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PHLF: The Art of Artwork Restoration

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, November 21st
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

This presentation covers the basic aspects of artwork restoration including oil paintings, murals icons, art on paper (posters, lithographs, and prints), sculptural pieces, and other works of art. Specific attention will be given to the difference between artwork restoration and repair and the proper ways to keep, exhibit, insure, and monitor art collections. Presented by Boris Brindar.

All events are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10 RSVPs are appreciated: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Presents a Concert About the Nature of Creation

City of Asylum (2017)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents

Reimagining Creation

Monday, November 27th
8:00 pm

Acclaimed opera and theater director Sam Helfrich joins PSO music director Manfred Honeck and a trio of classical vocalists – Rachele Gilmore (soprano), Werner Güra (tenor), and Alexander Elliott (bass) – with a piano accompaniment.

Clarion String Quartet

Following his widely successful staged interpretations of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. John Passion, Helfrich will illuminate the six most famous days in all of Judeo-Christian history with a theatrical presentation of Haydn’s beloved Creation.

The music will be counterpointed by readings from City of Asylum writer-in-exile Tuhin Das (Bangladesh), ICORN poet Esterine Kire (Norway/India) … and other special guest authors! Each writer will present work approaching the topic of creation from secular points of view.

Reserve Your Free Tickets

Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

Reserve a Table for Your Visit

When making your reservation,
please add that you wish to see the film under special notes.

PHLF: Terrariums Workshop

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, November 14th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Terrariums are like miniature worlds under glass. They are fun to have on an office desk and are beautiful displayed on a mantel, sideboard, or table. This demonstration provides ideas for easy-care terrariums you can create at home using the latest techniques and materials. Step-by-step guidance is provided, along with aftercare instructions.

All events are free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10 RSVPs are appreciated: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

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Letter from the President – November 2017

So what are you doing on Tuesday evening?

Join your neighbors on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:30 pm at Calvary Church for the annual meeting of the Allegheny West Civic Council.

Each month, this is where and when we make decisions about our neighborhood – decisions that in ways both small and large will affect you. And we always have a good time socializing and enjoying refreshments while we’re at it!

Everyone is welcome – second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm, in the Calvary Church social hall, corner of Beech and Allegheny Avenues (use the Beech Avenue entrance). The meeting is usually over by 9:00 pm. It’s also a great way for newer folks to meet your neighbors and get involved!

We hope to see you on Tuesday evening!

Josh DeSantis
President, AWCC

Read John’s Latest Installment in the History of Allegheny West

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – November 14, 2017

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, November 14th at 7:30 pm

  • Visitors
    • Councilwoman Harris’s Office
    • Mayor Peduto’s Office
    • Zone One Police
    • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • New Neighbors & Guests
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Adoption of the 2017/2018 Budget
  • Membership
    • November Mixer
    • Bowling at the Elks
  • Ways and Means
    • Update on Five Year Plan with Calvary
    • Christmas Candlelight House Tour (December 8th and 9th)
  • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Green Space
  • Property
  • Housing and Planning
    • Parking and Traffic
    • MCC: Blocks bounded by Western, Allegheny, Ridge, Bridge
    • Western Avenue Revitalization
    • Light of Life: Ridge Avenue Project
    • Revised AW Film Guidelines
    • Allegheny Commons Update of 2002 Master Plan
    • Expansion of Historic District (LRC Report)
    • Historic District Enforcement Issues (old cases)
    • Medical Marijuana Dispensary (decision to join ZBA appeal)
    • Comprehensive Guidelines for New Construction on Vacant Sites
    • Revised AW Film Guidelines
  • Northside Leadership Conference
    • Allegheny General Hospital Master Plan
  • Other Business (Old & New)
  • Annual Election of Officers & Committee Chairs

Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

The Tour is shaping up for December 8th and 9th. Here are the updates:

  1. Flyers are going into the mail. A big thanks to Trish Burton for coordinating the effort…once again, it went off like clockwork. Thanks also to Greg Coll for designing and managing the printing. The flyers are lovely.

    A big thank you from Carol and Trish to all who helped put address labels on the 8008 (!) postcards that we’ll be sending to advertise the tour. A special thanks to Quentin Lane and Charlie and Eli Sweeney for giving up homework time to help us set a new record! We have extra postcards available should anyone want to distribute to coworkers and friends, or to post on community bulletin boards.
  2. Next up, putting the swags together. We’ll be meeting at Cathy and Gene’s house on December 2nd at 9:00 am Please come and help. The swags help make the entire neighborhood look so special for the tour guests. In addition to putting them together, we’ll be looking for volunteers to help hang the swags.
  3. We’re still on the hunt for the final house. Please consider joining the tour this year. Contact Carol ASAP at
  4. If you haven’t signed up to volunteer yet, please reach out to Doug Sprague at
  5. There are so many people who continue to help behind the scenes to make the tour successful every year. Thank you for your efforts and support!

AWCC Executive Board for 2018

Below are the names for the 2018 AWCC Executive Board slate.

Staying on for 2018


President: John DeSantis
Vice President: Ann Gilligan
Treasurer: Dan Adam
Secretary: Michael Shealey

Committee Chairs

Housing and Planning: Tim Zinn
Way & Means: Carol Gomrick
Property: Elaine Stone
Friends of Allegheny West: Trish Burton
Sergeant of Arms: Fran Barbush

Nominees for Open Positions

Membership: Greg Coll
Communications: Diane Caruso

Volunteers Needed at the Parklet Pull-out

Submitted by Trish Burton & Diane Caruso

This Sunday, November 12th, we’ll be hosting a “Parklet Pull-out” to remove annuals. Please meet at the corner of Western Avenue & Brighton Road at 12:00 pm (noon). We’d really appreciate if volunteers could come and help out for at least a half hour.

Thank you!

Update: Allegheny Commons Master Action Plan


In order to reach a wider audience to help inform the Master Action Plan process, the community meeting on November 15th is being rescheduled after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Please help us spread the word! Know of individuals, groups or organizations who should be involved in this process? Please pass this message along, or let us know by emailing me at (

As a reminder, this process is focused on BIG ideas. A final presentation of the MAP will take place in January. As funds are raised to carry out specific recommendations, the Parks Conservancy will engage the community in the design process for each project.

Thank you for your continued support!

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy