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Pittsburgh events – March 2017

Spring is coming — and you know what that means: less snow and more sunshine! Take advantage of not only spring’s new beginnings, but also the many events happening around Pittsburgh this month.

Every Sunday in March – Rachel Carson Trail Quest Series

The Rachel Carson Trail snakes for 34 miles across northern Allegheny County. It is the most rugged trail in western Pennsylvania as it follows power and gas lines, skirts residential areas, challenges your arches on paved roads, crosses creeks without bridges, meanders through woods and fields, and passes along the edge of steep bluffs.

Every year some 600 people take the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge and complete the full distance in one exhausting day… with appropriate bragging rights. The Rachel Carson Trail Quest Series lets you hike the trail in four sections in the direction of this year’s Rachel Carson Trail Challenge. On each hike, we will meet at the hike end point and carpool to the start.

 

Wednesday, March 8 – International Women’s Bike Day

Bike Pittsburgh’s Spinnsters — our women and biking program — will be heading out for an evening trail ride to enjoy the company of other women.

This ride should be a great opportunity to meet other women who like to bike, especially if you show up!

Thursday, March 9 – Slow Flow Yoga

Enjoy a slow-paced yoga flow class suitable for all levels. The practice will encourage students to connect their breath with movement and relieve tension in the body while flowing through postures that build strength and improve flexibility and balance. Unwind, quiet the mind, and destress at the end of your day.

Thursday, March 9 – Let’s Move Pittsburgh’s 5-2-1-0 Speaker Series

Janine E. Jones, a UPMC Health Plan health coach, and Dr. Todd Wolynn, chief executive officer of Kids Plus Pediatrics, will discuss the importance of healthy nutrition and breastfeeding at the beginning of life. Learn tips on how to establish healthy habits at a young age and gain recommendations for positive parenting strategies for raising healthy kids. Enjoy networking, food demonstrations, and poster sessions! This event is free to attend; however, advanced RSVP is required.

Friday, March 10 – YONCE Yoga

Get ready to SLAY. Join Meredith Montgomery for Yoncé Yoga — a hot Beyonce flow. This 90-minute upbeat class will be set to all Beyonce music. Move and breathe as the practice focuses on core, flexibility, mindfulness, and unleashing your inner Queen Bey. Let go of your inhibitions and be prepared to dance out the door. Leotard optional; Swagger invited!

Saturday, March 11 – March Mad Dash

Welcome warmer spring weather with the March Mad Dash! The March Mad Dash is a 5K, five-mile and 10-mile running race/fun walk at the North Park Boat House and lake area. Net proceeds from this race will offset expenses incurred by teens volunteering to help others nationally and locally.

Thursday, March 16 – Cooking with Artichokes

Join the Giant Eagle Market District in Robinson for some hands-on cooking! Learn the skills it takes to work this lesser-known vegetable from not only cleaning and prepping, but how to stuff, fry, and bake them into dishes from appetizers to entrees!

Saturday, March 18 – Urban Safari Hike

The Great Outdoors is closer than you think! Leave the Land Rover behind as we strike out on foot for a day in the urban jungle. This North Side overland expedition is somewhat challenging, moving at a moderate pace for five to six miles with occasional hills. Join Venture Outdoors to explore the city’s landmarks and learn about its history. Watch for turkeys, cyclists, and other wild game!

Saturday, March 18 – Oakland 5K Tour

Oakland is home to both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, making it an interesting and energetic neighborhood to explore. The Oakland 5K route passes through both campuses, as well as Schenley Park. Participants will not only have a chance to see this beautiful places, but will also have a chance to say hi to Dippy the Dinosaur!

Monday, March 20 – Vernal Equinox Hike

Spring is finally here! Celebrate the sun’s position over the equator with a night hike around North Park with Venture Outdoors. Wind our way along the wooded trails and view the star-studded sky while enjoying the first spring evening of the year!

Friday, March 24 and Saturday March, 25  – Farm to Table Pittsburgh Local Food Conference

The theme is Growing Roots for Healthy Communities and it’s all about celebrating the diversity of farming and traditional cooking methods that make eating local fun, educational and enriching. The conference provides consumers with two days of networking and educational opportunities. Seasonal cooking demonstrations, gardening, and information about the nutritional value of local food are presented by local experts.

Saturday, March 25 – Just a Short Run

A race for everyone! With distances of 5K, 8.1 miles, 1/2 Marathon & 30K, this event makes the perfect warm up for the Pittsburgh Marathon and regularly draws runners from 30-40 states hoping to prepare for Pittsburgh’s hilly terrain.

Saturday, March 25 – Food Allergy 101

Please bring your friends, grandparents, school nurses, teachers, caregivers, and all those that interact with the food allergic to this informative afternoon of what you MUST know about Food Allergies. Dr. Todd Green, Director, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Food Allergy Center, and Gina Clowes, National Director of Training for FARE will cover various topics including how to read nutrition labels, emergency care plans, how to use epinephrine injectors, dining out, coping with the emotional toll, and teaching others. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Saturday, March 25 – The 21st Annual UPMC Children’s Ball

Children, parents, grandparents, and friends will be entertained and inspired as they embark on this prehistoric-themed adventure — all for a good cause! Walk among the dinosaurs and join us for a one-of-a-kind celebration to benefit a vital community program, The Matilda H. Theiss Child Development Center. The Matilda H. Theiss Child Development center provides support and services for children with trauma backgrounds and/or mental health diagnoses. Meet a dinosaur; learn about paleontology; sing and dance; show your artistic side, and interact with special guests as we bring prehistoric times to Heinz Field! In addition, strolling performers, delicious food, themed entertainment, and balloon artists will dazzle dinosaur lovers of all ages. For more information, call 412-802-8256, visit www.upmc.com/childrensball, or find us on Facebook.

Sunday, March 26 – Pittsburgh Women’s Expo 2017

Shop, learn, laugh, and network at the Pittsburgh Women’s Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Sunday, March 26 from noon to 4:30 p.m. Professionals the health and fitness, food and fashion, and decorating and décor will be onsite. Chef Anthony Marino will have a live cooking demo and Fearless Female will be demonstrating self-defense for women. Join other women from around the Pittsburgh area to enjoy this day, just for you!

Sunday, March 26 – Food Demo by Pittsburgh Fitness Project

Join the Pittsburgh Fitness Project for a free demonstration of different foods to keep your body health and happy.

Tuesday, March 28 – 9th Annual Diabetes Day

A free community event at Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing Building! Free health Screenings, including a free A1C test! Cooking demonstrations, educational sessions, and lectures will also be featured!

Friday, March 31 – Guided Meditation Evening

Join Amazing Yoga in Shadyside for an evening of guided meditation. You will be guided through a meditation to settle your energy, open your heart and clear your mind. Wear comfortable clothing, and be sure to bring a cushion or blanket to sit on. No experience necessary!