will travel to the DeBence Antique Music World Museum in Franklin, PA. The museum houses an incredible rare collection of more than 100 beautiful antique mechanical and automatic musical instruments, machines and music boxes that spans two centuries. The collection is showcased by a wide range of antiques that have either musical or local significance, and the lighting is provided by over 40 Tiffany-style hanging lamps. A catered buffet luncheon will also be served in the museum's event room prior to the tour.

The cost for the event is $47 and includes bus transportation, a guided tour and lunch. Attendees will meet at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 9 a.m. Reservations are due by Tuesday, October 9, 2012 and as always, guests are welcome. For questions or to make a reservation, call Sandy at 724-545-9464.

Bauer Steps Ahead to visit the DeBence Antique Music World Museum {September 20, 2012}

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, join Bauer Steps Ahead for a fall foliage tour as they journey to Franklin, PA to visit the DeBence Antique Music World Museum, which houses an incredible rare collection of more than 100 beautiful antique mechanical and automatic musical instruments, machines and music boxes that spans two centuries.

The collection is showcased by a wide range of antiques that have either musical or local significance and we will see and hear many of these mechanical marvels deliver their music of yesterday. Also, the lighting in the museum is provided by over 40 Tiffany-style hanging lamps. A catered buffet luncheon including chicken salad croissants and ham and cheddar croissants, roasted red skin potatoes, salad, yam soufflé, homemade chocolate chip and iced sugar cookies, ice tea and lemonade will be served in the museum's event room.

Meet at Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 9 AM. The cost is $47 and includes bus transportation, a guided tour and lunch. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for questions or to make reservations due by Tuesday, October 9. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Read more about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead plans visit to Elk Country Visitors Center {September 13, 2012}

On Monday, October 8, 2012, join Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead for a fall foliage tour of Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield and Elk counties on the way to the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette, PA.

The Visitors Center features state-of-the-art interpretive and interactive exhibits designed to educate visitors about the history, ecology and behavior of the elk population, and also natural wildlife conservation and green building design. A 30 minute film that showcases the seasonal activities and conservation of the elk will be shown in the 4D Immersive Theatre, which features multimedia sights, sounds and sensory experiences. Another highlight of the center is the Great Room, which houses an indoor observation area with panoramic windows, a cozy fireplace, hands-on exhibits and a diorama that illustrates elk and other wildlife. You can also visit the gift shop, and throughout the day you may even see the magnificent elk along the road or the forest. Lunch will be served at the center and includes a club or tuna melt sandwich, vegetable soup, dessert and beverage.

Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home, Rimersburg for bus transportation at 8 a.m. The cost is $41 for bus transportation, lunch, guided tour and theatre ticket. Reservations are due by Monday, October 1, 2012. Please call Sandy at 814-473-3080 or 724-756-2710 for reservations and questions. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead to see matinee performance of "Born Yesterday" at Kean Theatre {August 20, 2012}

On Sunday, September 23, 2012, join Bauer Steps Ahead as we visit the Kean Theatre at St. Barnabus in Gibsonia to see a matinee performance of one of the most successful and longest running Broadway plays, "Born Yesterday" by Garson Kanin.

This comedy follows the politics of a successful but corrupt businessman who brings his not-so-bright girlfriend to Washington DC and hires a journalist to educate her. Through her education she realizes her boyfriend isn't such a gentleman and plots to thwart his shady dealings. A buffet lunch including salad, broccoli stuffed chicken breast, baked cod, penne marinara, rice pilaf, green beans, glazed carrots, assorted desserts and beverages will be served in the Mt. Vernon dining room prior to the matinee.

Meet at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for bus transportation at 10:15 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by the matinee at 2 p.m. The cost is $58 for bus transportation, lunch and the show ticket. Money and reservations are due by Monday, September 10, 2012. Please call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for reservations and questions. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For more information about the group and to make reservations for future events, please call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464. Read more about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer Steps Ahead cruises the rivers of Pittsburgh {August 07, 2012}

Bauer Steps Ahead cruises the rivers of PittsburghOn Monday, August 6, 2012, Bauer Steps Ahead traveled to Pittsburgh for a "Vegas Getaway" aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet's Princess riverboat. As the cruise on the three rivers got underway, a narrator pointed out highlights of Pittsburgh and its local history prior to a delicious hot buffet lunch. After lunch, everyone enjoyed Bo Wagner's "Frank and Dean Revue" an exciting live tribute that paid homage to Rat Pack musicians Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. The show characterized many of Frank and Dean's popular songs and comedy routines. Also, many in the group took extra time to explore the upper decks of the boat and take in the beautiful views of the Pittsburgh skyline.

To see pictures from the outing, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Bauer-Family-Funeral-Homes/169734884825.

Information about September's event will be made available soon; keep checking the website, Facebook and local newspapers for details.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For more information about the group and to make reservations for future events, please call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464. Read more about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.


Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to tour DeBence Antique Music World Museum in Franklin {August 06, 2012}

On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead will tour the DeBence Antique Music World Museum in Franklin. The museum houses an incredible rare collection of more than 100 antique mechanical musical instruments that spans two centuries. The collection is showcased by a wide range of antiques that have either musical or local significance and we will see and hear many of these mechanical marvels deliver their music of yesterday. Also, the lighting in the museum is provided by over 40 Tiffany-style hanging lamps. A catered buffet luncheon, including chicken salad croissants and ham and swiss croissants, roasted red skin potatoes, salad, yam soufflé, homemade chocolate chip and iced sugar cookies, and iced tea and lemonade will be served in the museum's event room.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For more information about the group or the schedule and cost of August's event, call the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home at 814-473-3080 or 724-756-2710. Reservations are due by Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Read more about past excursions on our website or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead rides the rails of the Kiski Junction Railroad {July 25, 2012}

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead rides the rails of the Kiski Junction RailroadOn Tuesday, July 24, 2012, Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead traveled by bus from Rimersburg to Schenley, PA where the group boarded the Kiski Junction Railroad. Since it was such a beautiful day, the group chose to sit in the open train car equipped with tables and a canopy top. A picnic lunch was provided before the train left the station and the hour-long train ride included a narration of local history and folklore as it toured the Kiski River.

The train also traveled over a bridge originally built in 1899 where the Kiski River meets the Allegheny River, and attendees had a beautiful scenic view for photographs. For some that attended this was their first train ride, while others reminisced about their experiences of when they rode the passenger trains that regularly ran from Armstrong County to Pittsburgh.

Plans for August's excursion will be announced soon, so look out for details!

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For more information about the group or the schedule and cost of the next event, call the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home at 814-473-3080 or 724-756-2710.

See pictures from July's adventure by visiting our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Bauer-Family-Funeral-Homes/169734884825

Set sail with Bauer Steps Ahead this August {July 09, 2012}

On Monday, August 6, 2012, join Bauer Steps Ahead as we experience a "Vegas Getaway" aboard the Gateway Clipper. This exciting cruise along the Three Rivers will feature Bo Wagner's "Frank and Dean Revue" live tribute that pays homage to Rat Pack musicians Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. A delicious buffet luncheon will be offered on board.

Meet at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for bus transportation at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $64 for bus transportation, lunch and cruise ticket. Money and reservations are due by Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Please call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for reservations and questions. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For more information about the group and to make reservations for future events, please call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464. Read more about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer Steps Ahead gets a taste of Hollywood {June 29, 2012}

Bauer Steps Ahead gets a taste of HollywoodOn Thursday, June 28, 2012, Bauer Steps Ahead traveled to the Chadwick Event Center in Wexford, PA to see "Sounds of Hollywood". Performed by the professional Pops Orchestra, singers and dancers of Latshaw Productions, the program paid homage to films from the golden age of Hollywood to the blockbusters of today. Before the show, the group enjoyed a delicious hot lunch in the Chadwick's elegant ball room. Everyone in attendance agreed that the musicians and performers put on a fantastic show and hopes Bauer Steps Ahead is able to return in the future. To see pictures from the outing, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Bauer-Family-Funeral-Homes/169734884825.

Information about July's event will be made available soon; keep checking the website, Facebook and local newspapers for details.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For more information about the group and to make reservations for future events, please call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead sets sail on the waters of Lake Arthur and announces July's excursion {June 27, 2012}

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead sets sail on the waters of Lake Arthur and announces JulyOn Tuesday, June 26, 2012, Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead traveled to Butler County's Moraine State Park to take a privately chartered cruise on Lake Arthur. A personal guide welcomed the group aboard the Nautical Nature, a fully enclosed pontoon boat. The Captain made the cruise very comfortable and the guide acquainted guests with the area's natural history and wildlife. Everyone enjoyed a delicious box lunch and appreciated the beautiful scenery around the pristine waters of Lake Arthur.

The next event will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 when the group will journey to Schenley, Armstrong County to ride the Kiski Junction Railroad, a working short-line railroad. A narrator will be on board to highlight the local history and lore while everyone enjoys the spectacular views of the scenic Kiski and Allegheny Rivers. This hour-long ride will also feature how the railroad works today. Tables will be reserved in the caboose and once aboard pizza will be served.

Participants will need to meet at Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 11:30 AM the day of the event. The cost is $32 and includes bus transportation, the train ticket and pizza. Call Sandy at 814-473-3080 or 724-756-2710 as soon as possible before July 20 to make reservations because seating is limited, and guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead enjoys the Pittsburgh National Aviary and announces the June adventure {May 31, 2012}

Bauer Steps Ahead enjoys the Pittsburgh National Aviary and announces  the June adventureOn Wednesday, May 30, 2012, the Bauer Steps Ahead group had a great time when they toured the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Personal guides were on hand to lead the group through the various man-made natural environments that are home to more than 600 rare and beautiful birds. The grasslands, wetlands, tropical forest and the penguin exhibits were just a few of the intimate settings that let participants become familiar with the birds' antics, personalities and natural histories. Some members even volunteered to take part in the feeding of exotic birds as they took flight within the exhibit. A delicious "Lunch on a Fly" was served in the Café Classroom followed by a unique close encounter with three of the most popular birds.

On Thursday, June 28, 2012, you are invited to join Bauer Steps Ahead as we experience "Sounds of Hollywood" performed by the professional Pops Orchestra, singers and dancers of Latshaw Productions. This exciting 90-minute show pays homage to films from the golden age of Hollywood to the blockbusters of today. Prior to the show, a hot lunch will be served in the formal ballroom at The Chadwick in Wexford.

Participants will meet at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for bus transportation at 9:15 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by the 90-minute matinee at 1 p.m. The cost is $60 for bus transportation, lunch and the show ticket. Money and reservations are due by June 21, 2012.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way for local residents to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Please call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for reservations or questions. Guests are always welcome.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead enjoys the Jimmy Stewart Museum and announces the June event {May 25, 2012}

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead enjoys the Jimmy Stewart Museum and announces the June eventOn Thursday, May 24, 2012, Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead traveled to Indiana, PA to experience a bit of Hollywood magic as they visited the Jimmy Stewart Museum during the month of his birthday. A historian guided the group through the numerous galleries that showcased the memorable life and film career of Jimmy Stewart, and the highlight of the trip was the 45-minute documentary film presentation, "The Making of a Wonderful Life", shown in the 50-seat film theater. After the film, everyone enjoyed a delicious box lunch that was catered to the museum. For those who were true fans, shopping at the museum store, "The Shop Around the Corner", to purchase Jimmy Stewart memorabilia and classic films on video was a real treat.

The next Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead event will be Tuesday, June 26, 2012, when the group heads to Butler County's Moraine State Park for a chartered boat cruise on the pristine waters of Lake Arthur. A personal guide on the "Nautical Nature" will share about the area's natural history and osprey reintroduction while guests enjoy the unique scenery and wildlife sightings. The fully-enclosed passenger tour boat is handicap accessible, offers comfortable seating and has restroom facilities on board. A box lunch including a croissant sandwich (with selections of ham, turkey, roast beef, ham salad, chicken salad or tuna salad), rigatoni, fruit salad, a cookie and drink will be served on board. After the cruise the group will visit the Owlet Gift Shop.

