Rad Days: Get some culture, free!

RAD (Regional Asset District) supports and finances regional assets in the areas of libraries, parks and recreation, cultural, sports and civic facilities and programs.  The District receives one-half of the proceeds from the 1% Allegheny County Sales and Use Tax.  Each fall, RAD  Days provides the opportunity to check out some of the area’s best cultural attractions-free of charge! Rad Days started on September 1th and runs through October 24th.  Each day of the week, a few different places offer free admission and in some cases, special programming.  Look at all the things scheduled for this Saturday, October 2:

Boyce-Mayview Park free admission 9 am – 3 pm
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall free admission 10 am – 4 pm
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts free admission 10 am – 5 pm
Allegheny-Kisky Heritage Museum free admission 11 am – 3 pm
August Wilson Center for African American Culture free admission 11 am – 6 pm
Allegheny County South Park Hay Day free admission 12  – 4 pm
Silver Eye Center for Photography free admission 12 – 6 pm
City Theatre 11th Annual Young Playwrights Festival free admission 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Pittsburgh Filmmakers free admission 7 – 11 pm

That’s just one day–check here for a full list of dates and venues, and here’s a printable flyer.  Upcoming are a free tour of PNC Park (Oct. 7), a free concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Oct 9), free admission at the Heinz History Center and the Pittsburgh Zoo (Oct. 10), and free admission to the Children’s Museum, the Mattress Factory (also Oct10), and a special 24-hour celebration at the Warhol Museum (Oct 23-24).

Do you want to be in a movie?


Fourth River Casting is currently working on Warrior, a mixed martial arts movie now shooting in Pittsburgh, and they’re searching for people to play fans in the audience in scenes to be shot at the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.   Extras are needed for the following dates:

Friday, May 15th
Saturday, May 16th
Friday, May 22nd
Saturday, May 23rd
Friday, May 29th
Saturday, May 30th
Sunday, June 7th

You would have the option to work from one day up to all seven if desired. Days average 12 hours, can occasionally be shorter, but more often longer, and pay is $100/12 hour, overtime following. If you can use a few hundred extra dollars, provide your name, phone number, and dates you would like to work to Lissa Brennan, Extras Casting Director/Warrior, at 412.232.7050, or email fourthrivercasting@yahoo.com.  Lissa says that they need a lot of people, so pass on this information to anyone who may be interested.

An article in today’s Post-Gazette says there have been some instances in which a local company offered people chances at working as extras–for a fee.  Casting agents say that this is not exactly illegal, but it is a bit of a scam.  There is no need to pay a fee to work as an extra–just contact the casting agent directly.



The Polish Hill Civic Association is beginning to plan an arts festival day for July 20. Care to lend a hand? We are looking for any and all hands that got or love art to help out. So, if you are interested, if you can –

Design a flyer
Help out with spreading the word
Find some talent
Help out with set-up
Give us a hand with clean up 


If you have a suggestion
If you think you might want to display your work
If you want to set up a table of your work

Let us know! We are planning our first meeting for mid-April. Please contact PHCA at 412-681-1950 or phcapgh@gmail.com. We will also be available to answer questions at the next membership meeting on April 1. 




Plant one in Polish Hill


Order Tree seedlings from the

National Arbor Day Foundation

for a limited time through the PHCA.

You have a choice of –

· Coastal Redwood
· Colorado Blue Spruce
· Longleaf Pine
· Noble Fir
· Ponderosa Pine
· White Pine

Trees are packaged in a clear poly tube with black caps at each end. Each has a label
displaying a beautiful picture of the full grown Tree, and planting and care instructions are on the reverse. Just in time for Arbor Day, PHCA is accepting orders for a variety of tree seedlings. Please send us your orders by March 21. You can use this handy order form for your orders. The PHCA also accepts phone and email orders. You can drop off or mail your order to –

Polish Hill Civic Association
Really Green
3060 Brereton Street
Pittsburgh PA 15219


Want some candy?


Hey! Redstone Candies for Easter!

You want ’em, we got ’em! You can drop by the PHCA and fill out an order form or download them –

Redstone Easter Candies page 1
Redstone Easter Candies page 2
Redstone Easter Candies page 3

We will be accepting orders through Friday, February 29. Your orders will be ready for pick up on March 8-9, between 10am and 3pm. So, don’t forget –


Email your order or call 412-681-1950. Drop off or mail your order to:
Polish Hill Civic Association
3060 Brereton Street
Pittsburgh PA 15219

PICK UP EASTER CANDY – 3/8-9/08, between 10am and 3pm

from the PHCA

Good neighbors, good food


Soup Day! @Immaculate Heart of Mary —


February 24, 2008
Noon – 3PM


On the menu

Czarnina (Duck Soup) $7.00/quart

Vegetable Beef Soup $5.00/quart

Wedding Soup $5.00/quart

Broccoli Cheese Soup $5.00/quart

IHM Rosary Hall
3058 Brereton Street
Pre-order to:
(412) 681-7937

Pre-order by Feb. 21
(412) 681-7937

Proceeds benefit the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

Don't forget! Be Mine, Kochanie


Valentine Butter Cookies for you and your kochanie.

PHCA is still taking orders!

Use this handy order form to order these lovely cookies for you and someone special! The PHCA also accepts phone and email orders. You can drop off or mail your order to –

Polish Hill Civic Association
Be Mine, Kochanie
3060 Brereton Street
Pittsburgh PA 15219


You can pick up your orders at the PHCA office on February 9 and 10, between 10am – 3pm

Pittsburgh, be mine!


City of Pittsburgh – Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

Love notes for City will help mark 250th anniversary

To help commemorate our City’s 250th anniversary, the Mayor is asking for your answer to the question: Why do you love Pittsburgh? Over the next three weeks, the answers will be collected, and the Mayor and his staff will be reading the replies.

If you submit one of the final 10 most unique, exciting, romantic or unusual Pittsburgh Valentines, you’ll be invited to a Valentine’s reception with the Mayor!

Starting today, the City of Pittsburgh website will feature a “Pittsburgh Valentines” logo. Click on that logo to tell the Mayor why you love Pittsburgh in 50 words or less.

Mayor Ravenstahl and members of his staff will choose the 10 top reasons from those submitted. The authors of the most unique reasons will be invited to a noontime Valentine reception with the Mayor on Wednesday, Feb 13.

The top 10 reasons selected will also be posted on the City of Pittsburgh website to help commemorate Pittsburgh’s 250th anniversary.

All entries must be received by Friday, Feb 8.

Paczki Day



What is Paczki Day?

Paczki (punch-key) Day is the feast of plenty before the Lenten fast begins. It is the last day of gaiety in Karnawal time, the period between Christmas and Lent. This is the time for sleigh parties called Kulig. To mark the last moments of excess before the austerity of Lenten sacrifice, Polish Roman Catholics celebrate Paczki Day.

Find out more about Paczki Day

So, you want some Paczki

PHCA is accepting orders for this seasonal delicacy. Use this handy order form to order Paczki for your Karnawal celebration! The PHCA also accepts phone and email orders. You can drop off or mail your order to –

Polish Hill Civic Association
Paczki Day
3060 Brereton Street
Pittsburgh PA 15219


Please send us your orders by January 25. Orders will be available for pick up on February 2 and 3, between 10AM and 3PM