Celebrate National Pierogi Day at Rock Bottom Brewery and help support the PHCA

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Did you know that October 8 is National Pierogi Day?  To mark the occasion, Rock Bottom Brewery in Homestead will have a $10 all-you-can-eat pierogi (from Forgotten Taste in Wexford), sauerkraut, and kielbasa buffet from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  and a 50/50 raffle.  Proceeds from the buffet and the raffle will benefit the PHCA.  This is your chance to have a big pierogi dinner, try some great beers, and help out your friendly neighborhood community organization.   We hope you can join us!

Rock Bottom Brewery is at 171 Bridge Street in Homestead — that’s among the restaurants and the movie theater, next to the Waterfront shopping center.

(Photo and a recipe for making pierogi at home, from The Small Boston Kitchen)

Please donate to support the Polish Hill Arts Festival!

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We’re still working to raise the rest of the money we’ll need to produce this year’s Polish Hill Arts Festival — to get the street closure permit, the large tent, to pay the bands, and more.  The festival is a gift to the neighborhood — the PHCA doesn’t make any money on the festival, but donates staff time and materials.

We’ve launched an online fundraising campaign to raise the rest of the funds needed.  It’s easy and secure, and you get to pick a perk.  And you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing that you helped to make sure this great event could happen for the seventh year.  Please consider donating, and share this with others who might want to support this great event.

To read more about the event and to donate, click here.

(photo from the 2011 Polish Hill Arts Festival by Leslie Clague)

Donate to the PHCA on May 6, and your donation will be increased with matching funds

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On Tuesday May 6, 2014, donations made through Pittsburgh Gives can be designated for your favorite local nonprofit — and your donation will be increased with a percentage of matching funds from the Pittsburgh Foundation.   We hope that you will donate to the Polish Hill Civic Association on this day.

Here are the basic rules:

– Only Mastercard or Visa credit card donations received through www.pittsburghgives.org during the 16 hours between 6:00 a.m. and midnight on May 6, 2014 will be matched for this event.  No donations via check, cash or stock will be accepted.  Discover and AMEX donations will not be accepted or matched.
– Each gift is 100% tax deductible.  The credit card charge will display as a donation to ”The Pittsburgh Foundation” on the donor’s credit card statement.
– The minimum gift per organization is $25.  All gifts up to $1,000 per organization will be matched.

For more information , check the Day of Giving website.

Each year, millions of dollars are raised for local nonprofits during this fundraising event.  Please consider donating on this day — to the us, or to another worthy cause.  It’s really easy, and your donation to your favorite nonprofit will have that much more impact.

Today is the Day of Giving!

Today, Thursday October 3, 2013, donations made through Pittsburgh Gives to the Polish Hill Civic Association will be increased with a percentage of matching funds from the Pittsburgh Foundation.

Why donate to the PHCA?  Because we’re a small organization that does a lot.  In the last year, the PHCA has:

Awarded 7 grants to homeowners to renovate the façade of their property,

Kicked off Brereton-Dobson Fire Site development planning,

Organized over 15 neighborhood clean-ups and gardening days to maintain a dozen green spaces and community gardens,

Worked as an advocate for Polish Hill residents with City and local officials, and adjacent neighborhoods on traffic calming, public safety, development, zoning and liquor license applications,

Organized the 6th Polish Hill Arts Festival, holiday events, One Young World welcome dinner and the historic photo archive, and more.

We hope you will show your support for our work in the community today.  Here are the basic rules for giving:

– Only Mastercard or Visa credit card donations received through www.pittsburghgives.org during the 24 hours of October 3, 2013 will be matched for this event.  No donations via check, cash or stock will be accepted.  Discover and AMEX donations will not be accepted or matched.
– Each gift is 100% tax deductible.  The credit card charge will display as a donation to ”The Pittsburgh Foundation” on the donor’s credit card statement.
– The minimum gift per organization is $25.  All gifts up to $1,000 per organization will be matched.

More information in the complete rules for the Day of Giving.  You can check here to see which organizations are eligible.  And  for more information, here is a FAQ.

Pittsburgh Gives is an amazing yearly event in which millions of dollars are raised for local nonprofits.  It’s really easy and your donation to your favorite nonprofit is maximized during this event.  Please consider donating today — to the us, or to another worthy cause.

The PHCA Yard Sale is tomorrow!

The bi-annual PHCA yard sale raises money to help us put on the Polish Hill Arts Festival.  We’ve been getting donations all week and there’s lots of useful and/or interesting stuff here.  We’re busy pricing stuff and getting ready.  Tomorrow, Saturday, June 1, we’ll put it all out on the sidewalk, priced to move.  The sale is from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Please come by and pick up something you didn’t know you needed.  Chia Guy and this robin are just two of the distinctive collectible items we’re proud to present.  There’s also a stereo receiver + speakers, an old Atari (with games), a variety of lamps and lots of books.  Come early to get the good stuff!

Seeking donations for the PHCA Yard Sale

Start collecting your unwanted items — the next PHCA yard sale will be on Saturday, June 1.  The yard sale is a popular community event and a worthy cause, with proceeds going to the Polish Hill Arts Festival.  Donations will be accepted at the PHCA office 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. from Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, May 31.  We’re looking for household items, books, cd’s, knick-knacks, jewelry, garden stuff, antiques or just interesting old stuff, furniture (except very large or upholstered items), and much more.

There are some items we are not able to accept — clothing, upholstered furniture, and broken or dirty items.  For more information, call us at 412.681.1950, or email us.

May 18 fundraising event for Assemble pairs creators with those who want to learn

Assemble, a community space for arts and technology, is excited to announce its second annual MakerDate fundraising event.  On Saturday, May 18 at 6119 Penn Ave in East Liberty, Assemble will host an action packed evening highlighted by the MakerDate auction.  The event pairs local artists with skill seekers of all ages to further Assemble’s mission of building community through active learning.

Since its inception in 2011, Assemble has been host to a wide variety of learning and creative experiences in Pittsburgh.  It is the organization’s belief that curiosity breeds creativity, and intrigue is best satisfied through hands-on activities.  In true form, the MakerDate event takes the concept of date auctioning and re-dresses it with a purpose, pairing skilled creators with those that want to learn something new.  Attendees will have the unique chance to bid on dates with artists, craft makers, designers, innovators and skill-owners who will work with the winning bidders to make a piece of art, a personalized piece of technology, or teach a new skill.  The dates will take place after the event at a time and place determined by the maker and winning bidder.

The event will feature 15 Makers for the live auction and will also include items donated by a number of local artisans, creators, and businesses for a raffle.  2012’s inaugural event attracted more than 100 attendees and raised over $4,000 to fund educational programs and events at Assemble.  This year’s event promises to be bigger and bolder, raising funds for Assembles community focused initiatives.

Click here for more information, including a list of this year’s Makers.  Contact Assemble here.

The next PHCA yard sale will be on Saturday, June 1

Are you spring cleaning?  Is there a growing pile of items you don’t need anymore?  Consider donating them to the PHCA Yard Sale.  The twice-yearly yard sale helps fund the Polish Hill Arts Festival.  The next yard sale will be on Saturday, June 1.  We’re looking for books, toys, games, kitchen and household items, tools, antiques and interesting old stuff, jewelry, small appliances (if they work), small furniture items, lamps, and more.

We are not able to accept  clothing and shoes, Christmas or holiday decorations, upholstered furniture, tv’s, broken or very dirty items.  Call us at 412.681.1950 if there’s stuff you aren’t sure about.

Donations will be accepted at the PHCA office anytime after Tuesday, May 28.