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Electronics & Hazardous Waste Recycling Drop-off and Curbside Pick-up

In an effort to keep our local environment safe and clean, the City of Pittsburgh is offering drop-off and pick-up recycling services for residents. This assures that your hard-to-recycle materials – as well as your unwanted or broken items such as TVs, computer monitors, paint, light bulbs, batteries, A/C units, microwaves and more – never end up in a landfill!

Residents can bring these items to the Pittsburgh Recycling Center in the Strip District, 3001 Railroad Street, every Wednesday from 3:00-8:00 pm and every Sunday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Residents are required to SCHEDULE a DROP-OFF TIME. Fees will apply to most items. If you prefer Curbside Pick-up Service, registration and prepayment are required.

Go to for general information, including a list of accepted items and fees, or to schedule a drop-off appointment or curbside pick-up online or phone (814) 425-7773.

Teapots Needed

Knead Community Cafe, a non-profit pay-what-you-can cafe, is looking for donations of teapots, cups and saucers, and cream-and-sugar sets for some “tea parties” that will be held to raise funds to support the Cafe’s mission of helping all to eat, regardless of means. So, keep an eye out for these items as you go to flea markets and estate sales, or are cleaning your basements! Please contact Trish Burton,, for more information, or for pick-up!

PHLF: 1969 – A Revolutionary Year in Pittsburgh

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, September 12th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

1969: A Revolutionary Year in PittsburghIn this lecture, Mark Houser takes a detailed look at two civil rights struggles that reached their boiling point in Pittsburgh 50 years ago. These struggles saw black activists shut down construction sites at the former Three Rivers Stadium and at the former U.S. Steel Building, while feminists picketed the former Pittsburgh Press newspaper in a battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Mark will also discuss other significant and quirky anecdotes about Pittsburgh history. For example: what happened to the person who drove off the Bridge to Nowhere — and survived!

About the Presenter: Mark Houser is a frequent Pittsburgh Magazine contributor who writes and speaks about Pittsburgh’s history. You can find more stories at his website,

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: or (412) 471-5808 x 527.

Portuguese Vocalist-Composer Leads Sextet with 3 Vocalists & Multimedia

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Sara Serpa (Portugal) & Emmanuel Iduma (Nigeria)

Saturday, September 14th
7:00 pm

This program of Jazz Poetry is among the most unique we have ever presented – an adaptation of a travelogue that sings and speaks to a longtime concern of City of Asylum: What is home? Intimate Strangers – in song, text and imagery – explores “an atlas of a borderless world.”

Jazz Poetry Performance

This concert is Sara Serpa’s Pittsburgh debut. She has performed world-wide, singing at international festivals such as Festa do Jazz, the Panama Jazz Festival, Festival de Jazz de Montevideo, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and Adelaide Festival, Sopot Jazz Festival … and venues like Bimhuis, Casa da Música, Village Vanguard, Jazz Standard, The Stone, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Kennedy Center for the Arts.

Emmanuel Iduma is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Born and raised in Nigeria, he has contributed essays and stories to journals, magazines, artists’ books, and exhibition catalogues. He is the author of The Sound of Things to Come and most recently A Stranger’s Pose. He received a 2017 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation grant in arts writing, for his blog A Sum of Encounters. He is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts and was associate curator of the Nigerian pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

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New Art this Weekend at City Books

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Please join City Books this Saturday night, August 31st from 7:00-9:00 pm for the opening of KISMET, a new exhibit curated by Jennifer Quinio. (Refreshments will be served.)

KISMET exemplifies the delight and surprise that happens when people encounter someone or something by chance that seems like it was meant to be. Inspired by the Arabic word for “destiny,” KISMET demonstrates how, when people take the time to ask questions of and listen to the world around them, they learn that, regardless of circumstance, everyone and everything has a story to tell—and a unique perspective from which to tell it. It is only with curiosity and empathy that we can create the perfect alignment for something passionate and positive to happen–something that we label “kismet,” but what might really be within our reach all the time.

Featured artists included Rick Claraval, Susan Constance, Dafna Hanauer, Patrick Schmidt, Carolyn Wenning, Sam Whitney.

