Collection in Plum
The Pennsylvania Resources Council will collect household chemicals next Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boyce Park Ski Lodge parking lot in Plum. Participants pay $2 per gallon (cash only) to safely dispose of cleaners, paints, stains, varnishes, batteries, motor oil, pesticides and other materials. Information: www.PRC.org or 412-488-7452.
Manchester House + Garden Tour
The Manchester Historic Society will hold the Manchester House + Garden Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3.
In addition to several restored homes and gardens, the event will include a live jazz performance by the Mark Strickland Group, dogs from the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and a tour of La Prima Espresso Co., which recently relocated its roasting operations to this North Side neighborhood.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased until 4 p.m. on the day of the tour in front of Conroy School, 1398 Page St. Green Gears PediCabs will be available to transport visitors around the neighborhood. Information: www.manchesterhistoricsocietypa.com.
Downtown’s Best walking tour
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation will offer “Downtown’s Best,” a two-hour walking tour of 25 architectural landmarks, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday.
Tours cost $20 per person and include Whirlwind Walk, a 100-page guidebook. Paid reservations are required by calling Mary Lu Denny at 412-471-5808, ext. 527.
Cocktails from plants
Amy Stewart, author of “The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks,” will give a talk about her book followed by cocktails from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, 1000 Penn Ave., Downtown. Earlier in the day, she will take a tour of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and have lunch at Meat and Potatoes. Tickets for the tour and lunch are $150. Tickets for the lecture and cocktails are $60 each, $50 for garden members. For reservations, call 412-4464.