Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Allegheny General Rated one of Top U.S. Hospitals for Safety


A recent article in AARP The Magazine noted that Leapfrog Group gave Allegheny General an “A” rating for safety based on seven criteria including medication errors, infection confinement and surgical errors.

Go the Hospital Safety Score link to find our more about Allegheny’s rating and to check on ratings of other hospitals in the Pittsburgh area.  Hospital Safety Score

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Monday, April 29, 2013

2013 Pittsburgh Marathon - Sunday May 5

Congratulations Pittsburgh - all running positions for the longer distances are sold out!

You can still sign up for the 5K Run, Kids Marathon and the Pet Walk. You can also still sign up to volunteer.

To support specific runners or simply enjoy the neighborhool festivities go to the   
Dick's Pittsburgh Marathon to find out more!

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Plan your Recycling of Hard-to Recycle Items


The Pennsylvania Resources Council collects computers, televisions and other hard-to-recycle items. No charge for computers, televisions, cell phones, printer toner cartridges, compact fluorescent lights, EPS packaging foam (marked No. 6) and polystyrene (new item). 

For a fee you can drop off paper for shredding, alkaline batteries, fluorescent tubes, specialty lights and small appliances containing Freon.
Call for more info (412-488-7452) or go to the links below.

Collections are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at  the places listed below.
• June 8 at Steel City Harley-Davidson, Washington County.
• Aug. 17 at City of Pittsburgh Environmental Services, Strip District.
• Oct. 5 at The Mall at Robinson.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

FREE music and musical family activities with the Orchestra of the Alleghenies

Join the Orchestra of the Alleghenies for a fun, FREE day of musical
activities at Barnes and Noble Settlers Ridge. Proceeds from book and cafe sales during the day benefit the orchestra!

The Orchestra is a professional, non-profit orchestra that has been performing in the Pittsburgh region for over 50 years.

Location: Barnes and Noble Settlers Ridge (Robinson), 800 Settlers Ridge Center
, 15202
Date: Saturday April 27, 2013
Time: 10am-5pm
Cost: FREE

If you purchase something, please remember to mention the orchestra at checkout so your purchases support the orchestra!

Story time is at 10 am and there is an American Girl event at 1pm. Check the Orchestra’s website for the other activities.
Symphony of the Alleghenies

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Family Priced Tickets at Pittsburgh Playhouse

During the last few performances of the season, tickets are family-priced at $7 each!Plays for children include:
Honk Jr. -  A modern version of The Ugly Duckling
Huck Finn - Mark Twain's classic
Afternoon of the Elves - The story of an elf village and a friendship between two girls.

Read the play outlines on the Playhouse website to make sure the plays will be enjoyable for the children you intend to bring.

Date: May 11 – 26, 2013
Time: 2pm & 7pm Saturdays and 2pm Sundays
Cost: $7

Location: 222 Craft Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (in Oakland)Phone: (412) 392-8000

Find out more about the plays, parking, tickets, etc here Pittsburgh Playhouse
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Garden Club of Forest Hills continues flowering after 90 years

In honor of the club's birthday celebration continues on Arbor Day, April 26, with the planting of a columnar maple at Forest Hills Park with a plaque commemorating the club's 90 years of service to the community.
Other festivities include a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4; a plant auction from 7 to 9:30 p.m. May 8 with plants from members' gardens and local nurseries; and a flower show, 90 Years of Celebrating Women, at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 16 featuring arrangements designed by club members.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Play Day! at Carnegie Museums and Library in Oakland


Bring your playful streak, and celebrate the Month of the Young Child—a time to recognize the importance of quality early learning experiences for all children.

Come for a fun-filled day of exploration and participatory activities for kids and families inside and outside the Carnegie Museums and Carnegie Library in Oakland! Sponsored by TEIS Early Intervention Provider

Start:   April 27, 2013 10:00 am
End:    April 27, 2013 3:00 pm
Cost:    Kids 12 and under are free!
Venue: Carnegie Museums and Library in Oakland

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 Play Day
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Market 2013

IIn honor of Earth Day, Earth Market 2013 encourages Pittsburgh to get out and play in Pittsburgh’s beautiful parks, trails and rivers. Play encourages environmental stewardship by building relationships with the outdoor environment, maintains healthy minds and bodies through exercise and increases community and family bonds!

Activities include a 1,000 tree giveaway and:
• Interactive ecological games and displays
• Environmental Education through Green Magic Tricks
• Community Green Champion Award Presentations

Location: Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh
Dates: Wednesday, April 24th 2013 Time: 11:00a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Find out more about city events at the link below
Earth Week

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

REI Earth Day Cleanup of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail


Join REI, the Friends of the Riverfront and Allegheny CleanWays to celebrate Earth Day while performing maintenance on the South Side Segment of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and shore line. Register and recieve a free REI "Get Dirty" volunteer t-shirt at the event

Spots are limited and registration is required. Please visit the Web site for more information and the registration form

When: Monday, April 22, 2013, 5 – 8pm
Where: South Side Riverfront Trail

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Nature in the Park – Frick Park

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of family friendly and adult nature walks throughout the 151-acre nature reserve. Walks start at 1pm and leave every hour on the hour. There are multiple walks per hour.

