November and December traditionally are busy months in Allegheny West, and this year is no exception. There are a lot of opportunities to get involved and also to enjoy the holiday season with your friends and neighbors without leaving the neighborhood! 

Some noteworthy upcoming events:

Tuesday, November 12:
General Membership Meeting & Election of Officers

The AWCC November meeting is the Annual Meeting of the Council. Included on the agenda are elections for Officers and Committee Chairs, election of Nominating Committee members and a vote to determine dues for the following year.

It’s also a regular Civic Council meeting and in addition to elections there is a full agenda. The Friends Committee will update us on the neighborhood signage they chose (using Block Grant Funds). There will also be updates from the By-Laws Committee, the Christmas Tour organizers and Housing & Planning Committee.

Tuesday, November 19:
Housing and Planning Meeting

There are a few hot topics on the agenda for H&P, including WANID update, GrayBar noise issues, CCAC Workforce building, Aviary events space and Hipwell update. The committee meets at 7:30 pm at the Go Realty Office at 848 W North Avenue. All are welcome.

Thursday, November 28:
Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates. For those who struggle with this day, may it land gently. To everyone, be safe.

Saturday, November 30:
Small Business Saturday

We are very lucky to have a business district that is thriving and expanding. Small Business Saturday is another chance to support the businesses that make our neighborhood more livable. From food and drinks to books to haircuts to bikes to clean teeth to stretched muscles to soothed muscles and more, there is at least one business here to serve you. Let’s all make an effort to stop in and spend some money in one or more Allegheny West small business on the 30th and throughout the holiday season.

Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14:
Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

The Christmas House Tour is the highlight of the Allegheny West tours.  It’s a beautiful event and our largest fundraiser of the year.

Everyone who has volunteered in the past knows how much effort is required to put on the house tour and is asked to volunteer again this year if at all possible. For newcomers or volunteer novices – there are volunteer opportunities large and small, and the tour committee with work with you to match your skills to the perfect role. Many neighbors, myself included, will say that volunteering for the Christmas Tour (and, more specifically, attending the volunteer party) really cemented our feeling of belonging to this community. A small commitment of time can pay dividends.

A quid pro quo of the good kind.

Ann Gilligan
President, AWCC