Thursday, August 21, 2014

PositivelyPittsburghPost Script, Good News Review for Week of 7-28-14

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 07-28-14
Dinosaurs, Science Sounds, Clemente, Oh My!
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Kelli is also an author, trainer, speaker, entrepreneur and former president of the Pittsburgh Business Development Alliance. She leads a firm that delivers information and business results through better communication. For over 25 years, Kelli has worked across the country and, over her career, has set up thousands of clients that range from political leaders, to CEOs, to small business.

Tom's Diner and No BS Marketing Meeting

The Sounds of Science
Clemente: The Legend of 21| Pittsburgh CLO Guild Will Honor Scholarship Recipients| Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s Upcoming Season| The 1st Annual Cultured Steel Hip-Hop Festival| Pittsburgh's Best Gospel Singing Contest| 


Women & the Wage Gap| Professional Development Day-a half day workshop|WIN-Pittsburgh's Monthly Meet-up featuring Pistols and Pink| Pittsburgh's Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally | 

National League of Cities Selects Pittsburgh for 2016 Conference| Rivers Club Jazz Networking Happy Hour |

Neighbors in the Strip Town Meeting| Women in Business Networking Night benefiting Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh| 

Rock All Night Tour | Squirrel Hill Food Pantry Unveils Mosaics Tribute | National Night Out Kick-Off Event|

JoAnn Forrester First Copies of "Gift of Holiday Valley" PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS: Pittsburgh Passion Claims Second Women's Football Championship|

Tom's Diner| Fabulous Forties Benefits Homeless Children Education Fund|


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Partners with Carnegie Science Center for 21+ Night To Explore ‘The Sounds of Science’
Friday, August 1, 2014  |  6 - 10 PM  |  Carnegie Science Center
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with the Carnegie Science Center for a special adults-only evening, featuring symphonic sounds with a scientific twist. “The Sounds of Science” is the theme of the Science Center’s next 21+ Night on Friday, Aug. 1, from 6 – 10 pm.

Throughout the evening, musicians will demonstrate their instruments, including a double bass and a bassoon. They’ll even hook up instruments to the Science Center’s Rubens’ Tube, which visually demonstrates an instrument’s sound waves and pressure by shooting flames into the air.

Visitors can dance on a giant floor piano and play a tune with Boomwhackers, hollow percussion tubes. Stations throughout the building will offer the materials for DIY musical instruments, including a one-note harmonica. Guests can test their musical knowledge at a live action Trivial Pursuit game, complete with a prize giveaway. Visitors can pose with a Mozart-cut out – and enter to win a Mozart prize pack.

As always, 21+ Night features music, cash bars, and the chance to experience four floors of hands-on exhibits – with no kids! Fiddlesticks, the orchestra’s “fiddlin’ feline” ambassador, will make a special appearance. Participants get a discount on Omnimax films and laser shows that evening. The cost of the event is just $10 with advance registration before noon on the day of the event or $15 after noon at the door. Guests will receive a voucher for $15 in free slot play at the Rivers Casino when they arrive, while supplies last.  21+ Nights are sponsored by Trib Total Media, and Bob and Q92 Radio.

For more information or to register, visit or call 412.237.3400.

Clemente: The Legend of 21
September 19 through 21, 2014  |  Byham Theater

In CLEMENTE: THE LEGEND OF 21 three of the most influential people in Clemente's life - his older
brother Matino, his wife Vera and his friend and sports journalist Ramiro Martínez- meet at his funeral to reminisce about their life with him. Their stories transport the audience from Clemente's early years in Puerto Rico, through his 18 year tenure with the Pirates to the tragic accident on New Year's Eve.

