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Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 07-04-14

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 07-04-14
Special 4th of July Edition
Listen to the show online HERE

PPL Co-Host
Sunita Pandit
Mrs. Cardiology, Memberhip Director for NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh will share why you should join NAWBO today to learn how to be Health, Wealthy and Wise.  Of course she's going to tell you about the healthy part and soon we will get our president Donna Baxter to talk about the Wealthy and Wise portion of our motto for this year.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille

CULTURAL CLUES
Sneak Peak at PICT's Woman and a Scarecrow  |  Music Space Summer Concert Series  |  PSO Presents 'Stayin' Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees  |  EVITA  |  Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Presents Great Jazz  |  Monotype Prints Inspired by Visit to South Africa  |  Live Stream of PSO July 6 Concert at Hartwood Acres

BUSINESS BUZZ
May Unemployment Rate Declines  |  Mayor Peduto in Denmark  |  Bankruptcy Filings & Housing Appreciation Improving  |  Business Opportunity: PLS Limousines Service   |  Act 47  |  Small Biz Saturday

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
Golf & Sporting Clays Event for Center for Victims  |  Blessed to Be Dressed Fashion Show & Luncheon

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS:  XTAZA Nightclub Presents Independence Day Sneak Peek Party

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
Lose Your Blues at Footloose  |  Perogies Plus  |  River's Club 31st Anniversary Party

VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE:  A Vision of Inspiration


CULTURAL CLUES

Sneak Peak at PICT's Woman and a Scarecrow
July 10- August 2, 2014 
Woman and Scarecrow playwright Marina Carr is coming to Pittsburgh in just a few short weeks! We're celebrating this acclaimed playwright with a few events and we invite you to join us:
Thursday, July 10 at 5 p.m.- Dinner with Marina Carr- Join PICT for dinner and conversation with Irish playwright Marina Carr at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association (PAA) located on Fifth Avenue in Oakland. Space is limited, so call 412-561-6000 or click here to make your reservation today! $65/person.
Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m.- Opening night of Woman and Scarecrow
Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m.- Matinee performance of Woman and Scarecrow followed by a talk-back with the cast, crew and playwright
Sunday, July 13 at 7 p.m.- Marina Carr Reading- Join Marina at the Henry Heymann Theatre as she reads selections from her works! This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 412-561-6000 or visit picttheatre.org.


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Music Space Summer Concert Series
Featuring local bands the last Friday of each month 
SPACE  |  812 Liberty Avenue  |  Doors open at 8 PM
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces live performances for the Music SPACE series summer concerts at SPACE gallery the last Friday of each month. These all-ages performances showcase a variety of unique sounds from musical talent in the Pittsburgh area. Tickets are $5 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m., and shows begin at 8:30 p.m.
Live performances by ambient dream-pop group Sleep Experiments and melting pop group The Van
Allen Belt kick-off the summer Music SPACE series Friday, July 25.
Sleep Experiments
I developed this series, together with Andy Mulkerin, music editor of Pittsburgh City Paper, with the goal of extending SPACE's programming in a way that would not only feature stellar, interesting local music, but also complement the curated visual exhibitions, says Amy Staggs, curatorial assistant at Wood Street Galleries and co-curator of Music SPACE. Our hope is that these exciting, energetic bands will attract downtown residents and people throughout the Pittsburgh region to the Cultural District to experience everything this vibrant neighborhood has to offer.
FRIDAY, JULY 25  |  Sleep Experiments - musicians Phil Jacoby, Phil Johnson, and Morgan Stewart
FRIDAY, AUGUST 29  |  Jasmine Tate
CATALOGUING PATTERN  |  During each performance, guests experience the visual art exhibition Cataloguing Pattern, a collaborative meditation on the role of pattern in artistic practice.  The exhibition in on view at SPACE through August 31, 2014.

For more information, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

PSO Presents Bee Gees Music One Night Only
July 17, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall
With nine Grammys and more than 200 million records sold, the legendary sounds of The Bee Gees have
stood the test of time. Join the Pittsburgh Symphony for Stayin' Alive One Night of the Bee Gees on July 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.  Stayin' Alive delivers the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees playlist, including blockbusters like Night Fever, Jive Talkin', You Should be Dancing and How Deep Is Your Love. This multimedia experience offers big screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery that will take you back to the 1970s.
The evening features Tony Mattina as Barry Gibb (lead/backing vocals and guitar), Todd Sharman as Robin Gibb (lead/backing vocals), Joseph Janisse as Maurice Gibb (backing vocals and keyboard), Tom Wolf on drums and percussion, and Chris Mullen on bass. Led by Resident Conductor Fawzi Haimor, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra joins the band to present the excitement of a live Bee Gees concert to a new audience.

For tickets or more information, contact the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visit pittsburghsymphony.org.


National Tour of Tim Rice's and Andrew Lloyd Webber's EVITA comes to Pittsburgh
July 8-13, 2014  |  Benedum Center
Experience the passion and seduction in this elegant masterpiece Tony Award®-winning musical EVITA, July 8-13 at the Benedum Center.  Directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford, this is the first new Broadway production of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical, since it debuted on Broadway over 30 years ago.

The New York Post said The wait was worth it: packed with memorable tunes, EVITA is a MODERN MASTERPIECE!

Eva PerГ³n used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world ” while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. EVITA tells Eva's passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying, Adored."

For tickets or more information, visit pittsburghCLO.org or call 412-456-6666.


Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Presents Great Jazz
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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents Monotype Prints: An Exploration of Color and Texture Inspired by Visit to South Africa
July 25 August 31, 2014 | 709 Penn Gallery | 709 Penn Avenue
Exhibition Opening & Reception | July 25, 5:30 8 PM

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents a visual art exhibition of vibrant and abstract mixed-media monotype prints. Artist Jo-Anne Bates was inspired to create the works in Monotype Prints: An Exploration of Color from her travels in South Africa nearly ten years ago. The exhibition is on view at the Trust's 709 Penn Gallery July 25August 31, 2014, and an opening reception takes place July 25, 2014, from 5:308 p.m.
Bates, a Pittsburgh-based artist, was inspired by the incredible colors and textures of the land, the people, and their clothing throughout her travels in South Africa. She visited such places as Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Seal Island, Soweto, Pilanesberg, Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape of Good
Hope, and Kruger National Park, among others.
Jo-Anne Bates

Most of South Africa is warm year round with some gentle rain showers. This allows for the lush colors of the landscape, says Bates. The cloth [South Africans] weave and dye is often turned into very colorful clothing, which they often wear. The colors were so vivid that it made a lasting impression on me and subsequently my work.

About 709 Penn Gallery - 709 Penn Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The gallery is located at 709 Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.8 p.m.; Sun.11 a.m.5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.

For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit TrustArts.org.


Classical WQED-FM 89.3 and the PSO to Offer 360-Degree Live Stream of July 6 Concert at Hartwood Acres
If a customized concert experience with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been on your wish list, your wish has come true. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform at Hartwood Acres as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series on July 6 at 8:15 p.m. while live streaming the concert via the Internet through a new technology, C360. Sponsored by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, the C360 camera allows viewers to be in control of their individual concert experience.C360 provides real-time video control to the end user by way of multi-view 360-degree action with unlimited angles and viewers, as well as integrated tracking capability to follow objects and people. The live stream will be hosted by WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham. (Please note that viewers will need Adobe Flash installed on their computer or mobile device to view the live stream. Most Apple mobile devices will not be compatible.)

More information about C360 can be found at c360live.com.


BUSINESS BUZZ

May Unemployment Rate Declines
From: Pittsburgh Today
Written By: Douglas Heuck | June 2014

Greater Pittsburgh's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in May 2014 -- 1.4 percentage points lower than the May 2013 rate -- giving the region the fifth smallest unemployment rate of all benchmark peers. To find out more about how Pittsburgh compares against other regions, click here.

For more information, visit PittsburghToday.org.


Mayor Peduto in Denmark as Part of Efforts to Elevate Pittsburgh Bike Infrastructure to World-Class Level
From Our Friends at Urban Media
Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto in Denmark
Photo Courtesy: Urban Media
With the Green Lane Project investing more than a quarter million dollars in Pittsburgh over the next two years, Mayor William Peduto is joining officials from other American cities in Denmark this week at a conference paid for by People for Bikes.

With the Green Lane Project investing more than a quarter million dollars in Pittsburgh over the next two years, Mayor William Peduto is joining officials from other American cities in Denmark this week at a conference paid for by People for Bikes.

The Green Lane Project chose Pittsburgh as one of six cities that will receive resources to build five miles of protected bike lanes, and part of that award includes the week-long Denmark Bicycle Transportation Leadership Study Tour: Translating Lessons and Experiences for American Streets. The host organization is paying all expenses other than the flight, which the Mayor is covering with campaign funds.

The project cited Pittsburgh's public and private leadership as one of the reasons it chose the city. The Mayor is joined at the conference by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Bike Pittsburgh CEO Scott Bricker and Hillman Family Foundations President David Roger. Delegations from Denver and Indianapolis are also present.

Working with Bike Pittsburgh, the city has installed 30 miles of on-street bicycle infrastructure, 500 bike racks, started bike corrals and offers bike valet services at city festivals. The city has more than 20 miles of riverfront trails, 70 miles of on-street infrastructure, the nation's first "street conversion" and approximately 7,000 bicycle parking spaces.

Read the entire article at PittsburghUrbanMedia.com


Bankruptcy Filings & Housing Appreciation Improving
From: Pittsburgh Today
The Pittsburgh region saw dramatically fewer bankruptcy filings than its benchmark peers in the first quarter of 2014. Bankruptcy filings in Pittsburgh were the second lowest of all benchmark regions, a total of only 1,931 bankruptcies, and less than the benchmark average of 3,753 bankruptcies. To see how bankruptcy filings in Pittsburgh compares to other regions, click here.

The region's housing market is also steadily improving. From the first quarter of 2009 through the first quarter of 2014, home prices appreciated 5.5 percent, ranking Pittsburgh the second highest of all benchmark regions; all other regions except Denver saw housing prices fall in that five-year period.

For more information, visit PittsburghToday.org.


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Pittsburgh City Council Update from District 4's Natalia Rudiak - Act 47 Edition
June 24, 2014
Pittsburgh City Council voted to approve the Act 47 Recovery Coordinators' 5-year plan to lead our City to financial recovery. Read on to learn more about Act 47 and what this plan means for our City.

What is Act 47?
In 2004, after decades of declining population and declining tax revenue, the City of Pittsburgh was designated distressed , a term defined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Financially Distressed Municipalities Act of 1987 (also known as Act 47 ).

ICA:
State legislators also passed Act 11, which added another layer of financial oversight from the state, called the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA).

Act 47 Plan:
Every five years, the state-appointed Act 47 Coordinators have worked with City officials to craft a plan for Pittsburgh's financial renewal.

Why are we still considered distressed ?
Thanks to the implementation of many of the recommendations from previous plans, the City is no longer in crisis mode, but we still have a lot of work to do. If we do nothing,
· there will be a real structural deficit from 2015-2019
· expenditures will outpace revenues and pension costs will continue to grow
· our reserve fund will be depleted and we will have no capital budget by 2018
· our need to fix roads, bridges and buildings will continue to exceed our ability to do so

Currently, the two most important factors that impact our city finances are:
1) the 2013 millage rate adjustment which has caused a significant loss of property tax revenue (link to Piktograph), and

2) actions by our pension board in 2013, which now require a higher annual contribution of taxpayer dollars to the pension fund.

What does the Act 47 Plan mean for our City?
The Act 47 5-year Amended Plan passed today by Council is just that -- a plan. The document provides a menu of options for the City to manage continued debt, pension obligations, and cash flow, with a particular focus on restoring real estate tax revenue lost in 2013, and investing in overdue maintenance on buildings, roads, and bridges.

Here are just a few of the recommendations included in the plan:
· Prioritizing infrastructure needs, and spending $25 million per year from 2015-2019 on reconstructing crumbling roads, bridges, and buildings
· Seeking higher annual contributions from the largest tax exempt non-profits, which rely on our bridges and roads
· Freezing and moderating wage growth of City employees
· Reducing the City's non-salary operating costs by 5% per year, across the board
· Building our City's tax base by supporting Urban Redevelopment Authority projects

What does the Act 47 Plan mean for you?
Starting in 2015, you will see better roads, bridges, and public buildings. Why? Act 47 analysis shows that more than half our city roads are failing, 24 of our bridges are structurally deficient, and our public buildings, from recreation centers to police stations, are falling apart. They recommend an infusion of $120 million of bond capital in our city infrastructure.

But, annual property tax revenues in our city are the lowest point they have been since 2004, leaving a gap in our operating budget. This leaves a lot of questions and we need your help. Our office put together this more in-depth graphic to explain our property tax problem.

What happens next?
Passing this plan only means we have work to do; the real deadline is the end of the year when the budget has to be passed. This plan will guide the work required of the Mayor and Council over the next six months to ensure that the City's 2015 Capital and Operating budgets deliver the service, amenities, and infrastructure City residents deserve. I look forward to working through the plan with Mayor Peduto and my colleagues on Council, choosing the best options for better management and increased revenue to ensure that the City proactively invests in our infrastructure, and also continues to provide and improve services to residents of the City of Pittsburgh.


POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH LIVE! PERKS
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Who Promote the Good News in Pittsburgh

This Week's Guests:
Lou Lombardi, the Rock N Roll Philanthropis
Kiva Zip, Crowd Sourced 0% Loans
Brian Fallet of He's Pretty Handy
JoAnn R Forrester, Author of the Gift of Holiday Valley


NON-PROFIT EVENTS
SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
Golf & Sporting Clays Event for Center for Victims
Friday August 22, 2014

Please join us for a day of fun in the sun to support Center for Victims! Golf on Mystic Rock, a PGA championship course, or on the Links, a first-rate golfing experience sculpted through the Laurel Highlands.  If golfing isn't your thing, join us at the Nemacolin Field Club, a complex that houses one of the nation's top sporting clay facilities as well as some of the finest fishing streams and creeks in the Eastern United States.

For more information, visit www.centerforvictims.org.


Blessed to Be Dressed  Fashion Show & Luncheon
Saturday July 19th, 2014  |  1 PM
Lamb of God Lion of Judah Church
3936 Perrysville Avenue, Pittsburgh PA
For more information call Darnese Humphries at 412.862.6991.


NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

XTAZA Nightclub Presents Independence Day Sneak Peek Party
Saturday July 5th, 2014  |  10 PM - 2 AM  |  XTAZA Nightclub - 1650 Smallman St

FREE ADMISSION BEFORE 11PM
($10 GA AFTER 11PM)

$5 CIROC COCKTAILS & $3 BUD & BUDLIGHTS 10PM-MIDNIGHT

AUDIO: DJ SCHIZO & HOSTED BY MIKE JAX OF WAMO 100.1 FM







ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

Lose Your Blues at Footloose
From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: Megan Grabowski | Jan. 00, 2014

Pittsburgh's debut of Footloose brings to stage  idyllic, youthful and perpetually  poignant  teenage strife with a musical score that is toe tapping and finger snapping.  So long as there are teenagers, there will be rebellion, a question of  authority and a free- spiritedness that teeters between innocence and blind stupidity for years at a time.  This message plays without a hiccup on the stage of the Benedum Center from June 24 through June 29, 2014.

Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report

Perogies Plus

River's Club 31st Anniversary Party
Jessica Lee's Jazz Networking, Vince Ornatio Art Exhibit, Rivers Club 31st Anniversary Party
Add to the great Pittsburgh industrial and souvenir art, Jessica Lee's Blues Jazz Style, let me tell you that Vince and Jess and the Rivers Club can throw a party.  Champagne with pear nectar and wonderful local wines flowed profusely.  The buffet was amazing.  My favorites:  roasted romaine with green goddess dressing and amazing salad bar accoutrements.  Crab dressing between fried green tomatoes and shrimp tempura with horse radish sauce on the appetizer table.  Main course was amazing with pulled pork and southern pork and pan seared panko rainbow trout and deep fried turkey.  And after all that a very healthy dessert of every type of succulent berry with fresh made whipped cream.  Kudos to the River's Club Staff and Chefs.

If you would like to share your review and pictures of an event,
please email info@pplmag.com


VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE

A Vision of Inspiration
Written By: Richard "The ROI Guy" Seppala
I am about to run to the airport to start what I hope is an epic family journey. My wife Lisa and I have packed our bags (and multiple bags for our 4 boys) and we are off to celebrate the 4th Of July at Yellowstone National Park. But it's not just a sight-seeing tour. In fact, this trip has a lot to do with seeing and the power of sight. A few months ago while speaking at James Malinchak's Big Money Speaker Bootcamp, I was approached by Lonnie Bedwell. Lonnie is a Wounded U.S. Navy Veteran. He told me he wanted to tell and share his story with the world. Only he was going to do something epic while he told his story. He is going whitewater his way down the Yellowstone River.

Did I mention he is blind?

This story immediately caught my attention and I wanted to get on board. Thus, I have packed up my entire family, hired a film crew and we are heading out to Yellowstone to film a movie on Lonnie and a group of disabled soldiers that he has put together to show the courage and strength of our Veterans. In fact, Lonnie was just on Good Morning America this morning. Lisa caught it while we were finishing up the last few items before taking off.

The reason that I am writing this today is that you can make a difference in helping this dream, this film and the hope for our veterans this 4th Of July weekend. Before you head out to the BBQ, to the lake, to the beach or the park, I want you to watch this quick video with Lonnie and see for yourself the power in his vision.

I hope you join me in helping to tell this story. And I can't wait to share the footage with you all.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Watch Lonnie's video HERE

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Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 07-14-14
Downtown Pittsburgh Partners & Burgh Blues Festival
Listen to the show online HERE


PPL Co-Host
Dawn Pomaybo
Executive Director, Women's Networking Association
WIN-Pittsburgh, a NA-WIN Affiliate
Women's Interactive Network (WIN) offers an opportunity to meet women whom are successful in all aspects of business, from the corporate ranks to entrepreneurs. Every meeting and event allows ample opportunity to hone networking skills while enjoying the company of business-minded women. WIN-Pittsburgh is an affiliate of the National Association of the Women's Interactive Network (NA-WIN). Visit www.winpitt.org and www.na-win.com to learn more.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
Double Wide Grille

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS:  Eighth Anniversary of The Woman's Interactive Network of Pittsburgh Summer Cocktail Party

CULTURAL CLUES
CATS!  |  Book of Mormon the Musical  |  PSO Remembers Former Director Lorin Maazel  |  The Harambee Black Arts Culture Festival  |  Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company's 2014-2015 Season  |  Christmas In July  |  Pittsburgh Blues Festival Offers 20th Year of Great Blues and Feeding the Hungry  |  Boyz II Men Reunites with the PSO  |  Ring of Fire

KIDZ KORNER
Activities For All Ages at the History Center  |  3D for Kids

WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
79th National Convention of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs  |  Eighth Anniversary of The Woman's Interactive Network of Pittsburgh Summer Cocktail Party  |  Pistols-n-Pink Monthly MeetUp  |  Allegheny County MWDBE Open House  |  WIN Professional Development Day¦a Half Day Workshop  |  Patient Navigation: Why It's Important

BUSINESS BUZZ
Kiva Zip Trustee Information Session  |  Authors' Zone First Author/Publisher/Editor/Proofreader Gathering  |  Business Opportunity: PLS Limousines Service

PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF:  Film Screening: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH:  Pittsburgh Blues Festival Offers 20th Year of Great Blues and Feeding the Hungry

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS
OpenStreetsPGH 2014  |  Navigating the Health Care System  |  Celebrate Downtown Pittsburgh!

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS:  Kiva City Pittsburgh Borrowers

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille  |  Double Wide Grille, Southside  |  Downtown Gallery Crawl and Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS
BPW Scholarship Fundraiser  |  Golf Instruction

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS

Eighth Anniversary of The Woman's Interactive Network of Pittsburgh Summer Cocktail Party
July 29 2014  |   5:30 - 7:30 PM
Gaetano's Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd

(NOTE: Was previously scheduled the 22nd, but changed to the 29th due to Liberty Tunnel closures)

Network with other professional women and celebrate with us!

Assorted appetizers, soft drinks and cash bar available.

Individual Registration     $15.00 (Members Only)
Individual Registration     $20.00 (NON WIN Members)
Vendor Table WIN-Pittsburgh Members Only     $35.00

For more information and to register, visit Pittsburgh.na-WIN.com.



CULTURAL CLUES

Practical, Dramatical, Fanatical CATS! - You are Cordially Invited to Attend the Jellicle Ball
July 18-27, 2014  |  Benedum Center
Jellicle cats come one, come all! Join the Jellicle Ball July 18-27 with Pittsburgh CLO's production of CATS! A talented company of felines will bring Andrew Lloyd Webber's mysterious masterpiece to life on the Benedum Center stage.

Featuring your favorite Jellicle Cats on the night of their annual gathering, this song and dance extravaganza is the purrfect opportunity for the entire family to create a memory that will live forever! Winner of seven Tony Awards® including Best Musical, CATS features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless melodies including Mr. Mistoffelees and the multi-million selling hit Memory. It holds as one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history!

Tickets are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call our Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information.

For more tickets or more information, visit pittsburghCLO.org.


Its Not Church, But It Is the Book of Mormon the Musical
September 23 October 5 2014  |  Heinz Hall   
The New York Times calls it the best musical of this century. The Washington Post says, It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals. And Entertainment Weekly says, Grade A: the funniest musical of all time. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry. It's THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award® winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. Contains explicit content. For more information, visit BookOfMormonTheMusical.com.

Enter promo code ARNOLD2014 to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public on Thursday, July 17.
 
For more tickets or more information, visit online at TrustArts.org or call 412-315-3155.


The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Remembers Former Director Lorin Maazel
The entire Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra organization was saddened to learn of the passing Maestro Lorin Maazel, who served as the orchestra's music director from 1984 to 1996. Maazel, age 84, died on July 13, 2014 in Virginia from complications following pneumonia.

Lorin Maazel
Photo Courtesy:  http://vilanova.cat
Maazel was a world-renowned conductor, as well as a composer, mentor, father and husband, who devoted more than 75 years of his life to music-making. He took the baton of the Pittsburgh Symphony during a critical time in its history, following the departure of Andre Previn. The symphony developed an unrivaled international following under his leadership, gathering future stature as he led tours of Europe, Asia and the Americas, added first-rank players to vital positions and programmed season-long retrospectives that appealed to audiences and critics alike.

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Maestro Lorin Maazel. There can be no doubt that he had a significant impact on the musical life of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the music world as a whole. I, myself, played many times under his baton and was struck by his prodigious talent and quest for perfection, said Manfred Honeck, current music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He left behind a core of musical leaders that still define the Pittsburgh Symphony today and an incredible standard of playing. As one of his successors, I am deeply indebted to him for creating the ideal culture of musicians and the music-making exemplified in this orchestra. All of us at the Pittsburgh Symphony and our audiences, both here and around the world, continue to benefit from the work he did in Pittsburgh. I would like to express my deepest condolences to his family and his many friends and fans. We have truly lost one of the world's greatest conductors.

Born in Paris in 1930, Maazel began violin lessons at age five, and conducting lessons at age seven. He and his family moved to Pittsburgh so that he could study conducting with Vladimir Bakaleinikoff, who had become associate conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1939. Between ages nine and 15, he conducted most of the major American orchestras, including the NBC Symphony at the invitation of Arturo Toscanini. In the course of his decades-long career, Maazel conducted more than 150 orchestras in no fewer than 5,000 opera and concert performances. He made more than 300 recordings, including symphonic cycles of complete orchestral works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Mahler, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Richard Strauss, winning 10 Grands Prix du Disques.

During his career, Maazel served as artistic director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and general manager of the Vienna State Opera, as music director of the Radio Symphony of Berlin, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, with whom he made an unprecedented visit to North Korea in 2008. He also was a highly regarded composer, with a wide-ranging catalog of works written primarily over the last 15 years.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra joins the international music community in mourning the passing of a Pittsburgh native who began his music career as a child prodigy and grew to become the most prolific conductor of perhaps all time. He conducted some 150 orchestras during his lifetime and we, in Pittsburgh, benefited from and deeply respected his time with us as music director. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Maazel family, said James Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.


The Harambee Black Arts Culture Festival
Sat and Sun, July 19-20 2014

This Saturday and Sunday Come Out to the Harambee Black Arts Festival.

There are opportunities to volunteer and be a vendor at the festival.

If you are interested in volunteering please call Marteen Garay at 412-737-2133.

For those interested in vending please contact Lawanda Long at 412-606-1997.

For more information, visit www.harambeeujima.org.


Roberto Clemente Musical World Premiere, 2 More Beloved Musicals, Tennessee Williams Classic, and a Shakespearean Comedy Highlight Conservatory Theatre Company's 2014-2015 Season
Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company will produce five works, including the world premiere of a new musical about the life of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, in the 2014-2015 season.

The season begins Oct. 17 and runs through April 26, 2015, at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in the city's Oakland neighborhood.

Written by Alki Steriopoulos, 21 will be directed by Richard Sabellico, who has directed Off-Broadway, national tours, and several Pittsburgh CLO productions, including The Music Man (starring Jeff Goldblum and Ed Begley Jr.), The Pajama Game, and Bells Are Ringing.

The season's other productions are William Shakespeare's pastoral comedy, As You Like It, directed by John Amplas, the musicals Urinetown, directed by Zeva Barzell, and The Boy Friend, directed by Jack Allison, and Tennessee Williams' timeless classic, A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Martin Giles.

The Conservatory Theatre Company 2014-2015 season subscriptions, which save patrons up to 35 percent off single-ticket prices, are available now. Five-show season packages are $50-$70. Those who purchase three subscriptions get the fourth free. Single tickets are $18-$20 and go on sale at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2.

For more information, contact the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000, or visit www.pittsburghplayhouse.com


Christmas In July
Thursday, July 17  |  11:30 AM - 1:30 PM  |  Market Square
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Christmas in July, a special event being held during the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's Market Square Farmer's Market on Thursday, July 17th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in downtown Pittsburgh.  Christmas in July promises an afternoon of entertainment and special offers as the holiday season arrives early in Pittsburgh. Featuring performances by cast members from IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS, coming to the Benedum Center this November 18-23, and the CLO Mini Stars, the event is hosted by Ron Antill and Sara Lockard of the WISH 99.7 FM Morning Crew.

Christmas in July is part of The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's Celebrate Downtown! initiative being held from July 14-21. The week-long celebration will include 8 days of programming designed to highlight the many facets that make Downtown Pittsburgh the most vibrant and unique neighborhood in the City. The celebration coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS AND SPECIAL OFFERS
A number of special offers will be available at the Christmas in July event, including a special priority ticket offer to Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS, playing at the Benedum Center this November. Don't miss out on the opportunity to get tickets to this holiday classic.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker
Location: Benedum Center  |  Dates: December 11-28, 2014  |  Special Offer: 20% OFF

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's presentation of Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Location: Benedum Center  |  Dates: November 18-23, 2014  |  Special Offer: Priority Ticket Offer

Annie
Location: Benedum Center  |  Dates: October 28-November 2, 2014  |  Special Offer: Priority Ticket Offer

Pittsburgh Public Theater presents The Second City
Location: O'Reilly Theater  |  Dates: January 6-7, 2015  |  Special Offer: 50% off

Pittsburgh CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol
Location: Byham Theater  |  Dates: December 5-21, 2014  |  Special Offer: Priority Ticket Offer

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Highmark Holiday Pops
Location: Heinz Hall  |  Dates: Dec. 13, 20, 21 at 2:30 PM and Dec. 20 at 7:30 PM  |  Special Offer: 50% off

Special offers are good for two days only.  Ticket buyers should use promo code XMASINJULY which will be valid at the Cultural District tent on Thursday, July 17 and online on Friday, July 18 only.  Please visit CulturalDistrict.org for full performance descriptions and information on restrictions that may apply to the offers.  For more information, visit culturaldistrict.org.

For more information, visit TrustArts.org.


Pittsburgh Blues Festival Offers 20th Year of Great Blues and Feeding the Hungry
July 19 - 21 2014  |  Hartwood Acres - Hampton, PA
In a radio interview with WDVE 102.5 FM's Sean McDowell this afternoon, the line-up for the 19th Annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival, presented by Peoples Natural Gas, was announced by Ron Moondog Esser, who chairs the Blues Festival Committee. The Pittsburgh Blues Festival will open on Friday, July 19, 2013 at its current home at Hartwood Acres (Hampton, PA) with the Slide Brothers, and close on Sunday night, July 21 with Tab Benoit. In between, a host of local and national acts will fill two stages. All proceeds from the Blues Festival benefitGreater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

We always try to include some classic blues bands and some new people, and different blues styles, and we certainly have done that this year, said Esser. There's Louisiana bayou and New Orleans funk, Texicana roots, R&B and steel slide: something for everybody.   Friday's admission is FREE with a bag of nonperishable groceries to donate to the Food Bank. The Slide Brothers are four of the best slide guitarists living today, a dynamic, house-rocking blend of blues, gospel, rock and soul that respects faith and funk. Friday gets even funkier with Big Sam's Funky Nation, a walking, talking, funking class in the history and myriad styles of funk¦that most grooving and gritty stepchild of blues, soul and classic R & B.

Saturday is a full day of music that starts with Gina Sicilia, the 2008 Best New Artist at the International Blues Challenge, with a throaty dark-honey powerful voice. Next is Eric Lindell, a Festival favorite who has brought his soulful New Orleans roots blues to the Festival before. Later on, Joe Louis Walker will take the stage. A consummate bluesman, Joe Louis Walker has been around long enough to have played with Mike Bloomfield. His gritty heavy blues-rock sound has critics calling him a legendary blues icon.
Saturday night's headliner is Los Lonely Boys, currently enjoying a resurgence of popularity with their critically-acclaimed new release Rockpango. Like previous releases, the band jumps from Latin-tinged funk to bluesy, Stevie Ray Vaughan styled guitar blowouts to sweet, acoustic melodies, while the brothers' charismatic harmonies remain a constant selling-point throughout.

And Sunday features J. D. McPherson, The Nighthawks with Billy Price, and Tab Benoit. McPherson is new on the blues scene, having just released his first CD in 2010, and is known for mixing and matching blues styles with a sound all his own. The Nighthawks are from the other end of the age spectrum, a quartet with decades of success still going strong with some original and some new members. Mark Stutso, a well-known Pittsburgh musician in the Norman Nardini/Glenn Pavone circle, is the latest addition to the Nighthawks. With Billy Price at the front of the stage, this act is sure to remind the audience that Pittsburgh has produced an amazing number of great musicians.

The musical menu will also be filled out by an additional six or seven local bands. Pittsburgh Blues Festival is an all-weekend music extravaganza, a family-friendly green event with food, merchandise, a kids' activity tent, zero-waste recycling, and best of all it embraces a great cause. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank helps provide food for more than 120,000 children, seniors and working families every month.

Admission to Saturday and Sunday of the Blues Festival is $35 each day; discount advance tickets and weekend passes can be purchased atwww.pghblues.com, or by calling the Blues Hotline at 412-460-BLUE. Children under 12 enter free, and parking at Hartwood Acres is free as well. Over 18 years, the Blues Festival has raised more than $1.5 million to help the Food Bank fight hunger in our region.


Boyz II Men Reunites with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in One-Night-Only Performance
July 23 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall
From Motownphilly to On Bended Knee, the iconic music of ˜90s supergroup Boyz II Men combined with the masterful sounds of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra promise one soulful evening when they return to the Heinz Hall stage on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Boyz II Men members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman met as students at the prestigious Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. In a career that has spanned more than 20 years and 15 albums, the group's distinctive R&B sound has made a mark with their individual voices and peerless harmonies. Led by Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh, audience members will enjoy hits like Water Runs Dry, It's So Hard to Say Goodbye, I'll Make Love to You and many others with full orchestral accompaniment.

This concert features tweet seats, a seating section (Grand Tier, rows C-T) where audience members are encouraged to share their concert experience in real time via social media with the hashtag #BoyzIIMenPGH.

Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $110, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org


Pittsburgh Premiere Extended!  Ring of Fire Will Rock the CLO Cabaret Through August 24 
Due to popular demand, Ring of Fire The Music of Johnny Cash has been extended through August 24 at the CLO Cabaret.  The show was previously scheduled to close August 17.

Ring of Fire by the Numbers:
  • Over 5,000 audience members have enjoyed Ring of Fire since it opened at the CLO Cabaret May 22. 
  • Instrumentation featured in Ring of Fire includes: Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Snare Drum, Electric Guitar, Harmonica, Washboard and Upright Bass.  
  • Ring of Fire features over 30 of Johnny Cash's hits including Country Boy, Folsom Prison Blues, Five Feet High and Rising, Daddy Sang Bass, I Walk the Line and I've Been Everywhere." 
  • Cast members Jon Rolf, Paul Koudouris and Santino Tomasetti used their musical prowess and Ring of Fire instrumentation to become one of just three national finalists in Dairy Queen's S'mores Music Video Contest.  Voting concludes July 18. 
Performance Schedule for Ring of Fire:
Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays 7:30 PM
Saturdays 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sundays 2:00 PM

For more information, visit CLOCabaret.com.


KIDZ KORNER

Activities For All Ages at the History Center
Discovery Place, a hands-on laboratory, covers more than 250 years of Pittsburgh history and culture.

Located on the History Center's third floor, above the Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation exhibition, Discovery Place uses hands-on experiences to depict the lives of Western Pennsylvanian children over the past 200 years. The kids-centered area also includes "Get to the Point," an interactive trivia game focused on Pittsburgh innovations.

Kidsburgh, a two-story play place in the museum's first floor Great Hall, immerses the history fans of tomorrow in fun, interactive Pittsburgh-themed activities.

Alongside an interactive model of Pittsburgh, kids can design their own city using models of buildings, boats, and sports stadiums, serve up Isaly's "ice cream," and milk a mooing "cow" at Reymer's Old-Fashioned Deli. Then zoom down the Liberty Tube, a 12-foot spiral slide that kids love.

The Pittsburgh's Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia exhibition begins with an introduction to steamboat building in Western Pennsylvania. At each of five stations, children can learn how to build a steamboat including the hull, boiler, and the engine, from the paddlewheel to the deck and pilothouse. Finish the boat by giving it a name!

Then kids can try their hand at navigating the western waters with the Steamboats West board game. Can you steer your steamboat from St. Louis to Council Bluffs, Iowa safely? Spin the wheel to find out.

And don't forget to snap a photo with the Steamboat Arabia mule. Use #ArabiaMule in your tweet or Instagram photo so everyone can see it.


Digital Storytelling Workshops for Teens
Tues., July 22, Thurs., July 24, Tues., July 29, & Thurs., July 31 | 9 AM to noon 

Tell stories from Pittsburgh's past your way, in your voice, through new media skills. Uncover images and objects to create a digital story that brings history to life for visitors.

The History Center's Digital Storytelling summer learning experience allows teens to create vibrant multimedia stories about people and places in Pittsburgh history. These digital projects will illuminate objects and stories within the History Center's archival and museum collection, allowing teens to curate the collection in their own voice. The digital stories will be shared with visitors through a "New Voices for the Past" gallery guide.

The workshop is designed for teens age 12-16. In order to participate, students must attend all four sessions. The cost of the workshop is $50 and includes the use of digital equipment, drinks, and a light snack.

Registration is required by July 17. Please register here.  For more information please contact Mariruth Leftwich, education manager, 412-454-6390 ormaleftwich@heinzhistorycenter.org.  This project is part of Pittsburgh City of Learning, an initiative of The Sprout Fund.

Hop into History as we play and explore together in this hands-on session designed for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. Kids will be transported back in time through music, dance, and games.

Wed., July 16 - Hop Into History: Moving Around Pittsburgh
Wed., Aug. 20 - Hop Into History: Down by the River

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Cost: Children free, adults regular museum admission, which is good for the entire day. Hop Into History is free for History Center members.
RSVP: Space is limited, so please register in advance by emailing Mariruth Leftwich atmaleftwich@heinzhistorycenter.org or calling 412-454-6390.


3D for Kids
Want to make 3D art at home? Join award-winning filmmaker/musician Jeff Boller from The Simple Carnival (www.simplecarnival.com ) as he reveals the magic tricks behind making 3D (stereoscopic) art.

You'll learn how 3D works. You'll learn how to turn a regular 2D camera into a 3D camera. You'll learn how to draw 3D comics. You'll participate in 3D photography demonstrations. You'll see how ordinary art supplies can be used to make sophisticated animated 3D cartoons.

Prepare to be amazed...and to have fun!  More info here: www.3dforkids.net

This FREE workshop is intended for kids ages seven and up (and their parents).

To sign up, contact the Penn Area Library at 724-744-4414 or go to  www.pennlib.org.


WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT


79th National Convention of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs
From Our Friends at The Soul Pitt
July 21 - 26, 2014  |  Omni William Penn Hotel

Blazing New Pathways: Moving Forward With A Purpose!

Members from all parts of the country should attend this ground breaking convention to learn about how they can "Blaze New Pathways" in their corner of the globe. Family, friends, business professionals and guests interested about what The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. has to offer are welcome to come and enjoy the great public events that are taking place all week

If you are seeking employment, join us at the "Tracks to Success Pathways to Opportunities" Career Summit where jobseekers will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops designed to strengthen their job seeking skills.

For more information, visit www.nanbpwc.org or call 516-356-4654.


Eighth Anniversary of The Woman's Interactive Network of Pittsburgh Summer Cocktail Party
July 29 2014  |   5:30 - 7:30 PM
Gaetano's Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd

(NOTE: Was previously scheduled the 22nd, but changed to the 29th due to Liberty Tunnel closures)

Network with other professional women and celebrate with us!

Assorted appetizers, soft drinks and cash bar available.

Individual Registration     $15.00 (Members Only)
Individual Registration     $20.00 (NON WIN Members)
Vendor Table WIN-Pittsburgh Members Only     $35.00

The Women's Interactive Network is a dynamic organizations that offers an opportunity to meet women whom are successful in all aspects of business, from the corporate ranks to entrepreneurs.

WIN-Pittsburgh was established in 2006 as a networking organization for professional women in the Greater Pittsburgh area. As the organization developed, members expressed the desire to network with other professional women across the nation. In May, the National Association of the Woman's interactive networked was formally launched.

For more information and to register, visit Pittsburgh.na-WIN.com.


Pistols-n-Pink Monthly MeetUp
Friday, August 15 2014  |  6 - 8 PM  |  Millvale Sportsmen's Club

Join us as Guest of Pistols n-Pink at the Millvale Sportsmen's Club located at 170 Sunnyhill Rd, Wexford, PA 15090.

After we have a good time shooting on the range, we kick back, unwind and feature a woman-owned business.

Experienced and non-experienced shooters welcome. Instructors will be present; firearms and protection will be available.

This is a great excuse to hone your shooting skills or if you are a novice, a wonderful opportunity to learn about firearms in a relaxed atmosphere!

Special Guest Speaker:  Matt Shipley, speaking on Second Amendment Rights.  Matt Shipley Retired Navy SEAL Commander, Constitutional Lecturer/Writer, GE 6Г³ MBB Process Expert, Published Author


Save the Date, Allegheny County MWDBE Open House
Thursday, September 18 2014  |  5:30  - 7:30 PM
Two Chatham Center, Suite 500  |  4th Floor, North Room   |  112 Washington Place


WIN Professional Development Day¦a Half Day Workshop
Friday, September 12 2014  |  7:30 AM - 1:00 PM  |  Gaetano's Restaurant - 1617 Banksville Rd

Be The Change! A day Filled With How To's¦Save The Date!  & Stay tuned for more details!

Early bird discounts prior to August 20th

For more information, click HERE.


Patient Navigation: Why It's Important
From Addagio Health
Numbers have recently been escalating in the arena of "lost to follow-up" - when a client does not respond to a healthcare provider such as Adagio Health "following up" after being identified as having an abnormality in their Pap test or breast exam.

In 2013, Adagio Health was awarded a grant from the National Susan G. Komen Foundation. Money provided by the grant allows Adagio Health to target vulnerable populations in the state of Pennsylvania. Adagio Health was only one of six organizations in the country to receive it. Funded to the Alliance of PA Councils, it is administered by Adagio Health.

This two-year grant, supported by the PA Department of Health, will help Adagio Health venture into the future of cancer care, says Lou Ann Jeremko, Adagio Health's director of statewide cancer programs for Adagio Health. The grant is for clients involved in Komen programming and the PA Department of Health (PADOH) HealthyWoman program.

Cathy Pate, the Statewide Patient Navigator, was hired March 2014 to be the person fully dedicated to helping clients and the process of following up with abnormal test results. As the liaison between client and healthcare provider, it is Cathy's job to help patients break down barriers that are preventing them from receiving treatment and get them the resources they need. This could include consulting with patients, their family members, providers, the county office and even pharmacies.

Read the entire story HERE.

BUSINESS BUZZ

Kiva Zip Trustee Information Session
Held in Partnership with Pittsburgh Mayor's Office
Potential Kiva Zip trustees had the opportunity to learn what the role of trustee entails, as well as more information about Kiva City Pittsburgh, at a Trustee Information Session held in partnership with the Office of Mayor Bill Peduto. Speakers included representatives from current trustees: Operation Better Block and Christian Evangelist Economic Development (CEED), as well as Leslie Parr, a borrower endorsed by CEED for a loan for her business, Shining Stars Creative Childcare and Learning Center.

Loans by the Numbers
Kiva City Pittsburgh keeps growing! Thus far...
· 39 loans have fully funded
· 23 Trustees have endorsed a borrower
· More than $179,000 has been invested in local businesses!
· No loans have expired and 3 are currently fundraising

Thank you and welcome to our newest trustees: Regina Johnson, Tonya Edmonds, and the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation.

For a list of all 23 Pittsburgh trustees and a link to our fundraising borrowers, visit www.kiva.org/Pittsburgh.
Good News for Local Agriculture Businesses!

Kiva has raised the introductory loan amount for agricultural businesses from $5,000 to $10,000!  Local farmers need our help more than ever, so help spread the word.

You can also support farmers by going to Kiva Zip's newly created agriculture page and lending!

 For more information, visit www.kiva.org.


Authors' Zone First Author/Publisher/Editor/Proofreader Gathering
August 8th 2014  |  6:30 - 8 PM  |  Max & Erma's in Greentree
We will provide an interesting evening which will bring you right up to date with the latest information about all aspects of producing a book.

We will also give you an opportunity to meet other authors/aspiring authors/publishers/editors/proofreaders.

There will also be time for hors d'oeuvres and perhaps a drink with good conversation.

Please RSVP to wip@fastmail.fm  by August 4th.

No Charge to attend.

For more information about The Authors' Zone, visit www.theauthorszone.com.


Business Opportunity: PLS Limousines Service 
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BONUS: Book of Business including new retail call will be referred.

For more information, call (800)292-2525 or visit www.plslimo.com.


POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH LIVE! PERKS
Please Support these Local Pittsburgh Businesses
Who Promote the Good News in Pittsburgh

Ebony Harris of Mary Kay, Matt Tomsho, The Effective Detective, Dr. Santosh Pandit, Cardiologist and others


PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center Events
Film Screening: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station
Tuesday, July 22 2014  |  6 - 8 PM
In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad successfully accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City's Hudson and East rivers, connecting the railroad to New York and New England, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United States. The tunnels terminated in what was one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time, Pennsylvania Station. Penn Station covered nearly eight acres, extended two city blocks, and housed one of the largest public spaces in the world.

But just 53 years after the station's opening, the monumental building that heralded and represented the American Empire was slated to be destroyed. The destruction of this important landmark was one of the defining moments in American history that gave birth to the modern preservation movement in America. Join us for a screening of this documentary for a comprehensive look back at this defining moment in historic preservation.


NON-PROFIT EVENTS
SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh Blues Festival Offers 20th Year of Great Blues and Feeding the Hungry
July 19 - 21 2014  |  Hartwood Acres - Hampton, PA
In a radio interview with WDVE 102.5 FM's Sean McDowell this afternoon, the line-up for the 19th Annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival, presented by Peoples Natural Gas, was announced by Ron Moondog Esser, who chairs the Blues Festival Committee. The Pittsburgh Blues Festival will open on Friday, July 19, 2013 at its current home at Hartwood Acres (Hampton, PA) with the Slide Brothers, and close on Sunday night, July 21 with Tab Benoit. In between, a host of local and national acts will fill two stages. All proceeds from the Blues Festival benefitGreater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Admission to Saturday and Sunday of the Blues Festival is $35 each day; discount advance tickets and weekend passes can be purchased atwww.pghblues.com, or by calling the Blues Hotline at 412-460-BLUE. Children under 12 enter free, and parking at Hartwood Acres is free as well. Over 18 years, the Blues Festival has raised more than $1.5 million to help the Food Bank fight hunger in our region.


NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

OpenStreetsPGH 2014
July 20 2014  |  8 AM - 12 PM  |  Downtown Pittsburgh - Market Square to the Clemente Bridge
OpenStreetsPGH 2014 is a free event that will close the roads to cars so that people can walk, skate, dance, play, and be social. Downtown streets open for everyone. Enjoy free activities including yoga, Zumba, dance classes, and a climbing wall. Rain or Shine!

For more information about Open Streets, sign up for the email list at OpenStreetsPGH.com. Everyone who signs up for the email list will be entered to win a free bicycle (a sweet Fairdale Flyer).

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to collaborate with Bike Pittsburgh, Allegheny County,
City of Pittsburgh, No Wall Productions, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Let's Move Pittsburgh,
and Three Rivers Inline Club.


Navigating the Health Care System
An informed patient is a patient that gets good care. Knowing how our health care system works is the only way to make it work for you.

From applying for insurance, to paying your premiums, to finding a doctor, to advocating for your needs with your providers -- it all starts with education. Knowledge is power!
PHAN is here to help bring that information to you and your community, through ACA 101 and Proactive Patient trainings. Click here to tell us what you'd like to see in your community.

We've also got a fantastic team of PHAN Certified Trainers ready and waiting to table at local events, so take note next time you visit your local farmer's market or see notice in the paper of a community fair. We'd love to be there to table, but need you to let us know when and where events are happening!

Let's use this summer time to get our friends, families and communities armed with the information they need to take control of their health care.


Celebrate Downtown Pittsburgh!
July 14 - 21 2014
Downtown Dine Around on Tuesday, July 15, at 5:00 p.m., seven Downtown restaurants, each a participant in the PDP's Paris to Pittsburgh Façade Grant Program, will offer a food and drink tasting event. Restaurants include Sonoma, Ten Penny, Seviche, Perlé, Grit and Grace, Nine on Nine and Sienna Mercato.Tickets are available for purchase here.

Market Square Farmers Market on Thursday, July 17, the Market will celebrate Christmas in July, featuring performances from Pittsburgh CLO Ministars and the upcoming White Christmas theater show, booths showcasing vendors from the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, and even a special summertime visit from Santa himself.

Project Pop Up: Fashion Market - on Friday, July 18 from 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m., Downtown fashion retailers, mobile fashion trucks and other local fashion vendors will fill Market Square with the most fashionable wares available in the city.

Downtown Living Expo occurring in Market Square in conjunction with Project Pop Up Fashion, on Friday, July 18 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., stop by to meet with representatives of premier residential properties in Downtown Pittsburgh. Representatives will be on hand to talk about the latest in amenities offered in Downtown living.

Project Pop Up: Picnic also on Friday, July 18, from 11:30 1:30 p.m. in the Upper Mellon Green, located at Ross and Sixth Avenue, the new Downtown Pittsburgh restaurant Hundred Wood will offer three pre-ordered picnic lunches. The PDP will provide the picnic blankets and entertainment by local signer, Joel Lindsey. To pre-order your picnic lunch, click here.

Salsa in the Square Finish off Friday'sactivities at 5:00 p.m. in Market Square, with live music by salsa band Machete and free dance instruction by Las Sabras Dance Company.

Downtown Community Clean Up Saturday, July 19, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, the PDP's Clean and Safe team will lead the largest volunteer day yet, with more than 150 volunteers completing projects to clean and green Downtown Pittsburgh. If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to Rich Dethlefs.

All Access Downtown also on Saturday, June 19, Downtown will open the doors to a wide variety of properties that many people have never visited and offer insightful tours of unique art and historical locations. Pittsburgh History and Landmarks will offer all five of their Downtown Walking Tours, the Office of Public Art will provide a special tour of Downtown Public Art, many Downtown churches will be open and available for tours, as will the rooftop of the US Steel Building, a Cultural District Theater, and Downtown residential properties, both model units and currently lived-in properties. Tickets are free but required for most tours, details and links to reserve tickets are available on the PDP website.

Open Streets Pittsburgh on Sunday, July 20 from 8:00 a.m. noon. Along with Bike Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the PDP will host Open Streets Pittsburgh. This free event will close Sixth and Market Streets from the Clemente Bridge to Market Square to cars so that people can walk, skate, dance, play, and be social. This will include a half mile of Open Streets and programming will include Yoga, Zumba, dance classes, climbing walls and much more. Visit OpenStreetsPGH.com for complete details and the opportunity to sign up to win a bike!

For more information click HERE


POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS

Kiva City Pittsburgh Borrowers
Congratulations to the three borrowers who recently reached their fundraising goals (pictured at left): Justin of Ava Lounge, Geoff of Open Floor, and Micah of Shoutside Media.

And best of luck to the Pittsburgh businesses fundraising now: Leslie of The Ultimate Beauty Spa, Chantel of System 4 cleaning service, and Marita of AdmINtrinsic.

If you would like to receive an e-newsletter directly from Kiva City Pittsburgh and don't want to miss future editions and notifications, please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/SUAU5.

If people go to www.kiva.org/Pittsburgh, the borrowers scroll through the upper right hand corner and then they can see other info about the program below.  The link that goes straight to the borrower page isn't quite as pretty, but it is more direct - zip.kiva.org/loans/s/Pittsburgh.


ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille
You have to try out their new frozen fruit drinks and also the Wild Caught Mussels in Marinara.  What a treat!  We had guests from Mumbai, India and they loved it also.

Double Wide Grille, Southside
Frozen mohitos with loads of fresh mint.  What an afternoon with old friends.  Also one of our guests tried, "The Marriage Counselor" with pineapple juice, cucumber rind, basil and gin.  She found it delightful.  Loads of choices on the menu from vegetarian, which we had to "diner fair" like wings and burgers.  The huge menu is overpowering.  We literally gourged ourselves on seitan wings, coconut tofu, sesame and peanut tofu and a huge California salad with avocoado and sprouts and just about every fruit and vegetable in season.  AND they have for real cornbread.

Downtown Gallery Crawl and Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh
Downtown was awash with people for the free gallery crowd and iside the August Wilson Center, the VIP Cosmopolitan Party and post VIP dance party was sold out.  What a night.

Read more reviews at Roving Pittsburgher Report

If you would like to share your review and pictures of an event,
please email info@pplmag.com


PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS

BPW Scholarship Fundraiser
Hope you can join us on Saturday afternoon, August 9th as we watch the Lady Rebellion Pro Softball team play in Washington, Pa. at the WildThings Stadium.  We will be in a box (with airconditioning!) and enjoy a buffet lunch & enjoy the women's softball game.  Cost is only $40.00 and includes your buffet lunch & soft drinks/ice tea, a seat in air-conditioned comfort, or you can sit out in the bleachers right in front of home plate!

This is a fundraiser for District 12 BPW Scholarship Fund.  Please come out and help us raise money to enable us to give out scholarships next Spring to deserving women from our area!

The deadline is approaching to make your reservations, so please do so today!

Call me with any questions 724-557-5552.

Hope to see you there for a fun afternoon supporting women in sports!!!


Bored playing the same course? Try these tips.
Debbie Constantin Golf Instruction - Men, Women, Juniors; Private and Group; Golf Fitness, Ladies Golf Leagues, Disability Golf

On Course Management. Playing from different tee boxes will help work on different parts of your game. Some days, play from the forward tees - it helps you work on the short game. On other days, play from the back tees to help work on your longer clubs. Playing from a combination of different tees will help you see the course from a different perspective. If you are always playing the same course from the same tees, it can be b-o-r-i-n-g!! Challenge yourself!!

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Publish Date: 07-24-2014 13:25:00
 


CATS, Benedum Theater
A FOUR STAR MEOW
JoAnn R. Forrester, Empress of Biz. 

Elizabeth Stanley as Grizabella
Millions of people have seen Cats since 1981 and have just purred over the Jellicle cats and their salute to immortality.  The performance of this weekend at the Benedum Theatre was purrfect.  The audience was immediately in love with the performance from the very talented Broadway quality cast.  They were singing joyfully and dancing exuberantly.  In a nonstop musical acrobatic, twisting, somersaulting, cartwheeling performance that put permanent paw prints of joy into everyone hearts. 


We all know the  favorites Mr. Mistofeles' and 'Memories'., but
Jenna Nicole Schoen as Demeter, Lily Emilia Smith
as Jellylorum and Ashley Chasteen as Bombalurina
wait what about Old Deuteronomy,  Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, once a real looker and now a faded raggedy cat¦and MaCavity the bad boy cat.  All amazing performances and a musical wonder to see

Andrew Lloyd Weber musical masterpiece will go on forever just based on the music, memorable songs and outstanding  choreography, with the wonderful them of  presenting  the captivating story of the Jellicle cats
My view of the play was fantastic.  We were seated in the Directors Circle, second floor.  Where we could look down at the
Will Porter as Mungojerrie and
Mara Newbery as Rumpleteazer
performance and just soak up the energy that flew up from the stage. Amidst that incredible view I found myself developing a different perspective.  In the midst of all the joy and exuberance I was reflexing on the tales of the cats and their possible human counterparts.  There are people I know who, I could swear their lives were being portrayed right on stage¦for better or worse. 
Ken Prymus as Old Deuteronomy






Hmmm¦.I wonder if anyone asked the shows originators who were the models for your cats?   



Anyways, as always excellent quality from the Pittsburgh CLO and Kudos to all those who work so hard to bring the best of the musical theater to our part of the world.  We are so fortunate to have you.



And as a human being who is owned by Ginger the Cat¦I am instructed to tell you the rating is a four meow rating¦the highest praise a cat will give.



Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester
Host of Empress of Biz
Anchor Internet Radio Show on PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com
JoAnn R. Forrester is co-host of the Empress of Biz Talkcast and co-founder, president and partner in S. I. Business Associates, Small Business Solutions, LLC and Celebrate and Share. She is an entrepreneur, writer, business growth specialist, teacher, columnist and award winning writer. JoAnn specializes in helping small businesses grow and prosper. She is the co-developer of the PRICE IT PERFECT„c cost management system for small business, and has secured over 40 million dollars in loans and investment for her clients.
For more information visit Empress of Biz on PPLmag.com

 

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Loads of great things going on in the burgh, movies in the park, Broadway hits and great places to eat? WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? Central Diner, Robinson| Casa Reyna Restaurante Mexicano, Strip District| Cats at Benedum| POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH SPONSORED EVENTS: Celebrate and Share, 19th Amendment Celebration| Pistols in Pink| CULTURAL CLUES: PSO "Symphonic Celebration" and "Triple Play"| THE BOOK OF MORMON| Monty Python's Spamalot | CLO Cabaret, Murder for Two| Yanni: World Tour 2014| KIDZ KORNER: Best Theme Park Nominee| BUSINESS BUZZ: Pittsburgh Cost of Living Third Lowest| LIMOUSINE BUSINESS FOR SALE - $40 K | Pittsburgh Metro Area Added 10,700 Jobs| PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF: Downtown's Best" on Wednesdays in July|Brownsville Ghost Walks| NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: Movies in Arsenal Park ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Celebrate Downtown!| Cats at Benedum| Scarecrow and Woman at PICT| Casa Reyna Restaurante Mexicana| Central Diner| Texas de Brazil Churrascaria|

 

Publish Date: 07-20-2014 20:42:00
 
Positively Pittsburgh Live
Small Biz Saturday Showcase 06-14-14
Beauty, Fitness, Wellness, Dentistry and Marketing
Hosted By Joanne Quinn-Smith
Listen to the show online HERE

Today's Guests:
Darah Richardson
Omni Health and Wellness LLC
Julie Arnheim
Independent Health & Wellness Consultant, Arbonne International
Becky Auer
Up A Notch Licensing LLC and Founder of No BS Marketing Meeting-Pittsburgh
Carl Medgaus DMD
Cosmetic Dental Implant Dentist, Medgaus Dental Care

Darah Richardson
Founder, Omni Health and Wellness LLC
Darah Richardson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science with a specialization in Wellness and Health Promotion from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. She has over 10 years of experience in the fitness, health and wellness industry. Darah has worked in a wide variety of settings as an adaptive physical education teacher, exercise physiologist in a cardiac rehabilitation unit, fitness trainer, group exercise instructor and health club manager.

