Get Out: Enjoy a Christmas Concert, a Cookie Walk or Santa Claus

We have some great holiday-inspired ideas for your weekend.

It’s Saturday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend.

North Allegheny Patch is coming to the rescue. Check out our ideas and tell us about yours.

1. St. Alexander Nevsky Cookie Walk

When/Where: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8290 Thompson Run Road. 

Why Go: Visit the 14th annual St. Alexander Nevsky Cookie Walk and choose from an assortment of beautiful home-made cookies and pastries for the holidays.

Admission: Free. 

2. Lunch with Santa Claus

When/Where: 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Blueberry Hill Park Activity Center in Franklin Park. 

Why Go: Meet Santa for lunch and have your picture taken on his lap. You'll also make a cute holiday craft. Be sure to bring a camera and a list for Santa. Pre-registeration is encouraged at 412-364-4115 ext. 347.

Admission: $5 for resiidents; $6 for non-residents.

3. Pennsylvania's Amazing Owls

When/Where: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Fern Hollow Nature Center, Sewickley Heights.

Why Go: Bob Van NewKirk, a volunteer with the Audubon Society of Western PA, will present this 90-minute interactive program using props and posters. Meet some live owls visiting from WildBird Recovery (Valencia, PA). For children 6 and up. Registration required. 

Admission: $7 members/$10 non-members

4. Public Meeting on Future of Peebles Elementary

When/Where: 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1391 Duncan Ave

Why Go: This meeting will address how the closure of Peebles Elementary will impact the rest of the North Allegheny district, how to best express your concerns to school board members, and how to get the message out to other members of the community. Questions can be emailed to saveNAschools@gmail.com

Admission: Free.

5. Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra Christmas Concert

When/Where: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Saint John's Lutheran Church of Highland, 311 Cumberland Road.

Why Go: Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra based in McCandless will perform its Christmas concert. The country's largest mandolin orchestra will be performing traditional American and international holiday tunes, as well as a suite from "The Nutcracker."

Admission: $7 adults; $5 seniors; free for children 12 and under.

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