Check out community events and notices for the month of February:

January 31

East Liberty

Lecture on Race

Willie James Jennings, a Grawemeyer Award in Religion winner, will give an informative talk on “Race, Violence, and Faith in our Time” at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave., beginning at 2 p.m. The lecture will be followed by small group workshops and dinner. Call 412-924-1345 to register and visit for more information. Worship and discussion will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ, 6300 E. Liberty Blvd.

February 1


Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

This workshop is designed for the beginner and the seasoned yogi alike. If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga, this workshop will help you gain a deeper understanding of the Ashtanga practice as you begin to explore classes at The Shala, 4319 Butler St. The workshop will include yoga instruction from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 1, as well as unlimited yoga classes from Feb. 1 to 21. Visit for details and pricing.

Super ‘Bowl’ Sunday

From 9 p.m. to midnight, there will be free bowling for those 21 and older at Arsenal Lanes, 212 44th St. Call 412-683-5992 for more information.

February 2


Prenatal Yoga

Looking for an ideal way to stay in shape during pregnancy? Discover prenatal yoga. This age-old practice will help keep you limber, tone your muscles, and improve balance and coordination during pregnancy. Our carefully chosen, experienced yoga instructors facilitate the “Zen Mama” class, which is specially designed for the expectant mom. The class takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Burstin Room at West Penn Hospital, 4800 Penn Ave. The cost is $50 for a four-week session, and written permission from your doctor is required. For more information, visit or call 412-578-7030. Repeats on Feb. 9, 16, and 23.

Strip District

Garfield Farm Benefit

Garfield Community Farm is participating in a “No Menu Monday” event at Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave. Each month, Bar Marco contributes all the proceeds of a special Monday night dinner to a local nonprofit. Garfield Farm is teaming up with Chef Chad Townsend and other local chefs for this fundraiser, which will feature amazing French-inspired dishes. Go out to dinner and know that you are supporting Garfield Farm, a ministry of The Open Door Presbyterian Church that exists to grow healthy food for its Garfield neighbors, especially those of lower income. Contact Bar Marco to make a reservation at 412-471-1900.

February 3


Kids Club: Tween Scene

Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville, 279 Fisk St., at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate Black History Month. Learn about the accomplishments, contributions, and history of African Americans by participating in a dance contest, music and beat-making, and cooking. Open to grades 3 to 5. Repeats on Feb. 10, 17, and 24.

Adult Game Night

Join your neighbors at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville, 279 Fisk St., every Tuesday at 6 p.m. for board games, card games, or even video games. Games played in the past include Quantum, Ticket to Ride, Quiddler, Seven Wonders, Mexican Train Dominoes, and backgammon. Ages 18 and up only. Repeats on Feb. 10, 17, and 24.

February 4


Art All Night Planning

It’s time to plan the 18th Art All Night: Lawrenceville. Everyone is welcome to come to the weekly planning committee meetings. The committee will meet for the first time on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Stephen Foster Community Center, 286 Main St., and will continue to meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Join the committee to help plan this free, uncensored, unjuried art event this April.

February 5

Stanton Heights

Open Board Meeting

Join the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association’s board members as they work with their consultant to make the organization a more effective advocate for the community. They will also refine a plan for gaining the resources needed from outside sources. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the former Methodist Church Sanctuary.

February 6


Go Red Fair

West Penn Hospital hosts its annual Go Red Fair to remind residents about the importance of maintaining good heart health. Try your hand at fun games, win prizes, see the demonstrations, learn about proper use of AEDs, and much more. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wintergarden Conference Center at West Penn Hospital, 4800 Friendship Ave. To RSVP, call 412-330-4469. Space is limited.

Ladies’ Night Out

Come to Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Ave., for mini-lessons in belly dancing, aerial silks, self-defense, and group chair dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. All ages are welcome, the charge is $15 at the door, and refreshments are provided. BYOB.


Unblurred Gallery Crawl

The first Friday of every month, from 6 to 11 p.m., venues in the Penn Avenue Arts District, 4800 to 5500 Penn Ave., open their doors to showcase the work of a variety of artists and performers.

Opening Reception

The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Ave. will host an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. for “The First Cut is the Deepest: The Woodcuts of John Carruthers” and Rachna Rajen’s “Aligning the Exterior.” Details are available at

Dollar Bank Recruitment

Jennifer Matcuk from Dollar Bank will visit the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center, 5321 Penn Ave., from 1 to 3 p.m. to discuss open positions and the Dollar Bank job application process. Clients are required to bring an up-to-date resume. Applicants ages 18 and up will be considered. No banking experience required. To register, call 412-362-8580.


Couples’ Dinner

The women’s ministry of New Bethel Baptist Church will host a couples’ dinner at 7:30 p.m. at 221 43rd St., as part of a “Celebration of Love” weekend. Call 412-231-3128 for more information.

February 8


Celebration of Love

The women’s ministry of New Bethel Baptist Church will host a “Celebration of Love” service at 3 p.m. at 221 43rd St. Hors-d’oeuvres will be served, and the theme will be “The Greatest Love of All.” Call 412-231-3128 for more information.

February 9


Teen Time

Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville, 279 Fisk St., at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate Black History Month. Learn about the accomplishments, contributions, and history of African Americans and make your own music using the beat machine.

Stanton Heights

Green Committee

Join the Green Committee to work on a Love Your Block application and make plans for a spring project in the community. Meeting time is 7 p.m., and the location will be posted on or

February 11


Games Learning Party

Come to Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. to meet game programmers and board game designers, learn new games, and pick up tips to design your own game. This free event is for youths ages 6 to 15, and for adults. All materials are provided. Assemble’s monthly Learning Parties provide opportunities to look, learn, and make in an informal educational environment.

February 13


Annual Cupid Ball

Come to Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Ave., for the third annual Cupid Ball and Sweetheart Swing Dance, featuring live music by Sweaty Betty. A 7 p.m. swing dance lesson will be followed by an open dance party until 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at, or $15 at the door. Refreshments are provided, and all ages are welcome.


Make-It-Now Valentines

Come to Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave. from 4 to 9 p.m. and make a glass flower ($35), craft your own fused love letter in glass ($25), or make a heart-shaped pendant ($25). Make-It-Now workshops are an opportunity to try glassmaking in 20 minutes or less. No experience or pre-registration is required. For details, call 412-365-2145 or visit

February 14


Argentine Tango

Come to Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Ave., from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. for Argentine tango milonga. Tickets are $10 at the door, and refreshments are provided. BYOB.


Masquerade Ball

Come to Los Sabrosos Dance Co., 4909 Penn Ave., from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. for salsa romantica, sensual bachata, smooth cha-cha, sexy kizomba, and more. Complimentary champagne, performances, and surprises. The cover is $10, and limited pre-sale tickets are available for $8. BYOB. Tickets are available at For more information, call 412-465-0290, or visit the studio at 4909 Penn Ave.


Pancake Breakfast

The Lawrenceville Rotary will hold its 12th annual pancake breakfast at St. Mary’s Lower Lyceum, 333 45th St. Tickets, available at the door, are $7 for adults and $3 for kids 10 and under. Pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, and real maple syrup will be served from 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds fund local nonprofit organizations and Rotary International projects.

February 15


Sun Salutation Workshop

Ashtanga and Vinyasa are two dynamic and cardiovascular styles of asana practice built around the Surya Namasakaras, or “Sun Salutations.” The Shala, 4319 Butler St., will host a workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. in which participants will learn each pose in detail and put poses together by linking movements and breath. This workshop is appropriate for all levels and costs $25 with advance registration. Visit for details.

February 18


Soul Food Cook-Off

At 6:30 p.m., bring your favorite soul-food dish to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville, 279 Fisk St., and see how it stands up to the competition. Prizes to be determined.

February 21


Country Line Dance

Come to Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Ave., for a country line dance party. A 7 p.m. line dance lesson will be followed by open dancing until 11 p.m. BYOB and bring your own food. Tickets are $10 at the door.

February 22


Black History Service

Come to Morningside Church of God in Christ, 5173 Dearborn St., at 3:30 p.m. for “Keep the Dream Alive,” a Black History Month service. Call 412-361-9865 for more information.

February 24


Neuro Spine Talk

West Penn Hospital is hosting a free talk, featuring Ashvin Ragoowansi, MD, a neurosurgeon at Allegheny Health Network. In addition to highlighting the latest medical and pain management options for cervical and lumbar pain, he will answer your questions during an extended patient discussion. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at West Penn Hospital – Wintergarden, 4800 Friendship Ave. To RSVP, call 412-330-4469.

February 25


Little Learners

Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville, 279 Fisk St., at 6 p.m. for family playtime. Designed especially for little ones, this event allows infants and toddlers to get to know the world around them through play, exploration, and family bonding. Using a wide array of age-appropriate toys, Little Learners will experience something exciting with their caregivers at their sides. Recommended for newborns to three-year-olds and their families.

