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Plus, how you can help Afghan refugees resettling in Pittsburgh.
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⚾ This Honus Wagner baseball card sold for an out-of-the-park $6.6 million

Plus, how you can help Afghan refugees resettling in Pittsburgh.

By Zoey Angelucci

It’s Thursday, Pittsburgh.

Hey readers! It’s Zoey, the summer intern… remember me? I’m wrapping up my internship with The Incline and gearing up to start my junior year at Point Park University. But before I go, I’ll be finishing up my time with the best newsletter in Pittsburgh with a few newsletter takeovers of my own. I hope you’re as excited as I am; let’s get to it!

Speaking of going back to school, classroom supplies are critical to students’ success, which is why multiple Pittsburgh organizations are working to collect and donate back-to-school supplies for kids in need. NEXTPittsburgh listed 11 different organizations currently accepting volunteers and collecting donations; you can check out the list right here, which includes volunteer opportunities for Pittsburgh Public Schools’ drive-up distribution and $25 donations to The Education Partnership to cover a student’s needs for the full year. 

Without further ado, here’s your Thursday news:

What Pittsburgh is talking about

“The walk sign is on to cross Blvd. of the Allies.” | Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @pittsoftheburgh)

3 things to know today

⛑️ Pittsburgh and Western Pa. groups are prepping to help Afghan refugees resettle in Pittsburgh. According to Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS), the national resettlement agency, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), and the Department of State have selected Pittsburgh as a resettlement area for new arrivals. One family has already finished the trip here, and another is on its way. Roughly 20,000 Afghans are pursuing Special Immigrant Visas to relocate to the U.S. amid the Taliban’s takeover of the troubled Middle Eastern country. JFCS will lead the local effort with the help of other nonprofits to make sure the new arrivals have housing, food, clothing, and other essential items. The groups will meet the refugees at the airport and take them to receive medical care, including COVID-19 testing and vaccination, before getting them resettled. (90.5 WESA / TribLIVE)

  • How you can help: The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania has launched an online fundraiser to support resettlement services.

🏞️ The City of Pittsburgh is making your daily walks and park visits easier with this website. The new, more centralized website is a one-stop shop for information on all things parks, ranging from amenities and recreation to service programs. You can also reserve event shelters, find special events, and even utilize the new interactive trail guide. (90.5 WESA)

💯 Today’s Battle of Homestead event marks the centennial of America’s largest labor conflict, the Battle of Blair Mountain. On Aug. 25, 1921, 10,000+ armed, pro-union miners confronted 3,000 state police, strikebreakers, and private security forces hired by coal companies. The conflict occurred after union leadership organized a 60-mile armed march to free striking miners and their families who’d been arrested after the governor declared martial law. The marchers were stopped in Logan County, and the five-day clash finally ended when federal troops arrived to suppress the uprising; as many of the miners were veterans themselves, several refused to take up arms against the soldiers. The Battle of Blair Mountain was the culmination of the West Virginia mine wars and was the largest pitched battle in the history of the U.S. labor movement. To focus on this historic event, Pittsburgh’s Battle of Homestead Foundation is observing this historic milestone tonight with an online panel discussion, “Battle of Blair Mountain 1921: What It Means for Working People in 2021.” (90.5 WESA)

3 things to make you smile

🎥 It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s Steel-Man. Filmmaker Mike Palmer has all Pittsburgh bases covered in his debut feature film “Steel-Man: The Movie.” The Pittsburgh production adapts a series of comic books written by Palmer and follows the titular superhero as he hosts his annual comic book convention before battling the local criminal underworld and an onslaught of the undead. Palmer’s film debuted at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival earlier this year and will have its world premiere on Sunday, Aug. 22 at the Oaks Theater. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for more than $6.6 million at a Robert Edward Auction based in New Jersey. Bidding for the card started at $1 million on July 23 and jumping to $2.8 million that same day. Subsequent July bids bumped the price up to $4 million before settling around the final sum last week. The sale knocked the previous record holder for a pricey baseball card — namely, a Mickey Mantle card sold for $5.2 million — out of the park. (TribLIVE)

🖼️ Scratch & Co. and ZYNKA Gallery are joining forces to organize an art showcase in Troy Hill. The idea started with a simple conversation between the two companies after Don Mahaney, the owner of Scratch & Co., fell in love with ZNYKA’s studio. These talks spawned the idea of transforming their dining room into something different for their guests, and now, Scratch & Co. is undergoing minor renovations to include an art program. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

LET’S PLAY A GAME! 

