Something fun for Friday night: gypsy bands and more

Here’s another opportunity to see Polish Hill faves Lungs Face Feet and Italian gypsy band Taluna, who played together at Gooski’s (and Weather Permitting) in June.  They, along with “apocalyptic bluegrass” band Xavier in the Doghouse, will play an outdoor show on Friday evening at 8:00 pm at the Bayardstown Social Club in the Strip.   The event is $10 and includes a complimentary drink (water, punch, or for the over-21’s, beer).  There will also be a food truck or two.

The Bayardstown Social Club is at 3008 Penn Avenue — that’s just a block west of the 31st Street Bridge, and walking distance from Polish Hill.   Click here for more info about the event.

Join Allegheny cleanways on September 21 and help clean up the riverbanks of the Allegheny

Join Allegheny CleanWays for the annual International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 21st from 9 am – 12 pm.  This year’s cleanup will be on the riverbanks of the Allegheny River near the 40th street bridge.  Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes or boots and meet in the parking lot underneath the bridge.

Allegheny CleanWays will supply all equipment and supplies as well as food and refreshments after the cleanup. Check out the Allegheny CleanWays website for more information.

(Above:  the 2012 cleanup, on the Allegheny River around Millvale.  Photo courtesy of Allegheny CleanWays.)

A glimpse back at another cold and rainy day, 46 years ago

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The Retrographer website isn’t an easily searchable archive — Polish Hill isn’t in the list of neighborhoods, either, which is odd, since there are definitely photos from Polish Hill in there.  But if you’ve got some time to search around there are a lot of great photos, and you can register to comment, pinpoint photo locations on a map, or offer corrections.

This photo of Liberty Avenue at the 28th Street Bridge, from February 10, 1966, looks like this day feels.

Town Hall Forum on October 2 Will Offer Answers About Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the country’s healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

“The Impact of the Affordable Health Care Act”, a town hall forum on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will be held at the University of Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Oct. 2.  The forum will feature a panel discussion by experts and a question-and-answer session and will offer the public one of its best opportunities locally to get answers to questions about the legislation.  This free event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Ballroom B at Pitt’s University Club, 123 University Place, Oakland.

The forum is sponsored by the Allegheny County Department of Human Service’s Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Resources, the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Social Work and Law, and the Allegheny County APPRISE Program (the state health insurance assistance program).

A slate of experts will help untangle the complicated subject of online health insurance Marketplaces just as the Marketplaces begin taking registrations, which occurs on Oct. 1. Marketplaces — originally called Health Insurance Exchanges — will allow eligible uninsured individuals to select from among health insurance packages to meet the requirements of the Affordable Health Care Act.

“We are sponsoring the Town Hall Forum because many people and employers have questions about the Affordable Care Act,” said Joe Elliott, Community Programs Manager at the Allegheny Link. “It’s a complex piece of legislation and the experts at the forum can answer many initial questions, including ‘What do we do if our employer does not provide health insurance? Are we eligible for the Marketplace? Will there be subsidies to make health insurance more affordable?’”

John Lovelace, president of UPMC for You, a managed care organization that serves Medical Assistance and Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan recipients in 40 counties in Pennsylvania, is among the featured speakers. Other experts are expected from the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, Excela and the Consumer Health Coalition.

The forum will also address some of the broader implications and impact of the Affordable Care Act on the American health care system, particularly the law’s provisions concerning the Medicare and Medicaid systems. The first hour of the forum will be devoted to a panel discussion, with two hours allotted to taking questions from the audience.

Seating is limited. Those wishing to attend should RSVP by Sept. 30 via email to William McKendree, mckendrews@fswp.org, or call 412-661-1438.

(first paragraph c/o Wikipedia; the rest from an Allegheny County press release)

A couple of fun things to do this weekend

On Friday Sept 13th is “That’s not her toe, Dude”, an evening of Lebowski-related activities and a screening of the original motion picture The Big Lebowski.  The event will take place at the Bayardstown Social Club, at 3008 Penn Avenue in Lawrenceville.  The event is $10 and the attractions will include a costume contest, robes, In & Out-style burgers, three bands playing the soundtrack to the Big Lebowski, White Russians, beer, pub quiz, guess how many pairs of dirty undies in a suitcase, bowling ball polishing competition, nihilists, a tape deck w/ Creedence and more.  Arrive early — there’s a good chance this will sell out.  A couple of other things to know:  in case of rain, the event will be at Artists Image Resource, on the North Side.  Check Pittsburgh Abides for more inside details.

