Help retain a grocery store on Penn

Thanks to our neighbors and elected officials for coming out to show support at our Neighborhood Grocery Store Rally last night! To retain a full-service grocery store at 5200 Penn Ave., we need your voice and continued engagement. Here’s how you can help:

 

Write Governor-Elect Tom Wolf to ask for his support on this issue.  

Governor-Elect Tom Wolf on Twitter

Governor-Elect Tom Wolf on Facebook

 

Governor-Elect Tom Wolf

PO Box 22454

Philadelphia, PA 19110

Email: info@wolfforpa.com

 

Call or write ALDI, Inc. to request community engagement on a plan for the 5200 Penn Ave. location.

Aldi USA on Facebook

Aldi USA on Twitter

Aldi USA online contact form

 

Jason Hart

President, ALDI, Inc.

1200 N. Kirk Rd.

Batavia, IL 60510

Phone: 630-879-8100

 

Call or write Bottom Dollar to request they keep fixtures until a plan for 5200 Penn Ave. is finalized.

Bottom Dollar on Facebook

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Bottom Dollar online contact form

 

Steve Wilson

Real Estate Manager, Bottom Dollar

2110 Executive Dr.

Salisbury, NC 28147

Phone: 704-633-8250

Email: sdwilson@foodlion.com

 

Sign our online petition to ALDI, Inc.

The petition is available here.

 

Bottom Dollar 5

Small Business Resource Fair

In conjunction with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, we will host a small business resource fair from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at 113 N. Pacific Ave.

The fair will be open to the public, both businesses and residents alike, from anywhere in the city. A number of organizations will be in attendance to meet with established businesses as well as those interested in learning more about starting a business. Refreshments will be provided.

Tour de Penn

“Tour de Penn,” a Biz Buzz program sponsored by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, will kick off at 11 a.m. on Dec. 6 and will run until 6 p.m. on Feb. 14.

During this time, you can visit businesses outside the construction zone on Penn Avenue to pick up a map and attached passport.

By visiting the businesses within the construction zone on Penn Avenue between Mathilda and Evaline Streets, you can get your passport stamped. If you make a purchase of $5 or more at these businesses, you will get an extra stamp.

Participants who earn 10 stamps will be entered into a weekly raffle for a $25 gift card. Those who earn 20 or more stamps will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card. Each week, four gift cards will be raffled off. They can be used at any business on Penn Avenue between Mathilda Street and Negley Avenue.

Stay tuned to the Penn Avenue website for more information, as well as to find out which business(es) will be highlighted each week. If you make a purchase at one of the highlighted businesses, you will earn an extra stamp.

If you take any photos and post them to social media, please be sure to use the hashtags #tourdepenn and #proudtobepenn. You can also email them to mainstreets@bloomfield-garfield.org, and they might be featured on the Penn Avenue website.

December Bulletin Board

Check out community events and notices for the month of December!

December 2

Lawrenceville

Adult Game Night

Join your neighbors at the Lawrenceville branch of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 279 Fisk St., every Tuesday at 6 p.m. for board games and card games. Games played include Quantum, Ticket to Ride, Quiddler, Seven Wonders, Mexican train dominos, and backgammon. Ages 18 and up. Call 412-682-3668 with any questions. Repeats on Dec. 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Tween Scene

Come to the Lawrenceville branch of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 279 Fisk St., from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for the Tween Scene program. Each week, the activity is different. It could be video games, board games, or arts and crafts. Students in grades 3 to 5 are welcome. Call 412-682-3668 with any questions. Repeats on Dec. 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Bloomfield

Prenatal Yoga

Looking for an ideal way to stay in shape during pregnancy? Discover prenatal yoga to help keep you limber, tone your muscles, and improve balance and coordination. Our experienced yoga instructors facilitate the class, which is designed for expectant moms. It will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at West Penn Hospital, 4800 Friendship Ave., in the Burstin Room. It costs $50 for a four-week session. Written permission from your doctor is required. For more information, call 412-578-7030. For a complete listing of classes and events at West Penn Hospital, visit www.ahn.org/westpenn. Repeats on Dec. 9, 16, and 30.

Garfield

S&B Stitching Circle

S&B meets every other Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave. Leave the kids at home and bring your sewing, knitting, or crochet project and possibly a dish or drink to share. Sewing machines and basic knitting instruction will be available. Email outreachvista@assemblepgh.org with questions, comments, or general excitement. Repeats on Dec. 16.

December 4

Lawrenceville

Snugglebug Storytime

Join fellow caregivers, babies, and toddlers at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville, 279 Fisk St., at 10:30 a.m. for a storytime program of rhymes, songs, finger plays, and fun. Call 412-682-3668 with any questions. Repeats on Dec. 11 and 18.

Tree Lighting

From 6 to 7 p.m., come to the Allegheny Cemetery driveway, 4734 Butler St., for the annual Lawrenceville tree lighting, which includes music, cookies, games, and an appearance from Santa.

Cookie Tour

The annual Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour will be Dec. 4 to 7. Sample shopkeepers’ favorite cookies at 37 businesses throughout the Lawrenceville business district. To receive this year’s tour map, sign up for the e-newsletter at www.lvpgh.com/cookietour.

December 5

Garfield

Unblurred Gallery Crawl

The first Friday of every month, from 6 to 11 p.m., venues in the Penn Avenue Arts District, 4800 to 5500 Penn Ave., open their doors to showcase the work of a variety of artists and performers.

Alternative Gift Market

Join PULSE for a holiday art and craft sale. You will have the opportunity to browse handmade gifts from local artists and crafters, find presents for your loved ones, enjoy a holiday drink, and connect with friends. The Alternative Gift Market is held at the PULSE office, 5151 Penn Ave., from 7 to 10 p.m., and will repeat on Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 412-361-0124 or visit www.pulsepittsburgh.org/gift-market for details.

Film Screening

From 7 to 9 p.m. at 5429 Penn Ave., join Neighborhood Learning Alliance for a screening of the documentary “First Generation,” which follows four low-income high-school students striving to be the first in their families to attend college.

Closing Event

From 7 to 10 p.m., come to the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Ave., for the closing of “Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Artists 4.” Bands performing include Elephant Gerald and the Jazz Kissingers, ATS, Meet the Beatless, and the Sex-Tet-Offensive.

December 6

Lawrenceville

Cookie Mall & Children’s Party

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., come to St. Augustine’s Social Hall, 220 37th St., for the annual Joy of Cookies Cookie Mall, featuring homemade cookies available for purchase to support local nonprofits. A children’s party runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes games, crafts, refreshments, pictures with Santa, and toy giveaways. For more information or to volunteer, contact Lawrenceville United at 412- 802-7220 or info@lunited.org.

Bloomfield

Ladies’ Night Out

This event is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m at Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Ave. Learn mini dance lessons in bellydance, aerial silks, vertical bar, and burlesque. Vendors catering just to ladies will be on-site. Wine tasting provided by Pittsburgh Winery. Tickets can be purchased for $10 online in advance, or for $15 at the door. Refreshments provided.

December 7

Lawrenceville

Young Adult Bible Study
The young adult Bible study started in October continues this month. Topics will include faith and community, degrees of sin, and living a life of faith. Studies are non-denominational, and some may be divided up to cover multiple weeks. Bible study is held at Crazy Mocha, 4032 Butler St., from 7 to 8 p.m. The program is being sponsored by Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. Call 412-621-2720 with any questions. Repeats on Dec. 14, 21, and 28.

December 9

Bloomfield

Newborn Basics

From 6 to 9 p.m., expectant parents are instructed in the care of a newborn infant with a hands-on skills lab, using dolls to practice before their baby arrives. Topics include breathing, swaddling and soothing, diapering, taking the baby’s temperature, and signs of illness. The class will take place at West Penn Hospital, 4800 Friendship Ave., in the Allegheny Room. It costs $40 per couple, or $25 per grandparent. For more information, call 412-578-7030. For a complete listing of classes and events at West Penn Hospital, visit www.ahn.org/westpenn.

