The Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour is this weekend, plus the Bright the Night in Brighton Heights, Adda’s Anniversary Party, and more.

Photo: A pictures taken at an Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour of years past. Courtesy of the Allegheny West Civic Council

Thursday, Dec. 12

Cafe Innovation: Startup Ethics & Values at Alloy 26

“Ben Herndon, Head of AI strategy at Vista Private Equity will keynote the December Cafe IW focused on why investors care about companies having an ethics and values strategy. The keynote will be followed by a discussion moderated by CMU’s CREATE Lab with a panel of founders from the recent AlphaLab Gear cohort that participated in the Ethics and Values pilot program. The panel will focus on how thinking about Ethics and Values from day 1 helped their company be more successful with customers, recruiting & retaining their team, and with fundraising. The panel will offer practical advice and lessons learned that will be useful for other early-stage tech companies that want to create their own ethics strategy.” Event starts at 8:30 a.m. Coffee/tea and light breakfast will be provided. Free On-site Flexable Child Care is available. Reserve your spot by emailing our Digital & Community Engagement Manager, Jenn Van Dam. Register by clicking here.

Chess Club at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Woods Run

“Check it out! Chess club is for all levels of players, even brand new to the game. Staff will find you a good match and help you learn some skills and tactics. Chess club meets every Thursday from 5-6.” More information is available here.

Friday, Dec. 13

Neighborhood Puppet Workshop at Emmanuel Christian Church

“Neighborhood puppetmaker Cheryl Capezzuti invites YOU, your family, your friends and your neighbors to a FREE workshop to create illuminated parade puppets. This event is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and free to attend, but requires an RSVP due to limited capacity.” Click here to R.S.V.P.  The Facebook event is here.

The Dead Flowers at The Park House II

“Ruby Claire’s Dead Flowers are at the historic Park House on Pittsburgh’s Northside. Playing acoustic/electric rock, folk and contemporary hits from the 60s though today. No cover, free peanuts and the best crowd in town.” Event is scheduled from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Park House is located at 403 E. Ohio St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15212. Click here for more information.

Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

“…Six (6) restored Victorian homes plus the historic Calvary United Methodist Church, famous for its beautiful Louis Tiffany stained glass windows, all decorated to celebrate a Nineteenth Century Christmas. Tour guides will explain Victorian holiday traditions, provide the history of Allegheny West and its famous Nineteenth Century residents and discuss the individual homes as they are visited.” Friday night’s tour is from 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday’s tours are from from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guided tours leave every 12 minutes. Reserve your tour here. More information is available via Facebook.

Saturday, Dec. 14

Bright the Night in Brighton Heights

Help put the BRIGHT in Brighton Heights this holiday season! Details to come for the annual, free, family friendly event that will include a Pop-up Market, Christmas Karaoke, SANTA, local business participation and more! Reserve your FREE tickets today or make a donation to help defer the costs of the event! Donors names/businesses will appear in the printed program, website, and fb page! Any questions? Message the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation at More information available via Facebook.

Photos with Santa & a Penguin

“Santa is coming to the National Aviary and visitors will have the opportunity to take photos with Santa and a penguin! Learn about this endangered species and bring your camera to capture this memorable holiday moment!” Saturdays before Christmas. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Included with admission. More information is available on the Aviary’s website.

The Fettermans present It’s A Wonderful Life at The Rangos Giant Cinema

“Join Pennsylvania’s Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Second Lady Gisele Fetterman for a special presentation of the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.” Showtime is 3 p.m. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Sunday, Dec. 15

Yoga at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny

“Take care of yourself by joining one of the wellness classes at the Library.” Time is from 2 to 3 p.m. More information is available here.

Adda’s Anniversary Party on the Northside

“Adda Coffee & Tea House is having a birthday party for the Northside store! 🎇🎂 Join staff and community on the Northside today to celebrate one year of serving up the best coffee on the Northside! Awesome live music from Wojcik the band, 🔥 empanadas from Mi Empanada, and some deligthful free drinks and desserts (birthday cake, anyone?)! So don’t miss out, the party starts at 5pm and lasts until 8pm!” Click here for more information.

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