Community Calendar 7-1-15

Gospel Idol Deadline
JULY 6—Submissions are due for the Center for Organ Recovery and Education’s Gospel Idol. The event, which will be held July 25 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, will recognize National Minority Donor Awareness Month. Monetary prizes will be awarded to top finalists. For more information, email Lisa Upsher at
Summer Blood Drive
JULY 8—MINI of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Central Blood Bank will host a Summer Blood Drive from 12-5 p.m. at MINI of Pittsburgh, 4900 Baum Blvd., Shadyside. In an effort to help the local community, the dealership will join with the Blood Bank to collect donations that will be used to provide potentially life-saving aid for people in the local area. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged. This is open to the public. For more information, call Jason Karpa at 412-682-0788 ext. 258 or email
Media Forum
JULY 8—The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation will host a Media Forum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh East Liberty Branch, 130 South Whitfield St., East Liberty. The topic is “From Ferguson to Baltimore: How Facts, Fairness and Firsts Can Collide in Storytelling.” Journalists, community leaders, residents and others will gather for a panel discussion that will address biases and fairness in coverage, conflicts that arise in the race to break news, how images are selected, and more. There will be a question-and-answer period. For more information, email
Heritage Sports Luncheon
JULY 10—The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the 2015 African American Heritage Sports Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at PNC Park’s Lexus Club, 200 W. General Robinson St., North Shore. McKeesport native and WNBA Player Swin Cash will be the keynote speaker. Reservations are required. For more information, call Chaz Kellem at 412-325-4731 or email
Walk 4 Life
JULY 11—The Kierra Keeps Caring Foundation along with Purpose of Life Home Healthcare and Posh Nail Boutique will host the 6th Annual Walk 4 Life at 10 a.m. at Schenley Park Trails, near Anderson Grove. This fundraising event will include a walk, a celebration cookout and more. KKCF was established in memory of Sha’Vaughn Kierra Wallace who lost her life in 2009 due to senseless gun violence. For more information, call Carla Gaines-Robinson at 1-866-561-5523 ext. 01 or visit
Hometown Hoops Mini-Camps
ONGOING—The Allegheny County Parks Department will host the Hometown Hoops Mini-Camps, weekdays from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at 30 site locations throughout the county. Now through Aug. 3, boys and girls ages 9-18 will have the opportunity to participate in a free basketball mini-camp. Lunch will be provided. Registration is not required, but is strongly suggested. For more information, call 412-350-2455 or email
SummerFood Program
ONGOING—The Allegheny County Department of Human Services will host its SummerFood Program at more than 80 sites located throughout Allegheny County. The program provides a free breakfast, lunch and recreation program for children through 18 years old, as well as eligible individuals with disabilities. A site supervisor and accompanying staff member will be present to ensure the well being of the children. For more information, call 1-800-851-3838 or visit
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