Registration has begun for the fourth year of PGU, the Post-Gazette’s continuing education outreach program. Since 2011 hundreds of students have enjoyed the eclectic mix of non-credit workshops taught by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staffers.
PGU is a joint program of the Post-Gazette and the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, which represents newsroom staff at the paper.
The 2014 spring semester provides a diverse offering of classes. Free parking is provided for all of the events. For more information, and to register for one or more of the workshops, visit www.post-gazette.com/pgu or call 412-263-1741.
The course schedule is as follows:
• Eagle Watch Bicycle Trip (April 27, 2-6 p.m.)
Recreational bicycling columnist Larry Walsh leads an 8-mile bicycle tour on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail to and from a point near the bald eagle nest at Hays. A National Aviary ornithologist explains eagle behaviors. Meets at South Side Riverfront Park. $35
• Read All About It (April 30, 7-9 p.m.)
History writer Len Barcousky, author of two books on Pittsburgh history, explains how period newspaper accounts are used in historical research. Guest speakers include Emily Weaver, Fort Pitt Block House curator. Held at the Fort Pitt Museum, Point State Park, Downtown. $35.
• Fish On: Fly Fishing in the Laurel Highlands (May 10, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.)
Outdoors editor John Hayes leads an all-day fly fishing bus trip to Ohiopyle and Meadow Run. Mini-workshops include fly fishing in the Laurel Highlands, invasive didymo algae and introductory fly casting or advanced European nymphing, plus mentored fly fishing on Meadow Run. Includes all-day parking near the Post-Gazette. $50.
• Writing Personal Memoirs (May 21, 7-9 p.m.)
Reporter Ann Belser uses personal experience and classroom discussion to teach techniques for writing personal memoirs to share with family members. Held at the Post-Gazette. $35.
• Walk-about: Mexican War Streets (May 31, 1-3 p.m.)
Neighborhood reporter Diana Nelson Jones leads a 1-mile walking tour of the historic North Side quarter. Guest speakers help her to explain the quarter’s history, character, charm, appeal and possible future. Meets at Lake Elizabeth on the North Side. $35.