April/May 2020 Events: Beverly Road Sweet Walk, National Eight-Track Tape Day, Garden & Landscape Talk, Outlaw Music, Night at the Speakeasy, Tartan Day, Egg Hunt, Sojourner House Teatime, Dogwood Days, Percussion Performances and Plant Auction.
EDITORS’ PICK: Beverly Road Sweet Walk EVENT POSTPONED
Saturday, April 4, 1 to 3 p.m.
For one day only, Beverly Road turns into Candyland. Restaurants, retailers and businesses bring their best confections and face off to see who wins first, second, and third places at the first-ever Beverly Road Sweet Walk. Check in at Paper Reign, on Overlook Drive, and get a rating card and also your first sweet thing of the day. Move through the street. Sample. Move on. Nosh. Move on. When you’re through, vote for your favorite, which also gets you into a raffle for swell prizes. Tickets are $10. Find them online at eventbrite.com, search for “Sweetest Street in Lebo.”
NATIONAL EIGHT-TRACK TAPE DAY
Saturday, April 11
If you are of a certain age, you probably have memories of cruising down the road, blasting out some tunes that went something like: “Smooooke on (gzzzz … grrrng … chuckchuckchuck … CLANK) the waa-aterr…”. Did you know the eight-track was created by Bill Lear, who also involved reps from multiple car companies and recording companies, thus proving once again the greatness that can come out of a huge unmanageable committee. By the early ’80s, eight-tracks were replaced by cassette tapes, which were replaced by CDs, which are being replaced by the vinyl records they also replaced … anyway.
GARDEN & LANDSCAPE TALK CANCELLED
Saturday, April 25
Penn State Extension and the Master Gardeners of Allegheny County will present a garden and landscape symposium from 8 to 4 at the Hampton Community Center in Allison Park. This year’s keynote speaker is Ken Druse, award-winning author and photographer who has been called the “guru of natural gardening” by the New York Times. Cost of the symposium is $120. Browse the Garden Marketplace, also in the Hampton Community Center, which features new and hard-to-find perennials, annuals and shrubs, and books, tools and accessories from more than 20 specialty vendors.
Wednesday, April 29
Music has an elemental power that can resonate deep in our souls—power that can terrify oppressors so much that they will try to snuff it out. At 7 p.m., Temple Emanuel of South Hills will host the Clarion Quartet, which will perform Entartete Musik, works that were termed “degenerate” by the Nazis and banned during the years leading up to the Holocaust through the immediate aftermath of World War II. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
NIGHT AT THE SPEAKEASY RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 10
Thursday, June 25
Outreach Teen & Family Services’ annual fundraiser, Night at the Speakeasy, is from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Hotel. Tickets are $125, or $150 for VIP, and can be purchased online. KDKA-TV’s Ken Rice will emcee the event. Mobile bidding on auction items starts May 1. Questions? Call 412-561-5405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 20
This long-lasting South Hills tradition will transport you to the Scottish Highlands, with bagpipers, fiddlers, dancers, food, raffles and Celtic workshops for the entire family. The event is free, and will be held at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Bethel Park from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
EGG HUNT CANCELLED
Saturday, April 4; Rain Date: April 5
The Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department’s annual egg hunt will start at 1 p.m. in Mt. Lebanon Park. Once the excitement from the hunt wears off, pack up the kids and take them over to the Beverly Road Sweet Walk (see the Editor’s Pick to the left), for a day of Lebo springtime family fun!
RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 16
Tea, crumpets, finger sandwiches, those cute little cakes! Go to the Omni William Penn at 1 P.M. for a social hour, followed by two hours of high tea, silent auction and raffles benefitting Sojourner House—a six-month rehabilitation program for addicted mothers and their children. Tickets start at $55 and should be purchased in advance.
Sundays, April 19 & 26, May 3 & 10
The real showoffs of springtime—dogwood trees—will be in full bloom at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Celebrate their beauty with four themed spring events, including pop-up discovery stations, talks with horticulturists, nature-inspired crafts and kids’ activities. Events are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and are included with Daily Admission to the garden.
Saturday, April 25
Thursday to Saturday, May 21 to 23
Mt. Lebanon Percussion’s popular “Evening of Percussion” showcase will run for four performances in May at the high school Fine Arts Theater. Tickets go on sale April 1 and usually sell out.
The group will also stage a recital night on April 25, which will showcase more solos, chamber group performances and other works that cannot fit into the May program. This free event starts at 7 p.m. in the high school Fine Arts Theater.
Friday, May 1
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate May! Eat, drink and place bids on unique trees, shrubs and perennials, and garden accessories at Phipps Conservatory’s Garden Center in Mellon Park. The silent auction begins at 6 p.m. with a live auction at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $40, and it includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.