Sunday, August 24, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 08-11-14 Book Launches, Chuck Noll, Art Show

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 08-11-14
Book Launches, Chuck Noll, Art Show
Listen to the show online HERE

PPL Co-Host
Martin Thomas
Martin has a Bachelor degree in music composition/theory from Ohio University. He also studied at L'institute des Etrangers, Tours, France, and in Los Angeles he composed and recorded music that was aired on Cinemax.  He also composed and recorded numerous songs. Some were recorded by other artists in the United States as well as Brazil.  In 1993 he composed music for a children's musical, "Is There a Fairytale for Our Time?" that was performed at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO.

He traveled as a troubadour throughout the US southwest, Mexico and Central America.   During this time he began making wire wrapped jewelry from rocks and artful pieces he found in his travels.  He was a magician's assistant for two and a half years which took him throughout the US and into Thailand in 2001.

He has also been documenting (video and audio) Pittsburgh jazz legends of the past, present and future; and has composed/recorded music beds for radio/television/web advertising.  Martin has enjoyed being a part of the "DreamMakers Ventures" program of the America's Arts and Music Crossroads Center, learning about himself and teaching jewelry making, video and music.  Most recently he has been working on documentaries regarding singer songwriters and the Kerryville Folk Festival with interviews from Peter Yarrow and the late Rod Kennedy.

Papagallo Ristorante, Collier Plaza
Brookline Boulevard, Enjoying the Rennovation
Tong Garden, Brookline

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

East Suburban Artists League presents 35th annual show at Boyce Campus  |  Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter to Open 2014-2015 PSO Season

"Empowering Women Entrepreneurs" Senate Hearing  |  NAWBO Newsmakers: Sharon Gregory of Sigma's Conference Center  |  Think Big Forum: Women Who Make and Create  |  Standing Firm Awards Luncheon

Kiva City Pittsburgh Lending Helps Local Entrepreneurs  |  Venture Capital Investments Increase  |  Pittsburgh Small Biz Saturday Showcase

Launch CMU  |  Girl Gov in the News

WWI: Artifacts of the Week  |  Discover the Story Behind your Hidden Treasures  |  Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt    |  A Steelers Legend

Style Week Pittsburgh 2014 With Glamorous Line-Up of Events  |  Reduce Waste. Save Lives.  |  Hot Pink Pittsburgh for Adagio Health  |  NCJW Fall Fashion Reboot

Oakland Restaurant Week August 2014  |  Charlie Daniels Band FREE Concert  |  Summer Picnic

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS:  Book Lauch for Pittsburgh Author K.A. Coleman

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS:  Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch Deliver a Big Victory at PNC Park!


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


East Suburban Artists League presents 35th annual show at Boyce Campus
August 16 - September 5, 2014  |  CCAC
The East Suburban Artists League (ESAL) will showcase its 35th annual members show at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Boyce Campus in Monroeville from August 16 through September 5. Works displayed will include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, pastels, and photography, plus fine pottery, hand-colored photographic miniatures, fabric art and more. The show has received wide acclaim each year for the quality and beauty of the works included. More than 30 artists and photographers will be represented.

The show will be judged by well-known Monroeville landscape architect, artist, and teacher, Richard Rauso. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and has won numerous artistic awards throughout Western Pennsylvania.

The first-ever Opening of the Boyce show is set for Saturday, August 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. with presentation of awards at 6 p.m. by judge, Richard Rauso. ESAL members invite the public to view the show at Boyce from August 16 through September 5, from 8 to 4 daily or whenever the college is open. The show will be hung in the main entrance hall.

ESAL is composed of 75 photographers and artists of all media from the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, and north through New Kensington, Apollo, and Lower Burrell. They meet on the first Thursday of each month at Christ Lutheran Church in Murrysville, September through June.

For more information, call show coordinator, Linda Galati at (724) 744-4994 or (412) 956-2034.

