Bike Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library seek public contribution to new zine

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Bike Pittsburgh and Carnegie Library have extended an open invitation to bicyclists and non-bicyclists alike to help create a new magazine for women bicyclists.

The event will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at E2, 5904 Bryant St. in Highland Park.

“[It’s] for women who bike, women who don’t bike, women who are considering biking and men who support any of those choices,” the bike advocacy organization said on its website.

“With your participation, a new women and biking zine will be created. We’d love for you to write a page or two for this new zine and bring it to read at the event.”

Participants are encouraged to write about an experience they had while biking or thinking about biking and “sketch an image” if they’d like.

“We’ll put it together. We will create copies of the [5.5 inch by 4.25 inch] zine for everyone to keep. If you don’t want to bring a story, then just bring yourself. We’ll have biking zines, in particular women’s biking zines, from [the library’s] zine collection to read while we have drinks and snacks.”

A suggested donation of at least $5 will help cover the cost of making the zine and food, “but no one will be turned away,” it said. “You are welcome to BYOB if you’d like.”

Information: www.bikepgh.org

Comedy Night

Comedy Night, the Coal & Coke Trail’s annual fund-raising event, will feature professional comedians Andy Pitz and Josh Copen tonight at the Scottdale Fireman’s Club.

The event, sponsored by Levin Furniture, will be from 6-9:30 p.m. The $25 per person cost includes dinner catered by Leo & Son’s Grille 31. There will be a 50/50 drawing and a Chinese Auction.

Tickets are available at Leo & Son’s Grille 31, Delli 31 and the Regional Trail Corporation office in West Newton. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The scenic 6-mile Coal & Coke Trail links Scottdale and Mount Pleasant along the former right-of-way of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Westmoreland County. The railroad carried coal and coke from the region to markets nationwide.

Information: Robert Keeler; 724-547-3121.

Trail Town Summit

The Trail Town Program will host a free networking event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday for businesses, organizations and partners in the trail towns along the Great Allegheny Passage.

It will be at Le Grande Catering, 111 South 2nd St., West Newton (next to Gary‘s Chuckwagon).

The event, which includes a free lunch, will focus on “Partnering & Packaging” and “A Marketing Overview.”

Representatives from local businesses will discuss what trail users look for in planned and packaged trips as well as how they can develop their own packages. The program also will cover marketing from “effective social media to good print, TrailBook design and more.”

The Trail Town Program is a special project of The Progress Fund, a nonprofit lender to businesses in the travel and tourism industry.

It was developed by the Allegheny Trail Alliance and other partners to realize the economic potential of the passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Md.

Information: William Prince; wprince@progressfund.org; 724-216-9160, Ext. 318.

Appreciation Day

The Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group will have a Volunteer Appreciation Day beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Rose Barn in North Park to thank those who have donated their time to engineer, build and maintain multiuse trail systems in 2013.

The event, which is open to the public, will include mountain bike rides (helmets required), hikes, trail runs, lunch and an appreciation ceremony with promotional items and prize giveaways.

Information: http://www.ptagtrails.org/node/977

Larry Walsh writes about recreational bicycling for the Post-Gazette.


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