Readers to get back to school with 7 fall workshops
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will offer seven eclectic workshops for the fall term of Post-Gazette University, or PGU, a program of courses for continuing education, discovery and life enhancement.
Post-Gazette staff writers and editors who are experts in their fields will teach the courses for PGU, an ongoing community outreach initiative begun a year ago.
It is a joint program of the Post-Gazette and the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, which represents newsroom staff at the paper.
"We at the Post-Gazette are in the information business, and PGU is yet another example of that," said Post-Gazette Executive Editor David M. Shribman. "We have terrifically talented and knowledgeable folks around here, genetically predisposed to share those talents and that knowledge. PGU is the perfect expression of those impulses. It will provide both fun and insight."
The PGU workshops:
• Pennsylvania Whiskey, Sept. 12 (at Fort Pitt Museum, Point State Park) -- Cocktails columnist Bill Toland will be joined by museum education director Andrew Gardy and local whiskey distiller Eric Meyer to present a history of whiskey in Western Pennsylvania. Sample tasting included.
• 15 Minutes Can Change Your Dog's Life, Sept. 26 -- Pet Tales columnist Linda Wilson Fuoco will provide tips on housebreaking, the best dog toys, fun places to take your dog and much more.
• TV 101, Oct. 3 -- TV writer Rob Owen will explain how TV shows are developed, aired and canceled and provide more behind-the-scenes information.
• Pest Proofing Your Home Computer, Oct. 17 -- TechMan columnist Ced Kurtz will show practical ways to make sure your computer is secure from viruses, worms, phishing, hackers and other potential intruders.
• Transforming Your Rooms With Wallpaper and Paint, Nov. 7 -- Staff writer Rosa Colucci will reveal cost-effective ways to redecorate rooms.
• Researching Public Records, Nov. 28 -- Staff writer Rich Lord will show you how to use the Internet to search court documents, criminal records and other public information.
• Social Media and Networking Online, Dec. 12 -- Social media editor Mila Sanina will explain the basics of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest and how to use them personally and professionally.
Courses are $35 each. Free, convenient parking is included.
The workshops will be held from September through December from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.
With one exception, all will be held at the Post-Gazette's offices at 34 Boulevard of the Allies, Downtown.
To register for one or more courses, visit www.post-gazette.com/pgu/ or call 412-263-1302.
First Published August 12, 2012 12:00 am