This musical journey also depicts the era of the Civil Right Movement and how it affected his life as a Black Latino. Throughout all his trials and tribulations Clemente triumphed becoming a legend on and off the field. CLEMENTE: THE LEGEND OF 21 is heartfelt tribute to a hero whose extraordinary life continues to inspire and touch lives.
Enter promo code CLEMENTE10 to receive a 10% discount on tickets.  (Presale code valid until Friday, 8/18)  This is a presentation of NightBlue Theater. Regular Trust ticketing polices may not apply.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Box Office at Theater Square, visit online at, or call (412) 456-6666 

Pittsburgh CLO Guild to Hold Luncheon Honoring Scholarship Recipients
August 6, 2014  |  11 AM  |  LeMont

The Pittsburgh CLO Guild is proud to announce that The Constance T. Rockwell, Dolores and Walter Bold and the Charity Randall Foundation Scholarship recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Wednesday, August 6 at the LeMont at 11:00am.  The Pittsburgh CLO Guild offers college scholarship assistance to deserving students pursuing performing arts training, many of whom will be honored at this special luncheon.

Also to be recognized are Moira, George and Morgan Davison for their service as Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball Chairs. The 59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball, co-chaired by the three-generation team of Moira Davison, her son George Davison and her granddaughter Morgan Davison, was held on Saturday, June 7 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel Ballroom in downtown Pittsburgh.  Proceeds from the Ball will support Pittsburgh CLO’s Education and Outreach Programs, such as the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater, CLO Summer Internship Program and the CLO Mini-Stars.

Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 19 Broadway shows (25 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s New and Exciting Season
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company was founded by Mark Clayton Southers in 2003.
Leslie Ezra Smith
Pittsburgh Playwrights is committed to developing and showcasing the works of local playwrights, from accomplished masters like August Wilson and George S. Kaufman to promising new talents. Pittsburgh Playwrights seek to nurture a racially and culturally diverse community of playwrights, directors, actors and technical specialists to hone their craft and to network creative opportunities.  The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s new season is fresh and exciting!

“Book of Ezra”  |  October 4 - October 25
The season will kick off October 4 with the premiere of a one-man play, “Book of Ezra,” written and performed by spoken word artist and national slam poet Leslie Ezra Smith.  “Book of Ezra” chronicles his
coming of age and consciousness – growing up as a Black man in America.   Playwrights founder and producing artistic director Mark Clayton Southers will direct.

Kim El
"Ubuntu Holiday"  |  December of 2014
“Ubuntu Holiday” by Kim El is a full-length version of a one-act play that was performed as part of the 2013 Theatre Festival in Black and White.  This gentle but thought-provoking comedy, directed by Mils James, is set at a Kwanzaa celebration interrupted by a distrustful Christian guest. Rancor and controversy threaten to disrupt the otherwise festive atmosphere. However, in the end the joy and good feelings of the season win out.
Ray Werner

“Christmas Star”  |  December of 2014                               
Running in repertory along with “Ubuntu Holiday” will be Ray Werner’s “Christmas Star,” directed by Monteze Freeland.   Also a product of the 2013 Theatre Festival in Black and White, “Christmas Star” tells the story of an Iraq war veteran, his Vietnam-veteran father and bewildered mother, gathering for a Christmas Eve celebration.  Patriotism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the meaning of family all jostle for attention in this thought-provoking holiday-themed play.

First Annual Pittsburgh Playwrights One Act Play Festival  |  February of 2015
Formerly known as the Theatre Festival in Black and White, the First Annual Pittsburgh Playwrights One Act Play Festival is open to all Pittsburgh playwrights.  This festival will shine a light on Pittsburgh's diverse communities by soliciting plays from an array of playwrights from various cultural backgrounds. The only requirement is that you've lived in the Pittsburgh area for at least two years at some point.

Ernest McCarty
The scripts selected will receive a fully staged production during the festival. The festival will conclude with
an awards ceremony where Pittsburgh Playwrights will recognize the talent during the festival.

"Dinah”  |  March 20 - April 12
“Dinah,” a dazzling play about the legendary blues singer Dinah Washington, will run from March 20 – April 12.  Ernest McCarty is both director and playwright of this play set during the last year of the short life of the remarkable woman called the Queen of the Blues.  “Dinah” includes a riveting array of musical numbers and biographical vignettes.  This one-woman show provides a powerful insight into the tragic and often controversial life of one of the most popular African-American singers of the 1950s.

“Fences”  |  May 1 - May 31
Returning to familiar ground, Pittsburgh Playwrights artistic director Mark Clayton Southers will direct August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece “Fences,” running May 1 – May 31.  The production will
August Wilson
reconfirm Southers and Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company as among the foremost interpreters of the work of Pittsburgh's most famous playwright.

Set in the 1950s, “Fences” evokes the early rumblings of the civil rights movement. The central character, Troy Maxson, a middle-aged resident of Pittsburgh's Hill District, is unable to shed the legacy of his failure as a young baseball player. The play follows Troy's struggle to accept the generational changes that allowed his son to succeed in ways Troy never could.

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@ Allegheny Middle SchoolAugust 6, 7 and 8 | 9AM - 3PMA FREE Camp for Boys & Girls Ages 8-18
 From: From Our Friends at The Soul Pitt

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WQED Pittsburgh announced local winners Nikolai Nawrocki, 5, of Wayne, Pennsylvania and Connor Smith, 8, of Pittsburgh as national winners in the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest.
 The contest was designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. Nikolai and Connor were chosen as winners from thousands of submissions from 62 participating PBS stations across the country. Nikolai’s winning story, Grandpa Pig’s Pizza, was awarded first place among the Kindergarten entries. Connor’s winning story, Seeds from Space, was awarded third place among the second grade entries. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest also recognizes the nation’s top 50 finalists by posting their stories at WQED Writers Contest 2014 first place winner in third grade Sarah White, 9 of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania is one of those finalists and her story Trying is Wonderful will be featured on the site as well.  

For more information click HERE

PBS Kids Writer's Contest Local Winners


From Women and Girls Foundation

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Professional Development Day…a half day workshop
Friday, September 12, 2014  7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Gaetano’s Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 

For those interested, this event repeats at the Milllvale Sportsmen's Club every third Friday.

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Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally
On the evening of Monday, September 22, 2014, twelve local women-led businesses will showcase their novel products/solutions to three women investors who have a track record of empowering women entrepreneurs. Never before have outside investment firms been able to see, in one room, the wealth of innovation that Pittsburgh’s women leaders have to offer -- this is a “first-ever” event for the Pittsburgh region!
The keynote speakers representing influential women-led national funding organizations are:
Nada Jain, Ph.D., J.D. who leads the life sciences sector of New York-based Golden Seeds -- an investment firm focused on empowering women entrepreneurs and creating results for those who invest in them.
Amy Millman who co-founded the non-profit venture, Springboard Enterprises, whose mission is to facilitate women entrepreneurs' access to the equity markets. With Springboard’s support, 545 women-led companies have raised $6.5 billion, created tens of thousands of new jobs, and generated billions of dollars in annual revenues.
Catherine Mott is founder and CEO of Blue Tree Allied Angels, the Western Pennsylvania premier angel network which invests in early-stage companies. Her company’s portfolio includes state-of-the-art companies such as Rinovum Women’s Health, ALung Technologies, Inc., and 4Moms.

These twelve POWERful Pittsburgh entrepreneurs will present the innovative benefits of their novel products/solutions:
• ActivAided Orthotics -- Kelly Collier, Chief Executive Officer
• Advanced Technology Healthcare Solutions -- Urmi Ashar, M.D., Chief Executive Officer
• Cognition Therapeutics Inc. -- Susan Catalano, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Science Officer
• Cohera Medical -- Dottie Clower, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer
• Enzium Labs -- Crystal Falco, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
• FutureDerm -- Nicki Zevola, Founder
• MedRespond -- Virginia Pribanic, President and Chief Executive Officer
• MetaFit Solutions LLC – Paula Franetti, President and Chief Executive Officer
• MG Ring -- Katie Farraro and Danielle Martin, Founders
• Quit Ninja -- Ellen Beckjord, Founder
• Sole Power -- Hahna Alexander, Founder and Chief Technology Officer
• Wellbridge Health -- Mary Del Brady, Chair and Chief Executive Officer

This event will be held at Thrill Mill, a non-profit organization in East Liberty which supports local startups through programming and mentorship. Contact us at for more information.
Register today for this groundbreaking event:


