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Mystery Tackle Box from USFG

Posted on October 16, 2017 in Announcements

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Could you use a Scholarship? Don’t pay all the College Debt Back because of Student Loans

Posted on September 27, 2017 in Announcements information guide

My daughter is 20, and in her 3rd year of college, with 2 more to go.  And, we are always happy to get Scholarships.

Now, I have a list of Scholarships I am able to share with you, my readers.

Here you go:

  1.  Groza Learning Center ~ Who is eligible?  High School Seniors, Graduating in 2017 who have been accepted to a College.  Or, College Students, currently enrolled in College.
  2. Rocco Basile ~ The scholarship is meant to support students interested in building their future in a construction-related industry.
  3. John Jesensky ~ Must be either a high school senior or a college student currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. vocational, junior college, or four-year college/university
  4. Rusty Tweed ~  Who is eligible?  High School Seniors, Graduating This Year.  Or, College Students, already enrolled in College.
  5. Summit Shah ~ Who is eligible?  High School Seniors, Graduating this year, and already accepted to college.  Or, college Students already enrolled into a College.
  6. Karl Jobst ~ Who is eligible?  High School Seniors, already accepted into a college in the US.  Or, College Students that haven’t reached their Senior year.
  7. Nationwide Debt Direct Giving ~ Who is elible?  Seniors, who will be graduating this year, and accepted into a College.  Or, College Students not reaching their Senior year.
  8. Aaron Minc ~ Who is Eligible?  American High School Student, already accepted into a college.  Or, a College Student already enrolled in College, not reaching their senior year.
  9. Jason Kulpa ~ Who is Eligible?  High School Students who will graduate in 2018, and been accepted into college.  College students who haven’t reached their senior year.

To read more about each Scholarship, please click into the link, and check it out.  Most of them, if not all, require a short essay.  You are able to get these, and other scholarships.  My daughter is living proof.

I love working with Scholarship sites, because of my daughter being in college.   She applies for a lot of Scholarships, and usually gets a couple.  It’s not a waste of time.  You are able to get scholarships too.  Just apply yourself to getting them.

It beats paying that amount of student loans back.  Trust me, I know.  I didn’t know about scholarships, when I was in school.  I have major student loan debt.  Had I known about these, when I could’ve used them, I would’ve applied.

I tried to make the list easy to follow, but you must click into it, to see the full details.

Disclosure:  I was paid to post these scholarships.


Posted on September 27, 2017 in Announcements Disney Movies

Disney’s Mickey Mouse: Merry and Scary is available TODAY to own on DVD!


What Makes the Wait for Festive Season Exciting?

Posted on September 25, 2017 in Announcements

Every culture has its own type of festival and these festive moments bring in a lot of joy, happiness, and excitement in our lives. We know that these festivals come with holidays and that’s when lovely surprises in the form of gifts or trips can be planned with loved ones. Especially, those people who stay away from their family members make it a point to catch up with the loved ones during such festivals. Here are some of those common reasons which make our wait for the festive season a thrilling one.


Anticipation of great gifts: We all anticipate some kind of gifts from our loved ones and friends during important festivals like Diwali, Dusshera, Christmas, or Raksha Bandhan. Our mind keeps on thinking “what would be daddy’s Christmas gifts or brother’s Diwali gifts?” We drop hints on our loved ones about our choice of gifts and this is a lovely process. This unwrapping of gift packets gives all of us immense happiness and this anticipation keeps us thrilled for the upcoming festivities.


Dressing up: This point is for those who love the idea of shopping for new clothes. New clothes are important in preparing us for festive moments. We know that there would be gathering of friends and relatives in our home during festivals and we simply love this idea of dressing up. Those never ending make-up sessions with cousins or friends is a thrilling thing.


Food and Sweets: Everyone would agree to this fact that they really wait for the festival specific food and sweets for the rest of the year. The food and sweets seem to be tastier during the festive moments and may be it has got a lot to do with the gathering of loved ones under one roof. There are much love and happiness in sharing the same food and sweet with loved ones. The rum n raisin cake of Christmas or the Laddoo of Diwali or the Coconut Laddoo of Dusshera are a great way of bonding.


