Thursday, March 31, 2011

PositivelyPittsburghNews 3-28-11

Positively Pittsburgh Live News from March 28, 2011

Pittsburgh Filmmakers is one of Pittsburgh’s finest and most under-appreciated cultural institutions
You literally cannot go wrong at a Filmmakers’ theater. Friday night was the opening of local master photographer Annie O’Neill’s new exhibit, "Work in Progress" at the Melwood Screening Room. The P-G veteran and nationally awarded artist is combining two series of work for this exhibit: 50 Years of Service, portraits of individuals who’ve worked more than 50 years at one job, and Uniformity, a collection of workers in uniform.

The Junior League of Pittsburgh, Inc. 2011 Scholarship
This year the Junior League of Pittsburgh will award a deserving recipient a one thousand five hundred dollar scholarship.
Applicant must:
  1. be a female graduating from an Allegheny County public or private high school in the spring of 2011.
  2. have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better. A transcript must be submitted with the application.
  3. have completed at least 100 hours of volunteer service during high school. A letter(s) from the person(s) supervising the volunteer activities verifying the hours must be provided with the application.

Saturday, April 9th, 2011 Registration opens at 11:30, Walk begins at 1:00
Last year, our event had over 300 participants and raised enough money to build a massive 300,000 liter water-harvesting system and a solar-powered pump for a new school in the small village of Chonyoyo. Together, we can make a huge difference globally by acting locally.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Petroski at

Bill Campbell named Literacy Volunteer of the Year by the PA Department of Adult Education
A Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council tutor since 2000, Bill has taught English language skills to more than 150 students, including his current class of ten. He received his award on Monday, March 14 during the annual PA adult education conference at State College. 

April 14 – May 15, 2011 at the O’Reilly Theater
Presented by Pittsburgh Public Theater. The latest from the director of Camelot, Ted Pappas, this crisp and fresh new play by Tracy Letts is sprinkled with colorful characters. When lively and literate Franco Wicks shows up, it looks like Superior Donuts (a Chicago donut shop) might get some new blood. But that blood might also be spilled if bad guys Luther and Kevin catch up with him. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit Read the entire press release at

Tuesday, April 5 - Sunday, April 10, 2011 Benedum Center
Presented by PNC Broadway Across America- Pittsburgh. "It is the best musical of the season-by a mile. It'll pin you to your seat." -Rolling Stone. From the director of Rent comes Next To Normal, an emotional powerhouse of a musical with a thrilling contemporary score about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00pm, Benedum Center
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the return of Emmy® Award Winning Imagination Movers in their live concert tour. The tour will feature live music, and favorite songs and ideas to spark every child’s imagination based on the television series. Read the entire press release at

May 17-22 at the Benedum Center
More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time. Order tickets online at, visit the Box Office at Theater Square, or call 412-456-6666. Groups 10+ Tickets 412-471-6930.

Live Rhythm, Jazz, & Blues
"Entrepreneurial Thursdays"
With Vocalist Jessica Lee & Friends
Musical Networking Happy Hour EVERY THURSDAY 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM at Little E's Jazz & Blues, 949 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant, 412.392.2217
Cover Charge: Only $5.00!

MARCH 31, 2011

Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers & new entrepreneurs!
Live music starts at 6:00 PM.
"Business Growth Strategies"
Featuring Interviews with:
Community Interview
NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners)
"Make the Connection Gala 2011", honors 30 outstanding volunteers from across Western Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 7:30 the Byham Theater
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents a rock tribute concert that emulates the spirit and passion of rock icon Freddie Mercury. Performed by musician Gary Mullen & The Works is guaranteed to be "accurately and faithfully performed with the feel of the original preserved (BBC). Read the entire press release at


Presented by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
  • Benny Benack III & Friends: The Next Big Thing, Tuesday, April 5 / 8 p.m. / $10.75 & $15.75
  • Bobby Caldwell: Up Close and Personal, Tuesday, April 12 / 8 p.m. / $25.75
    Sachal Vasandani: Downbeat Rising Star, Tuesday, April 19 / 8 p.m. / $20.75
  • An Evening with Karrin Allyson, Tuesday, April 26 / 8 p.m. / $25 & $30

Wednesday, April 13, 4:00 – 7:00 Pm, Winery At Wilcox, Settler’s Ridge, Robinson Township
I would like to invite you to a Positivity Party. Free Appetizers & Wine Tasting. Please bring your business cards for networking, card ideas to share, a positive attitude and your smile!
Fran Treloar, Manager, SendOutCards, 724-695-2285;

Opportunity Information Session Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 6:00 p.m., Diamond Run Golf Club, 132 Laurel Oak Drive, in Sewickley
The information session will be hosted by Agency Field Executive Pat Dickey, from the Wexford Agency Field Office. Prospective candidates can learn more about this tremendous entrepreneurial opportunity, which has benefited more than 50,000 successful business owners since 1922. To attend this event, please R.S.V.P. by calling 724-933-6066 or e-mail  If you can’t make it, you can e-mail your resume to  Learn more about the agency career opportunity by visiting
Tamari on Butler St. in Lawrenceville
Roving Pittsburgher Jim Loevner Kardiac Cards Designer says that Tamari takes Food Preparation to an Art Form. From Tuna Tartar to Oxtail Tortellini, Mushroom Salad and Osso Bucco the meal was delightful. Tapas prices are reasonable and not the meager offerings at most tapas bars, just the right size.  You can design your meal to fit your budget. Full review at:

Thai Foon Settler’s Ridge in Robinson, 1950 Settler’s Ridge Center Drive
Robinson Township, pa 15205, 412-788-1158.
terrific food, no entrée over Ten dollars. Try the Satay Chicken or Lettuce Wrap appetizers for 3.95. Edamame or Fried Banana with Dipping sauce for dessert for $2.95.

Enrico’s Biscotti
wonderful greens and beans and very simple Margherita pizza, fire roasted, very refreshing and light.  Also see the wine fairies Sharon and Ann Marie for a taste of their homemeade wine which they make in the basement and store in barrels.  The Cabernet is amazing.

The Winery At Wilcox, Settler’s Ridge in Robinson next to Thai Foon
Here you can bring your own food.  Yes I said, bring your own food.  You can purchase flights of wine—5 which you choose one ounce portions for $5.00 and 5-2 oz portions for $10.00.  Try “Celebration” and the Blackberry wine.  I am not a sweet wine lover but these definitely will “dessert” your palate.

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 News notes taken from PositivelyPittsburghLive broadcast 7 PM, Monday 3-28-11
(c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive broadcast  All Rights Reserved

Delana Flowers is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent writer and owner of Ingenuity by Delana Flowers ©, writing effective copy so you don’t have to. Services include copywriting for newsletters, blogs, ad copy, marketing pieces, articles, reviews, invitations, postcards, flyers and more.

PositivelyPittsburgh News 3-21-11

Positively Pittsburgh Live News from March 21, 2011

an alumni reunion happy hour
Thursday, March 24, 5:30-7:30 at the OTB Bicycle Café, 2518 East Carson St.
$5 donation
Enjoy free appetizers, drink specials, and catch up with the Coro staff and alumni from across all of our programs.  Learn about how to get involved with the Coro Alumni Association, or just come have a good time discussing WIGO, OARRS, and consensus building with others who will know what you're talking about.
Contact Kelsey at or 412-208-0251 with any questions or to RSVP.

Live Rhythm, Jazz, & Blues
"Entrepreneurial Thursdays"
With Vocalist Jessica Lee & Friends
Musical Networking Happy Hour EVERY THURSDAY 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM at Little E's Jazz & Blues, 949 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant, 412.392.2217
Cover Charge: Only $5.00!

MARCH 24, 2011
Pre-show networking session at 5:00 PM
Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers & new entrepreneurs!
Live music starts at 6:00 PM.
"Employment Opportunities"
Featuring Interviews with:

Backyard Composting Workshop
This workshop thoroughly covers the importance of composting, setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways of using finished compost. Participants will receive an Earth Machine Compost Bin with attendance. To receive workshop updates by email, please send a request to the contact information below.
For more information or to sign up for a workshop, or call the composting hotline at: (412) 488-7490 ext. 226.

SBIR / STTR workshops
SBIR/STTR funding is government R&D funding that requires no repayment, no equity dilution and no "external control." Technology-based small businesses entrepreneurs, researchers, and faculty seeking funding for R&D with plans to submit a SBIR/STTR proposal within the next 12 months should attend this a free Basics workshop. It’s for those who are new to this type of funding and for those who know the basics and now want to learn how to win these awards. Register for our day-long workshop taught by nationally recognized speaker John Davis.

Amber of Amber’s Amazing Animal Balloons talks about her award
Tune into 1360 am at 5:15 pm today to hear Amber's interview on her award and her business (Amber's Amazing Animal Balloons)! You can try this link to listen online.
Roving Pittsburgher
Beto’s Pizza, Banksville Rd.
Fresh sauce, pizza baked or unbaked. Got 3 pieces of pizza and fresh salad with mozzarella large enough to share and drinks,  $11.00.

Spaghetti Warehouse, Red Plum
Buy one get one spaghetti and lasagna. Got there and found out about Rollback Wednesdays- used to be $6.99 for spaghtetti dinner with salad or soup, now $4.99.

Get Free Fridays with international recording star, Tony Marshall.
$2.00 off all drinks and half price on select appetizers from 5 -7 PM. Music from 5 to 8 PM.

Sent in by Sunita Pandit, Ms. Cardiology
University of Pittsburgh, Indian Subcontinent Association presents
Zardhat Annual spring cultural program including group dancers, singing, and a fashion show.  Performing, positive pittsburgher Sid Pandit was in the fashion show sporting fancy Indian fashion called Kurta.  Also performed in Banghra  demonstration with the University of Pittsburgh group called Steel City Banghra.  200 Cross Cultural students and parents attended.  Nrityamala, Pitt’s premier Indian classical dance team danced first place winning piece called Kailasa. Won first place at Laasya 2011, Indian Classical Dance Competition.

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News notes taken from 7PM Monday Broadcast of PositivelyPittsburghLive 3-21-11
(c) PositivelyPittsburghLive and Joanne Quinn-Smith 2011

PositivelyPittsburghLive, How Pittsburghers Can Help Tsunami Victims

Positively Pittsburgh Live! 3-21-11
How Can Pittsburghers Help Tsunami Victims

Pittsburghers are a generous lot and will dig into their pockets to help out even in tough times. So how do you know what is a safe place to donate your money to help out? The AARP suggest these organizations: American Red Cross, World Vision, Save the Children, and Mercy Corps.) With so many needs around the world we need to know where are money is going and that it is being used for the expressed purpose.

Today’s Guests
Lauren Chapman, Marketing & Communications Specialist, American Red Cross Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter
Susan Smith, Together We Flourish, a collaborative site that nonprofit organizations in western Pennsylvania are invited to participate in to help raise awareness about their mission and their work.

From Avoid Earthquake Relief Scams for Japan: Safely get your money to where it's needed by Sid Kirchheimer from the AARP Bulletin March 15, 2011
Q. I'd like to donate money for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. But I've heard that scammers are setting up scam charities. How can I donate safely?
A. You're right to be concerned. Of course, there are many legitimate organizations that are soliciting donations specifically for victims in Japan. The better-known names include the American Red Cross, World Vision, Save the Children, and Mercy Corps.
  • cyber-crooks set up donation websites that appear legitimate to collect donors' money and their credit card information for later use in identity theft. These sites sometimes have Internet addresses that are similar to those of trusted websites.
  • Another common trick is to send e-mails with attachments or links that promise to show photographs or video of the disaster but actually download computer viruses to your machine. The come-ons can also reach you as links on legitimate websites or search engine result pages — scammers know the techniques of getting search engines to notice and list their sites.
So here's how to ensure your donations are properly used — for Japan or other countries that may be hit by disasters:
  • Be cautious of e-mails that claim to be from charities or that promise links to photographs or video of disaster areas. Unless you previously made a donation to a particular group, and provided it with your e-mail address, delete any incoming e-mails seeking a donation.
  • To find a charity's website and donate, don't click on a link that you see on a website or an e-mail. Instead, type the charity's name into a search engine. Legitimate nonprofits' Internet addresses typically end in ".org," not ".com."
  • Do not donate via requests on Facebook, Twitter or other social networking sites. Scammers can be behind those appeals as well.

