South Oakland Orchard – Love Your Block Date Changed To Sat 5/14

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There have been a few extra challenges getting things ready for implementing our Love Your Block Day for the South Oakland Community Orchard, so we are going with our backup date of Saturday 5/14 starting at 10am. We hope to see you there.
Click here to check out the information page and please contact us if you think you might come so we know how much help we can expect.  Thanks!
Also, mark your calendar for South Oakland Community Day on Saturday August 27.

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May 2016 – Oakwatch Mtg 5/18 Noon, Green Team Mtg 5/19 6pm

Oakwatch : The Oakland Code Enforcement Project
Third Wednesdays
​May​ 1​8, ​12pm at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, located at 234 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213​. They ask you to please RSVP.​
No outside food/drink, no backpacks/briefcases
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
Oakwatch webpage

Green Team : Putting the “oak” back in Oakland
Third Thursdays
​May 19, 6pm, Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213.
​​Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
Green Team webpage

Prescription Drug Disposal Day Sat 4/30 10am-2pm

Got Drugs?  
 
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
 
Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal Saturday, April 30th from 10am to 2pm at the Zone 4 Police Station 5358 Northumberland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
or these other Oakland locations:
  • UPMC, Falk Pharmacy: Falk Medical Bldg, 2nd Floor Lobby, 3601 Fifth Ave
  • UPMC, UPMC Presby, Prescription Shop, 1st Fl, 200 Lothrop St
  • UPMC, Forbes Pharmacy of WPIC: Oxford Bldg, 7th Fl, 3501 Forbes Ave
  • UPMC, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Main Lobby, 1st Fl, 300 Halket St
  • Pitt Police, University Pharmacy, 103 University Pl
   

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Learn & Earn Summer Youth Employment

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Make money & build your resume this summer
  
Apply now for the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program at School 2 Career’s office in Oakland. Students can apply until May 9th on:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Wednesdays: 9 am – 7:45 pm
  • Saturday, May 7: 12 pm – 4 pm 
Apply at the Oakland Career Center at 294 Semple Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Check out the attached flyer for more info.    

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Arbor Day Tree Giveaway Market Square NEXT WEEK, Fri 4/29 11:30am

Tree Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission giving away seedlings Friday, April 29 in Market Square
 
Tree Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission will partner to host a tree seedling giveaway for Arbor Day Friday, April 29 in Market Square. Tree Pittsburgh will be in Market Square at 10 a.m. and the seedling giveaway will begin at 11:30. The giveaway will end at 2 p.m.or whenever the seedlings run out – whichever comes first. Distribution of trees is on a first-come, first-served basis. 
 
All seedlings given away this year were grown locally at Tree Pittsburgh’s Heritage Nursery, with seeds from Pittsburgh trees. Seedlings included in the giveaway are tulip poplar, white oak, yellow buckeye, umbrella magnolia and pawpaw. All seedlings planted will go towards Tree Pittsburgh’s goal of planting 10,000 trees in 2016, in honor of their tenth anniversary.   

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Flyer For Solar Workshop 4/21

Go Solar Wokshop for Oakland-Uptown Homeowners Thu 4/21 6-7:30pm

As part of the April Green Team meeting Grassroots Green Homes and Solarize Allegheny will attend to discuss their respective projects for Oakland Residents.
Go Solar Workshop for Oakland-Uptown Homeowners
Date: Thurs., April 21   ·   Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Community: Oakland-Uptown
Oakland Career Center REGISTER HERE  
  
 

2016 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pgh Marathon – Sun 5/1

Traffic Advisory
 
REMINDER- The 2016 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
 
The eighth running of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and other exciting weekend events begin Friday, April 29, 2016 thru Sunday, May 1, 2016:
  • Friday, April 29, 2016 with the GNC Living Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo
  • Saturday, April 30, 2016 the UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Rune, Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, Pittsburgh Toddler Trot and the Pittsburgh Pet Walk
  • Sunday, May 1, 2016 the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon and the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay
 
Oakland Portion Of Route:
  • Birmingham Bridge – Right onto Forbes Avenue
  • Right onto Schenley Drive (around Schenley Plaza)
  • Left onto Schenley Drive
  • Left onto Schenley Drive extension
  • Right onto Forbes Avenue
  • Left onto S. Craig Street
  • Right onto Fifth Avenue
   

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Two Major Events In Oakland Weekend Of April 15-17

Traffic Advisory
 
REMINDER- Carnegie Mellon University's Spring Carnival – Close several Oakland area Roads 
The City of Pittsburgh has issued permits to Carnegie Mellon University to close several Oakland area roads during CMU's Spring Carnival and Sweepstakes buggy races.  
Margaret Morrison Strret, Tech Street, Circuit Road and Schenley Drive (Panther Hollow and Schenley bridges included) will be closed from 5am-1pm on Friday, April 15, 2016 and Saturday, April 16, 2016 
Both the City of Pittsburgh Police and Carnegie Mellon Police will be present during the races to help monitor traffic. Roads will reopen by 1pm.
 
