Cheryl Tracy, executive director of the National Aviary, presents the new book. Photo by Kristen Migliozzi.

National Aviary unveils commemorative 70th-anniversary book

The National Aviary on the North Side is marking seven decades of conservation, education and animal care with a commemorative book. “National Aviary: Celebrating 70 Years of Excellence,” which was written by staff members, includes full-page, full-color photos of some of the Aviary’s iconic species.

The hardcover coffee table book is for sale in the Aviary’s gift shop and online for $39.95. Proceeds support the organization’s work to save birds and protect habitats.

The aviary is open are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays.

Connecting Champions awarded $125,000 grant

Connecting Champions, a nonprofit providing mentorship and friendship to young people with cancer, has received a $125,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Launched as a pilot program in 2012 at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the organization is now located in 23 cities across the country.

“Young people with cancer deserve the opportunity to have visibility into their future health and future success, beyond their cancer treatments,” says Sam Reiman, director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Creative entrepreneur? Take the Next Leap

Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator and Ascender are partnering to offer the third iteration of the Next Leap Program. The online application portal closes on Friday, May 6 at 12 a.m.

Up to seven creative businesses will be selected for this two-phase program, including a 10-week intensive course led by Ascender, with six months of ongoing tailored business support provided by the Creative Business Accelerator.

National Senior Games is returning to Pittsburgh in 2023

The National Senior Games will be held next year in Pittsburgh from July 7 to 18. The massive, multi-sport championship event for adults ages 50 and older previously took place in the Steel City in 2005.

The event is expected to draw more than 30,000 visitors to the region.

The Pennsylvania Senior Games is the state’s qualifying event and will be held July 22-31 in Luzerne County.

“The fact that we have so many coming back after all of the challenges and difficulties brought by the pandemic is a testimony to the resolve of our great athletes,” says Marc T. Riker, CEO of the National Senior Games Association. “Pittsburgh will see many more athletes than our first visit in 2005, and our participants are going to be impressed by all of the new developments and the can-do spirit of the city.”

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Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.