A kid-friendly Kwanzaa celebration, Elkhound at The Park House featuring a guitar performance by Aaron Lefebvre and Chuck’s Culinary Journey Around the World at The Children’s Museum: All of this and more, this weekend in the Northside.  

Thursday, Dec. 27

Kwanzaa Celebration at NPP Community Resource Mall

Join this kid-friendly Kwanzaa celebration commemorating the second second principle known as ‘Kujichagulia’ or Self-Determination. Bring a dish! (no pork). Fun, food and gifts! Celebration is at the NPP Community Resource Mall (former McNaugher School), 2610 Maple St., 15214. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Toastmasters Club at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny

Build your confidence as you learn how to listen and communicate effectively. Join the Northside Toastmasters Club this and every second and fourth Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the main meeting room. Email northsidetoast@gmail.com with questions.

Friday, Dec. 28

Elkhound at The Park House

Elkhound returns to The Park House, with a special opening set by ridiculously talented guitarist, the Maineiac himself, Aaron Lefebvre. As always, the music is free, and the falafel is the best in town. See Facebook for more information.

Holiday Lights and Late Nights at the Aviary

Have “aviary” merry holiday season! See the new Aviary’s holiday lights at night! Enjoy the tropical indoor habitats at night and seasonal cafe offerings by Atria’s. Adult beverages are available for purchase. Included with admission. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Saturday, Dec. 29

Sahaja Meditation at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny

Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon, learn to reduce stress and balance your health. Everyone is welcome. Learn more via the Pittsburgh Sahaja Meditation Meetup group. Visit the Carnegie Library event listing for more details.

Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History

Free with Warhol museum admission, this hour-long tour focuses on Warhol’s romantic partners and queer identity. Tour starts at 3:00 p.m. See the Facebook event page for more details.

Sunday, Dec. 30

Stand for Justice/Kneel for Those Who Cannot

Players have knelt around the country to say that police violence against black bodies is unacceptable. Circle around Heinz Field at 12:15 p.m. to kneel peacefully during the anthem and renew a call to justice in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. More information available via Facebook.

Chuck’s Culinary Journey Around the World at The Children’s Museum

To celebrate Pittsburgh’s cultural diversity, the Museum Cafe’s Manager Chuck is taking guests on A Culinary Journey Around the World! Delicious dishes from more than 40 countries will be featured in 80 days in our Cafe. Discover new flavors and broaden your culinary horizons in our Cafe through February 15. Check out Chuck’s Culinary Journey Menu here. For more information, visit The Children’s Museum website.

Have an event you’d like us to feature online in the Northside Happenings? Every week on our website, we announce free or almost-free events happening in the Northside on Thursdays through Sundays. Email a paragraph detailing the name of the event, location, specifics and a website or contact information to editor@thenorthsidechronicle.com. Deadline is 4 p.m. on the Wednesday before the weekend.