Alternative Homecoming for teens in city set for Saturday at museum

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The city of Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Library and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History will for the second year host an alternative homecoming dance on Saturday, with room for 200 teens in response to growing demand for the event.

Alternative Homecoming is for "local teens who find it difficult or intimidating to attend their own school's dances," according to a news release from the mayor's office. Last year's inaugural event drew 150.

Much of the work for the event has been donated by staff from the mayor's office and library, and a portion of the ticket fee will go to support Alternative Homecoming. Highmark also is a sponsor of the event.

More than a dance, this year's homecoming will feature a wide range of activities, including neon face painting, a green screen photo booth, a wildlife scavenger hunt and flashlight tours through the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where the event will take place. A forum, called TeenSpeaks!, will be held in which participants will have an opportunity to discuss issues facing their demographic.

This year's dance will celebrate "The Fault in Our Stars," a book written for adolescents about two teens with terminal cancer. A movie version of the popular novel was filmed recently in Pittsburgh. Proceeds from the event will be donated to a fund helping local teens with cancer. Highmark is still working to identify the organization.

The event is open to Pittsburgh teenagers ages 14 to 17. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Teen reference desk at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Main in Oakland. The event will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Moriah Balingit:, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.

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