Saturday December 2nd  from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ODPC is co-hosting a pop-up event with two Pitt students at the Oakland Career Center 294 Semple St.. This event is open to all Oakland residents and invites you to bring items, such as clothing, knick-knacks, small appliances, and non-perishable food items, to sell/donate. We are prepared to transport any items that are not sold/donated throughout the day to various donation centers (Goodwill, etc.).   
See attached flyer for more info.

Water Test Results and Call to Action
One South Oakland residence's water recently tested at a 25 ppb for lead, well over the 15 parts per billion (ppb) considered a high level of lead based on government standards. That particular house is fairly newly constructed, so the source is likely the connection to the house or the main supply lines. We encourage everyone to have their water tested in South Oakland. 
For more information on getting a free testing kit, visit
PWSA is currently mandated by DEP and EPA to replace seven percent of publicly-owned lead service lines per year. With a unanimous vote, City Council recently passed legislation that positions the city to help Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority customers replace private lead service lines when PWSA completes adjacent line work, but no funding yet.  If more people get their water tested in South Oakland, and the readings are similarly high, we as a neighborhood can appeal to Council President Kraus to make South Oakland a priority when the City plans any action. 

The Port Authority is accepting service requests for the 2017 fiscal year through the end of the month. For those of you who want to advocate for improved routes it is important to go to the website and complete the request survey, the link is below. It is a quick and easy survey that only takes a couple minutes. The requests can be made both as a group and as individuals. It is important to spread this information to all your members if there are any requests that you have in mind.  For example, re-implementing the 84B in South Oakland. Advocacy for this route can continue, and if there are any other requests it is important that they be submitted by November 30th. 

Artist Darrell Kinsel (Pgh Native, Schenley Grad, Contributor to OPDC Evening Of Storytelling ) needs 2-3 Oakland residents willing to volunteer to be “models” for this exhibit. Any volunteers? The volunteer must be willing to let Darrell go through your recycling can and include elements of it in the installation described below. 
Shells of Our Former Selves 
The pieces will serve as sculptures, trash statues that represent different people of Pittsburgh.  Connecting with students, neighbors, and professionals that operate in Oakland.  These iterations of our community will be created out of the refuse materials collected directly from each of the models.  Conceptually, Shells of Our Former Selves serve as vessels for spiritual reflection, a shell or skin shed for the purposes of personal growth.   Each sculpture will reflect ideas, techniques, and physical items that have been disposed of or left behind.  This exhibition will present a collection public sculptures piled into the storefront window.  The Humanoid sculptures will present omni gendered wide ranging  body types created out of recyclable materials.  The recyclable materials will be sourced from 50 pre selected models that will serve as the base shapes for each sculpture.  Shells of Our Former Selves will represent the amount of waste collected from the model, a personal reflection of brand preferences, habits, and what different people identify as "waste". 
‘Student Move-in’ for Fall 2016 Term 
Below is a list of local University move-in dates.
  • Carlow University – August 23-24, 28, 2016
  • Carnegie Mellon University – August 20, 24-25, 2016
  • Chatham University – August 24, 2016
  • Duquesne University – August 16, 2016
  • Point Park University – August 22, 25, 27, 2016
  • University of Pittsburgh – August 22-28, 2016

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Come join our yoga classes!   Every Tuesday Evening @ 7pm. Starting Tuesday July 5 at the South Oakland Community Orchard, 3213 Parkview Ave, Pgh, PA 15213

Instructor: Nicole Pruss.
Donation: $5 per class Who: Ages 16 yrs and up.

PS: Bring your own mat.

If you have any other questions, click here to use the SONG contact page

or check out the events page at

Organizers of the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Celebration are welcoming all residents of the greater Pittsburgh region to come Downtown for Bicentennial events throughout the day on Saturday, July 9.  
The day begins with a 11 a.m. parade on Liberty Avenue, starting at 11th Street and ending at Point State Park, continues with a showcase in Market Square, and ends with a concert and fireworks that evening in the park. 
The Bicentennial Parade is organized as a "human timeline," beginning with the first indigenous residents of the region, and proceeding through the City's history of immigration from Europe and newly arriving immigrants, from Latin America, Africa and Asia. The Bicentennial year forms a bridge from Pittsburgh’s first 200 years to the future. 
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Oakwatch : The Oakland Code Enforcement Project
Third Wednesdays
July 20 Noon 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.
Guest Speaker:  Maura Kennedy – PLI director
Oakwatch webpage 

Green Team : Putting the “oak” back in Oakland
Third Thursdays
July 21, 6pm, Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
Green Team webpage

1 EQ Fireworks 7/4, 2. Gallery Crawl 7/8, 3. Pogopalooza 7/8-9,
4. Pgh Vintage Grand Prix 7/8-17,
5. PGH200 Bicentennial Parade, Showcase & Fireworks 7/9 & ongoing
6. Night at the Tropics at the National Aviary 7/9
7. Picklesburgh 7/15-16, 8. Polish Hill Arts Festival 7/17
9. Third Thursday: CINEMA at Carnegie Museum of Art 7/21
10. ReplayFX Arcade & Gaming Festival 7//28-31

Last month the City, Uptown Partners, Oakland Planning & Development Corp., and neighbors had a hugely successful OPEN HOUSE to kick off the Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District planning process! This event signaled the start of robust community engagement to create the City’s most sustainable and equitable district plan.

If you missed it, there will be another chance to share your thoughts about the neighborhood!
Public Open House #2 will be
Wednesday, March 30th, 6-9 pm at 300 Gist Street
See the attached flyer for more info or visit the main website at

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The City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh are inviting all those interested to participate in the city's inaugural Innovation Week, from April 1 through April 9.
There are more than 25 partner organizations and 20 events already planned through the week, with hopes to schedule more. If you would like to host an event, or stay connected with the latest Inclusive Innovation Week news, please see the Inclusive Innovation Week page.  
In September the City, the Department of Innovation & Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority launched the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation. The mission of Inclusive Innovation Week is to continue the work of the Roadmap by promoting the City of Pittsburgh as a hub of equitable access to innovation, celebrate organizations, people and partners who are doing incredible work, and invite more people to find ownership in innovation.
For more information on the Department of Innovation & Performance, check out their State of the Department address and video.      

3329 Juliet Street – $215,000
3238 Ward Street – $125,000

Thursday, March 3 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 6 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Walk to work- be home in minutes! Newly renovated, 3 bedroom, 1 bath. Enjoy Schenley Park and museums in your neighborhood. Special financing for moderate income buyers. No investors; for owner-occupancy only.
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On Friday, March 18, Mayor Peduto, in light of the Pittsburgh Bicentennial, will be celebrating the city of Pittsburgh’s incorporation in the lobby of the City County Building. The Oakland Business Improvement District, in collaboration with the Oakland Planning & Development Corporation and the Oakland Transportation Management Association, will be holding a table showcasing Oakland’s transformation over the years. If you, or anyone you know, have any old pictures of Oakland and you’re willing to share them for this display. The photos can be anything – from residential Oakland, to the business district; from the universities to the cultural amenities – they’d be happy to take a look!
We wouldn’t mind having pics of our neighborhood for our own photo display on the website!
If you need help scanning  let us know.
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To learn more and share your opinions, attend the Port Authority’s Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the William Penn Ballroom at the Omni William Penn Hotel.
Tuesday, March 8 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Connolly Ballroom at Alumni Hall. 
Those wishing to speak may call 412-566-5187 in order to register. E-mail for more information.
Click on the picture above for a printable flyer.