Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 4-22-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

In this Issue...
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY: Chocolate Blues & Business Networking Festival
Big Announcement about Eventsburgh
Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert
Sandra Bernhard
Memento Mori
Boney James
KIDS KORNER: Pittsburgh International Children's Festival
The Fresh Beat Band
Healing Space Reunion & Rebirth
NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh Membership Luncheon 
Aloha Meenakshi
Mompreneurs: Changing the Way Business is Done Using Social Media
BUSINESS BUZZ: ET-Building a Leading-Edge Management Team
Steel City Rowing
PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF: Reenactment at Woodville Plantation
Global Links Baby Bag Collection
Education for Hope
Cocktails and Cuisine…..
NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: Downtown Night at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra…. Celebrate our Earth

Night Market IV
Population Growth
Mortgages for Mothers
POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS SEGMENT: Pittsburgh Author Ask's Whose A** is That?
ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Anything Goes, Center Plate, Southpointe Chamber,
PPL LOCAL SPORTS: Rock hardballers,Steel City Rowing
VETERANS AND MILITARY NEWS: Saluting Service with Rocky Blier.....First Class Patriot Achievement Award.

Co-Host and Sponsor Jill Kummer, Black Tie-Pittsburgh

Bringing Together Pittsburgh’s Non-Profits and the People Who Support Them

Where In The World Is Techno Granny?

Chocolate Blues & Business Networking Festival
"Where Sweet Business Connections are Made"
Exclusive for Business Decision Makers

Choclate Blues &
Business Networking Festival
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 
Epiphany Church- McDowell Hall
164 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-4438

Chocolate Blues is a giant business to business networking event that brings together hundreds of business owners and professionals. This event features a business expo, open networking, door prizes, ice breakers, networking games, on the spot appointment setting, round table workshops, a giant business card exchange, business coaching, brainstorming circles, book signings, media mixers, blues background music and of course, chocolate treats!

Click here to view the flyer. Currently Seeking More Vendors, Sponsors & Ambassadors!

May is Women's Health Awareness Month. In observance, PCBBNF is welcoming you to donate old cell phones to benefit Domestic Violence shelters in Pittsburgh.


Cultural Clues

Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert

Join Anthony Bourdain and his good friend, Eric Ripert, internationally renowned chefs, authors, and television personalities – as they share stories and muse on the place of food in our personal, community, and global life. Their Good vs. Evil tour will visit Pittsburgh for one night only, Monday, May 6, 2013 at The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. It will be a truly engaging evening of storytelling and observation, providing frank and provocative insight into what really goes on behind kitchen doors.

Anthony Bourdain, chef-at-large at New York’s famed Brasserie Les Halles, is the author of bestselling titles Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw – both hilariously blunt and sometimes shocking portraits of life in restaurant kitchens. His latest project Get Jiro!, a culinary-themed graphic novel, was released on July 3 and quickly reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. In addition to hosting Travel Channel’s Emmy Award-winning No Reservations and The Layover, Bourdain will serve as host for two new television shows premiering in 2013: The Taste, a cooking competition series for ABC, and a docu-series for CNN, expanding the network’s coverage of travel, culture and cuisine. Read the entire release here

Sandra Bernhard at The Byham
Sandra Bernhard
Saturday, April 27, 8pm • Byham Theater 

A comedic performer of stunning originality, Sandra Bernhard challenges fans and critics with her outrageous humor, keen satire and rollicking stage shows. Her live performances are a thrilling hybrid of stand-up comedy and rock ‘n roll, a raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary and cabaret. Read the entire release here

Memento Mori works by Gregory Barsamian
Wood Street Galleries, a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will present Memento Mori by artist Gregory Barsamian, Friday, April 26 through Sunday, June 16, 2013.