February 26


Family Playshop

Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville, 279 Fisk St., at 10:30 a.m. to laugh, play, discover, and explore. Parents and guardians will dive into quality playtime with their children. Over the course of this five-week series, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their adults will spend time together, make friends, use toys to learn about their world, and talk one-on-one with child development specialists.



Lung Cancer Screenings

West Penn Hospital is offering a free screening program to patients at risk of lung cancer, in hopes of catching the disease at its earliest and most curable stages. Call 1-844-AHN-LUNG to schedule an appointment.


Afterschool Programs

Assemble hosts “maker nights” for middle school girls on Mondays, and afterschool programs for children in grades 4 through 8 Tuesday through Thursday. All programs, offered from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at 5125 Penn Ave., are free and include homework help and hands-on making.

Adult Programs

Assemble now offers programs for grownups. S&B Community Sewing Circle now meets on a new day – the third Monday of each month – from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring a project and maybe a dish or drink to share. Instruction is available for beginners. “Complimenting Pittsburgh,” a painting class with local artist Ryan Ian McCormick, will take place on the second Saturday of each month in 2015, from 5 to 9 p.m. He’ll teach you his “complementary colors technique.” $30 includes a canvas to take home. BYOB. All programs take place at Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave.

Youth Maker Night

Assemble’s free program for teens and tweens, ages 11 to 16, takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second Friday of every month. Kids can come to Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave., to get their hands dirty creating in a community setting. February’s theme is food.

Kids’ Dance Classes

Kids love to move and connect with each other through dancing. Los Sabrosos Dance Company classes for kids allow students to build a strong dance foundation while having fun. Students ages 4 and up are welcome, and pre-registration is required. Salsa takes place on Saturdays from 4 to 4:55 p.m., hip-hop takes place on Wednesdays from 6 to 6:55 p.m., and belly dance takes place on Thursdays from 5 to 5:55 p.m. To sign up, call 412-465-0290 or visit the studio at 4909 Penn Ave.

Belly Dance Basics

This fun, active class takes place Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Los Sabrosos Dance Company, 4909 Penn Ave. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring water and a smile. In this class, you will learn basic dance steps and movements inspired by the Middle East and Romani Trail.

Tour de Penn

The “Tour de Penn” campaign, sponsored by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, runs through Feb. 14. To participate, pick up a passport and visit businesses within the Penn Avenue construction zone, then enter weekly drawings. Participating businesses will have a blue-and-orange Tour de Penn map in the window. For more information, visit

Night Market Vendors

This year’s Garfield Night Market was a success, and the planning process has already begun for next season. If you are a vendor, or are interested in becoming a vendor, send an email to Also, stay tuned to for updates.

Insurance Enrollment

Every Saturday through Feb. 15, noon to 4 p.m., individuals can meet with a trained health insurance enrollment specialist, called a Certified Application Counselor, who can guide applicants through the process of enrolling in affordable health coverage at 5321 Penn Ave. Call 412-205-1298 to schedule an appointment.


Volunteers Needed

The Estelle S. Campbell Boys & Girls Club is looking for adult volunteers for arts and crafts, computers, sports, and/or fitness. Volunteers must have current child abuse and criminal clearances. For details, call 412-682-4013.

Afterschool Programs

The Estelle S. Campbell Boys & Girls Club is accepting applications for membership in afterschool and evening programs. Children ages 5 to 18 are welcome. The monthly fee for individuals is $12, or $10 per child for a family of two or more children. Call 412-682-4013 for more information. Don’t miss out on the fun.


CLASS Kids Referrals

CLASS Kids offers a variety of programs to help children with disabilities have full participation in recreational and vocational opportunities in Pittsburgh. The Vocational Ventures program works with students ages 14 to 19 to develop career awareness, participate in networking opportunities, and create a resume. Participants are compensated for their time. The Family Partnership program works with students ages 5 to 13 to identify recreational interests. CLASS then assists the child in being incorporated into the activity. Stipends are available based on need. Both programs are offered at no cost. Call 412-683-7100 ext. 2245 or visit for more information.

YouthBuild Americorps

Garfield Jubilee Association is looking for 75 young adults, ages 18 to 24, who want to give back to the community through service. YouthBuild Americorps offers GED classes and construction training, a college education award, job placement, and much more. Contact Linda L. Giles, case manager, at 412-655-5222 or to learn more about the next information session. First priority given to veterans.