Free Produce This Summer for WIC

The Allegheny County Health Department is offering free produce through the Pennsylvania Farmers Market Nutrition Program again this summer as part of its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program.

Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum and children 2, 3and 4years old who are enrolled in the WIC Program are eligible for checks worth $20 in free produce.

Checks are being distributed during quarterly WIC appointments starting in June.  However, clients who don’t want to wait until their next scheduled appointment have the option of picking up the checks early on a walk-in basis by visiting their WIC office on the following dates: Wilkinsburg, Mt. Oliver and Downtown Pittsburgh, June 14; Turtle Creek, June 19; and McKeesport, June 21.

The checks are redeemable through November 30 for Pennsylvania-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating Farmers Markets and Farm Stands in Pennsylvania.  Sixty-three locations are in Allegheny County and listed on the Health Department’s WIC web site.

Student Career Week

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) has announced plans for its 7th annual Imagine! Career Week, being held from April 22-26. Sponsored by Citizens Bank Foundation, Imagine! Career Week celebrates the diversity of career opportunities available in the Pittsburgh region and helps students consider a wide range of career fields. Imagine! Career Week encourages exploration of career pathways through workplace tours, job shadowing, interactions with employers at job fairs, playing with equipment and tools at trade union training centers, building a robot or attendance at a youth leadership conference. A full schedule of events is available on the website.

Summer Swim Camp

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, along with Neighborhood Learning Alliance, is hosting a Summer Dreamers Swim and Water Polo Camp for elementary and middle-school kids this summer! Young folks can make a splash, cool off, have fun and learn water skills all at the same time. In addition, kids gets help boosting their reading and math skills; transportation is provided. For more information about either working as a counselor or enrolling your children, visit our website.

Homebuyer Education Workshop

NeighborWorks Western Pa. and PNC Bank will co-host a FREE presentation for potential home buyers on Saturday, October 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how to take the right steps to homeownership! Location: Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, 5324 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Lunch will be provided. To register, call 412-281-9773 or 412-281-1100 x100.

 

City Council Redistricting

There will be four public meetings held throughout July on the redistricting plan for Pittsburgh City Council. You can read more about the plan and learn how to sign up to speak here. The East End meeting will be held at the Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh 15206 on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 pm. Find out how redrawing the Council map affects your neighborhood!

DHS Summer Food Service Program for Youth

From June 11 through August 17, 2012, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services will operate the SummerFood program, a free breakfast, lunch and recreation program for children up to 18 years old, as well as eligible individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities 19 years of age and  older.

Nutritious meals will be available on weekdays at more than 100 sites throughout Allegheny County. A site supervisor and accompanying staff will be present to ensure the well-being of the children.

For the most current information about the SummerFood program, including site locations, starting dates, meal times and disability eligibility, call toll-free at 1-800-851-3838 or visit the Food Assistance page on the DHS website http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/food.aspx#summerfood .

Urban Entrepreneurship Conference

The 2012 Make It Happen Urban Entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh Conference will be June 2 from Noon to 5 p.m. in the Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufmann Center, 1835 Centre Ave.  Learn from successful Pittsburgh entrepreneurs as they share their story.  Josh Linkner will be the luncheon keynote speaker.  He rebuilds urban areas through entrepreneurship and is helping transform Detroit.  A resource center will be available at the conference to help you with your start-up.  Admission is free. Visit www.makeithappenpgh.org or call 412-648-1544 to register.  Lunch and refreshments are included.

Graduation Champions Training

Become a part of the movement to help every Pittsburgh Public School student graduate! Come to a Graduation Champions Training hosted by Neighborhood Learning Alliance and sponsored by the Heinz Endowments and the Grable Foundation. Topics include:

· Graduation requirements for Pittsburgh Public School students

· Support resources available to students

· Strategies to prepare students for post-graduation success, and more!

· Attendees will receive comprehensive graduation guides to share with their students and staff!

 

Date: Wednesday, May 23rd 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: Homewood-Brushton YMCA Multipurpose Room A

7140 Bennett Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15208

 

To RSVP, please contact Alyse Alexander at: 412-573-9852

Email: trainings@neighborhoodlearning.org

Train to Be a Lifeguard

To help area residents prepare for the responsibility of being lifeguards, the American Red Cross is hosting its annual Lifeguard Training School in Pittsburgh May 10 to 13 and May 17 to 20, offering new lifeguard training and recertification classes. Every year, the local Red Cross certifies hundreds of locals in lifeguarding skills. Participants learn lifesaving skills – including First Aid, CPR and AED – which prepare them to handle aquatic emergencies with responsibility and knowledge.

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training School will be held in the Trees Hall Pool at the University of Pittsburgh, located at Darrah Street and Allequippa Street in Oakland. Numerous class options will be offered.

To gain new lifeguard certification, which is valid for two years, students should attend all four days of either session A or B. The cost for full certification is $350.

SESSION A (all four days must be attended for full certification)
Thursday, May 10; 6 – 10 p.m.
Friday, May 11; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 12; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 13; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

SESSION B (all four days must be attended for full certification)
Thursday, May 17; 6 – 10 p.m.
Friday, May 18; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 19; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 20; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

To qualify for entry, candidates must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled class; swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing; tread water for two minutes using only the legs; and complete a timed event within one minute and 40 seconds (swim 20 yards, surface dive into deep water, retrieve a 10-pound object, swim back to the starting point, then remove the object without a ladder or steps).

Candidates will learn proper lifeguard and rescue techniques; how to treat injuries and other medical emergencies; how to administer CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED); and will earn certification for employment opportunities that can make a difference in people’s lives.

The cost is $350 for the full course; $200 for recertification (last three days of each session) and $110 for CPR and AED certification (Saturday, May 12 or Saturday, May 19).

For more information or to register, visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.