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Carnegie will open up its main streets for bikers, skateboarders and even those looking to learn how to pogo stick as the community members come together for a day of fitness in the streets.

The fourth annual Open Streets Carnegie will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14 along nearly one mile of road on East and West Main streets, running from Jefferson Street to Washington Avenue.

The event, held to promote the borough’s health-oriented businesses, will have something for everyone, said Jack Kobistek, a former mayor of the borough and current magisterial district judge for the area.

And, he said, everything is free.

“The overall goal is to highlight and benefit the health-related businesses. But it also gives you a chance to get out with your community and enjoy the outdoors. Try something new you haven’t tried before,” Kobistek said.

Open Streets Carnegie started four years ago when the borough received a grant from the county’s Active Allegheny.

There are new activities being added this year to increase the fun.

The Army National Guard will bring a climbing wall. XPogo will be on hand with extreme pogo sticking and will teach youngsters and adults how to use a pogo stick.

Pittsburgh Sword Fighters will provide demonstrations and teach people how to stay active through sword fighting.

Attendees are invited to ride their bikes, scooters or even walk along the closed streets.

Staples like Flatbar Skateshop in Scott Township providing skateboarding lessons will return, as will Carnegie police, who will teach bike safety and give out helmets.

Ever want to be a firefighter? Make your way through the Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department’s obstacle course.

Carnegie Health and Wellness will provide free massages and cupping.

BRN Fitness will teach classes, NovaCare will provide physical therapy assessments and St. Clair Hospital will talk about health and wellness issues.

Carnegie Adventist Church will provide health assessments. Forsythe Mini Golf will present demonstrations and the Carnegie Boys & Girls Club will have sports events.

The day will end with a family scavenger hunt, during which prizes will be awarded.

“It will be a little bit of everything,” Kobistek said.

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