Fall Happenings Around the ‘Burgh

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The first day of Fall is right around the corner, and Pittsburgh is known for having some of the best Fall festivities around. Check out this list of happenings around the ‘Burgh.

Event: 2015 Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival
Date: September 19, 2015
Location: Stage AE

Pittsburgh is known as the #CityofDumplings. So what better way to celebrate with the returning Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival! This years festival is bigger and better than ever! With more vendors, more music, more fun, and of course, more pierogies! Enjoy live music, paint your own pierogi, and indulge in pierogi from over 30 different vendors! Tickers are only $12.50 and kids 12 and under are free!

Event: Come Out and Play Pittsburgh
Date: September 18 – 19, 2015
Location: Schenley Plaza

Come Out & Play Pittsburgh is a two-day, donation-based festival of games that turns the city into a playground for grown-ups. The festival will feature brand-new sports, street games, and social games on Friday September 18th and Saturday September 19th in Schenley Plaza and surrounding areas of Oakland. This year’s featured games include: -Circle Rules Football, an incredible new sport with a circular field and a yoga ball; -Scattershot, a video game hundreds of people can play at once; -Nashville, a real-world wild-west dueling game played with a deck of cards, -Counter Squirt, a late-night live-action squirt gun battle throughout the streets of Oakland, -Territory Oakland, a massive urban capture-the-flag style game, and many, many more. CO&P Pittsburgh is produced locally by City of Play, a Pittsburgh-based organization that enhances interactions between people, places, and ideas through play, to support healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives.

Event: Fall Fest
Date: September 26, 20015
Location: The Waterfront

The Famous Fall Fest takes place on September 26th from 1pm-5pm featuring the 6th Annual Running of the Wieners puppy fun run! A special kid-friendly performance from Pittsburgh’s own Josh +Gab Free Live music from House of Soul Cheer on over 75 pups in the 6th Annual Running of the Wieners Painting activity with Paint Monkey Free pumpkin painting for kids Arts, crafts, giveaways and more!

Event: Hickory Apple Festival
Date: October 3 -4, 2015
Location: 106 Main Street (Route 50), Hickory, PA 15340

32nd annual event sponsored by the Mt. Pleasant Township VFC. Enjoy homecooked foods, apple products of all kinds, craft demonstrations & sales, children’s activities, & live entertainment. Free admission, parking & shuttle service from extended lots. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Event: 2nd Annual Autum Splendor Tour
Date: October 16 – 18, 2015
Location: 507 Seventh Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA

Multiple Art & Specialty Shops in Beaver, Butler & Lawrence Counties. Engage the local art scene through Gallery Exhibits, Unique Shops, Performances, Make-Your-Own-Craft events & classes, Restaurants & Scenic Drives.

Event: Brews & Brats Festival
Date: October 10, 2015
Location: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Craft brews, German food and FUN for the whole family at the 1st Annual Brews & Brats Festival at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Bring the kids for a good time with fun activities for all! Stein and barrel races, adventure activities, live music and a kids’ corner are just some of the fun going on. You won’t want to miss our traditional festival favorite as the craft brewers are back to compete for the People’s Choice Best Brew Contest!

Event: Haunted Trail
Date: October 24, 2015
Location: Camp Guyasuta

Haunted Trail at Camp Guyasuta Activities include Haunted Trail, Hayride, Climbing Wall, Zip Line Rides, Pumkin Patch, Games, food for sale and more! From 3pm-6pm it will be “No Scare” but from 6pm – 9pm it will be “Scare”

Bye Bye Salt Stains, Hello Spring!

After the winter we’ve had, more than likely your car floor is covered in salt stains. And with Pittsburgh getting a small covering of what we’re hoping is the last snow of the season this past weekend, we’re glad we decided to hold off on our car spring cleaning. But with temperatures picking back up, we decided to get in the spring cleaning mood and give you a 3 step how-to on getting rid of those salt stains once and for all!

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To start, you need some water, vinegar, a brush, absorbent rags, a vacuum and a little TLC.

