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Fallingwater: Natural Living Extraordinaire

Fallingwater: Natural Living Extraordinaire

By: Janice Lane Palko There is something embedded into the human psyche that makes us long to be one with nature. It’s why we built tree houses when we were kids, why we go camping, and why we drive hundreds of miles to spend time next to the ocean.  Frank Lloyd Wright tapped into that longing when he designed Fallingwater. Fallingwater is regarded as one

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The Marriage of Figaro Opens at the Benedum

The Marriage of Figaro Opens at the Benedum

By Janice Lane Palko “The same themes people love in movies are found in opera. We have sex, drugs, and rock and roll,” said Danielle Pastin, who sings the lead of Countess Almaviva in Pittsburgh Opera’s upcoming performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the Benedum Center from Nov. 4-12. While Ms. Pastin was only joking about opera having rock and roll, it does have

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Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Watershed Association

Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Watershed Association

For the past 16 years the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (NMRWA) has been working to protect and restore the watershed ecosystem, located in the East End of Pittsburgh. Born from a small project originally created by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, the NMRWA has grown from just 1 employee at its inception, to now mobilizing 11 full and part time

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Pittsburgh Lebanese Food Festival

Pittsburgh Lebanese Food Festival

Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church in Scott Township has hosted the Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival for the last 25 years. The only thing more phenomenal than the festival’s food is the amount of work it takes from the volunteers to make the event a success. Ellen Ayoob has been involved with the festival off and on for the past 20 years and is one

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Retiring in Pittsburgh

Retiring in Pittsburgh

By:  William G. Michaud American’s retiring citizens have been at the center of much attention in the media for the past few years. Bloomberg reported that last year in the fourth quarter of 2016, the number of Americans aged 65 or older without a disability that weren’t in work rose by 800,000. As the number increases more Americans are looking for new pastures that will suit their

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Hamza Perez- Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

Hamza Perez- Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

He sounds like Cheech Marin, raps like Jay Z, and preaches love like Gandhi. Hamza Perez is not your average Muslim. Mr. Perez, the Imam of the Light of the Age Mosque located on Pittsburgh’s North Side, also serves as the Youth Director at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, where he runs YA-NE, Youth Alliance for Networking and Empowerment program. If the adage is true

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Is the Biltmore on Your Bucket List?

Is the Biltmore on Your Bucket List?

If you’ve never been to the Biltmore Estate, you should consider adding it to your bucket list. Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the Biltmore is the nation’s largest home. Grandson of industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt and heir to the family’s vast fortune, George Vanderbilt built the estate as his summer retreat in the late 19th Century. The French Renaissance chateau-styled house has 250 rooms,  including thirty-five

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Pittsburgh’s Botanical Garden is Growing

Pittsburgh's Botanical Garden is Growing

In 2014, Popular Pittsburgh visited the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in advance of its public debut. (See Paradise Found article) At that time, work was under way in numerous areas of the garden. Earth movers were grading hillsides, construction workers were renovating the barn, and volunteers were planting. Our tour guide outlined the vision for the garden—how it aimed to inspire people to value plants, garden

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Touring Pittsburgh’s Sports Venues

Touring Pittsburgh's Sports Venues

  To those who love sports, the venues where the games are played are akin to temples.  Pittsburgh is home to some of the best facilities for cheering on a hockey team, watching a football game, or taking in a baseball game.  But even if you have been to The PPG Paints Arena for every puck that has ever been dropped, seen every kickoff since

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The Duquesne Incline- Pittsburgh’s Treasure

The Duquesne Incline- Pittsburgh's Treasure

The term “national treasure” is often bandied about when talking about monuments such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, or the Washington Monument. Is there such a thing as a city treasure, and if so, does Pittsburgh have one? The Duquesne Incline a Pittsburgh Treasure Certainly, there are special buildings and places that are undeniably Pittsburgh like the Block House, (http://popularpittsburgh.com/fort-pitt-blockhouse/) the Cathedral of

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