Music Director Manfred Honeck Welcomes Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter to Open 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Season
September 13, 2014  |  7 PM  |  Heinz Hall
You won’t believe your eyes — or your ears — at “For Your Eyes Only,” the gala opening of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 season on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in Heinz Hall, featuring Grammy-winning violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter led by Music Director Manfred Honeck.  A sumptuous and mysterious evening that promises a feast for all the senses, the Gala concert features a variety of short, evocative tone poems and opera pieces. Mutter closes the evening with a performance of one of the most popular works for violin, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor.

The concert is preceded by a cocktail party at the Duquesne Club, followed by a Gala dinner at Heinz Hall and the annual Soirée at the Fairmont Hotel.  The “For Your Eyes Only” Gala is chaired by Steve and Brenda Schlotterbeck — along with Honorary Chairs Dick and Ginny Simmons and the Tillotson Family (Carol Hefren Tillotson; Bob Gallagher & Sharon Tillotson Gallagher; Craig & Jill Tillotson; and Curt Fleming & Kim Tillotson Fleming). The Gala Silent Auction Chairs are David and Mari Jo Scholosser. The gala evening includes a pre-concert cocktail hour at the Duquesne Club, valet parking, premium-level seating for the concert, a silent auction, a post-concert formal dinner catered by the Duquesne Club and a dessert reception with Maestro Honeck.

The “For Your Eyes Only” Soirée includes valet parking, pre-concert cocktail hour, preferred seating for the concert and a post-concert celebration with symphony musicians at the Fairmont, with hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, a silent auction and more surprises. The “For Your Eyes Only” Soiree is chaired by Mike & Angela DeVanney, Michael J. Herald, Nicholas Varischetti and Carrie Wolf, along with Honorary Chair Jensina A. Chutz. The Soiree Silent Auction Chair is Mary McKinney and the Musician Chairs are Susanne Park and John Moore.

For more than 35 years, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has sustained a career of exceptional musicianship combined with an unwavering commitment to the future of classical music. Since her international debut at the Lucerne Festival in 1976, Mutter has appeared in all of the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In addition to performing and recording established masterpieces of the violin repertoire, Mutter, an avid champion of 20th- and 21st-century violin repertoire in both orchestral and chamber music settings, has had works composed for her by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Andre Previn and Wolfgang Rihm. She recently performed the world premiere of Sebastian Currier's “Ringtone Variations,” a work commissioned by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, providing the prelude for an Asian tour with Mutter’s Virtuosi—an ensemble consisting of current and former scholarship students of the ASM Foundation. Mutter was awarded the Atlantic Council's 2012 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award for her encouragement of young music talent through the ASM Foundation and was inducted as a 2013 Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The violinist released her debut recording of Dvorak’s violin concerto in November 2013 on the Deutsche Grammophon label with Manfred Honeck leading the Berlin Philharmonic. On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Mutter’s stage debut, Deutsche Grammophon released a comprehensive box set with all of her DG recordings, extensive documentation and previously unpublished rarities.

Gala packages and soirée tickets can be purchased by contacting Chelsea Cain, manager of events, at 412-392-4830 and All proceeds from the Gala concert and associated parties support the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Education and Community Engagement programs.  Tickets, ranging in price from $35 to $150 for the gala concert only, are on sale now and can be purchased through the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or


"Empowering Women Entrepreneurs" Senate Hearing
From: E-Magnify  |  August 4, 2014
E-Magnify's Education and Training Manager, Debra Mason, recently attended "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs," a Senate hearing hosted by the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee
Debra Mason
and held in conjunction with Women Influencing Public Policy’s annual leadership meeting in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Bureau of the Business Journals reports on three things that Congress and the federal government could do to help women business owners:
1)  Enable more women business owners to access  capital."Women business owners have a harder time getting loans than men do. Women own around 30 percent of all small businesses, but they receive only 16 percent of small business loans, according to the committee’s report. In terms of dollars, women's share of business loans is only 4 percent."
2)  Award more federal contracts to women-owned businesses."The federal government has never reached its 20-year-old goal of awarding 5 percent of all its prime contracting dollars to women. Failure to reach this goal has cost women business owners nearly $6 billion in contracts every year."
3)  Increase funding to Women's Business Centers."Around 134,000 women business owners receive business training and counseling every year from the SBA's network of nearly 100 Women's Business Centers, which are operated by and partially funded by nonprofit organizations.
"But this program hasn't been reauthorized since 1999 and needs updating, the committee report concludes. It mostly needs more money -- government funding has remained flat even as the number of centers have grown."