Lauren Chapman

  • Marketing and communications specialist with the American Red Cross Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter since May 2010
  • A recent graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Lauren holds a BA in Public Relations and a BA in French and Francophone Studies.
  • Previously, in addition to other intern positions, Lauren was an intern with the local Red Cross.
The American Red Cross
  • A humanitarian organization led by volunteers                          
  • Provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies
  • Founded in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization
  • Part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war and also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters
  • Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.
  • The Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter serves 1.6 million residents, chartered in 1917 and is headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Helps victims with their immediate needs and also offers referrals for long-term assistance.
  • Responds to a local emergency nearly once per day, most often a house fire
  • Locally, provides relief to the victims of approximately 300 disasters each year, helps more than 500 families, and trains more than 37,000 individuals in lifesaving skills.
  • Not a government agency and it relies on the generosity of the people of southwestern Pennsylvania to fulfill its mission.
In Japan:
  • The American Red Cross has made an initial contribution of $10 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society to assist in its ongoing efforts to provide medical care and relief assistance.
  • An official at the Japanese Red Cross said, “The compassion the American people have demonstrated over the past week through their generous support to the American Red Cross is incredibly uplifting at a time when we are dealing with such an immense humanitarian tragedy."
  • In addition, we have deployed a disaster management expert to Japan for a week-long mission. She is serving on a seven-person, international team focused on providing high-level support and advice to the Japanese Red Cross.
  • The Japanese Red Cross is a highly experienced disaster relief organization with 2 million volunteers.
American Red Cross, Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter, 225 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
24-hour: 888-217-9599

- Text REDCROSS to 90999
- Call 1-800-RED-CROSS

Susan Smith and Together We Flourish
  • Susan teaches and is active in various social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. 
  • Together We Flourish is a collaborative blog that nonprofit organizations in western Pennsylvania are invited to participate in to help raise awareness about their mission and their work
  • Our website has over 110 participating organizations and is limited to nonprofits in western Pennsylvania. The nonprofits we serve range from regional offices of national organization like the Salvation Army to local organizations that help women in crisis like the Crisis Center of Lawrence County
  • Blogging is just one component of social media, but it is a great way to raise awareness about the real work that is being done in our communities. 
  • Effective use of social platforms will help nonprofits improve the likelihood of someone being able to find them. Social media offers us a unique opportunity to increase supporters and followers of our work
  • The key is understanding that these platforms are communication tools, but words are your only means of communication.  Therefore, effective use of words is key to helping others understand who you are.
  • Good content is key to a strong following, but so is effective interaction. As human beings, we are more likely to follow an support people and organizations that we feel as if we know.
  • The other key to successful social networking is “calls to action”. Tell people what it is that you would like them to do and then ask them to do it.
People in the Pittsburgh and surrounding area can help by:
  • Being interested enough in the good work nonprofits are doing in our community to subscribe for updates on
  • Share your thoughts by commenting on the posts the nonprofits submit
  • If you are active on Facebook and/or Twitter, please share our comments and tweets with your friends.
  • Offer to help the participating organizations through volunteering and financial or in-kind support
  • Consider supporting the work of Together We Flourish by advertising on the site or becoming a sponsor.
Susan Smith with Together We Flourish
phone: 412-445-8699, e-mail:

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Notes taken from Live Broadcast of PositivelyPittsburghLive, 7 PM Monday, 3-21-11
(c) PositivelyPittsburghLive and Joanne Quinn-Smith 2011

Delana Flowers is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent writer and owner of Ingenuity by Delana Flowers ©, writing effective copy so you don’t have to. Services include copywriting for newsletters, blogs, ad copy, marketing pieces, articles, reviews, invitations, postcards, flyers and more.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

PositivelyPittsburgh Events and Movie Screening

Sponsored Events by PositivelyPittsburghLive

And Movie Screening of Source Code

Get Free Fridays, Every Friday

Villa Southside, Celebrate Friday Early!  5 PM to 8 PM, Quickly becoming the "Best Happy Hour in the Burgh!"  Join TechnoGranny for a drink, not drinking this week because of laryngitis but she will be there celebrating Getting Free on Friday. Music by International Recording Star, Tony Marshall.

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NAWBO's 11th Annual

Make the Connection

Awards Gala

April 20, 2011, Sheraton Station Square
Still time to honor a worthy volunteer until April 10, 2011, Ads accepted in souvenir annual program untilApril 12, 2011. 
Honor a Volunteer or sponsor here:
Purchase tickets or program ads here:
Remember, "The work is heavy and the laborers are few."  Please support our volunteers.

Screening Passes for Movie Source Code

From Summit Entertainment and Positively Pittsburgh Live
March 31 screening, in Theaters April 1st
See the movie before its release on April 1.
Email, with title, Passes for Source Code. There are 50 sets of two passes, one per e-mail address. Still have some left but you must hurry, will not take anymore ticket requests after 1:30 PM on 3-31-11
A helicopter pilot recruited for a top-secret military operation finds himself on a startlingly different kind of mission in Source Code, a smart, fast-paced action thriller that challenges our assumptions about time and space. Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, Source Code is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon).