Greensburg’s annual Summer in the City event kicks off July 21, offering three days of engaging activities for animal lovers, music lovers, foodies and those who love to shop.
Most activities will take place at the Pitt & Penn parking lot on South Pennsylvania Avenue.
Thursday activities are scheduled from 5-8 p.m., including a new addition to this year’s event, a Critter Corner for Kids.
Children will have the opportunity to see and learn about various animals from local organizations including HEAL Animal Rescue, Wayward Whiskers and Catffeinated Cat Cafe.
Also that night, the Hempfield Spartan cheerleaders will show off their moves in a performance at 5:30 p.m. and The Phisbins — Tim Beadling and Craig Apessos, graduates of Saint Vincent College, will perform songs from a variety of musical genres.
You will have the opportunity to learn more about Shape Greensburg, the city’s comprehensive planning effort.
Shoppers can browse handcrafted goods from area artisans and check out sidewalk sales from participating city merchants. Visitors can sample offerings from nearby restaurants or food trucks that will be right at their fingertips.
“This year we’re trying to get more into the community, it’s all about the community,” said Amy Beeghly, owner of Beeghly and Company Jewelers and president of the Greensburg Business and Professional Association, which organizes the event in conjunction with Greensburg Community Development Corporation.
Greensburg Salem Night will be the theme on July 22, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
An ice cream party will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., joined by caricature and balloon artists and children’s activities sponsored by the local school district and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel area.
School officials will be among those who may get wet in a soaking booth, with proceeds going to the Greensburg Police K-9 Unit.
Also at 5:30 p.m., the Westmoreland Performing Arts teen troupe will perform a mix of Broadway and rock numbers.
The July 23 program includes a popular throwback activity, a free pet parade, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Petagogy pet supply store on Pittsburgh Street and end at the Pitt & Penn lot.
“When we had it last year, we were hoping for two dozen attendees, and we had 75,” Beeghly said. This year, owners can get a tie-dye scarf for their pets; the first 50 participants will leave with a gift bag.
Additionally, the YMCA on Maple Avenue will host an indoor garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with outdoor games for the kids starting at 11 a.m.
“Parents can shop while the kids play,” Beeghly said.
Other activities will wrap up the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pitt & Penn Field, including more fun for the kids and a return of the dip booth.
The Greensburg Fire Department will display fire trucks and demonstrate search and rescue techniques with their team of sleuths.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Beeghly said.
Check out the list of upcoming events at shopgreensburgpa.com for more information on Summer in the City and to reserve a vendor space for the garage sale.
Jeff Himler is an editor at Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .