Tuesday, April 28, 2009

PosPittLiveNews, April 20, 2009, Volume 3

PosPittLive News as broadcast on 4-20-09 on Positively Pittsburgh Live

Sent by Selena Schmidt, Chief of Staff of President of City Council, Doug Shields, but sent as a private citizen like so many others, standing in the gap.
Strong Women, Strong Girls Jump into Spring! event was a spectacular success! Held on April 15th at Duquesne University, with Executive Director, the amazing Lynne Garfinkel, leading the incredible Beth Slagle and Selena Schmidt as Co-Chairs, Wow, what fun. More than 220 elementary school girls jumping rope. What a cool and unique signature event. The neat thing about Jump into Spring! is it is about the girls, for the girls, celebrating the girls.
Many, many thanks to Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon and Rasheed Mendenhall from the Pittsburgh Steelers; Teresa Conn and players from the Pittsburgh Passion, members of the Duquesne Volleyball and Basketball teams AND 220 elementary school girls jump, jump, jumping rope. Our amazing sponsors, in particular Comcast, First Commonwealth, Women of Deloitte, 5th 3rd, and Pink Coat ~ thank you, thank you.
In a heavily contested jump-off between the Pittsburgh Passion and Pittsburgh Steelers, with cheering equally divided by the girls, the Pittsburgh Passion barely squeaked out a victory due in large part to the fancy footed jumping of the Pittsburgh Passion contestant.

Strong Women Strong Girls is changing the lives of over 200 grade school girls and nearly 100 college women in Pittsburgh and the region. Find out more here: http://www.swsg.org/


Girls Coalition Quarterly Programming, First in the Series:
Are all Girls the Same?

Please join Mell Steven Cosnek (YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Office of Racial Diversity and Inclusion), Dr. Melissa Swauger (Department of Sociology, Carlow University ) and LaVerne Baker Hotep (Center for Victims of Violence and Crime) for a conversation and workshop on gender, race and class. This program will speak to service providers about the diverse experiences of girls and the intersections of gender, race and class. The morning's activities will include an examination of how economic, social and cultural resources matter in the lives and futures of girls, as well as a hands-on discussion about how to address issues of race, class and gender in girl-centric programs.

Date: Wednesday, May 13th
Time: 8:30am - 11:30am
Location: YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
305 Wood Street
Pittsburgh , PA 15222
Cost: $15.00

Annual Cocktails and Cuisine Event

Save the date for the annual Cocktails and Cuisine Event for Women in Crisis. The unique after work grazing event of fabulous food and libations benefits Crisis Center North. The event will be held Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Woodlands in Bradford Woods. The evening features The Second Annual Caesar Salad Taste Off; Pittsburgh's Hottest Soulful Vocalist, Jessica Lee; a great silent auction; and over two-dozen food, wine and beer purveyors to sample. Tickets are $60 per person or $75 VIP, which includes premier parking. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please call 412-364-6728 x15 or visit www.crisiscenternorth.org.

Volunteers Needed

Girls on the Run, an after-school program which encourages pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running, is looking for volunteers for our 7th Annual Girls on the Run 5K. This event is the culmination of the spring programs, and is a celebration of the girls and their accomplishments. This non-competetive 5K run/walk is open to the Girls on the Run participants, their friends and families and the community. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful celebration, please consider volunteering the morning of Sunday May 17th, 2009. For more information, please view our volunteer registration form or email sandersae@mail.magee.edu.
From Positive Pittsburgher Wendy Cibula of the Franklin Inn

1. Fiesta Mexicana - All You Can Eat Taco Dinner at Heritage Church
Friday April 17th 5-8pm
Heritage Church (http://www.heritagepcusa.com/www.heritagepcusa.com )
2262 Rochester Road in Franklin Park
Food is being supplied by none other than your favorite Mexican Restaurant....the Franklin Inn
The First Annual Harmony Ridge Film and Wine Festival

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Venue @ Harmony Ridge
Just joined advertiser at PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com
1280 Breitenstein Road, Ambridge PA
(Former Ambridge Country Club)

Come join us to celebrate independent film. The top thirteen short films will be screened from submissions by filmmakers across the country and Canada. Local filmmakers are well represented. Prizes will be awarded to the top three.

