Louise Silk is a quilter. Her work uses spiritual themes, photo transfers, recycled fabrics from old clothing, and embroidery. She has published several books about Quilting.
Zivi Aviraz was born and raised in Israel before coming to Pittsburgh 30 years ago. She uses found and recycled materials in her mixed media paintings, collages and ceramics.
Lila Hirsch Brody has a distinguished style and vibrancy in her work. Her work incorporated new and unique methods for using recycled materials long before it was in vogue to do so. Her work is joyful, colorful and positive.
Helen Naimark sees each day as an opportunity to explore new mediums and forms. She is inspired by found objects, which lead her work in many directions.
Judy Spahr is an accomplished artist and teacher. Her work focuses on the beauty of nature around her.
“Celebrity Autobiography,” a show presented by Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, will feature local radio host Lynn Cullen in this Friday’s performance. The show is a comedic production in which actual celebrity autobiographies — such as Mr. T, Suzanne Somers and David Cassidy — are read by actors and local personalities, including Bill Peduto and Ken Rice in upcoming weeks. Cullen will join the cast this Friday at 8 p.m. Cullen is a past president of The Jewish Chronicle’s board of trustees and has been a Pittsburgh radio personality for years. Tickets are available at culturaldistrict.org or (412) 431-2489.
Caregiver Champions who are trained to share what they have learned with other caregivers through a new community initiative sponsored by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. The first session of the Squirrel Hill Learning Circle will be held Tuesday, June 22, at 1 p.m. at the Squirrel Hill Jewish Community Center. Pre-registration is required by calling (412) 594-2569. Caregiver Champions provides neighborhood salons where groups of caregivers gather for six free two-hour discussions—called Learning Circles— designed to provide informal learning in a casual setting. Each Learning Circle features an expert to provide useful tips and advice, ranging in topics from identifying caregiver burnout to advance planning. The Learning Circles are hosted by a Caregiver Champion.
Zionist Organization of America-Pittsburgh Chapter’s Muncheon at the Movies series continues on June 22, with “The Great Dictator,” a classic Charlie Chaplin film about a Jewish barber who resembles Adolph Hitler (not a silent film). Movies are shown at the ZOA offices, 6507 Wilkins Ave., at noon. There is no charge to attend.
I Made It!, a nomadic indie-crafts marketplace, celebrates its third birthday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh Sunday, June 27, from noon to 5 p.m. The celebration will feature more than 50 local artisans. Cake and balloons will be given out and there will be free, hands-on projects for kids, including cake decoration, collage making and princess and pirate hat-making. Admission is free. The event will be held in the Kaufmann Building, 5738 Forbes Ave. Contact the American Jewish Museum at (412) 521-8011 Ext. 105.
The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of ORT America will hold its eighth annual garden tour on Sunday, June 27. This year’s tour will include six gardens in Fox Chapel and an optional luncheon. The catered luncheon will start in a private home at Noon, and the tour will begin at 1:00. These are multi-faceted gardens that will provide inspiration to all garden lovers with a variety of features, such as patios well-designed to become outdoor rooms (several including containers), waterfalls and ponds, and a wide variety of plants for sunny or shady locations. The largest garden is a country garden which offers something for everyone, including fruit trees, berries, bees, vegetables, herbs and animals (dogs, cats, goats, chickens, goldfish) as well as an assortment of flowers, shrubs and perennials. There is a charge. Contact Barbara Tisherman at (412) 683-0207 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. ORT consists of a global network of technological and scientific schools and programs that educate 270,000 students in over 50 countries annually.
Tzofim — The Israeli Scouts — will again bring their song and dance show to Pittsburgh when 10 scouts come for a weeklong stay from July 5 to 9. This year, five free performances, each approximately one hour in length, are scheduled, and not just in Squirrel Hill, but in the North and South Hills and eastern suburbs. The performances are slated for Monday July 5, at the Jewish Community Center’s Katz Auditorium in Squirrel Hill; Tuesday July 6, at Temple Emanuel of South Hills, 1250 Bower Hill Road; and Thursday, July 8, at Temple David, 4415 Northern Pike, Monroeville. All three performances start at 7 p.m. Two additional performances are set for Friday, July 9, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., at Temple Ohav Shalom, 8400 Thompson Run Road, Allison Park. The Jewish Committee on Scouting, Greater Pittsburgh Council, is sponsoring the performances.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s 3rd Annual Aquathlon Challenge will be held Sunday, July 18, at the JCC Family Park, 261 Rosecrest Drive, Monroeville. Participants must be age 13 and older. The race is set with adult and junior distances. Adult distances are 800-meter swim followed by a 5K trail run. Junior distances are a 400-meter swim followed by a 1.5 mile run. The swim is held in the long course 50-meter Olympic pool and the runs are on a wooded loop trail. Awards will be presented to the top three winners of each age group and gender. Check-in begins at 6:45 a.m.; pre-race instructions will be given at 7:45 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m. The awards ceremony will follow the race. Participants are invited to stay afterward to enjoy the day at the Family Park pool, grounds and concessions courtesy of the JCC. There are fees to register. Contact Laurie Wood at (412) 521-8011 Ext. 260, email@example.com or visit jccpgh.org
Dr. Annabelle Joseph, a Squirrel Hill native and the director of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music Marta Sanches Dalcroze Training Center, is recruiting active seniors to participate in a unique opportunity to demonstrate the value of Dalcroze Eurhythmics for a healthy, aging brain. Participants in this fun-filled class will be taught by Ruth Gianadda, professor of music at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland. Her published research with geriatrician Dr. Reto Kressig in work with seniors shows positive results including decrease in falls and improved mental health. When teaching at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in summer 2007, Joseph saw firsthand the joyful exuberance of a class of seniors under the direction of Gianadda. This experience will be available to 20 people age 65 and over. Participants should be active and able to attend three afternoon sessions July 13 to 15 from 3-4:30 p.m. on the Carnegie Mellon campus. No prior music training is required. There is a charge. Contact Annabelle Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org or (412)268-2391 for more information.
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