Lunch & Learn, Gothic Church Tour and Garden Symposium on the Horizon

Cooking, gardening, and history are all on tap this month.

photo via House15143


Lunch & Learn with House15143 in Sewickley

House15143 is kicking off a new, interactive foodie series dubbed Kitchen 15143.

The series features local chefs and/or eateries once or twice a month with the goal of teaching people how to make new and different types of foods. Demonstrations will take place in the store’s renovated space, which features a full kitchen.

On April 18, “Lunch & Learn” will debut with “Healthy Eating with Herban Touch Juice Lab.” Based in nearby Beaver, Herban is known for an array of fresh juices, healthy smoothies and mouth-watering lunch options that won’t tip the scales. Guests who attend will be taught a variety of recipes they can sink their teeth into. The event begins at 11 a.m. and costs $35 per ticket.

Come hungry.  

(House15143, 436 Beaver St., Sewickley; 412/259-8953,


photo courtesy of pittsburgh history & landmarks foundation


Modern gothic church tours round out Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation’s "Cram Jam" on April 16

So named in honor of three East End churches designed by Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942), the Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation will host a “Cram Jam” from 1-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Church docents and foundation staff will be on hand to lead tours at each location – works of art disguised as architectural spaces adorned with jaw-dropping sculpture, stained glass and woodwork.

Participants must provide their own transportation and can visit as many churches as they choose on the following schedule:

1 p.m.: St. Charles Lwanga Parish at Holy Rosary Church (1926-31), 7114 Kelly St., Homewood
2 p.m.: East Liberty Presbyterian Church (1930-35), 116 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty
3:30 p.m.: Calvary Episcopal Church (1905-07), 315 Shady Ave., Shadyside. Dr. Alan Lewis is scheduled to perform J.S. Bach’s "Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor," with a wine and cheese reception concluding in the Parish Hall at 5:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are appreciated by contacting: 412/471-5808, ext. 527 or 412/661-0120.


photo courtesy of terra nova nurseries, Inc.


2016 Garden & Landscape Symposium of Western Pennsylvania blooms on April 23

‘Tis the season for getting your hands dirty, and it’ll be ushered in by Penn State Extension’s 21st annual Garden & Landscape Symposium of Western Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 23. Held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillman Center for the Performing Arts in Fox Chapel, the event will feature keynote speakers Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, co-authors of “Planting in a Post-Wild World.” They’ll present “Creative Approaches to Site Preparation, Installationand Maintenance” and “Successful Rain Gardens Inspired by Native Plants.”

Other topics from renowned horticultural experts include “Plants with Style” by Kelly Norris and “Continual Color without Continual Hassle” by Laura Deeter.

The symposium includes breakfast, lunch and plenty of time to shop the indoor Garden Marketplace, where you’ll find unusual, hard-to-find perennials (including the Agastache 'Kudos Coral’ and Brunnera ‘Alexander's Great’, pictured here), annuals, shrubs, and natives – all grown by Master Gardeners – as well as terrariums, garden accessories, botanical artwork, clothing and accessories.

Tickets are $120, and the registration deadline is April 18.



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