Sunday, November 24, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 11-18-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Co-host Lou Lombardi Rock 'N Roll Philanthropist and Founder of Loudini Rock 'N Roll Circus


POSITIVELYPITTSBURGH SPONSORED EVENTS: Loudini Rock 'N Roll Circus Black Friday Extravaganza, Thanks for the Duck Video for PPL Mag, 2014 Marketing Jump Start Telesummit

CULTURAL CLUES: The Sunday Gravy Show,  ELF THE MUSICAL, Highmark Holiday Pops, Parlour Song at the Quantum Theater, The Nutcracker, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 2013-2014 Season, Ghost the Musical, 2013 Three Rivers Film Festival

KIDZ KORNER: Time for Fun, Nickelodeon FRESH BEAT BAND LIVE IN CONCERT, First Ever Crisis Nursery in Pittsburgh

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: Best of the Batch Bridging Business and Service with a Hands-on Approach, Chatham Center for Women Entrepreneurship Open House, Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus Annual Christmas Concert, Pittsburgh Professional Women of Integrity Award Winners, Impact of Gender Norms on Young Black Girls Health and Wellness Webinar, CHATHAM UNIVERSITY - Wonder Women! Film Screening

BUSINESS BUZZ 8th Annual Pa. Business Technology Conference, Suzy Brandtastic Interviews with Tech Vibe Radio and Pittsburgh Technology Council, 5 Pittsburgh Area Small Cities Named as Best Cities in Pa, AlphaLab Gear, LAUNCHING OUR NEW PITTSBURGH, PHAN Certified Health Reform Trainer, IT Professionals Career Event

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACK TIE-PITTSBURGH: Hosanna Industries Festival of Trees Goodwill Power of Work Award

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: The Early Mays in Harmony

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS SEGMENT : Enhanced Creativity Holiday Food Drive

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Barabara Streisand Songbook, Magic Flute, Loudini Rock 'N Roll Circus Benefits OTA, Sheherezade, ABCTV Secret Millionaire in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS: Rock's Barksdale earns spot on Harlon Hill Trophy super-region ballot



During the Break for Veteran’s Day:The Magic Flute, Barbara Streisand Songbook at PSO, James Malinchak ABCTV Secret Millionaire at NoBS Marketing Meeting, Wholey’s Fish Market, Sheherezade at Pittsburgh Symphony, Loudini’s Rock 'N Roll Circus Benefit for Operation Troop Appreciation


2014 Marketing Jump Start Telesummit
Registration is now open for the 2014 Marketing Jump Start Telesummit! My co-hosts Weston Lyon, Joanne Quinn-Smith, and Becky Auer and I will be hosting 15 marketing experts from December 2nd through December 13th. We will be covering topics from PR to Networking, Copy Writing to Writing a book. All Free, and all online. You don't have to leave the comfort of your office or home.

Click here to register for free.

The Kickoff will be December 2nd at 3:00 PM when my co-hosts and I will fill you in on what is coming and answer questions about the Telesummit. I know I mentioned it is free, but ALSO since it is all online, even if you miss an interview the replays will be available through the end of Telesummit. So click on the link below (or copy and paste this URL into your browser: ) and register for free access to some amazing information to launch your marketing new year! 

Loudini’s Rock 'N Roll Circus Black Friday Extravaganza


Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society is proud to announce our new series which is a partnership with The Sunday Gravy Show. Hosted by Wammo, co-founder of the Asylum St. Spankers and recent transplant to Pittsburgh from Austin, TX.

The first Sunday Gravy Show happens on November 24, 2013 at 4 PM and will feature Frank Orrall of Poi Dog Pondering and Thievery Corporation. More information and tickets can be found at

A house concert like no other, The Sunday Gravy Show crashes a neighborhood near you each month for a fun, interactive gameshow/ performance featuring internationally touring artists and musicians. Hosted by Wammo—professional recording artist and co-founder of The Asylum Street Spankers—each show takes place in someone’s living room and is limited to only 50 seats.

NETworks Presentations, LLC, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Unique Features, bring the Broadway musical ELF to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. Tickets are available, but limited, for performances Tuesday, November 26 to Sunday, December 1, 2013; with best availability on Thursday, November 28. ELF THE MUSICAL is part of the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Broadway Across America and Pittsburgh Symphony.

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Read the entire release here
Todd Ellison
Credit Ronnie Nelson

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Highmark Holiday Pops
Dec. 12-15 & Dec. 20-21, 2013
Dec. 12: 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 13, 14, 20 & 21: 8 p.m.;
Dec. 14, 15 & 21: 2:30 p.m.

Celebrate the season with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Mendelssohn Choir and an all-star cast of guest artists in this spectacular Pittsburgh tradition! Enjoy your favorite carols and much-loved holiday music, including "Deck the Hall," "Joy to the World," and more. Renowned conductor Todd Ellison leads this festive concert. And Santa makes a special visit from the North Pole bringing more delightful surprises! Before and after the concert, enjoy the ornate decorations at Heinz Hall, complete with a magnificent 25-foot tree in the Grand Lobby. 412-392-4900 or for tickets.

Parlour Song
By Jez Butterworth
Directed by Martin Giles
November 1–November 24, 2013
Waterfront, West Homestead

Edgy, funny, and occasionally sinister, Parlour Song explores the mysteriesbeneath the manicured surface of a suburban housing tract, where all is not well in the lives of two friendly couples.
"The lost-in-thesuburbs themes in this tragicomic play have been visited before, butresonate in this fresh telling. See it before it disappears." -- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Celebrates the Holidays with “The Nutcracker”
Featuring more than 200 costumes, 100 colorful characters and Pittsburgh-inspired set design, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s grand-scale production of “The Nutcracker” illuminates the holiday season Dec. 6-29, at the Benedum Center.

For the first time this season, PBT will present a special, autism-friendly performance of “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, in addition to 22 public performances. PBT will be the first professional ballet company in the country to adapt this holiday classic for patrons with sensory sensitivities and their families. More details here.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 2013-2014 Season
Timeless Stories, Pittsburgh Premieres, Cutting-Edge Choreography

An Evening of Twyla Tharp. Experience powerhouse choreography by an American icon.
The Nutcracker. Illuminate the holidays with this seasonal spectacular.
Swan Lake with the PBT Orchestra. Plunge into classical ballet’s most revered love story.
3x3. Push the boundaries of ballet with a trio of today’s most compelling choreographers.
Don Quixote with the PBT Orchestra. Embark on an adventure of love, illusion and balletic bravado.

Subscribers enjoy the best seats, savings and exclusives. Visit or call 412-454-9107 today!

Ghost, The Musical
December 31 - January 5, 2014 / Heinz Hall
Relive the iconic and magical moments from the Oscar-winning movie GHOST in a brand-new Broadway musical. GHOST The Musical breathes glorious new life into a timeless love story. The musical features an original pop score from multiple Grammy Award-winners Dave Stewart, one half of the ‘80s pop duo the Eurythmics, and Glen Ballard, co-writer with Alanis Morissette on the multi-platinum album Jagged Little Pill, among many other notable credits and collaborations.

Ring in the New Year with GHOST and celebrate 20 years of Highmark First Night Pittsburgh!
Enjoy a classic night in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. GHOST opens in Pittsburgh on New Year’s Eve. Come downtown early for pre-show fireworks, catch a short performance before the main event, and be out of the show in time for the countdown to midnight! This package offers special pricing on show tickets and an all-access Highmark First Night Pittsburgh button. CLICK HERE to buy your New Year's Eve package!

THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES: Welcome to the 32nd Three Rivers Film Festival!
The 2013 Three Rivers Film Festival, presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Dollar Bank, runs November 8 – 23. Celebrating 32 years, it is the oldest and largest film festival in the region. This year sees a substantial expansion of films with an added venue. The 2013 Film Festival presents approximately 80 films – independent American cinema, sneak peeks, new documentaries, restored classics, a competitive shorts program, critically-acclaimed international films, a sidebar of Polish films, and new this year: a microcinema component. There are visiting filmmakers, informal discussions, live music events and more. The venues are the Harris Theater, the Melwood Screening Room, the Regent Square Theater and Waterworks Cinemas.

