Community Calendar

Community forum

NOV. 4—The National Council for Urban Peace and Justice will host the Campaign for Drug De-Criminalization & Amnesty from 6-8 p.m. at the Hill House, 1835 Centre Ave., Hill District. This is a community forum that’s part of an ongoing effort to end gang and drug-related violence and will discuss the decriminalization of drugs, the connection between drugs and community violence, the progress on the war on drugs and the responsibility of parents, educators and public officials. There will be a community discussion, input and panelists. For more information, call Khalid Raheem at 412-513-8838 or e-mail

Diversity conference

NOV. 5—Family Design Resources and Three Rivers Adoption Council will host a Diversity Conference at 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 2750 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville. The theme is “Diversity, It’s Not Just Black and White.” Sharon E. Moore will be the keynote speaker, along with panel guests, which include Marcia Sturdivant, Eleanor Bush, Esq., Candi Castleberry-Singleton and Joseph Petrella. This is a conference on diversity for professionals from child welfare, juvenile justice, education, medical and mental health fields. The conference will run through Nov. 6. For more information, visit

Free reading

NOV. 5—Chatham University will host Global Focus Year of Africa: The Economic Community of West African States Presentation at 7 p.m. at the James Laughlin Music Center, Woodland Rd., Shadyside. The featured guest will be Nigerian author Sefi Atta. He will do a public reading and hold a question and answer session, followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-365-2924 or e-mail

State of Black Pittsburgh

NOV. 6—The Urban League of Pittsburgh will host the 2009 State of Black Pittsburgh Opportunity Fair and Town Hall Meeting from 3:30-9 p.m. at the Carnegie Mellon University Center, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. There will be exhibitors with information regarding jobs, education, finances and family. Followed by an address by Urban League President and CEO Esther Bush and keynote speaker Roland Martin. There will also be a panel focusing on Black male leadership. For more information, call 412-227-4181 or

Empowerment seminar

NOV. 7—Softer Side Seminars will host the 2nd Annual Mother & Daughter Empowerment Symposium from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Holy Rosary School, 7120 Kelly St., Homewood. The theme is “I’m Every Woman.” There will be workshops, presentations, panel discussions, entertainment and more. Attendees are asked to bring an article of clothing or a suit to be donated to “Dress for Success.” Tickets for the event are $25 per person, $15 for girls under 16. For more information, call 412-414-6611, e-mail or visit

Community meeting

NOV. 9—Dinwiddie Community Alliance will host a Community Meeting at 6 p.m. at the James F. Henry Hill House Center, 2nd Floor Conference A, 1835 Centre Ave., Hill District. The director of the Hill House, Evan Frazier, will be the guest speaker. The topic will be an update on the Hill District supermarket. All are welcome. For more information, call 412-471-7709 or e-mail

School fair

NOV. 10—The Bloomfield-Garfield Corp. will host the School Choice Fair-Helping Parents Pick the Best School from 4-6 p.m. at St. Lawrence O’Toole Activity Center, 140 N. Atlantic Ave., Garfield. This is for parents/guardians who are seeking information that will aid in the selection of the best school for their child for the upcoming 2010/2011 school year. Representatives from 35 public, private, charter, cyber and parochial schools will share general information and how to apply along with application deadlines. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-441-9833.

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