👋 Welcome back, Kodiak
Plus, check out the nebbiest posts in Pittsburgh.
By Francesca Dabecco
It’s Tuesday, Pittsburgh.
And we have some good news! If you’ve been keeping tabs on Pittsburgh headlines, you may know that the sea eagle has landed: Kodiak is back home and safe at the National Aviary. Officials have been hard at work, searching for Kody in the subsequent days since he escaped his enclosure Saturday, Sept. 25. (Remember when I told you about my experience during the fiasco in last Tuesday’s newsletter?) He was finally spotted and caught in North Park on Sunday.
While this series of events is by no means comical, I enjoyed a good laugh when I found this video making rounds on Reddit, parodying the custodians at the Aviary dealing with Kodiak’s escape. 😂
With Kodiak content at the Aviary, we can move forward with the latest Pittsburgh news. Scroll for today’s headlines, plus we’ll announce who won tickets in our Fearscapes giveaway.
What Pittsburgh is talking about
A couple weeks back, we had the opportunity to attend A Dinner by the River, with Farmer x Baker, benefiting 412 Food Rescue. It was a true celebration of the accomplishments of 412 Food Rescue and all of its heroes, the ordinary folks in our community who save food from becoming waste by mobilizing their efforts in the city we all love. Interested in learning how you can get involved? Check out 412 Food Rescue's volunteer page.| Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸:francesca_dabecco)
4 things to know today
💉 Ready for your booster vaccine? Pennsylvanians who are 65 and older, have certain medical conditions, or are workers in high-risk jobs who received a second Pfizer dose more than six months ago are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine. (90.5 WESA)
- How long will it take to schedule? State officials say that it won’t be as difficult to track down a dose as it was earlier this year; many retail pharmacies like Rite Aid and CVS have walk-in appointments available, and many local health clinics and doctors offices along with health systems like UPMC, Allegheny Health Network, Penn State Health and others, are already administering boosters.
- What if you received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines? You’ll have to wait for further guidance, but this NPR article gives some more information on how to navigate the process.
📣 Hundreds of Pittsburghers rallied for reproductive rights at the City-County building Downtown on Saturday as a part of more than 600 demonstrations that happened in all 50 states. The march was a part of the nationwide call to protect healthcare and abortion access in response to Texas’ abortion ban and ahead of the Supreme Court’s next term, which could rule on the future of Roe v. Wade. These photos by Pittsburgh City Paper photographer Jared Wickerham show the local turnout. (90.5 WESA)
🕯️Honoring the late, great Dr. Freddie Fu: Family, friends, and colleagues memorialized the renowned orthopedic and sports medicine pioneer at Heinz Memorial Chapel this past weekend after his passing due to melanoma and a bleeding kidney. Dr. Fu was 70 years old and laid his claim to fame as the founder of the sports medicine program at the University of Pittsburgh and longtime physician to Pitt’s sports teams. (TribLIVE / Pittsburgh Magazine)
💲Mayor Bill Peduto submitted his preliminary 2022 city budget to City Council last week, and it doesn’t propose any new tax increases. Investments will be put into infrastructure improvements, including paving, bridges, and landslide repairs, as well as spending to maintain city parks. Also included: funding set aside for initiatives supporting the city’s 2030 Climate Action goals like LED street lights and expansion of the city’s electric vehicles. (TribLIVE)
4 things to make you smile
🌺 Don’t miss Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Fall Flower Show: Happy Troll-O-Ween at its annual boo-tanical bash on Oct. 9. The exhibit features a variety of chrysanthemums in fall colors and scenes from a mythical creature forest. Visitors are invited to dress in costume as they make their way through the show.
