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Mar 2016 Vol.1 Iss.3

Social Soles

Social Animal

Interview with Mrs. Judy O’Connor of the Bob O’Connor Foundation

Animal Friends: Bunny Yoga

Social Seen

Social Calendar Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial!!! St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Easter Purim First Day of Spring Spiritual Wellness Month Girl Scouts Birthday More...

PMT: Disco Party Sewickley Chocolate Walk Exhalations Dance Theatre-Project 2016! Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s 10th Annual Father-Daughter Dance

Social Psychology

Pittsburgh Zoo &PPG Aquarium’s Animal Instincts Valentine’s Dinner More…

Religious or Spiritual?

Social Responsibility SB Grows a Bigger Heart at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

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Social Sisters

Kid Contributors At SocialButterflyMagazine.com we are all about learning what we can from each other as well as taking our turn at teaching. You know the saying: Sometimes the student is the teacher. Our Kid Contributors AKA Social Sisters are along for the ride - at times with us at the office, on interviews, at events,…. Learning the Ins and Outs, the Ups and Downs of the business. They are Home Schooled and Privately Tutored and are looking forward to learning more about writing, photography, staging (photo), videography, set design (video) sketching, designing and sewing (mascot), social media, marketing

and advertising, editing of all of the previously mentioned and whatever other lessons there will be to learn… The two have mainly been teaching our staff about patience, and how it is a virtue, and how sometimes we all need some “down time”. They have been active in the making of the Social Butterfly Video Series on our YouTube Channel. (https://www.youtube.com/c/socialbutterflymagazineonline) Look for their websites coming soon: SavvyVannah.com and ScarlettsWebb.com which are currently under construction. Learning is Fun!


Table of Contents March 2016


Social Media............................................................................9 Social Calendar of Special Days..............................................13 Social Music Calendar..............................................................17 Social Studies.......................................................................... See O’Connor Foundation Scholarship Winners

Social Seen PMT Saturday Night Fever Disco Party ........................................21 Bob O’Connor Foundation St. Patrick’s Day Party........................33 Sewickly Chocolate Walk.............................................................39 Animal Friends W(h)ine!..............................................................43 Children’s MOP Father-Daughter Dance......................................49 Pittsburgh Zoo PPG Aquarium Animal Instincts Dinner................65 PMT Saturday Night Fever Opening Night ...................................73 BoxHeart’s Art Inter/National Exhibition......................................77 Lunar New Year Celebration .........................................................81

Social Wellness & Awareness Calendar...................................19 Social Festivals Calendar.........................................................23 Social Responsibility................................................................27 SB Shares Valentines with Children at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Social Services Calendar (Military Observances).....................29 Social Soles.............................................................................31 Interview with the Mrs. Judy O’Connor

Contests..................................................................................37 Social Eater/Drinker Calendar..................................................47 Social Kids Calendar................................................................51 Social Animal...........................................................................57 Animal Friends Bunny Yoga Social Animal Calendar

Social Psychology....................................................................63 Spiritual or Religious? Social Psychology Calendar

Social Spirits Calendar (Religious Observances).....................69 Social Garden Calendar...........................................................83 Social Expectations.................................................................87 What’s Next?

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Faith Bennett

Founder, Publisher, Editor FYI: Faith’s*You’re in-the-know*Info

March is so full of special days this year (Pittsburgh is celebrating its Bicentennial starting March 18!) that if we aren’t living consciously (and even if we try our best) we can become overwhelmed. (Our special Calendars are overflowing)! Can you tell I am feeling the energy? But once we assure ourselves that taking part in the observances is memory-making-in-progress and is a good way to invest our time – (lots of deposits being made into our memory banks!) We begin to relax into this season of renewal. Take a sometimes relaxing walk (Animal Friends: Bunny Yoga and Whine! Events,…), a sometimes exhilarating walk (PMT’s Saturday Night Fever Disco Party, Children’s MOP Father-Daughter Dance,…) and sometimes a combination-of-allthe-senses-in-between walk (Sewickley Chocolate Walk, The Pgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium’s Animal Instincts Dinner,…) through our Social Seen section this month: “HAPPY” is the word: Happy Everything!!! (St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Purim, Spring,…) And speaking of renewal – we were truly blessed this month to have the chance to interview Mrs. Judy O’Connor of The Bob O’Connor Foundation for our Social Soles series. Mrs. O’Connor runs the foundation with her three children in honor of her late husband, Bob O’Connor, Pittsburgh’s 58th mayor. The Foundation just held its annual St. Patrick’s Day Party to raise funds for its scholarship program and to award this year’s winners. The O’Connors

