Thursday, April 25, 2013

Entrepreneur's Growth Conference: Trends and Strategies for Business Success











Duquesne University Small Business Development Center is celebrating its 15th Annual Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference on May 10, 2013.

This action-packed event has something for every business – just starting or growing fast - with workshops, a business building tradeshow and a keynote speaker at lunch.  Businesses looking to learn the hottest trends in social media, the latest strategies for finding and keeping customers and tips for increasing profits are invited.



Workshops include:

·         Starting a Business: A Roadmap to Success

·         Build a Better Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Guide To Writing a Great Business Plan

·         Before You Buy: Is a Franchise the Right Business for You?

·         Relationship Management: Tips to Find, Connect & Keep More Clients & Customers

·         Come On Big Money: How To Sell Your Business & Get Top Dollar

·         Re-Invent, Re-Invigorate, Re-Think: A Five-Year Strategic Action Plan for Faster Growth & Bigger Profits

·         Resources, Opportunities, and Ideas for Women & Minority Business Owners

·         Money, Money, Money: Who Has It & How To Get It

·         Deduct It! 15 Money-Saving Secrets of Tax Savvy Entrepreneurs

·         Next Generation Networking: How to Meet More Customers, Vendors, Partners & Friends Online & Offline

·         The Competitive Edge: How to be a Marketing Rock Star

·         The Social Savvy Entrepreneur: 15 Time-Saving Ideas to Build Business on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn

·         Watch This: The Marketing Power of Online Videos

·         Clicks & Cash: What It Takes to Drive Website Traffic, Convert Visitors to Customers & Keep Them Coming Back



A special networking opportunity will be provided at lunch – many of the events speakers have volunteered to stay for lunch and host a table.  This is a chance for attendees to sit with the expert and pick their brain; get a few new ideas and network with others at the table as well.  There will be speakers who are discussing topics such as branding, finding money and social media.



The Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference begins at 8:00 a.m. with registration and networking and continues through 4:30 p.m. at Duquesne University.



Register at www.sbdc.duq.edu.


Use code Pitt13 and receive a $20 discount.  If your customer is small business, consider exhibiting.

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Peduto's Endorsements Affirmed


Contact:
Sonya Toler
412.726.6829
sonya@billpeduto.com


IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA ADVISORY

NEARLY 40 ELECTED OFFICIALS, UNIONS, ORGANIZATIONS AGREE WITH PEDUTO’S VISION TO CHANGE PITTSBURGH


April 25, 2013, Pittsburgh, PA – Today on the portico of the City County Building representatives from the nearly 40 unions, organizations, and elected officials, and individuals will gather at 1 p.m. to affirm their endorsement of Bill Peduto for Mayor.


Speakers will include State Senators Jay Costa and Wayne Fontana, State Representative Ed Gainey, City Councilors Natalia Rudiak and Patrick Dowd, and Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania President and Business Manager Philip Ameris.


The list of endorsers to date include:
State Senator Jay Costa, Senate Democratic Leader
State Senator Wayne Fontana, Caucus Administrator
State Representative Dan Frankel, Caucus Chair
State Representative Ed Gainey
State Representative Erin Molchany
State Representative Frank Dermody, House Democratic Leader
State Representative Paul Costa
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
County Council President Chuck Martoni
County Councilman Bill Robinson
City Councilman Bruce Kraus
City Councilman Patrick Dowd
City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak
School Board President Sharene Shealey
School Board Member Mark Brentley
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees 84 (AFSCME)
Fraternal Association of Professional Paramedics Local 1
International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 3 (IATSE)
International Brother of Teamsters/Graphic Communications International Union Local 24 (IBT/GCIU)
Ironworkers Local 3
Laborers District Council of Western PA
Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Local 400 (PFT)
Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ (SEIU)
Sheet Metal Workers Local 12
Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter (SOAR)
United Food & Commercial Worker Local 23 (UFCW)
United Steelworkers (USW)
Ceasefire PA
Clean Water Action
Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania
Equality PA
Gertrude Stein Political Club of Greater Pittsburgh
PA National Organization of Women (PA NOW)
Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania
Progress Pittsburgh PAC
Sierra Club Allegheny Group
Steel City Stonewall Democrats


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Girls Growing Up with Media Episode Airs




GIRLS GROWING UP WITH MEDIA” EPISODE 
AIRS THIS APRIL ON WQED-TV

PITTSBURGH—WQED’s iQ: smartmedia initiative premieres the second episode of iQ: Smartparent on Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV. Episode 2: Girls Growing Up With Media will discuss how girls are portrayed in the media and the impact media has on their decision-making, behaviors and sense of self. Show experts include M. Gigi Durham, PhD, author of The Lolita Effect, and professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Iowa; Rebecca Gaynier, founder of iTwixie.com; and Jennifer Stancil, Executive Director of Educational Partnerships at WQED and hosted by board certified family physician Dr. Deborah Gilboa, known as "Doctor G".The episode will also be available at www.wqed.org/smartparent following the on-air broadcasts.

Episode 2: Girls Growing Up With Media

 How are girls portrayed in the media? How does this impact their decisions, behaviors, and sense of self? Join us as we explore these topics and offer some iQ: smartparent advice on how to talk with your children about gender inequity in the media.


Premieres: April 25, 2013, 8pm

Dr. Deborah Gilboa
Host:
Dr. Deborah Gilboa is a Board Certified Family Physician, mother of four sons, and a professional parenting speaker and writer. She follows three basic principles when guiding parents from toddlerhood to young adulthood: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience. Her website is www.AskDoctorG.com.






Guests:

M. Gigi Durham, Ph.D.

M. Gigi Durham, Ph.D. holds a joint appointment in the Department of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in leading academic journals, including Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Women's Studies in Communication. She is the author of The Lolita Effect (Overlook, 2008) and the co-editor, with Douglas M. Kellner, of Media and Cultural Studies: KeyWorks (Blackwell, 2001, rev. 2006).
Rebecca Gaynier, Founder of iTwixie.com



Rebecca Gaynier is the Founder of iTwixie.com, a smart, fun website for tween girls that was selected by Family Fun Magazine as one of the Top 10 Fun Websites. Rebecca worked in NYC for nearly 10 years, at some of the world's biggest advertising agencies, with some of the world's most iconic kid brands, like Oreo and LEGO. She also writes her own blog, www.arunningmom.com.



Jennifer Stancil is the Executive Director of Educational Partnerships at WQED Multimedia and oversees the department’s efforts in educating children and adults alike. Jen has launched numerous education programs throughout her career, such as the Girls, Math and Science Partnership, GirlTalk Radio, and Braincake.org – an international online community of girls that allows them to explore different career paths, especially in science and technology.

Presented with expertise from Common Sense Media.

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Legion Drill Day at Woodville Plantation


FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:                    
Rob Windhorst
412-221-0348
rwindhorst19@comcast.net

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

QUICK FACTS
Event: Legion Drill Day
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Time:  1 to 4 pm
Place:  Woodville Plantation, 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Cost:  $5.00 For Adults,$3.00 For Children Age 6-12, Free For Children Under Age 6

WOODVILLE PLANTATION HOSTS MILITARY REENACTMENT

BRIDGEVILLE, PA - Step back in time at Woodville Plantation, when this living history museum presents an 18th century military reenactment. On Sunday, April 28, 2013, history enthusiasts are invited to join the soldiers of Wayne's Fourth Sub-Legion, the first Army of the United States, as they practice the drills of Baron Von Steuben from 1794.  Events of the day include tactical demonstrations, musket firing, marching and ceremonial drills.  Weather permitting.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children age 6-12 and free for children under age 6.  Admission includes a house tour.  Event hours are from 1 pm to 4 pm.


Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania’s link to the late 18th century. Built in 1775, this living history museum interprets life during the period of 1780-1820, the Era of the New Republic. Guided tours of the house are available every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 mile north of Interstate I-79 Exit 55 (Heidelberg/Collier Exit) on Route 50, near the intersection of Thoms Run Road in Collier Township. For further directions or for more information, please visit Woodville’s website athttp://www.woodvilleplantation.org or call 412-221-0348.

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Tickets on Sale for Pgh International Children's Festival


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today's date: April 18, 2013
Contact:
Shaunda Miles, 412-471-1578, miles@trustarts.org
Diana Roth, 412-471-8717, roth@trustarts.org


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents the 27th Annual
Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
May 15-19, 2013
Tickets are on sale for featured performances.

PITTSBURGH, PA:  The Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, Wednesday, May 15, through Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the University of Pittsburgh theaters and Schenley Plaza. Programming will showcase international and local theater premieres, including a brand new interactive luminarium installation from Architects of Air (UK). Giant Eagle is the lead sponsor of the 2013 Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival. Additional partners include Citiparks, University of Pittsburgh School of Arts & Sciences, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Parks Conservatory.

The Festival will feature performances and artwork by artists from the U.S. and around the globe, including Australia, Russia, Ireland, and the UK. “The 27th annual Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival presents a wide variety of unique performances and is a way for people to see many shows back-to-back or over the span of a few days,” comments Pamela K. Lieberman, Manager of Children’s Theater Programming with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater. “It highlights a combination of art forms that are inspiring, not only for children, but for adults as well.”

Charlotte Blake Alston, featured narrator and story teller of African Pourquoi Tales, provides an interactive experience by tweaking her stories based on the audience’s participation and according to Lieberman, her performances are “engaging and amazing.” In addition, Alston is PennPAT funded, allowing her to make the most of every performance.

Back by popular demand, Aga-Boom (Russia/USA) returns to the festival and will delight audiences with their art of clowning, comedy and theater performance.

This year’s Festival will feature extended hours for the evening shows on Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19. Friday evening performances include Aga-Boom and Dinosaur Zoo at 6 p.m.; Saturday performances include Dinosaur Zoo at 5 p.m., and The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly and African Pourquoi Tales at 6:16 p.m.

In addition to the featured ticketed performances, the Festival will include 30+ free hands-on academic, cultural and international activities, as well as performances at the free outdoor Community Stages located in Schenley Plaza and on the front lawn of the Carnegie Library.  Participants can enjoy stories and activites from the Citiparks Alphabet Trail and Tales and the Roving Art Cart.  Free outdoor activities and performances are 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   Plenty of bus, lot and street parking is available in the area.

For information and tickets, visit the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh, or visit: www.PGHKIDS.org
Lynette Asson  412.973.9828   lynette@newplace.us
Yvonne Hudson   412.512.0589   yvonne@newplace.us

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FPA Honors Western PA Veterans, Rocky Bleier


Public Contact Information: Reservations for free admission and details at:  www.fpapittsburgh.org  E-mail: fpa.pittsburgh@verizon.net. Call 412-653-1054.


NEWS from Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh

SALUTING SERVICE features Rocky Bleier on May 21 when FPA of Pittsburgh honors Western Pennsylvania Veterans during Free Pre-Memorial Day Celebration

Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh presents First Class Patriot Achievement Award honoring vets making a difference in their communities at historic Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Editors: Nominees, speaker, special guests, entertainment and award recipient photos and details will be provided on request prior to or following the event. Nominees will be announced by early May.

PITTSBURGH, PA  (4/22/2013) – Giving back, fighting back and coming home will be celebrated at Saluting Service when a veteran who is making a difference in his or her Western Pennsylvania community is honored by the Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh with the First Class Patriot Achievement Award on Tuesday, May 21.

Rocky Bleier
Rocky Bleier, Vietnam veteran and four-time Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Champion running back, is the special guest at Saluting Service. He will congratulate award nominees and veterans of the U.S. service branches during the free pre-Memorial Day celebration for the community, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7 pm, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA (15213).

Admission is free, but reservations are required at www.fpapittsburgh.org or call 412-653-1054.Remaining tickets will be provided at the door. An outdoor picnic and entertainment will be provided to all guests, 6-7 pm. Self-guided tours of Soldiers & Sailors’ Hall of Valor may be taken prior to the indoor program.
Bleier will provide inspirational words on attributes of courage, stamina and fighting back in the face of diversity as all veterans and military families in attendances are recognized.

Saluting Service showcases:
•         Honoring of all nominees for the First Class Patriot Achievement Award.
•         Awarding of the First Class Patriot Achievement Award to a nominee contributing to the community in which he/she lives in Western Pennsylvania.
•         Presentation of a $10,000 donation to Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard from FPA of Pittsburgh in honor of the top award winner.
•         Adam Brock, American Idol 2012 semi-finalist and Washington, PA, native, featured vocalist in the 20-piece Trinity Jazz Orchestra’s “God and Country,” a patriotic and inspirational set.
The First Class Patriot Achievement Award was created by Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh to honor past and/or present community service by veterans of any U.S. military branch, including reservists and National Guard, who reside in Western Pennsylvania. Nominations were solicited throughout 27 counties and the awardee will be announced prior to the event.
Contact Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh at www.fpapittsburgh.org or via FPA of Pittsburgh, Saluting Service on Facebook.

About Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh

The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) is the leadership and advocacy organization representing the financial planning community.  FPA is the largest membership organization for personal financial planning experts in the U.S. and includes professionals from all backgrounds and business models.              FPA helps connect thousands of consumers to competent and ethical planners who uphold the highest standards – FPA’s Standard of Care.

The Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh has more than 300 members. The Pittsburgh chapter is comprised of experienced financial planners who are energized by member events and community service initiatives such as Saluting Service.

To find a planner near you or to learn more about the Code of Ethics adhered to by members, go to www.fpapittsburgh.org and click on “Planner Search”.

About Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard

Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard provides homeless veterans with an array of facilities and services that build long-term residential stability, employment, sobriety, and self-determination. Through the agency’s services and those delivered through a variety of community partnerships, Veterans Place strive to be a full-service agency for all homeless veterans.

Bio for Rocky Bleier

Seriously wounded during his active duty with the U.S. Army in Vietnam during 1969, Rocky Bleier was decorated with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his courageous service. Bleier, a Notre Dame business graduate, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968, then by the U.S. Army by the end of that year. Upon returning from service, Bleier fought back through rehabilitation and perseverance to gain a spot on the Steeler active roster by 1972. During his NFL career, the running back became a four-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers before retiring in 1980. Founder of Rocky Bleier, Inc., the popular inspirational speaker is the author of Fighting Back, a bestseller inspiring an ABC movie-of-the-week.  Bleier supports Veteran causes and events in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

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Kyle Schneider Pitches Shut Out to Sweep IUP


Rock hardballers sweep IUP

Kyle Schneider pitched a three-hit shutout to lead SRU (27-15 overall, 9-7 PSAC-West) to a 3-0 win in Sunday's first game before The Rock overcame an IUP comeback to win Game 2 by a 4-3 score

4/21/2013


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University's baseball team swept a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division doubleheader Sunday vs. Indiana U. of Pa., 3-0 and 4-3, at Jack Critchfield Park to move into sole possession of fourth place in the division standings.

The wins gave The Rock (27-15 overall, 9-7 PSAC-West) a 3-1 record in the weekend/season series vs. IUP and a 4-2 record for the week.

IUP fell to 21-16 overall, 7-9 in PSAC-West action, the latter mark putting them in sixth place in the seven-team division standings.

The Rock and Crimson Hawks each have four division games left to play this spring as they seek to earn one of the four PSAC tournament berths that will be awarded to Western Division teams.


SRU faces a stiff challenge in its bid for a postseason berth. The Green and White have four games each vs. division co-leaders California (Pa.) and Gannon left on their schedule, starting with Friday's 1 p.m. home doubleheader vs. California. The Rock and Vulcans (27-12, 11-5) are scheduled to close out their series with a 1 p.m. twinbill next Saturday at Consol Energy Park in Washington, Pa.

The Rock travel to Gannon (19-13, 11-5) for a May 3 doubleheader (1 p.m. first pitch) before closing out their regular-season schedule with a 4 p.m. doubleheader May 4 at Critchfield Park.

Kyle Schneider

Sophomore right-hander Kyle Schneider pitched a three-hit shutout to lead The Rock to their Game 1 win Sunday. Schneider, who improved his season win-loss record to 5-3, struck out four and walked one in the process of recording his fifth complete-game performance of the season.

Three players were each 2-for-3 to lead a 10-hit Rock offensive attack. Junior right fielder Graeme Zaparzynski had a single and an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning and scored two runs, senior first baseman John Shaffer  had two singles, including an RBI single in the sixth, and junior shortstop Will Kengor had a pair of singles and one run scored.

Zaparzynski and Shaffer had back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the fourth, when The Rock took advantage of two IUP errors to score their first run of the game.

Kengor singled and scored all the way from first base on Zaparzynski's RBI double to left field. Zaparzynski promptly came around on Shaffer's RBI single to give SRU a 3-0 lead and ultimately close out the scoring.

IUP did not get a runner to second base until two outs had been recorded in the top of the seventh and final inning of Game 1. Schneider then induced a game-ending popout to shut the door.

SRU scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning in Game 2 to take an early lead, only to see IUP score three times in the top of the fifth.

Sophomore third baseman Jordan Faretta's RBI double highlighted SRU's second-inning rally. The second Rock run scored on a two-out wild pitch.

IUP manufactured its three fifth-inning tallies from four hits and a base on balls issued by Rock starting and winning pitcher Jon Anderson.

Undaunted, The Rock scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead and ultimately win the game. Key hits in the rally were a leadoff double by Kengor and an RBI single by junior center fielder Jake Weibley.
Kengor scored the first run of the inning on an IUP throwing error.

Sophomore southpaw Anton Constantino relieved Anderson with two outs in the top of the fifth, after IUP had scored two runs, and was greeted by an RBI single but quickly settled down and was credited with his second save of the season and second in his last two relief appearances.

Constantino induced an inning-ending ground out to extinguish the IUP rally in the fifth, sidestepped a leadoff single to retire IUP quietly in the sixth and got a double-play ground out to erase the potential tying run in the top of the seventh.

Anderson, who improved his season record to 4-0, allowed three earned runs on three hits, struck out two, walked three and hit one batter in the first four and two-thirds innings.

Constantino allowed two hits and walked one in the final two and one-third innings.

Kengor and Weibley had two hits each to lead a seven-hit Rock offensive attack.

Notes: With their wins Sunday, The Rock surpassed their final win total of one year ago, when they settled for a 25-25-1 final record … The next Rock win will give the Green and White their first 30-win season since the 2009 team finished with a 36-15 record … Kengor ended the day with a .438 batting average, which ranks as the top mark among PSAC players this spring. He also leads the conference in total hits with 60 and in sacrifice flies with eight. Kengor ranks third in triples (5) and on base percentage (.497), sixth in slugging percentage (.584) and ninth in runs scored (32) … Schneider ranks second among PSAC pitchers with a 1.33 ERA and is seventh in opposing hitters' batting average with a .209 mark … Rock junior right-hander Lou Trivino is third in the PSAC in opposing hitters' average (.194), fourth in strikeouts (66) and ninth in ERA (1.93) … Junior right-hander John Kovalik is tied for the conference lead in saves with six … As a team, The Rock rank second in ERA (2.94) and sixth in batting average (.303).


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Bob McComas
Sports Information Director
Slippery Rock University
1 Morrow Way - Room 201 Old Main
Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057
Office: 724.738.2777
Cell: 724.421.5658
Email: robert.mccomas@sru.edu
www.sru.edu

A ROCK SOLID Education

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Heart Awarded National Credential


PITTSBURGH GRANT CONSULTANT IS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED
WITH GPC (GRANT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFIED) CREDENTIAL
Date:   April 17, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact:      
Amanda Day        
President, GPCI  
678.297.6018
aday@alpharetta.ga.us
           
 
PITTSBURGH, PA - Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed. who is President of Heart Resources, LLC, a grant consulting firm based in West Mifflin, PA, has earned a nationally recognized credential in the grants field. The recognition is conferred by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, Inc. (GPCI, pronounced "gypsy"), an affiliate of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA). Katherine is one of nine certified grant writers, managers and consultants who were recently conferred the "GPC" title as Grant Professional Certified. The credential recognizes proficiency in: tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated grant achievement, service to public and private philanthropy.
 
Beyond meeting eligibility requirements, GPCs have mastered nationally standardized competencies that are defined by nine skill sets. In partnership with the University of South Florida's Tampa-based Institute for Instructional Research and Practice (IIRP), the GPC exam was established within the strict rigors and standards of psychometric testing. The exam, which took seven years to develop, is the result of numerous interactions with grant professionals, employers, the funding community, and other stakeholder groups throughout the country.

Credentialed individuals agree to uphold GPA's Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice. GPCs receive certification for a three-year period and must continue documenting their education, practices and contributions to the field. The new national standards for the grants field are becoming the basis for grant training programs. The standards are designed to improve the grant profession and provide guidance for the community as to who is capable to provide principled and skilled assistance in developing opportunities for grant funding. More information about GPCI can be found on its website, www.grantcredential.org.

Reflecting upon the credentialing process, Katherine said, "The role of grant professionals has grown over the past 10 years. In comparison to the staff writer job of the last generation, we are being held accountable by clients, employers, charitable and corporate foundations, and government agencies. Grant professionals are called upon to develop and negotiate major grant initiatives and collaborative projects that can leverage more productivity and community impact. After completing the GPC testing, I have a greater appreciation for the training and mentoring I received in Pittsburgh, as well as the breadth of knowledge and experience expected in this profession on a national level. Having a better understanding of the national standards will enable me to assist GPA-Western PA Chapter members to earn the GPC credential and improve training and professional development for grant writers in the community."    

Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed. is President of the Grant Professionals Association-Western Pennsylvania Chapter. She founded Heart Resources, LLC in 2005 offering comprehensive grant research, writing and consulting services to nonprofit health and human service agencies. She has served as a federal grant reviewer and was selected as a 2012-13 SAMHSA Voice Awards Fellow for her advocacy in wellness recovery. Prior to starting the company, Ms. Heart was a freelance grant writer and technical writer, as well as a nonprofit program manager for 15 years. She has assisted local and national organizations to raise millions of dollars in grants from corporations, foundations, United Way and government funders. She presents grant training seminars for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Foundation Center. Contact her at the Grants Hotline (412) 414-2251 and learn more about Heart Resources, LLC at http://www.heartresources.net.

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Memento Mori at Wood Street Galleries



Memento Mori
works by Gregory Barsamian
April 26-June 16, 2013
Wood Street Galleries
601 Wood Street, downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District

Pittsburgh, PA:  Wood Street Galleries, a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will present Memento Mori by artist Gregory Barsamian, Friday, April 26 through Sunday, June 16, 2013.

5 Stages of  Grief by Artist Gregory Barsamian
In a strobe lit room, Barsamian's sculpture spins rapidly on an armature with imagery based on recordings of his dreams. At once low-tech and approachable, Barsamian's work simultaneously floats between the conscious and unconscious worlds in collaboration between artist and perceiver.    The exhibit will feature the artist’s work that combines mixed medium such as steel, wood and bronze; and steel, acrylic medium, paper, strobe and motor.

Hands by Artist Gregory Barsamian
Gregory Barsamian is a native of Chicago and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin.  He currently resides and works in Brooklyn, New York.  His works have been shown in cities across the U.S. and worldwide and include Commissions and Public Collections.  Barsamian’s sculptures have also been on display in past exhibitions at Wood Street Galleries.  Awards include Platform International Animation Festival Grand Prix (2007), MIT/Leonardo New Horizons Award (2001), and New York State Fellowship for the Arts, Sculpture (1995).  Barsamian’s work has been featured in various publications throughout his career.   For more information about the artist, visit http://gregorybarsamian.com/

Memento Mori at Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood Street, opens on Friday, April 26, part of the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.  For more information about the Gallery Crawl, visit:http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/event/2522/gallery-crawl-in-the-cultural-district

Runner:  Steel, Wood, Bronze by Artist Gregory Barsamian

Untitiled:  Steel, Acrylic medium, paper, strobe, motor by Artist Gregory Barsamian


Wood Street Galleries hours:  Wed. & Thur. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The gallery is free and open to the public.  For information call, 412-471-5605 or visit:  http://woodstreetgalleries.org   Support for Wood Street Galleries has been provided by the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Additional support provided by the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

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Nickelodeon's Fresh Beat Band Schedules Pittsburgh Performance



Thursday, November 21
6:00pm • Benedum Center

The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon’s popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, have added 50 cities by popular demand to their enormously successful 2012 tour. Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry), and Twist (Jon Beavers) will perform The Fresh Beat Band hits from seasons one, two and three of the live-action music series that teaches preschoolers about music appreciation and how to express their feelings through movement, song and instrumental music. Fresh Beat Band Party packages, which include a meet and greet with The Fresh Beat Band will be available.



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Boney James at the Byham




Friday, April 26
8:00pm • Byham Theater
Boney James



One of the most successful instrumental artists of our time, with sales totaling over 3 million records. Boney James is a three-time Grammy Award nominee and a Soul Train Award winner. He has also been honored with an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Jazz Album. He has accumulated four RIAA Certified Gold Records. His most recent CD, Contact (Verve Forecast, 2011), spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart.
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Good vs. Evil, An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today's date: April 5, 2013
Contact: Shaunda Miles / 412-471-1578 / miles@trustarts.org


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents

Good vs. Evil:
An Evening with
Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert
Monday, May 6, 2013, Benedum Center

Two chefs.  Two unlikely friends.  Two very different careers and philosophies sharing one stage.

PITTSBURGH, PA: Join Anthony Bourdain and his good friend, Eric Ripert – internationally renowned chefs, authors, and television personalities – as they share stories and muse on the place of food in our personal, community, and global life. Their Good vs. Evil tour will visit Pittsburgh for one night only, Monday, May 6, 2013 at The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. It will be a truly engaging evening of storytelling and observation, providing frank and provocative insight into what really goes on behind kitchen doors.



Anthony Bourdain, chef-at-large at New York’s famed Brasserie Les Halles, is the author of bestselling titles Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw – both hilariously blunt and sometimes shocking portraits of life in restaurant kitchens. His latest project Get Jiro!, a culinary-themed graphic novel, was released on July 3 and quickly reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. In addition to hosting Travel Channel’s Emmy Award-winning No Reservations and The Layover, Bourdain will serve as host for two new television shows premiering in 2013: The Taste, a cooking competition series for ABC, and a docu-series for CNN, expanding the network’s coverage of travel, culture and cuisine.

Eric Ripert is the chef and co-owner of New York’s famed Le Bernardin, which continues to receive universal critical acclaim, including three stars from the Michelin Guide, an unprecedented “29” food rating from the Zagat Guide for the past three years, and consistent four-star reviews from the New York Times for over two decades. He has also served as guest judge and “fan favorite” on Bravo’s Top Chef for several seasons. Ripert is the author of four cookbooks, including 2010’s Avec Eric (based on his popular PBS program of the same name), On the Line, A Return to Cooking, and the Le Bernardin Cookbook.

Tickets ($45-$65) are available by phone at 412-456-6666, online at TrustArts.org, or in person at the Theater Square Box Office.
                                           
A limited number of VIP tickets will be available ($145), which include: premier seating, a limited edition tour poster and VIP laminate, and exclusive access to a post-show meet and greet reception featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and photo and signing opportunities with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert. Pittsburgh’s acclaimed Meat & Potatoes is proud to be recognized as the Official Restaurant Sponsor of the evening, and Chef Richard DeShantz will be providing an innovative selection of appetizers for VIP reception attendees. Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert is produced by Innovation Arts & Entertainment.   For more information, visit GoodVsEvilTour.com.

Copies of Bourdain’s and Ripert’s books will be available for purchase on-site from Penguin Bookshop, the show’s Official Bookstore Sponsor.

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Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR): The Healing Space Reunion & Rebirth


Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR)
Presents
The Healing Space Reunion & Rebirth

Calling All PAST Healing Space
Participants & Presenters
* FREE Event *

Tuesday – April 30, 2013 – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM



@ Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC – AUDITORIUM
300 Halket Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15213

CELEBRATE the Return of the HEALING SPACE!

What is the Healing Space?
The Healing Space is a place for females who are hurting or have been hurt in intimate partner relationships (domestic/dating violence) or sexual violence.  The Healing Space offers empowering activities including motivational workshops on a variety of topics;
Healing through the Arts – writing and reciting poetry; creating healing quilts and other art projects;
and Healing through Speaking – sharing stories of surviving and thriving with others who have had similar experiences. Referrals for counseling are given, as requested.
     

Networking Reception & Resources

Poetic Performances by 
Kim El & Rosie Jones Moore

Hear a Survivor Tell Her Story

Panel Discussions and Q&A
Providers, Researchers and Law Enforcement

Vendors
Handmade Jewelry by
Jewelry Designer Rita Gregory

EnjoyourSelf, Authentic Gemstone Jewelry
and E-Ma's Natural Body & Hair Care Products
by LaKeisha Wolf

Door Prizes * Light Refreshments



Save-the-Date * Spread the Word
* Bring Some Folks! *

REGISTRATION
http://healingspacereturns.eventbrite.com

Information: Roxanne E. Epperson at waarheals@yahoo.com or
412.818.3225

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New Book Encourages Women to Laugh, Embrace Individuality


PITTSBURGH AUTHOR ASKS READERS: “Whose A&& is That?”
The season’s most hilarious gift book

“Every woman or so I’m told whether in her twenties or many years old has a love-hate relationship with her hiney, be it extra-venti or teeny tiny.”

 PITTSBURGH --- April 3, 2013 -- Pittsburgh author Marylu Zuk was standing in line at Dairy Queen when she noticed two bikini-clad teens in front of her. The mother inside her fought the urge to hoist the bottoms on one whose crevasse was in full view and she wondered to herself if ever she had been so oblivious to the appearance of her rear end.



This moment affirmed the inspiration for Zuk’s new adult storybook – “Whose A&& is That?”- now available for $14 through Amazon and other online booksellers. The book is also available at MoZaic Boutique on Taylor Way in Bridgeville, PA and CafĂ© Kolache on 3rd Street in Beaver, PA.

Published by The Artist’s Orchard, “Whose A&& is That?” is the season’s perfect occasion gift, encouraging every woman to “relax her abs, exhale and laugh at what we rarely see – our own backsides.”

Marylu Zuk will celebrate the launch of her new book at a release reception on Friday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the 3rd Street Gallery located at 220 Third Street in Carnegie, PA.

Cover to cover; Zuk’s hilarious verse is playfully adorned with illustrations by Pittsburgh artist Traycee Bosle.

“Shelves are full of books that invite women to buy into their insecurities, taunting us with ways to change the way we look,” said Zuk. “My book aims to create a bond among women, encouraging us to laugh together while modeling for young women the importance of embracing our own individuality – size of our rear-end included.”

"This is a fun and relaxing book, sure to bring a big smile to every woman’s face,” said Dina Beauvais of the Dream Program.  “You'll want to get a bunch of copies for your friends and give them out as gifts."  The author produced a short video during a gathering of friends and colleagues at Studio Xtreme Hair and Tanning Salon on College Hill in her hometown Beaver Falls. Participants read aloud from the book and discuss the derriere.

The irresistible read is the perfect gift book for occasions such as showers, bachelorette parties, hostess gifts, birthdays and Mother’s Day. “At the heart of this project is the idea that we all know someone who might benefit from a little humor in her day,” said Zuk. “This quick read is a delightful gift for your female tribe - sisters, aunts, coworkers and friends.”

“I love  this little book! In my business, I deal with women of all ages and sizes and the one thing we all have in common is our insecurities about our bodies,” said Nancy Gilmore, Owner of MoZaic Boutique. “I am so excited to be able to support another local woman entrepreneur who is following her dream.”

An excerpt from Zuk’s storybook for women earned a recent award in the Pennwriters' In Your Own Words contest, poetry division.

About the Author: http://www.maryluzuk.com/

Interviews and information available by request: Contact Carrie Butler at 412-897-6177.


About Marylu Zuk
Having spent the early part of her career in the sometimes friendly skies, author Marylu Zuk perfected the art of smiling through anything -  at least until she was out of the passenger’s sight. (Really sir?  You actually need me to buckle your seat belt for you?) This skill came in handy as she moved from the airline industry to higher education.  Working as a recruiter for a Pittsburgh-based career college, she climbed the recruitment ladder from road-warrior to enrollment VP before realizing that her circuitous career path (babysitter, playground supervisor, flight attendant, classroom presenter, sales manager) while continually elevating in title and salary, it essentially carried the same job responsibilities – maintaining order and keeping people happy.  A self-proclaimed ‘Pollyanna’, Marylu realized it was time for a change when having the same conversation, with the same people, became exhausting. (How many times must you tell a grown woman she needs to cover her cleavage at work?).  Getting ready for an outdoor promotions event in 2002, Marylu used the two-mirror trick to see how she looked in her jeans.  ‘Oh my God! Whose ass is that?!’ she exclaimed. … and the idea for  Whose A&& is That? was born.  Having worked for the airlines at a time when your weight, piercings and fingernail length were scrutinized daily, her story gives every woman permission to relax her abs, exhale and laugh at what we rarely see – our own backsides!

Marylu Zuk is from Beaver Falls, PA and attended Beaver Falls High School before moving to Arizona where she graduated from Yavapai College and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She now resides in Pittsburgh’s South Hills.

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Sandra Bernhard At Byham Theater


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:  Diana Roth, (412) 471-8717; roth@trustarts.org


Sandra Bernhard
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Byham Theater

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents
Sandra Bernhard
Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 8:00 p.m., Byham Theater

Pittsburgh, PA- The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to present the comedian, singer, actress, and author Sandra Bernhard on April 27, 2013 at the Byham Theater.  Bernhard’s performance is a hybrid of standup comedy and rock ‘n roll – a unique mixture of political satire, pop culture commentary and cabaret.  Bernhard’s bitter critiques of celebrity culture have earned her a spot on Comedy Central’s famous “100 Greatest Standups of All Time.” This performance is a part of the 2012-2013 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

Sandra Bernhard began her career at L.A.’s famed Comedy Store in the ‘70s, which earned her a supporting role on The Richard Pryor Show in 1977.  Bernhard caught her big break in 1983 when she caught the nation’s attention as the star of Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy. Her first one-woman show, the groundbreaking Without You I’m Nothing, ran for 6 months off-Broadway in 1988 and served as inspiration for the film and Grammy-nominated album of the same name.

Bernhard’s extensive resume spans nearly the entire entertainment industry. From 1991-1996 Bernhard played Nancy Bartlett—the first openly gay character on a network sitcom—on Roseanne, and further bolstered her television resume with her work on  The Richard Pryor Show, Law & Order: SVU, The Sopranos, and Ally McBeal. She has appeared more than 30 times on Late Night with David Letterman and has been a regular guest of Howard Stern’s since the early ‘80s.

Additionally, Bernhard’s film credits include Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics, and Nicholas Roeg’s Track 29, Hudson Hawk, Dinner Rush, and Dare. Further bolstering her performance skills, Bernhard has released a number of popular albums and has also sung with or opened for various musical acts, including: The Pretenders, Cyndi Lauper, and the Scissor Sisters.

Her most recent show, I Love Being Me, Don’t You? played to sold-out crowds for an extended run last summer in Los Angeles and the album version of the show was released on Rooftop Records last fall. Bernhard has been touring the show ever since, and the Los Angeles Times wrote, “She has chutzpah to spare, but it’s her articulate intelligence that earns our attention … It’s [her] combination of glamour and accessibility that accounts for Bernhard’s enduring appeal.”

Tickets ($35-$40) for Sandra Bernhard on April 27, 2013 at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater, may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, online at trustarts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930.
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Monday, April 8, 2013

Brownsville Community Clean Up Day



It’s beginning to look a lot like spring, and it’s time for our community to get together and make our town look beautiful.  BARC’s annual cleanup will be held on April 27th 2013 from 9am to 3pm.  Participants will remove litter from our streets, and clean an illegal dumpsite near downtown Brownsville.  Throughout the cleanup a volunteer will be stationed in Snowdon Square to direct community members to the cleanup sites.  Lunch will be provided by Georgio’s Pizza, Fox’s Pizza, and drinks from McDonalds.  Appalachian Coal Country Team Members Sara Goots and Jamie Brackman will be supervising the event, sponsored by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Great American Cleanup.  You can register in advance by calling the BARC offices at 724-785-9331.

An illegal dump site has developed around the Dunlap Creek, and participants will remove as much trash as possible from its banks.  Restoring the Dunlap Creek is part of wider redevelopment efforts from the Brownsville Borough and The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Fayette.  Dunlap Creek is one of the key features of the Brownsville Area High School Student in Action Team’s redevelopment plan “Operation Falcon Revitalization.”  BAHS students from the environmental science club will be encouraged to attend by faculty member Kathy Lacek.

In the event of inclement weather, a rain date is scheduled for May 5.

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