Monday, June 3, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 6-3-13 Part II

Positively Pittsburgh Live News Part II

Co-host tonight Sid Pandit of MyRootzVideo, also one of PPL Mags featured Videographer and owner of First Class Banghra Channel

On Tonight's Show Part II: 

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: Inspired Women in Business and Life

PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF: National Park Service Underground Railroad Recognition, Gateway Clipper Fleet Christens a New Queen, Birthday Celebration One Oxford Center

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACK TIE-PITTSBURGH: Raising Awareness and Inspiring Hope, Demand We Expand!

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: In memorium of the Pittsburgh Street Car, Riverlights at the Point Celebration

Women and Girls Advancement
Pittsburgh Historical Stuff

From Our Friends at the Soul Pitt 

NAACP Johnstown Invites You to Our Juneteenth Celebration & Recognition!
National Park Service Underground Railroad Recognition @ Sandyvale Memorial Garden in Johnstown PA 15902, Sunday, June 16, 2013 

1 pm to 5 pm
NAACP Johnstown
 FREE | Community Family picnic | FREE

Bring blankets, chairs, picnic baskets and umbrellas (for the sun)
There will be a DJ, children’s activities (sponsored by the NPS), Gospel music and a puppet show. Read the entire release here

From Our Friends at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership 

The Gateway Clipper Fleet Christens a New Queen 
To celebrate the Gateway Clipper Fleet’s 55th anniversary of cruising the Three Rivers of Pittsburgh, an event to christen the newest member of the fleet, the “Three Rivers Queen,” was held on May 29, 2013. At the Clipper’s Station Square dock, President and CEO Terry Wirginis led the official boat christening of the 110 foot long and 32 foot wide, all-steel classic paddle wheel passenger boat—the Three Rivers Queen. With the smashing of a bottle of champagne on the bow of the boat, and the releasing of balloons and confetti from the second deck, and the Three Rivers Queen was officially welcomed as a part of the Gateway Clipper Fleet family. Other speakers included Senator Wayne Fontana, State Representative Erin Molchany and Mayoral Candidate Bill Peduto. 

The Queen has three accessible decks which can accommodate 250 passengers for dinner or 338 for sightseeing; and contains a calliope, a mezzanine, a dance floor, a beverage bar, and a band stand for live entertainment. The Three Rivers Queen was constructed in 1994 by Freeport Shipbuilding and Repair, and spent the past seven years as the Arkansas Queen, sailing the Arkansas River as a sightseeing and dinner cruise vessel. 
To take a cruise on the Three Rivers Queen or on one of the other Gateway Clipper Fleet boats visit their website or call 412-355-7990.

Happy Birthday One Oxford Center!
This month, One Oxford Center turns 30 and will be celebrating in style! The celebration kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 4 and throughout June will feature tenant giveaways, Wednesday lunchtime concerts on the outdoor plaza, a historical retrospective of the building and discounts at select retailers. Be sure to stop by One Oxford Center's website for complete details.

Woodville Plantation Hosts a Special Seminar "Where Lived a Family Of Negroes: Slave Life on the Neville Plantation"
At the time of the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794, enslaved individuals outnumbered the family members at Bower Hill and Woodville Plantation by a ratio of 5 to 1. On Sunday, June 9, Woodville Plantation will present a seminar to shed light on this long-overlooked population of the Neville estate. Join African American historian, Temujin Ekunfeo, for an in-depth discussion of the life of the enslaved individuals at Woodville Plantation. Rob Windhorst, President of the Neville House Associates, will also present information on the individuals that managed the slave population, the overseers.

Guests can join Historic Foodways Director of the Neville House Associates, Erin Windhorst, as she prepares several foods that would have been eaten by the slaves at Woodville. The program will be held from 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free for members, $10.00 for non-members and limited to 20 people. Advance registration is required. Interested participants are asked to pre-pay and register by mail. Registration fees are non-refundable. Please call (412) 221-0348 to pre-register or if you have any questions.

For directions or for more information, please visit Woodville’s website at or call 412-221-0348. 

Non-Profit Events Sponsored by Black-Tie Pittsburgh
From Positive Pittsburgher, Diana Fletcher

We are calling the event, "Close to Home." 
Many of you know that I have become interested in the issue of Human Trafficking, (Modern day slavery) and I want this to be an evening about Raising Awareness and Inspiring Hope. - Diana 

The event will take place at Carlow University on July 23rd, 2013 from 5:30-8:30 pm. 
Two of the speakers will be Dr. Mary C. Burke from Carlow University who is the founder of the Project to End Human Trafficking and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition and Barbara Amaya.

Barbara Amaya is a survivor of trafficking. She will share her story and tell us about her work as an advocate for other survivors and as a spokesperson to help change legislation in regard to survivors.
OK that's the heavy, "learning stuff." We will also have: Really good food , Wine and other beverages, Raffle baskets, Laughter, Good conversation. Great guests.

Our setting is in a lovely building with lots of light and wonderful energy. I want this to be an evening that teaches, but doesn't bum you out.
The donation to attend the event is $25.00. All money raised is going to be given to the Project to End Human Trafficking based here in Pittsburgh, and the Polaris Project, an organization that fights to end slavery all over the world. All money donated is tax deductible.

This is an evening about Hope. It will be an evening that people can feel good about---knowing that their actions could be saving lives. I would love for you to join us but if you cannot, I would like to ask your help with a few other items:

Please tell people about this event. Send them the link to the Crowd Funding page and ask them to consider donating even a small amount. Even $5 donations will add up. (All donations are tax deductible.) 

Please consider donating money, a basket or a gift certificate for raffling or volunteering your help to get the word out through Social media and email.

Demand We Expand! 
The server at your favorite diner The home health aid taking care of your elderly parents Your hairdresser, child's preschool teacher, nanny... Over a million Pennsylvanians are uninsured. Most of them are working low wage jobs that don't offer benefits. 

That's why the new health care law offers states billions of dollars to expand Medicaid coverage to working families.
Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, New York..states all around us are saying they want the money. 

WHY not Pennsylvania??

Demand We Expand! Join us in Harrisburg on June 12th at 1:00 PM in the back of the Capitol (in case of rain, in the Rotunda). RSVP here.

There are real lives on the line. Do you know one of them? If so send us a picture and you may win your portrait painted by Theresa BrownGold.

If you live in Erie, Camp Hill, Pittsburgh, orPhiladelphia take advantage of the free bus to Harrisburg.

Coming from Central Pennsylvania, NEPA, or another area without a bus?

Still RSVP here for the event, but then send Athena an email and tell her if you are looking for a ride or can offer a ride. Include your city and she'll match you up. Email:

It's time we Demand To Expand! Join the movement. Can't come? Donate here to support the action.

Neighborhood Hi-Lights

In memorium of the Pittsburgh Street Car
Please watch the video about Pittsburgh Street Cars done by Burgher Boy. I remember ringing into Pittsburgh on the bus from Uniontown and needing to take the street car to Oakland. I had no idea they went to Charleroi and Washington. My mother in law used to talk about taking my husband on the street car to Kennywood. Any other memories let us know. Anyone ever get their high heel stuck in a trolley track with a trolley on its way? If you find other Pittsburgh videos you would like us to see, let us know.

Riverlights at the Point Celebration 
You're invited to celebrate the grand return of the Point Park Fountain on Friday, June 7, 2013 for a free evening of fun, entertainment and dazzling lights on the water. Be there when the 150-foot fountain is turned back on for the first time. Riverlights at The Point kicks off the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, so you know it's going to be an evening the whole family can enjoy. 

The festivities start with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:00 pm, during which the fountain will be dedicated and switched on for the first time.

"Riverlights at The Point" coincides with the opening night of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. After the 5:00 pm fountain ribbon cutting ceremony, enjoy a FREE concert from headlining performers Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, with opening act Donora. Musical performances take place on the Dollar Bank stage on the city-side lawn of Point State Park.

Not only can you check out the fountain's spectacular new LED lighting, but Point State Park will also be lit at sunset by several temporary lighting installations commissioned specifically for “Riverlights at The Point.”

Hey river users: decorate your watercraft with lights and hit the rivers around Pittsburgh’s Point at sundown on June 7. The eyes of the world will be on our city as the fountain returns to the skyline during “Riverlights at The Point.” Riverlights at the Point is presented by Riverlife, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. Be sure to following along on Twitter: #riverlights #pghwow

This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2013 All rights reserved. 

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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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