Attendees will meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $47 and includes bus transportation, the cruise and a box lunch. Call Sandy at 814-473-3080 or 724-756-2710 by June 19, 2012 to make reservations. As always, guests are welcome.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Read more about past excursions on www.bauerhillisfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead celebrates Jimmy Stewart's birthday {May 02, 2012}

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead celebrates Jimmy StewartOn Thursday, May 24, 2012, Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead will visit The Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, PA.

Participants will experience a bit of Hollywood magic during the month of Jimmy Stewart's birthday as a personal guide highlights the numerous galleries depicting the memorable life and film career of Jimmy Stewart. The group will see a 45-minute documentary, "The Making of a Wonderful Life", in the 50-seat film theatre and can also shop at the museum's store, "The Shop Around the Corner". A box lunch including a turkey or chicken salad croissant, pasta salad, fresh fruit, chips, desert and beverage will be served at the museum and special diet choices are available.

Those attending will meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg for bus transportation at 8:45 AM. The cost is $27 and includes transportation, a guided tour and a box lunch.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead is open to anyone wanting to stay connected to the community. For more information about the group or to reserve a spot for the May event, call Deana Turner or Sandy Mikita at 814-473-3080 or 724-545-9464 by Monday, May 21, 2012.

Bauer Steps Ahead to visit Pittsburgh National Aviary {April 27, 2012}

On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, Bauer Steps Ahead will experience a memorable brush with nature when the group visits the Pittsburgh National Aviary. The Aviary houses the most diverse bird collection in North America and more than 600 rare and beautiful birds can be viewed in an intimate setting that is lush and vibrant. Participants will enjoy "Lunch on a Fly", which will be served in the Café Classroom at the same time as a unique close encounter with some of the most popular birds. Lunch will include assorted sandwiches, pasta salad, fresh fruit and beverages. Special diet choices are available.

The cost is $42 for bus transportation, lunch and tour. Attendees will meet at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for bus transportation at 7:45 AM. The guided tour will begin upon arrival to the Aviary and lunch will be at approximately 11 AM.

Bauer Steps Ahead is open to anyone wanting to stay connected to the community. For more information about the group or to reserve a spot for the May event, call Sandy at 724-545-9464 before May 23, 2012.

Bauer Steps Ahead travels to Phipps Conservatory {April 16, 2012}

Bauer Steps Ahead travels to Phipps ConservatoryOn Wednesday, April 11, 2012, Bauer Steps Ahead enjoyed an outing to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. The group met at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning and then boarded a bus that took them to the nation's oldest and largest Victorian greenhouse to see the Spring Flower Show. Once there, participants were given a tour of the beautiful gardens representing many cultures throughout the world. Highlights included a colorful Dutch tulip display, Tropical Forest India and beautiful exhibitions representing France, the United Kingdom, China and a number of other countries. The group was also treated to a wonderful lunch served by the Phipps staff.

May's Bauer Steps Ahead trip will be announced soon, so check back for details.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For more information, please call Sandy Mikita at 866-235-7683.

Look at photos from the concert trip by visiting our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Bauer-Family-Funeral-Homes/169734884825.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead enjoys a chocolate-themed first outing {March 29, 2012}

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead enjoys a chocolate-themed first outingOn Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead had a wonderful time on its first outing: A Chocolate Affair! Participants traveled to the Clarion County Career Center in Shippenville to first enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared by Chef Randy Shook and the students of the Culinary Arts Department. After lunch, the students shared a presentation that highlighted the characteristics, fun facts and history of chocolate. They even showed an example of a chocolate facial! The group also enjoyed a number of mouth-watering chocolate samples, including French Chocolate Bark, Dark and White Chocolate Ganache Fondue and Chocolate Pasta served with Raspberry Cream Sauce.

Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead is a new outreach program and open to anyone wanting to stay connected to the community. To learn more about the group and how to participate, please call Sandy Mikita or Deana Turner at 814-473-3080.

Bauer Steps Ahead to celebrate spring by visiting Phipps Conservatory {March 14, 2012}

On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, Bauer Steps Ahead will be traveling to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh to enjoy lunch and a guided tour. The nation's oldest and largest Victorian greenhouse is now featuring its Spring Flower Show, a celebration of gardens across the globe. Highlights include a colorful Dutch tulip display and beautiful exhibitions representing France, the United Kingdom, China and a number of other countries.

