Working toward the vision that no one in Northern Allegheny County should be hungry, cold, or alone, North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) assists those dealing with hardship and poverty through a variety of services. These services include free computer training, utility assistance, college scholarships for non-traditional students, and emergency financial help. Thanks to the volunteers who work in the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden—a community-based, organic garden—NHCO has helped grow and share fresh produce at its two area food pantries. In 2012, the garden produced approximately 4,500 pounds of organic food.
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Sorin Achim is a master of robotics. After gaining a degree in electrical engineering from the Romanian Department of Defense, he served as a robotics research engineer at Carnegie Mellon University and received the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence for his contributions to the design of mobile robots.
With these accomplishments in hand, Achim founded Instant Robotics with one mission—"to translate robotics language into plain English." He teaches adults how to implement robotics into a variety of fields ranging from industry to the military. His advice touches on using medical automated systems in health care, blending robots with artistic media, preventing the robots from taking control, and engaging with robotics as a teaching tool in schools.
For a more hands-on environment, Instant Robotics' summer camps bring robotics lessons to children. In one-week sessions, students can build their own robots or create their own animated films using Legos. The camps conclude with a mini movie festival or a robotic battle for the last can of WD-40.
New York City producer Dan Allen's Elements of Humor Comedy Tour approaches the profession of luring laughs from all angles, inviting a comedian, storyteller, TV writer, and guest celebrity on stage for a diverse evening of rib-tickling sets. A Sex and the City writer and the author of He's Just Not That Into You, Greg Behrendt, charms audiences with his blunt, yet heartfelt witticisms, and former SNL writer Hannibal Buress renders stomach muscles sore with his deadpan descriptions of the world as he experiences it. Faye Lane reminisces about her stylist mother's clientele of well-armed elderly ladies, and Ted Alexandro revels in the rewards of his hard-earned life of Clooney-esque, post-40 bachelorhood.
Since 1952, North Park Batting Range has facilitated outdoor baseball training on its open-air range. In each of 10 open-air baseball cages, automated pitching machines fire balls into the strike zone at 30–80 miles per hour. Five open-air softball cages loft pitches at various speeds for batters training for slow-pitch or fast-pitch leagues. On the 18-hole, par 40 miniature golf course, family-owned and operated since 1961, flourishing shrubs, sharp corners, water hazards, hills, and windmills create obstructions for golfers.
At Top Gear Bicycle Shop’s two locations, a team of master technicians tends to road and mountain bikes while a staff of avid cyclists outfits shoppers with appropriate gear for their riding surface of choice. Trek, Look, and Felt bikes stand out among the shop’s collection, which includes mountain, cyclocross, and pro-level road bikes.