are a busy family. They are involved in the planning of some of Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial Festivities. Mrs. O’Connor even tipped us off to a mayor’s favorite recipes cookbook to be on the lookout for in celebration of the BIG 200! Talking about family has us chilled with excitement for Disney’s Frozen on Ice. We gave away prize tickets for the upcoming show and our Social Sisters can’t wait to see their favorite animated siblings. They are willing to brave the cold one last time before the warm weather moves in! Our hearts grew BIGGER the day we were able to go with Social Butterfly to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to share Valentine Butterflutters and pose for photos with our new little friends. Gifts from Heaven! It is during the holidays that we sometimes take a longer pause to contemplate what our deepest thoughts are. Doing so is not a bad thing, sometimes we just get tripped up when we begin to think things should be our way or no way. Finding a balance where we can think: I’m OK/ You’re OK will allow for a better time to be had by those getting together to celebrate and observe the holidays. And knowing warmer weather is on its way, doesn’t hurt either! To (Y)our Spring Forward -> Faith


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National Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Day

Texas Independence Day

BOYS’ LIFE Anniversary Day

National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)

Beer Day (Iceland)

Spiritual Wellness Month

Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

National Optimism Month Kidney Month

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Employee Spirit Month Credit Education Month Brain Injury Awareness Month

National Oreo Day

Alexander Graham Bell Day

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

Girl Scout Sunday

National Cereal Day

Irish American Heritage Month National Craft Month National Nutrition Month National Women’s History Month

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Red Cross Month National Cheerleading Safety Month

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National K-9 Veterans Day

Learn About Butterflies Day

Daylight Savings Begins

National Potato Chip Day

IHOP National Pancake Day

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

International Women’s Day

No Smoking Day

National Proofreading Day

Barbie Day

Organize Your Home Office Day

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Freedom of Information Day

Social Calendar of Special Days

Lips Appreciation Day

13 March Equinox (Spring Equinox, Ostara) The Great American Meatout Bed in for Peace Day Extraterrestrial Abduction Day National Proposal Day Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day (Mr. Rogers’ Birthday)

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National Chip and Dip Day

National Fragrance Day

American Diabetes Association Alert Day Near Miss Day

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Respect Your Cat Day

Vietnam Veterans Day

I am in Control Day

Easter Sunday

Peeps Day

Knights of Columbus Founders Day

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Employee Appreciation Day

Bonza Bottler Day

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Popcorn Lover’s Day

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Girl Scouts’ Birthday

World Kidney Day

Girl Scout Sabbath

National Pack Your Lunch Day

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Goddess of Fertility Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Awkward Moments Day

First Week in March

Universal Human Beings Week

March 6 – 12

Teen Tech Week

February 28 – March 5

Peace Corps Week

March 6 – 12

NO MORE Week of Action

March 14 - 20

National Spring Cleaning Week

Third Week in March

National Animal Poison Prevention Week

Week After Easter

Make Mine Chocolate!

February 19 – March 20

Hong Kong Arts Festival

March 13 – 19

Campfire USA Birthday Week

March 6 - 12

Girl Scout Week

March 4 – 5

National Day of Unplugging

Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day

Birthstone: Aquamarine / Bloodstone

Earth Hour

Flower: Daffodil Zodiac Sign: Pisces (The Fish)

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Holy Saturday

Good Friday

Purple Day

Tolkien Reading Day

Manatee Appreciation Day

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February 20 – March 20 Aries (The Ram) March 21 – April 20

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Sing With Your Child Month Play the Recorder Month

Social Music Calendar

Music in Our Schools Month


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Workplace Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month

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NO MORE Week of Action

Spiritual Wellness Month

March 6 – 12

Save Your Vision Week

Save Your Vision Month

Third Week in March

Wellderly Week

National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month

March 27 – April 2

Root Canal Awareness Week

March 13 – 19

Patient Safety Awareness Week

Week Before Daylight Savings

Sleep Awareness Week

March 20 – 26

National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week

First Week in March

National Aplastic Anemia & MDS Awareness Week

Last Week in March

International Phace Syndrome Awareness Week

March 3 – 9

Endometriosis Awareness Week

Kidney Month

March 14 – 20

Brain Awareness Week

International Mirth Month

March 20 – 16

National Poison Prevention Week

March 13 – April 15

National Deaf History Month

Trisomy Awareness Month

National Eye Donor Month National Essential Tremor Awareness Month National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month National Color Therapy Month National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month Malignant Hyperthermia Awareness and Training Month