In a strobe lit room, Barsamian's sculpture spins rapidly on an armature with imagery based on recordings of his dreams. At once low-tech and approachable, Barsamian's work simultaneously floats between the conscious and unconscious worlds in collaboration between artist and perceiver. The exhibit will feature the artist’s work that combines mixed medium such as steel, wood and bronze; and steel, acrylic medium, paper, strobe and motor.

Hands - artist Gregory Barsamian.
Gregory Barsamian is a native of Chicago and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin. He currently resides and works in Brooklyn, New York. His works have been shown in cities across the U.S. and worldwide and include Commissions and Public Collections. Barsamian’s sculptures have also been on display in past exhibitions at Wood Street Galleries. Awards include Platform International Animation Festival Grand Prix (2007), MIT/Leonardo New Horizons Award (2001), and New York State Fellowship for the Arts, Sculpture (1995). Barsamian’s work has been featured in various publications throughout his career. For more information about the artist, visit

Memento Mori at Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood Street, opens on Friday, April 26, part of the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. For more information about the Gallery Crawl, visit:

Wood Street Galleries hours: Wed. & Thur. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. For information call, 412-471-5605 or visit: Support for Wood Street Galleries has been provided by the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Additional support provided by the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Boney James
Friday, April 26, 8:00pm • Byham Theater
One of the most successful instrumental artists of our time, with sales totaling over 3 million records. Boney James is a three-time Grammy Award nominee and a Soul Train Award winner. He has also been honored with an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Jazz Album. He has accumulated four RIAA Certified Gold Records. His most recent CD, Contact (Verve Forecast, 2011), spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Buy tickets here

Kids Korner

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents the 27th Annual Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
May 15-19, 2013
The Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, Wednesday, May 15, through Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the University of Pittsburgh theaters and Schenley Plaza. Programming will showcase international and local theater premieres, including a brand new interactive luminarium installation from Architects of Air (UK). Giant Eagle is the lead sponsor of the 2013 Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival. Additional partners include Citiparks, University of Pittsburgh School of Arts & Sciences, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Parks Conservatory.

The Festival will feature performances and artwork by artists from the U.S. and around the globe, including Australia, Russia, Ireland, and the UK. “The 27th annual Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival presents a wide variety of unique performances and is a way for people to see many shows back-to-back or over the span of a few days,” comments Pamela K. Lieberman, Manager of Children’s Theater Programming with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater. “It highlights a combination of art forms that are inspiring, not only for children, but for adults as well.”

Charlotte Blake Alston, featured narrator and story teller of African Pourquoi Tales, provides an interactive experience by tweaking her stories based on the audience’s participation and according to Lieberman, her performances are “engaging and amazing.” In addition, Alston is PennPAT funded, allowing her to make the most of every performance.

Back by popular demand, Aga-Boom (Russia/USA) returns to the festival and will delight audiences with their art of clowning, comedy and theater performance.

This year’s Festival will feature extended hours for the evening shows on Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19. Friday evening performances include Aga-Boom and Dinosaur Zoo at 6 p.m.; Saturday performances include Dinosaur Zoo at 5 p.m., and The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly and African Pourquoi Tales at 6:16 p.m.

In addition to the featured ticketed performances, the Festival will include 30+ free hands-on academic, cultural and international activities, as well as performances at the free outdoor Community Stages located in Schenley Plaza and on the front lawn of the Carnegie Library. Participants can enjoy stories and activites from the Citiparks Alphabet Trail and Tales and the Roving Art Cart. Free outdoor activities and performances are 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of bus, lot and street parking is available in the area.

For information and tickets, visit the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh, or visit:

The Fresh Beat Band
Thursday, November 21, 6:00pm • Benedum Center
The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon’s popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, have added 50 cities by popular demand to their enormously successful 2012 tour. Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry), and Twist (Jon Beavers) will perform The Fresh Beat Band hits from seasons one, two and three of the live-action music series that teaches preschoolers about music appreciation and how to express their feelings through movement, song and instrumental music. Fresh Beat Band Party packages, which include a meet and greet with The Fresh Beat Band will be available. Buy tickets here.

