806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

NLC Education Committee: Northside Education Priorities Meeting

Date: Tuesday, May 3rd
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: MCC Center, 1319 Allegheny Ave
Contact: Chris Sweeney,

Please join the Northside Education Team on Tuesday, May 3rd to learn more about new initiatives in our neighborhood schools and to help the group identify needs and set priorities. We’ll have representatives from several schools as well as an update from the Pittsburgh Promise.

April 28, 2016

Neighborhood Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 30
Time: 9:00 am – ?
Location: Meet at the AWCC Office, 806 Western Ave

The first cleanup of the season! Come help your neighbors read up the area ahead of the Pittsburgh Marathon this Sunday.

Beyond just the usual tidying we are seeking gardeners to help clean up the parklet, that Mary Callison has done such a beautiful job overseeing, at Western and Brighton. And to continue to maintain this neighborhood gem as Mary feels the need to pass the torch.

April 28, 2016

Road Closures & Marathon Cheer-a-thon Party this Sunday May 1st, at 6:00 am at 944 Western Ave

Annual Allegheny West Marathon Party will begin this Sunday, May 1st, at 6:00 am at 944 Western Ave. This is a BYOB and covered dish brunch. First runner to hit Western Ave will be around 7:00 am.

Please come and cheer the runners!

Important: Maps & Road Closures

Race Routes “Detailed” Road Closures*

* Not that detailed. It only lists Western Ave, but since the race goes up to Ridge along Brighton and then down Galveston to Western more than Western will be closed.

We’re trying to track down exactly where and when they’re going to block traffic, but for sure if you park on…

  • the 800 block of N Lincoln, Western & Maolis (might be able to take Rope down to Beech to get out)
  • Galveston between Ridge and at least Dounton
  • Brighton between Ridge and Beech
  • anywhere on Ridge

…you’ll be completely locked in by the race. If you plan to go anywhere before 10:00 am the day of the marathon you’re going to need to move your car to another location the night before. They absolutely will not let you drive through the racers so please plan accordingly.

I will do my best to confirm exactly where they’re closing the roads, but I would suggest moving your cars to Beech or North at the very least. You only need to move your cars if you’re planning to go anywhere that morning.

They will actually tow cars (I think) along the race routes:

  • Brighton from Western to Ridge
  • Ridge from Brighton to Galveston
  • Galveston from Ridge to Western
  • Western from Galveston to Allegheny (and beyond)

In the past we’ve been able to arrange some temporary parking for people landlocked by the race but unfortunately the lots we’ve used in the past (i.e. Babe, etc) are blocked by the race this time around so folks will need to do their best to make alternate arrangements themselves. Again you only have to move your car if you park along the race route or if need to leave the neighborhood before 10:00 am the day of the marathon.

As soon as I get confirmation from the City, I’ll share with the neighborhood but please start thinking about any travel plans you have for Sunday morning.

See you at the Cheer-a-thon at Tim’s!



April 26, 2016

Northside Block Party

The Block Party

The Block Party

Spring Hill-Northside
Sunday, May 1 from 4-7 PM
Free and Open to the Public!

Next Sunday, Spring Hill hosts the first of five Northside events: The Block Party.

Come to the Rockledge St. lot between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm and check out the mobile stage featuring hip hop dance group The Get Down Gang and other local bands. The Franktuary and Cool Beans food trucks will be serving up eats, and there are plenty of other activities planned.

  • Neighborhood stories collected onsite by The Saturday Light Brigade
  • Hands-on activities with Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and Little House Big Art
  • Screen Printing with AIR and local artist David Poole
  • Activities with Mattress Factory – Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Historic photos courtesy of Allegheny City Historic Gallery

Bring your neighbors and your friends. These events are a project of One Northside, sponsored by The Buhl Foundation, Flyspace Productions, The Sprout Fund, and the various participating organizations.

For more info about future events, check out

More Information

April 25, 2016

One Northside Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants are Back!


Neighbor-to-Neighbor $1,000 grants are back!

Last year, in support of One Northside, Sprout helped fund 48 small-scale community projects in all 18 neighborhoods of the Northside. And we’re ready to support 50 more this spring and summer!

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants of up to $1,000 provide funding for small-scale One Northside projects with broad citizen support. Projects may be one-time events, ongoing initiatives, or urgent innovations, and will be led by previous Neighbor-to-Neighbor project leaders, newcomers to the program, and creative collaborations among previously-supported project team members.

Applicants must live or work on the Northside to qualify.

Learn more at

RSVP for an Info Session

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

4/25: The Pittsburgh Project
5/2: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny
5/9: Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center
5/16: Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
5/23: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Woods Run

Learn More About the One Northside Initiative

Learn More about Sprout’s support for One Northside

April 21, 2016

Volunteers Needed for 50th Anniversary Activities

The Membership Committee is looking for volunteers for the summer season’s Neighborhood Picnics and Allegheny West’s 50th Anniversary activities. While the traditional picnics are relatively simple to plan people are still needed to help set up and tear down. This years Labor’s Day picnic will be special with guest speakers, children’s events and other 50th Anniversary activities. Apart from the usual events, we need volunteers to help coordinate the 50th Anniversary activities which may include:

  • Alleys, Axles and Ale
  • Progressive Dinner
  • 50th Anniversary AWCC Gallery Mixer
  • and a Black and White Gala, and Art show

Without volunteers to help with these additional activities we’ll likely not have them, so if you have an interest and the time, please come to Scott & Hilary Mosser’s house at 927 Beech Avenue this Thursday, April 21st around 7:00 pm.

