Sunday, December 13, 2009

Positively Pittsburgh Live, Pittsburgh Holiday Cultural Happenings

Pittsburgh Holiday Cultural Happenings, December 7, 2009 Episode Positively Pittsburgh Live

Positively Pittsburgh Live Host, Joanne Quinn-Smith

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Pittsburgh Symphony
Shelly Fuerte

Artistic Administrator

Pittsburgh Symphony

Talking points
Upcoming productions at Heinz Hall for the holidays:
Highmark Family Holiday Pops led by Assistant Conductor Thomas Hong

Saturday, December 12 at 11:15 a.m.

It's an hour long and does not have an intermission

Same holiday favorites as Highmark Holiday Pops, but geared towards the whole family
Messiah Sing-a-long

Saturday, December 12 at 3 p.m.

Conducted by Robert Page

This is the traditional Messiah, but the audience is the chorus. Scores will be sold in the Heinz Hall lobby beforehand, and the seating is general admission.

Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m.

Conducted by Robert Page

This is the traditional Messiah performance
Highmark Holiday Special with Chris Botti

Trumpeter Chris Botti performs holiday hits!

There are two performances - 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Pops led by Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch

December 17-20

Featuring Mendelssohn Choir, Jonathan Ansell, Rosanna and Rocky Paterra (Pittsburgh natives), Betsy Lawrence (also a Pittsburgher) and students from the CLO Academy of Musical Theater
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a vital part of the City of Pittsburgh’s heritage for more than 100 years. With its noble history of the finest conductors and musicians and its strong commitment to artistic quality and excellence, audiences around the world have claimed the PSO as their orchestra of choice. In September 2008, the PSO welcomed its ninth Music Director Manfred Honeck. Beginning in the early 1900s with frequent performances in Canada, the PSO confirmed its ranking as a world-class orchestra, earning critical acclaim for each tour abroad. Its 34 international tours include 18 European tours, eight trips to the Far East and two to South America. In January 2004, the PSO became the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Kathryn Heidemann, Director of First Night, will be joining you this evening.
For some advance information about First Night, you can visit:
Also, Kathryn is the senior manager of the Education and Community Engagement Department, so she can discuss activities in the Trust’s new Arts Education Center, Gallery Crawls and other student workshops and events.

Put on your dancing shoes and stop by the Arthur Murray Dance Studio to learn a few moves. The ballroom dance lesson schedule for the evening is: 7:30 Foxtrot 8:00 Rumba 8:30 Cha Cha 9:00 Salsa 9:30 Tango 10:00 Swing 10:30 Instructor's Choice
A First Night Button is your passport to all of the wonderful things this night has to offer. Buttons are available for $8 at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at, and at participating Giant Eagle stores. Kids 5 and under are admitted free.
For information, please call 412-456-6666.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust brings an incredible selection of world-class art and entertainment to the Cultural District every year. Browse the online calendar or choose one of these selections to give the gift of performance this holiday season.

Just a Few Favorite Attractions
Debo the Clown
Juggling with Joe Lyons
Pigeon Temporary Tattoos presented by Pittsburgh International Children's Theate
TOON Years Eve celebration
Moquette Volante Bellydance Workshop
Swing Lessons w/ Bobby D
Amish Monkeys


December 29-January 3, 2010

Heinz Hall

Catch the dream! Direct from Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater, the sensational new stage production of DREAMGIRLS sparkles like never before.

Tickets start at just $22!

Pittsburgh Dance Council

Pittsburgh Dance Council brings contemporary dance companies from around the world to the Byham Theater. See all four shows this spring for as little as $74!
Full series

Pittsburgh International

Children's Theater

Use flex pack tickets for any show in the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Season. It’s the perfect way to introduce the youngest ones on your list to the wonder of live theater!

Six tickets for $55.50

Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre

Eric Nelson

Director of Sales

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theater 2002-2009

Previously Director of Sales at City Theatre 1994-2001

under the loved Artistic Director Marc Masterston, who is now the Artistic Director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville, one of the most prominent regional theaters in the country, and the home of the Humania Festival
Moved to Pittsburgh in 1994 from NYC.

Training is as a an orchestral musician, with degrees in clarinet from The Peabody Conservatory, of the Johns Hopkins University-Baltimore
PICT- in our13th season. 2010 in 14 years.
Currently performing Jane Eyre- adapted by Alan Stanford who brought PICT & Pittsburgh the 2008 hit Salome.
Jane Eyre runs at the Stephen Foster Memorial's Charity Randall theater until December 20
Live music composed by Douglas Levine
Performed by Dou Levine-piano and Mary Beth Malek -clarinet
17 actors
Starring David Whalen as Mr. Rochester, Sahelly Delaney as the mature Jane, and Allison McLemore as the younger Jane.
2010 Season April 15

7 productions

1- World Premiere- comissioned by PICT and the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre

BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS- based on the music of Pittsburgh own Stephen Foster- Music by Douglas Levine after Stephen Foster

2. Othello ( in the smaller intimate Henry Heymann Theatre- in the Stephen Foster memorial)
Pinter Festival- Just passed this past year in honor of his 80h Birthday
4 evenings of great theatre

3. The Hothouse- (Sinister & Scathingly funny)

4. The Dumbwaiter/Betrayal (evening of One Acts)

5. The Room/Celebration- (evening of One Acts)

6. The Room- (Ambiguious and Comic)

7. Hobson's Choice

PositivelyPittsburgh News, Vol XXXII from PPL Show 12-7-09

PositivelyPittsburgh News, Vol XXXII from PPL Show 12-7-09
Reported by Pittsburgh Positive News Reporter,
Joanne Quinn-Smith
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From Positive Pittsburgher, Suzanne Froehlich, Founder Pittsburgh Women’s Power Lunch

Moms and Cops


Training Conference to Help Keep

Children and Families Safe

December 8, 2009 – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Lighthouse Cathedral  810 Fisher Street  Pittsburgh, PA 15210

Please complete the attached registration form and return it to Nancy Mundy by Tuesday, December 1, 2009 via fax at 412-802-6910, by email at , or to the address listed below to reserve your space at the Moms and Cops Conference:
Nancy Mundy, Office Coordinator

WPIC – Office of Education and Regional Training

3811 O’Hara Street

4601 Baum Building, Room 166

Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Seating limited to the first 100 registered.
No Registration Fee -Continental Breakfast & Lunch provided
Workshops Include: The Realities of Child Abuse – Impact on Families, Basic Domestic Violence Prevention and Legal Advocacy, The Effects of Trauma on Children, Safe Sleep for Babies, The Impact of Irresponsible Gun Owners, and much, much more. Call 412-323-7858 for additional info.
Sponsored by

Moms and Cops Collaborative & Reverend Maurice Trent – Lighthouse Cathedral

With Special Thanks to the Birmingham Foundation

Moms and Cops Collaborative

Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Children Youth and Families - Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Community Services - Allegheny County Health Dept. - Allegheny County Office of the District Attorney - Center for Traumatic Stress - Center for Victims of Violence and Crime Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh - City of Pittsburgh, Bureau of Police - City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority

City of Pittsburgh, Office of the Mayor, Weed & Seed Program - Hill District Community Collaborative - Magee-Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - PA Dept. of Health - Parental Stress Center Pittsburgh Action Against Rape - Project Safe Neighborhoods -University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic - Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
 If anyone is interested in bringing Moms and Cops to their community, they can contact my secretary, Sharon Grace at either 412-323-7858 or to receive additional information and be placed on our mailing list.

Reported from Global Pittsburgh

Canonsburg-Based Aquatech Awarded Seawater Desalination and Industrial Water Reuse Projects in Egypt

Canonsburg-based Aquatech has been awarded a contract to design and supply a seawater desalination system for the Abu Qir Thermal Power Plant in Egypt.
The client, West Delta Electricity Production Co., specified Aquatech’s Multiple Effect Distillation (MED) technology for uninterrupted water supply to boilers after carefully studying all available desalination technology options, the company said.

Priority Ticket Offer!



There's no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theater than with the magic, the mystery, the memory of CATS. What began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop has become one of the longest running shows in Broadway's history. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless melodies, including the hit song "Memory." promotional code MEOW to order your tickets to CATS before they go on sale to the public Friday, December 11!

• Online at
• Visit the Box Office at Theater Square [655 Penn Avenue]

• Call 412-456-6666

• Groups 10+ Tickets 412-471-6930

Run 2 Inspire 12 Pubs of Christmas

The holiday season is finally upon us and Run 2 Inspire is giving you a reason to grab your holiday sweater and join us!
We are hosting a "12 Pubs of Christmas" Bar Crawl on Saturday, December 19th. Registration for this event is now open! It includes a t-shirt, wrist band, drink specials at all 12 bars and an entry into our special Pub Crawl Challenge! We will also be providing food during this event.
So grab your favorite (or ugliest) holiday sweater and join us as we spread some holiday cheer and raise awareness for cervical cancer!

** Holiday Discount - purchase tickets before December 1st and pay just $10! After December 1st, tickets are $15. **

For more information contact

Tickets are $5.00, you will be contacted shortly after for t-shirt size. For more information contact

From Positive Pittsburgher Donna Baxter at the Soul Pitt

Nativity: A Christmas Gift

Featuring The Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble

December 5 - 20, 2009 (Fri, Sat & Sun Shows)

@ Alumni Hall 4227 Fifth Avenue, Pgh PA 15213

The Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble,

part of Pitt's Department of Africana Studies, will present its unique musical production of “Nativity: A Christmas Gift” inspired by Langston Hughes' “Black Nativity,” the show explores the Christmas season through traditional West African dance and 20th century gospel music.

Friday and Saturday Shows at 8pm

Sunday Shows at 5pm

Adults: $20.00 - Children: $10.00

Tickets are available at:

Dorsey's Records

1.888.236.6607 / 412.731.6607
For Group Rates Call 412.648.2276

Reported From Global Pittsburgh

British-Owned Conveyor Belt Maker Relocates Corporate Headquarters to Pittsburgh from Atlanta - Boosts Region's Energy Sector

Fenner Dunlop Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fenner PLC, a UK public company, has moved its corporate headquarters to the Pittsburgh area from suburban Atlanta.

The company said it wanted to be close to its North American belting product manufacturing facilities in both Ohio and Canada, as well as to key locations in newly acquired service businesses – including Conveyor Service Corporation in Blairsville, Indiana County, which it acquired last year – and major customer regions.