The cost is $46 for bus transportation, lunch and tour. Menu choices for lunch are forthcoming. Meet at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for bus transportation at 9 AM. Lunch will be served upon our arrival to Phipps at 11 AM and the guided tour will follow.

Bauer Steps Ahead is open to anyone wanting to stay connected to the community. For more information about the group or to reserve a spot for the April event, call Sandy at 724-545-9464 before April 2, 2012.

Bauer Steps Ahead enjoys IUP concert {March 05, 2012}

On Sunday, March 4, 2012, the Bauer Steps Ahead group enjoyed a trip to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania concert, "A World of Song", at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Indiana, PA. Directed by Heather Zosel, the school's Chorale, Chorus and Chamber Singers treated the audience to beautiful music from a variety of cultures around the world. Before leaving from the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning, attendees enjoyed a time of snacks and fellowship.

April's Bauer Steps Ahead activity will take place at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. Attendees will take part in a docent-led tour of the beautiful grounds and also eat lunch. More information will be announced soon, so check back for details of how to sign up.

Bauer Steps Ahead offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For more information, please call Sandy Mikita at 866-235-7683.

Look at photos from the concert trip by visiting our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Bauer-Family-Funeral-Homes/169734884825.

Bauers Steps Ahead enjoys visit to Jimmy Stewart Museum {December 07, 2011}

Bauers Steps Ahead enjoys visit to Jimmy Stewart MuseumOn Tuesday, December 7, 2011, the Bauer's Steps Ahead group traveled to Indiana, PA to visit the Jimmy Stewart Museum. Before leaving, participants met at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for refreshments and time to reconnect with friends. At the museum, the group was given a guided tour and especially enjoyed the beautiful themed Christmas trees that showcased his life and movies. In addition to the museum tour, they viewed the 45-minute documentary, "The Making of a Wonderful Life," in the museum's theater. The group also enjoyed a boxed lunch at the museum.

Bauer's Steps Ahead is taking a break from events in January and February, but will begin another season of interesting and fun trips in March. The group offers a great way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For more information, please call Sandy Mikita at 866-235-7683.

See more photos of the event by going to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Bauer-Family-Funeral-Homes/169734884825

Bauer Steps Ahead to take {November 14, 2011}

Bauer Steps Ahead to take On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, the Bauer Steps Ahead group will be visiting The Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, PA. The group will experience a bit of Hollywood magic as their personal guide presents highlights of the numerous galleries depicting the memorable life and film career of Jimmy Stewart. The museum will also be adorned with themed decorated Christmas trees pertaining to his life and movies. The feature presentation, "The Making of a Wonderful Life," is a 45-minute documentary shown in the 50-seat film theatre. A box lunch including a turkey or chicken salad croissant, muffin, chips, cookie and beverage will be provided.

The group will meet at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for bus transportation at 9:15 AM. The cost is $25 and includes transportation, the tour and the boxed lunch. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, November 29, 2011.

Bauer's Steps Ahead is open to anyone wanting to stay connected to the community. For more information about the group or to reserve a spot for the December event, call Sandy at 724-545-9464.

Bauer Steps Ahead goes on Fall Foilage Tour {October 19, 2011}

Bauer Steps Ahead goes on Fall Foilage TourOn Tuesday, October 18, 2011, the Bauer Steps Ahead group went on a wonderful fall foliage tour of Armstrong, Clarion and Butler counties. They traveled through New Bethlehem and Rimersburg, ending at the Rosehaven Bed and Breakfast in Butler. Debbie Carey, proprietor of Rosehaven, served the group an elegant luncheon consisting of fruit, soup, assorted gourmet sandwiches and a dessert plate. After lunch, Debbie gave a tour of her beautifully decorated home and presented each guest with a keepsake before leaving.