Women and Girls Advancement

WQED’s iQ: smartmedia initiative premieres the second episode of iQ: smartparent on Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV. 

Episode 2: Girls Growing Up With Media will discuss how girls are portrayed in the media and the impact media has on their decision-making, behaviors and sense of self. Show experts include M. Gigi Durham, PhD, author of The Lolita Effect, and professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Iowa; Rebecca Gaynier, founder of; and Jennifer Stancil, Executive Director of Educational Partnerships at WQED and hosted by board certified family physician Dr. Deborah Gilboa, known as “Doctor G”.The episode will also be available at following the on-air broadcasts.

Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR) Presents
The Healing Space Reunion & Rebirth

Calling All PAST Healing Space Participants & Presenters
* FREE Event *

Tuesday – April 30, 2013 – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM @ Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC – AUDITORIUM, 300 Halket Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Healing Space
The Healing Space is a place for females who are hurting or have been hurt in intimate partner relationships (domestic/dating violence) or sexual violence. The Healing Space offers empowering activities including motivational workshops on a variety of topics;
Healing through the Arts – writing and reciting poetry; creating healing quilts and other art projects; and Healing through Speaking – sharing stories of surviving and thriving with others who have had similar experiences. Referrals for counseling are given, as requested.

Networking Reception & Resources

Poetic Performances by
Kim El & Rosie Jones Moore

Hear a Survivor Tell Her Story

Panel Discussions and Q&A
Providers, Researchers and Law Enforcement

Handmade Jewelry by
Jewelry Designer Rita Gregory
EnjoyourSelf, Authentic Gemstone Jewelry
and E-Ma's Natural Body & Hair Care Products
by LaKeisha Wolf

Door Prizes * Light Refreshments

Save-the-Date * Spread the Word
* Bring Some Folks! *


Information: Roxanne E. Epperson at or 412.818.3225

NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh

Membership luncheon on Tuesday, April 30th at the Panera Bread, Blvd of the Allies.  It will include lunch and the cost is  $15.00  Please have ready your favorite NAWBO story.

The Second event is Wednesday, May 8th .It is the Aloha Meenakshi Luncheon at the Grand Concourse in Station Square. The cost will be $35.00. The Grand Concourse has raised their rates a little for the first time since 2008. 

Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series
Friday, May 10, 2013 (7:30 AM - 9:00 AM) 
Topic: "The Business of Food: Accessibility, Affordability, and Capacity Building" Speakers: Jennifer Flanagan - Founder & Chief Business Officer, Springboard Kitchens 
Josephine Caminos Oría - Granddaughter & CEO, La Dorita, LLC 
Alice Julier - Program Director & Associate Professor Food Studies, Chatham University 
Click here for more information and to register for this event. 

Friday, June 14, 2013 (7:30 AM - 9:00 AM) 
Topic: "Mompreneurs: Changing the Way Business is Done Using Social Media" 
Speakers: Rachel Blaufeld - Freelance Lifestyle Writer, Blogger, Social Media 
Deborah Gilboa - MD, International Parenting Speaker and Writer, Founder of 
Kiya Tomlin - Founder and owner, KIYA Tomlin, Pittsburgh LLC 
Click here for more information and to register for this event.

Business Buzz

"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.

April 25, 2013 : "Building a Leading-Edge Management Team 

Featuring interviews with: 

Co-host Jim Harter, (COO Role) President - Sigma Pi Consulting, LLC (

Frank LaValle, (CFO Role) Consultant / Business Development - Lavalle Management Solutions 

Brian Tedeschi (CEO Role) Co-Founder - Think Communications, Inc.