Order your tickets at www.harmonyridgefilmfest.com
or call 724 266-2414 x10 for more information.

April 24 – June 20, 2009

Exhibit opens with RARE LIVE AUDIO/VISUAL IMPROVISATIONAL PERFORMANCES on Friday, April 24, @ 7:30-11:30 P.M.


601 Wood Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222
[PITTSBURGH, PA] Wood Street Galleries, a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents “Machine Improvisations,” with world-premiere performances and installations by Telcosystems of the Netherlands and other international artists. This special exhibition, guest curated by Telcosystems and Martijn van Boven, features three components: live improvisational performances on Friday, April 24, 2009; the world premiere of the installation “12_Series” by Telcosystems; and video screenings by 10 international artists. The exhibition runs Friday, April 24, 2009, through Saturday, June 20, 2009.

Located at 601 Wood Street above the T-Station in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, 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. For more information, call Wood Street Galleries at (412) 471-5605 or visit www.woodstreetgalleries.org.
One Night Stand

The one-night-only performance schedule at Wood Street Galleries is:

8:30 “Point Line Cube Cloud” by Martijn van Boven
9:15 “PV868” by Tez
10:00 “Mortals Electric” by Telcoystems
10:45 “Synchronator” by Gert-Jan Prins & Bas van Koolwijk


"Make the Connection Awards Gala"

April 22, 2009
6:00 PM
Sheraton Station Square Hotel

Join us in honoring some of the areas' most wonderful volunteers. Those who add so much to our area and work so tirelessly for the many organizations in our region.

Bethlehem Haven

Lighting the Way Home

Thursday, April 23, 2009
4:30 PM
Heinz Field

Join us as we welcome Ms. Ifill, author of "The Breakthrough," which surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s stunning presidential campaign and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power.

Sojourner House Victorian Tea

Saturday, April 25, 2009
12 Noon to 2:00 PM

Join us for an elegant tea complete with a silent auction and raffle. Hear the inspiring stories of the women and children of Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Dean Quinn and Joanne Quinn-Smith
Montour Run and Montour Run Hiking Trail
Great Fishing right by newly remodeled Brothe’rs Grim and Greak Bike and walking trail, just a few miles from the City off of Rte 60 and nature is at your toes and in your lungs and delighting your eyes. And it’s free.

Steeltown Heroes
From Girls Coaliton of Southwestern, Pa April Newsletter
Amazing Girls: Girls Scout Troop 50-365
Submitted by Rina Fortunato and Beverly Bronder:

As a Reading Coach at Schaeffer Elementary in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the challenge is to get our students to read while trying to get books into their hands. However, our district is faced with issues far greater such as the climbing poverty level and increased number of homeless children who lack the most basic needs.

Girl Scout Troop Leader, Beverly Bronder, telephoned me shortly after reading an article in the Green Tree Times, "Raise Your Hand if You Want to be Santa Clause!" which sought help for our school. Beverly stated Troop 50-365's intentions to make the mission theirs.

By Christmas week, the girls of Troop 50-365 had collected everything from sleeping bags, pillows, toys, games and school supplies to backpacks. These elves came quietly making multiple trips to our school. Our students went home with smiles bigger than life.

The story does not end there. The girls decided to run a FREE book fair at the school. They cleaned out their own books, collected at the library and from friends. The troop collected well over 1,000 books. On President's Day, the Troop 50-365 girls were off school, but Pittsburgh Public Schools were in session. Eight girls from the troop, Melissa, Abby, Alicia, Shannon, Dana, Briana, Rachel and Alexis spent their day off school running the book fair. They organized the books by grade and then helped each student to find books he or she was interested in. It gave both groups of children an opportunity to meet one another. As groups entered, the girls took initiative leading the little ones around the vast selection to find books of interest.

"Amazing Girls" is a perfect way to describe Girl Scout Troop 50-365. Their gift of time and service to our school "just because" is a great sign for America's future. Hope lives on!

Guests, Pittsburgh Alternative Health Sources

Deborah Barr, Whole Health Resources

Sunita Pandit, Independent Reliv Distributor
Sanna Carappellotti, Mental Performances.com
Paula Franetti, Meta Fitness
Dr. Darrell Misak, ND, Pittsburgh Alternative Health

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