By Juliet Martinez
Squonk Opera (below) performed its “Hand to Hand” show with gigantic puppet hands before an enthusiastic crowd as the finale of the Hazelwood Earth Day celebration on April 23. The festival happened at the former S&R Market site on the 4900 block of Second Avenue.
Hazelwood Initiative thanks all the organizational partners who participated in the event, and sponsors The Mission Continues, Grounded Strategies, Zero Fossil Energy Outfitters, Heartwood and Phipps Conservatory.
Earlier in the afternoon, Arnold Stagger (below left) and Larry Estes (below right) jammed on guitar and bass for the crowd.
Phipps Conservatory (below) gave out red kale, Siberian kale, collards, and parsley plants, and Sierra Club and gave out flower seeds at the Hazelwood Earth Day event.
Jim McCue (below center) received a blueberry bush through an Izaak Walton League program. More than 300 residents took home blueberry bushes to plant in their gardens.
Earlier that day, Lincoln Place residents - joined by Councilman Corey O'Connor, McGruff and Zane the City of Pittsburgh Comfort Dog - gathered in MacBride Park for the 31st Ward Community Action Group annual Spring Cleanup (below).
On April 9, Daniel Orkwis (below), a certified tree tender and member of the ReLeaf Hazelwood steering committee, joined at least 20 volunteers to plant 80 trees in the greenway. “I’m involved in the ReLeaf program because I think Hazelwood should be as green as possible,” he said.
On the afternoon of April 9, a tent event hosted by Arts Excursions Unlimited brought out a lively crowd in spite of the cold weather (below). Artist Alisha Wormsley (below on the left) hosted a collage table where she invited people to create collages about Hazelwood.
Artist Carin Mincemoyer (not shown) asked residents to imagine themselves in different ways, like, "If I was an animal, I would be a____" and "If I was a bird, I would fly to____."
Artist Vanessa German (below on right) traced the hands of participants for a spirit house project that will be built on Hazelwood Green. She asked each person to think of someone they love while she traced their hand, and had them write their name and an important word on the page.
On March 23, community members learned about training and job opportunities at the Trades Awareness Career Fair at Propel Hazelwood (below).
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