"Operating from Pittsburgh puts Fenner Dunlop at the heart of its North American business, allowing for optimal business management," said Cassandra Pan, president of Fenner Dunlop Americas. "We’re close to where it’s all happening and closer to our customers."

One Woman - Trying to Save One Christmas Tree Farm! Positive Pittsburgher:  Debra Dion Kirske
This year she was desperate. This year she had to figure out a different way if her farm is to survive. I met her at a random networking meeting and offered up Three Rivers Paintball Location as an ideal place to display trees. The trees live almost 2 hours out of Pittsburgh - but if she could truck them to Cranberry - she could set up a second lot! Trees can now be purchased at Three Rivers Paintball, 282 Rochester Rd. Freedom PA. every weekend. Help support a woman - trying to save her farm. Fresh Cut, Beautiful - Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine and White Pine with sizes up to 71/2 ft. - all $50 – Open 3-9 on Fridays and 9-9 on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 724-775-6232 or

“Positively Pittsburgh” Awards From Newbury’s Notes on LinkedIn
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 6:59am

Recently, Pittsburghers have been enjoying being named “Best Sports City” by the Sporting News; but over the years, Pittsburgh has become the subject of countless accolades! Whirl Magazine put together a “compendium of some of the city’s most brilliant accolades.”

Here are some of our favorites:

Pittsburgh has the best commercial real estate market in the country, according to Moody’s. (2009
Pittsburgh is one of America’s 25 Strongest Housing Markets, according to (2009)
Pittsburgh is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Top 25 Solar America Cities.
Pittsburgh is the #1 Most Livable City in America, according to the Economist Magazine. (2009
Pittsburgh is #13 for Best Cities for Young Professionals, according to Forbes Magazine. (2008)
Pittsburgh is one of the Smartest Places to Live in America, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine. (2006)
Pittsburgh is the #1 Most Livable City in America, according to Places Rated Almanac. (2007)
Reported by Positive Pittsburgher, Donna Baxter of the Soul Pitt:  August Wilson Center for African American Culture Presents


Saturday, December 12 , 2009 @ 7 & 9:30 PM

~ AND ~

Thursday, December 17 , 2009 @ 8 PM

at the August Wilson Center Theater

980 Liberty Avenue * Downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District

Regina Carter's Reverse Thread

Traverse the globe with internationally acclaimed jazz violinist Regina Carter as she and her quartet perform pieces from her Paganini project and music from Mali, Senegal and Uganda. Carter brings audiences to their feet with a musical style Time magazine called "probingly intelligent" and "breathtakingly daring." This concert is presented in partnership with MCG Jazz.

Roving Pittsburgher

Crystal Observatory at Vanadium Woods, St. Barnabas

Crystal Conservatories, a striking piece of architecture springing lightly from the western Pennsylvania countryside (figure 1). It was a highly engineered, glass-enclosed structure that would allow St. Barnabas residents and visitors from nearby Valencia and Gibsonia to relax, swim, and rehabilitate using aquatherapy and various other modalities. The structure is, in fact, a product of a company called Blue Diamond Conservatories, which is marketing it in customizable configurations nationally.
What first caught my attention for this sort of structure was the massive Crystal Cathedral that Rev. Robert H. Schuller constructed in California some years ago. But there they were working with a 40-degree temperature swing, versus a seemingly 100-degree swing in "beautiful downtown" Valencia.
DBRC 5th Anniversary 31st Floor Regional Enterprise Tower, Great Space and Great Networking, Southwestern Pa Commision, Fifth Third Bank, and many outstanding entrepreneurs.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Roving Pittsburgher Report, Vol 1 Radio City Rockettes

There is only one way to put it...the Rockettes are truly a "toe tappin", "finger snappin" joyful holiday spectacular. From the opening act to the last each scene had magic. Need some Holiday Magic...then get yourself in the mood and go SEE the Radio City the Benedum. You will be happy for days!

JoAnn R. Forrester

"Empress of Biz" Talkcast Show

S. I. Business Associates

Price it Perfect

Celebrate & Share

SBA PA Woman Business Champion 2000/1989

PA Best 50 Women in Business 1999

Office: 412-440-6969

The show in Pittsburgh was equally as amazing as the Radio City Music Hall performance in NYC.

Sanna Carapellotti,

What can you say about a show that puts you in the mood for the holidays so early in the season. The scenery was delicious, the choreography delightful and the music masterfully designed to brighten your heart. This should be a family or couple holiday tradition as there is something for everyone.

For the little guys and gals delightful muppet like scaters of tiny characters.

For the kid in you, the ragdoll rockettes number.

For the romantic in you—the lights, the sounds, the nostalgia

For the guys of course, the gorgeous high kicking Rockettes.

Joanne Quinn-Smith, host Positively Pittsburgh Live every Monday at 7 PM EDT

Also Positively Pittsburgh Roving Reporters, Sanna Carapellotti and JoAnn Forrester.

Still time to see this veritably epic performance, playing until December 6.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Positively Pittsburgh News, Vol XXXI

Volume XXXI
Friday, December 11, 2009 at 7:30 PM

The Night Chaser is the story of

a family who receives a video game as a gift.

The game draws them into an adventure that requires them to show courage and responsibility.

The production includes:

Acting, Music, Mime, Dance, African Drumming and Sign Praise.

Special guests include:

The Hill Dance Academy Theater, Enyimnyam, Artistree, and others.

The New Hazlett Theater,

6 Allegheny Square East (Northside), Pgh, PA 15212

(412) 320-4610

Tickets are FREE

for children 12 and under

when accompanied by an adult.

Adult tickets:

$10.00 (Preferred Seating)

and $5.00 (General Admission).

The Perfect Gift for the beer connoisseur or wine aficionado in your life

Our popular Craft Beer School and Wednesday Wine Flights events are now available by subscription! These unique series combine expert knowledge, beverage samples and light fare from CafĂ© Zao. Each hour-long event is held at the Cabaret at Theater Square. You won’t want to miss a class, so guarantee your favorite table today by purchasing a subscription.

To become a subscriber, call 412-456-1390.

January 19 Texas Drink ‘Em: Shiner Beers

February 16 Meet the Brewer: Yards Brewery

March 16 Don’t be Afraid of the Dark (Beers)

April 20 Funny Labels/ Serious Beers

May 18 Noble Pilsener: The Beer of Kings

Individual tickets for Craft Beer School go on sale Wednesday, December 16

January 6 Wines of Argentina

February 3 The Heart of Provence

March 3 Unusual Wines

April 14 Wines of the Loire Valley

May 5 The Art of Sangria

Individual tickets for Wednesday Wine Flights go on sale Thursday, December 3

Menopause the Musical, $8.00 off per ticket

January 5 to 10

Byham Theatre

Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black-lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This joyful musical parody set to 25 classic baby-boomer songs from “Puff, My God I’m Draggin’” to the disco favorite “Stayin’ Awake, Stayin’ Awake” will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! It’s definitely not “The Silent Passage” anymore! Come see what nearly 11 million fans across the world are laughing about!

Use promotional code BINGES to receive an $8 discount for MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL.

*Discount offer expires November 30. Limit 4 tickets. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or with any other offers. Subject to availability. Service

To become a subscriber, call 412-456-1390.

The Business Women of the Ujamaa Collective Present

The Black Bazaar on Black Friday

Friday, November 27, 2009 from 9AM to 9 PM

One Hope Square, 1901 Centre Avenue, Hill District

(next to Hill House Association)

“During the days of Black Wallstreet (aka Little Africa),

the dollar would circulate 36 to 100 times, sometimes taking a year for currency to leave the community. Now a dollar leaves the community in 15-minutes. Let’s get Back to Black!"

Shop handmade gifts for the entire family!

Enjoy delicious food and good music!

Music, games for children.

Get your holiday gifts

Chapeaux Etc.

Fahrenheit 212

Down Low Clothing

Hill District First Source Center

Natural Body Care Products

Original Artwork, Handmade Cards

Jewelry, Gift Baskets

Delicious & Gourmet Foods

For More Information:

412.512.2680 or 412.969.3260


Roving Pittsburgher

Racial Justice Awards

Actually did a live show interviewing guests, board members and awardees at the Racial Justice Awards. Be sure to listen to the show on Racial Justice Awards on Monday, Magdeline Jensen, Executive Director speaks knowledgeable about the 140 years of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and also interviewed the 2009 honorees for the Awards. This show aired live on November 4 as a special edition. You can hear it archived at:

All of the winners had motivating stories.

Community Engagement

Grace Robinson, LUTC, MBA

Agent, State Farm


Tomorrow’s Future, Inc.


WQED Multimedia

George L. Miles, Jr.

President and CEO


Laurence Glasco, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

History Department

University of Pittsburgh


Father Regis Ryan

Executive Director

Focus on Renewal

Health Care

Nueve Lunas Health Care

Nueve Lunas [pronounced noo-ay’-vay]

President, Laura Macia

Public Safety

Lisa Thorpe-Vaughn

President and CEO

Non-Profit Leadership

Training Institute

Event information:

Live Show on November 16, 2009 direct from the event with all the excitement as icing on the cake, interviewing former honorees, political figures YWCA board members and staff and current awardees. Listen to both shows on the Racial Justice, Special Edition and Live at:

Entrepreneurial Thursdays, Women Took Over Last Week

Fashion Entrepreneurs and Fashionistas took over Entrepreneurial Thursdays. Haute Metals displayed their jewelry around Little E’s and we heard about Designer Bibs, used from Classic Chic to be used to protect clothing or as fashion accessories. Also make up demonstration of special effects make up and Jill Kummer of Donncaster talked about investment clothing.

NSA (National Speakers Association) Meeting with TAlkShoe Developer Dave Nelson, Wow

21 Tips for Social Media

Sarah Palin was in town, didn’t get to that because I can read the book but I can’t always hear Dave Nelson speak.

What a way to spend a Saturday morning and definitely worth getting up for. Consensus comment, gave the group CEO relevant information on how and why business owners from small to large need to engage in Social Media.

Steeltown Hero

Mark Milovatz

Mark has appeared on television, radio and in print campaigns. He alsohas been the MC for beauty pageants like Miss Indiana, corporate awards shows and many more. Mark has performed with country music legends like Boots Randolph, (“Yakity Sax” ... “Benny Hill”) Rascal Flatts and has opened for Frank Sinatra, Engelbert Humperdink, Barry Manilow, Perry Como, as well as having numerous leading roles in Musicals.

