Happy anniversary to us!

Happy first anniversary to us! Prudential Realty’s blog has officially been around for a whole year. In honor of this milestone, we’ve rounded up our top 5 posts. These are the posts that have gotten the most views/visitors.

  1. How to decorate a 2 bedroom apartment on a budget kicked off our series on decorating the 2 bedroom model at Alvern Gardens. This first post focuses on the living room. Check out the rest of the series for posts about the dining room, master bedroom, and home office.

    Happy anniversary!
    We’re celebrating 1 year online with (virtual) fireworks. Here’s to another year of fun and informative posts!
  2. More grilled cheese contenders is a follow-up to our countdown of the best grilled cheese in Pittsburgh.Read both posts, try the contenders for yourself, and let us know what you think: who does serve the best grilled cheese?
  3. Happy Thanksgiving! Look at last week’s post for things to do this week while your family’s in town.
  4. Dog park safety and etiquette have become important to us ever since Alvern Gardens opened its very own dog park for its resident pooches.
  5. Bado’s is a favorite local eatery of ours. Situated in the middle of the picturesque Shops on Beverly in Mt. Lebanon, the self-described pizza grill and alehouse has something on the menu for everyone.

Have your own favorite Prudential Realty post? Let us know, and you might see follow-up posts in the coming year!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Here are some things to do with family while they’re in town

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and the Pittsburgh area is gearing up for Christmas. If you have family visiting, here are some things to do and sites to see.

Holiday

If your family is coming to town early, consider taking them to Light Up Night tonight.

Holiday Events in Pittsburgh
Sure, Steel City is cold this time of year, but there’s still plenty to do!

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market opens in Market Square at 11 a.m. today and runs through Tuesday, December 23. Take your family to eat delicious foods from around the world, enjoy local entertainment, and buy extra special gifts. Adults will appreciate the cultural diversity and kids will be excited to meet Santa! Pictures with Santa are free if you give a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

This weekend is the Castle Shannon VFD Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Craft Show. Parking and admission are free, and the show is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. If you’re looking for a personal, handmade gift, you’ll probably find it at one of the 120+ tables in the CSVFD Memorial Hall and Fireman’s Hall.

The Castle Shannon Library is hosting Be Thankful Story Time at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25. The reading is for kids ages 4-10 and requires registration.

Film

This weekend is the last weekend of the Three Rivers Film Festival, held at various theaters throughout the city. The last films of the festival are all playing at the Harris Theatre. Actress is playing at 7 p.m. tonight, followed by What Now? Remind Me at 9 p.m. Tomorrow, The King and the Mockingbird plays at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Theater

The Contemporary Choreographers show at Point Park University, performed by their Conservatory Dance Company, is in its last weekend. The show through November 23. Their next show—and the last for 2014—is the ballet Romeo and Juliet. It runs December 5-14.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is also in its last weekend at the Benedum Center. Tonight’s performance starts at 8 p.m. an there are matinee and evening shows through Sunday.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Studios is hosting The Nutcracker Holiday Party this Sunday, November 23. from noon to 3 p.m. There will be dance classes, holiday crafts, and performances from the show.

Disney’s Newsies is playing November 25-30 at the Benedum center.

If you’re looking for a musical performance of a totally different nature, the Misfits are playing the Altar Bar on Saturday, November 29. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Museums

The Warhol has a couple of special exhibits on display right now. Chuck Connelly: My America will be on the 4th floor until January 4. 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair is on display on the 2nd floor, also until January 4.

If you have a history buff in the family, take them to the Senator John Heinz History Center to check out Pittsburgh’s Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia. The exhibit is on display until January 4.

All of these events are conveniently located for residents of several Prudential Realty Communities in the South Hills. Downtown locations are easily accessible via the “T”.

Inside The Pittsburgh Zoo’s Elephant Conservation Center

CBS Pittsburgh

SOMERSET COUNTY (KDKA) — Many of us have seen the African elephants at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, but the zoo has started a place in Somerset County few people have ever seen.

It’s called the International Conservation Center, or ICC. It’s on more than 700 acres of rolling hills and it’s where five elephants now call home.

