Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Western PA Model Railroad Museum

The Museum is a volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of the history of railroading in the Pittsburgh region and is open only during the holiday season. 

Come explore the 4,000 square-foot “A Railroad Journey in Miniature” model train display. Set in the 1950s, the display captures the railroading industry as it made the transition from steam to diesel locomotives. It features model trains traveling between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, MD past numerous well-known landmarks, including the P&LE train station (now Market Square in Pittsburgh), J&L Steel Mill, Cox’s Department Store (McKeesport, PA), Falling Water, Ohiopyle PA, Helmstetter’s Curve and the Cumberland Station (Cumberland, MD).

The Museum has a first floor interactive area for children with train tables, a decorated Christmas tree and a Lionel toy train display.

The Museum is open thru Jan. 11 on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.
Find out more

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Monongahela Plunge


On Jan. 1, the Pittsburgh Plunge just sort of happens. There are no leaders, no starting guns - just folks starting the year together. River cops patrol and people on shore help those struggling to climb up the bank.

Suggestion: park downtown and walk to the wharf.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ready for a New Year's Clean-Up?

Ready to clean up after holiday décor and festivities? Go to the Zero Waste link to find out where and when to recycle household items. (Look at the details - some place charge for some items.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Winter Wonderland Open thru Jan. 11

With or without snow, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will be a “Winter Wonderland”! This year, there is even more to see outdoors with the Winter Light Garden extended into the Discovery Garden packed with brightly colored orbs, cones and LED lights.

Hours for the Winter Flower Show are 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. through Jan. 11, except on Dec. 24 when show closes at 5 p.m. and closed Christmas. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2-18. Members and kids under 2 enter free.  Find out more
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Heinz Conservation Center

Will you be spending time with family talking about family history and treasures? Whether you want to preserve a family photo album or your grandmother's wedding dress, you can get help from a variety of specialists at the Heinz History Center

Contact The Museum Conservation Center at 412-454-6450 to find out more about workshops, services and supplies.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Volunteer on New Year’s Eve


There are 2,015 reasons to be a Highmark First Night Pittsburgh volunteer—free parking, an event button, a volunteer kit packed with surprises—but the only one you really need is this: It’s fun!

There are dozens of ways to help, from being an Activity Monitor, Usher, Button-Checker, even Photographers’ Assistants. Anyone can volunteer: families, school groups, individuals looking for an interesting way to ring in the new year, and age and ability are no obstacle. Volunteers can be grandparents and retirees or elementary-age children. “Sometimes kids [coming to Highmark First Night Pittsburgh] are a little leery of adults. But if you have a kid their own age volunteering, they’ll think, This is cool, there’s another kid here, can’t be too bad. I think it’s great for kids to volunteer because they’re giving of themselves—they’re learning to be helpful.”

Shifts for Highmark First Night Pittsburgh volunteers vary in length, usually only a few hours, and all shifts are over by 11:30 p.m. so you can watch the fireworks and toast 2015 when the clock strikes twelve. And with your free event button, you can get into all the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh events. Volunteer

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Literary Evening with British historian Andrew Roberts


Andrew Roberts claimed his place as a world-renowned historian and author of Masters and Commanders, and The Storm of War. His newest book is a biography, Napoleon, “from the cradle to the grave,” based on new cutting-edge scholarship.

In 2011, NBC commissioned Roberts to commentate alongside Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera on the Royal Wedding of Prince William William to Kate Middleton, following his well-received broadcasts at the funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and the wedding of Princes Charles to the Duchess of Cornwall. He also commentated for NBC on The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the birth of Prince George of Cambridge. Buy Tickets (most expensive ticket is $25)
Thursday, January 22 7:30 -  All tickets for the Nov 17th date will be honored.
Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Peoples Gas Holiday Market

Don't forget that the Market runs thru Dec 23 in Pittsburgh's Market Square. Weather is supposed to be sunny on Sunday and my granddaughter has been asking to take a ride on a city bus.

Regional ethnic, cultural, and community groups will be featured daily on a performance stage. Holiday Market Info


You can also take time off shopping and donate time to the food bank helping visitors to Santa's House donate cash or a non-perishable good in exchange for a photo with Santa. Food Bank Volunteers Wanted

Holiday Market Hours: Mondays – Thursdays: 11:00a – 8:00p; Fridays and Saturdays: 11:00a – 9:30p and Sundays: 11:00a. – 6:00p

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Shop Small – Shop Handmade in Shadyside

There's a monthly marketplace all set up for you in partnership with Think Shadyside. Each month, 20 local artisans will pop into a space on the second floor above Shady Grove Restaurant at the corner of Walnut and Bellefonte Streets in Shadyside.

A dedicated bartender will attend to warming drinks and sweet treats will be sold by new IMI! artist Gluten Free Goat Bakery. Enjoy lunch, warm up with some drinks and a vegan, gluten free donut and mingle with the artists!
When: December 20, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm        
Where: Shady Grove (upstairs)  5500 Walnut Street
Cost: Free
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Tailored for a variety of ages, Science Center workshops provide educational programming, hands-on experiments, and time to socialize with other young scientists. 
Dec. 18, 1-3 pm – Frozen Fun Science (Ages 6-7, 8-10)
Where: Carnegie Science Center
Cost: $15 for members, $18 for non-members

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WYEP’s Free Third Thursdays Concerts

Third Thursdays is a free monthly  happy hour event that takes place at WYEP’s studio in Bedford Square in the South Side. Every third Thursday, WYEP offers live music by Pittsburgh musicians, light fare and a couple complimentary beers. The event is all ages, although ID is required for alcohol. No sign-up or tickets required. Doors open at 6:30 – Shows start at 7:00.

