Saturday, April 12, 2014

Children Activities in Pittsburgh: PNC Carousel Reopens April 14 at Schenley Plaza (#Pittsburgh)

PNC Carousel Reopens April 14 at Schenley Plaza
Spring-Summer Plaza Programming to Feature Concerts, Farmers Market, Yoga,
Extended Evening Carousel Hours
(PITTSBURGH – March 6, 2014) – The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will reopen the PNC Carousel to the public on Monday, April 14, kicking off a new season of special events and programs at Schenley Plaza in Oakland. The young and young at heart are invited to enjoy free carousel rides from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month, June through October. In May the free carousel rides will happen from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 11, in conjunction with the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure, and a variety of entertainment.
The PNC Carousel, with its distinctive striped top, Victorian design and 15 colorful, whimsical animals, has become a popular destination for families since the opening of Schenley Plaza in 2006. The PNC Carousel will operate from noon to 6 p.m., April 14 through May 10. Beginning Sunday, May 11, Mother’s Day, hours will for the first time be extended to 10 pm through August 31, giving intrepid young riders even more opportunities to enjoy the carousel.
“We have seen such a wonderful response to the PNC Carousel, and are delighted to be able to offer evening hours for the first time this year,” said Meg Cheever, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. “Oakland is a vibrant, lively destination in the evening, and we hope that families will enjoy coming out to Schenley Plaza to relax and enjoy an after-work or weekend evening picnic, a meal at one of the kiosks or at The Porch Restaurant, and a spin under the stars on the carousel.”
Summer programming at Schenley Plaza will also include the Ultimate Block Party on Sunday, April 27 presented by the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative, the Mayfair Arts and Crafts Festival, lunchtime and Saturday morning yoga, lunchtime music concerts, a weekly farmer’s market, and more. For a complete schedule of Schenley Plaza events go to .
Schenley Plaza Spring/Summer Schedule:

PNC Carousel Opening Day: April 14 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
PNC Carousel Hours: April 14-May 10 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
May 11 – August 31 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sept. 2 – Oct. 12 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Ultimate Block Party April 27
Mayfair Arts & Crafts Festival May 2 to May 4
Schenley Plaza Farmers Market Fridays, May 30 - October 24, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Lunch time Yoga Mondays, June 2 - Sept. 29, 12 p.m.
Saturday morning Yoga Saturdays, June 7 - September 27, 10 a.m.
Sunday morning Tai Chi Sundays, June 8 - September 28, 10 a.m.
WYEP 91.3fm Summer Music Festival June 28, 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
WYEP 91.3fm Final Friday Concert July 25, 7 p.m.
WYEP 91.3fm Final Friday Concert August 29, 7 p.m.
WYEP 91.3fm Final Friday Concert September 26, 7 p.m.
PNC Carousel closes October 13 (last day October 12)
Mazeroski Day October 13, 1 p.m.
For more information on the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, including programming at Schenley Plaza, log on to .
About the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, improves the quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the park system to excellence. In the years since its 1996 founding, the Parks Conservancy has emerged as a national and international leader in park development, management, maintenance and programming. Restoration efforts are conducted with environmental sensitivity and respect for both historic design and the recreational needs of contemporary users. Parks Conservancy projects regularly win national and international awards.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Comments by a Working Mom: We Cannot Dismiss Boomer Esiason's Comments About Daniel Murphy's Paternity Leave

“There’s no crying in baseball!” Tom Hanks, “A League of Their Own”

In a "League of Their Own", Tom Hanks said, "There's no crying in baseball." He might be right about that, but baseball is not without controversy.
In 2011, Major League Baseball began offering players three days off for paternity leave. While three days is by no means super generous, it is noteworthy.  Baseball is an industry that is driven by statistics and performance. And the MLB decided that it was worth the investment in family to provide its players with paternity leave. In so doing, it is ahead of many other organizations and this country.  Despite having this policy, apparently, players who take advantage of this leave do so at the risk of their reputations. 

Taking paternity leave can be controversial

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