MARCH 3—New Voices Pittsburgh will host Kinks, Locks & Twist: Environmental & Reproductive Justice Conference from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave., East Liberty. This event is to explore the intersections of Environment and Reproductive Justice. Experts will connect beauty, culture, policy, media and the economy to personal environment, behavior change and community development. This is part of their Women of Color HERStory Month celebration. For more information, call 412-450-0290 or visit

Project Prom Store

MARCH 6—Allegheny County Department of Human Services will host a Project Prom Shop from 4-8 p.m. at Century III Mall, 3075 Clairton Rd., West Mifflin. The shop will make available free prom dresses to eligible high school girls who cannot afford the cost of a prom gown. The shop will be open through March 10. For more information, call 412-350-3428.

Homebuyer workshop

MARCH 10—The Mon Valley Initiative, Citizens Bank and the Homestead Economic Revitalization Corporation will host a Homebuyer Education Workshop from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Citizens Bank, E. 8th Ave., Homestead. Topics that will be covered include budgeting to purchase a home, shopping for a home loan, closing procedures and home maintenance. The event is free and registration is required. For more information, call Mike Mauer at 412-464-4000 ext. 4008.

Hunger fundraiser

MARCH 11—The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest will host the 17th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner from 2-6 p.m. at the Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 5th Ave., Oakland. There will be celebrity servers, live entertainment, children’s activities and a silent auction. This is an event to raise awareness about the problem of hunger in the communities. Tickets are $20 and reservations are required. For more information, call 412-431-8960 or visit

Benefit dinner

MARCH 14—NEED will host its 49th Annual NEED Benefit Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, 600 Commonwealth Place, Downtown. This event is to honor the remarkable students who will be embarking on the path to higher education. Harold Hayes of KDKA will be the master of ceremonies and John Jackson of the Schott Foundation will be the keynote speaker. Reservations are required by March 9. For more information, call Amanda Bettholle at 412-566-7392 or email

PATF benefit

MARCH 14—Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force will host its 26th Annual Benefit at 6 p.m. at the O’Reily Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District. The theme is “Open Your Eyes to the Stars.” There will be a performance by Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole and the presentation of the Kerry Stoner Award. Reservations are required. For more information, call 412-345-0593 or visit

Awards banquet

MARCH 15—The Message Carriers of Pennsylvania Inc. will host its 7th Annual Volunteer Awards Banquet from 6-9 p.m. at Epiphany Catholic Church Social Hall, 184 Washington Place, Uptown. This event celebrates individuals who have given of themselves to ensure advocacy efforts are implemented. There will also be dinner and dancing. Registration is required by March 1. For more information, call 412-361-0142.

Youth Nominations

ONGOING—Kohl’s Department Store is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program at This is to honor kids, ages 6-18, who have made a positive impact on their communities. More than 2,200 young volunteers will receive scholarships and prizes. Nominations must be made by individuals 21 years old and will be accepted through March 15. For more information, visit

Tax Preparations

ONGOING—Just Harvest will offer Free Tax Preparation at the Bedford Hope Center, 2305 Bedford Ave., Hill District. This free service is for families with incomes up to $40,000 or individuals with an income up to $20,000. The service will also be offered at their South Side location and the Monroeville CCAC campus. Preparations will be available through April 17. For more information, call 412-255-1155 or visit

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