We posted recently about Weather Permitting, the Sunday concert series at the Shadyside Nursery.  This Sunday, September 15, is the last of these events.  Come out from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. to hear The Red Western (alt country Americana), The City Buses (indie rockers), and Amun Raqs, (Egyptian surf cabaret, with live bellydancer Jemeena).  Other attractions include a special mystery guest (clue:  architects), beer by Rock Bottom Brewery, the Lomito Truck and another food option TBA.  The event is $10.  Shadyside Nursery is located at 510 Maryland Ave — enter thru parking lot next to the Harris Grill.

Health Department to Open Oakland Influenza Vaccine Clinic on Sept. 9

It’s still officially summer, but this is the time to start thinking about getting a flu shot.  The Allegheny County Health Department will open its influenza vaccination clinic at 3441 Forbes Avenue, Oakland, on Monday, September 9.

The clinic will offer influenza vaccine, while supplies last, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Wednesdays, from 1 to 8 p.m., with free parking available after 4:30 p.m. in the lot behind 3333 Forbes Avenue. No appointment is necessary. Health officials report there are many sources of influenza vaccine and ample supplies are expected to be available this flu season.

The influenza vaccine will be provided free of charge to uninsured/underinsured children from six months through 18 years old.  It is a covered benefit to people with Medicare Part B coverage who are not in an HMO and may get vaccine from any Medicare-approved provider.  The vaccine is $25 for others.

A limited supply of flu vaccine without thimerosal will be offered free of charge to uninsured/underinsured children.  Please call 412-687-ACHD (2243) in advance to make sure it’s available.

The vaccine protects against three strains of influenza virus expected to circulate this season – H1N1 Type A, H3N2 Type A, and a Type B influenza virus.

 

Health Department to Open Influenza Vaccine Clinic on Sept. 9

 

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department will open its influenza vaccination clinic at 3441 Forbes Avenue, Oakland, on Monday, September 9.

The clinic will offer influenza vaccine, while supplies last, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Wednesdays, from 1 to 8 p.m., with free parking available after 4:30 p.m. in the lot behind 3333 Forbes Avenue. No appointment is necessary. Health officials report there are many sources of influenza vaccine and ample supplies are expected to be available this flu season.

The influenza vaccine will be provided free of charge to uninsured/underinsured children from six months through 18 years old.  It is a covered benefit to people with Medicare Part B coverage who are not in an HMO and may get vaccine from any Medicare-approved provider.  The vaccine is $25 for others.

A limited supply of flu vaccine without thimerosal will be offered free of charge to uninsured/underinsured children.  Please call 412-687-ACHD (2243) in advance to make sure it’s available.

The vaccine protects against three strains of influenza virus expected to circulate this season – H1N1 Type A, H3N2 Type A, and a Type B influenza virus.

Influenza is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection that can cause mild to severe illness, sometimes leading to death, primarily in the elderly and the chronically ill.

 

Free walking tours of Pittsburgh neighborhoods with the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Take advantage of the cooler weather to explore Pittsburgh with the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.  The PHLF is offering a couple of free walking tours this month in cooperation with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.  One tour is on the South Side, the other is in the Hill District.  Here are their descriptions of the tours:

Saturday, September 7, 2013
South Side––From River to Rail Explore South Side from a new perspective as we walk along 18th Street, from the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along the Monongahela River to the railroad tracks and the steps going up the South Side Slopes. Hear the story of how the Flats and Slopes developed. See the new housing development along the river and hear how South Side is balancing the needs of businesses and residents while working to keep this historic neighborhood vibrant. Meeting time & location: 1:45 p.m., 1720 South Shore Court, 15203 Tour guide: Karen Cahall (PHLF) and neighborhood representatives.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 Hill District––Centre and Wylie Avenues
From the long-awaited grocery store now under construction to the Thelma Lovette Family YMCA on Centre Avenue, improvements are in progress along Centre and Wylie avenues. Learn what else is in the works for this area of the city where so many immigrants once settled and where jazz greats and Pulitzer-prize winning playwright August Wilson found inspiration. Meeting time & location: 1:45 p.m., Freedom Corner (91 Crawford Street, 15219) Tour guides: Karen Cahall (PHLF) and neighborhood representatives.

