August 2018 newsletter

August 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
Editorial team: Veronique Schreurs, Nancy Leverett, Terri Winaught, Peggy Walsh
Update Line: 1-773-572-3078 (updates recorded each Friday.)


Water Skiing with the Golden Triangle Water Ski Club, Sunday August 26th meeting at 8:30 at the Steel City Rowing Club boathouse and launch at 100 Arch St. in Verona for a short pontoon boat ride to the island where the water skiing will be done from 9 to noon followed by a picnic lunch, Skiers should be back to Steel City by 2:30. If you are interested in using TRAS adaptive sit ski equipment they want your registration by August 6th. This activity is free. Reserve with Nancy Leverett by August19th at 412-561-3972

Tuesday August 21st from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm: Come and take a ride on Nautical Nature, a 37-passenger enclosed pontoon boat and Moraine State Park's premier attraction. While enjoying a lunch of either pepperoni or cheese pizza with pop, ice tea, lemon aid, and water to drink. The narration will tell us about the area's natural history and osprey reintroduction, while appreciating the unique scenery and wildlife on an exciting trip around Lake Arthur. Followed by an additional hour of swimming at the lakes' beach. BOLD's subsidized cost for the boat ride and lunch is $10.00 for members and $15.00 for nonmembers, children under 12 are $5.00. Reserve with Karen Seligman at 412-715-8382 by August 14th and tell her if you need a ride or if you can drive and how many people you can take.

Thursday August the 2nd: Mall Walking at the Ross Park Mall from 10am till noon. To reserve, call Pat DePasquale by Sunday July 29. 412-492-1692.

Thursday August 16th is when Mall Walking will be at the Ross Park Mall from 10 AM till noon. To reserve, call Toni Kelly by Sunday the 12th: 412-965-4443.

Sunday August 5th is when Tammi Swiantek would like to know if you will be at August's Board meeting on Tuesday the 7th. To let Tammi know by 10 PM, phone 412-488-6298. Tuesday August the 7th is when Tammi will chair BOLD's Board meeting at One Smithfield Street in the Pirates Room on the First Floor. All are welcomed to attend, the approximate times being 6:30 to 8:30 PM. (Bring your ideas and your willingness and energy to implement them.)

Wednesdays the 8th and 22nd are when Mall Walking will be held at the Monroeville Mall from 9 to 11 AM. To sign up with Joyce Driben the Thursday before: 412-521-4385.

Thursdays the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th: Yoga at Squirrel Hill's Schoolhouse Studio: 2215 Murray Ave. from 2:30 to 4 PM. Cost, $10 per person ($15 optional if the group is small). Reserve the Tuesday before with Veronique 412-225-4038.


Saturday September 8, 2018: A leisurely walk in Schenley Park, starting time: 9:00 am and ending approximately at 11:00. Meeting point Schenley Park - Bartlett Shelter near the corner of Bartlett and Hobart St. Walking distance of 2 to 3 miles. Easy terrain Trails/roads with crushed limestone surface. Mostly in the shade. Led by City Park Ranger Ernie Francestine, who will share information about trees & plants common to the park, a bit about birds & other wildlife in the park, and some park history and whatever else may be his area of greatest interest/expertise. Reserve with Jeff Mulkern 412-487-9469 by Tuesday September 4.


Veronique Schreurs sold raffle tickets at the July 7th Gottschalk Swim Party, she and all who supported this fundraiser raised $61 for BOLD. Winner Cindy Jablonowski generously put the $30.50 she would have won back into the Treasury.

On another Fundraising note, the Fundraising committee-whose members are Terri Winaught, Peggy Walsh, Norma Caquatto, Carol Platt, Nancy Leverett, and Penny Fleckenstein was officially approved as a committee at July's Board meeting. Since Terri is looking to two to four more members, please call 412-263-2022 if interested in serving.

A final fundraising item is that BOLD will hold its annual live auction from 2 to 6 PM on Sunday October 7th in the Pirates Room at One Smithfield Street. Terri Winaught, 412-263-2022, will be the reservationist with Thursday the 4th by 10 PM being the deadline.

Terri and the Committee ask that no used clothing be donated and that only gently used items in good condition be given. To ensure that everyone supporting BOLD through this auction gets a "bang" for his or her buck, all donations will be thoroughly inspected prior to this event. (More in September's newsletter, and thank you in advance for your support.)


Chamber Music Pittsburgh: Free season subscriptions are available. Call Joyce Driben 412-521-4385 by 9pm Friday August 10. They will send her the tickets for distribution sometime in August.


Peggy Walsh is collecting empty prescription med bottles which will then be cleaned and donated to a charity. Call her at 412-683-6070 if you want to donate to arrange where to meet.

Terri Winaught wants to thank everyone for their well wishes regarding the illness that prevented her from attending the Gottschalk Swim Party. Before the end of the day, Terri felt much better, and hated to miss such a fun-filled event.

On Sunday August 5th, the Pittsburgh Lutheran center for the Blind will host their annual ice cream social which will include not only ice cream but also hot dogs, hamburgers, and a side salad.

Time, noon to 2:30 PM; Address: 535 North Neville Street, Rear entrance, Oakland. To sign up from July 21st to the 28th with a 6 PM deadline on the 28th, phone Sherri Crum: 412-682-1800.

Happy Birthday to John Dern, Leslie Gottschalk, Ryan Leverett, Marty Mathews, Randi Shelton, Debi Sterling and anyone else with an August birthday.

If this Editorial team hasn't been mentioning your birthday and you want it to be listed, or if she has been acknowledging it and you don't want that, remember to complete the survey Nancy Leverett developed with son, Ryan. If you have no computer and need Nancy's help, 412-561-3972. Thanks always to the many people without whose help this newsletter couldn't happen.


By Peggy Walsh on the Gottschalk "swimpnic" (swim picnic). "Weather was perfect on Sat July 7th for Bold's annual event. Over 30 Boldsters & guests came for social time, relaxing in the shade on the brand-new swing, playing in the warm salt-water pool & noshing on delicious meats, homemade salads and tasty desserts. Many BOLD thanks to Evan & Alexis Gottschalk for opening the estate & contributing in so many ways to guarantee success. Thanks also to sighted friends for guiding, serving & driving. Special thanks to grill masters Ray Jablonowski, Bob Ziegler & our host Evan. Thanks to Cindy Jablonowski for giving her raffle cash back, making Bold $61 richer."