Penguin art at SouthSide Works

There are now six, 6-foot-tall steel penguin sculptures at the SouthSide Works.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and artist Baron Batch of Studio AM partnered to produce the public art installation called “The Huddle.” Fabricated by local metalsmiths Mayhem Metalz, the penguins stand in the grassy park area near Tunnel Boulevard.

Celebrate the steel birds on Saturday, Oct. 23, from noon to 4 p.m., when the sculptures will be “adopted” by individuals and corporations to benefit the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. Sponsors will be able to name their penguin, which will be demarcated by a plaque at the base of each bird.

The event will include appearances from Pittsburgh Penguins alumni and broadcasters.

Batch, who opened his gallery and event space The Residency at SouthSide Works this year, will lead a painting party during the event and participants are invited to create their own penguin masterpieces.

In-person airport auction returns

Allegheny County Airport Authority’s annual auction returns live and in-person on Saturday, Oct. 23, with personal items left behind over the past two years for the public to bid on.

Nearly 1,000 pieces of jewelry will be auctioned, along with more than 500 electronic items, nine abandoned vehicles, runway brooms, plows and even a fire truck. Other unclaimed items left behind include: an Elf on the Shelf toy, a lava lamp, a portable toilet seat, a rice cooker and a pair of designer dress shoes.

Located at the Heavy Equipment Building on Cargo Road at Pittsburgh International Airport, the auction will start at 10 a.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. There will be a 15% buyer’s premium with a 5% percent discount for cash or check purchases. Credit cards will also be accepted. In addition to the live bids, items can be bid via auctioneer Joe R. Pyle’s website.

Vehicles will need to be towed from the auction site unless purchased by a dealer with appropriate plates. Registration will be conducted at the auction. All items purchased must be removed within seven days.

Masks and social distancing will be required. Divine Swine and Steel City Fries food trucks will be serving breakfast and lunch.

Proceeds from items sold that are not owned by the Allegheny County Airport Authority will benefit the ACAA Charitable Foundation, which helps support the airport’s military lounge, Art in the Airport program, aviation scholarships and workforce development initiatives.

New holiday tree at PPG Place

There’s a new 60-foot-tall, energy-efficient holiday tree at PPG Place Downtown. It is equipped with more than 100,000 LED lights and the capability to play 42 minutes of musical animation as well as 150 scenes.

Highwood Properties began installing the decoration earlier than usual to work through any kinks. In the future, the company will return to the traditional installation schedule.

This year’s holiday season kicks off on Nov. 19 with the American Cancer Society’s Tribute of Light Ceremony and the grand lighting of the tree. Festivities start at 4:45 p.m. with an RMU Island Sports Ice Skating Show followed by an East End Kids performance. The new tree will shine at 5:30 p.m.

Help Harvie donate 100 holiday meals

Harvie, a Pittsburgh-based grocery delivery service that connects customers with local farm products, is partnering with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

From Oct. 25 through Nov. 25, Harvie will donate 100 holiday meals to families in Pittsburgh facing hunger with each new sign-up using the code FOODBANK100.

“We are a community-focused business and are always looking for ways to help our neighbors in need,” says Simon Huntley, founder and CEO of Harvie. “We hope that this partnership will encourage customers to skip their trip to the grocery store to have locally sourced groceries delivered to them, and in turn donate 100 holiday meals by simply trying Harvie.”

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