Briefs – Jan. 1

Published Dec 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm (Updated Dec 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm)

Pure Barre opening

The newest location of Pure Barre, a ballet barre workout studio, is slated to open in Peters Twp. this month.

“We are thrilled to open our newest location in Peters Twp. and bring the excitement and results of Pure Barre to its residents,” said Carrie Dorr, founder and chief concept officer of Pure Barre. “The continued growth of Pure Barre studios across the country is a testament to the workout’s ability to quickly transform women’s bodies.”

Classes are currently forming, and the studio will be open seven days a week, offering seven classes per day. The studio is located at 4000 Washington Road, Suite 108.

For more information, call 412-260-3237, or visit

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

Don’t start those new year’s diets just het – before the week-long dining deals for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Winter 2014 begin at more than 50 restaurants across the region, the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party gives restaurants the opportunity to woo diners into their restaurants for the week. The party takes place 6-8 p.m. Jan. 9 at Bill Chisnell Productions in the Strip District.

Party-goers who attend the event will be provided the opportunity to browse menus and make restaurant week reservations, while experiencing a casual “foodie” atmosphere as participating restaurants circulate a preview of their PRW tastings. Tickets for the party are available for purchase online for $50.

Restaurants include Cornerstone Restaurant, Donato’s, Fukuda, Girasole, J Lynns Cafe, Kaleidoscope Cafe, Lola Bistro, Lombardozzi’s Restaurant, Marisqueira Bistro, Matteo’s, Merante Brothers Market, Nine on Nine, River City Grille, Savory Hill, Skinny Pete’s Kitchen, Terrace Room, The Capital Grille, The Carlton and Three Rivers Restaurant.

Money raised from the charity raffles will support programming and research at the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

For more information, visit

WYEP seeks top teen musicians/bands

Applications are being accepted through midnight on Jan. 10 for 91.3 FM WYEP’s new project for teens. The station is currently accepting applications for teen musicians/bands interested in auditioning to be a part of a recording project. Selected musicians/bands will work with professional producers and get studio time to professionally record and produce a song for inclusion on a compilation CD, released by WYEP.

In addition, selected musicians/bands will be invited to perform at WYEP community events, including the Three Rivers Arts Festival and WYEP’s Summer Music Festival.

Criteria for applications include: musical acts consisting of members ages 13-18 from Southwest Pennsylvania, original music of any genre, willingness to learn the ins and outs of professional recording, parental approval to be involved in the project

Rules are: member(s) of the act must be from Southwest Pennsylvania, member(s) of the act must be aged 13-18, all songs must be original – no covers.

Applicants must submit at least one original song via form attachment, Bandcamp, Youtube, etc.

Contact Matthew Spangler with questions at">

Selection process will take place in late January. All chosen musicians will be contacted directly and must be able to attend an informational gathering at the WYEP Studios on Pittsburgh’s South Side on Feb. 1 and have availability in February and March for recording.

Lebo Library benefit

Many of the Pittsburgh region’s finest craft beers will be served at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library’s fourth annual Brews for a Chili Night, 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 1.

All-inclusive tickets, $30, are on sale at the library’s front desk. Special donor tickets are available for $50.

All proceeds of the event, sponsored by the Friends of the Mt. Lebanon Public Library, will be donated to support books and programs at the library.

Chili will be provided by Café io, Gaucho in the Strip District and more than 20 volunteer chefs from the library community. Desserts also will be available.

The event will feature music by the Retro Agents, who perform instrumental vintage rock and surf music.

The number of tickets is limited, and there are no plans to sell tickets on the day of the event, so interested participants are urged to purchase them soon.

“Increased community support for public libraries is essential during these times of reduced state funding,” said Cynthia K. Richey, director of the library. “Our library serves the community by providing help for job seekers, free resources for families on tight budgets, life-long learning opportunities for older adults, early literacy support for young children, and much more.”

For more information, call 412-417-5415.

JCC announces renovations

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh in the South Hills, Scott Township, will begin a 12-week renovation of the locker rooms in its facility in early January.

The $500,000 project is funded in part by a grant from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and administered by Allegheny County Economic Development as well as by donations from supporters of the JCC. Improvements to the men’s and women’s locker rooms include replacing the floors, walls, ceilings, lighting and benches. Slip-resistant tiled floors, safety grab bars, HDPE lockers and bathing suit spinners are just some of the many planned upgrades to the locker rooms.

All areas outside of the locker rooms will be open and functioning during the construction period.

Company reopens, moves to Carnegie

Krakoff Communications, Inc. (KCI) reopened in August 2013 and recently relocated to the business district on Main Street in Carnegie.

The firm was originally opened in April 1993 but was on hiatus for several years. After operating and growing for 14 years, owner Jeff Krakoff decided to join global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller in May 2007. He was senior director in Burson’s Brand Marketing Practice and worked on many high-profile, national and global accounts in brand development, media relations and crisis communications.

Since reopening, KCI is working with a variety of manufacturing, higher education, financial and energy clients locally, but also in several other states.

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