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Each One, Reach One Most professional writers, myself is to reach people. Occupy space in included, toil away at some sort of their brains, make them "day job" in order to pay the think, and reach them bills and put food on the with my words, table. When I'm not sitwhether they're ting at the editing desk, written on a by day you can find chalkboard or me in the classroom, here in the teaching English and pages of public speaking. On Pennsylvania the first day of class, Bridges. I like to lead students Speaking through an ice breaker of, this ediactivity to help us all tion's pages are get better acquainted. filled with stoTimons Esaias, one of ries about people my professors at Seton Hill who've decided University, taught me a what they want valuable lesson about out of life is to Photo courtesy of Amy Capiross reaching students: offer reach people, to them an incentive. To make a significant entice my students to open up about contribution to the lives of their family, themselves, I give each of them a small friends and communities. bag of mixed candies and ask them to As I said, I love my work, but putting answer a question about themselves for together this issue was even more awe each piece. For example, if your bag inspiring than usual. I witnessed voluncontains a "fun size" Milky Way bar, teers coming together to assemble bags you have to say a few words about of food for needy children who otheryour dream career. In the spirit of fairwise would go hungry on the weekness and cooperation, I keep a bag, and ends. I saw a near mountain of backfor each piece of candy I reveal packs filled to the brim with items something about myself. intended to bring comfort to children This semester, I drew a Milky Way and youth in distress. I heard about a from the bag of goodies and had to minister and beloved community leader share with the class what my dream whose community is rallying around career would be. It took me only sechim while he struggles with health onds to respond. issues. I read about an arts organization "I'm doing it," I said. "What's next?" receiving a grant to help fund their Yes, I often joke on social media efforts to bring art to underfunded about leading a rock star life but I'm schools. And we're only up to page 14! dead serious. About five years ago, I My aim with this edition, as with made an important decision about life. every issue, is to reach my audience I was going to stop trying to please and report to you on all the fantastic everyone, and I was going to do exactarts, entertainment, education and ly what I wanted to do, when I wanted lifestyle news happening in our region. to do it. Life's simply too short to do Here's hoping I was successful. otherwise. I've never regretted that decision. Until next time, Truth be told, I am doing exactly Carla E. Anderton what I've always wanted to do, and that

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In this Issue------------------Good Eats Ministry......................p. 3 Woo Hoo to a New You................p. 4 Hall Down Under open................p. 5 The Entertainment Chuckwagon: Back to Back to the Future...........p. 6 Tips for Snow Shoveling...............p. 7 B. T. Gilligan: Valentine’s Day.....p. 8 Brave Miss World screening........p. 8 Area hospital to promote heart health awareness in February......p. 9 On the stage at W&J....................p. 9 WashArts receives $200K grant for Rural Arts Collaborative............p. 10 On the stage at Stage Right!......p. 10 Disney on Ice coming to town....p. 11 New Kids on the Block tour........p. 11 Concert to benefit minister........p. 12 Phantom at Benedum Center.....p. 13 Foster Friends reports...............p. 14 Rich history of Jozart & Dollar General building........................p. 15 Evidence Dance Company to take stage at Byham Theater.............p. 16 At State Theatre for the Arts.....p. 16 On the stage at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg.............................p. 17 An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson at Benedum Center..........p. 18 Exploring the Paranormal.........p. 18 Billy Price coming to Jozart......p. 19 On stage at Cal U......................p. 19 Hip hop artist DERAJ at California United Methodist Church...........p. 20 Coming to Jozart CFTA.............p. 21 Minecraft: The 2 Billion Dollar Video Game................................p. 22 Local artist displays work online to overwhelming response..............p. 23 On the cover: The Billy Price Band, pictured on the front of this edition, will take the stage at Jozart Center for the Arts on March 14 at 8 p.m. For advance tickets, call 724-9389730 or email to carla@jozart.com. You don’t want to miss this sure to be thrilling show from an area legend! Photo courtesy of Billy Price.

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“Care for the least and the lost.” By Carla E. Anderton & Allen Free Did you know six percent of children in Washington County go without food on the weekends? They literally don't eat from the time they're served lunch at school on Friday until Monday morning when breakfast is served. And it's not just families in Washington County who are starving two or more days a week. "Hunger is a world-wide epidemic," said Reverend B.T. Gilligan, pastor at California United Methodist Church. But, he added, there's actually enough food to go around. "Distribution is the real problem," he explained. Gilligan, along with members of his church, was appalled by the aforementioned statistic and decided to take action beginning in their community. Spearheaded by Sheila Chambers, church members initiated a project to help combat hunger called the Good Eats Ministry for children enrolled in California Area School District. The aim of the Good Eats Ministry is very simple but the project is already making a big impact in the lives of area children. The packs were first distributed last year on December 23 and will continue to be given away every week. Every week, volunteers gather on Thursday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. at California United Methodist Church where they compile packs of enough food to see a child through the weekend. If there's no school on Friday, packs are assembled on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. for Thursday morning distribution. The packs are transported to California Area Elementary School

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where they're placed in students' lockers while they're in class to help protect their privacy. Each pack includes "shelf stable" food that can be easily prepared in the microwave by a Kindergarten age child as well as high protein items such as breakfast bars and grab and go options like Pop-Tarts. "Shelf stable" foods are items that don't require refrigeration. For now, the project serves students in Kindergarten and first grade and their siblings. Letters were sent from the school district to Kindergarteners and first graders currently enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program giving them the option of receiving weekly packs of food to see them through the weekend. Asked about the high sugar and sodium content of some of the foods given away, Gilligan admitted not all of the items in the packs were necessarily healthy choices. "It's a trade off," he said. "Some food is better than no food." That's a sentiment it's difficult to argue with. Using monetary donations, food for the packs is purchased through the Washington County Food Bank for 21 cents a pound. Donations may be made payable to "Good Eats Ministry" and sent to or dropped off at California United Methodist Church. The church is located at 227 Third Street in

California. Donations of shelf stable food items are also welcome. Potential donors wishing to drop off checks, cash or food items at the church are urged to call 724-938-2270 in advance to make sure someone is there to open the door. In addition to feeding hungry children, the project aims to lower the rate of students dropping out of high school. According to Gilligan, statistics show when students go hungry at home, they often perform poorly in school. Frustrated by their academic progress, many drop out of school altogether. Gilligan said the Good Eats Ministry is a natural project for the church that began after members completed a study of Mike Slaughter's Change the World: Recovering the Mission and Message of Jesus. "Jesus tells us to care for the lost and the least," Gilligan said. By feeding the hungry, the Good Eats Ministry aims to do exactly as Jesus suggested. The Good Eats Ministry will continue throughout the school year and plans are in motion to offer a hot lunch program for area students a few days a week during the summer months. For more information, contact the church or like them on Facebook.

