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Burgh Biz Saturday Showcase 07-26-14 Adoption, Publishing, Awards
Positively Pittsburgh Live
Small Biz Saturday Showcase 07-26-14
Adoption, Publishing, Awards
Hosted By Joanne Quinn-Smith
Listen to the show online HERE

Today's Guests:
Ebony Harris
Image Consultant to Successful Business Women and Senior Independent Beauty Consultant, Mary Kay
Tomilyn Ward
Founding Executive Director of MAYA Organization
Gia Tatone
Educator, Author, Publisher at Red Engine Press, River Road Press, and Onward Publications, Independent Publishers
JoAnn Forrester
First Presdient of PA Women's Hall of Achievement

Ebony Harris
Image Consultant to Successful Business Women and Senior Independent Beauty Consultant, Mary Kay
Having a niche for fashion, an eye for the latest trends and a heart to serve others by encouraging them to pursue their dreams; Ebony Harris owning her own Mary Kay business was a match made in heaven. Her desire to inspire and lead others was nurtured first by obtaining a BA in Speech Communications and a MA in Instructional Leadership. However, her flare for makeup and fashion was ever present during rehearsals for theatrical plays she was in while in college. You could often times find her in her dorm room with her girlfriends shaping their eyebrows before campus parties.

While in graduate school, Ebony pursued one of her God given talents. It led to her serving for 10 years in the area of social services. During her time in the field she designed and implemented a curriculum focused on skin care and hair care specifically for children in pre adoptive homes.

After becoming a mom to now two toddler aged children, Ebony and her husband were faced with the decision many working families are faced with - mounting day care costs or one parent being the primary caregiver. They opted for the latter. It was during her most prized career move as a SAHM (Stay at home mom) Ebony did alot of what she calls spiritual soul searching. From it she realized she could reclaim her dreams and add to her bouquet of talents. Mary Kay was added to her bouquet of gifts in the winter of 2012.

Ebony proudly builds upon Mary Kay Ash's principles of God 1st, family 2nd, career 3rd. Owning her own business provides freedom and flexibility. However for Ebony it's more about what she's able to give her clients that is most rewarding. She's able to help women reclaim their God given confidence while looking and feeling good. "I serve women and men in a fun and relaxed way. Whether it be via a one-on-one consultation, party or assisting husband's in shopping for that perfect MK gift for their #1 girl." In mentioning men, there are some who may not know of the fabulous quality products for men in the MK Men Line. Great men products from skincare to fragrances. What Ebony had found is that men have a vested interest in their skincare needs too!

During the year and a half Ebony has owned her business she's promoted herself to Senior Consultant. She is presently growing a bold and blessed team of women (whom she calls Power Partners) who want more, need more and dare to dream bigger!  All of this is achieved one face at a time while listening to her clients needs and designing customized skin care/color looks specifically with them in mind.

Talking Points:
  • She helps male and female professionals as well as the traditional and millennial woman enhance their visibility and image in the workplace or home (i.e. home based businesses, SAHM)
  • She got started shortly after becoming a SAHM and did some spiritual soul searching and then decided to launch her MK business. She's been in business for a little over a year and a half.
  • Some of the things she does for clients: 
FREE customized one on one service to meet my clients needs (this service anywhere else would cost someone roughly $300!)
+ Fun in a relaxed atmosphere
+ Awesome hostess perks
+ Sampling of products (try before you buy)
+ 24/7 shopping via my website
+ An opportunity to share in the fun of being a consultant. You may be seeking a career change or wanting to provide extras for your family with ease and flexibility. Owning her own MK business can be tailored around a full time work schedule
+ Corporate gifting
+ skin care for men
+ workplace employee image consultation
+ My MK business garners no territories...She can ship anywhere within the U.S.! She currently has customers in VA, MS and, MD.
Entrepreneur Tip:
Simple...God (or Faith whichever you choose, for me it's God) 1st, Family 2nd and Career 3rd in that order lol. I'm Ak so going to add to that BE VISIBLE!

Consumer Tip:
All of us need a facial tune up. What I mean buy that is simply the skin care regimen you follow in the winter months sometimes isn't the same for summer months. This applies to color cosmetics as well. Your consultant should be contacting you if not four times throughout the year when seasons change at least twice for your summer and winter tune ups.

Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
Book a skincare Tune-Up party with me to be held before October 1, 2014 with 5 of your friends/co-workers/neighbors/family and receive a $25 Gift Certificate to be redeemed the day of your party.
AND
Product: Satin Hands Pampering Set (available in unscented and peach) Great not just for hands but pampering your feet as well. An exfoliator and hydrator.  Coupon: $5 off your purchase. Only redeemable at your one-on-one skin care consultation.

Contact:
Ebony Harris
Image Consultant to Successful Business Women and Senior Independent Beauty Consultant, Mary Kay
www.marykay.com/emcqueenharris
412-452-6642  |  emcqueenharris@marykay.com
Facebook: EbonyCMHarris  |  Instagram: ladyharrismk
Twitter: @ladyharrismk  |   Talkshoe: ladyharrismk


Tomilyn Ward

Founding Executive Director of MAYA Organization (ME AND YOU ALWAYS)
Tomilyn Ward is a mother of two young daughters, Maya and Elaina Tomilyn.  She began researching the adoptive family during her master's program and continues researching emotional support for the adoptive family. I am especially interested in making sure that birth parents receive the emotional support they deserve before, during and after the child is born .

Tomilyn received her M.S. in Professional Counseling from Carlow University.  Tomilyn has spent 5 years researching the adoptive families counseling needs. My counseling specialties are pregnancy and postpartum counseling, adoptive family issues, infertility, PTSD, depression, postpartum depression, and crisis counseling.

Prior to working in the field of counseling and adoption Tomilyn worked in the legal field as Chief Case Administrator managing paralegals in 25 offices across the state of PA, worked as the assistance director of Cody Summer Camps, and taught English as a Second Language in Europe.  Tomilyn is currently enrolled in Walden University's Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program, has a MS in Professional Counseling from Carlow University and a BA in Psycho DONA Certifiedlogy, Carlow University.

In 2009, she founded Maya (Me And You Always), a 503(c) organization, whose mission includes providing emotional support to birth parents in times of crisis.  Maya organization provides counseling services to all members of the adoption triad including birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees.

Talking Points:
  • In 2009, I founded Maya (Me And You Always), a 503(c) organization, whose mission includes providing emotional support to birth parents in times of crisis.  One of my long-term goals with the Maya Organization is to provide transitional housing for birth mothers. I would like to see them continue their education, participate in job training, receive mental health treatment, maintain recovery from addiction, and build a chance for a brighter future.
  • As an adoptive parent and adoption professional, I have seen firsthand the lack of emotional support that is available for birth mothers after placing their children for adoption.  Often, these women have struggled with socioeconomic barriers, mental illness, and addiction; these are the reasons they felt adoption was the best choice for them and their children. Sadly, at the one-year mark after placement, birth mothers are frequently doing as poorly as”if not worse than”they were doing at the time of placement.  The grief and guilt that is often associated with the placement of a child is compounded with any pre-existing barriers, and birth mothers are left without strong emotional support or post-placement counseling.
  • I have the opportunity of being with birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted children from the time the moment they are born.  I serve as a doula, remaining with the birth mother continuously through labor, delivery, and early postpartum, to encourage and reassure her, to provide physical comfort measures, and to facilitate communication with the hospital staff.  More often than not, I have maintained contact with both birth parents and adoptive families. This allows me to monitor their progress and their and the adoptive parents and birth mothers bonds with the child.
  • Also for pregnant clients we  make sure that a client has a doula who continuously through labor, delivery, and early postpartum, to encourage and reassure her, to provide physical comfort measures, and to facilitate communication with the hospital staff.
Entrepreneur Tip:
You become what you believe .

Consumer Tip:
When you are looking for an adoption agency make sure that you feel in your heart that you have made the right decision.  Interview as many agencies as you need to to make sure you are comfortable with your decision.

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Contact:
MAYA Organization
www.mayaorganization.org
512 Foreland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214
412-589-3357  |  Tomilyn@MayaOrganization.org
Facebook: The-MAYA-Organization


Gia Tatone
Educator, Author, Publisher at Red Engine Press, River Road Press, and Onward Publications, Independent Publishers
Gia has had over 20 years in the field of education. She left the classroom in 2011 when she began to serve on the Board of Education. She has also published two history books, the first one being a top seller for Arcadia Publishing. For the past several years Gia has been teaching continuing education for adults who are interested in writing and publishing at Community College of Beaver County. In addition, Gia has partnered with Red Engine Press and created her own branch of publishing, Onward Publications. Her newest book to empower authors, "The Business Behind the Book" will be out fall 2014.

Talking Points:
  • I have been involved in writing and publishing for about ten years. I published my first book after being invited by the President of the Coraopolis Historical Society to write their Images of America, Coraopolis by Arcadia Publishing. The book was an effort to help raise proceeds to benefit the community. This was followed by a publication for Neville Island as well. After great success and helping the community, I approached CCBC and worked with them to create courses for adults in writing and publishing. From there, I partnered with Red Engine Press and created my own branch called, Onward Publications. 
  • Red Engine Press publishes Traditional, Subsidy, and Self publications. Onward helps educator the author on the three types of publishing and assists with subsidy publishing. The traditional books Red Engine Publishes are: literacy books, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, military, novels, young adult, inspirational, cookbooks, and children's.
  • Here's the list of who we are:
Pat Avery - Children's Books, Photography, Mystery, History
Connie and Eddie Beesley - Memoir, Inspirational
Karen Biery - Mystery/Historical Fiction
Joe Campolo, Jr - Historical Fiction
Rebecca Evans - Children's Books, Inspirational, Gift
JoAnn Forrester - Children's Books, Inspirational, Gift
Evelyn Harless - Children's Books, Photography, Inspirational
Anna Marie Aloe Testa - Cookbook/Journey/Inspirational
Steve Hathcock - History
Katherine Heart - Business
Ric Hunter - Historical Fiction, Adventure
Jan Hunter - Young Adult/Historical Fiction
Louis Intres - History
Joanne Quinn-Smith - Business
Barry Kelly - Legal Thriller
Anna Marie Gire - Gift Book, Children's
Mike Mullins - History, Mystery/Thriller, Poetry
Ramona Roush - Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction
Nancy Smith - Photography, History, Memoir
Carmen Stenholm - Historical Fiction
Linda Swink - Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Memoir
Gia Tatone - Business, Inspirational
Beth Underwood - History/Historical Fiction
Hodge Wood - Memoir/Inspirational
Joyce Faulkner - Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, History, Children's, Mystery/Thriller
Dwight Zimmerman - everything! <smile>
  • We have some new books. Congratulations to JoAnn Forrester for her first book, "The Gift of Holiday Valley." It is a lovely gift book for just about all ages. Linda Swink's "Grave Secrets" is out now and it's a historical mystery...I know you all would enjoy it.
  • Also, we welcome Steve Hathcock. We are working with Steve to publish an updated version of his bestselling book, "Behind the Third Dune" which is about treasure hunting and the history of South Padre Island.  Also, new to the group is Katherine Heart who is working on a business book about careers in grant writing. Karen Biery isn't new to Red Engine Press, but I forgot to include her in the last email. Her new book, "Speakeasy," is her fourth novel with us and will be out in the fall. Her books are fun, artistic, clever, and moving...most set in Ohio near where she lives. Barry Kelly will soon have "Hammer of Justice" which is our first legal thriller. Dwight Zimmerman will have an informative and fun book about the writing and publishing industry this fall. In particular, his stories about the comic book industry are a hoot. Beth Underwood's first book is called "Gravity," and although we haven't set an exact date for it, I'm thinking it's a late fall, early 2015 release. Anna Marie Aloe Testa has a new cookbook/adventure, "Italian Gone Wild and Gluten Free." It should be out sometime in August. Gia Tatone is working on her book, "The Business Behind the Book." And finally, I'm particularly excited about Rebecca Evan's new book, called "Someday I'll Fly," which is a children's picture book (you should SEE her artwork) based on my historical novel, "Windshift."  
  • I'd like to also announce some good news. Ric Hunter's novel, "FIREHAMMER" is a finalist in the Historical Novel category for this year's Military Writers Society of America awards program. This category is traditionally crowded with lots of books, so this is a big deal in and of itself. Also, Pat and I did well with "Fun Days in Pittsburgh" and it is a finalist this year in the Children's Book Category. Congratulations to Ric ... and Yaaayyy for Pat and me. :)
Entrepreneur Tip:
Remember to have the attitude of being in service to the people who choose you as their choice of business.

Consumer Tip:
Always watch for hidden fees and expect your choice of business to be willing to give you all costs upfront.

Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
This fall we will be featuring our first Writer's Workshop in Hershey, Pa October 5th -7th. It is limited to only 40 seats. Cost is $325. The early bird special ends September 1st for $50 off.

Contact:
Red Engine Press, River Road Press, and Onward Publications, Independent Publishers
giartatone@gmail.com


JoAnn Forrester
First President of PA Women's Hall of Achievement
Celebrate & Share Women of Achievement
2010 YWCA Tribute to Women Honoree
SBA PA Woman Business Champion 2000/1989
Since its inception in 2002, Celebrate & Share, founded by Bonnie DiCarlo and JoAnn R. Forrester  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.

Over 225 women have been recognized at the Celebrate & Share Dinner which is held the first week of Women's History Her Story month,  This particular event benefits Cribs for Kids and has raised over $400,000 dollars for the organization.

We will celebrate the 10th Annual Celebrate & Share Event, benefiting Cribs for Kids on March 5, 2015 and are now accepting nominations.

To continue this effort of recognizing what women contribute to our region, our state we formed the we have created a 501C 3, The Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

Board president, JoAnn R. Forrester
Vice Preisdent, Bonnie V. DiCarlo
Secretary, Ann Truschel
Treasurer, Ruth Byrd Smith
Founding Board member, Grace Robinson

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.

Proceeds to Benefit the Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

Donation $45 - Honorary Sponsors $94
Table of 10 $450 - Founding Sponsors $1,000
Hosted by: Celebrate & Share, Bonnie DiCarlo & JoAnn R. Forrester

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW
Bonnie DiCarlo: bonnie255@aol.com   412.480.5247
JoAnn Forrester: selfimagebz@aol.com 412.440.6969



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.  

Listen to the show HERE

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Publish Date: 09-23-2014 14:26:00
 

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 09-15-14
Events in Cultural Trust & Jobs for Veterans
Listen to the show online HERE

PPL Co-Host
Megan Grabowski
Employed 6 + years as an office manager and service writer for a small automotive repair garage. I am a December 2013 Cum Laude Graduate from Carlow University, where I earned my bachelor's degree in Professional Writing, a minor in mass media communications and a certificate in grant writing. My free time is spent as a volunteer for numerous community ventures including the Carlynton Council of GSWPA. I am interested in opportunities that will allow me to explore the more creative side to my communication expertise, such as copy writing, advertising or public relations. I am comfortable speaking in front of groups, am enamored by the power and reach of social media and am a thorough researcher and fact checker. I possess impeccable customer service skills, whether it be face-to-face via the telephone or electronically. I work well independently and collaboratively and am excited to explore new opportunities.

Megan does the set up for the PositivelyPittsburgh Post Script which goes out every week and also has come on as the Marketing Director for Positive Pittsburghers which you can join for free at: http://positivepittsburghers.com.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
Dean's Diner on Rte 22 Blairsville, Jim Palmer's Dream Business Academy,
Clarion Hotel at Philadelphia Airport, and Roman Bistro in Forest Hills

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS
WIN Professional Development Day  |  The Authors' Zone 1st Annual Awards Ceremony

CULTURAL CLUES
Dirty Dancing and The Balancing Act Are Back Again  |  Fall Fun in September  |  Arts Day of Giving  |  Jackie Evancho Returns Return to Pittsburgh Next Spring  |  Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme  |  National Recognition for Bricolage Production Company  |  Ballet Hispano Classico Classes  |  Irving Berlin's White Christmas  |  20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council Season

KIDZ KORNER:  Kids Without Kicks Golf Fundraiser

WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT:  Operation Jumpstart - A Business Feasibility Class

BUSINESS BUZZ
Pittsburgh Gains Another Top Accolade  |  Mayor William Peduto Announces Transformational Plans for Hill District  |  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony or its RIDC Park West Expansion  |  Burgh Biz Showcase - Consultants & Young Professionals

HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS
New App Helps College Students Pinpoint Their Career Qualities  |  LaunchCMU: Roboburgh, the Sequel

PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF:  Hear Chamber Music at Historic Old St. Luke's

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
STAND UP for STANDING FIRM 2014 Awards Luncheon  |  World Gratitude Day Pittsburgh  |  3rd Annual Power of Laughter Health Workshop & Comedy Luncheon

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS:  African-American Heritage Day Parade

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS
Steve Peck  |  Nicole  |  Jessica Schlie  |  Kelly Coleman  |  Gia Tatone  |  Tomlyn Ward

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
Of Mice and Men  |  Dean's Diner, Rte 22 Blairsville  |  Jim Palmer's Dream Business Academy  |  Clarion Hotel at Philadelphia Airport  |  Roman Bistro, Forest Hills

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS:  Pitt Football Notebook: Three Panthers Honored

PITTSBURGH GOOD NEWS FORUM:  Getting Your Basic Needs Through Barter

VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE:  Jobs for Pittsburgh Veterans: WeHireHeroes.US

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS

WIN Professional Development Day
Wednesday, October 15, 2014  |  7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Gaetano's Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd

Be The Change!  A Day Filled With How To's
Intellectual Property 101
By Kathleen Kuznicki, Lynch Weis, LLC

Time Saving Tech Tools for the Savvy Business Owner
By Susan Lieber, Leave it to Lieber

My 20 Year Journey with The Gift of Holiday Valley
By JoAnn Forrester

The Benefits of Intentional Self Care
By Jacqueline Algaier and Psychologist Lori Rothschild

Using Podcasting/Internet Radio to Become a Celebrity Expert to Increase Your Credibility and Promote Your Business
By Joanne Quinn-Smith, 2009 National SBA Journalist of the Year, AKA TechnoGranny, Talkcast Host, Publisher, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com

WIN-Pittsburgh Members   $35.00  |  Members Only Vendor Table   $50.00  |  Non-Member   $55.00

To register or for more information, visit www.pittsburgh.na-win.com.


The Authors' Zone 1st Annual Awards Ceremony
October 16th, 2014  |  Rivers Club
***Calling for Submissions***
The Authors' Zone (TAZ) is accepting submissions from authors and publishers for the 1st annual awards ceremony. TAZ is an event that showcases independent authors in Southwestern PA.   Our mission is to create a platform that celebrates and honors local authors to the general public ~ and connects them to national and international audiences.

The following categories 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
Submission forms and deadlines can be found at www.theauthorszone.com.

Tickets for the awards ceremony are only $49.00.  Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available. The awards ceremony will consist of grazing stations, a cash bar, and a short program with featured speakers including KDKA's Dave Crawley.

For more information, please visit www.theauthorszone.com, email info@theauthorszone.com or call 412-563-6712 or 412-215-8247.


CULTURAL CLUES

Dirty Dancing and The Balancing Act Are Back Again
Tuesday, September 16  |  7:00 AM  |  Benedum Center
Jillian Mueller (Baby)
Samuel Pergande (Johnny)
(Photo by Matthew Murphy)
Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage, presented by Broadway Across America at the Benedum Center as part of the Pittsburgh 2014/2015 Broadway Series from April 7 to April 12, 2015 will take center stage on the award-winning morning show The Balancing Act® on the Lifetime® Channel on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 a.m. (ET/PT). Tune in as The Balancing Act® host Olga Villaverde gets up close and personal with star Samuel Pergande aka Johnny Castle and Associate Choreographer David Scotchford to learn some of the classic dance moves from the show and as the movie's author Eleanor Bergstein shares what inspired her to bring this beloved film to life on the stage.

This is the second of a special six-part series, Broadway Balances America.  The episode originally aired on September 9 at 7:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime.  The six-part special series Broadway Balances America will provide interviews highlighting the shows that are featured on Broadway Across America's 2014-2015 Broadway series nationwide - from Boston to Costa Mesa, from Houston to Minneapolis, and everywhere in between.  Individual tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Friday, February 13, 2015, 9:00 a.m.

For more information visit the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, or www.TrustArts.org.


Fall Fun from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in September

Downtown Rooftop Shindig The Big Lebowski
Wednesday, Sept 10, 2014  |  Theater Square Garage Roof
Art Together  |  Sept 13, 2014  |  Trust Arts Education Center
Beatles: Relive the '64 Concert
Sept 13, 2014  |  Benedum Center
Willie Nelson and Family - Live in Concert
Sept 16, 2014  |  Benedum Center
Clemente: The Legend of 21
Sept 19-21, 2014  |  Byham Theater
Pittsburgh Biennial 2014
Sept 19 - Nov 9  |  Wood Street Galleries
The Book of Mormon  |  Sept 23 - Oct 5, 2014  |  Heinz Hall
Tommy Emmanuel  |  Sept 23, 2014  |  Byham Theater
The Wiggles  |  Sept 16, 2014  |  Benedum Center
10th Anniversary Gallery Crawl
Friday, Sept 26, 2014  |  Cultural District
Dixie's Tupperware Party
Sept - Oct 12, 2014  |  Cabaret at Theater Square

For more great event information, visit www.TrustArts.org.


Arts Day of Giving
Thursday, October 2, 2014  |  6 AM - Midnight

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) and The Pittsburgh Foundation will sponsor a giving event called ArtDOG (Arts Day of Giving) for local arts organizations. Please note that participating organizations must be members of GPAC in good standing.  ArtDOG will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6:00 a.m. ET until 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) ET.  This is an 18 hour event which will have a stretch pool from which all donations will be partially matched.

ArtDOG Rules and Requirements
  1. All donations during that 18-hour period will receive a pro-rated portion of the stretch pool. 
  2. Only MasterCard or Visa credit card donations received through www.pittsburghgives.org during the 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. period  on October 2, 2014 will count towards the match percentage.
  3. Each gift is 100% tax deductible.
  4. The minimum gift per organization is $15. The match is capped at $1,000 per donor per organization and will be verified by donor name and credit card number.
  5. Organizations are prohibited from donating to themselves.
Please support our arts organizations around the Burgh by visiting PittsburghGives.org and select the arts, culture, and humanities category.


Pittsburgh Sensation Jackie Evancho Returns to Heinz Hall to Perform with Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Friday, February 13, 2015  |  8:00 PM  |  Heinz Hall
Jackie Evancho, the 14-year-old vocal sensation from Pittsburgh, returns to her hometown to perform with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on February 13, 2015.   Evancho, who first gained fame as a runner up on NBC's America's Got Talent at 10 years old, releases her third studio album, Awakening, on September 23. Her performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony will feature the lush classical-crossover compositions for which she has become known, as well as the more contemporary material that can be found on her new album. Evancho also will sing several original songs and music from Broadway.  Of course there are always going to be some classical pieces but I wanted to reinvent the pop songs and make them my own, said Evancho of the new album. The only thing that mattered was that the song spoke to me.

Tickets, ranging in price from $39 to $179, go on sale September 8 and can be purchased through the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org. 


PICT Theatre Presents "Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme"
September 4-20, 2014  |  Stephen Foster Memorial,4310 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Almost 60,000 British soldiers were killed, wounded or taken prisoner the first day of fighting at the Somme. But, "Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme" by Frank McGuinness is so much more than a story of a bloody WWI battle.  Whether you've faced war or not, this play demonstrates for all the true level of camaraderie, trust, love, and brotherhood that all soldiers know.  Witness the camaraderie in this tight-knit PICT cast directed by Matt Torney.

Reserve Tickets now with your special discount code ULSTER22798 at PICTTheatre.org/Sons or call 412-561-6000.


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Celebrates National Recognition of Pittsburgh's Bricolage Production Company
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the national recognition of Bricolage Production Company as one of seven companies recently lauded as producing groundbreaking immersive theater throughout the world by Backstage.com.  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud of the well-deserved national recognition Bricolage has received, shared J. Kevin McMahon, President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  Bricolage has enlivened Pittsburgh's Cultural District with first-rate arts offerings, and the company's creativity and energy have brought diversity and new audiences to the District.  The Trust will to continue to spearhead efforts to help develop, nurture and sustain vibrant, 'homegrown' arts activity, whenever it is feasible.

We are truly humbled and honored to be in the company of such inspiring artistic organizations, shared Jeffrey Carpenter, Artistic Director for Bricolage Production Company.  Bricolage would not even be near such a list without the full support of Kevin McMahon, Veronica Corpuz and the entire Cultural Trust team. This partnership has enabled us to bring our crazy ideas to life, and we owe a lot to their vision and willingness to share resources in support of our creative insanity. A big thanks too, to Paul Organisak! Working with Teatro de los Sentidos in the Trust's 2008 International Festival of Firsts galvanized and inspired a long-time dream for us, one that will ripple out for decades to come!

For more than 50 years, Backstage has been the most trusted place for actors to find career advice and casting information.  Established in December 1960 by Ira Eaker and Allen Zwerdling, Backstage is the trusted industry source where actors, singers and dancers can connect with the greater performing arts community. The article that recognizes Bricolage Production Company for its ground-breaking immersive work was written by K.C. Wright and posted on August 5, 2014.  The article provides the following mention of the Pittsburgh production company:

Bricolage is defined as making artful use of what is at hand. This Pittsburgh-based theater company embraces its name by devising works with location, current events, and audience engagement in mind. Housed in a former Turkish bathhouse, Bricolage recently produced Ojo, in which audience members receive their evening's itinerary from a mock travel agency at the start of the performance, and STRATA, an evocative and immersive journey through a refitnessing center.


Ballet Hispano Classico by Southwest Ballet
September 18-October 11, 2014  |  5430 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh
Southwest Ballet Dancers
Jessica Collazo-Lilja and
Enrique Bazaan
CafГ© Con Leche Pop-Up will be hosting a 4 week Hispanic Dance Program for children through adult at the former Quiet Storm Gallery on Penn Avenue from September 18-October 11.  Plena, Cumbia, Bomba, Cueca plus others will be learned with the fundamental training of classical ballet. Anyone is welcome to join.

This program will be taught by Virginia Nicoll-Hernandez, She has been Artistic Director of Southwest Ballet since 1992 and her former students are some of our nations top professional performers.   Dancers will need a full skirt that is at least knee length and it is preferred that the wear ballet slippers. Children ages 6-10 will have class 10:00 am- (1) hour and students 11-adult will be at 11:00 am, Saturday mornings beginning September 20 through October 11. 

Open registration will be held Saturday September 13, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm., at the Quiet Storm location at 5430 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh Pa.  The cost is $20 for the four classes. Please go the CafГ© Con Leche web site to register at www.CafeConLeche.com


Irving Berlin's White Christmas
November 18 23, 2014  |  Benedum Center 
This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! The timeless movie White Christmas is adapted for the stage in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to put on your wish list. IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they're dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

Enter promo code SNOW to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public on Friday, September 26.  To purchase tickets, visit TrustArts.org, call 412-456-4800, or go in person to the Box Office at Theater Square.


20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council Season
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces single tickets go on sale, Friday, August 29, at 9AM, for the 20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council season.  Pittsburgh Dance Council is a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  All performances will take place at the Byham Theater located at 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  The 20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council Season includes the following six performances.  Also, two special dance events presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Royal Ballet of Cambodia and Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host are additional recommendations to dance patrons.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet  -  Saturday, October 11, 2014  |  8PM  |  Byham Theater
Michael Clark Company  -  Saturday, November 1, 2014  |  8PM  |  Byham Theater
Ron K. Brown Evidence  -  Saturday, February 7, 2015  |  8PM  | Byham Theater
Union Tanguera  -  Saturday, March 28, 2015  |   8PM |  Byham Theater
Pontus Lidberg  -  Saturday, April 18, 2015  |  8PM  |  Byham Theater
Scottish Ballet  -  Tuesday, May 19, 2015  |  8PM  |  Byham Theater

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES  -  Single tickets start at $25
Royal Ballet of Cambodia  -  Friday, November 7, 2014  |  8PM  |  Byham Theater
Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host  -  Saturday, February 28, 2015  |  8PM  |  Byham Theater

Single tickets start at $19 for the 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Dance Council season and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.  Subscription packages are available for: $64-$240. Subscriptions can be purchased in packages of 4 shows or 6 shows. To subscribe, call 412-456-1390.

For more information visit, www.TrustArts.org/dance.


KIDZ KORNER

Kids Without Kicks
October 4, 2014  |  10 AM  |  Cedarbrook Golf Course


WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

Operation Jumpstart: Business Feasibility Planning 10 Week Class
Tuesdays, Sept 16 thru Nov 18th  |  6PM - 9PM  |  CCAC's Allegheny Campus, North Side 
Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence (WEEE) is currently recruiting for the Operation Jump Start feasibility/business plan class beginning September 16, at CCAC.   In this 10 week class, entrepreneurs determine if their business concept has market feasibility before launching and investing money into the actual business venture.  This 36-hour noncredit certificate program leads participants through determining whether a business idea is a feasible business opportunity.

They examine their concepts or businesses from every angle and write a feasibility plan:
  • Evaluating a business idea to determine whether it can be viably launched into a business.
  • Looking for new, strategic focus and direction of the business they are currently leading.
  • Or, contemplating self-employment as a new career option.
Operation JumpStart is an award-winning microenterprise development program that partners with organizations seeking to assist aspiring entrepreneurs. Combining nationally-recognized curriculum; coaching and mentoring; and rich online resources; this program can be the foundation necessary in building entrepreneurial communities of opportunity.  Students who successfully complete the course requirements will gain access to business support groups, as well as micro-financing and business incubation.

For more information, visit weeemeanbusiness.org.


BUSINESS BUZZ

Pittsburgh Gains Another Top Accolade
From: Pittsburgh Post Gazette  Written By: Anya Sostek | June 02, 2014
What do Pittsburgh and the Everglades have in common? Both are top travel destinations.
Downtown Pittsburgh from Schenley Oval
(photo courtesy: Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette)
Is this ranking the one for the thumb?  Pittsburgh has racked up yet another accolade, with the designation as the most livable city in the continental U.S., according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2014 livability survey.  Only Honolulu outperformed Pittsburgh among U.S. cities in the study, which measured which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions. Pittsburgh was tops in the country in the 2009 iteration of the study.

Pittsburgh was named America's Most Livable City by Forbes magazine in 2010 and was named one of the Best All-American Vacations earlier this year by The Travel Channel, among other positive rankings.
In the 2014 Economist study, Pittsburgh ranks 30th in the world among 140 cities in the study and Honolulu ranks 26th. The top-ranking city in the world is Melbourne, Australia, and the bottom-ranking city is Damascus, Syria. The other cities in the top five are Vienna, Austria; Vancouver, Canada; Toronto, Canada; and Adelaide, Australia.

The report notes that ” like Pittsburgh ” cities performing well tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with relatively low population density. It noted that cities with a big city buzz, such as New York, London and Paris, can suffer from higher crime and overstretched infrastructure. Cities were given a score between 1 and 100 in five categories ” stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure ” with 100 considered ideal. Pittsburgh received 100s in education and infrastructure, an 85 in stability, a 92 in health care and a 91 in culture and environment. The factors that go into the stability category generally relate to the prevalence of crime and unrest.  It's great to celebrate the accolades that were made possible through the spirit of innovation here, fueled by the passion of Pittsburgh residents and decision makers, said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. There's been a conscious effort to invest in the arts, culture and the environment as an economic development strategy. And that has paid off nicely.


Mayor William Peduto Announces Transformational Plans for Hill District
From our Friends: PittsburghUrbanMedia.com
Written By: Author | Jan. 00, 2014
City, County, State, Federal, Community and Penguins leaders announce agreement between community and team, investment fund and option agreement
Mayor William Peduto joined other officials today to announce historic agreements among the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Hill District community and local government that will transform the entire neighborhood and provide tens of millions in financing for community improvements, jobs and housing.  This plan will build transformational wealth for the residents of the greater Hill District, Mayor Peduto said. It provides the financial resources to build the ladders of opportunity between the 28 acres and the rest of the Hill District.

The Mayor was joined at the announcement by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Urban Redevelopment Authority Chairman Kevin Acklin, Pittsburgh City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, state Sen. Jay Costa, and Penguins Chief Operating Officer Travis Williams.  The announcement was the culmination of more than 50 meetings among city, county, state, federal, community and team officials on how to best leverage the redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site in the Lower Hill to provide for business development, jobs, housing, and infrastructure improvements to the entire area. Through a new tax increment financing district, property tax growth from the redevelopment of the Lower Hill will be used to pay for improvements in six other neighborhoods across the Hill: Bluff, Crawford Roberts, Terrace Village, Middle Hill, Bedford Dwellings and Upper Hill.

Announcements today included:
An Agreement between the Penguins and Hill District Community
  • Signing today the Community Collaboration and Implementation Plan (CCIP)
  • Highest levels of MWBE commitments ever in the history of the City of Pittsburgh
  • Results of more than 50 meetings, and weekly sessions since January
  • Full collaboration of City, County, URA, SEA, Penguins and Community
  • Goal is to build transformational wealth for the residents of Greater Hill District
Greater Hill TIF District
  • Largest TIF district in the history of the City of Pittsburgh
  • At worst case, will generate $22M and as much as $50M for investment
  • Captures value from development on 28 acres and invests in middle and upper Hill
  • Provides financial resources to build ladders of opportunity
Option Agreement with the Penguins
  • Now that community plan is in place, Option Agreement will be voted on by URA and SEA on Thursday
  • Replaces short form option agreement executed in 2007
  • Provides for 1 year extension for first takedown
  • Parcels to be acquired by Penguins at market value
  • Good deal that will promote the final development of this 28 acres
A map and fact sheet on the proposed TIF district is here.
A development map for the Civic Arena site is here.
Read full article at pittsburghurbanmedia.com.


SDC Nutrition to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony or its RIDC Park West Expansion
Tuesday, September 16th  |  10 AM  |  RIDC West Industrial Park
SDC Nutrition will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Press Conference at their new corporate headquarters, located in RIDC West Industrial Park on Tuesday, September 16th at 10 a.m.   Following the ceremony, guests and media are invited to tour this state-of-the-art, 60,000 square foot facility.  SDC Nutrition, Inc. has grown at a CAGR of almost 200% since inception 5 years ago and currently employs more than 40 team members with a forecast of adding more jobs throughout 2015.  SDC is a Pittsburgh-based company with a primary focus to continue to create more jobs and positively impact the local economy as they provide products for those seeking a healthy lifestyle all over the world.  "We simply have outgrown our current facility and are thrilled to be moving into the facility in Findlay Township," says Director of Marketing, Devenee Schumacher.

In addition, Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) assisted SDC Nutrition Inc. with its recent expansion.  Through its Economic Development Administration (EDA) revolving loan fund, ACED provided a $220,000 loan to SDC Nutrition for the purchase of state of the art equipment.  This high-tech equipment will enable SDC to fully automate their manufacturing line and effectively double unit production per shift as well as to institute larger production runs for greater efficiency and economies of scale. It will also allow them to take advantage of larger volume discounts for primary product ingredients.  SDC Nutrition's decision to locate in RIDC Park West is another example of the investment and growth in the Airport Corridor, said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.  We look forward to the company's continued growth in the coming years and hope to see them expand even more in the future.


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On the newest episode of the Burgh Biz Showcase small business owners and entrepreneurs share their stories, talk about their services, give tips to other entrepreneurs, tips about their niche, and offer special deals for only PositivelyPittsburghLive listeners.

This weeks guests:
 Lisa Kennis-Miller, SPHR, Owner of HR Rescue Resources, LLC
John S. Oliverio, President of Pittsburgh Young Professionals
Stephanie Oliver, Owner and Lead Planner at Oliver Events
Jennifer Hain, Founder and Owner of Jennifer Lee Life Coaching

Check out this insightful episode at PositivelyPittsburghLive! Burgh Biz Showcase on PPLmag.com.


HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS

New App Helps College Students Pinpoint Their Career Qualities
From: Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Written By: Deborah M. Todd  |  Aug. 28, 2014
As a college freshman attempting to narrow a seemingly endless field of career options, Rachel Gogos never did find a straightforward, navigable trail toward her destiny.  Instead, the English major at the State University of New York at Buffalo followed a twisting path that shifted from earning a master's degree at New York University to taking a run at law school, then doing a United Nations internship and a stint at The Wall Street Journal before ending up in the realm of entrepreneurship.

Hoping to spare this generation of college students the frustration of her early years, Ms. Gogos, 33, created the MyPath101 app in 2012 to serve as the college and career planning road map she wishes she and her peers had.  I started this to help students find their path at that critical point when they're 18, 19, 20 years old in a more efficient way, to help them find their purpose, Ms. Gogos said. I really struggled with that and feel like I lost some time. If I look back on my life, there is a very windy road that leads me to today and that happens to most people.

Part personality assessment, image consultant and career counselor, MyPath101 is a website and app designed to steer students toward solid decisions during each phase of their pre-collegiate or post-graduate careers. Based in McMurray, the company has five employees.  Although MyPath101's identity and personal branding assessment features questions and activities designed to pinpoint an individual's most important career qualities, Ms. Gogos stresses that the product isn't an assessment tool.  The site uses three separate modules ” identity and personal branding, social media management, and career marketing ” to help students recognize their passions and strengths in choosing a major, to make social media accounts job ready, and to provide expert advice to seniors ready to dive into the job search.

After a three-month pilot at the University of Pittsburgh in March 2013, MyPath101 is up and serving around 1,000 students nationwide, including hundreds at the university, which uses the service in its office of career development and placement assistance.  In coming months, Ms. Gogos said universities will be able to use MyPath101's open-ended format to license the product and create a customized site directed specifically toward their students.  Cheryl Finlay, director of Pitt's office of career development and placement assistance, said some students use the program as more than simply a supplement to their services.

For Ms. Gogos, who is reaching out to schools and directly selling the product to parents and students across the country, the idea isn't to put the nation's career counselors out of jobs. Instead, her hope is that she can make their jobs easier by helping students decide what's ultimately important when it comes to the jobs they hope to hold in the future.  Our goal with MyPath is to support what's already going on on a campus or in a high school and help students prepare themselves before they go into those meetings. she said.

Read the entire article HERE


LaunchCMU: A Startup and Research Showcase - Roboburgh, the Sequel 
Friday, October 3, 2014  |  Carnegie Mellon University's Jared L. Cohon University Center
Carnegie Mellon's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship cordially invites you to LaunchCMU.  Join the investment experts who look to Carnegie Mellon University for technology breakthroughs. Come meet the creators of Red Rover, Anki Drive, mamaRoo, NavioPFS, and others...

11:30 am   Demo & Poster Session
1:00 pm     Showcase Talks
3:00 pm     Reception & Demo & Poster Session (cont'd)

RSVP by Monday, September 29, 2014. Space is limited.

For more information and to register visit cmu.qualtrics.com


PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF

Hear Chamber Music at Historic Old St. Luke's, 330 Old Washington Pike, Scott Township
The historic Old St. Luke's Church, Burial Ground, and Garden in Scott Township, will launch a FREE chamber music series starting this month.  Proprietors of the campus, which has not had an active congregation since 1930, say the music series is yet another way of keeping the site active all year round. PHLF has long played an active role in helping restore and maintain the iconic faГ§ade and interior of the church building, and has awarded several matching grants through its Historic Religious Properties program.

Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. Academy Chamber Ensemble
Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. Autumn Concert
Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Warren Davidson, Violin and Luke Mayernik, Organ
Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. The Early Mays, Appalachian Carols and Folk Songs
Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. Carnegie Brass
March 15 at 2 p.m. Freya String Quartet
April 19 at 2 p.m. Ferla/Marcinyzin Guitar Duo
May 17 at 2 p.m. Living Room Chamber Music Project

The series is free and open to the public. Performances will be 90 minutes long. Donations, which will benefit the musicians and the church, will be accepted.

To learn more about Old St. Luke's and the music series, visit OldSaintLukes.org.


NON-PROFIT EVENTS
SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH

STAND UP for STANDING FIRM 2014 Awards Luncheon 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014  |  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM  |  Rivers Club, Oxford Center
Standing Firm will award their Employer Award to Familylinks and Champion Award to Lynette Lederman, Executive Assistant to City Councilman Corey O'Connor.  The presentation will include keynote speaker Leslie Morgan Steiner, a TED Talk presenter and NY Times bestselling author of Crazy Love.

Register or sign up for a sponsorship by October 3rd here.


World Gratitude Day Pittsburgh
Sunday, Sept 21, 2014  |  3 PM  |  Undercroft Art Gallery, First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
We're just 11 days away from World Gratitude Day! Why not register today? After hosting the first World Gratitude Day Pittsburgh in 2012 to mark the 10 year anniversary of Litzinger Career Consulting, many people asked about the program continuing. We are excited to bring the program back through the co-sponsorship of First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh and underwriting  by Journeys of Life in Shadyside.

Be uplifted through a program of music, poetry, reflection and sharing.  Featuring Julie Ann Sullivan, National Speaker and Author of A Little Bit of Gratitude Goes a Long Way.

For details and to register, visit WorldGratitudeDay.wordpress.com.


3rd Annual Power of Laughter Health Workshop & Comedy Luncheon
Saturday, September 20, 2014  |  Westin Convention Center
Join us for the 3rd annual Power of Laughter Health Workshop and Comedy Luncheon.  Did you know the burden of stroke is greater among minorities than in any other group?  In fact, minorities have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared with Causasians, and minorities, 35-54 years old, have four times the relative risk for stroke.  This event is part of the American Stroke Association's Power To End Stroke campaign - an education and awareness campaign embracing and celebrating the culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles of African and Hispanic Americans.  It unites under-served communities to help make an impact on the high incidence of stroke with the community.

This event will feature actress and comedian, Kim Coles and back by popular demand, Humble G, the hip hop violinist.  In addition to the luncheon and workshops, there will be entertainment, FREE health screenings, vendors, exhibitors, VIP reception, health workshops, a heart-healthy lunch and a host of laughter!  Join us and learn more about what you can do to help defeat the #1 disabler of Americans - stroke.

Registration will open at 10:30 am for your convenience.  The free health screenings will be hosted by UPMC Heart & Vascular Coach, a silent auction, exhibitors, vendors will be held from 11 am-11:45 am.  A heart healthy lunch, health workshop and a host of entertainment and laughter will follow!

For more information contact Cindy Shambley at 412.208.3606 or email at cindy.shambley@heart.org.


NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

African-American Heritage Day Parade
From our Friends: Soul Pitt
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014  |  Downtown Pittsburgh


POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS

Steve Peck
8 Pecks Marketing
I love business, marketing, strategy and technology. Been fortunate with the opportunity to apply these loves to complex business problems for over 30 years. And grateful to have worked with businesses and business owners of both very large and very small organizations. When there is the opportunity to dump a business "out on the table" and see what's possible by putting it back together to create a better business - that's thrilling to me.

Nicole
Nicoles Nails
I've lived in the Burgh for 41 years.  I work in the salon business and am a nail tech.

Jessica Schlie
Spina Bifida of Western PA
I love raising awareness for issues and organizations like Spina Bifida of Western PA.

Kelly Coleman
WriterKAColeman
I write under K.A. Coleman because I have a very common name, but I love my name and what it means. I love my family and friends. With that said, I am definitely a dog person. I love reading and writing. I have super odd quirks. I can identify most songs within the first five seconds. Likewise, I always remember lyrics to songs. For some reason, I can do wall sits longer than anyone I know. I chalk that up to being super competitive rather than athleticism.

Gia Tatone
Red Engine Press
Educator, author, publisher and community leader

Tomlyn Ward
MAYA Organization
Tomi founded Maya (Me And You At-Last) Organization is 2009. Tomi was in the process of adopting her second child and realized the financial and emotional burden that adoptive families face during this sensitive time in their lives. Tomi began researching the adoptive family during her master's program and continues researching emotional support for the adoptive family. I am especially interested in making sure that birth parents receive the emotional support they deserve before, during and after the child is born .

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ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

Hopes and Dreams a Review of REP's Of Mice and Men Sept. 5th 2014 Performance
From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report  Written By:  Stephanie Curtice  |  Sept. 08, 2014
Lennie (Leandro Cano) and George (Jarrod DiGiorgi)
Photo Courtesy: The REP
It is no secret that we live in a ridiculously fast paced world these days.  And for opening night, September 5th, 2014 of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, there was a pause.  It was a beautiful pause and a challenging one.  Point Park University's The Rep Professional Theater Company has set the bar for the 2014-2015 season for ALL artistic performances in the Pittsburgh area.  And they set it high.

I smiled with sincere pleasure in my heart, chuckled in humor, stirred in quiet disappointment, felt heartbreak, and was moved by a very deep yearning of hope.  One might think that could be sensory overload, but I think that was the genius of Steinbeck and the amazing artistry of this cast.

Set during the Depression in the rolling golden hills of California, we join roaming farmhands George (Jarrod DiGiorgi) and Lennie (Leandro Cano) leisurely camping under the stars on the eve of starting work at a new ranch.  They are an unlikely pair for the times; Lennie Small, a massively sized and strong man with but a wee child's intellect, and George Milton, a practical and witty man who tries to look after Lennie as they work hard to pursue the great American Dream.  As they report to the nearby ranch, the simple story of two men just lookin' for an honest day's work, quickly becomes complicated.

The story is great, as tragic as it is, and the fact that it was performed beautifully made for an encredibly moving performance.  The set was simple and perfectly so.  Every single cast member WAS their character - living the story.  The superb acting of especially Leandro Cano and Jarrod DiGiorgi gave this stage performance the robustness of a movie amidst the seaming simplicity.  They brought to life their characters and the bond between Lennie and George to show the simple and beautiful notion that hopes and dreams are worth smiling for, even amidst the turmoil of social injustices.  I have not been to a more deserving performance of multiple standing ovations yet in Pittsburgh.

Additional Performances:
Friday, September 5 - Sunday, September 21, 2014  |  Pittsburgh Playhouse - Rauh Theatre
For more information and tickets, please visit www.PittsburghPlayhouse.com

Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report.

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PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS

Pitt Football Notebook: Three Panthers Honored
From: Pittsburgh Sporting News.com
Written By: Author | Jan. 00, 2014
For the second consecutive week, the Pitt Panthers football team turned in an impressive performance and for the second straight week they racked up some weekly ACC honors.
Sophomore running back James Conner was named the ACC's Offensive Back of the Week, senior tackle T.J. Clemmings was selected Offensive Lineman of the Week and sophomore placekicker Chris Blewitt was named Specialist of the Week following Pitt's 30-20 road victory over Boston College.
It's the second consecutive week Conner has earned the award. Against BC Conner rushed for 214 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He opened the season by rushing for 153 yards and four scores on 14 carries (10.9 avg.) vs. Delaware.
Conner leads the ACC and ranks fourth nationally with an average of 183.5 rushing yards per game.
Clemmings is also the second consecutive Panthers' linemen to be named the ACC's Offensive Lineman of the Week after Matt Rotheram got the honors after Week 1.
Pitt racked up 303 rushing yards on 51 carries (5.9 avg.) and did not give up a sack against BC. Clemmings has helped Pitt compile 712 rushing yards in its first two contests (356 avg.), the Panthers' most in consecutive games since 1988.
Blewitt played a big role in the win on Friday, tying his career high with 12 points (3-of-3 field goals and 3-of-3 PATs). He made field goals of 49, 42 and 41 yards. Blewitt's 49-yarder marked a career long. He also had four touchbacks on seven kickoffs.
- With starting center Artie Rowell out for the season, Gabe Roberts is listed as No. 1 on the 2-deep, with Alex Officer now listed as the backup. It is worth noting though that Chryst did not commit to naming Roberts the starter.
- Pitt got three votes this week in the Top 25 poll, up from one vote last week.
- Pitt's Sept. 20 game against Iowa will kick off at noon and be televised on ESPN or ESPNU.
- The Panthers (2-0, 1-0 ACC) play at FIU (1-1) this Saturday at noon. The game will be nationally televised by FOX Sports 1.

Read the entire article HERE


PITTSBURGH GOOD NEWS FORUM

Getting Your Basic Needs Through Barter
Why I created Braddock Barter - The basic idea of the site is to connect folks that would like to trade goods and services to each other. It is not fancy but have as the functionality to keep track of the users, their wants/needs and their transactions.

The REAL exchange of goods and services can be setup through email (through the site) between the two parties without Braddock Barter getting involved, or the administrator of this site can setup the transaction. The goal in the future would be to have a brink and mortar building to help assist in the transactions/exchanges.

If you know of a situation that would assist in the temporary housing of Braddock Barter send me an email.
As this site gains traction many new ideas can be implemented to help the community acquire goods and services. If you have a need that is not being met send me the idea and we can see if we can get your need fulfilled by bringing the correct parties together.

For more information visit BraddockBarter.Com


VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE

Jobs for Pittsburgh Veterans: WeHireHeroes.US 
Rather than trying to be the world's biggest job board, WeHireHeroes.US is a network of local job boards that provides veteran-friendly employment leads, resources, and coaching for military veterans in their local communities.

Because we are veteran owned and operated, we understand veterans better than most. We understand and respect the incredible capabilities that veterans bring to the table - and we are in a unique position to help make those assets available to employers nationwide. We started building our social network of veterans and supporters a full year before we even launched the site.

The truth is, there are lots of jobs are out there looking for veterans, and lots of veterans out there looking for those jobs. Our mission is to provide a broadcast pipline that brings the two together.
Military members, male and femaleAt We Hire Heroes, our greatest passion is helping to solve the veteran unemployment problem. Government can help, but as veterans we know that problems always get solved faster once we're done just talking about solutions and start doing what we do best - working together.

Remember basic training? The biggest lesson we learned from Day 1 was how to win as a team.

Search jobs in Pittsburgh, PA and nearby locations at WeHireHeroes.us

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Publish Date: 09-23-2014 04:46:00
 
Positively Pittsburgh Live
Burgh Biz Saturday Showcase 09-13-14
Consultants and Young Professionals
Hosted By Joanne Quinn-Smith
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Today's Guests:
Lisa Kennis-Miller, SPHR
Owner of HR Rescue Resources, LLC
John S. Oliverio
President of Pittsburgh Young Professionals
Stephanie Oliver
Lead Planner at Oliver Events
Jennifer Hain
Founder and Owner of Jennifer Lee Life Coaching


Lisa Kennis-Miller, SPHR
Owner, HR Rescue Resources, LLC
Lisa Kennis-Miller grew up in rural north-central PA, the second of four children with a very large extended family (we're talking hundreds).  She learned responsibility at a very early age as the daughter of a dairy farmer/Ag Science teacher and a Registered Nurse, Lisa spent the first half of her life working hard on the family dairy farm. Her days began before sunrise (squeezing school, basketball/volleyball practice, and evening farm chores in before dinner at 10PM) then homework before going to bed; get up REPEAT.

Growing up in rural PA, Lisa also became an avid hunter and although she doesn't get back very often these days for deer season; she has had 13 successful ˜buck' seasons  - which includes  a ˜trophy buck'.
For a refreshing change of scenery, Lisa escaped the daily grind to attend Penn State and study Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  With her hard work ethic, Lisa completed college in 4 years, graduating with a 3.5 GPA.  Why is that such a big deal?  Well, she was on schedule to graduate in just 3 years, but life happened. She gave birth to her daughter the summer before her junior year (taking that fall semester off) and a year later changed the focus of her major from science to business, resulting in two additional semesters of business classes. Most college stories don't include tales of 18 credit course loads (maintaining Dean's List status) while working 20 hours/week and raising a newborn with colic!

With over 15 years of progressive human resources experience, primarily in the manufacturing industry, Lisa has held positions as Generalist, Front line Manager, Senior Management, and now Consultant.
Lisa Kennis-Miller is the Owner and Founder of HR Rescue Resources, LLC in Moon Township, PA.
Lisa has her Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification.  The SPHR certification, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifies that Lisa has mastered the principles of human resources and that she is dedicated to staying current in the profession.

Lisa resides in Moon Township with her husband and 15 year old and 12 year old step-sons.  Her 18 year old daughter is a freshman at Kent State University majoring in Visual Communication Design.
Lisa is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Pittsburgh Human Resource Association (PHRA), Pittsburgh Consulting Community, Member Coordinator of No BS Marketing Group, Senior Project Judge for Moon Area School District, and Member of St. George Byzantine Catholic Church.

Talking Points:
  • The company I worked at for 7 years was acquired by a competitor in 2010, the redundant positions were eliminated, including mine.  After much consideration, my husband and I decided I would give independent consulting a shot, allowing for flexibility in my schedule to be home for our teenage children when needed.  I've been at in now 3 1/2 years.
  • Employment compliance should be given great attention by business owners.  Within the past 3 years government agencies have increased audits by nearly 243%, focusing primarily on small businesses because they know that is where they will find violations.  Many times, they will present under the guise of (for instance) a "Payroll Audit" when in reality they are really looking to see if your employees are classified properly (exempt vs. non-exempt or independent contractor) and a payroll audit will get them access to the files they need to determine that!
  • Fines for small business owners are serious business and can have a huge impact.  Under IRCA (Immigration, Reform and Control Act), the fines for failure to have Form I-9 completed upon within 3 days of hiring an employee begins at $110 and can go as high as $1100 per employee, this is also the case for having the form filled out incorrectly or having it filed improperly.  Now if an employer knowingly hires and continues to employ an illegal alien, those fines start at $395 and can go as high as $16,000 per employee plus jail time.  Think about this for a moment; does your business complete the NEW Form I-9 on EACH and EVERY new employee within 3 business days of them being hired?  Are you certain that the person who reviews the I-9 documentation and is responsible for the form's completion is filling it out correctly?  Do you know if you are filing the form in the correct place and keeping it for the recommended period of time?  My recommendation to you is to make sure you find the correct answers to these questions before the IRCA finds you....      
  • The most common area of compliance a small business finds problematic is typically in wage and hour law.  There are so many rules and regulations and that creates opportunities for business owners to be fined and sued.  In my consulting business, I highly caution business owners to take heed and make certain they do not take these laws lightly.  This can cover everything from keeping impeccable time records, to making certain your employees have well- written job descriptions (by a certified HR professional who is experienced in job analysis) so employees can be classified properly (exempt vs. non-exempt) and also making sure all employees get reimbursed for any business expenses incurred no matter how nominal.  Managers and supervisors need to be trained thoroughly to discourage non-exempt employees from performing work 'off the clock' as not doing so will certainly bring a lawsuit against the employer in the future!
  • If you are a business owner who is planning on hiring in the near future, I would highly recommend sticking to structured behavioral interview questions that have been vetted by a professional to make sure they are legal to ask.  Make sure your employment application doesn't have any illegal questions either.  Check at least 3 professional references asking a series of probing questions that would allow you to establish whether or not the applicant was competent in their job duties in their former role, why they left, if they would rehire them, etc. before making an offer. You would be surprised how much information you can attain from spending 15 minutes on the phone with a former supervisor! 
  • Another tip is to do state, federal, county, and nationwide criminal background checks on the applicant after making a 'contingent offer'; meaning, they are hired contingent upon meeting the standards of the background check.  There are FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) laws you MUST follow when performing background checks.  I also want to point out that it is illegal to not hire an applicant just because they have a criminal record.  You have to look at the results and make a business case for or against hiring them that would stand up in court (this is why you really should have a professional assist you in hiring situations).  If you do not hire them based on the background check, you have to send them a letter telling them that along with the results per FCRA.  Failure to do a background check though can also have negative consequences, such as a negligent hiring lawsuit brought against you later on should the person you hire harm someone else.
Entrepreneur Tip:
Do NOT try to be the master of all departments - Accounting, Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, etc.  A business owner has so much pressure to get customers in the door and to keep them happy.  Leave it up to the experts to handle the areas you aren't an expert in.  You will save so much valuable time and money in doing so!

Consumer Tip:
When determining if you should hire a Human Resource Consultant, ask yourself these questions:
  • Am I certain that my company is 100% compliant with all employment laws and feel confident that a disgruntled employee's lawsuit could be strongly defended? 
  • Do I have an employee handbook that has been written or revised within the past 18 months? 
  • Can my company survive a lawsuit ranging between $10,000 - $600,000 or a Department of Labor audit with potential fines and negative press that goes with it? 
  • Am I prepared to be held PERSONALLY LIABLE and SEPARATELY CHARGED in lawsuits in the workplace (for being involved in missed promotions to unjustified discipline, inflicting emotional distress, and other perceived wrong-doing) that could lead to the loss of your home, assets, and destroying personal relationships?  
  • If you answered 'NO' to any of these questions, CALL ME TODAY to get an HR Audit of your business to uncover vulnerabilities to avoid these devastating experiences. 724-777-2286
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Contact:
HR Rescue Resources, LLC
www.HRRescueResources.com
PO Box 602, Moon Township, PA  15108
724-777-2286  |  HRLady34@gmail.com
Facebook: HRRescueResources  |  LinkedIn: Lisa Miller, SPHR  |  Blogspot: Small Business Safety Net


John S. Oliverio, SPHR
President, Pittsburgh Young Professionals
John S. Oliverio, SPHR, is the Chief Human Resources Director for GAI Consultants where he leads Human Resources for over 900 national employees.  He has 19 years of HR experience, having worked previously at WESCO, EDMC, ADVO, Nicholson Construction and Ames.  John is currently President of Pittsburgh Young Professionals (PYP - member since 1999) and board member/HR Committee Chair for the Animal Rescue League.  He previously held the position of President for both Pittsburgh Cares (2006-2008) and Pittsburgh Human Resources Association (2005) and was a board member  for PUMP.  John is one of Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 winners and named one of the Pittsburgh Business Times' Fast Trackers.

He also spends his time volunteering for Pittsburgh Cares, Pitt Alumni Association, Pittsburgh's Promise, and Girls Hope. John has been asked to speak at seminars and has been interviewed by media sources on HR issues. He also provides resume preparation assistance to people in career transition. In his free time, he is the captain of an adult kickball team for the Pittsburgh Sports League and has traveled to six continents. John holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. From Pittsburgh, he grew up in South Park and resides in Crafton.

About PYP
In 1988, six friends who reunited in Pittsburgh formed a group to contribute to the community a movement that officially marks the beginning of PYP, a Pittsburgh non-profit organization.  Now with over 420 members and 26 years of experience, PYP has aided in the social, professional, and civic development of young professionals in the Pittsburgh region.

Talking Points:
  • I began as a PYP member in 1999 and have been a member ever since.  I joined the board of directors in 2012 and became President in 2014.
  • Now in our 26th year, Pittsburgh Young Professionals (PYP) is forging ahead with a membership of more than 420 young professionals of diverse professional and personal backgrounds.
  • One of the oldest Young Professionals organization in the country, PYP was formed in 1988 by a group of six individuals who returned to the Pittsburgh region looking to give back to the local community. Through the years, PYP continues to be a strong not-for-profit and 100-percent volunteer-run organization that is dedicated to providing career-minded individuals with opportunities to develop socially, professionally and civically.
  • PYP sponsors an annual Scholarship Program where we award a $1,000 scholarship to a professional going for their Bachelor's or Masters Degree based on certain criteria.  We will announce the 2014 winner at our Signature Event next Friday.
  • 2014 Pittsburgh Young Professionals (PYP) Signature Event (A Black and White Affair) on September 19th, 6:30 - 11PM at Bill Chisnell Productions, Downtown Pittsburgh.  Details at:  http://members.pyp.org/event-1725013
Get Involved with PYP
Come out and spend some time with us
Join us for a PYP Social, Professional Development, or Community Involvement event. Socialize, network and meet people from a wide variety of professions located throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Participate on a Committee
Every year, PYP's committee chairs strive to offer a wide variety of networking opportunities to its entire membership.

Become a Committee Chair or Board Member
PYP is a volunteer-run organization. Each year, the organization looks for candidates to fill chair and board member positions. Click here to access the online application for board members. Committee chair applications can be found here.

Develop
Pittsburgh Young Professionals offers a variety of professional development events throughout the year, focused on providing our members with a diversified menu of opportunities. On any given night, you may find yourself immersed in a round table discussion with leaders of our region, listening to a prestigious speaker, or honing your presentation skills in front of a crowd of your peers. At PYP, we like to vary our programs monthly ensuring that there's always something for everyone! Our Professional Development Committee works diligently to ensure that all of our members are satisfied with the level of professional development we offer throughout the year.

Network
During all of PYP's professional development events, there will be time set aside to network with the speakers, panel members and other PYP members. However, PYP understands that most young professionals are looking to build their network of business contacts in the most efficient way possible. For this reason, a few times a year, PYP hosts professional networking events, such as speed networking, to afford our members the opportunity to expand their contact list. Remember, to advance your business or career, you first need to make and build those all-important relationships and PYP can provide you with the platform to make that happen.

Succeed
Educate your mind. Sharpen your skills. Strengthen your connections. PYP is an excellent catalyst for this development, but ultimately, it's up to you to make it happen!
Entrepreneur Tip:
I can't emphasize enough to network, network, network.  Even if an event looks to be more social than professional, you never know where your next client or business might come from.  At PYP, we have business connections happening at all of our events whether it is a happy hour, professional development series or dinner club.

Consumer Tip:
The same advice - network, network, network.  Whether you may be looking for a job, looking for a business opportunity, or just to meet new people, the best technique is to get out there and network with people.  PYP offers a "safe" environment for networking as all of our events present attendees with opportunities to network and meet other professionals.

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Annual Signature Event "A Black and White Affair" on September 19 at Bill Chisnell Productions.  $30 for Members, $40 for Non members.  Email me at john.oliverio@pyp.org for a coupon code for $5 off registration for the event.

Contact:
Pittsburgh Young Professionals
www.pyp.org
P.O. Box 23127, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-339-0797  |  info@pyp.org
Facebook: PghYP  |  Twitter: PghYoungProf
LinkedIn: Pittsburgh Young Professionals


Stephanie Oliver
Lead Planner, Oliver Events
Stephanie is Butler native, alumna of Mercyhurst University and an International Event and Wedding Planner Certified Professional.  She loves the Pittsburgh Penguins, singing, wine, reading, fashion, laughing uncontrollably, and is a self proclaimed Foodie.  She proudly opened Oliver Events in May of 2014, and is having a blast planning signature events throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Oliver Events is a full-service event planning company.  We plan corporate and private events throughout the Pittsburgh Region. "Be A Guest at Your Event, Leave OLIVE the Planning to Us!"

Talking Points:
  • I've been in the event industry since I took my first job as a banquet server at 15 years old, and have been in love ever since.  I opened Oliver Events in May 2014 after working in corporate event planning and marketing for many years.
  • My company works with companies and individuals on all types of events, large or small, like fundraisers, tradeshows, weddings, mitzvahs, bridal and baby showers, board meetings, etc.  Oliver Events plans any sort of event you can imagine: tradeshows, conferences, fundraisers, 5ks, awards shows, fashion shows, bridal showers, baby showers, mitzvahs, wakes, birthday parties, anniversary parties, retirement parties, weddings - you name it, we'll plan it.  Do you want to throw a softball tournament with you and your competitors?  We can do that too!  The sky is the limit!
  • As event planners we handle every aspect of your event so that you can enjoy it without the work.  Let's say we're planning a wedding:  we help the bride book the venue, decide on a menu, find a cake baker, a florist, the dress and bridal party fashion, invitations, entertainment, decoration.  Then, we're there for the entire event, setting up, tearing down, and overseeing every moment to ensure success and fun.
Entrepreneur Tip:
Don't be afraid to ask. Ask for advice from your mentors, and meetings with people you admire.  Ask your network to promote your endeavors. Ask questions about any and everything that can help you grow as an individual and business owner.

Consumer Tip:
When it comes to event planning many people assume they can handle it all themselves, but working with a professional saves you so much time and stress.  There are a lot of little details to keep in order, and if you're planning an event as one part of your job or life, it can be hard to keep everything in line.  Having a professional on hand, especially the day of the event, will be a life saver, and you'll actually get to enjoy the event you've created.

Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
15% off all event planning services for Positively Pittsburgh followers and listeners.

Contact:
Oliver Events
Be A Guest at Your Event, and
Leave OLIVE the Planning to Us!
www.OliverEventsOnline.com
724-496-1472  |  OliverEventsOnline@gmail.com
Instagram: OliverEvents  | LinkedIn: StephanieOliver
Jennifer Hain
Founder and Owner, Jennifer Lee Life Coaching
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications from The Pennsylvania State University.  It took some time getting to know herself in the workforce before she decided to make a huge leap relocating from Pittsburgh, PA to Los Angeles, CA to explore her interest in TV hosting!  However; after one year in CA and accepting various hosting opportunities, she still felt¦empty.  She was missing a sense of purpose and knew she needed to switch gears in order to feel fulfilled.

After an epiphany she had in CA, she created an inspirational website which has quickly developed into a business where she can incorporate her love for all of the above!  Not only does she provide private coaching and workshop services, but she also brought back a piece of her California Dream and now interviews people who are making moves and chasing their dreams as an A Breath of Fresh Air feature!

Her specialty as a Motivational Life Coach is to help keep you motivated and on track while you strive to accomplish your personal and/or business goals.  She serves as your personal coach directing you {if needed}, holding you accountable, and cheering for you along the way! She offers private coaching and workshop services.

Talking Points:
  • I have had my inspirational website & blog for going on 2 years now.  It was time for some serious self-reflecting!  I eventually broke it down to this:  I have a passion for 1.) motivating others 2.) presenting and interacting with others 3.) and helping others recognize and achieve their full potential.  After an epiphany I had in CA, I created an inspirational website which has quickly developed into a business where I can incorporate my love for all of the above!
  • I've been asked many times, What exactly is a Life Coach?  Let me help clarify that for you!  A Life Coach is someone who helps you improve and achieve in the areas of your life for which you wish to and as the title says, they coach you!  Think of it in terms of sports.  A coach teaches you the game, supports you during your wins and losses, and helps you become the best player possible! 
  • Here are some examples of clients I am helping to achieve their goals:
  • Someone reach their goal of qualifying for a raise at work. A huge portfolio needs created proving their abilities and skills and I am working with this person to set up personal deadlines to complete their portfolio by January 2015. 
  • I am currently helping someone grow their social media connections and stay on track with their personal savings goals. 
  • I am also working with someone on strengthening their self-confidence so that they may advance in their workplace.
Entrepreneur Tip:
If you do not take action, it will NEVER happen. Even if you do take action, you may not get the results or immediate turn around that you desire¦but, just keep taking action. You absolutely have to live and learn to figure out exactly what it is that you want to do. Exploring leads to discovering. And, once you finally discover what you want, you'll appreciate the journey it took to get there and that the reward of happiness and success!

Consumer Tip:
In order to make a change in your life, you need to understand the importance of commitment and accountability. It's easy to say you're committed when things aren't tough.

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Contact:
Jennifer Lee Life Coaching
www.JenniferLeeLifeCoaching.com
105 Bellwood Drive
412-600-6411  |  jennifer.hain@yahoo.com
Instagram: Jennifer Hain



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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This was reported as a reproduction of PositivelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith.
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Publish Date: 09-23-2014 04:45:00
 
Positively Pittsburgh Live
Burgh Biz Saturday Showcase 08-23-14
Online Media, Biz Training, Authors
Hosted By Joanne Quinn-Smith
Listen to the show HERE

Today's Guests:
Ann Marie Gire
Owner of Women's Independent Press and Pittsburgh Women's Yellow Pages
Alice Williams
Executive Director of Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Steve Peck
Founder of 8Pecks Marketing
Jill Kummer
Partner at JJ Media Group and Co-Owner of Eventsburgh.com

Ann Marie Gire
Owner, Women's Independent Press and Pittsburgh Women's Yellow Pages
With a background of service and legal advocacy for serveral to women's shelters and support agencies, Ann Marie Gire continues to provide opportunities ensure that women have a platform from which to be heard.  In 2003 she launched her first women's interest newspaper.  Seeing the limitless opportunities ahead in the digital world she took her publications online in 2010.

Women's Independent Press publishes the Women's Yellow Pages of SWPa and an on line newsletter that comes out the 1st and 15th of every month.  Publishes an on line news magazine, twice monthly, and a print and on line Women's Yellow Pages, a yearly magazine of articles and ads and much more.

Talking Points:
  • The Women's Independent Press has many goals. We are an ambitious and diverse group of women who strongly believe that women need their own mainstream news and information venue, forgoing the same old, tired subjects of fad dieting, make-up and hair and beauty 'news,' how to get/please/keep a man, etc. There are enough forums for that 'information.' Our mission is to offer our readers a different newspaper experience. 'Informing Women About Our World.'
  • Women's Independent Press has articles on unexplored women-in-the-news, consumer stories/advice for women. Also, investigative pieces about your community, including why certain news is or isn't being reported; interesting pieces on women in your community who have shown bravery and courage against the odds, or women who are the 'unsung heroes' of your community. Anything quirky or creative that you would like to write about that inspires or encourages or gives pause for thought is welcome. Sports, education and articles that focus on women around the world are also welcome. 
  • Author Zone Presents the 1st Annual Awards Ceremony for Southwestern Pennsylvania Authors.

Join Us in Celebrating Local Authors and Connecting Them to the World!

The Authors' Zone (TAZ) announces the 1st annual awards ceremony for Pittsburgh authors. Join us on October 16, 2014 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh with a keynote address from Dave Crawley. This event will include a special program and dinner. TAZ is an event that showcases independent authors in Southwestern PA. The mission is to create a platform that celebrates and honors local authors to the general public - and connects them to national and international organizations and readers.

There has never been an awards ceremony in this area. Our goal is to showcase Southwestern PA.'s talented authors to the general public, says Anna Marie Petrarca Gire, Publisher of Women's Independent Press.

Submissions are now being accepted for consideration. Submission guidelines can be found on the website, www.thauthorszone.com.  The awards ceremony is presented by:  Anna Marie Petrarca Gire and Yvonne Phillips, President.

Contact:
Ann Marie Gire of the Author Zone
TheAuthorsZone.com  |  FengShuiPublications.com
WomensIndependentPress.com
P.O. Box 9687, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
412-563-6712  |  info@theauthorszone.com
Twitter: HotFlashMedia


Alice Williams
Executive Director, Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence

The dream of starting this organization became a vision that gave birth to a plan in September 2009 and WEEE was formed with seven women entrepreneurs as a reaction to the overwhelming need to assist urban, minority women in wealth building, through a focus on business knowledge, skills and growth. We secured a Self Development of People Grant of $5,200 from the Pittsburgh Presbytery (SDOP) in January 2010 to seed our vision and continue to operate from personal funds. We were awarded additional grants from the SDOP in 2011 and 2012, and a small grant from the POISE Foundation.

WEEE is the only organization with an incubator concept of this type in South Western Pennsylvania that supports the development and growth of microenterprise women-owned businesses. The concept is catching on to become a vibrant community of women entrepreneurs building economic progress, stimulating economic growth by creating self-employment opportunities. Microenterprise emerging firms have the potential to offer economic stability for families, a solid tax base, and a decrease in the burden on social services as the entrepreneurial leader of households, primarily headed by women, become self sufficient. 

Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence is a Pennsylvania Nonprofit Organization and holds IRS 501(3) c status. All donations to our organization are tax deductible. WEEE is a member of the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) and positioned to learn and implement best practices in our incubation developmental process. It is our stance that enhancing a community's entrepreneurial climate requires collaborative arrangements that increase the chances of success of our emerging companies, as well as the success of our organization. 

Talking Points:
  • WEEE's Mission is to stimulate and support sustainable economic growth and prosperity for a diverse population of women by providing microenterprise businesses with strategies, resources and business incubation, and a trusted source for information and guidance. 
  • Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence (WEEE) is a group of entrepreneurs who have formed a community of women owned businesses. WEEE has as its goal to boost the economic status and development of women who have been ignored or underserved by traditional business development organizations and banking institutions by providing business incubation during the start-up phase when businesses are most vulnerable. Women are twice as likely than men to launch a business, while women of color are five times as likely to do so (Center of Women's Business research, 2007). This diverse community of women business owners are focused on moving talents and skills into income generating projects and businesses with the objective of closing the net worth disparity gap that plagues the Pittsburgh region, for themselves and their families with their own ingenuity. Research suggests that an investment in women entrepreneurs can have a significant multiplier effect that leads to not only increased revenues and more employees for business, but also to healthier, better-educated families and, ultimately, more prosperous communities. 
  • Maxine E. Jenkins,
    Synod SDOP Chairperson, 
    presents check to Alice Williams,
    Administrator of WEEE


  • The microenterprise incubator project has interest in attracting business women who are operating informal businesses, home based businesses and/or college educated women entrepreneurs who meet the criteria of low to moderate income and have sound business concepts or innovations.Our organization currently provides training in core business strategies, feasibility and business plan development, market and competitive analyses, access to markets and loan packaging. WEEE provides its client companies with business development services and resources tailored to young microenterprise firms, financial education, management assistance, and lifestyle and professional development coaching. Starting a new business isn't an easy task.
  • Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence is staffed with a group of dedicated volunteers and women including two volunteer professionals; an Executive Director, Alice Williams, who is the visionary of the incubation project, a Financial Coach, Kathleen Gary, who provides one-on-one financial coaching and credit repair guidance to the clients, Lyzona Marshall, ABD, a Professor of Business who functions primarily as a referral source and entrepreneurship consultant with the Seton Hill University, e-Magnify program, and Lisa Williams, JD, who provides legal training and guidance for our clients. In addition to volunteer staff, WEEE also has professional Board members who serve on community boards, charities, churches and other service organizations. Both the volunteer staff and many of our board members function in a multiplicity of roles and provide in- kind services for our projects and business growth activities. This network of professionals has provided clients access to high-level (and often at reduced rates) legal, accounting, financing and other assistance that might not be available to low and moderate income women. Their expertise has been readily available and able to resolve most business related problems and help clients conserve most needed capital. These professionals typically are not available to new nonprofits nor affordable for early-stage companies, and without them, the value of an incubation program diminishes significantly. 
  • Our Sustainability Plan moving forward hinges on the services provided by WEEE that are based on annual membership fees. The fees offset the cost of professional association memberships that afford the organization access to best practices in microenterprise business development. Once a business is housed in the WEEE incubator facility, client business growth and revenues will factor in the determined fees for services, office rental space, equipment usage and services provided by the incubator. Well defined outcomes will determine the graduation timelines from the incubator. 
  • Our immediate plans include a website, integration of social media into our marketing strategy and facilitating a series of fee based online entrepreneurial and marketing workshops to a larger audience of women in the small business community. However, our service interest target audience will remain low to moderate income women who may be in a public housing community and qualify for HUD Workforce Section 3 opportunities and /or industry specific entrepreneurship training to reduce female recidivism. We are currently developing relationships to provide contract services in these markets. 
  • Additional events with topics focused on business education, business financial literacy, and the success and celebration of microenterprise business women owners will be held throughout the year to garner public support and sponsorship. 
  • The WEEE incubator organization is an emerging nonprofit with tremendous growth potential. We are in the early stages of seeking financial support for full time paid staff, professional development and programming. We offer a well thought out plan, a pre-trialed client base and unique micro-business economic development concept to this region.
Operation Jumpstart: Business Feasibility Planning 10 Week Class
Tuesdays, Sept 16 thru Nov 18th  |  6PM - 9PM  |  CCAC's Allegheny Campus, North Side 
Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence (WEEE) is currently recruiting for the Operation Jump Start feasibility/business plan class beginning September 16, at CCAC.   In this 10 week class, entrepreneurs determine if their business concept has market feasibility before launching and investing money into the actual business venture.  This 36-hour noncredit certificate program leads participants through determining whether a business idea is a feasible business opportunity. They examine their concepts or businesses from every angle and write a feasibility plan:
  • Evaluating a business idea to determine whether it can be viably launched into a business.
  • Looking for new, strategic focus and direction of the business they are currently leading.
  • Or, contemplating self-employment as a new career option.
Operation JumpStart is an award-winning microenterprise development program that partners with organizations seeking to assist aspiring entrepreneurs. Combining nationally-recognized curriculum; coaching and mentoring; and rich online resources; this program can be the foundation necessary in building entrepreneurial communities of opportunity.  Students who successfully complete the course requirements will gain access to business support groups, as well as micro-financing and business incubation.

For more information, visit weeemeanbusiness.org.
    Entreprenur Tip:
    Don't quit to soon.

    Consumer Tip:
    Get your information out there, don't leave any stone unturned. Don't be a ghost business person.

    Contact:
    Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence
    620 Island Ave, McKees Rocks, PA 15136
    412 301-1831  |  412 728-3090 (cell)
    Weee.incubator@gmail.com


    Steve Peck
    8Pecks Marketing
    A graduate scholar from Syracuse University, he earned an MBA in Marketing building on a degree in Physics.  Steve has been a top 20% distributor for a billion dollar nutrition company, promoted beer in glass bottles and has had buyers fly over 2,000 miles to buy a car from him.   Arguably his greatest accomplishment may be raising  6 great, overachieving kids with his wife Julie.

    Steve has been solving complex business problems for 30 years, and continues to apply the latest technologies to create value for his clients.   He's been an innovator on the internet since it was all dial up where he combines his love for business, marketing and technology.

    Steve Peck is founder of 8Pecks Marketing, inc where he and his team help businesses breakthrough the marketing doldrums that impede their growth.  While instrumental in transforming a struggling 50 Million dollar manufacturer into an international 270 million dollar powerhouse, Steve built the infrastructure to support the growth with minimal increases in overhead.

    8Pecks Marketing helps successful business owners tap into the power of e-commerce and e-business to grow and expand their businesses.  They help them get and keep more customers and clients.  Many of their customers are looking for a non-traditional approach or holistic perspective.

    Talking Points:
    • I've been involved in business and technology since 1980.  Most of my focus has been on applying technology to solve the biggest business problems.   8Pecks Marketing was spun out of another technology company in 2012.
    • We really serve SMB business owners who know they want to tap into the internet, e-business and e-commerce but just aren't sure how to, or where to start.
    • Some of our recent projects include: 
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    • coaching a business owners to leverage LinkedIn to get more prospects & customers;
    • producing "explainer videos" to help owners more clearly articulate their message and engage prospects & customers
    • Providing accountability coaching
    • hosting an e-entrepreneurs mastermind group
    Entrepreneur Tip:
    Find out what your customers really want and then deliver that if you can.   Focus on delivering value, value, value!

    Consumer Tip:
    Look for someone who knows not just about the technology but someone who also knows about marketing.  Ultimately this is not getting more sales, more business, and more profits.

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    Contact:
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    2777 Darlington Rd,  Beaver Falls, PA 15010
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    Jill Kummer
    Partner at JJ Media Group and Co-Owner of Eventsburgh.com
    Jill is the President of Black Tie Pittsburgh which provides on line event organization for events, ticketing and event publication.  Black Tie, Pittsburgh is the definitive source for premier events and galas in the Western, Pennsylvania Region serving both the non-profit and for profit community.  Her clients include the Family House, American Heart Association, FROGGS(Friendly Rivalry Often Gets Great Success), Ladies Hospital Aid Society and POWER(Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery) and United Way.

    Jill became an expert on the organization, logistics and marketing of events in her 20 years in corporate America in the hospitality business as a Food and Beverage Manager.  Additionally Jill has become acosmopolitan expert on major city life and entertainment having worked in St. Louis, Missouri; Clearwater Beach, Florida:  Charlotte, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana and Houston, Texas.  Jill is dedicated to the furtherance of cultural enterprises and gala events that bring people and profit to the city of Pittsburgh.

    Talking Points:
    • Its important to surround yourself with great people to achieve success together.  Here's a look at our EventsBurgh Team:
    Joanne Quinn-Smith, Partner JJ Media Group, Owners Eventsburgh.com
    • 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.  Her niche is creating internet based platforms using good relevant information to create expert status and organic search dominance.
    • Joanne is an author, prolific blogger and talkcaster.  Joanne's flagship website, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com garners 220,000 hits per month and 62,000 unique page views per week.  From July, 2011 to July, 2012, PPL Mag has had 2.25 million visitors and 662,000 unique page views.
    • She 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.
    • Joanne has interviewed over 2000 prominent business owners, non-profit executives and celebrities. With over 800 talkcasts in her repertoire.  Her good news reporting at PositivelyPittsburghLive was a finalist for best website or blog in Media for the American Business Stevie Award in 2010.
    Penny Haynes, Site Administrator... She is a very talented Word Press Expert
    • Eventsburgh helps event advertisers to find and connect with social media savvy people.  Whether it's a non-profit event, a small business event, a special sale event, or a new restaurant opening event, we can help you reach to audience beyond your imagination.
    • Eventsburgh welcomes all kinds of events from any industries. Do you want more people to show up at a certain place at a certain time? Then you are at the right place!!  A happy hour special from a restaurant?  A two days sale at a local florist?  You post it, we spread it !!
    • This is a big deal below, people can make money promoting events, they do it anyway on social media.
    • Monetize your online connection by sharing events posted on Eventsburgh.com
    Entrepreneur Tip:
    Think of things from consumer perspective.  Dial in to what the customer wants.

    Consumer Tip:
    Make your list as complete as possible filling in every blank. If you can pay to add pictures, videos,etc.

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    Contact:
    Jill Kummer of JJ Media Group and Co-Owner of Eventsburgh.com
    EventsBurgh.com


    Hosted By:
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    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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    Positively Pittsburgh Live
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    Sally Power
    Founder and Executive Director of Treasure House Fashions
    Dawn Pomaybo
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    Matt "The Effective Detective" Tomsho is probably the most unusual technical guy you will ever meet. Combining over 30 years of experience in the database and computer programming areas with experience in sales, marketing, customer service, and management, Matt has a unique view of how businesses run and what they need to do to succeed.

    Baker Street Business Solutions works with small established businesses who want to get more bang from their marketing bucks. More prospects, more repeat customers, without spending vast sums of money on marketing.

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    • After 30 years programming and analyzing data, as well as seeing what customers wanted and didn't want, I decided to combine that knowledge and show small businesses how to increase sales using technology and innovative marketing techniques.
    • Email is still one of the most effective ways to maintain contact with customers and prospects - if it is done right. If done wrong it is one of the most effective ways to alienate customers and prospects.
    • The list is the thing, but size is somewhat a matter of taste. The required size of a list depends on your market, your product, and the level of engagement needed to turn prospects into customers.
    • Most small businesses do customer and prospect follow up wrong. It isn't about continously selling, it is about engaging so they want to buy when the time is right.
    • Only 7% of your market is actively looking for you at any point in time. 60% may buy in the future. Most businesses focus solely on the 7% and ignore the 60% - or hope that advertising will catch them.
    • Matt also has internet TV channel on PPLMag with tips on how to get your lists ready to market to your clients and prospects.
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    Sally Power
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    Sally Power is Founder and Executive Director of Treasure House Fashions. Since 2000 this nonprofit resale shop has served over 10,000 women.   Sally enjoys networking with businesses, organizations and agencies to affirm women, particularly women in transition or crisis.  She has received numerous awards for her efforts, and her story was featured in Woman's Day Magazine.  More than any award or achievement, Sally is most proud of her three children: Nathan, Stephanie, and Chad. To watch them passionately pursue their dreams despite challenges is the best legacy.

    Treasure House Fashions is a nonprofit, quality women's resale clothing shop with a tender heart.  Our mission is promoting the dignity and self-esteem of women, particularly women in transition and/or crisis.  Outward appearance is not an accurate reflection of your worth, but it can affirm the treasure that you truly are.

    Treasure House Fashions is open to the public for shopping, and we offer HALF OFF to Single Moms, Sassy Seniors (55+) and Female Veterans through our S.M.A.R.T. Card Program.

    Treasure House Fashions is the closet for over 60 women's agencies throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area that address various challenges:  homelessness, addiction, incarceration, poverty, divorce care, mental illness, natural disasters, indigenous reservation, domestic violence, health issues, unemployment and job training. The overarching need of all of these women is appropriate clothing for their specific situation; the underlying issue is a lack of self-worth.  Clothing is our means not our mission:  our heart is to affirm the worth of women on challenging journeys.

    Talking Points:
    • In 2000 I was navigating a divorce and inherited over $200,000 worth of debt!  Naively I bought a resale shop to augment my teaching income but women in my situation or worse frequented my shop and I began to literally give away the store.  An astute businessman, recognizing my ineffective business plan, advised me to become a nonprofit and walked me through the process that was 14 years ago.  Since then, we've grown from 850 square feet to over 6,000 from 2 volunteers to about 40 but always need more; and from serving 1 agency to serving over 60.
    • One of our biggest challenges has been our location!  We've been located in Andre Plaza which is an office building never intended to be retail space.  And it is a challenge for clients to get to us on public transportation and simply to locate us because we're not highly visible.  It's very tricky which is why we've been looking for another location.  And FOUND ONE!
    • Our soon to be location is at 7607 McKnight Road (the former SURROUNDINGS furniture store).  It has increased visibility, accessibility, and functionality.  It exceeds our expectations for our mission!  We covered the down payment a big deal for a small nonprofit and we can cover our mortgage, but we need to raise funds for the required renovations, transition costs and on-going programming during this transition.  So we're not moving yet.  We've got some work to do!
    • We have several up-coming fundraisers that will be fun and engaging.  The first is AUG 27 MASTERS OF MINI-GOLF INVITATIONAL INSIDE GlowGolf, a glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course we'll have mini-golf foursomes and hole sponsors and food and beverages included in their registration fees; OUTSIDE we'll have corn hole games, food trucks, auction and raffle items, music and MORE.  It will be a playful time! Listeners can be golfers or hole sponsors, donate auction items, or come to eat & have fun! 
    • On Saturday, October 18th from 10 to 2, we'll have Sparkle Pittsburgh, which includes vendor shopping, luncheon, latest fashion tips from Jockey's senior designer, and Jockey Person to Person Fall Fashion Show. The fashion tips alone are worth attending. And an auction for over $1,000 in Jockey clothing raffle tickets $10 each and proceeds benefit THF. Tickets are $40 each and available at the shop. More information for each of these events is on our website.
    • And of course we're looking for friends to JOIN OUR CIRCLES in preparing our new HOME we have various levels of support and would love to have listeners link arms in our new adventure to establish a long-term resource for women in need.
    Entrepreneur Tip:
    Follow your heart it will lead you to amazing places!  It might press you beyond your comfort zone but if your dreams don't make you squirm a bit, they're too small!

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    Dawn Pomaybo
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    • I provide all the products tools and services that businesses, managers and supervisors need to manage employees and the workplace from hire to fire.
    • Creating job fit, policies and training for management and staff are just a few of the tools that I provide.
    • By putting the tools into place that business owners will actually use helps them to minimize the liability that they face thru federal and state labor laws.  
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        As a young man, Alexander was diagnosed with ADHD and depression and has spent years studying the mind to overcome his disabilities.  Among his studies, he has learned techniques for dramatically improving memory and teaches people the same as a certified speaker in the Farrow Memory Program.
        We live in a time when technology is now practically thinking for us even as we receive more information daily than any generation before.  Improving your memory to take in all of this data without getting burned out or leaning on technology as a crutch is one of the most effective ways to improve your work and keep your mind active for years to come.

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        • I teach entrepreneurs and small businesses how increased memory can increase their bottom line.  In a service-based economy like this, many people have to keep track of volumes of client information as well as a large amount of technical information.  Using your own memory rather htan relying on software or gadgets to keep track of things for you makes it much easier to do your job because you waste less time and become more organized.  It also helps improve service as being able to remember a client's name without looking it up makes you look more likable, trustworthy and professional.
        • For clients with busy schedules who prefer to learn at their own pace, there are CDs and DVDs they can buy to learn at home.  For offices who would like multiple employees to get information and techniques they can start right away, I offer group coaching sessions that will triple your memory in 3 hours.  And for people who want to master this skill, I offer my 3-month Genius School for 1-to-1 personal memory coaching.
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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. 

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        Publish Date: 09-16-2014 17:07:00
         

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        PPL Co-Host Megan Grabowski| WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? Dean's Diner, Rte 22 Blairsville| Jim Palmer's Dream Business Academy| Clarion Hotel at Philadelphia Airport| POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH SPONSORED EVENTS: Win Pitt Professional Development Day| The Author's Zone Awards| CULTURAL CLUES: Behind the Scenes, Dirty Dancing| September Events in the Cultural District| Jackie Evancho with the PSO| Sons of Ulster at the PICT| Bricolage Wins National Recognition| Ballet Hispano Classico| Irving Berlin's White Christmas| Pittsburgh Dance Council Season| KIDZ KORNER: Kids Without Kicks Scholarship Golf Outing| WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: Operation Jump Start Classes| BUSINESS BUZZ: Pittsburgh in Top 30 for Гc??Best All-American VacationsГc?? | Transformational Plans for the Hill District| SDC Nutrition Ribbon Cutting Ceremony| BURGH BIZ SATURDAY SHOWCASE Lisa Kennis-Miller of HR Rescue Resources, LLC| Stephanie Oliver, Oliver Events| Jennifer Hain of Jennifer Lee Life Coaching| John S. Oliverio of Pittsburgh Young Professionals| HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY: New App for College Students| Roboburgh, the Sequel| PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF: Chamber Music at Historic Old St. Luke's| NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH: Standning up for StandingFirm Awards Luncheon| World Gratitude Day| 3rd Annual Power of Laughter Health Workshop & Comedy Luncheon| NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: African-American Heritage Day Parade| POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS: Steve Peck| Jessica Schlie| Kelly Coleman| Gia Tatone| ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Dean's Diner, Rte 22 Blairsville| Jim Palmer's Dream Business Academy| Clarion Hotel at Philadelphia Airport| Roman Bistro, Forest Hills| Of Mice and Men| PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS: Three Panthers Honored| PITTSBURGH GOOD NEWS FORUM: BraddockBarter.Com| VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE: Jobs for Pittsburgh Veterans: WeHireHeroes.US

         

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        This morning on Burgh Biz Showcase Guests, Lisa Kennis-Miller of HR Rescue Resources, LLC; Stephanie Oliver, Oliver Events, Jennifer Hain of Jennifer Lee Life Coaching and John S. Oliverio of Pittsburgh Young Professionals. 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.

         

        Publish Date: 09-11-2014 15:01:00
         

        Hopes and Dreams
        Review of REP's Of Mice and Men Sept. 5th 2014 Performance

        From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report and PositivePittsburghLiveMagazine.com
        Written By:  Stephanie Curtice  |  Sept. 08, 2014


        It is no secret that we live in a ridiculously fast paced world these days.  And for opening night, September 5th, 2014 of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, there was a pause.  It was a beautiful pause and a challenging one.  Point Park University's The Rep Professional Theater Company has set the bar for the 2014-2015 season for ALL artistic performances in the Pittsburgh area.  And they set it high.

        Lennie (Leandro Cano) and George (Jarrod DiGiorgi)
        Photo Courtesy: The REP
        I smiled with sincere pleasure in my heart, chuckled in humor, stirred in quiet disappointment, felt heartbreak, and was moved by a very deep yearning of hope.  One might think that could be sensory overload, but I think that was the genius of Steinbeck and the amazing artistry of this cast.

        Set during the Depression in the rolling golden hills of California, we join roaming farmhands George (Jarrod DiGiorgi) and Lennie (Leandro Cano) leisurely camping under the stars on the eve of starting work at a new ranch.  They are an unlikely pair for the times; Lennie Small, a massively sized and strong man with but a wee child's intellect, and George Milton, a practical and witty man who tries to look after Lennie as they work hard to pursue the great American Dream.  As they report to the nearby ranch, the simple story of two men just lookin' for an honest day's work, quickly becomes complicated.

        Carlson, Candy, Whit, George and
        Copper the Bloodhound
        Photo Courtesy: The REP
        George and Lennie's brotherly bond and hope for the future of owning their own land someday becomes one of great intrigue, inspiration, and suspect to practically everyone on the ranch.  The ranch superintendant Slim (David Whalen) is accustom to, but still struggles with the lonely nature of the job, and notes the men's loyalty to each other.  Candy (John McManus) grapples with his increasing age and fate to greater degree when a fellow ranch hand shoots his aging hound dog to put it out of its misery.  Crooks (Tommy Lafitte), who lives in the barn where manure is stored because he is black, has such lack of hope for his own future that he thinks of Lennie as being even more stupid than he'd first thought, because of Lennie's wild story that he and George will someday own their own land and live from its plentiful bounty.  The Boss's son Curley (Luke Halferty, a PPU senior) is always looking for a fight, trying to prove his dominance, and looking for his wandering new bride (Erin Lindsey Krom).  And while Culey's Wife says she just wants someone to talk to because she's lonely, all the ranch hands know that she is not only pretty, but a pretty good way to loose their job if seen talking or anything else with her.

        The struggles of Lennie's fellow ranch hands are far beyond his understanding.  He, for the most part, is a gentle giant with a simple understanding of life and his surroundings.  What Lennie knows is that he loves to pet soft things like a dead mouse in his pocket, his new puppy, soft fabric, and someday big soft furry rabbits that he'll feed alfalfa, that is reaped from their own land, at their own place complete with a windmill.  He and George's dream will come true if he puts his overwhelming strength to good use and doesn't get in any trouble.  But even, he had a sense that things aren't going to end well when he said, Its mean here.

        Now before I get too carried away sounding like a stuffy literary elitist with some profound academic understanding about Steinbeck's work or specifically about his 1937 novel Of Mice and Men, I have a confession.  To the astonishment of a gentleman I spoke with at intermission, I have never read the book.  It felt embarrassing to admit.  In high school the book was required reading for the English honors students, which I was not.  So as we were walking back to our truck, I asked my analytical chemistry professor boyfriend if the point of the work was to challenge the reader/audience member to think about all the very serious social issues the story raises.  During my little literature lesson he responded, Well,  Steinbeck just traveled and wrote what he observed, but because it does depict so many issues, that is why it's so frequently used in the classroom.  BUT because it so vividly depicts them that is why some people want it banned from schools completely.  Now I have some thoughts on that.

        Of Mice and Men shows how far we've thankfully come as a society in many ways, but it takes work to maintain progress and there is work still yet to be done.  The will to do that work is displayed best, but not solely by George, in the form of empathy and then a willingness to dutifully respond with action.   Empathy is what has given our society the inspiration to rise above the wrongness of slavery, segregation, and using the terms like nigger and retard.  So if you don't think that teaching empathy in a historically accurate context is a good idea, that's just sad.  We're not talking about 17th century history either.  This is our country's recent past, 50-80 years, as in there are still people around who lived it, and to some degree still do.  Gender inequality, racism, economic disparity, euthanasia, treatment of the aging or disabled, and mental healthcare are all contemporary global and local social issues.

        Lennie (Leandro Cano) and George (Jarrod DiGiorgi)
        Photo Courtesy: The REP
        I'm going to veer back on to course here¦ I got off course because the story is good, as tragic as it is, and the fact that it was performed beautifully.  The set was simple and perfectly so.  Every single cast member WAS their character - living the story.  The superb acting of especially Leandro Cano and Jarrod DiGiorgi gave this stage performance the robustness of a movie amidst the seaming simplicity.  They brought to life their characters and the bond between Lennie and George to show the simple and beautiful notion that hopes and dreams are worth smiling for, even amidst the turmoil of social injustices.  I have not been to a more deserving performance of multiple standing ovations yet in Pittsburgh.

        Additional Performances:
        Friday, September 5 - Sunday, September 21, 2014  |  Pittsburgh Playhouse - Rauh Theatre

        For more information and tickets, please visit www.PittsburghPlayhouse.com


        By:  Stephanie Curtice
        Good News and Cultural Reporter
        PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com
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        (c) PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com 2014

         

        Publish Date: 09-10-2014 12:36:00
         


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        Search: 2014 Skippyjon


        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
        PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S THEATER
        PRESENTS
        THEATREWORKS USA IN
        SKIPPYJON JONES

        OCTOBER 19 М¶ 26, 2014 | SIX PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS IN PITTSBURGH!
        Pittsburgh, PA М¶   Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Theatreworks USA's Skippyjon Jones from October 19 М¶ 26, 2014, at six performance locations throughout the area.  Tickets go on sale September 8th at 9:00am.

        A popular book brought to life on stage opens our season and we are excited to host this award-winning theater company so that children and families throughout the region can experience live professional performances in their neighborhood, commented Pamela K. Lieberman, Manager of Children's Programming from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Children's Theater.


        Citizens Bank is the 2014-2015 season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children's Theater.
        Theatreworks USA's Skippyjon Jones, based on the book of same title by Judy Schachner, is an enchanting musical for younger audiences that tells a story about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams.  Devanand Janki is the director and choreographer for this current tour.  The scenery is designed by Rob Odorisio, with costumes by Tracy Christensen and features a libretto and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila (Drama Desk nominee for ALTAR BOYZ and Theatreworks USA's Click, Clack, Moo!).  Theatreworks USA's Skippyjon Jones was nominated for a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award in the Outstanding Musical category.  This 60-minute musical is recommended for ages 4 and up.

        Photo Credit:  Jeremy Daniel
        Skippyjon Jones tells the tale of a Siamese cat with big dreams and an even bigger will to be anything but a cat! Holy guacamole, Skippyjon exclaims. My ears are too big for my head, my head is too big for my body. I am not a Siamese cat I am a CHIHUAHUA! Take an adventurous ride as Skippyjon Jones struggles to find himself and is faced with one of the biggest decision of his life; will he help save his fellow Chihuahua's or will he soon realize that he may be the wimpy little Siamese cat that he's been hiding from.

        To view a sample of this stage production, visit: http://www.theatreworksusa.org/show_detail.cfm?show=1546

        Individual tickets ($11 at the door; $9.50 in advance) can be ordered online at www.TrustArts.org/kids, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Group tickets can be ordered by calling 412-471-6930.  Subscriptions and Flex Ticket Packages to the Pittsburgh International Children's Theater series are available by calling 412-456-1390.

        Illustration from Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachter.  ©Theatreworks USA.
        Performance Locations

        City: Byham Theater | Sunday, October 19 | 2:00 p.m.
        Students only matinee | Byham Theater | Monday, October 20 | 10:15 a.m.
        East: Penn Hills High School | Wednesday, October 22 | 7:00 p.m.
        North: Marshall Middle School | Thursday, October 23 | 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.
        West: Moon Area High School | Friday, October 24 | 7:00 p.m.
        South: Upper St. Clair High School | Saturday, October 25 | 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
        Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School | Sunday, October 26 | 2:00 p.m.

        Theatreworks USA
        Theatreworks USA is America's largest not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has engaged and educated over 85 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about three million people annually.  Theatreworks USA has a reputation providing young audiences with their first theater experiences as well as providing young actors, writers, directors, and designers with experience and training within this field.

        Read more about Theatreworks USA
        Page to Stage: Turning Children's Books into Theater Productions, By Raven Snook | Publisher's Weekly, April 5, 2013

        http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/56695-page-to-stage-turning-children-s-books-into-theater-productions.html

        Pittsburgh International Children's Theater
        Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opens the door for children to experience professional performing arts programming which inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way.  The Family Series, now in its 45th season, introduces children to the arts early in life sparking their interest and appreciation so they continue to enjoy and support the arts as they grow up.

        The 2014 М¶ 2015 Pittsburgh International Children's Theater series also includes:
        Skink | November 16 М¶ 22, 2014 | Six locations
        Big Nate (Season Special) | November 23 М¶ 24, 2014 | Byham Theater only
        Click, Clack, Moo!  | January 11 М¶ 18, 2015 | Six locations
        Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse   | February 22 М¶ March 1, 2015 | Six locations
        The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley | April 4 М¶ 10, 2015 | Byham Theater only
        In addition to the Family Series, the Children's Theater division presents the annual Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, one of only four international children's theater festivals in the nation.  Now in its 29th year, the Pittsburgh International Children's Festival will take place May 13 М¶ 17, 2015.  For more information, visit www.TrustArts.org/kids.

        Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. www.TrustArts.org
        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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        Publish Date: 09-08-2014 19:55:00
         
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        Media Contacts:
        Show Publicist: Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/ Roth@TrustArts.org
        Other Contact: Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org

        Images available: TrustArts.org/press
        Search: 2014 Linda Eder


        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
        AWARD-WINNING VOCALIST AND BROADWAY PERFORMER
        LINDA EDER

        AS PART OF THE TRUST CABARET SERIES
        SERIES TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12!
        MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. | CABARET AT THEATER SQUARE

        Pittsburgh, PA” The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder, at the Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. This performance is part of the TRUST Cabaret Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This series provides a unique and intimate opportunity for audiences to experience the finest cabaret acts in the entertainment industry.

        Linda Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country, and jazz. As the tragic character Lucy in the Broadway musical JEKYLL & HYDE, from composer Frank Wildhorn, Eder blew the roof off of New York's Plymouth Theatre each night as she belted out signature songs Someone Like You and A New Life.  Ms. Eder was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination for her Broadway debut.

        Linda Eder, Photo Courtesy of the Artist
        Born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised in Brainerd, Minnesota, Linda Eder began her career singing in her home state and eventually landed a gig at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City. But it was her appearances on the 1987 season of Star Search, where she won for an unprecedented 12 weeks, which attracted the attention of audiences and record companies alike. Ms. Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album and soon established a vital niche as America's most popular and acclaimed new interpreter of pop standards and theatrical songs with 15 solo albums and 12 musical recordings.

        Linda Eder has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall, The Kennedy Center, Davies Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Wolftrap and the Ravinia Festival. Always touring in good company, her collaborations include the late Oscar-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch, Tony-winner Michael Feinstein and Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

        For tickets ($50.00-$60.00) and information, visit www.TrustArts.org, call 412-456-6666, or visit in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. To purchase ten (10) or more tickets at discounted rates, please call 412-471-6930. Season Tickets packages include tickets for all five shows for the price of four with table seating for $240 and theater seating for $200. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Cabaret at Theater Square. Tickets for the TRUST Cabaret Series go on sale this Friday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m.

        The 2014-2015 TRUST Cabaret Series will also include performances by Brain D'Arcy James on November 10, 2014; Norm Lewis on March 16, 2015; Ann Hampton Callaway on April 13, 2015; and a special Broadway Showstoppers performance featuring Telly Leung and Mandy Gonzalez on May 4, 2015.

        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh for their generous support of the TRUST Cabaret Series, which is arranged in cooperation with rj productions.  For more information about upcoming performing artists in the TRUST Cabaret Series, visit www.TrustArts.org/CabaretSeries.

        About The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, like us on Facebook.
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        Publish Date: 09-08-2014 19:46:00
         
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        Sept. 2, 2014


        PITTSBURGH SENSATION JACKIE EVANCHO RETURNS TO HEINZ HALL TO PERFORM WITH MEMBERS OF THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

        PITTSBURGH Jackie Evancho, the 14-year-old vocal sensation from Pittsburgh, returns to her hometown to perform with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on February 13, 2015.

        Evancho, who first gained fame as a runner up on NBC's America's Got Talent at 10 years old, releases her third studio album, Awakening, on September 23. Her performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony will feature the lush classical-crossover compositions for which she has become known, as well as the more contemporary material that can be found on her new album. Evancho also will sing several original songs and music from Broadway.

        Of course there are always going to be some classical pieces but I wanted to reinvent the pop songs and make them my own, said Evancho of the new album. The only thing that mattered was that the song spoke to me.

        Tickets, ranging in price from $39 to $179, go on sale September 8 and can be purchased through the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.

        Jackie Evancho dazzled American television audiences at age 10, gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC's America's Got Talent. She was immediately signed to Columbia Records where she released a string of successful recordings including O Holy Night, Dream With Me, Heavenly Christmas and Songs From the Silver Screen. She has since acted in Robert Redford's The Company You Keep alongside Susan Sarandon, Shia LeBeouf and Nick Nolte, and performed as a special guest in Cirque du Soleil's One Night for One Drop benefit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. She also starred in the fall 2012 GUESS Kids clothing campaign, and in June, she performed the classic film song Over the Rainbow at the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Evancho has participated in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., where she delighted President and Mrs. Obama. She performed before 100,000 people in Russia with opera stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sumi Jo prior to the opening of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, and has performed in Japan before the Royal Family at the Imperial Palace. Her first PBS special was one of the top pledge producing performances in PBS history. Her wide-ranging achievements caused Billboard to include her on its list of music movers-and-shakers under the age of 21 in 2011 and 2012.

        Editors Please Note:

        Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

        JACKIE EVANCHO WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
        Heinz Hall
        PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
        JACKIE EVANCHO, vocalist

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        Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President for 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: 09-08-2014 19:39:00
         
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        Media Contacts:
        PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh:
        Show Publicist: Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org
        Other Contact: Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org      

        Images available: TrustArts.org/press
        Search: Book of Mormon 2014


        THE BEST MUSICAL OF THIS CENTURY.
        Heaven on Broadway!  A celebration of the privilege
        of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.
        Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

        THE BOOK OF MORMON

        ANNOUNCES LOTTERY TICKET POLICY

        PERFORMANCES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 23 AT HEINZ HALL


        Pittsburgh, PA THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, which begins Tuesday, September 23 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA and plays a limited two week engagement through Sunday, October 5, 2014.  In Pittsburgh, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 per ticket.

        The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances.  The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.  

        Entries will be accepted at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

        THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, South Park. Tony Award®-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, AVENUE Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's SPAMALOT, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.
        Book of Mormon
        National Tour Company
        Photo Credit:  Joan Marcus

        THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical; the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

        THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.  

        The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

        For more information, visit www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com

        Follow THE BOOK OF MORMON on Twitter and on Facebook.

        In Pittsburgh, THE BOOK OF MORMON will play September 23 through October 5, 2014 at Heinz Hall. This tour is being offered as a ˜season special' from the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

        Tickets start at $45 and are available for purchase through these official ticketing outlets, by calling (412) 315-3155, visiting the Heinz Hall Box Office, (600 Penn Avenue) or online at www.TrustArts.org and www.CulturalDistrict.org. Single ticket sales are limited to 9 per customer.

        For more information about the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh subscription series, please call (412) 456-1390 or email: subscriptions@TrustArts.org. Groups of 10 or more may call (412) 471-6930 or email groupsales@TrustArts.org or visitwww.TrustArts.org/groupsales.  
        PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series is a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

        BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA
        Broadway Across America is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO).  BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets.  As a leading Broadway producer, BAA is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre.  Current/upcoming productions include Beautiful, Million Dollar Quartet and Pippin. Past productions include Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, Promises, Promises, The Producers, Betrayal and War Horse. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com andBroadway.com

        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  www.TrustArts.org

        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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        Publish Date: 09-08-2014 19:26:00
         
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        Media Contacts:
        Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations: 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
        Diana Roth, Communications Manager: 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
        Images available at: TrustArts.org/press
        Search name:  2014-2015 Dance


        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

        TICKETS ON SALE
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014

        20142015 PITTSBURGH DANCE COUNCIL SEASON

        Pittsburgh, PA”  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces single tickets go on sale, Friday, August 29, at 9AM, for the 20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council season.  Pittsburgh Dance Council is a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  All performances will take place at the Byham Theater located at 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

        The 20142015 Pittsburgh Dance Council Season includes the following six performances.  Also, two special dance events presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Royal Ballet of Cambodia and Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host are additional recommendations to dance patrons.

        Photo Courtesy of the Artist
        Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
        Saturday | October 11, 2014 | 8PM | Byham Theater

        Simply breathtaking. Chicago Sun Times

        Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's bold vision focuses on presenting groundbreaking work from the world's most exciting, emerging choreographers. Square None, the company's first commission by Norbert De La Cruz III, is an ambitious and expansive piece that explores themes of youth and naivetГ©. The Aspen Times says, It felt like a thrill, like a discovery of something new.  Beautiful Mistake, a stunning piece by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, expertly exhibits the gorgeous physicality of this incredible company through dynamic partnering. The newest work, Heart(s)pace by company-favorite Nicolo Fonte, gives audiences a distinctively unique experience as the stage glows with exuberant light and color. Influenced by love and compassion, this abstract piece illuminates the importance of touch.

        Michael Clark Company
        Saturday | November 1, 2014 | 8PM | Byham Theater

        A thunderous electrifying evening of attention-seeking sound, stimulating visuals, and impressive fine-tuned focused dancers. Don't expect to be transported; expect to be jolted out of your seats.
        British Theatre Guide

        Photo Credit:  Jake Walters

        The rebellious sensibilities of British dance iconoclast Michael Clark have catapulted him to the forefront of innovative contemporary dance. Fusing extreme elements of classical and punk, Michael Clark's technical rigor and unabashed experimentation consistently breaks new ground to provoke and electrify audiences. Michael Clark's critically-acclaimed work come, been and gone features the music of 1970s rock legends David Bowie and Iggy Pop. At once sensual and damaged, Clark's masterpiece Swamp is drenched in exquisitely textured patterns of movement. Program contains partial nudity. Presented in partnership with the British Council.

        Ron K. Brown Evidence
        Saturday | February 7, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater
        Photo Credit:  Ayodele Casel

        If there is any company working today whose dancers pack a more sophisticated and vibrant kinetic punch than those of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, I can't think of it.
        The New York Times

        Ronald K. Brown masterfully threads elements of African, modern, ballet and social styles, elevating dance as a medium to communicate the human experience. The Brooklyn-based company Evidence poignantly executes Brown's signature vision of forging contemporary choreography rooted in the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. In the extraordinary work The Subtle One, set to the music of jazz musicians Jason Moran and Tarus Mateen, Brown transcends the human struggle and aspirations for connection between spiritual beings and mortals. In On Earth Together, Stevie Wonder's music deepens Brown's exploration of love and compassion and features dancers from the Pittsburgh community working alongside dancers from Evidence.

        Union Tanguera
        Saturday | March 28, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater
        Photo Credit:  Guillermo Monteleone

        Extremely seductive and ravishing. The Oregonian

        French Argentinean ensemble Union Tanguera brings the sensuality and art of tango to life with their original, stimulating interpretation of the social dance style reimagined for the stage. Featuring live music performed by one of Buenos Aires's finest quartets, the French Argentinean ensemble of seven dancers presents savory, stylized dance theater with dramatic flair.  Set in a nameless nightclub at the end of a traditional tango show, Nuit Blanche illuminates the wanderings, desires, and fears that surface during one sleepless night”unveiling a seductive, late night world where dancers express themselves through intimate, uninhibited dance.

        Pontus Lidberg
        Saturday | April 18, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater

        Pontus Lidberg is an exquisite dancer. Lidberg explores movement qualities and relations in a form that is easy to embrace. Something vulnerable, innocent and at the same time volatile¦
        Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden
        Photo Credit:  Petrus Sjovik

        Movement-wise, the freely flowing combinations of recurrent falls, slides and lifts give a feeling of weightlessness. Västerbottens-Kuriren, Sweden

        A rising star on the international dance scene, Swedish choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg has created more than 35 works for major dance companies such as Ballet du Grand ThГ©Гctre de GenГ¨ve, SemperOper Ballet Dresden, Morphoses, and his own company, Pontus Lidberg Dance. His brand-new work, Snow, is a turbulent choreographic composition set in a ceaseless snowfall. The choreography presents a poetic look at the fragile human reality of existence, in contrast to the relentless power of nature. Four world-class dancers, including Lidberg himself, will take the stage together with a lifelike, highly expressive Japanese-style Bunraku puppet to tell a dynamic and poetic story of human experience.

        Photo Credit:  Andrew Ross
        Scottish Ballet
        Tuesday | May 19, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater
        Crackles with Southern heat and sexual tension. The Independent

        The result is everything you could hope for” florid, poetic, poisonously beautiful.
        London Evening Standard

        Scotland's national dance company presents a bold interpretation of the Tennessee Williams's masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire. Dance meets drama in this powerful collaboration between award-winning theater/film director Nancy Meckler and internationally-acclaimed choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The iconic, heartbreaking tale of human frailty is set to a saucy, jazz-inspired score and aptly dressed in striking vintage-styled costumes. The retelling of Streetcar is exemplary of Scottish Ballet's niche for re-imagining classic stories with fresh relevance for contemporary audiences.

        SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

        Photo Credit:  Thommy Keat
        Recommended Performance: Royal Ballet of Cambodia
        Friday | November 7, 2014 | 8PM | Byham Theater
        Single tickets start at $25.
        Sweet and seductive. The Dance Insider

        Renowned for its graceful hand gestures and stunning costumes, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia has been closely associated with the Khmer court for more than 1,000 years. The traditional style celebrates graceful, subtle movement that is absolutely spellbinding.

        *This performance is not part of the subscription season. Subscribers receive priority access and a $5 discount on tickets to this Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents presentation.

        Photo Credit:  David Bazemore
        Special Event: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
        Saturday | February 28, 2015 | 8PM | Byham Theater
        Single tickets start at $25.
        Out of this unexpected union of dance and radio comes a show that, like the work of its collaborators, blends moments of delight and hilarity with glimpses of the soft underbelly of human experience. It's magic.     Santa Barbara Independent

        This, I'll be completely sincere, is one of my favorite things I have ever been a part of, says This American Life host Ira Glass of his collaboration with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. The show includes radio interviews restaged as dance pieces, plus stories from the lives of each of the three performers. Don't miss this fun, quirky event where radio meets dance in an unlikely, wonderful evening that gives the feeling of an amazing dance performance and a heartfelt This American Life episode.

        *This performance is not part of the subscription season. Subscribers receive priority access for tickets to this special event.

        TICKETS
        Single tickets start at $19 for the 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Dance Council season and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.  Subscription packages are available for: $64-$240. Subscriptions can be purchased in packages of 4 shows or 6 shows. To subscribe, call 412-456-1390.  Groups of 10 or more tickets, please call 412-471-6930.
        For more information visit, www.TrustArts.org/dance.
        About the Pittsburgh Dance Council
        The Pittsburgh Dance Council joined Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as a programming division 2002. The mission of Pittsburgh Dance Council is to bring the best contemporary dance companies from around the world to the Cultural District. Each season, Pittsburgh Dance Council presents diverse, world-class contemporary works, including U.S. and world premieres.

        About the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.

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        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 21:04:00
         
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        Media Contacts:
        Jessica Warchall, Visual Arts Publicist, 412-471-8712/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: Quilt 2014

        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
        FRAGMENTS, FRACTALS: WRITE IT, PRINT IT, SEW IT

        September 12 November 16, 2014 | 709 Penn Gallery | 709 Penn Avenue
        Exhibition Opening & Reception | September 12, 5:30 9 p.m.

        Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Fragments, Fractals: Write It, Print It, Sew It, an exhibition of story quilts by artist Tina Williams Brewer. The exhibition is on view September 12November 16, 2014, at the Trust's 709 Penn Gallery. An opening reception and artist talk take place September 12, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

        Brewer's ten quilts”with titles such as Natural Migration, Cosmic Endeavors, and Rosetta Stone”tell stories of the natural movement of migration, from a simple view of water migration to a more complicated visual approach to forced migration. The layered, overlapping, and decorative imagery is achieved through quilting fabrics that have been printed with Brewer's designs.

        Everything gets lost in the movement of migration, Brewer says. In order to simplify so that we may understand, there is a need to peel back the layers and explore the beginnings of the original water currents.

        As an artistic inspiration, Brewer used fragments of novelist John Edgar Wideman's Cry In from Briefs: Stories for the Palm of the Mind and Rachel Goldstein's poetry to inform her work. The inspiration from both artists are in integral part of the exhibition.

        Tina Williams Brewer is known for her artistic exploration of African-American history and the personal experiences associated with it. She uses symbolism, textile, and fabrics to create story quilts that are motivated by issues focusing on family, women and children, and the spirituality of the culture. Her work has been displayed internationally at the United States Embassy in Ghana, and in more than 50 major venues across the United States, including Tampa Museum of Art and Science, Tampa, FL; Heinz Regional History Center, Pittsburgh, PA; African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; African American Museum, Dallas, TX; Reginald Lewis Museum of African American Art in Baltimore, MD; and Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV. Brewer is a member of the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh, Women of Visions, Inc., and an emeritus board member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, and she earned a bachelor of arts from Columbus College of Art and Design.

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        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 20:38:00
         
        For Immediate Release                  
        Contact:  Lisa Alexander, PR Marketing Manager
        Calliope
        (412) 361-1915, lalexander@calliopehouse.org        

        CALLIOPE PRESENTS
        ELLIS PAUL



        (Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes Ellis Paul to THE ROOTS CELLAR, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside, on Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:30 PM.
        More information is available online at www.calliopehouse.org or by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915. Tickets are $28 / $12 (w/ student ID) *handling fees included.

        Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.
        The New York Times

        Ellis Paul's songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.

        Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul's music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide, his 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have since cemented his place as one of America's most talented songwriters.

        Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials,
        documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers -- Hall Pass (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), Me, Myself, & Irene (starring Jim Carrey) and Shallow Hal (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul's music by referring to him as a national treasure.

        Ellis Paul

        Not surprisingly, Paul's consistently been heralded by others as well. One writer noted that it reminds you how much we need storytellers back in pop music -- storytellers with empathy, fine eyes and an understanding that even though we live in a soulless, indifferent would, out music doesn't have to reflect our culture." Another reviewer was even more pointed. Ellis Paul is one of the best singer/songwriters of his generation, she commented. And for many of us he is the face of contemporary folk music. Few are as smart, as literate, as poetic as Paul. I cannot think of another artist on the acoustic music scene is better loved by fans, or more respected by his contemporaries.
        Indeed, he is all that, and in a very real sense, even more. He's an observer, a philosopher, and an astute storyteller who shares with his listeners the life lessons he's learned, and in turn, life lessons they ought to heed as well. By affirming and defining who he is, Ellis Paul affirms and uncovers the essence of us all.

        With 16 CD's, a concert DVD, and a book of poems and short stories to his credit, Ellis' songs have been featured on the soundtracks to documentaries, TV shows and big Hollywood films such as The Farrelly Brother's ˜Hall Pass', ˜Me, Myself & Irene', and ˜Shallow Hal'. Ellis is a true American troubadour, performing over 150 tour dates a year, for over 20 years all around the world. He has shared the stage with some of the top names in the music world including: Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Arlo Gutherie, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin and multi-platinum band Sugerland, among others.

        Ellis has a voice that's so powerful that you know who it is the second he comes through your radio. His music and songs are a new birth in American sound that makes me want to go see concerts again. -Kristian Bush / Sugerland

        Here's his website: http://www.ellispaul.com/
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        Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs.  As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope's mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts.  Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of Pittsburgh Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
        --
        Lisa Alexander, MFA
        PR Marketing Manager
        Calliope
        6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
        Pittsburgh, PA 15232
        412-361-1915
        www.calliopehouse.org
        Posted on behalf of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.  Joyce Kane is the owner of Cybertary Pittsburgh, a Virtual Administrative support company, providing virtual office support, personal and executive assistance, creative design services and light bookkeeping.  Cybertary works with businesses and busy individuals to help them work 'on' their business rather than 'in' their business.  www.Cybertary.com/Pittsburgh

         

        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 20:32:00
         
        For Immediate Release
        Aug. 14, 2014

        PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S MUSIC FOR THE SPIRIT EXPANDS TO INCLUDE THREE SEPTEMBER NEIGHBORHOOD CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS


        PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Music for the Spirit program is expanding to include three chamber music concerts at local churches in the North Side, East Liberty and Wilkinsburg in September.

        The Music for the Spirit program explores the connection between music and spirituality during free Pittsburgh Symphony concerts, at both Heinz Hall as part of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics series and in rotating community venues. In September, the Music for the Spirit program adds three concerts featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass and which follow the Music for the Spirit concert format, melding music, poetry, readings and other spoken word pieces.

        Monday Night Neighborhood Concerts will take place at Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side on September 8, East Liberty Presbyterian Church on September 15 and Deliverance Baptist Church in Wilkinsburg on September 22. Each Monday Night Neighborhood Concert will present the same program.

        The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass includes Craig Knox, tuba; Murray Crewe, bass trombone; Neal Berntsen, trumpet; William Caballero, horn; Peter Sullivan, trombone; and George Vosburgh, trumpet.

        All concerts start at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made at pittsburghsymphony.org/neighborhoodseries or 412-392-8991.

        The annual Music for the Spirit concerts will take place on November 20 at Westminster Presbyterian in Upper St. Clair and November 22 at Cardinal Wuerl High School in Cranberry. More details about these concerts will be released in the fall.

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        Contact: Louise Sciannameo, Vice President for 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

         

        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 20:28:00
         
        Calliope Roots Cellar Series 2014-15

        For Immediate Release                  
        Contact:  Lisa Alexander, PR Coordinator
        Calliope House Inc.
        (412) 361-1915, lalexander@calliopehouse.org    
         

        (Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope is proud to announce its 2014-15 Roots Cellar Concerts Series, featuring the best in acoustic music, from legends of American music to up-and-coming artists who are making a mark on the genre.

        Held in the acoustically-sound subterranean room at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Roots Cellar presents a unique and intimate atmosphere for an up-close experience with the best folk musicians the world has to offer.

        The club-like environment allows for high-top or low-top tables situated around the room, or take a seat in one of the couches placed throughout. Wine, beer and soda are available for purchase from the bar (proceeds benefit the PCA).

        Tickets can be purchased on our website at www.calliopehouse.org, or by calling the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915.

        All concerts are held at The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (Shadyside)

        THE ROOTS CELLAR CONCERTS SERIES 2014-15

        Ellis Paul

        September 25, 2014”Ellis Paul
        Award-winning singer songwriter and inspiring folk musician. 

        October 9, 2014”Spuyten Duyvil
        This group's brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix.

        October 23, 2014”Long Time Courting
        All-women super group offering an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music.

         November 14, 2014”Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD Release
        This event marks the tenth anniversary of the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle album series with performances by dozens of participating Pittsburgh songwriters.

         March 19, 2015”Harpeth Rising
        Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical perspective.

         April 2, 2015”Duo Eamon
        Fiddler Cassandra Cleghorn and guitarist Jeffrey Eamon Levine are Duo Eamon, playing the lilting and rhythmic tunes of Quebec, Ireland and New England.

         May 3, 2015---Tom Russell
        Acclaimed singer songwriter and master storyteller known for chronicling the life of blue collar America.

         September 25, 2014”Ellis Paul                   http://www.ellispaul.com/       
        Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music. The New York Times
        Ellis Paul's songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.

         October 9, 2014”Spuyten Duyvil                    http://www.spuytenduyvilmusic.com/
        They're a mighty powerhouse¦.All the playing is hot.   Stephen D. Winick, The Huffington Post
        Seeing a Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced SPITE+en DIE+vil ) show for the first time is like throwing a cherry bomb into a lake (Rich Warren, WFMT).  It wakes you up. Their brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix. Lead by song-writing couple, Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this seven piece powerhouse brings barn burning energy to venues throughout the Northeast.
          
        October 23, 2014”Long Time Courting                  http://www.longtimecourting.com/
        Enchanting vocals, top-rank musicianship, and well-conceived, intelligent arrangements.      -Boston Irish Reporter
        Boston-based band Long Time Courting is an all-women supergroup featuring Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals) of Matt & Shannon Heaton and Childsplay, Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals) of Annalivia and the John Whelan Band, Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals) of Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards and Fluttr Effect, and newest member Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals), also of Childsplay. Together as Long Time Courting, these four talented women offer an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music that showcases each musician's versatility, creativity, and mastery. 

         November 14, 2014”Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD Release                                                            http://calliopehouse.org/event/pittsburgh-songwriters-circle-cd-release-pt-2-2/
         This event marks the tenth anniversary of the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle album series, marking the release of the group's 2015 CD and a commemorative retrospective CD including one song from each of the series' 10 albums. Performances by dozens of participating Pittsburgh songwriters.
          
        March 19, 2015”Harpeth Rising                        http://www.harpethrising.com/home
        The vanguard of a new species of progressive folk music. Jason D. Hamad, The No Surf Review
        Harpeth Rising chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique.

         April 2, 2015”Duo Eamon                                https://www.facebook.com/DuoEamon/info
        Fiddler Cassandra Cleghorn and guitarist Jeffrey Eamon Levine are Duo Eamon, playing the lilting and rhythmic tunes of Quebec, Ireland and New England.


        May 3, 2015”Tom Russell                                http://www.tomrussell.com/
        Tom Russell songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among others. No less than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet, has said that he shares a great affinity with Tom Russell's songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.
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        Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs. As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope's mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts. Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, J. Robert Izod Memorial Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of  Pittsburgh  Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
        --
        Lisa Alexander, MFA
        PR Marketing Manager
        Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
        6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
        Pittsburgh, PA 15232
        412-361-1915
        www.calliopehouse.org

        Posted on behalf of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.  Joyce Kane is the owner of Cybertary Pittsburgh, a Virtual Administrative support company, providing virtual office support, personal and executive assistance, creative design services and light bookkeeping.  Cybertary works with businesses and busy individuals to help them work 'on' their business rather than 'in' their business.  www.Cybertary.com/Pittsburgh

         

        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:57:00
         
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        Media Contacts:
        Show Publicist: Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org
        Other Contact: Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org
        Images available:  TrustArts.org/Press
        Search: 2014 Trombone



         PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
        WYEP AND THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENT
        TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE

         Pittsburgh, PA”The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced that WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, performing at the Byham Theater on Thursday, November 6th at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets start at $45.25 and are on sale now.  Tickets are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or by visiting in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

        New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. He is currently the front man for his own ensemble Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together, Trombone Shorty and the band have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy®-nominated "Backatown," followed by "For True" in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, "Say That to This," was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans.

        Photo Courtesy of the Artist

        Trombone Shorty appeared in several episodes of HBO's Treme, and has recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan. In 2012, he performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones. At this year's Grammy Awards, he performed alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert.

        In 2012, he received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Trombone Shorty Foundation donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.

        About WYEP 91.3 FM

        WYEP (91.3 FM) is an independent music station with an eclectic mix of programming, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. It is an NPR affiliate.

        About the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  www.TrustArts.org

        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:51:00
         
        For immediate release:
        Pat Martin
        724-743-0949

        OPEN HOUSE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014


        Discover how much fun it is to sing with the Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus.

        Our chorus is part of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of women singers who meet regularly to rehearse, socialize, perform and sing a cappella music, barbershop style.  Each week, Sweet Adelines International encourages women all over the world to reach their full singing potential.  There are unlimited training and educational opportunities as well as spectacular performance and entertainment possibilities.

        Join us any Monday evening at 7 pm to experience the joy of singing with 65 other women.

        Rehearsals are at the Coraopolis United Methodist Church, 1205 Ridge Ave., Coraopolis, PA 15108.

        To see and hear us, visit www.soundsofpgh.org.  For more information please call our toll free 412-945-SING (7464).

        Posted on behalf of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.  Joyce Kane is the owner of Cybertary Pittsburgh, a Virtual Administrative support company, providing virtual office support, personal and executive assistance, creative design services and light bookkeeping.  Cybertary works with businesses and busy individuals to help them work 'on' their business rather than 'in' their business.  www.Cybertary.com/Pittsburgh

         

        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:47:00
         
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        Media Contacts:
        Show Publicist: Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578 / Miles@TrustArts.org
        Other Contact: Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org
        Images available:  TrustArts.org/Press
        Search: 2014 Beatles

        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
        LEGENDARY CONCERT PROMOTER PAT DICESARE
        TO COMMEMORATE
        50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES IN PITTSBURGH

        SEPTEMBER 13 CONCERT WITH BEATLEMANIA NOW AND INTRODUCTION OF
        DICESARE'S NEW MEMOIR BOOK COMPLETES BEATLES WEEK TRIBUTE

        Pittsburgh, PA”Fifty years ago, the Beatles came to America¦. and made their only Pittsburgh appearance at the Civic Arena on September 14, 1964.  Legendary concert promoter Pat DiCesare, who brought the band to Pittsburgh for its historic performance, will reprise his role by hosting a series of events, including a tribute concert featuring Beatlemania Now, on September 13th at 8pm, at the Benedum Center.

        This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in collaboration with Pat DiCesare Productions, LLC.  Tickets start at $36.95 and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

        The impact of the Beatles cannot be overstated, said DiCesare. The Fab Four startled the ears and energized the lives of virtually all who heard them.  Their arrival triggered the musical revolution of the sixties, introducing a modern sound and viewpoint that parted ways with the world of the previous decade.

        The American Tour '64, the name of DiCesare's tribute concert featuring Beatlemania Now, will feature all the classic Beatle's hits live with a full stage, light and multimedia show.  Imagine it is Saturday night, September 14, 1964 and you are part of an audience of more than 12,000, watching four mop-topped kids from Liverpool, England perform live on the stage of the Civic Arena, said DiCesare.  Imagine further that you are able to fast-forward the rest of the 1960's, with all of its turbulent history, while the Beatles mature from bubblegum tunes like 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and 'She Loves You' into a band that reflects the social consciousness of the decade with 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' 'Abbey Road' and 'Let It Be.'

        That, said DiCesare, is Beatlemania Now, a show starring Scot Arch (as John Lennon), Chris Colon (as George Harrison), Eric Smith (as Ringo Starr), and Davey Justice (as Paul McCartney), with a performance that dusts off the cobwebs to recall teens screaming from the balcony of the Civic Arena and other theaters across the United States.

        The Beatles explosion onto the American musical landscape is one of the most spectacular events in music history, said DiCesare.  And through the magic that is Beatlemania Now, the audience can become a part of that history 50 years later.

        The show begins with the memorable youthful exuberance and scrubbed clean faces of the young Beatles as the band sings the original hits without a care in the world while”as if from an old copy of Life Magazine”scenes from the 1960's are projected on a screen above the stage.  Beatlemania Now brings historic scenes to life and just like the original musicians; the stage band matures from the teen heart throbs of 1964 into the most important band of the 20th Century.

        Beatlemania Now runs the gamut of songs from the early days to 'Strawberry Fields Forever,' 'Here Comes The Sun,' 'Come Together,' 'All You Need Is Love,' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,' 'Hey Jude,' 'Penny Lane,' and a special tribute to Lennon's later solo work 'Imagine.'

        For many weaned on Nirvana and Green Day, this is an exhilarating history lesson about the triumphs, the tragedies and the music of the 60's that you don't want to miss, said DiCesare.
        This show will also include tribute acts of musicians that influenced the Beatles including Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley.  

        The Beatles 50th Anniversary Week of September 5-14 will also include The Beatles Rock Art Show, a traveling art exhibit featuring more than 150 framed drawings, paintings, animation, and album art as well as other authentic art forms from rock artists including McCartney and Starr, will be on display September 5, 6, and 7.  The art show will also feature Ron Campbell, an artist and animator of the motion picture Yellow Submarine and the Beatles cartoon series.  Art viewings are free and open to the public and will be held at the Renaissance Hotel, located at 107 Sixth Street, downtown Pittsburgh.

        The Beatles changed my life and their arrival in Pittsburgh started my 40 year concert promotion career, said DiCesare.  The Beatles came into our lives at a time when we needed them, the talk about war, love and loss.

        In a career that lasted less than a decade, the Beatles changed the course of rock and roll and popular music.  After launching the British Invasion of the United States and scoring twenty Number One hits, the Beatles went on to indulge their creative energies in the studio, layering sounds and crafting songs, in a way that was experimental yet still accessible.  This retreat from the ceaseless mayhem of pop celebrity yielded such musically expansive and lyrically sophisticated albums as Rubber Soul (1965) and Revolver (1966).  The group retired from touring in August 1966, and ten months later, they released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album that has almost universally been cited as the creative apotheosis of rock and roll, a watershed event in which rock became serious art without losing its sense of humor.  The group continued to break new ground with the White Album and Abbey Road before calling it quits in 1970.  All of the band members went on to successful solo careers.  The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

        Show Contacts:        
        Dick Roberts                                                  
        New Perspective Communications                                        
        v:  412-681-1600                                                                  
        dick.roberts@new-perspective.com                                      

        Ed Traversari
        v:  412-779-3112
        EdTraversari@hotmail.com

        About the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust


        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  www.TrustArts.org

        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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        Logo Courtesy of Pat DiCesare Productions, LLC

        Posted on behalf of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.  Joyce Kane is the owner of Cybertary Pittsburgh, a Virtual Administrative support company, providing virtual office support, personal and executive assistance, creative design services and light bookkeeping.  Cybertary works with businesses and busy individuals to help them work 'on' their business rather than 'in' their business.  www.Cybertary.com/Pittsburgh

         

        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:39:00
         
        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Ranks Second in Pittsburgh Highmark Walk

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            

        CONTACT:      
        Amie Hackimer
        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
        412-255-1261
        ahackimer@ywcapgh.org

        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Ranks Second
        Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Helps Pittsburgh Nonprofits Raise $500,000





        PITTSBURGH, PA (August 7, 2014):  YWCA Greater Pittsburgh raised $24,324 in its first year as a Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community participant. The YW's efforts ranked as the second top fundraising nonprofit for the Pittsburgh Walk and fifth in all of Pennsylvania. Over 160 staff and board members, as well as friends and family, formed the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh team to raise money for the YW's programs and services.

        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh CEO Magdeline Jensen said, I am so pleased with the impressive accomplishments of our staff, board and volunteers during our first year participating in the walk. They all rose to the occasion and demonstrated support for the organization they care about.

        The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Pittsburgh provided an opportunity for the community to support 69 local nonprofits on May 17th, 2014. The primary goal of the walk, which includes both a 5K route and a one-mile fun walk option, is to help charitable health and human service organizations raise money for their individual missions. Highmark underwrites all of the costs associated with the walks, so 100 percent of funds raised by community members are donated to the charity they select. The Pittsburgh walk raised approximately $501,700 through the participation of 8,500 walkers.

        View YWCA Greater Pittsburgh's album of photos from the 2014 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.

        View Highmark release with coverage of all five Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community locations.

        For more information, contact the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh at 412-255-1261.
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        About YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
        Since its proud beginnings in 1869, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has worked to empower women and their families, advocate for fair and equitable conditions, and challenge social and racial injustice. As society has changed, so have the challenges we face. But women's underlying need for support and encouragement that empowers them to take command of their lives and their families remains. For more information, visit www.ywcapgh.org.

        About Highmark Inc.
        Highmark Inc. is among the largest health insurers in the United States and the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.2 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses. Highmark is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

        Posted on behalf of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.  Joyce Kane is the owner of Cybertary Pittsburgh, a Virtual Administrative support company, providing virtual office support, personal and executive assistance, creative design services and light bookkeeping.  Cybertary works with businesses and busy individuals to help them work 'on' their business rather than 'in' their business.  www.Cybertary.com/Pittsburgh

         

        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:34:00
         
        Media Contacts:
        Show Publicist: Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
        412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
        Other Contact: Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
        412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
        Images available:  TrustArts.org/Press
        Search: 2014 Fresh Beat Band


        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCED
        TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR
        NICKELODEON'S THE FRESH BEAT BAND TOUR

        WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014 | 6:30 P.M. | BENEDUM CENTER

        The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live Presented by Nickelodeon Will Feature New Songs Plus Fan Favorites and Travel To Cities Across the U.S.

        Pittsburgh, PA  The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon's preschool music group and stars of the Emmy Award-winning TV series of the same name, head back on the road for a brand-new nationwide concert tour November 5, 2014 February 15, 2015.  The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live presented by Nickelodeon will travel to nearly 40 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit and more.  The show will feature Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout performing the band's greatest hits including Bananas, Here We Go and a remixed version of Great Day, plus new songs including the pop classic, Walk Like An Egyptian.

        In Pittsburgh, The Fresh Beat Band tour will perform on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., at the Benedum Center.  This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.  Tickets start at $33.25 and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

        The Fresh Beat Band is back on the road to give kids a chance to see their favorite rock stars live in concert, says Doug Cohn, SVP, Music, Nickelodeon. This reimagined, high-energy production features the band's biggest hits, never-before-performed songs, and fun surprises that will deliver an unforgettable experience for families.

        Nickelodeon is currently in production on Fresh Beat Band of Spies, a brand-new animated preschool series based on the hit live-action show, The Fresh Beat Band.  In the new series, Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Marina (Tara Perry), Twist (Jon Beavers) and Shout (Thomas Hobson) are bandmates and also undercover spies.  The pop band uses their individual talents and the coolest transforming spy gadgets to outwit a goofy cast of bad guys and solve wild and wacky mysteries.  The series, which teaches problem-solving to preschoolers, is created by Nadine van der Velde and Scott Kraft (The Fresh Beat Band).  Fresh Beat Band of Spies will premiere in 2015.

        The Fresh Beat Band soundtracks The Fresh Beat Band: Music From The Hit TV Show and The Fresh Beat Band: More Music From The Hit TV Show Vol 2.0 are currently available on iTunes and in stores everywhere.  For more information, visit the tour website at http://www.freshbeatbandlive.com and for Fresh Beat activities and fun go to http://www.nickjr.com/the-fresh-beat-band/.

        In each episode of The Fresh Beat Band preschoolers sing and dance along as they help The Fresh Beat Band solve everyday challenges.  Preschoolers learn the fundamentals of music such as melody, rhythm, tempo and performance styles and the importance of friendship, working together, and respecting each other's differences.  Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz, Wayne Brady and Sarah Chalke have all hung out with the Fresh Beats and the group is beloved by many celebrity parents.
        Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com.  Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

        Ticket information for the national tour, along with Fresh Beat Band VIP packages with meet and greets, are available atwww.freshbeatbandlive.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Citi® card members through Citi's Private Pass Program can obtain ticket information at www.CitiPrivatePass.com.

        About the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  www.TrustArts.org

        Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.
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        Photo Credits:  Randee St. Nicholas/Nickelodeon

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        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:24:00
         

        Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks celebrates 10th Anniversary of free city park performances with AS YOU LIKE IT, weekends in September

        Contact:  Yvonne Hudson 412-512-0589

        Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks offers up comedy As You Like It to celebrate 10th Anniversary of free Shakespeare in city parks

        Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks marks its 10th season of presenting free Shakespeare plays in city parks by reprising its inaugural 2005 production  of As You Like It, one of the Bard's finest comedies which takes place in the ˜Forest of Arden' and deals with the familiar themes of gender-disguising and mistaken identities.

        Free performances for all ages run Saturday and Sunday afternoons (rain or shine), Sept. 6-28, in five different city parks. Audience members are invited to bring blankets and chairs. Picnics are welcome!

        Visit www.pittsburghshakespeare.org or email info@pittsburghshakespeare.org. Event phone: 412-512-0589.

        RAIN OR SHINE! PSIP performs rain or shine, as long as there is an audience with an exception for thunder or lightning which immediately stops the show.

        SHOWTIMES for FREE performances of AS YOU LIKE IT, running each Saturday and Sunday in September 2014.

        Sept. 6 and 7 at 2 pm
        Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson Street, Squirrel Hill
        Sun. 1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show
        Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI: on  Sat., Sept. 6

        Sat., Sept. 13 at 2 pm
        Allegheny Commons West Park, Ridge Ave & Arch St, North Side (behind the Aviary)
        1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling pre-show

        Sun., Sept. 14 at 2 pm: Arsenal Park, 40th and Butler Streets, Lawrenceville
        1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show

        Sat., and Sun., Sept. 20 and 21 at 2 pm
        Sat. 1-1:45 pm Falstaff's Fellows - youth troupe pre-show Performance
        Sun. 1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show
        All at Schenley Park, Flagstaff Hill at Frew St.
        Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI:  on Sun., Sept. 21
        http://www.ventureoutdoors.org/

        Sat, Sept. 27  New! Two-performance day!
        Shows at BOTH 11 am and 2:30 pm
        Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson St., Squirrel Hill

        Sun., Sept. 28 at 2 pm
        Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson St., Squirrel Hill
        1 pm Falstaff's Fellows - youth troupe pre-show performance

        Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI:  on two dates:
        Sat., Sept. 6
        Sun., Sept. 21
        http://www.ventureoutdoors.org/

        Directed by local favorite Lisa Ann Goldsmith and featuring PSIP Artistic Director Jennifer Tober as Rosalind, the spunky female protagonist, PSIP's 10th anniversary offering employs the First Folio text, using Shakespeare's original language as it was first published a few years after the playwright's death.

        PSIP promotes its own unique brand of engaging, physical classical theater outdoors in public parks, using no set except the natural environs.

        AS YOU LIKE IT is arguably Shakespeare's finest comedy," says Tober. "And where better to play the Forest of Arden than in the parks of Pittsburgh? Filled with love, deception, gender reversals and laugh-out-loud comedy, As You Like It is a great late-summer offering for theatre-goers of all ages."

        Really, nothing makes me happier than doing or seeing Shakespeare outdoors on a beautiful day or even a yucky day. It really has been a joy to see how the company has grown over the past 10 years," Tober adds.

        THE CAST OF AS YOU LIKE IT

        In addition to Tober, the cast features Andrew Miller as Orlando, Elizabeth Ruelas as Celia, John Michnya as Jacques, Drew Palajsa as Touchstone, and Tonya Lynn as Audrey. The cast also includes: Chuck Beikert, Nicholas Benninger, Eric Davidson, Adrienne Fischer, Anthony Gullickson, and Adam Rutledge

        ABOUT PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS

        What PSIP offers our audience is so different from what we think of as ˜typical' theater we use the grass, trees, woods and bring the text to life in an exciting way, often right up in the audience's face," Tober says. "Our style is vibrant and our language understandable; we make Shakespeare accessible to those brand new to the Bard (even tiny children) as well as seasoned theatre-goers."

        Tober, a New York transplant, started the company upon arriving in 2005.  The inaugural production of As You Like Itran for two weekends in Frick Park in November, right before Thanksgiving when one show ended in light snow flurries.

        Pittsburgh had been missing outdoor Shakespeare, and thus I started the company outdoor Shakespeare has been such a huge, and fantastic, part of my creative life for so many years, Tober says.

        ABOUT JENNIFER TOBER & LISA ANN GOLDSMITH
        Tober's professional experience includes appearances at such companies as Quantum Theatre, The REP, PICT,UnSeam'd Shakespeare, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, the Shakespeare Project, and New York Classical Theatre.

        Goldsmith and Tober are happy to be working together again, having both performed in UnSeam'd Shakespeare Company's 2009 production of Macbeth 3, directed by Michael Hood.  Goldsmith is fresh off playing Rachel in Quantum Theatre's Pantagleize as well as directing The Devil's Arithmetic for Prime Stage Theatre.

        www.pittsburghshakespeare.org
        Like Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks on Facebook.
        Twitter:  @Pgh Shakespeare

        Bringing you free Shakespeare since 2005.
        Bring a blanket, a loved one, and a thermos.

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        Publish Date: 08-29-2014 19:16:00
         
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        Media Contacts:
        Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
        Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org

        Images available: TrustArts.org/Press
        Search: 2014-2015 Trust Presents


        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
        TICKETS ON SALE - FRIDAY, AUGUST 22

        FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL SEASON OF WORLD-CLASS,
        ONE-OF-A-KIND PERFORMANCES FOR ALL AGES
        20142015 COHEN & GRIGSBY TRUST PRESENTS SERIES

        Pittsburgh, PA М¶   The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 22, at 9:00 a.m., EDT, for an exceptional season of events featuring area premieres and returning favorites by national and international performing artists for the 20142015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.  Music, dance, comedy, theater, and more will take place at various venues in Pittsburgh's Cultural District, as presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  Tickets are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930.

        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to bring these outstanding performers from around the globe to the Cultural District.  This diverse series represents an opportunity for people of all ages, in and around the region, to experience the vitality of live performances, comments Paul Organisak, Vice President of Programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

        20142015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents events going on sale Friday, August 22, include:

        SpokFrevo Orquestra
        Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
        Tickets start at $25.
        This high energy 17-piece Brazilian big band is enthralling audiences worldwide with the swinging, rhythmically infectious sounds of frevo, a music genre born from the joyful carnival culture of Brazil. SpokFrevo Orquestra pushes musical boundaries, threading Brazilian traditions through compelling jazz improvisation.

        Photo Credit:  Mike Reynes
         
        The Capitol Steps
        Sunday, November 2, 2014 | 4 pm | Byham Theater
        Tickets start at $25.
        Cleverly putting the mock in democracy, The Capitol Steps began as a group of U.S. Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them, and there is never any shortage of fresh, comedic material.








        Royal Ballet of Cambodia 



        Friday, November 7, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham Theater
        Tickets start at $25.
        Renowned for its graceful hand gestures and stunning costumes, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia has been closely associated with the Khmer court for more than 1,000 years. Their traditional dance style lends itself to exquisite, subtle movement that leaves audiences spellbound.

        360 ALLSTARS
        Saturday, November 8, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham Theater
        Tickets start at $25.
        A breathtaking theatrical sensation, 360 ALLSTARS skillfully explore forms of rotation live on stage. Boasting a stellar cast of world class athletes, dancers and musicians, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to present an exhilarating urban circus for audiences of all ages.

        The Intergalactic Nemesis
        Friday, November 14, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham Theater
        Tickets start at $25.
        A brilliant mash-up of the epic adventure comic book and a 1930s era radio broadcast performed live on stage. The popular, period-sci-fi-horror-suspense-comedy-romance is presented in a whole new way. Three actors, one Foley artist and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, while 1,000+ hand-drawn, full-color comic-book images blast onto a large screen.


        Photo Credit:  Ines Kaiser
        Maceo Parker
        Friday, January 16, 2015 | 8 pm | Byham Theater
        Tickets start at $25.
        The funkiest saxophonist on the planet, Maceo Parker is revered for his impeccable pedigree and leading the world's tightest orchestra. Maceo Parker has played alongside R&B titans James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, among others. His collaborations with Ani Difranco, Dave Matthews and Red Hot Chili Peppers have introduced Maceo Parker to an ever expanding fan base.





        Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure 
        Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 3 & 6 pm | Benedum Center
        Tickets start at $20.25.
        Live on stage traintastic adventures await in the modern world of Chuggington. Wilson, Brewster and Koko take on exciting challenges, learn new skills and discover a sense of achievement through teamwork, courage and determination.

        Zap Mama & Antibalas
        Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
        Tickets start at $25.
        The captivating Afro-European singer Zap Mama collaborates with Brooklyn's premier Afrobeat band, Antibalas, to celebrate the evolution of contemporary Afro music. Zap Mama mixes African vocal techniques with European polyphony, while Antibalas effortlessly weaves Afrobeat, Latin funk and the traditional drumming styles of Cuba and West Africa.

        ABBA the Concert
        Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
        Tickets start at $30.
        Audiences and critics agreed, ABBA the Concert is the closest to ABBA you'll ever get. This special tribute brings one of the greatest pop phenoms in the history of music back to life.






        Tiempo Libre
        Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
        Tickets start at $35.
        The GRAMMY®-nominated Tiempo Libre has introduced audiences from all over the world to the rich musical traditions of Cuba. The Miami-based band is known for its sophisticated performances of Timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of R&B, jazz and Cuban son.

        The Peking Acrobats 
        Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
        Tickets start at $20.
        Redefining audience perceptions of acrobatics, The Peking Acrobats defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. The Peking Acrobats push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing dexterity, showcasing their tremendous skill and daring ability.

        Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey
        Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
        Tickets start at $30.
        Film, television and stage star Jasmine Guy and world-class jazz bassist Avery Sharpe pay homage to the Harlem Renaissance. Raisin' Cane beautifully brings to life the words and thoughts of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois and other poignant voices from this extraordinary period of artistry and activism in Harlem, as revealed through text, song, music, movement and imagery.


        POTTED POTTER - The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff
        May 57, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
        Tickets start at $35.
        Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into one hilarious performance.  A fabulously funny parody. Will tickle the funny bone of every age group. The London Daily Telegraph

        Photos courtesy of the artist unless otherwise noted

        Posted on behalf of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.  Joyce Kane is the owner of Cybertary Pittsburgh, a Virtual Administrative support company, providing virtual office support, personal and executive assistance, creative design services and light bookkeeping.  Cybertary works with businesses and busy individuals to help them work 'on' their business rather than 'in' their business.  www.Cybertary.com/Pittsburgh

         

        Publish Date: 08-28-2014 02:17:00
         

        Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 08-25-14
        Free Lunches in Pittsburgh Public Schools and Bar-B-Q in Market Square
        Listen to the show online HERE


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

        CULTURAL CLUES
        Public Record A Pittsburgh Biennial Exhibition  |  REP Opens with ˜Of Mice and Men'  |  PSO to Honor Lorin Maazel  |  Call for Artists: Bicycle Racks in the Cultural District  |  Second/Second A Sound and Light Exhibition  |  Dance!

        KIDZ KORNER:  All Pittsburgh Public Schools Students to Receive Free Lunch This School Year


        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT:  3 Employment Opportunities with the Girls Scouts of Western PA

        BUSINESS BUZZ:  Small Business Resource Fair


        NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH:  Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life Supporting Global Links


        NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

        Pop-Up Barbecue Stand - Andys at Fairmont Pittsburgh  |  This Week in Market Square  |  Bike Lane Updates  |  RAW: Pittsburgh

        ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT:  Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille


        PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS:  Pirates Sweepstakes



        CULTURAL CLUES

        Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents Public Record A Pittsburgh Biennial Exhibition
        Sept. 26 Nov. 9, 2014  |  SPACE - 812 Liberty Ave and 707 Penn Gallery - 707 Penn Ave
        Exhibition Opening & Reception  |  Sept. 26, 2014  |  5:30 9 PM
        Carolina Loyola-Garcia
        Pittsburgh Biennial Public Record
        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the presentation of Public Record,a Pittsburgh Biennial exhibition, on view September 26November 9, 2014, at the Trust's SPACE and 707 Penn galleries. An opening reception takes place September 26, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., during the Trust's quarterly and 10th annual Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.

        Public Record”a nine-person multimedia exhibition in celebration of Pittsburgh artists”explores love, absurdity, surveillance, gaming, and identity. Artists include Rafael Abreu-Canedo, Matthew Biederman (with Aljosa Abrahamsberg, Marko Peljhan, and Brian Springer), Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Paolo Pedercini, Caroline Record, Paul Rosenblatt, Martha Rial, Susanne Slavick, and Two Girls Working.
        Among the Biennial installations is Paul Rosenblatt's Well Played: Paul's Vinyl Records”held in 707 Penn Gallery”which features recordings of live and electronic performances that were manufactured, marketed, sold, collected, and (well) played before the artist collected them again. Visitors to the gallery can dig through the artist's collection and play records, and an interactive component to the exhibition allows visitors to virtually dig-in to the collection and play records online.

        For more information, please visit pittsburghbiennial.org.


        The REP Opens 2014-2015 Season with Steinbeck Classic ˜Of Mice and Men' at Pittsburgh Playhouse
        Sept. 5 - 21, 2014  |  Pittsburgh Playhouse
        The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, opens its 2014-2015 season with Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck's timeless and heartwrenching tale of two migrant workers in the Great Depression.  Directed by Robert A. Miller, Of Mice and Men previews on Thursday, Sept. 4, and runs Sept. 5-21, in the Rauh Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave. Performances are 8 p.m., Thursday Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  The REP's Talkback series, where the audience is invited to stay after the performance and discuss the show, will be held after the 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Sept. 13.

        Tickets range from $24 to $27; preview tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000, or online at www.pittsburghplayhouse.com. Patrons can take advantage of the Pay what you will performances at the 2 p.m. shows on Saturday, Sept. 6, 13 and 20, subject to availability.


        Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Honor Lorin Maazel During First Subscription Weekend of 2014-2015 BNY Mellon Grand Classics Season
        Sept. 19-21, 2014  |  Heinz Hall
        The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will honor its former music director, Lorin Maazel, who passed away on July 13, 2014, during the first subscription weekend of its BNY Mellon Grand Classics season on Sept. 19-21 at Heinz Hall.  Two Trips features current Pittsburgh Symphony Music Director Manfred Honeck and welcomes pianist Valentina Lisitsa as guest artist. All three concerts of the weekend will feature the orchestra performing Suite No. 3: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach in Maazel's honor. There also will be an archival display of photos, audio, video and other mementos of Maazel's time with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Grand Tier Lobby. The archival exhibit will remain on display through the third subscription weekend of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics season.

        There can be no doubt that Maestro Lorin Maazel 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 Maestro Honeck. 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.


        Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Call for Artists: Bicycle Racks to be Installed Throughout the Cultural District
        Request for Qualifications Deadline: November 30, 2014
        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the second phase of the bicycle rack project, the first phase being completed in September 2014, with the installation of five artist-designed bicycle racks throughout the Cultural District. The Trust invites Pittsburgh-area artists (residents of Allegheny County) to design and develop functional bicycle racks to be located along the Penn Avenue corridor from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (11th Street) to Stanwix Street. This second phase of the project will produce five bicycle racks, with the potential for more to follow.

        For more information about project specifications and entry requirements, visit TrustArts.org.


        Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents Second/Second A Sound and Light Exhibition by Finnbogi Petursson
        September 26 December 31, 2014  |  Wood Street Galleries - 601 Wood St
        Exhibition Opening & Reception  |  September 26  |  5:30 9 PM
        SECOND 2014 - Finnbogi PГ©tursson, Circle
        Photo by Finnbogi PГ©tursson
        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of SECOND/SECOND by Icelandic artist Finnbogi PГ©tursson. The exhibition is on view September 26December 31, 2014, at the Trust's Wood Street Galleries. An opening reception takes place Friday, September 26, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., during the Trust's quarterly and 10th annual Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.  The artist's first U.S. solo exhibition includes two light and sound installations, the recent works Teslatune (2014) and a U.S. premiere water installation.  Wood Street Galleries welcomes the return of Iceland's Finnbogi PГ©tursson in SECOND/SECOND, says Murray Horne, Wood Street Galleries curator. The Icelandic landscape can be described as mesmerizing, contemplative and hypnotic; these often intangible qualities are also embodied in PГ©tursson's sound-modulated water installations.

        Teslatune (2014) is dedicated to the inventor Nikola Tesla. The installation emits sound that comes from an alternating current transformer, which is led through a programmer (time-adjusted frequency equaliser and switch box) to channel the sound through eight different outputs”pipes. These eight pipes of different lengths hang from the galley's ceiling, producing what seem to be different sounds, but the frequency is always the same, 60 Hz. The lengths of the pipes affect the pitch.  PГ©tursson has stated about his practice: I am always trying to capture phenomena such as sound, water, fire, shadow and light, and channel them along new grooves, turn them into something other than what they are. These are phenomena that you feel and think about, but never see.

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


        Dance!
        An amazing and diverse assemblage of world-class contemporary dance awaits you in the 2014-15 season.
        Use promo code DANCE1415 to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public Friday, August 29!

        Oct. 11, 2014  |  Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
        Nov. 01, 2014  |  Michael Clark Company
        Feb. 07, 2015  |  Ronald K. Brown Evidence
        Feb. 28, 2015  |  Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
        Mar. 28, 2015  |  Union Tanguera
        Apr. 18, 2015  |  Pontus Lidberg Dance
        May 19, 2015  |  Scottish Ballet

        To purchase tickets or for more information, visit TrustArts.org/dance, call 412-456-6666, or for groups call 412-471-6930.


        KIDZ KORNER

        All Pittsburgh Public Schools Students to Receive Free Lunch This School Year
        From our Friends at: UrbanMediaToday.com  |  Aug. 20, 2014
        Beginning with the 2014-15 school year all Pittsburgh Public Schools students, regardless of family income, will receive a healthy and well balanced lunch free of charge. Students were already receiving free breakfast, but now, through the Community Eligibility Provision, the District can ensure all students are properly nourished and ready for class.

        Read the entire article at UrbanMediaToday.com/Urban-Education


        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

        3 Employment Opportunities with the Girls Scouts of Western PA
        From our Friends at: The Soul Pitt
        Check out these employment opportunities with Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.

        Finance Assistant
        Reports to:  Finance Manager  |  Hours:  Full-time  |  Location:  Pittsburgh
        General Statement of Duties: general accounting, accounts payable and accounts receivable
        Essential Functions:
        • Reconcile accounts, post information and balance general or subsidiary ledgers; 
        • Process payments and compile segments of monthly closings, company credit cards,  annual reports, etc.; 
        • Internal and external communications with other departments and outside agencies to resolve problems; 
        • Perform day-to-day accounting functions pertaining to accounts payable and accounts receivable; 
        Grant Coordinator
        Reports to:  Director, Corporate and Grant Funds  |  Location:  Pittsburgh Office  |  Part-time:  15-20 hrs/wk
        General Statement of Duties:  Responsible for managing relationships with United Ways, Community Foundations and corporations within the 27 county territory.
        Essential Functions:
        • Manage and submit funding proposals and related reports to United Ways, Community Foundations, SECA, and CFC to cultivate, build and maintain strong relationships; 
        • Identify, manage and submit all EITC funding proposals and related reports to corporations located within the territory; 
        • Manage and complete grant reports and work in collaboration with the appropriate department; 
        • Adhere to the achievement of the established fund raising goals; 
        • Assist in carrying out the fund development annual plan of work; 
        Leadership Facilitator (2 positions available)
        Hours:  Part-time; average 10-15 hours per week  |  Location:  City of Pittsburgh
        General Statement of Duties:  looking for energetic and passionate individuals to work with girls in various school districts in the City of Pittsburgh; responsible for delivering and overseeing all aspects of the assigned progressive Girl Scout leadership program; programs are fully developed and training is provided; program delivery occurs in-school, after school, possibly during summer, some weekends, and some evenings;
        Essential Functions:
        • deliver Girl Scout curriculum and programming that is girl led and encompasses empowering activities that are relevant to girls' lives; 
        • coordinate and implement leadership activities and outings that may include but are not limited to camping retreats, cultural outings, and community projects, as well as Girl Scout product sales/fundraising activities; 
        • schedule guest speakers relevant to girl topics; 
        • work closely with children, parents, school liaisons and agencies; 
        • train and oversee volunteers which may include parents & college students; 
        • oversee financial transactions and budgets; 
        To apply, please submit your resume to recruiting@gswpa.org by September 5, 2014.  
        For more information, please visit gswpa.org.


        BUSINESS BUZZ

        Small Business Resource Fair
        Monday, Sept. 8, 2014  |  4:30 PM - 7 PM  |  Manchester Citizens Corporation - 1319 Allegheny Ave
        Welcome and Remarks at 5:30 PM  |  Light Refreshments
        Kiva City-Pittsburgh, the Office of Mayor Bill Peduto, and the URA of Pittsburgh are pleased to bring the Small Business Resource Fair to the North Side! Join us to learn about neighborhood business grants, 0% and low interest loans, and other great opportunities for new and established small businesses. Exhibitors include local non-profits, financial institutions and business consultants.

        For additional details, click HERE.


        NON-PROFIT EVENTS
        SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
        Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life Supporting Global Links
        Saturday, November 1st  |  8 pm - midnight  |  Global Links Warehouse
        We're marking Global Links' 25th Anniversary with a special Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Party.  Join us for an evening of food, cocktails, art and entertainment celebrating the traditions of this joyous Mexican holiday.  The special pre-sale ticket price of $80 is available until midnight on Thursday. After that, tickets are $100, so take advantage of the savings today!

        After the kids have had their Halloween fun put on your most extravagant costume and come out to enjoy delicious Latin American cuisine, beer, wine and spiked punch.  Join in the tradition of decorating a sugar skull, silk screen a Day of the Dead t-shirt, camp it up in our photo booth, and dance the night away in our warehouse-turned-happening-lounge.

        For more information, visit GlobalLinks.org.


        NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

        Pop-Up Barbecue Stand - Andys at Fairmont Pittsburgh
        August 29, 2014  |  Andy's Bar at the Fairmont
        Looking to round out your summer with one final barbecue experience? This Friday, August 29, Executive Chef Jason Dalling of Fairmont Pittsburgh will launch a one-day pop-up barbecue stand at Andys bar!

        The limited menu will feature Dalling's house-smoked brisket and pulled pork sandwiches and sides. All items will be available to-go from a street-side stand along Fifth Avenue.

        Follow @FairmontPGH on Twitter for updates!


        This Week in Market Square
        Market Square is filled with activities again this week! Read on to check out all of the happenings...
        Monday:  Brad Yoder will be featured at the Mellow Mondays concert series this week, from noon - 1:00 p.m.
        Tuesday:  We are sad that the KidsPlay season is coming to an end but boy, do we have a fun KidsPlay in store for you this week! Our very last KidsPlay of the summer will feature two very awesome special guests! Radio Disney will be back with some Disney Jr. fun and games AND Duquesne University Athletics will be providing kids with the opportunity to learn about sports from their collegiate athletes and cheerleaders! Stop down between 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. to shoot some hoops, do some dancing, and have a blast!
        After KidsPlay, check out the Reading Room, brought to you by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown & Business, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and the members of Duquesne Athletics will be sticking around for Dukes Caravan! At the caravan you can purchase season tickets, meet the teams, and play some basketball!
        Wednesday:  Tim Ruff will be performing from noon - 1:00 p.m. at the Mid-Week Music concert series.
        Thursday:  This week we are celebrating all things Irish at the Market Square Farmers Market with the Pittsburgh Irish Festival! Donnie Irish will be performing at the Market from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and members of the Irish Festival staff will be giving away FREE tickets to the festival and other fun Irish merchandise! Wear your green and join us at the Farmers Marketon Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.!
        And be sure to visit the 24th Annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival at the Riverplex at Sandcastle on September 5-6-7!
        Saturday:  Stop by Market Square from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. for another edition of Saturday Home Stand Happy Hour featuring live music by Alex Talbot and specials on I.C. Light and Iron City at participating Market Square restaurants!
        Sunday:  Spend your Labor Day weekend Sunday morning with us at Yoga in the Square with instructor Stacey of South Hills Power Yoga, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Yoga in the Square is brought to you by the PDP and lululemon.

        Bike Lane Updates
        As part of the Green Lane Project a protected bike lane will soon be installed along Penn Avenue in the Cultural District and a portion of the Strip District. Renderings of the project can be found here. Weather permitting, paving operations and lane markings are to commence this week.

        Here's what to expect:
        • The installation will extend from Sixth Street to 16th Street along the eastbound lane of Penn Avenue. 
        • Cyclists can transition out of the protected bike lane during the exclusive pedestrian phase, while yielding to pedestrian movement at intersections.
        • At other times cyclists and motorists are controlled by the same traffic signals.
        • Sharrows will guide cyclists toward the transition at 16th Street.
        • Cyclists and motorists are controlled by the same traffic signals.


        RAW: Pittsburgh
        August 27, 2014  |  Xtaza in the strip
        This week, the innovative, fresh, and creative event RAW: Pittsburgh returns. On Wednesday, August 27, head to Xtaza (formerly known Club Zoo) in the strip for a night of music, art, and fashion! RAW: natural born artists is an international independent arts organization that gives the spotlight to independent creatives in a wide range of the arts. It is RAW's mission to provide these up and coming artists with the tools, resources, and exposure to help them succeed as well as foster the creative community. Join them on Wednesday to experience and celebrate Pittsburgh's local talent!


        ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

        Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille
        2106 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222  |  (412) 904-4509
        Written By: Joanne Quinn-Smith  |  Aug. 25, 2014

        When the EmpressofBiz, JoAnn Forrester and I go there alone or with friends we try to order small amounts of a lot of things to share because the food is so wonderful and the pairings are so delightfully original.

        This trip:
        • Tai cat fish bites
        • lobster bisque loaded with lobster meat
        • the absolute best New England Clam Chowder
        • Ceasar salad with white anchovies and house made crostini
        • shrimp and lobster pizza with white sauce on super thin flat crust
        We had plenty for Sunday morning lunch, however mine did not make it past breakfast.
        Oh and the absolute best summer time dessert:  strawberries, blue berries, giant blackberries and raspberries covered with house made whipped cream--delightful.

        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

        Pirates Sweepstakes
        Can you imagine better way to watch the last Pirates home game of the season than from dugout seats at PNC Park? Neither can we! In honor of Roberto Clemente's 80th birthday, Major League Baseball, the Buccos, and ImaginePittsburgh.com are holding a Best Seats for Buccos vs. Brewers Sweepstakes, giving one lucky winner a chance to do just that. The four prized dugout seats for the Pirates vs. Brewers game on Saturday September 20 at 7:05 p.m. will be up for grabs at  Imagine Pittsburgh until August 31. Good luck!


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        WIN 2014 Professional Development Day Speaker Line-up
        Friday, September 12, 2014  |  7:30 AM to 1 PM  |  Gaetano's Restaurant
        Sampling of the amazing speakers and content that you will have access to during Professional Development Day 2014!  Check back often as we update the speaker list!



        Intellectual Property 101 By Kathleen Kuznicki, Lynch Weis, LLC
        Your company has invested enormous amounts of time and money in developing proprietary technologies, brands and trademarks¦your intellectual property. Protecting these valuable assets is essential to maintaining your competitive advantage and financial viability.
        Learn about:    The main categories of intellectual property. ~ What can be protected? ~ Why obtain protection? ~ How to obtain protection.



        First Impressions ; Your Own Personal Brand By Julie Peterson, Owner House of Colour Pittsburgh
        Ever wondered why certain people walk into a room and all eyes turn to watch? Everyone listens intently to what they have to say and by the end of the discussion they have met everyone in the room and made some serious connections. At House of Colour Pittsburgh we know that our clients are In Focus , they realize how important their own Personal Brand is and they are confident and successful because of it. Find out from Julie Peterson how important that first impression is and how to make the most of it.

        Time Saving Tech Tools for the Savvy Business Owner By Susan Lieber, Leave it to Lieber
        Whether you are a solopreneur or small business owner, your time and energy are some of your greatest assets. During this informative presentation, Susan Lieber, Certified Organizer Coach will introduce her favorite tools for managing time, information, and communication. Participants will walk away with an appreciation of the features for each tool, how to gain access to them and identify their next step for applying this knowledge to their workday.



        Using Podcasting/Internet Radio to Become a Celebrity Expert to Increase Your Credibility and Promote Your Business  By Joanne Quinn-Smith, 2009 National SBA Journalist of the Year
        AKA TechnoGranny, Talkcast Host, Publisher, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com
        Revealed how podcasting/internet radio creates excellent internet visibility and SEO results. Learn how to associate yourself with Celebrity Experts using Podcast/Internet Radio Interviews. Discover how your own branded podcast/internet radio show can increase your brand visibility, speaking engagements and fees and consulting projects by creating your own celebrity persona. Leave with the simple steps to start your own podcast/internet radio show.

        My 20 Year Journey with The Gift of Holiday Valley  By JoAnn Forrester
        Some books take 20 years to get published.   The Gift of Holiday Valley is one of them. While it is a children's book it is so much more.   It is a story that has many levels of being and meaning. Learn the steps that I took along this path to become a published author.

        And Much More! Stay tuned and check back often for updates!  Bring donation items that will go to support our local charities, such as gently used clothing, accessories, shoes, handbags, jewelry and receive a complimentary door prize ticket.  A portion of any new WIN-Pittsburgh membership in the month of September will benefit the:  Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

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

         

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        Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 08-18-14
        Mt Washington Wedding Showers and Little Italy
        Listen to the show online HERE

        POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS
        6th Annual Celebrate and Share Breakfast  |  First Authors Zone Awards Ceremony

        CULTURAL CLUES
        Tickets for World-Class, One-of-a-Kind Performances for All Ages Go On Sale Friday  |  Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks Offers Up Comedy As You Like It to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Free Shakespeare in City Parks  |  Roots Cellar 2014-15 Concert Series  |  The Unforgettable Story of an Irish Band of Brothers  |  Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces International Award-Winning, French Jazz Vocalist Cyrille Aimee as Featured Performer for the Cultural Trust's Fall Gala
        Calliope Presents Ellis Paul  |  WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Present Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

        KIDZ KORNER
        U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Pittsburgh  |  Tickets on Sale for Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band Tour

        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
        Proposed Bills Could Benefit Women Entrepreneurs  |  Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?  |  Pittsburgh to Host the Monument Quilt to Publicly Support Survivors of Rape and Abuse  |  WIN 2014 Professional Development Day Speaker Line-up

        BUSINESS BUZZ
        Pittsburgh Continues to Add Jobs  |  Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Open House

        HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS:  10 Signs Pittsburghers Are Not Ready to Go Back to School

        NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH:  Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Helps Pittsburgh Nonprofits Raise $500,000

        NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS
        Pittsburgh In Film  |  PSO's Music for the Spirit Expands to Include Three September Neighborhood Chamber Music Concerts  |  Little Italy Days 2014 Dates

        POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS:  Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus

        ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
        De Bella Subs  |  Urban Mountain Gathering Place  |  Pistols in Pink   |  Yanni Brings Agape, "Love" to Benedum

        PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS:  Pittsburgh's Premier Youth Soccer Program




        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.

        Proceeds to Benefit the Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

        Donation $45 - Honorary Sponsors $94
        Table of 10 $450 - Founding Sponsors $1,000
        Hosted by: Celebrate & Share, Bonnie DiCarlo & JoAnn R. Forrester

        MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW
        Bonnie DiCarlo: bonnie255@aol.com   412.480.5247
        JoAnn Forrester: selfimagebz@aol.com 412.440.6969


        First Authors Zone Awards Ceremony
        October 16, 2014
        The Authors Zone is looking for a few good books to consider for an award.

        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 September 8, 2014. Please send books as early as possible. Judges are not obligated to consider books that arrive after September 11, 2014.

        For more information, visit www.theauthorszone.com.


        CULTURAL CLUES

        Tickets for World-Class, One-of-a-Kind Performances for All Ages Go On Sale Friday
        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 22, at 9:00 a.m., EDT, for an exceptional season of events featuring area premieres and returning favorites by national and international performing artists for the 20142015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.  Music, dance, comedy, theater, and more will take place at various venues in Pittsburgh's Cultural District, as presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

         The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to bring these outstanding performers from around the globe to the Cultural District.  This diverse series represents an opportunity for people of all ages, in and around the region, to experience the vitality of live performances, comments Paul Organisak, Vice President of Programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

        20142015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents events going on sale Friday, August 22, include:
        SpokFrevo OrquestraTuesday, October 28, 2014 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterThis high energy 17-piece Brazilian big band is enthralling audiences worldwide with the swinging, rhythmically infectious sounds of frevo, a music genre born from the joyful carnival culture of Brazil. SpokFrevo Orquestra pushes musical boundaries, threading Brazilian traditions through compelling jazz improvisation. 
        Photo by Mike Reyna.

        The Capitol StepsSunday, November 2, 2014 | 4 pm | Byham TheaterCleverly putting the
        mock in democracy, The Capitol Steps began as a group of U.S. Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them, and there is never any shortage of fresh, comedic material. 
        Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
        Royal Ballet of Cambodia Friday, November 7, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham TheaterRenowned for its graceful hand gestures and stunning costumes, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia has been closely associated with the Khmer court for more than 1,000 years. Their traditional dance style lends itself to exquisite, subtle movement that leaves audiences spellbound.
        Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

        360 ALLSTARSSaturday, November 8, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham TheaterA breathtaking
        theatrical sensation, 360 ALLSTARS skillfully explore forms of rotation live on stage. Boasting a stellar cast of world class athletes, dancers and musicians, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to present an exhilarating urban circus for audiences of all ages. 
        Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
        The Intergalactic Nemesis Friday, November 14, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham TheaterA brilliant mash-up of the epic adventure comic book and a 1930s era radio broadcast performed live on stage. The popular, period-sci-fi-horror-suspense-comedy-romance is presented in a whole new way. Three actors, one Foley artist and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, while 1,000+ hand-drawn, full-color comic-book images blast onto a large screen. 

        Photo by Ines Kaiser.
        Maceo ParkerFriday, January 16, 2015 | 8 pm | Byham TheaterThe funkiest saxophonist on the planet, Maceo Parker is revered for his impeccable pedigree and leading the world's
        tightest orchestra. Maceo Parker has played alongside R&B titans James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, among others. His collaborations with Ani Difranco, Dave Matthews and Red Hot Chili Peppers have introduced Maceo Parker to an ever expanding fan base. 
        Photo: Courtesy of the tour.
        Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 3 & 6 pm | Benedum CenterLive on stage traintastic adventures await in the modern world of Chuggington. Wilson, Brewster and Koko take on exciting challenges, learn new skills and discover a sense of achievement through teamwork, courage and determination.

        Photo: Courtesy of the artist
        Zap Mama  Antibalas Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterThe
        captivating Afro-European singer Zap Mama collaborates with Brooklyn's premier Afrobeat band, Antibalas, to celebrate the evolution of contemporary Afro music. Zap Mama mixes African vocal techniques with European polyphony, while Antibalas effortlessly weaves Afrobeat, Latin funk and the traditional drumming styles of Cuba and West Africa. 
        Photo: Courtesy of the artist
        ABBA the ConcertThursday, February 12, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterAudiences and critics agreed, ABBA the Concert is the closest to ABBA you'll ever get. This special tribute brings one of the greatest pop phenoms in the history of music back to life. 
        Tiempo LibreWednesday, February 18, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterThe GRAMMY®-nominated Tiempo Libre has introduced audiences from all over the world to the rich musical traditions of Cuba. The Miami-based band is known for its sophisticated performances of Timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of R&B, jazz and Cuban son. 
        Photo: Courtesy of the artist
        The Peking Acrobats Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterRedefining
        audience perceptions of acrobatics, The Peking Acrobats defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. The Peking Acrobats push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing dexterity, showcasing their tremendous skill and daring ability. 
        Photo: Courtesy of the artist
        Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance OdysseyThursday, April 16, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterFilm, television and stage star Jasmine Guy and world-class jazz bassist Avery Sharpe pay homage to the Harlem Renaissance. Raisin' Cane beautifully brings to life the words and thoughts of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois and other poignant voices from this extraordinary period of artistry and activism in Harlem, as revealed through text, song, music, movement and imagery. 
        POTTED POTTER - The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff

        Photo: Courtesy of the artist
        May 57, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
        Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into one hilarious performance. A fabulously funny parody. Will tickle the funny bone of every age group. The London Daily Telegraph

        For tickets or more information, visit www.TrustArts.org, call
         412-456-6666, or stop by in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.


        Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks Offers Up Comedy As You Like It to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Free Shakespeare in City Parks
        Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks marks its 10th season of presenting free Shakespeare plays in city parks by reprising its inaugural 2005 production  of As You Like It, one of the Bard's finest comedies which takes place in the ˜Forest of Arden' and deals with the familiar themes of gender-disguising and mistaken identities.

        Free performances for all ages run Saturday and Sunday afternoons (rain or shine), Sept. 6-28, in five different city parks. Audience members are invited to bring blankets and chairs. Picnics are welcome!   RAIN OR SHINE! PSIP performs rain or shine, as long as there is an audience with an exception for thunder or lightning which immediately stops the show.

        PSIP promotes its own unique brand of engaging, physical classical theater outdoors in public parks, using no set except the natural environs.  SHOWTIMES for FREE performances of AS YOU LIKE IT, running each Saturday and Sunday in September 2014.

        Sept. 6 and 7 at 2 pm - Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson Street, Squirrel Hill
        Sun. 1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show
        Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI: on  Sat., Sept. 6

        Sat., Sept. 13 at 2 pm - Allegheny Commons West Park, Ridge Ave & Arch St, North Side (behind the Aviary)
        1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling pre-show

        Sun., Sept. 14 at 2 pm - Arsenal Park, 40th and Butler Streets, Lawrenceville
        1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show

        Sat., and Sun., Sept. 20 and 21 at 2 pm - Schenley Park, Flagstaff Hill at Frew St.
        Sat. 1-1:45 pm Falstaff's Fellows - youth troupe pre-show Performance
        Sun. 1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show
        Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI:  on Sun., Sept. 21- www.ventureoutdoors.org/

        Sat, Sept. 27  New! Two-performance day! Shows at BOTH 11 am and 2:30 pm -
        Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson St., Squirrel Hill

        Sun., Sept. 28 at 2 pm - Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson St., Squirrel Hill
        1 pm Falstaff's Fellows - youth troupe pre-show performance

        AS YOU LIKE IT is arguably Shakespeare's finest comedy," says Tober. "And where better to play the Forest of Arden than in the parks of Pittsburgh? Filled with love, deception, gender reversals and laugh-out-loud comedy, As You Like It is a great late-summer offering for theatre-goers of all ages."

        Really, nothing makes me happier than doing or seeing Shakespeare outdoors on a beautiful day or even a yucky day. It really has been a joy to see how the company has grown over the past 10 years," Tober adds.

        For more information, visit www.pittsburghshakespeare.org or email info@pittsburghshakespeare.org. Event phone: 412-512-0589.


        Roots Cellar 2014-15 Concert Series
        Calliope is proud to announce its 2014-15 Roots Cellar Concerts Series, featuring the best in acoustic music, from legends of American music to up-and-coming artists who are making a mark on the genre.
        Held in the acoustically-sound subterranean room at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Roots Cellar presents a unique and intimate atmosphere for an up-close experience with the best folk musicians the world has to offer.

        The club-like environment allows for high-top or low-top tables situated around the room, or take a seat in one of the couches placed throughout. Wine, beer and soda are available for purchase from the bar (proceeds benefit the PCA).  All concerts are held at The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (Shadyside)
        THE ROOTS CELLAR CONCERTS SERIES 2014-15
         September 25, 2014”Ellis PaulAward-winning singer songwriter and inspiring folk musician.
        October 9, 2014”Spuyten DuyvilThis group's brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix.
        October 23, 2014”Long Time CourtingAll-women super group offering an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music.
        November 14, 2014”Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD ReleaseThis event marks the tenth anniversary of the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle album series with performances by dozens of participating Pittsburgh songwriters.
        March 19, 2015”Harpeth RisingHallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical perspective.
         April 2, 2015”Duo EamonFiddler Cassandra Cleghorn and guitarist Jeffrey Eamon Levine are Duo Eamon, playing the lilting and rhythmic tunes of Quebec, Ireland and New England.
         May 3, 2015---Tom RussellAcclaimed singer songwriter and master storyteller known for chronicling the life of blue collar America.
        Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs. As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope's mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts.

        For more information or tickets, visit www.calliopehouse.org, or call the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915.


        The Unforgettable Story of an Irish Band of Brothers
        September 4-20, 2014  |  Stephen Foster Memorial, 4310 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
        PICT Classic Theatre's Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness, opens just about 100 years after the historical WWI events that are authentically portrayed in the performance.

        Artistic & Executive Director, Alan Stanford, chose Observe the Sons as the fourth production of the PICT's season because he believes its significance is timeless, This is a play about how a group of men who start out with intense dislike for one another, turn into a ˜band of brothers'." Sons of Ulster is a family celebration for veterans of all wars. Laugh, commiserate and experience the gut-wrenching summoning of courage, on your way to a better emotional understanding of the WWI events that changed the course of millions of lives.

        For more information, visit PICTTheatre.org/Sons or call 412-561-6000.


        RACE: Are We So Different? - A groundbreaking exploration of race in America. 
        March 29 - October 27, 2014  |  Carnegie Museum of Natural History
        The exhibition weaves together personal stories of living with race along with expert discussions of the history of race as a concept, the role that science has played in that history, and emerging research that challenges the foundations of what we perceive as race. Interactive multimedia components, historic artifacts, iconic objects, and compelling photographs offer visitors an eye-opening look at a topic that is fundamental to our shared human experience.

        Race: Are We So Different? runs through Oct 27th at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and will include Teenie Harris images from Carnegie Museum of Art's collection as a collaboration between the two museums. This photographic project will recreate the Pittsburghers Speak Up column which ran from the 1950s to 70s in the preeminent African American newspaper, the Pittsburgh Courier. In the original column, Teenie's photos accompanied interviews by reporter George Barbour (approx. 19571963).


        Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces International Award-Winning, French Jazz Vocalist Cyrille Aimee as Featured Performer for the Cultural Trust's Fall Gala
        Saturday, September 6, 2014  |  Gala Begins at 6:30 PM  |  O'Reilly Theater
        Cyrille Aimee
        Photo by E. Dell Erba
        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the award-winning, internationally recognized jazz vocalist and recording artist Cyrille Aimee will be the featured performer during the Cultural Trust's Gala on Saturday, September 6, 2014, performance being held at the O'Reilly Theater located in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.

        Ms. Aimee was born in Fontainebleau, France where she discovered a love of the gypsy's language and music at an early age and comments, I was hypnotized by this music which made me want to tap my feet.  Swinging music makes me so happy.  Ms. Aimee studied music at the American School of Modern Music in Paris and SUNY Purchase, New York.  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is honored that Ms. Aimee will be performing at our annual gala event.  Ms. Aimee's performance will be a highlight of the evening and we look forward to hosting this outstanding and accomplished jazz vocalist as our special guest, comments J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

        Cyrille Aimee (pronounced Surreal Ahh-me) has proven herself to be an unstoppable, undeniable talent in the modern age of jazz and pop music. Internationally renowned and praised for her unparalleled abilities, Cyrille's vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies. Taking these natural abilities with her across the world, she has received rave reviews and a loyal following in each country she has graced with her voice.  Aimee is one of those singers whom non-singing musicians call a musician, commented Ben Ratliff from The New York Times.


        Calliope Presents Ellis Paul
        Thursday, September 25, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  THE ROOTS CELLAR - Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside
        Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music. The New York Times

        Ellis Paul's songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.  Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul's music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide, his 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have since cemented his place as one of America's most talented songwriters.

        Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials, documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers -- Hall Pass (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), Me, Myself, & Irene (starring Jim Carrey) and Shallow Hal (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul's music by referring to him as a national treasure.
        Not surprisingly, Paul's consistently been heralded by others as well. One writer noted that it reminds you how much we need storytellers back in pop music -- storytellers with empathy, fine eyes and an understanding that even though we live in a soulless, indifferent would, out music doesn't have to reflect our culture." Another reviewer was even more pointed. Ellis Paul is one of the best singer/songwriters of his generation, she commented. And for many of us he is the face of contemporary folk music. Few are as smart, as literate, as poetic as Paul. I cannot think of another artist on the acoustic music scene is better loved by fans, or more respected by his contemporaries.

        Indeed, he is all that, and in a very real sense, even more. He's an observer, a philosopher, and an astute storyteller who shares with his listeners the life lessons he's learned, and in turn, life lessons they ought to heed as well. By affirming and defining who he is, Ellis Paul affirms and uncovers the essence of us all.
        With 16 CD's, a concert DVD, and a book of poems and short stories to his credit, Ellis' songs have been featured on the soundtracks to documentaries, TV shows and big Hollywood films such as The Farrelly Brother's ˜Hall Pass', ˜Me, Myself & Irene', and ˜Shallow Hal'. Ellis is a true American troubadour, performing over 150 tour dates a year, for over 20 years all around the world. He has shared the stage with some of the top names in the music world including: Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Arlo Gutherie, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin and multi-platinum band Sugerland, among others.

        More information is available online at www.calliopehouse.org or by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915. Tickets are $28 / $12 (w/ student ID) *handling fees included.


        WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Present Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
        November 6, 2014  |  8 PM  |  Byham Theater
        Trombone Shorty
        The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced that WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, performing at the Byham Theater on Thursday, November 6th at 8:00 p.m.  New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. He is currently the front man for his own ensemble Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together, Trombone Shorty and the band have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy®-nominated "Backatown," followed by "For True" in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, "Say That to This," was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans.

        Trombone Shorty appeared in several episodes of HBO's Treme, and has recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan. In 2012, he performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones. At this year's Grammy Awards, he performed alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert.  In 2012, he received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Trombone Shorty Foundation donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.

        For information and tickets, visit www.TrustArts.org, call 412-456-6666, or visit in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. 


        KIDZ KORNER

        U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Announces National Preschool Initiative in Pittsburgh
        From Our Friends at: Urban Media Today
        U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, made an historic announcement in Pittsburgh on Wednesday August 13th. The Federal government will be accepting applications for the $250 million Preschool Development Grants competition.

        We are working as hard as we can to expand access to high-quality early learning opportunities. Historically our department didn't work much in this space. I think it is something we have to do.

        The city of Pittsburgh has the opportunity to receive as much as $20 million a year for the next four years through this early childhood education initiative. Mayor Bill Peduto stood alongside U.S. Secretary Duncan, Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald as the announcement was made at the Hug Me Tight Child Life Center located in Pittsburgh's Hill District.

        Mary Peduto stated, This is not only an historic day for the Hill District, for the city of Pittsburgh; this is also an historic day for the United States¦this initiative allows cities and their states to apply for grants to make it possible to create universal  early childhood education. This is something that the city of Pittsburgh is poised and ready to be able to do and to become a model on a national scale.

        Read the entire article HERE


        Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announced Tickets are on Sale for Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band Tour
        December 10, 2014 | 6:30 PM | Benedum Center 
        The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon's preschool music group and stars of the Emmy Award-winning TV series of the same name, head back on the road for a brand-new nationwide concert tour November 5, 2014 February 15, 2015.  The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live presented by Nickelodeon will travel to nearly 40 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit and more.  The show will feature Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout performing the band's greatest hits including Bananas, Here We Go and a remixed version of Great Day, plus new songs including the pop classic, Walk Like An Egyptian.

        The Fresh Beat Band is back on the road to give kids a chance to see their favorite rock stars live in concert, says Doug Cohn, SVP, Music, Nickelodeon. This reimagined, high-energy production features the band's biggest hits, never-before-performed songs, and fun surprises that will deliver an unforgettable experience for families.

        Nickelodeon is currently in production on Fresh Beat Band of Spies, a brand-new animated preschool series based on the hit live-action show, The Fresh Beat Band.  In the new series, Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Marina (Tara Perry), Twist (Jon Beavers) and Shout (Thomas Hobson) are bandmates and also undercover spies.  The pop band uses their individual talents and the coolest transforming spy gadgets to outwit a goofy cast of bad guys and solve wild and wacky mysteries.  The series, which teaches problem-solving to preschoolers, is created by Nadine van der Velde and Scott Kraft (The Fresh Beat Band).  Fresh Beat Band of Spies will premiere in 2015.

        In each episode of The Fresh Beat Band preschoolers sing and dance along as they help The Fresh Beat Band solve everyday challenges.  Preschoolers learn the fundamentals of music such as melody, rhythm, tempo and performance styles and the importance of friendship, working together, and respecting each other's differences.  Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz, Wayne Brady and Sarah Chalke have all hung out with the Fresh Beats and the group is beloved by many celebrity parents.

        Tickets start at $33.25 and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. 


        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT


        Proposed Bills Could Benefit Women Entrepreneurs
        From: NAWBO.org and smallbiztrends.com
        Lawmakers in both chambers have proposed bills -- the Women's Small Business Procurement Parity Act and the Women's Small Business Ownership Act of 2014 -- designed to help women entrepreneurs. Taken together, the bills seek to help women win more government contracts, provide money for the Small Business Administration's Women's Business Centers and make it easier for women to get loans. Small Business Trends (8/11), The Hill/Floor Action blog (8/12)



        A History of the Issues While women own a whopping 10.6 million businesses in the US, they still find it harder to secure business loans than men do. Out of every $23 lent to small businesses, only $1 goes to a woman-owned business, according to a reportissued(PDF) by the committee. Women entrepreneurs are seeing this challenge at every level of financing and investment, from micro loans and venture capital to conventional loans.
        Women also historically haven't had equal access to government contract opportunities. Twenty years ago, Congress set a government-wide goal of awarding 5% of government contracts to women-owned businesses. But guess what? That goal has never been achieved. And so women keep missing out on $4 billion in federal contracts each year. 
        Another project the U.S. government has left fall by the wayside is the growth of the Small Business Administration's  Women's Business Centers (WBC), designed to provide women with training and additional resources. Without funding, these centers have stagnated and haven't fulfilled their potential in serving women nationwide.  All of these factors have been deterrents to more women jumping into business ownership. And all are points the proposed Women's Small Business Ownership Act of 2014 would address.
        What The Bill Will Do If passed, here are some of the specific issues the bill is designed to address.
        Improve Lending Opportunities for Women Owned Businesses
        The Act would expand and improve the SBA's microloan and intermediary lending program to reach women who need $50,000 or less for their businesses. It would also enable women who need more ” up to $200,000 ” to get better access to these loans. Microlenders would have a higher lending cap of $7 million, which would allow them to approve more loans to women.
        Boost the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program
        This would put women-owned businesses on equal ground with other disadvantaged groups when bidding on federal contracts and move Congress closer to its 5% goal.
        Increase Funding for the Women's Business Center Program
        The Act would expand services and provide more counseling and training to female business owners, especially those in lower-income regions of the country.
        Gather Data on Women-Owned Businesses
        To date, there's never been substantial research on female-run businesses. This Act would set a 2015 deadline for the SBA to determine industries where women are under-represented.
        Read the entire article HERE


        Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?
        September 17, 2014  |  6:00 - 8:00 PM  |  Eddy Theater
        Celebrate Constitution Day and watch Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S? - Vamos Meninas followed by a panel discussion. The film is about how Brazil came to elect its first woman president, Dilma Rousseff, in 2010 and explores the impact of the election. Snacks provided! The documentary was produced and directed by Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation.

        For more information or to register, visit HERE.


        Pittsburgh to Host the Monument Quilt to Publicly Support Survivors of Rape and Abuse
        The Monument Quilt is on display in Point State Park on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 4 - 8pm. Stories from survivors of sexual violence are stitched together on 200 bright, red quilt squares. The quilt is on a 12 city tour of the United States as part of a project to create a public healing space for survivors of rape and abuse.

        The Monument Quilt is in Pittsburgh in partnership with a diverse group of local organizations and institutions. Among these are Carnegie Mellon University Student Life Office, Hollaback! Pittsburgh, National Sexual Assault Conference, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), New Voices Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, Stop Sexual Assault in the Military, United Steelworkers Women of Steel, Wheeling Vet Center, and  YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.  The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh works to eliminate racism and empower women throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. Through its Center for Race & Gender Equity, the YW supports anti-violence policies and programs that protect survivors, hold perpetrators accountable and work to eradicate sexual assault and domestic violence, human trafficking, and dating violence.

        Nationally and locally, the YWCA has a long history of advocating for the health and safety of women and girls, said YWCA Greater Pittsburgh CEO Magdeline Jensen. We support the Monument Quilt's work to build a new culture where sexual assault survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed.  Sexual violence in the United States is nothing short of an epidemic. 1 in 3 women, 1 in 3 transgender people and 1 in 6 men will be raped or abused in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely to experience rape as they are breast cancer. At the display, attendees will witness survivors' stories, demonstrate public support, and transform their local response to rape.

        This summer's tour will create a national conversation about supporting survivors of rape and abuse, says Rebecca Nagle, co-director of Force, the group behind the quilt project. We are honored that through local organizations and activists, Pittsburgh is not only part of this national conversation, but also is leading it. Together we will create a culture where survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed.  The 100 x 100 foot quilt on display this summer is only the beginning. Over the next two years, more and more stories will be added to The Monument Quilt. In a final display, The Monument Quilt will blanket over one mile of the National Mall with thousands of quilt squares to spell NOT ALONE.

        There are many ways to get involved with the Monument Quilt. Survivors and allies who wish to add a square to the in-progress quilt can make one following these instructions. Squares brought on August 20 will be added to the display. People across the country are invited to host quilt-making workshops in their school, community center, place of worship, or town. You can also volunteer time or donate money to help make this vision a reality. All the different ways to engage, resources for survivors, information about upcoming events, and more can be found at themonumentquilt.org.  If you are interested in volunteering at a quilt display, email upsettingrapeculture@gmail.com.


        WIN 2014 Professional Development Day Speaker Line-up
        Friday, September 12, 2014  |  7:30 AM to 1 PM  |  Gaetano's Restaurant
        Sampling of the amazing speakers and content that you will have access to during Professional Development Day 2014!  Check back often as we update the speaker list!



        Intellectual Property 101 By Kathleen Kuznicki, Lynch Weis, LLC
        Your company has invested enormous amounts of time and money in developing proprietary technologies, brands and trademarks¦your intellectual property. Protecting these valuable assets is essential to maintaining your competitive advantage and financial viability.
        Learn about:    The main categories of intellectual property. ~ What can be protected? ~ Why obtain protection? ~ How to obtain protection.



        First Impressions ; Your Own Personal Brand By Julie Peterson, Owner House of Colour Pittsburgh
        Ever wondered why certain people walk into a room and all eyes turn to watch? Everyone listens intently to what they have to say and by the end of the discussion they have met everyone in the room and made some serious connections. At House of Colour Pittsburgh we know that our clients are In Focus , they realize how important their own Personal Brand is and they are confident and successful because of it. Find out from Julie Peterson how important that first impression is and how to make the most of it.

        Time Saving Tech Tools for the Savvy Business Owner By Susan Lieber, Leave it to Lieber
        Whether you are a solopreneur or small business owner, your time and energy are some of your greatest assets. During this informative presentation, Susan Lieber, Certified Organizer Coach will introduce her favorite tools for managing time, information, and communication. Participants will walk away with an appreciation of the features for each tool, how to gain access to them and identify their next step for applying this knowledge to their workday.



        Using Podcasting/Internet Radio to Become a Celebrity Expert to Increase Your Credibility and Promote Your Business  By Joanne Quinn-Smith, 2009 National SBA Journalist of the Year
        AKA TechnoGranny, Talkcast Host, Publisher, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com
        Revealed how podcasting/internet radio creates excellent internet visibility and SEO results. Learn how to associate yourself with Celebrity Experts using Podcast/Internet Radio Interviews. Discover how your own branded podcast/internet radio show can increase your brand visibility, speaking engagements and fees and consulting projects by creating your own celebrity persona. Leave with the simple steps to start your own podcast/internet radio show.

        My 20 Year Journey with The Gift of Holiday Valley By JoAnn Forrester
        Some books take 20 years to get published.   The Gift of Holiday Valley is one of them. While it is a children's book it is so much more.   It is a story that has many levels of being and meaning. Learn the steps that I took along this path to become a published author.

        And Much More! Stay tuned and check back often for updates!  Bring donation items that will go to support our local charities, such as gently used clothing, accessories, shoes, handbags, jewelry and receive a complimentary door prize ticket.  A portion of any new WIN-Pittsburgh membership in the month of September will benefit the:  Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

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


        BUSINESS BUZZ

        Pittsburgh Continues to Add Jobs
        From:  Pittsburgh Today
        Job growth in Greater Pittsburgh is continuing at a slow and steady pace. Preliminary figures for July show that the region added 12,400 jobs since July 2013 -- a 1.1 percent increase. In percentage terms that placed Pittsburgh 14th among the 15 benchmark regions and below the benchmark average of 2 percent job growth. Leading the regions was Denver with 3.2 percent job growth; Detroit added jobs at the lowest rate at .9 percent.

        Sectors doing well include leisure and hospitality (up 7.8 percent and the largest increase among all benchmark regions), natural resources, mining and construction (up 5.7 percent) and wholesale trade (up 2.4 percent). To view particular sectors, please click on the sectors on the table at the right of this page.

        For more information click HERE


        Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Open House
        September 18, 2014  |  5:30 - 7:30 PM  |  Two Chatham Center
        The Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, in conjunction with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, invite you to attend our annual Open House. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will be on hand to give opening remarks. We will discuss certification with the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PA UCP), the functions of our department and the services we offer. We will also recognize two M/W/DBEs who have found success in part through certification, and a member of our staff for 26 years of exemplary service.

        This event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in the North Room of Two Chatham Center, Suite 400, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. We have planned an exciting evening of activities and refreshments will be provided.

        Space will be limited, so I urge you to respond promptly by emailing your RSVP to RSVPMBE@alleghenycounty.us. You may also call (412) 350-4309 to RSVP, and to ask any questions you may have regarding this event. 


        HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS

        10 Signs Pittsburghers Are Not Ready to Go Back to School
        From: newscastic.com
        Summer is almost over and school is almost here. Have you completed your Summer Bucket List? If you haven't finished the items on this list, you're probably not ready to go back to school.

        1. Yinz Ain't Been Aht to Kennywood Yet
         If you haven't yet tasted Potato Patch Fries or taken a ride on a wooden roller coaster, then your summer is probably feeling pretty incomplete. A trip to Kennywood is a rite of summer. It's going to be tough to get motivated for Fall classes without having packed the cooler, gathered up some good friends, picked up your Pepsi can discounts and headed to Kennywood Park.

        2. Steelers Don't Humiliate The Browns Until 9/7
        Can any other fall activity begin in Pittsburgh before The Steelers season starts? We set our clocks by the Sunday game times. We plan our class and work schedules around Thursday night football. First game is September 7th, so let's be serious¦nobody is really starting class until after The Steelers welcome Johnny Football to the NFL on that day.

        3. Haven't Seen the Sun Set on Lake Erie
        Sara's Campground in Erie or Waldameer Park on the lake. Perhaps a bike ride through Presque Isle. Definitely a late summer observation of one of the world's most beautiful sunsets. A trip to Lake Erie is a way to refresh before getting back to hard work and study. If you haven't already, take a day trip and cleanse the soul before school starts.

        4. You Haven't Seen a Sunrise Since June
        Ever Since the Luke Bryan concert in June, you've been out late and hung over all day! Now, you have an 8 AM class on your fall schedule. Better use the rest of the month getting used to going to bed early and rising with the sun.

        5. Your Summer Reading List is Still Just a List
        Remember all those Great Expectations from spring? You were going to catch up on some novels. The plan was to read ahead and be better prepared for class. Guess what? School is just a few weeks away. Might as well delete those Kindle purchases and make room for text books.

        6. Studying Fantasy Football Stats is More Important Than Biology
        Let's face it. The first three or four weeks of fantasy football are the most critical. Whoever adds the best free agents probably has the best chance of advancing through the fantasy football playoffs. There's simply no time to study biology because it is imperative to review stats, read columns, create spreadsheets and determine the best add/drops. At the end of the day what is really more important¦fantasy football bragging rights or understanding the nature of life?

        7. Parents Your Kid Has 14 Book Bags, But You Still Have to Buy a New One
        The closet has no room for shoes or clothes because it is full of shoulder bags and book bags. Still, what's the first thing your kid says in August? Daddy, I need to get a new book bag for school. Oh well. That's the part of going back to school that gets them excited. So, get those cuties to Walmart and pick up a new tote!

        8. Parents Two There's a Reason Your Kid Batted .200 This Summer
        Ignored all of those end of the year letters from the school nurse about eye exams and immunization shots, huh? Now you're scrambling the get appointments aren't you? Meanwhile, didn't you wonder why your kid was the worst hitter on his little league baseball team all summer? He can't see! Now, you'll have to request a seat in the front of the class so he can see the board.

        9. The Pirates are Still (Somehow) Above .500
        Pirates' fans waited 20 years for a winning season. Now, we are in a pennant race for the second summer in a row! It's difficult to concentrate on anything while a pennant race is ongoing. Be honest¦you didn't even really think about Steelers football last year until the Cards beat The Pirates, did ya? How can you really concentrate on starting school while the Bucs are still Battling?

        10. Let's Be Real School Just Sucks
        My daughter loves school and can't wait to start back! I think something might be wrong with her. School is work; and, most of us hate work. Here's to wishing that summer in Pittsburgh could last a little while longer.

        Read the entire article with more pictures HERE.


        NON-PROFIT EVENTS
        SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Ranks Second - Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Helps Pittsburgh Nonprofits Raise $500,000 
        From our Friends at:  The Soul Pitt  |  August 7, 2014
        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh raised $24,324 in its first year as a Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community participant. The YW's efforts ranked as the second top fundraising nonprofit for the Pittsburgh Walk and fifth in all of Pennsylvania. Over 160 staff and board members, as well as friends and family, formed the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh team to raise money for the YW's programs and services.

        YWCA Greater Pittsburgh CEO Magdeline Jensen said, I am so pleased with the impressive accomplishments of our staff, board and volunteers during our first year participating in the walk. They all rose to the occasion and demonstrated support for the organization they care about.

        The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Pittsburgh provided an opportunity for the community to support 69 local nonprofits on May 17th, 2014. The primary goal of the walk, which includes both a 5K route and a one-mile fun walk option, is to help charitable health and human service organizations raise money for their individual missions. Highmark underwrites all of the costs associated with the walks, so 100 percent of funds raised by community members are donated to the charity they select. The Pittsburgh walk raised approximately $501,700 through the participation of 8,500 walkers.

        View YWCA Greater Pittsburgh's album of photos from the 2014 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.  View Highmark release with coverage of all five Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community locations.


        NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

        Pittsburgh In Film 
        What's Playing? - Ciara C
        From:  Yelp Pittsburgh
        We all know Pittsburgh's been the starring attraction in a number of films, but we're also lucky enough to enjoy a plethora of independent theaters. Whether you like a good doc or an indie darling, this Weekly will satisfy any film buff.

