Here are the events — virtual and outdoors — you need to know about this week in Pittsburgh. Know about an interesting event taking place in June? Email us here.
Monday, June 15: Struggles in Steel
In 1996, steelworker Ray Henderson and filmmaker Tony Buba collaborated to document the contributions African-Americans have made on the labor movement while also illuminating discrimination against black workers. Presented by City of Asylum and the Sabira Cole Film Festival, the free screening of “Struggles in Steel” will include a live talkback and Q&A with Buba.
Tuesday, June 16: Book Launch: Highlights of the Italian American Collection
Explore the immigrant experience in America during this free virtual book launch and visual tour of the Heinz History Center’s Italian American Collection — one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the U.S. See artifacts, learn about how Italian Americans shaped our region and hear talks by Melissa E. Marinaro, Cathy Cerrone Fratto and Laura Ruberto.
Tuesday, June 16: Mindfulness and Wellness: Yoga with Yoga Factory and The Frick Pittsburgh
Exhale into summer with The Frick Pittsburgh’s new mindfulness and wellness series. Yoga Factory instructors will lead three Vinyasa sessions open to all levels focused on moving intentionally with breath and achieving focus.
Tuesday, June 16: What Black Pittsburgh Needs to Know About Media
For this week’s virtual town hall, 1Hood Media and UrbanKind Institute are co-hosting a discussion about the Post-Gazette’s removal of Black journalists from covering the current protests. Moderated by BW3 President Cheryl Hall-Russell, the panel will include PG reporter Alexis Johnson and artist Janel Young.
Tuesday, June 16: How to Survive in America with Damon Young and Bassey Ikpi
For the inaugural installment of its live series, Very Smart Writer Convos, City of Asylum is welcoming acclaimed authors Damon Young and Bassey Ikpi, who will discuss “the trials and tribulations of publishing their debut memoirs. ”
Wednesday, June 17: World Refugee Day 2020 – Pittsburgh
8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Celebrate World Refugee Day and Immigrant Heritage Month during this free, virtual celebration. Emceed by Siraji Hassan of United Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh, the free event will showcase refugees and immigrants via performances, stories, videos, cuisine, commerce and more.
Wednesday, June 17: Navigating Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in PA
Need help navigating the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance system? Federally funded under the CARES Act, the program includes coverage for independent contractors for the first time. PA House Rep. Sara Innamorato, along with Trellis Legal Founder Marlene van Nelson and Duquesne SBDC Director Richard Longo, will guide you through the process during this digital panel discussion hosted by Bridgeway Capital.
Wednesday, June 17: Walking Pittsburgh Tour with Raymund Ryan
Explore Pittsburgh’s landmark buildings and rich built environments with Heinz Architectural Center Curator Raymund Ryan. During this new live virtual tour and Q&A series, you’ll hear firsthand about Ryan’s recent experiences exploring nearly all 90 city neighborhoods “using Franklin Toker’s seminal publication, ‘Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait,’ as his guide.”
Wednesday, June 17: Don Burke: Mapping an Epidemic
Next up to take the virtual mic for Liftoff PGH in Motion Speaker Series is epidemiological mapping expert Don Burke, former dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Public Health. Burke’s talk will explain how his new company Epistemix is mapping COVID-19 nationwide and predicting the impact of new policies and behaviors.
Wednesday, June 17: Startup Boost Pittsburgh Demo Day
What if there was an app that could facilitate communication between elected officials and constituents, provide real-time eCommerce data and pick up your online shopping returns? These are just some of the bright ideas you’ll hear about during Startup Boost’s Demo Day, part of its is a global pre-accelerator program. Get inspired to innovate as you watch team pitches and network with startup leaders, global techies, mentors and others.
Wednesday, June 17: Black Lives Matter Letter Writing Campaign
Want to get involved in the Black Lives Matter movement? Join Repair the World to write letters to elected officials that will support the movement’s efforts. The virtual event will also include activities for making thank you cards for frontline workers.
Thursday, June 18: Volunteer with 412 Food Rescue at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Looking for a way to lend a hand during the pandemic? Be a food rescue hero as you help sort orders of pre-packed food boxes being sent to area nonprofits.
Thursday, June 18: Online Doggie Gym with Sterling Yoga
Get fit with Fido! During this therapeutic fitness class for your dog, you’ll guide your favorite four-legged friend — from puppies to seniors — through conditioning exercises focusing on shoulders and hips. You’ll even learn about canine anatomy, massage and core strengthening.
Thursday, June 18: On Call with Scratch F&B + Basic Health International
Scratch Food & Beverage owner Don Mahaney and Basic Health International founder Dr. Miriam Cremer are inviting you to a virtual dinner party for a very pressing cause. Order your three-course meal and cocktail kit for pickup from the Troy Hill eatery, then join the virtual dinner party via Zoom. Proceeds will support BHI’s rapid and affordable COVID-19 test.
Thursday, June 18: Wine & Food of Burgundy with Dave DeSimone
Take a deep, and delicious, dive into the wines of Burgundy with vino guru Dave DeSimone. During this online class hosted by Palate Partners and Dreadnought Wines, DeSimone will talk about Chardonnay and Pinot noir selections, while Deb Mortillaro will show you how to make a classic dish based on her French training at the Culinary Institute of America.
Thursday, June 18: Yoga in Deer Lakes Park
Help kick off the outdoor yoga season in Deer Lakes Park, you’ll learn yogic breathing techniques, and gentle yoga postures for stretching and strengthening the body. Simply bring your own yoga mat and wear a face covering. View a schedule of free outdoor yoga classes.
Looking for things to do with kids? Read Pittsburgh parents, keep the kids engaged with these online activities from local groups.