Darah  became a certified peer support specialist (CPS) and advocate for self-injury awareness in the mental health community. She has presented at the National Association of Peer Support Specialist Annual Conference and sponsors annual Self Injury Awareness Day events.

Darah's passion for fitness and education resulted in founding Omni Health and Wellness, LLC, a company that inspires people to live a full life through wellness.  Services Omni offers: In home personal training, group exercise, corporate wellness, special  populations  services (Physical, mental, intellectual ,  disabilities, cancer, diabetes, chronic illness)

Talking Points:
  • Wellness is the key - 8 key interaction areas of your life:
  1. Emotional”Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
  2. Environmental”Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
  3. FinancialSatisfaction with current and future financial situations
  4. Intellectual”Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
  5. Occupational”Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one's work
  6. Physical”Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep
  7. Social”Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
  8. Spiritual”Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life
  • Coming to Pittsburgh Kellman Beat Cancer Boot Camp
  • Cancer patient who exercise and participate in wellness actives have better outcomes. 
  • Turtle Team- Free walking program for adults with mental illness or addiction 
  • People  with serious mental illness die 25 year earlier then the general population 
  • Corporate Wellness programs including lunch and learn, on site healthily cooking demo, group exercise classes and  onsite personal training 
  • In home personal training/ one-on-one small groups and backyard group fitness classes 
  • Wellness coaching
Entrepreneur Tip:  Go all in!!

Consumer Tip:  
EVERYONE can be fit.  Everyone can do something for their health. Wellness is looking at how everything in your body interacts.

Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
10% off any 6 weeks corporate group exercise class or wellness program
Offer expires Dec 31, 2014  |  Code: PPL14

Contact:
Omni Health and Wellness LLC
www.omnihw.co
322 Mall Blvd Suite 242 Monroeville PA 15146
(412) 849-6813  |  Darah@omnihw.co
Twitter: @omnihw  |  Facebook: Omni Health and Wellness  |  YouTube: OmniHW




Julie Arnheim
Independent Health & Wellness Consultant, Arbonne International
Earning two master's degrees (Leadership Transformation and Business Administration) are just cobblestones on Julie Arnheim's path. The first born of her entire generation in her family, Julie always had to figure out navigational and observational skills of being between the ˜oldest of the kids' or the ˜youngest of the adults' and her emotional intelligence grew from these lessons. Often times she finds herself in the servant leadership role of any organization she belongs to, and presently she is active with Rotary International's Downtown Pittsburgh club and BNI's Three Rivers chapter. Julie also enjoys just being a good citizen by calling in the numerous potholes on her drives around town. Julie cares deeply about the aging populations and caregiver issues chooses to volunteer with AgeWell Rides as well as donating time for makeovers and pampering sessions in nursing homes and retirement communities.

Sales and customer service is in my blood Admits Ms. Arnheim.  Her ancestry (on mom's side) was the Kaufmann's (of the department store) as well as a Miami based department store. Her maternal grandfather had the stores Risenstein and A Shop Called East (which were stores in Monroeville Mall many years ago). On her father's side, both great grandfathers were traveling salesmen, and her grandfather, Stanley Arnheim, founded Arnheim & Neely real estate, where her parents both worked until it was sold 18 years ago.

The idea to provide skin care products unparalleled in quality and effectiveness developed in Switzerland in 1975, when one man, Petter MГ¸rck, together with a group of leading bio-chemists, biologists and herbalists, fulfilled his vision and founded Arbonne.

Arbonne's skin care products, based on botanical principles, became a reality in the United States in 1980 and are now shared throughout the world through Arbonne's network of Independent Consultants. Building on these same founding principles, Arbonne's product line has since grown to include both inner and outer health and beauty products that are unparalleled in quality, safety, value, benefits and results!

The wonderful thing about Arbonne is that it's not just about great products, it's also about great people. The Arbonne family is made up of thousands of individuals working to make their dreams come true. Through sales incentives and rewards, travel opportunities, a generous SuccessPlan and great products, Arbonne offers a unique opportunity that can help make anyone's vision for the future a reality.

Talking Points:
  • I want to make a difference in people's lives. This comes in many forms, because the most important thing is to meet a client or prospect where they are and learn what they need:
  1. It could be the feeling you get with a new ˜look' with cosmetics 
  2. Seeing a difference in how you look & feel using good skincare,
  3. Helping someone make lifestyle changes with nutritional products that are supportive to the functioning of the digestive system (plant-based diets are better for your health, and Arbonne's contain no GMO ingredients, no soy and no whey),  
  4. Helping a parent opt to be at home with their children by creating their own business and residual income
  5. Seeing the joy and freedom which happens when a person is able to paying off debt
        • Botanical-based, Vegan skincare is probably one of the most important choices you can make for yourself and your family. Once you understand what animal rendering is and the prevalence of it in the health, beauty and cosmetic industry really is, it will help you make an educated choice on how you spend your hard earned money. To me, this is also a level of respect I choose to give to the largest organ on my body. What goes on your skin is absorbed in 26 seconds then into your blood stream and into your vital organs. I am not here to tell you what to do, just educate you and help you with alternatives to the drugstore, department store and specialty store brands you presently use.
        • Things I do for clients:
        • Educate
        1. I help people redirect their spending on items they are likely already using (Shampoo, Protein shakes, moisturizers, cosmetics, sunscreen, baby care products, etc)
        2. Health issues related to toxins in skincare and cosmetics can create: skin allergies, cancer, infertility, birth defects, reproductive problems, learning disabilities
        3. Adults absorb 60% of what is put onto their bodies in 26 seconds. Children's bodies absorb 40-50% more than adults do, which puts them at higher risks for diseases as they age based exposure to toxins. (see great infograph here with a list of the top 12 toxins to avoid in consumer goods: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5971/12-Toxic-Ingredients-to-AVOID-in-Cosmetics-Skin-Care-Products-Infographic.html )
        4. Animal by products are used more than most people are aware of. PETA has a good link to learn about it: http://www.peta.org/living/beauty/animal-ingredients-list/
        • Host Parties: 
        1. Foot spas & Mini facial events
        2. Nutritional education
        3. Makeovers
        4. The great part about hosting parties is I coach you through the process of asking people to attend; loan you a big basket of items to sample and enjoy for a week before your event, and you get up to 80% off products as a host plus a free gift or two from me.
        • One-on-one meetings:  I often find that people like to talk to me in ways they may to a doctor or therapist. When you have troubled skin or struggle with needing nutritional changes, it can cause impacts on self-esteem and self-image. So often I have appointments with people individually, allowing them space to talk privately about what are the personal skin and nutritional goals.
        • Corporate/Holiday Gift Giving:  I love helping people with their holiday shopping needs or thank you presents to clients. You might be amazed at how grateful someone is for a hand cream that really works!
        • Save money:  Yes, the thing I love doing the most is helping people to save and not pay retail! Arbonne offers such amazing savings plans and there is no reason you could not save 20% to 48% off (or more) on every purchase you make. Sure, I like a nice sized paycheck, everyone does, however I would rather have a long time client that saves monthly or quarterly versus one-time sales.
        Entrepreneur Tip:
        There is a saying that God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason, you have to listen twice as much as you talk. When working with prospects and clients, listening is a skill that is truly underrated and often under-developed. (Note this also applies to interactions with friends and family too)

        Consumer Tip:
        Sy Symm's said it best: An educated consumer is my best customer! And I feel the same way. If you understand what is in what you are paying for, then it is your choice to buy knowing you are making an investment in your long-term health.

        Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
        Schedule a one-to-one appointment or Book a party and you will receive a free gift when we meet in person
        Note: for those who live beyond a 3 hour drive of Pittsburgh, phone or skype meetings are possible!

        Contact:
        Julie Arnheim - Independent Health & Wellness Consultant for Arbonne International
        www.WellnessTraveler.myarbonne.com
        (917) 861-0989  |  jarnheim@me.com
        YouTube: Arbonne Fun  |  Arbonne Opportunity Video



        Becky Auer
        Owner, Up A Notch Licensing LLC
        Becky Auer is a three time successful business owner, advisor, coach, consultant, speaker and women's advocate. Affectionately penned The $6.5M Woman by her marketing students because of her successful restaurant, Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar that she grew to over $6.5M a year in under two years, she is also recognized as an expert in the field of emotional direct response marketing.

        Becky's incredible knowledge of marketing and creating multiple streams of income gave birth to The Profit Catapult Business School --- her company specializing in the licensing, training and development of small business owners, sales professionals and entrepreneurs.

        Becky's goal is to help you achieve your goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. Becky shows ordinary businesses owners and professionals in any industry how to become extraordinary; teaching you how to think like an entrepreneur and help you capitalize on your target market as well as prepare you with the tools and mindset to dominate your market.

        Talking Points:
        • Since 2006!  But I've studied marketing for since my college days since 1985!  It's been quite a ride!  I put together all the marketing for two construction businesses that I was an owner of and then for my restaurant, Nakama.  The marketing is what MAKES the business.  It lets  you work ON the business, not just IN the business.
        • What is emotional direct response marketing and why does it work? It's marketing that is measurable and trackable so you know your marketing dollars either are or are not working for you!  By teaching this small business owners can now KNOW which marketing dollars are working FOR them.
        • I have our No BS Marketing Meeting that meets once a month and teaches direct emotional response marketing techniques.  All my small business owners wanted more access to me though so I put together an online business school at www.MarketingByProfitCatapult.com that anyone wanting to start a business or get help with their business can visit!  It is a step-by-step business building program I call the The Profit Catapult Business School. www.MarketingByProfitCatapult.com This elearning program gives business owners unrestricted access to the tools, resources, and done for you marketing programs needed to build whatever size business you desire...get you out of any financial distress you're presently experiencing¦ help you get laser-focused on your highest income-producing activities¦ and help you develop and then apply the fundamentals that build multimillion dollar businesses. Its an A-Z on where to start and what to do to run a successful small business!
        Entrepreneur Tip:
        Join a Mastermind Program!   A Mastermind Program is like having a mentor at your fingertips and someone you can bounce ideas off of.  I run a MM group and have always belonged to one.  It's the best tip I can give to entreprenuers!

        Consumer Tip:
        Go after your dream.  And don't be afraid to fail!  You won't know how good it feels to succeed if you haven't failed a bit on the journey!

        Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
        If you are a small business owner or a small business owner just starting out and want some marketing help, attend one of our meetings! Check out our website at:  www.NoBSMarketingMeeting.com for times and dates.  Just fill in under ˜who referred you' as PPL and you will get in for FREE!

        Just so happens, this Tuesday, June 17th we have Clint Arthur as a guest speaker who will be talking on how to get yourself booked on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox TV shows to position yourself and your business as an expert in your field!  Seats are limited so you just need to go to that same site and reserve your seat.

        Contact:

        No BS Marketing
        www.NoBSMarketingMeeting.com
        www.MarketingByProfitCatapult.com
        412-369-9994  |  becky@beckyauer.com
        Facebook: NoBSMarketingMeeting


        Carl Medgaus DMD
        Cosmetic Dental Implant Dentist, Medgaus Dental Care
        Since 1973, Dr. Carl Medgaus has been committed 100% to his patients and their results. To give his patients exceptional, honestly, second-to none great dentistry, Dr. Medgaus has invested 318% more of his time to his education than 98.7% of all other dentists.

        He has invested more than $350,000 in direct out-of-pocket costs attending continuing education seminars all over the country.  All this attention to education guarantees you will receive only the best methods and technologies available. Dentistry is quickly evolving and Dr. Medgaus has remained ahead of the curve to pioneer a better dental experience for you.

        Dr. Medgaus has treated more than 300,000 patients since 1973. He has also successfully placed over 2,564 dental implants (and counting!) - with a 99.3% success rate!

        Dr. Medgaus' continues to hone his skills by personally attending ongoing educational seminars. This keeps him, as you would imagine, at the cutting-edge of the most modern dental implant dentistry.

        At Medgaus Dental Care we believe in going above and beyond the standard, surpassing our patients' expectations during each and every visit. Whether you come to the office for a routine cleaning or are undergoing a total smile makeover, you can expect outstanding experience every time.

        At Medgaus Dental Care, we have a single, yet essential goal: to help our patients become more at ease with their dental care and treatments by extending a comfortable and virtually pain-free experience.

        The office specializes in General Dentistry and Prosthodontics. Embarrassed of unsightly crooked or missing teeth? We offer cutting edge technology and service that will transform your smile into what you've always wanted. Other services available at our office include Veneers, Dental Implants, Teeth Whitening, and more.

        Talking Points:
        • As a dentist I often get patients who desire to chew more comfortably AND knock 10 years off your appearance.  I have a solution for them.
        • There is a solution¦and that solution can literally give you teeth which are 90% the strength of your original teeth and have you smiling with confidence again. That solution is the invention of Dental Implants!
        • I also get patients who have missing or failing teeth or ill fitting dentures that just don't work.  I let them know that this can all be fixed with Dental Implants.  Implants today are a common procedure and used to replace one or more missing teeth, to support non-removable permanent bridges for multiple teeth or to better support a full or partial denture with clasps or retention bars.  Because Dental Implants can also help maintain bone, they can prevent additional tooth loss and a sunken facial appearance.
        • My patients who need extensive work done always ask:  How do I find out if I am a candidate for Dental Implants? Every month we hold a FREE educational seminar explaining why dental implants may be a good choice for you.  Our next dates for the seminar to be held are Tuesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 10 but if you are listening to this program after July, check out www.Medgaus.com and you can register there. The educational seminars last about an hour but you will know all your options before you leave.  OR, you can call our office and make a consultation appointment at 412-638-6386.
        Consumer Tip:
        Remember, our goal is to take very good care of our patients. The reason I attend so many seminars and have successfully placed over 2,564 dental implants (and counting!) - with a 99.3% success rate is because I want to know the latest technology out there---and this goes back to the patients in the BEST way¦

        Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
        Call and Mention this Positively Pittsburgh Small Business Saturday Show to receive the ˜Sharing Smiles Patient Coupon Card' for a personal consultation, free exam, routine x rays, regular cleaning and teeth whitening FOR LIFE for ONLY $99  -  Expiration:  Feb 28, 2015

        Contact:
        Medgaus Dental Care
        MedgausDentalCare.com
        Monroeville: (412) 373-0310  |  2550 Mosside Blvd, Suite 317, Monroeville PA 15146
        Mt. Lebanon:  (412) 563-6333  |  250 Mt Lebanon Blvd, Suite 205  Pittsburgh PA 15234
        medgausdentalcare@gmail.com
        Facebook: MedgausDentalCare  |  Twitter: @MedgausDental
        social media addresses  |  social media addresses


        Hosted By:
        Joanne Quinn-Smith
        Joanne Quinn-Smith is the Creative Energy Officer of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a full service marketing company specializing in Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding„c. Known as the Techno Granny she offers her clients unique, creative and energetic marketing and management plans. Joanne's expertise is in creating online platforms that create perpetual buzz. 

        Joanne is an author, prolific blogger and talkcaster with over 800 shows. She has interviewed over 2000 prominent business owners, non-profit executives and celebrities. Her flagship website, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com garners 220,000 hits per month, 62,000 unique page views per week and in 1 year had 2.25 million visitors. 

        Joanne Quinn-Smith has been designated nationally, 2009 Small Business Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her advocacy and reporting on small business using New Media. Her good news reporting at PositivelyPittsburghLive was a finalist for best website or blog in Media for the American Business Stevie Award in 2010.  

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        Posted By: Stephanie Curtice
        This was reported as a reproduction of PositivelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith.
        (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2014 All rights reserved.

         

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        Pickysaurus Mac

        ISBN 978-1938505003; LCCN 2012940920

        First Edition December 2012; Lionheart Group Publishing

        by Sandra Miller Linhart

        Illustrated by Sean M Wright

         

         

        Pickysaurus Mac Byline:

             When food tastes like mud, smells like trash and feels like mush, what's a hungry dinosaur to do?

         

        Pickysaurus Mac Synopsis:

             Pickysaurus Mac is not your typical dinosaur.  Mealtimes pose a special problem for our picky little friend.  Sometimes foods smell too gross to eat, they taste different than they look and their textures feel like garbage in his mouth.  His friends tell him to eat right to stay healthy, but some things you just can't fix with words.

         

        Talking Points:

        Sensory Processing Disorder

             Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), also referred to as Sensory Integration Dysfunction, is a neurological disorder most often diagnosed in early childhood; it is not synonymous with learning disabled.  Many children diagnosed with SPD are intellectually average or above average in intellect.  Understanding the challenges they face daily is the first step for caregivers in guiding them in learning to tolerate the senses, and ultimately succeed in society.

             SPD children must learn to navigate through the "wires crossed" between their senses and their brain receptors.  Symptoms span a wide range between oversensitive or under-sensitive to stimulation of any, some, or all of their senses. 

             One symptom of SPD is the adverse affect food (taste, smell, texture) has on our senses.  Often children who have SPD are labeled as "picky eaters," punished for a condition over which they have little or no control.  These children have a small selection of foods called "safe foods" they're able to tolerate, making meal times unpleasant.  Encouraging one's self to experience new textures and foods in a safe, unforced way helps the SPD child learn sensory tolerance.

             For more information, contact the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation at http://www.spdfoundation.net


        Author Bio:

             Sandra Miller Linhart was born and raised in the somewhat isolated, but nonetheless beautiful, mountainous town of Lander, Wyoming.  Here she was able to cultivate her love of reading, due in no small part to the fact the nearest decent record store was a good two hour drive away, and the one local radio station played only country and classic music.  Were it not for this, Ms. Linhart might today be a rock star, or, at the very least have better taste in music.  As it turned out, however, there was a well-stocked and constantly updated library much closer and much less expensive than the local movie theatre.  Thus, the young Ms. Linhart often found herself taking much longer journeys into the wonderful worlds created by authors like Ursula K. LeGuin, Judy Blume, Madeleine L’Engle, Stephen King and, of course, Erma Bombeck in the dusty basement which was the children’s section of the Fremont County Public Library.

             Growing up in poverty, Ms. Linhart’s escape from her stark reality came at no cost to her on printed invitations neatly tucked between the beaten covers gathering dust on the library bookshelf, yearning for attention.  Not content to simply travel to these exotic places created by the wordsmiths she admired, Ms. Linhart soon knew she wanted to craft her own destinations for others to enjoy.  She applied herself wholeheartedly to her studies, knowing diligence and discipline would avail her in the pursuit of her goal of becoming a successful author.

             Ms. Linhart’s formal education includes CA Barstow College, where she studied and excelled in Art & Design, as well as receiving a degree in Sociology, focusing on family and child psychology, both of which were of great use to her as she had both a family and children of her own.

             Ms. Linhart also attended the University of Georgia, where her picture book manuscript, Daddy's Boots received the 2005 Dixie Lee Connor Award for Best Children’s or Young Adult Manuscript at the Harriette Austin Writers’ Conference in Athens, GA.

             Ms. Linhart currently resides in Colorado where she’s knuckle deep in her second installment of the Jones, JEEP, Buck & Blue book series, Stuck in the Middle, which follows the foursome’s adventures in Middle School.  Additionally, she’s working on a YA book series, Hallie of the Harvey Houses.  Two more picture books are in production and are due out in late 2013; Mixed Up!, and What Does a Hero Look Like?

         

        Author Awards:

             In addition to being awarded the 2005 Dixie Lee Connor's Best Manuscript in the Children and YA, Daddy's Boots was named the July 2010 MWSA "Book of the Month," and it took the Silver Award at MWSA's 2010 Writer's Conference in the Children Under 12 category in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Gold Medal (1st Place) at the 2010 Branson Stars and Flags Book Award Program in Branson, MO.  Momma's Boots shared the prize in the same contest, and took the Bronze at the MWSA's 2010 Children Under 12 category.  The year prior, The Elementary Adventures of Jones, JEEP, Buck & Blue took 3rd place in the Children's Under 12 category at the 2009 MWSA Annual Writers' Conference in Orlando, FL. Pickysaurus Mac was nominated in the MWSA 2013 Children Under 12 category in Dayton, OH.

         

        Contact Information:

             sandra@smlinhart.com

             https://www.facebook.com/Sandra.Miller.Linhart

             http://www.smlinhart.com/

         

         

         

         

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        Trilogy Author, Jeanette Vaughan talks about her experience being interviewed for Roving Pittsburgher TV

        by Good News Reporter,Joanne Quinn-Smith aka TechnoGranny

         

        Publish Date: 07-20-2014 18:47:00
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        About the Author

        Jeanette Vaughan  

        Jeanette Vaughan is an award winning writer and story teller. Not only is she published in the periodicals and professional journals of nursing, but also in the genre of fiction. Out on her sheep farm, she has written several novels and scripts. Her screenplay "Angel of Mercy" won the outstanding nursing research award from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. In addition, she was named Distinguished Alumni for the school of nursing in 2001 for her written work and volunteerism for the Sydney Olympic Games. Her debut novel FLYING SOLO won fourth place in the 2013 Reader's Favorite International Book Awards for southern fiction. FLYING SOLO also was a finalist in the Beverly Hills Book Awards. Her second novel, SOLO VIETNAM was just awarded the silver medal for historical fiction by the Military Writer's Society. Jeanette has practiced nursing in the fields of critical care and trauma. She is the mother of four children, including two Navy pilots. She lives in a Victorian farmhouse out in the pastures of northeast Texas with her sheep, chickens, donkeys and sheep dogs.

         

        Synopsis of FLYING SOLO

        French Cajun Nora Broussard Greenwood was born with the wanderlust. Her adventurous spirit doesn’t fit the sedate expectations of catholic 1960s New Orleans suburbia. On a whim, she takes flying lessons to become a pilot. Experiencing the freedom of flight is liberating. However an illicit affair with her pilot instructor forces action. When she confronts her ruthless husband for a divorce, she is cast out sans her children and threatened with her life. Desperate to get them back and gain liberty, she steals her husband’s plane. Trials and tribulations erupt as she navigates the turbulence her life has become. In a bizarre twist of fate, she serves as caregiver to her lover’s sickly wife as a means to survive; hoping he will decide she is his soul mate. But is that to be? Nora must make the make the most difficult decision of her life in order to get things back on track.

        FLYING SOLO…the first book -

        SOLO VIETNAM….the second book

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        Finale…..WAITING IN THE WINGS has been released since this interview

         

        Publish Date: 07-19-2014 09:41:00
         
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        In her back yard celebrating the Fourth of July

        POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS:  6th Annual Celebrate and Share Breakfast 

        CULTURAL CLUES:  Gallery Crawl

        KIDZ KORNER
        This Week in Market Square  |  MLK Essay Contest Winners

        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
        STAND UP for STANDING FIRM Awards Luncheon  |  DAY OF THE GIRL SUMMIT  |  Women in Leadership

        BUSINESS BUZZ
        Saving "Green," Improving the Environment  |  1st Author Awards Ceremony  |  Jessica Lee & Friends Jazz Happy Hour  |  Business Opportunity: PLS Limousines Service  |  Celebrate Caregivers  |  5 Completely Selfish (But Still Good) Reasons to Buy Local

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        The History Center and Sports Museum Catch World Cup Fever   |  Frick Park Opens  |  Look Up & See The Buhl Asteroid

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        A Night at the Races  |  Happy Hour Fundraiser for the Midwife Center for Birth and Women's Health

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        POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS

        6th Annual Celebrate and Share Breakfast 
        Tuesday, August 26, 2014  |  7:45 - 9:30 AM  |  Rivers Club, Oxford Centre Downtown
        Celebrate the 94th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment with a special presentation by PA Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.

        Since its inception in 2002, Celebrate & Share has worked to raise funds for organizations that focus on the needs of women and children, and to highlight the achievements of women in the Greater Pittsburgh area and the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to this effort, we have created a 501C 3, The Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

        We would like you to join us in honoring one of the greatest achievements of women: The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of gender. Please join us on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, as we Celebrate the passage of the 19th  Amendment with our special guest, Pennsylvania's FIRST woman Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, and Share in the founding of the Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

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        CULTURAL CLUES

        Gallery Crawl
        Friday, July 11, 2014  |  5:30 - 10  PM

        Art. Theatre. Dance. Film. Music. You. Me. We¦ Free!

        The Gallery Crawl is a quarterly showcase of what's new in Pittsburgh's art scene. With over 30 Crawl Stops, you will find something to grab your attention. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is celebrating 10 years of Gallery Crawls in the Cultural District throughout 2014.

        Admission is FREE to all locations on the Gallery Crawl.


        Additional Post Gallery Crawl Events:
        crawlafterdark  |  8pm-?
        In the last 10 years, the Cultural District has exploded with new restaurants, theatre, dance, comedy and other art happenings. Stay Late. Don't Go... Keep Crawling. Cover charge varies per location.

        CONSOL Energy's Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh  |  August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue
        7pm VIP, 9pm General, Tickets: $25-$125
        Show your Crawl map for a $5 discount at the door.  Enjoy music, open bar, comedy, art, activities, noshes and more!

        A Decade of Gallery Crawls
        Instagram your favorite Gallery Crawl memory using #CrawlPGH by July 18, 2014.
        Your photo could be used to promote the September 26th Gallery Crawl.

        For more information, visit: TrustArts.org/crawl


        KIDZ KORNER

        This Week in Market Square
        From our Friends at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
        Market Square is hopping once again this week! Read on to check out all of the happenings...

        KidsPlay on Tuesday, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in Market Square, welcomes Santa to the Square! Kids will have an opportunity to check-in with Santa (who is vacationing in Pittsburgh this week) about how their summer has been going and get an early start on sharing their Christmas list!

        After KidsPlay, check out the Reading Room, brought to you by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown and Business, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


        MLK Essay Contest Winners
        From our Friends at the Girls Coalition
        This year, our MLK Essay Contest, sponsored by UPMC, was presented in conjunction with Women's History Month. Young people were asked to choose a female activist or inspirational person, past or present, who exhibits Martin Luther King, Jr.'s love, unselfishness, and passion for justice. Each of the girls were also recognized at our Be Inspired event at the end of May.

        Congratulations to all of our winners - your essays were truly inspiring!

        6-8th grade:
        1st - Elizabeth Zwikl, Age 11
        2nd - Yamna Boukaabar

        9-12th grade:
        1st - Qui Ante Anderson, Age 15
        2nd - Nicolette Kier, Age 16
        3rd - Caroline Combemale, Age 15
        3rd - Jasmine Johnson, Age 18


        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

        STAND UP for STANDING FIRM Awards Luncheon
        Tuesday, October 14, 2014  |  11:30 AM - 1:30 PM  |  Rivers Club, Oxford Center
        Join us at our inaugural STAND UP for STANDING FIRM Awards Luncheon at the Rivers Club, Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Our guest speaker, New York Times bestselling author, Leslie Morgan Steiner, will share her story of surviving domestic violence, and how her employer and coworkers gave her the clarity and strength she needed to leave her abusive marriage. That  marriage to an abuser is the subject of her book, Crazy Love.

