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Dec
7
Thu
Teacher Training Program on Hidden Children of the Holocaust. @ Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
Dec 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Presented by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, internationally renowned Holocaust education scholar Dr. Debórah Dwork will leading a teacher training program on hidden children of the Holocaust. Act 48 credit is available for educators who participate in this training. Visit http://hcofpgh.org/teacher-training/ for more information and registration.

 

Raising Their Voices: Children’s Resistance through Diary Writing and Song. @ University of Pittsburgh in the Frick Fine Arts Building
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm
Raising Their Voices: Children’s Resistance through Diary Writing and Song. @ University of Pittsburgh in the Frick Fine Arts Building  | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

The lecture will focus on the theme of children’s voices and creativity during the Holocaust as a form of resistance. The program is in partnership with the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Dwork is the Professor of Holocaust History at Clark University, currently serving as Scholar-in-Residence at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

 

Tickets are also available to attend a private reception with Dr. Dwork at 6 p.m., also in the Frick Fine Arts Building. Tickets for the reception and lecture are $36; General Admission Tickets for the lecture only are $18, and free for students (with valid student ID) and Holocaust survivors.  Tickets can be purchased online at: https://jfedpgh.org/dwork-reception.

Dec
8
Fri
Advent Music @ Evaline Lutheran Church
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm
Advent Music @ Evaline Lutheran Church | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Advent is a traditional time of reflection, renewal, and the kindling of the light of faith. This Advent concert features ancient and new compositions for harp, guitar and voice, drawing from both Christian and Jewish musical traditions. The music of The Stapletons features harp and acoustic guitar, tightly interwoven vocals, and ethereal harmonies inspired by Celtic tradition and Gregorian chant.

Families and children welcome. This concert is free of charge, free will donations will be accepted. Concert will last approximately one hour, refreshments to follow.

Polar Express Sleepover @ Carnegie Science Center
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm

Families can enjoy a special evening of festive fun and the modern holiday classic The Polar Express in 3D in the brand-new Rangos Giant Cinema! The sleepover includes a late-night snack, themed activities, the opportunity to attend a planetarium or laser show, and a live theater show. Check-in for the sleepover begins at 6 pm and after spending the night in one of the museum’s exhibit spaces, guests will enjoy a continental breakfast the following morning. The cost for the sleepover is $39 per person and includes admission to the museum the following day. To register, call 412.237.1637.

All Science Center sleepovers include:

A Movie in the NEW Rangos Giant Cinema
Themed activities
Planetarium or laser show
Live theater show
Sleeping among our exciting exhibits
Official Science Center patch
Late-night snack
Continental breakfast
Free admission for the day following the sleepover, including Highmark SportsWorks® and USS Requin
Fees
Groups need to provide one adult chaperone for every eight children. Families or those not part of a group must also have a parent or guardian present.

Schedule
Check-in begins at 6 pm the evening of your sleepover, where you will receive a detailed schedule of the night’s happenings. The overnight experience will begin with a brief orientation, after which participants will enjoy a night of themed activities. Lights-out is at midnight. All sleepover gear must be removed from the building by 9:30 am, but you are welcome to stay the day after and explore even more with your general admission, included in your sleepover cost!

T-shirts
A Sleepover T-shirt is the best souvenir to remember your special night at the Science Center. They will be on sale in the XPLOR Store the morning after your overnight experience.

Dec
9
Sat
Kids Create: Gingerbread Houses @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - South Side
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Our annual Gingerbread House day is back again! Children will have the opportunity to decorate a graham cracker “gingerbread” house while enjoying a holiday movie and munching on holiday treats. All materials are supplied. Please RSVP by phone or in person. Small children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra December Concert @ Charters Valley Intermediate School
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra December Concert @ Charters Valley Intermediate School | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States
Join the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the members of Overture Strings, Prelude Strings, Prelude Band, and the Philharmonic Orchestras for the sounds of the holiday season! Candles in the Window.
No Tickets are required and admission is free. Donations are encouraged.  For a printable concert flier, please click here.  
Take part in our Holiday Ornament Decorating Contest for kids 12 and under!  Print the attached sheet, let your creativity flow, and bring the ornament with you to hang on the PYPO Holiday Tree at the concert!  Three winners will be chosen!
Story Hike: Winter Trees @ Frick Environmental Center
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join a Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy naturalist educator for a story and hike through the woods to explore trees in the winter. This month’s story is Winter Trees by Carole Gerber!

