Plus, get ready for Taco Takeover.
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🐦 A little birdie told us there’s drama at the Harmar bald eagle nest

Plus, get ready for Taco Takeover.

Welcome to Wednesday, Pittsburgh.

And happy Cinco de Mayo! We hope you get to celebrate with some tacos today. Speaking of this yummy hand-held meal, tickets are on sale for the Taco Takeover at the Carrie Furnace on August 1. A sneak peek at the food truck lineup: Cilantro and Ajo, Curbside Cocina, La Catrina On Wheels, Totopo Mexican Kitchen, and more.

And guess what — you know it’s officially the best season in Pittsburgh because the fountain at Point State Park is flowing free again. Ah, it’s starting to feel like summer.

Now let’s catch yinz up on the news.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

The ‘ultimutt’ view: Pups and Pittsburgh. | Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @acepghadventures)

4 things to know today

💉Pennsylvania will lift most COVID-19 related restrictions on Memorial Day, but will keep the masking order in place until 70% of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated. According to recent CDC data, about half of Pa. residents have received their first dose or complete one-shot dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Spotlight PA)

🕍 Architect Daniel Libeskind is helping to rebuild the Tree of Life synagoge in Squirrel Hill. He's the son of Holocaust survivors, and the rebuilding process is called “Remember. Rebuild. Renew.” It comes two-and-a-half years after the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in the country. (TribLIVE)

🗳️ Pitt’s former chancellor Mark Nordenberg became the state high court’s appointee for the tie-breaking fifth panel member to redraw boundaries for Pennsylvania’s legislative districts. Why does this matter? Redrawing district lines, or gerrymandering, only happens once in a decade and determines how your vote is counted. For the last two decades, the tie-breaking member was chosen by a Republican-majority court. (90.5 WESA)

♻️ Get your blue bins, everybody! The City of Pittsburgh will distribute more than 100,000 bins to become bag-free by 2023. To figure out when you’ll get yours, click here. (KDKA-TV)

4 things to make you smile

💛Just hours before he was drafted by the Steelers, 23-year-old running back Najee Harris hosted a draft party with food and goodies at the homeless shelter where he used to live in California. (CBS News)

🎥 Billy Porter is coming back to the ‘Burgh to shoot his first film as a director this summer. The movie is titled “What If” and is a coming-of-age rom com about a Black transgender teenager in high school, set in Billy’s hometown. (NEXTPittsburgh)

🐦 Have you heard about the Harmar bald eagle drama? All while raising two chicks, they’ve escorted a juvenile eagle out of their nest and took care of a swooping red-tailed hawk and gull trying to steal a fish this past week. Check out the pic in the story. (TribLIVE)

🏡 ‘Wood’ you live in this Shadyside house? This cul-de-sac charmer sits on one of the last remaining streets in the nation that is paved entirely with wooden blocks called “Nicolson pavement.” Back in 1914, these streets were easier for horse traffic and made it a lot quieter when carriages rolled by. (Pittsburgh Magazine)

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🙏 Take a deep breath at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's public yoga series in Market Square, “happy hour de-stress edition" (Downtown)


🖌️ Admire all types of art and performances at the eighth annual Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, running today through Sunday, May 9 (Online)


👛 Join drag diva and Broadway star, Schwa de Vivre, for an evening of live music and comedy in "Life is a Banquet" at Kinfly Spirits (Strip District)


🐦 Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and the diversity of birds that live among us and travel extraordinary distances each year (Frick Environmental Center)


♻️ Learn how "recycle right" at a webinar with Pennsylvania Resources Council that includes resources for blue bin recycling, as well as electronics, chemicals, tires, yard debris and other materials (Online)

📖 Partner Event: May 12 - May 21

City of Asylum is hosting the first Pittsburgh International Literary Festival — LitFest ‘21 — a 10-day event centered on themes of migration, identity, and displacement with an emphasis on works in translation. The festival features a diverse array of more than 30 authors, translators, and artists from 20+ countries and in 14 different languages. It's all free and all virtual. Programs include bilingual readings, conversations about the craft of translation, and discussions of the intersection of translation and social justice topics. Learn more about their lineup of events.

One more thing …

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month, and it’s also Mental Health Awareness Month. (And my birth month!) These signify two very real battles that I’ve personally faced throughout my life. With that being said, I wanted to send a note to all of my dear readers to say this:

Listen to your body, and if something doesn’t feel right, get it checked out. I suffered for a long time because doctors didn’t see the signs and take my symptoms seriously. (I’m not telling you to freak out everytime you get a headache, but just be aware of the symptoms.)

Also, it’s okay to ask for help. I'm a big believer in therapy and recommend that everyone checks up on their mind. I personally couldn't have gotten through this past year without my therapist. Thanks for all your help, Doc! (Yes, my therapist is a subscriber 😂)

Just know that you are not alone.

I, for one, am always here for you in your inbox.

💛 Take care, neighbors.

— Francesca at The Incline

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