NAWBO Newsmakers: Sharon Gregory of Sigma's Conference Center
Todays featured guest is Sharon Gregory, owner of the Sigma's Conference Center on Babcock Blvd. in North Hills. Sharon is an amazing woman whose career has taken many turns from math teacher, bartender to corporate trainer to owner of two successful businesses. Sharon has a fascinating story to tell. Tune in and listen to her experiences and wisdom. Sharon Gregorgy is also a corporate sponsor of NAWBO Pittsburgh and has been most generous with the use of her center for NAWBO meetings. NAWBO DAY on November 21, 2014 will be held at her conference center.

Listen to the 08-11-14 Recording:  If you missed this event or want to hear previous recorded episodes click here.

Think Big Forum: Women Who Make and Create
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014  |  4:30 - 8:00 PM  |  Chatham University Shadyside Campus
4:30-6:00PM, Networking & Speaker Reception
6:00-8:00PM, Speaker Forum

Georgena Terry, CEO, Heart of Steel Bicycles
Lani Lazzari, President & CEO, Simple Sugars
Heather Knight, Founder & Chief Roboticist, Marilyn Monrobot

Georgena’s business evolved from a desire to work for herself without the constraints of a traditional corporate lifestyle. She likes to call herself a "seat of the pants" entrepreneur – one who follows her intuition and plays to her strengths while ignoring her weaknesses. Relying on anecdotal and scientific evidence, she created bicycles designed for women. Prior to this, the industry treated all bike riders as "unisex" (which we know means "male"). There were lots of ups and downs as her business evolved, but her passion for designing bicycles has never waned. It continues today in Heart of Steel Bicycles, a nod to her love affair with steel, which originated, no doubt, in Pittsburgh.

You may have seen Lani on "Shark Tank!"  Her Simple Sugars’ story is about identifying a personal need that grew out of frustration with the options available to her, having the initiative to want to find something better and then the determination to make it happen! It’s not rocket science, it’s about finding an unmet need and then creating an awesome and unique product to fill it (emphasis on unique). But it takes way more than passion, it takes incredibly hard work and lots and lots of sacrifice and determination to make it successful. Find out why a big growth spurt is only the beginning for the founder of Simple Sugars!

Assisted by her pint-sized robot comedian, Heather will describe social robotics, how we make snap decisions about the capabilities and intent of machine, and how robot designers can influence these impressions via motion. From call centers to mobile robots, we have emotional reactions to technology and apply social conventions to machines. In designing robots, Heather wants to influence these attributions, because that enables or limits the effectiveness and acceptance of these machines in human environments. By adapting strategies from physical theater, Heather researches how robots can communicate via motion, identifying features that non-anthropomorphic robots can use to interact with us successfully and appropriately.

Click Here For More Information and to Register! 

Standing Firm Awards Luncheon
We would like to request that you join us for the inaugural STAND UP for STANDING FIRM Awards Luncheon. As an advocate for STANDING FIRM, you and your organization are leaders in ending partner violence. You are part of the solution and can put your company's name on the map to say you STAND FIRM against partner violence.

The Awards Luncheon will be held Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Rivers Club, Oxford Center from 11:30 - 1:30. The STANDING FIRM Employer Award will be given to Familylinks. Familylinks stands as a model employer, creating a culture of understanding and helping employees who are victims of partner violence. The STANDING FIRM Champion Award will be given to Lynette Lederman, Executive Assistant to Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O'Connor.  Ms. Lederman is passionate in her commitment to social justice and community service. She has brought this passion to the work of STANDING FIRM from its inception.  STANDING FIRM puts partner violence on employers' radar screens and has grown exponentially, with over 250 members, representing over a quarter million employees. We feel ever-confident that STANDING FIRM is making a difference in people's lives and look forward to your support of this exciting event.