Sense of freedom: There is an inexplicable sense of freedom that works in our mind during festivals. For a child, this freedom from regular studies and tuitions is relieving and for an adult the freedom from board rooms and meetings is relaxing. There would be tensions and problems in all brackets of age but festivals make us forget everything negative or distressing and we enjoy a blissful time.


Shopping Day Out: Yes, online shopping have come up with new ideas of shopping and delivery but the idea of entering physically into a shop and buying desired products would never go away from our mindset. Buying gifts for Christmas or Lohri or Karva Chauth from local shops is a tedious job but there remains a lot of excitement in that. Going out for shopping for festivals means a full day out without cooking and any other domestic chores. Those home-makers who remain stuck in their home 24><7 finds relief in this idea of shopping.



Posted on September 20, 2017 in Announcements Movies





Universal City, September 20, 2017 – Surly and his friends are back in the action-packed animated adventure, The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, coming to Digital on October 31, 2017 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD, and On Demand on November 14, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Filled with heart and animal hijinks, this family-friendly comedy introduces new fan-favorite characters including Mr. Feng (Jackie Chan, Kung Fu Panda), the adorable but deadly city mouse, and Frankie, the love-struck bulldog (Bobby Canavale, Ant-Man). The film also features an incredible voice cast including Will Arnett (Lego Batman), Katherine Heigl (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”), Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight), Jeff Dunham (Smurfs: The Lost Village) and Gabriel Iglesias (The Fluffy Movie). The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature comes packed with exciting bonus content including deleted scenes, special animation and art reels as well as a feature commentary with the filmmakers, giving viewers a peek inside the making of the film and how the characters were brought to life.

Surly Squirrel (Arnett) and the gang are back, returning to Liberty Park after they are forced to leave their easy life at the nut store. Getting back to nature is the last thing Surly wants to do, but when a greedy mayor decides to destroy the park to build an amusement park, Surly and his ragtag critter friends must band together to save the place they call home.



  • Deleted Scene
  • Animation Progression Reels: Watch as two key scenes are brought to life, from storyboard and pre-visualization, to final animation, lighting and effects.
  • Concept Art Reel: See the concept art that inspired animators to create the world of The Nut Job 2.
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Cal Brunker and Producer/Co-Writer Bob Barlen


Cast:  Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl, Bobby Moynihan, Bobby Cannavale, Isabela Moner, Jeff Dunham, Gabriel Igelsias

Directed By: Cal Brunker

Written By: Scott Bindley, Cal Brunker, Bob Barlen

Produced By: Harry Linden, Jongsoo Kim, Youngki Lee, Li Li Ma, Jonghan Kim, Bob Barlen

Executive Producers:  Daniel Woo, Mike Karz, William Bindley, Hoejin Ha, Hong Kim, Gui Ping Zhang, Zhao Lan Wu, Hyungkon Kim

Animation Director: Daryl Graham

Art Director: Andrew Woodhouse

Edited By:  Paul Hunter

CG Supervisor:  Graham Olsen, L. Cliff Brett

Music By:  Heitor Pereira

Music Supervisor:  John Houlihan

Casting Director: Linda Lamontagne

Post-Production Supervisor: Gregor Hutchison



Street Date: November 14, 2017

Copyright:  2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Selection Number: 55186694

Running Time: 1 Hour and 31 Minutes

Layers: BD 50

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Widescreen

Rating: Rated PG for action and some rude humor

Language/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1



Street Date: November 14, 2017

Copyright:  2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Selection Number: 55186698
Running Time: 1 Hour and 31 Minutes

Layers: DVD 9

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

Rating: Rated PG for action and some rude humor

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1


Website: http://uni.pictures/NutJob2

Trailer: http://uni.pictures/NutJob2Trailer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNutJobMovie

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheNutJobMovie

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenutjobmovie


National Pizza Day September 20 & 21

Posted on September 19, 2017 in Announcements

Join us at participating locations on Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21 to celebrate National Pepperoni Pizza Day. Buy any large pizza at menu price and receive a FREE personal thin & crispy pepperoni pizza. Use coupon code #5485.


Interview With Jack Varney

Posted on September 11, 2017 in Announcements

How did you get involved in the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society?

