806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Alleys, Axles and Ales

The next meeting of the Alleys, Axles, and Ales tour will be Monday, June 11th at 844 N Lincoln Avenue at 7:00 pm. If you would like to volunteer, you are able to sign up at or email Cecile Canales at Volunteers are needed to direct traffic, to help at the Cars ’n Coffee table, to deliver and pick up kegs and ice, to make chili and cornbread for the after party and to set up and clean up at the after party. Please speak with garage/car owner before signing up to volunteer at a garage/beer stop. The tour is scheduled to be held September 29th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Cars’ coffee will be from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Alleys, Axles & Ales Meeting Agenda: June 11th

  • Ticket Sales
  • Garages and Cars
  • Cars ’n Coffee
  • Breweries
  • Promotions and Advertising
  • Volunteers
  • After Party

A meeting of the Beer Selection Committee for the Alleys, Axles, and Ales tour will be held Monday, June 18th at 844 N Lincoln Avenue at 7:00 pm.

Beer Selection Committee Meeting Agenda: June 18th

  • Garages and Beer stops
  • Selection of Beers and Breweries
  • Program Write-ups
  • Volunteers

Wine Tour Clean Up Reminder

Tour-goers will be walking through our neighborhood the weekend of June 22nd – 23rd, traveling along Brighton Road, N Lincoln Avenue, Galveston Avenue, North Avenue, Beech and Allegheny Avenues, as well as Rope Way.

Please begin now to pull weeds in front of your property and to fill a bag or two with trash, old leaves and other “street” debris along the tour route so that we can put our best face forward. Should you need trash bags or gloves, please contact Trish Burton, (412) 523-9402 or

Also, if you intend to plant flower boxes or urns in front of your property, please consider doing so before the tour so that our guests have a lovely walk between host houses. Thanks in advance for helping to beautify Allegheny West!

Thanks to Babb Employees!

Once again, a group of Babb employees devoted their “Day of Caring” to Allegheny West, helping Diane Caruso, Cathy Serventi and Trish Burton at the Parklet at Brighton Road and Western Avenue, pulling (many!) weeds, mulching and transplanting perennials, planting all of those zinnias, begonias and sweet potato vines. Several also helped to weed and mulch tree wells in the 800 block of Western Avenue, in addition to picking up litter. Thanks, too, to Carole Malakoff and Eleanor Coleman for donating annuals and perennials to the Parklet.

We could not have accomplished what we did without you. Thank you!

Bangladesh in Art and Words

City of Asylum (2018)

Displacement & Belonging:
Ali Asgar and Tuhin Das

Thursday, June 28th
8:00 pm

Join Bangladeshi transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer Ali Asgar, and City of Asylum exiled writer-in-residence Tuhin Das as they discuss their experiences leaving Bangladesh, living in the US as displaced artists, and how displacement has affected their creative work.

Tuhin Das + Ali Asgar

Ali will present their current project No One Home, a work constructed around the concept of human interactivity, displacement, trauma, and queer identity. The key intention of this interactive performance piece is to find the meaning of home and belonging.

Tuhin will read an excerpt from his forthcoming poetry manuscript. The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A. The event will be presented in Bengali, with simultaneous interpretation into English.

The event is presented in collaboration with PEN America and the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC).

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Barbara deCoux Luderowski, 1930 – 2018

Barbara Luderowski

It is with profound sadness that the Mattress Factory museum announces the passing of our founder and creative spirit, Barbara Luderowski. Our Mattress Factory family remains committed to her vibrant experiment that is the Mattress Factory with her artistic vision in our hearts and her tenacity in our souls.

We invite you to share your thoughts here.

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PHLF: Upcoming Walking Tours & Events

Participate in Our Free Friday Downtown Walking Tours and Neighborhood Tours

Hearing the history and the stories of the people who shaped the Schenley Farms neighborhood while walking around and looking at the buildings and houses was a great way to learn. It was interesting to see up close the architectural diversity and unity among the various houses in this planned community.

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“I’m somewhat familiar with Oakland, but I learned a lot.” – Roberta Shope

  • Grant Street (from Sixth to Fourth avenues): Fridays in May, 10:00 to 11:00 am
  • Grant Street (from Sixth to Liberty avenues): Fridays in May, Noon to 1:00 pm
  • Point Breeze: Saturday, June 2nd, 1:30 to 3:00 pm
  • And the Jail Museum every Monday (except on court holidays): visit between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm

See the beauty and discover the stories of significant places in the Pittsburgh Region. Check out the many tours we have listed on our Calendar of Events and contact Mary Lu Denny (412) 471-5808 x 527 to make reservations.

