Monday, June 30, 2014

Solar Concert Series at Buhl Community Park

The 7th Annual Solar Concert Series is starting another season of family-friendly weekly concerts across from Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Enjoy Pittsburgh’s own “green” concert series, where the summer sun powers the sound system. Concerts take place every Wednesday at 12:15pm in July and August in front of the Children’s Museum at the Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square.  On July 2 Chet Vincent (of the Big Bend) performs acoustic folk, blues and rock.

Click on the concert series website to get more info, including performer schedule.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Big Butler Fair

June 27th- July 5th:  9 Big Days of Games, Food, Animals, Concerts and Fun

The largest in Western Pennsylvania and considered by many to be the best fair in the country. Year after year, families from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and West Virginia come to The Fair to enjoy fireworks, the midway, games, demolition derbies, concerts and truck pulls. Go to the link for schedules and ticket prices.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bach, Beethoven and Brunch

Satisfy your appetite for classical music by treating yourself to live music and brunch on Sunday morning. Don't miss the "Best Brunch" competition! The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts hosts a competition and will award prizes! Citiparks staff members judge brunches based on presentation, effort and food selection.

When: Sunday mornings, June 15 - August 10, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Location: Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady Avenues, Point Breeze/Squirrel Hill

Parking: Around perimeter of Mellon Park and meter lot behind Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Food: Bagel Factory vendor on site or bring your own picnic basket (alcohol prohibited)


For more information click here or call 412-255-2493. Note: bad weather may cause cancellations. In the event of concert cancellations, a recorded message will play on the concert hotline (412-255-2493) and a message will appear at the top of the website page.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Unseen Arms Review
Amy Brooks, born without arms and legs, wrote a book called "Unseen Arms". Amy talks with a reporter in the Post-Gazette newsroom.  Read more about Amy 

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Ms. Brooks will talk about her memoir and hold a book signing in the conference room of the Avalon Public Library, 317. S Home Ave. Some of her artwork also will be on display. The session is free and open to the public. Avalon Library info

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Free Friday Walking Tours

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation provides free walking tours of five different areas of the city. (The area changes each month. June's area is Market Square.) Tours run from noon to 1pm, are led by knowledgeable guides and are great for visitors and for yourself. Find out more 
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Monday, June 16, 2014

2014 Summer Movie Clubhouse for Kids


On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Cinemark Theater in Robinson and Monroeville is offering 10 kids movies (G or PG rated) for $5 if purchased in advance as a package, or $1 per movie at the box office. You also get $1 off the purchase of a Movie Snack Pack with a coupon. All shows start at 10 am. The program runs for 10 weeks, offering a different movie every week. It’s the same price for parents and children. Go to the link to see the schedule Summer Movie Clubhouse.
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer Solstice Soiree

Local authors will read from and talk about their recent books in shops in the 500 block of Allegheny River Blvd in Oakmont. Lemonade, cookies, music and book signings will take place in the Courtyard. Those who purchase books will be entered to win a basket containing books and other goodies from the authors and local merchants.

The event is free but please register by calling us at 412-828-4877or use the contact form on the website. If you can't make the event, but would like a signed copy of book by any of the authors you can order it.

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 6-8pm

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Love Your Block – Fall Grants

On June 16 City representatives will be on hand to discuss and answer any questions about the fall round of Love Your Block applications. For fall, the City will award up to $1,000 to purchase supplies and tools to implement a block improvement project. There are minor changes from last season's program and Monday's meeting is a chance for representatives to field any questions or concerns from applicants.  Read more here

WHERE: City-County Building, Conf room 646, 6th floor, Grant Street side,
414 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15219
WHEN: 6-7 p.m., Monday, June 16, 2014

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

PBS Kids
The website has an array of games, recipes, inexpensive apps and teaching videos targeted to different ages. One of my favorites is the “Can I Read to You?” video geared to Inspire preschoolers to love reading by watching older kids proudly read books aloud.  Learn more at the link.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Carnegie Science Center’s “Snowball Day”

Did you put that snowball in the freezer like I suggested? Now’s the time to bring it to the Carnegie Science Center and name your own admission price! In addition to naming their own price, visitors who bring a snowball to the Science Center on that day will be able to launch their snowballs into the Ohio River from the patio alongside the USS Requin submarine (weather permitting).
Location: Carnegie Science Center, 1 Allegheny Ave.,
 Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Time: 10am – 5pm
Find out more about Snowball Day

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Pittsburgh Photo Album

Share the pictures and stories that make this region great (or frustrating!) The Hillman Photography Initiative will collect images of your graduation day, your great-grandmother’s wedding day, that July 4th on Flagstaff Hill, and at the end, publish a book of highlights for you to treasure and share for generations.
Follow the link to see other photos and add yours to the collection.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Observatory Hill – Riverview Park is the place to be on Saturday!
  • - Enjoy Heritage Day from noon-4pm
  • - A concert from 7-8:30
  • - A movie after the concert
Find out more at the Observatory Hill website.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Strawberries Are In!

You'll find strawberries and other early-season products at local farmers' markets now.
Take advantage of the Post Gazette's list and map list and map to plan visits to markets near you and to venture farther.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

First Fridays at the Frick: Meeting of Important People

The Frick's summer music season opens with a performance by Meeting of Important People, a three-piece, Pittsburgh-based band whose repertoire includes an eclectic mix of rock and garage-pop compositions. The band's 2009 debut album was named record of the year by WYEP-FM and has been featured on CBS-TV's The Ghost Whisperer and MTV's The Real World. find out more

 Friday, 06 June, 7:00 PM
A $5 donation is suggested
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Annual Phipps Spring Bonsai Show

Annual Free Spring Show, open to the public! Saturday, June 7 from 10-5 and Sunday 10-4. View a gallery of members’ trees and buy starter material or a finished specimen.
Watch tree styling demos both days at 11 AM - trees will be raffled on Sunday.  Participate in bonsai workshops both days for $35 each at 1:00 PM.  Call Dave @ 412-956-2482 to reserve a spot. There is limited space. And go to the organization's website to find out more.
Location: Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 (not at the Phipps Conservatory)
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Monday, June 2, 2014

14th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza

Start summer reading wih a bang! Enjoy an afternoon of free family activities at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 14th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza. Kids, teens and adults can Fizz, Boom, and READ their way through summer with science related crafts, games, entertainment and books!

Location: On the lawn at CLP Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Time: noon until 5pm

Go to the CLP link for a list of the many scheduled activities!

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