Civic Leadership Academy Starts 9/9, Applications Due 7/31

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Applications for the Civic Leadership Academy are now available!  The Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) is a FREE ten week course for City residents that provides an inside look on how City departments and authorities operate.Throughout the course, 12 City departments and authorities present on their day-to-day operations, budgets, new initiatives, and upcoming projects, and residents have the opportunity to ask questions, tour facilities, and network.
30 students are accepted into the program from all different backgrounds, ages, and from neighborhoods all over the city. For the first time this Fall we are reserving 5 seats for Pittsburgh High School-aged Youth, to inspire civic engagement early on.  
We will also continue to reserve up to 15 seats for New Americans as part of Mayor Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative.
Applications are due July 31st, and classes begin Wednesday, September 9th.  Students will be alerted of their acceptance the second week of August.  Classes are held every Wednesday for 10 weeks from 6-8:30 pm downtown as well as various locations throughout the city. 


07 2015

Special Hearing On Proposed Hotel Next To PAA 4215 Fifth Ave – 7/15 1pm 200 Ross

Department of City Planning has announced a special hearing to be held by the Historic Review Commission. The only item on the agenda will be the PAA Hotel project proposed for 4215 Fifth Avenue.  The comment period was closed at the end of testimony during the regularly scheduled monthly hearing on July 1, 2015.   No additional testimony will be taken.
The special hearing will he held on Wednesday July 15th, 2015 at 1:00 pm.  The location is 200 Ross Street in the 1st floor meeting room – the location of the HRC regular monthly meetings.

Clean Pittsburgh Commission Hosting Mayor’s Roundtable On Litter & Dumping Thu 7/9 9-10:30am

The Clean Pittsburgh Commission is hosting a Mayor’s roundtable to discuss Pittsburgh’s Litter & Illegal Dumping. This will take place Thursday, July 9 from 9-10:30am be filmed to air on the City Channel. 

The roundtable will include representatives from city departments, local nonprofit and community organizations, members of the Clean Pittsburgh Commission, and more. It will comprise of short presentations by Allegheny CleanWays, the Clean Pittsburgh Commission, City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, Pennsylvania Resources Council, and Duquesne University Professor, Erik Garrett, followed by a discussion around focus topics by the larger group.

This roundtable spreads CPC’s vision to be a driving force in continuously improving the quality of life for everyone in Pittsburgh and to inspire everyone here to clean up and safeguard the City of Pittsburgh as America’s most livable city.

In that vein, we have been soliciting feedback through the online platforms Reddit and Mindmixer, and would love for you to join the conversation by asking questions. Here are the links:

We will post video from the roundtable on the Clean Pittsburgh Commission’s website and answer some of the questions time did might not have allowed for:

City To Host USWNT World Cup Soccer Watch Party In Oakland Sun 7/5 5pm

The City of Pittsburgh will host a World Cup Watch Party at Schenley Plaza in Oakland on Sunday, July 5, to cheer on the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) as they take on Japan in the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup Final.

Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with a musical performance from L'lamint on the Citiparks Show Mobile. Pre-game coverage begins as 6:30 p.m. prior to a 7:00 p.m. kickoff between the United States and Japan.

The Watch Party is presented in part by the Pittsburgh Dynamo Youth Soccer Association.

The family friendly event will be free and open to the public. Fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue in support of Team USA. Alcoholic beverages and grills are not permitted. Rain or shine.

Click here to view the original press release

Summer Children’s Events At Carnegie Library

Carnegie Library is having children's, teen's and adult activities in front of the library.
The activities will end about 8:00 PM (when the library closees) – more like an Evening Out.
Other events children might like to attend at the library:
Storytelling, July 10, at 10:30 AM in the Lecture Hall
Storytelling, Friday, August 7, at 10:15 in the Lecture Hall
Youmoussa Camara Drumming & Dancing, Thursday, August 13 at 2:00 PM in the Lecture Hall

Pittsburgh Ranked In Top Ten Best Cities For Foodies

 Best Cities for Foodies
Americans have always been really into their food, but in recent years, many have gotten more particular about their palate. Hence, the foodie.
These discerning diners are more likely to go for 100% grass-fed beef than a McDonald’s burger, and they’ll choose locally owned and locally sourced eateries over chain restaurants.
The desires and dining dollars of these epicures have helped take the culinary scene up a notch in many cities. And that means more great food for everyone, especially for those in San Francisco and Portland, which top NerdWallet’s list of the Best Cities for Foodies.

