806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Free Tickets for Northsiders: Animal Farm

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Animal Farm

Presented by Prime Stage Theatre
March 8 | 2PM

Northsiders, you are invited to Animal Farm at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.

A limited number of free tickets for Northsiders are available online and are distributed first-come first-serve.

Two Legs Bad…

The chant rings out across the farm: “Two legs bad! Four legs good!”

Prime Stage Theatre brings the theatrical interpretation of George Orwell’s classic story to the New Hazlett stage. Animals overthrow their farmer masters, revolutionizing society. But is it for the better?

Animals, animals, everywhere!

Western PA Humane Society Special Event

Just in case the onstage critters of Animal Farm aren’t quite enough to satisfy your “animal instincts,” Prime Stage Theatre will be featuring several four-legged guests at our Sunday, March 8 matinee.

Creatures both human and canine will be visiting from the Western PA Humane Society from 1:30-2:30 pm, with information on the organization, pet adoption, and more. Who knows? You may just increase your critter population at home after meeting one of the adoptable dogs on site.

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 March 8

Western Avenue Flower Baskets for 2015

We’re delighted to announce that beginning this spring and summer we will be adding hanging flower baskets to Western Avenue!

Thank You: Charter Sponsors

  • Gary Otto in Honor of Donna Otto (1 basket)
  • Annette Trunzo (1 basket)
  • The Burton Family (1 basket)
  • Anonymous neighbor & business owner (1 basket)
  • Allegheny West Civic Council (4 baskets)

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) will provide the baskets, flowers, installation, watering and maintenance, “take-down” and storage of the baskets. We currently have 15 baskets sponsored, but with 32 poles, there is 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. The deadline to sponsor a basket for 2015 is February 28, 2015.

In 2015, the WPC is providing a discounted rate of $325/basket for the initial year, which includes purchase of the basket. Future years will be assessed at a $275/basket rate for planting and maintenance. Sponsoring a basket this year doesn’t require a commitment to continue to sponsor in the following years.

Sponsors of a full basket will be recognized with a sign on the basket. Contributors of smaller amounts—to be combined for full baskets or for future years’ maintenance – will be recognized on the AWCC website and in our newsletter.

Sponsor or Donate Today

We can accept payment for a basket online or by sending a check made out to AWCC to 806 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Please include a note with the wording for the acknowledgement sign.

We will be in touch shortly to confirm your donation. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at or give Trish a call at (412) 523-9402.

Free Tickets for Northsiders: The Crumbling

The Crumbling

February 20-21 | 8PM

Northsiders, you are invited to The Crumbling at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.

Free tickets for Northsiders are still available but going fast. Claim them by visiting the links below. Northsider tickets are only available online and are distributed first-come first-serve.

A Live, Stop-Motion Opera…

The Crumbling tells a surreal tale with stop-action animation and live music.” – Pittsburgh City Paper

“Unique video opera to premiere this weekend at New Hazlett Theater.” – Northside Chronicle

The Crumbling is a twenty-one-minute stop-motion video opera by fellow Northsider Alexis Gideon. Set in a dream-like mythic town, the story follows the trials of an apprentice librarian as she tries to save her city from crumbling down around her. The video is projected alongside Gideon’s live musical performance of the piece. Following the performance there will be an exhibition of original artwork in the lobby.

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 February 20  February 21

Workshop: Re-imagining Kitchens in Old and Historic Houses

Saturday, February 21, 2015
10:00 am ‑ 11:30 am

Remodeling a kitchen can be a challenging and costly endeavor. Renovating a kitchen in an older house can come with even more obstacles and uncertainty. Making sure the design plans are right is critical. This workshop will touch on a variety of kitchen design topics, including assessing needs and function in a modern-era kitchen, tips for embracing troublesome openings and obstacles, and choosing a style that is timeless for older and newer houses. We will also discuss planning for adequate lighting, differences in cabinet styles and finishes, typical space allowances, making the space adaptable for multiple users and abilities, budgeting, and more.

About the presenter: Julie Graf has 15 years experience as a Certified Kitchen Designer and is the owner of One of a Kind Design. She is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and an adjunct Interior Design faculty member at Chatham University.

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join!

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

PNC Bank to Host Information Session

Recruiter’s from PNC Bank’s Retail Branches, Call Center, and Operations will be hosting an information session to discuss part-time and full-time positions at branch locations. Recruiters will cover customer contact oriented positions they are seeking to fill. The session will also cover other topics about the selection process for opportunities with PNC. The following information is for the session:

Wednesday, February 25 at 11:00 am

Bloomfield Garfield Community Activity Center
113 N. Pacific Avenue

To register please call 412-362-8580.  For more information, please click here.

Rescheduled: Lake Elizabeth Cleanup

Lake Elizabeth

We have rescheduled the Lake Elizabeth clean up!

Who: Neighbors of Allegheny Commons
What: Removal of leaves and debris from Lake Elizabeth
Where: Meet at Soldiers Monument
When: Monday, February 16th at 3:30 pm
Why: Removing the excess debris will allow DPW to refill the lake with water
How: DPW will be providing trash bags, rakes and gloves to assist in the clean up. Please come dressed for the cold weather! Some tools will be available but feel free to bring along anything that might be helpful!

light snacks and refreshments will be available

Northside Leadership Conference to Host Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras 2015 Flyer

NSLC is hosting a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party at the Allegheny Elks Lodge on Tuesday, February 17th from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. Tickets are $8 at door and sales benefit the Deutschtown Music Festival.

Dixie Doc and the Dixieland All Stars will be playing Dixieland Jazz starting at 8:00 pm. Legends of the North Shore and James St Gastropub will be selling po’boys and gumbo! Louisiana’s Abita Beer will be on tap at the bar. Northside’s own Jack “Johnny Angel” Hunt will be our first annual Mardi Gras King – he’ll join the band for a few numbers and he’ll have New Orleans music memorabilia from his collectibles store Ginchy Stuff. We’ll have King Cake, beads and a helluva good time!

Just like the French Quarter in New Orleans, we are North of a river! Hope you can join us for Mardi Gras!

Lecture: A New Deal for Old Key West: A Case Study of Preservation and Populism

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
6:00 pm ‑ 8:00 pm

Come hear the story of how the preservation of history and architecture played a fundamental role in the economic revitalization of Key West, Florida, during the years of the Great Depression. This case study of how Key West engendered a new dimension in historic preservation practice, and cultivated an awareness of local history, holds lessons for all of us in historic preservation.

About the presenter: Dr. Matthew Hyland is an assistant professor of History at Duquesne University. His areas of specialization include historic preservation studies, public history, and American architecture. At Duquesne, he teaches courses in all of these fields and enjoys the public outreach he and his students do through service learning.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This lecture is free and open to the public.

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

Membership Plans and Dates

Submitted by Mary Callison 

Activities for the month of February are:

Bowling every Wednesday night 7:00 pm at the Elks on Cedar Avenue. Everyone is welcome, the price is only $2:50 per game and this includes ball and shoes. Don’t worry about fitting in, very few are really good bowlers. An added bonus is you can go downstairs after we finish around 9:30 and listen to the Banjo Club.

On February 17th we will have a neighborhood Pancake Dinner at Calvary Methodist Church from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. This is a family event. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children over 5 years with no reservation needed.

February 20th will be the monthly Mixer. The gathering will be at the Modern Café beginning at 6PM.

On Saturday morning, February 28th at 10:00 am, I would like to have a membership committee meeting at my house 942 W North Avenue. Items to discuss will be plans for the 3 summer Block Parties and any other ideas anyone may have for neighborhood events. Call or email me and let me know if you can come or would like a different time. If meetings do not work for you and you want to volunteer for any of these events call or email me. Phone (413) 321-5951 or email

Believe It or Not, It’s Planning Time for Our Summer Fundraiser!

Submitted by Trish Burton 

Winter is unfortunately still with us, but it’s now time to start planning for the AWCC summer 2015 fundraiser, A Tour & Tasting in the Homes and Gardens of Old Allegheny, to take place this year on Friday evening, June 5 and Saturday evening, June 6, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. It’s a house and garden tour. It’s a wine tasting. It’s an evening of entertainment. 

This year our tour will be highlighting France and featuring both red and white regional French wines, hors d’oeuvres paired to complement those wines and cheese tastings and desserts at seven homes and gardens in our neighborhood. We have invited a wine specialist to educate guests, guides and homeowners about wine tasting.

We may still need a home for the tour, so If you would like to offer to open your home or garden for the tour, please contact us as soon as possible. We also will need many volunteers to:

  • Be tour guides
  • Help homeowners to serve, pour and clean up
  • Help run the tour that weekend (take tickets, direct visitors, etc.)
  • Be on our committee (and while we promise to limit the number of meetings, remember that we always “taste” wine at those meetings!)

First meeting will be Feb. 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Burton’s, 926 Beech Avenue. Join us! 

If you can help with any of these, or if you can provide any stories about French influences in our neighborhood, please contact us at , or call either Trish Burton at (412) 523-9402 or Deb Kelly at (724) 316-7213.

Please help us to get the word out to friends and co-workers about our event. Tickets can soon be purchased on our website, or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.