The Northside Old Timers is a nonprofit group of current and former Northsiders dedicated to improving the lives of youths by fostering peace, unity and harmony in 19 different communities in Pittsburgh’s Northside. They work primarily with children from kindergarten to the eighth grade as they have found this age-range to be the most susceptible to positive change. Their motto is “Save One, Job Done” and they work to reduce violence by creating activities which enable these youngsters to get to know their peers in other neighborhoods — “changing the way children think about one another in order to change the way they act towards one another.”
From Friday, August 2nd to Sunday, August 4th, they will hold their Seventh Annual Unity Gathering in West Park (Northside behind The National Aviary). This event has grown in size from 2,000 participants to over 8,000 last year. One of the activities of the Unity Gathering is the Children’s March Against Violence. It will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM. The march starts at the former Columbus Middle School on Brighton Road & North Charles Street (map) and ends at the stage behind The National Aviary (map).
At the conclusion of the march, the children can enjoy the petting zoo, a trackless train, live performances, and free refreshments (children only).
As the Northside Old Timers wish to promote non-violence city-wide, as well as among Northsiders, there will be a bus available for groups from the Hill District (leaving there at 10:00 AM and returning at 3:30 PM — contact Kent Bey at 412-758-3909 for arrangements).