Endometriosis Awareness Month Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness Month Colic Awareness Month Child Life Month Brain Injury Awareness Month Alport Syndrome Awareness Month National Nutrition Month Caffeine Awareness Month National Cheerleading Safety Month

Social Wellness & Awareness Calendar

Hemophilia Awareness Month


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Self-Injury Awareness Day

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Refired, Not Retired Day

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National Women and Girls HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day

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PMT Saturday Night Fever Disco Party! Feb 6, 2016 What a great way to get disco ready for Saturday Night Fever Opening Night!


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Social Festivals Calendar

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March

Week Long/Multiple Days March 1-6

North Dakota Winter Show

March 1-20

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

March 10-13

Crufts (The World’s Largest Dog Show)

March 5-20

Iditarod Race

March 4-6

International Festival of Owls

March 12-20

Indiana Flower and Patio Show

March 18-20

Ultra Music Festival

March Issue Magazine


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http://pittsburghmusicals.com/shows/sister-act/

Sister Act Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by TONY and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty And The Beast, Little Shop Of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for 5 TONY Awards including Best Musical. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE! Thursday, March 17th, 2016 @ 7:30pm Friday, March 18th, 2016 @ 7:30pm Saturday, March 19th, 2016 @ 7:30pm Sunday, March 20th, 2016 @ 2:00pm Friday, March 25th, 2016 @ 7:30pm Saturday, March 26th, 2016 @ 7:30pm

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Social Responsibility Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Valentine’s Day Social SB Grows a Bigger Heart Social Butterfly shares Valentine Butterflutters and poses for photo ops with her new little friends.


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Red Cross Month

Social Services Calendar (Military Observances)

President’s Day

Week Long/Multiple Days March 7 – 13

Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week

February 28 – March 5

Peace Corps Week


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Texas Independence Day

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Operation Iraqi Freedom Day

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Social Soles with

Mrs. Judy O’Connor Interview by Debra Bauman The Social Soles interview series is based on the saying, “You don’t really know someone until you have walked in her shoes.” We thought it would be interesting to begin each interview asking our guest to bring a pair of shoes that are significant to her. They can be a pair she wore on her first day at college, those she wore when she graduated, a pair she wore to an interview, a friend’s wedding, the pair she wore when her husband was elected mayor…What shoes will she bring?

We associate shoes with memories: good and bad. This question serves as our ice breaker and steers the path of our conversation. This route will show us a side usually not seen in the one we are talking with. We believe a more personal, relatable side. We are excited to see in which direction we are lead – by the choice in footwear and the memories stirred. Come. Let’s take a walk… This March is a very exciting month, not just because everyone’s Irish for St. Patrick’s Day, but because it’s Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial. Keeping the luck of the Irish and our Pittsburgh political heritage in mind, we interviewed someone connected to both: Judy O’Connor of The Bob O’connor Foundation (joined by a special guest…). Her husband, Bob was Pittsburgh’s 58th mayor. Note: This interview was conducted before (but published after) the 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party for the Bob O’Connor Foundation on February 27. See page 33 for photos! SBM: Tell us about the shoes you brought today.

Mrs. O’Connor: I brought these brown shoes with decorations on them. I wore them on the last boat ride that Bob had. I bought them specifically for the boat ride. For my outfit. I wanted them to match that outfit! (Smiles) We had the O’Connor Cookie Cruise, we used to call it. And this is the picture they took of us, and you can see my shoes right there. SBM: (The couple looks so happy. No one knew THAT would be Bob’s last Cruise.) Have you worn them again since that boat ride? Mrs. O’Connor: I don’t even know if I wore them after that or not, but I just saved them. Just to remind me of the wonderful time we had on the boat ride. Every year. SBM: (Memories are how you stay together after a loved one has passed) Why did you decide these would be the shoes we’d talk about today? Mrs. O’Connor: Because, when you said shoes, and I looked at this picture, and Bob, and everything, it just reminds me of the times we had together. I have so many shoes upstairs, but these are pretty special. Because usually you wear shoes out and you give them away, but these I’ve kept for 11 years. Usually you don’t keep shoes for 11 years. My granddaughters like the shoes, but I haven’t given these up yet. They’ll take some of my shoes, but not these. (Looks at her son, Father Terry O’Connor, who has joined us) Do you remember these shoes? (He shakes his head no, then sees the photo.) Father O’Connor: Good memories in those shoes. Mrs. O’Connor: Yeah, there are. We had a good time, and that was a good boat ride. That’s when Bob was running for mayor. It was packed. After that - he won, but he never got to go on the next cruise. We had one scheduled for the year after he was elected, but he took sick, and we canceled. He never got to take the cruise as


