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Free youth life vests

On Saturday, June 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., members of the Department of Public Safety Emergency Medical Services will distribute youth-sized personal flotation devices and safe swimming information packets to kids and parents at three of the city’s summer lunch grab-and-go locations: Ammon, Paulson and Warrington Recreation Centers. The vests, donated by UPMC Children’s Hospital Safety Center, will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Safe Swim Initiative, led by EMS, aims to reduce the risk for youth who may be swimming summer where lifeguards may not be present, such as home pools. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional drowning is the second leading cause of death among children aged 1-14, most frequently in home pools. There is an additional racial disparity as Black children aged 5-19 are five to 10 times more likely to drown in home pools.

Drink good coffee, support good causes

Like good neighbors, Commonplace Coffee and Local Roots Landscaping have teamed up to support Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Neighborhood Blend is available at all Commonplace Coffee shops and online through July 6, with all proceeds benefitting the two organizations.

“We are honored to partner with Local Roots for a second time to release such a meaningful blend that will allow us to make a significant impact on our community,” said Dave Smallhoover, Commonplace’s roasting operations manager. “This is a partnership born out of the Local Roots team members becoming regulars at our Point Breeze location. It’s a perfect example of community and how powerful cafe conversations can be!”

Celebrate the most Pittsburgh collaboration ever

Go to Wigle Whiskey Distillery at 2401 Smallman St. in the Strip District on Thursday, June 24, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. for the release of Imp-ish Straight Rye and take part in a liquid tribute to Pittsburgh’s steelworkers, who after a long day in the mills, would relax with a boilermaker.

“Wigle invites you to keep Pittsburgh lore alive and reward yourself with a shot of this Imp-ish Straight Rye Whiskey and an Iron City Beer,” says Wigle Distiller Michael Fogila.

Wigle’s outdoor space will be transformed into a whiskey garden for the event. Tickets are $32 per person and include an Imp-ish pour, a can of Iron City, pierogies and an Imp-ish Old Fashioned.

You also can order the Wigle boilermaker at local watering holes, including TRYP Hotel bar and Industry Public House in Lawrenceville, Beer Hive in the Strip District and Shenanigans Bar & Grille in Ross Township.

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.