Down in Front!

Friends using binoculars in a forest

Editors’ pick: Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, May 11

Grab some binoculars and head to Bird Park for Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy’s Migratory Bird Day. Enjoy a guided bird walk and hands-on activities at this free event suitable for the whole family. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Bird Park fire circle.

Squatters on George Washington’s Land

Monday, May 20

Imagine being sued by the Father of Our Country for squatting on his land. That happened to one of Megan Clark-Young’s ancestors. She’ll explain in a presentation to the Mt. Lebanon Genealogy Society titled “Squatters on George Washington’s Land: Pennsylvania and Virginia’s Overlapping Colonial Land Disputes.” 1 p.m., Mt. Lebanon Library. For questions about the meeting, contact

Butterfly Forest

Opens Saturday, May 4
Get an up-close look at some of nature’s most prized pollinators alongside the blossoming flowers that feed them at Phipps Conservatory.

Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy’s Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 18

The Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy’s Native Plant Sale is back again this year. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church. Choose from 21 varieties of high-quality perennials, including some suitable for sun and others for shade. Shop in person or order online.

The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson

Friday, May 3 and Sunday, May 5

Pittsburgh Opera’s final production of the 2023-24 season celebrates the courage and persistence of Mary Cardwell Dawson, who founded the National Negro Opera Company in Pittsburgh in 1941, the first Black opera company in the United States.

Myth-Science of the Gatekeepers

Friday, May 3 through Sunday, July 28

Rainbow Serpent, a Black LGBTQ arts collective led by Marques Redd and Mikael Owunna, showcases Myth-Science of the Gatekeepers, a collection of 16 glass sculptures of Black same-gender-loving men cast as ancient Egyptian deities at Pittsburgh Glass Center. Free opening reception, May 3, 6 to 9 p.m.

Friends of Mt. Lebanon Public Library’s Spring Flower Sale

Saturday, May 11

Flats of flowers from begonias to vinca, three-and four-inch potted plants, a variety of herbs and a limited number of birdhouses will be available in addition to good quality perennials appropriate for growing conditions in Western Pennsylvania. Mt. Lebanon Public Library’s lower entrance, on Castle Shannon Boulevard, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Save the Dates

Sunday, June 23

Tickets are on sale now. The self-guided tour features seven Mt. Lebanon gardens. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Sunday, May 19

Lace up your running shoes! Temple Emanuel of the South Hills’ second annual walk/run benefits South Hills Interfaith Movement. 10 a.m.  to noon

Saturday, May 11

Mt. Lebanon native and former Dallas Morning News and ESPN journalist John Banks, author of A Civil War Road Trip of a Lifetime: Antietam, Gettysburg, and Beyond, will speak at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall’s 2nd Saturday Civil War Series. Free, in-person or on Zoom, 1 p.m.