Sunday, May 22, 2011

PositivelyPittsburgh News from 4-18-11

Positively Pittsburgh Live News from April 18, 2011

The global spotlight is swinging our region's way again. This time, it's fDi, "Foreign Direct Investment" magazine, a unit of The Financial Times.  Pittsburgh has been ranked first overall in the large cities category among the fDi 2011/2012 Americas Cities of the Future. Pittsburgh also was recognized as third for foreign direct investment (FDI) strategy in that category, and 10th for both economic potential and human resources. It's a vote of confidence in the region's future as a place for foreign investors to put their money. So, it’s official.  In addition to being the “Most Livable City,” one of the Top Places to Retire, Best for Recent Grads, and an architectural marvel, Pittsburgh has now been named the top “City of the Future. Way to go, Pittsburgh! You can read all about it by clicking here.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is holding auditions for THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, directed by Tommy Costello, on Saturday, April 30 from 12-3 PM in Frick Park, Squirrel Hill (Beechwood Blvd. and Nicholson St.).  The show will rehearse in August and run each weekend in September 2011 in city parks. Please prepare two contrasting monologues - one Shakespeare and one contemporary. You may also prepare a short song; musicians welcome to bring instruments and play a short piece (acapella) as well. Please bring a photo/resume. Callbacks will be held May 1 (time TBA). Email for an appointment time or more information.
PSIP 2011 Upcoming events
  • Bring Your Own Bard, April 28
  • Animals, May 26
  • Let's Go a-Maying, June 30
  • Making Merry, April 23
  • The Bard Walk, celebrating Shakespeare's birthday
  • Merry Wives of Windsor, Weekends in September, directed by Tommy Costello

25th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
May 11-15, 2011
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the 25th anniversary of the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival. The special anniversary programming will showcase international and local theater premieres, including two brand new interactive installations in the green spaces surrounding Schenley Plaza and the University of Pittsburgh. Read the entire press release at

Tuesday, October 4 • 7:30PM • Benedum Center
Since the airing of their first Public Television special in 2008, Celtic Thunder consistently remains one of the most popular musical acts for the network. In addition to their impressive sales stats of almost one million units combined, they have sold over 350,000 concert tickets. Of their live performances, The Virginian-Pilot noted, “no matter what they tackle they do it with ‘beaucoup’ energy.” To order tickets go online at, visit the Box Office at Theater Square, or call 412-456-6666. Groups 10+ Tickets 412-471-6930.

Cultural District springs into action with Gallery Crawl
Friday, April 29, 2011, 5:30 - 9pm, Presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The arts open house showcases an eclectic mix of visual art, dance, music and more in 22 venues throughout the Cultural District. All Gallery Crawl events are free and open to the public. For more information and a map of the Gallery Crawl events, visit or call 412-456-6666. Read the entire press release at

David Dorfman Dance
Saturday, April 30, 2011, at 8:00 p.m., Byham Theater
The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is proud to present David Dorfman Dance. David Dorfman Dance will perform the Pittsburgh premiere, Prophets of Funk/Dance to the Music, a dance celebration that honors the music of prophetic love by Sly and the Family Stone, one of the first racially and gender-integrated bands (late ‘60’s – mid ‘70’s) in America. Read the entire press release at

Tuesday, April 19, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library
This special program with a guest speaker will be on the vitally important topic of Strategic Planning.  Matthew Dooley will be our presenter. We still have spaces available, so please call us at 412-622-6277 if you haven't yet registered and would like to attend.
  • A one-hour free Orientation to the Foundation Center will be given on Saturday, April 23, here at the Main Library in Oakland.  This training is presented once a month, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM, and serves as an introduction to the various resources and services we provide.  If you wish to register for this program, please call 412-622-6277.
  • For information on the training opportunities currently offered by other local agencies that work with nonprofits, please be sure to consider the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, CCAC's Nonprofit Academy, and the Nonprofit Leadership Institute's Boarding School.
  • The local nonprofit, Women in Film and Media, is looking for nonprofit organizations who help women and/or children.  They will produce a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for a minimal amount for those who qualify.  Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2011.  Simply go to<;> and click on "PSA Program."

