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, and they might be featured on the Penn Avenue website.

November Bulletin Board

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

November 1


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 for more information.


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


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


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 for more information.


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.


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

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


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

November 9


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

November 14


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


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

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


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

November 22


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


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


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.


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 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 or call 412-906-9522.


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.


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 for more information and pictures of the space. Submit proposals to 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


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.

“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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Join us for an end-of-summer celebration!


Tamere Lester and Wes Davis enjoy a field trip to a Pirates game as part of the Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program.

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) and Neighborhood Learning Alliance (NLA) will host a “Celebration of Success” event at 3 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the BGC’s youth development office, 5321 Penn Ave.

This event will celebrate the 300+ young adults who participated this summer in NLA’s Reading Warriors program, which employs high school students to serve as reading mentors for children, and the BGC’s Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program, which gave many young adults their first work experiences in conjunction with the City of Pittsburgh.

The celebration will feature refreshments and an informal meet-and-greet with youths at 3 p.m. and brief testimony from youth participants and City of Pittsburgh leadership at 4 p.m.

Speakers include:

  • Guy Costa, Chief Operations Officer, City of Pittsburgh
  • Debbie Lestitian, Chief Administration Officer, City of Pittsburgh
  • Stefani Pashman, Chief Executive Officer, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board
  • Outstanding youth program participants and agency work site supervisors

Family, friends, work site supervisors, and governmental, community, and agency leadership are encouraged to attend.

Garfield Community Day

Don’t miss the “magical mischief” at Garfield Jubilee Association’s Garfield Community Day: Adventure Time, which takes place this Sunday, Aug. 25 at the St. Maria Goretti Activity Center at 140 N. Atlantic Street in Garfield. The fun starts at 1 pm and continues until 7 pm, with free admission and games starting at just 25 cents. Enjoy food, live music, and prizes! Bring the whole family!


Veterans Event at ENEC

The Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (ENEC) is proud to sponsor a Veterans event featuring Karen Payne, career advisor and case manager at the Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) of Western PA. She will present on the following opportunities to support veterans’ needs:

· Overview of what services VLP provides to veterans and their families.

· Housing: Seven individual housing programs ranging from 12 months stay up to 36 month.

· Three rental assistance housing programs

· Life skills training, individualized goal setting leading to self-sufficiency, referrals for supportive services.

· Eligibility: Veterans status, low income, proof of homelessness, must have some income.

· Employment program for homeless and non-homeless veterans and their families

· Vocational counseling, resume preparation, job development, workshops, and job fairs.

· Individualized assessment and one-on-one assistance in supporting veterans in their job search.

· Helping veterans remove barriers to employment.

· Some supportive services for transportation, clothing and tools.

· How the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center will help you with employment.

· Contacts and referrals with many employers.

The event will be held at: Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center, 5321 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, on Wednesday, July 31st at 10:30 AM. To register, please call 412-362-8580.

Homebuyer Education Workshop

NeighborWorks Western Pa. and PNC Bank will co-host a FREE presentation for potential home buyers on Saturday, October 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how to take the right steps to homeownership! Location: Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, 5324 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Lunch will be provided. To register, call 412-281-9773 or 412-281-1100 x100.


Earthen Vessels Outreach Celebrates New Space

This Friday, March 30, from 2 to 6 p.m., Earthen Vessels Outreach invites you to celebrate the completion of their newest space — the Pacific Sanctuary. Come to 250 S. Pacific Avenue to tour the new building, meet staff members, and learn about how the EVO impacts the lives of families and youth living in the Pittsburgh’s East End. Refreshments will be provided. Visit or call            412-414-2993  for more information.