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Help or High Water: A Volunteer Fair

Thursday, Jan. 12 @ 5-11 p.m.
Spirit, 242 51st St., Lawrenceville
Have you been feeling the need to do something but don't know where to start? Come out to Spirit on Thursday, January 12, for a volunteer fair. Bring your $, bring your friends, bring your desire to do something for the greater good. Meet up with different groups to find out where you can spend your time + skills and donate your cash.


Poetry Unplugged

Friday, Jan. 13 @ 8 p.m.
August Wilson Center For African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Ave., downtown Pittsburgh
In celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it's a night of poetry, music and activism. The performance will feature nationally acclaimed poets and lyricists from New York City, California, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh. Hosted by Mahogany L. Browne w/ DJ Jive Poetic feat. Prentice Powell, Nate James, the Brooklyn 2016 Slam Team, W. Ellington Felton, Gabriela Garcia Medina & DJ Nate the Phat Barber.


'Friday the 13th' screening

Friday, Jan. 13 @ 8 p.m.
The Oaks Theater, 310 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont
Friday the 13th is happening only twice this year (the next one is in October), so best to make the most of it. And The Oaks Theater in Oakmont is doing just that with a screening of the classic 1980 horror film "Friday the 13th." The night will feature special guest Lance Parkin of Locust Street Productions. Before the main attraction, the audience will see a couple of locally produced short horror films. Tickets are $7.


Queen Lecture Night

Friday, Jan. 13 @ 8 p.m.
The Glitter Box Theater, 460 Melwood Ave., Oakland
Everyone is welcome to experience a variety of short presentations about great figures in queer history (Gladys Bentley, Daughters of Bilitis, Melvin Dixon) or topics in queer science (queer fungi?) or queer artists/art movements, social history, and music. Sponsored by Rhinestone Steel, a queer arts collective, this LGBTQ event, but allies are welcome. Tickets: $3-$5


Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship

Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 11 a.m. (registration), 12:30-3 p.m. (racing)
Old Economy Park, 5 Forcey Drive, Economy Borough
It's on! The fastest snow shovel rider to slide from the top of the hill to the bottom wins (160-foot downhill to finish line). Weather permitting, of course. Open to ages 5 and up. Free. Ages 17 and under need parental consent to participate.


Sip & Sketch

Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 2-5 p.m.
Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, 120 S Whitfield St., East Liberty
In conjunction with the exhibition Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body, The Warhol and Ace Hotel Pittsburgh present a live model drawing and silkscreening session. Sip a cocktail and learn to sketch from a live model in the Ace Hotel gym.


One-Man Star Wars Trilogy

Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 7 p.m.
Byham Theater, Sixth Street, downtown Pittsburgh
Join Charles Ross in a galaxy far, far away as he cleverly shares his love of the Star Wars Trilogy in this one-man show. In the quick-paced performance, Ross uses the force to single-handedly play all of the characters, sing the music, and relive live condensed versions of the famous films. Recommended for all ages 6 to Yoda. Audience members are invited to wear costumes, but no masks or weapons are allowed. Tickets are $25 and $50.


Pursuing Happiness

Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 7 p.m.
City of Asylum @ Alphabet City, 40 W. North Ave., North Side
Pittsburgh's own Randy Gilson (of Randyland) is in a film. Check out a free screening of "Pursuing Happiness," a documentary featuring one of the city's most colorful personalities. City of Asylum is donating $10 to Randyland for everyone who attends the event. Happiness. It is one of our greatest desires. But what is happiness in the first place? How exactly do we achieve it? And when we do, how do we hold on to it?


An Evening With the Ghosts of Pittsburgh

Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, downtown Pittsburgh
From the grandeur of one of America's most majestic hotels, you will be regaled with the city's greatest ghost stories. It's a spine-tingling, rip-roaring, goosebump-inducing, whirlwind virtual ghost tour through Western Pennsylvania's most terrifying locations. You'll hear the ghostly tales of the William Penn — and maybe we'll even attract a spectral visitor. We'll tell you about Henry Clay Frick and Pittsburgh's most important ghostly visitation; the premonitions surrounding the death of Pirates' great Roberto Clemente; Jock Yablonski and the house at the center of Western Pennsylvania's grisliest murders; the other-worldly stories about the Cathedral of Learning and the Mon Incline, and more. Tickets: $15


If that's not enough for ya (and why the hell should it be?),
check out Seven and the City for more ta do.

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Man trying to kill weeds with torch ... torches his garage

How's this for second-guessing your decisions?

As if there wasn't a better way to kill weeds — you know, like any one of hundreds of products you can buy at your local home or hardware store or just some elbow grease and gloves — an Ohio man resorted to a blow torch.

He might have killed the weeds.

But the bigger casualty was his detached garage.

The Springfield News-Sun reports firefighters were called to the home about 4 a.m. Thursday to find the garage engulfed in flames.

Officials say losses from the garage, which also was storing tools and appliances, are between $10,000 and $15,000.

The cost of embarrassment? Priceless.

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Man helps wife deliver their own baby on side of highway

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Pawn shop says they’re not Dick’s in AR-15 sign

A pawn shop in South Carolina is using the backlash against Dick's Sporting Goods recent policy change of not selling guns, to advertise that they sell guns and aren't Dick's.

The Crossroads Pawn and Audio in Little River, S.C., put up the sign last week which reads, "We sell AR-15's because we're not Dick's."

The company also posted a photo of the sign to their Facebook page Tuesday, which was met with mostly supportive comments.



Barbara Davey, a manager of the shop, spoke to local TV station WPDE and said, "It was a simple marketing idea is all it was."

She said that the sign was met with some pushback, but has brought in more business.

"We have a few people, you know, who weren't in favor of the sign but our positive feedback really outweighed that negative feedback," said Davey.

The store posted a statement on Monday explaining their stance on guns: "An AR15 is NOT a combat weapon or a tactical assault rifle. In no way are the horrific massacres happening to our children and in our schools acceptable. This violence must stop."

They also support the NRA.



In February, Dick's, based in Findlay, announced that they would no longer sell assault-style weapons and restrict gun sales to those older than 21.

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What the cluck?

Crash dumps 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on highway

A semi made a fowl mess when it rolled over on Interstate 5 north of Tacoma: It dumped about 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers across the roadway.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson says the driver told investigators he fell asleep at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and lost control of the truck, which hit a guardrail and overturned.


The truck was hauling the feathers from a Foster Farms poultry facility to West Coast Reduction, a rendering company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company's website says it recycles animal byproducts into ingredients for many items, including pet feed and soap.

The News Tribune newspaper of Tacoma reports that the highway backed up for 11 miles as crews worked to scoop up the feathers. All lanes reopened by about 7:30 a.m.

Johnson said the driver would be cited for negligent driving.

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