Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 6-18-12

West End Single Mom, Daycare Owner Sponsors Fundraiser for Nonprofit She Credits with “Saving” Her Kids
“I know that without the free and low cost programs that OSOY provides, my children would not have been able to experience a lot of what they did and could have made some very bad decisions. Their programming is unique and very much needed in every community. It provides hope for kids and help for parents especially the single mom with limited resources.”

Nicole King, a single mother of four daughters, and savvy, resourceful local business woman now lives and works in the West End area of Pittsburgh. She was introduced to what is now OSOY (Operation Save Our Youth) through a friend, whose daughter participated in their Faith Based Mime Ministry, called Children of Praise. Read the entire release here

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

Jessica Lee
Pre-show networking session at 5:30 pm. Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers & new entrepreneurs! Live music starts at 6:00 pm.

June 21, 2012: "Rebooting Your Brand"
Featuring interviews with:

Co-host Manfred Woodall, Interactive Marketing - Principal, Creative - Group-16 (www. group-16.com

Todd Berner, CEO and co-founder of StepOne Systems (http://www.steponesystems.com/

Kim Rullo, Owner - Partner, Conceptual Artist and Graphic Designer at Isaac Rullo Conceptual Artistry Graphic and Web Designer at Freelance Graphic Designer

Justin Chambers, Account Executive - Fox53 (www.wpgh53.com)

WYEP Summer Music Festival
Free and Almost Free in Pittsburgh
Friday, June 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Each year, thousands of people show up for this free music festival which has become a hallmark of summer in Pittsburgh. Kids activities and I Made It Market! start at 4pm, with music set to start at 6pm. Details here. 

Linda Handley

Coffee With…
Building Bridges for Business debuted its new Coffee With...SM video series – another resource aimed at empowering and educating small business owners in Pittsburgh – on the organization’s YouTube channel. The videos feature successful small business owners and political and community leaders discussing their thoughts on issues that are crowd sourced via the organizations Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn accounts and website.

Coffee With... gives successful small business owners and political leaders a chance to share their thoughts in an informal setting,” said Linda Handley, founder, Building Bridges for Business. “It also gives the small business community of Pittsburgh a chance to ask questions and address issues that affect them with these individuals via social media and a chance to hear what leaders think about key issues.” Read the entire release here

So You Think You Can Sing?”
July 15, 2012, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
200 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA

This is a singing competition to raise funds for the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation. The event will consist of 30 divas (male & female singers) singing their hearts out for the grand prize of $1,500!! There will also be live, silent & Chinese auction items, 50/50, free drinks & appetizers and much more! The cost is $40 at the door or you can prepay by contacting me for tickets at 412-805-6453. Please visit www.battledivas.com for more info. 

From Free and Almost Free in Pittsburgh: Sunday morning Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch Classical Music Series
June 17th through August 12th - 10:30 am to noon
Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady Avenues, Point Breeze / Squirrel Hill
Photo courtesy of City of Pittsburgh
This longtime favorite series entertains music lovers on the lawn at Mellon Park. Satisfy your appetite for classical music by treating yourself to a special Sunday morning composed of Bach, Beethoven and Brunch. Join us for this delightful buffet of classical melodies.
Don't miss the "Best Brunch" competition! The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts hosts a "Best Brunch" competition each week and will award prizes! Citiparks staff members’ judge the brunches based on presentation, effort and food selection - with the "Best Brunch" winner announced during intermission.
Note: Inclement weather may cause concert cancellations. In the event of concert cancellations, a recorded message will play on the concert hot line (412-255-2493) and a message will appear at the top of their website.
Street parking around perimeter of Mellon Park and meter lot behind Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Bagel Factory vendor on site or bring your own picnic basket (alcohol prohibited).
Roving Pittsburgher Report
Sauce, Bridgeville

500 Washington Pike Bridgeville, PA 15017
Long Island Iced Tea served all day long by the 16 oz. glass for $5.00. Cast Iron Skillet hamburger, no bun, balsamic glaze, roasted red peppers, crispy onion strings and fresh buffalo mozzarella.  Dessert served in cast iron skillet and was warm chocolate cookies with ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream.

Maple Restaurant Ambridge
463 Maplewood Avenue  Ambridge, PA 1500
Manhattan clam chowder, chock full of clams (only on Fridays) and absolutely the best broiled haddock ever with real mashed potatoes with the skins in 'em. 

Bridgeville Business District, Washington Rd.
Two wonderful businesses in the area are Tracy’s Treats and Armstrong Express.

Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh Party
About 80 people and eight sponsor organizations turned out for a great event. There were three designated races for Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh. We watched the races from the Adios rooms above the track with a wonderful view and ate elegant great tasting appetizers put out by Bruschetta’s in Pittsburgh. The sponsors also had their pictures taken in the Winner’s circle.  Link to our first race:  Race#4   

Please patronize our Hug-A-Thon Night at the Races Sponsors:
·        Giant Eagle, Frankstown Rd.
·        John Pournaras Agency, Ambridge
·        No BS Marketing Meeting
·        Cintac
·        Ask4ScreenPrinting
·        “Dominate”  How Smart Lawyers Crush the Competition—New Book by Tamar Cerafici
·        Contact One
·        Hotpack Huggables
Watch for details for our next fundraising event for Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh on August 1.  September 6 is Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh™ in downtown Pittsburgh.  Hugs are free. The budget for a city wide event is not, so we need your help. 

Bruschetta’s at Meadowlands Racetrack and Casino

John and Suzie Pournaras from the John Pournaras Agency in Ambridge, one of the Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh Night at the Races sponsors, stopped by Brushcetta’s in the Meadowlands RaceTrack and Casino.  Their comments: “Steaks were excellent, great service, warm apple pie with ice cream. John Pournaras says it was outstanding. Even had a concierge who would take your bets for the racetrack and do it table side.

Sonny and Jo’s Pub and Pizza
2957 Banksville Road  Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Sonny and Jo’s have an upcoming channel on PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com so we just had to go back a second time to investigate the menu.  We are not complaining. This time we had a calzone with chicken and artichoke hearts, red roasted peppers and fresh buffalo mozzarella. Yum!  Also a fresh salad with romaine and spring mix, Greek olives and feta with the best homemade Italian dressing in the city.  And the Sweet Carolina wings are a sweet and tangy combination that we have not seen anywhere.

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.

Tara Darazio is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent copywriter, blogger, article writer, and social media strategist. If you are in need of writing assistance, or need help with your social media efforts connect with Tara on LinkedIn here.

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