Location: Frick Environmental Center 2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Date: Sunday, April 21

Go to the Center's link below to find out more about the Nature Walk and other interesting events at Frick Park and other nearby Pittsburgh parks.
Frick Environmental Center

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Friendship Flower & Folk Festival


This is a laid-back, family-friendly event full of fun with folk music, fresh flowers, raffles, demonstrations and locally grown flowers, vegetables, herbs and perennials for sale – the proceeds support the maintenance of Baum Grove, Friendship’s own greenspace.

There will also be yummy food tables, raffle tickets, children’s items, a book sale and more.

Location: Baum Grove (intersection of Harriet, Fairmount and Roup), Friendship, Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday, May 11, 2013
11am until 4pm
Free to attend

For more information, or to order flowers, call 412-441-6147 x 7.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

 Where The Wild Things Are Tiny Tots Concert

Take advantage of FREE performances at Heinz Hall this season for the littlest of symphony-goers. Join the PSO and Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh in a symphonic reading of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are.

Reservations are required. Please visit the website below for full details and to make your reservation. Tiny Tots is only for children aged 3 and older.

Location: Heinz Hall
Date: May 8, 2013
Time: 9:30am and 11:30am (11:30 show is already full!)
Cost: FREE

Click below for more information
PSO Tiny Tots
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Good Fridays at the Warhol


The Andy Warhol Museum offers half price admission every Friday evening from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm.  Discounted admission is half-price. As always, Carnegie Museum members are free.  They also offer a cash bar in the lobby if you like.  Many Good Fridays also offer special programs including music, film, performances and more.  Their website gives specific details on weekly programming (additional ticket pricing may apply).



117 Sandusky Street, North Side
Pittsburgh, PA  15212
 Go to the links below for more information -

The Warhol Museum
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Free Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra Performance

Special Collaborative Concert at Heinz Hall: “Celebrating the Next Generation“.
Featuring the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra with instrumental and vocal ensembles from Duquesne University  and Carnegie   Mellon University.
Program will include music of Mahler, Theofanidis, Kodaly, Budavari, and Schmidt.

Location: Heinz Hall, 6th Street & Penn Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh
Date and Time: April 23, 2013  at 7:30 PM
Cost: Free, but tickets are required through the Heinz Hall box office – donations accepted.

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Pittsburgh Youth Symphony

Saturday, April 13, 2013

JP5K Race and Family Fun Day

Families with young children are invited for a fun morning of free activities: 5K run/walk and 5-mile run starting at 9am, a resource fair and activities from 10:30am to 12:30pm. 

Come join us as we share our vision for a crisis nursery in Pittsburgh.

Location: North Park Boat House, Allison Park
Date: Saturday, April 27th
Time: Run at 9:00am and Family Fun at 10:30am
Cost: Free Family Fun Day

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 Jeremiah's Place
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Friday, April 12, 2013

FREE Intro to Rowing


Open to adults ages 18 and up and juniors ages 12 and up who want to learn the skill of rowing. This course is taught mainly off of the water through the indoor erg machines with a short time getting in position on the water using pontoon rowing boats. This free session will be followed with Saturday morning Learn to Row weekly rowing classes that provide a more in-depth training into rowing on the river.

Completion of a six week Learn to Row class gives adult participants the chance to join Beginner and eventually Intermediate and Advanced weekly rowing classes. Junior participants have the chance to join a Learn to Row after school or summer camp and eventually the option to row on an SCRC recreational or competitive teams.

Location: Steel City Rowing Club Boathouse, 101 Arch Street, Verona PA 15147
Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 11AM – 12:30PM
Cost: FREE

Check here for more information about the May 4 session and about rowing camps. 
Steel City Rowing Club

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

South Side Public Art the Focus of Walking Tour for People and Their Dogs

The walking tours focus on only two or three works and the OPA tries to have an expert in that art work join the tour. "What we really love is when artists who made these works are able to be on the tour.” said OPA Director Renee Piechocki. 
 The South Side art walk with focus on Tim Kaulen’s The Workers sculpture and James O’Toole’s Steelworkers Monument, and both artists will be part of the tour.

While the guided tours provide more of a focus on individual pieces, Piechocki said everyone is welcome to do self-guided tours of areas such as downtown and Oakland. Guides are available on the website noted below

The South Side Art in Public Places guided walk takes place rain or shine Saturday starting at noon. Friendly, on-leash dogs are welcome. The cost is $7 in advance or $10 on site.

 Find out more at the links below

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale


Want to buy or sell children's clothing and other items?