mayor. I still remember the good memories we had on the cruises before Bob passed. Now we have the Bob O’Connor Foundation, so we’re doing it for that now. We picked it back up the year after Bob died, so we still do the Cookie Cruise. And that’s going to be on August 19 this year. So, we’re still keeping it strong, everyone appreciates us bringing the Cookie Cruise back. I’m glad we brought it back, too. SBM: What made you decide to bring it back? Mrs. O’Connor: People would ask, “Are you still going to have the cookie cruise?” Because everybody just loved it. When we brought it back it was the best thing we ever did. SBM: (What a wonderful way to keep Mayor O’Connor’s memory and legacy in the minds of Pittsburghers) Can you tell us more about the Cookie Cruise? Mrs. O’Connor: We get 800 – 1,000 people, so it’s just a lot of fun. Cookies, food, dancing. We have two boats, they sail side by side, I think this year they’re going to sail separately. We have DJs. The food is a picnic buffet, more or less, but it’s very good, like corn on the cob, coleslaw and chicken, hot dogs, and cookies – don’t forget the cookies! People fight over these cookies! I usually make the chocolate chips. We have a lot of volunteers who donate cookies. People really want to pitch in and help. Well, that’s Pittsburgh – they all do that, everywhere. And Zambelli does the fireworks. You can’t have it without fireworks, either – that’s a Pittsburgh thing. Then we might auction a shirt from the Steelers or the Penguins, too, people just love all that stuff, you know, Pittsburgh Pride! SBM: (Lots of Social Support from the Pittsburgh Community) Did Mayor O’Connor enjoy putting together the cookie cruise? Mrs. O’Connor. He did. Especially the first year when it took off, and everybody brought cookies, it was something new to everybody – especially on the boat! Father O’Connor: It started small. Mrs. O’Connor: (Nodding in agreement) Very small. We started with 200 people, and I think they were all family (Father O’Connor laughs). And then it grew, and it grew. And they’re still around, aunts,

uncles and everything. They support – everywhere. SMB: (Lots of Social Support from the Family as well!) The Foundation and events sound like a family effort! Mrs. O’Connor: We don’t do it without the family. Heidy takes care of the Foundation. Corey, now, he’s in politics. He’s doing well. People ask me, “When’s he going to run for mayor”? Terry is a priest at Saint Therese of Lisieux Parish. But we all get together for Foundation events. SBM: Are you involved with the Pittsburgh Bicentennial? Mrs. O’Connor: We are. The city is honoring all of the mayors, all the way back to maybe the first mayor, contacting everybody’s relatives if they can find somebody. There’s a parade (July 9), we’re going to be involved with that, and then after meeting at The Point to celebrate with food. I was asked for a recipe, so I shared a recipe Bob liked. I just did that last week. They’re coming out with a book, I think, in March. SBM: Which recipe did you give them? Mrs. O’Connor: The pot roast! He was a meat and potato man. That was it. Give him a steak every day. He would do potatoes and steak, that was it. There wasn’t anything fancy about him at all. That’s all he would like. SBM: We hear him often referred to as “The People’s Mayor.” Mrs. O’Connor: Oh, he was. He was out there, constantly, helping people, doing everything. Just saying hi to everybody. I still hear, every day, he was great to everybody. He was good. He was very likable. Father O’Connor: Real humble, you know? Mrs. O’Connor: Very humble. Father O’Connor: He always remembered where he came from, he was always the same no matter what his title was, or the money he made. He was always the same. Mrs. O’Connor: He was good. He was on his way. It was just a shock, what took place. But he did well. People remember him, and it’s a good thing, the way they remember him. So we’re just trying to work, keep up with everything, go out and help the community, like he would. I just feel we should be out there and do the same thing. SMB: (Mayor O’Connor lives on through the Bob O’Connor Foundation and his family) If your shoes could speak, what would they say? Mrs. O’Connor: I don’t know (Hmm…). Father O’Connor: They’d say, “I’m glad I meant so much to you that I was your choice for this interview!” SBM: If you could walk in someone else’s shoes, who would it be? Mrs. O’Connor: Who’s shoes would I walk in…that’s a great question…Well, I’m kind of happy with the life and memories I’ve had. I’d walk in my own shoes all over (and dance again with Bob.) To learn more about the Bob O’Connor Foundation, visit http://boboconnorfoundation.com/. To learn more about the St. Patrick’s Day Party for the Bob O’Connor Foundation, visit http:// boboconnorfoundation.com/st-patricks-dayparty/. To learn more about the Cookie Cruise, visit http://boboconnorfoundation.com/cookiecruise/. To learn more about the Pittsburgh Bicentennial, visit http://pittsburghpa. gov/mayor/200-PGH/index. html, and check back with us for coverage of Bicentennial events at SocialButterflyMagazine.com, @ SocialBflyMag on Twitter, @ socialbutterflymagazine on Instagram and https://www.facebook.com/ socialbutterflymagazine #PGH #Bicentennial #PGHBicentennial #PHG200.

