Fox Chapel Information Flash: Nature Walks, Adult Education, Free Pc Classes, and Extra


Reed Smith’s 2021 promotion class includes two attorneys from the Fox Chapel area.

Christopher Brennan is a member of the Global Regulatory Enforcement Group and Jennifer Gardner is a member of the Global Corporate Group, which focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation issues.

Brennan is an antitrust attorney who blends economic theory and competition law to serve clients. He regularly defends multinational and global customers against monopoly, price fixing and international cartel allegations.

Gardner focuses on qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, retirement plans, multi-employer retirement plans, and health and social plans and agreements. A significant portion of Gardner’s practice involves providing employee benefits and executive compensation advice in transactions where she represents both buyers and sellers in reviewing and converting their employee benefit plans.

The couple were under 61 who were promoted from various global offices.

Learn how to identify plants

Learn about the plants and trees in Pennsylvania during a virtual program at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library.

From summer leaves and seeds to winter nuts and fruits, learn the basics of identifying the various trees and plants that grow in our area. The program is produced by Allegheny County Parks.

Register at

STEAM activities for kids

STEAM activities for children can be enjoyed on Thursdays at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel.

The staff will put together everything it takes to run a STEAM project for students in K-5.

One of the themes is a paper plate snowman on January 28th. Activities are available while supplies last.

More information is available at

The nature reserve offers Wednesday walks

The Beechwood Farms Conservation Area at Fox Chapel offers free naturalist-led walks each week.

Birds and More begins every Wednesday at 9:00 am at the location along Dorseyville Road.

More information is available at

Great Backyard Bird count on tap

Take an annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) walk with the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania at Beechwood Farms Wildlife Sanctuary at Fox Chapel.

The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on February 13th.

Masks are required. Learn more at

FCAAE classes available

Registration for the FCAAE (Fox Chapel Area Adult Education) courses for the winter semester 2021 is possible.

More than 30 courses are offered online, including arts, foreign languages, social media, and yoga.

Zoom courses are a chance for students to learn a skill and ask questions from local experts.

Established in 1963, the FCAAE is a Fox Chapel Area School District contact program dedicated to providing adult enrichment courses at low tuition fees.

Courses are offered for one night and several weeks.

Step-by-step registration is available at

Fox Chapel area Pre-K continues

The Fox Chapel Area School District is continuing its preschool program for the 2021-2022 school year. This is the third year of the program held at Kerr Elementary and open to students turning 4 on or before September 1st.

The sessions take place on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and have 20 students in one class.

Transport is not provided.

Families must meet certain eligibility requirements, which are available at

Enhance your Microsoft skills

Residents interested in learning more about Microsoft apps and skills for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Windows 10 can visit for a list of the free courses that retiree Mike Smialek is offering.

Classes take place on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

With WebEx as an online sharing platform, students need access to the Internet, Windows 10, Microsoft Office 365 software or similar, as well as a desktop or laptop computer.

Each class includes a step-by-step handout and the files required to complete the online exercises together. The schedule includes:

• Excel formulas and functions on January 28th.

• Excel Macros on February 4th, Word Basics on February 11th, Word Intermediate on February 18th, and Word Advanced on February 25th.

• PowerPoint Basics on March 11th, PowerPoint Intermediate on March 18th and Windows 10 on March 25th.

Catholic school as an open day

The Catholic Academy Christ the Divine Teacher in Aspinwall will have an open house on January 30th from 2pm to 4pm. Reservations are required to comply with social distancing guidelines. The school is on Brilliant Avenue.

For more information, call 412-781-7927.

Meet Women’s Business Network

The Women’s Business Network, which supports the success and growth of women in business, meets at 8:00 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month. All sessions take place online. For an answer or more information, contact Susan Kinger at 412-782-4848 or [email protected]

The All Virtual Chapter of the Women’s Business Network invites you to join one of the upcoming meetings on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. through Zoom. For more information, contact Jennifer Pasquale at 412-908-1663.

Trib journalism scholarships available

Trib Total Media is accepting applications for both the Media Diversity Scholarship and the Jim Borden Memorial Scholarship.

The Media Diversity Scholarship is open to high school seniors who are culturally, ethnically, or racially diverse and who plan to study journalism, communication, or English writing at a four-year college or university.

The scholarship includes financial assistance of up to $ 7,500 per year for four years, a guaranteed annual internship with Trib Total Media, and an offer of full-time post-graduate employment.

The Jim Borden Memorial Scholarship is offered to high school students or undergraduate students who are attending, or planning to attend, a four-year college or university to study journalism, English writing, or communication. Recipient will receive up to $ 30,000 in scholarship money, awarded in annual installments of up to $ 7,500, an annual internship with Trib Total Media, and an offer of full-time post-graduate employment.

Applicants for both scholarships can apply online on the Career and Scholarship Opportunities tab at

The application deadline is January 31st.

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