Labor Day Week Changes For Refuse And City Services

In observance of Labor Day, city of Pittsburgh offices will be closed and there will be no garbage collection on Monday, Sept. 1, but six regional city pools will be open.
In addition to city offices, Citiparks’ 10 recreation centers and 14 Healthy Active Living centers for seniors will be closed Monday. All city offices and facilities will reopen Tuesday.
Weather permitting, Monday will be the last day six regional swimming pools will be open for the summer, from 1-5:45 p.m. They are: Highland Park; Jack Stack (Brighton Heights); Moore (Brookline); Ream (Mt. Washington); Schenley Park; Sue Murray (Allegheny Center/North Side).
There will not be any city refuse, bulk waste or recycling collection on Monday and all collections will be one day later for the entire week.
If you should have any questions concerning your collection, you may contact Environmental Services at 412-255-2773.


09 2014

Pittsburgh Once Again “Most Livable City”

Once again, Pittsburgh has been named the most livable city in the continental United States.
For the second time since 2009, the Economist rated the Steel City as best places to live, based on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
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08 2014

Pgh Public Schools To Offer Free Lunches To All Students, Regardless Of Income

Starting with the 2014-15 school year, all students in Pittsburgh Public Schools will receive free breakfasts and lunches regardless of family income, courtesy of the Community Eligibility Provision.
Though the program is new to Pennsylvania, it has been in a pilot stage in 10 states and Washington, D.C., since the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act passed in 2010. The act aimed to provide nutritious food to the 32 million students who eat lunch and 12 million students nationwide who eat breakfast at school each day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


08 2014

Upcoming Events At The Corner

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
An event newsletter sponsored by The Corner community center at 200 Robinson Street in Pittsburgh’s West Oakland neighborhood.

THE EASIEST WAY TO KEEP UP ON CORNER EVENTS? “Like” us on Facebook as TheCorner200
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The current version of The Corner Café will host its final café hours today, Tuesday Aug. 19th, and Wednesday Aug. 20th from 3pm-7pm. Come have a cuppa joe and a piece of buttercake as we celebrate all that this outreach has done for our community over the last 16 months! And watch for updates on upcoming renovations of The Corner building.

Conscious Media: Back to School Edition – Screening of the film Freedom Writers on Thursday, Aug. 21st at 6:30.This film chronicles struggles endured by at-risk youth and a passionate teacher’s dedication to their education. We’ll take a look at and discuss the state of America’s public school system. Free event. Light refreshments provided.

FREE HOMEBUYING WORKSHOP – The Corner is partnering with Dollar Bank to host a FREE Home Buying Workshop on Monday, Aug. 25th at 6pm at The Corner. Learn how you can improve your credit, access home buying programs, and become a first-time homebuyer. Meal and refreshments provided. To register, contact Julie @ 412-683-1400


Poetry Reading and Book Signing by CATHLEEN BAILEY, 
author of Split Rock/Cracked Cave and Wild Howling WomanThursday, Aug 21st, 6-8pm at the Ujamma Collective Boutique, 1901 Centre Avenue.

Word of Mouth: Open Mic, Music, and more. Black August Edition. Friday, Aug. 22nd, 9pm-midnight. Sign up or 412.228.5160. Hosted by artists and activist Blak Rapp Madusa. $5 cover. Refreshments.


Rock The Mic: Open Mic Series @ The Corner, Saturday, Aug. 23rd at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is $5. An epic night of spoken word, music and poetry. Please contact Nadine Masagara-Taylor at or call412.683.1400 for more details or to perform.

The next meeting of the West Oakland Neighborhood Council is Tuesday, September 2nd from 6:30-8:00. Contact The Corner to add an agenda item.

On Saturday, Sept. 6th, The Corner will be partnering with Oakland Planning and Development Corp to participate in the 3rd annual Good Neighbor Campaign! We’ll welcome new student neighbors with gift bags and information on the community. Meet at 9am in front of Friendship Community Church (181 Robinson St.) if you want to be part of this welcome team. Contact Julie Hudak @ 412-683-1400 or for info or to let us know you’ll participate.

