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Plus, learn a little more about your neighbors with disabilities through this podcast.
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🎁 Here's how you can win a gift from The Incline's 2021 Gift Guide

Plus, learn a little more about your neighbors with disabilities through this local podcast.

By Francesca Dabecco

Welcome to Wednesday, Pittsburgh.

Everything is just a little bit extra around the holidays, right? Decorations, dessert, family time, and some not-so-great extra stuff like the amount of waste that we produce. With all of the gathering and feasting, food waste is undoubtedly a significant factor in the sheer amount of trash we toss during the holidays.

If you’d like to learn more about food waste reduction — including tips on composting, recycling, reuse, and rescue — you can tune in to the Food Matters panel discussion at 2 p.m. today. Speakers include Dylan Lew of Ecotone Renewables; Chef Claudy Pierre of The EAT Initiative; Ebony Lundford Evans of Out of the End Incorporated; Curt Lindsey of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; Jeanette Bourdeau-Ott of The Compost People; and Marissa Fogel of 412 Food Rescue. Click here to register via Zoom.

Alright, on to more news you can use today...

What Pittsburgh is talking about

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3 things to know today 

📈 The pandemic has widened public health disparities in Pittsburgh. According to data collected by analysts from CMU and Pitt, research showed that people of color face a higher risk of catching COVID-19 as well as higher rates of severe disease and death from the virus. Their findings are consistent with historical differences in quality of life for Pittsburgh residents based on race. (90.5 WESA)

📣 Churchill residents are continuing to protest the Amazon distribution center proposed for the former Westinghouse site. Some residents have concerns over how the demolition as well as the ensuing traffic and pollution — specifically of the noise, air, and light variety — could affect the wellbeing of its residential community. The borough council plans to vote on the issue later this month. (90.5 WESA)

🏰 Speaking of Westinghouse, the 1890 Westinghouse Castle in Wilmerding may find a new purpose as a school and arts center. The castle is on the National Register of Historic Places but has sat vacant for several years. A group of investors are working to raise $10 million to restore the Romanesque manor. (NEXTPittsburgh)

3 things to make you smile

🍪 Get your walking shoes and stretchy pants ready for the annual Lawrenceville Cookie Tour happening this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mainstreet businesses in L-ville have been offering holiday cookies to visitors for the past 23 years, making it one of the most popular seasonal events in ‘tahn. Head out this weekend to support small businesses on Butler St. and eat some sweet treats along the way. (Lawrenceville Corporation)

💖 This Squirrel Hill native has her very own American Girl Doll as a part of its new Making Herstory series. At 15, Peyton Klein founded Global Minds at Taylor Allderdice High School as a way to cultivate intercultural friendships between students and immigrant teens. Global Minds now has a network of 25 schools and more than 3,000 kids across the country. It’s since become a leading program of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and Klein was just added to Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 Class of 2022. (NEXTPittsburgh)

🔬 A new mineral, Oldsite, was named after Carnegie Museum of Natural History scientist Dr. Travis Olds. He’s the museum’s assistant curator of minerals and much of his research has focused on minerals containing uranium, so it’s a perfect fit! According to a press release, the mineral is being studied to gain insights into keeping uranium out of drinking water or cleaning up nuclear waste. (Carnegie Museum of Natural History)

🎁 Win a prize from The Incline’s 2021 Gift Guide!

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Tis the season to shop local, and we put together some gift ideas for everyone on your list. But what better way to spread some local love than to take your chances at winning one of these items in The Incline’s 2021 Holiday Gift-away?✨

We reached out to some of the folks featured in our gift guide, and they were generous enough to contribute to this yinzerific grab bag. There are 13 possible items to win — from Pittsburgh apparel to nostalgic books to luxurious body products — and there will be 13 different winners pulled at random. To make things a little extra fun and surprising, the winners will be blindly matched with one of these items — kind of like a white elephant exchange.

🎁 What are yinz waiting for? Enter to win here!

The giveaway ends Tuesday, December. 21 at noon EST. Winners will be notified via the email they submitted their entry with. Good luck!

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Today

🍽️Make connections with artists at SIX x ATE: Fruition Online, the final course of a nomadic art and cuisine series by  Casey Droege Cultural Productions (Online)

🎄 Watch a performance of The Second City, It’s a Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Life at the O’Reilly Theater (Downtown)

Tomorrow

✨ Be dazzled by the Christmas Lights Kickoff at Mansions on Fifth(Shadyside)

🍸 Have a merry good time at Carnegie Museum of Art’s Out of the Office Party (Oakland)

🍜 Enjoy a bowl of comfort from brothmonger paired with wine from Refucilo at a cozy, festive event (Northside)

🎤Hear the stories of six local businesses a part of the Prototype Incubator at a Virtual Pitch night (Online)

🎷 Listen to live jazz while you shop for local gifts and drink holiday beer at Cinder Bell Rock Night Party at Cinderlands Warehouse (Strip District)

Friday

🎶 Celebrate winter, the solstice and the holidays with the Mendelssohn Choir(Various Locations and Times)

✨ See Illumin Avenue illuminate with five new art installations at the Talk and Walk Hazelwood Local event (Hazelwood)

🎄 Get festive at the signature holiday production of Highmark Holiday Pops at Heinz Hall (Downtown)

One more thing…

Are you looking for a new podcast to listen to? The third season of the A Valid Podcast launches today, and it captures the joy and challenges of relationships — from friendships to romance — among people with intellectual disabilities.

The podcast is produced by All-Abilities Media, a project out of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University that teaches people with disabilities journalism skills so that they can have the tools they need to uplift stories in their communities. Be sure to head over to PublicSource to see the written content and photos that go along with the podcast.

“In the past, we’ve institutionalized people with intellectual disabilities — keeping them sheltered and hidden,” said Jennifer Szweda Jordan, All-Abilities Media Project Manager. “We now have a more inclusive world. But this season of A Valid Podcast demonstrates that we have a lot of work to do in preparing people with intellectual disabilities to navigate relationships, whether they’re in love, seeking it out, grieving for loved ones or just getting through the day.”

I had the privilege to work with this project during the pandemic in 2020, and I’m so glad to see it back for another season. We can learn so much from one another, and about ourselves, just by simply listening to another human experience.

I hope you tune in. Until tomorrow,

— Francesca at The Incline

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