Post-Gazette is proud to offer the following PGU continuing education workshops for the spring semester. Join one or more of these PG instructors as they teach about topics related to their fields of expertise.

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The 2014 spring semester provides a diverse offering of classes.

Eagle Watch Bicycle Trip

Sunday, April 27 / 2-6 p.m.
Recreation bicycling columnist Larry Walsh

Join Larry for an eight-mile guided bike tour on the Three Rivers Heritage trail. The tour begins at Southside Riverfront Park, pedals to the Hays eagle nest and returns. Larry makes several stops along the trail to explain key features. Near the nest site, a National Aviary ornithologist explains why the birds are there and their life cycle including egg laying, hatching, fledging and permanent exodus of juvenile birds. Students get a booklet of the PG's coverage of the urban eagles, and will get a close-up view of the birds on a newly installed eagle webcam. Students remain at the site for a couple of hours before Larry leads them back.

Where to meet: The Three Rivers Heritage trail entrance
What to bring: Your bicycle, helmet and water
Free parking: Southside Riverfront Park
Cost $35

Read All About It

Wednesday, April 30 / 7-9 p.m.
History writer Len Barcousky

Learn how to use Pittsburgh's newspapers as a primary source to bring life to stories of the people and events that made this region world renowned. Len, the author of two books on Pittsburgh history, has used the archives of the Post-Gazette and its ancestor publications as the basis for his biweekly Eyewitness column. Emily Weaver, Fort Pitt Block House curator, will talk about her recently published book which features newspaper-sourced history of the historic structure. Finally, the Fort Pitt Museum education director will talk about newspaper coverage of historical events in Pittsburgh.

Where to meet: Fort Pitt Museum at Point State Park
Free parking: Boulos lot on Commonwealth Place across from Post-Gazette
Cost $35

Fish On: Fly Fishing in the Laurel Highlands

Saturday, May 10 / 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Outdoors editor John Hayes

Take a motor coach trip to Ohiopyle. On the ride, John gives a short overview on regional fly fishing and bug hatches. Once at Ohiopyle, state park manager talks about invasive didymo algae. Then at Wilderness Voyagers, beginner fly anglers get fly casting instruction and a gear overview while veteran fly anglers learn advanced European nymphing techniques. Later, John and Trout Unlimited mentors provide hands-on fishing instruction on a fly-fishing-only section of Meadow Run. Students get flies hand-tied by TU members, a regional fly hatch chart, booklet of PG fly fishing articles and special giveaways. A buy-your-own dinner at historic Stone House restaurant is followed by the return bus trip.

Where to meet: Boulos parking lot, bus leaves at 7 a.m. sharp
What to bring: Fishing license and trout stamp, fly rod, reel, waders, fishing gear, rain gear, water and lunch
Free parking: Boulos lot on Commonwealth Place across from Post-Gazette
Cost $50

Writing Personal Memoirs

Wednesday, May 21 / 7-9 p.m.
Reporter Ann Belser

A workshop for people interested in sharing their personal memoirs with their families. Students are encouraged to share their personal stories related to their family histories. Ann describes her experience of documenting her father’s personal history. She will teach techniques of research, data organization and writing. Ann will also lead a class discussion on ways to collate information into clear, interesting memoirs.

Where to meet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd of the Allies
Free parking: Boulos lot on Commonwealth Place across from Post-Gazette
Cost $35

Walk-about: Mexican War Streets

Saturday, May 31 / 1-3 p.m.
Neighborhood reporter Diana Nelson Jones

As Diana guides a one-mile walking tour over the brick sidewalks of the North Side’s Mexican War Streets, she and guest speakers explain the quarter’s history, character, charm, appeal and possible future. Students get a map and booklet of PG articles about the Mexican War Streets.

Where to meet: The island on Lake Elizabeth in Allegheny Commons
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes and gear for the day’s weather such as hat, sunscreen, umbrella, etc.
Free parking: Non-metered street parking on North Avenue between Federal and Brighton streets
Cost $35

To register for one or more of the workshops, click the button below or call 412-263-1741.



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