Mark has been a repeat performer for Arnold Palmer and many other celebrities. He was the creator and producer of 7 Sold Out holiday shows to raise monies for the Children's Miracle Network and other Children's Hospitals.

Born in Trafford, Pa. East of Pittsburgh, Mark is a true Steeltown Hero for all he does for the Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network.

Addditional info at

Positively Pittsburgh Live will broadcast live testimonials from the show on Sunday, November 29, 2009 starting at: 8:25 PM.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Positively Pittsburgh Live News, October 26, 2009, News Only Episode, Vol. XVI

Positively Pittsburgh Live News, October 26, 2009, Volume XX
By Delana Flowers
Hunting for Halloween Haunted Adventure?
“One of America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions,” -The Travel Channel
Three haunts for one price.
118 Locust Street
Etna, PA 15223

The world’s first haunted hayride, considered by some to be the most frightening trip of their lives!
Includes authenticated Haunted Barn, carnival rides, games & concessions.
2430 Pittsburgh Road
Smock, PA 15480
Web site:

Best hayride in Pittsburgh!
Reilly’s will take your group on a wonderful hayride over the hills, through the woods and fields to a blazing bonfire where friendships grow under the stars.
Reservations are accepted June through November so gather your group together and call 412-364-8662.
1120 Roosevelt Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Hear the supernatural stories about the City Theater, Gypsy Cafe, Lava Lounge, and the Carson Street Deli.
Tickets: 15$ purchased at the Carson Street Deli an approximate one hour and fifteen minute tour.
1507 East Carson Street
Starting at the Carson Street Deli

In other news today…
Winning Federal Contracts – A Guide for Women Entrepreneurs
Learn how to identify and take advantage of federal contracting opportunities.
This free online tutorial is a practical and easy to use guide that walks a woman-owned small business through the contracting process.

The Winning Federal Contracts course is available on SBA’s Web site at or directly at It is indexed by subject matter, and includes direct links to additional contracting resources.

Help others by pampering yourself. The Pink Pamper is a health and beauty fair that raises funds for The Hillman Cancer Patient Assistance Fund.
The fair will include:
• Health and beauty seminars
• Professional beauty services i.e., haircuts, manicures, makeovers, facial
waxing, and chair massages.
• Professional Health services showcasing their products, services, and doing demonstrations
• Blood drive giving registered donors a free pair of Pepper Performance Eyewear (Bombshell line) sunglasses
• Phone drive receiving old cell phone donations to benefit the Washington Women’s Shelter
For your entertainment
• Food-tastings & demonstrations by the chefs of Crowne Plaza
• Specialty boutiques featuring jewelry, hats & shoes, and ore.
• Cocktail Reception & Cash Bar
• Silent Auction & Chinese Auction Drawings.
The Pink Pamper Event
Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South,
164 Ft. Couch Road,
Pittsburgh, PA 15241

The U.S. debut of French installation artist JULIEN MAIRE
Four experimental forms of projection, highlighting simultaneously both the simplicity and complexity of matter, vision, and memory.
Julien Maire
• French installation artist and performer
• He deconstructs and re-devises audiovisual techniques
• Award winning and Nominated for at "World Technology Awards" in New York
• Installations and performances in Austria, Shanghai, Barcelona, Berlin, Maribor, Tokyo, Melbourne and Belgium
Wood Street Galleries is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The Galleries are FREE and open to the public Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
601 Wood Street
(412) 471-5605

Transfer Lounge is a project that involves art professionals from Spain and U.S.A and creates a unique opportunity for artists from different parts of the world to actively exchange their views and ideas around issues of mobility and transition. Co-curated by Carolina Loyola-Garcia (USA) and Ima Pico (Spain).
A project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
FREE and open to the public Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 am-6:00 pm and Friday-Saturday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
812 Liberty Avenu
(412) 325-7723

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh is the largest visual arts organization in the Pittsburgh region, fostering an appreciation of visual art among all audiences and to create opportunities for artists to display their work.
FREE and open to the public Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 am-6:00 pm and Friday-Saturday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
707 Penn Gallery
(412) 325-7017

Anna Divinsky, JoAnna Commandaros, Karen Page and Holland Williams: A collaboration evolving from a cabinet of curiosities becomes an investigation of body and nature.
FREE and open to the public Tuesday -Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. or.
709 Penn Gallery
(412) 224-4651

• Kevin Acklin
Tuesday, October 27th
Eddy Theater
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
• Franco “Dok” Harris
Wednesday, October 28th
Eddy Theater
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Food for the soul cookbook in the form of the bible, Genesis to Revelations
$15.00 to benefit the New Dawn Beginnings Youth Ministry
North Avenue
at New Hope United Methodist Church
Rev. Diana E. Marshall 412-583-6845 &
Barbara C. Crosby 724-612-8503

Assist firms interested in pursuing government contract and subcontract opportunities.
• About 40 government agencies
• Major Corporations
• Federal, State and Local purchasing reps
The admission fee for Procurement Opportunities Fair 2009 is $30 per attendee if postmarked by October 16, 2009, which includes a buffet lunch. After October 16, 2009 the cost per attendee is $40. Please contact Tracy Julian with any questions at 724-938-5881 or email at

• Airto Moreira on percussion (Winner of 2009 Jazz/Fusion Percussion Award byt he readers of DRUM! Magazine)
• Frenando Merlino on piano
• Leo Traversa on bass
• Eric Susoeff on guitar
Celebration includes:
• Special menu items from Bahia and Caiphirinhas will be added to the theater's regular selections
• Meet the Artists reception
VIP Tickets $50.50 (includes a "Meet the Artists" reception at 7:15, special hors d'oeurves, preferred seating, cash bar and a digital copy of Kenia's upcoming CD when released)
Pittsburgh Jazz Society Members: $15.50 with ID at the door
The August Wilson Center Theater
980 Liberty Avenue

Contributions to the library of $50 or more through the Pittsburgh Gives site will be matched 50¢ to the $1, up to a gift of $10,000 per individual.
To participate, please visit for instructions on how to make your gift online.
Contact Charla Irwin-Buncher, Annual Giving Manager
Or e-mail at

"A must-see for fans of jazz and the American song book."
For tickets, call Becky at 412.316.8200, ext 704.
Or Buy Online and use promo code 14304.
Pittsburgh Public Theatre
621 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3200
(412) 316-1600

Delana Flowers is an independent writer for Positively Pittsburgh Live and Owner of Ingenuity Copywriting, writing effective copy so you don’t have to. Services include copywriting for newsletters, blogs, ad copy, marketing pieces, articles and reviews.
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Positively Pittsburgh Live News, June 15, 2009, Volume 9

Positively Pittsburgh Live News,

Positively Pittsburgh Live Guests, 6-15-09

PPL Talkcast, Stuff to Do in Pittsburgh, Museums
• Frick Art & Historical, Greg Langel
• Seldom Seen Mine, Representative Gary Haluska
• Carnegie Museum of Art, Ellen James
• Pennsylvania Trolley Museum , Scott Becker

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Magee Research Institute and Foundation

Here’s your opportunity to provide your family and friends with discounted tickets to Sandcastle Waterpark for only $21.50 and a portion of your purchase will help raise funds for Magee-Womens Research Institute as they continue to achieve excellence in research related to the health of women and infants.

You can receive your discounted tickets by using the Coupon Code 300900221. Enter this code into the appropriately marked area when ordering online at Discount only applies to the $27.99 regular gate price. Please forward on to your family, friends and co-workers and let them get in on the fun too.
Call 412-462-6666 for details.

Book Launch Party with Barbara Schwarck and Bill Weil
From Intuition to Entrepreneurship:
A Woman's Guide to Following Her Dream

Barbara Schwarck and Bill Weil have teamed up and wrote a phenomenal book for any woman who is either thinking of starting a business or has already started a business. The book has been called a "yummy treat" and a "must-read" by Eli Davidson, M.A., international bestselling author of Funky to Fabulous and The Today Show's "Reinvention Expert"
By taking a unique approach and blending Eastern and Western traditions, Barbara and Bill created a step-by-step workbook to support budding entrepreneurs on their journey to success. For more information visit
On Thursday, June 18th, the authors are hosting an open-to-all party and book signing to celebrate the release of their book. Network with your peers, meet the authors, and enjoy a stimulating presentation: "Are You Congruent with Your Goals?" - followed by a demonstration of Neuro Emotional Technique.
Thursday, June 18 at 6:30 PM
First Commonwealth Bank in Squirrel Hill
5847 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Get Map & Directions

Entrepreneurial Thursdays

Musical Networking Happy Hour
5:30 PM - 8 PM
Little E's Jazz & Blues
949 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant

Hosted by Jazz/R&B Vocalist - Jessica Lee
June 18, 2009
"Robotics Ventures "
Featuring Interviews with:
• Dr. Ralph Hollis, Research Professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University
• Dr. Metin Sitti, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Sitti researches micro and nanoscale robotic systems in his NanoRobotics Lab (

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Royal Tribe - Upcoming Dates

Royal Tribe Music
Arts organization
June - Stand Up Now S.U.N. Tour - If interested in participating Contact us click here
June 25 - Chaka Khan Heinz Hall Original R and B Diva experience a night you wont forget We have tickets for sale. Please show your support click here
June 27- Evolution: Fashion and Art Show. Club Dreamz and Restaurant, 108 19th Street, Strip District. Please show your support.

$10.00 Off Tickets to 8 Track

*Offer good Wednesdays & Thursdays through July 30
8-TRACK, The Sounds of the 70’s is a joyous journey through the greatest hits of the 1970s, starring the music of The Emotions, The Carpenters, The Doobie Brothers, Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy and many more! With its powerful rhythms and dazzling harmonies, 8-TRACK, The Sounds of the 70’s is a rockin’ good time. Put on your polyester shirt, wrap-around skirt, platform shoes (don’t forget your mood ring) and boogie down to ten years of groundbreaking music.
Use promotional code 13157 to receive a $10 discount for Wednesday and Thursday performances of 8-TRACK, The Sounds of The 70's through July 30!

PCA 2009 Annual Golf Invitational
“Benefits Burned Kids”

The Pittsburgh Claims Association 2009 Annual Golf Invitational will donate a portion of the profits from this event to benefit a local summer camp for children that have suffered severe burns.

