2014-01-03


Allegheny County Parks Activities & Events for January 7-20

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Parks Department announces its activities and events schedule for January 7-20. All events are free unless otherwise noted. For additional information, visit the County Parks website. Locate facilities and get directions on the County Parks Google Map page. Find affordable winter events and activities for the whole family on our Winter Fun website. Sign up for email updates and news about the County Parks or check out our Facebook Events Page.

The Parks Department is sponsoring a winter fun photo contest beginning Saturday, January 4, and continuing through the month. Prizes include ice skating and skiing passes. Take a photo of you, your family or friends enjoying winter activities in the County Parks, such as the Boyce Park ice maze, ski slopes and snow tubing area, North Park ice rink or South Park ice rink. Submit your photo on our Facebook page or via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ACWinterFunPhotoContest. Then check out all of the submissions and vote for your favorite.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014 

Tue., Jan. 7

Aromatherapy 

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

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

5:30-6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014 

Wed., Jan. 8

“New Year, New You” Seminar 

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

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

5:00-6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014 

Thu., Jan. 9

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., Jan. 9

Tai Chi Easy Class 

Free. Tai Chi Easy is a type of low-impact, weight-bearing & aerobic, yet relaxing, exercise. Tai Chi Easy focuses on enhancing physical & mental health through involved slow, gentle movements, deep breathing & meditation. 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

Thu., Jan. 9

Arts & Crafts Class 

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

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

5:00-6:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014 

Fri., Jan. 10

Zumba Class 

Free. Featuring Latin rhythms and easy-to-flow dance moves, Zumba® is a dance-exercise program that keeps everyone motivated by creating a party-like atmosphere. Come join the fun! All fitness levels welcome. No equipment required. 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., Jan. 10

Yoga Class 

Free. Designed for students who are new to Yoga or need a refresher, as well as those who have been practicing but are not quite at the professional stage yet. The class will focus on refining basic postures and breath work while building strength, flexibility and awareness. You will learn proper alignment in the basic foundation of postures. 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.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2014 

Sat., Jan. 11

Tracks in the Snow Snowshoe Hike 

Free. Pre-registration required by calling 724-935-2170. Discovering, following and interpreting the tracks and travels of wildlife. Bring the entire family and your own snowshoes for this fun walk.. 

North Park Latodami Nature Center 

12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 11

Venture Outdoors Winter Brew Tasting Hike 

$36 for non-members. $27 for Venture Outdoors members. Minimum age 21. Hike 2 to 3 miles of scenic trails and hilly terrain while learning about the natural history of Boyce Park. The hike will be followed by a seasonal sampling of handpicked beers from nearby Rivertowne Pour House along with appetizers. Get more information & register online 

Boyce Park Carpenter Log House 

1:00-4:00 p.m.

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2014 

Mon., Jan. 13

One-Stroke Painting Class 

Free. A decorative painting class that teaches how to shade and highlight at the same time. No experience or supplies needed. Call 412-675-8556 or email Angora Gardens to register or for more information.  

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014 

Tue., Jan. 14

Preschool Children's Hour 

Free. Pre-registration required by calling 724-935-2170. Introduce young children to the outdoors. This class is very hands-on, and most of the time is spent outside. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will actively assist in the teaching and learning process. Dress well for outdoor explorations. 

North Park Latodami Nature Center 

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Tue., Jan. 14

Arts & Crafts Class 

Free. 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

Tue., Jan. 14

Preschool Children's Hour 

Free. Pre-registration required by calling 724-935-2170. Introduce young children to the outdoors. This class is very hands-on, and most of the time is spent outside. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will actively assist in the teaching and learning process. Dress well for outdoor explorations. 

North Park Latodami Nature Center 

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 14

Aromatherapy 

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

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

5:30-6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014 

Wed., Jan. 15

Mommy & Me Fitness Class 

Free. This class incorporates numerous fun, body conditioning exercises that will captivate your child's attention while you get a great workout. Activities include: pushups; sit-ups; planks that involve leaning in to kiss and sign to your little one; as well as squats and lunges while holding and lifting your little one. Call 412-675-8556 or email Angora Gardens to register or for more information. 