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The 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Party for the Bob O’Connor Foundation February 27, 2016

The Bob O’Connor Foundation Community Service 2016 Scholarship Winners Brittany Puzausky (Our Lady of the Sacred Heart HS), Habiba Senkondo (Taylor Allderdice HS), Jordyn Gilliard (Barack Obama Academy of International Studies), Melanie Long (Oakland Catholic HS)


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Contests

*Always a Contest *Always a Giveaway

#PMTDiscoParty!

Congratulations to our winner Kara Abbey! We gave away 2 tickets to the PMT Saturday Night Fever Disco Party!

Congratulations to our winner Ada Fiscus!

#ValentineSecret!

We gave away a $50 (2 $25) Victoria’s Secret Gift Card to get something fun for Valentines Day!

#BlueManGroup!

#SaturdayNightFever!

Congratulations to our winners Abby Kraynick Sovko and Jason Taylor! We gave away 2 Prize Packs ( 2 Tickets, but one Lucky winner received an extra Ticket!) to PNC Broadway In Pittsburgh presents the Blue Man Group!

Congratulations to our winner Laureen Lees Eichelberger! We gave away a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!

Congratulations to our winner Beth A. Miller! We gave away 4 tickets to PMT’s Opening Night showing of Saturday Night Fever on Feb 11th!

#Barnes&Noble!

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#StPatricksParty!

Congratulations to our winner Cindy Severi! We gave away 2 tickets to the 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party for the Bob O’Connor Foundation.

Congratulations to our winner Sara P!

#GreatTaste!

#FrozenOnIce!

We gave away a $50 gift card to any of the 6 Darden restaurants listed on the card.

Congratulations to our winner Gina Mesina!

#iTunes!

Congratulations to our winner Liz Grand! We gave away a $25 #iTunes gift card! Winner was announced on Monday, February 29th!

We gave away 4 tickets to #FrozenOnIce! Winner was announced on Monday, February 29th!

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The 3rd Annual Sewickley Chocolate Walk was held on Saturday, February 6th. Ticket holders enjoyed chocolates of all kinds while browsing the stores & restaurants of Sewickley. Restaurants & retailers brought out the sweetness in Sewickley with their best chocolate treats.

http://www.exploresewickley.com/

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We have a Winner!

Vivo Restaurant took first place in the 2016 Chocolate Walk with a chocolate ricotta doughnut hole and black cherry molè sauce.

http://www.vivokitchen.com/

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Animal Friends W(h)ine!

Animal Friends W(h)ine! event Feb 12 at 7 pm. W(h)ine! is a unique event that pairs two of life’s greatest comforts: dogs and wine. This event was for people over the age of 21 and their dogs of any vintage. All dogs who are people-and dog-friendly were welcomed. Guests received samples of wine and cheese along with explanations of different tastes and varietals, while treats were provided for dogs. People also enjoyed raffles and a fun night out while their canines mingled at the doggie social hour.

www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org


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The Choreography Project

Exhalations Dance Theater

2016

http://kelly-strayhorn.org/

Exhalations Dance Theatre debuts original works from emerging young choreographers of Pittsburgh through the annual Choreography Project.

original works


February 14 at 3 p.m.

