May 2017 Edition – “May Flowers”

The May 2017 edition of Pennsylvania Bridges“May Flowers” – is now available online & in print.coverproof

Thoughts from Our Editor – May 2017 – “May Flowers”

UFLO1190-8MB We’ve all heard the saying “April showers bring May flowers.”

A little digging reveals this sentiment’s origins harken back to 17th century Great Britain and Ireland where the level of precipitation in April is high because of the direction of the jet stream.

Meteorology aside, however, this expression also finds root in the idea that after a long, dark, and cold winter, a more optimistic spring awaits.

“April showers bring May flowers” is a phrase often intended to lift the spirits with the prospect of a brighter, more beautiful tomorrow. Even in the midst of a torrential downpour, we can imagine the splendor to come.

Dazzling and bold, hardy May flowers have withstood the deluge and now shine as brilliant as the sun, their vivid colors a symbol of hope realized. Who among us cannot relate to the resilient flowers of May, and to the notion that we are better for having weathered the April storms?

However, science tells us this common adage isn’t always accurate, depending on the type of flower and where you
call home.

Those living in warmer climates, for example, may see perennial buds beginning to burst as early as March or even April. Because their bulbs have been slumbering in the ground all winter, one month’s rainfall has little effect on their growth and overall health. Rather, it’s the accumulation of precipitation over many months that matters.

On the other hand, annuals, which must be replanted each year, can’t be put in soil until winter and the accompanying menace of frost has past. In climates like ours, that usually means waiting until spring is in full swing.

Whatever the type of flower, it’s clear what matters most is not precipitation but temperature. When the sun begins to warm the earth and spring like conditions have us trading our winter coats for light windbreakers, the first flowers appear, despite how much rainfall occurred during the previous month. Given a hospitable climate, they bask and thrive in the abundant light.

Again, we can draw a comparison between ourselves and flowering plants. Under the right circumstances, given warmth in the form of love and support, we also blossom and flourish as individuals. With help and encouragement, we prosper.

This edition is dedicated to living May flowers, to those who’ve experienced and overcome adversity on the path to success, as well as to those who’ve been sources of guidance and inspiration for those weathering life’s storms.

Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

April 2017 – Spring Cleaning

april2017-coverThe April 2017 edition of Pennsylvania BridgesSpring Cleaning – is now available online & in print.

Thoughts from our Editor: Spring Cleaning

SpringCleanThe strong scent of bleach, the warm softness of freshly laundered linen, the gleam of polished fixtures and newly mopped floors, all these evoke for me childhood memories of helping my family spruce up our living space each spring. Somewhere between St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, at least two whole weekends would be dedicated to cleaning our house from top to bottom.

Given that time of year is also college basketball season, one of my most vivid recollections of my formative years involve my stepfather wiping down the glass shelves of his beloved entertainment center with Windex, all the while yelling at full volume at the TV. By his estimation, three things were sacred above all: his Magnavox stereo, his record collection, and then Memphis State Tiger basketball. To me fell the task of gently dusting the covers and spines of four crates of vinyl, hoping for the safety of my hearing the Tigers played well and the refs didn’t make any “bad” calls.

Chances are, you’ve got your own memories of spring cleaning, whatever form they take. I hope, for your sake, they were less noisy than mine! When thinking about my own remembrances, I found myself wondering when exactly did the yearly custom begin, and what was the original purpose?

In this digital age, one doesn’t have to waste time wondering, so off to Wikipedia I went. Here’s what I learned.

Spring cleaning is an annual tradition that dates back to Biblical times, with evidence that the ritual of cleansing your home from floor to ceiling coincides with certain religious observances such as Passover and Lent. Purifying one’s domicile is seen as an act of renewal, of preparing the spirit for the year ahead.

As recently as the 19th century, it was recommended homes be thoroughly dusted during the month of March, however, this was for practical, not spiritual, reasons. In March, particularly in northern climates, windows and doors can be opened without fear of draughts or – alternately – insect infestations, and swift moving winds help carry dust from the home.

