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?: L.S. Hoffman Gallery (Munhall Borough)/Friday, Dec. 16, 6-9 p.m.
Why Go?: This Holiday Open House will act as the L.S. Hoffman Gallery's "Black Friday." The gallery will offer special sales and surprises for holiday shoppers! Stop in for last-minute gift items.
Pricing: Varies, though admission is free.
Where?/When?: /Friday, Dec. 16, 6:30-9 p.m.
Why Go?: Baldwin High's current cheerleaders would like to invite back any and all Baldwin Cheerleading alumni to this event. The alumni will join current cheerleaders and root for the high school's varsity boys basketball team against at 7:30 p.m. The cost of this special event includes a game ticket, a halftime refreshment and a purple and white Cheerleading Alumni T-shirt. Proceeds will go to the "Cheer Angel Fund" for cheerleaders in the program that cannot afford required parts and pieces.
Pricing: $20 per alumnus.
Where?/When?: Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church (Dormont Borough)/Friday-Saturday, Dec. 16-17, 7:30 p.m.
Why Go?: The South Hills Chorale will present "A Holiday Potpourri." This is a concert of Christmas music, which will also feature the Mt. Lebanon Percussion ensemble. Call 412-561-2443 for tickets.
Pricing: $12 per person in advance; $15 per person at the door.
Where?/When?: /Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 17-18, 9:30 a.m.
Why Go?: Bring your family to Trax Farms to enjoy a breakfast or lunch with Santa Claus. Breakfast is served at 9:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Ticket price includes the opportunity to make a gingerbread house, a coloring contest, the meeting with Santa and more! Trax's café will be open for parents to purchase food and beverages. The breakfast menu includes cereal, mini doughnuts, apples, milk and orange juice. The lunch menu includes hot dogs, chips, apples and Capri Sun.
Pricing: $8 per family.
Where?/When?: Lowe's (Bethel Park)/Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.
Why Go?: It's the final piece of the 2011 Lowe's holiday train! This train engine includes stickers and a pullback motor!
Pricing: Free with purchase of supplies.
Where?/When?: /Saturday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Why Go?: Join Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra (PCO) musicians and their conductor Warren Davidson as they celebrate this holiday season at the Upper St. Clair Theater. Along with performing holiday favorites such as Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" and "A Christmas Festival," the PCO will be joined by guest singer-songwriter Frank Capelli and soprano Colleen Gray for "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and other timeless songs. Other highlights include Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Snow Maiden Suite" and Modest Mussorgsky's "Festive March." Make plans to bring the whole family to this annual holiday event! The young and young-at-heart won't want to miss this musical celebration, and a certain someone is sure to drop by for some extra special holiday cheer! Tickets may be purchased at the door. The theater is handicapped accessible.
Pricing: $15 per adult; $10 per senior; $5 per student aged 13 and older. Children aged 12 and younger are admitted for free. Group rates are available.
Where?/When?: /Sunday, Dec. 18, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Why Go?: This Holiday Fundraiser, called "Wrapped with Love," is for the Duttine family of . to read about the Duttines. Alumni and current students from Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic School will wrap gifts after Masses that day in the school cafeteria, which can be accessed from the Saint Elizabeth Church parking lot. Attendees are asked to bring gifts (in boxes, please) to have them wrapped for Christmas. The wrappers are asking for a donation to the Duttines of any amount in return.
Pricing: A donation of any amount.
Where?/When?: St. Winifred Parish's Benedict Hall (Mt. Lebanon)/Sunday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Why Go?: Girl Scout Sarah Jugovic is working to complete her Gold Award. Jugovic is in the process of an ambitious project called Recycling MATters, in which she is collecting used plastic bags and converting them into mats that homeless people can use. to read more about her project. Jugovic is holding a "Cutting Party" at St. Winifred Parish's Benedict Hall as part of the project. Volunteers will be cutting and preparing all of the collected plastic bags so that they can be crocheted during the winter months. Anyone interested in learning how to crochet the bags can also learn that process at this event.
Where?/When?: /Sunday, Dec. 18, 1-3 p.m.
Why Go?: Family Fun Days are back! For only $10 per lane, up to six people can bowl and have the chance to win some great prizes by competing in trivia games, Brunswick bowling games and special lane challenges. Lanes are assigned on a first-come first-served basis.
Pricing: $10 per lane.
Where?/When?: Whitehall Borough homes/Sunday, Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Why Go?: Whitehall Borough leaders will recognize area residences with the best holiday decorations this holiday season. Sunday is the last day of the contest, and judging begins at 6:30 p.m. to read the details on award categories and judging. Need more time to decorate? Click here to learn about Patch's Deck the House Contest, which runs through Dec. 26.
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