        Hollywood Theatre 
        Dormont - 1449 Potomac Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
        Breakfast and a movie? What a lovely event! I didn't really know what to expect when I bought tickets to this event. I brought a friend to this as a surprise and we had a great time! --Lara H., Pittsburgh, PA

        Manor Theatre 
        Squirrel Hill - 1729 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
        The lobby is super cute and has a few little couches and tables to sit at while waiting for your movie to start. They offer your standard movie snacks and such at their concession stand, but the real gem of their lobby is the bar.  --Dale H., Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA

        Row House Cinema 
        Lawrenceville - 4115 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA
        The screen was clear, the sound was perfect, the crowd was really respectful, and the movie was great. All in all an amazing addition to Butler Street! It will make a perfect ending to any Lawrenceville date or just a spontaneous rainy Sunday evening.  --Caroline W., Bethel Park, PA


        Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Music for the Spirit Expands to Include Three September Neighborhood Chamber Music Concerts
        The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Music for the Spirit program is expanding to include three chamber music concerts at local churches in the North Side, East Liberty and Wilkinsburg in September.

        The Music for the Spirit program explores the connection between music and spirituality during free Pittsburgh Symphony concerts, at both Heinz Hall as part of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics series and in rotating community venues. In September, the Music for the Spirit program adds three concerts featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass and which follow the Music for the Spirit concert format, melding music, poetry, readings and other spoken word pieces.

        Monday Night Neighborhood Concerts will take place at Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side on September 8, East Liberty Presbyterian Church on September 15 and Deliverance Baptist Church in Wilkinsburg on September 22. Each Monday Night Neighborhood Concert will present the same program.

        The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass includes Craig Knox, tuba; Murray Crewe, bass trombone; Neal Berntsen, trumpet; William Caballero, horn; Peter Sullivan, trombone; and George Vosburgh, trumpet.
        All concerts start at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made at pittsburghsymphony.org/neighborhoodseries or 412-392-8991.

        The annual Music for the Spirit concerts will take place on November 20 at Westminster Presbyterian in Upper St. Clair and November 22 at Cardinal Wuerl High School in Cranberry. More details about these concerts will be released in the fall.


        Little Italy Days 2014 Dates
        From: Free and Almost Free in Pittsburgh
        In the heart of Bloomfield on the street and sidewalks of Liberty Avenue.
        Thursday August 21, 6-10pm
        Friday August 22, 12-10pm
        Saturday August 23, 12-10pm
        Sunday August 24,  12-7pm

        What to Expect
        Great music & entertainment
        Ethnic food booths
        Bocce Tournament
        Games & activities for kids
        Sponsor booths and giveaways
        Sidewalk sales
        Plus much more!
        Bocce Tournament
        We need teams for the bocce tournament, which will be on Saturday & Sunday.  Contact Sal Richetti, 412-377-2923 or bigdayent@aol.com, if interested. The court will also be available Thursday evening and all day Friday for $5 per game on a first come, first serve basis.
        Italian Idol
        We are looking for singers to participate in our Italian Idol singing contest. The entry fee is $5.00 and space is limited. Contact us if you are interested.
        The Festival
        Bloomfield's Italian heritage dates back to the early 1900s and Little Italy Days celebrates that tradition. Started in 2002, the festival has grown into a four-day award-winning event with an estimated attendance over 50,000! Little Italy Days won first place for both the City of Pittsburgh Best Special Event and the statewide Townie Awards. A variety of top-notch entertainment performs on multiple stages throughout the event and there is more food than you can imagine. There is so much to see, do, and eat you'll want to come back multiple days!
        Entertainment
        If you want to hear great music, look no further.  From Italian music to an Elvis impersonator, A wide range of entertainers will perform on three stages throughout the festival. This year Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses headlines opening night on Thursday August 21 at 7:00 and the phenomenal Italian singer Simona De Rosa, from Naples, Italy will be performing with Pittsburgh's own Dr Zoot on Friday, August 22 from 6:30 9:30. We are still working on the entertainment schedule and will be adding more acts, so check back for updates.

        For more information click HERE.


        POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS

        Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus
        OPEN HOUSE MONDAY
        SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
        Discover how much fun it is to sing with the Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus.
        Our chorus is part of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of women singers who meet regularly to rehearse, socialize, perform and sing a cappella music, barbershop style.  Each week, Sweet Adelines International encourages women all over the world to reach their full singing potential.  There are unlimited training and educational opportunities as well as spectacular performance and entertainment possibilities.

        Join us any Monday evening at 7 pm to experience the joy of singing with 65 other women.  Rehearsals are at the Coraopolis United Methodist Church, 1205 Ridge Ave., Coraopolis, PA 15108.
        Sounds of Pittsburgh Sweet Adelines Chorus
        To see and hear us, visit www.soundsofpgh.org.  For more information please call our toll free 412-945-SING (7464).


        ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

        De Bella Subs

        Urban Mountain Gathering Place
        Long day...successful day...and really tired. I co-hosted a wedding shower for Angel Thomas today at my church The Presbyterian church of Mt. Washington at the special meeting place. The Urban Mountain Gathering Place. It turned out very well for her and to my joy there was not one but two babies there. It feels good when you can do something nice for someone

        Pistols in Pink at Millvale Sportsmen's Club in Wexford

        Yanni Brings Agape, "Love" to Benedum
        From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
        Written By: Joanne Quinn-Smith  |  Aug. 16, 2014
        Yanni
        Yanni GRACED the Benedum Stage last night with his mesmerizing smile and consummate rapport with the audience who were raucous and appreciative and never faltered in their unity with the performance. The audience was captivated as Yanni took the stage and seemed to say, "Excuse me while I make love to my piano and you can watch and listen as I am accompanied by my 'United Nations' of musicians."

        For those few who do not know who Yanni is.  He is a Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer and music producer who has spent most of his adult life in the United States while managing to still travel the world and appear in such historic places as the Acropolis, the Taj Mahal, China's Forbidden City, Russia's Kremlin, Puerto Ricco's El Morro Castle and last night, the world famous Benedum in Pittsburgh, Pa.

        Yanni continues to use the musical shorthand that he developed as a child blending jazz, classical, soft rock, and world music to create predominantly instrumental works. As this genre of music was not well suited for commercial pop radio and music television, Yanni achieved international recognition by producing concerts at historic monuments and by producing videos that were broadcast on public television.  That was my first experience with Yanni on PBS, "Yanni, Live at the Acropolis," which by the way yielded the second best-selling music video of all time.

        Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report

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        PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS

        Pittsburgh's Premier Youth Soccer Program
        Soccer Shots is a program offered to children 2-8 that meets once a week at daycare centers, schools, and parks throughout the city to introduce your child to soccer! Our Soccer Shots instructors are energetic and enthusiastic, are great teachers, and love working with children. We not only teach soccer skills, but also work on improving balance, coordination, and agility with the kids. Soccer Shots also uses the sessions to teach children important concepts such as teamwork, sharing and respect. Come join the fastest growing youth soccer program today!

        Don't see your child's daycare or preschool on our registration site? Help us get in and your child gets a discount off that Soccer Shots season! Email Anthony@soccershots.org or call 724-705-5044.

        Soccer Shots Goals and Coaching Philosophies
        As Soccer Shots instructors, we have been given the unique opportunity to coach and invest in the lives of children. For many of these children, it will be their first time playing an organized sport -- and we treat this opportunity with great honor. In order to accomplish our objective to provide a great experience in a child's week, we commit the following goals and coaching philosophies:

        1. To seek 100% participation
        2. To approach every session with two objectives: FUN for every child and LEARNING new skills and concepts. These two objectives work together, and our mission is not fulfilled if both objectives are not met.
        3. To make the experience POSITIVE for every child enrolled. Small accomplishments for some can be HUGE. We take a "You can do it!" approach to everything we teach. Constant encouragement is essential to this philosophy.
        4. To influence children in areas of healthy living habits -- we talk about exercising daily, taking care of our bodies (warm-up and stretch), and enjoying activity, even if it's not soccer.
        5. To influence children in areas of strong character: Traits such as respect, honesty, positive attitude, and encouragement are just a few examples of character traits we hope to pass on to the children we work with.
        For more information, visit Soccer Shots Pittsburgh.

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        Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 08-11-14
        Book Launches, Chuck Noll, Art Show
        Listen to the show online HERE

        PPL Co-Host
        Martin Thomas
        Martin has a Bachelor degree in music composition/theory from Ohio University. He also studied at L'institute des Etrangers, Tours, France, and in Los Angeles he composed and recorded music that was aired on Cinemax.  He also composed and recorded numerous songs. Some were recorded by other artists in the United States as well as Brazil.  In 1993 he composed music for a children's musical, "Is There a Fairytale for Our Time?" that was performed at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO.

        He traveled as a troubadour throughout the US southwest, Mexico and Central America.   During this time he began making wire wrapped jewelry from rocks and artful pieces he found in his travels.  He was a magician's assistant for two and a half years which took him throughout the US and into Thailand in 2001.

        He has also been documenting (video and audio) Pittsburgh jazz legends of the past, present and future; and has composed/recorded music beds for radio/television/web advertising.  Martin has enjoyed being a part of the "DreamMakers Ventures" program of the America's Arts and Music Crossroads Center, learning about himself and teaching jewelry making, video and music.  Most recently he has been working on documentaries regarding singer songwriters and the Kerryville Folk Festival with interviews from Peter Yarrow and the late Rod Kennedy.

        WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
        Papagallo Ristorante, Collier Plaza
        Brookline Boulevard, Enjoying the Rennovation
        Tong Garden, Brookline

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

        CULTURAL CLUES
        East Suburban Artists League presents 35th annual show at Boyce Campus  |  Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter to Open 2014-2015 PSO Season

        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
        "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs" Senate Hearing  |  NAWBO Newsmakers: Sharon Gregory of Sigma's Conference Center  |  Think Big Forum: Women Who Make and Create  |  Standing Firm Awards Luncheon

        BUSINESS BUZZ
        Kiva City Pittsburgh Lending Helps Local Entrepreneurs  |  Venture Capital Investments Increase  |  Pittsburgh Small Biz Saturday Showcase

        HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS
        Launch CMU  |  Girl Gov in the News

        PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF
        WWI: Artifacts of the Week  |  Discover the Story Behind your Hidden Treasures  |  Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt    |  A Steelers Legend

        NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
        Style Week Pittsburgh 2014 With Glamorous Line-Up of Events  |  Reduce Waste. Save Lives.  |  Hot Pink Pittsburgh for Adagio Health  |  NCJW Fall Fashion Reboot

        NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS
        Oakland Restaurant Week August 2014  |  Charlie Daniels Band FREE Concert  |  Summer Picnic

        POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS:  Book Lauch for Pittsburgh Author K.A. Coleman

        PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS:  Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch Deliver a Big Victory at PNC Park!


        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.

        Proceeds to Benefit the Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement.

        Donation $45 - Honorary Sponsors $94
        Table of 10 $450 - Founding Sponsors $1,000
        Hosted by: Celebrate & Share, Bonnie DiCarlo & JoAnn R. Forrester

        MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW
        Bonnie DiCarlo: bonnie255@aol.com   412.480.5247


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        CULTURAL CLUES

        East Suburban Artists League presents 35th annual show at Boyce Campus
        August 16 - September 5, 2014  |  CCAC
        The East Suburban Artists League (ESAL) will showcase its 35th annual members show at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Boyce Campus in Monroeville from August 16 through September 5. Works displayed will include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, pastels, and photography, plus fine pottery, hand-colored photographic miniatures, fabric art and more. The show has received wide acclaim each year for the quality and beauty of the works included. More than 30 artists and photographers will be represented.

        The show will be judged by well-known Monroeville landscape architect, artist, and teacher, Richard Rauso. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and has won numerous artistic awards throughout Western Pennsylvania.

        The first-ever Opening of the Boyce show is set for Saturday, August 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. with presentation of awards at 6 p.m. by judge, Richard Rauso. ESAL members invite the public to view the show at Boyce from August 16 through September 5, from 8 to 4 daily or whenever the college is open. The show will be hung in the main entrance hall.

        ESAL is composed of 75 photographers and artists of all media from the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, and north through New Kensington, Apollo, and Lower Burrell. They meet on the first Thursday of each month at Christ Lutheran Church in Murrysville, September through June.

        For more information, call show coordinator, Linda Galati at (724) 744-4994 or (412) 956-2034.


        Music Director Manfred Honeck Welcomes Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter to Open 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Season
        September 13, 2014  |  7 PM  |  Heinz Hall
        You won't believe your eyes ” or your ears ” at For Your Eyes Only, the gala opening of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in Heinz Hall, featuring Grammy-winning violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter led by Music Director Manfred Honeck.  A sumptuous and mysterious evening that promises a feast for all the senses, the Gala concert features a variety of short, evocative tone poems and opera pieces. Mutter closes the evening with a performance of one of the most popular works for violin, Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor.

        The concert is preceded by a cocktail party at the Duquesne Club, followed by a Gala dinner at Heinz Hall and the annual SoirГ©e at the Fairmont Hotel.  The For Your Eyes Only Gala is chaired by Steve and Brenda Schlotterbeck ” along with Honorary Chairs Dick and Ginny Simmons and the Tillotson Family (Carol Hefren Tillotson; Bob Gallagher & Sharon Tillotson Gallagher; Craig & Jill Tillotson; and Curt Fleming & Kim Tillotson Fleming). The Gala Silent Auction Chairs are David and Mari Jo Scholosser. The gala evening includes a pre-concert cocktail hour at the Duquesne Club, valet parking, premium-level seating for the concert, a silent auction, a post-concert formal dinner catered by the Duquesne Club and a dessert reception with Maestro Honeck.

        The For Your Eyes Only SoirГ©e includes valet parking, pre-concert cocktail hour, preferred seating for the concert and a post-concert celebration with symphony musicians at the Fairmont, with hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, a silent auction and more surprises. The For Your Eyes Only Soiree is chaired by Mike & Angela DeVanney, Michael J. Herald, Nicholas Varischetti and Carrie Wolf, along with Honorary Chair Jensina A. Chutz. The Soiree Silent Auction Chair is Mary McKinney and the Musician Chairs are Susanne Park and John Moore.

        For more than 35 years, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has sustained a career of exceptional musicianship combined with an unwavering commitment to the future of classical music. Since her international debut at the Lucerne Festival in 1976, Mutter has appeared in all of the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In addition to performing and recording established masterpieces of the violin repertoire, Mutter, an avid champion of 20th- and 21st-century violin repertoire in both orchestral and chamber music settings, has had works composed for her by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Andre Previn and Wolfgang Rihm. She recently performed the world premiere of Sebastian Currier's Ringtone Variations, a work commissioned by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, providing the prelude for an Asian tour with Mutter's Virtuosi”an ensemble consisting of current and former scholarship students of the ASM Foundation. Mutter was awarded the Atlantic Council's 2012 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award for her encouragement of young music talent through the ASM Foundation and was inducted as a 2013 Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The violinist released her debut recording of Dvorak's violin concerto in November 2013 on the Deutsche Grammophon label with Manfred Honeck leading the Berlin Philharmonic. On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Mutter's stage debut, Deutsche Grammophon released a comprehensive box set with all of her DG recordings, extensive documentation and previously unpublished rarities.

        Gala packages and soirГ©e tickets can be purchased by contacting Chelsea Cain, manager of events, at 412-392-4830 and cccain@pittsburghsymphony.org. All proceeds from the Gala concert and associated parties support the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Education and Community Engagement programs.  Tickets, ranging in price from $35 to $150 for the gala concert only, are on sale now and can be purchased through the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.


        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

        "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs" Senate Hearing
        From: E-Magnify  |  August 4, 2014
        E-Magnify's Education and Training Manager, Debra Mason, recently attended "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs," a Senate hearing hosted by the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee
        Debra Mason
        and held in conjunction with Women Influencing Public Policy's annual leadership meeting in Washington, D.C.

        The Washington Bureau of the Business Journals reports on three things that Congress and the federal government could do to help women business owners:
        1)  Enable more women business owners to access  capital."Women business owners have a harder time getting loans than men do. Women own around 30 percent of all small businesses, but they receive only 16 percent of small business loans, according to the committee's report. In terms of dollars, women's share of business loans is only 4 percent."
        2)  Award more federal contracts to women-owned businesses."The federal government has never reached its 20-year-old goal of awarding 5 percent of all its prime contracting dollars to women. Failure to reach this goal has cost women business owners nearly $6 billion in contracts every year."
        3)  Increase funding to Women's Business Centers."Around 134,000 women business owners receive business training and counseling every year from the SBA's network of nearly 100 Women's Business Centers, which are operated by and partially funded by nonprofit organizations.
        "But this program hasn't been reauthorized since 1999 and needs updating, the committee report concludes. It mostly needs more money -- government funding has remained flat even as the number of centers have grown."

        NAWBO Newsmakers: Sharon Gregory of Sigma's Conference Center
        Todays featured guest is Sharon Gregory, owner of the Sigma's Conference Center on Babcock Blvd. in North Hills. Sharon is an amazing woman whose career has taken many turns from math teacher, bartender to corporate trainer to owner of two successful businesses. Sharon has a fascinating story to tell. Tune in and listen to her experiences and wisdom. Sharon Gregorgy is also a corporate sponsor of NAWBO Pittsburgh and has been most generous with the use of her center for NAWBO meetings. NAWBO DAY on November 21, 2014 will be held at her conference center.

        Listen to the 08-11-14 Recording:  If you missed this event or want to hear previous recorded episodes click here.


        Think Big Forum: Women Who Make and Create
        Tuesday, October 14th, 2014  |  4:30 - 8:00 PM  |  Chatham University Shadyside Campus
        4:30-6:00PM, Networking & Speaker Reception
        6:00-8:00PM, Speaker Forum

        Speakers:
        Georgena Terry, CEO, Heart of Steel Bicycles
        Lani Lazzari, President & CEO, Simple Sugars
        Heather Knight, Founder & Chief Roboticist, Marilyn Monrobot

        Georgena's business evolved from a desire to work for herself without the constraints of a traditional corporate lifestyle. She likes to call herself a "seat of the pants" entrepreneur one who follows her intuition and plays to her strengths while ignoring her weaknesses. Relying on anecdotal and scientific evidence, she created bicycles designed for women. Prior to this, the industry treated all bike riders as "unisex" (which we know means "male"). There were lots of ups and downs as her business evolved, but her passion for designing bicycles has never waned. It continues today in Heart of Steel Bicycles, a nod to her love affair with steel, which originated, no doubt, in Pittsburgh.

        You may have seen Lani on "Shark Tank!"  Her Simple Sugars' story is about identifying a personal need that grew out of frustration with the options available to her, having the initiative to want to find something better and then the determination to make it happen! It's not rocket science, it's about finding an unmet need and then creating an awesome and unique product to fill it (emphasis on unique). But it takes way more than passion, it takes incredibly hard work and lots and lots of sacrifice and determination to make it successful. Find out why a big growth spurt is only the beginning for the founder of Simple Sugars!

        Assisted by her pint-sized robot comedian, Heather will describe social robotics, how we make snap decisions about the capabilities and intent of machine, and how robot designers can influence these impressions via motion. From call centers to mobile robots, we have emotional reactions to technology and apply social conventions to machines. In designing robots, Heather wants to influence these attributions, because that enables or limits the effectiveness and acceptance of these machines in human environments. By adapting strategies from physical theater, Heather researches how robots can communicate via motion, identifying features that non-anthropomorphic robots can use to interact with us successfully and appropriately.

        Click Here For More Information and to Register! 


        Standing Firm Awards Luncheon
        We would like to request that you join us for the inaugural STAND UP for STANDING FIRM Awards Luncheon. As an advocate for STANDING FIRM, you and your organization are leaders in ending partner violence. You are part of the solution and can put your company's name on the map to say you STAND FIRM against partner violence.

        The Awards Luncheon will be held Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Rivers Club, Oxford Center from 11:30 - 1:30. The STANDING FIRM Employer Award will be given to Familylinks. Familylinks stands as a model employer, creating a culture of understanding and helping employees who are victims of partner violence. The STANDING FIRM Champion Award will be given to Lynette Lederman, Executive Assistant to Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O'Connor.  Ms. Lederman is passionate in her commitment to social justice and community service. She has brought this passion to the work of STANDING FIRM from its inception.  STANDING FIRM puts partner violence on employers' radar screens and has grown exponentially, with over 250 members, representing over a quarter million employees. We feel ever-confident that STANDING FIRM is making a difference in people's lives and look forward to your support of this exciting event.

        In addition, you won't want to miss our featured speaker, Leslie Morgan Steiner. Ms. Steiner is a Washington, DC journalist and bestselling author who speaks about the effects of family violence on victims' personal and work lives. Her TED Talk, titled "From the Ivy League to a Gun at My Head," has been viewed by over two million people. (http://on.ted.com/Steiner)

        We have unique sponsorship packages that include valuable training and consultation for your organization, as well as advertising and social media exposure. Please review the enclosed sponsorship opportunities. Print out the Sponsorship Agreement and return with your payment to STANDING FIRM by Friday, August 15. Your contribution is tax deductible. Invitations will arrive shortly.

        If you have questions about these sponsorship options, contact Barb Penner at bpenner@standingfirmswpa.org or (412) 421-3682.


        BUSINESS BUZZ

        Kiva City Pittsburgh Lending Helps Local Entrepreneurs
        Please remember to visit the Kiva City Pittsburgh lending page to help other hard-working entrepreneurs in our area pursue their dreams.

        Building her inventory enabled Alethea to create new fashion lines that celebrate Pittsburgh language and culture!
        Alethea, John the Craftist
        Trustee: Wildcard  |  Loan disbursed: March 8, 2014
        "The tank tops I was able to print with the help of Kiva Zip are doing incredibly well; I quickly sold out of the first batch and had to reorder. I was excited to see that local yoga teacher LA Finfinger chose to wear one for a photo feature in the latest issue of WHIRL Magazine!"

        Purchasing new equipment allowed Katie and Amy to serve their products to more Pittsburgh residents.
        Katie, Leona's LLC 
        Trustee: The Motherhood Inc.    Loan disbursed: April 3, 2014
        "We were able to buy an ice cream trike and a new, high capacity ice cream maker."

        Amy, Constellation Coffee
        Trustee: Catapult PGH  |  Loan disbursed: September 2, 2013
         "With our Kiva funds we were able to work up to a new espresso machine!"

        These women business owners aim to improve the wellness of Pittsburghers via their entrepreneurial pursuits, but need your help.  Lend today!
        Leslie, The Ultimate Beauty Spa
        Trustee: Regina Johnson  |  Loan disbursed: TBD (by you?)
        Leslie is an experienced spa owner pursuing a new-found passion for therapeutic massage and nutrition. One of her proudest moments is helping a disabled octogenarian regain nearly full range of motion in his neck.

        Mechele, Me'chele's Wellness Spa
        Trustee: Urban Innovation21  |  Loan disbursed: TBD (by you?)
        Mechele is a fourth-generation hair care specialist opening a salon in the Strip District. Mechele educates her clients on the importance of internal hair health, leading them to call her the "Doctor of Hair."


        Venture Capital Investments Increase
        From:  PittsburghToday.com
        Venture capital dollars invested in the second quarter year-to-date totaled $138 million in the Pittsburgh region, a year-over-year increase of $90 million. Pittsburgh ranks above the benchmark average of $57 million but below benchmark peers such as Philadelphia and Minneapolis. To learn more about venture capital investments, click here.

        Companies backed by venture capital play an important role in economic growth. Estimates attribute 16.6 percent of national Gross Domestic Product and 9 percent of national private sector employment to them. Many technology-oriented startup firms will need venture capital in order to successfully grow and create significant numbers of new jobs.

        Second quarter year-to-date venture capital dollars invested in the Pittsburgh region in 2014 totaled $138 million, a year-over-year increase of $90 million. Pittsburgh ranks above the Benchmark average of $57 million but below benchmark peers such as Philadelphia and Minneapolis.

        In addition to our traditional set of 14 benchmark regions, we also look at venture capital investment in "aspirational regions," including Austin, Denver, and Raleigh-Durham. San Fransciso, which is an outlier, as well as Boston and New York are also included. These six regions are not included in the benchmark average.

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

        Biz Saturday Showcase Every Saturday at 9 AM EDT 
        Interviewing a Different Group Each Week of Pittsburgh Area, Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and Professionals.

        Check out this recent episode about Non-Profits and Outsourcing Consultants
        Guests: Matt Tomsho Owner of Baker Street Business Solutions Matt is "The Effective Detective" who helps small business find more prospects and clients through lists that they already own. Watch Matt's "Effective Detective Tips on his own Pittsburgh Internet TV channel at: http://pplmag.com for great video tips on staying in front of your clients without being a pain in the butt.| Sally Power is Founder and Executive Director of Treasure House Fashions. Treasure House Fashions is a nonprofit, quality women's resale clothing shop. Treasure House Fashions is the ?closet" for over 60 women's agencies throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area that address various challenges.| Dawn Pomaybo Pomaybo, Inc., a Pittsburgh Based Human Resourec Outsourcing Company, also Executive Director of Win-Pittsburgh and National Director of NA-WIN. Dawn also soon will become the host of Dawn Pomaybo Live here on TalkShoe and her show will become a bi-month anchor show on http://pplmag.com| Alexander Vornoff, Mentalist and Memory System Consultant.


        HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS

        Save the Date for Launch CMU
        Friday, October 3, 2014  |  Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
        Mark your calendar for this popular startup and research showcase at CMU, featuring cutting-edge innovations from students, alumni, faculty and staff while bringing together the investment community, regional business leaders, and CMU alumni.


        GirlGov in the News
        From our Friends at: Women and Girls Foundation
        What are those GirlGov girls up to? They continue to inspire us.

        Jorlyn Le Garrec
        Jorlyn Le Garrec, who was one of the WGF Change Agents who helped to create GirlGov, recently concluded her freshman year at MIT. She is currently serving as a biological engineering intern in Lyon, France. When Jorlyn heads back to MIT in the fall she will be working hard to help organize a Startup Bootcamp.

        Mira Shenouda served as a Mt. Lebanon Junior Commissioner in the fall of 2013. This summer she is participating in the highly-competitive Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Internship Program at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine. Mira is a student at Mount Lebanon High School.

        Alexis Payne, a literary arts student at Pittsburgh CAPA, recently won two Scholastic Art and Writing gold medals for her work. Alexis is a past recipient of the YWCA Racial Justice Award, and her play was featured City Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival.

        Mira Shenouda
        Miciah Foster helped to organize an evening of performing arts at Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts school called Art Against Inequality Coffeehouse where she and fellow GirlGov'er Alexis Payne read a powerful poem called Name written by Alexis.

        On June 16 & 17th we took 52 girls (37 new participants and 15 alumni leaders) to the Pennsylvania State Capitol for this year's GirlGov legislative shadowing session. The girls will continue to meet monthly for a series of activities, starting with a ˜Meet Your Match' night this month where the girls will be able to connect with local agencies engaged in advocacy around specific topics that the girls have identified.


        PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF

        WWI: Artifacts of the Week
        As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, visitors can see several World War I artifacts on display in the History Center's fourth floor Special Collections gallery.

        The gas mask pictured above belonged to U.S. Army Private Christopher Schroll, from the Arlington neighborhood of Pittsburgh, who served in World War I. During the war, he fought in France, primarily in the St. Mihiel Offensive, Argonne Meuse (where he was gassed), Toul Sector, and the Morray Offensive. He was honorably discharged in May of 1919.


        Discover the Story Behind your Hidden Treasures
        Sun., Aug. 17, 2014  |  10 AM - 3 PM
        At the seventh annual Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures event, bring in your one-of-a-kind antiques and family heirlooms to learn more about their historical significance and find out how much they may be worth.

        Nearly 30 professional appraisers will be on hand to assess the monetary value and historical significance of your items. What types of items can be appraised? Everything, including: books, china, coins, collectibles, furniture, glass, jewelry, paintings, photographs, quilts, silver, sports memorabilia, toys, and much more. Please remember that visitors may bring up to two items to be appraised.

        Experts from the History Center's new Museum Conservation Center, including an expert from the Smithsonian Institution, will also be on hand to provide conservation tips for your treasures.

        Admission to Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures is included with regular museum admission and is free for History Center members. Members also receive special access to the event from 9-10 a.m.


        Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt
        Fort Pitt Museum  |  Extended through Oct., 31 2014
        To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Pontiac's Rebellion and the siege of Pittsburgh, visit the Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt exhibition at the Fort Pitt Museum.

        Now extended through Oct. 31, Unconquered, presented by the Laurel Foundation, explores the historical events of the siege of Pittsburgh as well as "Unconquered," a star-studded 1947 film by Cecil B. DeMille. With rarely seen original movie props alongside authentic 18th century artifacts,Unconquered encourages visitors to compare and contrast the historical events with the Hollywood depiction.


        A Steelers Legend
        The late Chuck Noll is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Noll was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for over 20 years, leading the franchise to four Super Bowl championships.

        Learn more about Chuck Noll and his Pittsburgh Steelers legacy at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.




        NON-PROFIT EVENTS
        SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
        Style Week Pittsburgh 2014 With Glamorous Line-Up of Events
        From our Friends at: The Soul Pitt
        Runs August 11-17, 2014
        Style Week Pittsburgh, an annual celebratory week showcasing fashion, glamour and style, hits local venues and runways August 11-17, 2014 with two upscale Fashion Shows, Accessory Trunk Show, Jewelry Showcase, Style Awards Program, Boutique Crawl, and an invitation only Brunch Summit.  The event highlights the talented designers, boutiques, stylists, and models coming out of Pittsburgh as well as international talents who represent a globally diverse range of styles and influences, according to event Founder and Director Wadria Taylor of Style & Steel Event Planning, LLC.

        Style Week Pittsburgh is quickly gaining the fashion world's attention locally, nationally and worldwide as it continues to springboard fashion gems from the region onto the world stage of high style, Taylor said.

        A portion of Style Week's net proceeds will benefit Strong Women, Strong Girls, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to empower women and girls to excel through mentorship, she said.
        In line with this year's theme ˜En Vogue', each event during Style Week will feature a unique array of local and international brands that are the next big thing in fashion.

        The weeklong event line-up includes a Kick-off Party & Designer Fashion Show, a Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show featuring Pittsburgh based Boutiques, The Accessory Trunk Show, The Jewelry Showcase, The Style Awards, a Boutique Crawl in Lawrenceville, and a Private Sunday Brunch Summit for key stakeholders in Pittsburgh fashion.

        Event tickets and registration are available online: www.styleweekpittsburgh.com


        Reduce Waste. Save Lives. Join Global Links Suture Donation Program.
        Written  By:  Jennifer Novelli  |  August 7, 2014
        Surplus sutures. Every hospital has them. Maybe they were pulled for a procedure that was cancelled. Maybe the surgeon prefers a different needle, and boxes of absorbable gut on a cutter aren't being used.

        Those surplus sutures can save lives all over the world Africa, Asia, South America if they are donated to Global Links. Our suture donation program has, since 1989, been recovering sterile, current-dated sutures from hospitals around the country and providing them to hospitals in resource-poor communities worldwide that desperately need them.

        Saanvi, fully recovered, with Dr. Shirish Pargaankar,
        her family and members of the ICU team who helped in her care.
        Every donation makes a difference for someone such as Saanvi, who came to Miraj Heart Institute in India at age 5 with a congenital hole in her heart. Her uncle had had a successful cardiac repair at Miraj, and convinced Saanvi's parents, who are both hearing impaired, to bring their daughter to Miraj.

        Sutures donated by Global Links were essential in defraying the very high costs of Saanvi's procedure. Cardiac suture is a very important and fairly costly ingredient of the operation, writes Dr. Shirish Pargaonkar, chief of cardio-vascular and thoracic surgery and the head of Miraj Heart Institute. Our average cost of suture per open heart surgery varies from $250 to $500 depending on the type of surgery. However these continued donations of valuable sutures from Global Links help to keep our operative costs low.

        Global Links has been providing select cardiac sutures to Miraj since 2007. The humanitarian efforts of Global Links and their staff have made it possible for us to subsidize our costs still further and offer our services to many more patients, writes Dr. Pargaonkar. Our small effort in Miraj largely depends on the prayers, equipment and financial support that we receive through friends and well-wishers like your good self. We once again thank Global Links for their continued help and support which empowers us to carry out this service.

        Your hospital can support this effort by sending current-dated sutures to Global Links. Reduce waste, clear some shelf space, and save lives. Win. Win. Win.


        Hot Pink Pittsburgh Join us for a musical cabaret featuring Pittsburgh's top talent!
        Saturday, September 27, 2014  |  Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Ave
        Now in its 14th year, Hot Pink Pittsburgh has raised more than $1 million for Adagio Health's programs and services for the underserved in western Pennsylvania. This year we are featuring a cabaret theme and have added the option to purchase a table of 10 at a discounted price so that you and your friends can enjoy this one-of-a-kind evening!

        Master of Ceremonies, Ms. Eda Bagel is the theatrical creation of Jeffrey A. Kash. Based in Boulder, CO, Ms. Bagel is a "Gender Illusion Technician," with 25 years of stage experience.

        For more information click HERE


        NCJW Fall Fashion Reboot event to be held August 15-16, 2014
        The National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section (NCJW) will kick off an exciting new fall sale for Designer Days shoppers this month. The Fall Fashion Reboot shopping event will be held August 15th and 16th at the Designer Days Annex of the NCJW Home Consignment Store, located at 1913 Monongahela Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 in Swissvale.

