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Plus, signs of spring have sprung.
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🏠 This tiny house is big news

Plus, signs of spring have sprung.

Hey hey, it’s Hump Day.

The signs of spring are here, Pittsburgh: Sun, warmer temperatures ... and flooding. The rivers have reached flood stage in some areas, roads are closed, a boat is sinking, and the North Shore is under water.

Some good news: Sunny skies are expected in the forecast AND those sunsets are getting later. 

Now, the rest of today’s news: A COVID-19 vaccination update, what’s next for the Arts Festival, a new name for Fresh Fest, a typography map that’ll make you stare, and big news on a tiny house.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

Keep an eye out for beauty around every corner. | Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @citylifeadventures

4 things to know today

💉 A COVID-19 vaccination clinic is underway at Heinz Field this week by appointment only. Meanwhile, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is expected to arrive in Pennsylvania this week. (WTAE / TribLive)

💰 The hospitality industry is getting some relief from a new package of state funds. The program will offer $145 million in grants for businesses in the hard-hit hospitality industry amid the pandemic. (WTAE)

🖼️ The Three Rivers Arts Festival is going hybrid this year. Expect enhanced virtual presentations along with select in-person, limited-capacity attractions in the Cultural District. Oh, and expect rain, of course. (WPXI)

🍺 Fresh Fest has a new name: Barrel & Flow Fest. The rebrand is intended “to fully embrace and uplift artists, musicians, chefs, and brewers” at the event, which will be held in September on the South Side. (Beaver County Times

4 things to make you smile

🏠 This tiny house is getting big attention. The 160-square-foot structure built through trial and error is used as a vacation home in the Laurel Highlands, and it’s featured on the cover of Tiny House Magazine. (TribLive)

🎂 Happy 100th birthday to Julia Parsons, a local World War II codebreaker. Take a moment to read her historic story. (NEXTpittsburgh)

😋 This list of the best pepperoni rolls around town is worth bookmarking. Some trivia: These Appalachian baked goods are thought to have been originally created by Italian coal miners’ wives as a hearty and filling lunch. (Good Food Pittsburgh)

🗺️ This typography map of Pennsylvania is truly a treat. (Pittsburgh Reddit)

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Today

🎶 Learn about Bulgarian folk music from award-winning singer Elitsa Stoyneva Krastev in the Mendelssohn Choir's Global Choral Traditions program (Online)

🍷 Taste Italian wine and meet a Piemontese winemaker from the comforts of your own home (Online)

Tomorrow

🖥 Dare to do things differently — starting by attending this Ascender virtual event where you can learn about building a personal brand in a digital age (Online)

Saturday

🎤 Tune in for folkLAB's Sadapalooza, "a night of spoken word poetry and stand-up comedy celebrating sadness and mental health" (Online)

Monday

🍿 Grab some popcorn for this exploration of Pittsburgh's movie theater history with Doors Open Pittsburgh (Online)

Tuesday

🍎 Join the Pittsburgh Vegan Society and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for Consuming Compassionately (Online)

📜 Get a taste of what you might discover on the Lincoln Highway (psst: it probably tastes a bit like pie!) at this Remarkable Relics lecture (Online)

One more thing ...

This tired lion dad at the Pittsburgh Zoo is extremely relatable. His three adorable lion cubs want to play, but dad is like “can I just get 10 more minutes to nap, please?!” Here’s the cuteness, via Post-Gazette photographer Andrew Rush.

Wishing you all the energy of three rambunctious lion cubs to take you into the rest of your day. See you back here tomorrow.

— Rossilynne at The Incline

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