Welcome to the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch's Weekend Planner!
Got no idea what you'll do this weekend? Patch is coming to the rescue. We've got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our top picks for this weekend to find something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
It's a good idea to have cash ready for these events.
1. Matinee in the Café
Where?/When?: Whitehall Public Library/Friday, Nov. 18, 1:15-4 p.m.
Why Go?: Every Friday, stop into the Second Chapter Café and join other adults to watch a new DVD release! This week, the movie is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
2. Pittsburgh's Light Up Night Weekend
Where?/When?: Downtown Pittsburgh/Friday, Nov. 18, 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19, noon-9 p.m.
Why Go?: The 51st Duquesne Light Light Up Night will kick off this Friday in Point State Park with a Santa Spectacular! The evening will be capped off by the lighting of the legendary 80-foot Duquesne Light Christmas tree, followed by Macy's fireworks and a music finale. Stroll through the city side of Point State Park and enjoy treats and activities for kids of all ages! Saturday night will begin with concerts in Market Square at noon. Other activities include a skating performance at The Rink at PPG Place, pictures with sugar plum fairies on Fifth Avenue and a horse-drawn candlelight carriage parade. Click here for a full schedule of events.
Pricing: Varies, though admission is free.
3. Holiday Craft Show
Where?/When?: Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department/Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Why Go?: The Holiday Craft Show features over 150 tables of handmade crafts, such as holiday decorations, wreaths, woodwork, photography and much more! The Castle Shannon VFD services Baldwin Township.
Pricing: Varies, though admission is free.
4. Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic
Where?/When?: Lowe's (Bethel Park)/Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.
Why Go?: Christmas is right around the corner! This kit is the perfect way to get your kids in the Christmas spirit!
Pricing: Free with purchase of supplies.
5. Advanced Email
Where?/When?: Whitehall Public Library/Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-noon.
Why Go?: Learn how to use the more advanced features of Yahoo! Mail, such as file attachments and contacts. You must have an account with Yahoo! to participate in this class. If you need assistance setting up an account, you are welcome to come to the library at any time prior to the class, and someone will help you. Register online.
6. Barbershop Harmony
Where?/When?: Borough of Whitehall Municipal Complex/Saturday, Nov. 19, noon-3 p.m.
Why Go?: The Whitehall and Baldwin Borough public libraries present an afternoon of music! Join them for a light lunch and the harmonizing sounds of the Pittsburgh South Hills Keystone Chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society. This program will be held in the Community Room of the Whitehall Municipal Complex. Register online.
Pricing: $5 per person.
7. Pasta Benefit Dinner for the Loeffel Family
Where?/When?: Brentwood Volunteer Fire Company/Saturday, Nov. 19, 2-8 p.m.
Why Go?: Proceeds from this pasta dinner fundraiser will be used to help defray the cost of cancer treatments for Kathy, who has ovarian cancer. Kathy is a longtime member of the Ladies Auxillary of the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Company and has helped many families. Her husband, Jack, has been a member of the Brentwood Fire Company for 30 years, holding positions of Chief, Assistant Chief, and currently, board member. The dinner consists of pasta with sauce, salad, roll, drink and dessert.
Pricing: Donation is $10 per adult. Children aged 11 and younger and senior citizens will be charged $7 each.
8. A "Night of Comedies"
Where?/When?: Baldwin High School/Saturday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m.
Why Go?: Baldwin High School presents two one-act plays: "Hard Candy" and "Check Please: Take 3." "Hard Candy" is about job applicants at Banff Enterprises that will do anything to claw their way up the corporate ladder. In a fast-paced series of hilarious interviews, the new recruits try every trick in the book, from bribery, nepotism, and the Old Boy Network to blackmail, seduction and mind control. "Check Please: Take 3" is about two best friends, a guy and a girl, who used to be a couple. Desperate to buck singlehood, they decide that, even considering their atrocious blind dating track record, it's worth another shot. But after struggling through dates with a wannabe rock star, a vote-starved politician and the guy who does those intense movie trailer voiceovers, there's the inevitable question of which is better: staying single the rest of your life, or suffering through a series of the worst dates in history?
Pricing: $5 per person.
9. Spaghetti Fundraiser for Bethel Park Burned Veteran
Where?/When?: John McMillan Presbyterian Church/Sunday, Nov. 20, 1-5 p.m.
Why Go?: A Bethel Park military veteran needs your help! Mike Trout has served our country for over 31 years. Mike was a master sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and survived many hazardous and critical situations. Indeed, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his valor in combat, but now, Mike needs your help! Mike was critically burned in an explosion at his house on June 29, 2011, and is now fully disabled due to the injuries that he received in the explosion. He is unable to work and has no local family, so Mike's close friends have organized a spaghetti dinner benefit to help him try to return to a normal life. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Bethel Park's Evey True Value Hardware, Video Doc Productions, Judy Murtaugh Dance Studio and Unique Beautique.
Pricing: $8 per adult and $5 per child aged 7 or younger.
10. Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra Free Concert
Where?/When?: Heinz Hall/Sunday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Why Go?: In the shadow of their successful tour of Italy last summer, the musicians of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) now look to Germany and Russia for musical inspiration. Music Director Lawrence Loh will lead the 95-member orchestra in the most recognizable symphony ever written—Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5." Shakespeare's famous characters will come to life in the "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture" by Tchaikovsky. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Thomas Hong will conduct the rousing opener "Ruslan and Ludmilla" by Glinka. Now in its 65th season, the PYSO continues its tradition of presenting free concerts at Heinz Hall. This concert is free, but tickets are still required for admission. Click here to download FREE tickets.