PBT Invites Local Artists to Create Art from Pointe Shoes

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, our good neighbors on Liberty Avenue, is turning 40 this year. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is calling on local artists to turn pointe shoes into works of art. Inspired by the theme of Swan Lake, artists are invited to design a pair of pointe shoes using any medium and materials they choose.

The top 20 designs will be displayed in the lobby of the Benedum Center during the dress rehearsal and performances of Swan Lake, April 15-18, where they will be auctioned off, via silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Pointe shoes to be displayed in the lobby of the Benedum Center during dress rehearsals and performances, April 15-18.


• Open to all professional artists in the Pittsburgh area.
• PBT will provide the pointe shoes, and participating artists may contact Mandy Wilson at 412-454-9119 or mwilson@pittsburghballet.org to make arrangements to pick them up at the PBT studios at 2900 Liberty Avenue. Shoes must be picked up by Friday, April 9th.
• The 20 selected designs will be displayed at the Benedum Center.
• Designs can weigh a maximum of 10 lbs, with a maximum height of 3 ft, and maximum
width of 1 ft.
• Artists are asked to return their finished product to the PBT studios by Monday, April 12th.
• The 20 selected works will be chosen by a panel of judges from the Pittsburgh art community.
• The selected artists will be contacted and announced on Wednesday, April 14th.

For additional information, please contact Mandy Wilson at 412-454-9119; mwilson@pittsburghballet.org Or Bear Brandegee at 412-454-9117; bbrandegee@pittsburghballet.org.

Lights on Bikes Photo Contest

Well, this looks like fun! got your camera ready?

Starting on March 1, Princeton Tec’s “Got Lights On Bikes” photo contest gives you -the amateur bike-loving photog – the opportunity to put your skills to work. The catch: send us your best digital shots of anything involving lights on bikes. On the pavement, in traffic, on the trail, near the creek, outside the bagel shop, on the train, in the rain, near the beach … it doesn’t matter, you choose the medium – just make sure there are lights on the rig! More details on the contest here.

Why I Love My Neighborhood

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced his Valentine’s Day contest
for City residents. This year’s contest, titled “Six Burgh Reasons Why I ♥ My Neighborhood,” celebrates the love Pittsburghers have for their neighborhoods and the stories behind their sentiments.

“Every day I’m inspired by residents of this great City and their commitment to our neighborhoods,” said Ravenstahl. “I’ve had the pleasure to hear many heart-warming stories about why Pittsburghers love their neighborhood. It’s time for their stories, for our stories, to be told so we’re launching the ‘Six Burgh Reasons Why I ♥ My Neighborhood’ contest.”

The aim of the contest is this: Tell the Mayor your love story with your neighborhood – incorporating six reasons why you feel that way. Write an essay, narrate your story through photos or create a video. If your entry is one of the top six chosen, you will be notified and honored at a neighborhood celebration in May, and your entry will be posted on the City’s website and the City Cable Channel.

“Pittsburgh’s comeback story, recently showcased in many national publications, is a story about real people who have stayed committed to their communities and family,” Ravenstahl said.

Said the Mayor, “We had such a great response to last year’s Valentine’s Day contest that we wanted to do something like it again this year, but bigger. For this contest, we needed to allot more time for submissions, so we’re launching it for Valentine’s Day and allowing two months for entries. We threw in a little bit of Super Bowl mania for fun with the Six Burgh theme by asking for six reasons and choosing six winners.”

Participants must be residents of the City of Pittsburgh and have until April 13, 2009 to submit their entries. Essays must be 250 words or less, and videos must be no longer than 10 minutes. Only written essays can be submitted online. All entries can be mailed in, dropped off at the Mayor’s office or at any of the City of Pittsburgh Senior Centers. All entrants must sign a General Release, Indemnification, and Consent form should their entry be chosen. A complete list of rules, along with locations of the Senior Centers, can be found on the City of Pittsburgh website at www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us. Rules may also be obtained at the Mayor’s Office on the 5th floor of the City-County Building, 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15219, or at any of the City’s Senior

For more information, log onto the City of Pittsburgh website, or contact the Mayor’s Neighborhood Initiatives office at 412-255-8680.

Schenley Sportsplex Track & Field Classic

Schenley Park will set the scene for an extraordinary day of track and field competition
as Citiparks partners with Future Stars Track Club to present the inaugural Schenley
Sportsplex Track & Field Classic.
While experienced athletes compete in USATF-sanctioned events, other boys and girls
desiring to become involved in track and field will take part in exhibition competitions
throughout the day.
No experience is necessary – but advance registration is required – for boys and girls
age 6 to 18 to compete in a variety of events including 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter
relay, long jump and turbo javelin.

You can get a jump start in training for the event at –

Friday, May 16
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
• Columbus Middle School, North Side
• West Penn Community Center, Polish Hill
Friday, May 30
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
• Phillips Community Center, Carrick
• Warrington Community Center, Beltzhoover

For more information, you can download the flyer here and check out the Citiparks site
To register, call Citiparks at 412-422-6542

Announcing Polish Hill's FIRST public art mural!

Help to choose which mural YOU want to see in your neighborhood.

Sprout Fund Public Art Preliminary Design Exhibition

Thursday May 15, 2008
6:00 pm ­to 8:00 pm
Concept Art Gallery
1031 South Braddock Avenue
(Next to Regent Square Movie Theatre)

FREE and open to the public – bring your family and neighbors!

There will be six designs to choose from– the most a Sprout community has ever had. Come see these designs and make your voice heard.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at alexismill@gmail.com

We hope to see you there

Alexis Miller
PHCA Arts Committe


Opportunity Through Baseball


Citiparks Pittsburgh BIG League

FREE Tryout and Clinic

Open to young men ages 11-14 (Eighth Grade and under)

Saturday May 10, 9-10:30am
Trees Field, University of Pittsburgh
Allequippa Street & Darragh Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Coaches from Opportunity Through Baseball and local schools will conduct tryout/clinic for the opportunity to earn a spot at this summer’s camp. Those chosen from the tryouts will be offered the chance to attend an all expense paid three-week baseball camp in Denver Colorado in June/July.
Call the BIG League office for details at 412-488-8585

The Pittsburgh Signs Project

The enthusiastic crew at Pittsburgh Signs Project have a new project in the works to celebrate Pittsburgh’s 250 Anniversary –

The Pittsburgh Signs Project invites photographers of all levels from the 14 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania to submit up to five images for possible inclusion in Pittsburgh Signs: 250, a full-color book showcasing images of signs, past and present. Counties represented may be: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland.

Download full details here.

Extreme Makeover

Thanks, Chris, for passing this on. Do you know anybody in the neighborhood that needs a home makeover? Well…

ABC is in search of real heroes – people that have amazing strength and who have put their own needs aside to help someone else. In addition to heroics, the producers are looking for families whose homes are in dire need of help. We don’t want to tear down a nice looking house. We want to see houses that look like they might fall down on their own!

To be eligible: A family must own their own single family home and be able to show producers how a makeover will make a huge difference in their lives. Interested families should: e-mail a short description of their family story to –

Nominations must include:
1. The names and ages of each member of the household
2. A description of the major challenges within the home.
3. Explanation of why this family is deserving, heroic, or a positive role model in their community.
4. Photos of the family and a photo of the home
5. Don’t forget to include a contact phone number.

The deadline: for nominations is March 7th, 2008. Don’t Delay! Please send story submissions as soon as possible! You can find out more about the program on the Extreme Makeover site.