Lawrenceville

Whether your mom would prefer grilling outside with some brews or vintage shopping until she drops, there’s something to make every mom (or person) in Pittsburgh happy this Mother's Day weekend.

The Lawrenceville Blossom Tour, May 8 through 10, is a celebration of spring and local goods and services in Lawrenceville. Follow the Blossom Tour map and enjoy local artists, craft makers, and local shops. Each official tour stop will give out free local, sustainable seed packets to customers.

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, an innovative performing arts festival, is a perfect event for artsy moms; and features a bounty of performances ranging from music to spoken word to puppetry and opera. May 8 – 10 in the North Side.

On Friday, Bayardstown Social Club opens for the season with an evening party kicking off at 6 PM. For $10, guests get access to this private space with fire pits and food trucks like Brassero Grill and Berlin Street Food. Guests can also BYOB and BYOM (Bring Your Own Meat!)   

On Sunday, the Neighborhood Flea at Pittsburgh Public Market will offer vintage, mod, handmade, food, and furniture products for sale. There is also a free yoga class, and a schedule of workshops great for crafty moms – for example, they can make their own perfume from natural oils, or make an herb planter. 

Courtesy Photo/ Second Shift Crafters

  “Basically, it’s everything you would want to do in a park on a Saturday afternoon, all rolled into one,” said Jessica Winter-Franklin, founder of Second Shift Crafters and lead organizer of the first “Spring It On” community event.

On Saturday, Winter-Franklin will join local D.J. Michael Devine to host Spring It On from noon to 6 p.m. in Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville. The event will feature artists, craft-makers, musicians, and spoken word poets from around Lawrenceville.

“We are absolutely, 100 percent local,” Winter-Franklin said.

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week may be ending, but there’s still fun to be had in town this weekend.    

On Friday, Star Wars fans should make their way to the Carnegie Science Center faster than the Millennium Falcon doing the Kessel Run for 21+ SciFri.

For artistically-inclined night owls, Art All Night 18 will take over the Willow Street Warehouse in Lawrenceville Saturday through Sunday (a full 24 hours of free fun!)

On Saturday evening, Ka-Blam! A  Fundraiser for Toonseum will be treating guests to caricature drawings, DJ-spun tunes, refreshments and more while raising funds for Toonseum.  

The Urbanist Release Party & PGH Spring Thing will give guests a preview of food and drink from the newest restaurants in town (hint: The Vandal, The Ballroom, Bread &  Salt, etc.)  

Eleven years ago, Tina Gaser moved into a home in Lawrenceville and right away noticed that when the wind blew in just the wrong direction she could smell the McConway & Torley Steel Foundry just a few blocks away.

A few years later, her husband had a stroke that doctors say could have been indirectly caused by high levels of fine particulate matter in the air. Tonight she will speak at a public hearing calling on the plant to live under tighter environmental controls.

Ah, coffee.  The magical beverage that makes us all feel more human by 9 AM. What would we do without it? Grab your mug and settle in for a very buzz-worthy Social Club.  

Matt Gebis of Espresso a Mano in Lawrenceville joins Rachel and Josh to share his journey into owning his own business, explains why he doesn’t sweat Starbucks as competition, and instructs us on how to brew the most delicious hot (and cold!) cup of coffee at home.

Also happening this weekend:
Carnegie Science Center 21+ Night
 

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The neighborhood of Lawrenceville was established 200 years ago, by the father of Stephen Foster. In that time the riverside area has seen an interesting range of people, events and industries which helped shape American history and culture.

On Friday the 200th anniversary will be commemorated with movies and lectures presented by the Lawrenceville Historical Society, at the Row House Cinema. Community Historians Carol Peterson and James Wudarczyk join us to chat about Lawrenceville history and share a few lesser known stories.

PARK(ing) Day Returns to Pittsburgh

Sep 20, 2013
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If you’re noticing parking spaces around the city being taken up by art installations, sitting areas and small “parklets,” it’s because Friday is international PARK(ing) Day.

This is Pittsburgh’s sixth year celebrating the day, which highlights how public spaces and parks improve the community. The installations are meant to turn urban spaces designed for vehicle use into communal space.

This year there are 20 registered spaces throughout downtown, the Strip District, Lawrenceville, Oakland, and the South Side, compared to 19 in 2008.

Lawrenceville Robotics Company Expands

Aug 28, 2013

Carnegie Robotics, a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Center, is expanding its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Lawrenceville.

Currently housed in CMU incubator facilities, the company plans to move into the 31,000 square-foot former Heppenstall building between 43rd and 48th streets.

President and CEO John Bares said the company outgrew its current space.

Once a year, the Lawrenceville Corporation organizes the Joy of Cookies shopping tour. This year, 26 businesses set out plates of treats along the Butler Street route, giving neighbors a chance to meet in a very merry setting.

Co-owner of Lawrenceville’s House of the Dead, Chuck Cramer believes Pittsburgh stands little chance of surviving a zombie apocalypse.