Community Events at Penn Forest


Saturday, August 20th. Death Café at Penn Forest.

Death Café is an international open community where people, often strangers, come together to talk about death, drink tea, and eat delicious cake! The next meeting of the Pittsburgh Death Café will be held August 20th at 6pm in the meadow at Penn Forest. In case of rain, the Death Café will take place the following day, Sunday, August 21st. You can RSVP for this event on Facebook or email To get regular Death Café email updates visit Death Café Pittsburgh or to learn more:

Saturday, September 17th. Tree ID Walk.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to identify various tree species just by their leaves and bark? Here’s your chance. Join us at Penn Forest on Saturday morning, September 17th, at 10:00 am when Jerad Manzo, Urban Forestry Manager for the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, leads us on an hour long tree ID hike at Penn Forest. Wear hiking shoes. Light refreshments will be provided.

More “Blacksmithing for Beginners” Classes at Penn Forest’s Returning Home Farm.

The first series of blacksmithing classes was completely subscribed, so Ben will be offering more classes. If you missed the first time, here is your chance to take the classes. Blacksmithing is the art of shaping and forming iron-based metals. Iron and steel are wonderful media because they are so prevalent in society, and so adaptable. The modern day smith is able to reclaim discarded pieces of metal and turn them into functional and beautiful items.

In this two-class intro course, students learn the fundamental skills of blacksmithing as well as some of the history and science behind this age-old craft. Students complete several small pieces of their own and learn the skills necessary to attend open forge times. Class size will be kept to two students per course for maximum attention and personalization

All classes will be held at The Blacksmith Shop at Penn Forest’s Returning Home Farm off of Return Road in Penn Hills.

The same two-class course will be offered 4 times:
Wednesday, Aug. 10 (6:00pm – 9:00pm) and Wednesday, Aug. 17 (6:00pm – 9:30pm)
Saturday, August 20 (10:00am – 1:30pm) and Sunday, August 21 (10:00am – 2:00pm)
Saturday, Sept. 17 (10:00am – 1:30pm) and Sunday, Sept. 18 (10:00am – 2:00pm)

The course is taught by local blacksmith Benjamin Barron of Darkbird Ironworks. Ben has been blacksmithing for almost three years and working with non-ferrous metals for over four years. He has studied with multiple instructors and is passionate about local production and sustainability.

To ask questions or sign up, contact Ben at or 412-607-7656.


September 20th, October 3rd, October 20th and November 4th.

“Approaching the Unapproachable: Finding Peace in Preparedness”.  FREE EDUCATIONAL SERIES open to the public. Family Hospice and Palliative Care and Home Instead Senior Care are partnering to offer this free educational program on important end-of-life issues. There will be four different workshops—attend any or all of them. All sessions will be held at Family Hospice Auditorium in Mt. Lebanon, 50 Moffett Street Pittsburgh, PA 15243.

RSVP is appreciated but not required: contact Pat Ruma 412-595-7554

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | 1 – 2 p.m. “Organ Donation: The Gift of Life,” Presented by Katelynn Metz, CORE, Community Outreach Coordinator

Monday, October 3, 2016 | 10 – 11 a.m. “Cremation, Conversation, and Celebration,” Presented by Chris Crompton, John F. Slater Funeral Home, Community Outreach Coordinator

Thursday, October 20, 2016 | 4 – 5 p.m. “Funeral Trends: Past, Present, and Future,” Presented by Pete McQuillin, Funeral Consumers Alliance Speakers Bureau, Manager of Penn Forest Natural Burial Park

Friday, November 4, 2016 | 2 – 3 p.m. “Honoring Those Who Served: Veterans Care and Assistance,” Presented by Scott Beinhauer, Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Director of Operations, and Ron Hestdalen, Director of National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

Saturday, October 1st. Annual Memorial Tree Planting.
This year’s tree planting will be held on October 1st at 10:00 am. If you would like to plant a tree in honor of someone, please send Pete an email ( and he will send you a tree order form. If you can’t make it on October 1st, you can still buy a tree, and we will plant your tree for you. In September, we’ll send you a reminder.