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My Healthy Pregnancy Phone App Study

Researchers from Magee-Womens Research Institute and Carnegie Mellon University are looking for women to help in the design of a mobile phone app that promotes healthy birth outcomes. This app provides tailored information about a woman’s pregnancy, and access to resources to help promote healthy outcomes.

Women must be at least 18, currently pregnant and/or have a child under the age of 1, and live in greater Hazelwood. There are two parts to this study.

First, women will be interviewed for 1-hour at the Center of Life, Hazelwood Public Library or Carnegie Mellon University. They will share their views on pregnancy and give feedback on the design of the app. They will be given $35 for this interview.

Second, women will use the app in a 1-hour session in January 2015 at the Center of Life or the Hazelwood Public Library. They will share their views on the app and receive $25.

Women MUST agree to both the interview and app use session to participate in this study. Note that volunteers DO NOT need to have a mobile phone to participate in the study.

We are scheduling interviews now. The interviews will take place at either the Center of Life, the Hazelwood Public Library or Carnegie Mellon University.

If would like to participate, please call 412 268 7735 or email tamar@cmu.edu. Participation in this research study is voluntary, and your responses will be completely confidential.

By | 2014-11-19T22:20:30+00:00 November 18th, 2014|Center of Life, Home Page|Comments Off on My Healthy Pregnancy Phone App Study

Save the date for Center of Life’s Holiday Concert!

On Friday December 12th 2014, Center of Life will be opening it doors to the public for a holiday concert. The concert will be held at Keystone Church in Hazelwood and will feature performances by the staff and students of both the COL Jazz and KRUNK Movement programs. However, that is not all and more details will be coming in the following weeks and days leading up to the concert. In the mean time, be sure to not schedule anything else for that time because it will be an event not to be missed!

What: COL Holiday Concert
Where: Keystone Church of Hazelwood, Pittsburgh PA 15207
When: December 12th, 2014 7pm – 8:30pm

By | 2014-12-09T18:49:27+00:00 November 17th, 2014|Center of Life|Comments Off on Save the date for Center of Life’s Holiday Concert!

Congratulations Maurice!

On September 23, 2014, our very own Maurice Cole (Crossover Coordinator) was honored by Pittsburgh Public Schools for his excellent volunteerism at Pittsburgh Minadeo. He wouldn’t want us making a big deal about it, but we’re going to anyways! Check out the write up WPXI did. Congratulation’s Maurice!

By | 2014-11-18T15:45:23+00:00 September 24th, 2014|Crossover, Maurice|Comments Off on Congratulations Maurice!

Fusion: A fresh approach!

Fusion presents a fresh way to approach after school learning. Fusion is a family engagement program that enables parents and guardians to participate in after school academic help with their children. Utilizing college and adult volunteers as tutors, Fusion provides homework help, literacy activities, educational games and college preparatory resources for students in grades K-12. Fusion is a partnership between COL, Duquesne University and the Hazelwood Branch of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

By | 2014-09-29T15:18:13+00:00 September 5th, 2014|Fusion|Comments Off on Fusion: A fresh approach!

COL Jazz Performs at the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival!

COL JAZZ PERFORMS AT THE 55th ANNUAL MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL!

Performing in front of a PACKED house at the Coffee House Stage during the 55th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, COL Jazz brought their signature East Coast sound to California’s Monterey Bay. With the crowd hanging on their every note, COL Jazz made a big impression on concert goers and fellow musicians alike at the prestigious festival. Check out some video and picture highlights from the event below!

Maiden Voyage

HeartlE.S.S.

Battle Cry

By | 2016-11-19T19:48:32+00:00 September 24th, 2012|Center of Life|Comments Off on COL Jazz Performs at the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival!

COL JAZZ PERFORMS AT THE 55th ANNUAL MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL!

After winning the Open Combo Division at the Next Generation Festival in April of 2012, COL Jazz returned to Monterey California to perform at the 55th annual Monterey Jazz Festival!