The Three Rivers Film Festival has its own unique personality. Many other film festivals haveemerged since 1982, each with their own target audience. But the Three Rivers Film Festival is a celebration of all the things that “film” can be – and there’s a little something for everyone. We hope you enjoy this very special film festival! Come early, come often, and bring a friend. Details here.


Hand Made Theatre
Pittsburgh International Children's Theater 412-456-6666, Byham Theater
Hand Made Theatre
November 17, 2013 - November 24, 2013 Ticket Prices: $9.50 in advance; $11 day of show if available

Hailing from St. Petersburg, performers literally roll up their sleeves to create a captivating–and quite unique–magical world. Wonderfully choreographed, hands and arms interlock and entwine to create trains, sailboats, ticking clocks, flocks of birds and more. With clever lighting design, the limbs dance in space and assemble into recognizable shapes and words. Best for all ages. 60 minutes.

The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon’s preschool music group, and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, are giving fans the opportunity to see them live as they hit the road again for
The Fresh Beat Band
60 performances on their nationwide concert tour. The live concert comes to Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center on November 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets start at $32.75 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase group tickets, please call group sales (412) 471-6930. This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

This month, the wildly popular The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert Tour begins its new tour in San Antonio, Texas. The group will travel to theaters in new markets and revisit places including New York City’s Theater at Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater L.A. Live. In 2012, more than 400,000 fans saw the concert. Read the entire release here.

From Our Friends At Urban Media Today

New Year Brings First Ever Crisis Nursery to Pittsburgh
When parents have a lot of social and professional responsibilities, children can often be neglected or worse, abused. A woman that relies on her neighbor to take care of her 2-year old son will most definitely be frustrated if the neighbor calls just as she is leaving home for work, to let her know that she cannot watch the kid today.

In such a situation, frustration builds up. Some parents take it out on their children, while others choose to leave their kids unprotected and unguarded at home to fulfill their other responsibilities.

Most cities in the U.S. have at least a single crisis center where people can leave their children in good hands. Pittsburgh, however, currently has none. But the New Year does not come without its share of good news for parents in Pittsburgh! By mid-January, a crisis nursery by the name of Jeremiah's Place will be opened at the Kingsley Association in Larimer, Pittsburgh.
To protect the children from neglect and abuse, and to relieve the parents of the long processes involving child welfare that end up costing them a fortune; every city or county needs to have its drop-in nursery.
Jeremiah's Place
Jeremiah's Place is one of the nearly 60 centers present throughout the country that work independent of the public service agencies. It has been co-founded by a Pediatrician named Lynne Williams, who chose the name of a foster-sibling to christen the crisis center.

The center will be located in 3,500 square feet of rented space within the Kingsley Association. It is being run on private funding and has received a $100,000 funding from the R.K. Mellon Foundation. However, this amount barely covers one-fourth or one-fifth of the total amount that will be required and more funding options are being explored at present.

Parents and guardians who are stressed and fear for the safety of their children can leave them at this center. It will also act as a protective location for children whose parents have certain medical conditions or are in danger, for instance, from a spouse who breaks restraining orders.
Crisis nurseries are usually staffed with social workers and other professionals who can adeptly deal with the problems that the children and their families are suffering from. The professionals can provide crisis counseling to ensure that the issues are sorted out calmly without violence.
A lot of surveys were conducted before the initiation of this project to determine the need of a crisis nursery within the area. The center also held several fundraisers during this past summer, including the Jeremiah's Place 5 kilometer Run/Walk and a Family Fun Day in April. These activities helped raise nearly $10,000 for the cause.

The founders of the relief center agree that leaving a child alone to go to a bar is not the most responsible behavior. However, they would feel a lot better if the child was left at Jeremiah's Place for care during that time duration, even if the parents had to go away for unsuitable reasons. Initially, Jeremiah's 
Place will cater to 20 children during the day and 6 to 12 children during the night. The age limit is set to children under 6 years of age.

Eventually, the center has plans to expand its locations to other areas as well in the upcoming three to five years so that it can benefit the local population even more!


Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series 
Latasha Wilson-Batch
Friday, December 13, 2013 (7:30 AM - 9:00 AM)

Topic: "Best of the Batch: Bridging Business and Service with a Hands-on Approach"
Speaker: Latasha Wilson-Batch, Executive Director, Best of the Batch Foundation

Latasha Wilson-Batch is Continuously Helping Uplift Community Kids™. She serves as the Executive Director of Best of the Batch Foundation, whose mission is her passion. The mission is to help unlock potential in financially challenged communities with resources for children and families through education and empowerment. Her passion is to empower those she reaches to give their best efforts.

Latasha has adopted how to "Live with Meaning." She fully believes that success comes from within and that her attitude determines how successful she will be. She encourages everybody to be somebody for someone. Click here for more information and to register for this event.

Do you love Christmas? Do you love Christmas Carols? So does the Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus! And we are inviting you to join us singing three familiar carols on our annual show Saturday, December 14th. The show will be at the Rea Auditorium of Sewickley Academy. In addition to performing with us you will be admitted free to enjoy our performance and the hilariously funny quartet, The Hot Air Buffoons. Rehearsals for the performance will be Monday evenings from 7:00-7:45 at the Coraopolis United Methodist Church, 1205 Ridge Avenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108. For more information please contact Mary Ann at 412-279-6062 or

Meet the 2014 Pittsburgh Professional Women of Integrity Award Winners
Beth Caldwell Lead Instructor,Leadership Academy For Women
Becca Chapman, Executive Director, The Pittsburgh Fellows
Rev. Brenda J. Gregg, Executive Director, Project Destiny
Kimberly June, Holistic Psychotherapist, Center for Holistic Therapy
Marcy Park, District Manager, Walmart Stores, Inc.

Celebrate these and other local business women at the awards luncheon on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 1-3pm at The Club at Nevillewood, 1000 Nevillewood Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15142. Luncheon Tickets are $49 for members, $59 for non members and table of ten for $425

Guest Hostess and Emcee Michelle Wright, WTAE TV 4 News Anchor. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, November 29th. For program ads or vendor opportunities, call Beth Caldwell 412-202-6983. Register online here.

From Our Friends at the Girls Coalition

Impact of Gender Norms on Young Black Girls' Health and Wellness - Webinar

Join the FISA Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and the Girls Coalition for a unique webinar devoted to the impact of gender norms on young Black girls' health and wellness. Dr. Scyatta Wallace, professor and CEO of Janisaw Company and Riki Wilchins, executive director of TrueChild, will present the findings of their recent paper, with special emphasis on basic health, intimate relationships, and reproductive health.

Participants will leave this webinar with a broader knowledge of basic terminology of gender norms; key concepts; research findings; and emerging ideas around gender norms that are shaping the field and have strong implications for policymaking, programs and funding priorities.

This webinar is part of a series of conversations hosted by the Endowments and FISA, focused on improving health and wellness among young Black girls, particularly as they are affected by feminine norms. This program is appropriate for directors and direct service staff working in health and human service settings.

Wednesday, December 3, 2013 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST. This is a FREE webinar, there is no cost to participate. However, space is limited to the first 100 people who register online.

CHATHAM UNIVERSITY - Wonder Women! Film Screening

The Psychology of Gender Research Team is hosting a FREE screening of Wonder Women! The Untold Stories of American Superheroines. The evening will include a screening of the film, panel discussion with Q&A and fun activities!
Friday, November 22, 2013 starting at 7:00 pm / Chatham University, Eddy Theatre 

GIRLS ON THE RUN - 5K Health Expo and Pep Rally
Don't miss the Girls on the Run Health Expo and Pre-Race Pep Rally before the November 5K

run! Help the GOTR team members get pumped up for this season's inaugural 5K by coming together to celebrate health and teamwork. It's sure to be a fun and energetic afternoon!