In addition, you won't want to miss our featured speaker, Leslie Morgan Steiner. Ms. Steiner is a Washington, DC journalist and bestselling author who speaks about the effects of family violence on victims' personal and work lives. Her TED Talk, titled "From the Ivy League to a Gun at My Head," has been viewed by over two million people. (

We have unique sponsorship packages that include valuable training and consultation for your organization, as well as advertising and social media exposure. Please review the enclosed sponsorship opportunities. Print out the Sponsorship Agreement and return with your payment to STANDING FIRM by Friday, August 15. Your contribution is tax deductible. Invitations will arrive shortly.

If you have questions about these sponsorship options, contact Barb Penner at or (412) 421-3682.


Kiva City Pittsburgh Lending Helps Local Entrepreneurs
Please remember to visit the Kiva City Pittsburgh lending page to help other hard-working entrepreneurs in our area pursue their dreams.

Building her inventory enabled Alethea to create new fashion lines that celebrate Pittsburgh language and culture!
Alethea, John the Craftist
Trustee: Wildcard  |  Loan disbursed: March 8, 2014
"The tank tops I was able to print with the help of Kiva Zip are doing incredibly well; I quickly sold out of the first batch and had to reorder. I was excited to see that local yoga teacher LA Finfinger chose to wear one for a photo feature in the latest issue of WHIRL Magazine!"

Purchasing new equipment allowed Katie and Amy to serve their products to more Pittsburgh residents.
Katie, Leona's LLC 
Trustee: The Motherhood Inc.    Loan disbursed: April 3, 2014
"We were able to buy an ice cream trike and a new, high capacity ice cream maker."

Amy, Constellation Coffee
Trustee: Catapult PGH  |  Loan disbursed: September 2, 2013
 "With our Kiva funds we were able to work up to a new espresso machine!"

These women business owners aim to improve the wellness of Pittsburghers via their entrepreneurial pursuits, but need your help.  Lend today!
Leslie, The Ultimate Beauty Spa
Trustee: Regina Johnson  |  Loan disbursed: TBD (by you?)
Leslie is an experienced spa owner pursuing a new-found passion for therapeutic massage and nutrition. One of her proudest moments is helping a disabled octogenarian regain nearly full range of motion in his neck.

Mechele, Me'chele's Wellness Spa
Trustee: Urban Innovation21  |  Loan disbursed: TBD (by you?)
Mechele is a fourth-generation hair care specialist opening a salon in the Strip District. Mechele educates her clients on the importance of internal hair health, leading them to call her the "Doctor of Hair."

Venture Capital Investments Increase
Venture capital dollars invested in the second quarter year-to-date totaled $138 million in the Pittsburgh region, a year-over-year increase of $90 million. Pittsburgh ranks above the benchmark average of $57 million but below benchmark peers such as Philadelphia and Minneapolis. To learn more about venture capital investments, click here.

Companies backed by venture capital play an important role in economic growth. Estimates attribute 16.6 percent of national Gross Domestic Product and 9 percent of national private sector employment to them. Many technology-oriented startup firms will need venture capital in order to successfully grow and create significant numbers of new jobs.

Second quarter year-to-date venture capital dollars invested in the Pittsburgh region in 2014 totaled $138 million, a year-over-year increase of $90 million. Pittsburgh ranks above the Benchmark average of $57 million but below benchmark peers such as Philadelphia and Minneapolis.

In addition to our traditional set of 14 benchmark regions, we also look at venture capital investment in "aspirational regions," including Austin, Denver, and Raleigh-Durham. San Fransciso, which is an outlier, as well as Boston and New York are also included. These six regions are not included in the benchmark average.

