Check out community events and notices for the month of January:
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.
Big Holiday Sale
From 5 to 8 p.m., shop the big holiday sale at Robin’s Nest, 5504 Penn Ave. Pick up a piece of art for your home, gifts for upcoming events, and essentials for yourself. Robin’s Nest has locally crafted home decor, wall art, handbags, jewelry, bath and body products, accessories, and more. The sale continues through Friday, Jan. 16. Call 412-362-2600 for more information, or visit http://fb.com/RobinsNestPittsburgh.
Expecting and looking for an ideal way to stay in shape during pregnancy? Discover prenatal yoga to help keep you limber, tone your muscles, and improve balance and coordination during pregnancy. Our experienced yoga instructors facilitate the class, which is specially designed for the expectant mom. West Penn Hospital, Burstin Room, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $50 for a four-week session. Written permission from your doctor is required. For more information, visit ahn.org/westpenn or call 412-578-7030. Repeats on Jan. 12, 19, and 26.
Play Xbox? We do it at Teen Time. Make movies? We do it at Teen Time. Play music? We do it at Teen Time. Just hang out? We do it at Teen Time. Come to Teen Time at 4:30 p.m. every Monday at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville, 279 Fisk St. Call 412-682-3668 with any questions. Repeats on Jan. 12, 19, and 26.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a credit counselor from NeighborWorks will lead one-on-one workshops to help you improve your money management skills and credit score at 5321 Penn Ave. To schedule an appointment, call 412-206-9849. Appointments are also available on Jan. 20.
Adult Game Night
Join your neighbors at the Lawrenceville branch of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 279 Fisk St., every Tuesday at 6 p.m. for board games, card games, or even video games. Games played in the past include Ticket to Ride, Quiddler, Seven Wonders, Mexican train dominos, and backgammon. Ages 18 and up. Call 412-682-3668 with any questions. Repeats on Jan. 13, 20, and 27.
Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty, 130 S. Whitfield St., at 11 a.m. for a “Pete the Cat” storytime special. Open to families with children ages 3 to 5. Call 412-363-8274 to register.
CLP Friends Meeting
Do you love the library? Come to 279 Fisk St. at 10:30 a.m. to plan fundraisers and other ways to help the library. Must be a member of the Friends of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville to attend. Contact Kim Grosel at 724-454-5379 with questions, or stop by the library to join.
Kids’ Dance Party
Beat the winter blues at Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Ave., from 3 to 4:15 p.m. All boys and girls ages 4 and up are invited to dance, play limbo and musical chairs, and make snowflakes. Refreshments are provided, and tickets are $5 per child. Wear your favorite blue shirt or dress.
Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty, 130 S. Whitfield St., at 4 p.m. for the “Rock’n Readers” book club. Open to children in grades 3 to 5. Call 412-363-8274 to register.
Historical Society Lecture
As part of its public lecture series, the Lawrenceville Historical Society will host a program on Homewood Cemetery. Guest speaker will be Jennie Benford, who will address the history and notable persons buried in Pittsburgh’s second-largest cemetery. This free event is open to the public and will take place at Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk St., at 7 p.m. No reservations required.
Infant CPR and Safety
Designed for parents and caregivers to develop skills in infant and child CPR, this “Baby 911” class also focuses on valuable safety concerns, “baby-proofing” your home, SIDS, and car safety. West Penn Hospital, Burstin Room, $40 per person or $75 per couple, 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit ahn.org/westpenn or call 412-578-7030.
Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty, 130 S. Whitfield St., at 11 a.m. for a winter carnival. Open to families with children of all ages. Call 412-363-8274 to register.
MLK Day of Service
The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of PittServes is looking for service project opportunities for Pitt student volunteers to conduct on Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact Rachel Zadnik at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-624-0240 for more information if your organization would like to host a project.
The regular monthly meeting of the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association will feature Ron Porter, who is working as a consultant to help the association develop neighborhood goals and work toward a community plan. Meet at the Sunnyside Auditorium, 4801 Stanton Ave., at 6:30 p.m. See www.stantonheights.org for more information.
