Rain gardens provide an enormous benefit to the Pittsburgh region. Because in many areas, our sewage and storm water systems are still connected, it takes as little as a tenth of an inch of rainfall to overload them–causing sewage to overflow into our streams, yards, and rivers. Moreover, rain gardens absorb and naturally filter pollutants that would eventually end up in our freshwater.
If you’re a kid, it’s tough enough to face the end of summer vacation without the very real worry of not having enough money in the family budget to purchase school supplies, or a backpack, or even for a warm winter coat that fits. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Pittsburgh Section is joining five other NCJW sections to launch their new “Back 2 School Store” (B2SS). The project is a means to help underprivileged children begin the school year on an equal footing with their peers. Approximately 200 elementary school students from pre-qualified families will be given the opportunity to shop for brand new clothing, shoes, outerwear, and school supplies at no cost!
While the Kingsley Association has been around in one form or another since 1893, their STREAM Program (Science Technology Reading Engineering Agriculture and Math) is definitely future-minded as it’s designed to promote interest among teens in 21st Century Career pathways. The program is for youths ages 15 to 19. It seeks to promote social action and academic growth through hands on projects and workshops. The summer program (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) runs five days a week and the fall program (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM) runs two days a week–Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Homemade jam on warm bread—a slice of heaven! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make jam, now’s your chance. Penn State Extension’s Urban Homesteading Series is holding a class to teach you techniques to stretch your leftover fruit harvest into a delicious spread to bring you a bit of summer into the cold months ahead. And, since midsummer is peak time for berries here in Pennsylvania, what better time to hold a jam-making class?
On Thursday, July 16, the Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s (JF&CS) Career Development Center (CDC), along with its Refugee and Immigrant Services Department, will hold Pittsburgh’s first job fair for tailored to refugee and immigrant jobseekers. The fair is for those immigrants and refugees who have a legal status to work in the United States and who have at least conversational English skills. It takes place on the lower level of the Department of Human Services (DHS) offices, which are located at One Smithfield Street, in Downtown Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH, PA (July 9, 2015) Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh will hold events today in honor of late Pittsburgh bluesman Chizmo Charles.
PITTSBURGH, PA (July 2, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh will host a World Cup Watch Party at Schenley Plaza in Oakland on Sunday, July 5, to cheer on the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) as they take on Japan in the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup Final.
Saturday, June 27th, The Kingsley Association will be hosting a Family Fun Health Fair. There will be health and wellness information, food, music, and fun kids activities–all free and open to the public–and all in one room! Sponsors for this event include the Urban Green Growth Collaborative, East Liberty Family Support, Giant Eagle, Larimer Work & Wellness, Dollar Bank, and Keith S. Somers, MD (Children’s Community Pediatrics/GIL).
On Tuesday, June 23rd, Pittsburgh City Council will hold a public hearing on amendments to the zoning code related to urban agriculture. The City Planning Department has been working with leaders from Pittsburgh’s urban agriculture community over the past few years to revise and update our urban agriculture zoning code. There have been changes made to many aspects of urban agriculture including vegetable sales, full-fledged urban farms, and the keeping of bees, chickens, ducks and goats.
The second Capital Budget Deliberative Forum will be held on Monday, June 22nd as part of the City’s Capital Budget development process (the first was held on June 3rd in Greenfield). Unlike previous years when these meetings were held in the fall after the budget was already drafted and had been presented to City Council and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, this meeting will give residents a real opportunity to provide their input when it counts.