Saturday, May 16, 2009

Positve Pittsburgh Newsletter, 5-11-09, Vol. 6

PPL 5-11-09 Pitt Penny Pinchers, Saving Consumers Money
Gaynor Grant from Sweetwater Cooking
Blogger Emily Nottle
Jeff Croushore from Idlewild Park
Pre Paid, Value Added Strong Card Founder, Eric Strong
Listen to the archived news and guest interview at:

Pittsburgh makes’s "Best Jobs" “ is a site dedicated to offering information to assist people in career transitions. The site shares career and interview advice, job postings, job fairs, etc. Pittsburgh joins the list with Seattle, WA, Dallas, TX, Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, Milwaukee, WI and Washington, D.C. Pittsburgh makes the list according to CareerGuide101 despite our lost of manufacturing jobs and a jump in our unemployment rate from 3.9% to 5%.
Pittsburgh made the list because of our solid industries: healthcare, government and education. Listed as kind of second tier industries are banking and technology. Credit is given specifically to UPMC, Pittsburgh’s largest employer. One look on any of the job posting sites such as Monster, CareerBuilder or Hotjobs will substantiate these are companies showing job growth despite our economy.

Don't forget about the WTAE-TV Job Fair, May 12.

The Impact of the Economic Downturn on Charitable Giving
Is your development program playing offense or defense?
A seminar for development professionals, nonprofit board members and executives.
June 10, 2009
Heinz History Center 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Nonprofit executives, consultants, donor advisors and philanthropic donors discuss the "state of philanthropy" and practical strategies for ensuring that your organization's fundraising stays on track through 2009 and beyond.
This seminar will be held on the day of the public release of Giving USA 2009: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2008, by Giving USA Foundation. As interim executive director of the Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University, Dr. Patrick Rooney's organization is responsible for the data that comprises Giving USA 2009.
This program will be of special interest to development professionals, nonprofit board members and executives. There is no charge for this event, but you must register in advance.
Topics and speakers will include:
Report on the State of Philanthropy in 2008
• Dr. Patrick Rooney, Interim Director, Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University and Head Researcher, Giving USA
The Role of the Nonprofit Board During Challenging Economic Times
• Doreen Boyce, Ph.D.
Panel Discussion
Bringing it Home: Key Issues and Practical Strategies
for Meeting Donor Goals and Optimizing Fundraising Success

Title: Reiki Circle for Children With Special Needs

Date: Saturday May 16, 2009
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Repeats: This event repeats every month on the third Saturday.
Location: The Place For Reiki
Street: 139 Steuben Street, Suite 100
City State Zip: Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Phone: 412-920-2911
Notes: Does your child have special needs--medical, physical, emotional or developmental? If so, perhaps the gentle, loving energy of Reiki can make a difference. Reiki enhances traditional medical and therapeutic treatments and promotes a sense of peace and well-being. Held the third Saturday of each month. You must call to pre-register 412-920-2911. Cost--an offering from your heart. For more information visit

The Samuel J Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in memory of my son Samuel Jacob Johnson. The Foundation is dedicated to honoring Sam’s bright spirit and brave heart by giving children with brain tumors hope for a cure, bringing smiles into the lives of children with all types of pediatric cancers and their families, and supporting the needs of children with developmental disabilities. The Foundation is managed by a volunteer board of directors, and 100% of the net profits from our fundraising programs benefits the children and families we serve.
Fifth Annual “Sam’s Summer Splash” fundraiser at Scott Township Pool on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 6:30 PM . We are looking for businesses to either financially sponsor this event or provide food and drinks for our guests. We are also looking for any children's entertainers (balloon artists, costumed characters, etc.), that would be interested in supporting us with their time and talent. Our attendance is typically 200+ people. Our goal is to offset all of our expenses so we can use 100% of our revenues to benefit the children, families and institutions we support. In exchange for your support, we would place your business name/logo on our website, as well as on promotional materials for this event. Proceeds from this event will be used to support our Sam’s Snack Wagon program for children with cancer and their families at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
You can reach organizer at (724)693-9901 or via e-mail at

A Taste of Oakland
The Oakland Business Improvement District is proud to announce the 2nd Annual “A Taste of Oakland” on Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The event will feature a number of restaurants and retail establishments in the Oakland business district. Participants are invited to tour the Oakland business district and take advantage of great buys at some of our great retail spots!

Here’s how it works:
• On Saturday, May 16, 2008 from 12-3 p.m., participating Oakland retail shops will feature foods prepared by neighborhood restaurants.
• Participants can sample the appetizers by donating $5. Wrist bands can be bought on the day of the event at Eureka Bank and the parklet on the corner of Forbes Avenue and South Bouquet Street, or on our website beginning May 1st!

Sent by the Soul

Public Allies Pittsburgh, an AmeriCorps program and partner of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, identifies our city's most promising leaders, ages 18-30 from diverse backgrounds and creates opportunities for them to strengthen their communities through apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations.

In our 10-month program you will work full time for a nonprofit organization addressing critical community issues, and develop your own leadership skills through regular trainings delivered by community leaders. Join our network of thousands of young leaders already making careers out of making a difference.

• Earn a $4,725 AmeriCorps Service Award
• Receive $1,400 per month
• Acquire weekly leadership development training
• Receive much more!

• You must be between the ages of 18-30,
• have at least a high school diploma or GED,
• be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident,
• have a passion for community service

Contact Matthew Bartko at
412-258-3024 or
to learn more and to obtain an application.

Ally Application Deadline: Friday, June 5th, 2009

Saturday, May 23

Lokua Kanza, one of the most accomplished Congolese recording artists on the scene is on a rare US tour with his band. Lokua Kanza is a prolific singer, songwriter, and composer known for his soulful folksy sound, unusual in the land of Soukous. Lokua's music incorporates many natural sounds from the Congo rainforest including the symphonic chants of the pygmies as well as his own pop melancholic acoustic style of Soukous Music. He has worked and performed with the top names in the business such as Siedah Garrett, Lamont Dozier, Papa Wemba, Manu Dibango, Youssou N’Dour, and Angélique Kidjo to name a few. He also made a special appearance on Saturday Night live with Natalie Merchant.

Featuring WACONGO Dance Company, a traditional performing arts group from the Democratic Republic of Congo, this concert series aims to promote awareness and raise funds for the tens of thousand women and girls in conflict zones who are kidnapped, tortured, brutally raped and sexually enslaved daily in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s intractable civil war.

Sent by Diversity Business Resource Center , Want to Do Business with the Casino

Did you know the new casino is scheduled to open in August of this year? To learn more about what is planned, visit their website at
Are you interested in learning how to do business with the new casino? Then please join us as we host a Vendor Fair on Wednesday, May 20th from 1-4 pm at the Sheraton Station Square.
There will be an opportunity to learn more about the PA Gaming Control Board regulations ( as well as current and future contracting opportunities with the Rivers Casino. Depending on the number and type of businesses represented, there will be an opportunity to meet directly with the department heads.

Roving Pittsburgher—

Jimmy G’s at Brackenridge Country Club
Fresh Roasted meets, appetizer table, seafood table, salad bar, breakfast car including fresh made waffles, omeletter bar, desert bar, brunch music, Jason Christopher magaician, and beautiful view, about 20 miles North of Pittsburgh on Rte 28, just off the Natrona Heights Exit near the UPMC hospital branch

Rock N Roll by Tom Stoppard

Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre in Henry Heyman Theatre at Stephen Foster Memorial in Oakland—Not about Rock N Roll, not about the U.S. but does use American Roc n Roll
Sam Tsoutsosouvas, as Max and Helena Ruoti as Esme

From Prague Spring to Normalization : About History of Czech but more about the evolution of the soul of a people and their thirst for freedom
1976 kinda rock but not “Plastic People of the Unvierse”
Vaclav Havel and the Charter 77 calling for government to honor Helsinki agreement
1989 an author and playwright becomes Czechoslovakas first elected president following a semin bloodless revolution named after the Velvet Underground

Steeltown Hero From NAWBO Make the Connection Awards Winners

Saroj Bahl, Indian Nationality Room, University of

Saroj Bahl has been a tireless member sharing her time,
culture, cuisine and love for people as a window to the Indian
Community for over 30 years. As a founding member of the
University of Pittsburgh. s Indian Nationality Room she has
organized events such as India Independence day, presented
dancers, musicians and culture awareness of the Indian
culture to Pittsburgh. Saroj is a life long supporter of multicultural
relations and cross cultural understanding for all ethnic groups.

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