Alternate homecoming dance set at library Saturday

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The city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museums and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh are joining forces to put on an "alternative homecoming" dance for wallflowers and all other kinds of high school students.

Called "Wallflowers and Wildflowers: Alternative Homecoming," the dance will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 10 at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Oakland.

The dance was an idea of the Mayor's Youth Council, which works on anti-bullying initiatives. Inspiration came from "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," a movie about teen-age tribulations filmed in Pittsburgh.

In a statement, organizers said the dance is for teens "who find it difficult or intimidating to attend their own school's dance," as well as for students who are home-schooled, attend cyberschools or attend schools that don't have homecoming dances.

City and suburban students are welcome.

Joanna Doven, spokeswoman for Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, said organizers also have reached out to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UMPC and the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender community to make them aware of the dance.

"It's for everyone," she said.

Tickets are $3 in advance at the Teen Desk at the library's Oakland location, or $5 at the dance. Proceeds benefit teen programs. The dance is for students who are 14 to 17 and in grades nine to 12.

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