Metro Briefs June 30

Metro Briefs June 30

Chronicle senior staff writer Toby Tabachnick is a first-place winner of a Simon Rockower Award for her story, “American travelers return Jewish life to secret Portuguese shul,” in the category of Excellence in Writing about Jewish Heritage and Jewish Peoplehood in Europe, in the division for newspapers with 14,999 circulation and under. Staff writer Adam Reinherz is a first-place winner of a Golden Quill Award in the History, Nondaily Newspapers Category for his article, “An insight into the city’s scrap history as assembled by its dealers.” Reinherz won a second-place Rockower Award for his story, “All-male yoga and the quest for comfort,” in the category of Excellence in Personal Essay in the division for newspapers 14,999 circulation and under.
The American Jewish Press Association sponsors the Simon Rockower Awards. The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania sponsors the Golden Quill Awards.

Carnegie Mellon University is offering Senior Eurhythmics for Brain Health and Better Balance for active seniors. The class will meet on the Carnegie Mellon University’s campus. There are four classes in the series: Wednesday July 5, Friday July 7, and two more Wednesdays, July 12 and 19 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. The total cost is $60.
Considered avant-garde at the time of its invention in the early 20th century by Swiss musician Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Dalcroze Eurhythmics teaches movement in time to music, from Mozart minuets to jazz improvisations. Participants walk and turn around, stay in step with changing tempos, learn to shift their weight and balance, handle objects while walking, and make elegant gestures. For seniors, Dalcroze Eurhythmics can improve balance and reduce the risk of falling. In a new study, elderly people cut their risk of falling by more than half after taking classes for six months.
Leslie Purcell Upchurch, daughter of the late bandleader Jack Purcell, is the instructor. She also teaches the class in New York City at the JCC Manhattan. Upchurch is on the faculty of the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Program at CMU and is excited to be able to share her Dalcroze NYC initiative with seniors in the Pittsburgh area.
Contact or call Upchurch at 802-558-6469 for more information. Register at Payment of $60 by check made out to Carnegie Mellon University may be brought to the first class.

The Friendship Circle is hosting a communitywide shredding event. Clean out paper clutter this summer and support the organization. An on-site truck will securely shred all paper on Sunday, July 9 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Beacon-Bartlett Parking Lot (entrance will be on Bartlett St.).
The first box of paper is free; any additional boxes are $5. All event proceeds will benefit The Friendship Circle. All paper will be recycled after it is shredded.

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s Summer Teacher Institute will be held Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14 at the Holocaust Center, 826 Hazelwood Ave., in Squirrel Hill.
The Summer Teacher Institute is a week long, advanced level seminar designed to help educators gain the knowledge and tools to teach about the Holocaust more effectively.
This year, the Institute will cover some of the most commonly asked questions about the Holocaust and how to address them in the classroom. Speakers include local and national experts on Holocaust education. Teachers of any subject area and grade level are welcome to attend. Cost to attend is $100 for the entire week (attendance fee includes lunch and educational materials).
Scholarships and Act 48 credit are available to those who are interested. Speakers include Mary Johnson from the nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves, and Kenneth Jacobson from the Anti-Defamation League, among others.
Register at Contact Shannon Phillips-Shyrock at or 412-939-7288 for more information.

Chabad of the South Hills in Mt. Lebanon will hold a summer lunch and carnival games for seniors on Wednesday, July 12 at noon. There is a $5 suggested donation. The building is wheelchair accessible. Contact 412-278-2658 or to register.

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