Please Support these Local Pittsburgh Businesses
Who Promote the Good News in Pittsburgh

Biz Saturday Showcase Every Saturday at 9 AM EDT 
Interviewing a Different Group Each Week of Pittsburgh Area, Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and Professionals.

Check out this recent episode about Non-Profits and Outsourcing Consultants
Guests: Matt Tomsho Owner of Baker Street Business Solutions Matt is "The Effective Detective" who helps small business find more prospects and clients through lists that they already own. Watch Matt's "Effective Detective Tips on his own Pittsburgh Internet TV channel at: for great video tips on staying in front of your clients without being a pain in the butt.| Sally Power is Founder and Executive Director of Treasure House Fashions. Treasure House Fashions is a nonprofit, quality women's resale clothing shop. Treasure House Fashions is the ?closet" for over 60 women's agencies throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area that address various challenges.| Dawn Pomaybo Pomaybo, Inc., a Pittsburgh Based Human Resourec Outsourcing Company, also Executive Director of Win-Pittsburgh and National Director of NA-WIN. Dawn also soon will become the host of Dawn Pomaybo Live here on TalkShoe and her show will become a bi-month anchor show on| Alexander Vornoff, Mentalist and Memory System Consultant.


Save the Date for Launch CMU
Friday, October 3, 2014  |  Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
Mark your calendar for this popular startup and research showcase at CMU, featuring cutting-edge innovations from students, alumni, faculty and staff while bringing together the investment community, regional business leaders, and CMU alumni.

GirlGov in the News
From our Friends at: Women and Girls Foundation
“What are those GirlGov girls up to?” They continue to inspire us.

Jorlyn Le Garrec
Jorlyn Le Garrec, who was one of the WGF Change Agents who helped to create GirlGov, recently concluded her freshman year at MIT. She is currently serving as a biological engineering intern in Lyon, France. When Jorlyn heads back to MIT in the fall she will be working hard to help organize a Startup Bootcamp.

Mira Shenouda served as a Mt. Lebanon Junior Commissioner in the fall of 2013. This summer she is participating in the highly-competitive Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Internship Program at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine. Mira is a student at Mount Lebanon High School.

Alexis Payne, a literary arts student at Pittsburgh CAPA, recently won two Scholastic Art and Writing gold medals for her work. Alexis is a past recipient of the YWCA Racial Justice Award, and her play was featured City Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival.

Mira Shenouda
Miciah Foster helped to organize an evening of performing arts at Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts school called “Art Against Inequality Coffeehouse” where she and fellow GirlGov’er Alexis Payne read a powerful poem called “Name” written by Alexis.

On June 16 & 17th we took 52 girls (37 new participants and 15 alumni leaders) to the Pennsylvania State Capitol for this year’s GirlGov legislative shadowing session. The girls will continue to meet monthly for a series of activities, starting with a ‘Meet Your Match’ night this month where the girls will be able to connect with local agencies engaged in advocacy around specific topics that the girls have identified.


WWI: Artifacts of the Week
As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, visitors can see several World War I artifacts on display in the History Center's fourth floor Special Collections gallery.

The gas mask pictured above belonged to U.S. Army Private Christopher Schroll, from the Arlington neighborhood of Pittsburgh, who served in World War I. During the war, he fought in France, primarily in the St. Mihiel Offensive, Argonne Meuse (where he was gassed), Toul Sector, and the Morray Offensive. He was honorably discharged in May of 1919.

Discover the Story Behind your Hidden Treasures
Sun., Aug. 17, 2014  |  10 AM - 3 PM
At the seventh annual Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures event, bring in your one-of-a-kind antiques and family heirlooms to learn more about their historical significance and find out how much they may be worth.

Nearly 30 professional appraisers will be on hand to assess the monetary value and historical significance of your items. What types of items can be appraised? Everything, including: books, china, coins, collectibles, furniture, glass, jewelry, paintings, photographs, quilts, silver, sports memorabilia, toys, and much more. Please remember that visitors may bring up to two items to be appraised.

Experts from the History Center's new Museum Conservation Center, including an expert from the Smithsonian Institution, will also be on hand to provide conservation tips for your treasures.

Admission to Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures is included with regular museum admission and is free for History Center members. Members also receive special access to the event from 9-10 a.m.

Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt
Fort Pitt Museum  |  Extended through Oct., 31 2014
To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Pontiac's Rebellion and the siege of Pittsburgh, visit the Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt exhibition at the Fort Pitt Museum.

Now extended through Oct. 31, Unconquered, presented by the Laurel Foundation, explores the historical events of the siege of Pittsburgh as well as "Unconquered," a star-studded 1947 film by Cecil B. DeMille. With rarely seen original movie props alongside authentic 18th century artifacts,Unconquered encourages visitors to compare and contrast the historical events with the Hollywood depiction.

A Steelers Legend
The late Chuck Noll is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Noll was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for over 20 years, leading the franchise to four Super Bowl championships.

Learn more about Chuck Noll and his Pittsburgh Steelers legacy at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

Style Week Pittsburgh 2014 With Glamorous Line-Up of Events
From our Friends at: The Soul Pitt
Runs August 11-17, 2014
Style Week Pittsburgh, an annual celebratory week showcasing fashion, glamour and style, hits local venues and runways August 11-17, 2014 with two upscale Fashion Shows, Accessory Trunk Show, Jewelry Showcase, Style Awards Program, Boutique Crawl, and an invitation only Brunch Summit.  The event highlights the talented designers, boutiques, stylists, and models coming out of Pittsburgh as well as international talents who represent a globally diverse range of styles and influences, according to event Founder and Director Wadria Taylor of Style & Steel Event Planning, LLC.

“Style Week Pittsburgh is quickly gaining the fashion world’s attention locally, nationally and worldwide as it continues to springboard fashion gems from the region onto the world stage of high style,” Taylor said.

A portion of Style Week’s net proceeds will benefit Strong Women, Strong Girls, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to empower women and girls to excel through mentorship, she said.
In line with this year’s theme ‘En Vogue’, each event during Style Week will feature a unique array of local and international brands that are the next big thing in fashion.

The weeklong event line-up includes a Kick-off Party & Designer Fashion Show, a Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show featuring Pittsburgh based Boutiques, The Accessory Trunk Show, The Jewelry Showcase, The Style Awards, a Boutique Crawl in Lawrenceville, and a Private Sunday Brunch Summit for key stakeholders in Pittsburgh fashion.

Event tickets and registration are available online:

Reduce Waste. Save Lives. Join Global Links Suture Donation Program.
Written  By:  Jennifer Novelli  |  August 7, 2014
Surplus sutures. Every hospital has them. Maybe they were pulled for a procedure that was cancelled. Maybe the surgeon prefers a different needle, and boxes of absorbable gut on a cutter aren’t being used.

Those surplus sutures can save lives all over the world – Africa, Asia, South America – if they are donated to Global Links. Our suture donation program has, since 1989, been recovering sterile, current-dated sutures from hospitals around the country and providing them to hospitals in resource-poor communities worldwide that desperately need them.

Saanvi, fully recovered, with Dr. Shirish Pargaankar,
her family and members of the ICU team who helped in her care.
Every donation makes a difference for someone – such as Saanvi, who came to Miraj Heart Institute in India at age 5 with a congenital hole in her heart. Her uncle had had a successful cardiac repair at Miraj, and convinced Saanvi’s parents, who are both hearing impaired, to bring their daughter to Miraj.

Sutures donated by Global Links were essential in defraying the very high costs of Saanvi’s procedure. “Cardiac suture is a very important and fairly costly ingredient of the operation,” writes Dr. Shirish Pargaonkar, chief of cardio-vascular and thoracic surgery and the head of Miraj Heart Institute. “Our average cost of suture per open heart surgery varies from $250 to $500 depending on the type of surgery. However these continued donations of valuable sutures from Global Links help to keep our operative costs low.”

