806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

AWCC Membership Meeting – April 9, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, April 9th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Guests
  • 7:40 – Sarah Quinn, Planner for the City of Pittsburgh on Allegheny West Historic District
  • 8:40 – Reading and Approval of March’s Minutes
  • 8:45 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:50 – House & Planning Committee Report
  • 9:15 – New Business
  • 9:30 – Adjournment

Sponsor a Western Avenue Flower Basket

We’re delighted to announce that Western Avenue in Allegheny West will once again be beautified by hanging flower baskets provided by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC).

The WPC will provide the baskets, flowers, installation, watering and maintenance, “take down” and storage of the baskets. We had 41 baskets sponsored in 2018, but with 32 double poles, there is plenty of room for others to help in this worthy endeavor! We want to ensure that all who would like to participate be given the chance to do so.

In 2019, WPC is providing a discounted rate of $355/basket — including the sign! — for the initial year, which includes purchase of the basket, as well as plants, hanging, maintenance, take-down and storage. Sponsors will be subsequently reassessed at a $275/basket rate thereafter for plants, hanging and take-down, maintenance and storage.

Please go to to sponsor a basket or to make a donation. Contact Trish Burton (412) 523-9402 or to discuss.

2019 Tour and Tasting

Submitted by Annette Trunzo, Ways and Means Chair

The 2019 Tour and Tasting will be held on Friday June 21st and Saturday June 22nd. The Committee is excited to share that we have several houses, but we still need a few more. If you are interested in putting your home and garden on tour, please contact Carol Gomrick:

The theme of the tour will be a vastly different from previous tours. To highlight the incredible restaurant scene in Pittsburgh, the committee is reaching out to local restaurants to provide the food “tastings” and appropriate wine pairings. Guests will not only have the opportunity to try a variety of wines, but also learn more about what is making Pittsburgh such a foodie destination! Starting in April, the committee will be asking for help to promote the tour through social media and will share available volunteer opportunities. Please continue to check the Gazette and weekly email blast for updates and information.

Memorial Tree Plantings

Submitted by Fran Barbush

I wanted to make neighbors aware that the Allegheny West Civic Council has been in discussions with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy regarding tree plantings, which will take place during the week of April 8th. Seven trees will be planted in memory of Stella (Yia Yia) Kalaris, Kerry Kennedy, Donna Otto, Dan Rooney, Bob Turley and Alex Watson. Any neighbors who wish to learn the locations of these trees, and share a moment together in our wonderful Commons remembering these special neighbors can come to the corner of Brighton Road and Western Avenue on April 13th at noon.

I hope to see you then.

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Events at Allegheny Commons

Thursday, May 2nd – Grand Reopening of the Northeast Fountain: The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons Initiative and Northside Leadership Conference, invites you to attend the grand reopening of the historic Northeast Fountain. We hope to make this a fun celebration with activities and food. Event will take place at the corner of Cedar Avenue and East North Avenue in Allegheny Commons Park. Please register in advance at their website,

Saturday, May 4th – 2019 PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon: This year’s event will be held in Allegheny Commons Park.The event will be held on Saturday, May 4th in Allegheny Commons Park. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling their office (412) 682-7275.

Kentucky Derby Themed Farm-to-Table Dinner

Our farm to table dinner was so good we couldn’t wait to do it again. This year’s dinner takes place on April 26th, beginning at 6:00 pm, at 831 W North Avenue. Bob Maravalli has created a fabulous and inventive themed dinner. Professionally crafted cocktails start at 6:00 pm and will be served along with passed appetizers until 7:00 pm. Guests will enjoy four additional courses throughout the evening, each with wine pairings. If that isn’t enough, we are embracing the Derby look – the bigger the hat, the better! The menu can be sent upon request there are vegetarian and vegan options. The price is $125.00 per person and must be paid in advance. No refunds will be given if canceled 7 days prior to the event. Payment methods are check, cash, credit or Venmo.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Gracie: (412) 956-5761 /
or Elaine: (412) 638-8106 /

YMCA Twelfth Annual Reds, Whites & Brews

Red, Whites & Brews

You are cordially invited to the Allegheny Y’s 12th Annual Reds, Whites & Brews on Friday, April 12th, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm held at Rivers Casino Ballroom. All proceeds benefit financial assistance in Programs, Services and Membership.

The evening is filled with a variety of red and white wine as well as craft beers and heavy hors d’oeuvres. There will be live entertainment, beautiful baskets for raffle and a variety of art and sports memorabilia for silent auction. This is truly a wonderful evening out in support of a great cause.

To RSVP, visit:

Calvary United Methodist Women’s Group Plant Sale

The Calvary United Methodist women’s group is holding its third annual plant sale. A wide variety of perennials, peppers, herbs and accents are available. Order forms and information are available for pick-up at the church (971 Beech Avenue) or e-mail, and I will forward you an electronic copy of the leaflet and the order form. Orders will be due before April 21, 2019. Pick up is on May 4th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Thank you in advance for your support!

A Documentary About a Woman Who Became a Word

City of Asylum (2018)

ReelQ Presents


Wednesday, April 24th
7:00 pm

As Randy Gilson is to Northside’s Randyland … Tchinda Andrade is to Carnival on Cape Verde. She is legendary for her creativity, making displays and costumes from scant resources.

And just as “Randy” (no last name needed) is one of the most loved and well-known people on the Northside, “Tchinda” became one of most beloved and celebrated women in Cape Verde.


And – here is where the story gets especially interesting – when Tchinda came out as transgender in 1998, she became even more popular. Her name inspired a term (affectionate not derogatory) used by locals to name queer Cape Verdeans. They are called “Tchindas.”

The documentary won the Grand Jury Award at Outfest, was nominated for an Africa Movie Academy Award and screened at the New York African Film Festival earlier this year. It’s also made a star of its protagonist.

Reserve Your Free Tickets

Allegheny City Walking Tour

The Allegheny City Society is hosting a guided walking tour in Allegheny West this Sunday, March 31st. The tour will focus on several significant women artist, authors, muckrakers and entrepreneurs.

The women to be highlighted on the walk include Mary Cassatt, the Preble sisters: Anica and Harriet, Lois Weber, Gertrude Stein, Martha Graham, Mary Irwin (recent addition thanks to news articles), Nellie Bly, Mary Roberts Rinehart and Margaret Deland.  A few of these women lived, some for a very short time, in Allegheny West.

The tour begins at 2:00 pm at the corner of Ridge Avenue and Brighton Road (Irwin Ave to Alleghenians) and concludes at the City Books store. All are welcome and the cost is $5.