Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Festival

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Festival

July 16th, 3:00 -11:00 p.m.

Polka Mass at 4:00 p.m. with Ray Jay & Carousels, followed by music and dancing in the street, under a tent.  Pierogie, kielbasa, haluski, games, baskets, 50/50, church raffle. D.J. playing throughout the day.

We hope to see you there!

(3058 Brereton Ave., Polish Hill, Pgh.)

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Polish Hill Monthly Beautification & Green-up

On Saturday, April 30th, residents and volunteers affiliated with the Polish Hill Civic Association will undertake two major events:

1) Knotweed Knockout: At the Bloomfield Bridge focus-site, volunteers will help trim back any early growth of knotweed (weed wackier salad)

2) Street Cleanup: Volunteers will canvas the neighborhood on foot. Collect debris & rubbish from public spaces! Recycle any recyclables.

Here are the talking points:

*) Rain or shine, we’re a go!
*) Wear heavy boots, brightly colored clothing
*) Rally at the PHCA around 8:30 AM
*) Breakfast snacks & whitty-banter: coffee, danish, fruit etc.
*) Supplies handout from the PHCA (Bags, gloves, rain gear, etc.)
*) Designate teams (Rocks, paers, sizors – best out of three)
*) Safety Review / keep it classy
*) Off we go! (9:30 best guess )

Pittsburgh Small Business Resource Fair

The Office of Mayor William Peduto is co-hosting another Small Business Resource Fair on Monday, April 4 from 4:30-7pm at NOVA Place (100 S. Commons) in Allegheny Center. This Fair has a focus on the Makers movement. Entrepreneurs and Makers of all sorts are invited to attend and meet with free or low-cost resource providers.

The Mayor’s office suggests this will be a great opportunity for business owners to learn how to launch or grow their small business.

There is a facebook page for the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1685848145016977/ . If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Mayor’s Office Small Business & Redevelopment Manager, Henry Pyatt, at henry.pyatt@pittsburghpa.gov

Karbala – a screening of a Polish film at the CMU International Film Festival

The 2015 Polish language film, Karbala, is about the 2004 Battle of City Hall in Karbala, Iraq, in which 32 Polish and 16 Bulgarian soldiers defended the place against attack for 4 days during the Gulf War. The American premier for the film will take place in Pittsburgh as part of the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival

March 20th, 3pm, 2016, at CMU’s McConomy Auditorium (5032 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213).

The Polish Consulate in New York will participate in the event.

For more information about the festival, please visit:  http://www.cmu.edu/ faces/.​​ If you would like to co-present the event with CMU please visit http://www. cmu.edu/faces/sponsors.html  and/or contact the director, Jolanta Lion at jola@cmu.edu.

 

We’d like YOU to be part of the 2016 Polish Hill Arts Festival!

The Polish Hill Arts Fest is one of the city’s liveliest summer events. The Fest attracts people of all ages from across the city and includes a broad range of vendors from fine craftspeople to young, local artists. Live music, unique performances and fun activities for the kiddos. Plus, we always have amazing local food vendors. This year, for the first time, the Arts Fest is 100% volunteer-run. And (as always) we look to you to help us make it happen.

July 17th, noon to 9pm (this’ll be awesome, just wait).

If you would like to participate in the the fun, as an artist, a performer, or a food vendor, please reveal your interest through one of the following links (applications are due by May 1st!):

Artist Vendor Application
Performer Application 

Bird House Decorating Contest

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The PHCA Monument Committee is sponsoring our 2nd bird house decorating contest. The last one was in 2012 and it is time to add new bird houses to the Monument tree. ALL BIRD HOUSES WILL BE KEPT BY THE PHCA AND HUNG ON THE TREE. We invite you to participate in this fun event.