Find out more about the concert

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Free Movie Night – “Elf”


Enjoy a free showing of Elf Wednesday, December 17, at 7pm, join us for the movie, along with free snacks and holiday beverages! Enjoy the star-studded cast of Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart, James Caan, and make new friends and share the holiday cheer with other East End families.
When: December 17,  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm        
Where: Kelly-Strayhorn Theater  5941 Penn Avenue
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Party at Neid's Hotel


The Neid's Christmas Party has outgrown the Hotel and will be at the Teamster Temple (4701 Butler in Lawrenceville this year. Festivities start with the  Dave & Meagan Duet followed by Slim Forsythe and Friends and "The Nied's Hotel Band"
When: Saturday, Dec 13th, 6 pm
Cost: $10 cover charge includes a full buffet
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

 Frick Friday Features Gallery Talks
French-trained American artist Charles Courtney Curran (1861–1942) is known for his sparkling canvases of women in gardens and other outdoor settings. Curran brought the broken brushstrokes and sun-drenched palette of French Impressionist painting to a distinctly American landscape.
On Fridays thru Jan 30 you can meet Frick curators and educators in the galleries for free talks exploring the works, artists and themes in the exhibition. Programs focus on a different aspect of the exhibition each week.
Don't forget about lunch at the Café. Find out more
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's not quite Christmas yet, but that doesn't mean the fun can't start! Count down to Santa's big night with Google's Santa Tracker . New games or scenes are unlocked each day leading up to Christmas Eve when Santa's dashboard is unlocked. Kids can track Santa as he travels around the world.

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor CONAD (the Continental Air Defense Command) have been tracking Santa's flight with a radar and satellite system. Volunteers at the NORAD program detect heat from Santa's sleigh and Rudolph's bright red nose to give real time location updates. The tradition began when a Sears ad misprinted a telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching the "Sears Santa," the phone number reached CONAD. The Director of Operations and staff checked the radar for indication of Santa and the tradition continues every year.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top 10 holiday hotspots for Pittsburgh families

There are so many family-friendly holiday destinations in Pittsburgh that it can be hard to choose which ones to visit–especially when so many of them are free and accessible to visitors from the city and beyond!

Go to the
Kidsburgh link to make a plan for your family. 

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Magic Laser Show

Experience the magic of the holiday season mixed with science at this magical holiday laser show perfect for the whole family. Featuring traditional holiday tunes from across generations to contemporary artists performing their personal favorites, this matinee laser show is guaranteed to be a hit with all ages. Schedule, more info.

Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Ave,  Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Members $2 per show
Non-members $8 for one show; add a second laser show or an Omnimax movie for just $5

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Riverside Design Group (RDG) Annual Benefit Sale

 The RDG warehouse in Lawrenceville opens only once each year. Just in time for holiday giving and entertaining, with a sale benefitting PERSAD. RDG creates fine glass designs, handcrafted tableware and specialty items, including Plates with Purpose, designer plates that benefit PERSAD and other non-profit organizations. Find out more!

PERSAD and RDG are pleased to welcome additional specialty vendors to the holiday sale.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 • 9 am - 4 pm
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 • 9 am - 1 pm
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Pittsburgh predicted to be #1 market in 2015

Pittsburgh is expected to be the best market in the country for first-time homebuyers next year, according to new research by online company Zillow, Inc.

Based on a formula considering income growth, home prices and availability Pittsburgh was one of three northern metros at the top of list along with Hartford, and Chicago. The top five were rounded out by Sunbelt markets hit hard by the Great Recession: Las Vegas and Atlanta.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

 15th Annual Joy of Cookies Tour

The 15th annual event is a free, family friendly event promoting the business district of Lawrenceville. More than 30 businesses will be participating this year. Many shops will be offering special discounts and opportunities to win prizes and gift cards during the Tour.

The tour will take place from Thursday December 4th thru Sunday, December 7th. .
Each shop will keep their own hours but most will be open 10am to 8pm on Thursday and Friday, 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. Find out more at the event website (there's also a map).

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bricolage Theater presents It's a Wonderful Life

December 4 - 20
8:00 PM

Bricolage brings the spirit of the season to life right before your eyes (and ears).  in signature Midnight Radio style.

George, a good-hearted man, is overwhelmed by the struggles of life and thinks ending his will be better for everyone. When a guardian angel intercedes and shows him how different the world would be without his contributions, George realizes that it doesn’t take money to be the richest man in town. 

Bring the whole family and kick off the holiday season with interactive games, egg nog, and the classic tale that reminds us to appreciate our wonderful life. 

Find out more about tickets, etc.

General Admission - $35
Student - $20
Senior (65+) - $20
Groups (10+) - $20

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

 Handmade Arcade
Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, was founded in 2004 to provide grassroots, independent craft-based artists with opportunities to show and sell their wares; to create an alternative to traditional craft and fine art fairs in the region; and to connect the local indie craft community with the national DIY movement.

Free Admission 

When: Saturday, Dec 6, 11am to 7pm
Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Ctr

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Monday, December 1, 2014



There is Black Friday, Cyber Monday AND #GivingTuesday.

GivingTuesday is a day that families, businesses and individuals come together to support their favorite causes and kick-off the giving season. Join in celebrating by feeding our neighbors in need. Join the national celebration of generosity by giving tomorrow!
Every $1 you donate on #GivingTuesday will be matched and then multiplied by 5 (Food Bank's wholesale buying power).

Go to the Food Bank website tomorrow to share the gift of food throughout our community this holiday season.

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