THE Nonprofit Summit
Thursday, May 12, Westin Convention Center Hotel downtown
This all-day (7 AM to 3 PM) event being hosted by The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership For complete details about the summit as well as how to register, go to:

Learn to write grants in one evening

Thursday, May 12, 6 PM - 9:30 PM, Uniontown Free Methodist Church, 300 Evans Street in Uniontown, PA.

$45 per person, group rates of $35 per person are available to groups of 3 or more from the same organization
There will be a practical, easy to understand, one-day seminar designed to give the attendee all the tools necessary to find and receive funding to help fulfill their dreams. The price includes registration, workbook, and on-going support services. Registration can be made on-line at, by phone at (330)870-5903 or (330)382-1086, or by mailing your payment and information to First Matrix Motivation, PO Box 795, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920

Celebrate National Volunteer Week
During this National Volunteer Week, we want to thank all of our wonderful volunteers for being part of our work at Global Links. In 2010, our dedicated volunteers contributed over 9,000 hours to help us fulfill our mission. Without our volunteers, we would not have had as great an impact on improving health, while also teaching our community about environmental stewardship. Quite simply, Global Links could not be the organization that it is without our volunteers. Thank you!

Every year, former Steelers, Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley walk through the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh on a 20-mile urban hike. Tunch, Wolf and friends of Light of Life walk to promote our annual Tunch & Wolf Walk for the Homeless which takes place 8 days later, on May 7th at the Trib Total Media Ampitheater. Tunch and Wolf will lead the group to Market Square to present the Locker Room Leadership Award to a deserving member of the community in Market Square on April 29th at 10:00 AM. Come join us to celebrate these community members, enjoy live entertainment, and eat delicious treats from Market Square’s generous businesses!

The Bard Walk: Shakespeare's 447th Birthday Bash!
April 23 at 2:30 pm in Schenley Plaza, Oakland, on Forbes Ave., across from the Cathedral of Learning
Come join us on as Pittsburgh actors perform just for you during this intimate 45 minute stroll through some of Shakespeare's greatest hits. The Muse of Fire is working its magic for Will's 447th Birthday as comedy, tragedy, and history are played in stations featuring favorites from great plays and poems. Take in a stage combat demonstration, Bring Your Own Bard and present your own favorite speech, song or sonnet, and join in the sing-along. The program will be repeated at approximately 15-minute intervals as guests arrive.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Penny’s Diner, 4080 Washington Rd., Mc Murray, Pa., 724-942-0999
Soprano Omelette Special, Fresh loose Labriola’s sausage grilled with green peppers onions and marinara sauce.  I think it’s called Soprano because it will kill you with the cholesterol but you will die smiling.
My partner the nanno Granny, JoAnn Forrester had Vegetarian omelet with fresh spinach, onions, green peepers, portabella mushrooms, fresh tomatoes and feta cheese, much healthier but still heavenly.  For those of you who don’t know, Penny was the co-founder of Tom’s Diner on the Southside and has repeated that Italian Greek dichotomy that works so well.  Oh and yes we succumbed and split a piece of banana cream pie, yummy!

Operation Troop Appreciation
Sent in by Kilgore Business Services who is preparing to Do an Everything But the Groom Wedding Show at Century III Mall stopped in at OTA’s storefront where you can see military uniforms and make donations to Operation Troop Appreciation, an organization that supports our active military’s supplemental needs and morale around the world.

Downtown Divas
Always the Diva, Jessica Lee’s entertainment at the Villa Southside was just short of heavenly, so join us this week when Jessica plays again as the Villa Supports Live Female Performers and Organization Informational Networking for women.  There are wonderful passed appetizers of mushroom, salmon and chicken pate and great drink specials.  On April 27 we start live networking at 5 PM where you will hear presentations from groups that support women with advocacy, training, networking and small business.  Positively Pittsburgh Live is sponsoring this event so if you would like to be a guest to speak about your organization, contact me at:

Get Free Fridays
Get Free Fridays at the Villa Southside was once again a blast this week we danced and sang along to local songwriter Lectric Larry, only daunted by the start of the Penguins game which was broadcast on three large screen TV’s once the game started.
Find additional event info at: Wednesday and Friday events run from 5 PM to 8 PM.