The entry rules are simple:

  • The bird house is to be no larger than 12″ x 12″ with a hook attached for hanging it on the tree.
  • The “unfinished” bird house can be either built or bought.
  • You decorate the bird house.
  • You can enter as often as you like.
  • A label with your name, address, phone number and email address is to be affixed to the bottom of the birdhouse, which will later be removed.
  • All bird houses must be delivered to the PHCA office by April 15, 2016.
  • Someone will be in the PHCA office on April 13 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., and on April 15 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to accept your birdhouse(s) delivery.

The prize for first place is a Polish Hill t-shirt; and the prize for second place is a membership to the PHCA.

Bird houses will be judged by the PHCA Monument Committee and the winners will be announced at the Membership meeting on May 3rd and on Blogski and Facebook.

 

Fish Fry!!!

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (Rosary Hall)

3058 Brereton St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 – in Polish Hill

Fish Fry

Eat In or Take Out on:

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10

And every Friday (Feb. 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18) during Lent except Good Friday

3:00-6:00 p.m. (as long as dinners are available)

$8.00 dinner includes: fish sandwich, french fries and cole slaw

$2.50 side dish varies each week.

Tips for smart seed shopping

Though spring seems ages away, certainly some of us are thinking ahead about spring planting for summer bounty. These tips from Phipps might be useful!

Go here for the full Phipps story (paraphrased below)…

With another great year of gardening about to begin,  Phipps wants to remind their fellow green thumbs that by purchasing seeds that are organic and non-GMO, you will support purveyors whose products and practices have a more positive impact on human and environmental health. When searching for seeds, a great place to start is the Council for Responsible Genetics’ Safe Seed Resource List, a directory that includes local, national and international GMO-free vendors.

For more information, they asked Phipps Display Horticulturist Mike Bechtel, who maintains the Rooftop Edible Garden, to share his insight on how to search through seed catalogs: “I start by looking at every vegetable in the catalog, then making a list of everything I want to try growing. The list starts off long until I assess how much space I actually have, and then I start paring down to the essentials. I grow all organic vegetables, and searching for certified organic seed is sometimes difficult when you want something specific. Two of my favorite seed purveyors are Seed Savers Exchange and Heirloom Seeds which is in West Finley, Pa. Many seed companies indicate which seeds have been produced organically.”

Other seed companies recommended by Phipps staff include John Scheepers, High Mowing Seeds, Fedco, andThe Natural Gardening Company. If your goal is to avoid seeds directly linked to conglomerate seed companies, check out the Safe Seed Pledge, a voluntary pledge companies can take to commit to selling non-GMO seeds.

On Sat., Feb. 27, Phipps and Grow Pittsburgh will host their Fourth Annual Seed and Plant Swap at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland. This free, open-to-the-public event will include opportunities to obtain open-pollinated, non-GMO, non-hybrid seeds; a hands-on activity for children; a seed starting workshop; and more. Follow the link below for details, and have a happy gardening season!

Free “hands-on” CPR course

Pittsburgh EMS in conjunction with UPMC, is beginning a city-wide Citizen CPR training program in 2016. Residents and community leaders, like the members of the Polish Hill Association, who reside in Police Zone 2 are the first to learn this life-saving technique.

Called Bystander CPR or “hands only” CPR, it allows time for anyone to initiate resuscitation protocols and improve the ultimate outcomes of patients suffering from medical emergencies, specifically cardiac arrest. The goal in 2016 is to train at least 2,500 Pittsburgh residents in this and the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) protocols.

free 30 minute non-certificate course will be hosted by the Zone 2 Public Safety Council  at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 28beginning at 6:00 p.m at the Bedford Hope Center, 2305 Bedford Ave.

For more information, contact Liz Style: elizabeth.style@pitsburghpa.gov or 412- 255-8977 .

 

Liz Style, Coordinator: SaferTogether, collaborative strategies for community safety

City of Pittsburgh, Department of Public Safety

City County Building
414 Grant Street, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

412-432-8505 cell

412-255-8977 office