1. Vacuum the area carefully, getting as much dirt and dry salt out as possible. Do not press too hard as this will force the salt further into the carpet and perhaps damage the fibers.

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2. Spray and soak again, this time using an absorbent cloth to wipe the area. If you have a wet/dry vacuum use it to remove the remaining moisture. (Do not use the family household vacuum – there will be expensive results from ingesting the salty water!) If you do not have a wet/dry vacuum use absorbent towels. Press down on the damp area with as much weight as possible.

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3. Repeat as necessary, the salt will eventually come off and the vinegar smell will go away as well. Leave the windows open and enjoy the Pittsburgh spring air!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year in Pittsburgh!

With the holiday season approaching, we’re already buzzing with excitement. We made our list and checked it twice of holiday happenings around the ‘Burgh!

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The Sunken Garden at Phipps Conservatory, December 2013

Phipps Conservatory

Every holiday season, Phipps Conservatory has a wonderful Winder Light Garden that uses flowers and evergreens to bring in the holiday spirit. The theme this year is “Winter Wonderland,” based off the famous song written by our own Pennsylvania-native Dick Smith. The garden translates his lyrics into visuals using lights, decorations, and seasonal plants. The Winter Wonderland will be running every evening 5-11pm from November 28th through January 11th.

Carnegie Museum of Art

The Carnegie Museum of Art has a holiday tradition of displaying decorative Christmas trees in the Hall of Architecture. From handcrafted ornaments to incredible collections, the Carnegie Museum of Arts is a must!

Skating at the PPG Plaza

Located in the heart of Downtown, the PPG Plaza is a winter staple. The rink is lightened by a giant Christmas tree in the middle of the PPG Plaza. So grab a pal, lace up, and take a few laps around the ice.

The Nutcracker

There’s nothing that gets you in the holiday spirit quite like the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition that combines the magic of Christmas and the art of ballet. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater performs this magical story, while bringing a Pittsburgh element into the world of The Nutcracker. The performance will be at the Benedum Center throughout December.

Fifth Avenue Place

Throughout the holiday season, Fifth Avenue is one of Pittsburgh’s most festive destinations. They host various events and actives for the whole family. Activities range from craft shows, to musical performances, and even a chance to hop on the Holly Trolley on the weekends!

Spirits of Giving From Around the World

See the holidays come alive during PPG Place’s “Spirits of Giving From Around the World” exhibit. This holiday display of life-size Santas and original paintings captures a whole world of Christmas traditions. The exhibit comes alive with a collection of original paintings, each depicting holiday celebrations around the world.

Miniature Railroad & Village

The Miniature Railroad & Village features hundreds of wonderfully realistic animated scenes that illustrate how people lived, worked, and played in our region during an era spanning the 1880s to the late 1930s.

Highmark First Night

To ring in the New Year, stop by Highmark First Night Pittsburgh. First Night is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. It is an arts-focused, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. It’s the largest single-day celebration in the region, offering 150 events at nearly 50 indoor and outdoor locations within the 14-block Cultural District, attracting nearly 50,000 visitors each year.

What’s your favorite Pittsburgh holiday tradition?

Buying an Older Car: Things to Look Out For

Most of us have that “dream car” we’ve always wanted—that orange 1969 Dodge Charger from Dukes of Hazard or the 1993 Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler. Whatever you picture when you imagine yourself driving around Pittsburgh, it is important to know what to look for when purchasing an older car. Here, we offer five tips to help you get started!

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Leaking Engine Seals

Pittsburgh weather changes as fast as the Dodge Hellcat drives. And with changes in pressure and temperature, engine seals expand and contract. If a car sits for a long time without being driven, the seals can deteriorate even faster because they dry out and become brittle. Eventually, worn-out engine seals will start to leak oil. It is important to check engine seals frequently when driving an older vehicle.

Body Rust

Pittsburgh and North Huntingdon have seen some harsh and long winters, and cars that spend time in rough climates tend to exhibit rust in the undercarriage and around the window seals. Salt and moisture can be devastating to a car’s chassis, and the cost of proper repair can exceed the car’s purchase prices.

