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National Parks Adventure. Photo courtesy of Carnegie Science Center.

Here are the events you need to know about this week in Pittsburgh: August 10-13. Know of an interesting event taking place soon?Email us here.

Monday, August 10: Yoga in Schenley Plaza 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Flow into a new week with this free outdoor yoga class held in the green, grassy heart of Oakland. All levels are welcome and advance registration is encouraged.

Monday, August 10: Virtual Book Club Discussion with Josh Bell and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh 12-1 p.m. Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell is not just a star on the field. Passionate about using books to spark important conversations, Bell will lead a discussion of Michelle Alexanders bestselling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Register for the free virtual event here and get a digital copy of the book with your CLP Library card.

Poets Robin Coste Lewis. Frank X. Walker and Quenton Baker.

Monday, August 10: Cave Canem presents Robin Coste Lewis and Frank X Walker 7 p.m. Cave Canem which nurtures the artistic and professional growth of African American poets is bringing the voices of two renowned poets to your home. Robin Coste Lewis and Frank X. Walker will read from their work and participate in a live Q&A moderated by poet Quenton Baker. Author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, Lewis is the poet laureate of Los Angeles and has been published widely. The first African American writer to be named Kentucky Poet Laureate, Walker has published 10 poetry collections. Register for free here.

Tuesday, August 11: Sculptural Aluminum Casting with Rivers of Steel 4-8 p.m. During this three-day workshop, artist Ed Parrish will demonstrate how to create 3D sculptural forms in cast aluminum. The workshop includes instruction in the use of wax, plasticene (oil-based clay), pattern-making and mold making, design techniques, casting and more. Register here.

Tuesday, August 11: After Dinner Conversations with the Office of Public Art 7 p.m.Join the Office of Public Art for its new Instagram Live seriesand have some culture for dessert. Featuring Pittsburgh-based cultural producers in conversation with peers across the country, After Dinner Conversations will kick off the free series with art historian and curator Kilolo Luckett and art critic Jessica Lynne, who co-produced the 2016 By Any Means Symposium at Carnegie Lecture Hall.

Tuesday, August 11: Perseid Meteor Shower Kayak Tour at North Park Lake 9 p.m.-12 a.m. View one of the brightest meteor showers of the year from inside a kayak. Led by experienced L.L. Bean guides, youll enjoy a peaceful night paddle, learn about local history, habitats and wildlife and with luck, catch a spectacular celestial display. Buy tickets here.

Wednesday, August 12: Shadyside Summer Sampler Various times Summers just beginning in Shadyside. Stroll through the East End neighborhoods during this open-air sidewalk sale showcasing more than 40 businesses. The five-day event will include outdoor activities, games, live jazz music and more.

Photo courtesy of Rivers of Steel.

Wednesday, August 12: Collaboration is Key: Effective Strategies to Grow Your Brand 10-11 a.m. Are you a small business owner looking to collaborate? Regional creative entrepreneurs from Studebaker Metals, Boom Concepts and Clark Morelia will talk about how collaborations have helped them grow their businesses. Facilitated by Knotzland founder Nisha Blackwell, the online discussion will address how cross-brand collaborations can become a catalyst for developing new products and reaching new markets, customers and opportunities. Register for free here.

Wednesday, August 12: Dress for Success FAB Sale at The Design Center Building 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Give your closet a makeover while also doing a good deed. Equal parts thrift sale and treasure hunt, Dress for Success FAB Sale (aka fill a bag) supports local women who are entering or returning to the workforce. Fill a bag with as much as you can from business casual attire to cocktail dresses to accessories as your shop from an extensive overstock inventory.

Wednesday, August 12: Yemanj: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil 7 p.m. Did you know that more than four million Africans were brought to Brazil during the trans-Atlantic slave trade? Narrated by Pulitzer-Prize winner author Alice Walker, this award-winning documentary film explores the Afro-indigenous Candombl spiritual culture of Bahia, Brazil through the voices of its extraordinary female leaders. Watch the documentary and then participate in a live discussion and Q+A with filmmakers Donna Roberts and Gerald (Chip) Hoffman. Register for free here with The Show Must Go Online.

Thursday, August 13: National Parks Adventure at Giant Rangos Cinema 2:30 p.m. Commemorating the U.S. National Park Services 100th anniversary, this immersive film follows world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and trek their way across Yellowstone, Yosemite and more. Filmed in 30-plus locations, National Parks Adventure the awe-inspiring, eye-popping footage will make you soar over red rock canyons, hurtle down mountains and explore breathtaking terrain.

National Parks Adventure. Courtesy of Rangos Giant Cinema.

Thursday, August 13: Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures with Stephen Heyman 6 p.m. For its next Made Local event, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures welcomes Stephen Heyman, author of The Planter of Modern Life. Heymans new book chronicles the remarkable story a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who became the countys most famous farmer and inspired the organic food movement with his utopian experimental farm, Malabar. During the online event, Heyman will join a conversation with Beth Kracklauer, food and drinks editor for The Wall Street Journal. Signed copies of Heymans book are available for sale from White Whale Bookstore. Register for free here.

Thursday, August 13: Wine 101: Tasting and Wine Basics 6 p.m. Palate Partners and Dreadnought Wines are on a mission to teach rookie vino enthusiasts how to effectively and confidently taste fine wines. While sampling five different wines, youll learn about grape growing and winemaking, as well as the key characteristics of grape varieties. Register for the class here. Buy the wines here.

Thursday, August 13: Family Drive-In Movie Series at South Park 7 p.m. The parking lot of the South Park Ice Rink is now a makeshift drive-in movie destination. Your kids will cool off and sing along with Anna, Elsa and Olaf at tonights screening of the Disney musical fantasy, Frozen 2. All movies are free and first come, first served. Dont forget to place your online for movie snacks from Ekernally Yours Popcorn.

Yemanj: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil.

Thursday, August 13: An Evening of Oakland Storytelling 7 p.m. Oakland Planning and Development Corporations signature fundraiser, the virtual event will feature stories from artist and activist Ty Williams, photographer and writer Laura Zurowski, a partnership with Storyburgh and a musical performance by Sierra Sellers. Register for free here.

Thursday, August 13: Public PlayTime presents Trouble in Mind 7 p.m. The virtual curtain will rise again when Pittsburgh Public Theater presents this iconic work of pioneering African-American playwright, Alice Childress. Penned in 1955, the timeless classic follows accomplished actress Wiletta Mayer to Broadway, where culture clashes that erupt in rehearsal with her white director and fellow cast members as they grapple with the dynamics of power, race, and ego on stage and off. The free PlayTime reading is directed by Monteze Freeland.

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