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

emerging young choreographers

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2016

March Week Long/Multiple Days

National Sauce Month National Noodle Month National Flour Month National Celery Month Berries and Cherries Month Bell Peppers and Broccoli Month National March Frozen Food Month National Nutrition Month National Peanut Month

Social Eater/Drinker Calendar

Caffeine Awareness Month

March 7 – 11

National School Breakfast Week

Third Week in March

Chocolate Chip Cookie Week

Third Week in March

American Chocolate Week


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National Banana Cream Pie Day

Peanut Butter Lover’s Day National Fruit Compote Day

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National Crown IHOP National Roast of Pork Day Pancake Day

National Frozen Food Day

National Cereal Day

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Youth Art Month Sing With Your Child Month Play the Recorder Month

March 6 – 12

Teen Tech Week

March 6 – 12

National Schools Social Work Week

March 7 – 11

National School Breakfast Week

Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering Month

March 20 – 26

National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week

Child Life Month

March 1 – 7

National Cheerleading Week

March 6 – 12

Celebrate Your Name Week

March 13 – 19

Campfire USA Birthday Week

Second Week in March

National Bubble Week

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National Crochet Week

March 6 - 12

Girl Scout Week

March 4 – 5

National Day of Unplugging

National March Into Literacy Month Middle Level Education Month International Listening Awareness Month Honor Society Awareness Month

National Craft Month National Crochet Month International Ideas Month

Social Kids Calendar

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Peter Pan Behind the Scenes with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Benedum Center, February, 2016

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Every month in the Social Animal Series, we will share adorable pictures, sweet stories, festive cuteness...You get the idea! If you have anything “Animal“ you would like to send to us for consideration, please email us your digital photos (high resolution) to info @Ventasia.com Please label: “Social Animal“


“Wind down from the week with a relaxing “hoppy hour” of Bunny Yoga!”

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Feb 26 at 6 p.m. Sold Out! Participants practiced their sasangasana, or Rabbit Pose, with the professionals - Animal Friends’ very own shelter rabbits! http://www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org/site/c.elKWIeOUIhJ6H/b.8454429/k.BF0B/Home.htm

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March Dolphin Awareness Month

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

Social Animal Calendar

Week Long/Multiple Days Second Week in March

National Aardvark Week

March 28 – April 3

Mule Day

Third Week in March

National Animal Poison Prevention Week

Week After Easter

Make Mine Chocolate!

March 4 – 6

International Festival of Owls

March 5 – 20

Iditarod Race

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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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Social Psychology Spiritual or Religious? By Faith Bennett Licensed Psychotherapist March seems particularly full of religious holidays, observances, and symbolism: Spiritual Wellness Month, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Purim, and World Day of Prayer, to name a few… PMT (Pittsburgh Musical Theater) seems to have taken notice and strategically scheduled “Sister Act” to open and run in the right month. All that – and – my name is Faith. When we hear the words spiritual and religious, it’s many times with a “v” in between them: Religious v Spiritual. People are always ready to give a lesson in semantics. What is the difference between the two? Does it matter? Is one better than the other? Things that make you go: Hmm… As you probably could have guessed: I grew up with religious parents. They felt they were answering to a higher calling in their role – They weren’t just tasked with raising kids from infant to adult They held certain beliefs that they not only made known – but made SURE were instilled in each child’s mind, and they hoped - hearts. My weeks went something like: Sunday School on Sunday Morning followed by Morning Church and back again in the evening after lunch and maybe a nap. Wednesday was Missionettes (like Christian Girl Scouts) for me and Royal Rangers (like Christian Boy Scouts) for my brother. Friday was Youth Night. And Christian Television was regularly scheduled programming. On the phone, my mother could be heard praying with her contacts on “The Prayer Chain”.

