Friday, December 29, 2017

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Not Feeling First Night?


Proceeds from Cattivo Gothic New Year’s Masquerade Ball benefit Autism Research. The $10 ticket with a mask (or $15 without a mask) includes a night of dancing to post-punk, goth and synth music and artistic performances by circus-themed entertainers. The midnight mask reveal coincides with a champagne toast to welcome and 2018 and “wave goodbye to 2017.”

End one year — and start another — on a high note. Highmark’s annual First Night promises to have something for everyone, but not everybody wants to watch the ball rise at midnight Downtown. Go to the link below for ideas from Pittsburgh Magazine - the magazine has put together an interesting list for folks who would like to celebrate a little differently. 

 Details: Cattivo and other events

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Pittsburgh Opera Brown Bag Concert - Jan 6

Pack a lunch, bring a friend and head to the Pittsburgh Opera on Saturday Jan. 6 for the monthly free Brown Bag Concert, held during the opera's season from October-April. 

Pittsburghers of all ages are invited to enjoy free intimate noon concerts of some of opera’s most popular arias, as well as a mix of Broadway, musical theater and other surprises. (Doors open at 11:30)


At the informal reception that follows you can meet the resident artists. 

2425 Liberty Ave, Strip District.  Find out more


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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

It's Not too soon to think about Recycling










Recycle or Dispose of Your Tree

All ornaments, lights tinsel and other decorations must be removed. Trees in bags or netting will not be accepted. Christmas trees left at the curb during January will be collected by crews but will be included with the regular refuse.

The city of Pittsburgh has four collection sites operating Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. thru January 18.
- 2nd Division of Public Works in the East End on North Dallas Avenue at Hamilton Avenue
- 3rd Division of Public Works in Hazelwood on Melanchton Avenue off 2nd Avenue
- 5th Division of Public Works in the West End at 1330 Hassler Street next to Herschel Park
Environmental Services Lot in the Strip District at 3001 Railroad Street

 Contact the Recycling Division for more information call 412-255-2631. 


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Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas N'at


Carols Only a Pittsburgher Could Love


Imagine if your favorite Christmas songs were written by tried and true Yinzers.

Books have been written about Pittsburgh’s dialect. Here's a list of popular holiday songs that have been retitled with a Pittsburgh twist by Richard Cook.  

Click here  and enjoy the humor from Pittsburgh Magazine. It's great for your holiday visitors from out of town! 




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Thursday, December 21, 2017


Christmas Bird Count Walk
December 30, 2017, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ever wonder what birds are utilizing Pittsburgh's wooded hillsides for habitat? Join local naturalists on a winter bird walk as we count the birds throughout Emerald View Park. 
The 3-mile walk will cover mostly easy terrain with some steep hills. Data collected on the walk will be submitted to the Audubon's Christmas Bird Count database. 
This outing is for Venture Outdoors members and non-members. Please bring a friend! Registration for this outing opens on December 1st, 2017 at 9:00 AM. Register
Where: Emerald View Park (the Park surrounds the neighborhoods of Duquesne Heights, Mount Washington and Allentown). 

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

STEM: Imagination Builders 
 


Imagine, design, construct! Using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills to build with a variety of blocks and structural toys, children develop critical thinking, teamwork and motor and communication skills. Children express and explore their interests and ideas with new friends during these programs. 
For children in grades K-5.


Location: Carnegie Library – Squirrel Hill

5801 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh  15217

CLP – Squirrel Hill 

For more information:Phone: 412-422-9650Email: squirrelhill@carnegielibrary.org 

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Monday, December 18, 2017

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Live Performance: Handmade Percussion

Pittsburgh Children's Museum  Dec 23



This is a great idea if you have holiday visitors with children.

Join Handmade Percussion for a live performance full of rhythm in the Theater! Handmade Percussion is a Pittsburgh percussion ensemble that performs and educates using creative programming and interdisciplinary collaborations. 


Showtimes: 12:30p-1:30p 2:30p-3:30p

  • The performance is with free with Museum admission which is $14-16. museum info

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Midnight Radio's A Christmas Story



Skip the TV marathon this year and get in on the action with Foley sound effects, cheeky commercial spoofs, and a dizzying array of vocal acrobatics all done live before your eyes. Follow Ralphie on his quest for the perfect Christmas gift and watch as Midnight Radi recreate all the most iconic moments from the movie including the infamous Pink Nightmare bunny pajamas and The Old Man’s prized leg lamp.

A longtime fan favorite, our Midnight Radio series takes the form of a classic 1940s radio broadcast. In this show YOU are cast as the live studio audience, so play your part and don’t miss your cue when the applause sign flashes! Always memorable, often irreverent, and never at midnight or on the radio, Midnight Radio is the perfect holiday tradition. Plus! Don’t miss our free Happy Half-hour 30 minutes before every show with free drinks and interactive holiday-themed amusements!



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18 Watch-at-Home Classic Christmas Movies
By Kyrie Collins, Publisher of Macaroni Kid Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree, CO

Go to the Macaroni Kid link for movie summaries as well as notes re age appropriateness. 

(see example below).

Appropriate for All Ages Arthur Christmas (Rated PG) So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night? With an exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole, of course! But this year Santa's son, Arthur, has an ...




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Thursday, December 14, 2017

SATURDAY CRAFTERNOONS (K-5) Asse


Dec 16, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Drop in to Saturday Crafternoons! Every Saturday, young Assemblers come together to learn new STEAM skills, experiment with materials, and make community connections! Each week, our workshop is led by a different “Guest Expert” who shares their craft with students, giving them the chance to build their own confidence through making. No registration required!
Who: Grades K-5
Cost: FREE
Address:
Assemble
4824 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15224
See website website for the exciting weekly workshop themes!
 


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Chatham Baroque: A Jubilant Season

Dec 15-17

The incomparable French Canadian soprano, Pascale Beaudin, returns for a joyful program of holiday favorites, including J. S. Bach’s exuberant cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen for soprano, baroque trumpet, and strings. With guests Pascale Beaudin (soprano), Evan Few (violin), Kristen Linfante (viola), Alan Lewis (chamber organ), Shelby Lewis (natural trumpet). For more information, Click or call (412)-687-1788.






Where: St. Nicholas Croatian Church, 24 Maryland Ave. (Millvale)
Tickets: $10-$35



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Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Shop Small, Give Better


Instead of wading through crowds and waiting in long checkout lines only to have your money be go to another corporation's bank account, what if you shopped another way?

Three women have partnered with Pitt’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence to create a 2017 holiday season a 30-page gift guide full of products available from 22 Pittsburgh businesses. The digital book includes four categories: gifts for her, him, the kids and the home.

The Guide was created to help Pittsburgh shoppers find the perfect holiday gifts and make personal connections with business owners in the process. That means your money goes to an individual, or a family, who you know in real life. Find some of our favorite items from the #ShopSmall guide below. click here for the Guide


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Monday, December 11, 2017

Ever Been to either of Pittsburgh's Older Single Screen Movie Theaters?















The Oaks Theater at 310 Allegheny River Blvd in Oakmont and
The Hollywood Dormont at 1449 Potomac Ave in Dormont

Both theaters have interesting selections of family-friendly, live music and other 21+ events. Often with food and drinks. Go to the links above, pick your event and make your reservation - these events sell out quickly.


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Friday, December 8, 2017


Oscar Wilde at the Frick 
       thru Sunday

‘In the Company of Oscar Wilde: In His Own Words’: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $39 ($36 seniors, $20 students, $13 18 and younger). This is the U/S/ premiere of the work, presented by PICT.

‘Oscar Wilde Fairy Tales’: 2 p.m. Saturday. $10 (a family friendly event)

‘The Trial of Oscar Wilde’: 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $50. ( are-creation of Wilde's final cross-examination).


Where: The Frick Pittsburgh, 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze.