With the advent of vacuum cleaners and the decline of the coal furnace, it’s no longer necessary to confine these activities to the month of March. Yet, today, in 2017, spring cleaning remains a popular activity, or so I’ve been told. Domesticity has never been my strong suit. Still, even a packrat like me can appreciate the feeling of contentment and accomplishment that accompanies a truly tidy house. Clean is calm. It’s almost impossible for chaos to thrive in the midst of sterility.

While no one has ever accused me of having an immaculate house, I do have my own routine cleansing rituals. After each issue is sent to the printer, I organize, sort, and file the dozens of piles of paper that accumulate as we prepare the content of the same. Active computer files are archived in storage and copies sent to “the cloud” for back up. Databases are updated, and contacts added. Actual cleaning products even make an appearance, with surfaces like my desk and keyboard getting a much needed bath. (On a related note, our technology columnist and my husband, Eric, who generously donated his column space this issue to a last mention notice about a youth fishing tournament, insists I tell you that you should never immerse your electronics in water. He’ll be back next issue.)

Whether your home gets a carpet to drape makeover each spring or you simply take a few hours on occasion to organize and regroup your space, it’s important to also take time for what may well have been the original intention of spring to cleaning, to restore the spirit and re-energize the soul.

Happy spring cleaning! Until next month,

Carla E. Anderton

March 2017 – “Helping Hearts”

march2017-coverThe March 2017 Edition of Pennsylvania Bridges – “Helping Hearts” – is now available online & in print.

Helping Hands, Helping Hearts

Call it vanity, but I’ve always been proud of my hands. Slender with long fingers, they’re what my grandmother used to pronounce “piano player hands,” in spite of the fact I quit taking piano lessons at the age of 11 after a year and a half of frustrated attempts to skillfully tickle the ivories. Truly, I am the musical black sheep of my family. My mother is such a talented musician and singer she landed a full opera scholarship, and I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, much to the chagrin of all those who’ve suffered through my few pathetic efforts to sing at local open mics. You can come out of hiding now, for I’m never going to sing outside of my shower again.

Instead, I found my instrument in a computer keyboard, and there are moments when I’m writing that my fingers seem to dance with all the grace of a prima ballerina, the steady, comforting click clack of the keys beautiful music to my ears.

These hands have written countless articles, essays, poems, plays, and a full length novel. They’ve taken the work of other writers and polished it to a high sheen. They helped me to become the first member of my family to graduate with a terminal degree. They’ve enabled me to keep a roof over my head and feed my family. With these hands, I guided a person from infancy to adulthood, and along the way I joined them together with my soulmate’s during our wedding ceremony in 2014. And, finally, these hands built this publication you’re holding in your hands right now.

Sadly, roughly six months ago, my left hand became quite uncooperative, having succumbed to the ravages of Rheumatoid Arthritis, and typing has become a real chore. As with any obstacle, you make allowances, and you adjust and adapt, but the reality is my mind races along at a rate my fingers can’t match. The joy I once found in the very act of writing has been replaced by fear of the pain, and the result is I’m a lot less productive than I used to be. Surgery’s an option, but it will have to wait for a more optimum time.

In the meantime, as mentioned above, I’ve adapted. I’m training my PC to recognize my voice, as well as using the voice to text recorder on my smartphone. Touchscreens are easier to manipulate than a keyboard, so I frequently write articles and make lists on my tablet. It’s slow going, but it gets the job done. Still, for all my efforts to adjust, there are days I stare longingly at my monitor like an animal peering through the bars of a cage, feeling like a captive in my own mind.

Outside of my desire to share my voice, my very ability to create is compromised. For example, my husband, out of love and concern for my safety, will no longer allow me to chop vegetables for fear the result will resemble a crime scene in a slasher flick.

Those days when I feel particularly helpless, I’ve come to realize, those are the days I have to ask for help. And, like my childhood attempts to pursue a musical career, accepting my limitations and asking for assistance is not one of my talents. It takes courage to admit you need help, and – for me – bravery isn’t always abundant.

What I’ve learned through this process, however, is most people have a helping heart and are happy to lend a hand. All I have to do is ask. Where need exists, generosity provides.

Nowhere is this more true than here in southwestern Pennsylvania. This issue is dedicated to those with helping hearts and hands, who devote themselves to caring for others. On behalf of those who often or on occasion need assistance, thank you. Take pride in what you do, and in the good work you do with your hands and your hearts.