Garfield

Grid Emergency Preparedness

Learn why our electric power grid is vulnerable to an outage lasting weeks or months. You can also learn how to prepare yourself and your family for a possible collapse. Tim Cimino of GridEmergency.org will explain the vulnerability and how people can successfully survive such an emergency. Come to the 113 N. Pacific Ave. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. or call 412-390-4675.

December 11

Bloomfield

Infant CPR and Safety

Designed for parents and caregivers to develop skills in infant and child CPR, the “Baby 911” class focuses on safety concerns including “baby-proofing” your home, SIDS, and car safety. The class takes place at West Penn Hospital, 4800 Friendship Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Burstin Room. It costs $40 per person or $75 per couple. For more information, call 412-578-7030. For a complete listing of classes and events at West Penn Hospital, visit www.ahn.org/westpenn. Also offered Dec. 17.

Lawrenceville

Safe Streets Fundraiser

From 5 to 7 p.m., join the Lawrenceville Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (LBPC) for a fundraiser at Franktuary, 3810 Butler St., to help make the neighborhood safer and more enjoyable for bicycling and walking. Learn about LBPC’s vision, win raffle prizes, eat delicious food, and contribute to tangible projects that make the neighborhood better for everyone.

Park Master Planning

From 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Arsenal Middle School auditorium, 220 40th St., join Lawrenceville United, Lawrenceville Corporation, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Friends of Arsenal Park, and MKSK to learn about the design concepts for Leslie and Arsenal Parks. All are welcome to share their thoughts at arsenalpark.mindmixer.com. Call 412-802-7200 for details.

December 13

East Liberty

Let’s Move! Family Dance Party

Put on your dancing shoes and bring your family to join the fun at a Let’s Move! Family Dance Party. This winter-wonderland-themed party has just the right mix for toddlers and their families to get down. Stop by Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to enjoy kid-friendly music spun by our guest DJ, dancing, hands-on art activities, and more. The event is pay-what-you-can and open to the community. For more information, visit www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

Lawrenceville

Teen Saturtime

Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville, 279 Fisk St., from 2 to 4 p.m. for personal project workspace, playing Xbox, and just hanging out with friends. Start a project as small as painting your shoes all the way up to programming your own video game. Call 412-682-3668 with any questions. Repeats on Dec. 20 and 27.

December 14

Bloomfield

Kids’ Dance Party

Come to Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Ave., from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Please wear your best holiday outfits and Santa hats. Dance, games, and tree-trimming will be included, and refreshments will be provided. Tickets are $5 per child. No reservations are required.

December 15

East Liberty

Imagination Builders

Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty branch, 130 S. Whitfield St., for creative fun building structures out of blocks, Legos, and more. This event is open to families with children in grades 2 through 5. It is from 6 to 7 p.m. Call 412-363-8274 to register.

December 16

East Liberty

Pajama Storytime

Come to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty branch, 130 S. Whitfield St., at 6:30 p.m. for family fun pajama time, a story, and an activity. This event is open to children ages birth to 5. Call 412-363-8274 to register.

December 20

East Liberty

Holiday Storytime

Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty branch, 130 S. Whitfield St., at 1 p.m. to listen to books about December holidays and to make a holiday card. This event is for children ages 3 to 5. Children should come with an adult. Call 412-363-8274 to register.

Kids Create: Origami

Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty branch, 130 S. Whitfield St., at 3:30 p.m. to learn how to make origami. This event is open to all ages. Call 412-363-8274 to register.

Family Fun: Winter Bingo

Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty branch, 130 S. Whitfield St., at 11 a.m. to play bingo. This event is open to children in grades 2 to 5. All children are asked to come with an adult. Call 412-363-8274 to register.

December 21

Bloomfield

Holiday Showcase

Come to Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Ave., for the annual holiday student dance show. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the show begins at 4:30 p.m. Latecomers will have to wait to be seated. Youths under age 12 are admitted for free, and adult tickets are $10. Refreshments are provided, and parking is free.

Ballroom Dance Party

Come to Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Ave., for a “Celebrate the Season” holiday ballroom dance party for adults. There will be a ballroom dance lesson at 6:30 p.m., with open dancing until 9:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Bring your own beer or wine to share. $10 per person. No reservation is required, and parking is free.

