Cool Picks Saturday October 6, 2012

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1) Plein Air Mt. Lebanon: A Neighborhood Celebration of the Arts. “En Plein air” is a French term that translates to “in open air” and has come to mean the act of painting outdoors. Twenty-five top Western PA professional painters have painted outdoor Mt. Lebanon scenes over the last few days in a prize competition. Their art works are exhibited for viewing, and for sale at the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building (710 Washington Rd.) 10 a.m. – 5p.m. Free. Also occurring is an adults and children’s “Paint-Out!” competition with prizes. 8-9:45 a.m. registration ($10 adults, $5 children), 10 a.m. – noon, competition and judging. Other fun activities will be going on throughout the day, through Sunday.

2) A fascinating new exhibit from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, “Gridiron Glory” opens today at the Heinz History Center. Historical artifacts include: pro football’s first contract (pro football started in Pittsburgh), the Lombardi (Super Bowl) Trophy, Terry Bradshaw’s uniform, Knute Rockne’s leather helmet, a Dan Marino football, Joe Greene’s battle scarred helmet… and much more.  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District.

3) Arthurdale, West Virginia, a picturesque agrarian community with a forge, museum and historical artifacts, started by First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt to elevate life for small farmers during the Great Depression, is celebrating her 128th birthday.  A celebration in her honor will be held at the Reedsville Fire Hall. Festivities include: homemade appetizers and treats, beer, wine and birthday cake; acoustic music by local legends Ray Hicks, Mark Crabtree and Elmer Rich; silent auctions of period items such as a Depression-era glass pitcher, antique Fiesta plates, rare Homer Laughlin dishes, to name a few. 4-7 p.m. Reedsville, WV.

4) In Confluence, PA (“Where Mountains Touch Rivers”) it’s annual PumpkinFest time. PumpkinFest is a “Fall Foliage Celebration” featuring arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, music, contests (including a “Tough Man Fire Truck Pull,” 4 p.m.) plus more.  9 a.m.-8 p.m.

5) Local organizations offering free admission, tours or exhibits today as part of Allegheny County RADical Days are: Bulgarian-Macedonian National Education and Cultural Center; August Wilson Center for African American Culture; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Upper St. Clair/Boyce Mayview Park; Pittsburgh Filmmakers. For more info visit:

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