Sunday, June 29, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 06-09-14

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 06-09-14
International Jazz Festival, Summer Camps
Listen to the show online HERE

PPL Co-Host
Sunita Pandit
Mrs. Cardiology will tell about the pre-launch of her mother Saroj Gopal Kulkarni's book, "Saris and Soap Operas."

Last week:  16th Annual Entrepreneur's Growth Conference at Duquesne University,
"Waiting for Goto" at PICT, "Malificent" at Soutland Carmike

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS:  No BS Marketing Hosts Celebrity Guru Clint Arthur

Megan Hilty, Frank Sinatra, Broadway, and Nurses at PSO  |  Movie Costume Volunteers Needed for Music of John Williams Concert  |  Celebrate Strauss' 150th Birthday at PSO's Grand Classics Series  |  Sounds of Pittsburgh Sweet Adelines Chorus Wins  |  Lawrence Loh Named Music Director of Symphoria  |  Three Days of Free Jazz  |  Point Park University-produced movie ‘The Umbrella Man’

Union Project Summer Camps 2014  |  GIRLS ROCK! PITTSBURGH 2014 Summer Camps

Gwen'S Girls Birthday Celebration   |  Carlow University Women of Spirit Institute Presents Summer Workshops for Girls

Jessica Lee & Friends Jazz Happy Hour - Second Set Jam Session  |  Telesummit Reopened for June

HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS:  24 hours of Innovation 7th Edition Winners at ETS

PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF:  3rd Annual Hometown Homegrown


Anchorpoint's Annual Used Book Sale  |  Dress for Success Pittsburgh  |  The Village of Sewickley STANDS FIRM Against Partner Violence   |  Free Jazz at City Parks + Free Movie!  |  GLOBAL LINKS PITTSBURGH - Lunch and Learn

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS:  PolicyMic Says Pittsburgh’s a Top City for Millennials

Noises Off  |  Pennsylvania Literary Festival  |  Waiting for Goto  |  Entrepreneur's Growth Conference


No BS Marketing Hosts Celebrity Guru Clint Arthur
June 17, 2014  |  3:00  |  Sigma Conference Center
In this CONTENT-PACKED, FUNNY, and extremely entertaining presentation YOU WILL DISCOVER…

1) How to get George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and President Bill Clinton to help YOU  become a TV Celebrity for FREE…

2) How to get ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, & CW News & Talk Shows to Produce YOUR MARKETING VIDEOS for FREE…

3) How Local TV News & Talk Show Appearances can help you grow MORE HAIR ON TOP OF YOUR HEAD for FREE!

Pittsburgh’s “No B.S. Marketing Meeting” to Feature “Marketer of the Year” Clint Arthur
“Can Everyone in Pittsburgh Really Have 15 Minutes of Fame Now?”

Andy Warhol famously predicted “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” According to Clint Arthur, a Wharton Business School graduate, award winning entrepreneur, and author of Break Through Your Upper Limits on TV, “Warhol was definitely not talking about YouTube.”  “Fame equals TV,” according to Clint Arthur. “And now anyone can get their 15 minutes of fame on TV because I’ve figured out the exact formula.” It looks like this: Hx+Cx+P+D+(AC)+TA/F=TV.

Yes, that’s Arthur’s actual formula for how to get on TV. And no, you don’t need a degree in Math to be able to use it. The author say, “We’ve used this formula to help our clients book themselves on more than 1045 appearances with Local and National ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW News & Talk shows across America in just the past 2 years.”  Clients include Authors, Speakers, Coaches, Entrepreneurs of every kind who are committed to the marketing value of Celebrity. Arthur states firmly, “Celebrity is not about Ego, it’s purely about Marketing.” Personal Branding to be more specific. “If nobody knows who you are, your personal brand is worth nothing. The more people who know you, the more value to your personal brand. Celebrity is a valuable asset when used correctly by entrepreneurs.”

Clint Arthur will be the featured speaker at Pittsburgh’s No B.S. Marketing Meeting on Tuesday June 17th, 3-5:30PM at Sigma's Event Center, 1717 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15209. Open to the PUBLIC. Call Becky Auer at 412-369-9994 for more information.

