Peepsburgh Banjo Club

A little Easter treat.  Every Wednesday evening is Banjo Night at the Elks Club on the North Side (the Elks club is the big building across from the Giant Eagle).  Admission is free and from 8-11 pm – live banjo music.  (You can read more about Banjo Night from PopCity Media and Everything Better Pittsburgh)

This peeps display was sitting on the table in the back of the room.  I am not sure who created it – if you know, please leave a comment so we can give them credit.  If you haven’t been to banjo night yet, yes there is a disco ball over the stage.

Speaking of peeps… The Washington Post runs an annual Peeps Diorama Contest.  This years winner is “Twinkie: Rest in Peeps”

Happy Easter!  Hope you have a lovely day celebrating with your friends and family.

Intro to Kayaking – Indoors at the YMCA

One of the hobbies that I have picked up here in Pittsburgh in the past few years in kayaking.   Thanks to Kayak Pittsburgh it is super easy to rent a kayak and paddle around the city.  And it is one of the best ways to see the city.  I am pretty sure I took this photo from a kayak on the river (not sure how it ended up on wikipedia).

This is the view from my kayak on the river. T...

This is the view from my kayak on the river. These are easy no tip kayaks. No exorience necessary. Just head on down to kayak pittsburgh located just under the Roberto Clement bridge, for less than $ 20 you can be on the river too. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I tell people about kayaking their reaction is usually something like – “you are crazy” or “I am afraid of getting stuck under one of those things in that river.”

These are not hard-core whitewater kayaks.  Kayak Pittsburgh rents sea kayaks (often called sit-on-top kayaks).  These are kayaks that you just sit in, and they are very stable, so hard to tip over, and on the rare chance if you tip over, you would just fall out of the boat (but you are wearing a life jacket – and you will just float).

If this sounds at all interesting to you – but you aren’t sure about giving it a try on the river – Venture Outdoors is offering an Intro to Kayaking class at the YMCA this spring.

Intro to Kayaking
This course gives you a chance to try kayaking in the safety and security of an indoor swimming pool. You will learn kayaking basics, along with some simple paddle strokes and self-rescue techniques. Expect to get wet! Boats, paddles and PFDs are provided. Minimum age 12.

Location: Thelma Lovette YMCA, Hill District
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Cost: $33.00 non-member / $25.00 member

IheartPGH Bracket Challenge – You Still Have Time to Enter

It’s basketball time again!  In years past we have put together a IheartPGH Bracket Group.  By popular request, we are using Yahoo’s bracket manager again this year.

You still have time to submit your bracket!  Here are the details from Yahoo:

  • The First Four games are not counted in Tourney Pick’em.
  • Deadline to submit your bracket is 12:15pm EDT on Thursday, March 21.
  • Click-to-advance, or drag-and-drop a team name to advance that team.
  • Be sure to select a champion and enter your tie breaker prediction.

We’ll be tweeting about this during March Madness with the hashtag #PghMadness.  If you are on Twitter you might want to add your twitter name to the name of your bracket.

IheartPGH Bracket Challenge – click here to make your picks

Are you a Pittsburgh Blogger?

Some of the Pittsburgh Bloggers are participating in a bracket challenge – the rest of the group has agreed to write a blog post about the winner’s favorite Pittsburgh nonprofit organization.  If you are willing to write a blog post at the end of the tournament – join the Pittsburgh Blogger’s Bracket Challenge.

Know of other Pittsburgh March Madness events?  Please let us know in the comments.

5 Candidates Confirmed to Attend Mayoral Debate on March 17

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English: Taken 7/31/2011 from an EMB-145 aircraft flying from Raleigh, NC to Pittsburgh, PA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Sunday, March 17, 2012 there will be a Mayoral Debate hosted by the local Pittsburgh Youth and Government chapter in conjunction with The Barack Obama Academy of International Studies (A local Pittsburgh Public High School).   There are just about 2 months until election day and there are now a lot of candidates running for mayor.  This event will be a great opportunity to see the candidates discuss the issues.

As of Wednesday afternoon the following candidates have confirmed that they will attend:

  • Jack Wagner
  • Bill Peduto
  • Micheal Lamb
  • Darlene Harris
  • Jake Wheatley

From the organizers:

A wide range of topics will be discussed during this debate, however, this debate will focus on issues that impact the youth, the young adults in the region, the families of the city, the effect of crime on all Pittsburgh residents, the retention of young adults and families in the city of Pittsburgh, along with many other topics that relate to all residents of Pittsburgh.
This is a FREE COMMUNITY EVENT that is being hosted by local high school students on Sunday, March 17th at 1:30 pm in the auditorium of the Peabody High School Building.
Please join the local youth at this debate and become more informed about Pittsburgh’s mayoral election.
Doors open at 1:00 pm on March 17th with the debate starting promptly at 1:30 pm.

Pittsburgh Mayoral Debate
Sunday, March 17, 2013
515 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (The former Peabody Highschool)
Facebook Event Link 


CMU Robot Tackles An Important Task

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Meet HERB (Home Exploring Robotic Butler) who was developed at Carnegie Mellon’s Personal Robotics Lab.

HERB has finally tackled an important and difficult problem – how to separate an Oreo Cookie.

Thanks to Chris Briem @ NullSpace for sharing this video.