Upcoming Events At The Corner

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
An event newsletter sponsored by The Corner community center at 200 Robinson Street in Pittsburgh’s West Oakland neighborhood.

THE EASIEST WAY TO KEEP UP ON CORNER EVENTS? “Like” us on Facebook as TheCorner200
And check out our website …www.CornerPgh.org

The current version of The Corner Café will host its final café hours today, Tuesday Aug. 19th, and Wednesday Aug. 20th from 3pm-7pm. Come have a cuppa joe and a piece of buttercake as we celebrate all that this outreach has done for our community over the last 16 months! And watch for updates on upcoming renovations of The Corner building.

Conscious Media: Back to School Edition – Screening of the film Freedom Writers on Thursday, Aug. 21st at 6:30.This film chronicles struggles endured by at-risk youth and a passionate teacher’s dedication to their education. We’ll take a look at and discuss the state of America’s public school system. Free event. Light refreshments provided.

FREE HOMEBUYING WORKSHOP – The Corner is partnering with Dollar Bank to host a FREE Home Buying Workshop on Monday, Aug. 25th at 6pm at The Corner. Learn how you can improve your credit, access home buying programs, and become a first-time homebuyer. Meal and refreshments provided. To register, contact Julie @ 412-683-1400 orjmh206@pitt.edu.


Poetry Reading and Book Signing by CATHLEEN BAILEY, 
author of Split Rock/Cracked Cave and Wild Howling WomanThursday, Aug 21st, 6-8pm at the Ujamma Collective Boutique, 1901 Centre Avenue.

Word of Mouth: Open Mic, Music, and more. Black August Edition. Friday, Aug. 22nd, 9pm-midnight. Sign up atujamaacoop@gmail.com or 412.228.5160. Hosted by artists and activist Blak Rapp Madusa. $5 cover. Refreshments.


Rock The Mic: Open Mic Series @ The Corner, Saturday, Aug. 23rd at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is $5. An epic night of spoken word, music and poetry. Please contact Nadine Masagara-Taylor at halisi.pr@gmail.com or call412.683.1400 for more details or to perform.

The next meeting of the West Oakland Neighborhood Council is Tuesday, September 2nd from 6:30-8:00. Contact The Corner to add an agenda item.

On Saturday, Sept. 6th, The Corner will be partnering with Oakland Planning and Development Corp to participate in the 3rd annual Good Neighbor Campaign! We’ll welcome new student neighbors with gift bags and information on the community. Meet at 9am in front of Friendship Community Church (181 Robinson St.) if you want to be part of this welcome team. Contact Julie Hudak @ 412-683-1400 or jmh206@pitt.edu for info or to let us know you’ll participate.

Last year TreeVitalize brought 20 new trees to West Oakland (and more will be planted this fall). Residents can now participate in a Tree Care Day, a 2-hour effort to clean and weed tree pits and remulch. With interest and for details, contact Barb Brewton, 412-606-9692.

AROUND THE CORNER is sponsored by The Corner, 200 Robinson Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15213, a program of Friendship Community Church. Please forward this email to neighbors, friends, and family who’d be interested in these events. If you wish to unsubscribe from this email list, please email info@CornerPgh.org.

To learn more about The Corner, visit www.CornerPgh.org or www.facebook.com/TheCorner200 or call 412-683-1400.

Oakcliffe-South Oakland Neighborhood Block Party

How do you follow up an event like the
Sept 6th South Oakland Community Day?

When: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: CHS Community Center, 374 Lawn Street
All South Oakland residents are encouraged to attend, as well as students from all schools.

August Green Team Meeting – Oakland Career Ctr, Thu 8/21 6pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, August 21st, 6pm, The Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Contact greenteam@opdc.org or 412.621.7863 ext. 14
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08 2014

Oakwatch Meeting Wed 8/20, 6-7:30pm at Career Center

Next meeting: Wednesday, August 20th, 6pm. Location: Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple Street (enter from Louisa Street door).  Please contact 412.621.7863 ext. 21 or oakwatch@opdc.org
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08 2014

Board Game Enthusiasts Mtg – Fri Aug 15 6-10pm at Panera’s Blvd Of Allies

Product Details
Pittsburgh Geekdom is a 500 plus member group led by Oakland resident Michael Thompson. They have regular meetings to play various strategy board games including Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Carcassone.
Their next board game session is Friday August 15 from 6-10pm at the Panera Bread at 3401 Blvd Of The Allies.  If you’re interested, just stop on by the conference room.  Feel free to bring a game you’d like to play.
New gamers are welcome, they are happy to teach.  