 

This is an all-ages event. Registration is required.

Animal Friends presents Pet Tales @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hazelwood
Dec 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Stop at the library and spend time with our four-legged friends! Children and their caregivers will have an opportunity to read with a licensed therapy animal. This program is made possible by Animal Friends and their volunteers. Shelters are always in need of supplies. Consider donating canned dog and cat food at this event.

Happy Holidays In Pittsburgh @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Downtown & Business
Dec 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This documentary observes the holiday season as it is celebrated in Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania. Highlights include the miniature railroad at the Carnegie Science Center, the Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning at Pitt, the old homes in Allegheny West, the light display at Hartwood Acres, and ice skating at PPG Place. Presented by PBS.

STEM All Hands on Tech: Coding for Kids @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - East Liberty
Dec 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Are you curious about how games or programs are developed? Do you want to learn how to code or program basic functions of a game? This program will teach some programming concepts with hands-on activities. There will be three sessions so you should be able to attend all three sessions. Recommended for students in grades 2-5.

Dec
10
Sun
Sweetheart of the Barricades Live @ Biddle's Escape
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am
Sweetheart of the Barricades Live @ Biddle's Escape | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

December brings cold weather. Let’s warm up with the foot-tappin’ tunes of SwB. 3 sets of fem-fronted yinsurgent country, blues, & rock served with love, rage, and ranch dressing.

Walk the Block @ The Block Northway
Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Walk the Block @ The Block Northway | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Come out to The Block Northway on Sunday, December 10th from 12-5pm for our first-ever holiday Walk the Block event and enjoy strolling Victorian carolers, amazing food, the I Made It Market, and more! Everyone 18 and older will have a chance to win a $500 shopping spree at The Block!

Starting at 11:00 am, I Made It! Market​ is setting up shop with two entire floors of hand-made wares from over 60 local crafters and makers.

At noon, head over to the north corridor (between Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off 5th) to grab your Walk the Block stamp card and get your name in for the $500 shopping spreed!

The Pittsburgh Camerata Presents “Magnificat (Bach!) and More” @ Shadyside Presbyterian Church
Dec 10 @ 3:00 pm
The Pittsburgh Camerata Presents “Magnificat (Bach!) and More” @ Shadyside Presbyterian Church | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Magnificat is a 30 minute vocal canticle considered among the grandest  illustrations of Bach’s genius. The Camerata will be joined by Chatham Baroque and guests to present this popular vocal work.  Artistic Director Mark Anderson has also programmed a cappella choral music around the traditional theme of Mary as a Rose, which is the narrative of Mary bringing forth a child.

  • The program includes: 2 settings of Es is ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose is Blooming) by Michael Prätorious/ Jan Sandström (1571-1621)/(b. 1954) and Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1843-1900)
  • 2 settings of There Is No Rose of Such Virtue by John Joubert (b. 1937) and Randall Giles (1950-2010)
  • Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Michael Praetorious/Hugo Distler (1908-1942)
  • 2 settings of A Spotless Rose by Paul Mealor (b. 1975) and Ola Gjello (b. 1978)
  • Magnificat in D (BWV 243) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) with Chatham Baroque and guests
  • My Lord Has Come by Will Todd (b. 1970)
Price: $5 – $30
$25 online, advance; $30 at the door; $5 full-time students.
Jan
11
Thu
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Jan 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

There are many ways to tell stories that are true.

In this lively five-workshop series, examples and writing prompts will help writers practice innovative ways of breaking through traditional essay structure and thinking about how form can complement content in creative nonfiction.

Activities and prompts include writing a short food memoir in the form of a recipe card, a flash nonfiction piece about a transformative moment that leaps in time, a six-word memoir, an encyclopedia entry, and a sensory map. Participants and peers will examine how the fine art of perhaps-ing, or the speculative, can broaden the reach of storytelling. Between sessions, writers will revise their work to share with the instructor and their peers at the next meeting, and for the final workshop, they will choose one piece to revise for possible publication. Writers will also learn more about magazines that publish experimental and traditional forms.

