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Allegheny West Christmas Tour Kickoff Meeting

There will be a meeting to start planning the annual Christmas tour on September 20th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Carol and Brett’s house at 940 W North Avenue. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to attend. Homeowners interested in having their house on the tour should e-mail Carol at

Art Show at HIP at The Flashlight Factory

New work by neighborhood artists Dennis Bergevin and Sara Beck Sweeney will be on view, and for sale, at the HIP space, at 831 W North Ave. The opening reception (to which you are all invited) is Friday September 14th from 7:00-10:00 pm.

The show will be open to the public on Sunday September 16th as well, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The art will be displayed until September 26th, and can be viewed by appointment during the week.

Contact Dennis at or Sara at for more information. We hope to see you there!

“People need art in their houses. They don’t need Bed Bath and Beyond dentist-office art. They need weird stuff.” — Ezra Croft

Be Prepared: Northside’s “Perfect Storm”

This Saturday, September 8th, will be a “perfect storm” of Allegheny West impacts from overlapping events in the North Shore that day. Earlier-than-usual traffic and parking, and widespread tailgating, are expected throughout the neighborhood.

A Pirates game at 1:05 pm will fill all of the North Shore parking lots for the afternoon, at the same time as the Pitt/Penn State game (8:00 pm kickoff) would normally see thousands of tailgaters descend on those same lots for the entire day. The North Shore lots will be closed to football parking until 5:30 pm.

As Pitt/Penn State is one of the biggest Heinz Field events of the season, it’s anticipated that the early traffic, parking, and tailgating will all shift into the neighborhoods. As you consider your plans for Saturday, be sure to take this into account!

Department of Mobility and Infrastructure Event, September 10th

On September 10th, The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure will host a presentation and discussion with Jeff Tumlin, a nationally recognized expert in the latest land use, parking and mobility trends that influence cities. We are very excited to welcome Jeff to our great city to talk about what these things mean in Pittsburgh.

We believe that the event will be of interest to many of you and we hope to see you there!

Register online, please.

Angie Martinez
Transportation Planner
City of Pittsburgh | Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

DOMI Event

Get to Know Pittsburgh’s Oldest Park

Nestled in the heart of the Northside is Pittsburgh’s oldest park.

A beautiful greenspace serving over 41,000 neighbors, Allegheny Commons Park is an urban oasis. But this park isn’t only for nearby residents; the Commons is visited by people near and far thanks to must-see destinations like the National Aviary and the Children’s Museum.

Beginning this year is one of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s first major neighborhood park projects, happening in Allegheny Commons. Click here to learn more.

PHLF: “Greatest Saves,” Bus Tour on Sunday, September 30th

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Location: Commerce Drive, Station Square (Pittsburgh, PA 15219)
Date: September 30th
Time: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Contact: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Join us for this full-day excursion in celebration of PHLF’s 54th birthday on September 30th. The day includes light refreshments at various locations and lunch, and the opportunity to hear from PHLF staff, trustees, and members about some of our organization’s “Greatest Saves.” From Station Square, we’ll cross the West End Bridge to explore PHLF’s North Side roots, with stops in Manchester, the Mexican War Streets, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. We’ll head east to Wilkinsburg, where we will stroll through the Hamnett Place neighborhood and visit the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center.

In Downtown Pittsburgh, we’ll explore the Market Square area and the buildings we have developed, before returning to Station Square for a celebratory toast at the Grand Concourse. En route, we’ll see the positive impact of historic preservation throughout the region and enjoy the beauty of restored historic landmarks, neighborhoods, and urban centers that contribute to the “livable” quality and unique character of our 21sup>st-century city.

Paid reservation deadline:
Wednesday, September 12th

Registration is limited to 75 people (three buses). PHLF members: $75 Non-members: $100 (includes a one-year complimentary membership in PHLF)

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With Dwayne Dolphin, It’s All About that Bass!

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Dwayne Dolphin

Thursday, August 30th
8:00 pm

Join Dwayne Dolphin for Indigenous: his latest album release! Spanning smooth funk, jazz, world, Brazilian and many other styles, Dwayne’s new release brings “something for everyone” to the table.

Dwayne is a mainstay standout in the jazz scene, working with Pittsburgh greats such as Roger Humphries, Pete Henderson and Carl Arter. Throughout his career, Dolphin has also had the opportunity to play and record with the “Who’s Who” of national musicians, such as Nancy Wilson, Melba Moore, Fred Wesley, Abby Lincoln, soul saxophonist Maceo Parker and hard bopper Stanley Turrentine.

Dwayne Dolphin

Dwayne is regarded as a master instrumentalist, no matter whether he is playing upright, electric or even the “piccolo” bass. For this concert, he will be joined by Brett Williams (piano), Tony Watson (sax), Jevon Rushton (drums).

Dwayne’s prior concert at COA @ Alphabet City was a sellout, so make your reservations soon.  This release party makes a great entree to Jazz Poetry Month.

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Free Lead Workshop and Water Filters

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Next Wednesday, Women for a Healthy Environment is hosting a free community workshop on the topic of lead exposure. It will be held at the Pittsburgh Presbytery on Allegheny Avenue on the Northside. We will be distributing water filters to the first 75 attendees; space is limited. We are asking people to “register” ahead by indicating their attendance on the Facebook workshop event page.

Discounted Tickets for Northsiders: How I Learned What I Learned

How I Learned What I Learned

Presented by Ever Forward Productions
August 30th at 8:00 pm

Wali Jamal has performed in all ten plays in the American Century Cycle. He will be the only actor in the world to perform all ten plus this one-man show, How I Learned What I Learned. Don’t miss history in the making.

How I Learned is an autobiographical play by Pittsburgh’s own August Wilson. This solo show allows us a look into the life of one of the most celebrated playwrights of the twentieth century through stories about friends, work, racism, music, and love. Co-conceived by Todd Kreidler.

18+ audience only, by request of the artist.

You’re Invited

Northside residents and workers can get $30 tickets to How I Learned What I Learned for one night only, no code needed.

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Grab your passports and Let’s Travel the World to China!

Children's Storytelling

Ceinwen King-Smith

Saturday, August 25th
3:00 pm

Join us for a family-friendly afternoon of storytelling with Ceinwen King-Smith.

Though she can’t prove it, Ceinwen King-Smith thinks she is the only blind American teacher to travel to China to teach Russian. She will be sharing stories and songs that she discovered during her travels in China — each a unique take on underdogs triumphing over obstacles.

Ceinwen King-Smith

Along with her stories, Ceinwen will also be singing in multiple languages. Don’t miss this inspiring afternoon of tales and music presented by a local treasure!

Children who received a passport booklet at a previous Let’s Travel The World program can bring these back to receive another collectible sticker! But it’s never too late to collect stickers, so if this will be your first time at Let’s Travel The World, be sure to ask for your sticker. Each sticker in your passport earns discounts in City of Asylum Bookstore.

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