Help me build a Pittsburgh Summer List

Summer family jump

Image by Evil Erin via Flickr

I am having a hard time getting my brain around the fact that summer is here.  I have been out of town for much of may – and it seems like spring just merged into summer.

I have also been inspired by reading some other works and I am thinking about a little blogging challenge for the summer.  I would like to compile a big list of things to do here in Pittsburgh this summer and blog my way through the list.  These things need not be expensive.  I have a few ideas but I wanted to see what you would put on this list.  I hope that many of you will join some of the fun too – would love to collaborate with other bloggers, photographers and Pittsburgh lovers on this!

Here are some ideas that came in from Twitter on Friday:

  • Plan a Tweetup at PNC park with Twittsburgh
  • Attend the Mattress Factory’s Urban Garden Party
  • Visit Paige’s Dairy Mart
  • Kayak with Kayak Pittsburgh (I thinking of setting a goal of miles to kayak)
  • Take a sewing class at Cut & Sew Studio
  • Attend an outdoor yoga class
  • Run some neighborhood 5ks – which ones?
  • Dine at Curry Away – just learned about this place and have heard great things!
  • Drive the entire Red Belt (how long would that take?)

Meet Your Farmer Happy Hour – June 13

One of the things city dwellers haven’t thought much about for years is where  our food comes from.  A few years ago I would have answered that question with the Giant Eagle or back in the day The Food Gallery – does anyone else remember that grocery store – it was located where the Shadyside Market District is now located.

Anyhow – we are learning – processed food isn’t so good for us, and shipping food around the country and the globe has some drawbacks too.  So there are lots of people who are doing something about local food.

PASA is the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture – they are just one of the many organizations that is talking about where our food comes from.

PASA and Paragon Foods invite you to a summer farm season kick off on June 13 at Penn Brewery.  If you are interested in meeting local farmers and learning more about local food here in Pittsburgh – this should be a great event.

Meet the Farmer Happy Hour
Monday, June 13, 2011
Tickets $5 available online here
Join PASA, Paragon Foods and Penn Brewery as they host the first “Meet the Farmer” Happy Hour at Penn Brewery in Pittsburgh’s Historic North Side.

Ticket includes light hors d’oeuvres featuring local ingredients, 2 complimentary draft beers and an opportunity to meet farmers from local farms.

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Infographic – Why Buy Local?

One of the things I mentioned in the post about KayaFest – was supporting local businesses like the BigBurrito restaurants because they support good things in Pittsburgh.

Thank you to my friend Tara (who runs Daffodil Vintage – an online vintage shop that is based here in Pittsburgh) for sending me this infographic on buying local.  Lots more info on how spending your dollar locally benefits your community.

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Why Buy Local Infographic

Nonprofit Laws You Should Know

Thought this would be of interest to some of our readers who are interested in non-profits and how they work.  The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network is hosting a workshop on nonprofit laws.

YNPN Pittsburgh Presents: Nonprofit Laws You Should Know
REGISTER NOW!May 25, 2011; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Allegheny HYP Club, 619 William Penn Place, Downtown
Cost: $10
This evening workshop will feature an expert panel and include a formal presentation with a facilitated Q&A.

Nonprofit Laws You Should Know will focus on the dos and don’ts of lobbying as a nonprofit as well as touch upon insurance and liability issues. Complimentary appetizers will be provided. Cash bar.
Current Panelists:

  • Jack Owen, Esq, Rhoades & Wodarczyk, LLC
  • Todd Whiteman, Nonprofit Insurance Specialist at Enscoe Long Insurance Group, LLC

Facilitator: Erin Molchany, Executive Director, PUMP

Click here to register online at

The Best Fest of All The Rest – KayaFest

With Memorial Day weekend a few days away – we are entering one of the best times of year here in Pittsburgh – summer time also means neighborhood festival time.  Pittsburgh celebrates neighborhoods and cultures like no other place – there will be weekend after weekend of amazing free activities, music and ethnic food.  The greek food festivals a few weeks ago were the sneek peek of what is to come for the next few months.

But I am going to go ahead and say that the best fest of all the rest might just be KayaFest.  First off thanks to the folks from BigBurrito for being awesome Pittsburghers.  BigBurrito is the restaurnt group that started with the Oakland MadMex many years ago and now runs many of the tastiest places in town.  They make good food, the support local farmers and they do good things for Pittsburgh. [Read more…]