Friday, July 18, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 07-09-14

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 07-09-14
July Cultural, Business, Fun Events and News
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In her back yard celebrating the Fourth of July

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS:  6th Annual Celebrate and Share Breakfast 

CULTURAL CLUES:  Gallery Crawl

This Week in Market Square  |  MLK Essay Contest Winners

STAND UP for STANDING FIRM Awards Luncheon  |  DAY OF THE GIRL SUMMIT  |  Women in Leadership

Saving "Green," Improving the Environment  |  1st Author Awards Ceremony  |  Jessica Lee & Friends Jazz Happy Hour  |  Business Opportunity: PLS Limousines Service  |  Celebrate Caregivers  |  5 Completely Selfish (But Still Good) Reasons to Buy Local

The History Center and Sports Museum Catch World Cup Fever   |  Frick Park Opens  |  Look Up & See The Buhl Asteroid

A Night at the Races  |  Happy Hour Fundraiser for the Midwife Center for Birth and Women's Health

Music in Market Square  |  Wine Festival in Clinton  |  The New Black Film Screening


STEELTOWN HERO:  Leaders in Learning from CORO Pittsburgh


6th Annual Celebrate and Share Breakfast 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014  |  7:45 - 9:30 AM  |  Rivers Club, Oxford Centre Downtown
Celebrate the 94th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment with a special presentation by PA Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.

Since its inception in 2002, Celebrate & Share has worked to raise funds for organizations that focus on the needs of women and children, and to highlight the achievements of women in the Greater Pittsburgh area and the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to this effort, we have created a 501C 3, The Pennsylvania Women’s Hall of Achievement.

We would like you to join us in honoring one of the greatest achievements of women: The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of gender. Please join us on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, as we Celebrate the passage of the 19th  Amendment with our special guest, Pennsylvania’s FIRST woman Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, and Share in the founding of the Pennsylvania Women’s Hall of Achievement.

Proceeds to Benefit the Pennsylvania Women’s Hall of Achievement.

Donation $45 - Honorary Sponsors $94
Table of 10 $450 - Founding Sponsors $1,000
Hosted by: Celebrate & Share, Bonnie DiCarlo & JoAnn R. Forrester

Bonnie DiCarlo:   412.480.5247
JoAnn Forrester: 412.440.6969


Gallery Crawl
Friday, July 11, 2014  |  5:30 - 10  PM

Art. Theatre. Dance. Film. Music. You. Me. We… Free!

The Gallery Crawl is a quarterly showcase of what’s new in Pittsburgh’s art scene. With over 30 Crawl Stops, you will find something to grab your attention. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is celebrating 10 years of Gallery Crawls in the Cultural District throughout 2014.

Admission is FREE to all locations on the Gallery Crawl.

Additional Post Gallery Crawl Events:
crawlafterdark  |  8pm-?
In the last 10 years, the Cultural District has exploded with new restaurants, theatre, dance, comedy and other art happenings. Stay Late. Don't Go... Keep Crawling. Cover charge varies per location.

CONSOL Energy's Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh  |  August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue
7pm VIP, 9pm General, Tickets: $25-$125
Show your Crawl map for a $5 discount at the door.  Enjoy music, open bar, comedy, art, activities, noshes and more!

A Decade of Gallery Crawls
Instagram your favorite Gallery Crawl memory using #CrawlPGH by July 18, 2014.
Your photo could be used to promote the September 26th Gallery Crawl.

For more information, visit:


This Week in Market Square
From our Friends at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Market Square is hopping once again this week! Read on to check out all of the happenings...

KidsPlay on Tuesday, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in Market Square, welcomes Santa to the Square! Kids will have an opportunity to check-in with Santa (who is vacationing in Pittsburgh this week) about how their summer has been going and get an early start on sharing their Christmas list!

After KidsPlay, check out the Reading Room, brought to you by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown and Business, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

MLK Essay Contest Winners
From our Friends at the Girls Coalition
This year, our MLK Essay Contest, sponsored by UPMC, was presented in conjunction with Women's History Month. Young people were asked to choose a female activist or inspirational person, past or present, who exhibits Martin Luther King, Jr.'s love, unselfishness, and passion for justice. Each of the girls were also recognized at our Be Inspired event at the end of May.

Congratulations to all of our winners - your essays were truly inspiring!

