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.


Bird House Decorating Contest


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.

Another RADical Days weekend!

RADical Days 2013 is still going strong!  This annual event celebrates local assets with free admission, musical and dance performances and family activities offered by arts and culture organizations, parks and recreation, and sports and regional attractions that are funded by RAD.  Continuing through November 10, each week a different set of attractions will participate in this event.  Here are just a few of the free things to do this weekend:


Bulgarian-Macedonian National Education and Cultural Center
Free Admission: 9am-3pm

Fort Pitt Museum
Free Admission: 10am-5pm.

City Theatre Company – Theater Workshop
STORYTELLERS with Dance, Mime, & Movement
Free Admission: 2:30-4:30pm – Limited to ages 11-18

Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Free Admission: 7:30pm (Program B) and 9:15pm (Program A)


Senator John Heinz History Center & Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
Free Admission: 10am-5pm

National Aviary
Free Admission: 10am-5pm

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Free Admission: 1-4pm

City Theatre – Theater Workshop  “LET’S GO GREEN!” Puppetry workshop
Free Admission: 2:30-4pm – Limited to ages 11-18

Some events require registration.  Click here for more details and a full schedule of all RADical Days events.  You can also join  the email alert list for RADical Days 2013 to get updates.  To get text message alerts on your mobile device, text RAD to SMASH (76274); message and data rates may apply.  You can also follow RAD and RADical Days announcements on Facebook.

Carnegie Library's Extravaganza Outdoor Family Festival on Sunday, June 9

On Sunday, June 9 from 12 – 5 p.m., Carnegie Library’s Main branch in Oakland has their Extravaganza Outdoor Family Festival on the lawn in front of the library.  It’ll be a great afternoon packed with live entertainment, crafts and cool activities for every member of the family.  There are lots of activities for kids (and adults), and performances from local musicians.

Performance Schedule:

12 pm – Pittsburgh Puppetworks – PBS Kids go Writer’s Contest Show (Performance Tent)

12:40 pm – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Welcome

1 pm – Undercroft Opera presents highlights from Carmen (inside the Library)

1 pm – Pittsburgh Musical Theater (Performance Tent)

1:30 pm – The Squirrel Hillbillies (inside the Library)

2 pm – Obama Academy Steel Band (Performance Tent)

2:30 pm – South Hills Brass (inside the Library)

3 pm – Crusic Percussion with Colin Pinto Martin (Performance Tent)

3:30 pm – The Uncommon Q-tet – Members of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra (inside the Library)

4 pm – Timbeleza (Performance Tent)

For information check out the Carnegie Library’s info page for the event http://www.carnegielibrary.org/summer/extravaganza/

RADical Days are here: get out there and check out what Pittsburgh has to offer — free!

The Allegheny Regional Asset District – or RAD – is your local sales tax dollars in support of our regional libraries, parks and trails, sports facilities, and arts and culture.  Since 1994, RAD has funded more than $1.3 billion in grants to places and to organizations that create a positive impact on the lives of residents of and visitors to Allegheny County.  RADical Days is a “thank you” to the public for its support of the assets through RAD.

RADical Days started on September 20 and continues through Saturday, October 13.  This is your chance to check out some of the cultural attractions that Pittsburgh has to offer — free of charge.  For three weeks each fall, dozens of Pittsburgh institutions offer free admission.  The options expand each weekend, there are several places to choose from, many of which are offering special programming — for all ages, and again, all free.  Here’s what’s coming up this weekend:

Saturday, September 29
Frick Art and Historical Center:  free family activities including scavenger hunts, games and art activities.
Fort Pitt Museum
Young Men and Women’s African Heritage Association:  Nia Quilt Guild, and music by the Nia Steel Pan Drum Ensemble.
Hartwood Acres Hay Day:  hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, music, arts and crafts, book fair, and food vendors.

Sunday, September 30
Heinz History Center:  In addition to the museum collection and the Sports History Museum, there will be performances by the Pittsburgh Academy of Musical Theater, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, and the South Hills Chorale.
National Aviary:  did you know they have a penguin colony here?
Young Men and Women’s African Heritage Association:  Nia Quilt Guild, and music by the Nia Steel Pan Drum Ensemble.
Carnegie Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History
Children’s Museum:  all the usual fun, and performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Fiddlesticks, and the Bulgarian Dance Troupe Otets Paissii.
Carnegie Main Library: Cy Hungerford exhibit and discussion.

