Accordion Pool Party in Lawrenceville

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On Saturday, September 12 from 3-7PM, Leslie Park swimming pool at 4700 Butler St. in Lawrenceville will thrum with activity-and not a drop of water.  The site will host Accordion Pool Party, an ethnic music and dance festival and quirky spectacle of culture and community pride.  The one-day event is a also a catalyst for a more lasting civic endeavor, Pool Planning Workshops to involve residents in shaping the future of the Leslie Park Pool site.

Accordion Pool Party involves about 20 seasoned Pittsburgh accordionists and 30 costumed folk dancers performing in the empty pool a mix of genres including Cajun, tango, polka, French, Israeli and Balkan music. Special guest Guinea West African Drum and Dance Ensemble will open the program.  The event will be emceed by Michael “Zombo” Devine.

The event will also feature refreshments courtesy of the Estelle S. Campbell Boys and Girls Club (neighbors to Leslie Park Pool), and light fare by Lawrenceville’s eclectic cafés and restaurants.  Several eateries will also host busking accordionists on the day of the event. There is a $5 suggested donation for the event.  Visit for more information.

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Random Acts of Pittsburgh Kindness

Here are a few links and websites I wanted to share because Pittsburghers are nice people and a few clicks or dollars can go along way.

First, I want to start by linking to this post on BikePGH – R.I.P. William Thomas, kid’s bike mechanic extraordinaire – this is a really nice post about a really nice Pittsburgher who donated his time to fixing bikes for kids.

Just Vote to Help a Greenburg Family win a $10,000 Family Room Makeover

I have posted about this on twitter but I wanted to give one last link for this one. Today, July 31 is the last day to vote for Megan B. at the Nestle Family Dream Room Makeover Contest. One great family from Greensburg has made it to the final round!! So take a moment to visit and vote for Megan B. Greensburg PA.


Kiva Fellowship: From Pittsburgh to the Phillipines (with a few stops in between)

One of the blogs that I have recently stumbled across from an email exchange about the upcoming Netroot Nation is The Causemopolitain – which is a great blog about Sloane’s Kiva fellowship in the Phillipines. Yes, that Kiva, the micro lending site that Oprah has talked about where you can support small businesses from around the globe. Sloane is originally from Pittsburgh – and we actually went to grade school together way back when.  If you have any interest in social entrepreneurship and the Kiva process – you should definitely check out The Causemopolitain.

You can help with Sloane’s Kiva Fellowship by making a contribution

Mexico Mission Trip

I have been following the blog With love from Pittsburgh for awhile now – with a name like that how could I not follow along.   Laura wrote a nice post last week about her boyfriends mission trip to Mexico – I was about to head back and make a donation but it looks like he has successfully completed his fundraising for the trip.  Laura – please leave a comment if there are other things people can do to help!

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The World Pinball Championships are in Pittsburgh

Actually, I believe that the last 7 Pinball Championships have been held in Pittsburgh. PAPA stands for the Professional & Amateur Pinball Association. One of the reasons the PAPA tournament is here in Pittsburgh is because there is a dedicated Pinaball hall in Carnegie. The pinball facility suffered extensive damage after the flooding in 2004. But they were able to rebuild in time for the 2005 competition. The facility has over 400 pinball machines.

The Pinball facility is only open to the public for tournaments and is located at 501 Keystone Dr., Carnegie, PA 15106. The Tournament runs all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday – August 15-17,2008. Click here for a detailed schedule.

According to the PAPA website there will be food vendors and there is wifi – perfect for bloggers wishing to cover the event. The tournament is free for spectators.

  • Click here to watch the WQED OnQ segment about the tournament and facility.
  • Check out for a website dedicated to pinball machines in the Pittsburgh area.

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Immaculate Reception in the Final Four – Your Vote is Needed Now

Even if you only know a little bit about Pittsburgh sports history,
you know that the Immaculate Reception is an important
moment in Pittsburgh and American sports history.

Well sports fans, the Immaculate Reception is in the final 4 for ESPN’s Greatest Sports Highlight. Currently, The Immaculate Reception is up against Miracle on Ice. The winner will be announced on Tue 2/26 – so click here to vote today! Your vote can send this important Pittsburgh Sports Highlight to the final round.

I have provided a link to the wikipedia page about the Immaculate Reception if you are not familiar with the term. Click the link or just ask the nearest Pittsburgher – chance are they can explain it to you. Even if you are familiar with the play, I recommend looking at the Wikipedia article – it provides some fascinating information about the entire play, complete with scientific research.

I heart Greek Food Festivals

I really do heart food festivals. I love LOVE love food festival food. I love that the proceeds benefit some great charity. I love that people donate their time to work at the food festivals. I love the ice tea in a carton that you can always find at the greek food festival in Oakland. It is kind of like visiting a real life my big fat greek wedding. And last year I even met a friend of a friend who met her husband volunteering at greek food festival. So if you are one of the few singles that wrote letters to the Post-Gazette about being single in Pittsburgh maybe it is time to volunteer at a greek food festival.

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos (friends of the poor) Society Greek Food Festival
Tue. October 2-Thurs. October 4
Lunch 11:30am-2pm, Dinner 4:30-8pm

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church
123 Gilkeson Road
Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228
Click here for more info.