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Get Out: The Weekend Planner

Here are 10 events to check out this weekend.

It’s Friday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend. Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our top picks for this weekend to find something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

1.
Where?/When?:, 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Why Go?: The Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company presents "The Nutcracker." Bring the whole family to enjoy this classic holiday production. The performance will be Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. on the stage at the Upper St. Clair Theater. There will be an additional 2 p.m. performance on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. Call 724-969-6000 for tickets.
Pricing: $10 to $20

2.
Where?/When?: National Aviary, 8:30 a.m. on Saturday
Why Go?: Enjoy a special Saturday morning with Santa and lots of feathered friends. Guests will enjoy a hot breakfast, coffee and hot chocolate, and a visit with Santa himself. Santa’s penguin helpers will pose for pictures and help hand out a special take-away treat for each child. Admission includes seating for “Wings!” the Aviary’s free-flight bird show.
Pricing: $20 per person, $17 for National Aviary members.

3.
Where?/When?: Dormont Borough, 10 a.m. on Saturday
Why go?: The Dormont Volunteer Fire Department presents the 2011 Christmas Parade! The parade will travel through downtown Dormont and end at 10:30 a.m.

4.
Where?/When?: , noon on Saturday
Why Go?: Take a break after the Dormont Holiday Parade and stop in at the library to hear the vocal talents of Pittsburgh’s own Steel City Harmonizers perform a variety of holiday and traditional barbersho-style tunes. All ages are welcome at this performance. Admission is free, but seats are limited. To reserve a seat, please call at 412-531-8754 or register at the front desk.
Pricing: Free.

5.
Where?/When?: , noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday
Why Go?: Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation! The sessions will be given by students certified by David Spear and Patricia Mauro, including Sterling Yoga’s Carla Poluha. Services will be donation based services. All monies will be donated to the 9/11 Rescue Workers Fund!
Pricing: Donations accepted.

6.
Where?/When?: Century Three Mall, 1 p.m. on Saturday
Why Go?: WDDZ-AM (also known as Radio Disney) will be at Century Three Mall for family fun including music, games and prizes! The Salvation Army, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the Arthritis Foundation and Operation Troop Appreciation are also accepting donations.
Pricing: A donation to one of the organizations listed above.

7.
Where?/When?: , 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday
Why Go?: Come meet Santa and tell him your holiday wish at the Dormont Recreation Center. Crafts and holiday entertainment will run from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The Christmas tree lighting will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Pricing: Pictures are $3

8.
Where?/When?: , 4 p.m. on Saturday
Why Go?: Community Band South will be performing at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church for a Christmas concert.
Pricing: Free.

9.
Where?/When?: , 1 p.m. on Saturday
Why Go?: Bring the whole family to the 2010 film “The Christmas Bunny” starring Florence Henderson. A sad and lonely foster child finds a lost bunny who is hurt Christmas Eve. There will be a silent auction and reception before the screening.
Pricing: $10

10.
Where?/When?: Byham Theater, 3 p.m. on Sunday
Why Go?: Broadway composer, lyricist and producer, Neil Berg, presents his critically-acclaimed revue Broadway Holiday at the Byham Theater. The concert is a part of the Cohen and Grigsby Trust Presents series and is presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Broadway Holiday takes the audience on a journey through the history of the Broadway musical, featuring songs from a variety of musicals such as My Fair Lady and South Pacific, through Wicked and Jersey Boys, as well as favorite holiday classics.
Pricing: Tickets are $18 to $35, click here to purchase tickets.

teresa caprio December 01, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Great things to do! And a great way to support Small Businesses!
Ed M December 01, 2011 at 01:31 PM
On December 11th, Mt Lebanon UP Church will be presenting a Christmas Cantata "Shout the Good News". This is free to the public and starts at 7 PM.
Erin Faulk December 01, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Thanks for the info, Ed! You can add your own events to the event calendar on the homepage. Feel free to do so if you're involved with something like this.

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