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Pam Panchak

Hot cars packed up

Maybe you already miss the plethora of spicy cars in town for the 34th annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix because more than 2,000 packed up and headed home. For some, like the Allegheny Region Chapters of BMW, Porsche or Triumph Clubs of America, the drive home was shorter than for others that poured in for the international car show. Jaguar was the 2016 Marque of the Year. Their slinky lines charm generation after generation. Western Pennsylvania originated Yenko Sportscars had their 50th reunion during their 10 days here. Yenko Chevrolet was a premier source for American muscle cars in the 1960s and 1970s under Don Yenko, son of the dealership’s founder. For a motor-head, it was a must on the annual calendar. Schenley Park provided the cars curvy courses for races and lawns for the International Car Show, blocking out sections for automobiles with heritages from America, Asia, Britain, Europe, Italy, Germany, Japan and so on. Not to be ignored were the presentations from Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Porsche with its signature Peru Red 1993 911RS America and 400 other Porsches. View The Gallery >

Learning to glide

For those looking for a different way to get to know Pittsburgh, The Three Rivers Inline Club and the National Skate Patrol (NSP) Pittsburgh chapter team-up to offer a Free Start & Stop Skate Clinic and a Beginners’ Skate in Shadyside. The group meets every week at the Liberty Elementary playground in Shadyside to offer basic skills and safety instruction then sets off on a short ride through the streets every Wednesday from early spring to mid-fall. Started in 1994, the Three Rivers Inline Club hosts regular meet-ups for skating excursions, from beginner to advanced, in and around Pittsburgh. For beginners, or for people who would just like to try the sport, free gear can be arranged with advance notice. The schedule and meeting places for the outings can be found at their website, skatepittsburgh.com. The National Skate Patrol Pittsburgh chapter, led by Gene Slevinski of Highland Park, teams up with the Three Rivers Inline club to lead the skaters and ensure safety as they navigate through traffic. View The Gallery >

Learning to Glide

For those looking for a different way to get to know Pittsburgh, The Three Rivers Inline Club, & the National Skate Patrol (NSP) Pittsburgh chapter team-up to offer a Free Start & Stop Skate Clinic and a Beginners’ Skate in Shadyside. The group meets every week at the Liberty Elementary playground in Shadyside to offer basic skills and safety instruction then sets off on a short ride through the streets every Wednesday from early spring to mid-fall. View The Gallery >

Trump and Chelsea Clinton rally in Pittsburgh

Before a crowd of thousands, Republican front-runner Donald Trump made a campaign promise not often heard in these parts anymore: a pledge to bring back Pittsburgh’s steel industry. “Steel, we’re bringing back,” he told an enthusiastic audience gathered at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Wednesday evening (many waiting were turned away by the Secret Service, which cut off the crowd at 4,500). “Coal — clean coal, clean coal. We’re bringing it back.” View The Gallery >

And the Band Plays On

Since 2012 retired music teacher, Paulette Gulakowski (cq) has been leading the New Horizons Band of Greater Pittsburgh, a community band for adult beginners and refreshers at the Turtle Creek Municipal Building. View The Gallery >