The Children’s Theater Festival returns live, Spirit offers cheap flights to New York, Pitt’s Peregrine Falcon lays its first egg, and more in ETC.


EQT Children’s Theater Festival returns to in-person programming

For the first time in three years, the EQT Children’s Theater Festival will be held live and in person.

The 36th annual event will take place on May 14 and 15 in the Cultural Quarter. The artistic groups and artists featured this year come from the United States, France, South Korea and Switzerland.

“We are so grateful to finally be able to come together in the incredible theaters and arts spaces of the Cultural District as we celebrate our region’s rich network of talented artists and welcome international artists to the festival,” said Ellen Rossi, President of the EQT Foundation, which provides underwriting support.

Want to visit the Big Apple?

This week, Spirit Airlines announced that it will launch nonstop service between Pittsburgh and Newark Liberty International Airport on June 22.

The airline will use its 182-seat Airbus A320 on the route. The departing flight will depart Pittsburgh International Airport at 5:40 p.m. and arrive at Newark Liberty International Airport at 7:02 p.m. The return flight will depart Newark at 8:00 p.m. and arrive in Pittsburgh at 9:18 p.m. Rates start from $65. .

412 Food Rescue CEO honored by national publication

Leah Lizarondo, CEO and co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, has been named to the Grist 50, an annual list of the nation’s emerging leaders working on solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges. The honor coincides with the food rescue’s seventh anniversary this month.

Since 1999, Grist has been one of the most respected publications dedicated to climate solutions and climate justice.

Local Moe’s Southwest Grill employees get many benefits, including free CCAC tuition. Photo courtesy of Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Moe’s Southwest Grill Pittsburgh offers free classes to employees

Big Plan Group, owner of Pittsburgh-area Moe’s Southwest Grill franchise restaurants, is now offering its employees free training at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).

Co-owners John Iaquinta and Mike Geiger are offering a full scholarship to any CCAC campus or online program for new and existing employees who work a minimum of 1,000 hours per year (approximately 19 hours per week) upon acceptance to the middle School.

“I started my post-secondary education at the CCAC and I want to help other kids in Pittsburgh get on the path to success just like me,” says Iaquinta. “When I realized that many of our employees were attending the CCAC and using our tuition reimbursement program to cover some costs, I wanted to create a way for them to develop their skills at the CCAC without any expense.

Other employee benefits offered by Big Plan Group include free receipt of the latest iPhone on the employee’s anniversary of employment and a “Never work on your anniversary” policy.

Moe’s participating locations include Campbell’s Run Road, Cranberry, Bridgeville, Market Square, Washington, Murrysville, Bethel Park, Wexford and Oakland.

A photo of the Peregrine Falcon’s nest at the Cathedral of Learning was captured by The Pitt Nest Cam. Photo courtesy of the National Aviary.

Pitt’s Peregrine Falcons welcome the first egg of the season

Morela and Ecco, the peregrine falcon couple who nested at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning in Oakland, are expecting a chick.

Morela laid her first egg of the season on March 18. The Pitt Nest Cam, which is operated by the National Aviary, provides free live video footage of the falcons.

Peregrine Falcons typically lay three to five eggs, and the female begins to fully incubate the eggs after laying the penultimate egg in the clutch. Morela and Ecco will share nesting duties for about 35 days, taking turns hunting every few hours. The chicks spend about six weeks in the nest. After that, the young falcons will spend the summer with their parents before heading out to stake out their own territories. Morela and Ecco managed to fly four chicks in 2021.

Until 2019, peregrine falcons were an endangered species in Pennsylvania.

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