Yinz Want To Learn About Social Media N’At? 7 Reasons to Attend Podcamp Pittsburgh

If you want to learn more about social media then this is the weekend for you.

This Saturday and Sunday is the 7th Annual Podcamp Pittsburgh – a free unconference where social media experts from Pittsburgh and beyond will be offering presentations and panel discussions on all things social media.  There are lots of sesssions for every level.  If you have been looking to learn more about how to use blogging, Facebook, Twitter, podcasts and a host of other tools to get better connected on the internet – then Podcamp is for you.

Podcamp starts Friday night with a happy hour at Rolands in the Strip.  Saturday and Sunday start with a keynote followed by a day of presenations.  There is also a party on Saturday night at Alpha Lab.

Podcamp Pittsburgh 7
Friday-Sunday, October 26-28, 2012
Point Park University, Rolands, Alpha Lab
Podcamp Pittsburgh is free to attend – you can register here.

7 Reasons To Attend Podcamp Pittsburgh 7

The Sprout Fund Hosts A Fall Open House – Nov. 2

One of the Pittsburgh non-profits that has been doing what they do to make Pittsburgh a better place is the Sprout Fund – think of it as a Pittsburgh Kickstarter, before Kickstarter ever existed.  The Sprout Fund has been making small grants to people/organizations with ideas for projects to make Pittsburgh a better place to live.

The Sprout Fund started with the Seed Award Program back in 2001 – in the past 11 years various Seed Awards have helped to launch many projects that are continuing to serve Pittsburgh today – Bike Pittsburgh, GTECH and Handmade Arcade all got started with the help of the Sprout Fund’s grants.  You can read more about the first 10 years of the Sprout Fund here in the Post-Gazette and check out the projects they have funded here.

Sprout Programming has expanded from the Seed Award and they now run the Spark program that focues on kids, creativity and technology.

On November 2, 2012 stop by the Sprout Fund offices located on Penn Avenue in Garfield to check out some the projects that have been supported, there will be snacks, drinks and music as well.

Join Sprout, neighbors, friends, current, and past projects for an open house on Nov. 2 from 5:30-9:30pm at Sprout offices:
5423 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15203, next to EDGE studio and across from The Quiet Storm!

Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks while listening to live entertainment from Lungs Face Feet and DJ Edgar Um. Guests can meet board members and staff to learn about Sprouts programs and discover recent projects funded by Sprout’s Seed Award!

Special thanks to EDGE studio, Whole Foods Market, Penn Brewery, Clear Story, Inc., & Thommy Conroy!

Bike to Feed Families: Food Drive Delivered By Bike

This was sent to us by one of the organizers – not only do they have one fine looking event flier but they have put together a really neat event that shows off Pittsburgh and supports the Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank.


Bring your donations for the food bank and meet at the The Pump House (880 E. Waterfront Dr. Munhall, PA) then the group will hop on the bike trail and ride to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne.

The ride is suitable for all levels of cyclists.

The food bank is most in need of:

  • High fiber cereal
  • Canned beans
  • Canned tuna & salmon in water
  • Canned vegetables
  • Diapers & toilet tissue

The organizers have requested that you not bring items in glass.  This pretty poster was created by Joe Mruk.

Bike to Feed Families
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Meet @ 10am
The Pump House 880 E. Waterfront Dr. Munhall, PA
Facebook Event Link –  http://www.facebook.com/events/478262415540271/

Bike to Feed Familes - Meets at the Pump House at the Waterfront

Urban Hike Scavenger Hunt – Be There or Be Square

Each year the folks who plan all of the Urban Hikes end the season with a huge scavenger hunt around a Pittbsurgh neighborhood.  I have competed in the past – it is tricky, educational and a ton of fun all at once.  There are some serious competitiors and lots of folks who are just there to explore a new neighborhood.

Previous UH Scavenger Hunts have visited East Liberty, Squirell Hill, Lawrenceville and Bloomfield.  The 2012 Urban Hike Scavenger Hunt will be tackling the neighborhood of Regent Square.  This is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon – plan for at least 4 hours for the hunt and for scoring.

IMPORTANT TRAFFIC INFO – According to PennDOT’s website the Squirrel Hill Tunnel will be closed on Sat. October 20.  What this means is that the traffic going into the tunnel which is slow on a good day will be a complete mess – allow extra time to get to the starting point.  We’ve made a map to show you how close the starting point and the Squirrel Hill Tunnels are to each other.  Forbes and Braddock will likely serve as the detour for traffic.

Here are the details from the Urban Hike folks….

