Need Something to Do in Pittsburgh? Stop by Dancing in the Square

If you are looking for something fun to do in the Pittsburgh area, check out the Dancing in the Square event. Held every Friday in June at the Downtown Market Square, you can have fun with tons of dancing and music. Everyone should visit this fun city event.

According to Downtown Pittsburgh, there will also be a range of other entertaining activities at Dancing in the Square this June. There will be live performances from professional dance troupes, a DJ, and more. Plus, you can participate in the dancing, which ranges from ballroom to swing and polka.

How did this all begin? Thanks to a great response to the National Ballroom Week Celebration, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership decided to put on a massive event for the whole city. Often drawing hundreds of participants, you won’t believe how much fun Dancing in the Square can be.

This free event was created in conjunction with USA Dance and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Events this year will be on June 3, June 10, June 17, and June 24. The Dancing starts at 5pm in the Market Square, just a short, 20 minute drive from our dealership, so don’t be late!

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Open Streets Pittsburgh

It’s not often Pittsburgh closes down a city street, but it’s happening not once, not twice, but three times this year! Open Streets Pittsburgh is all about healthy family fun with no cars allowed. Attendees can bike, skateboard, rollerblade, walk, and run through the street. Free group classes of salsa and yoga are also available.

Open Streets Pittsburgh is part of a much larger movement called Ciclovia. Ciclovia includes hundreds of cities from around the globe. During the events, everyone, businesses, neighbors, non-profits, and everyone in between, comes together to create what can be compared to the happiest city on Earth.

This year, Open Streets Pittsburgh takes place from Market Square to Penn Avenue. Covering the Strip and Lawrenceville’s business district, this is one massive event! Best of all, we here at MINI of Pittsburgh are located one block over on Baum Boulevard!

There will be plenty to do. Even if you aren’t into yoga or salsa, you can always exercise in your own way. Take advantage of the lack of motor vehicles and use the space around you. Travel in ways you never would have considered before. If you can do it without a car, you can do it at Open Streets Pittsburgh which takes place on the last Sunday in May, June, and July!

We can’t wait to see you there!

5 Famous People from Pittsburgh

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Andrew Carnegie tops our list of famous Pittsburghers.
Image From Theodore C. Marceau [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

One of the largest and most industrialized cities in the nation, Pittsburgh is a pretty famous city. Many of its residents, from artists to industrialists, are also very famous. The following celebrities and historical figures are 5 famous people from Pittsburgh.

Andrew Carnegie

The American steel industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie helped make the city of Pittsburgh the large metropolis it is today.

Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly, who was born near the city of Pittsburgh, redefined reporting methods in America through her investigative work on a number of important issues and topics.

Michael Keaton

The actor Michael Keaton is most famous for his role as Batman in Gotham City! Keaton himself was born near the Steel City.

Christina Aguilera

This soulful singer may have been born on Staten Island, but she spent the majority of her early life in nearby Rochester, Pennsylvania.

Andy Warhol

One of the most famous and influential American artists, Andy Warhol even has a museum dedicated to his work in right here in Pittsburgh.

Who is your favorite, famous Pittsburgher? Let us know in the comments below.

Local Pennsylvania Dealership MINI of Pittsburgh Helps with Winchester Thurston Auction

The Winchester Thurston School, a local private college-preparatory school in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, recently hosted its annual online auction from February 13, 2013 to March 7, 2013.

Proceeds from the online auction directly benefit financial aid opportunities, educational programs and operational needs for Winchester Thurston.

Always willing to support a great cause, local Pennsylvania dealership, MINI of Pittsburgh, donated the only sensible item it had in stock for the online auction.

And, that was none other than a weekend with a MINI Convertible.

A total of 1,422 bids placed on more than 250 auction items raised $36,867 for Winchester Thurston.

Auction items ranged anywhere from vacation getaways to restaurant and spa gift certificates and, of course, a weekend with a MINI Convertible.

Winchester Thurston School, with the help of Associates in Ophthalmology, will host a Red Carpet Revelry event on March 9, 2013 at the Fairmont Pittsburgh at 510 Market Street from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to announce the winners of these charitable prizes.