*If inclement weather causes the cancellation of the Friday and Saturday competitions, races will be held Sunday, April 17, 2016 during the same time. 
 
Phipps Conservatory will remain open during normal hours. Due to road closures, visitors will need to park on the streets by Carnegie Library and the surrounding area. City of Pittsburgh Police stationed at barricades will give bus drives instructions for passenger unloading. 
 
For more information, visit 
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Traffic Advisory
 
REMINDER- University of Pittsburgh Bigelow Bash and Spring Blue & Gold Football Game – Close several Oakland area Roads
The City of Pittsburgh has issued permits to the University of Pittsburgh to close several Oakland area roads for a number of Special Events during the week of April 15-17, 2016:
Bigelow Bash, Friday, April 15-17, 2016- Bigelow Boulevard between Forbes & Fifth Avenues will close at 12am on Friday April 15, 2016 for set-up and reopen by 2:30am on Sunday, April 17, 2016
Spring Blue & Gold Football Game, Saturday, April 16, 2016- University Place between Fifth Avenue and O'Hara Street will close at 8am on Saturday, April 16, 2016 and reopen by 2:30pm the same day.   
    

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Small Business Resource Fair – Mon 5/2 4:30-7PM

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Small Business Resource Fair
Monday, May 2, 2016  4:30-7:00 p.m.  
Riverside Center for Innovation
700 River Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
 
Join exhibitors from non-profit groups and others all over Pittsburgh who can help you start or grow your small business! Learn about available assistance with your building,
your business plan, financing, mentorship, and other great opportunities for new and established small businesses. Exhibitors include local non-profits, financial institutions, and business consultants. This is a free event and most services
offered are free or very low cost. 
 
Light refreshments will be served.
Brief presentations at 5:30 pm
Check attached flyer for more info and
  

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Deadlines Soon To Sign Up For Grassroots Green Homes Energy Saving Challenge

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Participate in the Energy Efficiency Challenge – Starting May 1
Sign up to receive 12 free Do-It-Yourself energy efficiency tools for participation in a 12-month energy efficiency challenge. Share your utility bill with our team, and you will get information and guidance from your own neighbors on ways to lower your energy bills.
Apply for Free Home Weatherization Plus Services –April 30 Application Deadline
Apply for additional free weatherization services (like air sealing and insulation) to make your house even more energy efficient. To qualify, you must own your own home and be a non-smoker. After the work is complete, you will be able to showcase the improvements through data sharing or a home tour.
Get Involved: Be an Energy Coach – Still Accepting Applications
There are still ways to get involved in the program! Energy Coaches attend free training and planning sessions to design program rollout to their neighborhoods, organize tip and tool distribution, and gather feedback from participants.

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Route 380 Baum Boulevard Bridge Long-term Closure Begins Mon 4/4 Moorewood Ave To Enfield St

Traffic Advisory
Route 380 Baum Boulevard Bridge Long-term Closure begins Monday 
PennDOT District 11 is announcing the closure of the Baum Boulevard Bridge (Route 380) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin on Monday night, April 4 weather permitting. 
The Baum Boulevard Bridge, located between Melwood Avenue and Enfield Street, will be closed to traffic for 80 consecutive days beginning at 7 p.m. Monday night. All traffic will be detoured.  
   
Click here for more detour info

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EEFC Small Space Gardening Workshop Thu 4/14 7pm

Learn how to plan a 4' x 4' garden, what does well in small spaces, how to plant a beautiful container garden, and problem-solving techniques. We'll also discuss season extension, companion planting, and pests and disease. You'll walk away with a garden design worksheet and confidence for your best growing season yet!
 
Danielle Marvit & Hannah Reiff, Garden Dreams
Thursday, April 14th, 7 PM
POWER/EEFC Conference Room

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Apr 2016 – Oakwatch Mtg 4/20 6pm, Green Team Mtg 4/21 6pm

Oakwatch : The Oakland Code Enforcement Project
Third Wednesdays
April 20, 6pm at the Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
Green Team : Putting the “oak” back in Oakland
Third Thursdays
April 21, 6pm, Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213.
​Scheduled this month:
  ​the launch of Solarize Allegheny and Grassroots Green Homes
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
 

Grilled Cheese & Soup Dinner Fundraiser Tue 4/12 5:30-7:30pm

Tuesday April 12th 5:30-7:30pm we will be having another event, but with grilled cheese sandwiches and soup at the Parkview Manor Dining Room.  There will be two different types of tomato soup and potato bacon soup.  Check back for details.

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