Adult, Teen and Family Programs

Below is a list of all our Adult, Teen, and Family Programs. Please scroll through the page to learn more information about each program or to register. 

Educational Programs
  • Eat Your Weeds
  • BESMART: Gun Safety Program
  • All About Otters
  • True Crime Stories with Dave Grace
Cooking Programs
  • Let's Get Saucy
  • Recipe Swap
  • Vegetable Primer
  • World Cheese Taster

Professional Organization Programs
  • Beyond Spring Cleaning: Does You Home Fit Your Life?
  • On the Move: What If You Can't Take It All With You?
Races
  • Small Fry Scramble
  • Townsend's Pipeline Purge
Presentations
  • It's a Hockey Night in Pittsburgh!: 1893 to Today
  • Growing Up with Baseball in Pittsburgh
  • Western PA Sports Museum: What a Story We Have to Tell

Educational Programs


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Eat Your Weeds
  • Date: Saturday, May 7
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Instructor: Barb McMillan
  • Location: Wetlands Pavilion, Murrysville Community Park
  • Fee: No Fee 
  • Register Now
Yank! Pull! Dig! Spray! Weeding is a gardener's most dreaded task!  But did you know that you can eat many common weeds like dandelions, Canada thistle, garlic mustard, burdock, even Japanese knotweed? Learn to use weeds as ingredients in your favorite recipes and eliminate the need for most herbicides, increase beneficial pollinators and brighten your attitude toward gardening as you actively search for edible weeds rather than fighting them. This program is presented by Barb McMillan on behalf of Penn State Extension.
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BESMART: Gun Safety Program

PROGRAM CANCELLED

  • Date: Wednesday, May 25
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Instructor: Beth Foringer
  • Location: Murrysville Community Center
  • Fee: No Fee
BeSMART for Kids is an educational public health campaign for adults about safe gun storage.  The goal of the training is to prevent access to guns by children and other people who are at risk of harming themselves or others. Gun locks will be given away at the program.


All About Otters
  • Date: Saturday, July 9
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Instructors: Game Warden Mike Papinchak and Sue Miller
  • Location: Murrysville Community Park, Wetlands Pavilion
  • Fee: No Fee
  • Register Now (Registration isn't required for this program)
Sue Miller, Murrysville volunteer and passionate naturalist, is hosting All About Otters in collaboration with PA State Game Warden, Mike Papinchack. Learn about these extremely curious and playful animals that are found throughout most of North America. Sue will also talk about the Purple Martins that nest at the Wetlands. Registration is not required for this program, drop-ins welcomed.
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True Crime Stories with Retired US DOJ Senior Special Agent Dave Grace
  • Date: Thursday, April 28
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Instructor: Dave Grace
  • Location: Murrysville Community Center
  • Fee: No Fee
  • Register Now (or call 724-327-2100 x131 or 115)
Calling all true crime fans! The Murrysville Lions Club is hosting a FREE evening of true tales with retired US DOJ Senior Special Agent Dave Grace, who will delve into the details of some of the most popular crime cases and give personal insight as he has worked on many you may know. If you're a true crime fan you won't want to miss this night!
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Cooking Programs

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Let's Get Saucy
  • Date: Wednesday April 27
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Instructor: Erica Etzler
  • Location: Murrysville Community Center
  • Fee: $20.00
  • Register Now
Looking to ‘up your game’ in the kitchen, but don’t have time or energy to take on another project? Erica will show you some basic sauces made from ingredients you may already have in your kitchen that you can use to add some real variety and flare to things you are already cooking or assembling. You will see the making of 5 sauces: a Bechamel, Chimichurri, Pan Sauce, Asian Dipping Sauce, and Hollandaise.
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Recipe Swap
  • Date: Thursday, June 23
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Instructor: Erica Etzler
  • Location: Murrysville Community Center
  • Fee: No Fee but bring your favorite recipe to share
  • Register Now
Dinnertime:  A time when you connect with family and recharge.  But is it?  Or has it become stressful?  Being pressed for time, getting kids to activities, sticking to a budget, trying to figure out what's healthy, having picky eaters in the family: all these factors make it a challenge to get dinner on the table. Erica Etzler, Murrysville Mom, Volunteer, and food enthusiast, invites you to join her for a recipe and idea swap. Bring your favorite “go-to” recipe to share with the group! We will discuss recipes that work for us, and tips and tricks we use to get dinner on the table. Erica will review some clever ways to store recipes, including a few apps that make this simple. Snacks made with some wonderful foods from Murrysville Farmer's Market Vendors will be served. We will collect the recipes we love and share with the group. Please join us!