        Get out your Google calendar, sync it to iCal or use an old-fashioned Post-It. Save the date. STANDING FIRM is having an event!

        We will honor Familylinks with the STANDING FIRM Employer Award and Lynette Lederman with the STANDING FIRM Champion Award.


        DAY OF THE GIRL SUMMIT - Call for Submissions!
        Calling all girls! We want you to help celebrate the International Day of the Girl by sharing YOUR story. Reflect on a time in your life when you thought to yourself, "THIS is what it means to be a girl!" This moment could have been a brave act, a moment of connection, a time when you overcame an obstacle, a life turning decision, an adventure with a friend, or a silly celebration. Several of these original stories, poems, artwork, videos, songs, or declarations about what it means to be a girl will be selected to be performed LIVE during at the Annual Girls Speak Out event at the United Nations on Friday, October 10, 2014! 
        Submit your entries to info@dayofthegirlsummit.org with your name, age, country, and contact information by Friday, August 1, 2014. 
        For more information, click HERE.
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        Women in Leadership Host Project Opening to Collect Innovative Voices and Experiences
        All Coro participants engage in some form of project-based learning.  The Women in Leadership XVII cohort is learning by engaging in a group project to create an innovative account of the voices and experiences of women in Southwest PA.  On June 5, 2014, the cohort hosted a Project Opening at Rodef Shalom in Shadyside. A  Project Opening is a Coro learning tool designed to generate lots of feedback on an early-stage project idea and build collaboration to support it. Over 100 people attended the event.

        Women in Leadership describe the purpose of their project in this way:
        The purpose of the project is to create a new source of history in southwestern Pennsylvania an oral history”a history that records the voices and the experiences of women in our region.
        The cohort pre-selected themes that bring focus to the project and raise awareness of the experiences of women in the region.  These themes include:

        • Race, Ethnicity, & Nationality
        • (Dis)Ability
        • Class or Socioeconomic Status
        • Electoral and Governmental Politics
        • Anti-violence
        • Gender at work and home
        • Gender, Sex & Sexuality
        • Youth Empowerment

        Through a collection voices of women from varying backgrounds the Women in Leadership cohort will create an informative tool that is transferrable to education institutions all throughout the Southwest PA region to raise awareness to improve the status of women.

        The Women in Leadership cohort expect to debut their collection of voices in late Fall.  For more information, e-mail a Women in Leadership participant via the contact information on the flyer below.

        For more information, click HERE.


        BUSINESS BUZZ

        Controller Wagner Announces Success in Saving "Green," Improving the Environment
        Chelsea Wagner
        When Wagner was elected as Controller, she promised to increase efficiency and transparency in County government while saving money and increasing revenue. She recently announced that she's made strides toward those goals while also being environmentally responsible. By recycling scrap metal and paper, and by initiating paperless invoicing processes as mentioned above, the Controller's Office has increased scrap metal recycling revenue by 220%, saved more than 4,000 pounds of paper and is anticipated to save the County more than $15,000 in paper, postage and ink. Additionally, her efforts have also helped save the environment by preventing the use of 35 trees, 259 gallons of oil, 7 cubic yards of landfill, 8,214 kilowatts of energy and 14,375 gallons of water.

        "I'm very proud of our hard work and successful efforts to turn trash into cash and help County government operate more efficiently and ecologically. There is more work to be done, but we are on the right track toward protecting Allegheny County's taxpayers and bringing County government up to date with modern technology and make it more transparent and service-oriented," Wagner said.


        The Authors Zone's 1st Author Awards Ceremony
        October 16, 2014
        The Authors' Zone (TAZ) will provide awards in seven categories: Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography/Autobiography, Poetry, Business, Children's books and an award for ebooks. The board divides itself into committees for each category, which are responsible for nominating books to be considered in each category.

        Books should be published in English (including translations) in the United States and contain an ISBN number. Authors from Southwestern PA and books written about that area will be considered. It is essential that TAZ receive the books as early in the year as possible to allow time to consider all titles. The deadline for submissions is August 18, 2014.

        Publishers are welcome to bring books to TAZ's attention. The book and media awards will be presented on October 16, 2014 at the 1st Annual TAZ Awards Ceremony.

        The following are eligible:

        • Full-length books of fiction and nonfiction
        • Collections of short stories and collections of essays by one author
        • Biographies/Autobiographies
        • Collected and selected poems by one author
        • Children's books
        • Self-published books
        • Business Books
        • Ebooks

        Publishers must complete the online entry form and submit payment by June 9, 2014.Please send books as early as possible. Judges are not obligated to consider books that arrive after August 18, 2014.

        • There is a $89 entry fee for each title submitted. This fee will also include a ticket to the Awards Ceremony. Discount for multiple books.
        • Accepted forms of payment include PayPal and credit card.  Due when the book is submitted.
        • Publishers whose submitted books are deemed ineligible by TAZ will still be subject to the stated entry fee of $89 per title.
        For more information visit theauthorzone.com.


        Jessica Lee & Friends Jazz Happy Hour
        July 10, 2014  |  5:30 PM - 8:00 PM  |  CJ's in the Strip

        No Cover Charge  |  Free Parking  |    CJ'S in the Strip - 2901-2911 Penn Ave.  


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        Celebrate Caregivers
        Thursday July 10th 2014  |  4 - 7 PM  |  Senior Life Greensburg - 123 Triangle Drive
        Entertainment: Collin Stover, Mentalist and Magician "Pittsurgh's Hottest Young Entertainer"
        Targeted Market: Staff, Families of Residents

        Seven More Events Coming Soon!
        Call Now for Special Discounts and more information
        Put Your Business in Front of Hundreds of Potential Clients!

        For more information, visit Celebrate-Caregivers.com or call 724-212-5015.


        5 Completely Selfish (But Still Good) Reasons to Buy Local
        From: The Business Journals  Retweeted by:  Joanne Quinn-Smith
        Written By: James Ritchie  |  July 07, 2014
        Photo Courtesy: Getty Images (altrendo images)
        You know that shopping locally is good for your community: It keeps dollars in the area economy and contributes to a vibrant business scene.

        But you don't have to be an altruist to see the value in spending close to home. For small-business owners, there are also plenty of selfish reasons to do business with people you know ” or can get to know.

        If you are spreading your money around with local B2B suppliers, especially in the weak economy we are experiencing, your vendors have a vested interest in the prosperity of your business, said Joanne Quinn Smith, owner of Pittsburgh-based Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.

        Of course, a thriving small-business sector ultimately helps everyone. Such organizations make up nearly 98 percent of all U.S. employers and they account for more than 49 percent of private-sector employment, according to the federal Small Business Administration.

        But as an entrepreneur, you're more interested in your own bottom line than in national statistics. Advantages of dealing with vendors in your own backyard include:

        1. People talk

        Word of mouth is huge, and small-business owners meet lots of people. They're in a great position to recommend you if they know what you're all about.

        If you're printing brochures or fliers, the printer now knows about a special event or sale you have coming up, said Judy Crockett, who operates Manistee, Mich.-based Interactive Marketing & Communication. They will share that information with people they know.

        And the owner of that business also might become a customer.

        Read the entire article HERE.


        PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF

        The History Center and Sports Museum Catch World Cup Fever
        Artifacts from the 1950 World Cup are now on display.

        The last time Brazil hosted the World Cup, in 1950, a Western Pennsylvania native was one of the stars for Team USA.

        Nicholas DiOrio grew up in Morgan, Pa., a coal mining town near Bridgeville in southern Allegheny County. For 22 years, he devoted his spare time to soccer and he played for the 1939 Avella Juniors that won the national junior championship. In the late 1940s, he played in the short-lived North American Professional Soccer League. As member of the U.S. soccer team, he competed in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. team beat England in an early round, one of the biggest upsets in international soccer.

        DiOrio's USA jacket, soccer cleats, and an American Airlines travel bag he used on his flight to Brazil are on display at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum and the History Center's Special Collections gallery.

        For more information visit HeinzHistoryCenter.org.

        Frick Park Opens
        From:  Heinz History Center  |  June 25, 1927

        In 1919, Henry Clay Frick left the city 151 acres south of his Point Breeze mansion, and in 1925, the city acquired an additional 190 acres. Frick Park officially opened in 1927.

        Today, Frick Park attracts many visitors to its bike and walking trails, red clay tennis courts, the Frick Environmental Center, public lawn bowling green, and playgrounds for kids.

        For more information visit HeinzHistoryCenter.org.


        Look Up & See The Buhl Asteroid
        From Our Friends at Pittsburgh Applause
        One of the billions of entities in the sky now has a Pittsburgh twist, the Carnegie Science Center announced last month.

        The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named an aster-oid formerly designated as 1900 AA after Henry Buhl Jr. The IAU was founded in 1919 and is the internationally recognized author-ity for assigning designations to celestial bodies. These include stars and planets as well as aster-oids.

        Henry Buhl Jr. (1848-1927) was a successful retailer and generous philanthropist who established the Buhl Foundation in his will to create community legacies by leveraging its resources to encour-age people and organizations to dream, to innovate and to take action. The foundation's most famous bequest was the Buhl
        Planetarium on the city's North Side.

        It's fitting that something of the magnitude and permanence of an asteroid would honor Henry
        Buhl's legacy, said Ann Metzger, co-director of the Carne-gie Science Center in a press re-lease.
        In other CSC news, public rela-tions professional Trip Oliver has joined the center's board. He is currently the manager of govern-ment and public affairs for the local office of the Chevron Cor-poration multinational energy firm.


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        SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
        A Night at the Races a fund raiser benefit event for the Holzer Family
        August 8, 2014  |  Doors open at 6:30 and Races begin at 7:30

        In 2011, Denise Holzer was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her family needs your help with expenses as she continues this fight. Our deepest thanks for your support.   This event features high quality catering by Heavenly Cuisine Custom Catering will make your taste buds dance!  Admission also includes an open tap for beer.  Then there's the horse races!  For the first 10 races, tickets may be purchased for each of the 10 horses in the race for $2.  Half of the money collected for each race will be paid off to holders of tickets for the winning horse.  The other half will be donated to the Holzer family.

        An eleventh Premier race will be run for which prior to the race, 10 horses will be auctioned off.  Tickers for this race is $5 per horse.

        Become a Race Horse Owner  -  Ever want to own a race horse?  Now's your chance!  All 10 horses for the first 10 races are available for purchase.  Price is $50 each.  You name your horse (family friendly names only) and if your horse wins, you receive a share of the race winnings!

        Cost:  $20 per person includes custom catered food and beer (21 and older only for the beer).

        For more information about A Night at the Races, visit HolzerFamily-aNightAtTheRaces.com.


        Happy Hour Fundraiser for the Midwife Center for Birth and Women's Health
        Wednesday, July 30, 2014  |  5:30 - 7:30  PM  |  Franctuary in Lawrenceville - 3810 Butler St
        Join The Midwife Center for delicious food and drink specials at Franktuary in Lawrenceville. Franktuary will offer special menu items and drinks just for Midwife Center supporters. $1.00 from each special menu item or drink purchased will go directly to support Midwife Center programs and services. There is also a suggested $5.00 donation at the door - no one will be turned away, but you are also welcome to make a larger donation if desired.

        For more information, click HERE.


        NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

        Music in Market Square
        From Our Friends at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

        Monday:
        Jeff Miller will be featured at the Mellow Mondays concert series this week, from noon - 1:00 p.m.

        Wednesday:
        Maddie Georgi will be performing from noon - 1:00 p.m. at the Mid-Week Music concert series.

        Thursday:
        We have a very special entertainer joining us at the Market Square Farmers Market this week! Norm Nardini will be performing from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. There will also members of the Pittsburgh Blues Festival on hand to discuss their upcoming festival scheduled for July 25-27 at Hartwood Acres!

        As always, be sure to stop by Market Square from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to get your weekly shopping done from all of your favorite Farmers Market vendors!

        Sunday:
        Yoga in the Square is back this Sunday with instructor, Sally Sherman of Amazing Yoga, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Be sure to stick around after Yoga to try a popsicle from The Pop Stop and a fresh juice from GOODLife Juices. Yoga in the Square is brought to you by the PDP and lululemon.

        For more information click HERE


        Wine Festival in Clinton
        Saturday, July 19 2014  |  3 - 8 PM  |  Janoski Farm in Clinton 

        FREE Wine Tastings! Unlimited Farm Fresh Food Buffet! Live Music!

        Under the tents and pavilions ~ By the Lake.
        Bring family and/or friends for a great afternoon!
        the wine festival! It is a wonderful community event, with more than 700 folks enjoying a wide variety of wine tastings, farm fresh food prepared by Janoski's Farm restaurant, a live band, and beautiful scenery around a lake. We arrange for tents, and the farm has large pavilions, lots of picnic benches and seating, and, the sunset is just breathtaking!


        The New Black Film Screening
        Tuesday, July 22 2014  |  6 - 8 PM  |  Judah Fellowship Church, 120 Parkhurst St.
        Join members of the Judah Fellowship Church, New Voices Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh community for a free screening of The New Black. Previously screened in partnership with WQED as the last film of this year's Community Cinema series, The New Black centers on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, and takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue. Part of the Women and Girls Lead campaign.

        For more information about this event, call 412-552-3032.


        ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

        Sci-Fi Valley Con
        This is the third year for the Sci-Fi Valley Con in Altoona and I have been wanting to go to show my support for local conventions but other events scheduled of past years have interfered with my plans. Not this year, though. I threw on my vest and goggles, waxed my mustache and headed out.
        Altoona is a little less than two hours from Pittsburgh and pretty much a straight shot out Route 22. This year's venue, the Jaffa Shrine Center, is a big 1930s block of a Masonic building and the large Stargate out front made it clear that one had arrived at a con. There was also a large inflatable Laser Tag arena on the lawn.
        Inside and first thing through the door was the replica Jurassic Park jeepthat con organizers had built specifically for their con. The jeep was joined by Christine, the 1966 Batmobile, Ecto-1 and, a staple at Pittsburgh comic conventions, the Back to the Future Delorian time machine.

        Read the entire post HERE.

        If you would like to share your review and pictures of an event,
        please email info@pplmag.com


        STEELTOWN HERO

        Leaders in Learning from CORO Pittsburgh
        It takes all of us to build communities in which every child succeeds. What is your role?
        Applications and nominations are now being accepted for Leaders in Learning 2014! Cohort which begins Wednesday, August 6.  Nominate a candidate, apply to the program, or become a mentor and/or subject matter expert (SME) in Leaders in Learning.
        What Participants Gain from Leaders in Learning - Over 90% of alumni say that Leaders in Learning significantly broadened their social network while strengthening their ability to:

        • learn from different perspectives in order to solve a complex problem
        • develop and utilize different people's strengths to turn ideas into action
        • motivate others by clarifying values and articulating a vision
        • read and recognize the impact of their personal biases, feelings, and hungers

        And 91% say they would likely take on a new leadership role in public education after participating in Leaders in Learning.

        About Leaders in Learning
        Although nearly 60 years have passed since Brown v. Board of Education overturned the legal doctrine of segregation in schools, a racial achievement gap in American education persists.  In Pittsburgh Public Schools there was a 30 percentage point gap between black and white students' achievement in reading and math for the year 2012. Too many children in our region, especially children of color, are growing up without the academic foundation to succeed in life.  Our collective future rests on our ability to educate the next generation.  The stakes are high.

        Ensuring that all children receive an education that will prepare them for life requires engagement from the whole community, including teachers, administrators, and policymakers, but also family members, community-based organizations, and business leaders.  The Coro approach to change assumes that each person holds a unique perspective and a particular set of gifts that positions them to make interventions at various leverage points within the community system in which schools are embedded.

        Leaders in Learning is a part-time, year-long leadership enhancement and civic engagement program that seeks to nurture a next generation of leaders who are committed to strengthening achievement of students in southwestern Pennsylvania's primary and secondary schools.  The program is designed for emerging leaderspeople who have begun their careers, show strong potential for growth, but are not yet existing leaders in the education sector.  Participants explore root sources of academic achievement and they implement collaborative innovations designed to close the achievement gap. Alumni pursue careers in teaching, school administration, research, consulting, policymaking, advocacy, community organizing, social services, and youth programs.

        Who Are Leaders in Learning?

        • 26% identify as male
        • 74% as female
        • 35% identify as black or African American
        • 58% as white
        • 20% report working in the public (government) sector
        • 10% in the private (for-profit business) sector
        • 59% in the nonprofit sector

        For more information click HERE

        If you would like to nominate someone as a Steel Town Hero,
        please send us your stories of ordinary greater Pittsburgh area residents
        doing good things that are Good News.


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        Publish Date: 07-15-2014 14:39:00
         

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        Positively Pittsburgh Live
        Pittsburgh Small Biz Saturday Showcase 
        5-24-14
        Spotlight on Designers, Realtor and Non-Profit Clinic Businesses

        Listen to the show online HERE

        Today's Guests:
        Jodi Colella  
        Owner, Pittsburgh Pixels 
        Faye Ritter 
        Owner, Allegheny Group Industrial, Commercial and Residential LED Lighting
        Dionne Malush 
        Realtor Marketing and Listing Specialist
        Dr. Katie McCorkle Ph.D.
        Founder of Balanced Heart Healing Center


        Listen in to some diverse business owners, design artists, furniture and lighting designers, wellness clinic and real estate business. | Jodi Colella of Pittsburgh Pixels designs custom invitations and other projects for personal parties, business events and weddings. |Faye Ritter of the Allegheny Group Industrial, Commercial and Residential LED Lighting, Electrical Supply and Installation and Custom Commercial Furniture | Dr. Katie McCorkle, Ph.D. of Balanced Heart Healing Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to HEAL mind, body, and spirit |Dionne Malush, Realtor Marketing and Listing Specialist, Luxury Pittsburgh Real Estate | Listen in as these Pittsburgh Small Businesses talk about their business history and services, give tips to other entrepreneurs and special offers to PositivelyPittsburghLive listeners




        Jodie Colella 
        Owner, Pittsburgh Pixels
        Jodi Colella is a wife, mom, designer and natural-born creative! Jodi has a BA degree in Psychology from Seton Hill University. Through various jobs within that field, she realized that it just wasn't for her.  She soon found that being an entrepreneur was in her heart. She found her niche in design and in working closely with her consumers. She found what she was meant to do. Her degree actually strengthens these skills. Jodi is able to do what she loves, stay home with her son, and bring the love of the Steel City to design and business. 

        Jodi is a self-taught and creative graphic designer, specializing in weddings, events, businesses and more. Jodi, a born entrepreneur, has a previous background in design through her previous wedding business as a planner, DJ and invitation designer, which began in 2006. Through some changes in her life, and raising a small child, she decided to focus completely on graphic design and work out of her home.  

        Services and Offerings: 
        Pittsburgh Pixels offer, but is not limited to: Custom invitations, place cards, and more for :         birthdays, fundraisers, weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, graduations,                           announcements and other projects. We also offer intricate cut dimensional projects.                     Pittsburgh/other cities/landmarks are often a focal point in these projects.  Jodi offers                   intricate cuts such as the Roberto Clemente Bridge, the Pittsburgh skyline and the Incline.  

        In 2014, Jodi recently was accepted and took part in a juried wedding artisan show called I         Made It! Hitchburgh. 

        Jodi will soon be offering letterpress and greeting cards.


        Talking Points:

               

                1. What services does Pittsburgh Pixels offer?  I design custom invitations and other projects for personal            parties, business events and and also have a large focus on weddings. Many of my designs have Steel                City inspiration!.  Just like with Positively Pittsburgh Live, I like to think that people are proud of this city              and that the recognizable icons and my twist on those designs makes each invitation a hometown                      keepsake.  

                 2. Who are your ideal customers? Couples and others in the wedding party looking for invitations, place             cards, rehearsal invitations, bachelorette parties, etc; Moms looking for birthday/event invitations or                     announcements. I also do graduation party and milestone birthday invitations. I hope to get into bar/ bat               mitzvah invitations in the future. I LOVE, and often get, custom orders. I love the challenge and it adds to             my portfolio!

               3. Why do you stand out amongst other designers? In addition to graphic design, I offer custom-cut                    invitations and projects. For instance, I have an invitation of the Roberto Clemente Bridge, cut to scale. I also        have New York City place cards, a Record LP 50th birthday invitation, to name a few. These add a three-            dimensional and truly one-of-a-kind look to these or any project. 

               4. How did you decide to become an entrepreneur? I have been for years and I thrive as one! I was a wedding        planner and DJ for about 6 years. I always did graphic design (as a hobby and self-taught) with the previous          business, so I decided to focus on that. I am a mom and wanted more work-from-home flexibility I get with          design. 
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              5. How do people reach you? My shop is on Etsy  I also have a Facebook page, and website  I can also be         reached by phone.

        Entrepreneurs's Tip:  Use as much social media as possible, Jodi's favorite for getting the word out about your business.

        Consumer Tip:  When looking for custom work on any project, find a designer who willwork along side you to bring your vision to fruition. No job should be considered finished until you as the client is satisfied.  

        Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:  10 free 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 save the dates/ invitations (wedding invitations not included) with purchase of 20 or 1 free printable invitation.  Offer expires December 31, 2014. 

        Contact:
        Company
        https://www.etsy.com/shop/PittsburghPixels
        412.983.0334  |
        https://www.facebook.com/PittsburghPixels  |
        pittsburgh-pixels.com.

        Faye Ritter 

        Founder and Owner, Allegheny Group Industrial, Commercial and Residential LED

        Industrial, Commercial and Residential
        LED Lighting, Electrical Supply and Installation.
        Vinyl (Energy Star) and Aluminum Windows
        Supply and Installation.
        Drywall, Lumber Supply and Installation.
        Contract Furniture and Custom Casework
        - Design and Installation, Maintenance
        and Repair
        Hi-Density Files, Racking and Lockers,
        Installation and Repair.
        Overview of Services

        Furnished with Pride is thie motto.

        Talking Points:
        • Allegheny Fabricating & Supplies,
          Inc. and the Allegheny Group offer a
          superior level of customer service and support at competitive prices. We honor all customer preferences, and never substitute a product without prior authorization. Full installation, space analysis and design, repair and technical support and assistance is available on all products.
        • The company's quality has enabled us to establishand maintain relationships with major companies and institutions such as Pittsburg Board of Education. Slippery Rock University, Allegheny County, PNC Bank, OK Grocery, Westinghouse, WABCO, Allegheny General Hospital, UPMC, AEG Transportation Systems,and the New Jersey Transit We have assembled components for projects for Bay Area Rapid Transit, Washington Mass Transit  Amtrak, New Haven and NYCTA.
        • The Allegheny Group is a division of AF&S
          that offers a complete line of contract shop and office furniture, construction materials, industrial and electrical supplies, healthcare products, food packaging and paper products, lockers and shelving.
        • Allegheny Fabricating & Supplies is proud to have earned a number of quality
          awards from our customers. We are especially proud of a Supplier Recognition for Excellence Award, earned in 1990 from the Westinghouse Commercial Nuclear Fuel Division, winner of the Malcom Baldridge Award. We are also proud of the fact that we are a certified minority and female owned enterprise.
        Entrepreneurs Tip:  New business owners should do the research and take advantage of all of the free services for new and women business owners.  TheSBA has a great booklet or you can visit http://sba.gov

        Consumer Tip:  Contact Allegheny Group and ask for Gary to get your free energy audit by mentioning PositivelyPittsburghLive.


        Contact: Faye Ritter
        Company
        208 Woodland Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15238
        412-828-3320
        1-800-851-3778
        Fax: 412-828-3325  |  afs52@bellatlantic.net






        Dr. Katie McCorkle, Ph.D. 
        Balanced Heart Healing Center
        An innovator and social entrepreneur educated at StanfordUniversity, the Universityof Pittsburgh, and Harvard MedicalSchool, Dr. Katie is a psychologist in the Pittsburgh, PAarea, with decades of experience helping children, adults, couples, and families.  Working at the forefront of the integration of psychology and spirituality through the media, her books, and Balanced Heart® Coaching program, she has helped thousands of people to create more balanced and joyful lives.  She is past Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology and the National Association of Christian
        Dr. Katie Mc Corkle
        Social Workers.


        Dr. Katie is the author of A Balanced Heart: 10 Weeks to Breakthrough , a guided journal offering readers the experience of successfully reducing their stress, and birthing new dreams into the world.  She also co-authored the books Love Like God: Embracing Unconditional Love and Achieving Clarity: What the Heck Is It I Want .  

        Talking Points:
        Balanced Heart Coaching, the spiritually-centered program Dr. Katie developed, is a system of tools and strategies to live your life in greater consistency with your own spiritual beliefs. It is founded upon the 10 Principles that structure her book (©2002).
          1. Open your heart & Trust
          2. Give & Receive without attachment to the outcome
         3. Create Safety for yourself & others
         4. Welcome everything as a blessing, especially when it doesn't look like one
         5. See only Goodness (aka Love, God-ness)
         6. DREAM BIG!!!
         7. Take Responsibility for everything¦NO exceptions!
         8. Let Go of what no longer serves you
         9. Have NO Judgments, so truth can be revealed
        10. BE the Miracle you wish to create.

        Dr. Katie's CD Touch Your Love teaches how to begin living these 10 Principles.  Her media career began in 2002 with a radio interview on WPTT in Pittsburgh.  Since that time, speaking on love and relationships, she has hosted her own show and appeared in interviews and live weekly segments on dozens of stations throughout the USand England.  


        Professionally, Dr. Katiehas developed several programs to serve others in unique ways.  She developed an award-winning program for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was part of the team that developed the first program for adolescent sex offenders in PA, and developed an award-winning, multi-agency project to help learning-disabled delinquents develop the academic skills they need to succeed in life.
        Believing with sufficient organizational and technological resources to match open-hearted healers and people with unmet needs that all people could have access to healthcare, Dr. Katie founded Balanced Heart® Healing Center,a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (www.balancedheart.org) whose mission is to HEAL mind, body, and spirit; EDUCATE for optimal health and well-being; and INSPIRE with our inclusive and unconditional model of healthcare delivery that is affordable and sustainable for all.  Balanced Heart Healing Center is the only nonprofit in the Pittsburgh area specifically targeting their services to women veterans and military families.  A portion of the proceeds from her book benefit Balanced Heart  Healing Center
        In her faith communities, Dr. Katie has served on both national and local boards and committees. She is a teacher, social entrepreneur, devotional writer, inspirational speaker and supporter of other people's dreams, as well as her own.


        Balanced Heart Healing Center is building a sustainable community of teachers and learners (Hint: we're all teachers, and we're all learners).  In order to serve under-insured people in a way that's financially sustainable for the clinic, most of our clients are insured or able to self-pay for services.  Come feel the difference!



        Entrepreneurs Tip:  Learn to stretch yourself, the rewards in your business will come in the stretch.                                                                                        
        Consumer Tip:   Learn to slow down and take stock of what is going on in yourself.


        Contact:
        Katie McCorkle, Ph.D.
        Founder & CEO
        Balanced Heart Healing Center, Inc.
        12703-B Perry Highway
        Wexford, PA  15090
        Author of A Balanced Heart: 10 Weeks to Breakthrough
        724-719-2991
        CFC #:  91891

        United Way #: 10660868

        Dionne Malush, 


        Realtor Marketing and Listing Specialist, 
        Luxury Pittsburgh Real Estate

        Dionne decided after almost 17 years in the Graphic Design business to enter real estate. She had always been an entrepreneur and she realized very quickly that working for someone else was not for
        Dionne Malush
        her.
         