Performing in front of a PACKED house at the Coffee House Stage, COL Jazz brought their signature East Coast sound to California’s Monterey Bay. With the crowd hanging on their every note, COL Jazz made a big impression on concert goers and fellow musicians alike at the prestigious festival. Check out their performance in video below, or visit the Monterey Jazz Festival post to see more pictures and video.

By | 2016-11-19T19:48:32+00:00 August 28th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on COL JAZZ PERFORMS AT THE 55th ANNUAL MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL!

POISE Foundation Survey Contest

POISE FOUNDATION SURVEY CONTEST

The POISE Foundation believes a Sustainable Black Community in the Pittsburgh Region is essential for the well being and prosperity of African Americans. Developing an agreed upon set of values will provide the framework in which a viable and comprehensive strategy can be developed and executed to address the root causes that have created perpetual poverty destroying many African American communities. We believe it is critical that the very individuals, who make up our community, share their voice.

Please take a few minutes and complete the survey.  By providing your contact information, you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of three Visa Gift Cards ($150, $125 or $100).  Surveys must be complete by June 29, 2012 to be considered for the drawing.

Take the SURVEY!

By | 2016-11-19T19:48:32+00:00 May 30th, 2012|Center of Life|Comments Off on POISE Foundation Survey Contest

COL Jazz Takes 1st at the 2012 Next Generation Jazz Festival!

COL JAZZ TAKES 1st IN THE 2012 NEXT GENERATION JAZZ FESTIVAL!

After a close 2nd place finish in 2011, the Center of Life Jazz band returned to Monterey California’s Next Generation Jazz Festival determined to make a statement. Over the last year, the band worked hard on improving their compositions, performance technique and professionalism. After numerous travel setbacks including increased airfare, a cancelled flight and even a van running out of gas; the band stormed the stage in the Open Combo Division and brought the entire east coast jazz sound with it. COL Jazz played 3 original tunes from their new CD, Hazelwood, which was released March 17, 2012 (more information on purchasing the CD here). Battle Cry by pianist Brett Williams opened the set, followed by drummer George Heid III’s Amalfi Coast. The band wrapped up with a beautiful rendition of bassist Anton DeFade’s tune HeartlE.S.S. written in honor of his good friend Jordan Miles. As the last thunderous note still reverberated throughout the Monterey Convention Center’s Steinbeck Forum, the crowd rose to a standing ovation as the band stood arm and arm to take a graceful bow.

Later that night during the awards ceremony, COL Jazz snagged 2 of the 4 soloist awards for drummer George Heid III and pianist Brett Williams. As anticipation grew for the announcement of the 1st place group, COL Jazz erupted in shouts of excitement when they were named the winner of the Next Generation Jazz Festival’s Open Combo Division.

As part of the perks for winning the Open Combo Division, the band will get a chance to perform onstage at the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2012!

Congrats to everyone involved:

 Tim Smith – Band Director

 Benny Benack III – Trumpet

Anton DeFade – Bass

George Heid III – Drums

Mike Stephenson – Tenor Sax

Brett Williams – Piano

 

Terry Levels – Program Director

Peter Chace – Technical Coordinator

Wesley Smith – Technical Assistant

Rashaud Foster – Technical Assistant

Julian Powell – Former COL Jazz member

Tim Smith Jr. – Former COL Jazz member

Isaiah Smith – Former COL Jazz member


WHAT THE JUDGES SAID 

“It was a pleasure to hear COL Jazz, they had great original material done in an outstanding way.” – Ray Drummond, Bass
“The COL Jazz rhythm section is smoking! And George is fantastic.” – Joel Frahm, Saxophone
By | 2013-09-17T18:28:55+00:00 April 1st, 2012|Center of Life|Comments Off on COL Jazz Takes 1st at the 2012 Next Generation Jazz Festival!