Saturday, August 3rd, saw a celebration of some of the best of our area’s local youth at the seventh annual 2013 Shyne Awards. These awards give young adults (ages 13 -19) the opportunity to “shyne” by recognizing positive achievements in such categories as academics, the arts and service to community and the ministry. The awards were founded by The Darkins Group’s Darnell Drewery and Orlana Darkins Drewery.
Dutch McDonald and Becky Mingo are Pittsburgh treasures—they have been instrumental in making the neighborhood of Friendship what it is today. Dutch and Becky have contributed so much to City of Pittsburgh and its people and now they need your help for their family.
The Northside Old Timers is a non profit group of current and former Northsiders dedicated to improving the lives of youths by fostering peace, unity and harmony in 19 different communities in Pittsburgh’s Northside. They work primarily with children from kindergarten to the eighth grade as they have found this age-range to be the most susceptible to positive change. Their motto is “Save One, Job Done” and they work to reduce violence by creating activities which enable these youngsters to get to know their peers in other neighborhoods — “changing the way children think about one another in order to change the way they act towards one another.”
90% of our drinking water comes from our rivers, yet almost every time it rains in Allegheny County, our sewer system is overwhelmed–overflowing sewage into our rivers, our streams, and often into our basements. In 2008, a federal consent decree by the Environmental Protection Agency required the prevention of almost all sewer overflows and long-term wet weather control planning. The question was whether “green” solutions–like rain gardens, porous pavement, rain barrels, green roofs, and more trees–would be used or would billions be spent on “gray” solutions.
Friday, August 2nd, will see the first-ever Garfield Night Market. For the next four months, the Garfield Night Market will be a great compliment to Penn Avenue’s Unblurred. The Night Market will include appearances by local performers, colorful street lighting, and sales of local goods. There will also be great food from local Pittsburgh vendors including the Franktuary truck and Fukuda’s Lomito truck as well as Garfield-based Healcrest Urban Farm and Abby’s Sweets and Treats. The Carnegie Libraries and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater will participating too.
The Neighborhood Learning Alliance is non profit started ten years ago whose mission is to improve the education and opportunities of African-American and lower income families through partnerships with community and faith-based organizations. One of their programs is Reading Warriors — a six-week, summer program designed to boost booth interest and proficiency in reading for elementary-age students who are currently behind in their skills. The program partners high school students with the younger children on a one-on-one mentoring basis. The kids not only get to choose which books they’ll read — they also get to keep them.
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What would you say about a program for children that promotes healthy lifestyles, improves academic achievement, encourages environmentalism and enjoyment of nature, and encourages community involvement? That’s a program you’d want to support, right? If so, Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh could use just a couple of hours of your time this summer.
Hey, Pittsburgh! What’s your favorite local business? Is it where you get you morning coffee or your go-to place for the best slice in town? Is it a bar where all your friends go? Is it an especially caring dentist or that little shop where you always find the most amazing and unique gifts? Is it Downtown or right around the corner? Well, here’s your chance to share your favorite with the rest of Pittsburgh and earn a $200 gift card to spend there.
Tomorrow will see the start of The Statewide Conference on Heritage in Downtown Pittsburgh. Our city has a wealth of well-preserved building, historic bridges and a storied industrial past which makes it a perfect setting for a conference which focuses on the preservation of Pennsylvania’s heritage. It’s being held at the historic William Penn Hotel and runs from Tuesday, July 16 through Friday, July 19.
“Vamos Meninas!” means “Let’s Go Girls!” in Portuguese. It’s the working title of a one-hour documentary film by the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) in Pittsburgh and ELAS Women’s Social Investment Fund in Rio de Janeiro that’s currently in the production stage. Written and directed by WGF’s CEO, Heather Arnet, the film is about female presidents. It will debut on Pittsburgh’s own WQED this fall, tour college campuses, and is meant to inspire girls for generations to come.