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Monday, September 11  

Christmas in September?! We’re talking with a local expert on how Pittsburgh is already searching for its holiday tree on today’s City Cast Pittsburgh podcast. Plus, I’m sharing my Pittsburgh-made gift picks for this month, because supporting local businesses is fun year-round!

What Pittsburgh's Talking About

Mr. Yuk stickers on Francesca's fridge. (Francesca Dabecco / City Cast Pittsburgh)

Mr. Yuk stickers on Francesca's fridge. (Francesca Dabecco / City Cast Pittsburgh)

Goodbye to the Creator of Mr. Yuk

The founder of the iconic, sickly green sticker and retired pediatrician from Pittsburgh, Dr. Richard W. Moriarty, has died at 83. Moriarty played an integral role in developing the Pittsburgh Poison Center, where he was director, and the 1971 Mr. Yuk campaign that saved the lives of so many kids. His surviving husband, David Hairhoger, said “I would never get tired of hearing his story because I was so proud of what he did and the accomplishments he made to medicine.” [TribLIVE]

Pgh to Get National Museum of Broadcasting

Pittsburgh was instrumental in the birth of commercial broadcasting with the nation’s first broadcast via KDKA on Nov. 2, 1920, announcing the Harding-Cox presidential election results to 1,000 listeners. To mark this history, Pittsburgh is getting a National Museum of Broadcasting in the former Mellon Bank in East Pittsburgh, just a few hundred yards from where KDKA first hit the airwaves. [Pittsburgh Magazine]

Free Technology Courses

Pittsburgh is a tech city now, and the Community College of Allegheny County is stepping up to make sure residents keep up. The Homewood-Brushton Center is offering free, for-credit courses in topics like hardware and operating systems, networking concepts, security, and troubleshooting. The 12- and 14-week, in-person courses start tomorrow and Sept. 18. All costs are covered through CCAC’s LevelUp412 program. [TribLIVE]

Steelers Get a Week 1 Reality Check

After a perfect 3-0 preseason, San Francisco’s No. 1 ranked defense creamed Pittsburgh 30-7 in front of a disappointed home crowd. Starting QB Kenny Pickett got sacked five times, and both defensive tackle Cam Heyward and wide receiver Diontae Johnson left mid-game with injuries. One bright spot: linebacker T.J. Watt tied a franchise record for sacks. [Megan Harris, City Cast Pittsburgh]

Best Pittsburgh-Made Gifts to Give in September

Page’s Dairy Mart poster by Baxter and the Bear. (@baxterandthebear)

Page’s Dairy Mart poster by Baxter and the Bear. (@baxterandthebear)

Once a month, we’re helping you show your Pittsburgh pals that you care by sharing things, consumables, and experiences made by locals, for locals. Below are my September picks.

For Yinz Who Don’t Want Summer To Be Over

Getting ice cream from Page’s Dairy Mart is an iconic Pittsburgh summertime experience, and now you can conjure up that memory anytime with this awesome poster made by Baxter and The Bear. Don’t forget: Page’s is selling its fall flavors right now, and the menu is drool-worthy.

Vegan Bakery Crawl flier. (@sweetalchemybakeshop)

Vegan Bakery Crawl flier. (@sweetalchemybakeshop)

For the Steel City Sweet-Tooths

Have a baked goods lover in your life? Take them to tour the tastes of plant-based desserts at Sweet Alchemy Bakeshop’s Vegan Bakery Crawl 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 24 in New Kensington. There will be sweet treats of all kinds, plus pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider.

Row houses in Mexican War Streets. (Francesca Dabecco / City Cast Pittsburgh)

Row houses in Mexican War Streets. (Francesca Dabecco / City Cast Pittsburgh)

For the Nebby Neighbors

If you have a friend that dreams about what houses look like on the inside (me!) or can’t seem to stop lurking on Zillow, take them to an upcoming house and garden tour. It’s such a fun way to see history, architecture, and personal style. The Brighton Heights House & Garden Tour is Sept. 16, the 51st Annual Mexican War Streets tour is Sept. 17, and the Friendship House Tour is on Oct. 1.

🎧 Listen to Last Month's Gift Picks!

What to Do


ReelAbilities | Monday - Wednesday | Various Times

Watch award-winning films that celebrate the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people living with disabilities at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. [$18, Downtown]

Gather | Monday | 6 p.m.

Meet-up with sober and sober curious folks at the Lawrenceville Market House to chat, learn, grow, and play together without alcohol. [free, Lawrenceville]


Songs of Black America | Monday | 7:30 p.m.

Hear Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s opening night concert featuring pieces that champion Black American Music and its history at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. [$35-53, Downtown / virtual]


Wine Tour with The Cheese Queen | Wednesday | 4 or 6 p.m.

Relax at a luxury Picnic in the Vineyard, paint your own wine glass, design a charcuterie board, and learn about fall wine pairings at Ripepi Winery. [$100, Monogahela].

Today on City Cast Pittsburgh

Bobby Cherry at Kennywood Christmas. (Courtesy of Bobby Cherry)

Bobby Cherry at Kennywood Christmas. (Courtesy of Bobby Cherry)

Why Pittsburgh’s Already Searching for a Holiday Tree

Labor Day is over and Pittsburghers are in full-Fall mode — buying their Halloween candy and getting their pumpkin spice fix, even if it’s still best served over ice. But the city has its eye even further out, because officials are hunting now for our next enormous Christmas tree. Bobby Cherry, the local writer behind, shares how Public Works anoints its annual evergreen, plus his top tips for holiday events you may want to plan for in advance.

🎧 Tis the Season To Listen!

I’ll be off for a couple of days, but my colleague Natalia Aldana will have you covered.

Hope you have a great week!

– Francesca Dabecco

Thanks to City Cast Pittsburgh host Megan Harris for editing this newsletter.

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