Summer Camp for burned children, held each summer at a local well known camp in Western Pennsylvania. The camp has been offered free of charge to all children who have been burn center patients. When kids are burned, life changes. During their hospital stay, kids must cope with pain and with separation from family, friends and school. Recovery is an ongoing process, and kids may feel that they are “different.” If kids have visible scars or wear pressure garments, they may feel that they don’t fit in with other kids.

At camp, children ages 7 to 17 meet to share personal stories and new experiences. In this supportive environment, kids are encouraged to meet new challenges and take positive risks that help boost their self-esteem. Adventures such as horseback riding or rope climbing help build confidence as well as strong bodies.

Camp is a place where kids’ scars and struggles do not limit their opportunities for friendship and laughter. The counselors ensure that every camper gets the most from the camp experience. Children are transported by bus to camp and back. Skilled medical staff is equipped for emergencies and are able to supervise dressing changes, pressure garments and scheduled medications.

Burn Center Summer Camp receives financial support from various local organizations and individuals. The event sells out every year and is staged at Churchill CC on Monday June 22nd. Sponsorships at this year’s invitational will help the Pittsburgh Claims Association make what we would like to be a considerable contribution to this year’s benefactor.

Thank You! Your support is needed to accomplish this goal.
For More Information Contact: Tim Dillon- 412-621-6070

Don't forget - The Samuel J Foundation's Fifth Annual “Sam’s Summer Splash” fundraiser
is coming up on June 27, 2009, at 6:30 pm at Scott Township Pool. Tickets are only $5 per person age 4 and up (children under 4 are free) or just $4 per person for groups of 10 or more (perfect for sports teams, scout troops or groups). Refreshments, including KFC, games for the kids and music by DJ Roy Smith are included in the price of admission. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and ticket auction (including Steeler tickets!).

Proceeds from this event will support Sam’s Snack Wagon, a snack cart program for parents and children on the inpatient oncology unit and outpatient hematology/oncology clinic at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Sam’s Snack Wagon was started as something tangible that could serve as a daily reminder for these families that someone is thinking about them, and that they are not alone. Many parents have said that when their children are discouraged about having to go to the hospital, reminding them of the snack cart lifts their spirits and encourages them
For Summer Splash tickets, to donate to Sam’s Snack Wagon, or for more information about the Samuel J Foundation, visit, or contact Kelly Johnson at (724)693-9901.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference,
day long event h eld by Duquesne, Small Business Development Center--best breakout session, this author has ever seen on marketing, Dick Dross, P.E.R.S.U.A.D.E.

What the Butler Saw

Jerry Springer meets legitimate theatre type farce which blatantly attacks everything you probably ever believed in but somehow comes out alright in the end. Advertised as rather ribald by the PICT, less offensive than one would have imagined when it was originally run in the late sixties, by today’s standards it’s a bit tame, nevertheless controversial. It’s fast paced and you have to be quick to catch all of the humor.
Check out the entire review at
Actually bares seeing twice so that you can get all of the sublte and not so subtle comedy. It’s fast, frenetic and just a little ribald.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

PositivelyPittsburghLive, Pittsburgh Consignment and Thrift Shops 8-3-09

Positively Pittsburgh Live Guests, 8-3-09

• Bonnie Rubin, Executive Director , National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section
• Suzanne Venneri Travel Broker/Results Travel, Thrift and Consignment Shop Tours
• Terry Chesky , co-owners of Consignment Cottage
• Sally Power, Treasure House Fashions

Bonnie Rubin
Executive Director
National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section

University of Pittsburgh; Undergraduate degree Bachelor of Science in Education; Masters Public Policy Management degree Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
Background: 27years in retail; children’s clothing business; owner operator
Production Manager for Functional Art company; artist; faux finish painter;
Mother of 3 boys; 32, 21, 17
Bonnie Rubin
Chief Operations Officer, NCJW Pittsburgh Section
1620 Murray Ave; Pittsburgh PA 15217

Our mission:
The National Council of Jewish Women, NCJW, is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

Our organization and our section are 116 years old and we have been serving the general community through advocacy, education and community service since 1893.
We have been involved in many grassroots efforts concerning domestic abuse, judicial nominations, reproductive rights and education.
Our volunteers are known for identifying community needs and addressing those needs through various programs and projects that then grow and spin off on their own. Examples would be; free lunch programs in the schools, Head Start, Race for the Cure, Senior Daycare, School for the Blind, and many more. You can visit our website at to learn more about what we have accomplished.

We run three social enterprises to support our organization. Thriftique is our upscale thrift shop located in Swissvale Shopping Center and we pride our selves on the high quality of our merchandise. The shop features a Designer boutique, furniture, house hold items, shoes, accessories and much more. Our website has all the details as well as a monthly calendar and coupons. Our Suit Yourself Voucher program is available through partner organizations fo women returning to the workforce. We host 3 different special needs schools in a program of work and life skill learning. Our address is 7400 Church Street 15218

DDB Designer Days Boutique is our high end Consignment shop that features designer, couture and better boutique merchandise. We do not carry mall store brands and customers can find labels for less from names like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, D&G, St John, Armani, Coach, Marc Jacobs and more. Our website has all the details about shopping and consigning at DDB. We feature a Girls Night Out program for women’s organizations, monthly sales, and all proceeds support NCJW non-sectarian community service projects. Our address is 5846 Ellsworth Avenue 15232 421-441-0330

Designer Days is our annual fundraising event held in Monroeville at the new Monroeville Convention Center (formerly the Wickes building). We have a preview on Friday November 6 with a $20 admission and Saturday November 7 and Sunday November 8 are free. This year we are partnering with Good Taste Pittsburgh who is holding their food show on Saturday November 7.

We are on Facebook, My space as DesignerDaysBoutique and as Designer_Days.


Suzanne Venneri Travel Broker/Results Travel
Consignment and Thrift Shop Day Tours

2516 State Ave
Coraopolis, Pa. 15108
OFFICE:(412-264-6386 or 412-264-8446)
FAX :(412-299-1363)

Travel broker in the business for the past15 yrs. arranging cruises,all inclusive vacations,Hawaii. Disney, Europe, honeymoons, destination weddings and bustrips for organizations. The client meeting.planning,pricing,implementing,and delivery of documents are done in a very personal yet professional manner. My clients realize the importance of placing their travel needs into the hands of an experienced professional.

Consignment and Thrift Shop Day Tours

1) This is a twice a year fall /spring Saturday(9-5) Ladies Only bustrip.
2) A trip is about 17 passengers for a small bus. So if someone calls with a group of 10 interested ladies, i begin the process of pricing the bus companies, reserving the 4 consignment stops,etc. However the minimum number is 17 passengers.
3) Can you imagine a bus filled with women who just found a real bargin--- going down the bus aisles to their seat saying"Look what I found!'
4)I arrange 4 consignment shops from the West North and South Hills area plus a lunch break. With traveling time factored in, the trip is usually from 9am to 5pm.
5) The hosting consignment stores will offer refreshments and usually "money off" coupon.

So please call me with 10 interested ladies in taking a "consignment bustrip" at 412-264-8446.

Consignment Cottage
Terry Chesky

Long-time lovers of all things second-hand, Consignment Cottage owners
Jean Maggio and Terry Chesky opened their first store in 1992 in a tiny 750 sq. foot cottage on Moon Clinton Road in Moon Township. The mother-daughter team envisioned a store where customers would find high quality, contemporary resale merchandise in an attractive and comfortable setting.

In 1997, the business was expanded again to include a second location in Sewickley. Consignment Cottage is staffed by the owners as well as 4 part-time employees and even other family members on occasion.

With two unique stores, Consignment Cottage is a favorite of resale customers from all over the Pittsburgh area. Both stores focus on better-label, current styles from popular designers. The smaller Sewickley store features ladies clothing through size 18 as well as junior clothing. Accessories such as jewelry, and designer purses and shoes are also popular finds. The much larger Moon Township store carries ladies, plus sizes, teens, mens, and maternity clothing. In addition, the store features home accents & small furniture. Expectant moms are happy to find not only resale maternity clothing, but new breastfeeding supplies, including pumps and pump rentals. The teen department is the fastest growing segment of the business.

With an increased awareness of the environmental and economic advantages of shopping resale, Consignment Cottage continues to grow and adapt to the changing retail environment and looks forward to many more successful years in business.


Terry Chesky and Jean Maggio are co-owners of Consignment Cottage, with locations in Moon Township and Sewickley.

With no formal background in business, Terry credits much of the success of the business to a great working relationship with her mother and partner.
Jean’s background includes running her own catering business for over 10 years. As a registered nurse and certified lactation consultant, Terry can sometimes be found in the maternity department of the Moon store, talking with a pregnant or nursing mom.

In addition to almost 17 years of experience, Terry and Jean are members of the National Association of Resale and Thrift Stores. (NARTS)
Over the years they have attended over a dozen regional and national educational conferences. They credit the organization with keeping them up to date on the resale industry. They have conducted many fashion shows for various organizations throughout the area.

Consignment Cottage is a true family-owned and run business.
Terry will celebrate her 30th Anniversary this year to Bob, who can often be seen cutting the grass or doing other maintenance on the business property. They have 5 children, and as of July 25th, a new daughter-in-law. While now young adults, all the Chesky children have put time in the shop at some point in their lives.
Jean is married to Vince who also finds a list of honey-do chores at the shop.
Terry’s sister Kim works in the shop occasionally as well

Talking Points

• Definite increase in business. Probably due to increased media attention on looking for alternatives to regular retail
• Common misconception is that people who shop resale do so because they have to save money. Most shoppers don’t HAVE to shop resale… they WANT to shop resale!
• Resale shopping is guilt-free shopping, and women (who make up the majority of our shoppers) LOVE to shop!
• Teen shoppers are a rapidly growing segment of our shoppers
• Save 50-90% off retail
• Shopping resale gives us more choices in life, allows us to re-think our priorities.
• Shopping resale is like a treasure hunt. More variety in resale shops
• “a really green form of retail!”
• We love educating shoppers about the advantages of shopping resale. We love doing fashion shows.
• More value for your money.
• Shopping resale is shopping local
• Shoppers are happy to walk into a store where the owners or managers know them by name.
• Most resale, thrift and consignment shops will happily refer shoppers from one to the other
Terry Chesky
Consignment Cottage
234 Moon Clinton Rd
Moon Township, PA 15108

Sally Power
Treasure House Fashions

8035 McKnight Road Suite G-2
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Treasure House Fashions…a quality resale shop with a tender heart is a 501(c)3 corporation, dedicated to promoting the dignity and self esteem of women, particularly women in transition and/or crisis by providing gently-worn, quality clothing.

