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.

 

Free Employment Resource Assistance

Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center, in partnership with Lawrenceville United, the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, and the Zone, is offering employment support services at our free drop-in sessions, every Thursday in March, 9am – 1pm, at The Zone, 5217 Butler Street in Lawrenceville. At these sessions, you can work on the following:

  • Resume writing and format
  • Cover letter development
  • Application process
  • Job search

Registration NOT required; these are weekly drop-in sessions.

Historical Society Meets

Lawrenceville Hospitality Association will conduct its annual membership meeting on Monday, March 26th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Steven Foster Community Center, 286 Main Street.  All community residents are invited to attend.  Officers for 2012 will be elected and the upcoming Garden and House Tours will be discussed.  For more information, call Kate Bayer at 412-600-2068.

SUNSTAR Music Series Celebrates Women in Art and Music

Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents the SUNSTAR Music Series on Fridays, March 9, 23, and 30.
This series, inspired by our bi-annual SUNSTAR Music Festival, celebrates women in art and music with
performances by local and national artists.
SUNSTAR Music Series provides a platform for local female performers to share the stage with national acts in a neighborhood theater setting. Dedicated to presenting premiere emerging and established female artists, SUNSTAR showcases a variety of genres including dance, spoken word, singer/songwriters, musicians, and more.
Audiences are invited to experience three different programs with the themes of world music, soul/R&B, and rock. Each night features an eclectic line-up of artists who embody the spirit of collaboration, energy, and diversity that one would only find on the KST stage. By combining music with dance, spoken word, and performance, theater patrons are immersed in a multi-disciplinary program that includes some of the most creative and inspiring female artists of today.

The SUNSTAR schedule is as follows:
Friday, March 9, 2012
8 pm–2 am | $15
World Music in East Liberty
Kick off SUNSTAR with the original “Bollywood Barbie,” DJ Kalkutta. Based in NYC, Kalkutta  has shared the stage with the likes of Ke$ha, Ludacris, LMFAO, Talib Kweli, KRS-1, and NinjaSonik. Between rocking clubs and concerts, Kalkutta
provides music for designers like Betsey Johnson, Diesel, and Adidas Originals. Kalkutta transforms the KST lobby into an energetic dance party, following the powerful words and music of “Her Voice: Stories, Tales, and Myths of Women of Color.” Poets Yona Harvey, Christina Springer, and others perform against the sweet sounds of Brazilian jazz artist Kenia Ashby. And Geña takes the party to the lobby to warm up the audience for a night of cutting loose with DJ Kalkutta. See you on the dance floor!
More information on DJ Kalkutta is available here. Additional information is available upon request.

Friday, March 23, 2012
9 pm–midnight | $10
Soul/R&B
Acclaimed soul musician Joy Ike brings her smooth singer/songwriter style to the KST stage. Often compared to India Arie and Lizz Wright, Joy admits her music is all about the emotion behind it. Open your heart and bring dancing shoes because it’s sure to be one roller coaster of a night with acts like cool duo Soul Divine and the shining Bridgette Perdue.
More information on Joy Ike is available here. Additional information is available upon request.

Friday, March 30, 2012
9 pm–midnight | $10
Women Who Rock
SUNSTAR 2012 closes with a night of Pittsburgh bands and artists including Christiane D, DJ Mary Mack, and The Armadillos. Former frontwoman of Soma Mestizo, Christiane D performs songs from her new solo debut album Obliquity of the Ecliptic. City Paper writes, “Sonically, the album warps through punkrock aesthetics, hip-hop montage, rock ‘n’ roll power and inflections of jazz free-spiritedness, and does so with touches from a sampling of Pittsburgh talent.” Orchestral twang pop band, Boca Chica, performs dark, catchy music that’s equal parts Neko Case and Dolly Parton. DJ Mary Mack has provided countless Pittsburgh parties with early ’90s dance nostalgia, while The Armadillos capture the sound of Appalachia mixed with a modern rockabilly vibe.
More information on Christiane D is available here. Additional information is available upon request.
Tickets are available online or by phone at 412-363-3000.