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Free and Affordable Pittsburgh for 6/15: Free Parties, Tours and More... and Don't Forget Dad!

By Rachel Booth

Looking for something fun and affordable to do this weekend? Don't fret! In this week's Free & Affordable Pittsburgh, we're talking about free family event at a fantastic museum, an urban garden tour, and delicious ethnic eats. Plus, we're talking about great ways to beat the Summer heat and what to get Dad for Father's day, for you last minute shoppers!
Free & Affordable mattress factory
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Community Garden Party at the Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 231-3169

Date: Sunday, June 17, 2012
Hours: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Free To Attend

Head to the Mattress Factory for an afternoon of FREE family fun! This Alice in Wonderland themed event will feature all sorts of activities - you can learn hula hooping, make mad hatter hats or wonderland snow globes, create a wonderland garden, silk screen with AIR and so much more. Emcees for the event, Tom Sarver and Mike Cuccaro of Puppet Happening lead you through all the happenings at the event. You'll also get to enjoy the cool music of the Northside Urban Pathways Sounds of Steel or The Options! Hungry? Tacos, smoothies and lemonade will be available for purchase.

Free & Affordable Greek Foods
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Greek Food Festivals
Holy Cross

123 Gilkeson Road
Mt. Lebanon, PA
(412) 833-3355

Holy Dormition
12 Washington Avenue
Oakmont, PA
(412) 828-4144

Date: June 13-16 at Holy Cross, June 22-24 at Holy Dormition
Hours: Holy Cross: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Holy Dormition: Friday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Price: Free To Attend, Food For Purchase

Greek Food Festivals are a huge Summer tradition in the 'Burgh! They offer authentic, delicious eats, and often provide entertainment as well. Holy Cross in Mt. Lebanon his hosting their Greek Food Festival now through Saturday, and Holy Dormition in Oakmont is holding theirs next Friday through Sunday. Some personal favorites include Moussaka, an amazing combination of eggplant, ground beef and/or lamb, potatoes, and bechamel sauce, Loukoumathes, a donut ball-like pastry spiced with cinnamon with a honey syrup, and the ever-famous baklava sundae... no explanation necessary! Either way, you'll know where to find me.

Free & Affordable Front Garden
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Lawrenceville Garden Tour
Allegheny Cemetery Organic Garden
Butler Street at Stanton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Free To Attend

Urban gardens are gaining huge popularity, and Lawrenceville opens up their many gardens to the public for free this Saturday. The tour begins at the Lawrenceville Organic Community Garden located in Allegheny Cemetery, which is where you can pick up free maps of participating gardens. Thirteen gardens are featured on the self-guided tour this year, including two community gardens and the Lawrenceville Farmers Market. Other highlights include Fractal Farm, a hydroponic herbs & vegetable grower, and the edible garden located at the Lawrenceville Branch of the Carnegie Library. Check out these beautiful gardens in the middle of the city!

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CBS Local offers has great deals everyday, anywhere from 50-90% off the retail value. This week it's all about Dad! If you head to CBS Local Offers, you'll find awesome deals on ear phonessilk ties, golf balls, cool books he'll love, and my personal favorite, 50% off at the Pig of the Month BBQ (we love BBQ around here!). There are three different offers available, all at 50% off. Not a carnivore? One of the options is a BBQ Sauce Sampler Kit. Meat eaters will find a couple of tasty options, from pulled pork, to racks of ribs, to a Grill Out package including a yummy sampling! The company has been featured on Good Morning America and recommended to the masses by celebrity chef and Food Network star Michael Symon for their all-natural, ethically raised premium quality meats. You can find all the details and stipulations on CBS Local Offers.

What We're Talking About In Best Of
Shopping & Style Father's Day Outdoorsmen
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As Summer starts to heat up, we've found great ways to cool down! In Family & Pets, you'll find Best Waterparks And Pools In Pittsburgh. There are a variety of ways to keep cool for less this summer. Pittsburgh is home to a spectacular water park complete with newly renovated boardwalk and an amazing view of the river (a season pass provides the best value), an urban oasis, and a pool that was once thought to be the largest pool in the WORLD! Yep - it's all right here in Pittsburgh!

Anyone waiting until the last-minute to purchase those Father's Day gifts? Don't worry, we won't tell... and you won't have to either! In Shopping & Style you'll find the Best Places For Last Minute Father's Day Gifts In Pittsburgh. It's the perfect time to show Dad how much you care. Whether you're dad loves gadgets and gizmos, is into DIY projects, enjoys the great outdoors, is inspired by a great meal, or appreciates a little bit of pampering, Pittsburgh offers some fantastic places to find the perfect gift for dad!

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! They are also CBS Pittsburgh's Best Of contributors and spokespersons.
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