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Upcoming Events: FosterCat Spaghetti Dinner, Pet Memorial Sunday and September Events

table of merchandise
My display of goods from FosterCat

I have a very busy weekend coming up! September 12, 13 and 14 are all claimed for events, two of them as a vendor and one as a speaker. Here is the list, and read more details of each event below.


Friday, September 12, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Carnegie Crawl

Feline, wildlife and nature merchandise, prints, originals, cards and more.


Saturday, September 13, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., FosterCat Spaghetti Dinner

Feline-themed items only, as well as a chance to win a certificate for a custom commissioned portrait!


Sunday, September 14, 2:00 to 3:30, Pet Memorial Sunday

No merchandise, but I’ll be speaking for the event.

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The Carnegie Crawl, Friday September 12, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

art and merchandise display
My last display at the Carnegie Crawl.

Even though I don’t have a business on Main Street the organizers asked me to participate, I’ve set up with other businesses and this month once again I’ll be at 423 West Main Street, Carnegie PA 15106near Carnegie Antiques. I’ll have as much art and merchandise as I can possible fit into the space, including, of course, my paintings and photos of Carnegie as well as my feline and animal paintings and merchandise, a mix of original art, prints, canvases and handmade items such as my wood-mounted art and keepsake boxes, and of course my feline garden flags.

The Carnegie Crawl happens the second Friday of every month, May through September, so this is nominally the last one for this year! The crawl goes from Black Lamb Consignments at 323 East Main Street (Corner of 50 and Main) to Carnegie Antiques at 423 West Main Street. Flyers with maps will be provided for “crawlers” to explore Carnegie and visit all the Crawl sites. Get your flyer stamped at each participating location and enter to win a great prize at the end of our Crawl season in September. I’ll update with this information as soon as I have it. Admission is free.

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The Ninth Annual FosterCat Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday, September 13, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

table of merchandise
My display of goods from FosterCat.


St. Catherine of Siena Church
McCann Hall (lower level)
1907 Broadway Avenue
Beechview, PA

The menu includes spaghetti with a choice of either meat or meatless sauce, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert. Takeout orders will be available. Helping to raise more funds in addition to the meal prices, Chinese auction items including restaurant and other gift certificates donated by local businesses will be on display. You can also buy tickets for the 50/50 raffle and cat toys and other items will be offered for sale at the event.

I have donated a certificate for $125.00 toward a custom commissioned portrait, so stop by and take your chances on winning that and other wonderful gifts!

Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under. You can purchase tickets at the door, visit to purchase on line or call FosterCat at 412-481-9144. Visit the FosterCat website for more information on the dinner

And adoptable kitties will be there too!

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Pet Memorial Sunday, Sunday, September 14, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

pet memorial sunday
Pet Memorial Sunday, a Day for Remembering

I will not have merchandise or be a vendor in any way at this event, but I will be assisting Deb and I will be a speaker.

The ceremony is on Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Melrose Cemetery in Bridgeville.

As part of the ceremony, speakers discuss our relationships with our pets before and after their death. Dr. Brad Carmichael of Pleasant Valley Veterinary Hospital in McMurray PA, will speak on “Our Last Moments Together”, Elizabeth Babcock, LCSW, will speak on “Our Grief Response”. I offer my insights on why, after experiencing such grief, many of us choose again to open our hearts to pets in “Loving Again After Loss”.

These speakers are followed by “Words of Tribute” written by pet owners and read by the Deb and me. While holding a lit candle, attendees are given a Release Recitation focusing on the transition to being in this life to being a treasured memory.

One of the most touching parts of the ceremony is the dove release. To symbolize letting go, a single white dove is offered to each person to touch. Each touch is like a final goodbye before that dove is set free, followed by the rest of the flock. The gathering will be held under a tent in the cemetery rain or shine. Light refreshments served afterward as families are invited to share their experiences with each other and speak to the presenters.

Please RSVP

For more information or to RSVP, please visit or call Deb at 412-220-7800 by Friday, September 12. If you wish to compose a tribute, please send that by Friday, September 12. The Pet Memorial Sunday page on the site includes an e-mail address and fax for Deb as well as instructions for composing and sending your Words of Tribute.

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cats and kittens
Gallery view of Pittsburgh CAT cats for adoption.

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

© 2014 | | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!




From health and welfare to rescue and adoption stories, advocacy and art, factual articles and fictional stories, "The Creative Cat" offers both visual and verbal education and entertainment about cats for people who love cats, pets and animals of all species.

2 thoughts on “Upcoming Events: FosterCat Spaghetti Dinner, Pet Memorial Sunday and September Events

  • On Pet Memorial Sunday, please give the dove a very gentle, loving stroke for me. Thanks.


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