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Free & Affordable Fridays In the ‘Burgh

I live in the suburbs. I know, I know– it is supremely uncool  to live anywhere other than the city. And sometimes, I really agree.  Besides the ever present city construction, the detours, and the unfortunateness of rarely having a backyard, there are some true benefits to living in an urban area– public swimming pools, better (if not great in Pittsburgh) public transportation, and something to do– always, something to do.  It is this last one that I look at in today’s post.

As summer is winding down, and everyone is getting ready to go back to school, it’s time to find the last summer-tastic things to do in the city.  Did you know that every week there is a segment on Pittsburgh Today Live called Free and Affordable Fridays? Me neither. The women who host the show give viewers a top five list of cool things happening in the city in the coming weeks that are either free or affordable. Bring in the close of summer with a bang by checking out these entertaining events of the next couple of weeks. Most of them involve music– so if you’re in the mood for a free concert, you’re in luck.  Since you’ll need all the details, I’ll just give you a link to the article. Some of these events have already come and gone, but many of them have repeat showings.

In addition to the awesomeness of the happenings in that article, there is something else happening tomorrow that you won’t want to miss– African Arts in the Park, presented by UMOJA African Arts Company. This day-long festival, held at Point State Park, celebrates the many traditions found in African art. There will be demonstations of head-wrapping and drum making, interactive workshops, poetry and spoken word, stilt-walkers, steel drummers, and sogows (life-size African puppets)– and this event is also TOTALLY FREE! I can’t think of a better way to spend one of the last Saturdays in summer.

Check out these books to become brush up on your African art knowledge.


-Julie, CLP Beechview 


My belated holiday gift to you:

TED Talks.

Technology. Entertainment. Design.

The mission?  To Spread Ideas.

It all started in 1984 and is now an annual conference, bringing together the world’s most innovative creative thinkers, who have 18 minutes to tell you about their idea.  Available for Talks are free at ted.com

Down with some…


No?  How about….

Skiing to the North Pole?


the Happy Planet Index?

C’mon, everybody loves big cats!

Whatever your interest, I’m willing to bet that there’s a TED talk on it.  So, happy watching!

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