November's Bauer Steps Ahead event will be our holiday grief program, "Surviving the Season." The program is available to anyone interested and will be offered at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home, 758 Main Street, Rimersburg, on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 7 p.m. and at the Bauer Funeral Home, 515 N. McKean Street, Kittanning, on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 7 p.m. "Surviving the Season" will be led by Jenna Rhodaberger, MSW, LSW, Bereavement Coordinator and Medical Social Worker of the VNA Hospice of Western Pennsylvania, and is intended to help survivors cope with the grief they feel during the holiday season. Light refreshments will be served following the program. Reservations are requested but not required, and admission is free.

Bauer's Steps Ahead is open to anyone wanting to stay connected to the community. For more information about the group or to reserve a spot for the holiday grief program, call Sandy at 724-545-9464.

Check out more pictures of the fall foliage trip by visiting our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Bauer-Family-Funeral-Homes/169734884825

Bauer's Steps Ahead enjoys Polynesian Dance and Fire Show {September 22, 2011}

BauerOn Wednesday, September 20, 2011 the Bauer Steps Ahead group attended a Polynesian Dance and Fire Show at Seven Springs Resort. A group of 25 people, along with Bauer Family Funeral Homes Community Relations Manager, Sandy Mikita, and Funeral Service Associate, Bobbi Blinn, began the day with a light breakfast the Bauer Funeral Home and then took a bus to Seven Springs. For lunch they were served a delicious chicken meal and settled in to watch the exciting show featuring authentic Hawaiian dancers and singers, Tonga dances and Samoan flaming fire dancers.

Anyone interested in joining any of Bauer's Steps Ahead planned events may call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464 for information, cost of events and to make reservations.

Read more about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Check out more pictures of the trip by visiting our Facebook page!

Bauer Steps Ahead Hear a Patio Concert at Concordia {August 29, 2011}

Bauer Steps Ahead Hear a Patio Concert at ConcordiaBauer Family Funeral Home's outreach group, Bauer's Steps Ahead were special guests at the beautiful campus of Concordia; located in Cabot, Butler County on Aug. 28, 2011. Everyone was greeted by the gracious Concordia staff and escorted to the beautiful outside patio to join other residents in enjoying the evening's feature musical entertainment. Starting at 6:00 PM, the Staff's Band, made up of keyboard, drums, guitars and saxophone entertained everyone. The concert performance lasted one hour and was a mixed repertoire from a range of years of well-known selections, greatest hits, polkas and patriotic music. Light refreshments were served by the Concordia staff during the concert.
Anyone interested in staying connected to the community and experiencing a fun activity may join Bauer's Steps Ahead planned events by calling the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464 for information, cost of future events and to make reservations.
Read more about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer's Steps Ahead Group Toured Frick Art and Historical Center {August 02, 2011}

BauerOn Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Bauer's Steps Ahead group visited the Frick Art and Historical Center located in the Point Breeze area of Pittsburgh's East End. Docents escorted the group through Clayton the restored mansion of the wealthy Pittsburgher and one of America's greatest industrialist and art collector, Henry Clay Frick. The group learned about the Frick family, local history and Victorian social customs at the turn of the 20th century while touring the Frick family home. In addition, everyone walked through the beautifully landscaped gardens to visit the Greenhouse, Café and the Museum Shop that are all on the Frick Estate. Also, at the Car and Carriage Museum the group saw rare, vintage autos and horse drawn carriages on display.
Anyone interested in staying connected to the community and experiencing one of Bauer's Steps Ahead planned events may call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464 for information, cost of events and to make reservations.
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Bauer's Steps Ahead Group Travels to PNC Park {June 06, 2011}

BauerOn Wednesday, June 1, 2011 Bauer's Steps Ahead group met for an early morning buffet style breakfast which was served in the dining room at Lenape Heights Golf Course. After breakfast they boarded a bus to travel to PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Team for a guided walking tour of the stadium. This interactive tour took the group through all areas of the ballpark including the dugout, batting cages, press box, club level, museum, Legacy Square and Hall of Fame Club. Our personal guide had a wealth of information that he shared about the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the city of Pittsburgh. The exciting day ended with a snack that was served on the bus as they headed back to Kittanning.

The photo is of the group overlooking the beautiful view at Lenape Heights Golf Course.

Anyone interested in joining any of Bauer's Steps Ahead planned events may call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464 for information, cost of events and to make reservations.

Read more about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.