That’s just this weekend — there are things to do every day — on weekends, many things — through October 13.  To see the whole RADical Days schedule and information, click here or visit the PHCA office to pick up a brochure.

Project Lido in Lawrenceville: outdoor art and activites — and it's all free

Project Lido is a presentation of outdoor art installations in the former Leslie Pool in Lawrenceville — with other activities, events, and fun stuff to go along with it — all free!

On Sunday, August 19 from noon to 5 pm, there will be a pre-opening  Art Activity Day with lots of fun things to do for the whole family.  You can visit with the artists as they work on-site, play in an interactive installation by Mattress Factory – Museum of Contemporary Art, learn about green energy design, or make your own structure from paper tubes and tape.

The official opening reception is on Thursday August 30 from 7-10 pm.  There will also be other workshops, events, and weekend viewings.  Check out the Lido information page or Leslie Park Pool Collective Facebook page for event information.

Cupcakes and constellations: Carnegie Library brings summer reading programs for teens to Polish Hill

Having trouble getting to a library location near you?  Well, the Carnegie Library is bringing some upcoming summer reading programs to Little House Big Art in Polish Hill.  These events are for kids between 12-18, and they’re free!

Teen Summer Reading: Creepy Cupcake party
Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.

Learn about what Summer Reading can do for you while decorating your own creepy cupcakes! Receive a free book for signing up.  Space is limited. Click here for more information and to register.

Teen Summer Reading: Edible Stargazing
Friday, June 15, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Explore the cosmos and then consume them! Use marshmallow and pretzels to create constellations and learn about the night sky. Maybe even spot your favorite constellation in this special evening program.  Click here for more information, and to register.

Little House, Big Art is located at 3028 Brereton Street.  Here’s a map.

Citiparks new events

West Penn staff called to let us know about a couple of Citiparks events coming up that Polish Hill residents might be interested in.  First, on Saturday May 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., there’s Pitch, Hit and Run, for boys and girls from 7-14.  Participants have a chance to win a trip to see the Pirates, or to the 2012 All-Star game.  The event will take place at McKinley Park; call West Penn (412.681.1950) for more information.

Further ahead:  with the goal of offering something new, Citiparks is planning to have a rowing (for all ages) activity this summer.  The group would meet at West Penn and drive over to Washington’s Landing as a group.  They don’t have a date yet, but  if you are interested in trying rowing, call West Penn (412.681.1950) to sign up.

The Library @Pittsburgh Public Market

Staffski is excited to report that the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is going to have a presence at the Pittsburgh Public Market! You will be able to pick up and return books and other media and CLP will be offering a selection of food-related materials at the location. From CLP’s announcement —

“The extended service pilot is part of the Library’s LYNCS (Libraries in Your Neighborhood Community and School) initiative. Staffed by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh librarians and graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Library & Information Science, the library services of LYNCS at the Pittsburgh Public Market (LYNCS: PPM) will provide customers with easy access to comprehensive library services during the weekend on their trips to the Strip’s great eateries and shops. Customers will be able to borrow materials from an on-site collection of materials, register for a library card, pick up or drop off library materials and access the Internet and online library catalog from an express computer hub.”

The CLP will be celebrating a grand opening at the Public Market on April 15. There are some fun events planned for the weekend, with a special appearance by Timbeleza! Following is a schedule of events planned for the weekend —

Friday, April 15 / 10 am Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting
Friday, April 15 / 12 pm – 12:30 pm 30 Books in 30
Minutes Librarians will share 30 great titles in just 30 minutes.
Friday, April 15 / 5 pm Timbeleza
Timbeleza is a Brazilian percussion ensemble based out of Pittsburgh, PA that has been performing since 2005. Their goal is to expose people to samba as well as invigorate the community with music and performance.
Saturday, April 16 / 9 – 11:30 am Drop-In Story Telling
Storytellers will intrigue and inspire audiences with their stories for young and old.
Sunday, April 17 / 12 – 2 pm
Gadget Lab Staff will demonstrate how to use the Library’s downloadable services with eReaders and MP3 players.

The CLP station at the Pittsburgh Public Market will operate —
10 am – 6 pm on Friday; 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday; and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday.

For additional Library events at the Pittsburgh Public Market call 412.622.3114 or please visit www.carnegielibrary.org, www.pittsburghpublicmarket.org or www.neighborsinthestrip.com.