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By Tom Smith
South Pittsburgh Reporter Editor 

Fun things happening this summer in Allentown

 


The Allentown community was updated on a variety of artistic endeavors coming out of and into the neighborhood along with introducing new board members of the Allentown CDC.

Allentown CDC Vice-President Judy Hackel quickly noted a save the date for a celebration heralding the arrival of penguin statutes throughout the neighborhood. Artist James Simon will be unveiling his penguins, as many of 30 of them in Allentown and more in Knoxville and Beltzhoover, on Saturday, Aug. 19.

More details about the celebration will be forthcoming.

Ben Prisbylla, a photographer in the Industry on Industry program in Allentown, was excited to explain a community art project, “Allentown is…,” that he is working on in the neighborhood and recruit subjects.

Mr. Prisbylla is interested in talking to old and new residents, business owners and employees, or just about anyone with a connection to Allentown. He intends to sit down with willing subjects and have a conversation about the neighborhood and how it has changed.

He will then take a portrait of the person and have it enlarged and printed on a metal surface along with a quote he gathered from the conversation. The metal prints will be placed throughout the Allentown business district.

“I’ve worked up here for three and a half years and I haven’t encountered a neighborhood like Allentown. People are so passionate about it,” he said.

With many new people coming into the neighborhood, Mr. Prisbylla envisions the prints as a way to introduce Allentown to them. He hopes to have the interviews and photographs completed and sent to be printed by early August.

Those interested my contact Mr. Prisbylla by calling him at the RE360 office.

Peter Stumpf, from Pittsburgh Steinway on Allen Street, is the authorized Steinway Piano and technical service provider in Pittsburgh. In addition to telling a little about his business, he explained the upcoming Piano Day on August 8.

“We’ll be flash mobbing the city musically,” Mr. Stumpf said. Beginning at 9 a.m. he will have a brand new Steinway Concert and Artist piano traveling to various locations throughout the city on a flatbed trailer. Some of the locations include the Pitt, Duquesne and CMU campuses and Heinz Hall, eventually ending up at Grandview Park in Allentown.

The Grandview Park part of the celebration begins at 5 p.m. and will include yoga, aerialists and will feature chamber music and piano recitals. At dark, a Charlie Chaplin silent movie will be presented with piano accompanist.

The annual Allentown CDC National Night Out celebration will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 6-8 p.m. at the Allentown Senior Center. Area residents are welcome to stop in for a free hot dog and chips along with soft drinks.

The Allentown Senior Center will have a bake sale and the Hilltop United Methodist Church is holding a flea market. There will be activities for kids including face painting, a balloon artist and storytime with guest readers.

Pittsburgh firefighters and police will be in attendance. A DJ will be playing music.

Four of six new Allentown CDC Board Members were also introduced. New members at the meeting were: Leesha Daniels, Ashley Corts, Nancy Lomasney, and Laura Codori. Unable to attend the meeting were Adam Jette and Kelauni Cook.

 

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