MINI of Pittsburgh is excited to meet the lucky bidder that gets to spend an entire weekend with one of our MINI Convertibles.

MINI of Pittsburgh Winter Driving Refresher

MINI Winter DrivingPittsburgh Pennsylvania was lucky that it didn’t find Nemo last weekend.

However, here at MINI of Pittsburgh, we like to be prepared.

The winter is not over yet, so we wanted to refresh our local drivers’ winter driving skills.

This past Sunday, on February 10, 2013, many MINIs circled the Pittsburgh International Race Complex from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

MINI drivers learned more about winter driving in a safe and pressure-free environment.

We asked some of those who attended the event about their most valuable lessons learned.

Here is what they had to say.

“Don’t try to take that first set of gates out wide or you’ll end up head first in the wall.” – Justin

“Know your limits and test them only in the most ideal of controlled environments. I also learned Pitt Stop drivers know their way around a track!” – Wayman

“Taking ice on in a straight line rather than at a turn will give you more control over the car – so maybe go a little wide in the turn instead of sliding off the road. Also, my MINI is a beast.” – Tiffany

“That a Justa on snow tires can perform well on the north track!” – Melissa

Oh, and the most valuable lesson we learned: “Oh My Grill has the best specialty grilled cheese sandwiches around!”

MINI of Pittsburgh Pulse

CityMade crystal clear through the NOT NORMAL campaign, MINI is all about individuality and originality.

There are many things in this world that are unique in their own ways, where no two are ever exactly alike.

Snowflakes.

Of course, people.

And, cities.

In the latest MINI Space photography and design competition, MINI challenges you to “find your city’s pulse.”

Contestants are posed with the task of capturing the uniqueness of their hometowns through collage, graphic design, illustration, or photography.

Entries will be displayed as a background on MINIspace.com so that they may be judged.

The winner will receive a MacBook Pro and the piece will be inducted into the NOT NORMAL Hall of Fame.

An iPhone 5 will go to second place, while an iPad Mini will go to third place.

The Popular Vote Prize will be a Polaroid Instant Digital Camera.

It is no surprise that entries must be one-hundred percent original and cannot incorporate any brand logos.

There are thirty-three days left to enter, so get out and about your hometown to tap into its pulse!

MINI of Pittsburgh encourages its neighbors to find the pulse of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

MINI Coopers’ Motoring Hearts

Motoring HeartsThe holiday season is a time to express gratitude and to give generously to others.

And, that is what Motoring Hearts is all about.

With over 37,000 volunteer organizations, this partnership between Volunteer Match and MINI allows volunteers to discover opportunities that match their interests.

  • Visit http://www.miniusa.com/#/play/go_a_motoring/motoringHearts-m.
  • Proceed to visit the Motoring Hearts website.
  • Click “Get hooked up with the right volunteer opportunity.”
  • Enter a location, interest, and age group.
  • Search for your match.
  • After registering, you will be contacted by the organization.
  • After volunteering, you will receive a Motoring Hearts badge.

Do you give good advice? Are you a business professional? Do you enjoy cooking? Are you a runner or a swimmer? Do you love animals? Are you an international guru, a piano master, a former thespian? Do you love to shop?

Your local city of Pittsburgh offers volunteer opportunities for each of these interests and more.

  • Advice Counselor—Elder Wisdom Circle
  • Arthritis Foundation 2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk—Arthritis Foundation Western Pennsylvania
  • Business Mentor—MicroMentor, An Initiative of Mercy Corps
  • Exchange Coordinator—EF Foundation for Foreign Study
  • Food Pantry Volunteer—East End Cooperative Ministry
  • Music Ministry—AseraCare Hospice
  • Pet Therapy Volunteer—Caring Hospice of Western PA
  • Swim for MS—Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
  • Usher—Quantum Theatre
  • Volunteer Shopper—Ursuline Senior Services

As Motoring Hearts would say, “Let’s be a bunch of good-for-somethings.”