๐Ÿซ This milkshake brings all the yinzers to the yard
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๐Ÿซ This milkshake brings all the yinzers to the yard

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What Pittsburgh is talking about

There’s new leadership at Delta Foundation, a prominent local LGBTQ group. Jim Sheppard is interim board president, and Marty Healey is chair of Pittsburgh Pride 2020 following the resignation of president Gary Van Horn. Van Horn was charged in December with impersonating law enforcement. After a leave of absence, he resigned yesterday. The board also launched a review of its finances. (Pittsburgh City Paper / 90.5 WESA)

Case closed. The former librarian and bookseller involved in the theft of rare books from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have pleaded guilty to some charges. Police say the librarian stole prints, maps, and rare books for years, then handed them off to the bookseller who resold them. Several hundred rare items worth more than $8 million were taken. (Associated Press / TribLive)

On the list of America’s favorite restaurants? Sheetz. Sheriously. Convenience chains have increased sales inside their stores by around 30 percent over the past decade. Why? People are starved for time. Sheetz, for one, is targeting Millennials who “tend to be much more accepting of eating at a gas station.” In case you were wondering, Sheetz topped $7 billion in sales last year. (CNN)

Our sinkhole memelord is sticking around for awhile. Repairs on the massive Downtown sinkhole have stopped for now. Crews discovered that an underground tunnel at the very bottom of the sinkhole was damaged. That tunnel provides steam to heat Downtown businesses, and fixing it is going to be tricky. (WPXI)

Mister Rogers โ€” er, Tom Hanks โ€” scored an Oscar nod. Hanks was nominated for best actor in a supporting role for his portrayal of Fred Rogers in “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” It’s the 25th time Hanks has been nominated for this particular role โ€” others include the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. (TribLive)

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From soda fountain to milkshake factory.

Neighborhood Spotlight: The South Side

What started as a family chocolate shop in the South Side more than 30 years ago has transformed into a milkshake factory. Well, into The MilkShake Factory, where your ice cream is made fresh to order in-house. It’s become one of Pittsburgh’s fastest-growing local businesses, so we decided to pop into the original location for a treat (or two).

Fun fact: The chocolate has been made at “grandad’s factory” since 1914. And it’s even attracted some celebs โ€”ย watch the video to see what Alec Baldwin orders.

Quotable: “We’re a chocolate family, so we’re very particular about what we produce.”ย  – Albert Fonticiella

Hmmmโ€ฆ Makes us think we probably can’t go wrong with The Chocolatier. Just sayin’. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Events

Things to do

Today

๐Ÿท Explore wines with Old World roots (Lawrenceville)

๐Ÿ’ฐ Get financially fit this year (Squirrel Hill)

๐Ÿ Discover natureโ€™s healing superfoods and the joy of making meals from scratch (Greentree)

๐Ÿ’š Learn how to officially change your name or gender marker in Allegheny County (Lawrenceville)

Tomorrow

๐Ÿšฑ Break from drinking with dry January happy hours โ€” through Jan. 31 (Downtown)

๐Ÿ‘ช Take little lotus yogis to explore mindfulness and yoga techniques โ€” through Feb 5. (Mt. Lebanon)

๐Ÿ”จ Build a wooden side table with hairpin legs (Garfield)

๐Ÿ’Š Meet pharmacy hiring managers at an intern career fair (Oakland)

๐ŸŽ‰ Celebrate Max King, the 2020 Pittsburgher of the Year (North Shore)

Thursday

๐Ÿ™ Commemorate 412 Food Rescue heroes (Strip District)

๐ŸŽ‚ Kick-off Beethoven's 250th birthday by exploring his connections to Andy Warhol (North Shore)

๐Ÿ’ญ Journey into Carl Jung's Red Book with The Way of What is to Come (Shadyside

๐Ÿ’ป Learn the basics of building websites (Larimer)

๐ŸŒฑ Sip tea and discover the medicinal value of plants (Oakland)

Friday

๐ŸŽ‰ Come celebrate folkLAB's 2nd Birthday (Garfield)

๐Ÿ“Ÿ Dust off your chokers and Starter jackets for 90s Night (Downtown)

๐Ÿ˜ Drop off 3rd-8th graders for dinner, art making, and Heinz history (Strip District)

๐ŸŽถ Forget โ€˜Baby Sharkโ€™ and move to the music of Nick Jr. Live โ€” through Jan. 19  (Downtown)

๐Ÿ‘ฏ Head to hoppy hour for yoga with bunnies (Kilbuck Township)

๐ŸŒ  Harness the force at this Star Wars training academy (Ross Township)

Saturday

โœŠ March with millions of women and allies gathered across the country (Downtown)

โณ Look into three galleries of glass (Strip District)

๐Ÿ… Throw on your favorite onesie and unleash your spirit animal (South Side)

๐Ÿ˜œ Experience the dark side of Oz at a Wizard of Oz/Pink Floyd mashup (North Shore

๐Ÿ† Check out a state pinball championship (Lawrenceville)

๐Ÿ’ผ Build relationships and network with black women business owners (East Allegheny)

๐Ÿ”ฅ Learn the basics of flat stick welding on steel (Uptown)

Sunday

๐Ÿ‘ผ Celebrate the birthday and life of Mac Miller (North Shore)

๐Ÿบ Stretch at Beer Belly Yoga and BEERunch (Larimer)

๐Ÿท Center yourself with a mini wine class and yoga (Lawrenceville)

๐Ÿ’จ Make crafts for clean air with GASP, the Group Against Smog and Pollution (Point Breeze)

๐Ÿ˜ƒ Shop with the cityโ€™s youngest entrepreneurs and discuss their business start-ups (East Libe

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Taste popular street foods from Sicily and Lazio (Edgewood)

Monday

๐Ÿ’ž Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with inspirational activities (Oakland)

๐Ÿ˜Š Join a fun-filled MLK Day celebration of art, learning, and teamwork (Friendship)

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ Learn how to make delicious French macarons and napoleons (South Side)

๐Ÿ‘ฆ Send 10-13 year olds to young chef bootcamp (Robinson)

๐ŸŽต Relax to โ€˜smokyโ€™ jazz and poetry at the Bootleggers Ball (Squirrel Hill)

One more thing ...

Three cheers (actually 31 cheers) for local rapper Frzy who broke a Guinness World Record by rapping for 31 HOURS straight this weekend. Here’s what the final countdown looked and sounded like. Now it’s up to Guinness to verify the record before it goes into the book.

See you back here 24 hours from now. ๐Ÿ˜€

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