Community Calendar

Charity softball

AUG. 29—The Massaro Corp. and the Josh Gibson Foundation will host a Charity Softball Game at 10 a.m. at the Josh Gibson Field, located next to Macedonia Church, 2217 Bedford Ave., Hill District. The event will feature local celebrities, DJs, raffles, giveaways and games for kids and adults. Profits will benefit the Josh Gibson Foundation. Registration is also available for those interested in competing in the game. For more information, call 412-771-6949 or visit

Shadyside arts festival

AUG. 29—Pittsburgh will host the 12th Annual Shadyside Arts Festival from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at 739 Bellefonte St., Shadyside. This two-day event will exhibit first-class outdoor art gallery complete with an eclectic mix of the nation’s most talented artists and $15 million in artwork available for sale. There will be painting, sculptures, photo, glass, wood, ceramics, jewelry and more. The festival will also run Aug. 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 954-472-3755 or visit

New library celebration

AUG. 29—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host a Come Home to Your New Library Community Celebration from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1230 Federal St., North Side. There will be tours, story times, crafts, activities and a fund-raiser. Also, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a hip-hop on L.O.C.K. project and more. This is a two-day event. For more information, call Suzanne M. Thinnes at 412-578-2458.

Community day

AUG. 29—The Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center will host the 3 B’s Community Day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 646 Herron Ave., Hill District. There will be a BBQ sale, a bake sale and a book sale. This day is to celebrate the joy of MLK and the center’s appreciation to the community. There will also be music, a flea market, food, poetry, games, story telling and more. For more information, call 412-681-4602.

School fair

AUG. 29—Pittsburgh South Hills Middle School will host their Welcome Back to School International Fair Celebration from 12-4 p.m. at 595 Crane Ave., South Hills. This is a fun, community time for returning and new families. There will be dancing, food, exhibits from around the world and more. Bring shades, straw hats and a lawn chair for comfort. Transportation will be provided. For more information, call 412-572-8130.

Library lecture

SEPT. 1—The Allegheny Valley Library Harrison Branch will host a Library Lecture from 6:30-8 p.m. at Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights. The topic is the “Myths and Legends of Heart Disease.” This lecture is for individuals interested in learning more about heart disease symptoms, risk factors and available treatments. Peter Counihan, MD, of the UPMC Cardiovascular Institute will present the lecture. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 1-866-939-7787.


SEPT. 5—The Santonio Holmes III & Long Foundation will host a Celebrity Bowl-a-Thon at 4 p.m. at FunFest Entertainment Center, 2525 Freeport Rd., Pittsburgh. The bowl-a-thon will benefit charities dealing with work in the area of sickle cell. September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. and the deadline is Sept. 1. There will also be free sickle cell screenings from 12-3 p.m. at the Schenley Park Vietnam Veteran’s Pavilion the same day. For more information, call Gabrina Soliz at 210-845-2797.

Homeownership workshop

SEPT. 9—Fifth Third Bank will host a Homeownership Mobile from 12-4 p.m. at the Human Services Center Corp., 519 Penn Ave., Turtle Creek. This is a mobile bus that doubles as a mobile classroom to provide credit counciling, financial literacy, homeownership and foreclosure prevention. There will also be free credit reports, one-on-one counseling and more. The bus will stop at various locations on various dates and times. It will run through Sept. 12. For more information, call Jada Grandy at 412-291-5465.

Grandparents award

SEPT. 13—Your Sister’s Project will host the “2009 Grandparents of Distinction” Awards Dinner and Gala at the Senator Jon Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. Selected grandparents will be recognized and receive a special award. This is an opportunity to honor parents, grandparents, friends and prominent grandparents affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues and various organizations. Nominations are due by Aug. 29. For more information, call 412-377-3358.


SEPT. 22—The National Council on Urban Peace, Justice & Empowerment will host the International Peace, Justice & Empowerment Summit from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Hosanna House, 807 Wallace Ave., Wilkinsburg. This is an action alert town hall forum that will discuss globalization, economic justice, prison industrial complex, urban and international policy, health care, and reparations. The keynote speakers will be national columnist Ron Walters and John A. Powell. The co-conveners will be T. Rashad Byrdsong and Amir Khalid Sammad. The summit will last two days. For more information, visit

Awards celebration

SEPT. 26—The Legacy Arts Project Inc. will host the 4th Annual Keepers of the Flame Awards Celebration at 7 p.m. at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. The theme is “Taking the Grass Back to the Roots.” This is a moving and memorable evening of dance, storytelling, poetry, song and drumming. Dr. Vernell A. Lillie, Al Dowe, Fred Kenderson and Charles “Chuck” Austin will be honored. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call 412-682-2565 or email

Fitness class

ONGOING—World of Serenity Wellness & Retreat Spa will host a Zumba Fitness class with live drumming at 6 p.m. at 10163 Frankstown Rd., Penn Hills. Every Wednesday this fitness class will be instructed Malikah Bahar and Master Drummer & Percussionist Brother Waleed. This is a fun fitness class that lets participants dance themselves to a better person. For more information, call 412-371-2931.

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