Friday, December 6, 2013 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm (5K race will take place on Sunday, December 8) / North Park Rose Barn, South Ridge Road  / Call 412-641-1596 for more information or contact Dr. Britney Brinkman at


8th Annual PA Business Technology Conference
Duquesne University Small  Business Development Center
Nov 21  / 8:30 - 4:30 | $119
Register Here 

Thanks to South Hills Realtor Denise Marasco for calling our attention to this:

5 Pittsburgh Area Small Cities Named as Best Cities in Pa
So what is the best city in Pennsylvania? According to our study, Mount Lebanon took the top spot, beating out stiff competition. Here are the top 10 cities in The Keystone State:

1. Mount Lebanon
2. Radnor Township
2. King of Prussia
4. Willow Grove
5. Scott Township
6. Bethel Park
Mt. Lebanon

7. Drexel Hill
8. West Chester
8. Greensburg
9. Upper St. Clair
10. Phoenixville

Based on following six criteria: Amenities (shopping, dining, entertainment, etc.); Cost of living (percent above or below state average); Crime (percent above or below state average); Education (high school graduation rate compared to state average); Median Income (city’s average compared to state average); Home value (percent above or below state average).

Read full article here

Dear Friend of Innovation Works
In 2008, we launched AlphaLab, one of the nation’s first startup accelerators, to help technology entrepreneurs capitalize on industry trends allowing software startups to launch faster and more successfully. We offered not only investment and office space but also a rich curriculum focusing on agile development, mentorship and lean startup growth strategies. AlphaLab has helped over 150 entrepreneurs launch 67 companies that include some of the fastest growing startups in our region. Now, five short years later, Innovation Works has recognized that advances in additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping and other processes have helped further democratize product creation, enabling hardware entrepreneurs everywhere to turn their ideas into thriving, high-growth businesses.

In response to these trends, Innovation Works has launched AlphaLab Gear, one of the first accelerator programs in the country offering services specifically designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs working in the hardware space. Like AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear provides companies with investment, office space, and mentorship; however, companies selected for this program also receive membership to prototyping studio TechShop, access to AlphaLab Gear’s onsite lab, and the hardware/robotics product design curriculum we’ve put together with our program partner StartBot. AlphaLab Gear is being led by Managing Director, Ilana Diamond with additional leadership assistance from StartBot’s Managing Director, Josh McElhattan. Together, we hope to catalyze the next generation of regional manufacturers and innovators – building an even stronger entrepreneurial community.

The first cycle of AlphaLab Gear companies moved in to the program’s East Liberty home on October 21st. These companies will be profiled in next month’s newsletter along with Afshan Kahn, Program Manager of Innovation Works’ Innovation Adoption Program and an AlphaLab Gear mentor, so stay tuned!

As always, check out the current job openings with our partner startups and take a look at a few newsworthy highlights of the region’s tech scene by following the links below.

Best - Rich Lunak, President and CEO, Innovation Works

This past week, we unveiled the new online home of the Office of the Mayor-Elect: Check it out now to stay up-to-date with all things transition related!


On Thursday, we announced the formation of my mayoral cabinet, which is the most talented and diverse in Pittsburgh's history. From left to right: Guy Costa, Chief Operations Officer;
Peduto and Staff
Debbie Lestitian, Chief Administration Officer; Lourdes Sanchez Ridge, Solicitor & Chief Legal Officer; Dr. Curtiss Porter, Chief Education & Neighborhood Reinvestment Officer; Valerie McDonald-Roberts, Chief Urban Affairs Officer; Kevin Acklin, Chief of Staff and Chief Economic Development Officer; Debra Lam, Chief Innovation & Performance Officer.

Learn more about the new team here.

We Want YOU

Public participation is requested for transition teams. Today, we announced the creation of eight transition teams: Economic Development, Innovation & Performance, Administration & Finance, Operations & Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Empowerment, Education & Neighborhood Reinvestment, Public Safety, and Law & Ethics.

The teams will each be made up of members of the public who are Pittsburgh residents. We are now accepting applications online for positions on each team - the deadline to apply is 5pm on Monday, November 18 so apply now!

Learn how to educate others on health care reform
Sign up to be a PHAN Certified Health Reform Trainer.

We'll train you to be an expert on the health care law and also best practices for messaging and organizing your own educational events.

Dozens of graduates have already gone on to give talks at churches, libraries, universities and more. This is the last series for a few months.

Upcoming trainings:
Central Pennsylvania: November 22nd
Western Pennsylvania: December 3rd

Get more information and apply here.

Tuesday Night Policy Calls
This series offers listeners an opportunity to learn from some of the state and nation's best experts.

Small Business Health Options Program November 26th 6:00 - 7:00 PM. RSVP/more info here.

New Medical Assistance Rules for Determining Income Eligibility (advanced) w. Ann Bacharach, Pennsylvania Health Law Project - Dec 18th 2:00 PM
RSVP/more info here

IT Career Event
At UPMC, we are more than just health care. We are working with state-of-the-art technologies that transform the delivery of patient care.

How have we made this happen?

Invested more than $1 billion in information technology over the last five years to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care. 

Undertaken an enterprise-wide initiative called Enterprise Analytics focused on mining and analyzing data in order to provide more precise care. 

Partnered with leading vendors, such as IBM, GE, and Alcatel-Lucent, to develop technology solutions that benefit health care providers and patients worldwide.

How can you become a part of it? This event will give you the unique opportunity to meet with our top IT professionals and leaders to learn why UPMC has been recognized consistently as a top technology leader and innovator. So come meet our team, and discover where you belong. When and Where?

Thursday, Dec. 12 / 5 to 7 p.m. / U.S. Steel Tower / 600 Grant Street / Center for Connected Medicine, Floor 60 / Pittsburgh, PA 15219


2nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest
Presented by UPMC

We are proud to again offer an opportunity for regional youth to thoughtfully consider Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, his mission, and his challenge to, "develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness." The Second Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest, presented by

UPMC, challenges young people to highlight a female activist, either past or present, who shares and lives out MLK's vision. By using Dr. King's birthday to highlight female activists who are changing the world, we will raise awareness around gender equality, and promote the incredible ways that women are working towards justice for all.

Students in grades 6 - 12 are encouraged to submit entries and use their creative voices to raise awareness, encourage positivity, and acknowledge women and girls who have made a lasting impact in history, or who are changing the world today.

Finalists and winners will receive cash prizes and community recognition. The DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is Monday, January 6, 2014. Click HERE for more information about this contest.

Books in the 'Burgh: 12th Annual Book Fair
Featuring Bestselling Author Augusten Burroughs / Sat., Dec. 7 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
'Tis the season to kick off your holiday shopping at the History Center's 12th annual Books in the 'Burgh book fair, featuring #1 New York Times bestselling author of "Running with Scissors," Pittsburgh-born Augusten Burroughs.
Mingle with more than 60 Western Pennsylvania authors representing nearly 150 titles and purchase signed copies of books from all genres. The free event will feature special talks with bestselling author Augusten Burroughs (1 p.m.) and "The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African American Experience" editor Samuel W. Black (11 a.m.), and an Animal Friends story-time with "canine reading specialists" and their handlers.

Books in the 'Burgh admission is free. History Center members receive a 15% discount on purchases. Please click here for a complete list of authors schedule to appear at Books in the 'Burg


Hosanna Industries holds fundraiser at Quality Gardens
Hosanna House
On Saturday, November 23, Hosanna Industries will be holding its second annual Festival of Trees fundraiser to benefit the needy households that Hosanna Industries helps.

Over 25 local businesses, churches, and individuals are involved in the event as tree sponsors and have donated their time and treasures to decorate artificial Christmas trees with a specific theme. The trees will be decorated on November 17 and will be for sale on November 23. Trees will be priced individually.

What: Hosanna Industries' second annual Festival of Trees
Why: Fundraiser for Hosanna Industries, local nonprofit. Goal is to raise $10,000.
Where: Quality Gardens 409 PA Rt. 228 Mars, PA
When: November 23 10AM-3PM

Butler Eagle is the media sponsor, and Mars Brew House and Valencia Donut Company are the refreshment sponsors. Tree sponsors include but are not limited to: Pine Richland National Honor Society, Hope Lutheran Church, Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Tom Henry Chevrolet, Nest Expressions, Westmont Hilltop High School Art Club, Grove City Phi Sigma Chi, First Congregational Church of Etna, Rich-Mar Rotary, and Butler Area Woodturners.

There will be no charge for admission, but attendees are invited to donate a dollar to vote for their favorite tree.

Josh Inklovich

Pittsburgh Industrial Coating Contractor and New, Non-Profit win the Goodwill Power of Work Award for Previously Homeless Veteran Employment Efforts.
Josh Inklovich Vice President, Business Development at Envirosafe Stripping

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania today announced  the winners of its 2013 Power of Work Awards which honor employers and organizations for their efforts in support of workforce development . Selected from over 80 nominees, the winners are:

Focused Industrial Training and Envirosafe Stripping, Inc. – A nonprofit corporation
based in Sewickley, Focused Industrial Training (FIT) provides skilled trade training and
employment services for individuals with barriers to employment. FIT worked with
Envirosafe Stripping, Inc., an industrial surface-preparation and coating business in
Carnegie, to develop a training and employment-support program that has enabled the
company to employ veterans with difficult backgrounds in positions with substantial
incomes and long-term potential.


The Early Mays

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Get Tickets

Join us for this wonderful music and tasty event. We are partnering with M.J. and Dennis McCurdy, owners for the Bottlebrush Gallery in Harmony and Harmony in the House music productions as well as the Stohr Haus Bakery to provide a delicious evening of food and music. This is something you won't want to miss. RSVP to or or call Dennis directly at 724-452-0539 Tickets are 20.00 for the show and buffet or 10.00 for the show only.

Food and community connecting: 6:00 PM / Music: 7:30 PM


Thanks-for-Giving Holiday Food Drive & Give Thanks Mixxer
"Please lend a hand and bring a can"

Join Enhanced Creativity and Flawless Fashions this year as we help the community. Starting Friday, November 8, 2013 thru Friday, November 22, 2013, donations of non-perishable food items and/or gift cards can be made at Flawless Fashions, 4370 Murray Avenue, Pgh PA 15217 during regular business hours Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm. Donations will benefit two local food banks and families in-need. At the time of donation, register to win a full Thanksgiving Dinner basket created by Enhanced Creativity (including Turkey and trimmings!) valued at $250.00. All You need to do is fill out our guest sheet with your complete info, drawing will be announced during the Mixxer on the 22nd. For more information, please contact Rae Coleman @724-831-7321 or Lucia @412-904-3582.
Flawless Fashions

Donations are appreciated and Flawless Fashions want to show customer appreciation. Customers will receive 10% off any purchase in the store, including sale and clearance merchandise!

Enhanced Creativity Invites you to be their guest on Friday November 22, 2013 as we prepare for Thanksgiving with our Give Back Mixxer for loyal customers! From 7pm-12am, enjoy seasonal cocktails and a mini-Thanksgiving dinner to prepare your palette for Thanksgiving Day! Join us for a night of music, networking and a Fall fashion show.

Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at Flawless Fashions. Today and Tomorrow bring a friend for this great price. Two for one special.

There is limited room so please purchase your tickets in advance! A portion of the proceeds benefit local food banks and families in-need. 


Barabara Streisand Songbook, Ann Hampton Callaway
The Streisand Songbook with the Pittsburgh Symphony
PNC POPS in Concert… An Entertainment Delight!
Review by Empress of Biz, JoAnn R. Forrester

The Pops program included “Don't Rain on My Parade” from “Funny Girl,” Marvin Hamish’s “The Way We Were,” “Evergreen” from “A Star Is Born,” and Callaway's “At the Same Time.”

Ann Calloway Hampton has a strong command of the stage and a delightful sense of humor. She did a great improvisation form the stage based on suggestions from the audience about a steelworker, therapist, a rendezvous at the Fairmont hotel and love blooming a year later. It was a fun piece and demonstrated how talented and versatile she is. I really joyed her work presenting the Streisand Songbook…and when she comes back to the ”burgh” I hope it is a show based on her own songs and work. What a talented and creative person she is. Read the full review here

Clique Vodka donated!
Loudinin Rock 'N Roll Circus Benefits OTA
Food, entertainment, vodka tasting, beer! Partied with a purpose. Also Clique Vodka donated tastings and a huge basket of cheer raffled off benefiting Operation Troop Appreciation.

Rich Massafra was up on the street with his famous Cardiac Cart making of all things, Caramel Fries. Yum! And TechnoGranny, Joanne Quinn-Smith tried her hand at his new invention which is a portable cart for tailgating that you can hitch to your bumper and take to the party with you.
Joanne Quinn-Smith

It was so easy to make the fries there, she did it in her snakeskin jacket, WITHOUT AN APRON. For information, friend Rich on Facebook. It is so cool! This was right on the street in Bellevue outside the 565Live and the cart didn’t take up any more room than a parking space. I understand that Rich will even sell one of these to you in your team colors and with a logo on it.
Owner of 565 Robert Hebrling, Fans John Pournaras
 and Chase, Mentalist Alex Vornoff
 and Lou Lombardi, Center

The fans had a great time in an amazing venue.

Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Spain’s Gift to America
Review by Empress of Biz, JoAnn R. Forrester
Maestro Frubeck
The Pittsburgh Symphony performance of Sheherezade on November 8, 2013 was amazing. I do not know many conductors names, and seldom if ever really glow over a conductor. But oh my, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos is an exceptional conductor who led the orchestra and featured guests to a brilliant performance.
The second half was all Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and he led the PSO on a thrilling performance of Scheherazade, Opus 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. I love the story of the Sultana Scheherazade weaving tales of adventure to amuse and outwit the fickle Sultan Shakira who had the practice of putting each of his wives to death after the wedding night. Night after night Scheherazade weaves these wondrous tales and the PSO make them come alive under his exceptional direction. Read the full review here

ABCTV Secret Millionaire, James Malinchak in Pittsburgh
What a day at No BS Marketing Meeting, November 5. 
Malinchak and Quinn-Smith
Great information from a basketball player from Donora, near Pittsburgh, who is now a Millionaire from his Big Money Speaker’s Business. His biggest lesson was how to relate to others by telling “your story.” And his story is pretty amazing. TechnoGranny got her picture taken when he got her book which he wrote a testimonial for.


Rock's Barksdale earns spot on Harlon Hill Trophy super-region ballot
Nigel Barksdale’s Rock-solid senior season as Slippery Rock University’s starting quarterback has officially earned him a spot among this fall’s elite members of the NCAA Division II football fraternity.

Barksdale was named Thursday as a Super Region 1 finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy award presented annually to the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.

A second-year starter for The Rock, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Barksdale earned the position of prominence by being the throttle man of a no-huddle, Air Raid offense that ranks among the best in the nation.

SRU currently ranks first among NCAA Division II teams in total offense with a 573.4 yards per game average. The Green and White also rank third nationally in scoring offense (46.2 points per game) and fourth nationally in passing offense (375.5 ypg).

Those offensive numbers have propelled The Rock to a 9-1 overall record and a seven-game win streak heading into Saturday’s Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship Game at Bloomsburg University. Read the entire release here


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For the sixth year, Maestro Manfred Honeck presents a special Thanksgiving concert at Heinz Hall as part of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics series on Nov. 29 and Dec. 1.

During this celebratory concert, Viennese pianist Till Fellner applies his scrupulous musicianship to Beethoven’s beautiful Piano Concerto No. 4. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians will then bring favorite Strauss waltzes and polkas to life and deliver a few special surprises—like the Pirate Parrot’s special appearance during the Sport Polka (raising the Jolly Roger)!
Till Fellner
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This entertaining and uplifting concert is a family event and the perfect way to complete the holiday weekend. Bring the whole family—children ages 3 to 12 may attend free of charge!

The concerts will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $25.75 to $109.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or by visiting

Each BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert is part of the Explore & Engage program, which includes pre-concert talks, exhibits, display boards and interactive activities that illuminate the music, composers and the time in which they created. This weekend, Pittsburgh Symphony Resident Conductor Larry Loh will conduct a pre-concert talk one hour before each performance.

The Pittsburgh Symphony would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for its 2013-2014 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

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.

Listen to the show online here.

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