Visit the above website link for week-by-week descriptions.

Jan
13
Sat
Black Bodies and the Justice of God-Community Conversation on Race and Faith @ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Black Bodies and the Justice of God-Community Conversation on Race and Faith @ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Hear the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, a scholar and social justice activist, as the 2018 Kelso Endowed Lecturer. Her lecture will be the centerpiece of a day-long event designed to equip and empower individuals to form on-going relationships that cross traditional boundaries to work for justice, especially racial justice. This event is free to participants and targeted toward students, community members, and members and leaders in faith-based organizations.

Jan
18
Thu
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

There are many ways to tell stories that are true.

In this lively five-workshop series, examples and writing prompts will help writers practice innovative ways of breaking through traditional essay structure and thinking about how form can complement content in creative nonfiction.

Activities and prompts include writing a short food memoir in the form of a recipe card, a flash nonfiction piece about a transformative moment that leaps in time, a six-word memoir, an encyclopedia entry, and a sensory map. Participants and peers will examine how the fine art of perhaps-ing, or the speculative, can broaden the reach of storytelling. Between sessions, writers will revise their work to share with the instructor and their peers at the next meeting, and for the final workshop, they will choose one piece to revise for possible publication. Writers will also learn more about magazines that publish experimental and traditional forms.

Visit the above website link for week-by-week descriptions.

Jan
25
Thu
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

There are many ways to tell stories that are true.

In this lively five-workshop series, examples and writing prompts will help writers practice innovative ways of breaking through traditional essay structure and thinking about how form can complement content in creative nonfiction.

Activities and prompts include writing a short food memoir in the form of a recipe card, a flash nonfiction piece about a transformative moment that leaps in time, a six-word memoir, an encyclopedia entry, and a sensory map. Participants and peers will examine how the fine art of perhaps-ing, or the speculative, can broaden the reach of storytelling. Between sessions, writers will revise their work to share with the instructor and their peers at the next meeting, and for the final workshop, they will choose one piece to revise for possible publication. Writers will also learn more about magazines that publish experimental and traditional forms.

Visit the above website link for week-by-week descriptions.

Feb
1
Thu
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Feb 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

There are many ways to tell stories that are true.

In this lively five-workshop series, examples and writing prompts will help writers practice innovative ways of breaking through traditional essay structure and thinking about how form can complement content in creative nonfiction.

Activities and prompts include writing a short food memoir in the form of a recipe card, a flash nonfiction piece about a transformative moment that leaps in time, a six-word memoir, an encyclopedia entry, and a sensory map. Participants and peers will examine how the fine art of perhaps-ing, or the speculative, can broaden the reach of storytelling. Between sessions, writers will revise their work to share with the instructor and their peers at the next meeting, and for the final workshop, they will choose one piece to revise for possible publication. Writers will also learn more about magazines that publish experimental and traditional forms.

Visit the above website link for week-by-week descriptions.

Feb
3
Sat
Holy Curiosity! Science, Wonder, and the Desire to Know @ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Holy Curiosity! Science, Wonder, and the Desire to Know @ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Einstein once said, “Never lose a holy curiosity.” Join renowned scientists who are “passionately curious!” Learn about the origins of the science/faith schism. Explore the universe through the eye of the Hubble Space Telescope with Ted B. Davis, Professor, Messiah College and Jennifer Wiseman, Sr. Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Youth leaders are encouraged to bring groups.

Feb
8
Thu
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Feb 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

There are many ways to tell stories that are true.

In this lively five-workshop series, examples and writing prompts will help writers practice innovative ways of breaking through traditional essay structure and thinking about how form can complement content in creative nonfiction.

Activities and prompts include writing a short food memoir in the form of a recipe card, a flash nonfiction piece about a transformative moment that leaps in time, a six-word memoir, an encyclopedia entry, and a sensory map. Participants and peers will examine how the fine art of perhaps-ing, or the speculative, can broaden the reach of storytelling. Between sessions, writers will revise their work to share with the instructor and their peers at the next meeting, and for the final workshop, they will choose one piece to revise for possible publication. Writers will also learn more about magazines that publish experimental and traditional forms.

Visit the above website link for week-by-week descriptions.