Community Calendar

Motor ‘Sickle’

SEPT. 5—The Pittsburgh Players, Kings and Queens Motorcycle Club will host the Second Annual Motor ‘Sickle’ Ride for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness from 11 a.m.-6p.m. at the Schenley Park Vietnam Veterans Pavilion. There will be food, fun, entertainment, Chinese auctions and raffles. There will also be free sickle cell screenings from 12-3 p.m. and a ride from 12-1:30 p.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The cost is $20 for riders and $10 for non-riders. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation. For more information, call 412-488-2723 or visit

Public tours

SEPT. 5—The Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation, The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh and Mainstreets Pittsburgh will host “Walking Our Mainstreets” from 2-3:30 p.m. For 10 consecutive Saturday afternoons a walking tour will highlight a different Pittsburgh mainstreet business district. Guides from PHLF, Mainstreets Pittsburgh, and other community groups will discuss neighborhood history and current work and future plans for each main street. Some of the neighborhoods to be visited are Mt. Washington, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Downtown, North Side and East Liberty. The tours are free, but reservations are required due to limited space. For more information, call 412-471-5808.


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. 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 counseling, 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.

Community appreciation

SEPT. 12—Pennsylvania State Rep. Jake Wheatley Jr. will host the 7th Annual Community Appreciation Day from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at Kenard Field, corner of Reed and Kirkpatrick St., Hill District. This event is to show the residents and businesses of District 19 appreciation for their support. For more information, call 412-471-7760.

Grandparents award

SEPT. 13—Your Sister’s Project will host the Grandparents Day Dinner from 7-11 p.m. at the Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. The theme is “Enhancing Our Third Age.” The guest speaker will be civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory. 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. For more information, call 412-377-3358 or visit

World premiere

SEPT. 17—The August Wilson Center for African-American Culture will host their World Premiere Tribute Ceremony & Celebration at 5:30 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. The Center that bears August Wilson’s name honors his legacy with a tribute ceremony and celebrates its opening as the newest contribution to the cultural landscape. The evening’s entertainment includes the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, young African-American and Latino musicians performing masterpieces by Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart, as well as works by composers of color, such as Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, George Theophilus Walker and Michael Abels. The cost is $50-$500. For more information, call 412-258-2700 or visit

Insurance training

SEPT. 21—A For the People Insurance Agency Inc. will host an Insurance Training Institute at 2514 Wylie Ave., Hill District. They will offer a four-day intensive training for people interested in selling insurance. The course will run through Sept. 25. There will also be a course from Dec. 9-12. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-621-5581.


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 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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