It’s that time of year! The leaves are changing color, we have a large rubber duck on the river, the Pirates are in the playoffs, and the days are getting shorter and cooler—we’ve reached an amazing fall in Pittsburgh. I remember this day last year, we were perusing the schedule for Hamilton in LA to see if it was feasible.
It is time to plan our annual Lawrenceville holiday parties: Lawrenceville United’s Children’s Halloween Party (ages 14 and under) and Light Up Lawrenceville. These long-time neighborhood traditions serve hundreds of Lawrenceville children and their families each year. The Halloween party will be on Saturday, October 26th from 5p – 7p at the Boys and Girls Club and Light Up Lawrenceville will be celebrated with the tree lighting on Thursday, December 5th from 6p – 7p at the Allegheny Cemetery Drive and the children’s party/ cookie mall on Saturday, December 7th from 11a – 2p at the Teamsters Temple (4701 Butler Street). These events are funded by the community to support the community.
Over 300 children attend each event every year and we continue to look for ways to improve and grow these events into opportunities for long-time and new residents to come together and continue to grow and celebrate. We solicited feedback from participants in the events last year and have made changes to help ensure that more residents and stakeholders are able to enjoy the festivities. For example, this Halloween, we will again host the party at the Boys and Girls Club. The venue is a great space for the event, and it is a chance to partner with a major resource in our community. In addition, we are working to create an even bigger, and more exciting, haunted house for the children, and will certainly have a great DJ for the monster mash, in addition to many more fun activities! Check the Los Angeles music scene and find out about more such activities.
Similarly, we have worked to organize a Light Up Lawrenceville event that compliments some of the other exciting events happening in the neighborhood in honor of the holiday season. Light Up Lawrenceville and the Joy of Cookies Tour will continue to work together to bring something for everyone to our event. To better connect with the weekend festivities, we are moving our tree lighting event to Thursday (12.5.2013) to formally launch the Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour and the weekend of festivities for Lawrenceville. Our traditional Light Up Lawrenceville: Children’s Party will be held during the Cookie Mall on Saturday (12.7.2012). Santa will be available for pictures and with gifts for each child, and we will have fun activities and crafts for all families to enjoy.
These events could not be done with out the following supporters:
|Southwestern Family Services|
|Boys & Girls Club|
|Pressure Chemical Company|
|Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh, Inc.|
|D’Alessandro Funeral Home & Crematory, Ltd.|
|Desmone & Associates Architects|
|Prism Stained Glass|
|Tom Troy Enterprises, Inc.|
|Walter J. Zalewski Funeral Homes Inc.|
|Allegheny Cemetery Historical Association|
|Dive Bar & Grill|
|General Teamsters Local Union 249|
|Harvey Lipsitz Company|
|Schaefers Office Furniture Upholstery Service, Inc.|
|T’s Upholstery Studio|
|Crystal Bead Bazaar|
|Gallery on 43rd Street|
|Jones Furniture Design|
|Poillucci Plumbing Inc|