The 4th Annual Senior Services Coalition Employment Event, which aims to help people ages 45 and older who are seeking employment, will take place on June 27.
The event brings together regional employers and adults looking for jobs, and it will also feature community organizations that can offer advice and assistance to job seekers. This year’s event will include representatives from Colonial Williamsburg, Riverside Health System, Farm Fresh, James City County, Eastern State hospital, Wal-Mart, Williamsburg Landing and many more.
The United Way, Volunteer Williamsburg, Literacy for Life and PADRN.org will also be on hand to share information about community resources and volunteer jobs that can help build a resume.
Job seekers interested in attending the event should bring copies of a resume and should wear professional attire, according to event coordinators.
The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. June 27 at the Historic Triangle Community Services Center. For more information, visit the Senior Services Coalition website.
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ASBURY PARK – Cookman Street became a canvas for artists from around the country Saturday – or, more specifically, a Toyota Scion parked on Cookman Street.
Don’t worry, they weren’t vandalizing some unsuspecting shopper’s car, it was part of the Day of Demos, part of the Third Annual Artist Outreach Program.
Aspiring artists were treated to eight interactive demonstration tables staffed by professional artists from throughout North America, who taught their media and methods.
“It is important for us to bring it to the community,” James Leslie, one of the event’s coordinators, said. “A lot of people think art is static, in a studio somewhere, but it really isn’t.”
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The event was sponsored by arts supplies companies Winsor Newton and Liquitex. Leslie, of Asbury Park, is the North American artist-in-residence for the companies.
“If you have to go see art in a gallery, you’re always wondering if you need an invitation, if you need to dress up,” Leslie said. “People have a preconceived notion that artists are reclusive, but it is really the exact opposite.”
The event drew an international attendee, Becca Pelly-Fry, Winsor Newton’s global artist-in-residence.
“Art is supposed to break down barriers,” Pelly-Fry said. “That is why events like this are important, they bring art out to the public.”
Attendees rotated between the demonstration tables learning techniques, then moved onto the Toyota Scion to try them out.
“It’s really just to have fun and share,” Ana Simson, a demonstrator from California, said. “What a lot of people might not know about artists is that we aren’t just people who sit inside a studio all day, we’re out in the community.”
The sharing isn’t just between artists and the community – the Artist Outreach Program also promotes education and inspiration between its artists.
“It provides a chance for us to get together and share ideas,” Marla Morrison, of Dallas, Texas, said. “We’re also sharing our teaching skills with each other.”
Towards the end of the event, the car became a bouquet of colors and techniques, with abstract figures, graffiti-style writing, landscapes and portraits appearing on its doors, lights, wheels and windows.
Caitly Balthazar, of Asbury Park, painted eyes onto the car’s headlights.
“Cars always look like people,” Balthazar said. “It was a fun thing for everyone to interact and do – all day it has been transforming, we have faces, mermaids, names, skulls and aliens.”
This is the second year the Day of Demos has taken place, growing from a series of 15-minute demonstrations indoors to a more interactive event outside.
With Leslie’s residence centered in Asbury Park, the event is likely to repeat again next year, he said.
“I’m already thinking about what comes next, how to make it bigger,” Leslie said. “Maybe we can have locations around the city.”
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Facebook and Twitter are well known for connecting people be it old high school classmates or even new friends. But, for some, social media has turned strangers into therapists and philanthropists.
“My friends who are really funny help me so much,” says Lynne Dablow.
The breast cancer survivor has used Facebook to connect with her friends, and even people she doesn’t know, since her diagnosis back in 2008.
“People who would step back or feel like they could not communicate in person, maybe those are friends really comfortable with a social media connection that they wouldn’t have done otherwise, so that’s a huge blessing to open up that circle to more people,” says Dablow.
Open the circle she has. Lynne started reaching out to friends of friends on Facebook. She met another survivor named Lisa. They would chat and help each other through bad days. Then, Lynne reach out to another friend of a friend who was planning a benefit for another woman with breast cancer.
The women starting working together but never met in person, but it didn’t matter, the power of social media took over.
“I thought we’d be doing phone calls and mailings and we didn’t have to. Word of mouth just kept going and going,” says Laurie Serie, one of the “Banding together for Jane” event planners.