11th Annual Jazz On The Hillside Event – Fri 6/26 5-9pm

the 11th Annual Jazz on the Hillside, sponsored by the Schenley Heights Community Development Program.  This year’s festivities will be held on Friday, June 26, 2015 from 5pm-9pm at 3171 Ewart Drive, Pittsburgh PA  15219.
There is a suggested donation of $35 for those who attend the community event.  This year’s Jazz artists include: 
  • COL Jazz Band
  • Hill Jordan & Slide Worldwide
  • Howie Alexander
  • 41 Tuned
  • Tubby Daniels 


06 2015

Pitt Farmers Market at William Pitt Union Thu 6/25, Thu 7/9 11:30-2:30pm

Please see attached a flyer for the next two Pitt farmers markets at William Pitt Union. Check out the WPU driveway June 25th and July 9th from 11:30-2:30 for some fresh local goods!
Local produce, baked goods, prepared foods

Join the National Day of Action to Protect Summer Meals

Summer meals are a lifeline for hungry children when school is out. But federal funding for these programs is set to expire September 30.
Roughly one in five children in our region live in poverty and rely on free school meals to keep from going hungry. What do they do when school is out?
Thanks to federal funding they can head to neighborhood summer meal sites for 1-3 meals and a snack every day.


06 2015

Burglary Prevention Tip Sheet

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The attached file is a helpful list of tips to prevent burglaries.  Please share it with your neighbors.


06 2015

FREE CONCERT Celebrating Grand Reopening of Heinz Chapel TONIGHT Thur 6/18 7:30pm

June 18, 2015 – 7:30pm
Celebrate the grand reopening of Heinz Chapel after the installation of a climate control system!
OvreArts, the resident ensemble of the chapel, will feature contemporary works for chamber orchestra, all of which were premiered on the community concert series at the chapel. The concert will also include several anthems composed by Theodore Finney, the first conductor of the Heinz Chapel Choir.
This concert is free and open to the public.

Oakland Restaurant Week – June 22-27 – 6 Days – $6 Lunches

6 Days – $6 Lunches
Win FREE lunches for a month along with other great prizes.
For 6 days, participating Oakland restaurants will be offering lunch specials for $6.

Participating restaurants:
Hello Bistro
Original Milano Pizza
Sciulli’s Pizza
Fuel & Fuddle
Red Oak Café
Hilton Garden Inn
Peter’s Pub
Pamela’s Diner
Sushi Fuku
Prince of India
Golden Palace
Sincerely Yogurt
Sorrento’s Pizza Roma
Oakland Bakery & Market
AD’s Pittsburgh Cafe
Noodles & Company


06 2015

Swinburne St Closure THIS WED 6/17 – 7am-Noon For Slope Remediation

The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that Swinburne Street, between Greenfield Avenue and Parkview Avenue, will be closed 7:00 am until 12 noon on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 for slope remediation.


06 2015

Public Meeting On Reconstruction Of Bigelow/Baum Blvd From Finland St to Morewood Ave Tue 6/23 7-9pm

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Engineering District 11-0, invites the public to attend a public display of plan for the reconstruction of SR 0400, Section A38, Baum Boulevard between Findland Street and Morewood Avenue.
The project, located in the City of Pittsburgh, Allgeheny County, PA includes full depth reconstruction from the Eastbound off-ramp to Bloomfield Bridge to the Baum Avenue Bridge over the Port Authority of Allegheny County Busway, reconstruction of the bridge deck and mill and overlay of Baum Boulevard from the bridge to Morewood Avenue. It also includes reconstruction of ADA sidewalk ramps and traffic signal upgrades within the project limits and reconstruction of the pavement of the underpass ramp to the Bloomfield Bridge.
The purpose of the public meeting is to present the construction schedule and traffic patterns during construction.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7-9pm at Courtyard Marriott, 5308 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
A brief presentation will be given followed by an open house format. PennDOT and their representatives will be available for discussion and to answer questions. Everyone who is interested in the project is invited to attend anytime during the above meeting hours.


06 2015

Schenley Plaza Activities June – October

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Schenley Plaza Activities
Fitness Programs (June – October)
  • Monday - Yoga - 12pm – 1pm
  • Wednesday - Zumba - 10am – 11am
  • Saturday - Yoga - 10am – 11am
  • Sunday - Tai Chi - 10am – 11am
Kids’ Day
Second Sunday of the month May – October
  • Free rides on the PNC Carousel
  • Entertainment for children
WYEP Summer Music Series
  • Saturday, June 27
  • Friday, August 28
  • Friday, July 31
  • Friday, September 25
Pittsburgh Symphony Concert
  • Tuesday, September 1
Farmers’ Market at Schenley Plaza
  • Friday 3pm – 6pm
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    June through October