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Free and Affordable Pittsburgh for 4/6: Festivals, Fun and Freebies!

By Rachel Booth

Things sometimes slow down a bit on holiday weekends, but don't fret! We still have plenty for your plate this weekend! First, there's a festival celebrating the eco, art & tech industries, a community night full of affordable fun, and free rides that could also save you money Learn a bit more about each of the things mentioned on this week's show!

Free & Affordable GA/GI Festival
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Geek Art/Green Innovators (GA/GI) Festival
Various Locations in East Liberty/Friendship

Penn Avenue Arts Corridor
Pittsburgh, PA

Date: Thursday, April 5 - Saturday, April 7, 2012
Hours: Click here for full schedule
Prices: Free to attend

GA/GI (pronounced GAH-gee) Festival is part of Pittsburgh's monthly Unblurred event in the Penn Avenue Arts district in Garfield/Friendship/East Liberty, and celebrates the spirit that binds the eco, art and technology industries. GA/GI selects and highlights newly formed or in-progress projects to allow participants to test market their product or program. Either way, it includes all sorts of fun activities for the whole family, including a Toonseum Mini Convention with animated displays, projections, kids activities and more. There's also a full day of activites at the Union Project, you can visit Pitt's Mobile Science Lab, see a retrofit that allows a traditional engine to burn cleaner fuel, and so much more!

Free & Affordable Family Yoga
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Community Night at the Union Project
Union Project

801 N Negley Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 363-4550

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Hours: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Prices: $5 or less | Donation based

Wednesday evenings is Community Night at the Union Project. Enjoy an entire evening of affordable and donation based classes and activities, including hula hooping (hoops are provided), Zumba - a Latin dance-inspired fitness class, juggling, yoga, and board games (on the third Wednesday of each month)! Each class is either $5 or less, or donation based, so it's a great affordable way to get some mid-week exercise.

Free & Affordable North Shore Connector Rides
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Free North Shore Connector Rides
North Shore and Downtown Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 442-2000

Date: 7 days a week
Hours: During normal operation hours
Prices: Free to ride between the new North Side stops and the Downtown free zone

The newest extension of the Port Authority's T system known as the North Shore Connector had it's first public runs on Sunday, March 25 to positive review. Thanks to the Stadium Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, the Steelers, the Rivers Casino and Alco Parking Corporation, all T rides between the new North Shore Connector and Downtown are free! If you work Downtown - take note. Zero to 2 hours is only $3, while up to 24 hours is only $6 in the West General Robinson Street Garage, which is attached to the North Side T Station. A monthly lease is only $125. Compared with Downtown parking rates, it's a steal! Park on the North Shore, and take the T Downtown for free! Note: this excludes event rates.

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CBS Local offers has great deals everyday, anywhere from 50-90% off the retail value. This week's offer is 50% off at Corsi' Indoor Golf. You pay $25 for a custom club fitting analysis, which is normally $50. According to Corsi's, custom club fitting with professional tips and in-depth analysis can reduce your handicap by up to 25%. Plus Joe Corsie was named the 2007 Ping "Clubfitter of the Year." You can buy unlimited vouchers - great for gifts! This deal runs through Friday, April 15, 2012 at 11:59 p.m., and cannot be combined with other deals.

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You know what they say... April Showers Bring May Flowers, and that can put a bit of a damper on those April outdoor plans. Back up plan! In Arts & Culture, you'll find our 2012 Spring Movie Preview, which talks about 14 different movies coming out this spring. From fairy tales, to high packed action, to animated fun, to romance galore, you should be able to find something to entertain you on those long rainy days when the outdoors is out. Plus, several local theaters offer discounted movie nights during the week and matinees are always a bargain over evening prices, so you can catch some flicks on the cheap!

Not that it's the most exciting thing in the world, but spring cleaning is a perfect thing to get done on a rainy April day. Why not take a look at those linens? Sheets, towels, blankets, pillows and everything else that sees daily use. In Shopping & Style you'll find our Guide To Buying Quality Linens For The Home In Pittsburgh, which will guide you through examining items you have, and figuring out when it's time for something new. Plus, you'll find great tips to extend the life of your throw pillows, and bargain hunting tips just in case you have to replace.

Rachel Booth & Heather Walsh are the bargainistas behind, Pittsburgh's go-to bargain website for free, affordable & discounted events, activities, products & services. Visit Living Pittsburgh for even more great 'Burgh bargains! You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter!
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