National League of Cities Selects Pittsburgh for 2016 Conference 

Washington, D.C. – The National League of Cities (NLC) today selected Pittsburgh, Pa. to host the 2016 Congress of Cities and Exposition, the nation’s largest educational and networking event for city officials. As the host city, Pittsburgh will welcome thousands of local officials and professional staff and help organize educational workshops and mobile tours that will explore various city businesses, programs and transit.
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Squirrel Hill Food Pantry Unveils Mosaics in Tribute to Donors, Volunteers, Clients

From: From Our Friends at Urban Media Today
The 15217 ZIP code, which encompasses Squirrel Hill, is not one which is usually affiliated with thoughts of poverty or food insecurity.Yet every month for about 10 years, around 600 families from that area visit the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry, a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services tucked into a plaza at the edge of the neighborhood, to fortify their diets


Double Trouble: 
Two good friends who work at one of my favorite places to shop in the whole wide world. they just bought 4 copies of the Gift of Holiday Valley Connie and Willie from the Used Furniture Store on Rte 51...The store is great not just furniture, but pictures, china lamps etc small crystal ..just so many very good quality items. Thanks seeing you today...still looking for that corner bookcase. — with Connie Sambroak and Willie F Dawson Jr

Purchase a unique Gift Package with a GIFT OF HOLIDAY VALLEY  book and special Holiday Valley Gift Item.  Just in time for early Holiday Shopping.


CATS, Benedum Theater                                        

From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester, Empress of Biz. 

Millions of people have seen Cats since 1981 and have just purred over the Jellicle cats and their salute to immortality.  The performance of this weekend at the Benedum Theatre was purrfect.  The audience was immediately in love with the performance from the very talented Broadway quality cast.  They were singing joyfully and dancing exuberantly.  In a nonstop musical acrobatic, twisting, somersaulting, cartwheeling performance that put permanent paw prints of joy into everyone hearts. 

Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report

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Pittsburgh Passion Champions
From: Herald Online

 — The female role in football has generally been confined to cheerleading on the sidelines, or, at best, kicking the odd extra point.
But women were front and center during Saturday night’s Independent Women’s Football League World Championship game at District Three Stadium. Pittsburgh Passion quarterback Lisa Horton piloted her team to a 41-7 win over the Houston Energy to claim the franchise’s second women’s football championship, after its 2007 National Women’s Football Association title.

The game capped four days of women’s football in Rock Hill. The week included girls’ tackle football clinics, women’s refereeing clinics and a Hall of Fame ceremony.

Read the entire article HERE


Free health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals

Duquesne University's Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit:

Duquesne's Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow:

The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow this link:

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From: source
Written By: Author | Jan. 00, 2014

Wendy’s is honoring Veterans Advantage members -- U.S. Military Veterans, Active Duty Military, National Guard & Reserve and their families -- with special discounts throughout the year on popular Wendy’s food and drinks.

Wendy’s special offers for Veterans Advantage are available through a custom WendyMail™ savings program for our members. Simply sign up to receive these benefits plus all of Wendy’s ongoing saving promotions as well.

The Veterans Advantage/WendyMail program will include special savings offers distributed throughout the year off some of these fabulous meals and drinks: Premium hamburger and chicken sandwiches, Garden Sensations® salads, Frosty™ drinks, or kids meals. Special savings will also be distributed to Veterans Advantage members on patriotic holidays, including Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Patriot Day (9/11) and Veterans Day.

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Appreciation Days, Gateway Clipper Fleet

Every summer Gateway Clipper features certain occupations
and groups to receive a special offer from all of us at the Gateway Clipper Fleet.                                                                                   
It’s our way of saying “THANK YOU”
for what you do.
Visit the Gateway Clipper on the day
your group is listed and get a ticket on a One Hour or Evening Sightseeing Cruise for FREE!
And for any family members or friends you bring along, they get their tickets at HALF PRICE*!  

 Disclaimers:   This special offer is only valid on the days listed for the groups listed.  Offer not valid with any other offer, coupon, discount or groupon.
Offer valid through September 25, 2014. Certain Restrictions apply.  *Half Price tickets valid for up to eight (8) tickets.  
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