2013-09-16


Allegheny County Parks Activities, Events & Concerts for Sept. 17-23

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Parks Department today announced its activities, events and concerts schedule for September 17-23. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. All concert acts and times are subject to change. For additional information, call 412-350-2455 or visit www.alleghenycounty.us/parks.

To receive weekly email updates and other Parks Department news and information, sign up online at www.alleghenycounty.us/newsroom/RequestNews.aspx. Events, activities and programs are also posted on Allegheny County’s Facebook events page at www.facebook.com/AlleghenyCounty/events. Download a copy of the Allegheny County Parks 2013 Fun Guide at www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/FunGuide.pdf.

The locations of major facilities and buildings in the County Parks are available on Google Maps at http://goo.gl/maps/KNc3i.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 

Tue., Sept. 17 

Relaxology Class 

Free. Call 412-675-8556 or email Angora Gardens to register or for more information. 

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. 

Tue., Sept. 17 

Weight Loss: Latest Health Care Trends and Research 

Free. Call 412-675-8556 or email Angora Gardens to register or for more information. 

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 

Tue., Sept. 17 

South Park Table Tennis – Competitive Play 

Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level. South Park Table Tennis membership is $40 per year. New members are welcome to visit three times for free. 

South Park Home Economics Building 

7:30 p.m. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 

Wed., Sept. 18 

Horses with Hope Program 

One-time application fee of $15. Each 45-minute session is $40. Pre-registration is required by calling Joanne Murdy at 412-607-8075 or Anne Davis at 615-513-4106. Several medical forms & releases are also required.  

Horses with Hope is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides therapeutic riding and other equine-related activities to enhance the physical, mental, social & emotional needs of children & adults. Each session is taught by a PATH International certified instructor & trained volunteers who lead the horse and use side-walkers on each side of the rider. Each rider is instructed on horsemanship, grooming, tacking & mounted riding. The skills are determined by the rider’s capabilities & the instructor, while focusing on as much independence as possible. We are committed to providing safe, quality programs for children & adults. Get more information on our website or by calling Joanne Murdy at 412-607-8075 or Anne Davis at 615-513-4106. 

South Park Horse Show Ring 

9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. 

Wed., Sept. 18 

Mommy and Me Fitness Class 

Free. Call 412-675-8556 or email Angora Gardens to register or for more information. 

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 

Wed., Sept. 18 

Courtyard Concert Series with Cello Fury 

Free. Cello Fury was voted 2012’s "Best (and Coolest) Local String Players" by Pittsburgh Magazine. This group of accomplished musicians has collaborated with local and national artists including B. E. Taylor, Scott Blasey, Tift Merritt, Joy Ike and Boca Chica, and has appeared on soundtracks for several independent films. 

Allegheny County Courthouse Courtyard 

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. 

Wed., Sept. 18 

One Stroke Painting Class 

Free. Call 412-675-8556 or email Angora Gardens to register or for more information. 

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. 

Wed., Sept. 18 

Boy Scout Flag Retirement Ceremony 

Free. Join local Boy Scouts for a patriotic reflection and the proper retirement of our nation’s flag. 

South Park, “By the Dawns Early Light” Flag Retirement Plaza 

6:30 p.m. 

Wed., Sept. 18 

Friends of South Park Meeting 

The Friends of South Park is a citizen’s advocacy group focused on park enhancement. Their mission is to preserve the rich heritage and resources of the park by identifying areas of the park that need to be improved, and then acquiring resources to accomplish the improvements. They meet on the third Wednesday of the month. 

South Park Buffalo Inn 

7:30 p.m. 

Wed., Sept. 18 

BMX Race 

$9 per rider. $4 for same rider 2nd bike. $5 strider. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. Race begins at 7:30 p.m. 

South Park BMX Track 

7:30 p.m. 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 

Thu., Sept. 19 

Adult Nature Walk 

Free. Originally started as a program for stroke & heart patients, this nature group has expanded to any interested adult. The informal group meets rain or shine every Thursday of the year. Local naturalists guide these enlightening, leisurely paced walks. New nature adventures & discoveries every week. Dress well for outdoor walking. 

Meet at North Park Ice Rink Parking Lot 

10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon 

Thu., Sept. 19 

Tai-Chi Class 

Call 412-675-8556 or email Angora Gardens to register or for more information.  

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon 

Thu., Sept. 19 

Horses with Hope Program 

One-time application fee of $15. Each 45-minute session is $40. Pre-registration is required by calling Joanne Murdy at 412-607-8075 or Anne Davis at 615-513-4106. Several medical forms & releases are also required.  