        She caters to sellers that are looking for an agent that is focused on marketing. Since there are 4 major factors that sell a home:
        1. Location - which we cannot control
        2. Showability - which is up to the seller.  Dionne provides a great worksheet on how to prepare your home for sale.
        3. Marketing - many agents are not versed in marketing and Dionne believes that is it one of the most important factors when selling. Find an agent that does more than just what their company offers.
        4. Pricing - this is THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR and ultimately, your home is worth ...
          • What the Buyer is Willing to Pay for It
          • What the Seller is Willing to Accept for It
          • And Finally, What the Appraiser Determines it's Value is!
        Dionne Malush, is a listing and marketing specialist in the Pittsburgh area. Just 9 years in the business, she is well known in her market and keeps in front of the consumer. She calls herself The Almost Famous Realtor. With
        a creative background (over 20 years as a graphic designer), she has been able to climb to the top in her market utilizing her artistic ability. 

        Dionne is a 1989 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Since starting her real estate career, she has been coached by many of the top real estate coaching companies including Mike Ferry, Buffini & Co., Rich Levin, Real Estate Champions, Jerry Bresser, Anthony Robbins, Brian Moses, Donna and Mike Stott and Kinder Reese. Her graphic design background and many years of training help to set her apart in an industry where anyone can become a real estate agent but becoming a successful agent is a much bigger challenge. 

        Dionne is a Certified Home Selling Expert which entails hours of training each week. She is able to really showcase her listings because of the marriage of graphic design and real estate. Her properties stand Above the Crowd .

        She has achieved the prestigious Centurion Award from her 5 years at Century 21 Frontier. She was ranked in the top 1% in sales at Coldwell Banker Pittsburgh over 1000 agents and now is with the #1 Real Estate Company in the World, RE/MAX. Dionne is a co-author of The New Rise in Real Estate, a book that has reached #1 on Amazon.com's 2012 Best Seller List. Currently, Dionne is currently training and masterminding with Bravo TV's Million Dollar Listing Agents, Josh Flagg from Beverly Hills and Fredrik Uklund from New York City.

        Working with her team, she is able to dedicate her to time to focusing on what she needs to do daily to get a house sold. Dionne studies the Law of Attraction daily and maintains goals in writing to help her get to each level of her success. Part of her daily routine is studying many great books written by Napoleon Hill, Bob Proctor, Wallace D. Wattles, Og Mandino, James Malinchak and Maxwell Maltz. Dionne is a VIP member of Dan Kennedy's local marketing mastermind too. 

        An avid sports fan (Steelers, Penguins & Pirates too), she also loves Corvettes, Mercedes, Bentleys and Drag Racing. Enjoys going to the beach, spending time in her RV, reading, boating and her pets, Izzy and Ziggy. Not having children allows her to focus completely on her business.


        Entrepreneurs Tip:  Keep up with technology and always follow the GOLDEN RULE!                                                                                       

        Consumer Tip: All the marketing in the world will not sell a home that is priced incorrectly. And eventually the right price will cure any ailment of a home.
        My tip is to make sure that whatever agent that you hire does a detailed market analysis of your home
        including a thorough inspection and assessment of your property location, style and condition,
        a written Fair Market Evaluation of your property and explanation of the optimal pricing strategy for your home and an estimate of expenses and costs to show you the net proceeds when your sale is complete!
        And always interview more that one agent to compare the unique strategies that each agent and company has to offer.

        Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:  FREE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY WHEN YOU LIST YOUR HOME WITH ME. With over 90% of buyer's searching online be sure to have the best product (presentation) that you possibly can.


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        Joanne is an author, prolific blogger and talkcaster with over 800 shows. She has interviewed over 2000 prominent business owners, non-profit executives and celebrities. Her flagship website, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com garners 220,000 hits per month, 62,000 unique page views per week and in 1 year had 2.25 million visitors.

        Joanne Quinn-Smith has been designated nationally, 2009 Small Business Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her advocacy and reporting on small business using New Media. Her good news reporting at PositivelyPittsburghLive was a finalist for best website or blog in Media for the American Business Stevie Award in 2010.  

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        July Cultural, Business, Fun Events and News WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? In her back yard celebrating the fourth of July| POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH SPONSORED EVENTS: 6th Annual Breakfast at the Rivers Club Celebrate the 94th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment!Г‚ | CULTURAL CLUES: East Side Gallery Opening| Gallery Crawl Friday|Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh Party| KIDZ KORNER: Santa in Market Square| MLK Essay Contest Winners| WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: STAND UP for STANDING FIRM Awards LuncheonГ‚ | DAY OF THE GIRL SUMMIT - Call for Submissions!|Coro Women in Leadership to Collect Innovative Voices and Experiences| BUSINESS BUZZ: SAVING "GREEN," IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT|1st ever Author Awards Ceremony in Pittsburgh on October 16, 2014| Second Thursdays Jazz Happy Hour| Start Your Own Limousine Business| Vendor Opportunity with Celebrate Caregivers| PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF: 1950 World Cup at Heinz History and Sports| Frick Park| Asteroid named after Buhl|NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH: Night at the Races for Holzer Family| Happy Hour Fundraiser at Franktuary at Franctualry for Midwife Center| NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: Concerts, Farmers Market, Yoga in Market Square| Wine and FoodFestival in Clinton| New Black Film Screening| ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT Sci-Fi Valley ConГ‚ in Altoona STEELTOWN HERO: Leaders in Learning Nominations

         

        Publish Date: 07-07-2014 03:58:00
         


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        Positively Pittsburgh Live! Celebrating Marvin and New Children's Book

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        Jo Ann R Forrester
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        Once upon a time there was business consultant by the name of JoAnn R. Forrester who worked very hard for her small business clients, raised them lots of money ($40 million), taught hundreds of classes, seminars and workshops to thousands of clients and students, won many awards for her accomplishments and helped her clients gain national recognition for their accomplishments  and even had her own podcast show, The Empress of Biz, Listen, Learn, Prosper and had helped many organizations that served women and children¦something was missing¦and she was beginning to become  bored and sad¦very sad.  She was tired of doing cost analysis, business plans and having to joust with bankers to help her clients¦.she wanted some fun, she wanted to play and just be happy.  So she wrote a children's book called the Gift of Holiday Valley.


        WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?  
        No BS Marketing Meeting with Clint Arthur|

        St Mary's of the Mount



        CULTURAL CLUES: 
         La Cour Des Miracles, and interactive Robotic Installation| John Williams with PSO| SOME BEGINS|  

        KIDZ KORNER: 

        The Wiggles| 

        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT:  
        Summer Conflict Resolution and Mediation Training Courses| Call for Nominations: Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards|

        BUSINESS BUZZ

        Raja's "Your American Story" Radio Show Moving to KDKA 1020 AM Radio| 

        HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS
        The National High School Musical Theater Awards

        NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
        Race for Homeless Children's Education Fund in Pittsburgh|

        NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS
        South Pittsburgh Farmer's Markets|Jam on Walnut

        POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS
        Brookline resident Lois McCafferty, Exhibition of Paintings by Vince Ornato|

        ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

         St Mary's of the Mount No Bs Marketing Meeting-Clint Arthur

        STEELTOWN HERO
        Allegheny CleanWays |


        CULTURAL CLUES

        LA COUR DES MIRACLES AN INTERACTIVE ROBOTIC INSTALLATION



        July 11 September 7, 2014 | Wood Street Galleries | 601 Wood Street
        Exhibition Opening & Reception | July 11, 5:30 9 p.m.
        Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of La Cour des Miracles (The Court of Miracles) by artists Bill Vorn and Louis-Philippe Demers. The exhibition is on view at Wood Street Galleries July 11September 7, 2014. An opening reception takes place during the Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawl Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:309 p.m.
        La Cour des Miracles is an interactive robotic installation that reacts to viewers' presence in a multimedia environment. This installation follows the artists' approach to creating fictitious spaces designed for machine populations and cybernetic organism societies, in which viewers become both explorers and intruders. The title of the exhibition originates from the slum districts of Paris”cour des miracles”in which begging was a means of survival 
        For more information click HERE


        Title ˜THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS' RETURNS TO HEINZ HALL ON JULY 19
        It's back! The Music of John Williams returns to Heinz Hall for a one-day-only performance on July 19 at 2:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall.
        Williams, who has orchestrated some of Hollywood's most iconic movie scores ” Harry Potter, Star Wars and Indiana Jones, to just name a few ” is celebrated during this rousing Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert, which features Williams' movie music magic, audience participation and hijinks from admitted Williams fanboy Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh.
        With solos performed by Pittsburgh Symphony principal harp Gretchen Van Hoesen and principal contrabassoon James Rodgers, this popular concert sold out its four-night run during the 2013-2014 PNC Pops season.

        The symphony also is looking for volunteers to dress as characters from movies with a John Williams score, such as Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, E.T. or Superman, and greet and pose for photos with patrons who attend the concert. They will receive two free tickets to the concert for participating. Anyone interested should email a photo of themselves in costume to Rachel Howard, rhoward@pittsburghsymphony.org, along with contact information by June 30. 


        For more information click pittsburghsymphony.org

        Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates


        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
        SOME BEGINS
        STORIES OF TELEPATHY AND MIRACULOUS OBJECTS

        July 11 August 24, 2014 | 707 Penn Gallery | 707 Penn Avenue

        Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Some Begins, an exhibition exploring the associative and myth-making capacities of objects and text from the collaborative practice of artists Meg Shevenock and Jamie Boyle. The exhibition is on view July 11August 24, 2014, at 707 Penn Gallery. An opening reception takes place Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:309 p.m., during the Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.

        Some Begins, a collection of primarily sculptural works that exemplify what Shevenock and Boyle call their belief in the crazy spirit world of objects, marks the first exhibition devoted solely to their collaborative practice. Only very briefly, over the past seven years, have the artists lived in the same city. This physical distance between them serves as a crucial layer to their belief in the power of objects, their artistic process, and the works on view in Some Begins.

        For more information click www.TrustArts.org



        KIDZ KORNER





        Ready, Steady Wiggle, brings more of the toe tapping, laughter-inducing Wiggle-tastic excitement to families. Children will be kept dancing, singing and laughing during this colorful concert with Yellow (and first-ever female) Wiggle Emma, Red Wiggle Simon, Purple Wiggle Lachy and the last remaining original (and Blue) Wiggle Anthony.

        Fans will also have the opportunity to see all of their wiggly friends, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword and bop along to Hot Potato, Rock A Bye Your Bear and all their other cherished favorites as well as exciting new hits like Do the Propeller.



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        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

        Conflict Resolution

        Dates: August 4th and 5th
        Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

        Conflict presents opportunity. The conflicts you face in everyday life are opportunities to have constructive conversations, to resolve issues peacefully, and to enhance your interactions with others to have more meaningful and less stressful relationships. During this 15-hour course, participants improve how they perceive and approach conflict. Experienced instructors assist participants in developing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral skills that foster productive outcomes of conflict while reducing negative impacts on personal or professional relationships. Completion of the 15 hours results in a certificate of completion and serves as a prerequisite for participation in the 24-hour Mediation class. Full attendance is required for certificate.

        For more information click HERE



        BUSINESS BUZZ

        Raja's "Your American Story" Radio Show Moving to KDKA 1020 AM Radio


        In our continued support of entrepreneurship and of Ron's message as The American Entrepreneur, it's with great pleasure that we announce Raja's move with Your American Story (a continuation of Ron's message via the airwaves) to KDKA 1020am radio - or as Ron used to refer to it, "The blowtorch at the other end of the dial."

        Recently, Raja was a guest on the NewsRadio 1020 morning news program, with host Larry Richert, discussing the "Running With the Bulls" feature and the mission of
        Your American Story Radio.  If you missed that discussion, you can listen to it here.
         


        For more information click HERE




        NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

        Jam on Walnut 2014 Bands

        The bands for the 2014 Jam on Walnut season have been announced! Three Saturdays each Summer, we block off Walnut Street for an outdoor concert to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Western PA Chapter. Each of the three events attracts approximately 5,000 people for the city's best block party!

        July 26, 2014 @ 7:00pm                                              
        Donora 
        Dancing Queen

        August 16, 2014 @ 7:00pm
        Kelsey Friday
        Radio Tokyo



        For more information click HERE






        Farmers' Markets are back this month in South Pittsburgh
        Citiparks is happy to announce that both the Beechview and Carrick Farmers' Market locations are returning again for the 2014 season. Fortunately, both locations within District 4 now accept food stamps (SNAP), credit, and debit cards. For more information on how to use these cards at the market, go to Just Harvest's page here: http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/fresh-access
        Also, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank runs a very successful Food Stand Farmers' Market in Brookline at the Seton Center each year, which also accepts EBT, WIC, and senior vouchers.In addition, a new weekly flea market coming is to the same location as the Beechview Farmer's Market beginning on Thursday, June 19th. There is no fee to participate, but vendors must registered with the Beechview Area Concerned Citizens by phone at 412-341-8768, 412-583-0176 or email beechviewmarket@gmail.com 

        The markets will be open at the following dates, times, and locations¦



        Beechview Farmers' Market
        Thursdays, June 12th October 23rd, 3:30-7:30
        St. Catherine of Siena at Broadway Ave. & Belasco Street  

        Brookline Food Stand
        Wednesdays, June 19th - November 21th, 11:006:00
        Elizabeth Seton Center Parking Lot, 1900 Pioneer Ave

        Carrick Farmers' Market
        Wednesdays, June 11th - November 26th, 3:30-7:30

        Carrick Shopping Center on Brownsville Rd. & Parkfield Street

        For more information click HERE




        ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

        St Mary's of the Mount


        This is a must see for anyone visiting Pittsburgh, St Mary's of the Mount on Mt. Washington is an absolutely breathtaking piece of architecture overlooking Mt. Washington and right on Grandview Avenue.  The ivory altar and stained glass windows alone are worth the trip.  But the best part of the visit was the congregation.  They had a "signing choir" for the hearing imparied and the priest who celebrated the mass was an impeccably dynamic speaker but he also signed part of his sermon and many prayers.  This church and its congregation was truly an inspiration.
        Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report

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        STEELTOWN HERO



        As WPXI Target 11 investigator Rick Earle stated on air this month, A dangerous and dirty problem is piling up in a greenway in Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood. Allegheny CleanWays and I, with help from WPXI, working to bring attention to a very large illegal dump site, which has been used for at least the last 40 years.
        Luckily, Allegheny CleanWays volunteers have been working on cleaning up the site regularly since November of last year. One of the biggest dumpsites in the City of Pittsburgh, the area is both an eyesore and a health hazard. Volunteers have uncovered a rusted car axle, refrigerators, air conditioners, an old television set, and literally over 2,000 tires from the dump¦ and they're still going! To keep area looking good after clean-up has finished, the group plans to install video cameras which can catch illegal dumpers in the act.
        It's an enormous problem, especially in our greenways and woodlands, the places that should be pristine, said Myrna Newman of Allegheny CleanWays.

        Allegheny CleanWays was formed in 2000 to assess the extent of illegal dumping in Allegheny County. In the past 14 years, they have been instrumental in engaging and partnering with community groups to remove dumps and debris from vacant lots, greenways, streets, and riverbanks. To learn more about their work in Brookline, watch or read Rick Earle's story HERE



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        Saturday Morning Pittsburgh Biz Showcase guests this morning with amazing stories: Lou Lombardi, Rock N Roll Philanthropist, Musician, Band Leader and Online Business Expert| Brian Fallet, Professional Handyman, Veteran Owned Business, Owner, He's Pretty Handy |Emily Keebler, Kiva City Pittsburgh Lead for Kiva Zip, non-profit No Interest Loans for Businesses| JoAnn Forrester, Business owner turned Children's Book Author| Listen in to hear these small Business Owners and Intrapreneurs tell their stories, talk about their services, give tips to other entrepreneurs, tips about their niche and special deals for PositivelyPittsburghLive Listeners.

         

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        GUEST CO-HOST, Sunita Pandit, Mrs. Cardiology, Memberhip Director for NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh | Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille| River's Club 31st Anniversay Party Jessica Lee's Jazz Networking, Vince Ornatio Art Exhibit| Back Yard Bar-B-Q with menu tips| CULTURAL CLUES: PICT's Woman and Scarecrow| MUSIC SPACE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES | PSO One Night of the Bee Gees| National Tour of Evita| Jazz Attack at Machester Craftsme's Guild| Monotype Prints- An Exploaration of Color and Texture inspired by South Africa Trip| WQED and PSO live stream of July 6 Concert at Hartwood| BUSINESS BUZZ: Unemployment Rate down in May| Peduto and Fitzgerald in Denmark for Green Lane Project| Bankruptcy Rate Down| Update on Act 47| Small Biz Saturday Showcase Preview| NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH :Golf & Sporting Clays Event benefit Center for Victims| Гc??Blessed to Be DressedГc?? Fashion Show & Luncheon NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS Independence Day Stuff| Sneek Peek Party| 3 Rivers Regatta|ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: "Footloose" | River's Club 31st Anniversay Party Jessica Lee's Jazz Networking, Vince Ornatio Art Exhibit| VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE: Blind Veterans White Water Rafting Yellowstone River

         

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        Jazz Festival and Local Actor in Hit Movie
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        Tamar Cerafici
        An environmental attorney for 25 years, Tamar now travels the world teaching entrepreneurs how to energize their businesses. A couple of books on the topic are currently in the design phase. She's now training her sights on teaching law students and young lawyers the principles of entrepreneurship they need to value themselves while enjoying their practice. Failing that, she says she can at least give you a kind word of encouragement!
        Tamar is the author of Dominate: How Smart Lawyers Crush the Competition, along with other works. She currently plans and provides educational opportunities for young lawyers for the American Bar Association and Lawline.com.  I'm still trying to define success, because the target keeps changing.

        WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
        Legally Blonde at CLO, Sharp Edge Creek House in Crafton,
        Tartine, and Lucy's Boutique in the Strip

        POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS:  NAWBO Pittsburgh Presents Women Blogging Conference

        CULTURAL CLUES
        Orlando  |  The REP's 2014-2015 Season  |  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents Gladiator Live  |  Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Sponsors and Podcasts for Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival  |  The Takeaway: Make With Love  |  WDVE Presents the Music of Queen with the PSO  |  Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh the Gallery Crawl After Dark!

        KIDZ KORNER
        2014 Grammy Nominee Alastair Moock at Three Rivers Arts Festival  |  Interested in Owning a Business and Between the Ages of 11 and 14? Join E-Youth.

        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT:  Open House Event: Pamper for a Purpose

        BUSINESS BUZZ
        Eventsburgh.com Up and Running - Sign Up Now!  |  PositivelyPittsburghLive Saturday Small Biz Showcase

        NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
        Eleventh Annual Pet Care and Adoption Fair Benefitting Hearts and Paws Pet Ministry  |  Climb Out of the Darkness 2014 Benefitting PostPartum Progress

        POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS:  David Whalen and Andrew Swackhamer

        ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
        Tartine  |  Sharp Edge Creek House  |  Samuel Beckett's Sardonic Lament on the 20th Century, "Waiting for Godot"


        POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS

        NAWBO Pittsburgh Presents Women Blogging Conference
        Saturday June 28, 2014  |  10 AM  |  Sigmas Conference & Event Center
        Whether blogging for passion or profit, blogging can take your brand to the next level!  This is a MUST attend for writers, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations that want to blog, but not sure how they can benefit or even where to begin.   These dynamic women will share some secrets of their blogging success and hopefully inspire you to do the same!

        Benefits:
        Discover if blogging is worth your time and effort
        Can blogging really brand your way to fame?
        Does blogging help your online presence?

        Takeaways:
        Learn ways to make your blogging pay in money or credibility
        Discover how to monetize your blog
        Find ways for blogging to add character and credibility to your career

        Panelists:
        Cynthia Closkey
        Cynthia is president of Big Big Design, where she develops online marketing strategies for small businesses and nonprofit entities.  Cynthia co-founded the Pittsburgh Bloggers blog directory and is a lead organizer of PodCamp Pittsburgh.
        R'Chelle Mullins
        R'Chelle Mullins (affectionately known to her readers as "Ro") has been successfully blogging for over three years now. Her love and obsession with all things beautiful lead to the creation of her first blog, Creatively Yours By Ro which is a beauty and fashion blog. 
        Suzanne Mauro
        Suzanne Mauro, AICI (Suz) is a producer, webcaster, blogger, author, style editorial contributor, on-air fashion editor, a certified professional media & fashion stylist and mentor for fashion teen boards.  She is the producer & creator of Style Everyday With Suz, an inside look at the Arts, Culture & Style of Pittsburgh and its surrounding regions as well as showcasing Pittsburgh's extraordinary talent.
        Merecedes J. Howze
        "The Movie Scene Queen," After years of private movie screenings, Merecedes took the hobby to another level. With over a decade of journalism experience, writing as passion, and an inquisitive love for movies, Merecedes took her unofficial nickname and created a blog.  Merecedes is the official movie reviewer for the New Pittsburgh Courier, the Soul Pitt Quarterly Magazine and the Mount Magazine.
        Lindsay Snodgrass
        Lindsay knows how to walk the walk and talk the talk - literally. She's managed to lose and keep off upwards of 40 pounds without ever "dieting."

        Get Your Ticket and/or Table Today!
        1) Get Your Ticket! (Breakfast Included)  $25 Members, $35 Non-Members
        2) Be A Vendor! $50 Vendor Table

        10:00A Breakfast and Networking
        10:30A to 11:30A Panel Discussion
        11:30A to 12:30P Q&A & More Networking

        THOSE THAT SHOW UP, GO UP!

        For more information visit NAWBOPittsburgh.org.


        CULTURAL CLUES

        Orlando in the Henry Heymann Theatre
        If you have already seen Waiting for Godot, you may have noticed some new faces in the lobby before the show. That is because downstairs in The Henry Heymann Theatre, UnSeam'd Shakespeare Co. is producing Orlando, based on Virginia Woolf's novel.

        This charmingly witty adaptation takes audiences on a voyage across time, across Europe and across genders. Follow Orlando, a poet who lives for 400 years, from the time of Queen Elizabeth I into the present day. He spends the first half of his life as a man before waking one day to discover the he has become a she! In her stylish adaptation for the stage, Sarah Ruhl exposes the challenges of coming to terms with who we are: the inner struggles of self-definition and the challenge of reconciling the outside world one lives in and the world inside one's self.

        PICT veteran Jonathan Visser, who recently played Captain Neville St. Claire in The Crucifer of Blood, stars in this production that runs through June 21. Click here to buy tickets.

        Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates


        Two World Premieres, Steinbeck Classic, Uproarious Comedy Mark The REP's 2014-2015 Season
        The 2014-2015 season of The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, will include two
        world premieres by Pittsburgh playwrights, a classic by Nobel laureate John Steinbeck and a hilarious comedy about an American singer renowned for her lack of rhythm, tone and especially an ability to sing.  The season runs Sept. 4 through April 12, 2015, at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., in the city's Oakland neighborhood.

        The 2014-2015 season opens with Steinbeck's timeless tale of two migrant workers in the Great Depression, Of Mice and Men, directed by Robert A. Miller, Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts Distinguished Master Artist-in-Residence.

        The REP's remaining productions in the season will be two world premieres of works by Pittsburgh playwrights Gaby Cody's riotous farce, Prussia: 1866, directed by Kim Martin, and Anthony McKay's stirring family drama, Endless Lawns, directed by Greg Lehane.

        The REP 2014-2015 season subscriptions, which save patrons up to 35 percent off single ticket prices, are available now and can be purchased for $64-$72. Single tickets, ranging from $24-$27, will go on sale at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 4. Those who purchase three subscriptions get the fourth free. To order a season subscription, contact the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000.

        The REP's 2014-2015 season:
        Of Mice and Men
        By John Steinbeck  |  Directed by Robert A. Miller
        Friday, Sept. 5 Sunday, Sept. 21, preview Sept. 4 at the Rauh Theatre

        Souvenir
        By Stephen Temperley  |  Directed by TomГ© Cousin
        Friday, Sept. 26 Sunday, Oct. 12, preview Sept. 25 at the Studio Theatre

        Prussia: 1866
        By Gab Cody  |  Directed by Kim Martin
        World Premiere
        Friday, Feb. 6 Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, preview Feb. 5 at the Rauh Theatre

        Endless Lawns
        By Anthony McKay  |  Directed by Greg Lehane
        World Premiere
        Friday, March 27 Sunday, April 12, 2015, preview March 26 at the Studio Theatre

        For more information about the Pittsburgh Playhouse, visit www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.


        Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents Gladiator Live
        July 12, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall
        My name is Gladiator. The words and music of the Oscar-winning film Gladiator will ring throughout Heinz Hall when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Gladiator Live.  Gladiator Live brings Ridley Scott's epic sword-and-sandals film to U.S. concert halls for the first time. Winner of five Academy Awards and countless other honors, Gladiator remains one of the most popular films in its genre of all-time, and its remarkable score, by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, is still one of the most recognizable soundtracks of all time.

        Featuring world-renowned vocalist Clara Sanabras and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh
        Symphony will perform the groundbreaking score while Gladiator plays overhead in high-definition on the big screen. Fans both old and new will experience the film in an exciting and unique way.

        Clara Sanabras enigmatic voice and multi-instrumentalism features in top Hollywood soundtracks such as The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Snow White and The Huntsman, For Greater Glory, The Lord of The Rings in Concert and Gladiator in Concert. Born in France, raised in Barcelona, now a Londoner, Sanabras is an exceptionally versatile musician and captivating performer. She sings and accompanies herself on baroque guitar, Indian harmonium, oud, charango, her music being as varied as her background. Classically trained as a singer and pianist (Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Conservatori Superior del Liceu Barcelona), she has worked in the fields of early music, world music, jazz, folk and contemporary and now writes her own music. In an impressive back catalogue of recordings, theatre and screen credits, Sanabras has appeared at many international festivals and venues, including Glastonbury, The London Jazz Festival, Womad, Sydney Opera House, La Scala Milan, KKL Lucerne, Tokyo Casals Hall, and mingled with artists from all disciplines. Working alongside Howard Shore as the soloist of The Lord of The Rings in Concert and The Hobbit, she has also collaborated with James Newton-Howard (The Hunger Games ), Nigel Kennedy, Terry Edwards & London Voices, Jocelyn Pook, Alberto Iglesias, Avshalom Caspi, Rachel Portman, Natacha Atlas, Eliseo Parra, Jarvis Cocker, The Harp Consort, John Rutter, RPO, Sydney Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, OAE, Ludwig Wicki & 21st Century Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Theatre of Voices, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Theatre of the Ayre, Charivari AgrГ©able, Israel Camerata, eX Ensemble & The Dufay Collective.

        The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP), a chorus of 120 which includes a 20-voice professional core, is renowned for its versatility, singing oratorio, opera, Broadway, folk and symphonic repertoire. Founded in 1908, the MCP holds the distinction of being Pittsburgh's oldest continuously performing arts organization. The choir, in its 104th season and sixth under the direction of Betsy Burleigh, is known for its mastery of the great choral classics. The MCP is a Steinway Artist, the only chorus holding that designation.

        Tickets, $25-90, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.


        Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Prominent New Sponsors, Program Schedule and Podcasts for Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival

        June 20-22, 2014  |  Pittsburgh Cultural District
        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced today that there have been special additions to the 4th Annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival taking place in the heart of Pittsburgh's Downtown Cultural District this summer.  The free festival consists of three days of jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances on outdoor stages and attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country.