Each tour is limited to 25 participants. Reservations required. Contact: Mary Lu Denny(412-471-5808, ext. 527).  Click here for the full schedule of tours this fall.

From the District 7 newsletter for September

NEWS AND UPDATES

City Council returns from summer recess, begins regular meeting schedule

It’s been a relaxing summer break, but Pittsburgh City Council will end its summer recess and resume its regular meeting schedule with back-to-back regular and standing committee meetings on Wednesday, September 4th.  City Council meetings can be watched live on the City Channel or on the Pittsburgh City Clerk’s Legislative Information Center. Subsequent regular meetings of Council will be held on Tuesdays at 10 AM, with standing committee meetings held on Wednesdays at 10 AM.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS

Council to Go

Join District 7 staff for Council to Go, City Council District 7’s mobile constituent services office, where residents are encouraged to voice their concerns, ideas, and questions related to city government and services.

Bloomfield/Lawrenceville – Thursday, September 5th, 6pm-7pm, Caffe Mona, 4200 Penn Ave
Polish Hill – Wednesday, October 9th, 7pm-8pm, Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street

Community Events

Talk with neighbors, concerned residents, and Zone 5 public safety officials at the September meeting of the Zone 5 Public Safety Council, to be held on Tuesday, September 10th at 7 PM at the Union Project located at 801 N. Negley Avenue. Public Safety Council meetings are a great opportunity to stay informed on public safety issues in your neighborhood and to talk with the public safety professionals that keep our communities safe.

Lawrenceville United is bringing back their annual fundraiser with a newly revised and revamped event called LIVE! in Lawrenceville. LIVE! in Lawrenceville is the recurring annual fundraiser for Lawrenceville United. Tickets are $25.00 in advance ($30.00 at the door), 2 for $40.00 ($50.00 at the door), and $15.00 for LU’s Senior AdvantAGE members.  Please call LU for tickets by calling (412)-802-7220, or purchase online at www.lunited.org. LIVE! in Lawrenceville will take place on Saturday, September 14th from 7 PM – 11 PM at the Teamsters Temple (4701 Butler Street).

Did you know?

Twice a year, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police sponsors an opportunity for members of the community to become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the Police Bureau. This program, called the Citizens Police Academy (CPA), brings the police and the community closer together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant. Participants receive three hours of training one evening each week for 15 weeks in many of the varied functions of law enforcement, including the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, the processing of crime scenes, and the operations of many of the Pittsburgh Police’s specialized enforcement units.

The next session of the CPA will begin on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at the South Hills Retirement Residence (old South Hills High School), at 125 Ruth Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15211.  The program will be held each Tuesday evening, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for 15 weeks. Click here for a link to the CPA application.

Read the full District 7 September newsletter here.

PHCA office closed August 19 – September 2

Okay, more than a few days.  The PHCA office will be closed from August 19 – September 2.  Board members will be checking the mail, phone, Facebook, and email, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  You might not get a response as quickly as usual, but someone will get back to you.  The office will also be closed for Labor Day and will reopen on Tuesday, September 3.

Have you checked out Weather Permitting yet?

Weather Permitting is a family-friendly outdoor concert series that takes place on Sundays at the Shadyside Nursery, at 510 Maryland Avenue (near Ellsworth, behind the gas station next to Harris Grill).  The series started in June and will run thru the end of August.  Here’s a great article about Weather Permitting, with more photos.

This Sunday, August 18, the featured bands are Grand  Piano, the Black Honey Rollers, Batamba (Local Latin/Afro pop infused Funk and Soul), and AppalAsia (combines the influences of Appalachian and Asian music traditions)

The event will also have activities for kids, food trucks, and a complimentary beverage.  Admission is $10.  Check here for more information.