CLP's Downtown branch reopens this month. Photo courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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EQT Children’s Festival celebrates 35 years … virtually

The 2021 EQT Children’s Theater Festival @ Home, an interactive virtual event, will be held May 1-16. The festival features professional theater performances from around the world, with free activities and workshops to provide creative outlets for participants. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will release more programming details on May 1.

The Fleet Feet Liberty Mile returns

Downtown Pittsburgh’s only nighttime road race returns (in person!) on July 23 after taking a virtual detour last year due to the pandemic. The Fleet Feet Liberty Mile, which includes recreational, competitive and professional heats, is for runners of all ages and abilities.

Get “Woodfired” at Lorelei

Lorelei at 124 S. Highland Ave. in East Liberty will be slinging slices from Woodfired, its new pizza concept, from 3 to 9 p.m. on April 10. Order online for pickup or dine outdoors.

Expanded Downtown library reopens this month

After a yearlong renovation project that added 68 percent more space to the building, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is reopening its Downtown location at 612 Smithfield St. Limited in-person services start on April 20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Patrons can use public restrooms, pick up books on hold, return materials, submit a print job or take advantage of the outdoor Wi-Fi. Curbside and walk-up service is also available during business hours.

Photo courtesy of Arlington Beverage Club.

Arlington Beverage Club, RE360, hosting Restaurant Industry Night

From 6 to 10 p.m. on April 12, bar and restaurant workers are invited to the Warehouse at 829 Industry St. in Allentown for complimentary food, drink and music in honor of Restaurant Industry Night. The event is being sponsored by Arlington Beverage Club and RE360, a local real estate investment company. To RSVP, contact RE360 Marketing Director Erin Shetler via email.

Hilltop Alliance offers Business District Passport

Pick up an Allentown Business District Passport and take a vacation without leaving Pittsburgh. The Hilltop Alliance’s promotional campaign features 21 local businesses, including cafes, restaurants, retail shops, clothing stores, pharmacies and salons. Spend $5 or more at a participating business and get a hole punch on your passport. Collect punches from five different businesses and receive a $25 gift card to an Allentown establishment of your choice.

412 Food Rescue completes 100,000 rescues

As of this month, 412 Food Rescue staff and volunteers have completed 100,000 food rescues, which equates to 17 million pounds of food. A huge kudos to the nonprofit organization that engages thousands of volunteer drivers to rescue surplus food from retail stores and restaurants and deliver it to people experiencing food insecurity.  Interested in becoming a Food Rescue Hero? Register on the 412 Food Rescue app, available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. Food retailers and other businesses can donate grub by visiting the website.

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.