Planning meeting

FEB. 18—The Black Political Empowerment Project will host their monthly Planning Council Meeting at 6 p.m. at Freedom Unlimited, 2201 Wylie Ave., Hill District. The community is invited to join in the discussion. For more information, call Tim Stevens at 412-758-7898 or visit or

Discussion series

FEB. 18—The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania Greater Pittsburgh will host a “Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll” series at 7 p.m. at Carnegie Mellon University, Porter Hall, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. The third Thursday of every month the group will use this three-part series to discuss controversial issues to engage students and community members to learn, debate and form their own views on many topics. This month’s topic is “Music, Copyrights and Free Speech.” The discussion will focus on how far copyright law can go in restricting First Amendment rights and ask participants to consider whether the government should be able to prosecute people for downloading music. Sara Rose, a staff attorney, will lead the discussion. The series is free and open to public. For more information, call 412-681-7736, visit or e-mail

Founder’s celebration

FEB. 19—The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Alpha Alpha Omega Chapters will host their 83rd Founder’s Day Celebration Weekend beginning with a Community Awards Ceremony and Reception at 7 p.m. at The Priory, 614 Pressley St., North Side. There will also be a luncheon Feb. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel and a Worship Service Feb. 21 at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in East Liberty. There is a cost of $35 for the awards ceremony and $50 for the luncheon. For more information, call Janice Bates Matuscak at 412-855-3463.

Census symposium

FEB. 25—The University of Pittsburgh will host a Census Symposium at the university’s University Club, 123 University Place, Oakland. There will be workshops on 2010 Census Jobs, How to Get More Involved and more. or more information, e-mail Benita James at

Family fun

FEB. 26—The Kingsley Association will host their Family Fun Fridays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 6435 Frankstown Ave., East Liberty. The fourth Friday of every month the association will have an evening of family fun that includes rock wall climbing, family line dancing, swimming and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-661-8751.

HIV/AIDS awareness day

FEB. 27—The Central Outreach Center will host a National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at 1860 Centre Ave., Hill District. R&B group Artistree will perform. There will be a buffet dinner offered. The cost is $15 at the door, but there will be a $10 discount for individuals who get tested. This is a non-alcohol event. For more information, call 412-471-9806.

Weight loss

MARCH 1—UPMC St. Margaret will host a Weight Loss Informational Session at 6 p.m. at the Conference Center, 1st Floor, 815 Freeport Rd., Aspinwall. This is for individuals considering weight loss surgery. Robert F. Quinlin, MD, FACS; Mark A. Zelkovic, MD, FACS; and others will lead the session. Individuals must be over 18. The session is free, but registration is required. There will also be a session on March 22. For more information, call 412-784-5900.

Empty bowl dinner

MARCH 7—The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest will host the 15th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner from 2-7 p.m. at the Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 5th Ave., Oakland. This event is to raise awareness about the problem of hunger in our community. There will be celebrity soup-servers, live entertainment, children’s activities and an auction. Tickets are $20. Forr more information, call 412-431-8960 or visit

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