SEPT. 28—Miyoshi Anderson will host the 2011 Pittsburgh Fashion Week. The week will highlight what makes this a region of style as well as steel. Fashion designers and retailers, industry insiders and more will converge in the city to enjoy an array of fashion related events. The week will run through Oct. 2. For more information, call Anderson at 412-918-6742.
SEPT. 30—The Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy of Carnegie Mellon University will host its Fall Reception at 4:30-6 p.m. at the Schatz Dining Room, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. The reception will feature President of the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame. He will discuss Rwanda’s strategy for growth in the global economy, followed by a question/answer session. Reservations are required. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPT. 30—Citiparks will host its Fall Car Cruise at 5 p.m. at Brookline Park, 1400 block of Brookline Boulevard, Brookline. This is an evening of social interaction, fun and more. There will also be prizes. For more information, call 412-571-3222.
OCT. 1—The African-American Heritage Parade Association will host the 2011 African-American Heritage Day Parade at 11 a.m. at Centre Avenue, Hill District. The parade will go from Centre Avenue to Sixth Avenue to Liberty Avenue. There will be activities for children, performances, vendors and free admission to the August Wilson Center. The parade will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 412-392-0322.
OCT. 1—The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh will host its 12th Annual Pink Ribbon Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Ave., Downtown. There will be education for women on specific health and wellness issues, an honoring of cancer survivors and a fashion show featuring models that are Cancer survivors. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 412-255-1261 or visit http://www.ywcapgh.org.
OCT. 4—The Social Service Department of Western Pennsylvania Hospital will host a Domestic Violence Conference at 6 p.m. at West Penn Hospital, 4800 Friendship Ave., Bloomfield. The conference will feature an original play performed by the St. James AME Drama Ministry entitled “At The Round Table: Lifting the Veil of Secrecy on Domestic Violence.” The play is about a character that has a dream of working for the Pittsburgh Courier and gets inspiration from one of her heroes who worked for the Courier. Dr. Edna McKenzie that inspires the character to leave her abusers. For more information, call 412-330-4863.
OCT. 4—Family Hospice and Palliative Care will host an Educational Seminar from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Stephan Parish, 5115 2nd Ave., Hazelwood. The topic will be “Ask the Experts: Advance Directives and Hospice Care.” Andrew Sykes, Amy Van Dykes, Susan Hunt and Eric Horwith will provide useful information and answer questions. Reservations are required; the event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jackie Rivett at 412-421-9210 or visit http://www.familyhospice.com.
OCT. 7—Champion Enterprises will host The New First Fridays at 8 p.m. at the Courtside Restaurant, The Club Health & Fitness Center, One Racquet Club Lane, Monroeville. There will be line dancing and an Old School Party starring DJ MeanGee. Proceeds benefit Champions Toys for Tots Program. The cost is $10 and attendees must be 30 and older with identification. For more information, call 412-628-4856.
OCT. 8—Adoptions From the Heart will host its Fall 2011 Adoption Education Class: Hair Care Techniques for Families Adopting Transracially from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Adoption From the Heart Office, 1225 S. Main St., Suite 207, Greensburg. Carla Ansell, an adoptive parent, will demonstrate skin and hair techniques and provide education on specific products and ways to take care of one’s African-American child’s hair and skin. The cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple. Registration is requested. For more information, call 724-853-6533.