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• "Sing. Dance. Eat. Drink. Enjoy. Be Happy!" So advises the flier for the "Biggest Annual Ukrainian Festival" that runs July 25 to 28 at St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church at 116 Ella St. (at Helen Street) in McKees Rocks. Festivities start at 4 p.m. each day and include specialties such as pirohi, halupki, halushki, kielbassi, a lamb roast, funnel cakes, plus live entertainment and more. Call 412-331-412-331-2362 or visit www.ukrainianfestivalmckeesrocks.net.
• The Pittsburgh Public Market will host a Wigle Whiskey Cocktail Class with its Strip District distillery neighbor from 5:30 to 6 p.m. July 27. Meredith Grelli will teach you (if you're at least 21 and packing a valid ID) how to make cocktails, which you can sample, and then take the recipes home. Cost is $12 per person in advance, $15 at the door; register via http://pittsburghpublicmarket.org/support.
• At 2 p.m. July 28, the Burgh Brew Tour starts at the Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville and heads out to craft brewers and distilleries. The four-hour tour includes three stops with food and drink for $75. Register ahead at pittsburghbrewniversity.com.
• Mark your calendar: Tickets go on sale soon for the Steel City Big Pour beer, food and art festival at Construction Junction in Point Breeze on Sept. 8. On sale at noon July 30 are "Reuse Enthusiast Tickets," described as "Big Pour ticket + a little something to sponsor CJ's mission" for $120 each. At noon Aug. 20, regular tickets go on sale for $75 each. http://www.constructionjunction.org/pages/bigpour.
• The Orbis Caffe, Mt. Lebanon, has expanded to a second location, at Pittsburgh Filmmakers in Oakland. The Orb will serve breakfast and lunch including wraps, panini, salads and quiche, and fresh baked goods, such as scones, biscotti, cinnamon twists and chocolate chip cookies. It will serve espresso and brewed-by-the-cup, single-origin coffee from roasters such as Washington, Pa.'s 19 Coffee Co. and Chicago's Intelligentsia; www.orbiscaffe.com or 412-315-0388.
• Also from Oakland, Little Bites heard this week from Ronna Peacock, manager at Food for Thought Deli at 194 N. Craig St. to let us know that the eatery is running its annual buy-one-get-one-free sandwich special now through Sept. 15. The offer applies to every sandwich on the menu and runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 412-682-5033. How about that. Free lunch.
First Published July 19, 2012 12:00 am