Monaca ride dedicated to bicyclist who died |

Monaca ride dedicated to bicyclist who died

Ride dedicated to late bicyclist who was struck

The Ohio River Trail Council plans a memorial ride on Sunday for bicyclist Taylor Lee Banks, who died when a vehicle struck him last month in Aliquippa.

The ride will start at 2 p.m. at 1726 Pennsylvania Ave., Monaca, and travel south at 10 mph along Route 51 followed by a support van for safety.

Cyclists will stop to meet the Banks family, and a ghost bike dedication is planned at 2:35 p.m. The ride ends with a silent roll past the collision site, at the West Aliquippa Bridge. Banks, 23, of Braddock was struck and killed about 7 p.m. Oct. 31 on Route 51.

The trail council hopes for at least 50 riders; details are at the blog or at

Boyce park ski season passes on sale

Boyce Park ski season passes are on sale at seven Allegheny County park locations — the Boyce Park Administration Building, North Park Administration Building, North Park Golf Course, North Park Ice Rink, South Park Administration Building, South Park Golf Course and South Park Ice Rink.

The photo ID passes will allow people unlimited skiing and snowboarding throughout the 2014-15 ski season, scheduled to run from early December until mid-March.

Boyce Park features 20 acres of skiable terrain, with a base elevation of 1,072 feet and summit elevation of 1,232 feet. It has five slopes and two terrain parks. Improvements for this season include more snow guns, more lighting and a doubled terrain park size.

Prices range from $85 to $250 for residents and $106 to $313 for non-residents. Family rates also are available. A discount applies to passes purchased before Dec. 1. For more information, visit

Acrobats to teach at club in Brentwood

A company owned by two local aerial acrobats recently purchased Fullbody Fitness Club in Brentwood.

All of the Circus LLC, run by Jenly Deiter and Kelsey Keller, will operate the club, which features circus-inspired workouts such as aerial silks and trapeze, hoop and pole along with group classes such as Zumba.

Deiter and Keller started Iron City Aerial, an aerial acrobatic performance company that will perform at festivals, weddings and private events.

For more information, visit For information about future Iron City Aerial performances, visit

Venture Outdoors hikes to feature tea, beer

Venture Outdoors is hosting four hikes around the Pittsburgh area Nov. 22. For details, visit

• The Hot Tea Hike, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will take participants 3 to 4 miles around Squirrel Hill and will end with a cup of tea in a local cafe. Cost is $10 for Venture Outdoors members and $15 for non-members.

• The Microbrewery Hike from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will begin at Frick Park. After a short hike through the park, participants will go to East End Brewing Company for a private tour and will receive a growler of East End Beer. Participants must be 21 or older. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers.

• A cost-free, members-only outdoor skills hike runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hartwood Acres. Instructors will teach outdoor skills such as how to build a campfire, and the session will end with a hike through Hartwood Acres.

• The New Moon Hike, which runs from 6 to8:30 p.m., will take participants for a 4- to 5-mile hike through Riverview Park under the new moon. They will observe the stars and wildlife. Cost is $6 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

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