East End Holiday Free Market for Kids – donate or sign-up!

The East End Holiday Free Market provides children in Zone 5 the chance to “shop” for coats and gifts for themselves and for gifts for their families. Zone 5 includes Bloomfield, East Liberty, Friendship, Garfield, Highland Park, Homewood, Larimer, Lincoln/Lemington, Morningside, and Stanton Heights. This year it’s being held Friday Dec 4th (6 – 8pm) & 5th (1 – 4 pm) at 113 N. Pacific Ave, Pittsburgh.  The market is being organized by the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and supported by other community groups including the Zone 5 Citizens Public Safety Council, of which the HPCC is a member.  See attached flier for details.

  • To sign a child up for an appointment to shop, visit https://tinyurl.com/BGCHoliday2020
  • To donate children’s coats or toys, drop them off at 1315 N. Sheridan Ave by Nov 29 The HPCC will collect and deliver donations from the neighborhood. Coats should be new or used and cleaned. Toys must be new. Their greatest need right now are coats (all sizes) and toys for teens.
  • To sign up to volunteer, contact Nina at Nina@Bloomfield-Garfield.org or 412-441-6950 x 17
  • To make a financial donation, visit Bloomfield-Garfield.org

Thank you again for your generosity, Highland Park!  If you have questions about the event, call the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation at 412-441-6950 or email Nina@Bloomfield-Garfield.org

HPCC November Community Meeting

The November Community Meeting will be virtual. Please join us on Zoom.  Please register online using the following link. You will get an email with the actual meeting link.  Looking forward to ‘seeing’ everyone!

In addition to our usual updates, we will have a presentation from PWSA regarding ongoing and upcoming projects.

What: November HPCC Community Meeting  

When: November 19, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

You MUST Register in advance for this meeting by clicking this link.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Note: You may also receive an invitation via the Highland Park ListServ.  Please only register once.

Thanksgiving Food Drive for Seniors

Looking forward to this Thanksgiving holiday – a time of particular need and loneliness for so many people, particularly during this pandemic – the HPCC is organizing a targeted food drive for those served by Vintage Senior Center to help them enjoy a traditional holiday dinner.

We are asking for complete sets of Thanksgiving trimmings or Giant Eagle gift cards we can use to purchase trimmings. Donations of $25 would pay for trimmings for a household, but donations of any size would be appreciated! If you would like to donate online, please visit the HPCC PayPal page, where you can make a donation and include a note that you’re donating for the Thanksgiving food drive.  

Vintage Senior Center Thanksgiving Trimmings Shopping List 

(see link for printable list)

2 cans of veggies 

1 can cranberry sauce

1 can sweet potatoes

1 box stuffing mix

1 box instant potatoes, au gratin potatoes, or corn bread mix

1 jar gravy

Either: (A) two 21-oz jars of canned fruit pie filling, OR (B) one 15 oz can pumpkin pie mix and one 12-oz can evaporated milk

Boxed pie crust mix: 2 boxes for fruit fillings OR 1 box for pumpkin pie fillings

Donations must be dropped off on the porch at 1315 N. Sheridan Ave. by 5 pm, Thursday, November 12.  If possible, please put all items for a set of trimmings into a double-bagged brown paper grocery bag with handles. 

Thank you in advance for your generosity! Since the onset of Covid-19, neighbors have generously been providing donations of nonperishables and toiletries for those served by Vintage: the first week of November we brought over a dozen bags! Our neighborhood is now one of their biggest donors of food, and due in part to our support, they are expanding their food program. Previously they added donations to the package of frozen meals provided to each senior weekly. Now they are giving their clients the opportunity to go “shopping” at their food pantry so that they can choose the extra food and personal items that they want and need. You’re making a difference, neighbors! Any food or donations collected in excess of what’s needed for Thanksgiving trimmings sets will be donated to Vintage for use in its new food pantry.

Provide Feedback on the Super Playground Redesign, Including Meeting Dec 3

The Super Playground is the large wooden playground on Reservoir Drive. As many of you are aware, the playground was built by the community in 1991 and was designed to last 20 years. We’ve been able to extend its life a bit but it is now in need of a full replacement. The new playground will utilize the current playground’s footprint and will be designed and built with the same emphasis on creating a unique, creative playspace. 
To gather public input on playground design so far, the City and the project designer (Merritt Chase) created a website where people could submit ideas (https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/highland-park-super-playground); had an online survey; circulated design worksheets; and had a workshop at the October HPCC Community Zoom Meeting. Online feedback and worksheets can be submitted until Nov 19.  Dec 3rd, they are hosting another Zoom meeting to unveil the preliminary plans and seek more public feedback. This is likely the last chance for the public to provide open-ended feedback on the design so we hope you – and your little ones – can join and share your thoughts!  
Zoom meeting info:

For more information about the project, visit https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/highland-park-super-playground