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What Pittsburgh is talking about

Is Pennsylvania prepared for the coronavirus? Of the more than a dozen confirmed cases in the U.S., none are in Pennsylvania. But our state Department of Health is preparing for that possibility on the heels of new federal warnings. Here’s what that means. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

An endangered architectural treasure in Oakland must be saved, advocates say — but is it already too late? The Croatian Fraternal Union Building on Forbes Avenue is a “spectacle of high arches, ornate pillars, and intricate stonework,” according to WESA. But preservationists say it needs protection — and fast. (90.5 WESA)

Hey, do you remember snow? Neither do we. This winter has been more wet than white in Pittsburgh. In fact, our region has seen just 11.5 inches of snow since Oct. 1. — the 30-year average for this period being 23.3 inches. So it’s not your imagination. But winter also isn’t over just yet, and it may even snow today. (Patch)

The parking chair game will never be the same. Ninety hand-crafted parking chairs are being auctioned off for charity by Visit Pittsburgh — and they’re pretty incredible. Take a look for yourself and learn about the history of the parking chair — and its complicated ethics — too. (Visit Pittsburgh / The Incline)

Three Pittsburghers are semifinalists in the James Beard Awards. These prestigious awards recognize the outstanding restaurants and chefs across the nation. Christian Frangiadis, of Spork, and Wei Zhu, of Chengdu Gourmet, are nominated in the best chef Mid-Atlantic category. Neil Blazin, of Driftwood Oven, scored a nod in the outstanding pastry chef category. Finalists will be announced in March. (Pittsburgh Magazine)

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Cheers to fish fry season

What goes great with fried fish?

Pierogies? Yes. Mac-and-cheese? Definitely. Haluski? Obviously. Wine? Um, what?

Yes, wine actually pairs perfectly with fish fry fare. But not just any wine. A local wine expert gave us the scoop on how to elevate your Friday night meal (as long as you didn’t give up alcohol for Lent, that is).

We’ll be talking about wines that are around the $20 mark, so you won’t break the bank, whether your local fish fry is BYOB or you’re sipping wine at home with your take-out order or while casting your Ultimate Fish Fry bracket votes.

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Events

Things to do

Check out this event from our advertiser, Senator John Heinz History Center .

📚 Sophie: The Incomparable Mayor Masloff On March 5, join the History Center for a special event celebrating a new biography on Sophie Masloff, the legendary mayor of Pittsburgh from 1988-94.

Today

🍷 Sip while you learn about Australian wines — and help Australian wildfire relief, too (Strip District)

👠 Dress to impress for a hair and fashion show for the “unapologetic, rebellious, high fashion and the ghetto fabulous” presented by Create Art Together x Luxurae Hair (Lawrenceville)

🙏 Stretch it out among the art at this yoga class in a museum (Oakland)

💪 Watch world-class wrestlers in action at WrestleRex (South Side)

Tomorrow

😻 Cuddle cats and then watch their antics at CatVideoFest (Lawrenceville)

🌴 Book your “Passport to Paradise” at this 21+ aviary event (Allegheny Center)

🍺 Say cheers to this massive beer fest — through Feb. 29 (Downtown)

Saturday

🍼 Relate to struggles of being a new parent at City Theatre’s “Cry It Out” (South Side)

🚌 Explore Pittsburgh’s Underground Railroad history with Doors Open Pittsburgh on this bus tour (Multiple locations

Sunday

🎵 Celebrate female and femme artists at “Because She Said So,” a free concert directed by Incline Who’s Nexter Anqwenique Wingfield (Oakland

🎬 Get your movie fix without the tix at this free screening of the documentary SOUFRA, a film about a refugee-turned-social entrepreneur (North Side

Monday

🍎 See a one-night-only performance of "BACK TO SCHOOL: A MISSY MUSICAL BENEFIT SHOW!" and help the performer actually go back to school (Downtown)

💬 Learn how to speak Turkish at this workshop for beginners (Oakland)

Tuesday

🙏 Inhale, exhale, repeat at this mindfulness workshop (North Side)  

Wednesday

🍾 Sip the bubbly, skip the champagne in this class on sparkling wine (Lawrenceville)   

One more thing...

Can you imagine Oakland without Dippy the Dinosaur?  

We’d rather not.

But the long-necked legend wasn’t always there. And here’s an old photo of the natural history museum showing what it was like before this beloved dinosaur roamed. (Note the scarcity of scarves.)

Make it a great day, fellow Dippy fans. We’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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