Horses with Hope is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides therapeutic riding and other equine-related activities to enhance the physical, mental, social & emotional needs of children & adults. Each session is taught by a PATH International certified instructor & trained volunteers who lead the horse and use side-walkers on each side of the rider. Each rider is instructed on horsemanship, grooming, tacking & mounted riding. The skills are determined by the rider’s capabilities & the instructor, while focusing on as much independence as possible. We are committed to providing safe, quality programs for children & adults. Get more information on our website or by calling Joanne Murdy at 412-607-8075 or Anne Davis at 615-513-4106. 

South Park Horse Show Ring 

4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 

Thu., Sept. 19 

L.L. Bean Pittsburgh Outing Club Full Moon Kayak Tour 

$49 per person. Easy difficulty level. Ages 10 & older may participate (ages 10-14 must be accompanied by a participating adult). Discover the night life. Cruise along calm waters under the glow of the summer full moon when all your senses are magnified, and the serenity of a secluded lake is truly spectacular. On this leisurely moonlit excursion, you'll get an unparalleled chance to experience nature up close. After a short paddling demonstration, your experienced guides will lead you on an interpretive tour, sharing interesting facts about the area's history and surrounding wildlife. No prior kayaking experience is needed. Pre-register online. 

North Park Boat Launch Ramp 

6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 

Thu., Sept. 19 

South Park Table Tennis – Informal Practice 

Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level. South Park Table Tennis membership is $40 per year. New members are welcome to visit three times for free. 

South Park Home Economics Building 

7:30 p.m. 

Thu., Sept. 19 

South Park Theatre presents “Bingo! A Winning Musical” 

$15 admission. A riotous musical about a group of die-hard bingo players who never miss their weekly game. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competition, love blossoms and long-lost friends reunite. Complete with real Bingo games, prizes, and audience participation! For information & reservations, call 412-831-8552. 

South Park Theatre 

8:00 p.m. 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 

Fri., Sept. 20 

Zumba Class 

Call 412-675-8556 or email Angora Gardens to register or for more information.  

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon 

Fri., Sept. 20 

Yoga Class 

Call 412-675-8556 or email Angora Gardens to register or for more information.  

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. 

Fri., Sept. 20 

Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House 

General admission $18. Hundred Acres Manor is a non-profit organization with all proceeds benefitting two local charities: Animal Friends and the Homeless Children’s Education Fund.  

South Park Hundred Acres Manor 

Dusk (approx. 7:00 p.m.)-11:30 p.m. 

Fri., Sept. 20 

Movie in the Park: Oz the Great & Powerful 

Free. Disney's fantastical adventure from the director of the Spider-Man trilogy follows Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity – and even some wizardry – Oscar transforms himself into the great Wizard and a better man as well. 

Harrison Hills Soccer Fields 

Sunset 

Fri., Sept. 20 

South Park Theatre presents “Bingo! A Winning Musical” 

$15 admission. A riotous musical about a group of die-hard bingo players who never miss their weekly game. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competition, love blossoms and long-lost friends reunite. Complete with real Bingo games, prizes, and audience participation! For information & reservations, call 412-831-8552. 

South Park Theatre 

8:00 p.m. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 

Sat., Sept. 21 

South Park Township Community Day 

Free. Various activities planned throughout the day. 

South Park Fairgrounds 

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Sat., Sept. 21 

Run For Their Lives 5K and 5th Annual Hemophilia Walk 

$25.Join the National Hemophilia Foundation and the Western PA Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation in running a 5K. Your participation will help raise awareness of bleeding disorders and help raise needed funds for research, education and advocacy. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. 

North Park Harmar Shelter 

8:30 a.m. 

Sat., Sept. 21 

Serving Other Souls Miles of Smiles 5K & 1 Mile Walk 

$25/$30 on day of the event. Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit Bruce Linhart, who suffers from Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, and the family of Sarah Pinal, who passed away as a result of bilateral pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9:00 a.m. 

Boyce Park Ski Lodge 

9:00 a.m. 

Sat., Sept. 21 

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: Pineapple Classic 5K 

$55 Individual (Ages 12 and up)/$10 Children's Obstacle Course (Ages 2 -11). 5K event with fun and challenging obstacles. Participants must complete a liability release prior to racing. Parents/guardians are required to sign a liability release prior to children racing in the obstacle course.  After the race, participants are invited to a luau with Hawaiian food, drinks and steel drums. Competitions for speed, best Hawaiian costume, and the most funds raised to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be held. Registered participants will receive a wrist band and will be permitted to run the course as many times as desired. Wrist bands will allow children to eat at the luau. Participants will run on a first come, first serve basis.  

Hartwood Acres, Middle Road Entrance 

9:00 a.m. 

Sat., Sept. 21 

Household Chemical Collection 

$2 per gallon (cash only). Safely dispose of common household chemicals such as automotive fluids, household cleaners, pesticides, and paints. 

South Park Wave Pool Parking Lot 

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

Sat., Sept. 21 

Horses with Hope Program 

One-time application fee of $15. Each 45-minute session is $40. Pre-registration is required by calling Joanne Murdy at 412-607-8075 or Anne Davis at 615-513-4106. Several medical forms & releases are also required.  

Horses with Hope is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides therapeutic riding and other equine-related activities to enhance the physical, mental, social & emotional needs of children & adults. Each session is taught by a PATH International certified instructor & trained volunteers who lead the horse and use side-walkers on each side of the rider. Each rider is instructed on horsemanship, grooming, tacking & mounted riding. The skills are determined by the rider’s capabilities & the instructor, while focusing on as much independence as possible. We are committed to providing safe, quality programs for children & adults. Get more information on our website or by calling Joanne Murdy at 412-607-8075 or Anne Davis at 615-513-4106. 

South Park Horse Show Ring 

9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 

Sat., Sept. 21 

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Walk 

$25 Adults/ $15 Student/ $10 Children under 12. Proceeds support critical programs and services that work to eliminate eating disorders and improve prevention, treatment, and research. Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening illnesses that afflict more than 30 million Americans, but they are also treatable. Gift cards and raffle items available at the walk: 1 ticket/$1, 3 tickets/$2, 10 tickets/$5.00. 

Settlers Cabin Tomahawk Shelter 

10:00 a.m. 

Sat., Sept. 21 

Leave No Trace Girl Scout Program 

Free. Pre-registration required. Please call 724-224-4102 or email for more information or to register. 

Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center 

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Sat., Sept. 21 

Environmental Learning Center Tours 

Free. 

Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center 

10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon 

Sat., Sept. 21 

L.L. Bean Pittsburgh Outing Club Kayak Discovery Course 

$20. Expert instructors teach you basic paddling techniques and safety skills. All equipment provided. Minimum age is 8. Ages 14 & under must be with a participating adult. Pre-register online. 

North Park Boat Launch Ramp 

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 

Sat., Sept. 21 

Venture Outdoors: Peach Pie Hike 

$16 non-member/ $12 member/ $8 kids. Take a 3-4 mile easy hike around Settlers Cabin Park and afterward enjoy homemade peach pies.  

Settlers Cabin Park Office 

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Sat., Sept. 21 

Cultivating Lilies 

Free/donations welcome. Learn how to select, when and how to plant, and how to care for these showy, often fragrant, and very colorful perennials with expert Joe Nemmer. Q&A and a few lily door prizes will follow. To register please email call 724-224-4102. 

Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center 

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Sat., Sept. 21 

Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House 

General admission $18. Hundred Acres Manor is a non-profit organization with all proceeds benefitting two local charities: Animal Friends and the Homeless Children’s Education Fund.  

South Park Hundred Acres Manor 

Dusk (approx. 7:00 p.m.)-11:30 p.m. 

Sat., Sept. 21 

Wagman Observatory Star Party 

Free. Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP) members give a guided tour of the sky – an introduction to the constellations and brighter stars. Wagman Observatory’s two large, permanent telescopes will be open and staffed. There are also displays inside the observatory. Visitors are also welcome to use portable telescopes set up by AAAP members. Attendees may bring their own telescopes, and AAAP members will assist with set up and operation if needed. Many visitors bring binoculars or just use their eyes. People with disabilities are encouraged to attend. Portable telescopes are easily positioned for viewing by anyone. A parking pad gives wheelchair vans easy access to the observatory. There is no running water, so comfort facilities consist of a portable toilet. No food or drinks are served, so visitors are encouraged to bring their own snacks & non-alcoholic beverages. Lawn chairs are also recommended. 

Deer Lakes Park Wagman Observatory 

Sunset 

Sat., Sept. 21 

South Park Theatre presents “Bingo! A Winning Musical” 

$15 admission. A riotous musical about a group of die-hard bingo players who never miss their weekly game. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competition, love blossoms and long-lost friends reunite. Complete with real Bingo games, prizes, and audience participation! For information & reservations, call 412-831-8552. 

South Park Theatre 

8:00 p.m. 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 

Sun., Sept. 22 

North Hills Sports Car Club Autocross Event 

Member $20/ Non-member $25. Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tech inspection closes at 10:00 a.m. Timed runs follow the mandatory drivers meeting.  

North Park Swimming Pool Parking Lot 

8:30 a.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

8th Annual Elorapalooza Memorial 5K/1 Mile Run, Walk, or Lollygag 

$17 (age 14 and up)/ $12 (kids 6-13)/ Free for kids under 6. In April 2006, Elora, a 7th grader in the North Allegheny school district, lost her life after a courageous battle with Leukemia. Proceeds from this memorial run benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Elora’s HOPE Foundation. 