A frequent guest on the TODAY SHOW, NBC NY, CBS LA, ABC Chicago, Network TV shows across the country, and the biggest syndicated radio programs, CLINT ARTHUR is considered to be the world’s top expert on the topic of creating Celebrity on Local TV.

For more information click HERE


Megan Hilty Brings the Sounds of Frank Sinatra and Broadway - Nurses Discount Too
June 19-22, 2014  |  Heinz Hall
Megan Hilty
Seen in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Wicked” and “9 to 5” on Broadway and NBC's “Smash” and “Sean Saves the World,” the multi-talented Megan Hilty brings her big voice and vivacious stage presence to the Heinz Hall stage for the final PNC Pops concert of the season, “Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More” on June 19-22.

Hailed as "the new princess of Broadway" by Time magazine, Hilty comes together with acclaimed conductor Steven Reineke and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to pay tribute to the tunes of Ol’ Blue Eyes — including “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “New York, New York,” and “I've Got You Under My Skin” — as well as Broadway classics such as “Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend,” “Almost Like Being In Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” The program also includes favorites by Cole Porter, Barry Manilow and many others.

The weekend is the first annual Nurses’ Weekend at the symphony with a 20% discount offered to all nurses and nursing students. (Tickets for nurses can be purchased at or 412-392-4819.) On Saturday, June 21, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing will offer a continuing education course, “Stress & Nurses: Taking Care of Our Needs,” at 6 p.m. in Heinz Hall’s Regency Rooms. Irene Kane, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N., C.N.A.A., H.F.I., and Bruce Rabin, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh will be presenting. A Q&A session will follow at 7 p.m. To register for the CE course, visit

Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $15 to $99, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting

Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates

Movie Costume Volunteers Needed for Music of John Williams Concert on July 19
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is looking for costumed volunteers to greet arriving patrons and pose for a photo or two for The Music of John Williams concert on July 19 at 2:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.

Volunteers are needed to dress as characters from movies with a John Williams score, such as “Harry Potter,” “Indiana Jones,” “Star Wars,” “E.T.” or “Superman.” Participants will receive two free tickets to the concert and should arrive at the hall by 1 p.m. Photos also will be used on social media.

Interested volunteers should email a photo of themselves in costume to Rachel Howard,, along with contact information by June 30. Finalists will be notified by July 9.

Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates

Celebrate Strauss' 150th Birthday with the Final Concert of the 2013-14 PSO's Grand Classics Series
June 13-15, 2014  |  Heinz Hall
The 2013-2014 BNY Mellon Grand Classics series will close out the season on the weekend of June 13-15 with a birthday bash for Richard Strauss!  Music Director Manfred Honeck will begin the program with the Suite from Der Rosenkavalier or “The Knight of the Rose,” music from one of Richard Strauss’ most celebrated operas arranged for orchestra. Acclaimed pianist Rudolf Buchbinder will then perform the notoriously virtuosic and rarely performed concert piece, Burleske. The concert will conclude with an orchestral arrangement of Strauss’ one-act opera, Elektra, inspired by Greek mythology.

The Sunday afternoon program will feature an on-stage recognition of the seven musicians who are retiring at the end of the season. The musicians who will be honored for their years of service are Irvin Kauffman (cello; 50 years), Lauren Scott Mallory (cello; 45 years), David Gillis (violin; 42 years), Hampton Mallory (cello; 36 years), Ronald Schneider (horn; 36 years), Gail Czajkowski (cello; 35 years), and Damian Bursill-Hall (flute; 17 years).

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, Resident Conductor Fawzi Haimor will lead a pre-concert talk from the stage one hour prior to the concert start time.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $25.75 to $105.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting

Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates

Sounds of Pittsburgh Sweet Adelines Chorus Wins
The Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus, Sweet Adelines International won third place in the Region 17 competition held in Cleveland, OH Saturday, May 17th  competing against 20 other choruses.  The chorus also placed second in the Mid-size chorus category.

Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus sings four part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style.  Members come from the tri-state area and perform for organizations such as The Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh’s First Night and also sing the National Anthem for the Pirate baseball games.

Sweet Adelines International has 600 chapters world-wide singing show tunes, big band favorites, pop and even classical!  The motto of the organization is “Harmonize the World” and they are doing it one song at a time.

The chorus can be hired to entertain at a function by calling 724-283-4294.  The chorus also supports the tri-state community through performances to non-profit organizations and fund raising projects for those with special needs.

For more information:

Lawrence Loh Named Music Director of Symphoria
Lawrence Loh, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, was named music director of Symphoria, a not-for-profit professional symphony orchestra located in Syracuse, N.Y, the organization announced this month. He will join Symphoria at the start of the 2015-2016 season.

“I am truly thankful for the experiences I have had at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,” says Loh, who has served as resident conductor since 2008. “I am looking forward to the opportunities that await me in Syracuse as I continue to conduct and enjoy the next season with my colleagues and friends at the Pittsburgh Symphony.”

Founded by nearly 50 members of the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria is one of only two co-op orchestras in the U.S. Loh will be the organization’s first full-time music director, serving as primary conductor and providing artistic leadership for the orchestra, including major roles in programming, artistic personnel and outreach.

“Larry has been an integral part of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the last nine years and we are honored to have had him in Pittsburgh for so long,” says Manfred Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. “His talent and dedication are undeniable. Symphoria is quite fortunate to have him as their new music director. He will do great things in Syracuse.”

Along with his role as resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Loh is the music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, a position he will maintain, and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was brought to national attention in February 2004 when he substituted last minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. His association with the Pittsburgh Symphony began as assistant conductor in 2005-2006. He was promoted to associate conductor in 2006-2007 and to resident conductor in 2007-2008. The 2014-2015 season will make his 10th year with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

In May 1998, Loh received his artist diploma in Orchestral Conducting from Yale University, also earning the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, given to the most outstanding conductor in the Yale graduating class. He received further training at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School and has additional degrees from Indiana University and the University of Rochester. Loh was born in southern California of Korean parentage and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary.

“It has been an honor to be part of Larry’s growth and success as a conductor, music director and leader,” says James Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. “We appreciate the opportunity to spend the next year with him as he adjusts to his new role in Syracuse. I do not view this opportunity as his saying ‘goodbye to Pittsburgh’ and I hope he returns often. He will be missed and leaves some big shoes to fill.”

For more information about Symphoria, visit
For more information about the Pittsburgh Symphony, visit

Three Days of Free Jazz and Jazz-Influenced Musical Performances on Outdoor Stages Throughout Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.
June 20-22, 2014
FESTIVAL HEADLINER:  DIANNE REEVES  |  Dianne Reeves is among the preeminent jazz vocalists in the world. A multiple Grammy-winner, Reeves has recorded and performed extensively with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis, who said of Reeves, “She has one of the most powerful, purposeful and accurate voices of this or any time.”

El GRAN COMBO IS SYNONYMOUS WITH SALSA  |  The band has sold over 150 million records worldwide, holds the record for the most No.1 Latin hits across the Latin Music Charts and continues to play the world’s most prestigious venues. In the past ten years, four of their albums went to No. 1 on the Billboard Tropical Album Chart and in 2012 the band was hailed as the ultimate ambassadors of Salsa music.

¡HOLA, PITTSBURGH! INITIATIVE  |  ¡HOLA, PITTSBURGH! is a partnership of The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latin American Cultural Union, the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Vibrant Pittsburgh, Imagine Pittsburgh, a project of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Pittsburgh Promise, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and VisitPittsburgh seeking to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of the Pittsburgh region to sustain its population, economic prosperity, and quality of life.

OVER 200 LIVE PERFORMANCES  |  Grammy-nominated trumpeter, composer, and educator Sean Jones returns to the festival stage with an installation of the lauded series Jazz Meets Funk, performing with funk legends, Dwayne Dolphin and veteran, Fred Wesley, best known for his work with James Brown. A Tribute to Art Blakey will be performed by The Messenger Legacy Band. Other outstanding artists participating in the Festival include Grammy Award-winning Snarky Puppy, Joe Locke, Raul Midón, Gregory Porter, Brandee Younger's AFROHARP project with special guest Chelsea Baratz, the Emmet Cohen Trio with special guest, Benny Benack III and the Nancy Harms.

