Sewickley’s Nonprofit Nook for the week of Could 18, 2021

Editor’s Note: The Nonprofit Corner is a new weekly listing of charitable events and fundraisers in the Sewickley area. To list your information, email the Sewickley Herald editor, Katie Green, at

Tull family theater

418 Walnut St., Sewickley. 412-259-8542.

Science on Screen Finale

June 1 is the 2021 finale of the Tull Family Theater’s Science on Screen series. Dr. Andrew Schwartz, a neurobiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, has shown that quadriplegics can use their thoughts to move a robotic arm.

Starting at 7pm, Schwartz will showcase his groundbreaking work in the field of brain-computer interfaces in a pre-screening presentation of In Silico, a new documentary about an ambitious plan to create a computer model of the human brain.

Schwartz’s research focuses on basic scientific principles governing what scientists refer to as voluntary arm and hand movement and has fueled the development of neural prosthetics.

After his team decoded neural signals in monkeys to reproduce detailed arm, wrist, and finger movements, Schwartz and his Pitt colleagues demonstrated the powerful potential of this technology in two volunteers with quadriplegia. One guided a robotic arm with her mind, fed herself chocolate, and the other bumped President Obama in the fists.

After Schwartz’s presentation, the audience will show “In Silico”, which is studying a 10-year search funded by billions of euros to simulate the entire human brain on supercomputers. Along the way, the film reveals a controversial space in which scientific process meets ego and the lines between objectivity and ambition become blurred.

Tickets are available online or in the theater. The non-profit cinema is one of only 37 art houses across the country selected to participate in Science on Screen, an initiative by the Coolidge Corner Theater supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Fern Hollow Nature Center

1901 Glen Mitchell Road, Sewickley Heights. 412-741-6136.

National Get Outdoors Day

In honor of National Get Outdoors Day, the Fern Hollow Nature Center is hosting two community events on the weekend of June 11-13. All weekend donations are matched by the Fern Hollow Nature Center board of directors.

Dinner will be held in Fern Hollow on June 11th from 6pm to 9pm.

The evening event for adults only (guests must be over 21 years old) includes a starter station, four food stations, a dessert and an open bar. There is live music and games in the garden.

Local artist Susannah Klinvex will create a painting live at the event, which will be auctioned at the end of the night. Guests also have the opportunity to win other great competitions.

Tickets to the event are limited and cost $ 100 per person for Fern Hollow members or $ 115 per person for the general public. To purchase tickets, visit

A family celebration will be held at Fern Hollow on June 12th from 5pm to 7pm, free and open to the public. The afternoon begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Natural Outdoor Classroom, which has recently undergone major renovations.

Bring the kids with you for an afternoon of outdoor activities, including court games, face painting, scavenger hunts, guided meadow walks, and much more. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase your meal at the B’s Sip of Summer Food Truck and in the desert from the Sewickley Confectionery ice cream truck.

Participation is limited due to restrictions. All events follow the current Covid guidelines.

Mary & Alexander Laughlin Children’s Center

424 Frederick Ave., Sewickley. 412-741-4087.

CARE workshops (Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement)

CARE training with an educational component and active practice for general use by adults interacting with children of all ages in a variety of settings. Adults who are clinicians benefit from the training as well as roles such as receptionist, preschool teacher, daycare center, medical provider, parent or foster parent.

Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement is trauma-informed, on-site initiated training for non-clinical adults. The training is not a therapy but is based on principles taught in parent-child interaction therapy.

Two workshops will be offered June 11-12, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and cost $ 100 per participant

The Village Preschool personal registration

Registration for The Village Preschool is currently being accepted.

The 3-year-old program takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Classes are limited to 12 children. Children must be 3 years old by September 1st. It costs $ 50 to register and tuition is nine monthly payments of $ 225.

The program for 4 year olds is Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classes are limited to 18 children. Children must be 4 years old by September 1st. It costs $ 50 to register and tuition is nine monthly payments of $ 400.

Classes are purposely small to allow the school’s skilled, caring, and experienced teachers to get to know your child well and to leverage the Laughlin Children’s Center’s over 60 years of multidisciplinary experience to help your child grow.

For more information, contact Karen Borland at 412-741-4087 or

Sewickley Valley YMCA

625 Blackburn Road, Sewickley. 412-741-9622.

Online training session

Sewickley Valley YMCA, Rep. Valerie Gaydos, and the Alzheimer’s Association are jointly sponsoring an online educational session titled “Healthy Living for the Brain and Body” on Zoom on June 3rd at 12:00 noon.

The session will be presented by Dori L. Owczarzak, MS, RD, LDN of the Alzheimer’s Association. We have known for centuries that brain and body health are interrelated. But now science can provide insight into how lifestyle choices can help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Learn about research on diet, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement, and use handy tools to incorporate these recommendations into a healthy aging plan.

The session is free and open to the public. Register at or by calling 1-800-272-3900.

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