4th of July events in the Pittsburgh area

There are several events happening in Pittsburgh in honor of Independence Day, so here are some options as you plan for the U.S.’s birthday

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Pittsburgh has some of the best 4th of July Celebrations around.

The EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is taking place July 2-4 in Point State Park. This is a free event full of all kinds of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. The latest addition: Pogopalooza. The proper Independence Day celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. on the 4th, ending with fireworks at 9:35 p.m. Tenants of Alvern Gardens Apartments, Place Seville, as well as the Sleepy Hollow Townhouses and Apartments can hop on the T (Pittsburgh’s light rail) for a 30 minute ride to the Gateway stop, a short walk from Point State Park.

The Heinz Field Fourth of July Celebration is also a free event packed with concerts. This one starts at 2 p.m. and will give you a prime view of the fireworks in the evening.

History buffs might consider attending Fourth at the Fort hosted by the Fort Pitt Museum. This event is free with museum admission and takes place 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on the 4th. There will be reenactments of the Revolutionary War experience at the Fort, and they will salute the Point State Park fireworks display with their new reproduction 18th century cannon.

Anyone looking for a little something different might consider a dinner cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet. The tickets do cost $65, but the buffet menu looks scrumptious and there will be a DJ. Boarding starts at 6:30 p.m. and the cruise goes from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. so you should have  a prime view of the fireworks.

Dog friendly apartments in Pittsburgh

Dog owners looking for a pet friendly apartment in Pittsburgh will be happy to know that dogs are now welcome at another Prudential Realty Community: Alvern Gardens Apartments in Castle Shannon.

Certain areas in the Alvern Gardens complex are opening their doors and ample green spaces to dogs 40 lbs and smaller. There are no breed restrictions (other than the limitation that the breed cannot exceed 40 lbs maximum size). Mixed breeds are also welcome as long as they are 40 lbs or smaller.

Dogs welcome at Alvern Gardens Apartments
Dogs 40 lbs and under are now welcome at Alvern Gardens Apartments in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

Owners must provide paperwork from the vet indicating that the dog is spayed/neutered and all its vaccinations are up-to-date. The dog must also be properly licensed and wear its license at all times. Owners must also provide proof of liability insurance covering any injuries or damages that might be caused by the dog.

Residents are allowed to have up to 2 pets in their apartment: up to 2 cats or 1 cat and 1 dog. Only 1 dog is allowed per apartment.

The cost of keeping a pet at Alvern Gardens is more affordable than at many other apartment communities. The security deposit is $200 per pet, and the monthly fees are as follows: $15 per cat, $30 for a dog, and $45 for 1 cat and 1 dog.

Here are some of the additional guidelines of keeping a pet at Alvern Gardens:

  • Flea and tick medication must be kept up-to-date
  • Animals must be in a cage or on a leash and attended at all times that they are outside the owner’s apartment (in hallways, outside on the property)
  • Animals are not allowed in common areas of the building (laundry rooms and other basement spaces)
  • Owners must promptly clean up all their animal’s waste

Alvern Gardens is close to South Park, where there are walking trails as well as a dog park for pups (and their parents) to get their exercise.

Anyone interested in renting a dog friendly apartment in the South Hills of Pittsburgh may contact Alvern Gardens at alverngardens@yahoo.com or 412-561-4663.

Father’s Day events in the Pittsburgh area

Last month, Mom had her special day and we told you about some events in the Pittsburgh area, so this month it’s time to check out a few events in honor of Dad.

Father's Day events in Pittsburgh
While you might not find views like this in the immediate Pittsburgh area, there are plenty of Father’s Day events to bring dad to.

Wigle Whiskey is hosting a pig roast at 2 p.m. in their new barrel house. Like their Mother’s Day event, this is a 21 and over only celebration.

If your dad’s more of a health nut than a foodie, there’s the 12th annual Man Up Father’s day 5k/10k Run/Walk and Fun Walk. This event is family friendly and raises money for the Obediah Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer. The race kicks of at 8 a.m. on Sunday at Riverfront Park on the North Shore Trail, and the day-of registration is a little pricier than pre-registration.

For a family friendly twist on the traditional brunch, The National Aviary is hosting a Father’s Day Brunch. Contact The Aviary to preregister for a meal at either 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. under the tent in the Rose Garden.

If you’re on a budget, both the ToonSeum and the Pittsburgh Zoo offer free admission for dad on his special day. The ToonSeum only charges $4 for the rest of the family.


Farmers markets in the South Hills of Pittsburgh

In addition to the Market Square Farmers Market downtown, there are a number of seasonal markets in the South Hills of Pittsburgh offering up fresh, local, and organic produce and much more. To help you find one near you, here a few South Hills farmers markets to check out.

Residents of Cornell Place, Alvern Gardens Apartments, Place Seville, and the Sleepy Hollow Townhouses live close to a couple of farmers markets in Mt. Lebanon.

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Buying fresh, local produce at a farmers’ market is a great way to stimulate your local economy, provide healthier food for your family, and even help the environment. Photo By Seeminglee (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
The Mt. Lebanon Lions Club hosts the Original Mt. Lebanon Farmers Market at the Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church at 975 Washington Rd. The market takes place every 4 p.m.-9 p.m. every Wednesday. The vendors sell fresh produce, bread, homemade pierogies, Middle Eastern foods, flowers, fudge and other baked goods, and even Italian ice.

Wesbanco’s Uptown Mt. Lebanon Farmers’ Market started on May 10th and will run through October. This one takes place 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays by the municipal building located at 710 Washington Rd. This market boasts fresh local produce, bread, meats, dairy products, and specialty foods.

For residents of Cloverleaf Village, the Pleasant Hills Lions Club hosts a farmers market 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church at 199 Old Clairton Rd. The market is in operation May 29th-October 9th and sells fresh local produce, Mediterranean pastries, bread, pierogies, nuts, and organically raised meats.

If you’re interested in moving to the South Hills and being closer to these markets, contact Prudential Realty Company.