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If you think chipping away at ice is a seasonal grind, then treat yourself to a visit to the Ligonier Ice Festival. There you can watch artisans turn huge blocks of ice into sculpture. Then stroll the Diamond area for shopping and other festivities. Jan. 21 and 22. Ligonier. 724-238-4200

You know who probably doesn't think it's too cold to go for a walk? Some of the dogs waiting at the Animal Rescue League for new homes. Put some lift in your step — and in that of a four-legged buddy. Check with the ARL for how to become a volunteer. Larimer. 412-661-6452 x235 or

You need the extra calories when it's cold, so why not combine your walk with candy canes, apple cider, s'mores, soup or beer? Venture Outdoors organizes grub-themed hikes and many more every weekend. 

Plenty of time left to get some ice skating in. Downtown's Rink at PPG Place is open until March 11 (; and both North Park and South Park have skating facilities open through mid-March ( For skating sweethearts, the Schenley Park Rink offers a couples-only night on Valentine's Day (

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