806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

WANTED: Hosts for Allegheny Commons Meet & Greets!

Love Allegheny Commons Park and looking for a way to meet new people in the neighborhood?

Host an Allegheny Commons Meet & Greet! These small gatherings with neighbors, light food and beverages exist to celebrate Allegheny Commons and to inform the community about the park restoration process. Hosts invite friends from the neighborhood and prospective Friends of Allegheny Commons to the event. Participating in an Allegheny Commons Meet & Greet is a great way to learn about current and future projects taking place in the park. If interested in hosting or attending a Meet & Greet please get in touch:

Email Erin Tobin
Project Administrator | Allegheny Commons Initiative

AWCC – This is YOUR Civic Council

Submitted by Tim Zinn

Many times in the past I have written about the importance of volunteers to the Allegheny West Civic Council. We are, after all, a volunteer-based organization with no paid staff. Without dedicated volunteers, we would accomplish nothing and AWCC would cease to exist. Fortunately, we have a core group of faithful volunteers that we know will continue to give of their time and talents. However, we have very few NEW members that attend civic council meetings, and are therefore knowledgeable of the workings of AWCC and understand its structure, finances, current challenges, and projects.

The problem, however, is two-fold. Not all can be blamed on neighborhood apathy or the seeming unwillingness of some of our newer residents to become involved in the civic council. The bylaws of AWCC specifically direct each committee chair to “select from between two and ten members for their committees within 45 days following their election. This stipulation has not been rigorously followed in the past. However, this is precisely how we encourage new or currently non-participating members to become active in AWCC and ensure that we have a strong membership and future leaders within the organization. Please thoughtfully consider any request you may receive from a committee chair to join their committee.

In the next few months we will prepare for our largest fundraiser of the year, the Christmas House Tour. While this event draws dozens of volunteers from not only inside our neighborhood but far beyond it, there is always a need for additional help with some aspect of the event. If you have never participated in the house tour, I encourage you to do so.

In addition to the tours, numerous other challenging, enjoyable, and rewarding volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. We need your help to ensure that the quality of life we enjoy in Allegheny West continues to be enhanced year after year. Show your support of YOUR civic council by becoming a member, renewing your membership, volunteering, joining a committee, and attending the monthly general membership meeting.

Free Tickets: Front Porch Theatricals Presents Parade


A True Story, A Love Story, A Musical

Presented by Front Porch Theatricals

Northsiders are invited to Front Porch Theatricals’ production of Parade – and, thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.

Set in 1913, Parade tells the story of Leo Frank, a man put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan. In the eyes of the community, Frank is already guilty. But did he do it?

Daring, innovative and bold, Parade won the Tony awards for Best Book and Best Score in 2000. Now, Front Porch Theatricals brings this Broadway hit to the New Hazlett stage.

Seating is limited: RSVP today!

August 24 at 7:00 pm  August 30 at 2:00 pm 

Please note, subject matter may not be appropriate for children under the age of 13.

One Northside: Be Part of the Conversation

One Northside LogoFrom our friends at One Northside:

We need your help reaching every resident in the Northside!

The Northside Community Census is one part of many moving parts of the Northside Conversation project sponsored by the Buhl Foundation. Every Northsider has a voice and we want to hear it! Spread the word to your neighbors to share theirs by taking the Northside Community Census!

Want to know more? Visit our website or connect with us on social media today!

Northside Conversation  Facebook  Twitter 

Free Concert at New Hazlett Theatre

CSA - Federico Garcia-De Castro

Fresh, Local, Art

Northsiders, you are invited to the first show in our brand new season of Community Supported Art at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.

Join your neighbors in supporting wonderfully talented Pittsburgh artists.

Pianist Federico Garcia-De Castro
August 14th | 8PM

Federico Garcia-De Castro presents four interconnected selections of piano music, including the world premiere of Renderings, a new piece commissioned specifically for the New Hazlett CSA.