Vegetable Primer
  • Date: Wednesday, September 7
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Instructor: Erica Etzler
  • Location: Murrysville Community Center
  • Fee: $20.00
  • Register Now 
Have you ever walked through the produce department or the farmer’s market wondering what many of the vegetables are? Possibly you pass them by and reach for your basic carrots, celery and potatoes.  Variety adds interest and something healthy to the table!  Let's explore some of these less frequently used vegetables.  Have you tried a turnip or some fennel? How about watercress?  Or a chayote squash?  Erica will show you how to use these while making an herbed cheese snack, salad, and soup we will all enjoy together.
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World Cheese Taster
  • Date: Thursday, October 20 
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Instructor: Erica Etzler
  • Location: Murrysville Community Center
  • Fee: $20.00
  • Register Now
Standing at the cheese counter can feel daunting. There are so many different varieties, and many are from other countries. You may wonder which cheeses are for cooking and which go out on the table with fruit or crackers. Erica will explain the basics of how the cheese is categorized, stored, and served. During our time together we will enjoy some world-famous cheeses that you may not have tried but may want to serve at your next gathering of friends and family.  Everyone will go home with the ‘menu’ of cheese we sampled, and information about where to find these and how to serve them.
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Professional Organizing Programs

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Beyond Spring Cleaning: Does Your Home Fit Your Life?
  • Date: Tuesday, April 26
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM
  • Instructor: Jody Adams, Certified Professional Organizer
  • Location: Murrysville Community Center
  • Fee: $15.00
  • Register Now
Do you feel like you have too much stuff and not enough space? If you’re frustrated, overwhelmed, or not sure what to do, join Jody Adams, Certified Professional Organizer and owner of In Its Place for helpful hints and ways that you can begin to clear out what you no longer need so you can make space in your home and schedule for what matters most in your life.
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On the Move: What If You Can't Take It All With You?
  • Date: Tuesday, June 7
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM
  • Instructor Jody Adams, Certified Professional Organizer
  • Location: Murrysville Community Center
  • Fee: $15.00
  • Register Now
If you are planning to downsize or will be helping your parents transition out of their long-time home, there is no time like the present to begin. Jody Adams, Certified Professional Organizer and owner of In Its Place can help you start the process of decluttering, decision making, and downsizing so you can make the move with more confidence and less stress. 
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Races

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Small Fry Scramble
  • Ages: 12 and Under
  • Date: Wednesday, June 15
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: Townsend Park
  • Fee: $15.00+
  • Register Now
Townsend Park’s Small Fry Scramble is a non-competitive FUN run for children ages 12 and under. Ages 12 and under will have the option to run a half-mile, one-mile, or two-mile course, collecting stickers along the route! Volunteers will be cheering along the courses so that all runners are supervised during the entire event. Parents are welcome to run along with their child. All “Scramblers” receive a custom t-shirt, race bib, swag bag and a post-race party. Find event details and registration at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Murrysville/SmallFryScramble.
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2021 Pipeline Purge Runner

Townsend's Pipeline Purge: Saturday, September 17
  • Ages: 16 and Up
  • Date: Saturday, September 17
  • Time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Location: Townsend Park
  • Fee: $30.00 +
  • Register Now
Can you survive our 2nd annual Purge? With elevation spiking near 1350 feet and elevation gain of 450 feet, Townsend’s Pipeline Purge will push your body to the limit. How many one-mile laps can you run in our time limit?! Relax at the post-race Pipeline party with Sly Fox Brewery. All participants receive a Purge t-shirt and custom glass; top survivors get custom trophies! Find race details, swag, awards, and registration fees at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Murrysville/TownsendsPipelinePurge.
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Presentations

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It's a Hockey Night in Pittsburgh!: 1893 to Today
  • Ages: All ages
  • Date: Wednesday, June 22
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Murrysville Municipal Building, Council Chambers
  • Fee: Free
  • Instructor: Heinz History Center
  • Register Now
Tracing Pittsburgh’s hockey history from its beginnings in Oakland to the PPG Paints Arena.


Growing Up with Baseball in Pittsburgh
  • Ages: All ages
  • Date: Monday, July 25
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Murrysville Municipal Building, Council Chambers
  • Fee: Free
  • Instructor: Heinz History Center
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A look at baseball history from the city that created the first World Series.


Western PA Sports Museum: What a Story We Have to Tell
  • Ages: All ages
  • Date: Tuesday, August 30
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Murrysville Municipal Building, Council Chambers
  • Fee: Free
  • Instructor: Heinz History Center
  • Register Now
Featuring highlight artifacts from the Sports Museum, this talk demonstrates that no other US city of our size has achieved the level of success that Pittsburgh has in such a wide variety of sports.