We network with over 50 community organizations and churches, providing them with gift certificates for clothing to distribute to their clients (see our website for specific agencies – This allows their clients the dignity of selecting clothing at our shop that fits their personal taste, as well as their needs.
• Our resale shop is open to the public to generate operating revenue.
• We offer HALF OFF discounts once per week to single mothers and senior women (55+).
• All sales associates and board members are volunteers.
• We received the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization Award for 2007 from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Points of Interest:
• Currently doing our BAG SALE – all the clothes you can stuff in a brown grocery bag – bags - $30 and SMALL BAGS - $20. We provide the bags and you get the bargains! We do this twice per year (AUG & FEB) to close out our seasons.
• GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT – a great way for women’s groups to experience our shop. We book an after-hours shopping spree for a women’s group. It’s a fun social event for the ladies – we all love to shop- and it generates additional funds for our mission…as well as getting more ladies to know exactly what Treasure House Fashions has to offer for women.
• Some women’s groups have also provided a GIRLS’ night Out for agencies such as the Pgh. Women’s Center & Shelter

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PositivelyPittsburghLiveNews, August 3, 2009, Volume 16

Positively Pittsburgh Live Guests, 8-3-09

• Bonnie Rubin, Executive Director , National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section
• Suzanne Venneri Travel Broker/Results Travel, Thrift and Consignment Shop Tours
• Terry Chesky , co-owners of Consignment Cottage
• Sally Power, Treasure House Fashions

Hear the news and guests archived at: at Positively Pittsburgh Live at:

Or on TalkShoe at:

From Debra Dion Kirske and Women Supporting Women

August 15th: Savor the last days of summer hanging out at Camp Conshatawba located at Summerhill, Cambria County. Come spend the afternoon from 1 - 5 pm doing activities such as swimming, hiking or relaxing. Or opt to stay all evening into the night enjoying dinner and participating in a special campfire ceremony. Then spend the night in a classic platform tent or modern lodge. Price for the afternoon is $10 and the stay over option is $25. Please register at or call 800-248-3355 x 1008.

August 15th: National Association of Women Business Owners is presenting another opportunity to participate in having “Coffee with the President”, Meet NAWBO current president Jill Kummer at 10 am at Panera Bread, 3401 Blvd of the Allies, Pittsburgh. The cost to attend this event is free. Please RSVP for the event to

September 24 – WIN-Pittsburgh Professional Development Day – a breakfast and Lunch workshop – Keynote Rebecca Lamperski speaks on “Your Life in full Bloom- How to Plant the Seeds of a Successful Future – plus two breakout sessions – or Linda Handley at 412-337-3430 –

October 2nd: NAWBO Day! (National Association of Women Business Owners). The event starts at 8am – 3pm and will be held at The Radisson Hotel in Green Tree! Excellent workshops and speakers! Go To

The Decemberists
Friday, August 14 | 8pm
Byham Theater
Presented by CDLive
“The beauty of The Decemberists is that their music is completely impossible to classify.”
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

In their ambitious 2009 album The Hazards of Love, the Decemberists tackle their most ambitious project to date: a 17-song narrative blending ancient language and fantastical imagery with the band’s inimitable vagabond pop style. It’s a fitting follow-up to the group’s 2006 breakthrough The Crane Wife, which NPR listeners voted their favorite album of the year. The Hazards of Love solidifies the Decemberists as one of the most innovative and creative forces in music today.

TOPIC: Green Businesses: Agricultural Entrepreneurship
Craig Sweger, Program Director of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program at University of Pittsburgh, joins Volunteers of America – Working Order on Wednesday, August 12th from 12 noon to 1 pm to speak about Green Businesses and Rural and Urban Farming.
An experienced agricultural businessman with more than 30 years of experience as the owner and operator of a 385-acre commercial hay farm and a farm machinery sales and service company, Mr. Sweger brings a level of understanding that many business development initiatives lack in this sector.
Join us to learn more about owning and operating an agricultural business in today’s market place.
Please RSVP to 412-782-5344 or email us at Feel free to share the attached invitation with your network!

1st Annual Childrens Walk
for Peace / Unity And against All Violence
Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 11 AM
The children of the Northside are inviting everyone to come support them in burying the violence and raising up peace in our communities. The children & young people are more likely to be victims of violence than any other age group. They have asked us and we are asking all of you to support N.S.O.T., our children and our communities at this momentous time in a monumental effort to rid our communities of all forms of violence!
Walk begins at Columbus Middle School, Brighton Road
@ Charles Street Parking Lot at 11:00 AM
and ends at West Park
Festivities Include:
• Clowns • Magicians • Live Entertainment, Face Painting • Trackless, Train, Children’s Prizes/
For more Information, Contact:
Fred “Pookie’ Fortson 412– 628-2936
Allen ‘Abbey’ Turner 412-728-0597
Will Thompkins 412-321-2774
Fred ‘Scrappy’ Bulls 412-805-5473
Reggie Ward 412-321-6568

Join us on this Walk to start the
kick-off of UNITY DAY....
3rd Annual Community Unity Gathering
Saturday, August 15, 2009

Noon - 9 PM
1:45 - 3:00 DJ MAC DADDY
3:00 - 3:30 ARTISTREE
Kids Will Have The Best Time Of The Summer
Face Painting - Magicians - Games - Rides - Food - Drinks - Clowns You’re Gonna Love It!!!

3rd Annual Community Unity Gathering

Saturday, August 15, 2009
12 Noon - 9 PM

From Women and Girls Foundation
Historic County Council
Gender and Race Wage Equity Legislation

At the Allegheny County Council committee meeting on Thursday, July 2nd, the historic Race & Gender Wage Equity bill passed 14-0! The legislation, which was announced on April 27 by WGF Executive Director Heather Arnet and County Executive Dan Onorato, is a great start to the work we need to do in our region to ensure wage equity for women and girls.

This important legislation comes on the heels of the recently released City of Pittsburgh Gender and Race Wage Equity Study which explored whether economic inequities exist for women and people of color employed by the City of Pittsburgh. Our city and county's commitment to the important issue of the wage gap in our region is energizing and encouraging, and we are thrilled this legislation was passed unanimously.
We also applaud the passage of the Human Relations Committee bill, as both pieces of legislation are a great show of support for the county's commitment to achieving equality in our region!
At WGF, we will continue to work for equality and we're excited for the next steps in moving forward to ensure fair treatment for all.

Steeltown Heroes

Alice Wilson, East End Community Thrift Shop (Honored with NAWBO, Make the Connection Award in April of 2009)
Volunteered there for 16 years since it opened.
Supervisor of the stockroom but is retired as teacher at Carrick Pittsburgh Public Schools, where she started her volunteer work staying on to tutor students after school. Then she moved to Conley Vocational Schools where she tutored young girls working to get their GED’s.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Joanne Spent the evening at Castle Shannon Fire Department Festival. Never ceased to be a blast over the years. Great carnival atmosphere.
Entrepreneurial Thursdays, Food Entrepreneurs met Patrick Michael of Jemila, from Aliquippa who manufacturers great healthy mixes to make your own Middle Eastern Food which will then be both healthy and fresh.

Listen Each Week on Monday from 7 to 8 PM to PositivelyPittsburghLive News, RovingPittsburgherReport and SteeltownHeroes, Just before roundtable discussion with PositivelyPittsburghLiveGuests at: or on the Pittsburgh Internet Radio Network at: at:

Friday, August 21, 2009

PositivelyPittsburghLive News, Vol. 19, August 17, 2009

Guests on Positively Pittsburgh Live Talkcast 8-10-09, Pittsburgh Jazz Scene
George Kazias, Little E’s
Kevin Amos, Producer and Organizer
Roger Humphries, RHFactor

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Friday, Aug 21 2009 @ 7pm
J.A.M. Worship Experience/Concert

held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in the Hill District
Performances from national, along with local gospel artists who are on their way to national recognition.
We have God's Image, Ministree, Team X, Curtis Lewis, Jr. and the city-wide JAM Choir, Rev. R.J. and Shift, Light Da Flow Minista, Rev. Joseph Lewis and many more guest artist! Our Talent Search winners in two categories will also minister and win a chance at recording contracts, photo shoots and much more!
Tickets will be $15.00 per person at the door.
Group tickets can be purchased prior to August 21st at a group rate of $10.00 per person for groups of 15 or more with reserved seating.
For more information contact Minister Kay Brown at 412.450.8008

CD LIve! Presents The Tragically Hip‏
From: Lauren Bracey (

Monday, August 10, 2009
Contact: Lauren Bracey, 412.471.3591,
CD Live! Presents The Tragically Hip
8 pm, Friday, October 16, 2009, Byham Theater

Brought to you by 91.3 WYEP, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Three Rivers Arts Festival

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 91.3 WYEP and Three Rivers Arts Festival are pleased to announce CD Live! presents The Tragically Hip at 8 pm, Friday, October 16, 2009, at the Byham Theater in downtown Pittsburgh
Critically acclaimed for over two decades, The Tragically Hip has been at the heart of the Canadian music scene, evoking a strong emotional connection between their music and their fans that remains unrivaled in this country. A five-piece group of friends including Robby Baker (guitar), Gordon Downie (vocals, guitar), Johnny Fay (drums), Paul Langlois (guitar) and Gord Sinclair (bass), who grew up in Kingston, Ontario, The Hip has achieved the enviable status of a band that enjoys both mass popularity with over 8 million albums sold worldwide, as well as peer recognition through 31 Juno Award Nominations and 11 wins.

From: Global Pittsburgh, Bayer MaterialScience Wins DOE Grant for Wind Turbine Blade Research Using Carbon Nanotube Technology
Pittsburgh-based Bayer MaterialScience LLC has been selected to receive a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to support development and testing of advanced composite technologies for larger, more efficient and more powerful wind turbine blades,

Little E's
Where Music Happens

Vocalist Jessica Lee & Friends
Musical Networking Happy Hour
5:30 PM - 8 PM
Little E's Jazz & Blues
949 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant
Cover Charge: Only $5.00!
Live Music by City's Great Jazz/R&B Artists!
Interviews @ Musical Break with City's Leading Entrepreneurs/Innovators!
Great Business & Professional Networking!
August 20, 2009
"Energy Entrepreneurs "

Don Aliquo Sr. & Don Aliquo Jr.

