Tomorrow is the anniversary of the first modern Olympics (1896), Mohandas Gandhi made salt (1930), the first Tony Awards (1947), the North Pole was discovered (1909), the Church of the Later Day Saints was founded (1830), the Battle of Shiloh (1862), the US entered WWI (1917), the Scottsboro Trial (1931) and Thailand’s Chakri Day is celebrated.
May 22 & 23, PyroFest will be in a new location (it’s been in Hartwood Acres for the past couple of years). They needed a larger venue, so they are moving to Cooper’s Lake Campground up by Slippery Rock. (They’ve also made it a two day event this year). They are looking for amateur pyro enthusiasts to enter a contest to apply to be the winner of Fantasy in the Sky. Follow the link if you want to apply, you can also get more info on this year’s festivities from there as well. The winner will get to help choreograph this year’s event and have their display in this year’s fest as well.
Finally, Spring has sprung. The gardens are all cleaned up, mulch arriving soon and the water feature is cleaned and running. If you are into roses, The Pittsburgh Rose Society is having a free “hands on” pruning class at McKeesport’s Renziehausen Park Arboretum Saturday, April 11 (Saturday, April 18 in case of rain) at 1 pm. The will also discuss fertilizing, pest control and other pertinent rose growing tips. More info at their website.
It’s time for spring cleaning and for the hard to dispose of items, e-waste, compact fluorescent bulbs, polystyrene packing materials and cell phone will be accepted at Pittsburgh Mills April 11 and 25, the Washington Mall May 9, the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin April 22, Heinz Field August 29 and the Mall at Robinson October 3. Household cleaners, paints, pesticides, paint and such will be collected at the North Park Swimming Pool May 2, Concurrent Technologies in Cambria County May 16, Washington Mall July 18, Boyce Park August 15 South Park September 12 and Brady’s Run Park in Beaver October 10. There will be a “reuse it fest” June 13 at UPMC Passavant Hospital June 13 to find new uses for medical equipment, building materials and furniture. These events are sponsored by The Pennsylvania Resource Council and more details are at their website.
Looking for ideas for home projects, there’s three home and garden shows coming up. The Butler County Home Show runs from April 10 – 12 at the Family Sports Center in Connoquenessing. More than 100 exhibits and lots of hands on demonstrations. More info at their website. The South Hills Home Show will run April 17 – 19 at the Iceoplex at South Pointe. Also, more than 100 exhibits will be there for creative ideas. More info at their website. Finally, the Westmoreland County Home Show will be at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds April 18 & 19 and they anticipate more than 150 exhibits. More info at their website.
There’s one of those surprise boxes through the mail companies that may (or may not) be worth looking into. Instead of surprise boxes containing hokey “gourmet” snacks, cleaning products, Try the World sends food boxes with specialties from specific countries like Morocco, Paris and Tokyo. For $39 for one box or $198 for six boxes, they will bring the world eating to your door.
The Pittsburgh Glass Center over in Friendship has brought Seattle artists Jen Elek & Jeremy Bert‘s show ABC@PGC in through June 7 at their Hodge Gallery 5472 Penn Avenue. Both artists, Jeremy is also a sign man, he creates and repairs commercial signs. They’ve taken letters from discarded signs, retrofitted them with LED lighting and strong them on cords so you can actually wear many of the letters. There’s also hand blown glass creations. Go with a group of friends and spell out words. More info at their websites.
This it for this post, enjoy spring,