Git Aht!: Baldwin-Whitehall's Weekend Planner

Tournament of Bands, free pizza, murder mystery night and more: Here are 10 reasons to get out of the house this weekend!

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.

Where?/When?: Any Panera Bread (There's one on Route 51 in Pleasant Hills Borough.)/Throughout October
Why Go?: Panera Bread is inviting its customers to join in the fight against breast cancer by purchasing a Pink Ribbon Bagel in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Panera will GO PINK, partner with the Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation (YWBCAF) and the Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation, and donate a portion of the proceeds from every Pink Ribbon Bagel sold. The YWBCAF and Panera GO PINK event will take place in all 28 Pittsburgh-area Panera locations. Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Patient Navigator Program at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
Pricing: $1.29/pink bagel.

Where?/When?: Mt. Lebanon Ice Center/Friday, Oct. 7, 4:30-6 p.m.
Why Go?: Bring the family for an afternoon of ice skating and enjoy the special effects lighting, DVDs and arcade games.
Pricing: $4.75 admission, $2 skate rental.

Where?/When?: /Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  
Why Go?: There will be many different vendors to shop from at the 2nd Annual Mompreneur Vendor Day. Come and shop your favorite direct sales businesses and support working moms! Get ready for the holidays while networking and shopping some great products!
Pricing: Varies. Admission is free.

Where?/When?: /Saturday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m.
Why Go?: The Tournament of Bands (TOB) competition will feature accomplished high school bands from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland, as well a guest performance by the Duquesne University Pep Band. Bands are judged based on their musical and visual accomplishments both on an ensemble and individual level. Awards are also given for top percussion, top color guard and top drum majors.  Baldwin High is an eight-time TOB Chapter Eight Group 4 champion. Contrary to previously published reports, this event is NOT free of charge, and it starts at 6 p.m.
Pricing: $8 per adult; $5 per student.

Where?/When?: Bartlett Shelter in Schenley Park/Sunday, Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m.
Why Go?: The mission of the Tortoise and Hair Pittsburgh race is to raise awareness of and funds for research of alopecia areata, a common autoimmune disease. All proceeds from the race go directly to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. The race features a 5,000-meter run and a 2-mile walk. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in the 5K. Medals will be given to children under the age of 10 who finish the 5K. There will also be a number of great raffles available. Online registration ends on Thursday, Oct. 6.
Pricing: $25 for the 5K run; $15 for the 2-mile walk. Free to watch.

Where?/When?: /Sunday, Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m.
Why Go?: Women of all ages and backgrounds are gathering to focus more clearly, breathe more deeply and live more mindfully at the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God campus in Whitehall Borough. This program will begin with an optional liturgy service in the Sisters' Mary Immaculate Chapel at 8:30 a.m., followed by brunch and a presentation—Prayer through Life's Situations presented by Sister Nancy Langhart, OSF. The program will also include group sharing and quiet reflective time. Call 412-885-7406 to register. Guests are invited to stay after the program to visit with Sisters, continue group sharing and enjoy the natural beauty of the Sisters' 33-acre campus. Reservations are required.
Pricing: FREE.

Where?/When?: /Sunday, Oct. 9, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Why Go?: The South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Company will host an Open House at its station on Sunday. The open house will feature a pancake breakfast from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be child fingerprinting, emergency demonstrations, an EMS helicopter appearance, a presentation on bike safety and more!
Pricing: Free admission; $6 donation per adult for the pancake breakfast; children aged 12 and younger eat for free!

Where?/When?: /Sunday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Why Go?: A special 50th Anniversary Celebration is set to commemorate the formation of the Friends of the Whitehall Public Library and their subsequent 50 years of help. Special entertainment will be provided by writer, composer and director Jason Coll. All are welcome! Tickets can be purchased online.
Pricing: $20/person.

Where?/When?: /Sunday, Oct. 9, 5-9 p.m.
Why Go?: Enjoy a wonderful sit-down dinner and be entertained by McCaffery Mysteries, Inc. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with cocktails. Dinner will be served at 6, followed by the show at 7:15. Tickets can be purchased prior to the show either at the restaurant, online or by calling 412-882-4707.
Pricing: $30/person includes dinner and show.

Where?/When?: Domino's Pizza (There's one on Route 51 in Brentwood Borough.)/Sunday, Oct. 9, 5-7 p.m.
Why Go?: The National Fire Protection Association and the South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Company have teamed up with the Brentwood Domino's Pizza to deliver free pizza to area residents from Oct. 9 to 15. When a fire truck arrives with your pizza, the firefighters will check for working smoke detectors. If all smoke detectors are working, the pizza is free! If the smoke detectors are not in working order, the firefighters will then give you a battery.
Pricing: Free if your detectors are working.


Heard of another event around town? Tell us in the comments section below.

Robert Edward Healy, III October 06, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Zumbatomic exercise class at the library was CANCELED.
Robert Edward Healy, III October 07, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Contrary to previously published reports, the Tournament of Bands event is NOT free of charge, and it starts at 6 p.m. Cost is $8 per adult; $5 per student.


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