        On Friday, August 15th from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 16th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., NCJW will open the Designer Days Annex at the NCJW Home Consignment Store for a sale featuring everyday wear for teens and adults, appropriate for work, back-to-school shopping and more.

        The Fall Fashion Reboot sale offers extra shopping incentives for area college students who will find distinctive consignment furniture for dorm rooms and apartments, as well as fabulous fashions for a fall wardrobe update before the semester begins.

        We're thrilled to offer our customers an opportunity to shop our Designer Days fashions for a fall style update, said Andrea Kline Glickman, NCJW Pittsburgh Section Executive Director. This will be a wonderful way for families to get a jump start on back-to-school shopping and for college students to incorporate dorm and apartment furnishings, as well as designer clothing and accessories.

        The Fall Fashion Reboot sale will feature gently-used, quality brands that teens and adults live in everyday but at significantly discounted resale prices. Featured brands include Gap, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Chico's, Ann Taylor, White House Black Market, Seven for all Mankind, Lucky Brand Jeans, Coldwater Creek, Talbot's and more.

        The Fall Fashion Reboot Sale will also coincide with NCJW's National Thrift Store Day Celebration on Saturday, August 16th from 9:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Thriftique, located at 7400 Church St, Pittsburgh, PA 15218. The event will feature in-store discounts, games featuring prizes including gift baskets and gift certificate raffles, food and live music.

        NCJW's events support extensive programming and initiatives that benefit women, children and families throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region.  All year long, NCJW collects designer labels as well as name brands and sells them at the Designer Days shopping extravaganza, including: Armani, Michael Kors, Tahari, Escada, Lafayette 148, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Donna Degnan, Cole Haan and Stuart Weitzman. At NCJW's Designer Days sales, many of the fashion world's best and biggest names are offered at a fraction of the original cost and shoppers can find new and gently-worn clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry for men, women and children.  In addition to gently-used and new designer labels, NCJW's Home Consignment Store location offers a unique opportunity to shop eclectic home furnishings, and is located in the same plaza as NCJW's Thriftique store.

        For more information about the Fall Fashion Reboot sale event, visit the Designer Days Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DesignerDays) or visit http://ncjwhome.com/fall-fashion-reboot-pop-sale-designer-annex-home-consignments. For more information about NCJW Pittsburgh Section, visit the NCJW website (www.ncjwpgh.org) or contact NCJW at 412.421.6118.


        NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

        Oakland Restaurant Week August 2014
        From: Pittsburgh Urban Media
        August 11 - 15, 2014
        One of the best things about Oakland is the plethora of restaurants within a five minute walk. Restaurants in the heart of Oakland have teamed up to offer you lunch for just $5 at each location! Take advantage of all these great restaurants on a budget¦

        Read the full article HERE


        Charlie Daniels Band FREE Concert
        Sunday, August 17, 2014  |  3:00 PM  |  CONSOL Energy Center
        Maybe Charlie Daniels won't be singing the Devil went down to Georgia, but we'll be praying that the devil will get the hell out of Pittsburgh! lol   Other singers include Michael W Smith and we'll listen to Franklin Graham at this beautiful location in our lovely city.  So come on out and see how Charlie's life has been changed and maybe your life can be changed too!


        Summer Picnic
        Saturday, August 23, 2014  |  12:00 PM to 4:00 PM  |  North Park  - Pearce Mill Rd, Allison Park 
        We'll be in Miller Grove in North Park.
        Get out and enjoy summer with NAAAP (The National Association of Asian American Professionals) and NetIP (The Network of Indian Professionals). Join us for our annual summer picnic! We'll enjoy food, games, and good conversation. Bring yourself and a dish to share.  The picnic will be held in Miller Grove in North Park. Note that this is a free event, but please bring a dish to share. Frisbees, balls, and any outdoor games are encouraged if you have them. You are welcome to bring family along (this is a kid friendly event) or invite any other friends. The picnic will run from 12pm to 4pm and food will be served at 1pm.  Everyone is welcome, you don't need to be a member of NAAAP or NetIP (or an Asian/Indian professional) to join in. Post a comment or contact us at info@naaappittsburgh.org for more information.


        POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS

        Book Lauch for Pittsburgh Author K.A. Coleman's HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO,           
        a New Young Adult Novel, Released by Lodestone Books in July
        Meet the author on Wednesday, August 13 BOOK LAUNCH AND SIGNING
        At The Beauty Shoppe co-working center, 7-8:30 pm  CORRECTION:  Location Address for this event is
        6101 Penn Ave. at first floor N. Sheridan (entrance), at The Beauty Shoppe co-working center, Liberty Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

        REVIEW & MEDIA COPIES, INTERVIEWS & PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
        When her little brother died, Emerson's life came crashing down around her.
        Though her friends want to help, can Emerson fight to re-enter the world she abandoned?
        (Pittsburgh, August 5, 2014)   Pittsburgh-based author K.A. Coleman will sign her her new novel HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO, a July 2014 release from UK publisher John Hunt's Lodestone Books, at a BOOK LAUNCH, Wed., Aug. 13, 7-8:30 pm, The Beauty Shoppe co-working center, 6001 Penn Ave., First Floor, Pittsburgh 15206. (Enter at N. Sheridan Ave.). The event is open to the public.
        For young adults”and the adults who care about them”HOLDING ON LETTING GO provides a window to the fears and realities of life as a teen and college-age person.
        The loss of a sibling seems unfathomable at any age, but when teens lose a younger sibling, the experience can be life-changing. Coleman's heroine is Emerson Caulfield, a bright and sensitive 16-year-old who is navigating her return to school and her hometown following the death of her younger brother. The story explores Emerson's emotions, relationships, and grief in her own voice as well as those who are closest to her.
        In creating characters, says Coleman, a writer has the responsibility of making characters as relatable as possible. All books act as an escape. In order to really show the profound change in Emerson, the reader needs to see Emerson as others see her.  The best way to achieve that was alternating perspectives in the novel.
        BOOK LAUNCH AND SIGNING DETAILS
        Books will be on sale at the event. The author will discuss her book and sign guests pre-purchased copies as well.
        As HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO celebrates siblings, Ms. Coleman invites guests to provide a photo with their brothers and/or sisters and she will create a piece of art featuring the "sibling selfies". Send photos to KAColemanAuthor@gmail.com.
        Refreshments will be served.

        PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS

        Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch Deliver a Big Victory at PNC Park!
        The CitiParks BIG League Sports Program wrapped up at PNC Park on July 12. The Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch fought a tough battle through playoffs and came out #1! They were again welcomed at PNC Park this year. CitiParks BIG League Sports Program has a goal and mission to continue to work with City Council and the Mayor's office to make recreation a valuable and obtainable resource for our children.

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        Publish Date: 08-25-2014 03:49:00
         

        Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 8-6-14

        Positively Pittsburgh Live! Good News from Lawrenceville to Beaver County

        Listen to the show online HERE

        PPL Co-Host
        JoAnn R. Forrester, the EmpressofBiz                                                        
        PPL Co-Host : Jo Ann R Forrester Will talk about August 26 Event

         Celebration of 19th Amendment| 

        5 Ways Listening to the Empress of Biz Makes You Smarter About Business

        1. No BS! Straight talk with practical advice on how to increase your bottom line from someone who has 30 plus years experience in business ownership.
        2. JoAnn's clients have achieved great success and have won national recognition for their growth and business accomplishments.
        3. Prosper from listening to the Empress of Biz and her successful guests as they reveal their strategies and you learn from their past mistakes.
        4. Host, JoAnn Forrester has raised over 40 million dollars in financing for small businesses and is a teacher, consultant, mentor, strategist and writer.

        5. This talkcast is fun, entertaining and provides inspirational business advice that will make you smarter and more profitable.

        WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
        Small Business Resource Fair in the West End
         Jersey Boys, at the Galleria
        Red Robin in South Hills Village

        POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS:  94th Annual Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment

        CULTURAL CLUES
        Tamara at Quantum Theater Completing 10th Anniversary CLO Cabaret Season: Boeing Boeing  |  Murder for Two; Girls Only The Secret Comedy of Women  |  Pittsburgh CLO Auditions for for Tony Award-winning Comedy Boeing Boeing  |    |  STAR TREK STAR GEORGE TAKEI at PSO  |  LIFETIME TELEVISION'S "THE BALANCING ACT"  |  Cuban-born artist and sculptor Alexandre Arrechea
        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
        Daughters of St. Paul to produce movie about Fr. Alberione  |  2014 Black Family Summit  |  Viewing Party for Elise Wims, The Diva Chef  |  EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania VOLUNTEER MANAGER  |  Keane Theatre, St. Barnabas- Miss Representation
        BUSINESS BUZZ
        Unemployment Rate Declined to 5.3 percent in June 2014  |  Jazz Networking Happy Hour Show  |  Ben Franklin Invests $2.4 Million in 20 PA Startups
        HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS
        Needed high school- and college-age singers for PSO  |  YouthBuild is Looking For 50 Adults Ages 18 - 24 To Get GED  |  Big Brothers, Big Sisters MENTORS NEEDED
        PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF
        Film Screening: The Greenest Building  |  "Downtown's Best" on Wednesdays in August  |  Free Friday Walking Tours
        NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
        VolunteerMatch Opportunities  |  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh  |  Global Exchange Student

        NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS
        Rock All Night Tour  |  ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP FOR BEAVER COUNTY RESIDENTS  |  Steel City Rowing Club FREE WEEK
        POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH LIVE BURGH BIZ SHOWCASE
        Ebony Harris, Image Consultant  |  Maya Organization  |  Red Engine Press, River Road Press, and Onward Publications  |  JoAnn Forrester first Presdient of PA Women's Hall of Achievement  |  Lou Lombardi, Rock N Roll Philanthropist  |  Brian Fallet, He's Pretty Handy  |  Emily Keebler, Kiva City Pittsburgh
        ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
        Family Night at the Symphony is a Home Run  |  Small Business Resource Fair in the West End  |  Jersey Boys, at the Galleria  |  Red Robin in South Hills Village

        POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS


        Invites You to a Special Presentation by

        PA Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane

        At the
        6th Annual Breakfast at the Rivers Club 
        Celebrate the 94th Anniversary of the
        Passage of the 19th Amendment! 

        Tuesday, August 26, 2014 
        Rivers Club, Oxford Centre Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA 
        7:45 am - 9:30 am 
        Proceeds to Benefit the
        Pennsylvania Women's Hall of Achievement
        Donation - $45 
        Honorary Sponsors- $94.00 
        Table of 10: $450 
        Founding Sponsors $1,000
        Hosted by: Celebrate & Share, Bonnie DiCarlo & JoAnn R. Forrester

        MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW
        Bonnie DiCarlo: bonnie255@aol.com   412.480.5247
        JoAnn Forrester: selfimagebz@aol.com 412.440.6969

        For more information click HERE


        CULTURAL CLUES

        Tamara at Quantum Theater

        TAMARA is set in 1927 Italy, at the grand home of poet Gabriele d'Annunzio. He is awaiting the arrival of the Polish art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka, who is to paint his portrait. The audience arrives, is given a glass of champagne, and then meets all ten characters (either guests or servants in the home). The audience can then choose which character they'd like to follow from scene-to-scene all over the building (Rodef Shalom Congregation). The location, Rodef Shalom Congregation on Fifth Ave, has been transformed
        into 1920s Italy, stocked full with antiques and items from the era borrowed from antique dealers all over the city! 

        After Act 1, the audience is lead to the terrace for a wonderful Intermezzo dinner catered each week by a different chef (E2, Above & Beyond Catering, Open Bottle Bistro, Bob Sendall All in Good Taste Productions, CASBAH, Stagioni). And then they are off again for Act 2! 


        It will be a full evening of theater, dinner, and drinks. What's not to love? Full press release is attached. 

        And Trailer is HERE


        Tony Award-Winning Broadway Hit & Audience Favorite to Complete 10th Anniversary CLO Cabaret Season!

        Murder For Two
        October 22, 2014 - January 18, 2015
        Music by Joe Kinosian
        Lyrics by Kellen Blair
        Book by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair

        EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT AT THE CLO CABARET!
        Murder For Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder!  In this witty and winking musical homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries, 2 performers play 13 roles ” not to mention the piano!  The New York Times calls this hilarious 90-minute whodunit INGENIOUS!  A snazzy double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs.   You won't want to miss this killer musical comedy!

        Boeing Boeing
        February 5-April 26, 2015
        By Marc Camoletti
        Translated by Beverly Cross                                                                              
        Revised by Francis Evans
        Directed by Van Kaplan

        ONE MAN + THREE STEWARDESSES = NON-STOP COMEDY!
        This Tony Award®-winning swingin' ˜60s farce features Bernard, a wannabe-Casanova, with Italian, German, and American fiancГ©es, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent layovers. He keeps one up, one down and one pending until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time. A riotous hit comedy that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York, Boeing Boeing is now set to arrive in Pittsburgh - fasten your seatbelts!



        Girls Only The Secret Comedy of Women
        May 27-August 16, 2015
        By Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein

        A MUST-SEE FOR GIRLS OF ALL AGES!
        Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women is a hilarious hit about two women discovering their childhood diaries and the sweet, awkward, embarrassing and heartwarming stories they inspire. A combination of sketch comedy, improvisation and musical numbers with a little audience participation thrown in Girls Only is the perfect way to celebrate all things girly. Don't miss what the Denver Postcalls truly brilliant! and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said, Keep the laughs coming!

        Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates

        Pittsburgh CLO to Hold Auditions for

        Tony Award-winning Comedy Boeing Boeing

        What:
        Auditions for the comedy,
        BOEING BOEING by Marc Camoletti
        Translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
        Directed by Van Kaplan
        Principals must be available beginning January 19, 2014 and continuing through April 26, 2015.    
        Where: CLO Academy of Musical Theater, 130 CLO Academy Way, 8th Floor.
        When: Sunday, September 7, 2014; 11:00 am 7:00 pm.
        Callbacks Monday, September 8, 2014. Time TBD
        About the Show:
        BOEING BOEING is a classic farce written by the French playwright Marc Camoletti. The English language adaptation, translated by Beverley Cross, was first staged in London at the Apollo Theatre in 1962 running for a total of seven years. In 1991, the play was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French play throughout the world. The most recent revival on Broadway in 2008 won the TONY for best play revival.

        Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates

        STAR TREK STAR GEORGE TAKEI TO HOST PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S ˜SCI-FI SPECTACULAR' PNC POPS CONCERT IN NOVEMBER
        Oh myyyyyyyyy¦.the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced today that George Takei, who first came to fame as Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek television show, will host the PNC Pops concert Sci-Fi Spectacular on Nov. 14-16 at Heinz Hall.
        Takei ” who is an actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power, star of the Broadway musical Allegiance, host of the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei's Take and subject of the documentary To Be Takei ” will host and narrate an out-of-this-world concert experience. Led by Jack Everly, Sci-Fi Spectacular features music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and much more!



        ANNIE, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN, DISNEY'S NEWSIES & MOTOWN THE MUSICAL  TO BE FEATURED ON LIFETIME® TELEVISION'S
        THE BALANCING ACT®
        Six-part miniseries will take viewers behind-the-scenes of 
        some of the most beloved Broadway Musicals  
        Broadway Balances America segments will air on The Balancing Act® as follows, ANNIE will air on
        August 12 and 19; DIRTY DANCING will air on September 9 & 16; PIPPIN will air on October 29 and November 5; Disney's NEWSIES will air on November 6 and 13; and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will air on November 8 and 25.
        Josef Brown and Amanda Leigh Cobb
         (Photo Courtesy of National Broadway Tour)
        Broadway Balances America will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews with ANNIE, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN, Disney's NEWSIES and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL casts, creatives and crews, even experiencing what it's like to dance in their shoes.

        To learn more about the Broadway Balances America series, please visit: www.broadwaybalancesamerica.com

        Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates

        PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
        MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE NO LIMITS ARTIST ALEXANDRE ARRECHEA

        ARTIST TALK, FILM SCREENING, AND PUBLIC ART TOUR

        August 25, 6 p.m. | Talk & Screening | Peirce Studio | 805 Liberty Avenue

        August 26, Noon | Public Art Walking Tour | Penn Avenue & 10th Street
        Courthouse 2013 (Joshua Franzos)
        Cuban-born artist and sculptor Alexandre Arrechea will be in Pittsburgh August 25 & 26, 2014, discussing his public artwork on view throughout downtown Pittsburgh through September 5, 2014.  Arrechea's No Limits is series of ten large-scale sculptures representing iconic New York City buildings that plays on the idea of elastic architecture as a metaphor for the challenges and opportunities of shifting conditions and new realities. Through his art, Arrechea entices the viewer to explore his or her own role in such concepts as control, power, and surveillance.




        WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT

        Daughters of St. Paul Blessed Father James Alberione film 

        Sr. Helena Burns, fsp at HELL BURNS - 5 days ago

        *We Daughters of St. Paul only need $4,400 to complete the Blessed Father James Alberione film we've been working on for 7 years!* We now have a 50 minute version and a 90 minute version. *The film will be broadcast on all kinds of Catholic and other media all around the world to share the media vision, strategy and spirituality of Fr. Alberione! (Fr. Alberione's Pauline Family is in 60 countries.)* *John Paul II called him: "the first apostle of the New Evangelization."* Can you help us? *Watch the trailer and donate safely online at www.MediaApostle.com* *Please note: you ... more »


        For more information click HERE

        From Our Friends at The Soul Pitt
        Sisters Saving Ourselves Now
        2014 Black Family Summit

        @ CCAC - South Campus
        1750 Clairton Road - West Mifflin, PA
        Friday Aug 15th | 6PM - 8PM
        Saturday Aug 16th | 8AM - 3PM



        This two day summit will be filled with supportive educational workshops and informative conversations with paneldiscussing issues dealing with women and the family. Meet local authors for book signings and enjoy African drumming as it fills the venue. And Christian rapper entertain families with positive inspiration.
        KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
        Melanie Campbell

        Maurita Bryant

        Lueana Coward

        Alichia Parker

        Dr. Tony Mitchell

        ENTERTAINMENT



        Kuumba African Drummers

        & L.I.M.S. (Rap artist)



        From Our Friends at Inspired Women

        Join Us for a Viewing Party

        August 12th- NBC Food Fighters Viewing Party for The Diva Chef ! Join the fun at CafГ© Notte along with Elise Wims, The Diva Chef as we watch her compete on the new TV show Food Fighters ! KRU vodka is offering specialty drinks plus sample the actual dish in the competition 7PM show airs at 8PM - let us know you'll be coming with an RSVP to Debra@TeamEffortEvents.com


        October 26th Important viewing of Miss Representation


        1:00 at the Keane Theatre, St. Barnabas- Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful. Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics. A MUST SEE!!! -


          BUSINESS BUZZ

          From: PITTSBURGH TODAY


          Economy / Employment and Unemployment
          The Pittsburgh Metro Area's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 5.3 percent in June 2014 -- down .2 percent from May 2014 and 1.5 percentage points lower than the June 2013 rate. Pittsburgh's jobless rate was lower than the benchmark average and Pittsburgh had the fifth lowest unemployment rate of all benchmark peers.

          This data comes from the U.S. Department of Labor's Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program.

          Data source(s):

          MSAThese figures are for U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA).
          Current month data are preliminary. All data are seasonally adjusted figures.
          The unemployment rate measures the share of workers in the labor force who do not currently have a job but have actively looked for work in the past four weeks. Receiving benefits from the Unemployment Insurance program has no bearing on whether a person is classified as unemployed. It is important to keep in mind that the rate measures the percent of unemployed job seekers in the labor force”the sum of employed and unemployed persons”and not the entire population.

          Ben Franklin Invests $2.4 Million in 20 PA Startups


          Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA recently announced that 20 companies located in the 32-county footprint served by the center will receive an investment.

          The Ben Franklin program has been funding entrepreneurs, technology startups and small manufacturers who are developing new technologies and creating employment opportunities, for more than 30 years. Listed below are the companies that recently became members of Ben Franklin's portfolio:
          • ArgentumCidalElectrics, Inc. (State College, PA) has developed a novel, antimicrobial technology that releases metal ions on high-touch surfaces in healthcare facilities. 
          • Atoptix, LLC (State College, PA) developed a patent-pending device, that when coupled with a mobile app & smartphone, can be used to sense hemoglobin, oxygen, and glucose.
          • BioMagnetic Solutions, LLC (State College, PA) offers fifth generation ferro-fluids to help researchers obtain cells of interest that are close to their natural physiological state.
          • FyreRok Reservoir Consulting (Bellefonte, PA) is an engineering consulting firm, focused on the oil and gas industry, that offers a variety of services including design, quality control, and optimization.  For more information, send them an email.
          • HalenHardy, LLC (Bellwood, PA) develops health, safety, & environmental tools to improve conditions for oil and gas, utility, construction, and mining employees.
          • Kress Motors, LLC (Windber, PA) is further developing a patented, electric motor and drive technology
            that can be licensed to other electric motor producers.
          • Novasentis, Inc. (State College) has developed a technology for commercial use in electronic devices that require haptic (tactile feedback), in touch keyboard pads.
          • RAK Computer Associates (DuBois, PA) developed a local real estate property tax collection application and municipal billing system used primarily by PA tax collectors.
          • VideoMining Corporation (State College, PA) has developed patented technology for in-store shopper behavior analytics for consumer packaged goods and retailers. 
          • AgeCheq Inc. (York, PA) has created a cloud-based service to help mobile app publishers to stay compliant with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). 
          • American Built Arms Company, LLC (Glen Rock, PA) is a veteran owned manufacturer of parts and accessories for the firearms' industry.
          • Appalachia Technologies, LLC (Mechanicsburg, PA) has expanded its services in the areas of remote support, technology infrastructure monitoring, and help desk support.
          • Better Bowls, LLC (Hershey, PA) develops and sells nutritional food and beverages under their own brand & under nationally recognized names such as Fiber One.
          • Colloid, LLC (Camp Hill, PA) has developed the UberCrypt Framework, a patented and patent-pending cryptosystem & software that enables new ways to secure data.
          • Red Privet, LLC (Harrisburg, PA) provides its customers with research-based design solutions for engaging digital experiences that deliver measureable business results.
          • Return Logic Inc. (Carlisle, PA) assists retailers and manufacturers with managing customer returns through predictive analytics and supply chain efficiency.
          • Sustainable Composites, LLC (Lancaster, PA) provides environmentally friendly composite materials
            produced from recycled leather waste.
          • GreenLighting LED (Erie, PA) imports, assembles, and supplies Made in USA LED lighting products for government, industrial, and educational applications.
          • Direct Allergy, LLC (Erie, PA) provides comprehensive testing and treatment of allergic diseases that can be offered by primary care physicians.
          • InnovaTel Telepsychiatry (Erie, PA) provides remote tele-psychiatric care via to senior living centers and other health care organizations. For more info, send them an email.
          Do you have an idea for a tech-based product or process? Submit your info now to get the process started. 


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

          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.


           Positively Pittsburgh Live! Biz Saturday: Adoption, Publishing, Awards
          Time: 07/26/2014 08:50 AM EDT
          Episode Notes: As we resume from a brief summer break we have some unique business today from an Adoption Help Agency to a Publishing Company, Women's Awards Hall of Fame and a Home Based Business. Today's Guests: Ebony Harris, Image Consultant to Successful Business Women, Senior Inpendendent Beauty Consultant |Tomilyn Ward, Founding Executive Director, Maya Organization,503(c) organization, whose mission includes providing emotional support to birth parents in times of crisis. |Gia Tatone of Red Engine Press, River Road Press, and Onward Publications, Independent Publishers | JoAnn Forrester first Presdient of PA Women's Hall of Achievement


          Listen to the Show HERE


          HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS


          HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE SINGERS NEEDED FOR PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA STUDENT CHORALE

          The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Director Christine Hestwood are looking for high school- and
          college-age singers to join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale. The Chorale will perform during the PNC Pops performance of Heroes and Villains on October 17-19
          .
          The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale is open to high school students in grades 10 to 12, as well as college singers. The chorale will total 60 members and all rehearsals will take place in October. Choral directors can nominate quartets of students by filling out the nomination form found at pittsburghsymphony.org/heroes. Nominations are due by September 5. For more information about the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale, please contact Hestwood at 412-977-2047 or chf1218@gmail.com



          MENTORS NEEDED, ONE NIGHT A MONTH=HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION
          From: From Big Brothers, Big Sisters

          Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh is looking for volunteers to mentor high school students as a part of their online mentor2.0 program for the 2014-2015 school year


          The  mentor2.0program is an online, one-to-one mentoring program for high school students. Mentors and mentees use an interactive secure portal to follow a curriculum-based program administered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff. Topics are geared toward providing the support and guidance students need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce.

          Questions?
          Email Maggie Giel 
          Program Manager-mentor2.0
          or call 412-204-1212. 
          For more information click HERE


          PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF

          100% of Your Gift Funds Preservation Work


          I really appreciate the work PHLF does to maintain historical buildings in our city. These projects touch so many lives and make our city a much better place.
                                              Everett Ramer, Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, January 27, 2014

          One of the most direct ways that PHLF helps maintain architectural landmarks throughout Allegheny County is by continuing its Historic Religious Properties (HRP) program, supported each year by generous donations from its members and friends. 
           
          "We improve the quality of life for people as we help renew the institutions they value," said David Vater, Chair of PHLF's HRP Committee. Since 1997, PHLF has awarded 247 matching grants totaling more than one million dollars to help restore key historic religious properties in Allegheny County and, in the process, has created community pride and encouraged renewal.
           
          "The contributions we receive in support of our HRP program, now through December 31, will make it possible for us to offer another cycle of matching grants and technical assistance in 2015," said HRP Committee Vice-Chair Kathy Testoni. "Since PHLF underwrites the staff and operating costs of the HRP program, 100% of each donation is awarded in the form of matching grants to directly fund restoration work."

          Read more and to contribute 



          "Downtown's Best" on Wednesdays in August

          Exciting, fun, and made me realize what a rich history Pittsburgh has.
                                                          Ursula Moeller, July 7, 2014

          Bring your friends and make reservations for PHLF's ultimate downtown walking tour, "Downtown's Best." Staff and docents are offering the two-hour walking tour every Wednesday in August, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, for groups of about 10 people.

          You'll see more than 25 architectural landmarks, spectacular interiors, and significant urban spacesand receive Whirlwind Walk, a handsomely illustrated 100-page guidebook.

          Advance paid reservations are required: $18 (for PHLF members) and $20 for non-members. For reservations and tour details, please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).



          Free Friday Walking Tours, Noon to 1:00 P.M.

          Love these tours. Your work is much appreciated.  
                                                                                  Michael Chester, July 11, 2014
                                                                                       
          On any Friday in August, meet our PHLF docent at Noon in front of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel (107 Sixth Street) and enjoy our "Bridges and River Shores" walking tour. You'll walk across the Roberto Clemente and Andy Warhol bridges, explore one of the first urban sculpture gardens in the country, and hear about the significant historic and modern landmarks bordering the river shores.

          Advance reservations are appreciated: please contact Mary Lu Denny(412-471-5808, ext. 527). PHLF thanks VisitPITTSBURGH and the Alfred M. Oppenheimer Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation for contributing to its free public walking tours.

          PHLF's Free Friday Walking Tours in Downtown Pittsburgh continue every Friday through September. Each month a different area of downtown Pittsburgh is featured. Close to 500 people have participated in these walking tours since May. Each walking tour group of about 10 people often includes an interesting mix of business people on their lunch break and first-time visitors.
          NON-PROFIT EVENTS
          SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH

          1.     VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.
          www.volunteermatch.org/
          popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 98,000 nonprofit organizations.

          Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) is seeking engaged, enthusiastic library lovers from neighborhoods all over Pittsburgh to be part of a new volunteer team focused on libraryoutreach in local communities.
          Volunteers involved with this project will be called LOCAL Teams: Library Outreach and Community Advocacy Leaders.
          What do LOCAL Teams do?
          ·        Distribute flyers/publicity materials from Neighborhood Libraries in community spaces.
          ·        Interact with CLP Social Media
          ·        Represent CLP at neighborhood outreach events
          ·        Provide recommendations to branches on underserved populations and outreach opportunities in their neighborhoods.
          This project will establish four LOCAL Teams, which will serve neighborhood ...
          For more information click HERE

          Host Families Needed for Exchange Students


          About

          We are currently seeking loving people willing to open their hearts and homes to high school foreign exchange students.
          Host families provide the students with room and board. The students require their own beds, but a student may share a bedroom with a sibling of the same gender. Volunteer host families provide the students with meals, but the students have their own insurance and spending money for all other expenses such as school lunches, going out with friends, sports and school supplies, travel, etc. GESS does not discriminate, and we encourage all people to apply. We have had great success with traditional and non-traditional family units including retired couples, young couples, domestic partners, singles, multi-generational families, etc. All of our students can speak English and have gone through an extensive application/in-home interview process as well as an orientation in their home country. Host Families and students are supported by GESS through Local Coordinators during the exchange.
          We depend of the love and kindness of volunteers like you to provide our students with good, loving homes.
          For more information click HERE

          NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS


          Rock All Night Tour aka RANT, FREE Music Festival (Lawrenceville)

          ·        

          ·        Saturday, August 16, 2014

          1:00 PM to 11:45 PM

          ·        Arsenal Park

          39th Street, Pittsburgh, PA (map)

          Over 120 performances in 25 venues. Sat. Aug 16th.
          THEY WILL HAVE A BUS that you can take to go to venue to venue!
          Please read the blog or facebook page to get the most recent info! 
          Alternative, Rockabilly, Acoustic, Hip-Hop, Metal, Country, Buskers and more.
          Better Detail about RANT here at their Blog
          RANT- Rock All Night Tour, Lawrenceville FB
          FYI: Something to tide anyone and everyone over musically.
          BTW THIS IS TOTALLY FREE!
          Arsenal Park noon to 7pm (all Ages, family friendly) 
          Universal Beat Union 
          King Fez 
          Jeremy Caywood & The Way of Life 
          Mathew Tembo & Make Love 
          Molly Alphabet 
          Moldies & Monsters 
          Round Black Ghosts 
          Timbeleza
           
          ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP FOR BEAVER COUNTY RESIDENTS
          Job Training for Beaver County, Inc. (JTBC) will begin an Entrepreneurship Education for Potential Business Owners workshop series August 11, 2014 for low to moderate income Beaver County residents. This program is funded through the Community Development Program of Beaver County. For more information call 724-728-2020 #102.



          ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

          Family Night at the Symphony is a Home Run
          Review of Triple Play the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Aug. 2nd 2014 Performance

          From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report
          Written By:  Stephanie Curtice  |  Aug. 02, 2014

          Martin, Quinn, Josie,
          Mike Van Stipdonk,
          Nina, and Stephanie Curtice
          The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra closed their 2014 summer season on Saturday, August 2nd, with a concert entitled Triple Play.  For a baseball loving family, we thought the concert was a home run.  With my partner's children visiting for the summer, this was a great concert to take the whole family to.  It featured opera and operetta overtures in the first third, a stunningly played piano concerto in the second, and for the final third movie music from some of our favorite action blockbusters.  Now I normally report mostly on the music and just a little on the experience, but for this review I will share how fun it can be to take the whole family to the symphony.

          We have only been here for a year, so this was the first opportunity to bring the kids to Heinz Hall and it was so fun to see their reaction walking into the beautiful hall.  They were in aw just as we were the first time.  But the most quote of the evening came as we were getting seated.  We had two sets of seats: two media seats fifth row/stage left, and four towards the back/center section/isle seats - still main floor mind you.  First, we got Dad (Mike VanStipdonk), Martin (15), Josie (13), and Quinn (10) seated and then Nina (7) and I proceeded to find our seats.  After we at least located them I asked Nina if she wanted to go back and hang out with the rest of the family until the concert started.  She replied, No I don't think I want to go way back there.  These seats are WAY better.  And with that we now have a seven year old, prime seating connoisseur.  Instead we practiced reading the concert notes, which proved to be very good concert preparation even for her.

          With a countdown of the side stage doors closing one by one, we were tuning up for our first family PSO experience.  As a result of her pre-concert reading, Nina was able to point out the evil dwarf played by the basses in Glinka's Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla.  Next was one of my favorites of the evening, Franz Von Suppe's Overture to The Beautiful Galatea.  Nina thought she might have been familiar with the third piece, Intermezzo and Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann.  But at its conclusion, said Maybe I know one of his other songs, because I did not know that one after all.  To close out the first section of the concert, the PSO played Rossini's Overture to William Tell.  Guest conductor Christian Capocaccia playfully reminded us that we should also recognize it from many cartoons, like Looney Tunes.  During this piece Nina nudged me and perceptively pointed to the words thunderstorm, countryside, and triumphant return during each of the respective sections.  During the first intermission we met up with the rest of the troops for a leg stretch and work out the wiggles walk.  Quinn noted that he heard lots of cymbals during the Bugs Bunny song.

          Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report.


          Small Business Resource Fair in the West End
          Held at the Pittsburgh Musical Theater in the West End.  The theater is doing a great job at the renovations in profress on the former elementary school.  The event was sponsored by the URA, KivaZip, Mayor Bill Peduto's Office and City Council Woman Teresa Kale Smith.  Nice turn out of entrepreneurs and small business owners of all sizes.

          Jersey Boys, at the Galleria
          "Oh What a Night" and what a great theater.  Amazing leg room and if the show had not been so outstanding the movie seats are comfortable enough for a double feature where you could fall asleep quite easily for the second feature.  Worth the trip, no matter your neighborhood.

          Red Robin in South Hills Village
          Gotta try the homemade chips and turkey burgers.

          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


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