Lawrenceville

Christmas Candlelit Service

You’re invited to a special Christmas candlelit service at Encounter Church. On Sunday, Dec. 21, come be a part of Encounter’s Christmas service, which will include acoustic worship, an encouraging message, and a special candlelit response moment. Afterward, there will be photos with Santa and a hot chocolate bar. You’re invited to join Encounter all December long for their “A Christmas Story” message series based on the Christmas movie classic. Encounter Church meets every Sunday at 10 a.m. at Arsenal Middle School, 220 40th St. Visit www.encounterpgh.com for more details.

Ongoing

Garfield

Toy Drive

From Nov. 15 to Dec. 10, Toys for Tots and Garfield Jubilee Association’s YouthBuild AmeriCorps Program are coming together for a toy drive to give deserving children a merry Christmas. New toys that are unwrapped should be donated by 5 p.m. on Dec. 10. The dropoff location is 5323 Penn Ave., behind Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center. Call 412-665-5200 for more details or to arrange a toy pickup.

Insurance Enrollment

Every Saturday from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, noon to 4 p.m., individuals can meet with a trained health insurance enrollment specialist, called a Certified Application Counselor, who can guide applicants through the process of enrolling in affordable health coverage at 5321 Penn Ave. Call 412-205-1298 to schedule an appointment.

“Joseph” Trip

Travel with Morningside Church of God in Christ (COGIC) to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for the play “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” This production is at the Milennium Theater and is coming in 2015. Make your reservation by calling Mary Spidell at 412-466-2188. A reasonable payment plan is available which includes breakfast, lunch, theater ticket, and deluxe round-trip motorcoach transport.

All Neighborhoods

Recovery Services

To be eligible to participate in treatment at Sojourner House, a woman must be 18 or older and have at least one child 12 or younger, be actively seeking custody of a child, or be pregnant. The Single County Authority and providers that serve the injection drug abuse population shall give preference to treatment as follows: 1) pregnant, injection drug users; 2) pregnant substance users; 3) injection drug users; and 4) all others. For more information, call 412-441-7783.

November Bulletin Board

Check out community events and notices for the month of November!

November 1

Bloomfield

Saturday Market

Celebrate harvest season at the market with a Harvest Festival. Featuring artists and crafters, fun kids’ activities, and, of course, lots of delicious food and produce. Stock up during the last market of the season. Call 412-708-1277 or email christina@bloomfieldnow.com for more information.

Lawrenceville

Prayer Breakfast

Join the women’s ministry at New Bethel Baptist Church at 9:30 a.m. for a prayer breakfast. This church is located at 221 43rd St. Call Ann Walker for more information at 412-231-3128.

November 4

East Liberty

Foam Crafts

At 5 p.m., kids are invited to make projects out of fun foam material while supplies last. For children ages 3 and up at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty, 130 S. Whitfield St.

November 6

Lawrenceville

Sisters Revival

Come hear guest revivalist Dr. Lisa Weah, pastor at New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Baltimore, speak at New Bethel Baptist Church, 221 43rd St., on Nov. 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. Call 412-231-3128 for more information.

November 7

Friendship

Exhibit Opening

The “Emerge/Evolve” exhibit features artists from all over the world displaying their works of kiln-glass at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave. Visit www.pittsburghglasscenter.org for more information.

Garfield

Unblurred Gallery Crawl

The first Friday of every month, from 6 to 11 p.m., various venues in the Penn Avenue Arts District, 4800-5500 Penn Ave., open their doors to showcase the work of a variety of artists and performers.

Garfield Night Market

Stop by North Pacific Avenue between Penn and Dearborn between 6 and 10 p.m. for the last Garfield Night Market of the season. New vendors will be in attendance along with old favorites.

Unblurred @ Assemble

From 7 to 10 p.m., Assemble, located at 5125 Penn Ave., will feature “The Muck and the Mire,” a two-person show by Brad Bianchi and Danny Devine. In their first show together, the two will be showing new paintings, drawings, and sculpture. There will also be an interactive activity.

Pittsburgh Art Exhibit

From 7 to 10 p.m., the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination at 5006 Penn Ave. presents “Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Artists IV,” a group exhibition of over 20 artists. Musical guests Standing Wave to perform.

Bloomfield

Bellydance Festival

This event, hosted by Pittsburgh Bellydance Academy and Pittsburgh Dance Center, takes place Nov. 7, 8, and 9 at 4765 Liberty Ave. It’s a weekend full of workshops, shows, competition, and crowning the “Belly Dancer of the Year.” For information, visit www.pghbellydancefestival.com.

Kids’ Step Class

Earthen Vessels Outreach is beginning a free step class for children in grades 1 to 4. Classes begin on Nov. 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 250 S. Pacific Ave. and continue weekly, with a final stage performance occurring on Dec. 19. Classes will be taught by Ms. Tia, a community resident who has taught step for more than five years. Call 412-681-7272 or 412-414-2993 to register. Class size limited to 12.

Digital Corps

Earthen Vessels Outreach is offering a free Digital Corps weekly engineering series for middle-school youths from Nov. 7 through Dec. 12 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Youths will learn about the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, Visual Programmer, and the Scratch Programming Environment. Call 412-681-7272 or 412-414-2993 to register.

November 8

Lawrenceville

Studio Tour

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., furniture designers, fiber artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, glass artists, printmakers, and others will open their doors to the public to teach and converse about their disciplines. Watch artist demonstrations, view works-in-progress, purchase local artwork, and experience the environments that energize Lawrenceville’s expanding creative culture. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 401-965-6099 or visit www.facebook.com/LawrencevilleArtistsStudioTour.

November 9

Lawrenceville

Free Lecture

At 11 a.m., the Holy Name Society of Our Lady of the Angels Parish will host Jim Wudarczyk, who will speak on “Pittsburgh on the Eve of the American Civil War.” Wudarczyk will present an informative and amusing talk on some little-known events that helped to spark America’s bloodiest confrontation. The event will take place in the social hall under Saint Augustine Church, 225 37th St. It is free and open to the public.

Sisters Revival

Come hear Reverend Ayonna Johnson, from St. James AME Church, and Pastor June Jeffries, from New Life Baptist Church, speak at New Bethel Baptist Church, 221 43rd St., at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Call 412-231-3128 for more information.

November 13

Strip District

Eco Art PGH

“Eco Art PGH: Visions of a Sustainable Pittsburgh” is a student art contest based around the theme of a futuristic, sustainable Pittsburgh. This 21+ event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at 2425 Liberty Ave. and is hosted by Ziggy Sawdust and state Senator Jim Ferlo. Enjoy works of art by local university students, live music, free beer and wine, and light refreshments. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Student works will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Pittsburgh Green Innovators and the Larimer Green Team. For more information, visit www.ecoartpgh.eventbrite.com.

November 14

Oakland

Annual Luncheon

The board of directors of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation invites you to a luncheon celebrating this year’s achievements at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 4215 Fifth Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor Bill Peduto will speak. For tickets and information, call Aggie Brose, 412-441-6950 ext. 15.

November 16

Bloomfield

Princess Dance Party

Come dressed as your favorite princess between 3 and 4:15 p.m. at Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Ave. Parents must stay with their child, and all ages are welcome. The event costs $5 per child. Each child will receive a certificate for a free dance class.

November 17

East Liberty

Poverty Simulation

A simulation to increase understanding of what it’s like to live in poverty will be held at East Liberty Presbyterian Church from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free to the public. To register, call Akirah Robinson at 412-254-3038 or email circles@eastliberty.org.

Lego Club

At 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty, 130 S. Whitfield St., families with children ages 2 and up are encouraged build creatively with Legos, Duplos, wood blocks, straws, connectors, and more.

November 20

Lawrenceville

Free Lecture

As part of the Lawrenceville Historical Society’s public lecture series, James Halttunen will speak about the last remnant of Fort Pitt, the Block House. This lecture is based on “The Fort Pitt Block House,” a recent book by Emily Weaver. Halttunen is the current curator of the Block House. Lecture will take place at the McVey Auditorium of Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk St., at 7 p.m. Free and no reservations required.

Pruning Event

Join fellow community members for a pruning event from 6 to 8 p.m. in Lawrenceville. For more information, call 412-781-TREE or visit www.treepittsburgh.org/lawrenceville.