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You May Also Be Interested In…

Click here for our schedule of Neighborhood Walking Tours – new this year, thanks to our docents!

Click here for our schedule of Free Friday Downtown Walking Tours – back by popular demand and thanks to our docents and VisitPITTSBURGH.

Click here to read about Special Tours, including “Downtown’s Best” on Thursday mornings (June through August) and our “Greatest Saves” Bus Tour on September 30th, in celebration of our 54th birthday!

Prepared PGH Update

Prepared PGH

We are so excited that there was such a strong response to the Office of Sustainability & Resilience’s new initiative, Prepared PGH, which offers five free courses  to connect neighborhoods to resilience and preparedness resources to better face climate-related risks and ongoing stresses.

Read About Classes & View Schedule

Due to high demand in each part of the city, we have partnered with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branches to open the classes up to multiple community and neighborhood groups and residents by offering the classes regionally. Please see page 2 of the attached flier for scheduled classes near you. Please pass this information along to your neighbors and group members.

If you have questions, please contact Mike Roth at .

The Sultry Sounds of Brazilian Songstress Kenia Ashby

City of Asylum (2018)

City of Asylum’s Vocalist Series Presents

Kenia Ashby

Tuesday, June 5th
8:00 pm

Kenia Ashby‘s voice embodies the best of the Brazilian sound – deep and sultry, richly diverse, unexpectedly explosive. Born in Nova Iguaçu (a suburb of Rio de Janeiro), she is renowned for her ability to translate the complex rhythms of her Brazilian homeland into jazzy creations.

Kenia Ashby

“Kenia is a Brazilian original, building a bridge to the next generation of Brazilian music fans… her voice can suspend time, and it can lead you to think about nothing at all, even if just for a few minuts, and in this day that’s nothing short of miraculous.”

From local clubs, to international performances, to her ongoing innovation in recording sizzling Brazilian beats, Kenia creates her own unique blend of Brazilian pop, samba, bossa nova and choro with great stage presence and a gift for engaging the audience.

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Free Tickets for Northsiders: Escape Velocity

Escape Velocity

Part of the CSA Performance Series
May 31st at 8:00 pm

Imagine a circus shaped entirely by the audience and one very unique deck of tarot cards. Escape Velocity tells the story of a soul trapped in limbo, revealed one draw at a time. What scripts have we been handed? What prisons do we construct for ourselves? What is our capacity for resistance, rebellion, and rebirth?

You’re Invited

Northside residents and workers are invited to attend this performance for free. A limited number of tickets are available online, so reserve your seat today.

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Lake Elizabeth Update and Call to Action

Lake Elizabeth

PWSA Director Bob Weimar and Chief of Operations Guy Costa from the City attended last night’s Allegheny Commons Initiative meeting. We discussed the history of the issues surrounding Lake Elizabeth and were brought up to speed on the latest discussions between DPW and PWSA for addressing the current lake concerns:

  • PWSA is now subject to the PA Public Utilities Commission regulations, with their core responsibilities to provide safe and reliable drinking water, convey sewage and manage storm water. As a result, PWSA has very limited ability to expend funds that do not directly benefit their ratepayers and therefore will not pay for the installation of the aerators in Lake Elizabeth.
  • PWSA will be working with the DPW to identify some possible solutions such as the treating the water with small amounts of Algaecide. The City will be working to identify funding to pay for the electrical infrastructure needed to power the aerators. They are committed to draining and cleaning out the lake on a more regular basis to decrease the amount of organic material that contributes to the algae blooms and overall unsightliness of the lake.
  • The DPW asked the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to help organize a volunteer event to remove debris from the lake. I will be at the lake 8am this Saturday morning with gloves, trash bags, and a few rakes/shovels. Please register online here if you can join:
  • The DPW understands that they will need to go into the lake and power wash following the removal of debris. They explained that this work will happen quicker with the support of volunteers. So please consider joining me on Saturday morning!

What else can the community do to help?

  1. If you cannot volunteer, we could still use rakes and shovels. PPC will provide gloves and trash bags. I can pick up items on Thursday or Friday if you are willing to let us borrow, feel free to text/call or email 201-669-9046
  2. Contact Councilwoman Harris and request that she put $ in the capital budget for 2019 for the aeration system for the lake. 412-255-2135,
  3. Help make the power washing and refilling of the lake a priority for DPW by continuing to send in 311 calls, contacting Councilwoman Harris at 412-255-2135 and contacting the Mayor’s office 412-255-2626
  4. Please attend your local community group meetings where I attend and provide park updates and can be available to answer questions. Or reach out to me directly and let’s meet for coffee!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. Thanks all for your continued support and advocacy for the park!

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy