Briefs: Great Backyard Bird Count explained

| Friday, Feb. 10, 2012

You can learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count next weekend and then participate in the annual event that encourages people to help scientists gather data on the biodiversity of birds throughout the United States and Canada.

The Jennings Environmental Education Center will hold a workshop and indoor observation session from 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 18 to learn the basics of bird identification and feeding while observing birds at the feeders outside the classroom windows. Jennings staff also will explain bird count procedures and demonstrate how to submit data to the Great Backyard Bird Count website ( ).

Enrollment is limited in the workshop and participants must register with the center, which is at 2951 Prospect Road, Slippery Rock, by Tuesday. Details: 724-794-6011 or .

The official Great Backyard Bird Count takes place from Feb. 17 to 20. If you want to participate, the website has some tips.

• Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count. You can count for longer than that if you wish.

• Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time. You can print out a regional bird checklist from the website to get an idea of the kinds of birds you're likely to see in here in February.

• When you're finished, enter your results through the website.

Antiques Show & Sale set in Bethel Park

The Pittsburgh Antiques Show & Sale, in its 37th year, will take place Feb. 18 and 19 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel-Pittsburgh South in Bethel Park.

Items for sale at the event include jewelry, pottery, china, furniture, artworks, toys, glassware and primitives. There also will be a variety of antique-related services and demonstrations, including chair caning, stained glass repair and jewelry repair. The show will have information exhibits from several regional museums.

The special exhibit at this year's show, which is sponsored by the Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh, is "Women on Glass Made in America 1850-1910." It focuses on depictions of women that have appeared on glassworks.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5; early buyers from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday pay $10. Children younger than 12 are free.

The hotel is at 164 Fort Couch Road. Details: 412-734-5279 or .

Cupcake bouquets abloom with edible roses

Dozen Bake Shop is taking edible flowers to another level.

The company, which has stores in Oakland and Lawrenceville, is offering cupcake bouquets for Valentine's Day. Cake designer Megan Hart, who recently joined Dozen after a stint on TLC's "Next Great Baker," is decorating each cupcake to look like a delicate rose.

The bouquets come in three sizes -- small in a coffee mug for $25, plus medium and large in flower pots for $38 and $55. The bouquets will be available for pickup through Tuesday, but must be ordered in advance. They can be delivered for an extra $10 within five miles of the stores, or more if the location is farther away. The deadline to place delivery orders is Sunday.

The hours for both stores are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The stores are at 3511 Butler St., Lawrenceville (412-683-2327), and 417 S. Craig St., Oakland (412-682-1718).

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