Knotweed Knock-out!

Polish Hill Monthly Beautification and Green-up.

Saturday, September 24th, 8:45 – 11:45 am

This month, join us in the task of removing invasive knot-weed from a site near the Bloomfield Bridge. Meet at the PHCA center on Brereton at 8:45 am. Bring water, gloves, etc.

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.)


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 

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.

Polish Hill Arts Fest photos — part 2

So much happened at the festival – here’s the second installment of photos!

The musicians of Timbeleza brought a big blast of energy with their Brazilian samba drumming,



And then the dancers showed up,


This young festival-goer was completely entranced by the samba ladies


and this little girl got to help Timbeleza play,


Pandemic Pete was on hand all day to do sound and keep the music going between sets,


Laura Zurowski’s dream-themed Sleepwatch project offered a quiet place for visitors to sit and contemplate


Nicole Bloch of Erra Creations,


Mathew Tembo and the Afro Routes band brought the sounds of Zambia,


These two gentlemen were enjoying the music and demanded to have their photo taken,


The May Day Marching Band got going just as the rain came,


… and kept the energy going through a short storm, as people danced in the street,


… until the storm ended, and the music kept going,


Then PARTY! came on, and brought some 80s rock-n-roll energy,


Which got the kids dancing,


Until it was time to stop, and call it a day.


Thanks to all the performers, vendors, organizations, and volunteers.  And thanks to everyone who came out to help make this a great day!

(All photos by Leslie Clague)

Polish Hill Arts Festival photos — part 1

There were a lot of great photos from this very hot, fun, and exhausting day, so this is the first of two installments.

Here’s Elias Khouri and his dad Najeeb.  Elias just turned 14 and has been playing guitar for a year and a half.  This was his first public performance, and he’s pretty amazing.


This is Karen Lillis, writer and organizer of Small Press Pittsburgh,


Jeffrey Krusl, with Jude Vachon, saying hello,


Florence Smith, of Djoi Designs, with her wonderful jewelry and accessories,


Aubrey and Kazzy had terrariums, among other things,


Joe Holtz, who has been at the festival every year since it began,


Garick Tai-Lee and Charlie Alessi with their ceramics, here with a visit from a mobile art project,


Jabari Mason (and the gorgeous Mrs. Mason) has also come back every year,


The Mobile Sculpture Workshop came back with their welding setup and art-in-progress,


Volunteers from Assemble, with art activities,


Elizabeth Monian of Land Art Generator Initiative,


Little House Big Art,




Carnegie Library, who have also joined us every year,

IMG_0373The Hills and the Rivers — such a great band,


There were lots of kids, and ices, of course,


And we’ll be back soon with the rest of the photos!

(All photos by Leslie Clague)