April Events: Pittsburgh Photo Section Salon, Earth Day, Keynotes Fashion Show, Martha’s Run, Tartan Day, Night at the Speakeasy, Hamlet, Masterworks Concert, Miracle League Camps, Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, Family Glass Making, South Hills Home Show, Beth El Centennial, Women’s Golf and St. Winifred’s Junque Sale.
SALON OPEN HOUSE
The very first Pittsburgh Photo Section competition was in 1898. Now, 120 years later, the best images submitted this year by the members of the Photo Section, Academy of Science and Art of Pittsburgh, will be on display on the upper level of Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 8. Judges will award prizes to the best photographs in 11 categories. Club members will be on hand to answer questions about their photographs and the club. www.PghPhoto.org
CELEBRATE THE EARTH
Earth Day is officially Sunday, April 22, so keep an eye out for regional events that weekend. Our Mt. Lebanon celebration is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 22, at Mt. Lebanon Park. The Pittsburgh Zoo will kick off the weekend Friday, April 20, with Wild Earth Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will feature discovery stations around the zoo to promote wildlife learning, conservation and animal enrichment. If you’d like to do something nice for the Earth on Earth Day, consider joining in South Park’s Earth Day Park Cleanup. Meet at the Tamarac Shelter, 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21.
KEYNOTES FASHION SHOW
Enjoy a luncheon, raffles and fashion show by Chico’s of the Galleria at the Keynotes of the South Hills Annual Benefit, at 11:15 a.m., Saturday, April 21, at Valley Brook Country Club. The Keynotes Scholarship Program has awarded a total of $374,000 to music students of exceptional talent since it began in 1969. Look for a story about this important local program in an upcoming issue of mtl. www.KeynotesSouthHills.com.
MARTHA’S RUN The 22nd annual Martha’s Run, in memory of Mt. Lebanon native Martha Dixon, an FBI agent killed in the line of duty, is Saturday, April 14. The 10K race, two-mile fun run and one-mile memorial walk begin at 9 a.m at the high school stadium. Children’s races begin at 10:15. A celebration, including the presentation of the awards follows at Martha’s Playground in Mt. Lebanon Park.
Proceeds from the race go to the Martha Fund, which has raised $135,00 over the years and provided grants for 20 playgrounds and playground improvements in the Pittsburgh area, including its signature playground in Mt. Lebanon. Register today at: themarthafund.org/. Cost is $32 Find info on hotels, parking and other questions at Themarthafund@gmail.com
Don your kilts and join the St. Andrew’s Society of Pittsburgh for Tartan Day! Bagpipers, fiddlers, dancers, food, raffles, Celtic workshops and more are in the lineup for this event from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Bethel Presbyterian Church. www.StAndrewsPittsburgh.org
NIGHT AT THE SPEAKEASY
KDKA’s Ken Rice and Steelers great Rocky Bleier will co-host Outreach Teen & Family Services’ fundraiser gala, “Night at the Speakeasy,” 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, at Sienna Mercato. Tickets are $125. www.OutreachTeen.org
Featuring Indiana, Pa., native Matthew Amendt in the title role, the Pittsburgh Public Theater will present Hamlet from April 19 to May 20 at the O’Reilly Theater. This classic tale of revenge is Ted Pappas’ final production as artistic director of PPT. They will say bon voyage to him at a special event on Monday, April 30, at the Wyndham Grand Hotel downtown. www.ppt.org
Mt. Lebanon High School’s choirs will explore the human experience at their Masterworks Concert, Universal, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Included in the concert lineup is Stroope’s setting of Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius, Lazarus’ The New Colossus and Gjeilo’s Song of the Universal. www.Facebook.com/ LeboChorus
Three-time All-Star baseball player Sean Casey will coach the Miracle League’s summer Champions Camp from June 19 to 21. This year, Casey also will host a 2 ½-hour coaching clinic for South Hills parents and coaches. Proceeds from the camp will benefit the Miracle League of the South Hills. Registration is now open. Read our story (need link) to learn more about the organization. www.MiracleLeagueSouthHills.org
CRAFT BEER WEEK
In the longest week ever (because it’s actually 10 days), Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week highlights the region’s craft beer scene through a series of special beer-related events, activities, competitions and education opportunities around the city from April 20 to 29. www.PittsburghCraftBeerWeek.com
Take a family photo in Pittsburgh Glass Center’s photo booth, and then create your own fused picture glass frame with your kids from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 8, Tickets are $35. Pre-registration required. www.PittsburghGlassCenter.org
South Hills Home Show
The three-day South Hills Home Show will feature exhibits, seminars, demonstrations and plenty of one-stop shopping opportunities from April 20 to 22 at Cool Springs Sports Complex.
Beth El Centennial
Happy Birthday to Beth El Congregation, which turns 100 this year! To celebrate the centennial, the congregation has planned numerous family-friendly events in the evening on Friday, April 27, and in the morning on Saturday, April 28. Friday evening is the Party of the Century, featuring food and entertainment from the In Transit Band. All are welcome.
Join the Women’s Golf Association of Mt. Lebanon, which plays every Tuesday from April through September. Membership is open to all skill levels as well as both residents and non-residents. Call Sharon Ackerman at 412-480-3319 for more info.
St. Winifred Church’s 48th annual Junque Sale is 5 to 8 P.M., Friday, April 6, and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 7, in Benedict Hall, with bag sales at 11 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free and refreshments are available. www.StWinifred.org