Observatory Hill


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Summer 2017 Newsletter
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OHI Community Meetings

Held in person at:

The Byzantine Catholic Seminary

3605 Perrysville Avenue

Pittsburgh PA 15214

Third Wednesday of every other month at 7pm

Upcoming meetings:
January 18
March 15
May 17
July 19

Community residents, business owners, and stakeholders are invited to attend the monthly OHI Board Meeting to discuss community projects, get involved, and address concerns. Meetings are held in person every other month at 7pm.


Tours of the Observatory

Friday - 8pm (April through November 1)

Reservations are required by calling 412-321-2400

Although the observatory is located in a public park the building is owned and operated by the University of Pittsburgh. The observatory is a private research laboratory and therefore not opened to the public except for the tour program.

Tours begin with a short slide or film presentation followed by a walking tour of the building finally ending up at the 13" Fitz-Clark refractor. If it's a clear night visitors will be able to see whatever celestial objects are within range of the telescope that night. The tours are free of charge but you must have a reservation. To make a reservation call 412-321-2400 between the hours of 1pm and 5pm Monday through Friday. If the tour is not full you can make reservations up to the day of the tour, however no reservations will be accepted after 5pm. Group or individual reservations are acceptable with a maximum group size of 45. There are no age restrictions on the tours but the tour is highly recommended for those over the age of seven.

Public Lecture Series

3rd Friday of Each Month (except December) at 7:30pm
Reservations Required

Allegheny Observatory hosts a public lecture the third Friday of each month except for December. Admission is free, but requires a reservation due to limited seating. For reservations, please call Lou Coban at the Observatory, 412-321-2400.

Lectures begin at 7:30pm; light refreshments will be available beginning at 7pm. A tour of the Observatory will be conducted following the lecture, and if the sky is clear an observing session with the historic 13-inch Fitz-Clark Refractor will follow the tour. Schedule and info on the Observatory's website.

All Sky Camera

Do you know that the Allegheny Observatory, has a sky camera pointing up from the observatory that updates once per minute, starting at 7:15pm and ending at approximately 6:30am. Check it out by clicking here.

Nextdoor: A Social Network for Neighbors

Perhaps you recently read about how neighbors in Fineview used a social sharing app to nab a thief.  Observatory Hill residents have been using this tool as well to share public safety alerts and organize events and communicate with neighbors.  When neighbors start talking, good things happen.  nextdoor.com

  • Build a stronger neighborhood 
  • Connect with your neighbors to stay informed and share useful local information. Plan meetups and cleanups.
  • Keep the neighborhood safe 
  • Look out for each other and send updates to keep your neighbors informed about safety issues and incidents. 
  • Share goods and recommendations 
  • Find a great babysitter or trusty dentist. Borrow a ladder or sell that old bookcase.

Volunteer Opportunities in the Community

The Door Campaign, whose mission is to open doors to the diverse Pittsburgh population is establishing an aquaponics studio in the Family Center at Northview Heights, and is partnering with Perry High School to establish a hydroponics curriculum. Focused on low socioeconomic neighborhoods’ the Door Campaign wishes to use the knowledge platform of green initiatives, arts and culture, athletics, education, mentoring, and career development to mobilize these populations toward success.  If you are interested in learning about the organization and its projects and volunteer opportunities, visit their website.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Hundreds of volunteers, from teens to seniors, are critical to the Library. They work in all the locations and perform vital jobs. To learn how you can get in on the action - and the benefits of volunteering at CLP, review their current volunteer opportunities.

New Hazlett Theater has various volunteer opportunities available from front-of-house staffing to administrative duties.  Ushers must be at least 17 years of age, be able to walk up and down stairs, be comfortable standing for long periods of time, and have no fear of heights. Visit www.newhazletttheater.org for more about the theater and its programs and opportunities.

Northside Food Pantry

Staffed by dozens of volunteers and kept going throughout the decades by its dedicated neighbors, the pantry operates on a shoestring annual
operating budget. To date, it has not received government funding for day-to-day operations, but relies instead on cash donations and food drives to keep the shelves stocked. The pantry is open 3 days a week and serves more than 2,000 families on the Northside. There are a variety of ongoing volunteer opportunities, including helping to stock and distribute food, cleaning and preparing the pantry, unloading delivery trucks, and helping with special events.

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Volunteers are critical to healthy, beautiful parks. Every year, thousands of enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers offer their time to care for the parks that they love and enjoy. However you want to participate, from data entry, working on seasonal cleanup days, weekly weeding teams, or serving as an Urban Ecosteward, you can help maintain Riverview Park as the stunning jewel of our neighborhood and city that it is. 

Observatory Hill, Inc. 
Your neighborhood needs your input, expertise and involvement to make Observatory Hill the best place to live in Pittsburgh.  You can volunteer to serve on an project committee, participate in neighborhood cleanup projects (or start your own), help with special events, organize a block watch, and attend board meetings.

There are many, many more volunteer opportunities in and around Observatory Hill, the greater North Side, and the Pittsburgh region. Check with your favorite nonprofit or community or religious organization to see how you can make your corner of the world a better place. You can also connect with a cause that needs you by searching opportunities on Volunteermatch.org or signing up with PittsburghCares.

Library Programs

Our Northside Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Branches at Woods Run and Allegheny offer a full schedule of activities and events for all ages.

NSLC Education Committee

The Northside Leadership Education Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the conference's location; Four Allegheny Center in the mezzanine.   For more information, check NSLC's website.

Perry High School monthly PSCC meeting

Perry's Parent School Community Council meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 1:00pm in the Library. All are welcome! Please phone school to confirm dates/times at 412-323-3400

Staying Active

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly

Mondays at 6pm
at Incarnation Church on Franklin Avenue in Meeting Room B. For more information on the program, visit http://www.tops.org or call Darren at 412-877-7761.

Wise Walk for adults 50+
Presented by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Woods Run every Monday at 9:30am.  For more information, contact CLP-Woods Run.  412-761-3730 or woodsrun@carnegielibrary.org 

Tai Chi
The Carnegie Library - Allegheny presents free Tai Chi classes every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm.  Contact 412-237-1890 for information, or email allegheny@carnegielibrary.org

Sahaja Meditation
Each Thursday evening at the Allegheny branch of the Carnegie Library, 1230 Federal Street.  To register or for more information, call 412-237-1890 or email allegheny@carnegielibrary.org

Religious Schedules 


4101 Perrysville Avenue, 412.322.8907
Sunday Worship 11:30 AM
Sunday School 10:00 AM
Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 PM

4071 Franklin Road, 412.931.2911
Sunday Morning Mass 8:00 AM 

4021 Evergreen Road, 412.939.2437
Friday Young Adults Group 6:00 PM
Saturday Sabbath School 10:00 AM
Saturday Divine Service 11:15 AM
Tuesday 7:00 PM Small Bible Study


If you have an event in the neighborhood or surrounding community and would like us to announce it, please feel free to contact OHI at ohipgh@gmail.com