Wild Bird Center of McMurray
Roving Pittsburgher Jo Ann Forester and I stopped in to the Wild Bird Center of McMurray, two doors away from Penny’s Diner, so make a morning or afternoon of it if you are a Bird Lover.  This is by self-proclamation and ultimate Backyard nature store with bird feeders and eco friendly jewelry and squirrel feeders and birdbaths, a nature lover’s find.
Steeltown Heroes
Honored at the Make the Connection Awards
Tara Atkins, Think Pink
Since moving to Canonsburg 11 years ago Tara hasn't slowed down. Using all her Junior League training she jumped right in and was one of the few women on the Canonsburg Youth Soccer Assoc. board, PFO Presdient at Borland Manor Elementry for 2 years, Canon McMillan Parent Council Rep. and chairperson for many events and fundraisers. She is involved with (PTNN) Peters Township Newcomers & Neighbors and has served on its board as Membership Director, Programs, Couple's Social and President. The last 3 years she has devoted to building her own business Original Organizing by Tara. She is a member of NAPO, National Assoc. for Professional Organizers and a member of the Pittsburgh chapter. She is a member of WBN, Women's Business Network as a McMurray Chapter member. Tara has also decided to expand her business as a consultant with Clever Container a company that sells organizing items to help existing clients get organized and enhance her business. But the reason she is here today is with Think Pink. The last 2 years she has run the Pajama Party that helps kick off the big fundraiser. After hearing the story of why this fundraiser began she could not say, NO!  So after never attending Think Pink, she recruited some friends, stuffed some pillows with prizes, threw on some p.j.s, rolled up her sleeves and the rest is history! So whether it's a messy garage, a black tie fundraiser or a P.J. party, Tara is ready to tackle it! When not working or planning an event she can be found with her favorite men, husband Tim and her boys Quincy & Spencer, relaxing with her dear friends or traveling with family.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Roving Pittsburgher and Mountaineer Cheerleader in the Strip

Positively Pittsburgh Live! 11-29-10
Mountaineer Cheerleader & Roving Pittsburgher in the Strip

Mountaineer Cheerleader Josh Kurmot and his aunt, the Roving Pittsburgher Joanne Quinn Smith, experiment and enjoy the Strip District after Thanksgiving.

La Prima Expresso.
205 21st Street
“Coffee at La Prima is an experience. You can get your own ground coffee or a latte”
Personal favorite: Decaf Latte
Pastries are from a restaurant across the street.

Stamoolis Brothers                                                                     
2020 Penn Ave
 “Wonderful place to get Greek and middle eastern ethnic foods!”
Stan’s Market
1809 Penn Ave
Best place in the strip to buy produce.
“My nephew went crazy because the bill was $16 dollars and we had four or five bags.”
Great produce, great deals.

Pennsylvania Macaroni
2010 Penn Ave
Pasta, sauces, meats, cheese, olive oil and bread.
Now there’s a company here in Pittsburgh that roasts peppers for you. You can buy them in a jar at Pennsylvania Macaroni.

Reyna Foods
2031 Penn Ave                                                                                        
“It smells so wonderful because they make such wonderful things there.
They make a wonderful guacamole. It’s fresh and homemade.”
They also make Sweet bread and other dips and beautiful piñatas.

Mon Aimee Chocolate
2101Penn Ave
Owner: Amy Roosevelt
 “If you’re a chocolate snob, it’s the best place to shop.”
Chocolate covered espresso beans – One of Josh’s personal favorites
They sell European chocolates.

Mery’s Gifts and Crafts
2107 Penn Ave
New, only about 2 months old.
Wonderful, gorgeous costume jewelry that you’d pay a hundred or a hundred and fifty dollars for she sells for $25 to $35. She sells rhinestone, faux stone, and some real stones.

Penn Ave Fish Company
2208 Penn Ave
Owner: Henry Dewey                                                                         
Fresh fish, great marketing.
Wonderful soups
Recommend: Fresh Grouper sandwich on chiabatta bread, with sweet potato fries, tomato based pasta and spicy tuna roll.

S and D Polish Deli
2204 Penn Ave
Foods imported from Germany and Poland

Leaf and Bean Company
2200 Penn ave, entrance on 22nd                                                                                
Owner: Jim Robinson
“I was delighted that I went inside.”
Inside was very campy.
Has a cigar humidor where all the cigars are kept.
Cigars from Hondorus and all over the place.
Live music on Saturday afternoons.

Try breakfast at Deluca’s or Pamela’s or the Café in the Strip.