I am a former Marketing/Communications Executive with several Fortune 500
companies. I took early retirement to focus on hobbies and traveling. For
the past ten years I have provided my many years of Marketing expertise to
help Anime Conventions grow their base and overall business. I connected
with the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society nearly 3 years ago to help the
Board of Directors ensure long-term growth, stability and regional
exposure. Basically, to help organization remain both competitive and
financially sound. The end goal is to ensure the thousands of local and
regional anime fans have a continued, reliable source of cultural and
educational entertainment for many years to come.

How long have you been interested in Japanese Culture?

For decades.

What lead you to become so interested in Japanese Culture?

In my world travels the Japanese culture is both fascinating and beautiful.
It’s my favorite country to visit. The people place an emphasis on a
cultural heritage built on politeness based on a strong sense of family.
Not to mention the geography is simply breathtaking. From the mountains, to
the ocean, to the metropolis of Tokyo, it’s beauty is visually stunning.

Who is your favorite Voice Actor or Japanese Band member you’ve met?

Unfortunately, there are so many talented individuals in this category it
would be difficult to narrow down to just a few. I do know that the people
I have met who do voice acting for a living are extremely dedicated and
proud of their skills and performances (on and off the screen). As far as
bands, I do enjoy listening to “Dreams Come True”. They are a Japanese new
wave/rhythm and blues band who have been performing worldwide for nearly 30

Have you ever visited Japan?

Yes. Several times.


How did you become the lead PR for these events?

I volunteered my services and expertise. The Board of Directors are great
people who place the emphasis on the “convention experience” and attendee
satisfaction. Being a part of the senior leadership team was a natural fit.

What all goes into being in charge of an event as big as Tekko?

The answer to this question is extremely complex. First and foremost you
are working with an all-volunteer organization.
The best way I can honestly summarize it is focused leadership, dedicated*
teamwork* and flawless execution.
We have nearly 300 volunteers for Tekko alone spread across more than 10+
department. The Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society is like a large family.
We sometimes disagree, but always have each other’s backs. Again, the goal
is to make sure the attendees have a fun time, develop new friends and
relationships and make new memories for years to come.



Hickies for your child’s shoes

Posted on September 10, 2017 in Announcements discounts

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Traditional Pumpkin Carving Techniques

Posted on September 10, 2017 in Announcements

By Colleen Dorsey

Here they are, the very essentials of pumpkin carving! By following these steps that you probably had down pay when you were a kid, you can get carving with any traditional pumpkin carving pattern. You’ll need a little elbow grease and a tolerance for mess to use this technique, but it’s totally worth it.

Pre-Carving Pumpkin Prep

1.Clean the Pumpkin

Prep the pumpkin first by rinsing it in cold water and using a scrub brush to remove dirt. If you want, you can spray the entire pumpkin with a mild bleach and water solution to kill mold and bacteria.

2.Cut out the Lid
Use a sturdy knife to slowly and carefully carve out and remove the lid of the pumpkin, going in at an angle rather than straight down in. Alternatively, you can cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin, which will mean you can sit your pumpkin on top of a light rather than placing a light inside the pumpkin.

3.Clean Out the Guts
Use a scoop to completely empty the inside of the pumpkin of flesh and seeds. Keep scraping away at the inner walls of the pumpkin until you only have about a 1” (2.5cm) thick pumpkin wall that is nice and smooth.

4.Attach the Pattern
Transfer the pattern using your desired method. Check out Easy Pumpkin Carving for tons of patterns to choose from.

Carving Tips

  • Actually carving your pumpkin is simple enough. Here are some tips to make carving easy and effective:
  • Saw steadily with a continuous up and down motion, and don’t press too hard or try to go too fast.
  • When you’re finished cutting out a standalone piece (like an eye), pop it out of the pumpkin wall with your finger, not your carving tool.
  • To cut clean, sharp corners, remove and reinsert the carving tool.
  • Carve starting from the inside of the design and working your way outward.
  • Resist the urge to put your free hand inside the pumpkin while carving. Only do so if you can clearly see where all of your hand is.
  • If you accidentally break off a part of your carving as you work, such as a protruding tooth, stick it back on with a toothpick!

Preserve Your Pumpkin!

Keep your carved pumpkin cool and out of the direct sunlight (you can even put it in the fridge). You can also coat the interior and all cut edges with petroleum jelly to help lock in the pumpkin’s natural moisture, or purchase special preservative sprays for pumpkins.


Thor Ragnarok Posters & More

Posted on September 10, 2017 in Announcements Disney Movies



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