April 15, 2016

Join City of Asylum for a Reading with Raza Rumi

Mario Bellatin

Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveler 

Delhi by HeartIn Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveler, Raza explores the idea of home from a very complex set of experiences: “Why does the capital of another country feel like home? How is it that a man from Pakistan can cross the border into ‘hostile’ territory and yet not feel ‘foreign’?”

Raza Rumi fled his native Pakistan weeks after an attempt on his life that killed his driver in March 2014. A leading public voice in Pakistan’s fight against extremism and human rights violations, he is the newest writer in residence of Ithaca City of Asylum.

During this evening Raza will read from Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveler and from his new manuscript memoir; he will also speak about violent extremism in Pakistan.


Join us for an evening with Raza Rumi

Thursday, May 5th
330 Sampsonia Way
7:00 pm: Reception
7:30 pm: Presentation and Questions
8:30 pm Dessert and Informal Discussion

Make Free Reservations

Raza RumiRaza Rumi is a visiting international scholar in residence in the honors program of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College.  He is also affiliated with the New America Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace.

Following his work as an analyst for the Pakistani government and the Asia Development Bank, he joined Pakistan’s liberal weekly The Friday Times as a writer and editor in 2008 and has been a broadcast commentator and talk show host. He also served on the United Nations mission in Kosovo in 2000, is a former director and senior fellow at the Jinnah Institute public-policy think tank, and was a director at Justice Network, a coalition of NGOs. As a freelance policy professional he has advised international development organizations, governments, and NGOs.

April 10, 2016

CSA Tickets for Northsiders: The Silent Spring Project

The Silent Spring Project

Part of the New Hazlett CSA Performance Series
Thursday, April 14 | 8PM

The Community Supported Art performance series continues on Thursday, April 14 at 8PM with Trillium Ensemble’s The Silent Spring Project. As Northside community members, we’d like to offer you a special discount to this new show.

The Silent Spring Project is an immersive musical experience, surrounding the audience with sound, light, music, and storytelling. Inspired by Pittsburgh native Rachel Carson, The Silent Spring Project explores our ideas of environmentalism, sustainability, and humanity’s role in the natural world. Trillium Ensemble works with composer Mark Stanley Fromm to craft this unique musical soundscape.

Special $15 Tickets for Northsiders

Coupon Code: NorthsideCSA
Use this coupon code at check out to apply the discount.
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April 10, 2016

Letter from the President – April 2016

I love the season of flowering trees, even if it means I can’t breathe for the duration – darn allergies – but totally worth it!

So I was involved in a long and complicated email discussion about neighborhood development priorities and strategies (don’t feel sorry too for me, as far as hobbies go it’s actually cheaper than my current coloring book habit), which, as is generally par for the course, didn’t actually yield a particular decision (we need a vote for that anyway). What it did do was really help to clarify what I think the Civic Council’s primary agenda should be for any given real estate matter. If you said “More Parking” this is probably your first time reading the President’s message. If you chose “Historic Preservation” then you’ve probably been chatting trapped with me at the appetizer table next to the chocolate covered Pringles someone keeps bringing to neighborhood get togethers. (If “Paperwork” was the first thing you thought of, I’ve apparently cornered you after having a couple of cocktails at one of the previously mentioned get togethers.) And, yes, I will proudly admit that Historic Preservation is very definitely one of my personal motivations for being involved with the Civic Council, or heck, even why I live in the neighborhood in the first place. However, my personal motivations are not the same thing as what I think the Civic Council’s agenda should be. I realized that for any given issue the Civic Council’s main agenda should be a transparent and accountable process for deciding what “our” agenda should be. “Transparent” in the sense that it’s clear when and how we arrived at a particular position that we take whether it’s about zoning or, (sigh) parking. “Accountable” in that the Board is responsible for documenting the decisions of the membership and making sure they are actually carried out. As neighbors, our primary responsibility then becomes to clearly and passionately stand up for our own points of view while, at the same time, at least making a good faith effort to understand the impacts those points of view have on other folks in the neighborhood. Transparent and accountable processes are completely dependent on the folks involved in those processes being willing and able to clearly state their own needs and preferences even if there’s a possibility that they might be unpopular.

And have I got just the opportunity for you to be able to passionately yet respectfully communicate your point of view. As part of the Buhl One Northside Grant that AWCC received, Jim Pashek has been meeting with City and County offices to address some of the issues identified in our original community meetings. He will be returning on April 12th at 6:30 pm to report back and get our feedback and our next steps. Please join us at 6:30 pm at Calvary, before the Membership Meeting to continue the discussions we started this winter.

As the weather turns nicer get ready for all the great outdoor events. Tour tickets are on sale! Carrie will be hosting a Tour meeting on Monday April 11th for anyone wanting to be involved. Scott will be setting up a giant Membership Committee meeting, to discuss picnics and art shows and 50th anniversary celebrations (oh my!). Neighborhood cleanups start soon, too. I’m looking forward to hearing your well-reasoned and enthusiastic points of view of what main courses we should be serving at the 4th of July picnics (or even about parking). Happy Spring everyone!

Catherine Serventi
President, AWCC

April 7, 2016