May 2018 newsletter

May 2018

Blind Outdoor Leisure Development
BOLD welcomes persons 18 and older with all degrees of vision: blind, low vision, partially sighted and fully sighted.
PO Box 8114
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Terri Winaught, Editor
Update Line: 1-773-597-4222 (updates recorded each Friday.)


The correct date for April's Tech Training at the Library for the Blind is Wednesday the 18th.

May is when swimming at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind will end.

The numbers for City Theatre are: 412-431-4900, and 412-431-2489.


Below you will find a calendar with varied events which the Board hopes you will enjoy:

TUESDAY THE 1st: BOLD'S Board will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at One Smithfield Street, Downtown Pittsburgh. The Pirates Room on the First Floor is where we will meet, and-so that Tammi will know whom to expect-call 412-488-6298 by 10 PM on Sunday, April 29.

WEDNESDAYS THE 2nd, 16th, AND 30th: Mall Walking will be held at the Monroeville Mall from 9 to 11 AM. Sign up with Joyce Driben the Thursdays before by calling 412-521-4385.

You can also enjoy Mall Walking at the South Hills Village Mall Wednesdays the 2nd and 16th by reserving with Nancy Leverett: 412-561-3972.

THURSDAYS THE 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st: Yoga will be held at Squirrel Hill's Schoolhouse Yoga Studio: 2215 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh, 15217. The time is 2:45 to 4 PM and the cost per person is $10 payable the day of each class. If the group is small, there is the option of paying $15. Call Veronique Schreurs by 9 PM the Tuesday before, phone 412-225-4038.

THURSDAYS THE 3rd and 17th: Mall Walking will be held at the Ross Park Mall from 10 until noon. To sign up for the 3rd by 9 PM the Sunday before, call Pat Depasquale: 412-492-1692; to mark your place for the 17th by 9 PM the Sunday before, contact Toni Kelly: 412-965-4443.

SATURDAY THE 5th: Swimming will be held at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind children: 201 North Bellefield Ave., Oakland. Time, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM; Reservationist, Penny Fleckenstein: 412-415-3871 by 10 PM the Wednesday before. A $5 donation is optional; swimmers may bring snacks as long as they eat them outside of the pool area, and pizza is provided for lunch.

Friday the 11th is when persons who have signed up for Camp Kon-o-Kwee will leave for that outing no later than 6 PM with Sunday the 13th being when campers will return. One Smithfield Street, 1st Ave. entrance will be both the departure and return location with 12:30 PM being the arrival time on Sunday.


With help from his sister, Cindy; brother, Bob, and several volunteers, Ray Jablonowski did his always excellent job hosting a party at his home on Sunday, March 18th.


On Saturday, June 2nd, Ray Jablonowski will host a picnic at Highland Park's Sycamore Grove from noon till 5. To sign up for this popular, fun-filled event, phone Peggy Walsh: 412-683-6070 by 9 PM the Wednesday before. This activity is free with no need to bring anything unless you want to bring a food item to share. Ray will provide games, food, and lots of fun.

Kayaking in June, Venture Outdoors will hold 2 more indoor kayaking workshops at the Children's Institute but the dates haven't been decided; check their web site for more information.

Saturday, June 16th from 9 - 11 and Wednesday, June 20th from 1 – 3 are the tentative dates for the "learn to paddle" kayaking workshops at North Park with Venture Outdoors. Everyone is welcome to participate even if you didn't do the indoor workshop, call Nancy Leverett 412-561-3972 for more information and to indicate if you would be interested in participating.

Saturday, July 7 is when we will get to enjoy the warm salt water while swimming at the Gottschalk's Moon Township estate. To sign up with Terri Winaught the Saturday before by 10 PM, phone 412-263-2022. Although Terri will do her best to get rides, this is not a guarantee, so thank you for understanding.

Sunday, August 26 is when Waterskiing will be held with help from the Golden Triangle Ski Club. The Sunday before by 10 PM is Nancy Leverett's reservation deadline: 412-561-3972. (More info in newsletters closer to that date and on the Update Line: 1-773-572-3078.)

To see if Joyce Driben has any Pittsburgh Symphony tickets, 412-521-4385.

There will be no audio-described City theatre play in May, with the last one, "Nomad Hotel" being on Sunday, June 3rd. The sensory workshop for persons who are blind or have impaired vision is always from 1 to 2 PM, and curtain time is 2:00. Braille programs, audio-description equipment and wheelchair accessible seating are available on request. Address: 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood; phone, 412-431-4900 or 412-431-2489.


Get Well wishes to Jim Winaught who had surgery on April 4th and suffered a heart attack the following evening. The following Tuesday, Jim was transferred to the Heritage Shadyside for rehab where he is as of this writing.

Courtesy of Devan Evans from the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), please find May's events below:
Friday, May 11 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM is our first ever FRIDAY ART AFTERNOON at LBPH (4724 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213). Feel free to come to one or both events. From 12:00 - 2:00PM, join us for our monthly Accessible Movie Afternoon. This month, we're screening Maudie, a biopic about Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, disabled by rheumatoid arthritis, who struggles from the loss of a child and her critical, overbearing family. She becomes a housekeeper for a 40-year-old bachelor in Nova Scotia and as she gains fame for her art, he begins to support her and she falls in love. Snacks and light refreshments provided.

Then, stick around: From 2:15 - 3:45PM, we're hosting a Cojiform Playshop for Adults with local artist Isaac Bower. His conceptual sculptures, modular cast shapes called Cojiform, are nature-inspired pieces that can be built into various shapes, encouraging hands-on play, creative thinking, and community. He'll talk about his artistic process and guests will get a chance to feel and build with Cojiform. As mentioned above, feel free to come to one or both FRIDAY ART AFTERNOON events. R.S.V.P.s to events are appreciated: Email us or call us at 1-800-242-0586!

May's meal at the Pittsburgh Lutheran Center for the Blind will be on Saturday the 19th from 5 to 7 PM. To sign up by 6 PM on Saturday the 12th, phone Sherri Crum: 412-682-1800.

Happy Birthday to Joyce Mulkern, Jerry Penfield, Rege Sullivan, Erin Wagner, and anyone else with a May birthday. (Note: Please remember to complete a form developed by Nancy Leverett and son Ryan that will enable us to track Membership data, especially whether or not you want your birthday acknowledged in newsletters. If you are reading this in email, here is the form: BOLD Birth Date Form If you are reading paper or Braille, call Nancy at 412-561-3972 about the form.)

Many thanks to everyone whose hard work makes BOLD Ventures possible each month.