Celebrate National Women’s Health Week on Saturday May 19

From 1 to 3 p.m., in CCAC’s Tom Foerster Student Center, 800 Ridge Avenue, celebrate National Women’s Health Week with a free multi-generational event with activities for women, girls, and the whole family. The event features an appearance by Bev Smith, Pittsburgh’s own nationally syndicated, award-winning radio talk show host. Chef Jesse Sharrard will demonstrate farmers market cooking — and samples will be available to taste!

Additional activities include Passport to Health, featuring tips for a healthier you at every age, a performance by Just One, Bidwell Presbyterian Church Mime Ministry, and free prize drawings. All adults attending will receive reusable shopping bags filled with goodies, including a cookbook with recipes from the event.

Kids ages 5 and up can visit the Kid Zone, for a hula hoop contest (with free hula hoops while supplies last!), prizes, and games, and to taste different fruits and vegetables.

PetSmart Is Hiring

PetSmart, the national pet supply chain, is opening a new store in East Liberty in the EastSide development on May 21 (where Borders used to be). They are now hiring for the following positions:

* Retail Cashier

* Retail Pet Products Associate

* Retail Early Morning Stocker

* Retail Pet Care Associate

* Retail Pet Bathers

* Pet Stylist Grooming Associate

Applications at www.PetSmartjobs.com, store # 2302. Check the option “I was invited to apply.”

If you need help with your online application, come to the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center, 5321 Penn Avenue, between 9 and 5 any day.

College Scholarships from Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank has announced that the application period for its annual TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship program will begin on Sunday, April 1 and close on Monday, April 30, 2012. Citizens launched the scholarship program last year, awarding a total of $50,000 to college students whose volunteer efforts have made a difference in their communities.

This year, 40 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors and current college students across the country who are attending or accepted to a federally accredited four-year college, university or graduate program and who have been active in community service. The scholarships will be awarded this summer for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Forty scholarships totaling $50,000 will be awarded to students by Citizens Financial Group. One winner will receive $5,000; four winners each will receive $2,500; and 35 winners each will receive $1,000. Applicants are asked to write an essay of no more than 250 words or to record an up to 60-second video explaining the responsibility and leadership skills they have developed through their community service experience. For full details, rules and to apply, go to www.citizensbank.com/scholarship. The application deadline is April 30, 2012 and winners will be announced this summer.

SOUNDWAVES Applications Being Accepted

Kelly Strayhorn Theater, in partnership with Union Project, is now accepting applications for SOUNDWAVES, a new steelband ensemble for teens. Participation is free, but registration and an audition are required. Students who are 13-18 that have a passion for playing music are encouraged to apply. A small instrumental rental fee will be charged. The six-week program will culminate in a public performance at the theater, while rehearsals will be held at Union Project in Highland Park. Applications are due on Monday, April 2. View the application here or learn more about SOUNDWAVES  here.

Earthen Vessels Outreach Celebrates New Space

This Friday, March 30, from 2 to 6 p.m., Earthen Vessels Outreach invites you to celebrate the completion of their newest space — the Pacific Sanctuary. Come to 250 S. Pacific Avenue to tour the new building, meet staff members, and learn about how the EVO impacts the lives of families and youth living in the Pittsburgh’s East End. Refreshments will be provided. Visit http://www.evo-pgh.org/ or call            412-414-2993  for more information.

Friendship Neighborhood Concert

Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5450 Friendship Avenue,  is sponsoring a Friendship Neighborhood Concert to gather diverse community members together for fun and sharing on Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m.
Donations will benefit “Compassion Housing,” a cooperative emergency housing initiative.

Performers:

  • Pittsburgh Montessori Instrumental Ensembles
  • Slim Forsythe and the New Payday Loners
  • Daryl Fleming & the Public Domain

The event includes childcare and refreshments!

AARP Foundation Announces Sixth Annual Women’s Scholarship Program Call for Applicants

The AARP Foundation has announced a call for entries for its sixth annual Women’s Scholarship Program. The program provides funds to low-income women ages 50 and older who are seeking new job skills, training, and educational opportunities to support themselves and their families.
To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, be able to demonstrate financial need, and enroll in an accredited school or technical training program within six months of the scholarship award date. The program will give priority to women raising the family members of others, to women that have been out of the workforce for more than a year, and to older women veterans.
Scholarship winners are chosen on the basis of financial need, personal circumstances and achievements, educational goals, and the likely impact of the scholarship on their lives.
Scholarship awards range from $500 to $5,000, depending on financial need and the cost of the education or training program. The number of scholarships awarded varies from year to year, depending on the availability of funds and the number of applicants. In 2011, the program awarded over three hundred and fifty scholarships.
Funds may be used for partial or full tuition, fees, and books, and may be used for part-time as well as full-time study. Funds will be distributed directly to the institution.
Complete program guidelines and application procedures are available at the AARP website: http://www.aarp.org/womensscholarship/.

The State of Carnegie Library

As part of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Community Engagement strategy, the board members and staff will host a meeting with the general public.

When: Thursday, March 22 (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue

The meeting agenda includes a “State of the Library” presentation as well as time for an open question and answer session. The meeting will be followed by light refreshments and a time for personal introductions and conversations with Library board members and staff.

Residents and community leaders interested in providing comments or questions are asked to register in advance by 5 pm on March 21. Speakers should send their name, phone number, mailing address and email address along with a copy of their question or comment of three minutes or less to feedback@carnegielibrary.org, register online at www.carnegielibrary.org/meeting or call 412-622-8877. Priority will be given to those who register in advance.