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While it may be grueling to reach ambitious goals of weight loss or exercise, starting from within and achieving happiness may be the key to long-term success. To help people find their happy place, Zumba, the global fitness brand known for bringing joy into millions of lives, has teamed up with positive psychology, life coaching and nutrition experts Tal Ben-Shahar, Marci Shimoff, and Dr. Mark Hyman, to create a happiness movement that will enhance satisfaction in all areas of one's life. Tal Ben-Shahar, former Harvard lecturer, Being Happy and Choose the Life You Want, says to seek out moments of enjoyment: "it's important to set aside time throughout the week for activities that provide you with pleasure and meaning, like Zumba® classes, which may also positively change your attitude toward life, self and others. Zumba classes include happiness movements - actions that enhance the feeling or emotions that are associated with them to help increase your mood." And he's right-studies have found that heart-pumping, endorphin-boosting workouts elevate happiness and that more physically active people report

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Hall Down Under ready to rock and roll Story by Dave Zuchowski Local residents don’t have to go all the way to Australia to go Down Under. They can simply get in their car and drive to Dunlevy. A new entertainment venue called Hall Down Under staged its’ first concert on November 21 with four bands. They included Doctor Nasty and the Mountain Men, Hear Tonight, Different Places in Space and guitarist Josh Gilotty accompanied by vocalist and flutist, Stevie Nemetz. More concerts are now on the horizon. The Hall Down Under, an entertainment space where patrons can sit on benches and chairs set around tables, occupies the lower level of Mariner’s Hall, which gets its name from its proximity to the river and its location at 13 Wharf Street. The upper floor is a hall rented out for parties, weddings, business meetings and banquets. Owners Brian and Mary Beth Short bought what was once the former Garibaldi Hall in 1995, then staged flea markets on the lower level while reserving the upper floor for banquets and similar events. "At the time, I was looking for an investment and something to do," said Mr. Short, a resident of California. "I think I must have temporarily lost my mind when I bought it." Finding it hard to operate the business

while, at the same time working as a miner for CONSOL Energy at the Enlow Fork Mine, he couldn’t give the Dunlevy business his full attention. Things changed for the better in 2012 when he retired after 25 years on the job. Trying to make the business a bit more successful, he launched a first floor renovation project last spring. As a result Hall Down Under is now operating with a newly built stage, a fresh paint job and a high quality sound and light system. "Our major goal is to give young bands in the area a place to play," Mr. Short said. "Our son, Izaac, plays guitar and sings with Doctor Nasty and the Mountain Men, and my wife and I see the challenges he and his band face getting started. To be successful, young bands have a lot more to learn than just playing an instrument. They also have to develop stage presence and learn how to set up and tear down at a venue that’s featuring several bands in one evening. We’re hoping that Hall Down Under will give them the valuable learning experiences they need." Izaac’s rock band has already played in places like the Rex Theater and the Smiling Moose on Pittsburgh’s South Side and at the Night Gallery in Lawrenceville. The young guitarist writes many of his own songs and tries to avoid playing cover songs. The band

The Hall Down Under, an entertainment space where patrons can sit on benches and chairs set around tables, occupies the lower level of Mariner’s Hall.

Patrons can also rent the upper hall for banquets, weddings, business meetings and parties. The rental fee for the hall is determined by the size of the event.

has its own Facebook page and also has postings on YouTube. On January 24, Hall Down Under staged a public open house that featured the music of The Jades and food prepared by Bruno’s and Sons of Charleroi. During the full-to-capacity open house, the Shorts also gave away a gift basket and T-shirts emblazoned with their business logo. "At the moment, we plan to start off conservatively with a band or two each month," Mr. Short said. "In midFebruary, we’re planning on having two bands come in, but eventually want to add performance artists such as comedians to the schedule." Upcoming events will be posted on Hall Down Under’s Facebook page, and the owners will also post fliers around the area. "The bands will also be responsible for advertising their concerts, which is part of their learning process," Mr. Short said. Admission to the concerts will usually cost $5, and some events will be BYOB while others will be alcohol free. Food such as hot dogs, tacos, sloppy joes, chips and soft drinks are available for purchase from the concession kitchen. The Shorts expect to draw audiences from all over the Mon Valley as well as students from nearby California University of Pennsylvania. At the moment, Mr. Short handles the

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maintenance, scheduling and security duties of the business while his wife, a registered nurse who works in the IT unit at the Donnell House at Washington Hospital, handles advertising and the sound and light systems. The couple is also exploring the idea of having student interns from Cal U. come in to learn how to operate the sound and light systems. Patrons can also rent the upper hall for banquets, weddings, business meetings and parties. While the hall has an operating kitchen, renters have to either bring in food they prepare elsewhere or hire a caterer. "We recommend Bruno and Sons of Charleroi, which we stumbled on one day while looking for a place to eat," Mr. Short said. "We liked the place so much, we asked them to cater our recent open house, for which they prepared a beautiful array of hors d’ouevres." The rental fee for the hall is determined by the size of the event. A wedding, for instance, will cost more than a retirement party, and the minimum fee is $150 for a small event such as a business meeting. "If we have something going on downstairs, naturally we won’t book the banquet hall for the same day," Mr. Short said. For more information, phone: 412-445-7086.

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The Entertainment Chuckwagon: Back to Back to the Future Story by Chuck Brutz In previous articles, we've talked about average, run of the mill topics, like a giant marshmallow man out to destroy the universe, or a horde of evil little green monsters attacking a small town on Christmas Eve. But now, suspend your disbelief and take a trip back in time, back to 1985 - with brief stop overs in 1955, 1989 and 2015. So stay with us dear reader, or it could cause a time paradox, unravel the space time continuum and destroy the universe. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film classic, Back to The Future. In the early 80s, screenwriters Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis had a tough time making a go of it in Hollywood. Previously, the duo had written two films, the 1978 Beatlemania comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand and 1980's Used Cars - starring Kurt Russell - neither of which been a box office success. They'd also written the screenplay for the 1979 war comedy 1941, directed by Steven Spielberg, then famous for hits such as Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 1941 was a flop, labeled by critics as Spielberg's Christmas turkey. While visiting his parents, Gale was sorting through boxes in the basement and, to his surprise, discovered his father had been president of his graduating class. Gale wondered, “If I had gone to school with my father, would he and I have been friends?” Gale pitched the concept to Zemeckis, and the duo decided to make the screenplay a time travel story. In a nutshell: local crackpot scientist Doc Brown invents a time machine in which his friend and protégé 17-yearold Marty McFly accidentally travels from the 1980s to the 1950s, where he inadvertently interferes with his parents' first meeting, thus potentially altering the course of history and jeopardizing his own existence. If they don't meet and fall in love, Marty will cease to be, so he finds himself playing matchmaker between his parents. This scenario is complicated by his teenage mother developing a crush on him, who she believes to a teenager named Calvin Klein. Originally, Doc's time machine was originally going to be an old refrigerator, but Zemeckis and Gale decided to

use a car instead. Their logic was if you're going to have a time machine, it should be mobile. They chose the DeLorean for its resemblance to a flying saucer. They finished an early draft of the script in 1981 but found the project hard to get off the ground. It was turned down by most of the major studios for being not being risqué enough like other popular comedies at the time, such as National Lampoon’s Animal House, Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Porky's. Disney rejected it as being not family friendly since the plot involved a teenage mom developing a crush on her son. In 1983, Michael Douglas hired Zemeckis to direct the action adventure comedy, Romancing the Stone. A box office hit upon its 1984 release, the film's success helped Zemeckis secure a deal with Universal Pictures to direct what would become Back to the Future. Actor Michael J. Fox, a star on the hit TV series Family Ties was Zemeckis and Gale's first choice to play Marty, but weren't originally able to cast him because his TV shooting schedule would conflict with Back To The Future's. Eric Stoltz (Mask) was cast in the role instead. Much of the film was shot with Stoltz, but Zemeckis still felt he wasn't right for the part, and let him go. Zemeckis and Gale came to a compromise with Family Ties creator and producer Gary David Goldberg that enabled Fox to star in both both Family Ties and Back to the Future. Fox worked on Family Ties during the day, while most of his scenes in Back to the Future were shot at night. Best known for his role on Taxi, Christopher Lloyd was cast as Doc Brown after John Lithgow passed on the role. The film broke new ground by using the same actors to play Marty's parents at the ages of 47 and 17, a move made

possible by the magic of make-up. At the time, both Fox and Lea Thompson who played Marty's mother - were both 23, and Crispin Clover - Marty's father - was actually 20. Fun fact: Glover guest starred on a second season episode of Family Ties as a friend of Fox's character, Alex. Released in July 1985, Back to the Future was the number one film for eight straight weeks. Would Marty and Doc have future adventures ahead? Only time would tell. At the ending of Back to the Future, Doc whisks Marty and Marty's girlfriend Jennifer away in a flying DeLorean to the future to save their offspring. Because the film's creators were unsure if it would be a hit or not, they'd written the ending as a joke, with our heroes more or less riding off into the sunset. The "to be continued" tag at the end of the film was not added until the VHS release of the film in 1986. Upon the film's huge success, Universal Studios wanted a sequel. Released in November 1989, in Back to the Future II, Marty, Doc, and Marty's girlfriend Jennifer time traveled from 1985 to the year 2015. In the movie, filmmakers made both extreme and pedestrian predictions about what life would be like in the year 2015. Now that we’ve arrived, what did they get wrong and what did they get right? See facing page for my take on this! In 1990, Back to the Future III landed in theaters. A fun but forgettable film, it failed to generate the sucesss of its’ predecessors.

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It's 2015? What do you mean we're in the future?

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Sadly, Hoverboards never progressed past the toy phase. What else did Back to the Future get surprisingly wrong? What did the film eerily predict? Chuck Brutz elaborates.

Now that we've actually arrived in 2015, what did predictions did the movie Back to the Future get right, and what did they get wrong? On the "correct" list, Miami now has a baseball team. At the time, Florida didn't have a Major League baseball team but now has two, the Florida Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays. Video conferencing also came to be, as well as video advertising replacing many regular billboards. If you go to Sunoco, you can watch gas station TV while you fill up. Nostalgia themed restaurants exist (such as CafĂŠ 80's featured in Part II), we have advanced video game technology and we can watch multiple television channels simultaneously. What was not correct? They failed to predict cell phone technology. In the film's version of 2015, pay phones are

still everywhere like in the 80s. New Pontiacs no longer roll off the assembly line as the company has been defunct since 2010. We don't yet have hoverboards or flying cars. In the DVD documentary for Back to the Future, screenwriter Bob Gale said he and others of his generation had been promised flying cars by the 1980s. Disappointed that failed to materialize, he put flying cars in his version of the future 2015. He also stated the filmmakers didn't want to depict the future as a bleak, depressing place as in many science fiction movies. "We wanted to show a future that was a nice place," Gale said. "If there was anything wrong with it, it was the people living there, not the technology."

Tips for Safe Snow Shoveling While most people recognize that snow shoveling is very hard work, and can put severe stress on your heart, fewer people recognize the stress and strain that it places on your back. Snow shoveling can place excessive stress on spinal structures. Here are tips to help you avoid such problems: Tip # 1 If you experience pain of any kind, stop immediately and seek assistance. Tip # 2 Be sure that your shovel has a curved handle, as this enables you to keep your back straighter when shoveling. Obtain a shovel with an appropriate length handle. The length is correct when you can slightly bend your knees, flex your back 10 degrees or less, and hold the shovel comfortably in your hands. A plastic shovel blade will generally be lighter than a metal one, thus putting less strain on your spine. Sometimes, a smaller blade is better than a larger blade. Tip # 3 Push the snow, do not lift it. Pushing puts far less strain on the spine than lifting. Tip # 4 Be sure your muscles are warm before you start shoveling. Cold, tight muscles are more likely to sprain or strain than warm, relaxed muscles.

inches apart. By creating distance between your hands, you increase your leverage and reduce the strain on your body. Tip # 6 The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends: "If you must lift the snow, lift it properly. Squat with your legs apart, knees bent and back straight. Lift with your legs. Do not bend at the waist. Scoop small amounts of snow into the shovel and walk to where you want to dump it. Holding a shovel of snow with your arms outstretched puts too much weight on your spine. Never remove deep snow all at once; do it piecemeal. Shovel an inch or two; then take another inch off. Rest and repeat if necessary." Tip # 7 Never throw snow over your shoulder. Tip # 8 Remember that wet snow can be very heavy. One full shovel load can weigh as much as 25 pounds. Tip # 9 Pace yourself by taking frequent breaks to gently stretch your back, arms and legs. Tip #10 Consider buying a snowblower. When used correctly, a snowblower will put far less strain on your back than snow shoveling.

Tip # 5 When you grip the shovel, make sure your hands are at least 12 Backpacks galore, each filled with care, were donated to Foster Friends of Washington County. More details about this fantastic effort on page 14.

Stay safe and be careful out there!

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Valentine’s Day and the promise of unconditional love By Rev. B.T. Gilligan Greetings! As this is my first article for Pennsylvania Bridges, I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself. My name is B.T. Gilligan and I am the pastor at California United Methodist Church. I started here last July so I am fairly new to this beautiful town. My family and I are still trying to learn our way around town and all the people's names. We came from a small town near Grove City. I can't believe how fast time has gone and how quickly we have gotten to nearly Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day always brings back memories of those terrible junior high awkward years and the even more awkward junior high dances. I don't know if you are familiar with them but they are the stuff of nightmares. I remember one particularly horrible junior high dance that I attended. While there, I saw the girl who was my math class crush, not to be confused with my English class crush or my science class

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crush. After an hour of trying to work up the courage, I finally asked her to dance. At my request she promptly burst into tears and ran into the girls' restroom where she hid until the dance was over. I had extended myself and risked everything and I got crushed. It was horrible. I still have nightmares about this event. This is what love is. When we are in love with a person we have put ourselves in a place where we risk being hurt by another person. When we love we extend ourselves in such a way that we might get crushed. If we never risk our pain for another, we aren't really experiencing love. When we say we are in love with someone, we are saying that we have opened ourselves up to them and they are free to respond or not. Their response, or lack of one,

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does not make our love any less real. Love is not less valid because the other person does not respond. In fact, this is how we know what love is, when we put ourselves in a position where we might get hurt so that others can experience the love you have for them. This is what it is with Jesus. At the cross, Jesus died because of His great love for the entire world. Jesus did it knowing some may not respond and that some may even reject Him. At the cross Jesus extended Himself to all people, no matter what. The love Jesus showed at the cross is not dependent on anyone's response and is still valid regardless of what we have done. Some of us may have said yes, some may have said no, still others may have burst into tears and ran to the bathroom. Either way the love extended is still there waiting, waiting for you and for me, available to you no matter what. At CUMC, we say it this way: "No matter what you did, when you did it, who you did it to, with, for, because of, or how many times you have done it, God's not angry with you. God is in love with you and has made Himself available to you through Jesus." So then may you know that just as you risk pain and heartache when you love another person, so has Jesus risked it all for you and the whole world. Services are held at CUMC on Sundays at 10:45 a.m.

WCCC to present free screening of “Brave Miss World” The Student Activities Office, along with the Blackburn Center, is proud to present a screening of Brave Miss World on Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. in the Founders Hall Amphitheater. The screening is free and open to the public. The 2014 Emmy nominated film follows the story of Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil, who was abducted and raped in Milan, Italy two months before being crowned Miss World in 1998. Ten years later, she’s ready to talk about it – and to encourage others to speak out. Now a globe-trotting victims’ advocate, Linor encourages others to stand against sexual violence by putting an end to their silence. She travels

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to speak with teens in South Africa, where girls are statistically more likely to be raped than educated. She visits U.S. college campuses where women describe a campus culture that fails to take assaults seriously. From rape crisis centers worldwide, to Hollywood’s living rooms, Linor is met with emotional support, but the advocacy work causes her own trauma to resurface. Representatives from the Blackburn Center will be available with resources and representatives from Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) will lead a post-film discussion. The screening was made possible through a program by JFilm, The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum.

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Hospitals promote heart health awareness While heart disease is both preventable and controllable, it remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. How healthy is your heart and your lifestyle? The three hospitals in Washington County will again team up during National Heart Month (February) for a county-wide education and awareness effort for women and men called “Go Red, Washington County.” Canonsburg Hospital, Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) and Washington Health System (WHS) will each host events at their respective facilities on Thursday, Feb. 26, at various times. Offerings include speakers, educational demonstrations, giveaways and more. At Canonsburg Hospital, these Go Red events will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. in the McNary Conference Center, 100 Medical Blvd, Canonsburg, 15317: 4-6:30 p.m. Screenings for blood pressure and BMI by Canonsburg Hospital nursing staff; and chiropractic chair massage, with posture and functional movement screenings done by Tyson Swigart, D.C. and staff, Southpointe Chiropractic and Fitness. 4:30 p.m. “Women and Heart Disease: What You Need to Know,” Travis Wilson, M.D., cardiologist, Canonsburg Hospital, Allegheny Health Network. 5 p.m. T’ai Ch’i for Stress Relief and Health, talk and demonstration by Gurney Bolster, MA of T’ai C’hi for Health, and students. 5:30 p.m. “Nutrition for a Healthy Heart,” Mark Davis, RD, LDN, nutritionist, Jefferson Hospital, Allegheny Health Network. 6 p.m. “Small Changes, Big Results for Your Health,” Margie Webb, RN, LMT, owner of “Ahh..A Massage,” McMurray, Pa. All attending the Canonsburg Go Red event will be eligible to win an iPad® Mini, donated by TownView Health and Rehab. Winner need not be present. For any donation of $5 and up made to the American Heart Association, Washington County, Canonsburg Hospital will be giving away a limited number of red fleece gloves or headbands as a thank you. At Monongahela Valley Hospital, these events will be held at the

Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center on the hospital campus, 1163 Country Club Rd., Monongahela: 3-4:30 p.m. Free blood pressure screenings and stroke risk assessments. 3:30 p.m. Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration by MVH Executive Chef Phoebe DiBello, and Clinical Nutrition Manager Michele Pfarr, RD, LDN, with samples afterward. 4:30 p.m. Innovations in Medicine talk on stroke by For Canonsburg Hospital’s Go Red event, Gurney Bolster, MA of T’ai C’hi for Health (front, center), and her students will give a talk and Neurologist Pushpa demonstration at 5 p.m. in the McNary Conference Center Kumari, M.D. 100 Medical Boulevard, Canonsburg, Pa. 6 p.m. Keynote speaker: Craig Wolfley, 12-year veteran System (WHS) events at Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center: of the NFL, former Pittsburgh Steeler, martial arts instructor, former sumo 6-10 a.m. Free screenings for the first competitor, and TV and radio 100, only $10/per person after that. personality. Must RSVP to 724-250-5210 and must MVH will also have healthy refreshfast for 12 hours prior to the test; take ments, free giveaways and a raffle. medications as normal and drink plenty Seating is limited; must RSVP for of water. MVH events by calling, 724-258-1333. 9-10 a.m. Heart Smart Decisions Staff at MVH will sell Go Red panel discussion with cardiologist, Washington County gloves and headdietitian and exercise physiologist. bands during the event. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Heart Healthy Mini Washington Health System (WHS) Stations, 10-15 minute mini heart events will be held Feb. 24 and 26 at healthy sessions on a variety of topics the hospital’s Wilfred R. Cameron including fitness, nutrition and stress Wellness Center, 240 Wellness Way, management. Washington, PA 15301. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Zumbathon. Minimum Tuesday, Feb. 24, 5-8 p.m., $5 donation with free gift for all who Washington GO RED Girls Night Out donate. All donations will be sent to the at Spa Harmony. Enjoy a mini spa day American Heart Association (AHA). while raising money for a good cause. Basket raffles. Tickets are a $5 donaChoose three mini spa services: massage, reflexology, facials, manicures or tion. All proceeds go to AHA. Washington will also sell Go Red Tpedicures. Cost is $30 per person. shirts and paper hearts in February and RSVP by Feb. 18, or to purchase a hospital staff will involve employees ticket for your sweetheart, with a pie-in-the-doctor’s-face contest call 724-250-5238. and an Employee Heart Education Feb. 26, Go Red Washington Health event with games and prizes.

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On the Stage at W&J University Oscar® Nominated Short Subjects "Oscar" is a trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Live Action: Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. Animated: Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. Back for the fifth time, our popular Oscar® Nominated Short Subjects spans two nights leading up to the broadcast of the popular Academy Awards on February 22. Come out and walk our red carpet in your awardsseason finest, enjoy the short films, and root for your favorite nominees on Sunday! The ticket price (or season ticket package) includes tickets for both nights. Individual tickets will be available at the door for each night, but at the full ticket price. Winter Tales XIII Written/Directed by W&J community members Feb. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m.

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Wash Arts receives $200,000 grant The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation recently approved a $200,000 grant to the Washington Community Arts and Cultural Center (Wash Arts) for the formation of a Rural Arts Collaborative (RAC) in Southwest Pennsylvania. Wash Arts will serve as the convener and fiduciary manager of the grant. Three arts organizations were selected to receive funding from this grant including Wash Arts-Washington, PA, Fayette County Cultural Trust-Connellsville, PA and the Monon Center- Greensboro, PA. Funds will be used to implement this project in Washington, Fayette and Greene Counties. With the assistance of the Intermediate Unit 1, this project will be able to identify a roster of local Teaching Artists in all three counties, and coordinate placement of those artists in classrooms and out of school settings. Rueben Brock, chair of the Board of Directors stated: "The Benedum Foundation has positioned Wash Arts to be a catalyst for change in the arts community in rural Southwestern PA. Through their generosity, we will be able to impact the arts in education in not only Washington County, but Fayette and Greene Counties as well where there is a notable absence of arts programs in schools. The Board and I thank the Benedum Foundation immensely for believing in our ability to be a conduit for this great project." Because of the location of each of the

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voice for this initiative." The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation is dedicated to encouraging human development in West Virginia and Southwestern PA through strategically placed charitable resources. Over the years, the Foundation has authorized grants of over $410,000,000. This is an 18 month project which begins Art education programs are a vital part of ensuring this January with planour children’s success, now and in the future. ning and working with For more information about classes & events the school districts to at Wash Arts, visit washarts.org. place teaching artists in three arts organizations, Wash Arts will several school districts within the three be able to work with more school discounties by the start of school year 2015-16 in September. tricts and administrators and introduce Becky Keck, Director of Wash Arts them to the concept, while at the same was thrilled at the news and stated: "As time, form a collaborative group of an active Teaching Artist, I have seen local Teaching Artists representing all first-hand the immediate and lasting three counties. impressions that Arts Integration has Jim Denova, V.P. of the Benedum made in both the classroom and comFoundation said: "This project is at the munity; bringing concepts in science, heart of what Benedum is pleased to engineering, arts and technology to life fund - those things that impact the arts in the hands of our children.” in education for children. Ultimately as “I could not be more thrilled with this we know through research and statisopportunity on both a personal and protics, participation in arts education pro- fession level. The children of these grams improves cognitive development three counties deserve this experience, and learning skills across the board for and our team will work hard to make this a reality," she added. those who are exposed. We are excited to see Wash Arts become the regional

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Preview by Hayley Martin Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes will skate into CONSOL Energy Center March 4-8 for nine magical shows. Disney on Ice has become a Pittsburgh spring staple, bringing our most beloved Disney tales to life including their most recent megahit, Frozen. This year's show will feature a bevy of Disney princesses. Watch Ariel struggle to overcome Ursula's spell in hopes of reclaiming her true love, Eric. Prince Phillip will race time to battle everyone's favorite purple dragon, Maleficent, and awaken his Sleeping Beauty. In addition to these iconic characters, the show will also feature Aladdin's Jasmine and Aladdin, Frozen's Elsa, Anna and Olaf, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast's Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. Little ones and adults alike will be in awe of the amazing flips and tricks the cast will perform on thin metal blades. Every year, the leaps get higher and the tricks more fantastic. You won't want to blink and risk missing even a millisecond of the action. As in recent years, the March production will feature characters from both contemporary and classic Disney films. With such a large and varied cast, you're certain to see one of your

favorite cast members come to life on the ice. Disney on Ice is a magical experience for all ages but, for kids, it's like taking a trip to Disney without having to leave Pittsburgh. Every year the skaters' beautiful costumes grow even more spectacular. Though their outfits are modified to optimize safety, you'll be left wondering how these talented performers can still skate with such grace and precision in their elaborate costumes. If you've never been to a Disney on Ice performance, you can check out videos of the show here: disneyonice.com/princesses-andheroes. These videos work well as "teasers" for kids leading up to the event. Great seats are still available for all shows. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office at Consol Energy Center, all Ticketmaster Locations, including select Giant Eagle Locations and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For more information: consolenergycenter.com.

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New Kids On The Block announced THE MAIN EVENT, a summer headlining tour featuring very special guests, Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum selling artists TLC and Nelly. Social media has been abuzz ever since the official reveal with no signs of slowing down. "We always have something special up our sleeves," said NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg. "Our fans keep asking us to come back out on the road, and we want to keep giving them what they want! We wanted to make sure it was something new and fresh and fun and totally worthwhile for all of our supporters year after year. This year, we are making it THE MAIN EVENT. And we promise, it will be THE TICKET of the summer." With all-new and top-notch production elements, this tour is sure to be the ultimate summer concert ticket as promised. The highlights will include a 360-degree stage "in the round." With no obstructions, the stage set up will offer optimal viewing. The bands have worked hard on the show and staging concept to make sure that everyone in the house has a part of the action, up close and center. "We are thrilled to be able to join pop icons NKTOB and Nelly on tour. We are equally excited to be back on the road connecting with our fans in such huge arenas," said TLC. Please visit www.NKOTB.com, www.livenation.com or www.ticketmaster.com for up to date information.

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Concert to benefit Daisytown minister After years of helping the community, the Rev. Doug Quail of Daisytown Bible Fellowship Church is getting a helping hand from those he's served and supported. Quail needs a liver transplant and presently is being processed for the life-saving list. He suffers from nonalcoholic cirrhosis. West Brownsville American Legion Post 940 and Quail's family and friends, including the Bentworth Ministerium Community Choir, are sponsoring a benefit Feb. 15. "A Concert for Doug" will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the legion at 800 Middle Street. Three bands and a comedian are donating their talents and time for the event in recognition of Quail's ardent support last summer of the Power of Music concerts, held primarily at the American Legion post. Appearing will be bands Knob Road, Shannon & the Merger and The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers along with comedian Shane Dolan. Tickets are $15 per person, which includes a spaghetti dinner. Proceeds will be used to defray Quail's medical expenses. Quail, a Daisytown native, came down with a serious diabetic infection two days after Christmas. The 47-yearold was flown into UPMC in Pittsburgh, where he learned his condition had reached the point that he needed a liver transplant. Quail is locally known for his RK Possum puppet ministry, appearing at Vacation Bible Schools, festivals and church events. Each year, he and his wife, Peggy, host "Chicken on the Grounds," a free meal for area residents at the church he founded eight years ago. They also open the doors of their church each month for a free community dinner. Other times, he will dip into his pocket to provide food baskets to needy residents in his hometown. As part of his ministry to others, he makes hospital visits throughout the Pittsburgh and Mon Valley regions and

Reverend Doug Quail of Daisytown Bible Fellowship Church, pictured here with his beloved family pet

substitutes for other ministers who are on vacation or ill. "He's a community guy. He always wants to help," says Annette Buffer of Brownsville, leader of the Bentworth Ministerium Community Choir, which represents 14 churches in Washington and Fayette counties. Last fall, Quail burned the mortgage for Daisytown Bible Fellowship Church at 442 Pike Run Rd., California, a shuttered Catholic church that he acquired in 2007 from the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The ordained minister is a graduate of the Douglas School of Business (now Douglas Education Center) and California Area High School. Prior to going into the ministry, he worked 20 years at Interstate Paper Supply Co. in Roscoe. Tickets will be sold at the legion door or in advance through Buffer at annettebuffer538@hotmail.com. The fundraising committee also includes David and Bobbi Hixon and Donna Antol, all of California,; Gary Antol (The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers) of Stockdale; and SueAnne Antonucci of Daisytown.

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The Five Stages of Grief

“Phantom” to take stage at Benedum Center is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52 - making this production one of the When a tour bring with it 20 trucks of largest shows currently on tour. "You meet so many awesome people effects, over 200 speakers, 85 moving because you're always on the road," lights, 10 tons of scenery and one said Fontaine. "You develop chandelier, you know you're in for a into a family with the cast seriously spectacular show. The and crew." Phantom of the Opera tour The show follows a disdoesn't disappoint. figured musical genius Cameron living in secret in a Mackintosh's new Paris Opera House, production of who terrorizes the Andrew Lloyd opera company for Webber's timeless the benefit of his classic, The young protégée, Phantom of the Christine, with whom Opera tour is part falls madly in love. of brand new North Carlotta (Fontaine) is American production. the opera company's prima "We were able to credonna and sees Christine as a ate a new concept with threat to her career. the new director who is Singer Jacquelynne Fontaine "Carlotta is an Italian really about the theater opera diva who's of the show," said worked hard to become a prima Jacquelynne Fontaine, who plays Carlotta Guidicelli. "It's the same show donna," Fontaine said. "Everything goes wrong and she acts like a true you love with a fresh take." diva would. I love her power and comAccording to Fontaine, this plete authority. She's not afraid of anyproduction is really inspiring and a one. I try to take after her sometimes, modern take on the classic show. but she's a little too assertive." Featuring stunning costumes by Tony Catch The Phantom of the Opera at award-winning designer Maria the Benedum Center, 655 Penn Avenue, Björnson, the production boasts specFeb. 18-March 1. A perfect post tacular special effects, including the Valentine's Day treat for your sweetlegendary chandelier. heart, tickets start at just $34. Fans "This show has some really amazing costumes," Fontaine said. "My opening attending opening night are also welcome to attend the pre-show talk to get dress is like 40 pounds and takes three the inside scoop on Broadway shows. people to get me into it for the show." For information, call 412-456-6666 Fans will be moved by iconic songs or visit www.trustsarts.org. such as "Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You" and "Masquerade" which

There are five stages of normal grief that were first proposed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying. In our bereavement, we spend different lengths of time working through each step and express each stage with different levels of intensity. Many people do not experience the stages in the order listed below, which is okay.

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Denial and Isolation: The first reaction to learning of terminal illness or death of a cherished loved one is to deny the reality of the situation. We block out the words and hide from the facts. This is a temporary response.

Brit Floyd's Space & Time World Tour 2015 will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, at the Benedum Center. Celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd, from their creation in 1965 right through to the release of their brand new album, The Endless River, this amazing new show includes performances from all Pink Floyd's biggest selling albums plus a host of other Pink Floyd musical surprises. Tickets ($37.25-57.25) are on sale now at TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.

Anger: The intense emotion is deflected from our vulnerable core, redirected and expressed instead as anger. The anger may be aimed at inanimate objects, complete strangers, friends or family. Anger may be directed at our dying or deceased loved one. We feel guilty for being angry, and this makes us more angry. Bargaining: The normal reaction to feelings of helplessness and vulnerability is often a need to regain control. Secretly, we may make a deal with a higher power in an attempt to postpone the inevitable. This is a weaker line of defense to protect us from the painful reality. Depression: Two types of depression are associated with mourning. The first one is a reaction to practical implications relating to the loss. We worry that, in our grief, we have spent less time with others that depend on us. We may need a bit of helpful cooperation and a few kind words. The second type of depression is more subtle and, in a sense, perhaps more private. Acceptance: Reaching this stage of mourning is a gift not afforded to everyone. Death may be sudden and unexpected or we may never see beyond our anger or denial. This phase is marked by withdrawal and calm. Coping with loss is a deeply personal and singular experience.

The cast of Phantom of the Opera appear onstage together during this fantastic number

Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan will perform March 11 at 8 p.m. at the Benedum Center. McLachlan's "Shine On Tour", which launched last June, has visited over 40 cities in North America to widespread critical acclaim. Tickets are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

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Foster Friends of Washington County drive a great success, co-founder reports Thanks to Lindsay Hull for the following update! The idea for Foster Friends of Washington County and the care pack drive took spark just before Thanksgiving 2014. Ashley DeWitt and I read a blog about a group collecting back packs for foster children in Allegheny County and wanted to participate in the drive but wished the packs could be given to children in our own neighborhoods. Realizing maybe we could if we just asked, we contacted Washington County CYS and got the green light to donate our packs and any other we could collect as well. With the go ahead from CYS, Ashley and I created a Facebook group and started posting fliers and inviting everyone we knew to join the cause. In the four week period from the concept's inception until the official care pack "donation week" support wildly exceeded our expectations, collecting more than 200 care packs for children in foster care! Often children are removed from their living situation with nothing but the clothes on their back and a trash bag of miscellaneous items. The purpose of the care pack is to give children who are in a situation completely out of their control something that can bring them comfort and that they truly can call their own. Putting together a pack

is no easy task; they take time, money, and thought. Each pack is age and gender specific so it can be "grab and go" for the caseworker. Packs were collected for children ages newborn to eighteen years and are a back pack or duffel bag containing at minimum pajamas, a blanket, toothbrush and toothpaste, body wash, a book and a toy. Many packs donated contained heart-felt extras such as journals. Word of mouth regarding our drive spread quickly and packs, monetary and gift card donations began to come in right away. Foster Friends would like to recognize the following people or businesses who donated $100 or more: Hollowood Heating Inc. (California, PA), CentiMark Corporation (Canonsburg), California Army Navy Surplus (California), and Douglas Education Center's Jeffrey D. Imbrescia (Monessen). All monetary donations were used to finish any incomplete packs and to create additional packs. Foster Friends also had several individuals and businesses that went the extra mile and donated fifteen or more care packs. These came from Mandy Lee and Lee Supply (Charleroi, PA), Alyson Hollowood and MOPS of Calvary Baptist (Washington), Jessica Fritch and the Charleroi High School faculty and students, and the members of the Mon Valley YMCA. We would

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also like to thank Janae Layhue and Hugs for the Holidays who generously donated forty-five Build-A-Bears to be included in care packs. Finally, Foster Friends of Washington County would like to thank the businesses who served as our donation locations: City Motors, LifePoint Church Workshop, Moschetta's Performing Arts Center in Waynesburg and Fredericktown, Hollowood Heating Inc., and the Mon Valley YMCA. Ashley and I are humbled by the gen-

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Historic California building current site of vibrant arts scene By Chuck Brutz

He used the ground and lower levels while keeping the upstairs as storage space. Miller stayed in the building until 1986. In 1999, another five and dime store opened for business in the building, Dollar General. A year later, artists and entrepreneurs Joe "Bish" Morosky and Jay Paroda moved into the second floor of the building and opened Jozart Studios, a gathering place for musicians and artists. They also used the space to operate a graphic design business, making signs and business cards among other items. Several of the signs you see in the California area were created by the talented duo. In 2009, Morosky reminisced about the condition of the building when he and Paroda first began occupying the upstairs space. "There were holes cut in the floor every eighteen feet, about a foot wide, and almost the length of the building," Morosky said. "They had apparently insulated the ceiling downstairs through the floor and the wood was gone, so we pulled up the floor boards where our offices are and used those to repair the studio floor." "There was no access to the second floor except through Dollar General

In the past few years, California, Pennsylvania has lost several historic structures including The Savage Hotel and The Hollywood Theatre. With so much history rapidly disappearing, it's comforting to realize one of the town's architectural wonders will turn the big 1-1-1 this year. In 1904, the building now home to Dollar General and Jozart Center for the Arts was constructed. Owned by Jones and Laughlin Company, the building housed The Pittsburgh Mercantile department store. Nicknamed "The Company Store" by residents, The Pittsburgh Mercantile was described in a 1914 advertisement as "the best equipped and most modern department store in the Monongahela Valley, carrying the best quality merchandise at the fairest prices." "It was an all-purpose store which carried clothes and food," said Pat Cowen, Secretary for the California Area Historical Society. "All the coal miners and their families shopped there and paid in Scrip, a form of credit at the time." In 1949, a new tenant occupied the building, G.C. Murphy's department store. Changes to the exterior included the addition of an awning and gold letters spelling out G.C. Murphy Co. 5 & 10 store. Colorful displays filled the windows. The store had hardwood floors and two floors of goods. Where Dollar General now sits was actually the store's second floor, while items such as toys and hardware could be found on the lower level. The space now occupied by Jozart Center for the Arts was used only for storage. An interior shot of The Pittsburgh Mercantile Murphy's remained the building's principal occupant until 1985 when, due to economic until we had a lock put on the side door," Morosky said. "There was no realities and the changing of the times, electricity, water or sewage, plumbing all of the area stores bearing the name and the windows were all caulked of Murphy's closed. shut. We built the offices and the wall The building wouldn't stay empty for behind the stage to separate the studio long, however. In 1986, Ernie Miller from the downstairs heating and opened a hardware store there. He'd air unit." previously occupied space across the Over the course of the next ten years, street, now the site of Campy's Pizza.

Morosky and Paroda continued to improve the upstairs space. They added offices, a fully equipped stage with a sound and light system, a "coffee shop" area where they offered exotic coffee and tea blends and plenty of comfortable seating for people to gather. And gather they surely did. The first regular "event" held at Jozart Studios was The windows on the second floor of the building are original. a weekly open mic night, hosted by group of volunteers and a non-profit Peter Wright. This event would endure was formed, Jozart Center for the Arts. - and flourish - for the decade Jozart "We still offer many of the same Studios occupied the upstairs space. events Jozart Studios did," said Carla More than a few generations of musiAnderton, president of the board since cians and performers would find their 2010. "We're still the same place, in the voice on the Jozart stage. same space. I like to think we've built Other events included concerts such upon their wonderful legacy and as performances by local favorite expanded our offerings. We now have a Dave Pahanish. Jozart Studios would also host a num- monthly Wine and Line that's very popular, for example, and we're proud to ber of other significant events host talented musicians like Billy Price, including several visual arts Tony Janflone, Jr., and The Jakob's exhibits, two California Area Cultural Arts Expositions, joint- Ferry Stragglers. And Dave Pahanish still plays here, to the delight of many." ly produced by the local school The building still boasts many relics district and Liberty Rose, Inc., a from its' storied past. The large winperformance by the American Wind Symphony, the Peer Amid dows of Jozart Center for the Arts are original to the structure. The pillars Arts Experience - a weekly inside Dollar General are also remnants venue for poets and musicians of the early 20th century. If you look that ran from 2002-2003 - and closely at the Dollar General sign out the Absu horror film festival front, you can still see part of a faded featuring John Russo, where label that reads "Ernie" on the left and Fred Vogel (Toetag) first a faded "Murphy Co." is visible screened the horror classic as well. August Underground. "One of the things I love most about 64 Crayons, a bookstore and this place is its' rich history," Anderton writers/theatrical group, would said. "There are people who suspect it share space with Jozart Studios for might be haunted, and I wouldn't be many years, during which the stage surprised. I've got a lot of memories of was the scene of several plays and Jozart from the past 15 fifteen years. I other theatrical performances. In 2010, Paroda and Morosky decided can only imagine what stories could be to shutter Jozart Studios, but their spirit told about the people who were in this and vision inspired a group of their reg- building's during its' first 95 years of existence." ular patrons to keep the place open. A board of directors was elected from a

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“Evidence” to take stage at the Byham Theater

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the poignant and contemporary choreography of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence on Saturday, February 7 at 8:00pm. This performance will take place at the Byham Theater, located at 101 Sixth Street, downtown Pittsburgh. The presentation is part of the 2014-15 Pittsburgh Dance Council season. Ronald K. Brown masterfully threads elements of African, modern, ballet and social styles, elevating dance as a medium to communicate the human experience. Brown's signature vision of forging contemporary choreography rooted in the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms is executed in the extraordinary work The Subtle

One, set to the music of jazz musicians Jason Moran and Tarus Mateen. Brown transcends the human struggle and aspirations for connection between spiritual beings and mortals. In On Earth Together, Stevie Wonder's music deepens Brown's exploration of love and compassion and features dancers from the Pittsburgh community working alongside dancers from Evidence. Ronald K. Brown blends African, modern, ballet and social dance styles to tell stories that illuminate fundamental aspects of the human experience. Founded and based in Brooklyn, New York in 1985, EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY focuses on the seamless fusion of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. This work provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. He is an advocate for the growth of dance and is instrumental in encouraging young dancers to choreograph and to develop careers in dance. Tickets ($19.00 - $55.00) may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, online at TrustArts.org, or by calling (412) 4566666. To purchase 10 or more group tickets, call 412-471-6930.

Revisit the scene of a century plus year old crime... Carla E. Anderton

The Heart Absent Written by an expert on the infamous 19th century murders, THE HEART ABSENT is a tale of Jack the Ripper in love. 14-year-old James Nemo spent most of his youth motherless and under the thumb of a father who hates him. These injustices he quickly forgets, however, in the arms of a beautiful young prostitute named Nelly. Reality conspires against the young lovers, and James is left, alone and angry, to confront the truth behind his mother's abandonment.

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Twenty years pass. James, now a respected artist, meets Mary Jane Kelly, an Irish prostitute who bears more than a passing resemblance to Nelly. Convinced his redemption lies in her, James slowly ensnares her into his ever darkening world. His passion for her escalates to a frenzy, amidst the backdrop of Victorian London in the heyday of Jack the Ripper, and threatens to consume them both.

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State Theatre Center for the Arts Arrival From Sweden The Music of Abba! February 28 at 8 p.m. ABBA is the greatest pop group of all time! Their legacy will live forever. The show Mama Mia brought new generations to enjoy the music of ABBA and now you can experience the music LIVE. Arrival From Sweden is one of the world's most popular ABBA tribute bands. Endorsed by ABBA and Universal records, Arrival of Sweden is the closest you ever will get to seeing ABBA today!

Montana Repertory Theatre The Great Gatsby March 28 at 8 p.m. The Great Gatsby is now brought to the stage by Montana Repertory Theatre. Known for its compelling productions of great American stories that penetrate to the core of human experience, the troupe's Gatsby will convince you that Simon Levy's masterful adaptation captures, perhaps better than all movies of varying artistic merit, the elusive magic of Fitzgerald's slim novel. It's all here: the beautiful people, the decadence, the idealism--and the darkest fate.

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A Band Called Honalee Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Jay & The Americans & The Brooklyn Bridge Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. Josh Turner Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Westmoreland Symphony American Masters Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The Pink Floyd Experience Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. River City Brass Celtic Connections March 7 at 7:30 p.m. Westmoreland Symphony Beethoven’s Eroica March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Blue Oyster Cult March 21 at 8 p.m.

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An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces an evening with American astrophysicist, author and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Benedum Center. This event is presented by Bill Blumenreich Presents. Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in public schools through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson continued on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia. Dr. Tyson's professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. Tyson was a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine under the title Universe. Also, among Tyson's ten books, is his memoir The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist; and Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, co-

written with Donald Goldsmith. Origins is the companion book to the PBS-NOVA 4-part mini-series Origins, in which Tyson served as on-camera host. In March 2014, Tyson served as Executive Editor and on camera Host & Narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan's landmark television series. Cosmos was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Documentary. Dr. Tyson is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid "13123 Tyson." Dr. Tyson is the fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. He is also a research

associate of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. For more information: haydenplanetarium.org/tyson. Tickets ($34.25-$77.25) are available at TrustArts.org, by calling 412-4566666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.

Exploring the Paranormal with Reanna Roberts Area "UFOlogist" Stan Gordon's interest in the science of "UFOlogy" was first sparked in 1959 when he was a child of ten and he's been researching UFOs ever since. The first case that caught his attention was when a large fireball was spotted in Kecksburg in Westmoreland County. The official report from the government dismissed the fireball as being merely a bright meter but eyewitness accounts report seeing military personnel remove evidence from the scene. Gordon's fascination with UFOs continued into adulthood and in 1969, he set up a hotline for UFO sightings. A year later, in 1970, he formed a local UFO research group, the Westmoreland County UFO Study Group. An eclectic group, members included engineers, scientists and former military intelligence personnel who would respond within minutes to hours to reported sightings. The group gained popularity with police and the media. In addition to his work as a UFOlogist, Gordon also investigates sightings of Bigfoot, which occur fre-

quently in western Pennsylvania. He suggests there may be a correlation between Bigfoot sightings and UFO sightings as they often occur within days of each other in the same location. There have been reports of a "large, hairy creature" seen carrying a globe shaped light. Wherever UFO sightings and reports of Bigfoot occur in the region, Gordon is often on the scene, investigating these strange phenomena. If you feel you have seen something that cannot be explained, contact Stan Gordon via his hotline at 724-838-7768 or by email at paufo@comcast.com. For more information, visit stangordon.info or look up his books and

DVDs on Amazon. This article was based on a podcast interview conducted by my group, the Mon Valley Paranormal Research Society. The full broadcast can be heard at: blogtalkradio.com/mvprs/2014/02/23/ profoundly-paranormal-with-mvprs

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The Billy Price Band to appear at Jozart Center for the Arts Billy Price has been entertaining audiences since performing in Pittsburgh, PA with the Rhythm Kings in the early 1970s. Price's popularity and longevity in his adopted hometown and elsewhere isn't hard to explain. As Geoffrey Himes of the Washington Post has written, "Unlike so many blues revivalists, Price is not an imitation of better singers--he's the real thing." Price formed The Billy Price Band in 1990. Members of the Billy Price Band are Steve Delach (guitar), Tom Valentine (bass), Dave Dodd (drums), Jimmy Britton (keyboards), and Eric DeFade (tenor sax). Billy Price first attracted national attention during his three-year associa- tion of the Washington Post, Mike tion with guitarist Roy Buchanan. Price Joyce called The Soul Collection "an R is the vocalist on two of Buchanan's & B homage full of revealing and comLPs, That's What I'm Here For and pelling performances...Price is a terrifiLivestock. With Buchanan, Price toured cally expressive soul singer," says the U.S. and Joyce, "one who Canada, playing conveys both the such venues as pain and the pleasCarnegie Hall in --Show starts at 8 p.m.-- ure in these New York, the choice songs." Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Newport Jazz Can I Change BYOB for over 21 with ID My Mind on Green Festival, the Roxy and the Troubadour Advance $15/$20 at the door Dolphin Records in Los Angeles, and was produced in call 724-938-9730 or the Spectrum in Los Angeles by Philadelphia. Price e-mail carla@jozart.com Jerry "Swamp assembled Billy Dogg" Williams. Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band Since its release in December 1999, in 1977. Before their breakup in 1990, Can I Change My Mind has received the band recorded four critically critical acclaim from publications acclaimed LPs and developed a reputa- throughout the world: A sure-fire wintion as one of the most exciting touring ner! (Ray Ellis, Juke Blues) ...will bands in the U.S. please all fans of modern soul and soul In April 1997, Billy Price released blues (Peter R. Aschoff, Living Blues) The Soul Collection, which featured a ...the most imaginative and entertaining duet by Price and his friend and mentor record in Billy Price's 30-year musical Otis Clay on Clay's "That's How It Is," career (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Price's as well as background vocals by veter- expressive abilities define the term an Chicago vocalists Theresa Davis, "deep soul" (Pittsburgh City Paper). Robin Robinson, and Dianne Madison. Billy Price released a double CD, In Living Blues (September/October Sworn Testimony: The Billy Price Band 1997), Bill Dahl called The Soul Live, in July 2002. Collection "an inspired stroll through In July 2003, the Billy Price Band the glorious history of soul music gave a critically acclaimed perform[invested with] uncommon passion and ance at the Belgium Rhythm & Blues authenticity." In the April 25, 1997 edi- Festival in Billy Price's first-ever

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Minecraft: The $2 Billion Video Game Commentary by Noah Churchel Is the title misleading? Maybe a little. In actuality, Microsoft paid 2.5 billion with a capital B - to acquire the popular computer game, Minecraft, but that isn't as catchy so I used the after taxes value of two billion. It seems amazing that $500 million dollars is considered splitting hairs, but this is reality. This is what happens when a large corporation like Microsoft sees an iceberg on the horizon. For the unindicted, Minecraft is a game based on a block world. Each block is 1x1x1 meter - or a little over a yard - and is programmed to be infinite. When a player walks, sails, flies or teleports, part of a greater world is generated using a mathematical algorithm controlled by a player chosen number. Now we have an idea of how this blocky world is created, what do people do there and why on earth would Microsoft spend two billion dollars to own it? The reason is rather elusive. Minecraft is a "sandbox game" - meaning there's no winning or losing. There's no counter, no clock to beat, and you don't get to enter your initials when you hit a high score. During the game's daytime, players build, farm and gather resources to build a shelter for the purpose of keeping very basic, almost primitive Halloween monsters at bay. For the past four of the game's five year old life, enthusiasts have modified parts and pieces to give Minecraft more of a point and/or purpose. Ways for players to acquire and trade items and earn currency lent the game more complexity. More importantly, Minecraft players have bonded together to form a community, and there's tremendous demand for collaborative play. For many adults, Minecraft is a real time version of Monopoly. Take each of those transactions and multiply it by hundreds of thousands of items. And it's a true capitalist society. If Player X fig-

ures out a way to streamline the process of creating an item or game widget, he can sell it to Player Y. Player Y can turn around and resell it, but Player X will still sell more in his "store" because he charges less. This is only one iteration of a game created by tech savvy adults "plugged into" Minecraft. And there are thousands of enthusiasts, each producing thousands of potential modifications ranging from ways to process ore - another fundamental aspect of the game - to producing Dorothyesque tornadoes and creating magical worlds complete with wands and potions. Let's get back to the math. Take all those "micro-transactions" and multiply it by an ever growing community of truly dedicated players and programmers.18,298,531 people have pur-

chased this game to date. Over 12,000 people bought a copy of Minecraft game in the last 24 hours. Having said that, the main reason Microsoft was willing to spend over two billion dollars to acquire Minecraft is that the game is written in Java, a programming language Microsoft doesn't own and the structure of which Microsoft doesn't resemble. Now look at it from Microsoft's perspective. If the best and brightest of our children's parents buy this game for them and they learn how to modify it, you've soon got an entire generation hooked on a product Microsoft doesn't control. It was a crazy little programming festival, if you will, they watched develop and grow in their own backyard. Minecraft's owner, in an attempt to avoid litigation from zealous game modifiers now demanding their share of the lucrative pie, decided to sell the company. I assume sharp-mouthed millennial Java programmers were considered a dollar figure by Microsoft's legal department. In short, Microsoft realized kids learning the Pepsi of programming at a young age was not good for their Coca-Cola product line, and the way to prevent this looming disaster was to spend the hefty sum of $2.5 billion to acquire Minecraft.

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“I just get such a sense of peace when I’m painting.” creativity to avenues like graphic design, which she enjoys but called one-dimensional. "For years, I painted When California resident Rosemary in secret," she said. Capanna started posting photos on Capanna's technique of applying oil social media of oil paintings she'd crepaint to canvas via palette knife is ated using a palette knife, she never quite unique. expected such a tremendous response. "It's a faster way to paint. It's more "I started posting the paintings for the immediate," she said about the process. feedback and the reaction was very The result is a vibrant mix of what positive. I have very supportive friends," Capanna said. She added their she terms "impressionism and abstract" which is fitting considering she counts support has been both "motivational VanGogh among her artistic influences. and inspiring." In addition to the Masters, she draws Capanna, an accomplished graphic/web designer by trade, said she inspiration from looking at family phofirst became interested in art as a young tos and is fascinated by history. She's spent extensive time researching her child, a spark further ignited by art own genealogy, in particular her rich teachers who encouraged her in her Italian heritage. That research proved to early pursuits. As a teen, she designed posters for church and youth groups. At her she hails from a creative family. A proud California native, she said California State College, she took a she is also inspired by looking at phopottery course and was further driven tos of her hometown, then and now. to follow her passion for visual arts. Capanna said she prefer to paint in But it wasn't until fairly recently she the morning when the light is better but revealed her love of and talent for oil has learned to adapt to gloomy, dark painting to others. days by using a sunlight. "I've always been into creative Speaking of gloomy, dark days, things," she said, but largely limited her Capanna, an energetic and lively personality whose accomplishments include organizing a Community Watch group and a bid for mayor, explained it was a fairly recent diagnosis of Meniere's Disease that motivated her return to the painting studio. It's difficult to remain dismal looking at Capanna's colorful paintings. Simple yet brilliantly hued, their subjects include nature and landscapes. Though she launched a web site to display and potentially sell her paintings, it's all about the art for her, no commerce. "I'm more interested in the process," Pictured above: “Dia’s Dahlia” she said, though she's By Carla E. Anderton & Allen Free

Top right: “Alice’s Cannas” - Based on a photo of Alice Harris’s farm Bottom right: “Poppies” open to taking commissions and has sold a few paintings since first revealing her work online. Above all, Capanna said she's driven to paint because of the medium's expressive and therapeutic nature. "I love to express myself, and I just get such a sense of peace when I'm painting," she said. To view Capanna's work, visit her site: artonmalden.com

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Della and Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid Della and Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid is the first in a series of books for children that explores the themes of nature, conservation, family, community service, and helping others. Throughout the text children are introduced to research patterns in the forms of charts, maps, and footnotes. Beginning concepts of biology, geography, and environmental science are also presented. A beloved local landscape provides the backdrop for this story about two sisters, Della and Lila, who befriend a mermaid in trouble.

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As the increasing mistreatment of the Monongahela River persists, Marina the Mermaid turns to two little girls, Della and Lila, to help her save her home. Della and Lila rally their family and friends and form a summer long campaign to raise awareness about pollution and ecological damages in the Monongahela River. The girls and their friends work very hard to try and save Marina's home. But, will they be able to do it? Find out what happens when Della and Lila work together with their family, friends, and community to help save our river.

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