Global Links has been providing select cardiac sutures to Miraj since 2007. “The humanitarian efforts of Global Links and their staff have made it possible for us to subsidize our costs still further and offer our services to many more patients,” writes Dr. Pargaonkar. “Our small effort in Miraj largely depends on the prayers, equipment and financial support that we receive through friends and well-wishers like your good self. We once again thank Global Links for their continued help and support which empowers us to carry out this service.”

Your hospital can support this effort by sending current-dated sutures to Global Links. Reduce waste, clear some shelf space, and save lives. Win. Win. Win.

Hot Pink Pittsburgh Join us for a musical cabaret featuring Pittsburgh's top talent!
Saturday, September 27, 2014  |  Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Ave
Now in its 14th year, Hot Pink Pittsburgh has raised more than $1 million for Adagio Health's programs and services for the underserved in western Pennsylvania. This year we are featuring a cabaret theme and have added the option to purchase a table of 10 at a discounted price so that you and your friends can enjoy this one-of-a-kind evening!

Master of Ceremonies, Ms. Eda Bagel is the theatrical creation of Jeffrey A. Kash. Based in Boulder, CO, Ms. Bagel is a "Gender Illusion Technician," with 25 years of stage experience.

For more information click HERE

NCJW Fall Fashion Reboot event to be held August 15-16, 2014
The National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section (NCJW) will kick off an exciting new fall sale for Designer Days shoppers this month. The Fall Fashion Reboot shopping event will be held August 15th and 16th at the Designer Days Annex of the NCJW Home Consignment Store, located at 1913 Monongahela Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 in Swissvale.

On Friday, August 15th from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 16th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., NCJW will open the Designer Days Annex at the NCJW Home Consignment Store for a sale featuring everyday wear for teens and adults, appropriate for work, back-to-school shopping and more.

The Fall Fashion Reboot sale offers extra shopping incentives for area college students who will find distinctive consignment furniture for dorm rooms and apartments, as well as fabulous fashions for a fall wardrobe update before the semester begins.

“We’re thrilled to offer our customers an opportunity to shop our Designer Days fashions for a fall style update,” said Andrea Kline Glickman, NCJW Pittsburgh Section Executive Director. “This will be a wonderful way for families to get a jump start on back-to-school shopping and for college students to incorporate dorm and apartment furnishings, as well as designer clothing and accessories.”

The Fall Fashion Reboot sale will feature gently-used, quality brands that teens and adults live in everyday but at significantly discounted resale prices. Featured brands include Gap, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Chico's, Ann Taylor, White House Black Market, Seven for all Mankind, Lucky Brand Jeans, Coldwater Creek, Talbot's and more.

The Fall Fashion Reboot Sale will also coincide with NCJW’s National Thrift Store Day Celebration on Saturday, August 16th from 9:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Thriftique, located at 7400 Church St, Pittsburgh, PA 15218. The event will feature in-store discounts, games featuring prizes including gift baskets and gift certificate raffles, food and live music.

NCJW’s events support extensive programming and initiatives that benefit women, children and families throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region.  All year long, NCJW collects designer labels as well as name brands and sells them at the Designer Days shopping extravaganza, including: Armani, Michael Kors, Tahari, Escada, Lafayette 148, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Donna Degnan, Cole Haan and Stuart Weitzman. At NCJW’s Designer Days sales, many of the fashion world’s best and biggest names are offered at a fraction of the original cost and shoppers can find new and gently-worn clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry for men, women and children.  In addition to gently-used and new designer labels, NCJW’s Home Consignment Store location offers a unique opportunity to shop eclectic home furnishings, and is located in the same plaza as NCJW’s Thriftique store.

For more information about the Fall Fashion Reboot sale event, visit the Designer Days Facebook page ( or visit For more information about NCJW Pittsburgh Section, visit the NCJW website ( or contact NCJW at 412.421.6118.


