A home dinner from last year's event. Photo by Brian Cohen.

It’s not easy being new in town but we’d like to make it easier. If you’ve lived here less than two years or you even longer but haven’t quite settled in yet–we invite you to join us at one of many home dinners throughout Pittsburgh.

Building on the success of last year’s City-Wide Dine Around that welcomed well over 200 newcomers at 20 home dinners across Pittsburgh, NEXTpittsburgh, Vibrant Pittsburgh and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, are teaming up to hold the 2014 City-Wide Dine Around on Saturday, October 25.

It will be an evening of welcome and connections for hundreds of our region’s newest residents.

Dinner hosts from Squirrel Hill to the South Hills will open their homes that evening for newcomers in small groups to foster opportunities for people to meet others new to Pittsburgh as well as some who have lived here awhile, and get helpful information about resources in the region.

After dinner, all City-Wide Dine Around participants and hosts are invited to a dessert reception sponsored by the Dignity & Respect Campaign of Greater Pittsburgh.

What to expect? A welcome and warm conversation, a discussion about what it’s like being new in Pittsburgh, and a lot of answers to your questions. It varies from house to house but everyone seems to get something out of it.  In surveys following our dinners last year, 100% of dinner hosts said they would do it again and 100% of participants said they would attend another. “The whole group was great,” wrote one participant in a survey. “We had a lot of fun and we made connections with people afterward.”

We hope you will be able to join us–solo or with a guest–for a fun and relaxing evening of conversation designed to help make your transition to Pittsburgh a little easier.

Sign up today!

Even if you have attended Dine Around events in the past, your are still welcome to join us again. If you know other newcomers interested in attending, feel free to pass this invitation to them.

Please send any questions to Emily Ferri, Welcome Center and Outreach Assistant, at Vibrant Pittsburgh.

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