Venture Outdoors Offers Fun Activities; Carnegie Coffee Offers Lily Coffee and Tasty Treats (Mon., 8/6/18)

Venture Outdoors is Pittsburgh-based but some events venture far afield.

Venture Outdoors is Pittsburgh-based but some events venture far afield.

1) Venture Outdoors? That’s the outfit that runs the kayak rental on the North Shore, right? Well, yes—but this unique Pittsburgh nonprofit offers a great deal more. Every week, Venture Outdoors staff and volunteers lead an amazing array of outdoor activities for the public, on water and dry land. Bicycling events range from long rides to gentle outings for beginners. The schedule includes rock climbing occasionally, and fishing frequently. If walking is your speed, the selection is vast: Venture Outdoors has nature hikes, urban neighborhood hikes, Qigong Walks, and even a Banjo Night Walk.  The group also conducts a variety of excursions and learning sessions in kayaking, paddleboarding, etc. August is a month loaded with events throughout the Pittsburgh area, so it’s a great time to get acquainted with Venture Outdoors. Check the website and we’ll see you somewhere under the sky. (MV)

2) Looking for the perfect start of the day perk? Make a point to stop at Carnegie Coffee Company. Located in the former Carnegie Post Office, the coffeehouse specializes in the European coffee experience. This is also the only coffeehouse in the area serving Illy coffee, which prides itself in educating growers on sustainability and ethical farm practices. Pair an espresso with locally made pastry or sandwich, and you’ll have the boost you need to get through the week. 132 E. Main St., Carnegie. (EC)