Time: August 18, 2009 from 5pm to 7pm
Location: Katz Plaza
Organized By: Don Aliquo
Event Description:
Presented by: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Trust Education and Community Engagement Department
Venue: Katz Plaza
Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 5:00 PM
Tickets: FREE

Sent in by Producer Kevin Amos



About Xhosa
Xhosa is a Bantu language spoken by 8 million speakers in southern Africa. It is the official language of South Africa. Xhosa has both tone and clicks as linguistic features, as well as fifteen noun classes. It is written using the Latin alphabet with the letters c, x, and q indicating clicks.

412-624-5512 E-mail:

Running for Public Office

Running for Public Office is a part-time 12 week experiential learning program designed by Coro Pittsburgh strives to strengthen citizen participation in public elections and to increase the diversity and level of preparation of candidates running for office and managing campaigns in Greater Pittsburgh.
Our goal is to recruit, select, engage and prepare highly motivated individuals to lead and assist in successful electoral campaigns in Greater Pittsburgh. Participants will learn how to get involved in electoral campaigns or run for public office by developing mock campaigns. Running for Public Office will focus on the process of becoming involved and will not focus on a particular ideology, political party, or policy agenda.
Running for Public Office includes 42 hours of seminar, conducted in twelve consecutive Thursday sessions from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For more information on the program, or to nominate a candidate, please contact Misti McKeehen at or 412-258-2676.
Tuition is $150.00 with scholarships available.

irls Coalition
Quarterly Programming

Second in the Series: Programming...Empowerment...Health

Please join us for a conversation and workshop with Sue Frietsche, Senior Staff Attorney with the Women's Law Project, Sally Mole, Program Manager for the Alternative Education Department of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and Gail Brown, from the Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) Education and Training Department.

This program will include a panel presentation and discussion about girls' rights & equal access to athletic opportunities, the rights of pregnant and parenting teens and responsibilities of educators in addition to providing facts and resources pertaining to sexual harassment in the schools.
Date:Wednesday, September 2nd Time:8:30am - 10:30am
Location: Calvary Church
315 Shady Avenue at Walnut Street; Pittsburgh , PA 15222
Ample free parking is available.Cost: $15.00

If you must pay for the event using a check or purchase order, please call 412.253.3263 to register.
About Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania

The Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a network of providers, funders and community leaders dedicated to improving the lives of girls in our region. We bring together people and resources to educate, advocate and network on behalf of girls.

Event: Harvest Day

Date: Sunday, August 30, 2009
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Place: Woodville Plantation, 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Cost: $5.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Families


BRIDGEVILLE, PA (August 17, 2009) – Step back in time at Woodville Plantation as this living history museum treats visitors to a special look at the gardens of Woodville. On Sunday, August 30, 2009, visitors are invited to join the gardeners of Woodville Plantation as they harvest crops grown at the site during the summer season. From 1 to 4 pm, guests can meet the head gardener and learn about 18th century crops, growing techniques and tools. Admission to this special event is $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family.

Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania’s link to the late 18th century. visit Woodville’s website at or call
Rob Windhorst

Group: Pittsburgh Tech Council
Subject: New comment (2) on "What are the best after work networking events in Pittsburgh?"
Another gathering event in Pittsburgh is the Pittsburgh's Geeks held on the 1st Thursday of every other month at the Church Brew Works at 3525 Liberty Avenue in Lawrenceville. The 66th Geek Night was held August 6, 2009. Admission and parking is free. Additional info is at
Posted by Christine D. Chojnicki

PositivelyPittsburghLive, 8-10-09 Pittsburgh Jazz Scene


George P. Kazas/Managing Partner of Little E's Jazz Club

Born and raised in Aliquippa PA
University of Pittsburgh
Played Trumpet for 12 years.

Little E's Jazz Club/downtown Pittsburgh
Coming up on 1 year Anniversary
Live music 4 nights a week
Full bar and menu
Little E's Created for the cultivation and preservation of Jazz

George P. Kazas
Little E's "Where Music Happens"
949 Liberty Avenue Upper Level
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Roger Humphries RH Factor •
Roger Humphries: Bio
Roger was three year old when his family first discovered his early talent at playing drums.

When Roger was 4 1/2 year old he sat in with the Tab Smith Big
Band. His Uncle Frank Humphries was working with the Tab Smith band along with Savannah Churchill at the time.
He began playing professionally at the age of fourteen. He led his own group at Carnegie Music Hall when just sixteen. "I've had a love for music as long as I can remember. He was encouraged by his older brothers Lawrence Jr. and Norman who were musicians at that time. Additionally, Roger's son Roger Jr. and Norman's son Gregory have followed in their footsteps as professional drummers.

In August of 1962 began Roger's first major road job. He joined Stanley Turrentine (also from Pittsburgh) and Shirley Scott at the Hurricane in the Hill District of Pittsburgh.

In 1964 Roger went to New York to join the Horace Silver Quintet. While with Silver, he toured Europe twice and appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival, There, he was interviewed by renowned jazz writer, Leonard Feather. A summary of that interview is included in the Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Sixties
Roger recorded three albums while working with Horace Silver.
They were "Song for My Father", "Cape Verderan Blues" and "Jody Grind". The
Song for My Father album is one of the most legendary album's of our time, still being played by most jazz radio station as a popular hit. His tenure with the great Horace Silver lasted a little over three years from 1964 through 1967. During those three albums recordings he played with such giants as, Joe Henderson, James Spalding, Tyrone Washington saxophone, Teddy Smith, Larry Ridley bass, Woody Shaw, Carmell Jones trumpeters and J.J. Johnson trombone.

In 1965 Roger recorded with the great trumpeter Carmell Jones, the album called "Jay Hawk Talk".

He also recorded with such artists as, Geri Alan, Herbie Mann/Phil Woods, Richard Groove Holmes, Kenny Blake, Frank Cunimondo, Dwayne Dolphin and Nancy Wilson 2004 Christmas cd. He also appeared on Oprah Winfrey and Bryant Gumbel TV show with Nancy Wilson.

Shortly after leaving Silver, Roger began working with Ray Charles. This was his first experience working with a Big Band. While with Ray, he toured Europe and various cities throughout this country. He Preformed at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles and the Newport Jazz Festival.
With various groups, Roger Humphries has performed at Carnegie Music Hall, the Village Gate and the Apollo Theatre in New York. He has also played at the Bohemian Caverns and Shelly Manne's Manhole in Los Angeles; the Penthouse in Seattle, Wash.; Pep's Lounge and Showboat, Philadelphia; the Jazz Workshop, Boston; Ronny Scott's in London, and many other places.

In January of 1980, Roger toured Europe with organist Richard "Groove" Holmes and tenor saxophonist Willis Jackson. During this tour, Roger performed in France, Spain, and Holland. An Album was also recorded with the Black and Blue Record Company.
After playing with various groups around the country, ace drummer Roger Humphries decided to organize his own group in 1972 which he calls RH Factor and in 1996 he assembled Roger Humphries' Big Band. Roger gives special thanks to Dr. Harry Clark, principal of The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) who has allowed him
to have such a beautiful experience teaching the kids at the school, and also to Dr. Nathan Davis who gave him an opportunity to teach and shares lives with students at the University of Pittsburgh. Roger has influenced the careers of a number of his students and musicians also through participation in a number of clinics such as the, Slippery Rock University Summer Jazz workshop, Mellon Jazz Masters Class and Concerts and the teaching goes on especially on the stage.

You can see Roger and RH Factor group at the most popular
Jazz club in the city of Pittsburgh, CJ's Lounge, located on
Penn Ave. at 29th Street in the Strip District.

CJ’s Live Jam Session on Thursdays

Boat Ride, with Kappa H.S. and Rogers Middle School, Musical Director,
Roger Humphries Scholarship Fund, Gateway Clipper, June 7, 2009
Next: Second Sunday in June, 2010

Falling Waters on 22nd
Jazz Society, Roger Humphries Big Band
Katz Plaza

Kevin Amos, Pittsburgh Events Producer and Long Time Jazz Supporter


I am an event coordinator and consultant in addition to all of my radio work. I have been coordinating special events for nearly 20 years. I have worked as lead coordinator for the Stars at Riverview and Reservoir of Jazz when I was employed at the City of Pittsburgh. I did that for 6 years. I now act as a consultant for the Department of Parks and Recreation.

I am also acting this year as MC for the Stars at Riverview Series.

I have worked as Festival Manager for the Pittsburgh International children's Festival. As a team member for the Great Race, Great Ride and lead coordinator for African American History month activities; I have been assistant manager for the Great Race Expo and also volunteer coordinator for the Great Race.

As Program Director and General Manager at WYEP in the 70' & 80's I coordinated events such at the Pittsburgh Blues Explosion and other station functions.

At Rainbow Kitchen I was the volunteer coordinator and operations manager where I coordinated special events. At the Thomas Merton Center I was communications director and I also coordinated the annual fundraiser for that organization.

I have also done events that cover varied topics as Communications in the Arts and Digital Television. I have been a panelist at Carnegie Mellon University, the African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh and at the Soul Patrol East Coast Convention.

I have created over the past months A Jazz Fan Appreciation Event that has been at now three different locations in the Pittsburgh area. My association with the Pittsburgh Jazz Community spans over 30 years. I am an active member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Network.

I have recently started a Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation Meetup group on the platform. I am known as an expert in New Media marketing by my peers.

My involvement with the internet spans the past 15 years working as a contributor to and Urban Sounds for the old Prodigy Music Bulletin Boards.

Kevin Amos

Five places actually.

