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Kisburgh: Free Giant Pillow Fight lets loose in Schenley Plaza

Kisburgh: Free Giant Pillow Fight lets loose in Schenley Plaza

Schenley PlazaJuly 238 p.m. Pillow fights are not just for sleepovers anymore. The fluffy stuff will fly when the 11th annual Giant Pillow Fight unleashes the free, family-friendly fun this Sunday. Kids and kids at heart are invited to BYOP (Bring Your Own Pillow) and join in the smackdown. Relive your favorite childhood pastime—and pass along the cherished bedtime tradition with your own kids—as you arm yourself with your puffy arsenal in the heart of Oakland’s urban green space. Ready to rumble? Head to the Schenley Plaza lawn with your pillow in hand at 8 p.m. Listen for the “mystery signal” marking… Read more »

Why I agreed to get doused in public in the PPG Fountain

Why I agreed to get doused in public in the PPG Fountain

Some people will do anything for money, and it seems I am one of them. The request came from John Meyers, whom I have known since he was this big (I have my hand down at my knee.)  Would I join in the CEO Soak to raise money for ALS Association Western PA Chapter? The ALS group was behind the brilliant and spectacularly successful Ice Bucket Challenge, which went crazy-viral and set records for fundraising to combat Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Their services are now more in demand than ever, so here they go again. The kicker: I will have to stand–or sit or do… Read more »

Exploring the Mysterious Gravity Hill in Pittsburgh

North Hills Park in Allegheny County is known for many things, but few know about its most remarkable feature: the only Gravity Hill in Pittsburgh. Tucked away in the northwestern corner of the park is the very unassuming intersection of McKinney Road and Kummer Road. However,… The post Exploring the Mysterious Gravity Hill in Pittsburgh appeared first on UncoveringPA.

PNC Park hits a home run in a ranking of America’s best major-league ballparks.

In the Washington Post’s just-published comprehensive guide to America’s ballparks, Pittsburgh’s PNC Park lands right at the top. Sports columnist Thomas Boswell sums up his case for making PNC Park his #1 pick like this: “Spectacular skyline. Intimate. Feels like PNC Park has been there forever. Clemente Bridge from downtown is a unique experience, walking in from downtown. Maybe most important: Every seat is a ‘best seat in the house,’ and a higher percentage of seats have a breathtaking view than any park.” A total of five of The Post’s “most knowledgeable baseball folks” created a composite ranking of 30 major-league… Read more »

NEXT Up: Making tech and startup culture more inclusive with Jenn Van Dam

Jenn Van Dam (far right) at the 2016 Invest In Her Pitch competition with the IIH co-founders. As Digital & Community Engagement Manager at Innovation Works (IW), Jenn manages the organization’s online presence, develops messaging, branding and marketing collateral, and helps companies develop their marketing strategies. When it comes to tech and entrepreneurship, Jenn is passionate about supporting and empowering people of color, LGBTQIA folks, women and underserved communities. At national conferences such as the “Lesbians Who Tech Summit” in San Francisco, and the “TechUp Summit” in Washington, D.C., Jenn has spoken about “bro-culture” and how startups can be more inclusive for everyone…. Read more »

Pittsburgh hiring news for 7/17/17

Pittsburgh hiring news for 7/17/17

Job hunting? Read on for the latest job postings in Pittsburgh and check back every Monday and Thursday for a new batch. Hiring? Please let us know by sending us a brief position description and a link to the full posting. Business, Sales & Finance TeleHealth Solution is seeking a Director of Business Development to lead the strategic growth across an assigned multi-state territory. Duolingo has openings for several positions including Strategic Partner Development Manager, Animator and Data Scientist. Main Event Entertainment is looking for an Event Coordinator who will be responsible for maximizing incoming birthday/group sales revenues for the center by selling… Read more »


The tour starts here.WHEN: Saturdays to early November. Tours start at 7 p.m. You can order on-line right up until the time the tour starts.   WHERE: Our Ghost Guide meets you outside the LOWER STATION OF THE MONONGAHELA INCLINE (see the yellow star in the picture, left). Address: 73 W. Carson St., Pittsburgh PA 15222. (not the Duquesne Incline–make sure you’re at the correct incline!) ORDER BELOW: All ordering is done on-line. Price: $20 (price includes Incline ride up and back down – see below*). You will not receive a ticket: just give your name to our Ghost Guide at the time of the tour.IMPORTANT: The tour goes… Read more »

Waldameer: Erie’s Classic Amusement Park

Waldameer is one of our happy places. We love going to this charming amusement park, with its great rides, atmosphere, and the world-class Ravine Flyer II wooden roller coaster, unaminously rated in the top tier of all wooden roller coasters on the planet by roller coaster enthusiasts. One ride on Ravine Flyer II and you understand why. It is a beautiful park, located in a beautifully forested bluff over Lake Erie and Presque Isle Peninsula. In German, Waldameer translates into “woods by the sea,” and that moniker holds true to this day. Ravine Flyer II, as seen from the Tom Ridge… Read more »

Revere Beach 14th Annual International Sand Sculpting Festival

The World-Renowned International Sand Sculpting Festival will showcase one of Massachusetts most famous Tall Ships, on Revere Beach from Friday, July 21st to Sunday, July 23rd, 2017. The Revere Beach Partnership is proud to announce the dates and theme for the 2017 International Sand Sculpting Festival, hosted on America’s first public beach, Revere Beach, established in 1896. The annual festival draws upwards of 900,000 spectators from all over the country who come to watch master sand sculptors compete for first prize in the solo Master Sand Sculpting Competition. The festival also features gourmet food trucks, live entertainment, local vendors, exhibit… Read more »

Discovering Revolutionary War History at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States, has long been a major destination for those hoping to learn about the history of the county. In addition to sites like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, there are also many fascinating Revolutionary War sites that surround… The post Discovering Revolutionary War History at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia appeared first on UncoveringPA.

Wayne Street Viaduct ~

What used to be. Photo: Ken Cooper

Vintage World War II Medical Kit Found At Sharpsburg Thrift Shop

SHARPSBURG (KDKA) — St. Vincent de Paul in Sharpsburg is one of six area thrift shops that benefits more than 100,000 people in need. People who work there never know what the next day will bring. “It was right through here, in our processing room, that we found the item,” operations director Carolyn Kintzing says, as she indicates the door to the loading dock. “That’s where the footlocker was. It came in right through the back door. And when workers unpacked the footlocker, workers found all kinds of old treasures – one of which was a very unique item.” The… Read more »

Scuba Instructors Offer Lessons At Pittsburgh Zoo

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Amphibious mammals known as humans are the center of attention at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. The “Go Dive Now Pool Tour” is back for a weekend visit. Local scuba instructors offer lessons to beginners. “Scuba diving is one of the most awesome sports in the world,” says Beth Cochran, owner of All Things Aquatic Dive Center. “And you can do it at any age, from 10 to 99.” Among those about to dive for the first time is Beth Carlton. The North Hills woman has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. As her husband watches, Beth’s… Read more »

My Favorite Pittsburgh Thing To Do With Kids: Steven Annegarn

“When we are with our kids we get to play like kids. By talking with our children and spending time with them, we have the opportunity to see the world through their eyes.” The post My Favorite Pittsburgh Thing To Do With Kids: Steven Annegarn appeared first on Kidsburgh.

Sing, giggle, dance: Larry Berger offers his Top 10 song picks for Pittsburgh kids

Saturday Light Brigade’s Larry Berger offers his Top 10 songs for kids. The post Sing, giggle, dance: Larry Berger offers his Top 10 song picks for Pittsburgh kids appeared first on Kidsburgh.