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Hybrid Three Rivers Arts Festival scheduled for June
The 2021 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will take place June 4-13 with virtual presentations and select in-person, limited-capacity attractions in the Cultural District. No events will take place in Point State Park or Gateway Center. Details about online offerings and in-person festivities — which are free but will require advance registration and timed entry — will be announced soon via the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s social media channels.
Hungry? Head Downtown for Good Eat$
Through its new Good Eat$ campaign, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is offering a 25% discount on food and drink items from participating restaurants on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout March. You can dine in, grab takeout or have your grub delivered. Share the experience on social media and you could win gift cards, free meals and other prizes. See a complete list of participating eateries here.
The Tull Family Theater is “holding your seat”
Due to Covid restrictions, Sewickley’s Tull Family Theater is operating at 15 % occupancy, but the seats are still packed. The nonprofit, film-driven arts organization is offering cardboard cutouts — like the ones seen at televised sporting and performance events — for $100 sponsorship and placing them in the theater’s two screening rooms. As part of the fundraising effort, businesses and individuals can sponsor a silhouette, which will stay put through Jan. 1, 2022.
Visit new dinosaurs at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Museum of Natural History added five new residents to its Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibition. Specimens include a Tylosaurus mosasaur fossil skull and four replica skeletons: two fishes, a pliosaur and a plesiosaur. The latter is the only one of its kind, replica or otherwise, on display anywhere in the world.
Fundraiser for free HPV vaccines
On March 4, Pittsburgh-based Basic Health International (BHI) launched a monthlong fundraiser to support free HPV vaccination clinics being held this spring and summer by Allies for Health + Wellbeing and For Good PGH. HPV, or human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted disease. Several strains of the virus cause a variety of cancers, including cervical cancer, and other illnesses that are preventable with a vaccine. Out-of-pocket costs of up to $250 make the vaccine unaffordable for many people. Donations to the BHI Free HPV Vaccine Clinic Partnership and Fundraising Initiative can be made online through April 11.
Dormont pool opening
Make a splash this summer at the Dormont Pool. After a dry 2020 season, the pool will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. on the following dates: June 12-Aug. 22, Aug. 28-29 and Sept. 4-6. The slide will be closed and Dormont Borough will not provide furniture, but the concession stand will be open.
Commemorative library cards
To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh commissioned four local artists — Takara Canty, Cue Perry, D.S. Kinsel and Janel Young — to create library card designs based on the question, “What does free to the people mean to you?” The commemorative cards are available for free to new and existing library cardholders while supplies last.