Dolly Parton, Pittsburgh’s new chief, Polar Pop for Particular Olympics, promotes studying and extra
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Burrr-tual Polar Pop
Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s annual Polar Plunge has been put on hold due to Covid, but the organization is testing the virtual waters. Supporters are invited to register online, make a $ 20 donation, and record themselves throwing a cold-water balloon over their heads. Poppers can upload videos and pictures with the hashtags #PAPolarPop and #FreezinForAReason until February 21st, which will be presented in an online celebration on February 27th.
Explore the Pittsburgh Cultural District’s new public art installation
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is celebrating artists of color through “202021, A New Constellation,” a public art installation that will run downtown through March. The project, curated by Tereneh Idia, shows works by 11 black artists in nine locations throughout the cultural district. From Theater Square, the public art path meanders along Penn Avenue and further down Ninth Street and Liberty Avenue.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library offers free books to children of Pittsburgh
Through a partnership between the City of Pittsburgh and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, city residents with children under the age of 5 can receive free, age-appropriate books in the mail every month. More than 50,000 books have been sent to local children since last year.
Netflix Founder Funds 20 Scholarships at RMU
Reed Hastings, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Netflix, will provide $ 3 million to Robert Morris University to fund 20 RMU Next Century Scholarships, starting with students joining the university in fall 2021. Students from under-represented groups who wish to pursue careers in technology or math-related fields are encouraged to apply.
Meet the new members of the Animal Friends Humane Investigation team
Two Humane Society police officers, Justin Galvin and Krista Koontz, were officially sworn in on January 25th. You will serve Allegheny County as members of Animal Friends’ Humane Investigations team, responding to calls of suspected animal abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Officials Galvin and Koontz will enforce Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws, which include crimes such as hoarding and dog fighting. To report cruelty to animals, call 412-847-7066 or 9-1-1.
Grow Pittsburgh Appoints New Executive Director
Denele Hughson is the new CEO of Grow Pittsburgh. The Homewood native was previously director of the organization’s Farm Education. Hughson was instrumental in improving food access initiatives across Allegheny County, strengthening community relationships, and leading efforts to expand programs and seedling production on Pittsburgh’s newest urban farm, Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery in Wilkinsburg.
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