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Update on Northeast Fountain Project

Later this week, weather permitting, the contractor for the Northeast Fountain Project in Allegheny Commons Park will be removing the majority of the chain link fencing that is encompassing the project footprint. The chain link fencing will remain around the fountain basin. Orange temporary fencing will be placed along the pathways to keep people from walking on the lawn. Please see the attachment for a visual of how the site will look after the update. The blue line indicates the chain link fencing and the orange lines indicate the temporary plastic construction fence.

We look forward to the grand reopening of the Historic Northeast Fountain this spring. Stay tuned for more details about that event! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. Thank you!

Erin Tobin
Community Engagement Manager

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City Books: January Update

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Join Us for a Reading

Please join City Books on Saturday, January 26th at 7:00 pm as we welcome J.D. Barker back to the store. The event is FREE and requires no prior registration. J.D. is an international bestselling American author who writes suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction and the supernatural. He is the author of Forsaken, The Fourth Monkey, and The Fifth to Die. His latest novel is Dracul, an authorized prequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula he wrote with Dacre Stoker.

Federal Employee Pay-What-You-Can

Federal Employee Pricing
In support of furloughed Federal workers, City Books is now offering pay-what-you-can pricing up to $30 for those with official ID. This offer is valid on books & gift certificates until the time when regular pay cycles resume. Please share this offer with your family & friends.

Norfolk Southern Presentation

On Monday, February 4th 7:30 pm at Go Realty office at 848 W North Avenue, AWCC will be hosting members of Rail Pollution Protection Pittsburgh (RP3) for a presentation on the Norfolk Southern Pittsburgh Vertical Clearance Project (PVCP).

The presentation is titled ‘Norfolk Southern – Dirty, Dangerous, and In Your Backyard’ and will provide comprehensive information about PVCP including the impact of black carbon diesel pollution on those living within the high risk fallout zone; and the risk of combining double stacked rail cars in increased volumes combined with oil cars through densely populated neighborhoods adjacent to the Ft Wayne and Pittsburgh Rail Lines.

It will also cover the railroad’s involvement in the expansion of the petrochemical industry, and cameras/monitoring to establish baseline information.

PHLF: Repairing Double Hung Windows

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, January 31st
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Learn about all the parts of your double hung windows; how to disassemble and more importantly re-assemble them properly. This workshop will also include tips on how to fix the most common problems related to operation of the windows. The hands-on-demonstration workshop will be presented using an actual window.

About the Presenter: Regis Will is a woodworker, craftsman, and owner of Vesta Home Services, a consulting firm on house restoration and Do-it-Yourself projects. He blogs about his work at The New Yinzer Workshop.

All events are free to PHLF members. This is event is free and open to the public, too! Contact for more details: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

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Lecture: Restoring the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail

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Join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for our ongoing programs on house restoration, architecture, history and other aspects of historic preservation, community development and urban planning.

Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Tuesday, January 29th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

The Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail by H.H. Richardson (1884-88), is one of the most significant of Pittsburgh’s great buildings. In 2014, Allegheny County commissioned the architecture firm of Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel to develop a multi-year plan to comprehensively renovate and restore this National Historic Landmark.

In this lecture, you will learn about the fact-gathering phase of the restoration process so far, which includes a detailed physical investigation of the building and facts about the original materials used on the building, its structure, assembly, and forward-thinking mechanical and electrical systems. We will also look at some of the changes that the building has undergone over the years. It is through understanding the building’s existing conditions in light of the original intent of its architect that we can help plan the process to ensure that the Courthouse remains a functioning and iconic landmark for generations to come.

About the Presenter

Jessica Stuck, AIA, began her professional career in upstate New York working on historic preservation projects including rehabilitation of the iconic Rotunda at the University of Virginia, the Vanderbilt Mansion, and restoration of historic churches in eastern New York and western Massachusetts. She joined Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel in 2014, where she has maintained a focus in preservation, restoration, and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Jessica was the project manager for developing the Allegheny County Courthouse facilities plan.

All lectures are free to PHLF members. This lecture is free and open to the public, too!

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Afro Yaqui’s Eco-conscious Jazz Returns

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Afro Yaqui Music Collective

Thursday, February 7th
7:00 pm

Recently returned from the Kennedy Center, The Afro Yaqui Music Collective (named after the indigenous music of the Yaqui people of northern Mexico) fuses the music of first nations in the Americas with funk, jazz, and hip hop to create a new rhythm that liberates spirit and soul.

AYMC is a 9-piece outfit which descends from the ensembles of Guggenheim award-winner Fred Ho, whose work was influenced by West African, global Indigenous and East Asian musics.

Afro-Yaqui Collective

Co-led by 2014 ACE Award-winning Yaqui-Mexican operatic vocalist Gizelxanath Rodreiguez and Fred Ho’s Baritone protege Ben Barson, the band uses their soul-stirring, heart-pumping sounds to respond to global issues from mass incarceration to ecocide.

Afro Yaqui’s concerts are always a hit with the Alphabet City crowd…so be sure to RSVP before this fan-favorite sells out!

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“A TV film to be long remembered” – New York Magazine

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Sembène – The Film & Art Festival Presents

The Autobiography of
Miss Jane Pittman

Monday, February 4th
7:00 pm

This screening marks a rare opportunity to see the beloved and ground-breaking 1970s television film The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, winner of nine Primetime Emmy Awards and a BAFTA nomination. Lead actress Cicely Tyson herself won two Emmy Awards for her unforgettable portray of Jane Pittman.

The Autobiography of Jane Pittman

Beginning during the racial turmoil of 1960s Louisiana, former slave Jane Pittman granted an interview to Ernest Gaines, a persistent journalist.

The film is based on a novel that Gaines subsequently wrote, telling the remarkable story of Pittman’s life. Her emancipation from slavery at the end of the Civil was only the beginning of an arduous and heartbreaking odyssey, which ended at the age of 110 with her participating in the Civil Rights movement.

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The First-ever Biography of Fred Rogers

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The Good Neighbor:
The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Sunday, January 27th
6:00 pm

The Good Neighbor — the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers and a New York Times best-seller — tells the story of Pittsburgh’s champion of compassion, equality, and kindness who became an utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, President & CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation Maxwell King traces Rogers’ personal, professional and artistic life through decades of work.

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“The inimitable Mister Rogers becomes somehow even more enchanting. In addition to elegantly narrating the facts of Rogers’ life… King’s book brims with anecdotes of intimate exchanges that highlight Rogers’ kindness and grace.” — Booklist

King examines Rogers’ surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.

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Doors Open Pittsburgh Presents

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Ride with the King: Black History Tour

January 19, 2019
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Doors Open Pittsburgh is providing access to three prominent African American churches in Pittsburgh, as well as to the August Wilson Center and Dollar Bank Heritage Center in Downtown Pittsburgh, during a special tour on Saturday, January 19th.

Participants will be able to tour the three churches on their own – or register for a bus tour that will take participants to all the sites. The churches are located in East Liberty, Uptown, and Central Northside.

Volunteer help is needed too!

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