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Free Tickets for Northsiders: JH – Mechanics of a Legend

Mechanics of a Legend

JH: Mechanics of a Legend

Part of the CSA Performance Series
April 2 | 8PM

Uncover the Human Behind the Legend…

The legend of John Henry, the only African American tall tale, is based on the story of a real man. JH: Mechanics of a Legend melds the language of mechanics, century-old ballads, and primary historical records into a theatrical experience that explores the legend of John Henry.

Local artists join forces with Anya Martin of Hiawatha Project to measure the myth, the man, and the machine, revealing a poetic and dangerous truth inside the machinations of history, rooted in the economics of slavery.

You’re Invited…

Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents are invited to attend JH: Mechanics of a Legend for free. A limited number of tickets are available online. Reserve your seat today!

Get Your Tickets

April 2 
March 29, 2015

Application Deadline Coming Up: Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants

Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant deadline is Friday, April 10th

One Northside LogoThe Sprout Fund is offering Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants of up to $1,000 to support new projects, events, and activities that engage Northside residents in the civic life of their community.

Submit your application for $1,000 to support community projects on Pittsburgh’s Northside

It’s not too late to start putting your application together, and if you’re not sure where to start, or your application needs a little polish, attend an info session with Sprout staff to learn more or get feedback.

Information Sessions

Tuesday, March 24
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Manchester Citizens Corporation
1319 Allegheny Ave, 15233

Meet the Project Leaders behind the first 10 Neighbor-to-Neighbor grants and get tips on how to apply before the April deadline.

Friday, March 27
10:30am – 12:30pm

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
1230 Federal St, 15212

Draft review session. Share your application with Sprout staff to receive guidance and feedback prior to the deadline.

Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, April 10th

And if you’re curious about what kinds of projects are already underway, check out the first round of Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant projects.

Apply for a Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grant
March 25, 2015

DIY Workshop: Finishing Interior Trim

Thursday, March 26, 2015
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Installing interior trim adds the finishing touches to a remodeling or construction project.  Trim can be decorative, but it also serves a purpose to hide gaps where walls meet floors, windows, and doors.  In this workshop, students will learn about the types of materials used, tools for installing trim, and how to install baseboards and window and door casing.

About the presenter: Michael R. Wetmiller is a Pennsylvania-Registered Home Improvement Contractor specializing in interior renovation.  He grew up in a family of tradesmen and attended a four-year carpenter’s apprenticeship training program.  He became a Journeyman Carpenter in 1999.  Michael has worked in both commercial and residential construction in all phases from foundations to finish carpentry.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 
March 24, 2015

Free Tickets for Northsiders: At Once There Was A House

At Once There Was a House

Presented by CORNINGWORKS
March 25-26 and 28-29

Whatever Happened to Dick and Jane?

A zany theatrical ride exploring what happened to Dick and Jane. Vignettes range from humorous to poignant, from comical to disturbing. With choreography by Beth Corning and performances by Corning, John Gresh, Yaov Kaddar, Tamar Rachelle Tolentino and Michele de la Reza.

You’re Invited

Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents are invited to attend At Once There Was A House for free. A limited number of tickets are available online. Reserve your seat today!

 March 25 at 7:00 pm  March 26 at 8:00 pm
 March 28 at 8:00 pm  March 29 at 2:00 pm

March 22, 2015

DIY Workshop: Drywall 101

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Learn some basic carpentry skills while building a sawing bench. Learn to use a saw, chisel, square and more, while making a bench that is useful for more than just sawing. Learn to choose basic tools that are useful for home projects. Audience participation and hands-on demonstration is what drives this type of workshop. Come learn this method and use some tools.

About the presenter: Michael Wetmiller is a Pennsylvania-registered Home Improvement Contractor with many years of experience in the building trades. His unique background combines professional experience as both a carpenter and an educator. Michael is currently a middle school principal, but he started out as a journeyman carpenter and has experience in commercial and residential construction. He attended a four-year carpenter’s apprenticeship training program and holds degrees in Economics and Education from Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 
March 22, 2015

DIY Workshop: Carpentry Basics

Saturday, March 21, 2015
10:00 am — 11:30 am

Learn some basic carpentry skills while building a sawing bench. Learn to use a saw, chisel, square and more, while making a bench that is useful for more than just sawing. Learn to choose basic tools that are useful for home projects. Audience participation and hands-on demonstration is what drives this type of workshop. Come learn this method and use some tools.

About the presenter: Regis Will is a woodworker, craftsman, and owner of Vesta Home Services, a consulting firm on house restoration and Do-it-Yourself projects. He blogs about his work at The New Yinzer Workshop.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 
March 18, 2015

Free Tickets for Northsiders: Unleashed Emotions

Unchained Emotions

Unleashed Emotions

Presented by Texture Contemporary Ballet
March 20 at 8PM | March 22 at 2PM

Explore joy, desire, passion and rebirth in this exciting show of both old and new works by choreographers Alan Obuzor and Kelsey Bartman.

