Quirky-Gift Events Tonight

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If you’re still seeking that elusive affordable-but-creative gift, tonight two venues host events that might help. You could event attend both without too much trouble.

At 6:30 p.m., the East End Food Co-Op hosts DIY Gift Ideas With Local Products, where you can learn to make edible gifts (which are always the right size).

This workshop on treats you can create at home with apple-cider molasses is led by Jackie Cleary, of Auburn Meadow Farm and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.

There is more than one such treat — think “bacon jam” and “caramels” — and samples will be provided. So will handout recipes and shopping hints. The event is free, but PASA is accepting $10 donations. Reserve your spot at 412-242-3598.

Down the road a few neighborhoods, starting at 7 p.m. (but running till midnight), Brillobox hosts the Holiday Swap Meet Vintage Vendors Bonanza.

The 21-and-over event organized, by Comics Workbook and Copacetic Comics Co., includes a vendor fair with Copacetic and other comics vendors, and folks selling vinyl records and vintage clothing.

Also: a dual 7-9 p.m. book-signing by top local comics artists Ed Piskor and Frank Santoro, both of whom have new work out. (I previewed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree here, and watch CP for something on Santoro’s Pompeii.)

The Swap Meet also includes DJ J. Malls, spinning from 7-9 p.m., and karaoke with DJ Dougie from 10 p.m.-midnight. Brillobox is at 4104 Penn Ave., in Bloomfield.

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