Fading Or Peeling Paint

A car that has a cheap paint job or has spent its life outside can have faded and cracked paint. To avoid another bad paint job, the solution is to completely repaint the car, which can be expensive but worth it if done correctly.

Cracked and Sagging Interior

All those days your car spent sun bathing can be devastating to its interior, causing seats, dashes, and outdoor panels to crack and fade. Finding original replacement parts for an older car can be challenging, and new reproductions can be pricy.

Electrical Issues

Although older vehicles don’t have all the bells and whistles of today’s cars, they still have their fair share of complex electrical components. Some electrical problems are relatively simple to diagnose and remedy. And if you do have any electrical issues, then schedule a service appointment with us, and we can properly diagnose the problem!

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4th of July Happenings Around the ‘Burgh

How will you be celebrating this 4th of July weekend? Will it be with family and friends at picnics, watching fireworks, or taking advantage of the holiday specials at Jim Shorkey? Maybe its all 3! But if you have no plans, don’t worry, here’s a list of things happening around the Pittsburgh area where you can celebrate America’s birthday!

Big Butler Fair
Big Butler Fairgrounds
1127 New Castle Road

The Big Butler Fair’s most anticipated event is happening at dusk on July 4th, its firework display! The Big Butler Fair is one of the region’s best, and most awaited summer festival, with patriotic activities, family-friendly fun, rides and games, and of course, delicious fair food. This year’s fair is teamed up with the Y108 Freedom Fest and Country Musical Fest, which will take place on July 5th at 6 p.m.

Celebrate America Festival
Kennywood Park
48000 Kennywood Blvd.

Kennywood is throwing America a Birthday bash and you’re invited! Come honor the red, white, and blue this weekend at Kennywood’s Celebrate America Festival. Experience Kennywood in a whole new way with patriotic music, live entertainment, antique cars, and an awesome firework display at the end of the night! Save $10 off gate admission with Giant Eagle special store coupons.

Revolutionary Fort Pitt
Fort Pitt Museum
601 Commonwealth Place

On July 4th there will be a ceremonial flag raising that launches the Revolutionary Fort Pitt 4th of July event at the historic Fort Pitt Museum. The event will not only be educational, but also entertaining! With this weekend long event, you will learn about our country’s past with a reading of the Deceleration of Independence. See what a day in the life of a soldier is like with reenactments featuring musket drills, canon firings, and marching. The celebration ends with a breathtaking firework display from the Point.

July 4th Fireworks Blowout
Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Ave

Every 4th of July there are firework displays galore, but have you ever wondered the science behind them? Well if you have, don’t miss the Carnegie Science Center’s July 4th Fireworks Blowout event where you will learn all about the science behind fireworks and how they work. While you’re there you can also check out the science center’s four floors of exhibits and hands-on activities. Catch a movie in the Omnimax theater and explore the world of sports and the Highmark Sports Works right next door! Lawn seats are priced at $39 per person and include free parking plus pop and popcorn.

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta
Point State Park

The biggest 4th of July celebration is back with a new attraction! This year’s regatta will hold Pogopalooza, the annual world championship of extreme pogo, featuring high-flying stunts and flips by competitors from the U.S, Canada, South America, and Europe. Other highlights of the Regatta will include the F-2 Powerboat North American Championships, the K9 Crew Frisbee Dog Show, a BMX stunt show, the Anything That Floats competition, and a Zambelli firework show that will light up the city sky over the Golden Triangle.

 

Father’s Day Places and Events Around Pittsburgh

Father’s Day isn’t just about a Hallmark card and necktie (although a car on the other hand….). It’s about spending time with your father or that special father-like figure in your life, discovering new things and even trying something new. With three generations of Shorkeys in the business, we understand the meaning of family, which is why we created a list of some of our favorite events and places around Pittsburgh to check out this weekend for Father’s Day.

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Pittsburgh Zoo’s Father’s Day Celebration

Lions and tigers and fathers, oh my! Bring your dad to the zoo for a wild Father’s Day. All dads will receive free admission when accompanied by a child, and all visitors can participate in a Grand in Your Hand scavenger hunt. So team up with your dad, and make a day of it—the zoo is open from 9:30 AM to 6 PM.

