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Fundraising campaign launched to rebuild the Art House
Pittsburgh’s Art House, a gallery and community space in Homewood, was damaged by a fire on Feb. 14. Owner and artist Vanessa German has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help rebuild the Hamilton Avenue structure. It’s already raised more than $43,000 of its $75,000 goal.

Community food distribution this Saturday
Every Saturday through April, Another Level Ministries, in partnership with the E.A.T. Initiative and Food Access Network, will hold a community food distribution at the Energy Innovation Center (1435 Bedford Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 1,300 boxes will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the church via email.

All aboard NEXTransit, Port Authority’s long-range planning effort
Port Authority of Allegheny County is seeking community input concerning the future of public transit, including extensions of its light rail systems and the creation of transportation hubs and community circulators. Here’s your chance to attend one of four public meetings on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on March 2 at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.  You can register online or call 1-855-925-2801 (enter code 9120) to join in the conversation.

Photo courtesy of Community Kitchen Pittsburgh.

Fish Fry to benefit Community Kitchen Pittsburgh
It’s fish fry season and Community Kitchen Pittsburgh is cooking up a whale of an event. The nonprofit, which provides disenfranchised people with culinary arts training while helping them find stable employment in the food service industry, is hosting Fish Fry Fridays Feb. 19 through April 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ordering will open every Friday morning and orders can be placed online. All orders will be available for curbside or walk-in pickup at 107 Flowers Ave. in Hazelwood.

St. Patrick-or-treat at Haunted Hills Estate Scream Park
If you’re a Halloween fan pining for a good scare, you’re in luck. On March 12-13, Haunted Hills Estate Scream Park in Uniontown is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Massacre featuring two spooky attractions. Leprenomicon is a house filled with terrifying creatures from Irish folklore while The Shamrock Experiment sends you on a death-defying quest for gold. Buy tickets online … and feel free to carve a jack o’lantern!

Art and coffee collide in Sewickley
Sharpsburg’s ZYNKA Gallery and Crazy Mocha Coffee Company have teamed up to bring art to coffee drinkers. Through March 1, Crazy Mocha’s shop at 417 Walnut Street in Sewickley is doubling as a pop-up gallery featuring a curated collection of work inspired by the pandemic. 20/20 is Hindsight speaks to the stresses and anxieties of the last year and look optimistically forward.

Pittsburgh Playwrights helping their own
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company is reaching out to artists who’ve contributed to the organization since its inception in 2003. The Artist Assistance Fund, which is gearing up for its third round of Covid grants, distributes $500 cash to selected applicants. Those affiliated with the company can apply online. Donations are also being accepted via PayPal.

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.