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General membership meeting

MARCH 9—The Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP will host a General Membership Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Hill House Association, 1835 Centre Ave., Hill District. There will be an FBI representative who will discuss civil rights issues in Pittsburgh. There will also be an Executive Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. For more information, call 412-471-1024.

Food showcase

MARCH 11—Penn State Extension, Allegheny County and Chatham University will host their “Local Food Showcase: a Grower/Buyer Event from 1-4 p.m. at Chatham University, 10 W. Woodland St., Shadyside. This event is to network and bring together Pennsylvania farmers, food industry purchasers and consumers. For more information, call Heather Mirkulas at 412-423-8633 or visit http://www.alleghenyextension.org.

Mardi Gras weekend

MARCH 12—The Iota Phi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc will host the Cirque, De Omega Mardi Gras Weekend from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Phase III, 7232 Hamilton Ave., Homewood. This event is a weekend of partying with the Ques. There will also be an Omega Mardi Gras Quesino Royale 2010 on March 13 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Homewood Coliseum, 7310 Frankstown Ave., Homewood.  There will be fun, dancing, gambling and cash prizes. These are adult affairs, BYOB and attendees must be 21 and over. Proper ID is required.  For more information, call 412-363-5896 or visit http://www.pghques.org.

Jackie Robinson

MARCH 15—Actor Gregory Gibson Kenney will host “Jackie Robinson: A Study in Mental Fortitude” at 2:30 p.m. at the CCAC North Campus, Room 3002, 8701 Perry Highway, McCandless. The event will take place at the Psi Beta Kappa honor society induction ceremony. Kenney will be in character as Robinson and discuss how the athlete broke the color line in major league baseball and the psychological hardships he had to endure. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-369-3692.

Benefit dinner

MARCH 15—NEED will host their 47th Anniversary NEED Benefit Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel, 600 Commonwealth Place, Downtown. NEED is the region’s leading organization for the best and brightest African American youth on the path for higher education. Students will be presented with scholarships. The keynote speaker will be Derrius Quarles. This is a business attire event. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call Terri Snoe at 412-566-2760 or email tsnoe@needld.org.

Grassroots alliance

MARCH 17—Community Empowerment Association will host a Grassroots Alliance Strategic Planning Meeting at 6 p.m. at the CEA Culture Center, 7143 Fleury Way, Homewood. This alliance is to address the structural inequalities that exist and to come together to discuss and build around challenges, issues opportunities and experiences navigating through the mainstream system. Various topics will be discussed. Interested individuals are asked to respond by March 15. For more information, call 412-371-3689 ext. 14.

Anniversary reception

MARCH 18—The Greater Pittsburgh Council Boy Scouts of America will host an Anniversary Reception at 6:30 p.m. at Heinz Field, West Club Lounge, North Shore Dr., North Shore. The Boy Scouts of America will be celebrating 100 years. The reception will consist of an award ceremony and a message from Jim Crawford, Past President and Chairman of Clover Foods. For more information, call Amy Franz at 412-325-7901.

Homebuyer workshop

MARCH 20—The Mon Valley Initiative will host their Homebuyer Education Workshop from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 305 E. 8th Ave., Homestead. Presenters will discuss budgeting to purchase a home, shopping for a home loan, closing procedures and home maintenance. Attendees will also be taught guidelines for low to moderate-income loan products that offer down payment and closing cost assistance. Free parking and lunch will be provided. For more information, call 412-464-4000 ext. 4008.

Open house

MARCH 20—The Environmental Charter School at Frick Park will host an Open House at 10 a.m. at 829 Milton St., Edgewood. This is a kindergarten through Fifth grade, tuition free school. Tours and various information given to individuals. The school is holding open enrollment through March 26. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 412-247-7970 or visit http://www.EnvironmentalCharterSchool.org.
Legacy awards luncheon

MARCH 27—The Rankin Pennsylvania Section of The National Council of Negro Women will host their Legacy Awards Luncheon from 12-2 p.m. at the Rankin Christian Center, 230 Third St., Rankin. The luncheon will recognize those women who have contributed to the advancement of their communities. Honorees include Lena Franklin, Madilyn Hairston-Giddens, Clara Harrington, Dorothy Lee and Dovie Patterson. Tickets are $20 in advance. For more information, Flora Johnson at 412-351-2885 or visit http://www.ncnw.org.

Celebrity roast

APRIL 16—The Hilton Hotel & Towers, will host the 12th Annual Mel Blount Youth Home All-Star Celebrity Roast at 6:30 p.m. at 600 Commonwealth Place, Downtown. The roast is a tribute honoring SuperBowl XL MVP/Wide Receiver Hines Ward. Dinner will be at 7 p.m. and this is a black-tie affair. Tickets are $350 per person and proceeds will benefit the Mel Blount Youth Home. For more information, call 724-948-2311 or email office@mbyh.org.

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