Little Italy Days 2009, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from CarmanAvenue’s photostream

The Shadyside Action Coalition is once again holding their popular Shadyside House Tour — an opportunity to get an up-close look at some of the neighborhood’s incredible homes of all shapes and sizes. The tour is one of my favorite events of the year and I will be serving as a tour guide on the trolley that carries visitors from home to home. The tour will take place on Sunday, September 30th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and is a self-guided look at seven or eight homes. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit the Shadyside Action Coalition website. If you’re interested in being a guide in one of the homes, please contact Matt Barron in my office at 412.255.2133. The guides serve three hour shifts and receive a free pass to the tour.

Sellers House, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from sportsedit15224’s photostream

The Bloomfield Little Italy Days street festival is entering its 11th year. Come down to Liberty Avenue on Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th for some of the best music, food, and shopping that Pittsburgh has to offer. Highlights will include Lena Prima performing a tribute to her father, Louie Prima; a bocce tournament; and the “Procession of the Madonna Della Civita.” For more information and to view the schedule of events, visit the Little Italy Days website.

liberty ave, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from sans gluten’s photostream

Join me and the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition on the evening of October 18th to celebrate some of Squirrel Hill’s treasures. The Squirrel Hill Treasure Award Dinner will honor The Manor Theater (celebrating 90 years in Squirrel Hill); Deborah R. Fidel, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee; artist Robert Qualters; and Holly McCullough and the staff of the Squirrel Hill branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (celebrating 40 years of service to our community). For more information or to purchase tickets, email

Squirrel Hill Library, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Salim Virji ‘s photostream