The Pens Play Tomorrow: You Should Be at the FedEx Ground Fan Zone

The FedEx Ground Fan Zone outside of Consol Energy Center unveiled a new “big screen”  last week for the Penguin’s 2013 Stanley Cup playoff run. Since 2008, “Mario’s TV” (officially dubbed the Trib Total Media “Big Screen”) has been a great chance for fans who don’t have the opportunity to experience playoff hockey to come together, get rowdy, and support the Pens. It’s become a playoffs staple, and a great Pittsburgh tradition the past 5 years.

And now there’s even more to be excited about as the new screen is 11′ wider 6′ taller than before and boosts a high-resolution LED screen (now it’s 27′ by 15′). So if you’ve gone in the past and had trouble seeing, it shouldn’t be an issue anymore. I went last week for the Pens game 5 close-out victory over the Ottawa Senators and sat in the back row and had no issues seeing the screen.


The FedEx Ground Fan Zone is located on the corner of Centre Ave. and Mario Lemieux Place, where Mellon arena once stood (single tear).   It opens up 4 hours before game time for home games and 2 hours prior for road games. Tomorrow’s game starts at 8 p.m. and is at home, so for those who are uninterested in math the Fan Zone will be open at 4 p.m. There will be live performances, great promotions/giveaways, and general fanfare/merriment.

No grills, glass, or alcoholic beverages. Safety First!

Game 1 against the Bruins is tomorrow, Let’s Go Pens!

As an added bonus we were all given free towels. Props to my brother for the excellently timed Vine and shot of the Gulf Tower goal light.

Treader’s Choice: Opening Reception of Sweet Mortality

Treading Art has been putting together an amazing list of weekend events around Pittsburgh.  Each week we will highlight one of those events here on IheartPGH and link you back over to Treading Art’s weekly events post.

This weeks Treader’s Choice event:

Opening Reception: Sweet Mortality

Sweet Mortality Saturday, June 1st

Self-taught mixed media sculptor Scott Hove, behind “Cakeland” in Oakland, CA, comes to Pittsburgh with his frosted-cakelike assault-weaponry creations.

The Gallery 4 @ 206 S Highland Ave – Shadyside

7-11pm // FREE

Pittsburgh is “Awesome”: A $1000 Grant, Skydiving, and Supporting Haitian Families

This is quite the story of three local organizations supporting, networking, and helping each other out. It starts with Awesome Pittsburgh, a chapter of the Awesome Foundation which helps grant people, groups, or organizations catch-free money to help them put their brilliant ideas into action. Every month a new winner is announced. Awesome Pittsburgh wants “to hear your best ideas for making the Pittsburgh region stand out in the global economy, for connecting our communities, for celebrating art or technology, for making the community a better place to live, work, and play, or for simply surprising and delighting your fellow Pittsburghers.”

Applications for, well, awesome ideas can be completed online. The deadline for each application is the 1st of every month.


More information about Awesome Pittsburgh can be found on their website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.


Through Awesome Pittsburgh, Michelle Thom launched “60 Seconds of Pure Freedom,” which gives people the chance to sky dive and experience what Michelle calls “the epitome of freedom” who may not have had the opportunity otherwise. “60 Seconds of Pure Freedom” looks for deserving candidates of the community to be nominated and given the award of a tandem skydive.

Submit your nominations for the 60 Seconds of Pure Freedom Award at (the deadline for June is May 31).


AliJumpsNow Haitian Families First enters the picture. Haitian Families First is a non-profit aimed at fighting poverty by keeping Haitian families together through the provision of “holistic support to all members of the family, in ways that lead them toward sustainability”. The company was started by two Pittsburgh-native sisters, Jamie and Ali McMutrie.

As a fundraising effort for HFF, Jamie and Ali launched an Indiegogo campaign to help continue to raise money for families in Haiti. Ali has a tremendous fear of heights, but she planned to “conquer her fear for GOOD” while raising money and awareness for HFF and their cause and happened to perform the “Dive to Thrive” jump through 60 Seconds of Pure Freedom.

How awesome (pun INTENDED) that all of these local organizations came together and helped one another out for great, positive causes.

[as a side note, the Dive to Thrive video on Indiegogo was done by our friend Noah Purdy from Rustbelt Almanac]

Are You Still Looking for A Summer Internship? Writers, Designers and Developers Wanted!


internship (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Are you from the Pittsburgh area, and love it? Are you interested in writing/blogging, social media, photography and other multimedia tools and using them in a way to connect people in the Pittsburgh area and share what’s happening in the city? Come contribute to IheartPGH and make this summer the opportunity you want it to be by providing fresh ideas to IheartPGH and BlogLocal.