Just Ducky Tours

If you’re looking for a unique and historic tour, then Just Ducky Tours is right up your alley. Dads will enjoy an historic ride on land and water inside an amphibious, colorful vehicle. The tour includes interesting facts abouts Pittsburgh, and a few quirky jokes that the guides inject along the way. The tour navigates through the streets of Pittsburgh to view the prominent architecture, the magnificent Cultural District, and famous sports venues. Then, the tour splashes into the river for an inspiring view of the Pittsburgh skyline and completes the excursion at Station Square, which is the original starting point. To ensure a special day for dad, it is best to call for a reservation.

Gateway Clipper Fleet

Celebrate dear old dad down by the river on the Gateway Clipper Fleet—just don’t tell him we called him old! Bring your dad out for a great day relaxing in the sun and enjoying the all-you-can-eat buffet. The buffet costs $45 for adults and $20 for children, and offers beef, chicken, vegetarian options, and a chocolatey dessert fit for the special king in your life.

North Park

North Park is part of the Allegheny County Park system and a favorite place to experience the outdoors with dads and families. The park offers activities to entertain everyone, including trails, bike paths, water sports, sports fields, and fishing and recreational activities. The groves make for a great place to have a picnic and the nature center is a nice walk to enjoy wildlife and vegetation. Families may try out the new restaurant at the boathouse after a day on the links, tennis court, or batting cages.

Three Rivers Arts Fest

Bring your pops to the last day of the Three Rivers Arts Fest! The Arts Festival is a free, 10-day long event with the last day landing on Father’s Day. Check out the booths, catch some music, eat some chicken on a stick, and drink some fresh-squeezed lemonade. If that doesn’t sound appealing (for some unbeknownst reason!), then grab a blanket and picnic basket for a picnic at the Point.

Man Up for Prostate Cancer 5/10k Walk/Run

Spend the day walking (or running) with your dad to raise money for Prostate Cancer research. The Obediah Cole Foundation is hosting its 11th annual 5/10k Walk/Run this Father’s Day. Races start at 8 AM at Riverfront Park and the course follows the North Shore for a great view of the city and the rivers. Spend the morning getting fit with your dad, and raising money for a good cause!

2014 Pittsburgh International Auto Show This Weekend

With the snow moving out and warmer temperatures moving in next week, it’s time to look forward. Lucky for us, the 2014 Pittsburgh International Auto Show is steering into David Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh this weekend, February 14-17. The Auto Show is a self-proclaimed supermarket for anything on wheels. The entire Convention Center is filled with the latest domestic and foreign cars, trucks and SUV’s from over 35 manufacturers and exhibitors—all under one roof.

With over 500 vehicles on display, even the most organized and focused automotive aficionado may need some help navigating through the sea of gleaming, polished chrome. Here are a few of our must-see picks that are sure to catch your eye and maybe even your heart this Valentine’s weekend.

  • Listed as one of their featured vehicles, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the most fuel-efficient, non-hybrid vehicles on the market, averaging an eye-popping 44 mpg. This illustrious vehicle also boasts an array of color options, including kiwi green, plasma purple, starlight silver, and infrared.
  • Also featured on display are the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander for the safety-conscious car buyer. These cousin vehicles have picked up the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus and the IIHS Top Safety Pick- Safest SUV awards, respectively.
  • Neighboring these vehicles on the first floor of the Convention Center is Kia’s new world-class luxury sedan, the K900. This debut vehicle boasts standout features characteristic of a premium rear-wheel sedan. From the 17-speaker surround sound Lexicon® Logic 7 audio system created by GRAMMY® Award winning Harman, to the Dynamic Parking Guide System, to the hydrophobic glass that helps repel water, the K900 is packed with hands-on innovations that enhance the total driving experience.
  • Being touted as a highlight of the entire weekend, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is sure to have a steady stream of onlookers. This vehicle resembles the Dodge Dart in a big-brother sense, but includes its own distinguishing characteristics with available best-in-class 295 horsepower, class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission, and world-class innovative safety and security features.