        The City of Pittsburgh, UPMC and UPMC Health Plan, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, MACY'S and the Richard King Mellon Foundation will return as sponsors for the annual festival drawing thousands of diverse participants to Pittsburgh's downtown Cultural District.  This year, new organizations have joined the list of prominent sponsors, including The Waterfront, Northcoast Brewing and TgiFridays.  Imaginpittsburgh.com, an initiative of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and Fifth Third Bank will sponsor the headlining performance of El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico on Sunday, June 22.
        2014 PJLIF PROGRAM SCHEDULE

        Nate da Phat Barber (DJ) with Line Dance Party  |  Friday, June 20 at 5:00 p.m. and Line Dance Party will
        begin at 7:30 p.m.  |  Location: Ninth Street Stage
        Fred Wesley. Photo Courtesy of Artist. Jazz Meets Funk
        featuring Fred Wesley |
        Snarky Puppy  |  Friday, June 20 at 9:15 p.m.  |  Ninth Street Stage
        Brandee Younger Sextet - Afroharp  |  Friday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m.  |  Penn Avenue Stage II
        The Messenger Legacy  |  Saturday, June 21 at 3:00 p.m.  |  Penn Avenue Stage I
        Gregory Porter  |  Saturday, June 21 at 4:00 p.m.  |  Penn Avenue Stage II
        Joe Locke Group featuring Kenny Washington  |  Saturday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.  |  Penn Avenue Stage II
        Jazz Meets Funk featuring Fred Wesley  |  Saturday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m.  |  Penn Avenue Stage I
        Big Sam's Funky Nation  |  Saturday, June 21 at 9:00 p.m.  |  Rex Theater on the South Side, Pittsburgh
        Presented in collaboration with Grey Area Productions  *Tickets: $15 in advance and $17 the day-of-show
        Emmet Cohen Trio featuring Benny Benack, III  |  Sunday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m.  |  Penn Avenue Stage II
        El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico  |  Sunday, June 22 at 3:00 p.m.  |  Penn Avenue Stage I
        Sponsored by imaginepittsburgh.com, an initiative of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Fifth Third Bank. 
        Nancy Harms  |  Sunday, June 22 at 3:00 p.m.  |  Ninth Street Stage
        Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra with Special Guest Allan Harris  |  Sunday, June 22 at 4:15 p.m.  |  Penn Avenue Stage II
        Raul MidГ³n  |  Sunday, June 22 at 6:45 p.m.  |  Penn Avenue Stage II
        Dianne Reeves  |  Sunday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m.  |  Penn Avenue Stage I
        PODCASTS: JAZZCORNER.COM INTERVIEWS WITH ARTISTS
        JazzCorner.com is a partner of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.  JazzCorner.com is the largest portal for the official websites of hundreds of jazz musicians and organizations. New features on JazzCorner include the jazz video share where you can upload and share jazz and blues videos, JazzCorner Jukebox, surf the net with Jazz always playing, submit your latest jazz news, and check out what is hot at JazzCorner's Speakeasy, the busiest bulletin board for jazz.

        JazzCorner.com is proud to present JazzCorner.com Jazz Perspectives and JazzCorner.com InnerViews podcasts. The player currently features an interview with PJLIF 2014 Headliner, Dianne Reeves. To hear past podcasts, just hit next on the player, or you may scroll the list. You may also download music to your computer as a CD quality MP3, or you may subscribe through the RSS buttons. Please visit http://www.jazzcorner.com/innerviews/ to listen and send your comments to lois@jazzcorner.com.
        LIVE STREAMING 
        Having trouble making it into the Cultural District for the concert of your choice?  Live streaming of the following performances will be made available.  Please check www.TrustArts.org/JazzFest for updates on how to tune in.
        SNARKY PUPPY  |  June 20 at 9:15 p.m.
        JAZZ MEETS FUNK featuring Fred Wesley  |  June 21 at 8 p.m.
        EL GRAN COMBO DE PUERTO RICO  |  June 22 at 3 p.m.
        DIANNE REEVES  |  June 22 at 8 p.m.

        For more information, visit TrustArts.org/JazzFest.


        The Takeaway: Make With Love - An Artist/Curator Project Incorporating Amateur Artwork
        July 11 August 1, 2014  |  937 Gallery - 937 Liberty Avenue, 2nd floor
        Exhibition Opening & Reception  |  July 11, 5:30 9 p.m.
        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of The Takeaway: Made With Love, an exhibition of nearly 100 amateur artworks handpicked from thrift store collections across several states. Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors are able to enter into a free lottery for a chance to take home their favorite piece from the show. The exhibition, organized by Robert Raczka, is on view July 11August 1, 2014, at 937 Liberty Avenue, second floor. An opening reception takes place Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:309p.m., during the Cultural Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural Distract.

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        Raczka purchased the exhibition's artworks”paintings, hand-knit afghans, handmade ceramics, and objects
        crafted in wood”for their aesthetic appeal and all-around interest, though they are artworks not generally presented in a fine art context. Among the works included are painted landscapes, pet portraits, spiritual imagery, and a wood mosaic Mayan calendar.  Raczka uses the exhibition budget, generally reserved for shipping and materials, to buy the art in thrift stores while exercising his curatorial eye. He sees the distribution of the artwork to the audience through a free lottery as a gift from the gallery as well as from himself.

        I have a genuine appreciation for amateur art at its unselfconscious best, and I wanted to share that with the audience, says curator Robert Raczka. I had noticed that when someone is in an art gallery contemplating a purchase, they really look closely and think about the art. I have found that if the audience feels that they might end up taking the art home, they consider it more deeply.   At the conclusion of the exhibition, Raczka will select the winners at random, who are notified and able to pickup their artwork at the closing party Friday, August 1, 5:309 p.m., with an additional pick-up time Saturday, August 2, 15 p.m.


        This is the forth in a series of exhibitions of thrift store art, the first held at Future Tenant in 2008, and combines Raczka's roles as artist and curator. For these exhibitions, he has been incorporating ideas artists have been working with in relational aesthetics, or the practice of artist-constructed social experiences where the artist becomes the facilitator rather than the focal point, such as Rirkrit Tiravanija's untitled project in which he cooked and served food in the Carnegie International, and Tino Sehgal's The Progress at the Guggenheim where visitors were engaged in a series of conversations about progress. Similar to these projects, Raczka's lottery is designed to reconsider and make use of art's social and institutional context and to create a nontraditional social interaction between artist/curator, the gallery, and the audience.

        Robert Raczka is a Pittsburgh-based artist, writer, and curator, and he was previously a gallery director of 20 years. He earned an MFA in photography from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. His artwork is in the form of photography, collage, and exhibitions incorporating found objects to engage with popular culture and taste, the public communications of advertising and marketing, and the often-tenuous connection
        between representation and reality. In 2013, Raczka curated Crowdsourced at SPACE, featuring 12 artists who included public input”either directly or through suggestions”into their artworks. Raczka's art criticism often appears in the Pittsburgh City Paper. He is emeritus professor of art at Allegheny College, Meadville, and he recently taught the graduate studio art seminar at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

        About 937 Gallery  -  937 Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The multiuse exhibition space is located at 937 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m.8 p.m.; Sunday, 125 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.

        For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.


        WDVE Presents the Music of Queen with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
        June 24, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall
        The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will rock you with The Music of Queen on June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.  Featuring conductor/arranger Brent Havens' vision of classic rock coupled with classical music and the soaring vocals of Brody Dolyniuk and a full rock band, this concert wraps the familiar sounds of Queen's iconic tunes with the support of a full orchestra and the visuals and energy of a live rock concert. 

        Fans of Queen and Freddie Mercury will enjoy songs from many of their albums ” forgotten gems as well as popular hits ” including Classic Queen, A Night at the Opera, Heart Attack and A Kind of Magic, as Dolyniuk and his band stay true to the originals while the orchestra adds something special to the performances. Bohemian Rhapsody is just the start of the fun in this tribute to one of the best bands that ever rocked.

        The band includes Havens and Dolyniuk (guitar/vocals) as well as Dan Clemens (bass/background vocals), Powell Randolph (drums/background vocals), George Cintron (guitar/background vocals) and Bart Kuebler (keyboards/background vocals). Havens and Dolyniuk were last seen at Heinz Hall during summer 2013 for The Music of Led Zeppelin.

        Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to 75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.


        Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh the Gallery Crawl After Dark!
        Friday July 11, 2014  |  August Wilson Center
        AN ALL-INCLUSIVE EVENING AWAITS YOU - Music - Decadence - Comedy - Art - Noshes - Frivolity Libations abound at the 8th annual CONSOL Energy Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh bash hosted by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Partners Board on Friday, July 11.  Join fellow partygoers following the Gallery Crawl around the Cultural District, as Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh becomes the After Dark hotspot to indulge and party downtown.

        7:00 9:00pm The exclusive First Commonwealth VIP Party features incredible Pittsburgh chefs from Cure, Grit & Grace, Root 174 and Round Corner Cantina accompanied by signature libations and the stellar entertainment of the Cait Cuneo Band and Arcade Comedy Theater.

        9:00pm midnight The Dance Party kicks up featuring the pulse-pounding music of DJ Adam Salter (San Diego) including scrumptious desserts and sensational endless cocktails.  Experience musical and interactive activities or simply dance the night away!
        August Wilson Center | 980 Liberty Avenue | Downtown Pittsburgh, 15222
        Dance Party: $40 Members ($50 non-members) | $25 persons 21-29 years old 
        (Use code word COSMOPARTY - valid ID required at Will Call)
        VIP Party: $85 Members ($95 non-members)
        Jetsetters: $500 (Jetsetter package includes two VIP tickets and a one-year Lead Partner Membership)

        To order tickets, visit Trustarts.org/cosmo.


        KIDZ KORNER

        2014 Grammy Nominee for Best Children's Album Alastair Moock to Perform at Three Rivers Arts Festival
        IQ Kids Radio is excited to feature the rowdy, roosty, singin' and dancin' fun that Alastair Moock is
        guaranteed to bring on stage as a headliner at this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival. In addition to Moock's performance, WQED and iQ Kids Radio are hosting several other activities at Three Rivers Arts Festival on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15 include a Sand and Surf Dance Party, puppet show and more!

        WQED's line-up on June 14 and 15 takes place at the Giant Eagle Creativity Zone and includes:
        12:00-5:45 Hands on Fun with PBS
        12:00-12:45 Pittsburgh Puppet Works
        1:00-1:45 PMT's Extreme Teen Broadway
        2:00-3:45 Alastair Moock: A Concert For Families
        4:00-4:45 Sand and Surf Dance Party
        5:00-5:45 Musical Kids

        Moock is widely known for creating family-friendly music that is enjoyed by people of all ages. This unique and impressive ability has earned him several awards, such as the Parents' Choice Gold Medal and 2013 People Magazine Best Kids' Album Pick. For more information about Moock, visit www.moockmusic.com.

        For more information click HERE


        Interested in Owning a Business and Between the Ages of 11 and 14? Join E-Youth.
        This summer to learn how to create your own business and earn money.  Program involves lots of activities, field trips and games all designed to help you start a business.  E-Youth is provided at no fee to families. Space is limited to those who qualify and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Entrepreneuring Youth (E-Youth) is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization that  provides entrepreneurial guidance to middle school and high school age youth.  Each young person has the opportunity to start, operate, and earn money through  a business that he/she creates, owns and expands.

        At E-Youth's program, you'll get to:
        · Use your creativity, talent and interests to start a business
        · Meet experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders        
        2013 winners, picture from eyouthamerica.org
        · Learn how to make a profit
        · Take field trips to local businesses
        · Sell your products at neighborhood market events
        · Network with other young entrepreneurs

        Be Your Own BossWHO: Youth ages 11-14
        WHERE: YMCA's Hilltop Learning Center, 500 Brownsville Road, Mt Oliver
        WHEN:
        July 7 August 15, 10 am 3 pm Weekdays (M, T, W, Th, F)  Lunch is provided
        and
        Sept 4 May 31, 4 pm 6 pm (Thursdays only) and 10 am 1pm (first Saturday
        of each month)

        Interested? Complete an application and submit it by June 20th. To obtain an application, email us at carlaj@eyouthamerica.org or call 412-325-0139.

        For more information, visit eyouthamerica.org.


        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

        Open House Event: Pamper for a Purpose
        June 19, 2014  |  3:30 8 PM  |  Creative Hair Solutions
        It is a beautiful salon that specializes in wigs for cancer patients undergoing chemo treatments but also for any women who have hair loss due to other conditions. Pat Julkowski is the owner and she has been tremendous to work with and I'd like to support her in any way that I can.

        Creative Hair Solutions:  (412) 492-1688
        2853 Oxford Blvd. Suite 101 -  Allison Park, PA 15101
        It is right near the Devlin's Point apartments & behind the Hampton Shoppes on Rt. 8.

        Here are a few highlights of the Open House:

        • They will be doing complimentary foot, neck and hand massages too with doTERRA® Certified Pure Essential Oils which will be wonderful!
        • Tammy Schmidt, Kiss of an Angel, makes customized crystal jewelry at a very reasonable cost and will have some of her classic items available for viewing. She can make just about any color/size combination of crystals that you desire!
        • The salon owner (Pat) will be donating all profits from the jewelry sales to the Hair Peace Charity which is a really great charity that helps to provide money to women & girls who can't afford a wig while undergoing chemo treatment for any type of cancer. (Wigs are EXPENSIVE!!)
        • Sampling of pure essential oils (and Pat has these great little key-chain samplers of 8 classic oils for sale!). Additionally, I will make a couple of tasty and healthy treats with the oils to share with the guests; and Pat will have some light refreshments available as well.

        Please feel free to pass along this invitation and bring a friend the more the merrier! I hope you can stop by at a time convenient for you during the hours of 3:30pm 8:00pm. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

        Warm Regards in Health & Happiness,
        Sharon
        dГ´TERRA® Essential Oils Wellness Advocate & Enthusiast


        BUSINESS BUZZ

        Eventsburgh.com Up and Running - Sign Up Now!


        Anyone who signs up for Eventsburgh.com to post your events will get 100 credits toward premium services.  Posting your events are free but these premium services include adding videos and ticket links and prmoting of your event by other members.

        For local events, deals and more, visit Eventsburgh.com.


        POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH LIVE! PERKS
        Please Support these Local Pittsburgh Businesses
        Who Promote the Good News in Pittsburgh

        PositivelyPittsburghLive Saturday Small Biz Showcase includes businesses that include beauty, fitness, wellness, dentistry and marketing. Today's guests: Julie Arnheim,Independent Health & Wellness Consultant Arbonne International | Carl Medgaus DMD, Cosmetic Dental Implant Dentistry-Medgaus Dental Care |Darah Richardson, Omni Health and Wellness LLC |Becky Auer, Up A Notch Licensing LLC, Founder No BS Marketing Meeting-Pittsburgh. Listen in to hear these small Business Owners tell their stories, talk about their services, give tips to other entrepreneurs, tips about their niche and special deals for PositivelyPittsburghLive Listeners.

        Find out how you can get on the show HERE.


        NON-PROFIT EVENTS
        SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
        Eleventh Annual Pet Care and Adoption Fair Benefitting Hearts and Paws Pet Ministry
        Saturday June 21, 2014  |  9:30 AM - 2:30 PM  |  Christ United Methodist Church - 44 Highland Rd. Bethel Park
        Hearts and Paws Pet Ministry of Christ United Methodist Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church's Pet Ministry will co-sponsor a Pet Care and Adoption Fair at Christ United Methodist Church. The event will feature approximately 36 animal rescue groups and 20 animal-related product vendors and services. Popular booths include Ask the Vet, delicious festival foods, canine training and agility demonstrations, pony rides, face painting, and fun for the whole family. There is no admission fee.

        For more information, call (412) 277-1096 or visit zvents.com/bethel_park_pa/events


        Climb Out of the Darkness 2014 Benefitting PostPartum Progress
        Saturday June 21, 2014  |  4:00 PM  |  Schenley Park: Schenley Park Trail
        This is the second year for Climb Out of the Darkness and the FIRST year it is making its appearance in Pittsburgh!   We are going to be walking at Schenley Park (Ice skating rink/soccer fields) on Saturday, June 21st at 4pm.
        Please click the REGISTER HERE button on this page, if you would like to Climb with us or help us fundraise.  Every person climbing, even if you are not able to donate or fundraise MUST register, as you may not do the physical climb unless you have registered on this site this year due to liabilty and the need for individual signed waiver (except for the kiddos, they are covered under the parents waiver).
        The trail will be stroller friendly if you'd like to bring your child(ren) and we are looking for Moms that have survived or are currently struggling with PPD to walk with us.   Friends and family members may also walk, along with anyone that would like to walk "In Memoriam".

        To register or for more information, email Sarah or click HERE.


        POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS

        David Whalen
        From our friends at PICT
        Madison and David Whalen
        The Fault in Our Stars featuring PICT veteran David Whalen came to movie theatres on June 6, and it is currently the #1 movie in the box office.  Based on the popular novel by John Green, the film tells the story of two teenagers, Hazel and Gus, who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love despite the hardship in their lives. David plays Mr. Waters (Gus' father) and other cast members include Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Willem Dafoe.

        Watch the trailer HERE and read Post Gazette article HERE.


        Andrew Swackhamer
        From our friends at PICT
        We're pleased to report that Andrew Swackhamer, the Assistant Stage Manager for Blithe Spirit, will star in the Pittsburgh premiere of Evil Dead: The Musical with No Name Players. Based on the cult classic 80's films by Sam Raimi, Evil Dead: The Musical is a hilarious retelling of an age old story: boy takes friends on a weekend excursion to a deserted cabin in the woods, boy expects to get lucky, boy unwittingly unleashes ancient evil spirits that turn boy's friends into Candarian Demons and must fight like hell to survive until morning! Will he succeed?

        Performances run June 1328 at 8:00pm at Off The Wall Theater (25 W. Main St. Carnegie, PA 15106).

        For more information, visit www.nonameplayers.org.


        ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

        Tartine
        Written By: Joanne Quinn-Smith
        In the center of West End Village a little bit of France with a lot of attention to detail in both dГ©cor and the music played while you dine.  Open for breakfast and closing at 2 PM, 7 days a week. A great cozy nook meeting and eating place close to Greentree, Downtown, Mt. Washington and Station Square.
        An amazing breakfast of a type of eggs benedict with spinach and bacon and grilled local bakery bread. Desserts are also amazing, imported from Montreal!

        Tartine  |  400 S Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15220  |  (412) 921-1600


        Sharp Edge Creek House
        Written By: Joanne Quinn-Smith
        Wonderful late night appetizers for half price after  11 PM, calamari and wafer thin pizza.
        Had an amazing Kasteel Rouge  a blend of Kasteel Donker and cherry liquor. And the glass it was served in was nothing short of absolutelllllly elegant.

        Sharp Edge Creek House  |  288 W. Steuben Street - Thornburg Bridge  |  sharpedgebeer.com


        Samuel Beckett's Sardonic Lament on the 20th Century, "Waiting for Godot"
        From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
        Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester, Empress of Biz.  |  June 11, 2014
        Good theater, a play well acted, leaves an impression with the audience for a couple of hours, or maybe  a day or two.   A great play well acted,  stays on one's mind for days and often leaves haunting lingering questions.   Such as it is with the PICT and their presentation of "Waiting for Godot .

        Samuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot, is  purposefully designed to tease, taunt and torment an audience
        James FitzGerald, Martin Giles
        with its dark humor and confusing plot laced with  sardonic laments of its main characters, Estragon and Vladimir.  Two friends, caught  in their own world of forgetfulness and sometimes shared memories.  They wait...they complain, they wait...they're hungry,they wait...they're bored...they wait.   They wait cemented together in their refusal to break free of the interminable waiting. 
        Then aha...a break comes-Pozzo, ( Alan Stanford) the pompous rich man carrying a whip and loaded with the burden of his self importance and Lucky (Ken Bolden),the human mule,dying inch by inch from the lack of expectation.  The interplay between the two created a strong reaction in me.  I wanted to stand up and yell, Stop being his human mule, his jackass,  kick him, bite him, leave him wallowing in his own self indulgence.  Great acting gentlemen. 

        Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report

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        Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 06-09-14
        International Jazz Festival, Summer Camps
        Listen to the show online HERE

        PPL Co-Host
        Sunita Pandit
        Mrs. Cardiology will tell about the pre-launch of her mother Saroj Gopal Kulkarni's book, "Saris and Soap Operas."

        WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
        Last week:  16th Annual Entrepreneur's Growth Conference at Duquesne University,
        "Waiting for Goto" at PICT, "Malificent" at Soutland Carmike

        POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS:  No BS Marketing Hosts Celebrity Guru Clint Arthur

        CULTURAL CLUES
        Megan Hilty, Frank Sinatra, Broadway, and Nurses at PSO  |  Movie Costume Volunteers Needed for Music of John Williams Concert  |  Celebrate Strauss' 150th Birthday at PSO's Grand Classics Series  |  Sounds of Pittsburgh Sweet Adelines Chorus Wins  |  Lawrence Loh Named Music Director of Symphoria  |  Three Days of Free Jazz  |  Point Park University-produced movie ˜The Umbrella Man'

        KIDZ KORNER
        Union Project Summer Camps 2014  |  GIRLS ROCK! PITTSBURGH 2014 Summer Camps

        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
        Gwen'S Girls Birthday Celebration   |  Carlow University Women of Spirit Institute Presents Summer Workshops for Girls

        BUSINESS BUZZ
        Jessica Lee & Friends Jazz Happy Hour - Second Set Jam Session  |  Telesummit Reopened for June

        HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS:  24 hours of Innovation 7th Edition Winners at ETS

        PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF:  3rd Annual Hometown Homegrown

        NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH:  Joshua Frase Foundation

        NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS
        Anchorpoint's Annual Used Book Sale  |  Dress for Success Pittsburgh  |  The Village of Sewickley STANDS FIRM Against Partner Violence   |  Free Jazz at City Parks + Free Movie!  |  GLOBAL LINKS PITTSBURGH - Lunch and Learn

        POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS:  PolicyMic Says Pittsburgh's a Top City for Millennials

        ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
        Noises Off  |  Pennsylvania Literary Festival  |  Waiting for Goto  |  Entrepreneur's Growth Conference


        POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS

        No BS Marketing Hosts Celebrity Guru Clint Arthur
        June 17, 2014  |  3:00  |  Sigma Conference Center
        In this CONTENT-PACKED, FUNNY, and extremely entertaining presentation YOU WILL DISCOVER¦

        1) How to get George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and President Bill Clinton to help YOU  become a TV Celebrity for FREE¦

        2) How to get ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, & CW News & Talk Shows to Produce YOUR MARKETING VIDEOS for FREE¦

        3) How Local TV News & Talk Show Appearances can help you grow MORE HAIR ON TOP OF YOUR HEAD for FREE!

        Pittsburgh's No B.S. Marketing Meeting to Feature Marketer of the Year Clint Arthur
        Can Everyone in Pittsburgh Really Have 15 Minutes of Fame Now?

        Andy Warhol famously predicted In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. According to Clint Arthur, a Wharton Business School graduate, award winning entrepreneur, and author of Break Through Your Upper Limits on TV, Warhol was definitely not talking about YouTube.  Fame equals TV, according to Clint Arthur. And now anyone can get their 15 minutes of fame on TV because I've figured out the exact formula. It looks like this: Hx+Cx+P+D+(AC)+TA/F=TV.

        Yes, that's Arthur's actual formula for how to get on TV. And no, you don't need a degree in Math to be able to use it. The author say, We've used this formula to help our clients book themselves on more than 1045 appearances with Local and National ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW News & Talk shows across America in just the past 2 years.  Clients include Authors, Speakers, Coaches, Entrepreneurs of every kind who are committed to the marketing value of Celebrity. Arthur states firmly, Celebrity is not about Ego, it's purely about Marketing. Personal Branding to be more specific. If nobody knows who you are, your personal brand is worth nothing. The more people who know you, the more value to your personal brand. Celebrity is a valuable asset when used correctly by entrepreneurs.

        Clint Arthur will be the featured speaker at Pittsburgh's No B.S. Marketing Meeting on Tuesday June 17th, 3-5:30PM at Sigma's Event Center, 1717 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15209. Open to the PUBLIC. Call Becky Auer at 412-369-9994 for more information.

        A frequent guest on the TODAY SHOW, NBC NY, CBS LA, ABC Chicago, Network TV shows across the country, and the biggest syndicated radio programs, CLINT ARTHUR is considered to be the world's top expert on the topic of creating Celebrity on Local TV.

        For more information click HERE


        CULTURAL CLUES

        Megan Hilty Brings the Sounds of Frank Sinatra and Broadway - Nurses Discount Too
        June 19-22, 2014  |  Heinz Hall
        Megan Hilty
        Seen in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Wicked and 9 to 5 on Broadway and NBC's Smash and Sean Saves the World, the multi-talented Megan Hilty brings her big voice and vivacious stage presence to the Heinz Hall stage for the final PNC Pops concert of the season, Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More on June 19-22.

        Hailed as "the new princess of Broadway" by Time magazine, Hilty comes together with acclaimed conductor Steven Reineke and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to pay tribute to the tunes of Ol' Blue Eyes ” including The Lady Is a Tramp, New York, New York, and I've Got You Under My Skin ” as well as Broadway classics such as Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend, Almost Like Being In Love and Someone to Watch Over Me. The program also includes favorites by Cole Porter, Barry Manilow and many others.

        The weekend is the first annual Nurses' Weekend at the symphony with a 20% discount offered to all nurses and nursing students. (Tickets for nurses can be purchased at pittsburghsymphony.org/nurses or 412-392-4819.) On Saturday, June 21, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing will offer a continuing education course, Stress & Nurses: Taking Care of Our Needs, at 6 p.m. in Heinz Hall's Regency Rooms. Irene Kane, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N., C.N.A.A., H.F.I., and Bruce Rabin, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh will be presenting. A Q&A session will follow at 7 p.m. To register for the CE course, visit nursing.pitt.edu/stress.

        Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $15 to $99, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.

        Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates


        Movie Costume Volunteers Needed for Music of John Williams Concert on July 19
        The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is looking for costumed volunteers to greet arriving patrons and pose for a photo or two for The Music of John Williams concert on July 19 at 2:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.

        Volunteers are needed to dress as characters from movies with a John Williams score, such as Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, E.T. or Superman. Participants will receive two free tickets to the concert and should arrive at the hall by 1 p.m. Photos also will be used on social media.

        Interested volunteers should email a photo of themselves in costume to Rachel Howard, rhoward@pittsburghsymphony.org, along with contact information by June 30. Finalists will be notified by July 9.

        Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates


        Celebrate Strauss' 150th Birthday with the Final Concert of the 2013-14 PSO's Grand Classics Series
        June 13-15, 2014  |  Heinz Hall
        The 2013-2014 BNY Mellon Grand Classics series will close out the season on the weekend of June 13-15 with a birthday bash for Richard Strauss!  Music Director Manfred Honeck will begin the program with the Suite from Der Rosenkavalier or The Knight of the Rose, music from one of Richard Strauss' most celebrated operas arranged for orchestra. Acclaimed pianist Rudolf Buchbinder will then perform the notoriously virtuosic and rarely performed concert piece, Burleske. The concert will conclude with an orchestral arrangement of Strauss' one-act opera, Elektra, inspired by Greek mythology.

        The Sunday afternoon program will feature an on-stage recognition of the seven musicians who are retiring at the end of the season. The musicians who will be honored for their years of service are Irvin Kauffman (cello; 50 years), Lauren Scott Mallory (cello; 45 years), David Gillis (violin; 42 years), Hampton Mallory (cello; 36 years), Ronald Schneider (horn; 36 years), Gail Czajkowski (cello; 35 years), and Damian Bursill-Hall (flute; 17 years).

        Each BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert is part of the Explore & Engage program, which includes pre-concert talks, exhibits, display boards and interactive activities that illuminate the music, composers and the time in which they created. This weekend, Resident Conductor Fawzi Haimor will lead a pre-concert talk from the stage one hour prior to the concert start time.

        The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $25.75 to $105.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.

        Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates


        Sounds of Pittsburgh Sweet Adelines Chorus Wins
        The Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus, Sweet Adelines International won third place in the Region 17 competition held in Cleveland, OH Saturday, May 17th  competing against 20 other choruses.  The chorus also placed second in the Mid-size chorus category.

        Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus sings four part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style.  Members come from the tri-state area and perform for organizations such as The Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh's First Night and also sing the National Anthem for the Pirate baseball games.

        Sweet Adelines International has 600 chapters world-wide singing show tunes, big band favorites, pop and even classical!  The motto of the organization is Harmonize the World and they are doing it one song at a time.

        The chorus can be hired to entertain at a function by calling 724-283-4294.  The chorus also supports the tri-state community through performances to non-profit organizations and fund raising projects for those with special needs.

        For more information:  www.soundsofpgh.org.


        Lawrence Loh Named Music Director of Symphoria
        Lawrence Loh, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, was named music director of Symphoria, a not-for-profit professional symphony orchestra located in Syracuse, N.Y, the organization announced this month. He will join Symphoria at the start of the 2015-2016 season.

        I am truly thankful for the experiences I have had at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, says Loh, who has served as resident conductor since 2008. I am looking forward to the opportunities that await me in Syracuse as I continue to conduct and enjoy the next season with my colleagues and friends at the Pittsburgh Symphony.

        Founded by nearly 50 members of the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria is one of only two co-op orchestras in the U.S. Loh will be the organization's first full-time music director, serving as primary conductor and providing artistic leadership for the orchestra, including major roles in programming, artistic personnel and outreach.

        Larry has been an integral part of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the last nine years and we are honored to have had him in Pittsburgh for so long, says Manfred Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. His talent and dedication are undeniable. Symphoria is quite fortunate to have him as their new music director. He will do great things in Syracuse.

        Along with his role as resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Loh is the music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, a position he will maintain, and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was brought to national attention in February 2004 when he substituted last minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. His association with the Pittsburgh Symphony began as assistant conductor in 2005-2006. He was promoted to associate conductor in 2006-2007 and to resident conductor in 2007-2008. The 2014-2015 season will make his 10th year with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

        In May 1998, Loh received his artist diploma in Orchestral Conducting from Yale University, also earning the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, given to the most outstanding conductor in the Yale graduating class. He received further training at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School and has additional degrees from Indiana University and the University of Rochester. Loh was born in southern California of Korean parentage and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary.

        It has been an honor to be part of Larry's growth and success as a conductor, music director and leader, says James Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. We appreciate the opportunity to spend the next year with him as he adjusts to his new role in Syracuse. I do not view this opportunity as his saying ˜goodbye to Pittsburgh' and I hope he returns often. He will be missed and leaves some big shoes to fill.

        For more information about Symphoria, visit experiencesymphoria.org.
        For more information about the Pittsburgh Symphony, visit pittsburghsymphony.org.


        Three Days of Free Jazz and Jazz-Influenced Musical Performances on Outdoor Stages Throughout Downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.
        June 20-22, 2014
        FESTIVAL HEADLINER:  DIANNE REEVES  |  Dianne Reeves is among the preeminent jazz vocalists in the world. A multiple Grammy-winner, Reeves has recorded and performed extensively with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis, who said of Reeves, She has one of the most powerful, purposeful and accurate voices of this or any time.

        El GRAN COMBO IS SYNONYMOUS WITH SALSA  |  The band has sold over 150 million records worldwide, holds the record for the most No.1 Latin hits across the Latin Music Charts and continues to play the world's most prestigious venues. In the past ten years, four of their albums went to No. 1 on the Billboard Tropical Album Chart and in 2012 the band was hailed as the ultimate ambassadors of Salsa music.

        ¡HOLA, PITTSBURGH! INITIATIVE  |  ¡HOLA, PITTSBURGH! is a partnership of The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latin American Cultural Union, the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Vibrant Pittsburgh, Imagine Pittsburgh, a project of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Pittsburgh Promise, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and VisitPittsburgh seeking to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of the Pittsburgh region to sustain its population, economic prosperity, and quality of life.

        OVER 200 LIVE PERFORMANCES  |  Grammy-nominated trumpeter, composer, and educator Sean Jones returns to the festival stage with an installation of the lauded series Jazz Meets Funk, performing with funk legends, Dwayne Dolphin and veteran, Fred Wesley, best known for his work with James Brown. A Tribute to Art Blakey will be performed by The Messenger Legacy Band. Other outstanding artists participating in the Festival include Grammy Award-winning Snarky Puppy, Joe Locke, Raul MidГ³n, Gregory Porter, Brandee Younger's AFROHARP project with special guest Chelsea Baratz, the Emmet Cohen Trio with special guest, Benny Benack III and the Nancy Harms.

        SHOWCASE NOIR DESIGNER MARKET  |  African American Designer Market includes pottery, paintings, jewelry, fiber works, and sculptures available for sale by artists from around the country.

        TRUST VINYL  |  A special pop-up vinyl record store on Ninth Street and Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh. Coordinated by Pittsburgh local DJ Malls, visitors can purchase vinyl in this old-fashioned record store.

        JAZZ CRAWL  |  Featuring 150 local and regional musicians at 25 venues kicks off the Festival Friday, June 20, from 5:309 p.m.

        NIGHT MARKET  |  Some of Pittsburgh's most creative independent vendors of food, music, art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, and more. Presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.


        Point Park University-produced movie ˜The Umbrella Man' to premiere at Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival
        The Point Park University-produced feature film, The Umbrella Man, will premiere next month at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival.  Directed by Michael Grasso, The Umbrella Man will be screened at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, June 22, in the Baverso Theater at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks.

        The Umbrella Man is the story of a father who becomes engrossed with Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories after the death of his 8-year-old son. Set in Pittsburgh, the film deals with one couple's love, loss, and the survival of their relationship. The film stars Carter Roy and Rachael Carpani as the married couple, as well as Abbie Cobb, Rich Williams, John Amplas and Kevin Crowley.

        Point Park University was the driving force in developing the original material written by Michael and Joseph Grasso. The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, mounted a staged production of The Umbrella Man in 2011 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Directed by Robert A. Miller, who also is a producer on the movie, the stage play introduced audiences to the deep human drama in an unprecedented stage experience.

        Much of the movie was filmed in the Pittsburgh area last year, providing dozens of Point Park University students a unique opportunity for on-the-job training.  "Michael and I are thrilled that 'The Umbrella Man' has been included in the 2014 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival.  It was an amazing project with incredible performances and a super talented Pittsburgh crew. We are also proud to have teamed with Point Park University in order to provide their students, recent grads and alumni a chance to work on the production of 'The Umbrella Man' and gain valuable real-world experience on a feature film. It was a true Pittsburgh project, and we had a fantastic experience shooting this film in and around Pittsburgh, said Joe Grasso, co-writer, co-producer and cinematographer.

        Point Park University's involvement in this projects helps to expand its cinema and digital arts offerings to a wider array of students who have the desire to forge a career in the entertainment industry.

        Visit the film's IMDB page.


        KIDZ KORNER

        Union Project - Summer Camps 2014
        Harvest and Create  |  Do your children know where food comes from? Wish you had a garden to introduce them to nature? Do your kids love to play in the dirt and make things? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this two-week camp is just for them! During this camp, Union Project and Garfield Community Farm will introduce campers, ages 8-12 to the practices of sustainable farming and creating with clay through hands-on learning.
        June 16 - 27, 2014  |  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Union Project and around East Eng

        Backyard Artists  |  For all kids who are explorers, diggers, growers, watchers, and builders! Join Union Project for a two-week camp just for them. During this camp, kids will learn about native insects, critters, and plants, birdwatching, scultpting with clay, and building birdhouses with clay and wood. Kids will also make ceramic planters, grow herbs, make a worm bin, and create a collaborative mosaic project. UP is teaming up with Whole Foods and Enright Park Community Garden to teach gardening and cooking. Camp will also include trips to the National Aviary and Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve.
        July 21 - August 18, 2014  |  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Union Project and various locations

        It's All Fun and Games  |  Summer was made for fun and games! This camp offers kids an exciting way to play, work, and learn this summer with games. Campers will create their own ceramic chess sets, invent games and pieces, strategize and solve, make puzzles, play outdoors, participate in drama activities, water games, and play all day.
        August 4 - August 15, 2014  |  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Union Project and various locations around Highland Park

        To find out more about these camps, including how to register, visit www.unionproject.org/ceramics/ceramicscamps


        GIRLS ROCK! PITTSBURGH - 2014 Summer Camps
        The Girls Rock! Pittsburgh summer camp is a week-long program for girls ages 8-18. Campers attend instrument lessons, forma band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in daily music and empowerment-related workshops, and perform with their band at a live showcase at the end of the week. This year, the summer camp offers have increased in size, with two camps accommodating 50 girls each. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Many full and partial scholarships are available, simply fill out the financial aid request on the application. Full tuition cost is $350.

        Session 1
        WHEN: June 23 - 27, 2014 - Showcase on June 28th
        WHERE: The Wilkins School Community Center

        Session 2
        WHEN: August 4 - 8, 2014 - Showcase on August 9th
        WHERE: Winchester Thurston

        For more information about the camps and to apply, visit http://www.girlsrockpittsburgh.org/2014/.


        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

        Gwen'S Girls - Gwen's Birthday Celebration 
        Thurs. June 12, 2014  |  6-8 PM  |  711 W Commons
        Even though Gwen Elliott is no longer physically with us, her spirit is alive and continues to have a profound impact on the lives of girls and young women in our region. Gwen's Birthday Celebration is a fun (and free!) community event that will allow those who knew Gwen, and those who have benefited from her compassion and generosity, to gather and share memories. The event will include food, entertainment and tours of Gwen's Girls headquarters.

        This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is requested.
        Email nbeasley@gwensgirls.org or call 412-904-4239x44 by June 4 to RSVP.


        Carlow University Women of Spirit Institute Presents Summer Workshops for Girls
        July 2014
        Carlow University is proud to present programs this summer for high school girls. These programs are geared towards girls who are interested in the medical field, natural science, environmental science, and law.

        Prepare to Care: Discover, Explore, Connect introduces high school girls to the fields of health science, including medicine, nursing, physician assistant, perfusion technology, physical therapy and biomedical research. Students have the unique opportunity to spend time in Carlow's new state-of-the-art Nursing Skills Lab.

        ECO Camp- Environmental Career Opportunities is a three day program that introduces campers to "green" careers. Through hands-on labs, seminars, and field trips to Pittsburgh locations where environmentally friendly work is being done, girls will discover the broad range of opportunities in these booming fields.

        Summer Science Nation is a three day program that introduces girls to career options in science. Through hands-on lab experiments, field trips to Pittsburgh's research and industry facilities, and meetings with scientists in the field, campers will see the broad range of opportunities in science that are available- and meet women succeeding in these careers.

        Pre-Law & Order- The Summer Advocates Academy is a four day law school workshop that introduces campers to careers in law. Over the course of the program girls will receive instruction from Carlow faculty, lawyers, and legal professionals, learn to think and speak like a lawyer, read and brief cases, create a resume and strengthen writing skills, and visit law schools and the courthouse.

        Click  HERE to find more information about these camps and to register.


        BUSINESS BUZZ

        Jessica Lee & Friends Jazz Happy Hour - Second Set Jam Session
        June 12, 2014  |  5:30 PM - 8:00 PM  |  CJ's in the Strip
        Please join us for the first Jazz Happy Hour event at the CJ's with special guests between music sets:
        Scott Albert, Founder - The Albert Institute, LLC (www.thealbertinstitute.com)
        The Albert Institute, LLC offers comprehensive workforce development services to businesses, job seekers and government agencies. Primary activities include day-to-day management of neighborhood career centers, training for career counselors & educators and coordination of networking activities for like-minded business professionals.
        William Baumann - IDI Consulting idinet.com
        Bill is a Technical Recruiter at IDI Consulting in Pittsburgh, PA. At IDI they specialize in Strategic Planning and Project Management Services, Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing Services, and Information Technology Staffing Solutions.
        No Cover Charge  |  Free Parking  |    CJ'S in the Strip - 2901-2911 Penn Ave.  

        Greetings from The Effective Detective
        Can you believe the year is almost half over? What a great time to review and pick up new marketing information in preparation for the 2nd half dash!   A lot of you signed up for our 2014 Marketing Jump Start Telesummit, so I thought how perfect to open that up for the rest of June so you could review some of the fantastic interviews  we did. Here is the link: http://2014MarketingJumpStart.com/eventjs2014

        Telesummit Reopened for June!
        Back in December of 2013 we hosted 17 marketing experts with incredibly diverse expertise. From marketing calendars to creating a million dollar business, from celebrity attachment to video, we covered everything for the small business!

        For the month of June we are bringing it back! (unfortunately the special offers our speakers made are no longer available) Over 17 hours of marketing brilliance that you can listen to on demand. Just click HERE or copy and paste this URL into your browser:  http://2014MarketingJumpstart.com/eventjs2014

        This Week's Video
        With re-releasing the Telesummit, I also thought it might not be a bad idea to refresh everyone's memory as to why so much of your marketing should be aimed at staying top-of-mind with your customers and prospects, which of course is the whole reason I am here! So enjoy this week;s video: "Why You Need to be Top of Mind"

        Here is the link that you can copy and paste into your browser if you can't click on the video to launch:
        http://youtu.be/BVJku_Vppfo


        HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS

        24 hours of Innovation: The International Winners from the 7th Edition at ETS!
        Written By: Mario Dubois  |  June 03, 2014
        The 7th edition of the 24h of innovation organized by the Ecole de technologie superieure (ETS) in Montreal, was held on 27th  and 28th, May 2014. The event, a concept from ESTIA, was one more time a great success with 1,121 participants enrolled in approximately 177 teams located in 28 sites worldwide, including:
        3 sites in North America, 9 locations in South America, 8 sites in Europe, 7 sites in Africa, and 1 site in Asia.
        All of these participants had a significant cultural experience as they were asked to join students from visited sites and form teams with them to solve one of the 19 challenges proposed by the partners of this event. Thanks to the leaders of various international locations who organized the event on these sites (local to work, participants, logistics) and even accommodation for some pampered!

        Platforms, websites, guides and tools - For this 7th edition, the website of the event was completely redone in three languages (French, English and Spanish). In addition, the competition also benefited from a new platform Agorize offering a virtual and collaborative dedicated to creating innovative challenges work space. Don't forget the excitement caused by the 24 hours Facebook site!

        Each team produced a video that lasts about 2 minutes explaining their proposalto solve the problematic chosen from the 19 challenges, thus offering creative solutions. Every local jury chose the three best videos on their website before the end of 24 hours.  The best video of each site was selected and submitted to an international jury who chose the best 3 videos and the best continental video for North America,South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

        Imagine, three students from the ETS without 24h experience  (Asmaa Rahali,Mohammad Milad Naderi and Sylvain DГ©guГ©), which did not know each others,coordinated by Asmaa, decided to go to West Virginia University in the United States, a new site, to form a team with three participants, Joshua Kurnot, FaresAlblouwy and Kristin Krumenacker who had never heard of the 24h before! How did Asmaa made it? Above all, the team: a game of bowling with his 2 teammates of the ETS to get to know each others. Then a Skype was done before leaving withthe ETS participants for West Virginia to get to know each others and then,the Monday before the event, doing activities on the U.S. site. The chemistry was created, add a dash of creativity and this is the result!

        Watch video HERE.


        PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF

        3rd Annual Hometown Homegrown
        Saturday June 21, 2014 | 10 AM to 3 PM
        Celebrate the region's passion for food at the third annual Hometown Homegrown„c.  At this fun and flavorful food expo, sample a variety of foods from nearly 40 vendors representing the best of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. Enjoy cooking demonstrations with Pittsburgh's top chefs, including Kevin Sousa, Bill Fuller, and Chris Fennimore.

        Vendors for this year's Hometown Homegrown„c include: 5 Generation Bakers, BBQ Stu's, Common Plea Catering, East End Food Co-Op, Green County Soap Co., John the Craftist, McGinnis Sisters Special Food Stores, Moe's Southwest Grill, Narcisi Winery, PA Preferred Program (Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture), Pet Bakery of Oakmont,  Pittsburgh Public Market, PittsBurgher Highland Farms, Robyn's Nest Pottery, S&D Polish Deli, Soergel Orchards,Snowey Eats and Treats, Steel City Farm, Stone House Mixes, The Olive Tap, The Pop Stop, Twirly Girl Baking Co., Uncle Charley's Sausage Co., Wholey's, Wild Purveyors, special guest Yelp, and more to come.

        Activities are free with museum admission and free for History Center members. The regular admission price includes free food samples. Select vendors will also have additional items available for purchase.   Hometown Homegrown„c is presented in partnership with GoodTaste! Pittsburgh.


        NON-PROFIT EVENTS
        SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
        Joshua Frase Foundation
        (L to R) Lou Lombardi, Pat McGrath Avery,
        John Faulkner, Joyce Faulkner, Rosemary Spampinato,
        JoAnne Quinn-Smith, Ramona Roush, Len Spampinato
        Several authors participated in the May 29th fundraiser for the Joshua Frase Foundation at Papa Gallo's restaurant in the Pittsburgh area.  Guests enjoyed good food, music and company as well as the chance to meet area authors. The authors donated a portion of book sales to the foundation. In addition to the authors in the above photo, Jim Greenwald and Anna Marie Gire attended.  JoAnne Quinn-Smith, Red Engine Press and Papa Gallo coordinated and sponsored the event. We appreciate all who helped make the evening a success.

        Rosemary Spampinato, wife of Papa Gallo (Chef Len Spampinato) spoke about the disease and the challenges in finding and testing a cure.  "I believe we are within two years of having a cure," she told the audience. "I hope it is in time for my son or at least for the many others who suffer from myotubular myopathy."

        The Joshua Frase Foundation (www.joshuafrase.org) is an organization dedicated to finding a cure for myotubular myopathy. The Spampinatos' twin sons were born with congenital myotubular myopathy. One son, Dante, died last year at the age of seven. The couple prays for a cure in time to save their son, Roman.  Clinical trials have progressed through large animals and now an additional $500,000 to $1,000,000 is needed to begin human trials. The foundation is working hard to raise the money and Donations will be greatly appreciated.


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        Anchorpoint's Annual Used Book Sale
        June 7 to 12, 2014  |  Shoppes at Northway
        There's something for EVERYONE at Anchorpoint's Annual Used Book Sale!
        Sale Opens Saturday this year!
        Mall hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday 12”5 pm)
        Shoppes at Northway(former Kid's Zone: Upper Level)
        Over 40,000 new & used books and DVDs all $2.50 or less!BAG DAY - Thursday

        Purchases benefit clients of Anchorpoint who would otherwise not be able to afford the counseling and tutoring services they need.

        For more information click HERE or call 412.366.1300


        Dress for Success Pittsburgh
        Saturday June 21, 2014
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        JenRocket - 5620 Callowhill St.

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        The Village of Sewickley STANDS FIRM Against Partner Violence 
        The campaign in Sewickley was an outstanding way for STANDING FIRM to educate a host of employers about partner violence in the workplace and increase the safety of employees, coworkers, and customers. We look forward to other opportunities to partner with communities in Western Pennsylvania!

        On April 8, The Sewickley Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted an Awareness and Response Training presented by STANDING FIRM, and generously sponsored by ESMARK. Eighteen participants were asked the question, "Would you know what to do?  Would you know what to say?" if one of their employees was a victim, or perpetrator, of partner violence.  The training provided the employers with the tools they needed to make their workplaces safer.

        Coinciding with the Child Heath Association's House Tour in May, STANDING FIRM placed twenty Silent Witness Initiative silhouettes at The Sewickley Public Library, Laughlin Children's Center, and the Sewickley Borough Building.  The silhouettes, from the National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section, each represent a woman who was murdered by an intimate partner in Allegheny County.  The three groupings of silhouettes served as a powerful reminder that even though partner violence happens at home, it walks through your door at work.

        For more information, visit standingfirmswpa.org.


        Free Jazz at City Parks + Free Movie!
        Saturday June 7 - August 30, 2014  |  7:00 PM  |  Riverview Park - Observatory Hill
        After the concerts, stay for Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park - movies the entire family can enjoy - beginning at dusk.  So this is the PERFECT PICNIC!
        Stars at Riverview Jazz Series!
        Music: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Movies start at dusk close to 9pm...
        "Stars at Riverview" brings Pittsburgh's premier jazz to Riverview Park on Saturday evenings! So bring a lawn chair or spread a blanket on Observatory Hill for an entire summer of incredible musical entertainment.
        After the concerts, stay for Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park - movies the entire family can enjoy - beginning at dusk.  Sponsored by BNY Mellon and ARAD.
        Note: Inclement weather may cause concert cancellations.
        Date - Performer
        June 7 - Roger Humphries
        June 14 - Reggie Watkins
        June 21 - Paul Thompson
        June 28 - The Tania Grubbs Quartet
        July 5 - Thomas Wendt
        July 12 - The Brydge
        July 19 - Stacia Abbott
        July 26 - Sean Jones
        August 2 - Poogie Bell
        August 9 - Salsamba Latin Jazz Group
        August 16 - Benny Benack III
        August 23 - Jevon Rushton
        August 30 - Roby Edwards
        And the Free Movie Schedule at Riverview Park, Observatory Hill Saturdays, June 7 August 30 dusk:
        June 7  - Now You See Me (PG-13)
        June 14 - Man of Steel (PG-13)
        June 21 - Iron Man 3 (PG-13)
        June 28 - Gravity (PG-13)
        July 5 - Last Vegas (PG-13)
        July 12 - Thor: The Dark World (PG-13)
        July 19 - Saving Mr Banks (PG-13)
        July 26 - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13)
        August 2 - 42 (PG-13)
        August 9 - The Great Gatsby (PG-13)
        August 16 - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13)
        August 23 - All Is Lost (PG-13)
        August 30 - Oblivion (PG-13)

        For more information, visit pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/riverview-jazz-series.


        GLOBAL LINKS PITTSBURGH - Lunch and Learn
        Wednesday June 11, 2014  |  12 - 1 PM  |  Global Links, 700 Trumbull Dr.
        Bring a lunch and join Global Links to hear Kathy Knauer, Executive Producer for The Allegheny Front, speak about environmental issues affecting our region. The Allegheny Front is an award-winning public radio program covering environmental issues in Western PA, airing on WESA and stations throughout the region since 1991. Kathy Knauer will discuss the changes our region has seen in areas of sustainability and pollution levels. She will highlight topics that environmental journalists are covering in our region, including climate change, fracking, and the future of coal.

        Click HERE for more information and to register.


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        PolicyMic Says Pittsburgh's a Top City for Millennials
        From: Pittsburgh Magazine Blog
        Written By: Sam Fatula | June 04, 2014

        Take a look around you. Beyond the old smokestacks and steel mills that made Pittsburgh a refuge for the blue-collar workers now lays inspiration for art-conscious and creative millennials.

        PolicyMic put together a list of U.S. hotspots for creative 20-somethings, ranking Pittsburgh at No. 12 in the list of 15, which intentionally omitted trustafarian cities New York and Los Angeles. The outlet gave props to the Mattress Factory, Unsmoke Systems' auditorium gallery and a surge in the electronic music scene, thanks to artists such as Girl Talk, Tobacco and Black Moth Super Rainbow.

        Whatever your creative fancy may be, rest assured Pittsburgh is capable of being a reputable hub for your necessities without the outrageous cost of rent for a New York shoebox. Listen to Tobacco's new single for a taste of the awesome electronic music that's coming out of Pittsburgh.

        Read the entire article HERE


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        And the Award for Best Dramatic Backstage Performance Goes To¦
        Review of Noises Off, Pittsburgh Public Theater's June 5th 2014 Performance
        From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report
        Written By:  Stephanie Curtice  |  June 07, 2014


        Upstairs: Garret Long
        Downstairs (l to r): Noah Plomgren, Laura Woyasz,
        Helena Ruoti, Preston Dyar, Karen Baum
        Photo Courtesy: Pittsburgh Public Theater
        For anyone who has ever performed on stage, probably the most memorable moments did not occur on stage, but instead at rehearsals and back stage - where there is typically WAY more drama.  The Pittsburgh Public Theater is wrapping up their 39th season with Michael Frayn's comical farce Noises Off, directed by Don Stephenson.  The O'Reilly Theater was roaring with belly-aching laughter at the opening show on June 5, 2014.

        Now most businesses have at least one person that is a pro at stirring up workplace drama.  You know the pretty person who somehow skates by on looks and not much more, the annoying over-analyzer, the dinosaur who is way past their prime and barely contributes, or an egotistical, arrogant, condescending boss?  Well in the world of the arts, specifically theatre, those are ALL practically cast staples only amplified a lot.  Noises Off is a hilarious play full of misinterpretations, innuendo, and big personalities that is a window into the world of live stage acting.  Ok, so it may be slightly over exaggerated, that's what a farce is¦ but really, only slightly.

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        Lose Your Blues at Footloose.

        Pittsburgh CLO's Footloose.

        June 24, 2014

        By Megan Grabowski

        Pittsburgh's debut of Footloose brings to stage  idyllic, youthful and perpetually  poignant  teenage strife with a musical score that is toe tapping and finger snapping.  So long as there
        Stephen Wilde, Christine Laitta, Patrick Cassidy,
         Betsy Lawrence and Jeffrey Howell
        are teenagers, there will be rebellion, a question of  authority and a free- spiritedness that teeters between innocence and blind stupidity for years at a time.  This message plays without a hiccup on the stage of the Benedum Center from June 24 through June 29, 2014.

        Kristen Martin as Ariel, Dee Hoty as Vi Moore
         and Patrick Cassidy as Rev. Moore
        The story begins when an average teen, Ren McCormack, moves from the big city of Chicago, to the small country town of Bomont.  His mother chooses to relocate after her husband, Ren's father, abandons them.  Once in Bomont Ren meets Rev. Shaw and quickly learns about a town law banning dancing.  The no dancing ordinance was passed, 5 years prior, after a horrif accident took the lives of 4  Bomont teens who had been out dancing and drinking.  In the beginning Ren struggles to make new friends but soon gains support from his peers  as he attempts to convince the town council and Rev. Shaw that a ban on dancing is not helping anyone, but rather trapping them in the pain of the past.  

        Barry Ivan,  director/ choreographer,  is no stranger to the
        Manuel Stark as Ren
        Benedum Center and CLO. He is attentive to  what Pittsburghers expect and he undrestands what we have grown to demand from CLO productions.  Musical director, Tom Helm, ensures the audience never misses a beat of beloved 80's  top 40 hits;  Let's Hear it for the Boy, Almost Paradise and of course, the title song, Footloose .  The talented and accomplished orchestra duplicate these well known  hits, originally made popular by the 1984 film Footloose, with the same spunk and charm I recall from the radio play of my youth. Together, Ivan and Helm execute another enjoyable night of musical theater in Pittsburgh.

        Manuel Stark as Ren and Kristen Martin as Ariel
        From the opening number, I quickly caught on to the obvious cast chemistry, which works wonders  with the tightly synced choreography.   The amount of energy emmeniating from the stage throughout this rendition of Footloose is invigorating.  Lead,  Manuel Stark as Ren McCormack, is a showcase of all around talent from the moment he graces the stage.  In scence 2 when the audience is introduced to the troubled young Ren, his mannerisms, depicting an angst filled teen, are spot on, proving he is an exceptional actor and can offer the audience more than just a good voice- he is the whole package.  This is again evident  in scene 4 as  Stark accomplishs numerous dance combinations while simultaneously displaying an superb vocal range.  Opposite Stark, female lead Kristen Martin as Ariel, the teenage daughter of Rev. Shaw,  continually portrays a relatable and resonant adolescent.  Despite my initial disappointment in her vocal performance during scene 3, The Girl Gets Around , Martin quickly reverses  my impression.  In scence 6, Learning to Be Silent , Martin's performance highlights  the dynamic role she is challenged to play.  I give her much credit for  animating an adolescent  with authentic vigor and impertinence . In Act II scene 4, Ren and Ariel's delivery of Almost Paradise is full of the enchantment I love about musical  theater.  Their presentation  further confirms my initial sense of cast chemistry.
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        Rusty, played by supporting actor Jessie Hooker, belts out song after song with effortless breaths.  Her strong stage presence and infectious smile light up the stage.   Hooker's  melodious voice and skillful  harmonizing are carried out with ease, most notably  in scene 5, Somebody's Eyes . Hear it for the Boy , another of Hooker's shining moments, is the most memorable musical number from the show.    
         