SHOWCASE NOIR DESIGNER MARKET  |  African American Designer Market includes pottery, paintings, jewelry, fiber works, and sculptures available for sale by artists from around the country.

TRUST VINYL  |  A special pop-up vinyl record store on Ninth Street and Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh. Coordinated by Pittsburgh local DJ Malls, visitors can purchase vinyl in this old-fashioned record store.

JAZZ CRAWL  |  Featuring 150 local and regional musicians at 25 venues kicks off the Festival Friday, June 20, from 5:30–9 p.m.

NIGHT MARKET  |  Some of Pittsburgh’s most creative independent vendors of food, music, art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, and more. Presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Point Park University-produced movie ‘The Umbrella Man’ to premiere at Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival
The Point Park University-produced feature film, “The Umbrella Man,” will premiere next month at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival.  Directed by Michael Grasso, “The Umbrella Man” will be screened at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, June 22, in the Baverso Theater at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks.

“The Umbrella Man” is the story of a father who becomes engrossed with Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories after the death of his 8-year-old son. Set in Pittsburgh, the film deals with one couple’s love, loss, and the survival of their relationship. The film stars Carter Roy and Rachael Carpani as the married couple, as well as Abbie Cobb, Rich Williams, John Amplas and Kevin Crowley.

Point Park University was the driving force in developing the original material written by Michael and Joseph Grasso. The REP, Point Park University’s professional theatre company, mounted a staged production of “The Umbrella Man” in 2011 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Directed by Robert A. Miller, who also is a producer on the movie, the stage play introduced audiences to the deep human drama in an unprecedented stage experience.

Much of the movie was filmed in the Pittsburgh area last year, providing dozens of Point Park University students a unique opportunity for on-the-job training.  "Michael and I are thrilled that 'The Umbrella Man' has been included in the 2014 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival.  It was an amazing project with incredible performances and a super talented Pittsburgh crew. We are also proud to have teamed with Point Park University in order to provide their students, recent grads and alumni a chance to work on the production of 'The Umbrella Man' and gain valuable real-world experience on a feature film. It was a true Pittsburgh project, and we had a fantastic experience shooting this film in and around Pittsburgh,” said Joe Grasso, co-writer, co-producer and cinematographer.

Point Park University’s involvement in this projects helps to expand its cinema and digital arts offerings to a wider array of students who have the desire to forge a career in the entertainment industry.

Visit the film’s IMDB page.


Union Project - Summer Camps 2014
Harvest and Create  |  Do your children know where food comes from? Wish you had a garden to introduce them to nature? Do your kids love to play in the dirt and make things? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this two-week camp is just for them! During this camp, Union Project and Garfield Community Farm will introduce campers, ages 8-12 to the practices of sustainable farming and creating with clay through hands-on learning.
June 16 - 27, 2014  |  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Union Project and around East Eng

Backyard Artists  |  For all kids who are explorers, diggers, growers, watchers, and builders! Join Union Project for a two-week camp just for them. During this camp, kids will learn about native insects, critters, and plants, birdwatching, scultpting with clay, and building birdhouses with clay and wood. Kids will also make ceramic planters, grow herbs, make a worm bin, and create a collaborative mosaic project. UP is teaming up with Whole Foods and Enright Park Community Garden to teach gardening and cooking. Camp will also include trips to the National Aviary and Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve.
July 21 - August 18, 2014  |  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Union Project and various locations

It's All Fun and Games  |  Summer was made for fun and games! This camp offers kids an exciting way to play, work, and learn this summer with games. Campers will create their own ceramic chess sets, invent games and pieces, strategize and solve, make puzzles, play outdoors, participate in drama activities, water games, and play all day.
August 4 - August 15, 2014  |  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Union Project and various locations around Highland Park

To find out more about these camps, including how to register, visit

GIRLS ROCK! PITTSBURGH - 2014 Summer Camps
The Girls Rock! Pittsburgh summer camp is a week-long program for girls ages 8-18. Campers attend instrument lessons, forma band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in daily music and empowerment-related workshops, and perform with their band at a live showcase at the end of the week. This year, the summer camp offers have increased in size, with two camps accommodating 50 girls each. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Many full and partial scholarships are available, simply fill out the financial aid request on the application. Full tuition cost is $350.