November 22

Garfield

Thanksgiving Dinner

At 11:30 a.m. Morningside Church of God in Christ, 5173 Dearborn St., is giving away free winter wear. Later on, a free Thanksgiving dinner will take place. If you need transportation, call Sister Cathy Bryant at 412-853-2022.

East Liberty

Cathedral Concert

At 5 p.m., East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 South Highland Ave., will have a concert showcasing the dedication of the chapel’s newly refurbished Steinway piano. For more information, call 412-441-3800.

November 23

Bloomfield

Ballroom Dance Party

Come to Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Ave., at 4 p.m. for a ballroom dance lesson, and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for an open ballroom dance party. Refreshments provided, BYOB. The cost is $10 per person, and no partner is necessary. Beginners are welcome.

November 25

Lawrenceville

Thanksgiving Dinner

Join the members of New Bethel Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. at 221 43rd St. to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. Contact Ann Walker at 412-231-3128 for more information.

Ongoing

Highland Park

Seeking Volunteers

Literary Arts Boom relies upon volunteers and interns to add expertise and energy to its programming. This fall, volunteers are needed for weekday-morning storytelling workshops and for National Novel Writing Month in November. For more information, email literaryartsboom@gmail.com or call 412-906-9522.

Classroom Field Trips

During Glorious Group Stories, your group of young authors will learn about narrative structure and character development from our enthusiastic team. Volunteers will be on hand every step of the way to help students express their ideas and hone their storytelling skills. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/LAB_GloriousGroupStories or call 412-906-9522.

Lawrenceville

Young Adult Bible Study

A weekly young adult Bible study began on Oct. 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Crazy Mocha, 4032 Butler St. This free program is being sponsored by Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. For more information, call 412-621-2720.

Garfield

Call for Proposals

5511 Penn Ave. is looking for artists to submit proposals for events, exhibits, and performances to take place in that space during Unblurred in November and December. Please note that this space is still very “raw,” meaning that it is not a typical gallery or performance space. All ideas are welcome. Visit www.pennavenue.org/blog for more information and pictures of the space. Submit proposals to mainstreets@bloomfield-garfield.org for consideration.

Saturday Crafternoons

The Saturday Crafternoon program at Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave., offers free craft workshops every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Youths in grades 1 to 8 and their families can stop by and participate in fun new projects every week.

Assemble Afterschool

Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave., offers a safe space for kids to develop their problem-solving skills and creativity through making and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education. Open to youths in grades 1 to 8 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. through Dec. 18.

East Liberty

Storytime: Baby & Me

Come to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty, 130 S. Whitfield St., on November 6, 13, and 20 at 10:30 a.m. to listen to stories, sing songs and participate in rhymes. For ages birth to 2 with an adult. Call 412-363-8274 to register.

Storytime: Family Fun

Come to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty, 130 S. Whitfield St., at 10:30 a.m. on November 7, 14, and 21 to listen to a story, sing songs, and recite rhymes. Parent will hear tips to help their child get ready to read. For ages 2 to 5 with a parent or adult.

Community Notices

Shadyside

Book Released

Expected End Entertainment, LLC, and EX3 Books announced on Oct. 13 the release of “The Hair Commandments: Shalls and Shall Nots of Wigs, Weaves, and Natural Hair” (ISBN 978-0-9885545-5-9) by Pittsburgh businesswoman LaToya Johnson-Rainey.

Certified Application Counselor Training

Want to help people enroll in affordable health coverage? The BGC and the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center are hosting a training this Saturday, Nov. 8, for volunteers to become an Affordable Care Act Certified Application Counselor. The training is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5321 Penn Avenue. Call 412-206-1298 to register.

“Staying Power” – BGC Annual Luncheon

Hope you’ll join us for our annual luncheon on Friday, November 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. This year’s theme is “Staying Power,” and tickets are $40 for members and $70 for the general public. Rich Fitzgerald (Allegheny County Executive) and Bill Peduto (Mayor of Pittsburgh) will speak. To RSVP, call Aggie Brose at 412-441-6950 x 15.

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