It’s here. The hunt.
Regent Square.Mark your calendars for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 20. Teams can be up to five people. If you don’t already have teammates picked out, come as you are and we’ll help you find folks to hunt with!Urban Hike will provide you with a map, dozens of clues, and a time limit for wandering up and down the streets of Regent Square. You provide the answers. Some of the clues require taking pictures, so bring a camera with a blank memory card and a cable to download those pictures onto a computer. Bring a pen or pencil too.

The hunt will start in Frick Park at the corner of Forbes and Braddock. The hunt ends at a nearby local restaurant where we will score the answers, announce winners, and hand out prizes from our *awesome* neighborhood sponsors including:
    • Ambiance Boutique
    • Clipps Salon
    • D’s Six Pax & Dogz
    • Dunning’s Grill
    • Glenn Greene’s Stained Glass Studio
    • McBroom’s Beer Distributor
    • Paws-itively Pets
    • Square Cafe
    • Styles by Cardamone
    • Typhoon Lighting
If you have any questions in the meantime, as always, you can find us at info@urbanhike.com.Be there or be, um, square.
Here is the Facebook Event for the 2012 Urban Hike – RSVP and invite your friends to attend too!

This Weekend in Pgh: Fall Fests, Classic Movies, Food Trucks & Free Kayaking

Hello Pittsburgh, wipe those post Steelers game tears of your face – because there is a whole weekend of perfect fall events to take your mind off last nights losses.  From fall festivals to classic movies (Singing in the Rain, Office Space & Friday the 13th) to a Food Truck Rally – there are plenty of ways to enjoy what looks to be a perfect fall weekend.

Even if you can’t make to the Food Truck Rally on Sunday – please keep an eye on PghMobileFood.com and follow @PGHMobileFood on Twitter.  A group of Pittsburgh businesses owners is working very hard to make the local laws much more friendly to more food trucks.  You can read more about  the Austin Food Truck Trailer Park and why I think food trucks would be good for Pittsburgh here.  But you don’t have to take my word for it – the Institute for Justice has been working on food truck laws across the country.  They have put together an awesome booklet – Streets of Dreams – which details some of the opportunities and  benefits of food trucks which can be downloaded here.


Fort Ligonier Days

  • Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, 2012
  • Ligonier is a small town about 30 miles west of Pittsburgh in the Laurel Highlands area
  • Saturday Morning Parade
  • Reenactments of the Battle of Fort Ligonier
  • Amazing street food
  • and so much more
CineBrunch – Singing in the Rain

  • Saturday, October 13, 2012
  • Brunch 10am and a Movie 11am
  • The Oaks Theater in Oakmont
  • Tickets available online here
Singin' in the Rain
Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

  • Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ West End Village
  • Live bands –  Weird Paul, Invader, The Graveyard Rockers, The Bloody Seamen, PLUS a surprise guest from beyond the grave!
  • Contests: The Zombie Olympics, Brain Eating Contest, Ugly Pageant, and Best Scream Contest.
  • Vendors, food, beer, oddities, games, and more.
  • The first annual ZOMBIE MOTORCYCLE RUN 
  • The Walk of the Dead. This year Pittsburgh will attempt to once again claim the Guinness world record for “Largest Gathering of Zombies”
  • Facebook events link


Free Screening of Office Space

  • Saturday, October 13, 2012
  • 8pm
  • The Rex Theater, Carson Street
Office Space
Vintage Horror Series – Friday the 13th

  • Every Saturday in October – Midnight showings of horror films
  • Manor Theater in Sq. Hill
  • Saturday, October 13, 2012 – Midnight
Friday the 13th (1980 film)


Gear & Beer Fest

  • Sunday, October 14, 2012 @Brady’s Run Park
  • proceeds will go toward bike trail development connecting the Montour Trail in Coraopolis to the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway trail.
  • Activities include a mountain bike ride, 15-mile, 35-mile or 50-mile road bike ride, 5K run/walk, kayaking and canoeing, Calland Arboretum Trail Tour, auctions, raffles, children’s bike rodeo & live music
  • Food, drink and free wine and craft beer tasting with proper registration!
Free Kayaking at Kayak Pgh North Park

  • Sunday, October 14, 2012
  • 1pm-5pm
  • Free Kayaking – North Park Kayak Pittsburgh location only
Food Truck Rally

  • Sunday, October 14, 2012
  • 1-3pm
  • 5859 Penn Ave in East Liberty
  • Join the folks from Franktuary and PGHMobile Food to rally support for the food truck community in Pittsburgh
Pumpkin Beer Take Over & Bacon Night

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2012
  • 16 Pumpkin beers on tap
  • AND Tuesday is always bacon night at the Harris Grill