The Summer Fun Blogging Project

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A few weeks ago we wrote a post asking for suggestions for things to do in Pittsburgh this summer.   I thought it might be fun to make a giant list of summer things to do and then blog my way through the list.  But even more fun would be partnering with other bloggers and adventurous Pittsburghers who want to explore the area.  So I was telling Brett (aka founder of Only In Pittsburgh) about this idea and instead of telling me your are crazy, good luck with that – he jumped on board and found Ideascale – which is a website where you can submit ideas and vote them up or down.

So there are roughly 90 days left between now and the official end of summer.  We have set an ambitious goal of generating a list of 75 things – events, activities, places to visit – and completing that list by the end of summer.

We need your help!

  1. Submit ideas – old favorite or something you have always wanted to try – add them to the list.  Are you a business or organization – can we come to visit you – add that to the list too.  Try to be specific – for example visit Glen’s frozen custard is better than eat ice cream.  Click here to submit ideas.
  2. Vote for ideas – we need your help to figure out which of these 75 we should tackle – click here to vote ideas up or down.
  3. Blog with us – are you a blogger – want to help us plan out one or more activities? We would love you to take the lead on an activity or an adventure day.
  4. Join us – what activities do you want to do? want to come along on an adventure day – where we will try to make multiple stops along the way.  Stay tuned for more info on activities you can participate in.

Here is to a summer of Pittsburgh fun!

Three Things To Do on a Thursday in June

3 great events to check out on a Thursday evening in Pittsburgh.

Happy last day of June! It is a beautiful day here in Pittsburgh.  If you are looking for something to do this evening – check out one of these great events – something for everyone from Shakespeare to beer. 

1. Pittsburgh Green Drinks with TerraShift 

When: 5-9pm
Where: Hofbrauhaus
What: Green drinks is a monthly gathering for anyone who works in the environmental field or is interested in sustainability.  TerraShift is a super interesting Pittsburgh start up that is working to employ recent college graduates in projects that help community organizations.

Don’t Forget to Join Green Drinks Tomorrow, June 30, at Hofbrauhaus
What is Green Drinks? Every month, people who work in the environmental field or have in interest in a greener planet meet up for drinks at places all around the world at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business.

2. PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh

When: 7pm

Where: Assemble Gallery, 5125 Penn Ave

What: PechaKucha, meaning, “chit-chat” in Japanese and was started by architects and designers to remedy long-winded lectures and presentations. PechaKucha has spread to 414 cities around the world, including Amsterdam, Beijing, Budapest, Hong Kong, London, and Pittsburgh! Visit to learn more.

Tonight’s speakers:

Sharon Massey
Carol Skinger
RJ Thompson
Stephanie Strasburg
Eric Venuto
Jonny Goldstein
Teresa Foley
Dan McCloskey
Alexis Lambrou

AIGA Pittsburgh – PechaKucha Night
PechaKucha Call for Presentations Event Date; Thursday, June 30, Doors open at 7:00 pm; Presentations begin at 8:00pm Location: assemble, 5125 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Calling ALL architects, designers, artists, craftsmen and visual storytellers. Join the conversation and present your work in an informal and innovative presentation format 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide.

3. Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ BYOB (“Bring Your Own Bard”) series presents “Making Merry”

When: 7-10pm
Where: Te Cafe, 2000 Murray Ave
What: Celebrate summer with an evening of Shakespeare”s scenes, speeches and monologues concerning friends, laughter, carousing, and generally having a good time. Along with the merriment, Artistic Director Jennifer Tober and Dramaturge Deirdre O”Rourke will join us to talk about PSIP”s September production of The Merry Wives of Windsor and take questions from the audience. 

“Making Merry” is an informal scene night in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces. Extra readings will be on hand in case last minute inspiration strikes. 

Readers and audience members alike are encouraged to bring copies of their favorite Shakespeare plays and join in the reading of sonnets, scenes, and songs. Fun for the whole family as kids are welcome. A tax-deductible donation is suggested at the door.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ BYOB ("Bring Your Own Bard") series presents "Making Merry" on Thursday June 30 at 7 PM at The Te Cafe in Squirrel Hill. Celebrate summer with an evening of Shakespeare’s scenes, speeches and monologues concerning friends, laughter, carousing, and generally having a good time.

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Are you between the ages of 21 and 28? You could be representing Pgh in Switzerland this Sept.

Yes, Switzerland! If I were just a few years younger! This might be the first time I was wishing I was younger -if I were younger I would be applying for this not blogging about it.

Here is the deal – the One Young World Summit was started in London in 2010 to bring together young leaders to address major global challenges.  Pittsburgh is the only US city that is being considered to host the summit in 2012.  So the folks at the World Affiars Council along with some other organizations (see list below) are sending a delegation of 5 Pittsburghers, ages 21-28 to the 2011 One Young World Summit in Zurich, Switzerland this September.

One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership wants to field a strong delegation at the 2011 Summit in Zurich. The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is coordinating with other southwestern Pennsylvania organizations to sponsor five delegates to attend the Zurich event. Candidates interested in applying must be between 21 and 28 years of age and should be affiliated with an area non-profit. Successful candidates will be team players who demonstrate leadership potential, and who have the ability to grasp complex concepts and provide valuable insights, as well as a commitment to cultural diversity. They should show an interest in global affairs and in helping define Pittsburgh’s place in the world.

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2011.

Application instructions are available here.

The One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership is a consortium of local companies, non-profits, and community organizations which are working together to bring One Young World to Pittsburgh in 2012. The founding partners include:

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Save the Seeds! Last Call to Support the Heritage Seed Co. Kickstarter Project

Blackberry Meadows Farm, an an organic farm in Natrona Heights, is working on a project to preserve endangered foods.  Endangered foods? Yes, according to Slow Food USA there are nearly 200 foods in danger of extinction – check out the whole list here.

In response Jen Montgomery and Greg Boulos from Blackberry Meadows Farm and organic farmer Paul Fireman have created the Heritage Seed Co.  The Heritage Seed Company project on Kickstarter is just $600 away from their $10,000 goal.

Check out the video here:

And support the Kickstarter project here:

Thanks to OnlyInPgh for the heads up on this project.

Save The Date! Some Fun Fundraisers to Add to Your Calendar.

Here is a run down of some summer events that benefit great organizations here in Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, June 28 – Benefits Attack Theater
Saturday, July 9 – Softball Tournament to Benefit the Josh Gibson Foundation

Thursday, July 14 – Benefits The Sprout Fund

Saturday, July 23 – Benefits The Pittsburgh Glass Center

Hot & Sticky

A night of Xtreme art and entertainment to celebrate Pittsburgh Glass Center’s 10th anniversary! VIP Admission: $100 6:30 – 11pm (includes access to Verde Lounge, private glassblowing demonstrations, plus a hot & sticky special gift)

Saturday, August 20

Heinz History Center – Events

From Caesar Augustus to Vito Corleone, Italian men of power have proven their worth on the bocce court. Come, throw out the pallino, and throw down for a worthy cause at the History Center’s Second Annual Bocce Tournament and Festival. More than 20 four-person teams will showcase their bocce skills for a day of fun.

Saturday, August 27 – Benefits Steel City Derby Demons

A Black Eye Affair –

25 single, $40 couple An evening of Art, Auctions, and Roller Derby featuring local food and drink vendors. Questions?

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