Zombies Save Pittsburgh – A Halloween Party for A Good Cause

Can Zombies Save Pittsburgh?  With your help yes! (If you are just looking for details on the Zombie Halloween Party scroll to the bottom of the page – keep reading for details on how and why I think you should check out the party).

CHS-Plain-MastheadFor the past few holiday seasons, IheartPGH has joined with other bloggers to help a Pittsburgh non-profit – Community Human Services (CHS) – make sure that some of the less fortunate Pittsburghers have some holiday gifts.  I was happy to support this project and over the past few years I have learned a lot more about CHS and the incredible and important services they provide.

Last year, at the holiday party I had the opportunity to chat with a woman who works for CHS and works with the kids in Allegheny County that have signed themselves out of the foster care system.  These are 18 year-olds that don’t have families and many don’t have a place to live.  CHS works to get these kids housing and to give them at least some sort of a holiday gift.

I have been thinking about the best way to write about CHS and their upcoming Halloween Party – and then I read this article in the Tampa Bay Times this afternoon – Amid churchgoers, an orphan pleads for a family, October 7, 2013.  And I burst into tears.  Please take a moment to read this story.  I was struck by how along this kid felt and I’ve been thinking all day about what I can do about this.  While I am not sure what I can do to help Davion find a family in Florida – I can help to support a Pittsburgh organization that is working on these issues right here.

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until December to support CHS! This Saturday, CHS is hosting what is sure to be an incredible event, No One Survives Alone, a zombie themed Halloween Party – this Saturday, October 19, 2013.  The party is going to be at Clear Story Studios – which is an incredible office space located on the South Side. Music by DJ Zombo, a beer bar sponsored by Yuengling, specialty cocktails with Fortis Vodka and Bluecoat Gin, appetizers from Whole Foods, Red Oak Cafe and Catering.

no one survives alone

No One Survives Alone
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Clear Story Studios
$50 – in advance, $60 – at the door

Other ways to help:

Raising the Jolly Roger

I’ll make this one quick. I don’t have much time to mourn, because it’s midterm week in the Bronx, and I have to get prepared.

It’s been 21 years since the Pittsburgh Pirates have had a winning season, let alone a playoff appearance. I won’t spend much time listing all the things that have happened since then and now, but suffice it to say that it’s been a long time coming.

I wrote for IHeartPGH this summer, hoping to give a die-hard fan’s perspective on the Pirates. I’ll boil down my perspective to this: I want 82. Man, I’ve wanted 82 more than I’ve ever wanted the Steelers to win the Super Bowl, the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup, or just about anything else that I could ever want. In 2013, the Pittsburgh Pirates won their 82nd game on September 9th. I didn’t yell all that loud about it, (except on Twitter) and then, for the first time in my entire life, I started to seriously think about the Pittsburgh Pirates as playoff contenders. And they kept winning games. Between September 9th and September 23rd, the Pirates had won 12 more games. They had guaranteed that Pittsburgh—and, more importantly, that PNC Park—would at last see a playoff game. On October 1st, 2013, they clinched at least two more playoff games in the Steel City, and I only wished that I could have been there. I’ve put everything on hold to watch the Bucs as closely as I could in the past week, and I’ve never been more proud of my team or of my city.

As I’m writing this, Pedro Alvarez has been retired as the last out of the 2013 season, and I’m sad that it couldn’t go on longer, but I can’t deny that I’m at least somewhat pleased with the result. The Pirates have staged an amazing baseball renaissance in the city of Pittsburgh. Frankly, it sucks that the city can’t get more reacquainted with fall baseball, but we don’t have much time to mourn. Baseball’s back in Pittsburgh, and we have to get prepared for 2014.



The Treading Art folks have put together an awesome series of events called Discover Pittsburgh.  The series kicks off this evening and runs through Monday.  If you haven’t yet been to see the Maxo Vanka murals – this is a MUST DO!!!! – Lindsay


Thursday Oct. 3rd – 


Join us for the kickoff of DISCOVER PITTSBURGH and  become enthralled by video installations from three local artists, oodle at handmade furniture (also of local origin), dance, lounge in oversized bean bags, drink, eat chocolate, and catch a gander of  Kurt Hentschlager’s riveting Hive on the second floor!

Wood Street Galleries, 3rd Floor @ 601 Wood Street – Cultural District

7-11pm // FREE

Join us at round two as we celebrate the new and old diversity of East Liberty and it’s many entrepreneurs. For the full lineup beyond pig roast, drum circles and live graffiti have a look here where you can also print out a map + itinerary!

Surrounding the intersection of Penn Ave & Highland Ave – East Liberty

12-4pm // FREE

Coming full circle we’ll explore Radiant Hall, the impressive and newly opened artist studios. Also on hand will be Morgan Erina of Broken Fences who will coo you with original tunes and covers, light brunch fare from La Gourmandine and mid-afternoon bubbly + sangria.

Radiant Hall @ 4514 Plummer St – Lawrenceville

11am-2pm // FREE


Lastly we wrap up in the wonderful community of Millvale where captivating guide Aaron Ciarkowski will give you the insiders tour of these sensational and historic murals.

St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church @ 24 Maryland Ave – Millvale

10am & 11:30am // FREE


A Conversation About Gun Safety

200px-LWV_LogoI know this is a bit of a detour from our usual postings about things to do in Pittsburgh.  But, I wanted to post about this event because I think the League of Women Voters is an important organizations that more people need to know about and because I think this is an important issue for cities.  Please take a moment to follow the League of Women Voters Pittsburgh on Facebook here.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization – that means that they cannot advocate for any specific candidate or position.  The League of Women Voters exists to provide more education about government and issues.

Gun Safety in a Free
Allegheny County Conversation Presented by the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh

Sunday, October 6, 2013, 1 – 5 pm
In Oakland — with free parking and refreshments
Bus routes 71B, 61D & 61B
Get beyond the slogans and help explore possible solutions with your fellow citizens of Allegheny County
Facebook Event

The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh (LWVGP) is sponsoring this forum to promote discussion and cooperation among Allegheny County residents with different views and experiences with guns. Participants will divide into small groups for moderated discussion based on a guide booklet of background information containing facts and viewpoints on guns and society. A panel of experts will be available to respond to questions from the small groups. The goal of these discussions is to identify policies or actions that will promote public health and gun safety in our communities.

Participation is free, but registration is required. Click here for online registration or call the League of Women Voters at 412-261-4284. Registration requires the completion of a short, confidential survey, to assure that all interests are represented in each group. A link to the discussion guide and location information is provided at the end of the registration process. Register now. The deadline is September 30th.

Presented in association with the Program for Deliberative Democracy at Carnegie Mellon University.