Pittsburgh Movies in the Park

30 06 2011

Every summer a ton of parks in the Pittsburgh area host FREE movie in the park nights.  They’re spread all across the week at a ton of different locations…the city, North Hills, South Hills, East and West.  Just bring a blanket, snacks, and enjoy.   This year the County has a series at their parks featuring Classic Movies.  Wherever they are, they start at about 9PM or dusk.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you know of any that I have missed, please comment and let everyone know!


City Parks

Grandview Park

July 2- How to Train Your Dragon
July 9- Justin Bieber Never Say Never
July 16- Despicable Me
July 23- The Karate Kid
July 30-Shrek Forever After
August 6- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
August  13- Disney Nature presents “Oceans”
August 20- Secretariat
August 27- Tangled

Riverview Park (Observatory Hill)

July 2- Rocky IV
July 9- Duck Soup
July 16- Iron Man 2
July 23- Karate Kid
July 30- In the Heat of the Night
August 6- Double Indemnity
August 13- Disney Nature presents “Oceans”
August 20- Jurassic Park
August 27- The Twilight Saga-Eclipse

Schenley Park (Flagstaff Hill)
Sundays and Wednesdays

July 3- How to Train Your Dragon
July 6- The Other Guys
July 10- Justin Bieber Never Say Never
July 13- Iron Man 2
July 17- Despicable Me
July 20- Grown Ups
July 24- The Karate Kid
July 27- Takers
July 31- Shrek Forever After
August 3- Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
August 7- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
August 10- The Green Hornet
August 14- Disney Nature presents “Oceans”
August 17- Jurassic Park
August 21- Secretariat
August 24- The Twilight Saga-Eclipse
August 28- Tangled
August 31- Clash of the Titans

West End Park (Elliot Overlook)

July 5- Justin Bieber Never Say Never
July 12- Despicable Me
July 19- The Karate Kid
July 26- Shrek Forever After
August 2- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
August 9- Disney Nature presents “Oceans”
August 16- Secretariat
August 23- Tangled
August 30- Tron Legacy

Brookline Memorial Park

July 7-  Justin Bieber Never Say Never
July 14- Despicable Me
July 21- The Karate Kid
July 28- Shrek Forever After
August 4- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
August 11- Disney Nature presents “Oceans”
August 18- Secretariat
August 25- Tangled

Arsenal Park

July 1- How to Train Your Dragon
July 8- Justin Bieber Never Say Never
July 15- Despicable Me
July 22- The Karate Kid
July 31- Shrek Forever After
August 5- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
August 12- Disney Nature presents “Oceans”
August 19- Secretariat
August 26- Tangled


North Hills

Pine Township Park
Every Other Wednesday

July 6- Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
July 20- Stuart Little
August 3- Despicable Me
August 17- Jurassic Park

*Deer Lakes Park*
Carp Field

August 1- Some Like It Hot

*Harrison Hills*
Soccer Field 1

August 8- Singing in the Rain

South Hills

*South Park*
Agricultural Hall

July 7- Wizard of Oz

*Round Hill*
Visitor’s Center

July 28- It Happened One Night



Monroeville Community Park
These show at the same time…dusk, but they are also preceded by
a live musical performance starting at 6:30 PM.

July 10- Dreamer
July 24- Akeelah and the Bee
August 7- Enchanted
August 21- The Princess and the Frog

*Boyce Park*
Four Seasons Activity Lodge

 July 14- Breakfast at Tiffany’s


*Settlers Cabin*
Gilbert Love Shelter

July 21- Duck Soup


*From the County Parks Classic Cinemas Series*


How to get the most out of your pregnancy health insurance

28 06 2011

Hey, everyone! Thanks for checking out my first post! I wanted to  start writing about something that was relevant.  That was helpful. So I decided to start writing about something that has become an ever present obsession in my life lately: saving money. That includes saving money doing awesome things like going to museums, shows, festivals, skiing, vacationing, and shopping. And also figuring out how to pay for the everyday necessities. Like groceries, books for school, and bringing a child into the world.

I found out some months ago that I was pregnant. I had this picture in my head that the only reaction I’d ever have when the positive lines came up on the stick would be uncontainable excitement. But when I saw the surprising confirmation on that thing I had just drenched with my own urine (the first of many disgusting realities of pregnancy,) the only thing I felt was fear.

I was with a great guy. Still am. Who supports me 100%. Who couldn’t be more excited about having a child. I am extremely lucky. But I was paying a lot of money for really poor health insurance just for myself and struggling to pay bills each month while working 40 hours a week at a job that already took a lot out of me. I had no idea how I was going to get through my pregnancy with all the prenatal appointments, hospital costs, baby gear, and then take care of the baby after all was said and done. I didn’t want to go on welfare. I’ve always had this social stigma against it. I confused any use of the system as all out abuse.

But you know what I learned after I saw those pink lines come up? HUMILITY. A child was coming into this world, and it was my responsibility to take care of them the best way I could. And if I had paid all those tax dollars to programs like these, I couldn’t allow my guilt and pride to get in the way of a program that could help take the best care of my child as I could. So I applied for state sponsored health insurance. And in this part of the country, it was confusing. And no one wanted to or could help me figure it out. After tons of phone calls and hours of sifting through paperwork, I figured a lot of it out. And now comes the practical part of my blog entry: sharing what I’ve learned about state-sponsored health insurance for pregnant women in Pennsylvania.


Step 1:  Apply

The first step is just applying. You can do it online or at your welfare office. PA’s compass website has links where you can find out if you qualify and apply. If you’re confused about whether you qualify or not, just apply. It can’t hurt. Shortly after you will receive a letter and/or phone call from the welfare office requesting documents proving your identity (two forms of I.D. unless you have something like a passport,) pregnancy confirmation paperwork (which you can obtain from a doctor, or someplace like Planned Parenthood or Adagio Health for cheaper options if you don’t currently have insurance,) pay stubs for the past month, rent/mortgage paperwork, and possibly current utility bills. If you’re applying in person, I would highly recommend bringing all this paperwork with you when you go down to apply.

Step 2:  Choose a Plan

Then you either get approved or disapproved. If you’re approved, they send you all this information that really tells you very little. They tell you to pick from these three plans: Gateway, United Health Care (although I am fairly certain they are in the process of changing their name,) and UPMC. BEFORE YOU PICK YOUR PLAN, MAKE SURE YOUR OB ACCEPTS IT! Not just your OB, but whichever hospital they deliver at. You should be provided with a list that tells you which of these plans are accepted at which hospitals in your county. If you’re not, just ask your doctor’s office. They know which insurances they accept. I chose Gateway because I knew people who had used it with no problems and my doctor and hospital accepted it.


I’m all about utilizing every aspect of my plan. My prescriptions have very low co pays. Like $1 low. The other two plans are very comparable. On top of that, Gateway has a program calls MOM Matters. Make sure you are signed up for this! Make sure Gateway knows you are pregnant! All you have to do is go to all of your prenatal appointments (which you’re doing anyways) and then they give you your choice of an infant car seat, a stroller, or a pack ‘n’ play. In addition, they provide you with a breast pump if you are breastfeeding. They either have forms at your OB’s office, or, if they don’t, you can call Gateway and request that they get one to you or the doctor. UPMC has a similar incentive program, only instead of being called “MOM Matters,” its called New Beginnings. I am not sure if United Health Care offers an incentive program for mothers-to-be, but I would call and ask.  You and the baby will be covered until six weeks after the birth.

Helpful Links & Numbers

Compass Website
Gateway Health 1-800-392-1147
UPMC 1-800-286-4242
United Health Care 1-800-414-5349