City Calendar for the week of 08/11/14

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DOWNTOWN: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation will conduct a free self-guided tour of the Allegheny County Jail Museum, located at 440 Ross St. A portion of one of the cellblocks was preserved when the jail was renovated to house the Family Division of Allegheny Country Common Pleas Court. The tour takes approximately 30 minutes; participants should arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. The tour will also be given on Aug. 18 and 25. For reservations, or 412-471-5808.


HILL DISTRICT: The executive/general meeting of the NAACP Pittsburgh Unit will be at 7 p.m. at Freedom Unlimited, 2201 Wylie Ave. Several important items are on the agenda. All members are encouraged to attend. For more information, 412-471-1024.

WEST END/ELLIOTT: As part of its Cinema in the Parks series, Citiparks will screen the film “The Smurfs 2“ (PG) at dusk in the West End/Elliott Overlook.


OAKLAND: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, an enrichment program for adults age 50 and older, will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the McCarl Conference Center, College of General Studies, 1400 Posvar Hall on the University of Pittsburgh campus. Free. For more information, 412-624-7308, or

OAKLAND: The Muddy Kreek Blues Band will perform at 7 p.m. at Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park as part of Citiparks’ Wednesday Night Concert Series. Following the concert, the film “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” will be screened as part of the Cinema in the Park series.


OAKLAND: Mark Ferrari will perform in Citiparks’ Mellon Square Concert Series at 11 a.m. in Mellon Square Park.

ADDISON TERRACE: The Addison Terrace Fun Day celebration will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Bentley Drive parking lot.

BROOKLINE: “The Smurfs 2” will be presented as part of Citiparks’ Cinema in the Park film series. The screening will take place at dusk in Brookline Memorial Park on Oakridge Street.


DOWNTOWN: Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation will offer a free walking tour, “Bridges & River Shores.” Participants will cross two bridges that connect Downtown with the North Side. The tour will focus on significant landmarks on both sides of the Allegheny River. The tour will meet at noon in front of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, 107 Sixth St. The tour will be offered on Fridays in August.  For reservations or for more information, or 412-471-5808.

LAWRENCEVILLE: “The Smurfs 2” (PG) will presented by Citiparks as part of its Cinema in the Parks series at dusk in Arsenal Park, located at Butler and 39th Streets.


EAST CARNEGIE: The East Carnegie Community Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on the grounds of St. Andrew Lutheran Church and the East Carnegie Parklet, at the corner of Alter and Doolittle streets. The event will feature food, crafts, entertainment, music and children's games.

NORTH SHORE: In conjunction with its ongoing exhibition “Blue!,” Carnegie Science Center will present renowned local blues artist Joe Grushecky in concert at 1 p.m. in “Blue!” gallery. Admission to the concert is included with general admission to Carnegie Science Center. The science center will hold a series of blues and bluegrass concert through Aug. 30 in conjunction with the “Blue!” exhibition.

OBSERVATORY HILL: Benny Benack III will be the next performer in Citiparks’ Stars at Riverview Jazz Series. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. in Riverview Park. Following the concert, the film, “The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug“ (PG-13) will be screened as part of the Cinema in the Parks series.

MOUNT WASHINGTON: The Cinema in the Parks film series will screen the film “The Smurfs 2” (PG) at dusk at Grandview Park, located on Bailey Avenue.


DOWNTOWN:  Yoga In the Square, a free yoga practice session sponsored by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Lululemon, will meet at 10 a.m. in Market Square. Brian Edwardo will be the instructor. The sessions will continue through Aug. 24.

STRIP DISTRICT: Senator John Heinz History Center and KDKA will co-host the seventh annual Pittsburgh Hidden Treasures event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the History Center, located at 1212 Smallman St. Thirty appraisers will assess the historical significance of visitors’ items and provide a verbal assessment of potential monetary value. Appraisers have expert knowledge on a variety of antiques including sports memorabilia, collectibles, furniture, glassware, etc. Antje Neumann, a conservator with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and experts from the History Center's Museum Conservation Center will be on hand to provide tips on how to preserve visitors’ items. KDKA-TV’'s Dave Crawley, Kimberly Gill and Mary Robb Jackson will roam the History Center seeking the most interesting items for interviews; the most unique items will be featured as part of nine 30-minute programs on KDKA later this year, hosted by KDKA's Ken Rice and Andy Masich, president and CEO of the History Center. The event is free for History Center members and is included with regular admission for non-members: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (age 62 and older), $6 for students and children (age 6-17) and free for children age 5 and under.

BANKSVILLE: The Banksville Community Festival will take place in Banksville Park from 1 to 5 p.m.  

OAKLAND: David Burton Brown will be the recitalist at the next program in the series of summer organ concerts at St. Paul Cathedral. The recital will take place at 4 p.m. in the cathedral, located at Fifth Avenue and Craig Street. Free, donations accepted. For more information, 412-621-6082.

HIGHLAND PARK; The next program in Citiparks’ Reservoir of Jazz Concert Series will feature Dr. Alton Merrell & Impact: A Gospel Jazz Experience. The concert will be held at 5 p.m. in Highland Park, located at Highland Avenue and Reservoir Drive. 

OAKLAND: Citiparks will screen the film “The Smurfs 2” (PG) at dusk at Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park. 

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