The group of strangers became friends and philanthropists. They raised $10,000 for Jane. They also plan to continue their work and their friendship into the future thanks to several degrees of separation that, thanks to social media, have now shrunk.
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ALBANY, GA — The first annual, “Family Day in the Park,” was held this afternoon at the Albany Fairgrounds, giving families another option for their weekend activities.
A kids fun zone, music stage, and car show were just a few of the attractions on tap and event coordinators say this is just the beginning for this new event.
“We’re trying to bring an event for the community, all ages, all genres, something for the city of Albany to call their own, to bring us all out for some entertainment,” said event coordinator, George Crawford.
The event was slated to go from noon to 6:00 PM, and the security staff wanted to add that they kept it locked down and everybody safe.
Bahama Mamas (and Papas): Spur staff takes well-deserved vacation to tropical location
What is hot and sunny with writing all over? The Spur staff’s trip to the Bahamas, of course! This past spring break, the Spur’s writers and editors took a break from slaving away to produce the bi-weekly issues to soak up some sun and enjoy a few pina coladas (virgin, of course).
“It was a much needed break,” said news editor Kim Watkins. “We never take group trips, so we had the outlandish idea of splurging on a tropical vacation!” The trip was paid for with club funds, revenue from ad sales, and a generous allotment of spontaneous request money courtesy of SAFAC. “It worked out great too, since we weren’t really sure what we were going to do with the thousands of dollars of extra club money we had lying around—oops, don’t print that,” said editor-in-chief Katie Stromme.
The staff enjoyed many activities during their trip, including swimming with dolphins, zip-lining, skydiving, and visiting locations such as Pink Sands Beach, Thunderball Grotto, and Deadman’s Reef. They also immersed themselves in the Bahamian culture by learning dances such as the Quadrille and the Heel and the Toe Polka.
The Spur staff also trotted out their contemporary dance moves at some of the area’s hottest night clubs. Live tweets from the group’s night out appeared on the Spur’s Twitter account, including “SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS” and “drank so much I forgot how 2 format d8s in AP style.”
“All our adventures in the Bahamas were great inspiration for our writing,” explained AE editor Amber Casperson. “It was just what we needed to fill up our tanks to finish out the rest of this semester.”
“I got the chance to continue my research on the culture of strip clubs, which was really fantastic,” said commentary editor Dan Kilkelly. “I think this will go a long way towards improving my credibility as a journalist.” Kilkelly reportedly left various “research locations” with lengthy interview notes as well as an empty wallet.
Mysteriously absent from the trip was the club’s advisor, Ryan Wendland. Bringing an adult like Wendland along would have been “a real bummer, to be totally honest,” mused Stromme. “He’s just so old, like, he’s got to be almost forty or something.”
“Those ungrateful bastards,” said Wendland, upon hearing about the club’s trip. “I give them six years of my life and they don’t even ask if I want to come.” Wendland will reportedly not be returning as advisor for the Spur for the 2013/2014 school year.
So what’s next on the agenda for the Spur staff?
“We’ve been thinking about a trip to China,” said Watkins. “Based on the paper’s impressive local success, we’ve been considering selling it at various locations around the globe, so we’re pretty sure there will be sufficient funds.”
Remember Justin Bieber’s “worst birthday” a few weeks back? It seems quite a few people owe the pop star an apology after a recently surfaced amateur video backed up his version of events.
To recap: much ado resulted when Canada’s biggest export tweeted that his highly anticipated 19th birthday celebrations were the worst ever.
According to Bieber, when he and his friends turned up at London nightclub Cirque Du Soir on March 1 the club’s security manhandled his fans. Once inside, the chaos forced the star to leave the club after only five minutes.
Fast forward to the 19-year-old’s “worst birthday” tweet in the wee hours, and hoards of Beliebers storming Twitter to trend “#BeliebersHatePaparazzi.”
Subsequent media reports had a field day. Most accused Bieber of attempting to get “underage” friends — actor Will Smith’s 14-year-old son Jaden Smith and 17-year-old rumored gal pal Ella-Paige Roberts Clarke — into Cirque Du Soir.
It was reported that the singer left the club after his young friends were refused admittance. Adjectives like “spoiled,” “$20,000 circus” and “diva” were widely used, with even famed psycho-sexual therapist Dr. Ruth piling on with a deadly slam on Twitter.
