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Free Tickets for Northsiders: The Crumbling

The Crumbling

February 20-21 | 8PM

Northsiders, you are invited to The Crumbling at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.

Free tickets for Northsiders are still available but going fast. Claim them by visiting the links below. Northsider tickets are only available online and are distributed first-come first-serve.

A Live, Stop-Motion Opera…

The Crumbling tells a surreal tale with stop-action animation and live music.” – Pittsburgh City Paper

“Unique video opera to premiere this weekend at New Hazlett Theater.” – Northside Chronicle

The Crumbling is a twenty-one-minute stop-motion video opera by fellow Northsider Alexis Gideon. Set in a dream-like mythic town, the story follows the trials of an apprentice librarian as she tries to save her city from crumbling down around her. The video is projected alongside Gideon’s live musical performance of the piece. Following the performance there will be an exhibition of original artwork in the lobby.

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February 20, 2015

Workshop: Re-imagining Kitchens in Old and Historic Houses

Saturday, February 21, 2015
10:00 am ‑ 11:30 am

Remodeling a kitchen can be a challenging and costly endeavor. Renovating a kitchen in an older house can come with even more obstacles and uncertainty. Making sure the design plans are right is critical. This workshop will touch on a variety of kitchen design topics, including assessing needs and function in a modern-era kitchen, tips for embracing troublesome openings and obstacles, and choosing a style that is timeless for older and newer houses. We will also discuss planning for adequate lighting, differences in cabinet styles and finishes, typical space allowances, making the space adaptable for multiple users and abilities, budgeting, and more.

About the presenter: Julie Graf has 15 years experience as a Certified Kitchen Designer and is the owner of One of a Kind Design. She is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and an adjunct Interior Design faculty member at Chatham University.

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join!

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

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

PNC Bank to Host Information Session

Recruiter’s from PNC Bank’s Retail Branches, Call Center, and Operations will be hosting an information session to discuss part-time and full-time positions at branch locations. Recruiters will cover customer contact oriented positions they are seeking to fill. The session will also cover other topics about the selection process for opportunities with PNC. The following information is for the session:

Wednesday, February 25 at 11:00 am

Bloomfield Garfield Community Activity Center
113 N. Pacific Avenue

To register please call 412-362-8580.  For more information, please click here.

February 17, 2015

Rescheduled: Lake Elizabeth Cleanup

Lake Elizabeth

We have rescheduled the Lake Elizabeth clean up!

Who: Neighbors of Allegheny Commons
What: Removal of leaves and debris from Lake Elizabeth
Where: Meet at Soldiers Monument
When: Monday, February 16th at 3:30 pm
Why: Removing the excess debris will allow DPW to refill the lake with water
How: DPW will be providing trash bags, rakes and gloves to assist in the clean up. Please come dressed for the cold weather! Some tools will be available but feel free to bring along anything that might be helpful!

light snacks and refreshments will be available

February 15, 2015

Northside Leadership Conference to Host Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras 2015 Flyer

NSLC is hosting a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party at the Allegheny Elks Lodge on Tuesday, February 17th from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. Tickets are $8 at door and sales benefit the Deutschtown Music Festival.

Dixie Doc and the Dixieland All Stars will be playing Dixieland Jazz starting at 8:00 pm. Legends of the North Shore and James St Gastropub will be selling po’boys and gumbo! Louisiana’s Abita Beer will be on tap at the bar. Northside’s own Jack “Johnny Angel” Hunt will be our first annual Mardi Gras King – he’ll join the band for a few numbers and he’ll have New Orleans music memorabilia from his collectibles store Ginchy Stuff. We’ll have King Cake, beads and a helluva good time!

Just like the French Quarter in New Orleans, we are North of a river! Hope you can join us for Mardi Gras!

February 15, 2015

Lecture: A New Deal for Old Key West: A Case Study of Preservation and Populism

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
6:00 pm ‑ 8:00 pm

Come hear the story of how the preservation of history and architecture played a fundamental role in the economic revitalization of Key West, Florida, during the years of the Great Depression. This case study of how Key West engendered a new dimension in historic preservation practice, and cultivated an awareness of local history, holds lessons for all of us in historic preservation.

About the presenter: Dr. Matthew Hyland is an assistant professor of History at Duquesne University. His areas of specialization include historic preservation studies, public history, and American architecture. At Duquesne, he teaches courses in all of these fields and enjoys the public outreach he and his students do through service learning.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This lecture is free and open to the public.

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 
February 12, 2015

Membership Plans and Dates

Submitted by Mary Callison 

Activities for the month of February are:

Bowling every Wednesday night 7:00 pm at the Elks on Cedar Avenue. Everyone is welcome, the price is only $2:50 per game and this includes ball and shoes. Don’t worry about fitting in, very few are really good bowlers. An added bonus is you can go downstairs after we finish around 9:30 and listen to the Banjo Club.

On February 17th we will have a neighborhood Pancake Dinner at Calvary Methodist Church from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. This is a family event. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children over 5 years with no reservation needed.

February 20th will be the monthly Mixer. The gathering will be at the Modern Café beginning at 6PM.

On Saturday morning, February 28th at 10:00 am, I would like to have a membership committee meeting at my house 942 W North Avenue. Items to discuss will be plans for the 3 summer Block Parties and any other ideas anyone may have for neighborhood events. Call or email me and let me know if you can come or would like a different time. If meetings do not work for you and you want to volunteer for any of these events call or email me. Phone (413) 321-5951 or email callismar@gmail.com.