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Elephant keeper Tom Bakke showed KDKA’s David Highfield how they set up an area for what they call “enrichment” for the elephants.

David was asked to smear a mixture of peanut butter, raisins and sweet feed on tree stumps.

The keepers then overturn some of the stumps to create a play yard with hidden pockets of the peanut butter treat.

When it was time to release the elephants from the barn, they immediately ran out to sniff out the food.

The elephants overturned the huge stumps…

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Schenley Park Skating Rink Celebrating 40 Years

Can’t get enough of ice skating? The Schenley Park Rink opens for its 40th season today!

CBS Pittsburgh

It’s been a popular wintertime gathering spot for Pittsburgh families for decades.

Now, the Schenley Park Skating Rink is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

It opens for the season on Wednesday, operating seven days a week.

Every Thursday night is “Family Night,” one child is free with each paying adult.

There are also special sessions for adults and college students.

For more information, visit the link below:

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Things to do in downtown Pittsburgh: Light Up Night

Light Up Night is in its 54th year, and it promises to be a fun-filled evening in downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, November 21.

The festivities start at noon with the Official Tree Lighting Ceremonies:

Pittsburgh Light Up Night
Kick of the holiday season with Light Up Night in downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Noon: City-County Building Tree Lighting and U.S. Steel Tower Dedication of the Creche
  • 5:30 p.m. Allegheny Courthouse Lighting
  • 5:45 p.m. One Oxford Centre Lighting & Santa Lights BNY Mellon Season of Lights
  • 6 p.m. PPG Plaza Tree Lighting
  • 6:45 p.m. Macy’s Holiday Window Unveiling
  • 7 p.m. Highmark Unity Tree Lighting with rooftop fireworks

Music for all tastes will be featured at various stages throughout downtown Pittsburgh:

  • Clemente Bridge BNY Mellon New Music Stage
  • EQT Jazzmasters Stage
  • Market Square
  • Northwest Savings Bank Stage

Plus, Jamie Lynn Spears (Brittany’s younger sister) is performing at the Macy’s Holiday Window Unveiling.

One Oxford Centre is offering fun for the whole family. Santa will arrive at 5:45, just in time for the tree lighting. He’ll be around, along with his reindeer, until 9 p.m. Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the last ride starting at 8:45.

There will be ice carvings and live music by the Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet and the Max Leak Trio at Fifth Avenue Place along with other family friendly activities.

At 9:38 p.m., Zambelli Internationale will set off the BNY Mellon Fireworks Finale from the Warhol Bridge.

The ice rink at PPG Place Plaza will be open until midnight, and $1 of each skate admission will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

All the fun can be accessed via the “T”, Pittsburgh’s light rail system. Residents of several Prudential Realty Communities in the South Hills—Alvern Gardens, Place Seville, and Sleepy Hollow—can join the fun without wasting any time or money on parking downtown.

Furry Tails: Pet Expo Coming To Town

Do you like animals? Consider visiting the Pittsburgh Pet Expo this weekend.

CBS Pittsburgh

Attention animal lovers! Have you heard?

Mark your calendars, the Pittsburgh Pet Expo is coming back to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center downtown from Nov. 14-16.

Billed as “the largest pet and pet product event on the East Coast,” this year’s expo will be a pet lover’s heaven. There will be 200 exhibitors, featuring the latest in pet products, fun giveaways, demonstrations and some great entertainment.

Notably, the “Wildlife Defenders” and the Splash Dogs and Super Retriever Series National Tour.

But this expo isn’t just for dog lovers! There will, of course, be cute cats, beautiful birds, reptiles and exotic fish. It promises to be fun for the whole family.

Rocco Lamanna, the expo’s production manager, calls Pittsburgh “one of the most pet-friendly communities in America.”

“A lot of people don’t realize all of the pet-friendly resources available to them in our community and our goal is to help…

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Allegheny Co. Ice Rinks Open For Season

Time to get out your skates: the ice rinks are open!

CBS Pittsburgh

Allegheny County’s ice rinks are open for the season.

The rinks at North Park and South Park opened Friday night.

Ice skating will be available Tuesday through Sunday until mid-March.

Both rinks are newly-renovated and have a new look this year.

To find more information on admission fees and open skate times, visit the links below:

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