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Dec
11
Mon
12 Days of Free Photos with Santa @ The Waterfront
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12 Days of Free Photos with Santa @ The Waterfront | Homestead | Pennsylvania | United States

One of the only places in Pittsburgh to get Santa photos for free!

Bring the kids for a visit with Santa and take home a photo for free. You’ll find him in Santa’s Workshop located next to The Children’s Place.

Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16 ……….. 12 – 5pm

Sundays, December 3, 10, 17 ……….. 12 – 5pm

Mondays, December 4, 11, 18 ………… 5 – 8pm

Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20 ….. 5 – 8pm

Santa Photo donations will be accepted on behalf of Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia .

 

Dec
12
Tue
2017 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive @ Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Dec 12 all-day
2017 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive @ Children's Museum of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

In the spirit of Fred Rogers’ lessons of helping others, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh holds an annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive each winter. Since 2001, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has collected more than 35,500 sweaters, distributing them to families in need throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.

2017 community partners include the Presbyterian Churches of the Tri-State Area, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Veteran’s Leadership Program of Western PA and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Ambassadors.

Donations of new or gently worn sweaters may be dropped off in the collection bin in the Children’s Museum lobby from November 9 – December 15.

Dec
13
Wed
2017 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive @ Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Dec 13 all-day
2017 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive @ Children's Museum of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

In the spirit of Fred Rogers’ lessons of helping others, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh holds an annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive each winter. Since 2001, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has collected more than 35,500 sweaters, distributing them to families in need throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.

2017 community partners include the Presbyterian Churches of the Tri-State Area, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Veteran’s Leadership Program of Western PA and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Ambassadors.

Donations of new or gently worn sweaters may be dropped off in the collection bin in the Children’s Museum lobby from November 9 – December 15.

12 Days of Free Photos with Santa @ The Waterfront
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12 Days of Free Photos with Santa @ The Waterfront | Homestead | Pennsylvania | United States

One of the only places in Pittsburgh to get Santa photos for free!

Bring the kids for a visit with Santa and take home a photo for free. You’ll find him in Santa’s Workshop located next to The Children’s Place.

Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16 ……….. 12 – 5pm

Sundays, December 3, 10, 17 ……….. 12 – 5pm

Mondays, December 4, 11, 18 ………… 5 – 8pm

Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20 ….. 5 – 8pm

Santa Photo donations will be accepted on behalf of Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia .

 

Dec
14
Thu
2017 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive @ Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Dec 14 all-day
2017 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive @ Children's Museum of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

In the spirit of Fred Rogers’ lessons of helping others, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh holds an annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive each winter. Since 2001, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has collected more than 35,500 sweaters, distributing them to families in need throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.

2017 community partners include the Presbyterian Churches of the Tri-State Area, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Veteran’s Leadership Program of Western PA and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Ambassadors.

Donations of new or gently worn sweaters may be dropped off in the collection bin in the Children’s Museum lobby from November 9 – December 15.

Dec
15
Fri
2017 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive @ Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Dec 15 all-day
2017 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive @ Children's Museum of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

In the spirit of Fred Rogers’ lessons of helping others, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh holds an annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive each winter. Since 2001, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has collected more than 35,500 sweaters, distributing them to families in need throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.

2017 community partners include the Presbyterian Churches of the Tri-State Area, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Veteran’s Leadership Program of Western PA and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Ambassadors.

Donations of new or gently worn sweaters may be dropped off in the collection bin in the Children’s Museum lobby from November 9 – December 15.

Amahl and the Night Visitors presented by Resonance Works @ Charity Randall Theatre
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

RESONANCE WORKS announces the return of its beloved holiday tradition, Menotti’sAmahl and the Night Visitors , reimagined in a brand new production at a new venue: the Charity RandallTheatre in Oakland. Paired with beautiful contrasting works by Handel, Debussy, and Vivaldi , this uniqueprogram will delight and inspire the entire family. This year’s production continues Resonance Works’ partnership withthe University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Theatre Arts, and launches new partnerships with the voice department ofSlippery Rock University, as well as the W omen’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and the GreaterPittsburgh Community Food Bank . Performances are Friday, December 15 at 7:30 pm and Sunday,December 17 at 3:00 pm .

Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the story of an imaginative, disabled young boy and his hardworking singlemother struggling to get by. When Amahl opens the door to three mysterious strangers on their way to Bethlehem, all oftheir lives are changed forever! Filled with humor, generosity, and hope, this timeless story reminds us all of theprecious, unshakeable optimism of a child. Resonance Works is the only professional performing arts organization inPittsburgh to produce Menotti’s heartwarming holiday classic, which was the first opera written for television(premiering on NBC on Christmas Eve in 1951.)