- And that’s not all — the fall show is always accompanied by the garden railroad exhibit, and this year’s theme is “Bridges and Tunnels.” See the tiny train chugging along mini versions of Western Pennsylvania scenes, including the Three Sisters bridges, Liberty Tunnels, Duquesne Incline, and even a sinkhole bus. (TribLIVE)
📚 Pick up a good read from the free Livy’s Library. It’s a project by Livy Ciotoli, owner of Black Cat Market on Penn Avenue in Garfield, and it’s inspired by her most imaginative years poring through books. You can donate gently used or new books or request books for kids by filling out a form on the Livy’s Library website, and once submitted, readers can pick up one age-appropriate book at Black Cat Market each month. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
🔍 You can never be too nebby in Pittsburgh. City Paper has set out to collect the “best, craziest, and non-offensive nebby posts from across the region,” and plans to share them on a regular basis — including these most recent posts by Pittsburghers looking to identify suspicious scat. Other nebby posts included “someone filing an official noise complaint and calling the police over a neighbor's wind chimes in Garfield, a Pittsburgh racoon causing a ruckus after getting drunk off fermented berries and crab apples, and someone allegedly leaving random fruits in a neighbor's yard in Bellevue, aka a ‘drive-by fruiting.’” (Pittsburgh City Paper)
🏆 A slam dunk for Pittsburgh: 1Hood Media received an inaugural grant from Michael Jordan’s organization for its new Black Community Commitment Grant Program. The annual $1 million fund contributes to communities to help fight racism, and 1Hood Media has been a large local voice in social justice, education, voting rights, and frontline efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
👟 What’s the Point .5K is just 4 days away!
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FIREMAN CREATIVE
This community race at Westinghouse Park, happening this Saturday, Oct. 9, is the event for those of us who don’t run for fun but still want to cross the finish line with our neighbors. There will be live music, arts and crafts stations, tree giveaways from Tree Pittsburgh, doughnuts, and more.
The main race begins at noon, but there is a “Trash Dash” planned for 10:00 AM to tidy up the park before the race. The first five people to pick up the most trash will have their race fees covered.
All ages are welcome, and there will be prizes for infant, toddler, kid, adult, and golden divisions. Your four-legged friends can join you too, but they must be on a leash.
Get in on the fun and register for What’s the Point .5K.
💛 Support emergency housing, workforce development, mental health services, and more at Auberle’s Voices Carry (Westin Pittsburgh, Downtown)
🍽️ Laugh at “Slow Food,” a comedy that’s made for anyone who has been “hangry,” presented by Pittsburgh Public Theater, through October 17 (Online)
🍻 Have some frothy fun at Three Rivers Beer week, a six-day event produced by the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild, now through Oct. 10 (multiple locations)
✒️ Celebrate the women who designed in the mail-dominated field at “Her Seat at the Table: Women Designers in the 20th and 21st Centuries” with the Carnegie Museum of Art (Online)
🎩 Be amazed at Liberty Magic’s reopening with Chris Capehart’s Journey of the Master show (Downtown)
🎶Watch the story of Byrd, “a young Black man who is unknowingly send on a journey to get his mind right,” at Kalopsia The Musical, through Oct. 17 (New Hazlett Theater, North Side)
🎤 Join Pittsburgh public figures to poke fun and raise funds for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at the annual musical satire, Off The Record Pittsburgh (Online)
🏘️ Check off that good ol’ to-do list and visit the 2021 Pittsburgh Fall Home Show through Oct. 10 at the Convention Center (Downtown)
🎶 Kick off this new live music series with food, libations, and block party vibes at Homestead Live Fridays (Eighth Ave Business District, Homestead)
🎨 Explore original works by local artist and educator Ramon Riley at Anecdotal Evidence with the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media (Mellon Park)
📽️ Drive-in to Real Q’s opening night movie party, plus drag shows and food trucks at Central Outreach Wellness Center, through Oct. 16 (Northside)
😂 LOL with a lineup of local comics at the Weekend of Laughs, the reopening of Greer Cabaret Theater, through Sunday (Downtown)
📽️ Watch “Labyrinth” or “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at Row House Cinema’s pop-up drive-in at the Strip District Terminal, Friday and Saturday (Strip District)