Just Between Friends (or JBF) is a children's consignment sale that is held twice a year in the spring and again the fall. Go to the link below to find out more:  how to sell your items, when to buy and how to register for a free admission pass.
Admission is $3 on Friday and is free on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday also features many items at 50% off.

Location: Robert Morris University Island Sports Center
Date: May 3-5, 2013
Time: Go to the link below for 
specific event times
Helpful links 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Children’s Heritage Day at Depreciation Lands Museum

Plan ahead for this! At Children’s Heritage Day, children of all ages can discover (or rediscover) the self-propelled fun of marbles, jump ropes, hop-scotch, playground games, and blowing soap bubbles. Make a simple toy at the craft table, visit the schoolhouse to see how the children of the 1880s learned to read, watch the blacksmith at work, buy some penny candy at the Mercantile, do chores in the log cabin, listen to children’s stories from long ago, or give the Pocket Lady 50 cents and she will let you pick a tiny treasure from her apron pockets!

Location: Depreciation Lands Museum, 4743 S. Pioneer Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101
Date: Sunday, 5/5/13
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $5 adults, $3 children; members $3 adults, $1 children

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Depreciation Lands Museum
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Monday, April 8, 2013

Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer

Half-price Early-bird special from 10:00-11:30am to the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer. All six floors of the History Center will come alive with ‘60s vintage clothing, classic cars, games, DJs, and special guests as part of the Vintage Pittsburgh event on Sat., April 13, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh native and actress Barbara Feldon will discuss her famous role as “Agent 99” on the television show “Get Smart,” which was among the top-rated shows in 1968.

Location: Heinz History Center
Date: April 13, 2013
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am (Early bird discount times)
Cost: Half-Price admission ($7.50) This is a good deal!

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Art All Night

Art All Night is an annual grassroots event and celebration of the arts held in Lawrenceville.

The event promotes artistic expression in all walks of life and also encourages children to be actively involved by contributing artwork and engaging in on-site arts activities. The show includes and attracts seniors, long-term residents, novice artists, educators, students, and seasoned professionals.

Location: Willow Street Development, 4001 Willow Street (at the corner of Willow & 4oth St.), Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Saturday April 27 through Sunday April 28, 2013
Time: 4pm on Saturday until 2pm Sunday
Cost: Free to attend and exhibit

For additional information about contributing and attending the event and about local real estate , please visit the websites below

Art All Night
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Ready to Explore 18th Century History? Visit Woodville Plantation

Woodville, the John and Presley Neville house, is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s principal link to the late 18th century, interpreting the time period of 1780-1820 and documenting the lives of the three families that resided there, the Nevilles (1775-1815), the Cowans (1815-1835), and the Wrenshalls (1835-1975).

 Woodville Plantation is conveniently located near Interstate 79 and PA 50, about twenty minutes southwest of downtown Pittsburgh.
Woodville is open to the public year round. The grounds are open for self-guided tours Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 am – 6 pm. The house is open for guided tours every Sunday from 1 pm – 4 pm.
Get directions and find out about special events here Woodville Plantation
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pittsburgh's Tartan Day Celebration


 From the framers of the Declaration of Independence to the first man on the moon, Scottish-Americans have contributed mightily to the fields of the arts, science, politics, law, and more. Today, over 11million Americans claim Scottish and Scotch-Irish roots -- making them the eighth largest ethnic group in the United States.
 Pittsburgh's Tartan Day Celebration is a family oriented festival of Scottish customs and culture featuring the MacDonald Pipe Band, the Southminister Bell Ringers, singer- Caitasaigh, bagpipers, highland and country dancing, Scottish clans and foods, children's activities, workshops and demonstrations, raffles, Scots Gaelic language lessons, reenactors, the "Basket of Cheer", spinning and weaving, and MUCH more.

Bethel Presbyterian Church
2999 Bethel Church Road
Bethel ParkPA 15102

Explore your Scottish roots and interests. All are welcome. Spend a day in Scotland
10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013

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Tartan Day
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pittsburgh is one of only 14 US cities where hiring topped Pre-Recession Level

Only 14 of the nation's 100 biggest metropolitan areas have more jobs now than they did before the 2008-09 recession. Six of them are in Texas, according to researchers at the Brookings Institution, who recently analyzed local economic conditions through the end of 2012. All of the 14 appear to have benefited in some way from a stable employment base, anchored by either universities, government agencies or high-tech hubs, helping residents avoid the worst of the job losses suffered by other areas.

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US Hiring Levels

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Children's Story Hour at East End Book Exchange

 Free children’s story hour with Melissa Havran, author of “Ava, American Dreamer,” a picture book for children.  “Ava, American Dreamer” is the story of Ava, whose dreams put her in different points in American history.  In this book, Ava meets George Washington. Healthy snacks will be provided.  This event is free and open to the public.

Location: East End Book Exchange, 4754 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Saturday, April 6th, 2013
Time: 2pm-3pm
Cost: FREE

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East End Book Exchange