The following morning, Entertainmentwise reportedly quoted the nightclub’s management. Oddly, Cirque Du Soir recalled their encounter with the teen star rather differently.
Marketing/PR director Tom — no last name was provided — said Bieber had left the nightclub because security refused entry to his underage guests. He added:
“We, like all clubs in London, operate a strict age policy. As a few of the members of the party were under the suitable age of 18, the security team at Cirque Du Soir, London, clearly explained this rule and refused entry to the club for anyone who could not provide us with adequate proof of age.”
“We are very sorry, and understand it’s his birthday, but our hands are tied with local authorities and rules we need to follow as club to keep our license. We clearly didn’t want to give him the ‘worst birthday.’ He is a friend and previously was always welcomed with open arms.”
The Sunday People reported that the nightclub told them Bieber and his friends were asked to leave because they smelt of marijuana, and again it was reported that a confrontation between the star’s entourage and club’s security ensued.
Yet, as most pop culture watchers will already know, Jaden Smith has since said he was nowhere near Cirque and had in fact attended a Kanye West gig that night.
Throw in the new footage — which clearly shows a not impressed Bieber taking a dim view of what he would later describe as a “weak a** club,” before deciding to get out of dodge — and Cirque’s story lacks credibility.
His disastrous birthday preceded a now legendary “rough week” in the British capital. And by legendary, this writer means it’s probably wise not to believe everything you read.
ALBANY, GA —
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture partnered with Albany State University to host a day-long event on Saturday.
Folks from all over southwest Georgia brought artifacts with them and got the chance to sit down with experts who told them how to take care of and preserve them. People brought things such as books, pictures, and textiles with them that dated back to the beginning of the Civil Rights movement.
Event coordinators said this event was so important because many people in the area don’t realize how special and valuable some of the things they have really are.
QuakeCon is turning 18 this year, and you can celebrate by attending the massive LAN party on August 1st through the 4th. The convention is North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN event, and will once again host thousands of PC gamers connecting their machines and playing some great games together.
QuakeCon will once again be returning to The Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. If you’d like to get your travel arrangements settled early, you can make reservations by calling 1-800-Hiltons, 1-800-445-8667, or by heading online to the hotel’s website. Make sure you grab your room through one of these options, as the hotel will be offering a special room rate if you mention you’re attending QuakeCon.
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In addition, the event will also host a competitive Quake Live tournament, as well as booths selling Bethesda merchandise and computer accessories. You can also expect both id Software and Bethesda representatives to be on hand to showcase their latest games and PC hardware.
As always, the event will be free and open to the public. In past years, attendance has varied from 2,000 to over 8,000 PC gaming aficionados. So get your travel plans together, pack up your rig, and head on down to the continent’s biggest gamer party.
If you’d like to follow the event’s coordinators as they get ready for the massive event, stay tuned on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Or, check out some planning tips and the event schedule at www.quakecon.org.
It’s going to be a great time, I hope you can make it down!
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The daily task of an event planner revolves around an innovative approach and creativity. At times planners get saturated and find it very hard to add new ideas to the ongoing projects. Nowadays, there are many new tools available which can aid an event planner to work more innovatively.
Technologies such as web, social medias and cloud computing continuously adding values to event industry and making the life easier for planners. There are few web based tools which assist the planners with new references or ideas to provide the best solutions to their clients. A well-thought out and orchestrated event is comparable to a good stage production.
Use Pinterest: besides regular social channels like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, an emerging social media called Pinterest can be useful for planners. It’s fantastic as not only an event planner can create a pinboard just for clients but also allow clients to add pins to that board. Planner can see other event examples, their color combinations, looks and ideas that they like in those examples.
Invitation Tools: these tools are very helpful while writing invitation to the attendees or prospects. There are many event invitation tools are available in the market such as Evite.com, Anyvite.com Punchbowl.com and Signupgenius.com . You can also use the event scheduling features of some social networks to create events and invite guests: Paperlesspost, Facebook event, Google Calendar etc.
Use of Google Docs: this tool is freely available, very easy to use and accessible with any smart phone, palmtop and laptop. With Google Docs, a planner can create documents like spreadsheet, word files, presentations etc., modify and share them with their other team members. It’s a cloud based application and therefore a planner doesn’t have to carry these documents on a USB drive.
