This weekend in the Northside, don’t miss the community meeting about the Garden Theater Block, the PGH Vintage Mixer at Nova Place, audio-described, sensory friendly, and ASL-interpreted performances of The Scarlet Letter at the New Hazlett Theatre, and pet photos with the Grinch at Wagsburgh.

Photo: The Grinch poses for a photo with a resident and her cat last year at Wagsburgh by Deborah Thomas

Thursday, Nov. 7

Coffee and Food at Commonplace MWS

Have lunch with the Blue Sparrow Food Truck anytime from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Commonplace Coffee in the Mexican War Streets! Click here for more information.

Garden Theater Block Community Meeting

TREK Development Group and Q Development will provide an update on the proposed development of the Garden Theater Block, located at North Avenue and Federal Street. Light refreshments will be available. Event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Facebook event is here.

Being Kind in the Neighborhood: An Evening of Conversation about the Legacy of Fred Rogers

Guests at this event, held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at MuseumLab, include former colleagues of Fred Rogers and community kindness leaders, including: Gisele Fetterman, Melissa Hiller, David Newell, Roberta Schomburg, PhD, Will Tolliver, Sandra Villaroel, and Margy Whitmer. Food & drink complimentary of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Admission is Free. Learn more and RSVP at

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive Kick-off

“Since 2000, the Children’s Museum has collected more than 41,000 sweaters to share with families in need throughout our southwestern Pennsylvania neighborhood. The public can drop off new or gently used sweaters of all sizes in the Museum’s lobby from November 7 through December 16, 2019. 2019 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive partner organizations include Presbyterian Churches of the Tri-State Area, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA and other Children’s Museum partners to nonprofit agencies that work with families and children in the region. Between December 18 and December 23, all donated sweaters collected will be distributed. For more information about donating sweaters, or about how organizations servicing families-in-need can receive sweaters, contact the Museum’s Sweater Donation Hotline at (412) 322-5058 ext. 363 or”

Friday, Nov. 8

Audio Described Performance of The Scarlet Letter

“The courage and strength of Hester Prynne will lift your spirits and captivate you in this timeless classic that is relevant for today.” Located at the New Hazlett Theatre, 6 Allegheny Square East. Directed by Liam Macik. Showtime is 8 p.m. Click here for tickets and more information.

World Music & Food Festival at MCG Jazz

This once-in-a-lifetime, three-hour event will feature four acts from around the world. With music by Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa, French hurdy-gurdy extraordinaire Guilhem Desq, Ethiopian jazz ensemble Feedel Band, and Venezuelan duo Betsayda Machado and Jorge Glem. After the show, stay and enjoy cuisine from Cuba, France, Ethiopia, and Venezuela in the dining hall! Show starts at 7 p.m. More information, including ticket sales, available here.

Saturday, Nov. 9

PGH Vintage Mixer at Nova Place

Now in its 14th season, the PGH Vintage Mixer returns to the North Shore for its biggest vintage fair yet, with over 60 vendors! The Mixer’s curated, authentic vintage fair gathers the best local and regional sellers of genuine vintage fashion, home goods, décor, vintage vinyl, toys, games, and more! Located at Nova Place – formerly the Allegheny Center Mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – A full day of shopping, genuine vintage and antiques. More information here.

Sensory Friendly and ASL-interpreted Performances of The Scarlet Letter

“The courage and strength of Hester Prynne will lift your spirits and captivate you in this timeless classic that is relevant for today.” Located at the New Hazlett Theatre, 6 Allegheny Square East. Directed by Liam Macik. Showtime is 1 p.m. ASL-interpreted performance is at 8 p.m. Click here for tickets and more information.

Deutschtown Bar Crawl (Ninth Annual)

Shirt orders must be in by friday Oct 25th at noon. Message to get your shirt. $20 each as always. Schedule: Monk’s Bar at the Priory 7-8pm, Siempre Algo 7:30-8:30pm, The Parkhouse 8-9pm, Allegheny City Brewing 8:30-9:30pm, Max’s Allegheny Taverm 9-10pm, East Street Beer 9:30-10:30pm, YMR Club 10-11pm, St. Mary’s Lyceum 10:30-11:30pm, Verdetto’s 11pm-12am. For more information, click here.

Sunday, Nov. 10

The Grinch Returns to Wagsburgh

On November 10th & 17th from 11:00am to 3:00pm, bring your pets and kids by to have a picture taken with the Grinch. It’s a FREE event, but donations will help the folks at Senior Pet and Animal Rescue. Wagsburgh is located at 632 E Ohio St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. See you then!

Jazz at Emmanuel

“Jazz at Emmanuel — where the spirited and the spiritual join together in a new kind of celebration!” Jazz Vespers incorporates a series of finger-snapping jazz meditations and stirring poetic or interpretive readings that celebrate everyone as beloved human beings before a benevolent and wondrous creator. A scriptural message and passing of the peace round out the celebration of the theme of the day. This not-to-be-missed, unique worship experience is one everyone will want to see and hear for themselves. Directed by Dr. James Johnson Jr. of the Afro-American Music Institute on piano, the Jazz ensemble includes guest bassists, Lou Schreiber on reeds, James Johnson III on drums, and Pamela Johnson on vocals, as well as occasional guest musicians. Always the 2nd Sunday at 5:00 pm, September through May. Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 957 West North Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15233.

STEAM Carnival at MuseumLab

Explore the possibilities of STEAM learning and creation in an all-ages, playful and hands-on environment – STEAM Carnival! It all takes place on the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh / MuseumLab campus. Today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information can be found on Facebook.

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