Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 3-5-12

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Call for Nominations for First Class Patriot Achievement Award
Nominations are being accepted for the Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh’s First Class Patriot Achievement Award to honor a veteran who is making a difference through community service. FPA of Pittsburgh will present the Award to the recipient at Saluting Service on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh. Read the entire release here.
Old Economy Village

270 16th Ave, Ambridge, PA  

Old Economy Village reopens for tours on Saturday, March 17. Craftsmen and Demonstrators on site. Free Admission with a donated food item. We are requesting items such as pasta, canned stews, canned soups, tomato sauce, etc - food that a family can make a meal out of. All of the items will be donated to the Center for Hope in Ambridge. 

Models Needed
Searching for models who need to build their portfolios! The Triangle Photographers Association is holding their annual classes and needs models to portray high school seniors, brides,grooms, swimsuit models, engagement couples, etc. If you are interested in building your portfolio please email me at mbkphotography@hotmail.com, We need models March 18-22. Thank you! Mary Beth Kratsas, MBK Photography, http://www.mbkphotos.com/, 412-229-8749

NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh Invites You to Lunch with the President
Saturday, March 10, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Panera Bread, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Meet NAWBO President, Meenakshi Kapoor, owner of Symphony Enterprise, an internatial company specializing in staffing.Learn how NAWBO can support you in YOUR business.  Meet other members to find out  the 7 reasons that make NAWBO different than other organizations.This event is free. A light lunch will be provided. To register, click here or call 412-854-4827.

Interview and PR Opportunity With Visual Branding Expert Susan Newman
My blog, Branding You Better, focuses solely on branding, and features entrepreneurs and creatives in an interview series. Blog posts are usually on branding issues, some are about websites, social media and marketing and many contain video screencasts tutorials.Click here for details.

Facebook Fan Pages of PositivePittsburghers to follow:

For the wine drinkers: http://www.tastinggreatwines.com/
Great site featuring upcoming Wine Tastings and Seminars
Facebook site here.

Pittsburgh Good News Internet Broadcast Every Monday from 7 PM to 8 PM
Facebook site here.

Steeltown Heroes

1. 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 President at Borland Manor Elementary for two years, Canon McMillan Parent Council Rep. and chairperson for many events and fund raisers. 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 three 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, and 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.

2. Diana Lynn Brush, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania
"Girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place." Today, Girl Scouts has a membership of more than 3.3 million girls and adults, and over 50 million women in the United States are Girl Scouts Alumnae. Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania would like to honor Diana Brush, who is one of the GSWPA facilitators and a Girl Scouts lifetime member, who is both dedicated and true to the Girl Scout mission. As a Girl Scout facilitator, she gives of her time, talents and expertise to support the girls. Diana is helping to create girl leaders of tomorrow who have Positive Self Esteem, Leadership Skills and Care for The Environment. Diana is both a dedicated professional and a person who gives back to her community through volunteering with the Girl Scouts. She has been employed by Clarion University for 24 years in the Career Services Center and other capacities. Diana's volunteer specialties include grade level trainings, outdoor "canoeing" and Girl Scouts history. Her dedication with Girl Scouts has taken her to the national level through her membership with National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), 2009-present. This national group has guided her to national Girl Scouts conventions where she has also served as a council delegate. Diana's passion and enthusiasm for Girl Scouts is infectious and inspires all who come in contact with her. Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is both proud and appreciative to have Diana Brush as a volunteer.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Maple Restaurant
463 Maplewood Ave., Ambridge, PA 15003

Since 1963 dubbed as “roast beef sandwich county”—wow, fresh roast beef and best baklava from the local Greek bakery. Fresh mashed potatoes, down home local restaurant environment, great service, and great hospitality.

Carmax Theatre, Settler’s Ridge
This is by far the most comfortable seating of any Pittsburgh theatre. We saw a special preview of 21 Jump Street. Juvenile at times but never ever not entertaining. A fun comedy.

Women Girls Foundation “Get Out to Vote” Coalition Meeting
This was a great meeting of like-minded organizations that know that more women need to get out to vote. Their continued efforts will focus on getting more women from each organization to join the ranks of regular, informed voters.

Where in the World is Techno Granny?

Women of Achievement Awards
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Over 300 Attendees, can squeeze in a few more, Omni William Penn, 5:30 PM
For last minute reservations call Cribs for Kids

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre: A Streetcar Named Desire
March 9-11, 2012- Benedum Center
A jarring portrayal of clashing cultures, John Neumeier’s adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire lays bare the pure emotion of dance. Taking audiences inside the tormented mind of aging southern belle Blanche Du Bois, the production alternates between past and present, echoing her unraveling sense of reality. The set, costuming and sound design provide a rich backdrop to the powerful and evocative choreography. This is sure to be an assault on the senses of the highest order.*Recommended for mature audiences only.

E-Magnify Conference
Women's Entrepreneurial Symposium
Friday, March 9, 2012, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center, Greensburg, PA

Growing a business is challenging whether you are just starting or are a seasoned entrepreneur. Developing key strategies to sustain your business are essential to long-term growth.This year's Symposium will focus on growth strategies for small businesses and will include workshops and a keynote address on a variety of ways to increase your organization's revenue stream. Details here.

Announcing Editorial Calendar and sponsorship rates for PositivelyPittsburgh Live:
Posted here.
Special shows can be scheduled as media sponsorships for non-profit events by making arrangements with Good News Reporter and host: Joanne Quinn-Smith, aka TechnoGranny™

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Celebrates St. Patrick's Day
With Grammy-Winning Fiddler

Natalie MacMaster
On St. Patrick’s weekend, revel in the impressive musical heritage of Ireland when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) presents its PNC Pops concerts, A St. Patrick’s Pops, with renowned fiddler Natalie MacMaster.Having recently won a Grammy for her recording collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, MacMaster also has worked with the likes of Paul Simon, Faith Hill, Eileen Ivers, Allison Krauss, Carlos Santana and more. This is MacMaster’s debut with the PSO.

Under the direction of PSO Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh, the PSO and MacMaster will have audiences doing a little jig along to Irish music favorites, including Blue Bonnets, David’s Jig and O’Carolan’s Concerto. Read the entire release here.

Andre Previn Returns to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

André Previn
Legendary composer and conductor AndrĂ© Previn makes a long-awaited return to Heinz Hall this month to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of his own Triple Concerto for trumpet, horn and tuba, featuring three outstanding principals from the PSO brass section. PSO Principal Trumpet George Vosburgh, Principal Horn William Caballero, and Principal Tuba Craig Knox will be the featured soloists performing Previn’s original work at the BNY Mellon Grand Classic concerts. The former PSO Music Director (1976-1984) and winner of numerous awards, including Kennedy Center Honors and Grammy awards, for his contributions to American music, Previn last visited Heinz Hall in March 2008. In addition to his Triple Concerto, Previn will conduct two other musical gems – Haydn’s stirring Symphony No. 102 from the “London” Symphonies, and Mendelssohn’s vibrant “Italian” Symphony. Read the entire release here.

The Big Read
All events are free and open to the public.CCAC will kick-off a month-long series of outreach events designed to promote literacy, reading and community engagement. More information here.


This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2012 All rights reserved.


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