wild and edible
Ralph Waldo Emerson said a weed was a plant whose virtues have never been discovered. Discover some plant virtues with Adam Haritan from www.learnyourland.comand www.foragingpittsburgh.com on Saturday, May 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. as the Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy hosts a free walk through Bird Park to learn how to identify wild plants and mushrooms. You’ll also hear about nutritional benefits of wild foods, how to harvest, dry and store them and even how to make medicine. The walk will include light hiking. Bring water, a camera, a pen and notepad. Space is limited, so RSVP to Chris Phillips at email@example.com or 412-341-7307. Meet at the gravel parking lot on Beadling Road.
singing in spring
If you like variety, you’ll like the Seraphic Singers, a 12-voice, all-women professional ensemble accompanied by violin, cello, percussion and piano. Their concert at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, at the corner of Scott and Washington roads, starts off with a few Hebrew songs, segues into A Midsummer Night’s Dream, then to something about a Moon Goddess, then Manhattan Transfer, Send in the Clowns, who knows what else? Traditional Appalachian? Probably. Jerome Kerns? Who knows, but it sounds like fun. Concert is 4 p.m., Sunday, April 17. Cost is $10. For information, call 412-531-5564 or visit www.seraphicsingers.com.
“Now and in time to be
Wherever green is worn
Are changed, changed utterly
A terrible beauty is born.”
—W. B. Yeats. Easter 1916
On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, rebels rose up in Dublin and across Ireland against British rule to fire the opening shots in the revolution that resulted in the Republic of Ireland. “Easter 1916: Pittsburgh Remembers” is a weeklong celebration of the centennial, featuring historical and dramatic presentations, Irish football, music and culture. Pittsburgh’s many Irish organizations have been partnering on plans for more than a year. For a complete list of events, visit www.pittsburghremembers1916.com.
a forest of butterflies
To the people at Phipps Conservatory every day is Earth Day. So that means when the actual Earth Day rolls around, they kick it into overdrive. Friday, April 22, is the grand opening of the Phipps Butterfly Forest, as thousands of butterflies emerge from their chrysalises. Also on Friday, Phipps launches its environmental film series with a 7 p.m. screening of The Power of One Voice, a look at the work of Springdale native Rachel Carson, and short documentaries in the Sustainability Pioneers series. A discussion will follow. On Saturday and Sunday, take a tour of the conservatory’s Center for Sustainable Landscapes. At 11 Sunday morning, if it’s not April-showering, meet on the lawn for a free family yoga session from Let’s Move Pittsburgh. Also, anyone wearing a green shirt on Sunday gets in for half price. More details at www.phipps.conservatory.org.
Outreach Teen & Family Services, which provides counseling services, guidance and support to local families, is presenting its annual fundraiser, “Night at the Speakeasy” at Sienna Mercato on Tuesday, April 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. Special guest Steve Blass, a former major league baseball player and announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, will be on hand to regale guests with great stories. KDKA-TV’s Ken Rice will emcee the evening. A current Outreach client will perform slam poetry, and patrons can bid on silent and live auctions while enjoying signature cocktails and Sienna’s famous meatballs.
The Mt. Lebanon Senior Men’s Golf Club Membership is open to all men age 55 or older; residents of Mt. Lebanon as well as non-residents. Founded in 1964, the club plays Wednesday mornings April to October at the historic 9-hole Mt. Lebanon Golf Course. There are also monthly outings at various local courses. Dues are $25 per year. For information, call Phil Johnson at 412-561-8762 or visit www.mensgolfmtlebo.webs.com.
Mt. Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is hosting its 45th reunion on Saturday, September 24, at Rolands in the Strip District. Find information and specifics on their Facebook page, Mt Lebanon Class of 1971, or by emailing Mtlebanon71@gmail.com.
Auditions for this year’s Keynotes Music Scholarship Competition are Saturday, May 21, in the Mt. Lebanon High School Fine Arts Theater. The competition, which is limited to 20 contestants, is open to music students who are residents of Allegheny and Washington Counties. Instrumentalists must be under 26 years of age by June 1. Voice students must be under 30. Contestants must be full-time music majors currently enrolled in a music school or in the music department of a college or university. Graduating high school students are eligible if they have been accepted for admission and will enroll as full-time music majors in the fall. For applications and information, call 412-220-3080. Deadline for applications is April 15.
Baptist Homes in Mt. Lebanon will hold a Senior Driving Improvement Program, sponsored by Seniors for Safe Driving. The two-day seminar will take place on April 9 and April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attendees, aged 55 and over, will earn a five percent discount on auto insurance for three years. Cost is $16 per person. To register, call 800-559-4880 or go to www.sfsd-pa.com.
A celebration of Tartan Day, the Scottish version of St. Patrick’s Day, will take place from 10 to 5, Saturday, April 9, at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 2999 Bethel Church Road in Bethel Park. Run by the St. Andrew’s Society of Pittsburgh, the day includes food, dancing, workshops and more. No charge.
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