Dan Seitam (CXO Role) - C-Leveled

High School and University News

From Steel City Rowing 
Winchester Thurston 8th Grade Day 
Forty-four Winchester Thurston (WT) Middle School students visited Steel City Rowing Club (SCRC) Friday, April 12, 2013. The day began at 9AM with a brief review of the agenda for the day, then groups were split into two with each group having parent chaperons, current SCRC High School rowers, an SCRC staff member and a WT member of the faculty. See more HERE
8th Grade Day
The groups rotated through activities that included a motorboat ride to Sycamore Island, courtesy of Head Coach Laci Tompa and Coach Lucy Tuttle-Smith, where Mike Good from the Allegheny Land Trust gave a history on the island as well as some information regarding its regional inhabitants. Next they moved onto a history of the Allegheny River and broader Pittsburgh with Mr. Ed Divers. Mr. Divers is a local wealth of information and gave some foraging, caving, and exploring tips. After a quick lunch in the Community Room, one group headed to the 3rd floor to get on the erg (indoor rowing) machines while Director of Rowing, Kristina Latta-Landefeld, reviewed rowing technique and the importance of working as a team. In the meantime Executive Director, Dori Tompa, lead group 2 in discussion about our “Green” boathouse and the many ways everyone can work on being more environmentally friendly. 

This wonderful day ended with the current Winchester Thurston Crew (housed out of SCRC) taking the Winchester boats out so the 8th graders could get close to the boat and move all the various parts. This was truly a group effort on both SCRC’s part and the Faculty at Winchester Thurston School to make such a wonderful day happen. Thank you to all who participated including the WT parent volunteers who were such great sports on a rainy day.


Step back in time at Woodville Plantation, when this living history museum presents an 18th century military reenactment. On Sunday, April 28, 2013, history enthusiasts are invited to join the soldiers of Wayne's Fourth Sub-Legion, the first Army of the United States, as they practice the drills of Baron Von Steuben from 1794. Events of the day include tactical demonstrations, musket firing, marching and ceremonial drills. Weather permitting. 

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children age 6-12 and free for children under age 6. Admission includes a house tour. Event hours are from 1 pm to 4 pm. 

Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania’s link to the late 18th century. Built in 1775, this living history museum interprets life during the period of 1780-1820, the Era of the New Republic. Guided tours of the house are available every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. 

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 mile north of Interstate I-79 Exit 55 (Heidelberg/Collier Exit) on Route 50, near the intersection of Thoms Run Road in Collier Township. For further directions or for more information, please visit Woodville’s website at or call 412-221-0348

Non-Profit Events 
Sponsored by Black-Tie Pittsburgh

Share your passion for literacy and learning! 
Invite friends and co-workers to Get a Read on GPLC! 
Join us for free appetizers and drink specials at Industry Public House in Lawrenceville on May 7th. Network with other young (and young-at-heart) professionals. Find out what's new at 
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and explore the many ways to help our students. 
Click here for details and to RSVP. Then, spread the word!Celebrate Motherhood from Global Links and the babies that make it possible

Mother's Day is May 12. This year, you can give a gift that will improve the health – and possibly save the life – of a mother and her new baby. Between April 15 and May 12, make a tribute donation to Global Links Baby Bag collection through Global Giving and your gift will be augmented by $5 from this charity fundraising website. In addition, Global Giving will award an extra $1,000 to the project with the most tribute card donors.
The person you choose to honor will receive a card from Global Giving telling them that your donation will support a new mother and help her baby have a healthier start in life.

An Invitation For An African Experience At The Educate For Hope Jubilation 
Educate For Hope Jubilation 
On May 3, 2013, Kenya Christian Education Partnership will host a unique event at the Hosanna House to fundraise for the school Tumaini Academy in Northern Kenya. 

