Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Chili with the Works

Vote for your favorite local chili at the 3rd Annual 2012 Spring Arts & Chili Festival at the South Side Works on Saturday, April 14.  Dozens of area restaurants will offer up samples of their chili from 2-8pm in hopes of being named Best in the ‘Burgh!  Enjoy chili samples, a children’s area, live music on two stages, sidewalk sales, and more.  Between tastings, visit the I Made It!Market, with over 50 vendors showcasing local arts and crafts.  After the chili, stay for a street party from 8-11pm.

Attendance is free. Chili tastings are 4 for $5, 8 for $8, and 12 for $11. $1 off all packages with a college ID.  In case of rain, the festival will be rescheduled for May 12th.

South Side Works
27th & Sidney Streets, South Side

Get more details here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Art in the City April 3-12

Stop by the City-County Building downtown for ArtWORKS, an exhibit of art and crafts by our talented city employees.  The exhibit, featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media and crafts, is free to the public and will be open weekdays 8am–5pm from April 2nd through 12th.  An opening reception will be held April 3rd from 5:30-8 pm.

Find out more at the Citiparks website or call 412-665-3665.

Monday, March 19, 2012

31st Latin American and Caribbean Festival

A Pittsburgh tradition since 1979, the 31st Latin American and Caribbean Festival will be held Saturday, March 31 at the William Pitt Union, Oakland.  The festival is a free cultural event, attracting thousands of individuals from a multicultural community.

Visitors will find booths offering the authentic cuisine of Peru, Cuba, Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica.  Enjoy local and international musicians, traditional dance, handmade arts and crafts, and children’s activities.  Among the over 30 organizations present will be many local language and service groups with a Latin American and Caribbean emphasis.  Learn to speak Portuguese, or where to go to Tango in Pittsburgh!

Saturday, March 31, 2012
noon until midnight
Free and open to the public

William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland
For more information, visit the Festival website.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Register Now for the 2012 Great Race!

Registration is open for the 35th running of the Great Race, set for Sunday, September 30, 2012.  The Great Race, established in 1977 as a 10K race by the late Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri, has grown to include a 5K run/walk, running clinic, two-day exposition and children’s race.

The Great Race is largest 10K race in Pennsylvania and the 10th largest in the nation.  The increasingly popular 5K run/walk option makes it accessible to individuals of all ages and athletic abilities.

A new fee structure for 2012 encourages runners and walkers to register early and bring a friend.  Now through July 31, registration is $25 per person or $40 for two.  Registration will go up to $30 per person on August 1st.

Visit the GreatRace website to learn more about the race and race related activities, including volunteer opportunities, the Great Race Expo,  the Running Clinic and the Junior Great Race.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Flock to the National Aviary!

Did you know that the National Aviary is located right here on Pittsburgh’s North Side? 
The Aviary features over 600 birds from around the world and offers a variety of educational, outreach and scouting programs, for students from preschool through adult.  Visitors can feed the birds, frolic with flamingos, penguins, owls or parrots, enjoy a show featuring rare and unusual birds in flight, or visit the aviary hospital to see the latest in avian medical care. Many other special events and lectures are scheduled throughout the year.

Tot Tuesdays are a special time for little bird watchers.  Children five years and younger get free admission with a paying adult and can enjoy a special story time and activity just for them.
An accredited institution within the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, The National Aviary participates in the AZA Species Survival Plan, helping to ensure the survival of selected wildlife species through breeding and maintenance of a healthy, self-sustaining population, as well as a variety of other conservation activities, including research, public education, and field projects.  You can learn more about these programs on their website and during your visit.

The Aviary is a fully accessible, one-floor facility featuring both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Its one-level layout is stroller and wheelchair friendly, so that all nature lovers can get close to and interact with the birds.

The National Aviary is open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  General admission is $13, $11 for children and $12 for seniors 60 and over.  Children 5 and under are admitted free on Tuesdays and senior admission is half price on Wednesdays.  Additional charges apply for some shows and encounters.

For more information, check out the National Aviary website.

National Aviary
Allegheny Commons West
700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Home & Garden Show

The Duquesne Light Home and Garden Show is the largest home event in Pennsylvania.  More than nine acres of home and garden products and services will fill the Pittsburgh Convention Center from March 2-11.  Area homeowners can see what's new, shop nearly 1600 exhibits and get advice from thousands of helpful experts.

Among this year’s offerings are:

The Special Exhibit:  Diana, The People's Princess, featuring film, photos, personal objects and displays explaining Diana's journey from childhood to Royal Princess.

A Synthetic Ice Rink made of durable plastic instead of water. Show visitors of all ages are encouraged to lace up their skates (bring your own or borrow a pair at the rink), glide out onto our 2,000 square foot surface, and see for themselves that synthetic ice is just like the real thing, all year round!

A Gluten-Free Zone offering a broad selection of quality foods, experts on Celiac and gluten problems and valuable year-round resources.

The Crawford Grill will present live jazz at the show, with students from Pittsburgh's CAPA School providing nightly entertainment. The River View Café is among more than a dozen dining options at the Show, ranging from a quick bite to a sit-down meal.

Admission includes all Show features and exhibits:  $10 for adults, Children ages 6-12: $4, Under 6: FREE.  Park at Heinz Field on the North Side for $6 - FREE continuous shuttles to the show.
March 2-11
Pittsburgh Convention Center
Downtown Pittsburgh
More information at the Home & Garden Show website.