Alan Obuzor, a native Northsider, grew up in the Marshall/Shadeland neighborhood and still lives there today! Inspired by the music of late artist Eva Cassidy, Alan will present a new piece sure to stir feelings in all who watch it.

You’re Invited…

Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents are invited to attend Unleashed Emotions for free. A limited number of tickets are available online. Reserve your seat today!

Get Your Tickets

 March 20  March 22

March 15, 2015

DIY Workshop: How to Frame a Wall

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Wood framing is the structural skeleton of your house. If you are planning a remodeling project that includes opening walls or adding on, this workshop will help you tackle the job in a safe and structurally sound manner. Students will learn safe use of hand and power tools, layout, measuring, cutting, and ultimately how to frame a wall with a window and a door.

About the presenter: Michael R. Wetmiller is a Pennsylvania Registered Home Improvement Contractor specializing in interior renovation. He grew up in a family of tradesmen and attended a four-year carpenter’s apprenticeship training program. He became a Journeyman Carpenter in 1999. Michael has worked in both commercial and residential construction in all phases from foundations to finish carpentry.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 
March 14, 2015

DIY Workshop: Introduction to Home Improvement

Thursday, March 12, 2015
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Every house owner knows that there comes a point when a house, regardless of it condition, will need repairs and other improvements. The ability to complete even the smallest home improvement begins with a basic foundation of skills with hand tools and power tools. In this workshop, you will learn how to use the most common hand tools and power tools of the trade to complete basic home improvements and repairs.

About the presenter: Michael R. Wetmiller is a Pennsylvania Registered Home Improvement Contractor specializing in interior renovation. He grew up in a family of tradesmen and attended a four-year carpenter’s apprenticeship training program. He became a Journeyman Carpenter in 1999. Michael has worked in both commercial and residential construction in all phases from foundations to finish carpentry.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 
March 10, 2015

Letter from the President – March 2015

I just got back from a really fascinating Bylaw Committee meeting and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!  (No wait…come back…hmm maybe this is why people avoid me at parties…?)

Seriously though, I realize that bylaws are pretty much something only a process nerd could love so I won’t go into too much detail.  First I want to say, I really appreciate all the time that Jim and Gloria and Bob have been putting in to modernize these; you have to be pretty darn dedicated to take on this type of task.  To make the bylaws seem less annoying, I try and think of them as a roadmap for how we, as a community, make decisions.  In my mind good bylaws keep people from getting lost when they are trying to make things happen. If we set them up right, they will make it easier to get things done in a transparent and efficient way and at the same time make it clear who is accountable for the actions we take. I’m happy to report, that I can safely say now that we’ve actually went through the bylaws line by line tonight, that we’re actually in pretty good shape.

But there are a few things that we think could be clearer such as:  how we determine who is eligible to vote; how money is spent; and how the committees are set up.  We think these area could be clearer or reflect better how we get things done now as opposed when the Bylaws were last amended back in 2004. If I’ve succeeded in getting you excited about the bylaws (ha, ever the optimist) you can see the current bylaws at: alleghenywest.org/get-involved/allegheny-west-civic-council/bylaws/. We hope to have a draft with the changes we’ve been talking about for several months at the April meeting if we can hammer out the wording to our satisfaction, but May at the latest. And I really am happy to talk to you about this (preferably with a glass of wine in my hand..or yours).

A few more selected updates:  We’re still waiting to hear back about the grants that were submitted for the tree well projects. Trish, Holly and Mary did an such a great  job on the flower baskets that we’re up to 18 baskets at this point, 10 more than the 8 that we had been hoping for. We’ll publish a complete list of sponsors next month, but in the meantime you can see the current list at alleghenywest.org/flowers. It’s not too late to sponsor a basket!  Planning is underway for an Allegheny West Candidates night, tentatively scheduled for 4/14 (if we can convince anyone to show up). The Membership Committee has an incredibly ambitious set of events planned for this year that you’ll be hearing about (and man, that meeting has the best snacks ever, just saying, you know…in case you choose your committees to volunteer with based on the food.)  We have the Wine Tour down to a science – tickets are on sale at alleghenywest.org/tour. You heard it here first!  I could keep going…

Honestly,  I figured as Treasurer that I had a pretty good idea of what was going on in the neighborhood, since I figured most things would need a check. Wow, two months in and my eyes have been opened!  I’m truly amazed, especially for such a small neighborhood, by the number of people who are off just doing their part to make our neighborhood a better place.

I trust everyone will keep surprising me… :)

Catherine Serventi
President, AWCC

March 9, 2015