Fine Forecast on the Square

We don't need a crystal ball or Doppler radar to predict that this will be one great week in Market Square. Rain or shine, the weather report will be just fine as WPXI-TV chief meteorologist, Stephen Cropper, drops by the Square on Tuesday during KidsPlay, from 10 - 11:30pm. Stephen will make sure that everyone keeps better trained eyes on the skies with an interactive weather forecasting demonstration to help youngsters and adults better understand high pressure systems, low fronts, and barometer readings. The kids will hear about all of the cool — or hot — factors that enable him to figure out the weather each day and let us know if we need to bundle up, cool down or bring along an umbrella when visiting the Square. Joining Stephen, the Carnegie Science Center's Science on the Road team will park in the Square to provide everyone with even more insight behind the business of TV weather forecasts. Of course, all the regular activities — from storytelling and craft making, and even the Carnegie Library's "Reading Room" from 11am - 2pm — will be apart of the fun, too.

Once our junior weather trackers clear the Square, come back to the Farmers Market this Thursday from 10am - 2pm to get another crop of fresh produce and homemade treats made from the freshest local ingredients. From wholesome organic veggies, to tasty "to-die-for,"  baked from scratch sweet treats, the Farmers Market has it all — plus a FREE lunchtime concert with returning acoustic pop singer, Greg Macklin.

Speaking of great FREE music in the Square, we'll bring down the curtain on the Iron City Sound Downtown Live! summer concert series this Friday with the popular sounds of The Stickers. Come watch this homegrown crew of singers transform the Square into a high-energy rock show with their unique brand of country rock tunes until 8pm. Opening the show at 5pm, Tarra Layne will entertain with a sultry set of funk-infused tunes at 5pm. Don't miss this grand finale of the only sizzling summer music series that showcases the best of the ’Burgh's established musical stars along with some rising stars.

Let's just say that we have to run this week — literally. We're lacing up our shoes right now to start training for the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile this Friday at 7pm. With the starting line at 17th Street in the Strip District, this one-mile race will travel along Liberty Avenue to the finish line in front of Two PNC Plaza Downtown. This fast & slow-paced family fun race features five waves of runners from the recreational jogger to elite sprinters with dreams of gold medals in their heads. And once the race is won, everyone is invited to head over to Market Square for a little rest and relaxation at one of the City's premiere dining destinations.

After working up an appetite from your one-mile stretch, venture into one of Market Square's participating Pittsburgh Restaurant Week 2012 eateries. Sienna Sulla Piazza and La Cucina Flegrea are just two of the more than dozen Downtown participating Pittsburgh Restaurant Week establishments offering fixed-price menu options this week only. Market Square has surely become one of the hottest destinations for dining Downtown and now is your chance to try out some of their finest offerings at a special discounted price. Both restaurants will be featuring a three-course meal option, allowing customers to sample some of their delicious Italian dishes. One way or another, we'll see you in the Square. 

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