Join NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania from 1 to 3 p.m. for a money management workshop that will help you gain control of your finances at the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, 5321 Penn Ave. All are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about budgeting, saving, banking, and credit. To register, call 412-206-9849.
Small Business Fair
From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., a small business resource fair will be held at the Bloomfield-Garfield Community Activity Center, 113 N. Pacific Ave. This event is sponsored by PNC Bank and is open to the public. If you have a small business or are interested in starting one, this event can provide you with information and resources to help. Refreshments will be provided.
I’m a Big Brother/Sister
For families with an older child, bringing home a new baby can be a time filled with joy and adjustment. This 90-minute class is designed to address common emotions siblings may experience. With a focus on safety, siblings-to-be are provided “hands-on” opportunities (with dolls) to hold and rock a baby, and even change a diaper. A hospital tour is included. West Penn Hospital, Burstin Room, $25 per family, 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit ahn.org/westpenn or call 412-578-7030.
Green Committee Kickoff
The inaugural event of the Stanton Heights Green Committee will be a winter walking tour of the neighborhood showing areas of progress and areas to focus on in the coming year. Meet at 11 a.m. by the former Methodist church sign at Stanton Court West and Stanton Avenue. The free tour will conclude with a bonfire and light refreshments. Email email@example.com for more information.
Explore the world of Elsa and Anna. Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville, 279 Fisk St., for a winter snow party with snowmen, snowflakes, and snow cones. Costumes encouraged. This program is for children and their families, and will start at 6:30 p.m. Call 412-682-3668 with any questions.
STEM Super Science
Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty, 130 S. Whitfield St., at 4 p.m. for a program exploring sea life with Jacques Cousteau. Open to families with children ages 5 to 8. Call 412-363-8274 to register.
Financial Aid Night
State Rep. Dom Costa will host a financial aid night for students and parents to gain a better understanding of how to finance higher education. A financial aid expert from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency will be on hand to answer questions. This event will be in the West Penn Hospital Conference Room, 4800 Friendship Ave., at 6:30 p.m.
Night at the Races
An evening of horse races to benefit Lawrenceville’s Independence Day Celebration, Night at the Races, will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Teamster’s Temple, 4701 Butler St. The event is hosted by the Lawrenceville Fireworks Committee, and beer and a buffet are provided. It will feature 10 regular races and an auction race. Horses and jockeys are available for $10. The event sold out last year, so get your $20 tickets in advance from Lawrenceville United, 412-802-7220.
Ballroom Dance Party
Come to the Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Ave., for a dance lesson at 8 p.m. and open ballroom and Latin dance party until 10:30 p.m. Refreshments included, BYOB, $10 per person.
Art All Night Planning
Everyone is welcome to attend the Art All Night planning committee meeting at 7 p.m. at the Stephen Foster Community Center, 286 Main St. This is your chance to help plan this free community art event with 15,000 art lovers this April. For more information and updates, visit www.artallnight.org, like Art All Night: Lawrenceville on Facebook, and follow @artallnight on Twitter.
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 www.pennavenue.org/tourdepenn.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, stay tuned to http://garfieldnightmarket.org for updates.
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.
Become a Tree Tender
Tree Tenders are planting trees and caring for existing ones in Pittsburgh, ensuring a healthy urban forest for generations to come. Tree Pittsburgh is offering a three-part Tree Tender course for $40, which includes registration, materials, light food, and instruction. Scholarships are available. For more information contact email@example.com or call 412-781-TREE (8733). Register online at www.treepittsburgh.org. Participants must attend all three sessions: Jan. 7, 14, and 21.
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 www.classcommunity.org for more information.
Charter School Lottery
The Environmental Charter School (ECS) is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. ECS is a K-8, tuition-free, public school located in Pittsburgh’s East End. Interested in applying? Call to request a mailed application, or download one at www.environmentalcharterschool.org. Want to visit the school? The next Lower School open house is Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. The lottery application deadline is Jan. 31. ECS Lower School can be reached by mail at 309 S. Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15221, or by phone at 412-242-1480. ECS Upper School can be reached by mail at 829 Milton St., Pittsburgh, PA 15218, or by phone at 412-247-7970.
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