Get Your Tickets Now 

Letter from the President – July 2014

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”

– Sam Keen

The next stop on my 2014 Laziness of the World Tour is in the Allegheny West Independence Day Block Party. It’ll be held this Friday, July 4. Tim Zinn, AWCC’s redoubtable Membership Chair, has a rib cook-off planned for this year’s party. Pittsburgh is known for rib cook-offs and, though we won’t be featuring musical performances by washed-up rock bands of the of the Seventies, we’ll still have a great time. If you’re a master rib chef, contact Tim at to reserve a spot. If, like me, you’re more of a rib critic, be sure to come to the party and opine. As always, Allegheny West Civic Council provides the meat and the beverages, but we’d like you to bring a side dish or dessert to share with your neighbors.

Before I sign off, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the Wine Tasting and House & Garden Tour last month. We had a great turnout, and I heard nothing but compliments from the tour-goers in my groups. Special thanks go to Trish “Trixie” Burton and Deb “Deb” Kelly for organizing the event. The did a great job of pulling things together.

Well, that’s all for now. See you at the block party. I’ll be the one with rib sauce all over my face. And shirt.

Bob Griewahn
President, AWCC

Young Preservationists Association – July Speaker Series

YPA is pleased to host John Canning at our second Speaker Series event. John is a lifetime resident of Pittsburgh’s Northside and member of the Allegheny City Society. John will discuss Northside historic preservation opportunities and the importance of protecting not only physical structures, but also the cultural fabric of a community.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP at

Event Details

Wednesday, July 9th from 6:00-7:30 pm
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny
1230 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA

A Taste of Italy – Another Successful Year

Submitted by Debra Kelly

Trish and I would like to thank everyone who helped contribute to making our wine tasting and tour in June such a huge success! This year, we sold out very early as more people are learning about our annual fundraising event and quite a few are now coming back year after year.

The weather could not have been any better to stroll through some of Allegheny West’s lovely “secret” gardens and beautiful homes. Although some of our guests have been on our tour multiple times, for others it was their first glimpse at the wonderful neighborhood we all get to share on a day to day basis. We served as hosts to 180 guests during the tours, who were divided into groups of 15 and who were led through our neighborhood by experienced guides who shared the history of Allegheny West. This year, our theme was “A Taste of Italy” where guests were served 7 different regional Italian wines and had hors d’oeuvres paired to complement their wines. In addition, they also experienced balsamic vinegar and olive oil tastings and sampled Italian cheeses and loves throughout the evening. Our guides pointed out Italianate style homes as they walked through our streets and taught our guests how to identify that style of home. We also had a Wine Specialist to speak about wine tasting and our wines of the evening and an expert in Italian gardening at several of the houses.

Our guests had very positive things to say about our neighborhood and the tour and expressed gratitude for being able to spend their evening with us. We would also like to thank all the homeowners who spent countless hours preparing their homes and gardens for the tour; volunteers who served as greeters; neighbors who helped make sure everything was spic and span on our streets; to all the people who prepared hors d’oeuvres and desserts and for those who served them and poured the wine; for preparation of the brochures and ticketing for our guests and to all the guides who told the tale of Old Allegheny while leading our guests throughout the neighborhood.

This fundraiser, along with our Christmas tour, allows us to take on projects in the neighborhood which help to make Allegheny West increasingly beautiful from year to year. Without the help from so many people, these events would never happen.

For those of you who have not been actively involved in our fundraising events or have not considered having your home on tour for either of our fundraisers, please consider doing so! We may not think our homes are ready to be on a tour, bas as one of our guests said “it is like walking into Downton Abbey” and your perception of your home will change when you see the awestruck look as some of our guests walk through your home. Please let us know if you would like to have your home on the Christmas tour or to help in some other capacity, so that our fundraising events can continue!

Council Notes

  • Bocce games continue on Thursdays at 6:30 pm, corner of Western Avenue and Rope Way.
  • Erin Tobin is scheduled to update neighbors about the progress for the NE Commons Fountain Project at the July 8th membership meeting.
  • Street sweeping Summer dates:
    • July: Tuesday the 8th and Monday the 14th
    • August: Monday the 11th and Tuesday the 12th

Please note: there will be no general membership meeting in the month of August.