Josh, who is also an award winning photographer, took some great pictures of the day. All the pictures will be set to music and put in a video to be viewed at

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Show notes taken from Live broadcast of PoisitivelyPittsburghLive 11-29-2010
(c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive, 2010

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.

Monday, May 9, 2011

PositivelyPittsburgh News from May 2, 2011

Positively Pittsburgh Live News from May 2, 2011

May 21 at Heinz Field
Focus On Renewal’s (FOR)is pleased to be one of 67 non-profits participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. Please join us for this fun event. Focus on Renewal (FOR) is a non-profit human service agency that has served the McKees Rocks community for 40 years and is nationally recognized as a model of comprehensive services to low-income people of all ages.
For more information, to register to walk or to make a pledge, please visit

Small Seeds Development, Inc. is also participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is a fundraiser that benefits local health and human service agencies in the Pittsburgh area, such as Small Seeds Development, Inc. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield underwrites the cost of the walk so that 100% of the money raised by walkers goes directly to the participating organizations.
For more information about the walk, visit
For more information about Small Seeds Development, Inc., visit

June 3-12, 2011 – Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust proudly announces the 2011 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival music schedule that will take place June 3-12, 2011. All headline concerts are presented on the Dollar Bank Stage at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. The free live music series, a 52-year Pittsburgh tradition, is sponsored by Dollar Bank. Read entire press release at

Life as an artist
May 2-5, Free, Reception: May 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Quaker Valley 8th grade students experience what life as a professional artist is like by planning this show of their work.
Sewickley Community Juried Student Art Show
May 13- 20, free, Reception: May 20, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Awards given at 5:00 p.m.
This fifth annual exhibition is a chance for the community to enjoy the impressive talent of students from local Sewickley schools.



May 11-22, Benedum Center
West side story will open on Tuesday, May 11, 2011. The new Broadway cast album of west side story won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album on January 31, 2010. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” Read entire press release at


Bill Vorn: Hysterical Machines
April 29 – June 19, 2011, Wood Street Galleries
Bill Vorn will exhibit his two robotic works “Red Light” and “Hysterical Machines” at Wood Street Galleries. The exhibition will close on Sunday, June 19, 2011.
“In a dramatic fashion, Vorn’s robots respond to our interactivity as ‘state of mind.’ In questioning our relations, connections or fantasies concerning robots, we may end up imagining what the robot is feeling about us.” Read entire press release at


Market Street Arts Festival: Where Art, History, Heritage Meet as One
May 20-22
The Market Street Arts Festival is emerging as a regional destination for the May 20-22 National Road celebration, building on its past as the only riverfront community along Pennsylvania's 90-mile stretch of historic highway. The Market Street Arts Festival revives Brownsville's once active participation in the annual National Road Festival and highlights the community's significance as a historic crossroads for river, road and rail in America's Westward Expansion. Read entire press release at

Inspired Women Conference
Early Bird special $75.00 til May 10th, then $95.00
There will be top trainers, authors, speakers, from all over the country as well as top local talent. Each breakout time slot will offer 4 choices so depending on whether you are currently on a business track, or a life track – you’ll have fabulous breakout choices. or call 724-935-6100
4th annual Cocktails and Cuisine for Women in Crisis
May 20th at the Woodlands in Bradford Woods
Graze with Top Chefs, Sip wine/beer/spirits on a Friday night at a lovely outdoor venue. Get Tickets at or call 412-364-6728 ext. 15
Debra Dion Krischke, Team Effort Events, 724-935-6100,
Other Events
August 5,6,7 – Paintball Festival and Business Conference
August 26th – Pittsburgh Summer Sizzler and Martini Taste Off



UPMC Health Plan and Community Care Behavioral Health Present
Featuring the Couture Violette Fashion Show
Saturday, May 14, 2011, 6-10 PM at The Frick Art & Historical Center
Black Tie Optional, Admission: $150
You are cordially invited to attend Gwen's Girls Signature Event Featuring the Couture Violette Fashion Show With local Pittsburgh Designers. Admission Includes: Admission to The Frick Art Museum, Admission to Clayton (Home of the Henry Clay Frick Family), and Admission to Car and Carriage Museum. Read entire press release at

Denny’s Baconalia
2 for 19.99

Make the Connection

Get free fridays

Superior donuts

Downtown divas, donna bailey, joe negri
Piper’s pub

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