Session 1
WHEN: June 23 - 27, 2014 - Showcase on June 28th
WHERE: The Wilkins School Community Center

Session 2
WHEN: August 4 - 8, 2014 - Showcase on August 9th
WHERE: Winchester Thurston

For more information about the camps and to apply, visit


Gwen'S Girls - Gwen's Birthday Celebration 
Thurs. June 12, 2014  |  6-8 PM  |  711 W Commons
Even though Gwen Elliott is no longer physically with us, her spirit is alive and continues to have a profound impact on the lives of girls and young women in our region. Gwen's Birthday Celebration is a fun (and free!) community event that will allow those who knew Gwen, and those who have benefited from her compassion and generosity, to gather and share memories. The event will include food, entertainment and tours of Gwen's Girls headquarters.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is requested.
Email or call 412-904-4239x44 by June 4 to RSVP.

Carlow University Women of Spirit Institute Presents Summer Workshops for Girls
July 2014
Carlow University is proud to present programs this summer for high school girls. These programs are geared towards girls who are interested in the medical field, natural science, environmental science, and law.

Prepare to Care: Discover, Explore, Connect introduces high school girls to the fields of health science, including medicine, nursing, physician assistant, perfusion technology, physical therapy and biomedical research. Students have the unique opportunity to spend time in Carlow's new state-of-the-art Nursing Skills Lab.

ECO Camp- Environmental Career Opportunities is a three day program that introduces campers to "green" careers. Through hands-on labs, seminars, and field trips to Pittsburgh locations where environmentally friendly work is being done, girls will discover the broad range of opportunities in these booming fields.

Summer Science Nation is a three day program that introduces girls to career options in science. Through hands-on lab experiments, field trips to Pittsburgh's research and industry facilities, and meetings with scientists in the field, campers will see the broad range of opportunities in science that are available- and meet women succeeding in these careers.

Pre-Law & Order- The Summer Advocates Academy is a four day law school workshop that introduces campers to careers in law. Over the course of the program girls will receive instruction from Carlow faculty, lawyers, and legal professionals, learn to think and speak like a lawyer, read and brief cases, create a resume and strengthen writing skills, and visit law schools and the courthouse.

Click  HERE to find more information about these camps and to register.


Jessica Lee & Friends Jazz Happy Hour - Second Set Jam Session
June 12, 2014  |  5:30 PM - 8:00 PM  |  CJ's in the Strip
Please join us for the first Jazz Happy Hour event at the CJ's with special guests between music sets:
Scott Albert, Founder - The Albert Institute, LLC (
The Albert Institute, LLC offers comprehensive workforce development services to businesses, job seekers and government agencies. Primary activities include day-to-day management of neighborhood career centers, training for career counselors & educators and coordination of networking activities for like-minded business professionals.
William Baumann - IDI Consulting
Bill is a Technical Recruiter at IDI Consulting in Pittsburgh, PA. At IDI they specialize in Strategic Planning and Project Management Services, Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing Services, and Information Technology Staffing Solutions.
No Cover Charge  |  Free Parking  |    CJ'S in the Strip - 2901-2911 Penn Ave.  

Greetings from The Effective Detective
Can you believe the year is almost half over? What a great time to review and pick up new marketing information in preparation for the 2nd half dash!   A lot of you signed up for our 2014 Marketing Jump Start Telesummit, so I thought how perfect to open that up for the rest of June so you could review some of the fantastic interviews  we did. Here is the link:

Telesummit Reopened for June!
Back in December of 2013 we hosted 17 marketing experts with incredibly diverse expertise. From marketing calendars to creating a million dollar business, from celebrity attachment to video, we covered everything for the small business!

For the month of June we are bringing it back! (unfortunately the special offers our speakers made are no longer available) Over 17 hours of marketing brilliance that you can listen to on demand. Just click HERE or copy and paste this URL into your browser:

This Week's Video
With re-releasing the Telesummit, I also thought it might not be a bad idea to refresh everyone's memory as to why so much of your marketing should be aimed at staying top-of-mind with your customers and prospects, which of course is the whole reason I am here! So enjoy this week;s video: "Why You Need to be Top of Mind"

Here is the link that you can copy and paste into your browser if you can't click on the video to launch:


24 hours of Innovation: The International Winners from the 7th Edition at ETS!
Written By: Mario Dubois  |  June 03, 2014
The 7th edition of the 24h of innovation organized by the Ecole de technologie superieure (ETS) in Montreal, was held on 27th  and 28th, May 2014. The event, a concept from ESTIA, was one more time a great success with 1,121 participants enrolled in approximately 177 teams located in 28 sites worldwide, including:
3 sites in North America, 9 locations in South America, 8 sites in Europe, 7 sites in Africa, and 1 site in Asia.
All of these participants had a significant cultural experience as they were asked to join students from visited sites and form teams with them to solve one of the 19 challenges proposed by the partners of this event. Thanks to the leaders of various international locations who organized the event on these sites (local to work, participants, logistics) and even accommodation for some pampered!

Platforms, websites, guides and tools - For this 7th edition, the website of the event was completely redone in three languages (French, English and Spanish). In addition, the competition also benefited from a new platform “Agorize” offering a virtual and collaborative dedicated to creating innovative challenges work space. Don’t forget the excitement caused by the 24 hours Facebook site!

Each team produced a video that lasts about 2 minutes explaining their proposalto solve the problematic chosen from the 19 challenges, thus offering creative solutions. Every local jury chose the three best videos on their website before the end of 24 hours.  The best video of each site was selected and submitted to an international jury who chose the best 3 videos and the best continental video for North America,South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Imagine, three students from the ETS without 24h experience  (Asmaa Rahali,Mohammad Milad Naderi and Sylvain Dégué), which did not know each others,coordinated by Asmaa, decided to go to West Virginia University in the United States, a new site, to form a team with three participants, Joshua Kurnot, FaresAlblouwy and Kristin Krumenacker who had never heard of the 24h before! How did Asmaa made it? Above all, the team: a game of bowling with his 2 teammates of the ETS to get to know each others. Then a Skype was done before leaving withthe ETS participants for West Virginia to get to know each others and then,the Monday before the event, doing activities on the U.S. site. The chemistry was created, add a dash of creativity and this is the result!

Watch video HERE.


3rd Annual Hometown Homegrown
Saturday June 21, 2014 | 10 AM to 3 PM
Celebrate the region's passion for food at the third annual Hometown Homegrown™.  At this fun and flavorful food expo, sample a variety of foods from nearly 40 vendors representing the best of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. Enjoy cooking demonstrations with Pittsburgh's top chefs, including Kevin Sousa, Bill Fuller, and Chris Fennimore.

Vendors for this year's Hometown Homegrown™ include: 5 Generation Bakers, BBQ Stu's, Common Plea Catering, East End Food Co-Op, Green County Soap Co., John the Craftist, McGinnis Sisters Special Food Stores, Moe's Southwest Grill, Narcisi Winery, PA Preferred Program (Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture), Pet Bakery of Oakmont,  Pittsburgh Public Market, PittsBurgher Highland Farms, Robyn's Nest Pottery, S&D Polish Deli, Soergel Orchards,Snowey Eats and Treats, Steel City Farm, Stone House Mixes, The Olive Tap, The Pop Stop, Twirly Girl Baking Co., Uncle Charley's Sausage Co., Wholey's, Wild Purveyors, special guest Yelp, and more to come.

Activities are free with museum admission and free for History Center members. The regular admission price includes free food samples. Select vendors will also have additional items available for purchase.   Hometown Homegrown™ is presented in partnership with GoodTaste! Pittsburgh.

Joshua Frase Foundation
(L to R) Lou Lombardi, Pat McGrath Avery,
John Faulkner, Joyce Faulkner, Rosemary Spampinato,
JoAnne Quinn-Smith, Ramona Roush, Len Spampinato
Several authors participated in the May 29th fundraiser for the Joshua Frase Foundation at Papa Gallo's restaurant in the Pittsburgh area.  Guests enjoyed good food, music and company as well as the chance to meet area authors. The authors donated a portion of book sales to the foundation. In addition to the authors in the above photo, Jim Greenwald and Anna Marie Gire attended.  JoAnne Quinn-Smith, Red Engine Press and Papa Gallo coordinated and sponsored the event. We appreciate all who helped make the evening a success.

Rosemary Spampinato, wife of Papa Gallo (Chef Len Spampinato) spoke about the disease and the challenges in finding and testing a cure.  "I believe we are within two years of having a cure," she told the audience. "I hope it is in time for my son or at least for the many others who suffer from myotubular myopathy."

The Joshua Frase Foundation ( is an organization dedicated to finding a cure for myotubular myopathy. The Spampinatos' twin sons were born with congenital myotubular myopathy. One son, Dante, died last year at the age of seven. The couple prays for a cure in time to save their son, Roman.  Clinical trials have progressed through large animals and now an additional $500,000 to $1,000,000 is needed to begin human trials. The foundation is working hard to raise the money and Donations will be greatly appreciated.


Anchorpoint's Annual Used Book Sale
June 7 to 12, 2014  |  Shoppes at Northway
There’s something for EVERYONE at Anchorpoint’s Annual Used Book Sale!
Sale Opens Saturday this year!
Mall hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday 12—5 pm)
Shoppes at Northway(former Kid’s Zone: Upper Level)
Over 40,000 new & used books and DVDs all $2.50 or less!BAG DAY - Thursday

Purchases benefit clients of Anchorpoint who would otherwise not be able to afford the counseling and tutoring services they need.

For more information click HERE or call 412.366.1300

Dress for Success Pittsburgh
Saturday June 21, 2014
1 - 6 PM
JenRocket - 5620 Callowhill St.

For more information visit

The Village of Sewickley STANDS FIRM Against Partner Violence 
The campaign in Sewickley was an outstanding way for STANDING FIRM to educate a host of employers about partner violence in the workplace and increase the safety of employees, coworkers, and customers. We look forward to other opportunities to partner with communities in Western Pennsylvania!

On April 8, The Sewickley Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted an Awareness and Response Training presented by STANDING FIRM, and generously sponsored by ESMARK. Eighteen participants were asked the question, "Would you know what to do?  Would you know what to say?" if one of their employees was a victim, or perpetrator, of partner violence.  The training provided the employers with the tools they needed to make their workplaces safer.

Coinciding with the Child Heath Association's House Tour in May, STANDING FIRM placed twenty Silent Witness Initiative silhouettes at The Sewickley Public Library, Laughlin Children's Center, and the Sewickley Borough Building.  The silhouettes, from the National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section, each represent a woman who was murdered by an intimate partner in Allegheny County.  The three groupings of silhouettes served as a powerful reminder that even though partner violence happens at home, it walks through your door at work.

For more information, visit

Free Jazz at City Parks + Free Movie!
Saturday June 7 - August 30, 2014  |  7:00 PM  |  Riverview Park - Observatory Hill
After the concerts, stay for Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park - movies the entire family can enjoy - beginning at dusk.  So this is the PERFECT PICNIC!
Stars at Riverview Jazz Series!
Music: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Movies start at dusk close to 9pm...
"Stars at Riverview" brings Pittsburgh's premier jazz to Riverview Park on Saturday evenings! So bring a lawn chair or spread a blanket on Observatory Hill for an entire summer of incredible musical entertainment.
After the concerts, stay for Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park - movies the entire family can enjoy - beginning at dusk.  Sponsored by BNY Mellon and ARAD.
Note: Inclement weather may cause concert cancellations.
Date - Performer
June 7 - Roger Humphries
June 14 - Reggie Watkins
June 21 - Paul Thompson
June 28 - The Tania Grubbs Quartet
July 5 - Thomas Wendt
July 12 - The Brydge
July 19 - Stacia Abbott
July 26 - Sean Jones
August 2 - Poogie Bell
August 9 - Salsamba Latin Jazz Group
August 16 - Benny Benack III
August 23 - Jevon Rushton
August 30 - Roby Edwards
And the Free Movie Schedule at Riverview Park, Observatory Hill Saturdays, June 7 – August 30 dusk:
June 7  - Now You See Me (PG-13)
June 14 - Man of Steel (PG-13)
June 21 - Iron Man 3 (PG-13)
June 28 - Gravity (PG-13)
July 5 - Last Vegas (PG-13)
July 12 - Thor: The Dark World (PG-13)
July 19 - Saving Mr Banks (PG-13)
July 26 - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13)
August 2 - 42 (PG-13)
August 9 - The Great Gatsby (PG-13)
August 16 - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13)
August 23 - All Is Lost (PG-13)
August 30 - Oblivion (PG-13)

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Wednesday June 11, 2014  |  12 - 1 PM  |  Global Links, 700 Trumbull Dr.
Bring a lunch and join Global Links to hear Kathy Knauer, Executive Producer for The Allegheny Front, speak about environmental issues affecting our region. The Allegheny Front is an award-winning public radio program covering environmental issues in Western PA, airing on WESA and stations throughout the region since 1991. Kathy Knauer will discuss the changes our region has seen in areas of sustainability and pollution levels. She will highlight topics that environmental journalists are covering in our region, including climate change, fracking, and the future of coal.

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PolicyMic Says Pittsburgh’s a Top City for Millennials
From: Pittsburgh Magazine Blog
Written By: Sam Fatula | June 04, 2014

Take a look around you. Beyond the old smokestacks and steel mills that made Pittsburgh a refuge for the blue-collar workers now lays inspiration for art-conscious and creative millennials.

PolicyMic put together a list of U.S. hotspots for creative 20-somethings, ranking Pittsburgh at No. 12 in the list of 15, which intentionally omitted trustafarian cities New York and Los Angeles. The outlet gave props to the Mattress Factory, Unsmoke Systems’ auditorium gallery and a surge in the electronic music scene, thanks to artists such as Girl Talk, Tobacco and Black Moth Super Rainbow.

Whatever your creative fancy may be, rest assured Pittsburgh is capable of being a reputable hub for your necessities without the outrageous cost of rent for a New York shoebox. Listen to Tobacco's new single for a taste of the awesome electronic music that's coming out of Pittsburgh.

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And the Award for Best Dramatic Backstage Performance Goes To…
Review of Noises Off, Pittsburgh Public Theater's June 5th 2014 Performance
From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By:  Stephanie Curtice  |  June 07, 2014

Upstairs: Garret Long
Downstairs (l to r): Noah Plomgren, Laura Woyasz,
Helena Ruoti, Preston Dyar, Karen Baum
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For anyone who has ever performed on stage, probably the most memorable moments did not occur on stage, but instead at rehearsals and back stage - where there is typically WAY more drama.  The Pittsburgh Public Theater is wrapping up their 39th season with Michael Frayn’s comical farce “Noises Off,” directed by Don Stephenson.  The O’Reilly Theater was roaring with belly-aching laughter at the opening show on June 5, 2014.

Now most businesses have at least one person that is a pro at stirring up workplace drama.  You know the pretty person who somehow skates by on looks and not much more, the annoying over-analyzer, the dinosaur who is way past their prime and barely contributes, or an egotistical, arrogant, condescending boss?  Well in the world of the arts, specifically theatre, those are ALL practically cast staples only amplified – a lot.  “Noises Off” is a hilarious play full of misinterpretations, innuendo, and big personalities that is a window into the world of live stage acting.  Ok, so it may be slightly over exaggerated, that’s what a farce is… but really, only slightly.

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