Tickets: picttheatre.org or 412-561-6000.

Get More Info by following the link to a great Post Gazette article.



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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Highland Park Pottery Tour
Dec 9 &10, 11 am - 5pm



The sixth annual Highland Park Pottery Tour is Saturday and Sunday, December 9-10, from 11:00am to 5:00pm. During the tour the public is invited to visit the homes of five Highland Park potters and the Union Project Ceramics Co-op for refreshments and to view and purchase hand made pottery by local artists.
Featured artists:  Joseph Delphia, Stephanie Flom, Jeff Guerrero, Keith Hershberger, Jenna Vanden Brink and the Union Project Ceramics Co-op.
Parking: free on the residential streets of Highland Park and at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary – 616 North Highland Ave.

Payment:
 cash, check and credit card will be accepted at each location along the tour.
A Map  showing locations of the studios is at the link or you can contact Keith Hershberger at kghershberger@gmail.com for information.



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Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Cool Yule Family Day at the Frick
All ages. Free activities.
Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Come to the  annual celebration of the season as your family enjoys stories, interactive tours, and holiday art-making. Craft a decorative gift tag, design a dazzling ornament, and try your hand at our holiday timeline. Take away not only your charming creations, but also memories of a fun afternoon together. Free, drop-in program. Special Bonus! Add a Clayton family tour to your Cool Yule experience. Special family-friendly tours are offered at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Free to children ages 12 and under and to member adults; regular tour rates apply for non-member adults. Tours are most appropriate for kids ages 6 and up. 

Advance reservations required. Call 412-371-0600.


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bach's Magnificat at Shadyside Presbyterian


The Pittsburgh Camerata presents "Magnificat (Bach!) and More" on Sunday, December 10, 3:00pm at Shadyside Presbyterian. The 
30-minute vocal canticle is among the grandest illustrations of Bach's genius. The program also includes seasonal choral music.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door click here for advance tickets  Doors open for 30 minutes before start time.


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Monday, December 4, 2017

When to see the Space Station above Pittsburgh - thru Dec 14

The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction (see photo at left). It will be moving considerably faster than a typical airplane (airplanes generally fly at about 600 miles per hour; the space station flies at 17,500 miles per hour) Click Here to see dates and times as well as pointer for viewing.


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Friday, December 1, 2017

First Night Parade Workshop


Join the team behind Pittsburgh’s arts-focused New Year’s Eve parade.

Gather friends and neighbors and go downtown to the hands-on creative workshop. Together, with Creative Director Cheryl Capezzuti, build larger-than-life puppets and art cars to carry in the New Year’s Eve parade at the Highmark First Night parade.

You can also sign up to carry a puppet in the parade. 
Find out more, register




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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gifts and Greens Thursday NOV. 30 – Saturday DEC. 2

Shop for fresh evergreens, great gifts and more at the 
Phipps Garden Center’s holiday boutique.

Free and open to the public, this special holiday shopping tradition at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park is sure to help you find the perfect gifts and holiday décor this season. A large assortment of fresh greens and garlands will be available, and our Master Gardener designers will be on hand to create custom wreaths and centerpieces just for you. The market will also offer some of the exciting varieties of poinsettias seen in our Winter Flower Show.

NOV. 30 – DEC. 2; THURS AND FRIDAY, 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.; SATURDAY, 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.
The Shop at Phipps will also be open during market hours with holiday decorations, handmade jewelry from local artists and lots of great gifts for loved ones, and until 3 p.m. daily, guest vendors including Fancy Wool Flowers, Djoi Designs, Pastamore and others will showcase their high-quality goods. It's more than just a sale — it's a fun and festive way to kick off the holiday season, and proceeds benefit Phipps educational programs. Drop by and see what's in store!