Last year TreeVitalize brought 20 new trees to West Oakland (and more will be planted this fall). Residents can now participate in a Tree Care Day, a 2-hour effort to clean and weed tree pits and remulch. With interest and for details, contact Barb Brewton, 412-606-9692.

AROUND THE CORNER is sponsored by The Corner, 200 Robinson Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15213, a program of Friendship Community Church. Please forward this email to neighbors, friends, and family who’d be interested in these events. If you wish to unsubscribe from this email list, please email

To learn more about The Corner, visit or or call 412-683-1400.


Oakcliffe-South Oakland Neighborhood Block Party

How do you follow up an event like the
Sept 6th South Oakland Community Day?

When: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: CHS Community Center, 374 Lawn Street
All South Oakland residents are encouraged to attend, as well as students from all schools.


08 2014

August Green Team Meeting – Oakland Career Ctr, Thu 8/21 6pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, August 21st, 6pm, The Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Contact or 412.621.7863 ext. 14
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08 2014

Oakwatch Meeting Wed 8/20, 6-7:30pm at Career Center

Next meeting: Wednesday, August 20th, 6pm. Location: Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple Street (enter from Louisa Street door).  Please contact 412.621.7863 ext. 21 or
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08 2014

Board Game Enthusiasts Mtg – Fri Aug 15 6-10pm at Panera’s Blvd Of Allies

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Pittsburgh Geekdom is a 500 plus member group led by Oakland resident Michael Thompson. They have regular meetings to play various strategy board games including Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Carcassone.
Their next board game session is Friday August 15 from 6-10pm at the Panera Bread at 3401 Blvd Of The Allies.  If you’re interested, just stop on by the conference room.  Feel free to bring a game you’d like to play.
New gamers are welcome, they are happy to teach.  


08 2014

Fruit Tree Workshop – Wed Aug 13, 6:30-8:30pm – $5

Tree Pittsburgh and Grow Pittsburgh are partnering together to offer a urban fruit tree workshop. This workshop will bring in Susan Poizner, Director of Orchard People, a Toronto-based fruit tree organization, to speak about her lessons learned from starting many urban orchards. She will be joined by local Pittsburgh fruit tree knowledge for an interesting discussion on urban orcharding. This event will be hosted at the ECCO Center (200 Larimer Ave.) on Wednesday, August 13th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and will include a walk to the Larimer Community Garden to learn about fruit trees that were planted on site. Class cost is $5. Register here!
Barbara Brewton of the Green Team is planning on driving to this workshop if people need rides or want to carpool. She is planning to be at the Career Center on Semple St by 5:45 and to leave by 6. Her car fits five other people; if anyone is interested in a ride please let them so that there is enough room for everyone. Barb can also borrow a van if necessary.
For more info on the Green Team visit


08 2014

Oakland Restaurant Week – Lunchtime – Aug 11-15

Oakland Restaurant Week : : 5 Days : : $5 Lunches!  : :  Win FREE Lunch for a Month

Hosted by: Oakland Business Improvement District
Dates: August 11th – August 15th, 2014 -  Lunchtime
Where: Various Oakland Restaurant Locations (See list below)
 For more information:
Oakland will once again be celebrating a week of $5 lunches! When you order a $5 lunch from any participating Oakland Restaurant Week Restaurant, you will receive an entry card for the chance to win FREE LUNCH FOR A MONTH in Oakland along with other great prizes!
Oakland Restaurant Week is August 11th – August 15th, 2014for just $5 a lunch!
Participating Restaurants:

McDonald’s, 3708 Forbes Avenue
Peter’s Pub, 116 Oakland Avenue
Sushi Fuku,120 Oakland Avenue
Sorrento’s Pizza Roma, 233 Atwood Street
Sciulli’s Pizza, 3404 Fifth Avenue
Garden Grille & Bar, Hilton Garden Inn, 3454 Forbes Avenue
Prince of India, 3614 Fifth Avenue
Pamela’s Diner, 3703 Forbes Avenue
Hello Bistro, 3605 Forbes Avenue
Golden Palace Buffet, 3607 Forbes Avenue
Red Oak Café, 3610 Forbes Avenue
The Oakland Bakery & Market, 3925 Fifth Avenue
Milano’s Pizza, 3606 Fifth Avenue
$5 specials will be posted online at


08 2014