Starring in the title role of Amahl is Liam McCarthy , Aspinwall native and 8th grader at Sacred Heart ElementarySchool. Most recently seen as Miles in Opera Columbus’s production of Turn of the Screw (2017), McCarthy, a 7-yearmember of the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus, has also appeared with the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. Mezzo-soprano Ivy Walz (Cincinnati Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera)makes her Resonance Works debut in the role of Amahl’s Mother. Playing the Three Kings are tenor AndrewMaughan (Santa Fe Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux), bass-baritone Andrew Adelsberger (Ash Lawn Opera, Annapolis Opera), and bass Jonathan Stuckey (Cleveland Opera Theatre, Opera Western Reserve). Resonance Works’Artistic & General Director Maria Sensi Sellner will conduct.

Stage director Craig Joseph , who most recently directed Resonance Works’ production of Side by Side by Sondheim ,returns to spearhead this new production. “I remember going to see a local production of Amahl and the Night Visitorsseveral times when I was a child,” Joseph recalls. “Now, as an adult, it strikes me that, in addition to the miracle of theChrist child’s birth, the story is also about the miracle

of a child’s imagination: how Amahl begins to dream about and actualize a better world in which he and his mother canlive. Over the course of the story, what he believes becomes reality –a second miraculous incarnation. It’s thistransformation I hope to capture in our upcoming production.”

The first half of this year’s program features instrumental soloists from the company’s flagship ensemble, theResonance Chamber Orchestra . Harpist Marissa Knaub Avon is featured in Debussy’s Dances Sacrée etProfane for harp and strings. Bassoonist Andrew Genemans , who just won a position with the Grand RapidsSymphony, will perform Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in E minor. The performance will open with Handel’s exuberantArrival of the Queen of Sheba from Samson.

Resonance Works is also proud to connect this production to important causes in the Pittsburgh region. This holidayseason, the company will partner with both the W omen’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and theGreater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank . Volunteers will be on hand before and after each performance tocollect both non-perishable food items and other essential needs for these organizations. “We hope that when peoplecome to our Amahl this year, they will also take the opportunity to help our neighbors in need this holiday season,” saysArtistic and General Director Maria Sensi Sellner.

This production also launches a new collaboration with the voice department at Slippery Rock University and Dr.Christopher Scott. Students in SRU’s voice department will understudy the roles in Amahl , gaining invaluableprofessional experience, and will have the opportunity to star in their own performance with the Resonance ChamberOrchestra on December 16th at 7:30 pm at Slippery Rock United Methodist Church. The Slippery Rock ChamberSingers will serve as the chorus for all of the performances.

For the first time, Resonance Works is offering reserved seating for performances at the Charity Randall Theatre.Tickets are available online at resonanceworks.org or at (412) 501-3330 and start at just $9 . Group rates are available;contact sales@resworks.org for more information.

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About Resonance Works | Pittsburgh
Resonance Works is a multi-modal, artist-led performing arts company that showcases an orchestra, chorus, vocalsoloists, chamber musicians, staged opera, and musical theater – often on the same program. Featuring repertoire thatis championed by its artists and themes that resonate with the current climate, Resonance Works connects the arts totoday’s audience. Founded in 2013, the company has quickly become an important part of the professional artsecosystem in Pittsburgh, and is committed to maintaining a rich and vibrant community of professional musicians inthe region. Dedicated to meaningful collaborations with other local organizations and artists, the company regularlyfeatures dance, visual media, and spoken word in unique venues that heighten the performance experience for bothartist and audience.
Read more at www.resonanceworks.org

Ticketing & general questions: sales@resworks.org
(412) 501-3330

Dec
16
Sat
Winter Hike and Bird Count for Kids @ Brookline Recreation Center
Dec 16 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Learn to use binoculars, identify common winter birds, and collect data to help with bird conservation efforts with Citiparks. Explore the outdoors for birds and enjoy games, snacks, and hot chocolate!

Space is limited and registration is required. This event is for kids ages 10+ and their adults.

We recommend dressing warmly and bringing binoculars if you have them!

Winter Tree Hike in McKinley Park @ McKinley Activities Center
Dec 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Experience the beauty of the winter season in McKinley Park! Join Tree Pittsburgh’s Joe Stavish on a hike in the park to look at the magnificent trees that in this 80-acre park, followed by a traditional treat that will warm you up.

Please not that this hike will be on wider park trail. Comfortable, sturdy shoes and warm layers are encouraged. All ages welcome.

12 Days of Free Photos with Santa @ The Waterfront
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
12 Days of Free Photos with Santa @ The Waterfront | Homestead | Pennsylvania | United States

One of the only places in Pittsburgh to get Santa photos for free!

