Strip District food sale benefits Habitat for Humanity division
A fund-raising event tied to a new division of the home-building Habitat for Humanity will be today outside the Robert Wholey and Co. fish market in the Strip District.
Food from the nearby Heart and Soul Restaurant will be sold in front of Wholey’s in an effort to help raise $100,000 for work on the last of five homes in the Hill District built by Habitat. The group constructs homes, then sells them at no profit.
The work is being done in conjunction with the formation of a division of the group called Women Build, says Maggie Withrow , Pittsburgh branch executive director.
She explains that women make up more than 50 percent of all Habitat volunteers, but only 15 percent go to the job site because they feel they cannot do that work.
“We’re trying to show that if you can ice a cake you can caulk a bathtub,” Withrow says, adding that the purpose of Women Build is to create female confidence to take on these jobs.
All proceeds from food sold outside Wholey’s will go to Habitat, along with portions of the food sold inside the fish market.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Details: (412) 242-8115.
Oprah Winfrey to report for jury duty
Oprah Winfrey was expected to make an appearance at the Cook County, Ill., Criminal Court — for jury duty.
A spokeswoman for the talk-show host confirmed Friday that Winfrey would report Monday.
She is scheduled to appear along with some 300 other prospective jurors, Cook County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sally Daly said Thursday.
Winfrey will not receive special treatment once she’s inside the courtroom but will be allowed to use an alternate entrance, Daly said.
“Obviously, due to her popularity and her status, there is the potential — if she would come in the front public way — to cause a commotion, confusion or a possible security issue,” the spokeswoman said.
If Winfrey isn’t picked for a jury by the end of the day, she’ll still receive a $17.20 check from the court, said jury supervisor Allen Klein .
Roy of ‘Siegfried & Roy’ goes to special hospital
Nearly a year after being mauled by a tiger, illusionist Roy Horn of “Siegfried & Roy” was evaluated at a Colorado hospital that specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.
Dave Kirvin , a spokesman for Horn, declined to say how long Horn was expected to stay or what treatment he was receiving. Horn arrived at Craig Hospital in Englewood earlier this week and was being evaluated Thursday.
Horn was able to walk again in March, five months after being mauled by a 300-pound white tiger in Las Vegas. The tiger attacked him during a sold-out performance at The Mirage hotel-casino.
Horn’s partner, German-born magician Siegfried Fischbacher , has downplayed Horn’s injuries, describing the illusionist’s wound as “a little punch hole” on the left side of his neck.
Fischbacher has said a stroke Horn suffered afterward resulted from blood pressure medication that sometimes made him feel faint.
MGM Mirage officials have said Horn has a long recovery ahead of him, and the duo’s long-running show has been closed.
Fred Savage of ‘The Wonder Years’ gets married
It was love at second sight for Fred Savage and his new bride, Jennifer Stone .
Savage, who starred on the 1980s TV series “The Wonder Years,” wed Stone, a childhood friend, in an Aug. 7 ceremony at the L’Orangerie restaurant in Los Angeles, People magazine reports.
They were neighbors until 1988, when Savage, then 11, moved from a suburb of Chicago to Los Angeles for his TV stint as Kevin Arnold. The family drama ran until 1993.
The couple reconnected 11 years later at a birthday party for Savage.
“We started talking and smooching and we’ve been together ever since,” the 28-year-old actor-director told People.
Savage’s films include “Austin Powers in Goldmember” and “Welcome to Mooseport.”
“I had tears, but they were tears of joy,” said Stone, 31, who is a commercial real estate agent. “Seeing Fred at the end of the aisle was the best part.”
Quipped Savage: “I promised to always bring up a glass of water to her before we go to bed, and she promised to never let me dress myself.”
Barbie campaigns to get girls involved in politics
Barbie thinks she knows who can make a difference in this year’s presidential race — girls — and she’s the one who is going to represent them.
The Mattel doll has thrown her hat into the ring as the candidate of the Party of Girls! She unveiled her platform Thursday at the Toys “R” Us store in Times Square.
She has pledged a campaign that will concentrate on creating world peace, helping the homeless and poor, and taking care of animals. Her platform was chosen by girls across America through the Barbie.com Web site.
Marie C. Wilson , president and founder of the national, nonpartisan White House Project, said Barbie’s campaign shows girls that they can aspire to the highest levels of leadership, including the presidency.
“It allows girls to think about turning Barbie’s dream house into the White House,” Wilson said in a statement. “Since Barbie is such a large part of girls’ lives, we believe it’s important to encourage them to become tomorrow’s leaders, and Barbie for President sends that message.”
The White House Project, devoted to advancing women’s leadership, recently launched its “Go Vote. Go Run. Go Lead. Go Girl.” campaign.
Girls can learn the basics of campaigning and the electoral process, and receive information about female political role models and possible leadership activities on the Barbie Web site.
Barbie for President dolls will be available exclusively at Toys “R” Us stores.