North Park Boathouse 

9:00 a.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

Pittsburgh Walk for Children With Apraxia of Speech 

$20 for adults/ $10 ages 17 and under. Walk a 1.5 mile loop through the park. Appropriate for children, adults, and families. In addition to the walk, there will be children’s activities, special appearances, live music entertainment, raffle items, and food and beverages. All proceeds will benefit apraxia research and programs. 

North Park Harmar Shelter 

9:00 a.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

L.L. Bean Pittsburgh Outing Club Kayak Discovery Course 

$20. Expert instructors teach you basic paddling techniques and safety skills. All equipment provided. Minimum age is 8. Ages 14 & under must be with a participating adult. Pre-register online. 

North Park Boat Launch Ramp 

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

North Allegheny Horsemen's Association: 2013 Fun/ Game Show 

Grounds Fees: $5 per rider/horse (non-member)/$3 per rider/horse (member). Entry Fees: $4/class. Jackpot Fees: $10/class. Event will take place rain or shine. 

North Park Horse Show Ring 

10:00 a.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

National Orienteering Day Event 

Free for new participants/ $6 map fee for returning participants. Must sign a waiver of responsibility and be able to walk through the woods. Orienteering is a sport in which orienteers use an accurate, detailed map and a compass to find points in the landscape. It can be enjoyed as a walk in the woods or as a competitive sport. For any questions, email or call 814 255-6606. 

Boyce Park Patrol 1 Shelter 

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

Environmental Learning Center Tours 

Free. 

Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center 

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

Carpenter Log House Tours 

Donations accepted for maintenance of house & programs. 

Boyce Park Carpenter Log House 

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

Seldom Seen Places Tour 

$6. Reservations required by calling 412-767-9200. Explore Hartwood Acres’ mansion’s attic, basement and other places.  

Hartwood Acres Mansion 

1:00 p.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

Oliver Miller Homestead Tours 

$1 admission. Tours are self-guided. The Miller Homestead Associates dress in period attire, give information about the family and the area history, demonstrate crafts, and answer questions. Last admittance is at 4:00 p.m. 

South Park Oliver Miller Homestead 

1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

What’s the Buzz About Bees 

Suggested donation of $3. Pre-registration required. Bill Kopar will speak about a variety of honeybee related topics including: where honey comes from, the importance of honeybees, why honeybees are considered the perfect pollinator, amazing facts about bees and the many products we receive from honey bees. An observation hive will be on display (weather permitting) to get a close look at one of the most amazing insects on earth. Call 724-224-4102 or email for reservations. 

Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center 

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

Venture Outdoors: Autumn Equinox Hike & Picnic 

$30 non-member/ $22 member/ $18 kids. Easy difficulty. Wind along wooded trails for 3-4 miles and finish with a light picnic dinner while enjoying the first autumn evening of the year.  

Hartwood Acres, Middle Road Entrance 

2:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

South Park Theatre presents “Bingo! A Winning Musical” 

$15 admission. A riotous musical about a group of die-hard bingo players who never miss their weekly game. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competition, love blossoms and long-lost friends reunite. Complete with real Bingo games, prizes, and audience participation! For information & reservations, call 412-831-8552. 

South Park Theatre 

2:00 p.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

Seldom Seen Places Tour 

$6. Reservations required by calling 412-767-9200. Explore Hartwood Acres’ mansion’s attic, basement and other places.  

Hartwood Acres Mansion 

2:30 p.m. 

Sun., Sept. 22 

Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House 

General admission $18. Hundred Acres Manor is a non-profit organization with all proceeds benefitting two local charities: Animal Friends and the Homeless Children’s Education Fund.  

South Park Hundred Acres Manor 

Dusk (approx. 7:00 p.m.)-10:00 p.m. 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 

Mon., Sept. 23 

Horses with Hope Program 

One-time application fee of $15. Each 45-minute session is $40. Pre-registration is required by calling Joanne Murdy at 412-607-8075 or Anne Davis at 615-513-4106. Several medical forms & releases are also required.  

Horses with Hope is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides therapeutic riding and other equine-related activities to enhance the physical, mental, social & emotional needs of children & adults. Each session is taught by a PATH International certified instructor & trained volunteers who lead the horse and use side-walkers on each side of the rider. Each rider is instructed on horsemanship, grooming, tacking & mounted riding. The skills are determined by the rider’s capabilities & the instructor, while focusing on as much independence as possible. We are committed to providing safe, quality programs for children & adults. Get more information on our website or by calling Joanne Murdy at 412-607-8075 or Anne Davis at 615-513-4106. 

South Park Horse Show Ring 

9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. 

Mon., Sept. 23 

Finance Class 

Call 412-675-8556 or email Angora Gardens to register or for more information.  

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 

Mon., Sept. 23 

BMX Practice 

$5 per rider. 

South Park BMX Track 

6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.