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Public service awards

MARCH 24—Champion Enterprises, the Officer of the Allegheny County Executive, the Office of the City of Pittsburgh Mayor and Goodrich & Goodrich Law Firm will host the 10th Annual Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Public Service Awards at 7 p.m. at the Allegheny County Courthouse, 436 Grant St., Downtown. Several local heroes from the city and county will be honored for their continuous work. There will be a reception prior to the awards ceremony. Donations are $20 and proceeds will benefit the Champions Safe Summer Program. For more information, call 412-628-4856.

Literary seminar

MARCH 26—The United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh will host “Literary Healing V: How Are the Children?” from 2-4 p.m. at the Homewood Carnegie Library, 7101 Hamilton Ave., Homewood. The topic for the event is “Nurturing a Literary Genius from the Womb to a World Leader.” Armetta Swan and Kathy Taylor will be the presenters. They will demonstrate techniques and the benefits of reading to babies in the womb and as they’re toddlers. This is for parents, grandparents and caregivers. For more information, visit http://www.ubbcp.org.

Open house

MARCH 31—The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School will host an Open House from 6-8 p.m. at 327 N. Negley Ave., East Liberty. The open house is for families interested in attending the K through 5th grade school and will include a school tour, information, snacks, surprises and more. For more information, call 412-361-1008 ext. 131.

Support group

APRIL 6—The Cancer Caring Center will host an African-American Women’s Breast Cancer Network Group from 6-7 p.m. at the East Liberty Carnegie Library, 130 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty. This is a support group for African-American women breast cancer patients and will be led by Yvonne Durham, a local advocate and survivor. It will provide a setting for patients to share common experiences and concerns and to provide emotional support. For more information, call 412-622-1212 or visit http://www.cancercaring.org.

National summit

APRIL 7—The National Council for Urban Peace and Justice will host the 2011 National Urban Peace and Justice Summit at Bidwell Presbyterian Church, 1025 Liverpool St., North Side. The theme for the three-day summit is “Drugs, Violence and Mass Incarceration.” The summit will be used to engage in critical analysis, community mobilization and policy formation. There will be various presenters, speakers and panelists. Registration is requested. For more information, visit http://www.ncupj.net.

Celebrity roast

APRIL 8—The Mel Blount Youth Home will host the 13th Annual All-Star Roast at 6:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Hotel, 600 Commonwealth Place, Downtown. This year’s roast and tribute will honor Former Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back Jerome Bettis. Proceeds will benefit the Mel Blount Youth Home. For more information, call 724-948-2311 or email dsmelko@mbyh.org.

Chili cook-off

APRIL 9—The Braddock Carnegie Arts Program will host the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off from 1-4 p.m. at the Braddock Elk’s Lodge, 424 Library St., Braddock. There will be samples of various chili recipes, live entertainment by DJ Mary Mack and raffle prizes. Proceeds will benefit youth programs at the BCAP. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Chili cook-off applications must be received by March 31. For more information, call 412-351-5356 or email elisabethheffner@gmail.com.

Annual banquet

APRIL 16—The Greensburg-Jeannette NAACP will host their Annual Human Rights Banquet at the Greensburg Country Club, 309 Pleasant Valley Dr., Jeannette. The theme is “Relevancy…Our Work is Not Yet Done…” and the guest speaker will be Dr. Joan Duvall-Flynn, the Pennsylvania state NAACP education chair. For more information, call 724-838-9146.

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