Frazier Fieldhouse Festivites For Adults Sat 8/30 7pm, No Kids Night For Rest Of Summer

Our monthly adult get-togethers at the Frazier Fieldhouse adjacent to Dan Marino Field on Frazier St.  Any volunteers, donations of food or beverages, or even lending of movies is encouraged and welcome.

The Kids nights are going to be suspended for the summer, resuming in September.

Saturday August 30th is the adult get-together from 7pm-10pm.

Some entertainment is possible, but this event is more of an eat, meet and greet, maybe some card games so that neighbors can introduce themselves and discuss topics of interest and ideas for future events like like music, movies, games, etc.

This event is for ages 21 and older.

Due to the size of the building and limited people to run the event, we are limiting the number of adults to 30, so signing up beforehand is recommended.  Please include your name, address and contact number.

Donations of a covered dish, hors d’oeuvres, snacks and beverages are requested and welcome, but not mandatory.

Anyone that would like to share some of their favorite beer or wine for their neighbors to try is also welcome.  To avoid this becoming a “bar” night, we ask that you limit to one or two drinks total per person.

We reserve the right to ask anyone who is disruptive at any event to leave.

Please RSVP via SONG contact page, call or text SONG Phone#, or talk to Janet Sims in person.

Fruit Tree Workshop – Wed Aug 13, 6:30-8:30pm – $5

Tree Pittsburgh and Grow Pittsburgh are partnering together to offer a urban fruit tree workshop. This workshop will bring in Susan Poizner, Director of Orchard People, a Toronto-based fruit tree organization, to speak about her lessons learned from starting many urban orchards. She will be joined by local Pittsburgh fruit tree knowledge for an interesting discussion on urban orcharding. This event will be hosted at the ECCO Center (200 Larimer Ave.) on Wednesday, August 13th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and will include a walk to the Larimer Community Garden to learn about fruit trees that were planted on site. Class cost is $5. Register here!
Barbara Brewton of the Green Team is planning on driving to this workshop if people need rides or want to carpool. She is planning to be at the Career Center on Semple St by 5:45 and to leave by 6. Her car fits five other people; if anyone is interested in a ride please let them so that there is enough room for everyone. Barb can also borrow a van if necessary.
For more info on the Green Team visit


08 2014

Oakland Restaurant Week – Lunchtime – Aug 11-15

Oakland Restaurant Week : : 5 Days : : $5 Lunches!  : :  Win FREE Lunch for a Month

Hosted by: Oakland Business Improvement District
Dates: August 11th – August 15th, 2014 -  Lunchtime
Where: Various Oakland Restaurant Locations (See list below)
 For more information: www.onlyinoakland.org
Oakland will once again be celebrating a week of $5 lunches! When you order a $5 lunch from any participating Oakland Restaurant Week Restaurant, you will receive an entry card for the chance to win FREE LUNCH FOR A MONTH in Oakland along with other great prizes!
Oakland Restaurant Week is August 11th – August 15th, 2014for just $5 a lunch!
Participating Restaurants:

McDonald’s, 3708 Forbes Avenue
Peter’s Pub, 116 Oakland Avenue
Sushi Fuku,120 Oakland Avenue
Sorrento’s Pizza Roma, 233 Atwood Street
Sciulli’s Pizza, 3404 Fifth Avenue
Garden Grille & Bar, Hilton Garden Inn, 3454 Forbes Avenue
Prince of India, 3614 Fifth Avenue
Pamela’s Diner, 3703 Forbes Avenue
Hello Bistro, 3605 Forbes Avenue
Golden Palace Buffet, 3607 Forbes Avenue
Red Oak Café, 3610 Forbes Avenue
The Oakland Bakery & Market, 3925 Fifth Avenue
Milano’s Pizza, 3606 Fifth Avenue
$5 specials will be posted online at onlyinoakland.org.


08 2014

19th Annual Twilight Tour Of Fallingwater – Sat, Aug. 23, 2014

Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater as the sun sets over the ridges of the Laurel Highlands during the 19th Annual Twilight Tour and Concert on Saturday, Aug. 23.

The tour, concert and picnic dinner, sponsored by Huntington Bank, provides guests with an opportunity to experience the house, mingle with old and new friends and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. Organizers invite guests to walk through the rooms of the house at their own pace as the changing light allows visitors to see Fallingwater from an entirely new perspective.
At twilight, a lantern-lit path will lead guests to a meadow, where they will enjoy live jazz by The David Bach Trio from Washington, D.C., while dining on a gourmet picnic dinner prepared by Fallingwater’s chef.  The David Bach Trio is featured on the internationally syndicated television show “Jazz Central.”
Space is limited – tickets should be purchased by Aug. 18.
Available by advance ticket purchase only
Tickets available online or by phone
$225 per person non-members
$200 per person members*
A portion of the price — $100 — is tax deductible and supports the preservation of Fallingwater.


08 2014

Pgh Citizen’s Police Academy – Starts Tue 9/9/14 – Applications Due 9/3/14


Twice a year, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police sponsors an opportunity for members of the community to become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the Police Bureau.  The Pittsburgh Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) brings the police and the community close together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant.

Participants receive three hours of training one evening each week for 15 weeks in many of the varied functions of law enforcement.  They experience some of the highlights of police training and are exposed to the operations of the police bureau.  Participants are taught the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, firearms and many other subjects.  They learn about the processing of a crime scene, how police canines are used, and are exposed to many of the specialty police units. CPA participants meet and talk with many of the street officers as well as the command staff and training staff that serves them.  All this takes place in a safe and entertaining training environment.

Instructors are law enforcement professionals who teach both veteran and recruit police officers.  Students leave this training with a greater understanding of the police mission and with an increased ability to see how the police serve the community.

This program is not an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer.

The next session of the CPA will begin on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at the Pittsburgh Police Headquarters 1203 Western Avenue Pittsburgh Pa 15233.  The program will be held each Tuesday evening, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 15 weeks.  

Class size is limited to 30 participants.  All interested persons must complete an application and give permission for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to conduct a background check to determine if they have a criminal record.  The CPA application can be found at


Please return applications by U.S. mail or hand-deliver to the Pittsburgh Police Training Academy. All applications must be received by September 3, 2014.

Bible Study Group – 4th Tues Every Month at Fieldhouse

“Bringing Love to the Streets” Bible Study with Shikinah House Ministries
4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30p – 7:30p with food at the Frazier Field House.


July 15th marks the grand reopening of Nola on the Square in Downtown’s Market Square.  The occasion will include a celebration of live Jazz music throughout the week.  All are welcome to enjoy themselves at the restaurant while live music is held each night from July 15 to July 19.  For a list of bands and times, please see the attached links:

Free Assistance With PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forms – Deadline Extended To 12/31/14

Free assistance with PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms- deadline extended to 12/31/14
The State has extended the deadline for people to file forms to receive rebates from the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program until December 31.
People who would like assistance (at no cost to them) in completing the form should contact Pitt Outreach.
The rebate is available to income-eligible people who are: 
-65 years of age or older 
-widows or widowers 50 years of age or older
-people with disabilities 18 years of age or older
Thea Young
Outreach and Enrollment Team
Department of Family Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
PittOutreach2013 @ gmail.com
412 – 383 – 2359


07 2014

Carnegie Library Events

Check out the many varied events, educational and training workshops available at the Carnegie Library.


Celebrate Oakland’s 175th Anniversary! Fri & Sat 10/10 & 10/11

Celebrate Oakland’s
175th Anniversary!
Schenley Plaza
Friday & Saturday,
October 10 & 11, 2014

Oakland Forever is a huge celebration of the people, places and things that make Oakland a fantastic neighborhood.  This truly community driven event is being organized and led by Oakland community organizations, institutions and businesses.  Drawing on the profound history of Oakland, the current culture of innovation among institutional partners, and the strong sense of community pride, this fête will highlight and mark Oakland’s unique and vibrant character.
You can contribute to the planning for this event by filling out this survey

For more info check out their website: