Coro’s Next Neighborhood Leaders program helps to identify community challenges and the leadership qualities needed to navigate those challenges successfully. The new emerging leaders collaborate on projects that will create a more thriving local community. Each year Coro conducts these programs in a different local community. First in 2010 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District/Uptown neighborhoods, and then, in Pittsburgh’s Northside in 2012. The Next Neighborhood Leaders program is now working in South Pittsburgh.
Last month, we wrote about Urban Innovation21′s Small Business Grant Competition for Hill District residents (which you can still apply to win). This month, they have started their grant competition which aims to assist a wide range of entrepreneurs who reside and/or operate a small for profit business in Homewood. Urban Innovation21 sponsors these grants because they believe that entrepreneurship is the engine to boost regional development.
If you are a certified lifeguard or are interested in obtaining certification, the Citiparks Aquatics Division is looking for you. They are currently recruiting lifeguards for the 2014 summer season. Lifeguards must be City of Pittsburgh residents and at least 16 years of age by May 30, 2014. The starting pay rate is $8.82 an hour. If you are interested in working as a lifeguard for Citiparks, please contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928.
Have the Sochi Winter Olympics piqued your curiosity about the sport of curling? Did you know there is a Pittsburgh Curling Club? Well, now’s a great time to have a “Curling Experience.” Citiparks and the Pittsburgh Curling Club have partnered to host a one-day curling extravaganza on Sunday, February 16th at the Schenley Park Skating Rink. There will be a day of 30-minute curling classes each half hour between 2:00 and 5:30 PM. The price is $15, but you’ll need to act fast to preregister for a class before all the slots are filled!
Mayor William Peduto announced that applications for the spring 2014 Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) are now available. Pittsburgh residents and business owners are invited to apply to this free 10-week course to learn about City government. The CLA meets every Wednesday evening from March 26 to May 28, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Applications are available online at http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application?m=application and must be submitted by March 7.
No matter where your interest lies, there’s a volunteer opportunity out there to match it. Pittsburgh Cares gathers dozens and dozens of volunteer opportunities from their regional nonprofit partners and lists them on their website. They make it easy for anyone to volunteer by allowing you to search by date through their calendar, or by keyword, or by proximity, or various other criteria.
This Monday, January 20th, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day–a day when we honor this great leader for his non-violent fight on behalf of civil rights and social justice. While MLK Day has been observed for nearly 30 years, it was signed into law as a Day of Service 20 years ago by President Clinton from a bill initiated by Pennsylvania’s own U.S. Senator Harris Wofford along with Atlanta Congressman John Lewis.
Due to public safety concerns in light of frigid winter weather conditions forecasted for Monday, January 6, 2014, Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto announced today that his Inaugural Ceremony, previously planned to take place outdoors on the portico of the City County Building, will be moved indoors to Heinz Hall. Seating for the program will begin at 12:00 pm, and the Inaugural Ceremony will commence at 1:00 pm.
The Transition Committee of Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto, Building a New Pittsburgh, released details today regarding the schedule of activities for Inauguration Day on Monday, January 6, 2014.
‘Tis the season for outrageously ugly sweaters! From pop-up stores, to their own page at Amazon.com, to celebrity fashion wear, ugly holiday sweaters are a trend that will not die. In fact, demand for that perfectly tacky sweater has “skyrocketed” in the past five years, according to one retailer. If you have an ugly holiday sweater party in your future, why not make your own (and enjoy some great Church Brew Works beer while you’re at it).