The exhibition will continue through October 26, 2019 and be on view during City Books’s regular business hours, Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:00-5:00 pm. However, the bookstore will be closed October 15-18 for a brief fall escape, but will remain open on all October weekends.
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ACHD – Community Health Survey

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The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) and its advisory coalition are developing the next Community Health Assessment (CHA). As part of this process, they have created a survey for residents to help identify the priority health issues impacting their communities. This survey has a particular focus on health equity and will be used to design a new Community Health Improvement Plan, which will outline goals and strategies to improve the health and well-being of all Allegheny County residents.

The survey will be available from June 26 through October 4, 2019. This survey is open to all residents of Allegheny County over 18 years of age. By taking the survey, you are helping ACHD identify the key needs of Allegheny County communities. Your voice matters.

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One of the Most Extraordinary Voices I Have Ever Heard, In Concert

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Mahsa Vahdat, Vocalist (Iran)
Sholeh Wolpè, Poet (Iran)


Saturday, September 7th
3:00 pm

Each year in September we gather at Alphabet City to honor an international writer or artist who has overcome efforts to limit his or her creative freedom. This year’s honoree is Iranian singer and composer Mahsa Vahdat. And instead of a speech, she will give a concert performance.

Mahsa Vahdat

As a female soloist, Mahsa Vahdat is only permitted to perform for all-female audiences in her home country, which she has refused to do. Now resident in the United States, she has become a passionate advocate for freedom of expression for musicians and composers around the world.

Diane and I first heard Mahsa Vahdat sing in Lillehammer, Norway. Her voice is like the caress of the heart, “breathtaking, timeless, meditative” in the words of one reviewer. And her range is astonishing—from acclaimed collaborations with the experimental contemporary Kronos Quartet…to a recording with blues singer Mighty Sam McClain…and a capella settings of the poems of Rumi in a classical Persian style.

Following Vahdat’s performance, Iranian poet and translator Sholeh Wolpé will do a short reading, which will be followed by a conversation between the artists and an audience Q & A.

I hope you can join us in what will be one of the most memorable and important programs of our year.

– Henry

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Annual Labor Day Block Party

Join us for the Annual Labor Day Block Party on the 900 block of Beech Avenue. The AWCC will provide burgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob. Bring your own chair and a side dish to share.

Monday, September, 2nd
4:00-8:00 pm
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Our good neighbors at Calvary United Methodist Church will also be in attendance. The church will be open, and Doug Lucas will give a presentation on the history of the church at 5:30 pm.

The 900 block of Beech Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic for the party, so please move your vehicle off of the street.

If you are able to volunteer to help with the block party, please contact Greg Coll at

Discounted Tickets for Northsiders: Fun Home

Fun Home

Presented by Front Porch Theatricals
August 16-25

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison Bechdel dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her college years and growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.

You’re Invited

Northside residents enjoy $10 off general admission. Limited tickets only available for Sunday, August 18th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, August 24th at 2:00 pm.


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Damon Young, Northside Neighbor, Reads from Esteemed Memoir

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Damon Young:
What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker

Friday, August 30th
5:30 pm

You’re invited to gathering of friends, family, neighbors, and fans for a reading and celebration of What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker, the critically acclaimed memoir by Northside neighbor Damon Young.

If you’ve been to Alphabet City, chances are you’ve seen Damon chatting with neighbors at the bar or diligently working on his laptop in the main lounge. This program is our chance to celebrate Damon’s success and his service to the Pittsburgh cultural community. The evening includes a reading, discussion, audience Q+A and general hullabaloo.

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“Young pulls readers into his world, showing them his vulnerability, hitting them with unflinching honesty about the state of race relations in this country, and keeping them glued to the pages with his wit and humor.” — NPR

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a memoir in essays, boldly chronicling Damon’s efforts to, “exist while black.” Written with candor, self-awareness and considerable humor, Damon turns an unflinching eye on himself and an American society constructed and sustained by racism.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker looks at one man’s Pittsburgh life while simultaneously serves as an authentic, keen and touching example of the black male experience.

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