Back to School Drive

AUG. 23—State Representative Ed Gainey, Family Support Services and Destiny International Ministries will host the “Back to School Book Bag Drive” from 12-3 p.m. at Destiny International Ministries, 7061 Lemington Ave., East Liberty. The event will include vendors, information on state programs for kids, food, music, safety information and more. Each child must be present to receive a book bag. For more information, call 412-665-5502.

Benefit Banquet

AUG. 28—Macedonia FACE will host its 4th Annual Friend of Children Benefit Banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn University of Pittsburgh, 3454 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Former Pittsburgh Steeler Charlie Batch will be the recipient of the Friend of Children Award. Reservations are required. For more information, call 412-281-2573.

Operation HOME

AUG. 30—The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh will host its Operation HOME workshop from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, 610 Wood St., Downtown. This is an intensive homeownership program that equips potential interested homebuyers with a basic understanding of how to travel the path to mortgage qualification and maintaining homeownership. Participants will listen to speakers, meet with counselors and more. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-227-4161 or 412-221-4815.

Back-to-School Drive

AUG. 30—The Community Empowerment Association will host a Back-to-School Supply Drive from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Gazebo in Homewood, at North and Frankstown Avenues, in Homewood. School supplies will be distributed to underprivileged students in the community. Donations of supplies will be collected at the CEA Arts, Cultural and Training Institute, 7120 Kelly St., Homewood. For more information, call 412-371-3689 ext. 30 or email

Community Awareness/Back-to-School

SEPT. 1—BMP in Association with STV-Pixburgh will host the Community Awareness Day/ Back-to-School Festival from 2-8 p.m. on Smallman Street between 16th and 18th Street, in the Strip District. The free festival will include live entertainment, food, giveaways, activities for kids, speakers and an award ceremony. For more information, call 724-205-9376 or email

The Soul Café

SEPT. 13—The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation will host “The Soul Café: A Celebration of African-American Sights, Songs and Stories” at 7 p.m. at Roland’s Seafood Grill, 1904 Penn Ave., Strip District. The co-hosts for the evening will be Brian Cook of American Urban Radio Network and Brittny McGraw of WPXI-TV. This is a college scholarship fundraiser. For more information, call 412-323-0989 or email

Dentistry From the Heart

SEPT. 17—Dr. Larry Suher Family Dentistry will host its 5th annual Dentistry From the Heart at 4325 Old William Penn Highway, Monroeville. This is a day of free dentistry to those in need. Uninsured and non-existing patients will receive a simple extraction, one filling or a professional cleaning at no cost. For more information, call 412-373-7777.

(To have items listed on Community Calendar, send information at least two weeks in advance to: 315 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219; Fax: 412-481-1360 or email:



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