Christmas Already? ALL XMAS Garage Sale This Saturday

Now, now – no need to panic – you still have 85 days until Christmas.  But this Saturday – you have one day to stock up on Chrismas decor at this garage sale.  Since we have spent much of this week scouring Construction Junction and craigslist for new (well new to us) book shelves.  We have had garage sales on the brain.  But we have never heard of a TOTAL Christmas Garage Sale! Our source assures me that the items for sale on Saturday are amazing and ALL Christmas (and not all tacky like some of the photos we have added to this post).


  • 1432 Termon Avenue, Brighton Heights
  • Saturday, October 1, 2011
  • 8 a.m. until noon

Here is what the elves have to say about the sale.

Come join us for a Christmas-themed multi-family garage sale at 1432 Termon Avenue in Brighton Heights this Saturday, October 1.  The sale runs from 8 a.m. until noon and will be indoor/outdoor. You can expect to find an abundance of great stuff for and sold by long-time collectors.

There will be a variety of holiday merchandise available at a discounted price including decorations, table linens, glassware, pottery, art, and more. Come find a new centerpiece for Christmas Eve dinner, browse vintage ornaments, or find a one-of-a-kind snowman to add to your collection.

While searching for some photos to include in this post – we have discovered a treasure trove of holiday fun on the internet. One person’s tacky is another persons treasure.  The blog Creative Juice has a whole rundown of hilarious and christmas decor here (we rather like the beer bottle recycled bottle Christmas Tree).

Need some more Friday afternoon fun? You might want to check out…

Photo Credit: Decorations photo via Willamation

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The Real Story Behind Charlotte’s Web

Since tomorrow might be gray and rainy… here is a great indoor activity perfect for anyone who loves books.  Mystery Lovers Bookshop, located in Oakmont, is whole shop dedicated to mystery books, they also sell other books and can order any book you would like (support your local book shop).  On Satruday, Mystery Lovers Bookshop is hosting a Coffee & Crime author event with Michael Sims who wrote the book The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E.B. Whites’s Eccentric Life in NAture and the Birth of an American Classic.

head shot of nonfiction author Michael Sims

Image via Wikipedia

Michael Sims, Coffee & Crime Oct. 1

If you’ve ever wondered how E.B. White came to write the children’s classic Charlotte’s Web you’ll find all the answers at our Coffee & Crime author breakfast with Michael Sims on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10 am.

Michael’s newest book, The Story of Charlotte’s Web, is a fascinating exploration of the eccentric life of E.B. White and the events that led this long-time writer for the New Yorker magazine to pen one of the enduring classics of children’s literature.

Tickets are $5 and available online here. You can follow Mystery Lovers Bookshop on Facebook here.

October + Fests = Perfect Fall Weekend in Pittsburgh

Happy almost October!  Here is our weekly round up of events we share on WDVE – Fridays at 6:45 am.  Lots of great fall activities for Pittsburghers of all age.  This town has some great ways to put the FEST in Oktoberfest.

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District

  • Friday, September 30, 2011 5-8ish pm
  • FREE fun, food, drinks and more
  • Check out CANstruction with the Food Bank @ 937 Penn Ave.  Artist work created from canned goods which are then donated back to the Food Bank.

Octoberfests For All the Rest –  Art, Bikes, Dogs

  • Artobertfest – Saturday afternoon block party in Bellevue (1-5).  Wine and gallery tour (5-8pm). After party at Bite Bistro (8-10pm).
  • Biketoberfest – Saturday on the Steel Valley Trail – starts at the historic Pump House, 5, 10, 20 and 30 mile bike rides
  • Dogtoberfest – Saturday, Southside works – fall fun for you and your four legged friend

A Few Steps Up For a Great View

  • This Saturday – Fineview’s Step-a-thon
  • Next Saturday – South Side Slopes Step Trek

Head of the Ohio

  • 25th Annual Rowing Regatta held in Pittsburgh every October
  • Teams from all over the country will compete on a course that runs between the Point and Washington’s Landing
  • Open to the public to watch

RAD Days =  FREE Fun for Everyone

  • Saturday – October 1
    • Heinz History Center = Free Admission
    • Riverquest
  • Sunday – October 2
    • Carnegie Museum of Art = Free Admission
    • Children’s Museum = Free Admission
    • Mattress Factory = Free Admission
  • Tuesday – October 4

Wood Fired Words

  • a new literary event organized by the folks who brought us the Gist St. Reading series
  • Author Josh Barkan, Braddock’s writer in residence will be reading
  • Pizza from the community oven
  • Saturday, October 1st, 7PM – 10PM.  5$.  BYOB.  Reading will being at 8PM.
  • UnSmoke Systems ArtSpace is located at 1137 Braddock Ave, Braddock, PA 15104.

Pittsburgh Ghost Tours

  • Haunted Pittsburgh Ghost Tours is back with tours scheduled every weekend in October
  • Tours meet at Grand Concourse and the Carnegie Library
  • $15 per person
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Step Up To See the City


Image by peterp via Flickr

Well I was just about to write about the Fineview and South Side Slopes Step Treks.  But Diana Nelson Jones and I must be thinking the same thing.  She just posted about both of these events on her blog for the Post-Gazeete – Walkabout.  So click here to read her post about both of these great events.

This is one of my favorite photos of Pittsburgh that I took on the Step Trek in 2006.  That was the graffiti on the wall at the time.  I wonder if it is still there…

Fineview Step-a-thon 2011

South Side Slopes Step Trek

3 Events to Check Out Neighborhoods – Mt. Washington, Bellevue, Point Breeze

One of the best parts of Pittsburgh, as you probably already know (but since it is back to school season – I know we have some new to Pittsburgh readers – bare with us as we educate them on why Pittsburgh is amazing) – is the Neighborhoods.  The city of Pittsburgh has 88 neighborhoods – you can check out a map and a list here.  Outside of the city – there are even more neighborhoods and boroughs in Allegheny county.  Three of these neighborhoods have orgaized events this week to invite others to come to check out their neck of the woods.

These three events give you a chance to check out Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods – South, East and Northwest.

MT. WASHINGTON: A Taste of Mt. Washington

  • Thursday, September 29 5-9pm
  • $15 per ticket gets you specials and discounts at participating Mt. Washington businesses
  • a great way to check out Mt. Washington and to support the Mt. Washington CDC’s Main Streets Program
  • Facebook event link –

BELLVUE: Artobert Fest

  • Saturday, October 1
  • 1-6pm Free block party on Lincoln Ave
  • 5-8pm “Art and Wine Walk” down Lincoln Avenue.  Ticket prices are $12 for a single ticket, or $20 per couple. Participating businesses will become individual art galleries as ticket holders enjoy live music, art exhibits, hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary wine tasting.
  • 8-10pm Artober Fest After Party at Bite Bistro
  • Facebook event link –

POINT BREEZE: Annual Bonfire

  • Saturday, October 1 4-10pm
  • Street Classical Academy, Corner of Reynolds and Lang
  • live music, hayrides in Homewood Cemetary, food vendors (including s’mores)