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Familiar faces photo essay: Hazelwood Earth Day, tree plantings, arts events and more

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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.

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Photo by Ray Gerard

Earlier in the afternoon, Arnold Stagger (below left) and Larry Estes (below right) jammed on guitar and bass for the crowd.

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Photo by Ray Gerard

Tree Pittsburgh gave more than 90 trees to neighborhood residents through the ReLeaf Hazelwood program (below).

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Photo by Ray Gerard

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.

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Photo by Ray Gerard

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.

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Photo by Ray Gerard

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).

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Photo by Juliet Martinez

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.

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Photo by Jamie Gruzinski

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.

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Photo by Juliet Martinez

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____."

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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.

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Photo by Juliet Martinez

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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The Homepage is a print newspaper delivered monthly to households in Greater Hazelwood, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hays, New Homestead, Lincoln Place and The Run. Hazelwood Initiative, Inc., a community-based nonprofit, publishes The Homepage through a grant from the City of Pittsburgh and advertising revenue from local businesses and organizations. The mission of Hazelwood Initiative, as a community-based development corporation, is to build a stronger Hazelwood through inclusive community development. Sonya Tilghman, Executive Director of Hazelwood Initiative, Inc. (she/her) Juliet Martinez, Managing Editor of The Homepage (they/them) Sarah Kanar, Layout and Design of The Homepage(she/her)

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