You’ll find him in Santa’s Workshop located next to The Children’s Place.
Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16…………12 – 5pm
Sundays, December 3, 10, 17…………12 – 5pm
Mondays, December 4, 11, 18………….5 – 8pm
Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20……5 – 8pm
waterfrontpgh.com
#WaterfrontPGH

Donations will be accepted on behalf of Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Dec
17
Sun
Hike with a Naturalist: Water Wonderland @ Frick Environmental Center
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

In winter most of the forest is dormant, but streams are often beautifully decorated with snow and ice; their hidden abundant life can be an inspiring reminder of nature’s strength and variety, as well as an indication of ecosystem health.

Join Naturalist Educator Stephen Bucklin on a hike through Frick Park to observe streams in their winter beauty and learn about the diverse life crawling and squirming beneath the surface

Registration is required for this event.

This is an all-ages, rain-or-shine event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Weather-appropriate clothes and footwear with good tread are encouraged. Hike will meet at the Frick Environmental Center.

12 Days of Free Photos with Santa @ The Waterfront
Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
12 Days of Free Photos with Santa @ The Waterfront | Homestead | Pennsylvania | United States

One of the only places in Pittsburgh to get Santa photos for free!

You’ll find him in Santa’s Workshop located next to The Children’s Place.
Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16…………12 – 5pm
Sundays, December 3, 10, 17…………12 – 5pm
Mondays, December 4, 11, 18………….5 – 8pm
Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20……5 – 8pm
waterfrontpgh.com
#WaterfrontPGH

Donations will be accepted on behalf of Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Amahl and the Night Visitors presented by Resonance Works @ Charity Randall Theatre
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm

RESONANCE WORKS announces the return of its beloved holiday tradition, Menotti’sAmahl and the Night Visitors , reimagined in a brand new production at a new venue: the Charity RandallTheatre in Oakland. Paired with beautiful contrasting works by Handel, Debussy, and Vivaldi , this uniqueprogram will delight and inspire the entire family. This year’s production continues Resonance Works’ partnership withthe University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Theatre Arts, and launches new partnerships with the voice department ofSlippery Rock University, as well as the W omen’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and the GreaterPittsburgh Community Food Bank . Performances are Friday, December 15 at 7:30 pm and Sunday,December 17 at 3:00 pm .

Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the story of an imaginative, disabled young boy and his hardworking singlemother struggling to get by. When Amahl opens the door to three mysterious strangers on their way to Bethlehem, all oftheir lives are changed forever! Filled with humor, generosity, and hope, this timeless story reminds us all of theprecious, unshakeable optimism of a child. Resonance Works is the only professional performing arts organization inPittsburgh to produce Menotti’s heartwarming holiday classic, which was the first opera written for television(premiering on NBC on Christmas Eve in 1951.)

Starring in the title role of Amahl is Liam McCarthy , Aspinwall native and 8th grader at Sacred Heart ElementarySchool. Most recently seen as Miles in Opera Columbus’s production of Turn of the Screw (2017), McCarthy, a 7-yearmember of the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus, has also appeared with the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. Mezzo-soprano Ivy Walz (Cincinnati Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera)makes her Resonance Works debut in the role of Amahl’s Mother. Playing the Three Kings are tenor AndrewMaughan (Santa Fe Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux), bass-baritone Andrew Adelsberger (Ash Lawn Opera, Annapolis Opera), and bass Jonathan Stuckey (Cleveland Opera Theatre, Opera Western Reserve). Resonance Works’Artistic & General Director Maria Sensi Sellner will conduct.

Stage director Craig Joseph , who most recently directed Resonance Works’ production of Side by Side by Sondheim ,returns to spearhead this new production. “I remember going to see a local production of Amahl and the Night Visitorsseveral times when I was a child,” Joseph recalls. “Now, as an adult, it strikes me that, in addition to the miracle of theChrist child’s birth, the story is also about the miracle

of a child’s imagination: how Amahl begins to dream about and actualize a better world in which he and his mother canlive. Over the course of the story, what he believes becomes reality –a second miraculous incarnation. It’s thistransformation I hope to capture in our upcoming production.”

The first half of this year’s program features instrumental soloists from the company’s flagship ensemble, theResonance Chamber Orchestra . Harpist Marissa Knaub Avon is featured in Debussy’s Dances Sacrée etProfane for harp and strings. Bassoonist Andrew Genemans , who just won a position with the Grand RapidsSymphony, will perform Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in E minor. The performance will open with Handel’s exuberantArrival of the Queen of Sheba from Samson.

Resonance Works is also proud to connect this production to important causes in the Pittsburgh region. This holidayseason, the company will partner with both the W omen’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and theGreater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank . Volunteers will be on hand before and after each performance tocollect both non-perishable food items and other essential needs for these organizations. “We hope that when peoplecome to our Amahl this year, they will also take the opportunity to help our neighbors in need this holiday season,” saysArtistic and General Director Maria Sensi Sellner.