6-8th grade:
1st - Elizabeth Zwikl, Age 11
2nd - Yamna Boukaabar

9-12th grade:
1st - Qui Ante Anderson, Age 15
2nd - Nicolette Kier, Age 16
3rd - Caroline Combemale, Age 15
3rd - Jasmine Johnson, Age 18


STAND UP for STANDING FIRM Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, October 14, 2014  |  11:30 AM - 1:30 PM  |  Rivers Club, Oxford Center
Join us at our inaugural STAND UP for STANDING FIRM Awards Luncheon at the Rivers Club, Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Our guest speaker, New York Times bestselling author, Leslie Morgan Steiner, will share her story of surviving domestic violence, and how her employer and coworkers gave her the clarity and strength she needed to leave her abusive marriage. That  marriage to an abuser is the subject of her book, Crazy Love.

Get out your Google calendar, sync it to iCal or use an old-fashioned Post-It. Save the date. STANDING FIRM is having an event!

We will honor Familylinks with the STANDING FIRM Employer Award and Lynette Lederman with the STANDING FIRM Champion Award.

DAY OF THE GIRL SUMMIT - Call for Submissions!
Calling all girls! We want you to help celebrate the International Day of the Girl by sharing YOUR story. Reflect on a time in your life when you thought to yourself, "THIS is what it means to be a girl!" This moment could have been a brave act, a moment of connection, a time when you overcame an obstacle, a life turning decision, an adventure with a friend, or a silly celebration. Several of these original stories, poems, artwork, videos, songs, or declarations about what it means to be a girl will be selected to be performed LIVE during at the Annual Girls Speak Out event at the United Nations on Friday, October 10, 2014! 
Submit your entries to with your name, age, country, and contact information by Friday, August 1, 2014. 
For more information, click HERE.
Tweet About It!
CALLING ALL GIRLS! @IDG2014 wants to hear YOUR stories about what it means to be a girl to you. Submit your entries by 8/1. #IDG2014

Women in Leadership Host Project Opening to Collect Innovative Voices and Experiences
All Coro participants engage in some form of project-based learning.  The Women in Leadership XVII cohort is learning by engaging in a group project to create an innovative account of the voices and experiences of women in Southwest PA.  On June 5, 2014, the cohort hosted a “Project Opening” at Rodef Shalom in Shadyside. A  Project Opening is a Coro learning tool designed to generate lots of feedback on an early-stage project idea and build collaboration to support it. Over 100 people attended the event.

Women in Leadership describe the purpose of their project in this way:
The purpose of the project is to create a new source of history in southwestern Pennsylvania –an oral history—a history that records the voices and the experiences of women in our region.
The cohort pre-selected themes that bring focus to the project and raise awareness of the experiences of women in the region.  These themes include:

  • Race, Ethnicity, & Nationality
  • (Dis)Ability
  • Class or Socioeconomic Status
  • Electoral and Governmental Politics
  • Anti-violence
  • Gender at work and home
  • Gender, Sex & Sexuality
  • Youth Empowerment

Through a collection voices of women from varying backgrounds the Women in Leadership cohort will create an informative tool that is transferrable to education institutions all throughout the Southwest PA region to raise awareness to improve the status of women.

The Women in Leadership cohort expect to debut their collection of voices in late Fall.  For more information, e-mail a Women in Leadership participant via the contact information on the flyer below.

For more information, click HERE.


Controller Wagner Announces Success in Saving "Green," Improving the Environment
Chelsea Wagner
When Wagner was elected as Controller, she promised to increase efficiency and transparency in County government while saving money and increasing revenue. She recently announced that she's made strides toward those goals while also being environmentally responsible. By recycling scrap metal and paper, and by initiating paperless invoicing processes as mentioned above, the Controller's Office has increased scrap metal recycling revenue by 220%, saved more than 4,000 pounds of paper and is anticipated to save the County more than $15,000 in paper, postage and ink. Additionally, her efforts have also helped save the environment by preventing the use of 35 trees, 259 gallons of oil, 7 cubic yards of landfill, 8,214 kilowatts of energy and 14,375 gallons of water.

"I'm very proud of our hard work and successful efforts to turn trash into cash and help County government operate more efficiently and ecologically. There is more work to be done, but we are on the right track toward protecting Allegheny County's taxpayers and bringing County government up to date with modern technology and make it more transparent and service-oriented," Wagner said.

The Authors Zone's 1st Author Awards Ceremony
October 16, 2014
The Authors’ Zone (TAZ) will provide awards in seven categories: Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography/Autobiography, Poetry, Business, Children’s books and an award for ebooks. The board divides itself into committees for each category, which are responsible for nominating books to be considered in each category.

Books should be published in English (including translations) in the United States and contain an ISBN number. Authors from Southwestern PA and books written about that area will be considered. It is essential that TAZ receive the books as early in the year as possible to allow time to consider all titles. The deadline for submissions is August 18, 2014.

Publishers are welcome to bring books to TAZ’s attention. The book and media awards will be presented on October 16, 2014 at the 1st Annual TAZ Awards Ceremony.

The following are eligible:

  • Full-length books of fiction and nonfiction
  • Collections of short stories and collections of essays by one author
  • Biographies/Autobiographies
  • Collected and selected poems by one author
  • Children’s books
  • Self-published books
  • Business Books
  • Ebooks

Publishers must complete the online entry form and submit payment by June 9, 2014.Please send books as early as possible. Judges are not obligated to consider books that arrive after August 18, 2014.

  • There is a $89 entry fee for each title submitted. This fee will also include a ticket to the Awards Ceremony. Discount for multiple books.
  • Accepted forms of payment include PayPal and credit card.  Due when the book is submitted.
  • Publishers whose submitted books are deemed ineligible by TAZ will still be subject to the stated entry fee of $89 per title.
For more information visit

Jessica Lee & Friends Jazz Happy Hour
July 10, 2014  |  5:30 PM - 8:00 PM  |  CJ's in the Strip

No Cover Charge  |  Free Parking  |    CJ'S in the Strip - 2901-2911 Penn Ave.  

Business Opportunity: PLS Limousines Service 
Start your own business today,. this is a good time to be your own boss and be in charge of your destiny!! Buy 7 vehicles including the licensing to start up immediately. I will show you the tricks of the trade and refer business to you and get you started today!!!! Good business and great opportunity to network with BIG BUSINESS!!!! The possibilities are endless. "LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT"

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BONUS: Book of Business including new retail call will be referred.

For more information, call (800)292-2525 or visit

Celebrate Caregivers
Thursday July 10th 2014  |  4 - 7 PM  |  Senior Life Greensburg - 123 Triangle Drive
Entertainment: Collin Stover, Mentalist and Magician "Pittsurgh's Hottest Young Entertainer"
Targeted Market: Staff, Families of Residents

Seven More Events Coming Soon!
Call Now for Special Discounts and more information
Put Your Business in Front of Hundreds of Potential Clients!

For more information, visit or call 724-212-5015.

5 Completely Selfish (But Still Good) Reasons to Buy Local
From: The Business Journals  Retweeted by:  Joanne Quinn-Smith
Written By: James Ritchie  |  July 07, 2014
Photo Courtesy: Getty Images (altrendo images)
You know that shopping locally is good for your community: It keeps dollars in the area economy and contributes to a vibrant business scene.

But you don’t have to be an altruist to see the value in spending close to home. For small-business owners, there are also plenty of selfish reasons to do business with people you know — or can get to know.

“If you are spreading your money around with local B2B suppliers, especially in the weak economy we are experiencing, your vendors have a vested interest in the prosperity of your business,” said Joanne Quinn Smith, owner of Pittsburgh-based Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.

Of course, a thriving small-business sector ultimately helps everyone. Such organizations make up nearly 98 percent of all U.S. employers and they account for more than 49 percent of private-sector employment, according to the federal Small Business Administration.

But as an entrepreneur, you’re more interested in your own bottom line than in national statistics. Advantages of dealing with vendors in your own backyard include:

1. People talk

Word of mouth is huge, and small-business owners meet lots of people. They’re in a great position to recommend you if they know what you’re all about.

“If you’re printing brochures or fliers, the printer now knows about a special event or sale you have coming up,” said Judy Crockett, who operates Manistee, Mich.-based Interactive Marketing & Communication. “They will share that information with people they know.”

And the owner of that business also might become a customer.

Read the entire article HERE.


The History Center and Sports Museum Catch World Cup Fever
Artifacts from the 1950 World Cup are now on display.

The last time Brazil hosted the World Cup, in 1950, a Western Pennsylvania native was one of the stars for Team USA.

Nicholas DiOrio grew up in Morgan, Pa., a coal mining town near Bridgeville in southern Allegheny County. For 22 years, he devoted his spare time to soccer and he played for the 1939 Avella Juniors that won the national junior championship. In the late 1940s, he played in the short-lived North American Professional Soccer League. As member of the U.S. soccer team, he competed in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. team beat England in an early round, one of the biggest upsets in international soccer.

DiOrio's USA jacket, soccer cleats, and an American Airlines travel bag he used on his flight to Brazil are on display at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum and the History Center's Special Collections gallery.

For more information visit

Frick Park Opens
From:  Heinz History Center  |  June 25, 1927

In 1919, Henry Clay Frick left the city 151 acres south of his Point Breeze mansion, and in 1925, the city acquired an additional 190 acres. Frick Park officially opened in 1927.

Today, Frick Park attracts many visitors to its bike and walking trails, red clay tennis courts, the Frick Environmental Center, public lawn bowling green, and playgrounds for kids.

For more information visit

Look Up & See The Buhl Asteroid
From Our Friends at Pittsburgh Applause
One of the billions of entities in the sky now has a Pittsburgh twist, the Carnegie Science Center announced last month.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named an aster-oid formerly designated as 1900 AA after Henry Buhl Jr. The IAU was founded in 1919 and is the internationally recognized author-ity for assigning designations to celestial bodies. These include stars and planets as well as aster-oids.

Henry Buhl Jr. (1848-1927) was a successful retailer and generous philanthropist who established the Buhl Foundation in his will “to create community legacies by leveraging its resources to encour-age people and organizations to dream, to innovate and to take action.” The foundation’s most famous bequest was the Buhl
Planetarium on the city’s North Side.

“It’s fitting that something of the magnitude and permanence of an asteroid would honor Henry
Buhl’s legacy,” said Ann Metzger, co-director of the Carne-gie Science Center in a press re-lease.
In other CSC news, public rela-tions professional Trip Oliver has joined the center’s board. He is currently the manager of govern-ment and public affairs for the local office of the Chevron Cor-poration multinational energy firm.

A Night at the Races – a fund raiser benefit event for the Holzer Family
August 8, 2014  |  Doors open at 6:30 and Races begin at 7:30

In 2011, Denise Holzer was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her family needs your help with expenses as she continues this fight. Our deepest thanks for your support.   This event features high quality catering by Heavenly Cuisine Custom Catering will make your taste buds dance!  Admission also includes an “open tap” for beer.  Then there’s the horse races!  For the first 10 races, tickets may be purchased for each of the 10 horses in the race for $2.  Half of the money collected for each race will be paid off to holders of tickets for the winning horse.  The other half will be donated to the Holzer family.

An eleventh Premier race will be run for which prior to the race, 10 horses will be auctioned off.  Tickers for this race is $5 per horse.

Become a Race Horse Owner  -  Ever want to own a race horse?  Now’s your chance!  All 10 horses for the first 10 races are available for purchase.  Price is $50 each.  You name your horse (family friendly names only) and if your horse wins, you receive a share of the race winnings!

Cost:  $20 per person – includes custom catered food and beer (21 and older only for the beer).

For more information about A Night at the Races, visit

Happy Hour Fundraiser for the Midwife Center for Birth and Women's Health
Wednesday, July 30, 2014  |  5:30 - 7:30  PM  |  Franctuary in Lawrenceville - 3810 Butler St
Join The Midwife Center for delicious food and drink specials at Franktuary in Lawrenceville. Franktuary will offer special menu items and drinks just for Midwife Center supporters. $1.00 from each special menu item or drink purchased will go directly to support Midwife Center programs and services. There is also a suggested $5.00 donation at the door - no one will be turned away, but you are also welcome to make a larger donation if desired.

For more information, click HERE.


Music in Market Square
From Our Friends at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Jeff Miller will be featured at the Mellow Mondays concert series this week, from noon - 1:00 p.m.

Maddie Georgi will be performing from noon - 1:00 p.m. at the Mid-Week Music concert series.

We have a very special entertainer joining us at the Market Square Farmers Market this week! Norm Nardini will be performing from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. There will also members of the Pittsburgh Blues Festival on hand to discuss their upcoming festival scheduled for July 25-27 at Hartwood Acres!

As always, be sure to stop by Market Square from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to get your weekly shopping done from all of your favorite Farmers Market vendors!

Yoga in the Square is back this Sunday with instructor, Sally Sherman of Amazing Yoga, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Be sure to stick around after Yoga to try a popsicle from The Pop Stop and a fresh juice from GOODLife Juices. Yoga in the Square is brought to you by the PDP and lululemon.

For more information click HERE

Wine Festival in Clinton
Saturday, July 19 2014  |  3 - 8 PM  |  Janoski Farm in Clinton 

FREE Wine Tastings! Unlimited Farm Fresh Food Buffet! Live Music!

Under the tents and pavilions ~ By the Lake.
Bring family and/or friends for a great afternoon!
the wine festival! It is a wonderful community event, with more than 700 folks enjoying a wide variety of wine tastings, farm fresh food prepared by Janoski's Farm restaurant, a live band, and beautiful scenery around a lake. We arrange for tents, and the farm has large pavilions, lots of picnic benches and seating, and, the sunset is just breathtaking!

The New Black Film Screening
Tuesday, July 22 2014  |  6 - 8 PM  |  Judah Fellowship Church, 120 Parkhurst St.
Join members of the Judah Fellowship Church, New Voices Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh community for a free screening of The New Black. Previously screened in partnership with WQED as the last film of this year's Community Cinema series, The New Black centers on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, and takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue. Part of the Women and Girls Lead campaign.

For more information about this event, call 412-552-3032.


Sci-Fi Valley Con
This is the third year for the Sci-Fi Valley Con in Altoona and I have been wanting to go to show my support for local conventions but other events scheduled of past years have interfered with my plans. Not this year, though. I threw on my vest and goggles, waxed my mustache and headed out.
Altoona is a little less than two hours from Pittsburgh and pretty much a straight shot out Route 22. This year’s venue, the Jaffa Shrine Center, is a big 1930s block of a Masonic building and the large Stargate out front made it clear that one had arrived at a con. There was also a large inflatable Laser Tag arena on the lawn.
Inside and first thing through the door was the replica Jurassic Park jeepthat con organizers had built specifically for their con. The jeep was joined by Christine, the 1966 Batmobile, Ecto-1 and, a staple at Pittsburgh comic conventions, the “Back to the Future” Delorian time machine.

Read the entire post HERE.

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Leaders in Learning from CORO Pittsburgh
It takes all of us to build communities in which every child succeeds. What is your role?
Applications and nominations are now being accepted for Leaders in Learning 2014! Cohort which begins Wednesday, August 6.  Nominate a candidate, apply to the program, or become a mentor and/or subject matter expert (SME) in Leaders in Learning.
What Participants Gain from Leaders in Learning - Over 90% of alumni say that Leaders in Learning significantly broadened their social network while strengthening their ability to:

  • learn from different perspectives in order to solve a complex problem
  • develop and utilize different people’s strengths to turn ideas into action
  • motivate others by clarifying values and articulating a vision
  • read and recognize the impact of their personal biases, feelings, and hungers

And 91% say they would likely take on a new leadership role in public education after participating in Leaders in Learning.

About Leaders in Learning
Although nearly 60 years have passed since Brown v. Board of Education overturned the legal doctrine of segregation in schools, a racial achievement gap in American education persists.  In Pittsburgh Public Schools there was a 30 percentage point gap between black and white students’ achievement in reading and math for the year 2012. Too many children in our region, especially children of color, are growing up without the academic foundation to succeed in life.  Our collective future rests on our ability to educate the next generation.  The stakes are high.

Ensuring that all children receive an education that will prepare them for life requires engagement from the whole community, including teachers, administrators, and policymakers, but also family members, community-based organizations, and business leaders.  The Coro approach to change assumes that each person holds a unique perspective and a particular set of gifts that positions them to make interventions at various leverage points within the community system in which schools are embedded.

Leaders in Learning is a part-time, year-long leadership enhancement and civic engagement program that seeks to nurture a next generation of leaders who are committed to strengthening achievement of students in southwestern Pennsylvania’s primary and secondary schools.  The program is designed for emerging leaders–people who have begun their careers, show strong potential for growth, but are not yet existing leaders in the education sector.  Participants explore root sources of academic achievement and they implement collaborative innovations designed to close the achievement gap. Alumni pursue careers in teaching, school administration, research, consulting, policymaking, advocacy, community organizing, social services, and youth programs.

Who Are Leaders in Learning?

  • 26% identify as male
  • 74% as female
  • 35% identify as black or African American
  • 58% as white
  • 20% report working in the public (government) sector
  • 10% in the private (for-profit business) sector
  • 59% in the nonprofit sector

For more information click HERE

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