February 7, 2015

Believe It or Not, It’s Planning Time for Our Summer Fundraiser!

Submitted by Trish Burton 

Winter is unfortunately still with us, but it’s now time to start planning for the AWCC summer 2015 fundraiser, A Tour & Tasting in the Homes and Gardens of Old Allegheny, to take place this year on Friday evening, June 5 and Saturday evening, June 6, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. It’s a house and garden tour. It’s a wine tasting. It’s an evening of entertainment. 

This year our tour will be highlighting France and featuring both red and white regional French wines, hors d’oeuvres paired to complement those wines and cheese tastings and desserts at seven homes and gardens in our neighborhood. We have invited a wine specialist to educate guests, guides and homeowners about wine tasting.

We may still need a home for the tour, so If you would like to offer to open your home or garden for the tour, please contact us as soon as possible. We also will need many volunteers to:

  • Be tour guides
  • Help homeowners to serve, pour and clean up
  • Help run the tour that weekend (take tickets, direct visitors, etc.)
  • Be on our committee (and while we promise to limit the number of meetings, remember that we always “taste” wine at those meetings!)

First meeting will be Feb. 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Burton’s, 926 Beech Avenue. Join us! 

If you can help with any of these, or if you can provide any stories about French influences in our neighborhood, please contact us at tours@alleghenywest.org , or call either Trish Burton at (412) 523-9402 or Deb Kelly at (724) 316-7213.

Please help us to get the word out to friends and co-workers about our event. Tickets can soon be purchased on our website, www.alleghenywest.org or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.

February 7, 2015

Spring is Renovation Time – Your LRC is Here to Help

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

Allegheny West homeowners and businesspeople: Are you contemplating exterior renovations to your property this Spring? If so, you may want to contact your Local Historic Review Committee. We are a group of residents and property owners convened by the City Historic Review Commission to review exterior renovation projects, to help property owners manage the building permit process, and to provide our recommendations to you, as the property owner, and the City Historic Review Commission.

Because Allegheny West is a City Historic District, all exterior work that is visible from a right-of-way, a street or alley, needs a Certificate of Appropriateness, and, depending on the type of project, possibly a building permit. Once you have a concept, idea, or plan, check the Allegheny West Historic Guidelines. These guidelines are posted on-line on the City HRC site. If your project fits the guidelines or is fairly simple and straightforward, such as painting, you may be able to get approval for a Certificate of Appropriateness “over the counter” at 200 Ross Street, Downtown. The person you will need to contact for this is Sarah Quinn, the City Historic Preservation Planner, (412) 255-2243 or sarah.quinn@pittsburghpa.gov.

However, if you are planning a more significant project, such as replacement of windows or doors, installation of a fence, porch, or addition, you will need to have a hearing before the Historic Review Commission. In the second instance, please contact us, your local committee. We will review your plans, make recommendations, and help you get through the process. To be put on the LRC’s agenda, contact Carole Malakoff, carolemalakoff@hotmail.com.

Warning – Do not proceed with work without a building permit or a CofA! Property owners who have done so in the past have been cited by Building Inspection. Time and money had to be expended to resolve the situations, and projects were delayed.

If you have specific questions, be sure to attend February’s AWCC meeting. Sarah Quinn, the City Historic Planner will be there to talk about the process, guidelines, and answer your specific questions.

February 7, 2015

Letter from the President – February 2015

So I have this idea….actually I have a lot of them, all of which came from talking to other folks about ideas they are excited about for the neighborhood. Thanks to everyone who responded to my last President’s message as well (although now I’m slightly intimidated that people are actually reading these.)

Here’s a few things folks were interested in:

  1. Parking (but I think I’m going to have to start with something easier, like world peace, but I promise we’ll get back to that.)
  2. Helping new folks feel welcome, and making it easy for them to get involved with the neighborhood.
  3. Projects to make the neighborhood even more gorgeous, like spiffing up the alleys and helping everyone maintaining their tree wells.

As you can tell from the breadth of our membership meeting agendas, folks have already hard at work on some of these projects. Just one example, some of our neighbors on Tuesday will be presenting a proposal for hanging flower baskets on Western that they’re hoping for neighborhood support for, so please come and express your opinion (in a friendly, good humored way, of course.)

Another idea we will be discussing, is an application for some funding to purchase mulch and potentially even flowers and fencing and having an “Allegheny West Tree Well Day” as one of monthly clean up events sponsored by the Friends of Allegheny. From my perspective there’s an incredible wealth of gardening knowledge in our neighborhood that I’d like to take advantage of. I’d be more than happy to wheel a barrow full of mulch up the street for a neighbor, especially one who is new in town and hasn’t had a chance to figure out where to even get mulch. And, of course, there will be a potluck. As a bonus, I swear I will stop showing up to social events with paperwork for people to fill out after I file for the grant.

Some of those same gardeners have suggested that the April clean up would be the ideal month, and we’ll hear about the results of the grant application in late February so we’ll have lots of time to plan a blow out of a clean up.  By the way, these Buhl Fundation funds are open to anyone on the Northside, so if you have another idea you think could benefit from $1000 I’m happy to help you out with the application (but you have to take the petitions to the mixer.)

Hope to see everyone at the Membership meeting next Tuesday, with more ideas they’d like help making happen.

Catherine Serventi
President, AWCC

P.S. Carol R., I have ordered the tiara, you have to come to the meeting now.

February 6, 2015