Oakland Restaurant Week August 2014
From: Pittsburgh Urban Media
August 11 - 15, 2014
One of the best things about Oakland is the plethora of restaurants within a five minute walk. Restaurants in the heart of Oakland have teamed up to offer you lunch for just $5 at each location! Take advantage of all these great restaurants on a budget…

Read the full article HERE

Charlie Daniels Band FREE Concert
Sunday, August 17, 2014  |  3:00 PM  |  CONSOL Energy Center
Maybe Charlie Daniels won't be singing the Devil went down to Georgia, but we'll be praying that the devil will get the hell out of Pittsburgh! lol   Other singers include Michael W Smith and we'll listen to Franklin Graham at this beautiful location in our lovely city.  So come on out and see how Charlie's life has been changed and maybe your life can be changed too!

Summer Picnic
Saturday, August 23, 2014  |  12:00 PM to 4:00 PM  |  North Park  - Pearce Mill Rd, Allison Park 
We'll be in Miller Grove in North Park.
Get out and enjoy summer with NAAAP (The National Association of Asian American Professionals) and NetIP (The Network of Indian Professionals). Join us for our annual summer picnic! We'll enjoy food, games, and good conversation. Bring yourself and a dish to share.  The picnic will be held in Miller Grove in North Park. Note that this is a free event, but please bring a dish to share. Frisbees, balls, and any outdoor games are encouraged if you have them. You are welcome to bring family along (this is a kid friendly event) or invite any other friends. The picnic will run from 12pm to 4pm and food will be served at 1pm.  Everyone is welcome, you don't need to be a member of NAAAP or NetIP (or an Asian/Indian professional) to join in. Post a comment or contact us at for more information.


Book Lauch for Pittsburgh Author K.A. Coleman’s HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO,           
a New Young Adult Novel, Released by Lodestone Books in July
Meet the author on Wednesday, August 13 BOOK LAUNCH AND SIGNING
At The Beauty Shoppe co-working center, 7-8:30 pm  CORRECTION:  Location Address for this event is
6101 Penn Ave. at first floor N. Sheridan (entrance), at The Beauty Shoppe co-working center, Liberty Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

When her little brother died, Emerson's life came crashing down around her.
Though her friends want to help, can Emerson fight to re-enter the world she abandoned?
(Pittsburgh, August 5, 2014)   Pittsburgh-based author K.A. Coleman will sign her her new novel HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO, a July 2014 release from UK publisher John Hunt’s Lodestone Books, at a BOOK LAUNCH, Wed., Aug. 13, 7-8:30 pm, The Beauty Shoppe co-working center, 6001 Penn Ave., First Floor, Pittsburgh 15206. (Enter at N. Sheridan Ave.). The event is open to the public.
For young adults—and the adults who care about them—HOLDING ON LETTING GO provides a window to the fears and realities of life as a teen and college-age person.
The loss of a sibling seems unfathomable at any age, but when teens lose a younger sibling, the experience can be life-changing. Coleman’s heroine is Emerson Caulfield, a bright and sensitive 16-year-old who is navigating her return to school and her hometown following the death of her younger brother. The story explores Emerson’s emotions, relationships, and grief in her own voice as well as those who are closest to her.
“In creating characters,” says Coleman, “a writer has the responsibility of making characters as relatable as possible. All books act as an escape. In order to really show the profound change in Emerson, the reader needs to see Emerson as others see her.  The best way to achieve that was alternating perspectives in the novel.”
Books will be on sale at the event. The author will discuss her book and sign guests pre-purchased copies as well.
As HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO celebrates siblings, Ms. Coleman invites guests to provide a photo with their brothers and/or sisters and she will create a piece of art featuring the "sibling selfies". Send photos to
Refreshments will be served.


Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch Deliver a Big Victory at PNC Park!
The CitiParks BIG League Sports Program wrapped up at PNC Park on July 12. The Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch fought a tough battle through playoffs and came out #1! They were again welcomed at PNC Park this year. CitiParks BIG League Sports Program has a goal and mission to continue to work with City Council and the Mayor's office to make recreation a valuable and obtainable resource for our children.

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