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

11:00-11:45 a.m.

Wed., Jan. 15

One-Stroke Painting Class 

Free. A decorative painting class that teaches how to shade and highlight at the same time. No experience or supplies needed. Call 412-675-8556 or email Angora Gardens to register or for more information.  

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 15

L.L. Bean Full "Wolf Moon" Hike and/or Snowshoe Walk 

Free. Open to ages 8 & older. Ages 8-14 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Ages 15-17 may participate alone after parent or guardian has signed appropriate release form. We will hike, snowshoe (conditions permitting) or both through the North Park Golf Course under the full wolf moon. Half way through, we will pause for hot chocolate. 

An announcement will be made by 3:00 p.m. on the day of outing indicating whether we will be hiking, snowshoeing or both. Snowshoes and supporting equipment are not provided by L.L. Bean for this outing. Hike distance will be approximately 4 miles. Snowshoe distance could be 2-3 miles. Get more information & register online. 

North Park Golf Course 

6:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2014 

Thu., Jan. 16

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., Jan. 16

Tai Chi Easy Class 

Free. Tai Chi Easy is a type of low-impact, weight-bearing & aerobic, yet relaxing, exercise. Tai Chi Easy focuses on enhancing physical & mental health through involved slow, gentle movements, deep breathing & meditation. Call 412-675-8556 or email Angora Gardens to register or for more information. 

White Oak Park Angora Gardens 

5:00-6:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014 

Fri., Jan. 17

Zumba Class 

Free. Featuring Latin rhythms and easy-to-flow dance moves, Zumba® is a dance-exercise program that keeps everyone motivated by creating a party-like atmosphere. Come join the fun! All fitness levels welcome. No equipment required. 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., Jan. 17

Yoga Class 

Free. Designed for students who are new to Yoga or need a refresher, as well as those who have been practicing but are not quite at the professional stage yet. The class will focus on refining basic postures and breath work while building strength, flexibility and awareness. You will learn proper alignment in the basic foundation of postures. 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., Jan. 17

Moonlight Cross-Country Skiing 

Free. Open to adults & youth. Look for deer and call for owls while gliding through beautiful moonlit woodlands. For more information, call the South Park Nature Center at 412-835-0143. 

South Park Golf Course 

7:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2014 

Sat., Jan. 18

Friends of Harrison Hills Meeting 

Open to the public. If planning to attend, call the Friends of Harrison Hills at 724-224-4102. 

Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center 

10:00 a.m.

Sat., Jan. 18

Venture Outdoors Day Trek: Lite – Hartwood Acres 

$10 for non-members. $6 for Venture Outdoors members. Spend an afternoon outdoors at Hartwood Acres exploring trails and preserved historical architecture, while getting some exercise. With experienced guides to lead the way, participants will learn about the rich history of the park as one of the largest and most spectacular country estates in the region. Slow pace and about 4 miles. The walk is dog friendly. Get more information & register online. 

Hartwood Acres Mansion 

1:00-4:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014 

Sun., Jan. 19

Venture Outdoors Soup of the Month Hike 

$18 for non-members. $12 for Venture Outdoors members. $8 for kids. An invigorating 3- to 4-mile hike that explores one of the beautiful regional parks. After the hike, we will gather and enjoy a hot bowl of tasty soup. Two homemade soups will be served – one vegetarian – as well as bread, hot chocolate and tea. Get more information & register online. 

Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center 

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY – MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014 

Mon., Jan. 20

Skiing & Snow Tubing Special Holiday Hours 

Get information on rates & rental equipment.  

Boyce Park Ski Slopes  

Ski & snowboard, 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Snow tube, 9:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 20

Ice Skating Special Holiday Hours 

Get information on rates & rental equipment.  

North Park Ice Rink & South Park Ice Rink 

12:00 noon-5:00 p.m.

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