Our second fundraiser for the South Side Park will take place at Acacia on June 3rd, a cocktail bar on the South Side. Acacia has graciously offered their space and a generous percentage of their profits. Any funds raised will go towards the signage of trails in the park and signs for the parks entrances to direct people into this great neighborhood amenity.
At 6pm we will lead a tour into some of the park trails and throw in some steps for good measure – consider it a mini-StepTrek. The tour will take about an hour. We will meet outside of Acacia.
At 7pm the official fundraiser will start and will continue until 9pm. We expect to have delicious cocktails (and maybe a themed South Side Slopes concoction), a food truck available, and maybe some live music. Did we mention delicious cocktails?
We look forward to seeing you there!
From Bike PGH:
“Inflate those tires, oil those chains, and gear up for the 2013 National Bike Challenge, sponsored locally by Bike Pittsburgh and OTB Bicycle Cafe! Officially kicking off on May 1 and ending September 30, this free and friendly competition encourages Pittsburghers to get out and ride, whether as daily commuters, weekend warriors, or somewhere in between. The challenge helps riders realize the health, economic and environmental benefits of riding a bike.
Participant points heavily favor riding daily – 20 points per day, plus 1 point per mile logged. Smartphone users can even download a free app to directly track and log trips for the National Bike Challenge. Challenge yourself, your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to get moving, log miles, earn points, and be eligible to win prizes at the national level. Pittsburgh riders even earn free drinks at OTB Bicycle Cafe just for participating!”
The South Side Slopes has created a team for the Ride for PGH in the National Bike Challenge. Join us today at http://www.endomondo.com/teams/rpnFK_oFi1s
Spring is finally in the air, and we want you to get your hands dirty in South Side Park. We have lots of upcoming volunteer dates. We will be working with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) on all these dates to remove invasive weeds, pick up trash, and work on trail building. Work starts at 9AM each day. Meet us near the entrance to the Bandi Schaum Community Garden in the South Side Park.
Saturday, March 30th – Workday in South Side Park
Saturday April 6th – CMU volunteer day in South Side Park
Saturday April 13th – Workday in South Side Park and fruit tree planting
Saturday April 20th – Earth Day Event in the park. Register here for this family-friendly event run by the SCA: http://www.thesca.org/events/sca-pittsburgh-earth-day-0
Saturday May 11th – Workday in South Side Park
As a reminder, our next general meeting will be a “Meet the Candidates” meeting. All mayoral candidates should be in attendance. We will have a sign-in sheet for you to write down your questions for the candidates.
Be an informed South Side Slopes voter and come to this meeting April 9, 2013 at the Monastery at 7PM.
Primary elections are Tuesday May 21, 2013. If you’re not registered to vote in the primary, you can register until Monday April 22, 2013. You must be associated with either the Republican or Democratic party in order to vote in their party.
If you’re not sure of your registration status, click here to find out.
Thursday, March 28 from 7 to 9 PM at the South Side Market House, City planners will present their “OPENSPACEPGH” plans for the South Side Slopes and Flats. Please join us!
OPENSPACEPGH is Pittsburgh’s first comprehensive guide to the optimal use of its vacant, green, and recreational spaces over the next 25 years. It is a component of PLANPGH, the City’s first ever comprehensive long range plan.
The City’s open spaces comprise 18.7% of its land base and offer many benefits to its residents. Open spaces support recreation, protect natural areas, enhance water and air quality, foster community identity and sustain community gardens. This plan provides clear instructions and guidelines for optimal land use and infrastructure decisions for the City as well as its residents for the next 25 years. It includes guidelines for parks and greenways, as well as vacant and distressed properties.
OPENSPACEPGH assesses the City’s entire parks system and makes recommendations as to where parks should be located and what levels of investment are planned for individual parks & facilities throughout its neighborhoods. The plan also looks at how we can best utilize our hillsides and vacant properties to improve the quality of life for the City and its residents.
To learn more, visit OPENSPACEPGH, or contact Jamin.Bogi@SouthSideSlopes.org.
Happy New Year from the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association.
As you pull out your calendars for the new year, add in our scheduled meetings and events.
- General Meeting – February 12, 2013 at the Monastery at 7PM
- General Meeting – April 9, 2013 at the Monastery at 7PM
- NEW! General Meeting – May 14, 2013 at the Monastery as 7PM
- Summer Picnic – July 16, 2013 at a Location To Be Announced
- Elections & General Meeting – October 15, 2013 at the Monastery at 7PM
- Holiday Party – December 10, 2013 at a Location To Be Announced
We hope to see you at a meeting or party this year! Stay tuned to the Blog, Twitter, or Facebook page for more updates throughout the year.
Neighbor Tami Dixon lives on the South Side Slopes with her husband, Jeffrey Carpenter. They are both stage actors and playwrights who together built the Bricolage Theater Co., best known for the Midnight Radio Series. Tami received a grant and spent the last two years writing her lasted offering, “South Side Stories”, a play about life in the South Side. The play will be at City Theater through December 16th. UPDATE: South Side Stories has been extended for one week only from January 8-13, 2013
The play is getting great reviews. Don’t miss it!
Post-Gazette Review: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/ae_theater/stage-review-playwright-takes-colorful-walk-on-the-south-side-663143/
City Paper Review: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/city-theatres-south-side-stories/Content?oid=1590191
There is a discount available for residents with the 15203 zip code. Please contact City Theater for tickets and discount information: 1300 Bingham Street, South Side 412-431- CITY (2489) orcitytheatrecompany.org
South Side Slopes – the neighborhood where you’re almost as likely to see a turkey wandering down the street as cooking in your oven. Happy Thanksgiving from the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association!
At our last general meeting, a new member, Jamin Bogi, was elected to the SSSNA board. At his first board meeting, Jamin was then elected as our new secretary. Welcome, Jamin!
There are some additional changes. Brian Oswald is our new President and Maggie Buck is our new Vice President. Pavel Yakovlev remains Treasurer.
Thanks to Paul Lorincy for his many years of board membership and contribution to the SSSNA.
For details of the last general meeting, see this article: http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2012/10/16/front-page/slopes-assoc-president-steps-down-membership-elects-new-board-members/2012.html
The next general meeting will be the Christmas Celebration on December 11 at the Monastery. Hope to see you there!