Until next month,

Carla E. Anderton

Things to Do, Places to Go & People to See – March 2017

Smoke-Free for Life

Tuesday, March 7 at 6 PM – 7 PM

Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, 240 Wellness Way, Washington

This class is FREE and open to the public! Learn to overcome barriers that have kept you from quitting in the past. Develop a customized “quit-plan” that will lead to success. Learn the art of positive self-talk and watch it work for you. Understand how to control your weight during and after the program. Practice sound techniques to manage stress. Develop strategies that will prevent relapse. Give and receive support in a positive and comfortable environment. 3 Ways to Register: Online at wrcameronwellness.org, In-person at the Wellness Center, or Contact Eric Schmalzried at 724.250.5249 or eschmalzried@whs.org

 

Free Produce to People Food Distribution – Fayette County

Thursday, March 9 at 10 AM

Fayette County Fair Fairgrounds, 132 Pechin Rd, Connellsville

The program provides supplemental food items to families each month that typically families receive about 60 pounds of food each month and includes items such as meat, when available, fresh vegetables and fruit, canned items, dairy,when available, and much more. Residents of Fayette County who receive the food are asked to bring a large box, wheeled cart or laundry basket to put their food in.

FMI: www.freshfirechurch.net

 

Beauty and the Beast After Dark

Friday, March 10 at 6 PM

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

At the heart of Beauty and the Beast is the powerful story of metamorphosis. Be our guest as we explore transformative natural phenomenons and real beasts in the natural world at a special 21+ event. Dress for a grand ball and sip on themed cocktails as you explore our castle-like museum by night.

$15 in advance; $20 at the door; $13.50 for members

FMI: www.afterdark.carnegiemnh.org

 

GIRLS ROCK – Benefit and Art Exhibition

Friday, March 10 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM

Percolate : Art Space, Gallery, Creative Laboratory, 317 S Trenton Ave, Wilkinsburg

63 women from Pittsburgh and the surrounding area will be exhibiting their work to support Girls Rock Pittsburgh, an empowerment program for female youths of all definitions, abilities, & backgrounds.

FMI: www.girlsrockpittsburgh.org

 

Mommy & Me Cake Decorating

Saturday, March 11 at 10 AM

Dairy Queen (North Charleroi, PA)

Mommy & Me is a great way to spend a Saturday morning with your child.  Limited space available. Cost is $25 per couple this includes your lesson, kids meal & cake. Call 724-489-9222 to reserve your space.

 

Community Division Class Sampler

Saturday, March 11 at 2 PM

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, 2900 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh

Ready to try a new avenue of fitness? Have the urge to start dancing but are not sure where to start? Here is your chance! Join us at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Studios on Saturday, March 11th for an afternoon of introductory dance and fitness classes from the PBT School Faculty. Warm up with a beginner level PBT Barre Fitness workout based on classical ballet and Pilates exercises, learn the traditional dance steps in Character, and finish with learning basic technique and combination work in Contemporary. No dance experience necessary as classes are geared towards beginner dancers. Ages 14 & up are welcome. $30 per participant; pre-registration is recommended. Register online or at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

FMI: www.pbt.org

 

Wedding Resale- Pittsburgh

Sunday, March 12 at 1:30 PM

Pittsburgh Airport Marriott

A one day FANCYFLIP Wedding Resale event where any newlyweds can rent a booth to sell their used wedding items to future brides. It is like a flea market for wedding stuff!

FMI: www.fancyflipevents.com/events

 

MoonFlow Yoga with Lacey

Sunday, March 12 at 6:30 PM

Chaney’s Natural, 138 W Main St, Monongahela

MoonFlow yoga class releases negative energy and pent up stress with moon salutations. Moon salutations are designed to calm the mind and body and channel inner feminine energy. Bring your mat, some friends and $10

 

Hobbyist Mosaics at The Phoenix Arts Center

March 14-May 2 from 6-8 pm

Ages: High School/Adult

Uniontown High School Art Room

Cost is $75. Beginner Mosaics for Hobbyists is a class for those who are interested in learning how to create art by mortaring or gluing pieces of tesserae (material) onto another object, or substrate. Students will be introduced to the classic mosaic hammer and hardie in order to cut local materials. The class will cover how to mix mortar and epoxy, how to build a substate, and how to apply tesserae in flowing lines of andamento (movement).

FMI: www.thephoenixartscenter.org

 

Detoxing Your Home

Tuesday, March 14 at 7 PM

Wohar Chiropractic Health Center, 1295 Grand Blvd, Ste 100, Monessen

Learn how to replace chemicals in your home with easy to use natural cleaning products.

FMI: www.drjwohar.com

 

MF at 40: A Walk Through the Archives

Thursday, March 16 at 6 PM

Mattress Factory – Museum of Contemporary Art, 505 Jacksonia St. [parking lot], Pittsburgh

Muddy shorts. Bird nests. Artists’ sketches. Curator’s notes. Fragments of hard candy. Installation models. The Mattress Factory is a museum unlike any other, and our archives are one-of-a-kind as well. During this inaugural MF@40 event, visitors will have an opportunity to get a rare look at the Mattress Factory’s archives, which capture the museum’s evolution since its founding in 1977. Chronicling artwork, documentation and objects throughout its history, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

$15 tickets include two drinks, light appetizers, after-hours access to the museum’s galleries and guided tours of archival materials. MF Members enjoy FREE admission for this event! For the special discount code, please contact stella@mattress.org.

FMI: www.mattress.org

 

Sound Series: Kid Koala: Nufonia Must Fall Live

Thursday, March 16 at 8 PM

Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh

Part film, part puppetry, part live music, and 100% award-winning storytelling, Nufonia Must Fall is a multidisciplinary performance piece created by internationally renowned Canadian DJ and musician Kid Koala and directed by KK Barrett (Being John Malkovich and Her). Koala and the dynamic Afiara Quartet provide live scoring on piano, strings and turntables. Critics have tagged it as “modern primitive multimedia” because it mixes live puppet theater, video, a live string quartet, and a nest of electric instruments to tell the story of a tone-deaf and completely unemployable robot who falls in love with its human creator, a brilliant but unwitting scientist. Get ready for romancing the Anthropocene.

FMI: www.warhol.org

 

The Wiseguy Kitchen Comedy Show & Dinner

Friday, March 17 at 6:30 PM

Bella Sera, 414 Morganza Rd, Canonsburg

Join former mob boss turned reality star Big Vinny, aka The Wiseguy Chef and his crew, as they try to go legit. The Wiseguy Chef tries to teach his patrons how to prepare delicious Italian American cuisine. Our own Chef Giuseppe will prepare a delicious buffet for you to enjoy prior to the laughs beginning. Cost is $65.

FMI: www.bellaserapgh.com

 

Still, Birth. A Staged Reading of a New Play

Friday, March 17 at 8 PM

Carnegie Stage -off the WALL, 25 W Main St, Carnegie

You are invited to participate in a developmental reading and talk-back for a new play by Campany and Parrish. Pregnancy and infant loss often occurs in silence, causing a moratorium on grief that can have tremendous impact upon the health of the mother, as well as the rest of the family. This grief can transform into various physical and mental health issues. Still, Birth seeks to speak of this loss aloud in the hopes of supporting those who suffer in silence.

Seating is limted. Please use CODE: still101 – to make your FREE reservation. You may also choose to pay the $10 donation to support Off The Wall Theatre/Carnegie Stage for allowing us to use the space.

FMI: www.tickets.vendini.com

 

Beyond Bodyslams! – Pittsburgh, PA

Saturday, March 18 at 7:05 PM

Steel City Improv Theater, 5950 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh

Gary Michael Cappetta revives his acclaimed stage show, BEYOND BODYSLAMS! giving you an inside and personal look at his most controversial and outragious experiences from his acclaimed book, BODYSLAMS!. Through his no nonsense, artful story telling ability and never before seen video, GMC will relive his days with the WWF, NWA, AWA, WCW and ROH. $20 – General Admission. $40 – Meet & Greet – Includes Early Entry Gen Adm / Free Book / Free 8×10 Tour Photo / Post Show Photos & Autographs

Day of show tickets are $27 & $45.

FMI: www.steelcityimprov.com

 

Heroic Tales

Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 PM

Katz Performing Arts Center, 5738 Darlington Rd, Pittsburgh

Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 3 celebrates the hero within each of us while Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man honors the unsung heroes of World War II. Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is one of the most evocative pieces of American music, long associated with moments of intense emotional grief. We conclude our journey through the country’s heritage of heroism and remembrance with Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait featuring narration by the magnificent Demareus Cooper.

FMI: www.edgewoodsymphony.org

 

Exhibit Tour: #Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience

Sunday, March 19 at 1 PM

Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St, Pittsburgh

Transport yourself back in time during an in-depth tour of #Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience with History Center docents. See what makes Pittsburgh unique through the History Center’s extensive collection of photographs. Experience life through the lens of Pittsburghers with the upcoming exhibition, #Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience. From the darkroom to the digital era, #Pixburgh provides visitors with a compelling glimpse into how Pittsburghers chronicle their city and their own lives in a format that’s more popular than ever.

This exhibit tour is included with regular museum admission and is free for History Center members.

FMI: www.heinzhistorycenter.org

 

Empty Bowls Dinner 2017

Sunday, March 19 at 1:30 PM – 6 PM

Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 5th Ave, Pittsburgh

The annual Empty Bowls dinner serves up a meaningful meal of soup and bread as a reminder that too many people throughout our region are facing hunger. This year’s event benefiting Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest will feature artisan pottery for guests to take home, soups from restaurants across the City of Pittsburgh, children’s activities, an auction featuring local artwork and a host of celebrity soup servers.

This year’s seating sessions are: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tickets are $20 when purchased in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets for children are $10.

FMI: www.justharvest.org

 

Ladies Night

Sunday, March 19 at 4 PM

Brownsville Do It Best Hardware, 6027 National Pike, Grindstone

A fun filled event with everything for the Ladies: Crafts, Craft Ideas, Bag Sale, Scavenger Hunt, Prize Drawings, Product Demonstrations & more

FMI: www.brownsvillehardware.com

 

FUSE: Tchaikovsky + Drake

Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30 PM

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, 600 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh

This concert features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 with a dozen Drake songs weaved throughout the work, including “We’re Going Home” and “Hotline Bling.”

** Please note that this concert features the music of Drake; he will not be performing at this event.**

Each FUSE@PSO experience begins at 5 p.m. with a happy hour, featuring a variety of happy hour-priced drinks, activities and sponsors. The concert follows at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Series season packages are available as well. Tickets are general admission and there is no intermission. Drinks are allowed in the concert hall at these performances.

FMI: www.pittsburghsymphony.org

 

Anna Karenina – Vakhtangov Theatre

Thursday, March 23 at 7 PM

SouthSide Works Cinema, 425 Cinema Dr, Pittsburgh

This Vakhtangov Theatre production of Anna Karenina is a modern dance interpretation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel, originally published in serial installments from 1875 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger. Telling the life story of the titular Anna, a St. Petersburg aristocrat, against the back of late 19th century Russian society, Tolstoy’s novel is widely considered a pinnacle in realist fiction.Cholina strives to find the equivalent of Tolstoy’s words in harmony and movement, as every gesture holds as much meaning as a word.

Tickets are $15 for adults. $12.50 for children and seniors. Save $2 off admission w a ticket stub from New Hazlett Theater or PICT Classic Theatre

FMI: www.clevelandcinemas.com

 

Material Worlds Fashion Show

Friday, March 24 at 7 PM

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, 120 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh

High fashion meets high tech at Material Worlds, a one-night-only event presented by Carnegie Museum of Art at Pittsburgh’s Ace Hotel.

Inspired by the CMOA exhibition “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” (February 4–May 1, 2017), local artists will showcase wearable works of art featuring innovative technology, unique processes, and unconventional materials. Mingle with other Pittsburgh professionals and creatives during a thrilling runway show. General: $40 ($35 Carnegie Museums members), includes drink ticket. VIP: $100 ($90 Carnegie Museums members), includes guaranteed runway seating and access to VIP open bar lounge

Attire: Creative Formal

FMI: www.cmoa.org or www.acehotel.com

 

Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet & Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival

March 24 – March 26

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh

Marketplace, Classes, Special Events and more.

FMI: www.pghknitandcrochet.com

 

Farm to Table Local Food Conference

March 24 – March 25

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh

We’re getting back to our roots! We’re excited to be able to bring a cultural perspective to our conference this year. The theme is: Growing Roots for Healthy Communities and it’s all about celebrating the diversity of farming and traditional cooking methods that make eating local fun, educational and enriching.

The conference provides consumers with two days of networking and educational opportunities. Seasonal cooking demonstrations, gardening, and information about the nutritional value of local food are presented by local experts.

Meet with other Locavores to discuss ideas about where their food comes from and where to find businesses and organizations who can provide them with healthy food and healthy lifestyle choices. Event held 10 a.m.-5p.m. both days; additional events before and after each day.

FMI: www.facebook.com/pittsburghcc

 

Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

Mar 24 at 8 PM to Mar 26 at 9 PM

Cultural District, Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center of Carnegie Mellon University, is a three-day gathering of internationally-renowned academics, artists, and intellectual innovators in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The Festival will offer intimate conversations, interviews, and performances focused on art, literature, music, science, policy, politics, and more—all helping us to explore what it means to be human. It’s smart talk about stuff that matters.

The Writers of the Onion – Friday, March 24

Bassem Youssef – Saturday, March 25

A Conversation with Kathleen Neal Cleaver and Denise Oliver-Velez – Sunday, March 26

+ 24 Concurrent Sessions (Interviews & Conversations)

FMI: Explore the full lineup and get tickets at www.TrustArts.org/SmartTalk

 

Spring 2017 Mindfulness Fair

Saturday, March 25 at 10 AM

123 University Place, Pittsburgh

The Fair will showcase resources and activities available to both the campus community and the Pittsburgh region, and will feature a variety of talks, yoga, and Tai Chi demonstrations, information tables, and family activities. Lunch/refreshments provided and admission is free.

FMI: www.mindfulnesspitt.org

 

Pittsburgh Fairytale Ball

Sunday, March 26 at 10 AM

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh

Our princesses can’t wait to sing, dance, and play with your little ones! There will be a Royal Entrance, Stories, Songs, Free Portrait Station, Candy Buffet, Tiara Decorating Station, Group Games, Dancing and More. Pose with The Snow Sisters. Create a Crown with Rapunzel. Enjoy candy with The Little Mermaid. Read Stories with Belle. Have an enchanted evening with all your favorite fairytale friends.

FMI: www.prettyprincesspartiesmn.com

 

Family Day

Saturday, March 25 at 11 AM

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N Main St, Greensburg

Surprises and fun for the whole family! Enjoy free admission, art projects, scavenger hunts, special discounts and more.

FMI: www.westmoreland.org

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Saturday, March 25 at 11:45 PM

The Hollywood Theater in Dormont, 1449 Potomac Ave, Pittsburgh

Hosted by The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players. Come do the time warp with them!

FMI: www.thehollywooddormont.org

 

Steel City Slam

Tuesday, March 28 at 7:45 PM

6001 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh

Cash prize slam! $25 for 1st, $10 Gift Certificate to Capri Pizzeria for 2nd, Hearty applause for 3rd. All you need to compete are three, 3-min poems. Not interested in competing? You can also come read on the open mic, judge the slam, or just watch the poetry.

Signup at 7:45, show starts at 8:15. $5, All Ages Venue, All Ages (including Adult) Content. Slam list caps at 8 poets, open mic at 6. Are you a youth poet? Come before the show. Our sister group Young Steel has a youth focused workshop from 6-7:30 before the slam every week.

FMI: www.pghpoetry.org

 

Half-Pint Prints

Saturday, April 1 at 10 AM – 12 PM

The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh

Families work with The Warhol’s artist educators to create silkscreen prints during this drop-in silkscreen printing activity for children ages 1 to 4 years old. Free with museum admission

FMI: www.warhol.org

 

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Saturday, April 1 at 2 PM

The Somerset Historical Center, 10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset

This program is open to the public and current LHOAF members. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is an introduction to a series of literature-inspired foods and cooking techniques. Attendees will learn about traditional Victorian afternoon teas. There will be tea, cakes and sandwiches for the enjoyment of participants as well as a demonstration on how to make a Battenburg/Domino Cake using a recipe from the 1800s. All those attending will leave with copies of the original Victorian recipes used to make the sweets and savories present at the program. The fee is $10 per adult for LHOAF and museum members, $15 for non-members and $5 for all children between 11-18 years of age. Advance registration required by calling the Somerset Historical Center. Please RSVP by Saturday, March 25.

