Hi,

Birth anniversaries tomorrow include Marlon Brando (1924), Sally Rand (1904) and Washington Irving (1783).  Tweed Day Anniversary, although it’s his birth anniversary, it is also the day to recollect the effect of corruption in government.  It is estimated he stole between $30M and $200M from NYC.  Also, tomorrow is the anniversary of the Inauguration of the Pony Express (1860), blacks were ruled eligible to vote in 1944, it is the anniversary of the Fall of Richmond (1865), the Marshal Plan (1948) and the premier of 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968).

OK, I sent Mr. Negativity packing.  :)

The Rose Society experts are giving rose trimming classes at Renziehausen Park Arboretum up on the hill above McKeesport April 9 and 16 starting around 1 p.m. and are free.  My old haunt Trax’s Farm is hosting a series of  Master Gardener lectures.  On April 9, from 9:30 to 2:45 they will be talking about Designing Your Landscape, Containers by Design, Vegetable Gardening and Let’s Try Something New.  Then on April 10 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. the lectures will be Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds and Tired of Being Held Hostage by Hostas.  The cost is $15 for April 9, $7 for April 10 and $20 for both days.  Proceeds goes to the Penn State Master Gardener Program.  Details 412.473.2540.

There’s a doll show at the Four Points by Greensburg Sheraton from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 10.  All kinds of Victorian bride dolls, barbies that have never been out of their box, doll cloths, etc.  Admission is $5 adults, $1 kids with info at 724.882.0282.  And while we’re on the outskirts, the Westmoreland County Botanical Society is planning several field trips to identify wild flowers and native plants.  Hikes start at 1:30 p.m. April 10, May 1, May 15 and May 22 from various starting points.  Check the Botanical Society’s web side for details.

Very cool, Little Earth Productions are metal smiths that find new uses for things like license plates.  You can have your favorite or a vintage plate you have made into a purse, jewelery or an object d art.  Rob Brandegee and Ava DeMarco founded Little Earth in 1993 over on the Southside.  Check out their web site.

This year is the 75th anniversary of Fallingwater.  The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which operates Fallingwater is celebrating with several symposiums, the release of a new book, a pair of exhibits and a gala in the Fall (details on this still being worked out).   The first symposium is being held this Tuesday at Carnegie Museum of Art theater this Tuesday from 9 until 4:30 p.m., it is open to the public, but space is limited, call for reservations 724.329.8501.  Admission is $30.  There’s a second symposium on June 11 celebrating the release of a new book on Fallingwater.  There are two exhibits planned for the visitor’s gallery at Fallingwater “Kaufmann’s:  Pittsburgh’s Purveyor of Culture June 24 through August 28.  And a second one from September 9 through November 13 will be “Design Competition:New Cottages at Fallingwater.  There is a whole host of things inside these events like special presentations and speakers.  Check their web site for details.

Pretty good with Mr. Negativity put away,

ed :)

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