Here is some more detail about what we are looking for from Writers, Designers and Developers:

  • Writers: We’re looking for contributors to join the team that are enthusiastic about Pittsburgh and everything the community has to offer to help IheartPGH to continue to grow our content.  We’re open to new ideas and are looking for ways to innovate and expand even more.  We are also looking for writers to contribute content about local blogs and blogging for
    • Shop Pittsburgh Blogger – Like shopping? Like local businesses – then this is the position for you!  We’re looking for someone to start and manage a weekly column about local shops in Pittsburgh.
    • BlogLocal – Sports Blog Scout – Do you eat, breath and sleep sports? We are looking for someone to help us find the best sports blogs in Pittsburgh and beyond and to write a weekly column interviewing and highlighting the best in sports blogging.
    • Events Blogger – Do you like to check out local events?  We’re looking for a blogger who will write at least one post a week about an upcoming event and then write a follow up post highlighting an event from the previous week.
    • BlogLocal – Fashion Blog Scout – are you a fan of fashion?  Help us scour the web for the best local fashion blogs and write a weekly profile of the most stylish fashion bloggers.
    • 88 Neighborhoods Scout – We are looking for a blogger to help us plan out a series of posts that visits all 88 neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh
    • VotePGH Project Manager  – we’re working on a project to increase awareness about upcoming elections.  If you love social media and civic engagement – this is the job for you.
    • Pittsburgh Podcaster – we’re thinking of starting a Pittsburgh podcast and we’re looking for the right person to help us turn this idea into an audio reality.
    • Editor – Are you ready to step up and take charge of one of Pittsburgh’s oldest blogs?  We’d like to find someone to help take IheartPGH to the next level.  If you are interested in managing a motley crew of Pittsburgh lovers and want to take charge of an ever changing editorial calendar – this is the position for you.  (Editor must be available for Summer and Fall)
  • Designers: Do you hate cluttered websites?  Do you dream of ridding the world of popup boxes and flash websites? Do you hate when you visit a website and music starts blaring at you?  Then we should talk.  We’re looking for webdesigners who want to make IheartPGH and BlogLocal awesome.  If you want to gain some experience taking an okay looking wordpress blog to awesome – then we would love to have you join our team.
  • Developer: We’re looking for a developer who really REALLY really loves local and wants to help make BlogLocal an awesome tool for finding the best local blogs anywhere in the US.  (A stipend or equity is available for the right person – we want to find someone that gets BlogLocal and is eager to make the idea better).

This is a great opportunity to expand your skill and knowledge in writing, social media use, and especially online and offline networking. Plus this is a great opportunity to have some freedom to express your own ideas and really make the most of this position and what you get out of it.

About Working With Us:

We’ve been blogging about the burgh on IheartPGH for almost 8 years and we love it.  Last year we launched BlogLocal to make it easier to find and discover local blogs.  We have met a ton of great people around Pittsburgh and beyond through blogging.  We are looking for interns who are eager to use these online platforms to expand their offline networks. We want to help you learn about writing for online publications and how to successfully use social media to build a brand.  Our past interns have been hired by some of the top design firms and brands in the Pittsburgh area.  Oh and we’ll get you free tickets to lots of events.

Dates, Times and Locations:

Internship dates can be flexible – but we are open to interns year round.  We ask that you be able to commit a minimum of 3 months with 3 days per week to be in the office located in East Liberty.

Whats In It For You:

Internships are unpaid, we are happy to help you get school credit.  We will help you love Pittsburgh, meet and interview some of the most interesting Pittsburghers, and build your social media skills (yes you know how to use Twitter but do you know how to use Twitter to build a brand?).  Our past interns have gone on to work for some of the coolest companies in Pittsburgh likes Dicks Sports and KDKA.

How to Apply:

We used to have a fancy pants application form – but we would rather hear from you!  Send an email to with the following information:

  • your name
  • which position or position(s) you would be interested
  • your favorite blog about Pittsburgh other than IheartPGH
  • what you would like to get out of a writing internship

17th Annual Microbrew Fest at Penn Brewery

This Saturday, June 1, Penn Brewery will host the 17th annual PA Microbrewers’ Fest. The beer fest will be held over two, three hour sessions from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature around 30 local brewers as well as live performances by the Flow Band and Big Leg Emma along with a food tent featuring Penn Brew food favorites like pulled pork sandwiches, grilled sausages, and hot kraut.

Information Penn Brewery Microbrewer Fest 2013Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased here or at the door on Saturday. If ordered online tickets must be picked up at roll call with photo I.D.

Parking locations: North Catholic Highschool, Sara Heinz Hall, and Schiller Academy parking lots located near the brewery.

Follow Penn Brewery on Twitter (@PennBrewery) for updates.



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