Phipps Garden Center is located at 1059 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. The building is within Mellon Park in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood. Find our Google Maps listing below.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lawrenceville Cookie Tour 2017

The Cookie Tour had its beginnings as a holiday open house at Jay Design Soaps & Gifts in 1997. Driven by the spirit of collaboration, the event grew to include more than a dozen businesses, and cookies were added around 2000. Today, the Cookie Tour has become Lawrenceville’s signature business district event.

"Next Pittsburgh" summed it up perfectly in a 2014 feature:
“Equal parts cookie crawl and buy local movement; the free, family-friendly event showcases Lawrenceville’s thriving Butler Street business district.”

click for details,  including a map, Molly's Trolly and how to vote for the best cookie


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Eyes of Pittsburgh


Participate in an evening with experts in the field of photojournalism and documentary photography. Experts will share life behind the lens, reveal moments behind some of the world's most recognizable images and discuss the role technology plays in how we document life and preserve history today. 
Click to get info about the panelists and to register to attend.

Come early and immerse yourself in Eyes of Pittsburgh, a visual installation highlighting the Post-Gazette’s most iconic images capturing Pittsburgh's unique history.

Tuesday, December 5 | Heinz History Center 
5:30 P.M. Exhibit Reception, 7:00 P.M Panel Begins


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Monday, November 27, 2017



Give Big Pittsburgh



The organization raises money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform - a simple way to connect donors to the causes they care about and encourage donations.

The 24-hour online fundraising effort is hosted by Pittsburgh Magazine in conjunction with the the Pittsburgh Foundation.


Click to search for a nonprofit or become a volunteer.



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Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Evening with the Presidents 

Wed, Nov 29 at 6pm 


More than ever, the presidency is the centerpiece of the American political system. At the same time, this very well may be the golden age of presidential biography. hy. At this opportune moment in history, the Post-Gazette has assembled a distinguished panel of presidential biographers to discuss the presidency, the art form of the presidential biography - and how Donald J. Trump fits into the parade of 44 men who have occupied the nation's highest office. Find out more and register.


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Wednesday, Nov 29 at 6PM
Heinz Field Champions Club
Parking in Gold Lot 1
Free Admission






David Shribman 
Executive Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
John A. Farrell
Author of three books including Richard Nixon: The Life
Ellen Fitzpatrick
Author and editor, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation and The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency
Robert Merry
Author of five books including his most recent 
President McKinley: Architect of the American Century
Amity Shlaes
Chairman of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and Author, Coolidge 
Presented by 
To attend, register below or call 412-263-3850







Monday, November 20, 2017

Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash
“Bask in the golden era of jazz and raise a glass to the composer’s important legacy.” —Next Pittsburgh

November 25 | 6pm VIP | 7pm General | 8pm Concert
Kelly Strayhorn Theater  5941 Penn Ave. 
The 10th annual Suite Life is a musical tribute to the life and legacy of KST namesake Billy Strayhorn. Reared in Homewood, the legendary pianist, arranger, and composer studied music at an early age, then joined musical ensembles, performed on local radio, and wrote music, before making an indelible mark in the world of jazz. For decades, Strayhorn made essential contributions to The Duke Ellington Orchestra, sharing in a rich collaboration and shaping American songwriting and culture. This concert celebrates Strayhorn’s continued influence on artists today and works to ensure that his work inspires generations to come.
Proceeds benefit the Strayhorn Legacy Fund, which supports youth and family programming at KST.
Buy Tickets Pay What Makes You Happy! Tickets for this event are available at any price. Simply choose the level that makes you happy—or name your own! All seats are general admission.


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Mr.Rogers' Sweater Drive Nov 9 – Dec 15


In the spirit of Fred Rogers’ lessons of helping others, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh holds a
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive each winter. Since 2001, the Museum has collected more than 35,500 sweaters and distributed them to families in need throughout SW PA.

Donations of new or gently worn sweaters may be dropped off at the collection bin in the Children’s Museum lobby from November 9 – December 15.

2017 community partners include the Presbyterian Churches of the Tri-State Area, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Veteran’s Leadership Program of Western PA and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Ambassadors.  Plan your visit with More Museum Info.

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