This weekend in the Northside: a class about birds hosted by a National Aviary Ornithologist, CreativeMornings/PGH with Thaddeus Mosley at The Andy Warhol Museum, RAD Free Day at Children’s Museum and Museum Lab, and more.

Photo by Ashlee Green

Thursday, September 26

“Better Choices, Better Health” Program at Calvary United Methodist Church

This is a free six-week workshop designed for older adults with ongoing health issues. This event is open to all men and women of Calvary, as well as friends. Rev. Nettie Jorinda Bullitt will be co-teaching this course on Healthy Living, for people experiencing chronic health issues, or who are caring for someone with these issues. “Chronic health issues” is defined very broadly. Some will come because they have arthritis. You may have type 2 diabetes and want to join the group. You may be feeling a bit lonely now that you are retired, so you are welcome to come as well. People who have attended these classes in other places have given it high marks for content, and for the opportunity to gather with the same people for six weeks to form new friendships and to enjoy time together. The group will be meeting on Thursdays beginning September 26 thru Thursday, October 31 from 1:00-3:30pm. To register, please call the church office at 412-231-2007. Rev. Nettie Jorinda Bullitt ( or Linda Ehrlich ( can answer any questions you might have. Calvary is located at 971 Beech Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15233.

Flap, Glide, Hover, and Soar – Birds in Flight

Join National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill for a series of classes focusing on unique aspects of birds, from behavior to appearance. The Classes for Bird Lovers will be held from 10:00 to 11:30 am on Thursdays, September 12, 19, and 26, and include both classroom time, and time walking in and around the National Aviary. Every booking qualifies for the free bonus class on October 3! Refreshments will be served. Call 412-258-9445 to register for any of the classes. This week, Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill will introduce you to the evolution and mechanics of avian flight. Learn about the relationship between wing shape and flight behaviors, and observe the flight styles and strategies used by birds in the National Aviary.

Thursday Bonfire in Fineview

Come join your Fineview neighbors at Heathside Cottage, located at 416 Catoma St., Thursdays at 8 p.m. to enjoy an evening around a fire. Bring a beverage of your choice and, if you’d like, a snack to share. All ages are invited. More information about Heathside Cottage can be found at

Friday, September 27

CreativeMornings/PGH with Thaddeus Mosley at The Andy Warhol Museum

Thaddeus “Thad” Mosley is a self-taught African American sculptor. Earning a living throughout his adult life as a postal worker in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania– so that he could support his family by day and work as a sculptor by night. Read more about Thad here: Thank you CreativeMornings/Dubai for choosing this month’s exploration of “Muse” and Shahul art for illustrating the theme. As always, breakfast, coffee, (and swag) will be provided! Event is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Facebook event page is available with more information here.

Factory Installed 2019 Opening Reception

Join to celebrate the opening of “Factory Installed 2019,” featuring eight exhibitions by nine artists from around the world. Participating artists include Jon Rubin and Sohrab Kashani, Tra Bouscaren, Naomi Draper, Nathan Hall, Patte Loper, Pepe Mar, Adam Milner and Patrick Robideau. The reception is free and open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m., with a members-only preview from 5-6 pm. Facebook event is here.

Saturday, September 28

Refucilo Winery Presents Gary Rahl

Enjoy the sounds of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Gary Rahl from 2 to 5 p.m. today. Refucilo Winery is located at 907 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15233.

Pumkingfest at Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Join for Pumkingfest 2019 to sample some of your favorite Southern Tier Pumking family beers & other fall favorites. Saturday’s Pumking event festivities are starting early including Ace Axe Throwing from 10AM-1PM (must be 18+). The celebration continues throughout the day, enjoying fall favorites while showing the Pitt game at 1PM. At 5PM The Skipper Johnson Band will rock out in the beer garden while guests pregame for the Pirates game. Different Places In Space playing from 10PM-12AM to wind down the night in style. You wont want to miss this celebration of the world famous imperial pumpkin beers. Facebook event is here.

Slingshot Dakota + Divided Heaven at The Government Center

Don’t Let the Scene Go Down on Me! Collective presents… Slingshot DakotaDivided Heaven with: Scratchy Blanket and Murder for Girls @ The Government Center, 519 E Ohio St. Doors 7pm // $10 // All Ages // BYOB if yer 21+ More details are available via Facebook.

Sunday, September 29

Second Annual RP Day (Our Day in Riverview Park)

Join the Friends of Riverview Park, Northside Leadership Conference and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to celebrate Riverview Park at the 2nd Annual RP Day. There will be free activities including bike tours, adventure hikes, family-friendly games/activities, live music, food and more. More information available via Facebook.

2019 Historic Deutschtown House Tour

Seven to nine beautiful homes and gardens! The 2019 elf-guided Deutschtown Historic House Tour features distinctive restored homes, many built in the late 1800s, and some modern surprises. Expect a diverse array of interiors, architecture and styles, as well as beautiful gardens. Then enjoy great food at the Deutschtown restaurants! Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the check-in table on the day of the tour. Buy your ticket online here. For more info, contact Gina Grone at Facebook event page is here.

Pittsburgh Police K-9 Unit Meet & Greet

People sometimes take for granted what Police Officers and K-9 Units do on a daily basis. To show appreciation, Wagsburg has partnered with Pittsburgh Police to help build awareness and raise money for the Officer Rocco K-9 Memorial Fund. The fund has been created to provide on-going care, training and support for the City of Pittsburgh Police Bureau – Canine Division. This week, stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to meet a TBD Officer and Patrol Dog. More information is listed on the Facebook event page.

RAD Free Day 2019 at Children’s Museum and Museum Lab

Enjoy free admission to the Children’s Museum and MuseumLab all day! From 2:00- 2:30 pm Enjoy Live Music by the Tuesday Musical Club in Assembly Hall of MuseumLab. From 3:00 – 3:30 pm Join the Family Dance JaM hosted by BaM Choreography in Assembly Hall of MuseumLab. More information is available here.

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