The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is proud to offer the following PGU continuing education workshops for the 2014 fall semester. Join one or more of these PG instructors as they teach about topics related to their field of expertise.

Deer-Proofing Your Property

Wednesday, September 24 / 7-9 p.m.  
Garden writer Doug Oster

White-tailed deer are beautiful, prolific, uncontrolled in urban environments and can be a menace to lawns and gardens. Join Doug as he explains planting and preventive measures to keep voracious whitetails away from your garden and yard.

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 South Side

Saturday, September 27 / 1-2 p.m.
Columnist Diana Nelson Jones

Pittsburgh's South Side is one of the city's most historically and architecturally relevant quarters. From the Flats to the Mon, the neighborhood mixes one of the region's largest concentrations of 19th century homes with a thriving bar and restaurant industry. Tour the South Side with Diana and meet a variety of special guests who explain the neighborhood's unique character. Be prepared for walking on sidewalks, cobblestone and asphalt roads and over curbs. Dress for all weather conditions.

Where to meet: 12:45 p.m. at Mureil Street and 13th Street on the South Side. Street parking where available

What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes and gear for the day’s weather such as hat, sunscreen, umbrella, etc.

Cost $35.


Prayers from Pittsburgh

Wednesday, October 8 / 7-9 p.m.
Religion writer Peter Smith

There’s no dispute that America is a religious melting pot, but what about Pittsburgh? Since the 1980s the region's workforce has changed, dramatically shifting its religious demographics. Peter provides an overview of the ongoing change, and with a guest speaker will examine Pittsburgh’s evolving religious makeup.

Where to meet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd of the Allies

Free parking: Boulos lot on Commonwealth Place across from Post-Gazette

Cost $35.


Senior Mental Health

Wednesday, October 15 / 7-9 p.m.
Health and science correspondent Mark Roth

Growing older is tough on the body. Research shows it can be even tougher on the brain. Physical changes related to aging can have a significant impact on cognitive functions, as well as emotional well-being. Join Mark and Dr. Charles Reynolds, a psychiatry professor at the University of Pittsburgh, as they explain new advances in dementia and depression among older adults.

Where to meet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd of the Allies

Free parking: Boulos lot on Commonwealth Place across from Post-Gazette

Cost $35.


The Facts on Fracking

Wednesday, November 12 / 7-9 p.m.
Environment writer Don Hopey

It's equally true that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas offers jobs, a new source of revenue, environmental risks and political uncertainty. On both sides of the debate, people are passionate and concerned about the region's future. Conducting a live interview with an opponent and supporter of hydraulic fracturing, Don will explore the pros and cons of fracking.

Where to meet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd of the Allies

Free parking: Boulos lot on Commonwealth Place across from Post-Gazette

Cost $35.


Fish On – Steelhead

Saturday, November 15 / 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Outdoors editor John Hayes

Join John on an all-day bus trip to a Lake Erie tributary. The workshop includes mini-workshops with steelhead experts, a stop at a fly-bait shop and hands-on instruction with Trout Unlimited fishing coaches. The bus will stop for a buy-your-own dinner on the way home.

Where to meet: Boulos parking lot, bus leaves at 7 a.m. sharp

What to bring:
• Valid Pa fishing license and Lake Erie permit or combo trout/Lake Erie permit
• For fly fishing: 6-8 weight rod and line, 150 yards backing, 9-foot 2x or 3x leaders, tippet material in various weights, split shot, floats, flies in assorted sizes and colors (egg patterns, sucker spawn, nymphs, Wooly Buggers, streamers, etc.). NOTE: Use flies tied on No. 10 to 1/0 heavy wire hook that won't bend in the mouth of a big fish
• For bait fishing: medium-weight spinning rod or ultra-light noodle rod, 10-pound test line, tippet material in various weights, split shot, No. 14-22 hooks, floats. Baits (egg sacks, live minnows [bucket/aerator], paste baits, etc.) or spinners, spoons, jigs, flatfish or crank baits
• If planning to keep fish, stringer, cooler, ice
• Waders or hip boots/socks, landing net, polarized sunglasses, clippers, cell phone, camera, rain gear, jacket, hat, change of clothing
• Lunch, water, no alcohol please
• Money for purchases at bait shop and buy-your-own dinner,    bus driver tip.

Free parking: Boulos lot on Commonwealth Place across from Post-Gazette

Cost $50


Be a Savvy Wine Consumer

Wednesday, November 19 / 7-9 p.m.
Libations columnist Elizabeth Downer

Learn to navigate the wine list in Pennsylvania's state-run liquor procurement system. Elizabeth and a guest speaker will show you how to get the best buys available, as well as how to shop outside the system.

Where to meet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd of the Allies

Free parking: Boulos lot on Commonwealth Place across from Post-Gazette

Cost $35.


Right to Know – Getting Government Records

Wednesday, December 3 / 7-9 p.m.
Reporter Rich Lord  

Why should the government deny you access to publicly held information about agencies, officials or private individuals? Putting a fresh twist on PGU's most popular topic, Rich demonstrates how to use the state Right to Know law and federal Freedom of Information Act to get public records and better understand your government.

Where to meet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd of the Allies

Free parking: Boulos lot on Commonwealth Place across from Post-Gazette

Cost $35.



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

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