An open house for job seekers, a specialty bottle release at Spring Hill Brewing benefiting 412 Food Rescue and Locomotion Weekend at the Carnegie Science Center all make for a great start to the new year in the Northside.

Photo by Neil Strebig

Thursday, Jan. 10

The Northside Employment Institute Open House

The Employment Institute of Auberle, which serves 4,000 at-risk children and families primarily in eight counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, is partnering with North Side/Shore Chamber of Commerce member One Northside. Learn more about what they’re doing to connect employers and job seekers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at CoLab 18. For more information, contact Ashley Pesi at 412-673-5856 ext. 1328 or at

Printmaking Walk-In Open Studio at Artists Image Resource (AIR)

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m., AIR offers a Printmaking Open Studio for experienced screen printers working on short-run projects that can be completed in one evening. A small material fee applies. For more information and to find out if Open Studio is right for your project, visit the AIR website or email

Friday, Jan. 11

Good Friday at The Andy Warhol Museum

During the month of January, Good Fridays are FREE. Each Good Friday in January, enjoy free museum admission and a cash bar while special guest DJs Gusto and Naeem mix up a variety of R&B, disco, funk and electronic tracks. Event is presented by UPMC Health Plan. More information available here.

Benefit Bottle Release at Spring Hill Brewing

Is “waste less” on your list of 2019 resolutions? SPRING HILL BREWING paired up with A FEW BAD APPLES and Pittsburgh’s finest food waste fighters 412 FOOD RESCUE on an exciting cider-beer hybrid dedicated to this important cause. Celebrate the release of “EDNA,” a vegan milkshake ale (6.8% ABV // not many IBU). $1 from each Edna sold goes directly to 412 Food Rescue. Event is free to attend. More details here.

Saturday, Jan. 12

The Free Store at Propel Northside’s Community Wellness Center

Community members are welcome to visit the free store from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to get needed items such as clothing and personal care products. Shoppers of various ages are invited to select up to five items during their shopping experience! They’re encouraged to take only what they need. If you’d like to donate, donations are accepted on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Propel Northside Community Wellness Center is located at 1805 Buena Vista St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15212. Please use the Brighton Road entrance. For more information, visit the Propel Northside Community Wellness Center Facebook page.

SkyWatch at The Buhl Planetarium

Weather permitting, get a prime view of Mars and a waxing crescent Moon at 7 and 9 p.m. SkyWatch tickets are $2 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members and as an add-on to general admission and $4 for non-members. Reserve your tickets today for January’s SkyWatch events by calling 412-237-3400. More information available here.  For more information, contact Manager of Marketing, Public Relations and Social Media Nicole Chynoweth at or 412.237.1537

Sunday, Jan. 13

Second Anniversary Celebration at City of Asylum Bookstore at Alphabet City

The second day in a special weekend of discounts, raffles, and fun festivities. Deals include 20 percent off new hardcovers, $2 used paperbacks, $6 used hardcovers, galley giveaways and more! Check out the Facebook event page for more information.

Locomotion Weekend at the Carnegie Science Center

Engineers of all ages will love these train layouts and hands-on activities. See a rail yard full of guest train displays owned and operated by local hobbyists and bring your own model trains for a free checkup at the “Loco Doctor” table, which includes basic repairs, cleaning, and oiling. FREE with general admission. Activities start on Saturday, Jan. 13. More information here.

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