This production also launches a new collaboration with the voice department at Slippery Rock University and Dr.Christopher Scott. Students in SRU’s voice department will understudy the roles in Amahl , gaining invaluableprofessional experience, and will have the opportunity to star in their own performance with the Resonance ChamberOrchestra on December 16th at 7:30 pm at Slippery Rock United Methodist Church. The Slippery Rock ChamberSingers will serve as the chorus for all of the performances.

For the first time, Resonance Works is offering reserved seating for performances at the Charity Randall Theatre.Tickets are available online at resonanceworks.org or at (412) 501-3330 and start at just $9 . Group rates are available;contact sales@resworks.org for more information.

###

About Resonance Works | Pittsburgh
Resonance Works is a multi-modal, artist-led performing arts company that showcases an orchestra, chorus, vocalsoloists, chamber musicians, staged opera, and musical theater – often on the same program. Featuring repertoire thatis championed by its artists and themes that resonate with the current climate, Resonance Works connects the arts totoday’s audience. Founded in 2013, the company has quickly become an important part of the professional artsecosystem in Pittsburgh, and is committed to maintaining a rich and vibrant community of professional musicians inthe region. Dedicated to meaningful collaborations with other local organizations and artists, the company regularlyfeatures dance, visual media, and spoken word in unique venues that heighten the performance experience for bothartist and audience.
Read more at www.resonanceworks.org

Ticketing & general questions: sales@resworks.org
(412) 501-3330

Dec
18
Mon
12 Days of Free Photos with Santa @ The Waterfront
Dec 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12 Days of Free Photos with Santa @ The Waterfront | Homestead | Pennsylvania | United States

One of the only places in Pittsburgh to get Santa photos for free!

Bring the kids for a visit with Santa and take home a photo for free. You’ll find him in Santa’s Workshop located next to The Children’s Place.

Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16 ……….. 12 – 5pm

Sundays, December 3, 10, 17 ……….. 12 – 5pm

Mondays, December 4, 11, 18 ………… 5 – 8pm

Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20 ….. 5 – 8pm

Santa Photo donations will be accepted on behalf of Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia .

 

Dec
20
Wed
12 Days of Free Photos with Santa @ The Waterfront
Dec 20 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12 Days of Free Photos with Santa @ The Waterfront | Homestead | Pennsylvania | United States

One of the only places in Pittsburgh to get Santa photos for free!

Bring the kids for a visit with Santa and take home a photo for free. You’ll find him in Santa’s Workshop located next to The Children’s Place.

Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16 ……….. 12 – 5pm

Sundays, December 3, 10, 17 ……….. 12 – 5pm

Mondays, December 4, 11, 18 ………… 5 – 8pm

Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20 ….. 5 – 8pm

Santa Photo donations will be accepted on behalf of Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia .

 

Dec
24
Sun
Christmas Eve Hike @ Frick Environmental Center
Dec 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Before filling up on roast beast and figgy pudding, get some fresh air in the outdoors during our annual Christmas Eve Hike. Join Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Naturalist Educator Mike Cornell for this leisurely hike in Frick Park.

Registration for this event is required. Sturdy shoes with good tread are recommended.

Jan
12
Fri
PEMF Winter Carnivale @ Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
Jan 12 all-day
PEMF Winter Carnivale @ Ace Hotel Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

One magical night of play to benefit the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation.

The Gym at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh transforms for one night only into a winter playground for gown ups. Carnival games galore, special appearances, winter spectacles, and whimsical performances are just the beginning. Warm your bellies playful takes on winter treats and carnival fare from the Whitfield and hot spiked cocktails.

Our medical professionals and EMT workers help each and every one of us year round. Kick off 2018 by supporting these innovative and courageous men and women in Emergency Medicine at the PEMF Winter Carnivale.

*Dress for the ski lodge with a twist. Think cozy sweaters, fuzzy boots and hats, or cocktail attire paired with your best ski goggles. Anything goes at the Winter Carnivale.

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
16
Tue
Mad Mex Benefit Dinner for Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra @ Mad Mex Robinson
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Mad Mex Benefit Dinner for Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra @ Mad Mex Robinson | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

MAD MEX is teaming up with the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra to hold a benefit dinner, with 100% of the proceeds going towards PYPO!

Join us on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. Your $35 ticket includes dinner from a fantastic all-you-can eat Buffet-Style Fajita Party including chips, salsa and guacamole, salad, chicken wings and all the fix-ins to make delicious fajitas, including vegetarian options. Also included are soft drinks and unlimited trips to Mad Mex’s special dessert table!

 

Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

Organizer of Mad Mex Benefit Dinner for PYPO

Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (PYPO) fosters a life-long love of music through its programs in instrumental music.  We instruct and inspire string, woodwind, brass and percussion students ages 6-18 through three levels of orchestras, chamber music, concert tours and summer camps.

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.