Pittsburgh Jazz Network and Pittsburgh Live Music on Ning


Soul Patrol Newsletter (for subscribers)

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

PositivelyPittsburghLive Talkcast 7-13-09, PIttsburgh Pampering Businesses

Spa Nique, Reed Tripp

Twenty years experience as a Paramedic working in St. Louis, MO, Belleville IL, Dover DE, Philadelphia PA, Reedville VA, Myrtle Beach SC & culminating as a critical care paramedic in Charleston SC at the Medical University of SC.
• Flew Medevac missions through the U.S. and Operation Desert Storm in the U.S. Air Force Reserves
• Six years of honorable service in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserves.
• Started Alternatives in Healthcare in Myrtle Beach SC ( A medical practice specializing in Chelation therapy, Chiropractic care, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture & More.
• Assistant Manager & Marketing Director for Von Taylor Spa & Salon in Myrtle Beach, SC
• Started Spa-Nique in 2008. Initially a mobile spa created to add spa services more affordable and more conveniently than the typical brick and mortar setting.
• Spa-Nique endorses AVALLA & Nutrimetics as their exclusive skin care line. The number 1 skin care company originating in Australia.
• Started BIZ4LOCALZ a planned national networking group created for small business owners and consumers in their respective communities.
Talking Points:
Spa-Nique questions:
 Our membership plan allows someone to receive a monthly massage starting at ONLY $29. They then can lock in a rate of $49 for a year. They also receive a 25% discount from our partnered provider Body Beautiful on any of their services.
 We have 18 locations locally for the clients convenience and we can even make house visits.
 We also have a 38 foot fully furnished and customized RV. This is a unparallel and unique experience for a bridal party, an Anniversary or any special occasion. Basically any small group who wants the ability to choose a unique setting at their discretion can schedule a spa where they want. We believe that our mobile concept offers hotels, campgrounds, housing communities & basically anyone the opportunity to have a spa anywhere one can drive. *Parking is also a consideration.
 To learn more please visit or call me directly at 724-272-5004.
 I have also been a huge networker over the years which lead me to start BIZ4LOCALZ. This is a (soon to be national) networking group that will be created by local business owners in their local communities that will assist consumers in finding a locals 1st choice directory of sorts of where or whom they should do business with. Listeners and small business owners you should watch out for this one! To learn more please visit or call me at 724-272-5004.
Reed Tripp
Spa-Nique, LLC
Cell 724-272-5004
Fax 724-935-0226

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Mark Fleis M.Ed.
Anti-Aging, Prevention, Health & Wellness Consultant
Look & Feel Your Best at Every Age!

Joleen M. Monteleone

Past Experience
Sales Consultant (Wella Professional Care Division, Woodland Hills, CA)
As part of the Procter and Gamble Professional Care Division, managed and developed a large territory of over 100 independently owned salons. Coordinated specialized promotions and incentives for accounts.
• Recognized, by Procter and Gamble, for achieving highest percentage over fiscal 2007 Sales Forecast in Division (189%).
• Grew small territory from $500 to $5000 monthly sales in one year.
• Mentored and trained inexperienced representatives in division.
• Coordinated trade shows and educational trainings for clients.
• Implemented customized promotions based on clients needs.

• Worked in the beauty industry as a Sales Consultant for the past 16 years
• Now employed at Body Beautiful Medi-Laser Spa as a laser technician
• Avalla is the exclusive distributor for Nutrimetics in US and Canada since 2004 ( Avalla- comes from owner Pam Deans Mom's name Valla)
• They are a Direct Sales Company, you must purchase through a Sales Consultant, or their website

• Nutrimetics = botanically inspired products have been produced in Australia for over 50 years
• It all started with the discovery of the Hunza people living in the Himalayan Mountains, In the late 1950's.
• The Crown Jewel of the line is the Nutri-Rich Oil that contains a large amount of the apricot kernel oil, not only smoothes and softens skin it also has fabulous healing qualities.
• The rest of the line was born out of the success of the Nutri-Rich Oil
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Joleen Monteleone, Nutrimetics Distributor

Happy Tailz Spa. Denise Mahan, Personal G roomer to the stars of Pittsburgh, pet stars
• I groom both dogs and cats in the comfort of their own home-specializing in small to medium sized pets
• I did have formal training-I went to a state certified school (many groomers are either self taught by books or Internet, or they are taught by another groomer (who still use old techniques).
• The school I went to is on the cutting edge and up to date ways of grooming.
• The owner of the school invented the clipper-vac system which I use (Ask me what it is and how it works).
• Dogs are given facials and get their teeth brushed. I can do this for cats also but there is an additional fee.
• My fees are comparable to local groom shops. I donate a portion of the money that I make to Beaver Humane Society.(Ask me why)
• Any thing else you need let me know.
• ** No cerification needed for grooming as of right now (trying to pass legislation to require some kind of certification), however, I did go to a state certified school
• **I use the clippervac system when grooming. Majority of hair and dander go into the clippervac and not in the air and on the floor, also gives a more finished and even groom.
• **My products are all natural.
• **Dogs are given a facial and get their teeth brushed
• **Cats can also receive facials and teeth brushing
• **I actually do the grooming in the clients home which is convenient for both the owners and the pet.
• **My fees are very reasonable-they compare to area groom shops.
• **I do donate a portion of my profits to the Beaver Humane Society. (They are deperately trying to raise funds for a new building by end of year, since they are losing teir current location.)

Denise Mahan
Happy Tailz Spa

Sunday, July 12, 2009

PositivelyPittsburghLive, Stuff to Do, Historic Sites, 6-1-09

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
"Take a Ride into the Past"

Open Daily through Labor Day
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
1 Museum Road
Washington, PA 15301
Phone: (724) 228-9256
Fax Number: (724) 228-9675

Email Addresses:

* Pennsylvania Trolley Museum -

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Mission Statement

The mission of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is to communicate the story of Pennsylvania's Trolley Era to a diverse audience through the preservation, interpretation, and use of its collection of electric railway and railroad equipment, associated artifacts and photo/document archives, and to ensure that its visitors have an enjoyable and rewarding educational experience.
History of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
The Museum has evolved over the past 50 years from a handful of volunteers and a few trolleys to approximately 600 members and 50 railway vehicles preserved at its museum in Washington, PA. It is unique in that visitors actually experience the Trolley Era first-hand by riding the Museum's beautifully restored streetcars for a scenic four-mile ride into the past.

The Museum’s beginnings go back to 1946 when the Pittsburgh Electric Railway Club was organized. Between 1949 and 1953 three cars were acquired for the collection and the group searched for a suitable location to preserve and operate them. In late 1953 the group formally organized as a nonprofit corporation and purchased a 2,000-foot section of the Pittsburgh Railways Company's Washington interurban trolley line near Washington's County Home in Chartiers Township.

The Museum opened to the public in June of 1963 using the trade name Arden Trolley Museum (named for nearby village), and provided visitors with short demonstration trolley rides plus an informal tour of the carbarn. Two years later an eighty-foot 1923 railroad baggage/passenger car was acquired and turned into a gift shop/museum area. A restoration shop was built in 1975 to provide additional indoor storage for the trolley collection and an area for trolley car restoration, and in 1988 a restoration parts storeroom was added to the building.

Since 1993 the Museum's interpretive efforts have expanded greatly. To better reflect its mission, the trade name was changed to Pennsylvania Trolley Museum (and became its corporate name as well in 1998). Regular guided tours and changing exhibits in the Visitor Education Center (opened in 1993) have become a standard part of the visitor experience. An Executive Director, with extensive railway museum experience, was hired in 1993 to help the Trolley Museum reach its full potential as an educational historical institution.

In 2002 the Museum opened a one-half mile extension of its demonstration trolley line which links it to a twelve-acre site that is well suited for development of a larger Visitor Center and two display trolley buildings, thus putting the entire trolley car collection under cover and on display. A 28,000 square foot Trolley Display Building was opened to the public in 2005 and tracks have recently been constructed to link it with the Museum’s trolley line.

Washington, PA – A Pittsburgh artifact returned to Pittsburgh from Cleveland on the morning of Thursday May 7th. Former Pittsburgh Railways streetcar #4145 was built in McKees Rocks in 1911 by the Pressed Steel Car Company and carried passengers through the streets of Pittsburgh until the late 1930s. It is a classic streetcar that helped Pittsburgh grow during the transitional period before, during, and after World War I when transportation shifted from horse-drawn wagons to automobiles. A special highway trailer transported the car from the Lake Shore Electric Railway in Cleveland and over 15 volunteers were on hand to unload the streetcar.

Car 4145 was one of the last series of “high floor” streetcars built for Pittsburgh Railways. These cars were designed to pull un-motored trailers during peak periods.
Visitation to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum has grown over the last few years with over 24,000 people from all over the world visiting PTM during 2008. To help continue this growth, some new events are being introduced this summer including a series of Senior Sunday Events. Great for Grandparents and their Families, these events include June 14 (Antique Radios), July 12 (Scrapbooking) and Aug 9 (Genealogy), as well as “Proud to be a Scout Day” on July 11th. A new Halloween season event called “Trolley Rails and Spooky Tales” will be introduced October 23-24 featuring story telling on a darkened streetcar. These new events join several repeated from last year that have proven to be quite popular at the Trolley Museum (a full schedule is attached).

Admission is $9 Adults, $8 Seniors ages 62+, and $5 Children 3-15. Infants 2 and under are free. PTM is happy to introduce a special family rate this year of $30 which covers up to two adults and four children. Admission includes scenic four-mile trolley rides, exhibits, guided tours of the Museum’s original car house, museum store, theater, picnic area and free parking. There is an optional 1-hour tour of the Museum’s Trolley Display Building beginning at 1:30 pm every day for an additional charge of $4 for adults and $2 for children. This 28,000 square foot facility showcases many electric railway passenger, freight and work cars from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The Museum’s spring and fall hours are Fridays and Mondays from 10-4 and Saturdays and Sundays from 11-5. From Memorial Day through Labor Day hours are Monday-Friday 10-4 and Saturdays and Sundays 11-5.
DIRECTIONS: From Pittsburgh take I-79 to Exit 41 Race Track Road and follow the detour and Trolley Museum signs to the Museum. From the south take I-79 North to Exit 40 Meadow Lands and then follow the blue Trolley Museum signs to the Museum, located opposite the Washington County Fairgrounds.
For further information on Museum hours, group tours, educational programs, special events, birthday parties and our popular “Operator for an Hour” program please call 724-228-9256 or visit the Museum’s website at

Woodville Plantation | 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017-2821 | 412-221-0348

Woodville, locally known as the Neville House, is the oldest house museum open for tours in Allegheny County and is one of only 10 National Historic Landmarks in the County.

The house was built in 1775 by John Neville for his son Presley, and was originally part of a 10,000 acre estate that covered much of the area in the South Hills that today includes Scott Twp. , Mt Lebanon, Carnegie, Heidlberg, Collier Twp, and Bridgeville. (Only 2 1/2 acres are preserved of that original property)

John and Presley Neville were the wealthiest men in Western Pa in the 1780's and 1790's. In addition to Woodville, John Neville owned a country house on the property known as Bower Hill ( originally located about 3/4 mile away from Woodville) This house was burned by local farmers in July of 1794 during the "Whiskey Rebellion"

Both John and Presley Neville owned town houses Pittsburgh as well. John Neville built his third and final resdence on Montours Island (Neville Island) in 1799 following the burning of his Bower Hill house.

