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Etna Neighborhood Association

In 1989, a group of concerned citizens began meeting to explore ways in which they could enhance and enrich the life of our community. From these beginnings, the Etna Neighborhood Association was formed and eventually incorporated in 1991. In just a few short years since its existence, the Association has made some significant accomplishments in showing the pride and enthusiasm we share for our neighborhood.

The highlight of the year is what has come to be known as the Etna Community Day, celebrated on a Saturday in August at the community playground and swimming pool. Games and activities for all ages, entertainment, food, free swimming, and good neighborly fellowship are the focus of the day. Each year it has grown in interest and popularity and has become a grand time to celebrate our community spirit.

Another Association activity is the -Welcome New Neighbor- program where new residents are presented with the Everything Nice About Etna Handbook to acquaint them with the programs, businesses, organizations, and services available in our town.

The Etna Neighborhood Association meets the fourth Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, Locust and Walnut Streets, for a time of informal sharing of ideas and planning new activities. You are most warmly invited to attend our meetings to learn more about our community and become an important part of helping to make "Everything Nice About Etna" nicer!

Etna Garden Club

The Etna Garden Club was formed in 2008 to bring together gardeners and nature lovers, to help beautify areas in the community and to help maintain all the public gardens.

It started with the Movie Star Gardens – named so as they were installed as part of the Pa. Dept. of Transportation project to widen State Route 8 and to straighten out that pesky Mae West Bend!!!  As part of the project, they installed six public gardens along Route 8.  The Club decided to name them after movie stars in keeping with the Mae West theme.  The names of these gardens are Mae West, Jayne Mansfield, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich.

The Club is gearing up for a new season and hopes you are looking forward to another year of beautiful gardens in Etna. The Club membership plant and maintain 18 gardens throughout the community as well as several street planters. Some of these gardens are small and some are quite large and because of their workload, they are asking for your help. They will be planting the large garden on Route 8 on May 24 at 9:00 a.m. Please stop down for an hour or two to lend a hand with the initial planting!!

Another way to help is to pitch in during their busiest times – Spring and Fall. If you prefer to work alone, another way to contribute is to adopt an existing garden and become a “steward” of that garden. So if you would like to help make Etna a beautiful place, contact Judy Neelan through the Borough Office (we will get the message to her) or send an email to the Garden’s website,
If you are not one of the “dirty hands” type or simply don’t have the time, they gratefully accept contributions of materials or monetary contributions.

The Etna Garden Club was awarded two 2013 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Community Greening Awards for their work at the Mural Garden at Sullivan Way and Crescent Avenue and for the gorgeous residential Susan G. Komen Garden on School Street which was planted in memory of Dorothy Flynn, the grandmother of one of the residents who helps care for this garden. Dorothy lost her battle with cancer in 1991. The garden is also dedicated to all those who have lost their battle and to those who continue to fight the battle.

How fantastic, just like seeds, these gardens are spreading beauty throughout the community. You can start your garden planning now for spring. If you need some advice, the Garden Club is always willing to provide you with great tips on planting and caring for your garden! Checkout

In addition to these Gardens, they also maintain the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Garden at Route 8 and Kittanning Street.  This garden was installed many years ago, under the leadership of the Etna Civic Association and the Etna Neighborhood Association.  The Garden Club took over maintenance of the Garden several years ago.  This Garden has won the Community Gardening Award back in 2010 and a subsequent award for continued excellent maintenance.

Since that time, they have installed numerous other gardens throughout the community and have taken over the maintenance of all the other public gardens, including the gorgeous gardens at the municipal building.  You can witness some of their incredible handiwork at the Clock Garden, Spirit Garden (near the funeral home); the Rose Garden at the beautiful stone arch at the southern end of the town and at Fugh Hall Garden near the entrance to the Nature Trial.  Their handiwork can be seen in all the hanging baskets that grace the community as well. They welcome all new comers – you learn a lot – that can help you in planning your own garden paradise.  Check them out at

American Legion

Elmer E. Krohl Post 597, located at 318 Butler Street was chartered in 1936. Membership is restricted to the men and women who served honorably on active duty in the U.S. Military for at least one day during any of the following periods:

World War I

April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918

World War II 

December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946


June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955


December 22, 1961 - May 7, 1975

Desert Storm

Dates not yet finalized

Veterans of Foreign Wars of U.S.

Etna-Shaler Post 9197 V.F.W., located at 318 Butler Street, is open to men and women who served honorably on active duty in the U.S. Military OVERSEAS during the conflict periods listed under the American Legion. The purpose and activities of the V.F.W. center around the care for those who have borne the battle, their spouses and their orphans.

Jockey Club

The purpose of this men's social club at One Isabella Street is to provide recreational and social facilities to its members.

Ideal Dance Studio

Ideal Dance Studio

403 Butler Street
Phone: 412-782-3623

The talented staff at Ideal Dance Studio teach ballet, tap, jazz and zubara at the Butler Street studio. Classes are for students from three years old to adult.

Martial Arts

Aikido of Pittsburgh
401 Butler Street
Phone: 412-781-2565

Aikido is a non-aggressive Japanese martial art that employs throws and joint locks to subdue an opponent. Classes are conducted in a non-competitive, traditional Japanese manner. Call for more specific information on classes, etc.

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