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’Tis the season for holiday parties, overeating, and hiding indoors until spring arrives.

Facts are facts, gang. Staying active when the snow starts to fall is pretty much impossible. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. Fortunately, Pittsburgh’s events calendar is out to prove us all wrong.

From festive fun runs to yoga and booze, here are the December events making it a whole lot easier to find some balance and break a sweat while celebrating the holiday season.

Lights Off, Breath On

pittsburghyogaflowINFOGrab your mat and head to Yoga Flow in Mt. Lebanon for this glowga class. In case it didn’t click, “glowga” is glow in the dark yoga (clever). Dress in white, get done up with some body paint, and wear neon bracelets to enhance the effect of the black lights in the studio. Once you’re all painted up, get ready to take your Vinyasa practice to the next level as you breathe, flow, and glow. Extra points if you draw on glow-in-the-dark Warrior (pose) face paint. December 3

Polar Plunge

pittsburghpolarplungeINFOReady to rock your bathing suit (or a Speedo!?) in December? Yes, it seems kinda nuts. But it’s not as crazy when you’re freezing for a reason. And that’s exactly what the Polar Plunge is all about. You and a few thousand friends strip down to your skivvies before jumping into the chilly Ohio River. It will be a good time for a great cause, supporting the Special Olympics and athletes in Pennsylvania. December 10

Jingle Bell Run

pittsburghjinglebellrunINFOBust out your best Santa outfit, elf attire, or reindeer costume and get to the North Shore for one of Pittsburgh’s essential races. The Jingle Bell Run is a holiday tradition around these parts. This 5k race is your chance to sweat and celebrate while raising funds to help cure arthritis. How festive is it? Well, you’ll be happy to know that prizes go out to the best costumes for both people AND dogs. So round up your friends, get decked out from head to mistletoe, and jingle all the way to the finish line. December 3

Holiday Lights Run

PPG WinterGarden Lights Run
image via Dave Dicello


Join the crew from Fleet Feet for a run through the 412, exploring all of the holiday decorations along the way. This run kicks off in Market Square, departing from PPG Place, before hitting every must-see festive display downtown. With a six- and four-mile option, plus a one-mile Holiday Stroll, there’s something for every runner (or walker). Wear your blinking bulbs, festive socks and holiday best (layers, people) for a good time that benefits the UPMC Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. December 15

Winter Solstice Stroll

pittsburghhartwoodINFOPittsburgh is an awesome city for exploring the great outdoors – though, you may have already known that. From hiking to rock climbing and kayaking to camping, there are endless adventures to be had. And Venture Outdoors makes getting outside easy, even in the winter. Join the VO crew for a four-mile evening hike around Hartwood Acres on the shortest day of the year. And if you love the cosmos (not talking about the drink), it’s the perfect stargazing stroll. December 21

Bend, Brews, and Brunch @ Spoonwood

image via @sarahlishy


Sweat, sip, and snack your way through a Sunday morning yoga, brunch, and beer sesh at Spoonwood Brewing in Bethel Park. Yes, this is, in fact, all of our favorite things rolled into one. Join Annie Federoff & Kiersten O’Halek of Pure Power Yoga for a 75-minute Vinyasa flow followed by your choice of three brunch options and a beer flight tasting of three beers. Count us in! December 11

Happy Hour Run

True Runner
image via True Runner Facebook


Getting motivated to go for a run is hard enough. Going for a run outside, in December, when it’s cold and dark at 5 o’clock is the absolute worst. Unless, of course, you’re running with a bunch of fit friends before grabbing a beer. Sound like something you might be into? Well then, meet up at True Runner in Shadyside for a run around the neighborhood followed by beers a Mario’s. Bonus: It’s on the shortest day of the year…so you’ll likely spend more time beering than running. December 21

Holiday Sparkle @ SHPY

image via South Hills Power Yoga Facebook


Our friends at South Hills Power Yoga are celebrating the holiday season by giving the gift of free yoga. Just show up for a 90-minute power yoga session on the house. We know what you’re thinking, it doesn’t get much better than that. Oh, but it does! Because they’ll also have a little community social afterward, complete with sparkling wine and cookies. Thanks, SHPY! December 16

Ice Skating @ PPG Place

image via Stephanie Strasburg
image via Stephanie Strasburg


Bundle up, lace up your skates, and glide around the new and improved ice skating rink at PPG Place. The rink is bigger than ever before, accommodating more than 300 skaters at once! It’s the perfect way to stay active during the winter months (and not a bad winter date idea).

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Happy Thanksgiving Week! The season of goodwill, good cheer and time off is upon us. You may not be job hunting now, but it’s a fine time to begin taking stock. Are you happy in your current career? Is it time to take a look at what else is out there?

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Google, UPMC Enterprises, PNC, startup incubator AlphaLab Gear, software maker Truefit and design/engineering studio Deeplocal were among the workplaces visited in two tours this fall.

Student journalists visit Deeplocal in the Strip District.
Student journalists visit Deeplocal in the Strip District.

“These students are getting up-close and personal with hiring managers, heads of startups and innovators in organizations large and small,” said Linda Topoleski, vice president of workforce programs for the Allegheny Conference, which operates “These companies are hiring dynamic college graduates as well as attracting young professionals from around the country who’ve heard about Pittsburgh as next Brooklyn.”

The hope is that young journalists, podcasters and bloggers will share insights about career and lifestyle opportunities in the region with their readers, viewers, listeners and social media followers. Computer science students participated in a tour earlier this fall, because their skills are in especially high demand across all industry sectors and in nearly every company.

It can be hard for students to make time to explore beyond campus, and research indicates that even people who grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania are often unaware of the wealth of career opportunities right under their noses. Among the jobs in high demand across the 10-county region include information security analysts, software engineers, accountants, auditors, HR specialists, nurses, medical assistants, engineers and industrial technicians.

In October, computer science students from Pittsburgh colleges toured regional employers with including UPMC Enterprises high up in the U.S. Steel building.

Pittsburgh is also a fun place to launch a career. The new Graduate Opportunity Index compiled by LinkedIn and Trulia ranked Pittsburgh as a top city for new entrants into the workforce because of its affordability and wealth of entry-level jobs and educated Millennials. The most recent tour broke for lunch at The Andy Warhol Museum – a destination for visitors from around the globe. Students got to mingle with young professionals who have chosen Pittsburgh about the career opportunities here, as well as and hear from Venture Outdoors staff about the wealth of outdoor recreation options here – including great skiing and snowboarding less than an hour’s drive from Oakland.

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