All our Ideas: this web based software is simple and free. It allows groups to transparently collect and prioritize ideas. It’s very fast and has user-friendly set ups. It provides a platform to different communities where they can vote for different ideas on any topic.
EventQuote.net : this application is very useful for event planners as it allows planners to receive quotes from different suppliers. Here, planners need to fill just one event form and an executive from EventQuote.net will contact him and will provide quotes from suppliers that suit the planner’s budget.
Move over “Days of Our Lives” there’s a juicy new soap opera in town.
“Amish Mafia” is a Discovery Channel show about Lebanon Levi and his gang of unbaptized men living in the Amish community and outside of the rules.
“Levi is the cops. He’s the courthouse. He’s the bank and he’s the insurance company,” says Amish girl Esther. Her brother, John, is part of the so-called Amish mafia.
And he and the rest of the gang are up to no good.
Here’s a brief recap of all that went on in the first two episodes of Discovery Channel’s “Amish Mafia,” including the 11 soap opera elements of the show.
1. Violence – “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Taking that phrase rather literally, mafia member Jolin (who is Mennonite and a little gun happy) shoots a car’s windshield for hitting a horse and buggy.
2. Adultery – The Amish love to gossip, says Jolin. But when they gossip it’s about juicy stuff – like adultery. It appears one single lady has been receiving a man at her home, alone. Scandalous! As the gang discover after a thrilling (sarcasm) stakeout, the man is actually giving her money. During the takeout, the man is thrown out by the woman – turns out he wanted a little compensation for all that money and the woman was not game. Jolin threatens the man who promises to stay away from the woman- crisis and possible Amish prostitution avoided. But not for long.
3. Prostitution – A bishop is getting freaky with a lady of the night and the mafia find out. It’s a big deal in the community because a bishop is like the mayor of the Amish. If word gets out he’s less than virtuous the punishment will be epic. The mafia discovers all this, by the way, from a taxi driver who has been taking the bishop to a seedy motel. The taxi driver felt the urge to spill the beans after the bishop said he was not wearing condoms. That all brings us to…
4. Blackmail – With a bunch of incriminating photos in his hands, Levi tells the bishop he has to walk the line and do whatever Levi wants him to do. Levi owns him now and will do whatever he wants. Levi just became unstoppable. Or so he thinks.
5. Scheming – John is plotting with his sister Esther to take over Levi’s position as head honcho. It turns out the post is really John’s birthright, as his father was the original mafia leader. However when John’s father died unexpectedly the power went to Lebanon Levi’s dad because John was too young. John wants that power and will do anything to get it.
6. Gambling – In between plots, gun fire and hanky panky the mafia members take some time for some good ol’ fashion fun in the form of Cow Patty Bingo. It’s literally betting on where a cow will poo.
7. Wild parties – To finance the mafia, the gang throws crazy parties for teens on rumspringa. There the kids grind, make out, drink and, cue gasps, get high.
8. Drugs – Someone is growing pot in the middle of a Lancaster county cornfield and Levi isn’t happy. Nobody does drugs on his turf. So he has his right hand man, Alvin, find the drugs and burn them. But they aren’t the only thing on fire…
9. Counterfeit goods – Turns out there’s a store in town selling phony Amish wares. The quilts are made in China and are thus being sold on the cheap, which is putting some Amish stores in jeopardy. Levi isn’t too pleased and puts John in charge of dealing with the problem. And he does – by burning an entire shipment of faux Amish goods.
10. Seduction – John wants a car and so he turns to his sister for help. Esther is Levi’s sweet spot, even though she is crushing very hard on Jolin. Levi doesn’t seem to notice because he has love goggles on. So Esther bats her eyelashes, flirts a little and does her best to give her brother exactly what he wants.
11. Criminal on the run – The whole second episode revolves around the police search for Alan Beiler, an African American Amish man who was involved in a traffic violation. Beiler is Levi’s event coordinator (because mafia’s have event coordinators) and Levi is worried that if the police investigate Beiler too much they’ll start asking questions about his Amish mafia activities. So Levi is hunting for Beiler to find him before the cops do.
Next week: Things heat up between Esther and Jolin, meaning this love triangle is about to get juicy. Also there’s a brand new Amish man in town – Merlin and he takes no prisoners. Sadly he does not have a beard or a wicked staff. But there is still time for “Amish Mafia” to channel its inner “Passions.”
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