Saturday, September 22, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 9-17-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 9-17-12

Seeds of Growth Seminar
Is your business a garden thriving? Or dying of thirst? Join the Empress of Biz and Rebecca Harris, Director of Chatham's Women's Entrepreneur Centers, as they discuss the "Seeds of Growth" an upcoming seminar on funding for small business owners. 

Take the time to listen to these specialists and award winning advocates on starting and building a new business. You will certainly profit from this segment. Listen to the show here.

Theatreworks USA's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books
Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents the Pittsburgh premiere of Theatreworks USA's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books (“Amazing Grace,” “Borreguita and the Coyote,” “Imogene’s Antlers,” “Master Man,” “Math Curse,” and “Owen”) from October 14 - 21, 2012, at six performance locations throughout the area.  Performance locations include: City: Byham Theater, Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. & Student Matinee: Monday, October 15 at 10:15 a.m.; Workshop:  Grow Up Great, Wednesday, October 17; East: Gateway High School, Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.; North: Marshall Middle School, Thursday, October 18 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; West: Moon Area High School, Friday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.; South: Mellon Middle School (Mt. Lebanon School District), Saturday, October 20 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; and Butler: Seneca Valley Senior High School, Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m.  Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater. Read more information here

SBA, AARP Host Free Event to help you become an Encore Entrepreneur
Are you ready to take center stage as a small business owner? In the Western Pennsylvania area, a former Mrs. USA, a fashion designer and a health service executive have all done just that by entering the business world after celebrating their fortieth birthday.

If you’re over the age of 40 and interested in receiving free information on the nuts and bolts of starting your own business, then join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) on Oct. 2 for Encore Entrepreneur Day.
The free event will be held at Seton Hill University from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will showcase individuals who chose to become entrepreneurs after age 40. Come out to hear their stories of entrepreneurship and meet with meet with mentors from the SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE chapters to plan your very own “encore performance.”

National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day is part of a larger effort by SBA and AARP to promote entrepreneurship among individuals ages 50 and older. With one in four individuals ages 44 to 70 interested in becoming entrepreneurs and 63 percent of Americans planning to work during retirement, small business ownership is a good option. Small business owners with long-term counselors see bigger sales, hire more workers and last longer.  

"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.PittsburghPA 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

September 20, 2012: "Creative Entrepreneurs"

Featuring interviews with:
-Yvonne Kozlina, Artist (
-Hugh Watkins, Art & Design, (
-Sam Sandora, Senior Vice President - Davison Entertainment Group
-J. Gregory Olverson, Artist (
-Jay Speyerer, Legacy Road Communication (

NAWBO's Annual /Awards Celebration
As the 2011-2012 NAWBO year comes to a close, it is The Pittsburgh Chapter of NAWBO tradition to recognize the women in our organization and in the Greater Pittsburgh area who have contributed their time, energy and talents to women business owners, to NAWBO and to our community.  We will also recognize our new members and share news on local and national benefits of NAWBO membership..
Please join us for NAWBO's Annual /Awards Celebration.  Reserve the date, Wednesday, September 19th.  We invite you to join us for a special luncheon of celebration of great businesspersons and their friends.  The luncheon will be held at the Grand Concourse, Station Square. Registration and networking start at 1:00 PM.  The cost of the luncheon is $35.00. To register, click here. If you have questions please contact Mary Pam Kilgore at 412-854-4827. Vendor tables available.Thanks to our sponsors for a great year: and Women's Independent Press. 

For Sale: Opportunity Franchising Event
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm, The Fairmont

In one night, you could become your own boss. Sound too good to be true? It's not. By attending our For Sale: Opportunity franchising event, you will meet franchisers and apply for financing to become a franchisee on-site. Click here to see a short video with more info.

All attendees must Pre-Register. Register here. 

Help find the RIGHT business opportunity or franchise for you. Connect the nations best established franchisers along with franchisers experiencing substantial growth. Provide you with funding on the spot through a new loan program and access to the top national 401k funding experts flying in for this event  Allow you to find space for the franchise.

Local Winners in PBS KIDS GO! Contest 
WQED is proud to announce that two of our local PBS KIDS GO! Writers' Contest winners have won second place in the national arm of the contest sponsored locally by EQT Corporation! This marks the first time that WQED winners have been recognized as national winners of the contest.

The local NATIONAL winners are:
·       Daniel Trimble (3rd grade; 1st place local winner; 2nd place national winner)
The Mystery of the Attic Intruder, Brookline
·       Ella Black (Kindergarten; 1st place local winner; 2nd place national winner)
Abby the Talking Giraffe, North Huntingdon

Read more information here.

Half the Sky
September 27, 2012; 5:30-7:30pm, WQED Multimedia, 4802 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh 15213
This FREE event includes a partial film screening, light refreshments, and conversation.
Register online here
This year, the Girls Coalition is excited to be co-producing Community Cinema with WQED. We are honored to help coordinate and promote nine new Independent Lens documentary films; five of which are selections from the Women and Girls Lead project, and feature women and girls both in-front of and behind the camera.  These films tell the real-life stories of strength, passion, and creativity from women and girls around the world.  The first film in the Community Cinema season entitled Half the Sky is no exception.J oin us at the WQED Studios on as we screen a portion of Half the Sky in preparation for its PBS television debut on October 1 and 2.

Based on the book by New York Times columnists Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, explores the critical issue that defines this century - the fight to end oppression and inequity for women and girls throughout the globe.  The film follows celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde as they journey to six countries and meet inspiring women and girls who are facing and confronting oppression in their everyday lives and broader communities.  Half the Sky acknowledges the challenges and inequalities head-on while also giving voice to the meaningful solutions to oppression through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls throughout the globe. 