Event Itinerary:
6:30PM: Cocktail Hour 'African Festivities'
7:30PM: African Style Dinner
-Live Auction Begins-
10:30PM: Event Closing

Location: Hosanna House: 807 Wallace Avenue. Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania 15221

Who are we benefitting?
This unique experience benefits the Tumaini Academy in Northern Kenya. School children walk miles to reach this remarkable Christain Primary School, Tumaini Academy in Northern Kenya. Tumaini means "hope" in Kiswahilli, and this school is the hope of the

people. This school was built in 2011 by Kenyans, funding was raised by Kenyan Christian Education Partership, a non-profit. In just two years where there was nothing on the land, two nursery classrooms have been bulit and four classrooms. Primary one through four are now serving 240 students. A 22,000 gallon water tank has been built, an outside kitchen, and three latrines. These African children have many needs, but with your help the school can grow in the areas of Kenya. Funds are needed for a new classroom,teachers, a school administrator, new nursery desks,another water tank, and open pavilion! 

Make A Reservation For The Educate For Hope Jubilation! 

Contact: Fran Fetterolf,, 412-741-8398 

Cocktails & Cuisine - Don't Delay 
May 17th – Cocktails and Cuisine for Crisis Center North – Celebrate Spring at this indoor/outdoor FUNraiser! Join MC Jon Burnett and over two dozen Chefs, Wine and Beer Purveyors for a rockin' good time!

The Woodlands in Bradford Woods. Grazing and Sipping at its best benefiting our local domestic violence agency!

Live auction includes Bora Bora, San Francisco, Tuscany and the English Countryside! 

More info at

Neighborhood Hi-Lights

From our Friends at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Downtown Night at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 
The 2nd Annual Downtown Night at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is scheduled for this Friday, April 26 and it aims to get those who live, work, and play downtown together for a great night of music at the PSO. Come for music, mixing, and mingling with fellow music lovers and members of the PSO.

$40 will get you a great seat in Heinz Hall for an outstanding performance including a world premiere and Beethoven’s famous 9th Symphony “Ode to Joy.” PLUS an after party at Andys Wine Bar at Fairmont Pittsburgh. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres compliments of Andys and the live music that Andys is famous for.

Tickets for the concert and after party are $40. To purchase your tickets for the Second Annual Downtown Night, visit the Symphony's website or call Group Sales at 412.392.4819 and mention DOWNTOWN. 

Celebrate our Earth in our Market 
On Wednesday, April 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., head to Market Square to enjoy outdoor activities in Mayor Ravenstahl's Earth Market 2013, in honor of Earth Day. Take advantage of all of Pittsburgh's outdoor activities and amenities. Activities include a 1,000 tree giveaway, arts and crafts, balloon art, interactive ecological games and displays, award presentations and more. Don’t miss breathing in the fresh air in the heart of Downtown! For more information click visit the City of Pittsburgh's website

Night Market IV - This Friday Evening 
A cool-handmade t-shirt, tasty burger creations, local arts and crafts, how about a chocolate pecan pie from the Pittsburgh Pie Guy? You can find this all outside at the corner of 8th Street & Penn Avenue at the Night Market IV this Friday, April 26 from 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Night Market IV will again be a part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Spring Gallery Crawl. Dozens of vendors will offer their talents, whether it be a food or an art, and you can experience it all by walking in beautiful downtown. There will also be great entertainment from DJ Soy Sos and The Pillow Project. If you would like to see the full list of vendors, click here. And be sure to check out the recap video from the last market.

From our friends at Pittsburgh Today

For the third year in a row, Greater Pittsburgh has experienced population growth, which is largely due to people moving into the region. The total population in the Pittsburgh region in 2012 was 2,360,733, according to recently released annual numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. And for the fourth year in a row, more people moved into the region than left it

From Our Friends at the Soul Pitt 

Mortgages for Mothers FREE Home Buying Workshop
Sheraton Station Square, Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 9AM
w/ Featured Speaker Lynne Hayes-Freeland! Register here.

Positive Pittsburghers Segment
Marylu Zuk

The season’s most hilarious gift book 

“Every woman or so I’m told, whether in her twenties or many years old, has a love-hate relationship with her hiney, be it extra-venti or teeny tiny.”

Pittsburgh author Marylu Zuk was standing in line at Dairy Queen when she noticed two bikini-clad teens in front of her. The mother inside her fought the urge to hoist the bottoms on one whose crevasse was in full view and she wondered to herself if ever she had been so oblivious to the appearance of her rear end.

This moment affirmed the inspiration for Zuk’s new adult storybook – “Whose A&& is That?”- now available for $14 through Amazon and other online booksellers. The book is also available at MoZaic Boutique on Taylor Way in Bridgeville, PA and Café Kolache on 3rd Street in Beaver, PA.

Published by The Artist’s Orchard, “Whose A&& is That?” is the season’s perfect occasion gift, encouraging every woman to “relax her abs, exhale and laugh at what we rarely see – our own backsides.” 

Marylu Zuk will celebrate the launch of her new book at a release reception on Friday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the 3rd Street Gallery located at 220 Third Street in Carnegie, PA.

Cover to cover; Zuk’s hilarious verse is playfully adorned with illustrations by Pittsburgh artist Traycee Bosle.

“Shelves are full of books that invite women to buy into their insecurities, taunting us with ways to change the way we look,” said Zuk. “My book aims to create a bond among women, encouraging us to laugh together while modeling for young women the importance of embracing our own individuality – size of our rear-end included.”

"This is a fun and relaxing book, sure to bring a big smile to every woman’s face,” said Dina Beauvais of the Dream Program. “You'll want to get a bunch of copies for your friends and give them out as gifts." The author produced a short video during a gathering of friends and colleagues at Studio Xtreme Hair and Tanning Salon on College Hill in her hometown Beaver Falls. Participants read aloud from the book and discuss the derriere.

The irresistible read is the perfect gift book for occasions such as showers, bachelorette parties, hostess gifts, birthdays and Mother’s Day. “At the heart of this project is the idea that we all know someone who might benefit from a little humor in her day,” said Zuk. “This quick read is a delightful gift for your female tribe - sisters, aunts, coworkers and friends.”
“I love this little book! In my business, I deal with women of all ages and sizes and the one thing we all have in common is our insecurities about our bodies,” said Nancy Gilmore, Owner of MoZaic Boutique. “I am so excited to be able to support another local woman entrepreneur who is following her dream.” 

An excerpt from Zuk’s storybook for women earned a recent award in the Pennwriters' In Your Own Words contest, poetry division. About the Author:

Interviews and information available by request: Contact Carrie Butler at 412-897-6177.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Anything Goes 
At intermission, theater goers did not walk out in search of a drink, but to find someone to talk about the musical with. A stranger walked up to me after the ensemble rendition of “Anything Goes” at intermission and said, “This is sooooo BIG! He had left his wife’s side because she was busy commenting to someone else and was just bursting to get his opinion out. He told me he wasn't a theater goer, but came to make his wife happy and was so excited when he heard what the choice was for that evening. Like him, I felt that it was one thing to watch Bing and Donald and Mitzi in the movie but it was totally another to watch Rachel York FILL UP the stage with her presence as Reno Sweeney. Admittedly, there were some grand performances but York dwarfed everyone else with a combination of Mae West, Marlena Dietrich and Lauren Bacall ATTITUDE! Read the full review here.

Center Plate 
94 Center Church Rd McMurray, PA 15317
Bougatza (Greek meat pie made with filo), Sausage Rustica, Mac and Cheese Chicken and Avolegmo soup that makes you think of Greece. Also Crabcakes that make you think you live near the ocean with comfort food mac and cheese and fresh oven baked stewed tomatoes. Beautiful ride for great food even if you are half an hour away like we are.

Southpointe Chamber Luncheon at Bella Serra in Canonsburg 
Bella Serra catering is amazing and the company was outstanding. It was also great to hear that by joining the chamber you also become a member of the Race Track Road Association. Hats off to President and Founder Don Hoder who knows how to put on a true networking lunch.

Remarks from Amelia, of Jewelry Art by Amelia, Coordinator, "Ring of Hope" Campaign:
Photo Courtesy of Alicia Photography
As you know, on March 13, 2013, there was a very successful fashion show benefiting Crisis Center North and more than $10,000 was raised! As a guest speaker, I also had the opportunity to share my story as a domestic violence survivor. Spread the message that we need to support those organizations who are involved with helping those who are affected by a Domestic Violence situation.
Guarino Group Productions hosted the first annual Bravery & Beauty Charity Fashion Show, a benefit for Crisis Center North on March 13th at Altar Bar in the Strip District. Around 250 supporters gathered to pay tribute to Karissa Kunco, murdered in 2011, by her abusive boyfriend, and to acknowledge the strength and struggle for thousands of survivors among us in our community.

PPL Local Sports 

Rock hardballers sweep IUP
Slippery Rock University's baseball team swept a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division doubleheader Sunday vs. Indiana U. of Pa., 3-0 and 4-3, at Jack Critchfield Park to move into sole possession of fourth place in the division standings.

The wins gave The Rock (27-15 overall, 9-7 PSAC-West) a 3-1 record in the weekend/season series vs. IUP and a 4-2 record for the week. IUP fell to 21-16 overall, 7-9 in PSAC-West action, the latter mark putting them in sixth place in the seven-team division standings.

The Rock and Crimson Hawks each have four division games left to play this spring as they seek to earn one of the four PSAC tournament berths that will be awarded to Western Division teams.

SRU faces a stiff challenge in its bid for a postseason berth. The Green and White have four games each vs. division co-leaders California (Pa.) and Gannon left on their schedule, starting with Friday's 1 p.m. home doubleheader vs. California. The Rock and Vulcans (27-12, 11-5) are scheduled to close out their series with a 1 p.m. twinbill next Saturday at Consol Energy Park in Washington, Pa. Read the entire release here.

From Steel City Rowing 
Adult Race Committee Report 

We are in search of adult rowers interested in racing this season! Whether you've been logging long kilometers on the erg this winter in preparation for racing season or you're hoping to do one race at the end of the fall just for fun, please contact member Michael Gold with your name and level of interest. We are planning on attending the following races this season. We are open to adding more!

SCRC scrimmages to be held throughout the year... first one is May 25!

July 5, 6, and 7- Independence Day Regatta, Philadelphia, PA

July 27-28- Diamond States Masters Regatta, Delaware

August 4- Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, St. Catherine's, ON (about 20 minutes from Buffalo, NY)

October 5- Head of the Ohio, Pittsburgh, PA

Veterans and Military News

NEWS from Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh 
SALUTING SERVICE features Rocky Bleier on May 21 when FPA of Pittsburgh honors Western Pennsylvania Veterans during Free Pre-Memorial Day Celebration 

Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh presents First Class Patriot Achievement Award honoring vets making a difference in their communities at historic Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Rocky Bleier
Editors: Nominees, speaker, special guests, entertainment and award recipient photos and details will be provided on request prior to or following the event. Nominees will be announced by early May. 

Giving back, fighting back and coming home will be celebrated at Saluting Service when a veteran who is making a difference in his or her Western Pennsylvania community is honored by the Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh with the First Class Patriot Achievement Award on Tuesday, May 21.

Rocky Bleier, Vietnam veteran and four-time Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Champion running back, is the special guest at Saluting Service. He will congratulate award nominees and veterans of the U.S. service branches during the free pre-Memorial Day celebration for the community, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7 pm, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA (15213).

Admission is free, but reservations are required at or call 412-653-1054. Remaining tickets will be provided at the door. An outdoor picnic and entertainment will be provided to all guests, 6-7 pm. Self-guided tours of Soldiers & Sailors’ Hall of Valor may be taken prior to the indoor program. 

 Also we would like to go back to our Steeltown Hero Segment so please send us your stories of ordinary Greater Pittsburgh Area residents doing good things that are GOOD NEWS.


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