FMI: www.somersethistoricalcenter.org

 

Super Science Saturday: Egg-cellent Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15 at 12 PM – 4 PM

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh

Join us for our annual Egg-cellent Egg Hunt! Follow clues that lead to treats, and meet live springtime animals! This event is designed for children 3–10 years old. Scavenger hunt maps and prizes are available to the first 500 children. Free with museum admission!

Super Science Saturdays is a free program at Carnegie Museum of Natural History that allows visitors of all ages to explore a special theme through hands-on activities, experiments, demonstrations, discussions with museum experts, and more.

FMI: www.carnegiemnh.org

 

Animaniacs Live!

Thursday, April 20 at 8 PM – 11 PM

Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, 510 E 10th Ave, Munhall

Animaniacs Live features songs from the original WB show performed live!

Starring composer Randy Rogel, and voice actor of the original Animaniacs cast Rob Paulsen – Voice Actor

FMI: www.druskyentertainment.com

February 2017 Edition: Moments & Milestones

february2017 cover.qxdThe February 2017 edition of Pennsylvania Bridges is now available online & in print.

Moments & Milestones

This month, I am set to reach one of life’s major milestones. On February 23, I will turn 40 years old.

I find this fact astonishing only because I can recall with crystal clarity the day I turned ten, when I thought an eternity would have to pass before I reached the great sum of 15.

Still, I reached that milestone and many others, and 30 years later, here I sit thinking of past accomplishments and future feats yet to be achieved.

Forty seems like an appropriate age to take stock of your existence by counting the milestones along your life’s path. From learning to walk to learning to fly, so many occasions have had a profound impact on me. Giving birth to my favorite person, graduating from college and graduate school, publishing my first novel, and marrying my soulmate a few years back have all been events that shaped me in dramatic ways.

Having said that, what I remember most vividly about the last 20 years or so has not been so much the milestones but rather the moments I’ve shared with friends and loved ones. This is hardly an original concept and I must credit the source, the late Rose Kennedy, who raised a U.S. President and two senators along with six other children. She was also a leading philanthropist who lived to the ripe old age of 104.

“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments,” she wrote in her autobiography, Times to Remember.

The moments I cherish best have been the most unexpected, and at times have not fit neatly into the narrative I once believed my life would follow.

For everyone official milestone I’ve met, there are hundreds of moments that have eclipsed their standing. This is not to diminish their importance, rather it is emphasize how incredibly rich my life has been to date.

Like anyone, there are instances I’d rather not repeat, difficult lessons learned the hard way. Still, I can’t discount any of them for – without them – my life might have taken an alternate course than the current one.

Speaking of alternate courses, this issue is dedicated to those who go out of their way to help those whose lives have been touched by hardship and/
or tragedy.

In this edition, we honor the first responders on the scene, as well as those who raise their voices on behalf of the silenced. We pay tribute to those who support the downtrodden and the disadvantaged.

In an effort to be a positive force for change, we also are spotlighting organizations and causes to which you can contribute your resources. Even if you don’t have a lot of money, you can still make a difference by volunteering your time to help others in need. Have a spare hour or day? Want to help – among others – hungry children, people with life limiting illnesses or victims of domestic violence? Details about several worthy causes are listed within this month’s pages. Remember, volunteering can be a rewarding solo activity or a great way for families to bond and instill good values in their children’s hearts and minds. No memory is as precious as one that’s made while lifting others up.

Finally, this issue contains over 50 notices of places to go and things to do in the month of February, from celebrating Valentine’s Day at a local restaurant with your special someone to discovering the diversity of artists and performers in your own backyard.

Whether you elect to mark your life by milestones or moments, take time to appreciate the unique beauty of each.

Until next month,

Carla E. Anderton

January 2017: New Beginnings

january2017 cover.qxdThe January 2017 edition of Pennsylvania BridgesNew Beginnings – is now available online & in print.