Who’s Your Brother Singles Mixers
Single?  Looking for a way to get involved in your community and meet like minded individuals? Who's Your Brother is launching a new site called Singles With Focus. It is a place where you can sign up to attend singles events and meet people who are into volunteerism, being active and helping others. Tired of all these superficial dates that don't end up being anyone of substance? Attend one or more of our kick off events!
Go to to sign up. First events will be all age group events. Subsequent events will allow you to drill down to an age group that is the most suitable for your desire to meet people that have more in common with you. The first three events scheduled are September 27th at Olive or Twist on 6th Street Downtown from 6-10. Live jazz will be provided. October 11th at Melange on 6th Street Downtown for a Steeler game tailgate party - wear your Steeler gear. October17th at Wholey's Alaskan Grill in the Strip. Live music and discounted appetizers.  
All kickoff events will be mixers and get to know you sessions. Opportunities to volunteer for projects to help people in the community will be made available to all members that attend.  Don't forget you cannot attend unless you sign up at the site - there will be no admittance without membership. Limit 200 people per event.

Final Weekend
Join Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks of performances of The Tempest
Sept 22-23 (Saturday and Sunday)  2:00 pm
Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson St., Squirrel Hill

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Richard D. Zana Music Festival
September 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2012
The Venue at Harmony Ridge

Ticket Information
Festival Pass: $25.00 Adults • $10.00 Children 12-18
$5.00 Children 6-11 • No charge for Children 5 & under
Single Day Pricing: $10.00 Adults • $5.00 Children 12-18$2.00 Children 6-11• No charge for children 5 & under. Details at

Sept 24th - Sept 30th

The inaugural Pittsburgh Fashion Week occurs at the perfect time to highlight fall fashions and accessories available at the plethora of local boutiques, specialty stores, department stores, and consignment and off-price stores. While embracing and encompassing the breadth of fashion available in Pittsburgh, the event will set a new standard in terms of high-quality, New York-style runway shows complete with VIP seating, credentialed media access, and upscale promotional and after-parties that will attract thousands. 

Pittsburgh Fashion Week is a cultural and social event that will grow each year, giving experts one more reason to name the city "America's Most Livable." While the city's championship sports teams, unique cultural amenities, and wonderful people have put Pittsburgh on the map, Pittsburgh Fashion Week will help make sure we stay there.

The event's official Web site,, is where the public can sign up to volunteer, glean sponsorship information, view a schedule of events, register to attend; and see day-to-day coverage of fashion week highlights.
Mary Poppins
Disney and Cameron MacIntosh present MARY POPPINS
Producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh are pleased to announce full casting for Pittsburgh’s return engagement of MARY POPPINS. Over 54,000 Pittsburghers attended the high-flying spectacle in 2011 and PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh is happy to welcome MARY POPPINS back to the Benedum Center for one week only: Tuesday, October 16 through Sunday, October 21, 2012.  Opening night is Tuesday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m.
MARY POPPINS will play at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 1:00 & 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. Read more information
PPL Sponsored Events

Litzinger Career Consulting to host a Celebration of Appreciation
to celebrate World Gratitude Day
This event will also raise money for the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.  Research studies over the last decade in the field positive psychology document the impact of gratitude on happiness.  For a dose of happiness, be uplifted through music, poetry, readings, reflection and sharing at the Celebration of Appreciation on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Undercroft Art Gallery of First Unitarian Church in Shadyside.   While there is no charge for the event, a donation for the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council is encouraged.

The event will feature Life in Balance, a nationally touring Pittsburgh group that creates a unique, musical experience combining Chakra tuned quartz crystal bowls, synthesizers and World flutesA reception and activity tables, including gratitude journals and a thank-you-note-athon, will follow the formal program. More Information:, 412-242-5342, Bootcamp!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

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New Pittsburgh Inn, Formerly Comfort Inn
2898 Banksville Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15216
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Your business picture or logo, 
Your business description, 
Any related websites, social media locations, such as Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, LinkedIn, Four Square.  

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My dining companion and I decided to give Mike Ditka's restaurant in Robinson a try last Tuesday evening. He  arrived before me, at around 8:00 pm and the restaurant was packed, a good sign. He had a chance to hang out in the bar, have a cocktail and enjoy the artistry of the “little black dress” as displayed by the bar waitresses, while waiting for me to arrive. He had Da Pork Chop with cherry sauce and I had the Seared Scallops, food and service was excellent.  Read the rest of the review here.

Wine Travelers

Held at the Home of Virginia and Brad Arrington, Wine Travelers is a private group started approximately 12 years ago by four individuals, two of which are still involved, myself, Debi Arnett, and my husband Jim Acrie.

Jim really just attends and I run the day to day operation of securing hosts, taking RSVP's, sending out monthly announcements and reminders, helping with wine and food suggestions, optional loans of glassware and chaffing dishes, sending out a recap of the tasting, and assisting the hosts by announcing the wines and keeping the tasting moving at the proper speed. I also have a LinkedIn page for the group which is updated where members can see the wines that were served at the tastings. The host is responsible for choosing the wines and supplying the food and the location (which is usually a home). The attendees pay $15.00 at the door and after all the wine is opened for the evening the host has the option to tally the receipts of the opened wine and if the amount exceeds the $15.00 per drinking adult they can collect up to an additional $5.00 per person for a max $20.00. You can come one time as a guest of someone. If you want to join it is a one time fee of $25.00 per person on your second visit along with that nights tasting fee. This group has several members that were introduced to it in the first year and are still active members after all this time. There are quite a few members that have been involved for many years and we get new members all the time. It was started because my husband and I wanted to see our friends at least once a month and we didn't always want to be the ones having the party. It has been a very successful way to make friends as well, and we have gained a wide group of diverse friends of all ages and interests.

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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