Religious teachings were sprinkled throughout the week for good balance. I had heard stories of how my mother came to religion in her twenties as a young mother and wife and that had she not found God, she did not know how she would have made it through life’s toughest times. Her belief was her strength. Religious teachings were easier for me to swallow as a younger child when memorizing scriptures would win me candy prizes. Memory recall has always been one of my strengths. I began having a harder time with the teachings as I grew older and found that the reality around me didn’t gel with the teachings I was taught. I still felt that life had meaning and that there was energy bigger than each of us individually, but I thought religion was too structured for what my spirit needed. I guess THAT was when I began thinking that being Spiritual was better than being Religious. Over the years being Spiritual allowed me the freedom to be open and not judgmental. Then my Dad got sick. All of my friends who were spiritual “sent good vibes” “healing energy” “peace and love” but not many showed up. The first ones there to support my mother were her friends from church, the minister, and even some she didn’t know personally who stepped in – offering to make meals. The same thing happened years later when my brother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at 30. My brother had “strayed” away from the church over the years, and there were those

While Faith Bennett is a Licensed Psychotherapist, this column is meant more as an advice column, like “girlfriend therapy” and is not intended as a source of treatment. If you feel that you may need help for a mental health, behavioral, or emotional problem, please seek help through your local community’s mental health system. If you are not sure where to start, Go to MentalHealth.gov This site is a good resource that both educates and guides.

who probably had words that weren’t the nicest, but many rallied together to support my mother. Her prayer partners gave her strength and him hope. When he passed, I wrote his funeral service. I stayed up all night with two crying babies, writing a service based on the teachings of Rabbi Harold Kushner. What I ended up with was a three part service: I. How Good Do We Have to Be? II. Living a Life that Matters III. When Bad Things Happen to Good People. It helped me to give my thoughts on judgment, to give credit to the things people do to help when help is needed and what to do with the feelings and thoughts we are left with when bad things happen. I contemplated how being spiritual helped my brother free his mind of the guilt he felt for not being what he thought others wanted him to be. And how those who were religious sprang into action to make sure his mother felt supported when she needed it the most. Religious = To Do Spiritual= To Be Looks like there is room for both.


Months National Optimism Month Description: This is your month!

National Color Therapy Month

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Description: “Spurred by The Arc’s advocacy, President Ronald Reagan declared March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987, urging ‘all Americans to join me in according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.’” Link: http://www.arcjc.org/newsevents/ddaware.html

Description: “Color therapy is a powerful, complementary therapy that has been used since ancient times, whether it was for physical, emotional or mental healing purposes. It’s been said that Hippocrates understood the power of color—which is a vibration—and used color ointments on his patients.” Link: http://munsell.com/color-blog/national-colortherapy-month/

National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month

National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Description: “We all know what it’s like to have a really bad case of the flu. Think, then, what it also must feel like to have severe muscle and joint pain, headaches and sore lymph nodes. On top of that, you can’t concentrate, and you’re tired, really tired, most of the time — a sense of exhaustion that just won’t go away, no matter how long you sleep. Some half a million Americans don’t have to imagine it. They feel that way day after day, year after year.” Link: http://preventdisease.com/home/ weeklywellness110.shtml

Description: “March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. Throughout the month, United Cerebral Palsy will be encouraging people with cerebral palsy to share the many things they enjoy and can do using the hashtag #CerebralPalsyCan on social media.” Link: http://ucp.org/tag/national-cerebral-palsyawareness-month/

Child Life Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Description: “In March, child life professionals worldwide will join the Child Life Council in observing Child Life Month, the time of year dedicated to honoring child life specialists and increasing awareness about their important work.” Link: https://www.google. com/#q=Child+Life+Month

Description: “The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an awareness campaign in March each year. The theme for the 2015 to 2017 campaign is: Not Alone. The Not Alone campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The campaign also lends itself to outreach within the brain injury community to de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available.” Link: http://www.biausa.org/brain-injury-awarenessmonth.htm

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Social Psychology Calendar Weeks/Days Long Third Week in March Wellderly Week Description: “Do you act your age? Hey, you don’t have to, especially not this week. Today is the kick-off for ‘Wellderly Week,’ a time to celebrate seniors who are still getting out there and taking life by the horns.” Link: https://www.bio-scriptives.com/happy-wellderly-week/

March 14 – 20 Brain Awareness Week Description: “Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.” Link: http://www.dana.org/BAW/

Days March 1 Self-Injury Awareness Day Description: “Raising awareness about self-injury is incredibly important. Awareness leads to understanding and empathy, banishing judgment and fear, and reducing the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence. Raising awareness is about educating people who do not self-injure, and reaching out to people who do.” Link: http://www.lifesigns.org.uk/siad/

Refired, Not Retired Day Description: “Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz point out that some people see their later years as a time to endure rather than as an exciting opportunity. Both research and common sense confirm that people who embrace these years with energy and gusto—rather than withdrawing and waiting for things to happen—consistently make the rest of their lives the best of their lives.” Link: http://www.amazon.com/Refire-Dont-Retire-Make-Rest/dp/1626563330

March 20 International Day of Happiness Description: “The General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 66/281PDF document of 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.” Link: http://www.un.org/en/events/happinessday/ March 21 World Down Syndrome Day Description: “Monday 21 March 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. Down Syndrome International encourages our friends all over the world to choose your own activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.” Link: https://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/wdsd-2016 March 26 Purple Day Description: “Cassidy Megan created the idea of Purple Day in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy. Cassidy’s goal is to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone. The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia came on board in 2008 to help develop Cassidy’s idea which is now known as the Purple Day for epilepsy campaign.” Link: http://www.purpleday.org/aboutus


Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s Animal Instinct’s Valentines Dinner February 12, 2016

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Social Spirits Calendar (Religious Observances)

Spiritual Wellness Month

Week Long/Multiple Days March 23 – March 24

Purim

Week Preceding Easter

Holy Week


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Easter Sunday

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PMT Saturday Night Fever Feb 11-21, 2016

Based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and Norman Wexler’s 1977 screenplay it inspired, it focuses on Tony Manero, a Brooklyn youth whose weekend is spent at the local discotheque. There he luxuriates in the admiration of the crowd and a growing relationship with Stephanie Mangano, and can temporarily forget the realities of his life, including a dead-end job in a paint store and his gang of deadbeat friends. In an effort to make it a family-friendly show, many of the film’s darker elements, including references to racial conflict, drug use, and violence, were eliminated from the plot.

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G A L L E R Y BoxHeart’s Art Inter/National Exhibition

“ began in 2002 by exploring how our world impacts the artistic process. Over the past 14 years, the exhibition has featured artists from over fifty countries (Angola, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, India, Iran, and Myanmar – just to name of few). Despite our differences in place, the exhibition continually showcased how our world is delicately interconnected. We received hundreds of entries for consideration this year. In its 15th and final year, the tradition of this exhibition came full circle in celebration of how each of the selected artists influences our world with their artwork. Sharing the common goal of communicating commonality with the viewer, we were thrilled to present powerful visual storytellers that are changing our world with imaginative imagery of wisdom, beauty, and truth.”

Niijima Mixed Media on Canvas

Hang Clay and Wood

Life is Blue Mixed Media on Panel


Bridges: Untitled I Oil. Watercolor. Gouache on Paper Garden Theater Oil on Canvas

The Geography of Love People I Love or Loved (left) and People I Could Love (right) Screen-print and Hand-stitched Canvas

Grown in the Most Unlikely Places

Hand Cut Rice Paper

New Direction Mesquite

The Importance of Dualism Intaglio Book

Greenland, July 2012 3D Printed Porcelain

Wiretapping Mixed Media

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Assorted Gynoids {left) and Wallflower (right) Oil on Canvas

Soft Oil on Canvas

Double Thinking Oil on Printed Canvas

Mythteller {left) & Tsunami Boy (right) Mixed Media Lady Mixed Media on Paper


Narwhal Oil and Oil Pastel on Plywood

The Immigrant Mixed Media on Paper

Afterward Graphite on Paper

Untitled Acrylic on Canvas

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Organization of Chinese Americans, 29th Annual Fundraiser, Syria Shriners Center

Lunar New Year Celebration, February 27, 2016


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Week Long/Multiple Days

Social Garden Calendar

March 12 – 20

Indiana Flower and Patio Show


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Kraynaks Easter Bunny Lane open thru April 3rd A family tradition in Hermitage, PA since 1949 www.kraynaks.com


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Social Expectations (What's Next?)

Social Seen: ST. Pats Parade PMT’s Sister Act Pgh Bicent Incorp Day Celebration Easter Festivities More…. Social Soles: Interview with E.Maxine Bruhns, Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms and its Intercultural Exchange Programs

*Always a Contest *Always a Giveaway *Always the Most Extensive Social Calendar


Social Calendar: Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Jewish Heritage Week Passover Annie Jr. (PMT) Grease (PMT) Le Corsaire (PBT) National Pet Day More….. Social Animal: Adorable pictures, sweet stories, festive cuteness... Social Psychology: By Faith Bennett, Licensed Psychotherapist

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The 2016 Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be celebrated on Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00 AM


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