By Rachel Booth

We’re still looking at a few more weeks of winter, so we have some great indoor picks… and at least one outdoor one, but they are all meant to keep you warm! This week, Free & Affordable Pittsburgh brings you four great events, including a PYSO performance at Heinz Hall, a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration, a Hot Apple Cider Walk and discounts to the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show.  Learn more about these fun and affordable happenings in the ‘Burgh!

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Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra Performance
Heinz Hall

600 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 392-4872

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Price: Free To Attend

Enjoy a FREE performance by the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra this Saturday. Conducted by Lawrence Loh, Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the PYSO, this performance will feature Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, John Williams’ Imperial March from Star Wars, and Bruch’s Romance for Viola. Order and download your free tickets directly from the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra’s website.

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Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 565-6005

Date: Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 11, 2012
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: $10 for Adults, $1 for kids ages 6-12, Under 6 are free. See coupon link below for $3 off admission.

The Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show is the largest home event in Pennsylvania, spanning over 9 acres with everything for your home. You’ll find DIY demonstrations, gardening demonstrations, the kitchen idea center, the Snyder’s-Lance “Gluten Free Zone, and more. You’ll also find hundreds of exhibitors from pools, to home sound systems, to windows & siding, to patio pavers, to kitchen & bath remodeling, to architectural landscaping and lighting… and the list goes on and on! Here is a link to a $3 off weekday admission coupon. You can also save $1.50 buy purchasing discounted tickets at The Home Depot. If you purchase tickets online, you’ll receive a free one year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
Learning Express of Bakery Square

172 Bakery Square Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 361-8697
Learning Express of Settlers Ridge
290 Settlers Ridge Center Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 787-1199

Dates: Saturday, March 3, 2012
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Storytimes listed below
Price: Free To Attend

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Celebrate this beloved children’s story icon with free activities and fun all day at Learning Express in Bakery Square and Learning Express in Settlers Ridge. Kids can sign a giant birthday card, play I CAN DO THAT, and make a Dr. Seuss hat! You can also enjoy a storytime… or two or three, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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Hot Apple Cider Walk Venture Outdoors
Schenley Park

Meet at the Anderson Playground
Pittsburgh,PA 15207
(412) 255-0564

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Price: $5

Get a little exercise in the cool crisp air, and then warm up with some delicious hot apple cider! Join Venture Outdoors for their Hot Apple Cider Walk at Schenley Park. This family-friendly stroll is lead by an experienced VO trip leader. These tours are meant to be physical, educational and social. The guide will pick their own talking points about the history or nature aspects of the park, so you’re sure to learn something new! Pre-registration is appreciated, but walk-ups are also welcome.

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CBS Local Offer

CBS Local offers has great deals everyday, anywhere from 50-90% off the retail value. This week’s offer is 43% off at BustedTees. You’ll find $30 worth of comfortable shirts and hoodies for only $17. These are made with humor in mind, and with a selection of over 250 designs, you’re sure to the one that’s just right for you. Visit Of for all the details!

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What We’re Talking About In Best Of

Speaking of delicious apple cider, wanna learn how to make some delicious warm beverages of your very own? In Food & Drink, you’ll find Drink Up: Recipes For Winter Drinks. You’ll find recipes for creamy hot chocolate, spiced apple cider, and mulled red wine. These yummy drinks are perfect for these last few weeks of winter, and making them at home keeps your costs down too!

Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow, so we still have a few more weeks of winter to endure. What to do with those kids! Well, this week in Family & Pets you’ll find Indoor Activities For Kids & Family near Pittsburgh. There are some great choices, including laser tag, wall climbing, mini golf and more! Many of them are low-cost too, so let those kids burn off some of that pent-up winter energy!

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!