Trash Walk-Fashion Show-Craft Beer Event Combo Saturday in Regent Square

While there are litter rides, fashion shows and craft beer parties, Allegheny Cleanways combined the three for an event Saturday in Regent Square in Pittsburgh.

The confab of events is not as unlikely as it seems.

Anyone who volunteers to pick up litter, especially in cold or wet weather, should wear appropriate clothing. Then, after such hard work, a beer can hit the spot.

Allegheny Cleanways knows this to be true. The nonprofit has worked with nearly 17,000 volunteers to help their teams remove more than 5.4 million pounds of trash and 39,000 tires from area rivers and neighborhoods.

To brighten the volunteering experience, Cleanways partners with 3 outdoor rivers Companyan independent store in Regent Square offering a range of outdoor gear and clothing, and Ash Beer Co.a local, family-run, award-winning brewery.

Volunteers are encouraged to donate their beer. Proceeds will go to Allegheny Cleanways.

“The event aims to raise awareness and funds for our cleanup programs,” said Amy O’Neill, Director of Development for Allegheny Cleanways. “We also want to reach a wider audience and recruit more volunteers.”

Saturday’s litter walk and fashion show will start at 10 a.m. with an hour and a half of litter cleanup in Regent Square. A tour guide will share historical and fun information about Pittsburgh’s funky neighborhood. Volunteers then return to 3 Rivers Outdoor to mingle and watch the outdoor clothing fashion show inside and outside the store from noon to 1 p.m. while drinking a Cinderlands beer.

Registration on Allegheny Cleanways website is needed for the litter walk.

The outdoor shop has a permanent beer dispenser to follow up on its outdoor events. They partner with a new local brewery twice a year, just as they do with an externally linked local nonprofit.

“Everyone loves beer,” said Sarah Carr, events and social media manager for the store. “When you have a beer in hand, it’s a great way to take a break and celebrate, say, your trail run. Many friendships are formed over a tasty beer.

Drinking a pint at the store also does something good, she said, with the donation for the pint benefiting a local nonprofit.

Mary Ann Thomas is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Mary at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Joseph K. Bennett