Alright, we’re back for round two of trivia this week, and today, we’re giving you a hint! Readers who correctly answer this week’s question about a Pittsburgh fun fact by noon today will win a shoutout in Friday’s newsletter and Incline bragging rights for a week.

Here’s your question: What famous doctor resided in Pittsburgh and was an activist in the anti-Vietnam War movement?

We’ll give you a hint: They also won an Olympic gold medal in rowing.

Hit reply to submit your answer, and be sure to check back here on Friday for the answer and to see if you won!

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Today

🐎 Join the Battle of Homestead Foundation for their online discussion of the legacy of the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest pitched battle on American soil since the Civil War (Virtual)

🇬🇷 Take a trip to Greece this weekend at the East Pittsburgh Greek Fest with food, drinks, and music (East Pittsburgh)

🇩🇪 Get in the Oktoberfest spirit at Countdown to Oktoberfest Kickoff with drinks and a traditional steinholding competition (East Allegheny)

🇮🇹 Take a trip to Italy at the Region’s Largest Heritage Festival Little Italy Days (Bloomfield)

Tomorrow

⭐ Hop over to Pogopalooza 2021: The World Championships of Pogo this weekend for competitions, world record attempts, chances to try pogo sticks, and more (Downtown & Wilkinsburg)

💃 Head over to Spring Hill Brewing for this Friday’s In Bed by Ten pop up with Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer (Spring Hill)

🏠 Celebrate this weekend with food, vendors, and live entertainment at Kenny’s Homewood Welcome Home weekend (Homewood)

🎥 Head on over to Hazelwood Green Plaza for another fun Movie Night on the Lawn featuring "42" starring the late Chadwick Boseman as he portray the legend of Jackie Robinson (Hazelwood)

🎉 Relish in America’s #1 Best Specialty Food Festival at Picklesburgh this weekend (Downtown)

🎵 Enjoy Mourning [A] BLKstar, Brittney Chantele & DJ Arie Cole at Music on the Mon (South Side)

Saturday

🛍️ Shop local makers, artists, and small businesses while enjoying good eats and drinks at the Lawrenceville Pop Up Market (Lawrenceville)

🌆 Shop around Market Square at the Saturday Night Market every Saturday until October for crafts, art, fashion, jewelry with live music, good food, and more (Downtown)

♻️ Drop off any hard to recycle items at the Pennsylvania Resource Council’s recycling event (Next Tier Connect at Pittsburgh East)

⚾ Play ball, 19th century style, at Meadowcroft’s annual Vintage “Base Ball” Day (Meadowcroft)

🍅 Celebrate Pittsburgh Vegfest with food, activities, vendors, merchants, and more (North Side)

🚗 Check out Rosedale Technical College’s 5th Annual Car Show and enjoy food, entertainment, and of course lots of cars (McKees Rocks)

Sunday

🔬 Get messy at the Carnegie Science Center’s MessFest (North Side)

👯 Enjoy an evening of outdoor ballet at Ballet Under the Stars (Hartwood Acres)

Monday

🐶 Donate or pickup dog food at the Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s Ellie’s Pet Pantry dog food distribution for those both in need and donating (North Side)

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One more thing … 

Thanks for reading my takeover the whole way through; I’ll see you back here tomorrow for another special edition from me!

Stay dry out there, Pittsburgh! 

— Francesca and Zoey at The Incline

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