Woodville was occupied by three families in 200 years- Neville (1775-1815) , Cowan (1815-1835), and Wrenshall (1835-1975)

Woodville is interpreted through a Multigenerational Interpretation - presenting the house as it would have been seen from 1780-1820 and all of the architectural changes that occured throughout that period. As you tour the house, visitors will "travel through time" via interpreters and historic furnishings.

Woodville is owned and administered by the Neville House Associates (NHA). The NHA , along with Pittsburgh History and Landmarks (PHLF), saved the house from sale and demolition in 1975 following the death of the last owner of the house. PHLF owned the site from 1975-2007. During that time the programming and administration of the site was handled by the NHA. In 2007, the NHA took ownership of the site.

The NHA and Woodville are run entirely by volunteers.

The Colonial Dames of America, Western PA chapter, assist the NHA in aquisitions of historic furnishings and decorative arts matters. They have been involved with the site since 1975.

Woodville is Western PA's link to the late 18th century, promoting the history of the Federal Period of American History. This period (1780-1825) coincides with Pittsburgh's largest incremental period of population growth. Pittsburgh's population in 1790 was 390 people. This figure grows to 12,500 by 1830.

The NHA is also committed to presenting the history of the Whiskey Rebellion. (1791-1795)

Woodville presents over 2 dozen historic programs each year- including 18th century cooking demos, 18th century laundry demos, palnting and growing a garden using only period correct species of plants, raising an 18th century flock of poultry (Dominique Chickens), and recreating the regiment of soldiers that helped defend Bower Hill during the WHiskey Rebellion - Waynes Fourth SubLegion.

Also visit the website for additional material.
Rob Windhorst
President, Neville House Associates
Acting Site Director

Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS
110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin, PA 16641
(814) 886-6150

Megan O’ Malley

Megan O’Malley
Chief of Interpretation - Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site and Johnstown Flood National Memorial

I’ve been in my position at Allegheny Portage and Johnstown Flood for about two months, but I’ve been with the National Park Service for over 15 years. My previous position was as a supervisor at Old Faithful Visitor Center in Yellowstone National Park.

I am a native Pittsburgher and I jumped at the opportunity to come back to western Pennsylvania. My background is in history and I’m excited to be at sites that tell stories that are deeply connected to the western Pennsylvania community and to the nation as a whole.

Talking Points –

Yesterday, May 31st was the 120th anniversary of the Johnstown Flood. We held a number of special programs and events, most notably the lighting of 2,209 luminaria to commemorate the flood victims.

This weekend marks the beginning of summer programs at Johnstown Flood NM. Starting June 7 and continuing through Aug 22, the program Journey Around Lake Conemaugh will be offered daily at 10 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM. This free van tour takes visitors around the ruins of the South Fork Dam and the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club.

Summer programming has started at Allegheny Portage Railroad. Daily demonstrations of log hewing and stone cutting are offered daily. Tours of the historic Lemon House, an historic tavern along the route of the portage railroad are also available daily.

June 13 is the start of the program Evening on the Summit at Allegheny Portage Railroad. Programs are $2 and include theater productions, music and special historic presentations.
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Johnstown Flood of 1889
There was no larger news story in the latter nineteenth century after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The story of the Johnstown Flood has everything to interest the modern mind: a wealthy resort, an intense storm, an unfortunate failure of a dam, the destruction of a working class city, and an inspiring relief effort.
Special Events
Every year, the luminaria serves as a moving tribute to the victims of the flood. More than 2,209 candles are lit on the ruins of the South Fork Dam and on the farm of Elias Unger, president of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club.
The Johnstown Flood National Memorial has two trails that lead out to the remains of the South Fork Dam. One of the two trails takes you into the lakebed and down into the old remnants of the dam. There is an interpretive trail that points out various cultural resources and acts as a guide book and Junior Ranger Program for children visiting the park.
What To See
The Johnstown Flood National Memorial has many cultural resources within its boundary. The historic South Fork Fishing and Hunting Clubhouse, and cottages line Main Street in St. Michael, PA. The remnants of the South Fork Dam and the restored Unger House all are important in the story of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889. The park has a visitor center and a wonderful film entitled “Black Friday”.

Journey Around Lake Conemaugh - Travel through the Allegheny Mountains on a journey back to 1889 and the Great Johnstown Flood. This van tour begins at Johnstown Flood National Memorial and includes the Clubhouse of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club and the ruins of the South Fork Dam.
Tour is offered daily at 10 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM from June 7 to August 22.

Johnstown Flood National Memorial
733 Lake Road
South Fork, PA 15956
The Allegheny Portage Railroad
The Allegheny Portage Railroad was a great achievement in early travel. Charles Dickens, Jenny Linn, and Ulysses S. Grant traveled over the Allegheny Mountains. They braved a system that injured passengers on a weekly basis. A system of inclined planes and a nine hundred foot tunnel carved through solid rock by Welsh coalminers made this feat possible. For twenty years, it was the fastest way to transgress the rough and wild terrain of Pennsylvania.

Special Events
The Allegheny Portage Railroad offers many special events and tours. Come join us on a Ghost Tour of Staple Bend Tunnel. Sit down under the evening sky and take part in our Evening on the Summit Series. Watch park rangers cut stone and hew logs just as they did in the early 1800’s.

The Allegheny Portage Railroad has many trails and places to explore. Bring your bike and ride the 2.5-mile trail back to the historic Staple Bend Tunnel. Hike the old trace of the level sections of incline planes 10 through 6. Take a stroll down to the Skew Arch Bridge or relax and walk the Nature Trail.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Mary Ellen Snyder
Acting Site Manager
Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services

Friendship Hill National Historic Site
One Washington Parkway
Farmington, PA 15437
Fort Necessity and Friendship Hill
Bio for MaryEllen Snyder

MaryEllen Snyder is currently serving as the Acting Site Manager at Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Friendship Hill National Historical Site. She has been working in this position since November 2008. In this position she supervises 21 staff and manages both parks, with an annual visitation of over 125,000 visitors and 1500 acres. Her previous position was Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Service at both parks and had been in this position since July 2000. Most recently she managed the development of exhibits, AV programs, a 20 minute orientation film and education programs for the recently opened ten million dollar, state of the art Fort Necessity and National Road Interpretive Center.

The Gallatin House is open daily 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; the park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset.
The park’s ten miles of hiking trails offer woods, meadows and undeveloped river front environments to explore. The graves of Sophia Allegre (Gallatin’s first wife) and Thomas Clare (Gallatin’s friend & neighbor) are located along the trails. Trail maps are available at the Visitor Center. Sturdy, comfortable shoes are highly recommended. A picnic area is also available during regular hours of operation.
Friendship Hill is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, mid-way between Uniontown, PA and Morgantown, WV on State Route 166, three miles north of Point Marion, PA. For more information call 724-725-9190 or write Friendship Hill NHS, 223 New Geneva Road, Point Marion, PA 15474.

Orientation Program
Reflections of Gallatin
Shown throughout the day in the exhibit room. This short presentation offers an introduction to the Albert Gallatin’s life and accomplishments.

House Tours Formal Guided Tour or
Self Guided Tours
Available, free of charge when the house is open.

Just for Kids!
Puzzles and games guide children on their explorations of Friendship Hill, helping them learn about Albert Gallatin’s contribution to our nation in a fun and engaging way.

Hands-on Activities
Saturday and Sunday -- 1:30 p.m. See demonstrations of the crafts and activities that were used by the Gallatin servants to run the household. Some activities will offer visitors the opportunity to participate.

June 21 – 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Enjoy historic music of Gallatin’ s era played on instruments of the period, including, flutes, tin whistles, and historic ensembles. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day.

July 3 – 1:00 P.M. Location: Fort Necessity National Battlefield. This ceremony commemorates the anniversary of the battle of Fort Necessity. Special presentation by Albert Kollar from Carnegie Museum of Natural History
July 11-12 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Location: Friendship Hill National Historic Site See the skills used by the Eastern Woodland American Indians demonstrated by costumed American Indian re-enactors. You will see how moccasins were made, bone jewelry constructed, skins tanned, and bags woven. Children can also participate in traditional American Indian games and sports. Saturday, July 11 only: The “Oneida Nation – First Allies” of New York demonstrate the loading and firing of 18th century artillery as used during the Revolutionary War, when Gallatin arrived in America.. Programs at 11:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00.
Sponsored in part by the Friendship Hill Association.

August 8-9 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Location: Fort Necessity National Battlefield Re-enactors representing Lenape and Cherokee war parties of 1757, will be camped at Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Native woodland fighting tactics, weapons, trail cooking, and items carried by warriors will be demonstrated. Each native group’s involvement in the French and Indian War will be discussed.

FestiFall 2009
September 26-27 – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Location: Friendship Hill National Historic Site This two-day celebration commemorates the life and times of Albert Gallatin (1786 – 1832) with historic crafts , food and music. Sponsored by the Friendship Hill Association.
Visit for up to date information on events.

July 3 – 1:00 P.M. Location: Interpretive Center & Fort Area. Albert Kollar presents an illustrated program “Geology and the French and Indian War in Western Pennsylvania” followed by a reading of the honor roll of casualties at Fort Necessity. This ceremony commemorates the anniversary of the battle of Fort Necessity.
July 11-12 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Location: Friendship Hill National Historic Site See the skills used by the Eastern Woodland American Indians demonstrated by costumed American Indian re-enactors. You will see how moccasins were made, bone jewelry constructed, skins tanned, and bags woven. Children can also participate in traditional American Indian games and sports. Saturday, July 11 only: The “Oneida Nation – First Allies” of New York demonstrate the loading and firing of 18th century artillery as used during the battle of Fort Necessity and General Braddock’s 1755 campaign. Programs at 11:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00.

August 8-9 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Location: Fort Area Re-enactors representing Lenape and Cherokee war parties of 1757, will be camped at Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Native woodland fighting tactics, weapons, trail cooking, and items carried by warriors will be demonstrated. Each native group’s involvement in the French and Indian War will be discussed.

FestiFall 2009
September 26-27 Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Location: Friendship Hill National Historic Site This two day celebration commemorates the life and times of Albert Gallatin and 18th and 19th century compatriots in Western Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the Friendship Hill Association.

Visit for up-to-date information on events