        A rock solid ensemble is a necessary foundation for any musical.  Footloose's ensemble  is uplifing, talented and vivacious.  Even
        Jessie Hooker as Rusty and Billy Hartung as Cowboy Bob
        during  the more serious scenes  they keep the audience cheerful and sincerely entertained. 

        From the opening scence in a  Chicago night club to the final Footloose number in the high school gymnasium, Footlooseretains its momentum.  The dancing is  fun to watch and  the music encourages the audiene to bounce their knees in their seats.

        The show opens with high energy dancing and singing and ends on
        Kristen Martin as Ariel and Manuel Stark as Ren
        the same note.  A fun performance from start to finish.  Footloose mingles song and dance with a story encompassing the multi- generational  struggles of adult vs. juvenile with a lighhearted mood and just a hint of nostalgia. 
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        40 pounds without ever dieting.  She shares it all on Confessions of a Human Vacuum (http://humancacuum.wordpress,con),

        Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different
        kind of story as a new mom at DiaryofaFirstTimeMom.com.  Since Heather started to blog she has garnered numerous awards, and served as a blogger spokesperson for Little Remedies® and Playtex Baby®. 
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        The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by: Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective change in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers.  The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter is the fifth oldest chapter in the country, established in 1975.

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        Publish Date: 06-21-2014 15:28:00
         
        For Immediate Release            
        Contact:
        Marty Stahl
        Cell: 412.589.2612
        Randy Morris
        740-593-9887                  

        Volunteers of America Working Order program wins
        International Business Incubator Award

        PITTSBURGH, Pa., May 20, 2014 Working Order, a program of the Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, has been named National Business Incubation Association's 2014 Dinah Adkins Incubator of the Year in the general and special focus category. The National Business Incubation Association is the world's leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship.

        Working Order's goal is to increase opportunity for self-employment for individuals with disadvantages and/or disabilities who find traditional employment requirements difficult due to acquired or developmental disabilities. Opportunities for traditional employment can be limited by transportation challenges, unpredictable changes in health, a life-long or newly acquired disability and/or the need for additional support on the job. Working Order has proven that the option of self-employment creates additional opportunities for meaningful community engagement and full inclusion in the workforce, for people with disabilities. The program provides coaching, training and referral to resources which help individuals become successful business owners resulting in increased independence and improved quality of life through entrepreneurship.

        Randy Morris, director of Member Services for NBIA said, Volunteers of America's Working Order program was unique among our finalists this year.  We are pleased to recognize this small business incubator for persons with disabilities and other disadvantages.

        Marty Stahl

        Marty Stahl, director of Working Order said, We are thrilled to be recognized by NBIA. Our success is in our ability to provide the tools and guidance to the people we serve which results in their individual success.

        Since 1996, Working Order has served 636 persons in the greater Pittsburgh area and helped 203 participants launch and/or grow their businesses in fields including graphic design, bookkeeping, tax preparation, grant writing, virtual office assistance, hair dressing, cleaning services, massage therapy, sculpture, portraiture, dog training, lawn care, accessibility construction, career transition coaching, golf instruction, event planning, care managing and more.

        Outcome metrics from Working Order's 2013 survey of entrepreneurs reveal that through coaching, training and access to resources, participants have become more self-sufficient and more financially independent.

        Volunteers of America has served Pennsylvanians since 1896. The agency currently serves more than 28,000 citizens annually across the commonwealth through programs located in Allentown,Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Wilkes-Barre.

        People served include individuals with disabilities; at-risk children and youth; families in emergency situations; those in need of employment; elderly individuals and couples on fixed incomes; persons with severe and chronic mental illness; families with limited incomes; infants, children, and adolescents that have been abused, neglected, and/or exploited; children with behavioral challenges and educational deficits; women who are homeless; pregnant teens and teenage mothers; and homeless veterans and their families.


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        Publish Date: 06-21-2014 15:23:00
         
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        CONTACT:    
        Laura Harwin
        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
        412-255-1279

        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Announces the 2014 Tribute to Women Leadership Awards
        Awards Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 29

        PITTSBURGH, PA (May 21, 2014):  The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh will recognize seven extraordinary women for their demonstrated excellence and leadership in the workplace and in the community as part of the 32nd annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon to be held on Thursday, May 29, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue.

        Awardees for 2014 include:
        · Allerton Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Kay Poppenberg, Non-profit Management Consultant, Executive Director, The Jannetta Neuroscience Foundation, Inc.
        · Business & Professional Services: Lisa M. Kuzma, Senior Program Officer, Richard King Mellon Foundation
        · Civic & Community Service: Lucille Prater-Holliday, Founder, Black Women's Empowerment Institute
        · Education: M.J. Tocci, Posthumous, Co-Founder & Former Director, Heinz Negotiation Academy for Women at Carnegie Mellon University
        · Health & Human Services: Kimberlee Evert, MPH, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania
        · Science & Technology: Shakita Trigg, CSSGB, Project Manager, FedEx Ground
        · Young Leader: La'Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM, Founder and Executive Director, New Voices Pittsburgh

        We are excited to honor these seven remarkable women whose efforts and achieve¬ments have improved the lives of women and children throughout our Pittsburgh community, said Magdeline E. Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.  The honorees are truly deserving of the YWCA's Tribute to Women Leadership Award. They are role models for us all and for future generations of women.

        This year was particularly challenging for the Tribute to Women Selection Committee. Included among the nominees were two women M.J. Tocci and Laurel Y. Ragland who are no longer with us. In addition to the Education Award to M.J. Tocci, the committee gave Special Recognition to Laurel Y. Ragland, recent Chief Financial Officer of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.

        The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh launched the Tribute to Women Leadership Awards in 1983 to affirm its mission to empower women and girls to reach their personal and professional goals. Since then, the YWCA has honored the accomplishments of more than 200 exceptional women, saluting them for helping to shape the direction of our region and improve the lives of others.

        The Allerton Award, named after the first president of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Mrs. O.H. Allerton, was created to honor a woman for lifetime achievement.  Mrs. Allerton served as president of the YWCA's board on three separate terms; from 1878 to 1881, 1895 to 1896, and 1915 to 1916.  This special award is given, at the discretion of the Selection Committee and with approval of the YWCA Board of Directors, to a woman who epitomizes the philosophies and concepts of the YWCA.  This year's Allerton Award recipient, Mary Kay Poppenberg, is only the 13th such recipient of this honor since the inception of Tribute to Women.

        Peggy Finnegan, co-anchor for WPXI Channel 11 News at 5 and 6 p.m., will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies during the luncheon. Ms. Finnegan received a Tribute to Women Leadership Award in 1997 in the Communications category.
         
        Proceeds from the event help create positive changes in the lives of thousands of Pittsburgh area women and families served by the YWCA.  For more information about Tribute to Women, call 412-255-1261 or go to www.ywcapgh.org.

        The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh strengthens our community by creating and advancing opportunities for all women to seek equality and self-sufficiency; and is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  For more information about the YWCA's programs and services, visit www.ywcapgh.org or call 412-391-5100.

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        Laura Harwin
        Director of Development and Marketing
        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
        305 Wood Street
        Pittsburgh, PA 15222
        412-255-1279 (phone)
        412-391-5109 (fax)

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        Publish Date: 06-21-2014 15:14:00
         
        For Immediate Release
        June 9, 2014


        MOVIE COSTUME VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS CONCERT ON JULY 19

        PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is looking for costumed volunteers to greet arriving patrons and pose for a photo or two for The Music of John Williams concert on July 19 at 2:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.

        Volunteers are needed to dress as characters from movies with a John Williams score, such as Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, E.T. or Superman. Participants will receive two free tickets to the concert and should arrive at the hall by 1 p.m. Photos also will be used on social media.

        Interested volunteers should email a photo of themselves in costume to Rachel Howard, rhoward@pittsburghsymphony.org, along with contact information by June 30. Finalists will be notified by July 9.

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        Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Communications and External Relations
        Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
        Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
        Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org

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        Publish Date: 06-21-2014 15:08:00
         
        For Immediate Release
        June 11, 2014

        WDVE PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF QUEEN WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT HEINZ HALL JUNE 24


        PITTSBURGH”The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will rock you with The Music of Queen on June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.

        Featuring conductor/arranger Brent Havens' vision of classic rock coupled with classical music and the soaring vocals of Brody Dolyniuk and a full rock band, this concert wraps the familiar sounds of Queen's iconic tunes with the support of a full orchestra and the visuals and energy of a live rock concert. Fans of Queen and Freddie Mercury will enjoy songs from many of their albums ” forgotten gems as well as popular hits ” including Classic Queen, A Night at the Opera, Heart Attack and A Kind of Magic, as Dolyniuk and his band stay true to the originals while the orchestra adds something special to the performances. Bohemian Rhapsody is just the start of the fun in this tribute to one of the best bands that ever rocked.

        The band includes Havens and Dolyniuk (guitar/vocals) as well as Dan Clemens (bass/background vocals), Powell Randolph (drums/background vocals), George Cintron (guitar/background vocals) and Bart Kuebler (keyboards/background vocals). Havens and Dolyniuk were last seen at Heinz Hall during summer 2013 for The Music of Led Zeppelin.

        Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to 75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visitingpittsburghsymphony.org.

        Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS and ABC Family Channel Network, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN and even cartoons. Havens has also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson's 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by more than 150,000 fans. He has worked with some of the world's greatest orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and countless others. Havens recently completed the score for the film Quo Vadis, a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. Havens is arranger/guest conductor for seven symphonic rock programs the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of the Doors, the Music of Pink Floyd, the Music of the Eagles, the Music of Queen, the Music of Michael Jackson and most recently, the Music of The Who !

        Guest vocalist Brody Dolyniuk is a gifted, self-taught musician, capable of playing several instruments, with a particular knack for capturing the voices and mannerisms of classic characters from music, TV, and movies. His first professional gigs were at piano bars in several U.S. cities, where he learned to charm audiences and expand his musical repertoire. With a longing to perform the music of the many rock bands that inspired him, Brody assembled Yellow Brick Road, unquestionably Las Vegas' most successful classic rock band. Since 1997, YBR has been reshaping the casino entertainment scene by bringing a rock concert atmosphere to showrooms previously reserved for Top-40-style lounge acts. Along the way, Dolyniuk has made numerous radio and TV appearances, and earned a spot in the finals of two national singing competitions, and even self-produced several large rock production-style shows utilizing multimedia, lasers, comedy and special effects. In 2007, Dolyniuk lent his vocal talents by singing several tracks on the mega-hit video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and has already done several more for the new Konami game Rock Revolution. As a devout classic rock/Queen fan, Dolyniuk's enthusiasm, vocal ability and on-stage energy were the perfect fit for The Music of Queen show.

        Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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        Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Communications and External Relations
        Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
        Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
        Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
        Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra

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        Publish Date: 06-21-2014 14:59:00
         
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        Media Contacts:
        Jessica Warchall, Visual Arts Publicist, 847-477-8714/Warchall@TrustArts.org
        Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org      
        Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
        Images available: TrustArts.org/press
        Search: Takeaway 2014



        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
        THE TAKEAWAY: MADE WITH LOVE
        AN ARTIST-CURATOR PROJECT INCORPORATING AMATEUR ARTWORK
        July 11 August 1, 2014 | 937 Gallery | 937 Liberty Avenue, 2nd floor
        Exhibition Opening & Reception | July 11, 5:30 9 p.m.

        Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of The Takeaway: Made With Love, an exhibition of nearly 100 amateur artworks handpicked from thrift store collections across several states. Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors are able to enter into a free lottery for a chance to take home their favorite piece from the show. The exhibition, organized by Robert Raczka, is on view July 11August 1, 2014, at 937 Liberty Avenue, second floor. An opening reception takes place Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:309p.m., during the Cultural Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.


        Raczka purchased the exhibition's artworks”paintings, hand-knit afghans, handmade ceramics, and objects crafted in wood”for their aesthetic appeal and all-around interest, though they are artworks not generally presented in a fine art context. Among the works included are painted landscapes, pet portraits, spiritual imagery, and a wood mosaic Mayan calendar.

        Raczka uses the exhibition budget, generally reserved for shipping and materials, to buy the art in thrift stores while exercising his curatorial eye. He sees the distribution of the artwork to the audience through a free lottery as a gift from the gallery as well as from himself.

        I have a genuine appreciation for amateur art at its unselfconscious best, and I wanted to share that with the audience, says curator Robert Raczka. I had noticed that when someone is in an art gallery contemplating a purchase, they really look closely and think about the art. I have found that if the audience feels that they might end up taking the art home, they consider it more deeply.

        At the conclusion of the exhibition, Raczka will select the winners at random, who are notified and able to pickup their artwork at the closing party Friday, August 1, 5:309 p.m., with an additional pick-up time Saturday, August 2, 15 p.m.

        This is the forth in a series of exhibitions of thrift store art, the first held at Future Tenant in 2008, and combines Raczka's roles as artist and curator. For these exhibitions, he has been incorporating ideas artists have been working with in relational aesthetics, or the practice of artist-constructed social experiences where the artist becomes the facilitator rather than the focal point, such as Rirkrit Tiravanija's untitled project in which he cooked and served food in the Carnegie International, and Tino Sehgal's The Progress at the Guggenheim where visitors were engaged in a series of conversations about progress. Similar to these projects, Raczka's lottery is designed to reconsider and make use of art's social and institutional context and to create a nontraditional social interaction between artist/curator, the gallery, and the audience.

        Robert Raczka is a Pittsburgh-based artist, writer, and curator, and he was previously a gallery director of 20 years. He earned an MFA in photography from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. His artwork is in the form of photography, collage, and exhibitions incorporating found objects to engage with popular culture and taste, the public communications of advertising and marketing, and the often-tenuous connection between representation and reality. In 2013, Raczka curated Crowdsourced at SPACE, featuring 12 artists who included public input”either directly or through suggestions”into their artworks. Raczka's art criticism often appears in the Pittsburgh City Paper. He is emeritus professor of art at Allegheny College, Meadville, and he recently taught the graduate studio art seminar at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

        About 937 Gallery
        937 Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The multiuse exhibition space is located at 937 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m.8 p.m.; Sunday, 125 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

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        Publish Date: 06-21-2014 14:47:00
         
        For Immediate Release
        June 12, 2014

        PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS GLADIATOR LIVE ON JULY 12

        PITTSBURGH ” My name is Gladiator.

        The words and music of the Oscar-winning film Gladiator will ring throughout Heinz Hall when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Gladiator Live on July 12 at 7:30 p.m.

        Gladiator Live brings Ridley Scott's epic sword-and-sandals film to U.S. concert halls for the first time. Winner of five Academy Awards and countless other honors, Gladiator remains one of the most popular films in its genre of all-time, and its remarkable score, by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, is still one of the most recognizable soundtracks of all time.

        Featuring world-renowned vocalist Clara Sanabras and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony will perform the groundbreaking score while Gladiator plays overhead in high-definition on the big screen. Fans both old and new will experience the film in an exciting and unique way.

        Tickets, $25-90, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visitingpittsburghsymphony.org.


        Clara Sanabras enigmatic voice and multi-instrumentalism features in top Hollywood soundtracks such as The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Snow White and The Huntsman, For Greater Glory, The Lord of The Rings in Concert and Gladiator in Concert. Born in France, raised in Barcelona, now a Londoner, Sanabras is an exceptionally versatile musician and captivating performer. She sings and accompanies herself on baroque guitar, Indian harmonium, oud, charango, her music being as varied as her background.

        Classically trained as a singer and pianist (Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Conservatori Superior del Liceu Barcelona), she has worked in the fields of early music, world music, jazz, folk and contemporary and now writes her own music. In an impressive back catalogue of recordings, theatre and screen credits, Sanabras has appeared at many international festivals and venues, including Glastonbury, The London Jazz Festival, Womad, Sydney Opera House, La Scala Milan, KKL Lucerne, Tokyo Casals Hall, and mingled with artists from all disciplines. Working alongside Howard Shore as the soloist of The Lord of The Rings in Concert and The Hobbit, she has also collaborated with James Newton-Howard (The Hunger Games ), Nigel Kennedy, Terry Edwards & London Voices, Jocelyn Pook, Alberto Iglesias, Avshalom Caspi, Rachel Portman, Natacha Atlas, Eliseo Parra, Jarvis Cocker, The Harp Consort, John Rutter, RPO, Sydney Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, OAE, Ludwig Wicki & 21st Century Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Theatre of Voices, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Theatre of the Ayre, Charivari AgrГ©able, Israel Camerata, eX Ensemble & The Dufay Collective. Her song Nada Igual, as heard in La Reina del Sur was no. 1 in the iTunes charts (Mexico) in June 2011.

        Since she burst into the global music scene in 2006, with the highly acclaimed album Clara & The Real Lowdown (Smudged Discs), produced by maverick producer and composer Harvey Brough (Harvey and The Wallbangers), they've recorded another two albums: Hopetown House featuring The Real Lowdown, a collective of the finest folk, jazz and world musicians in London, and The Emblem, released in February 2012. With her latest album and after the success of her critically-acclaimed soundtrack credits and world tours, she returns to her roots with an elegy to exile, told in Spanish, Catalan, French and English. Scattered Flight: Songs of Spanish Exile features stellar guests including Eliseo Parra, Cobla Sant Jordi and The Elysian Quartet, and is produced by Harvey Brough and recorded by Peter Schwier (Dexys).

        The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP), a chorus of 120 which includes a 20-voice professional core, is renowned for its versatility, singing oratorio, opera, Broadway, folk and symphonic repertoire. Founded in 1908, the MCP holds the distinction of being Pittsburgh's oldest continuously performing arts organization. The choir, in its 104th season and sixth under the direction of Betsy Burleigh, is known for its mastery of the great choral classics. The MCP is a Steinway Artist, the only chorus holding that designation.

        Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

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        Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President of Communications and External Relations
        Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
        Contact: Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations
        Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
        Twitter: @pghsymphony |Facebook: facebook.com/PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra

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        Publish Date: 06-20-2014 20:33:00
         
        For Immediate Release
        June 5, 2014


        MEGAN HILTY BRINGS THE SOUNDS OF FRANK SINATRA AND BROADWAY TO HEINZ HALL STAGE FOR PNC POPS

        Weekend is first Nurses' Weekend with discounts and continuing education credit for nurses and nursing students

        PITTSBURGH Seen in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Wicked and 9 to 5 on Broadway and NBC's Smash and Sean Saves the World, the multi-talented Megan Hilty brings her big voice and vivacious stage presence to the Heinz Hall stage for the final PNC Pops concert of the season, Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More on June 19-22.

        Hailed as "the new princess of Broadway" by Time magazine, Hilty comes together with acclaimed conductor Steven Reineke and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to pay tribute to the tunes of Ol' Blue Eyes ” including The Lady Is a Tramp, New York, New York, and I've Got You Under My Skin ” as well as Broadway classics such as Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend, Almost Like Being In Love and Someone to Watch Over Me. The program also includes favorites by Cole Porter, Barry Manilow and many others.

        The weekend is the first annual Nurses' Weekend at the symphony with a 20% discount offered to all nurses and nursing students. (Tickets for nurses can be purchased at pittsburghsymphony.org/nurses or 412-392-4819.) On Saturday, June 21, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing will offer a continuing education course, Stress & Nurses: Taking Care of Our Needs, at 6 p.m. in Heinz Hall's Regency Rooms. Irene Kane, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N., C.N.A.A., H.F.I., and Bruce Rabin, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh will be presenting. A Q&A session will follow at 7 p.m. To register for the CE course, visit nursing.pitt.edu/stress.

        Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $15 to $99, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.

        The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra would like to recognize and thank PNC for its 2013-2014 title sponsorship of PNC Pops. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Megan Hilty's performance is made possible, in part, by the Marvin Hamlisch Pops Artistic Excellence Fund.
        Megan Hilty recently starred alongside Sean Hayes in NBC's comedy Sean Saves the World. Prior to that, she portrayed the seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC's musical drama Smash for two seasons. In March 2013, Hilty released her debut solo album, It Happens All the Time, which included fresh interpretations of compositions by contemporary songwriters and producers. She previously starred as Lorelei Lee, the diamond-loving blonde made famous by Carol Channing,in the Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Additionally, her voice was featured as Rosetta in Disney's Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings. She's previously recorded vocals in Disney's The Secret Life of Magic Gourd, Phineas & Ferb, Glenn Martin DDS, American Dad, Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games and Robot & Monster, as well as singing as Snow White in the film Shrek the Third. Most recently, she was in Summertime Entertainment's animated film Dorothy of Oz with Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy and Lea Michele in May 2014. She can also be heard alongside Placido Domingo on the opera star's duet album. A native of Seattle, Hilty moved to New York City after graduating from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, and quickly made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked.  She went on to perform the role in both the national tour and in Los Angeles. After receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal of Doralee Rhodes in Broadway's 9 to 5: The Musical, Hilty was honored with nominations for Lead Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Awards and L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. Hilty has previously performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Houston Symphony and with the Phoenix Symphony. Her television credits include guest-starring roles in Melissa & Joey, Bones, The Closer, Desperate Housewives, CSI, Shark, Ugly Betty, Eli Stone and The Suite Life of Zach & Cody. Among Hilty's film credits are The Bitter Feast, the short film The Happiest Man Alive, opposite Justin Chambers; and the upcoming Untitled Warren Beatty Project.

        Steven Reineke's boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation's most sought-after pops conductors, composers and arrangers. Reineke is the music director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He previously held the posts of principal pops conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto Symphony Orchestras and associate conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Milwaukee and Calgary. As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Reineke's work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America, including performances by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic. His Sun Valley Festival Fanfare was used to commemorate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony's pavilion, and his Festival Te Deum and Swan's Island Sojourn were debuted by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world. A native of Ohio, Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition.


        Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, Heinz Hall hosts many events that do not feature its world-renowned Orchestra including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit heinzhall.org.

        Editors Please Note:
        June 19, 7:30 p.m.
        June 20, 8:00 p.m.
        June 21, 8:00 p.m.
        June 22, 2:30 p.m.

        Heinz Hall
        PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
        PNC POPS: LUCK BE A LADY: MEGAN HILTY SINGS SINATRA & MORE
        STEVEN REINEKE, conductor
        MEGAN HILTY, vocalist

        Loesser (arr. Barton)                                Blonde Overture/Luck Be A Lady

        Coleman & Leigh (arr. Jones)                   The Best Is Yet to Come

        Shaiman (arr. White)                               They Just Keep Moving the Line from Smash

        Styne & Robin                                        Bye Bye Baby from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

        Porter (arr. Riddle/Price)                          I've Got You Under My Skin

        Weill (arr. Reineke)                                Mack the Knife

        Kosma, Mercer & Manilow                      Autumn Leaves When October Goes
        (arr. Reineke)

        Schwartz (arr. Brohn)                               Popular from Wicked

        Styne & Robin                                        Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

        Various (arr. Reineke)                             I Hear A Symphony: Symphonic Sounds of Diana Ross

        Abreu                                                    Tico Tico

        Loewe, Lerner, Rodgers & Hart                Almost Like Being In Love This Can't Be Love
        (arr. Jahnke)

        Shaiman & Whitman (arr. Atmajian)          Second Hand White Baby Grand from Smash

        Manilow                                                Copacabana

        Kander & Ebb (arr. Elliott)                        New York, New York

        Gershwin & Gershwin                             Someone to Watch Over Me from Oh Kay!

        Arlen & Mercer                                      Come Rain or Come Shine

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        Phone: 412.392.4866 | email: lsciannameo@pittsburghsymphony.org
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        Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: jdefrancesco@pittsburghsymphony.org
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        Publish Date: 06-20-2014 20:27:00
         
        For Immediate Release
        May 27, 2014


        LAWRENCE LOH NAMED MUSIC DIRECTOR OF SYMPHORIA

        PITTSBURGH”Lawrence Loh, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, was named music director of Symphoria, a not-for-profit professional symphony orchestra located in Syracuse, N.Y, the organization announced this month. He will join Symphoria at the start of the 2015-2016 season.

        I am truly thankful for the experiences I have had at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, says Loh, who has served as resident conductor since 2008. I am looking forward to the opportunities that await me in Syracuse as I continue to conduct and enjoy the next season with my colleagues and friends at the Pittsburgh Symphony.

        Founded by nearly 50 members of the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria is one of only two co-op orchestras in the U.S. Loh will be the organization's first full-time music director, serving as primary conductor and providing artistic leadership for the orchestra, including major roles in programming, artistic personnel and outreach.

        Larry has been an integral part of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the last nine years and we are honored to have had him in Pittsburgh for so long, says Manfred Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. His talent and dedication are undeniable. Symphoria is quite fortunate to have him as their new music director. He will do great things in Syracuse.

        Along with his role as resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Loh is the music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, a position he will maintain, and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was brought to national attention in February 2004 when he substituted last minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. His association with the Pittsburgh Symphony began as assistant conductor in 2005-2006. He was promoted to associate conductor in 2006-2007 and to resident conductor in 2007-2008. The 2014-2015 season will make his 10th year with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

        In May 1998, Loh received his artist diploma in Orchestral Conducting from Yale University, also earning the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, given to the most outstanding conductor in the Yale graduating class. He received further training at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School and has additional degrees from Indiana University and the University of Rochester. Loh was born in southern California of Korean parentage and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary.

        It has been an honor to be part of Larry's growth and success as a conductor, music director and leader, says James Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. We appreciate the opportunity to spend the next year with him as he adjusts to his new role in Syracuse. I do not view this opportunity as his saying ˜goodbye to Pittsburgh' and I hope he returns often. He will be missed and leaves some big shoes to fill.

        For more information about Symphoria, visit experiencesymphoria.org. For more information about the Pittsburgh Symphony, visit pittsburghsymphony.org.

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        Publish Date: 06-20-2014 20:22:00
         




        For Immediate Release
        May 21, 2014
        Point Park University-produced movie ˜The Umbrella Man' to premiere at Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival

        PITTSBURGH The Point Park University-produced feature film, The Umbrella Man, will premiere next month at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival.

        Directed by Michael Grasso, The Umbrella Man will be screened at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, June 22, in the Baverso Theater at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks.

         The Umbrella Man is the story of a father who becomes engrossed with Kennedy assassination


        conspiracy theories after the death of his 8-year-old son. Set in Pittsburgh, the film deals with one couple's love, loss, and the survival of their relationship. The film stars Carter Roy and Rachael Carpani as the married couple, as well as Abbie Cobb, Rich Williams, John Amplas and Kevin Crowley.

        Point Park University was the driving force in developing the original material written by Michael and Joseph Grasso. The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, mounted a staged production of The Umbrella Man in 2011 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Directed by Robert A. Miller, who also is a producer on the movie, the stage play introduced audiences to the deep human drama in an unprecedented stage experience.

        Much of the movie was filmed in the Pittsburgh area last year, providing dozens of Point Park University students a unique opportunity for on-the-job training.

        "Michael and I are thrilled that 'The Umbrella Man' has been included in the 2014 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival.  It was an amazing project with incredible performances and a super talented Pittsburgh crew. We are also proud to have teamed with Point Park University in order to provide their students, recent grads and alumni a chance to work on the production of 'The Umbrella Man' and gain valuable real-world experience on a feature film. It was a true Pittsburgh project, and we had a fantastic experience shooting this film in and around Pittsburgh, said Joe Grasso, co-writer, co-producer and cinematographer.

        The screening of The Umbrella Man in Pittsburgh follows the announcement last month that another Point Park University-produced film venture, the 10-episode documentary series, The Chair, will air this fall on STARZ as the channel's first original unscripted series. The 10-episode series, filmed in Pittsburgh this year, follows two up-and-coming directors as they compete to make two separate feature films from the same script. More than 100 Point Park students and alumni supported the TV series and two feature films as interns, employees, and through class projects. Additionally, production offices were located on Point Park University's campus in downtown Pittsburgh.

        Point Park University's involvement in these projects helps to expand its cinema and digital arts offerings to a wider array of students who have the desire to forge a career in the entertainment industry.
        You can visit the film's IMDB page at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2413958/

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