Monthly Archive for May 2010
Sen. Jay Rockefeller is set to speak to and meet with Generation Charleston, the emerging leaders group of the Charleston Area Alliance.
Rockefeller plans to have a discussion with young professionals on issues important to them.
“We are thrilled Sen. Rockefeller wants to speak to our group and are eager to hear from one of the nation’s most well-known and influential leaders,” said Robert Rosano, one of Generation Charleston’s co-chairs. “He has an encouraging vision for West Virginia’s future, and as emerging leaders who aim for change that matters, we always want to learn how we can make a true difference.”
The event includes food and beverages. Generation Charleston members can attend at no cost, but an RSVP to DForinash@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org is required.
Food for Thought Luncheon
Wednesday, June 23
Noon – 1 p.m.
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith Street
Polished table manners will distinguish you in both business and social arenas worldwide. Since more than 40% of business is conducted over a meal, the corporate world has come to recognize the importance of dining etiquette. The way you present yourself at lunch or dinner influence your business and success just as much as the product or service you provide.
Join us for our next Food for Thought Luncheon on Wednesday, June 23 from noon to 1pm at the Charleston Area Alliance. This session, led by Loren Smith, will help you improve the image you portray while dining.
This Food for Thought will focus on:
- Silverware Savvy
- Styles of eating-American & Continental
- The Silent Service Code
- Other Dining Do’s and Don’ts
About the speaker:
Loren Smith was trained and certified by The Protocol School in Washington, the only such accredited institute in the country. Her education background includes graduating summa cum laude from Georgia Southern University with a B.A. in French and German. She went on to earn a master’s in linguistics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Ms. Smith taught Japanese at UNC-CH for four years and was awarded the prestigious Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1992.
Ms. Smith offers seminars in corporate etiquette and international protocol.
Cost to attend this Food for Thought Luncheon is $20 for current Alliance members/$30 for future members. Seating is limited and an RSVP is required to attend. Lunch will be provided. To register, please visit www.charlestonareaalliance.org/events. For more information, contact Lesley Hager at LHager@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org or (304)340.4253.
Generation Charleston is looking for more than 20 volunteers for Taste-of-All.
Taste-of-All, the reincarnation of Taste of Charleston, is an annual culinary event during FestivALL showcasing the culinary mindset of the Kanawha Valley.
The event, scheduled for June 27 at the Charleston Civic Center, features 30 of the area’s finest chefs and amazing restaurants and their cuisine during an afternoon that tantalizes the senses and tickles the taste buds as patrons sample a variety of dishes and meals throughout the afternoon.
This year, the Taste has partnered with FestivALL and Generation Charleston. As part of this new generation of the Taste, additional features will include a stage with live music, a children’s area in the West Virginia room, food and cooking demonstrations and a Beer Garden featuring local breweries.
The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. The two volunteer shifts are 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.
General duties include:
· 18 ticket sellers
· 12-14 table cleaners
· 8-10 for the children’s area
· 4 to man the doors
Each volunteer will receive a FestivALL volunteer t-shirt to keep.
Interested volunteers should email firstname.lastname@example.org .
You can check out the full schedule of FestivALL events at www.festivallcharleston.com/content/welcome.
Join us Thursday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Charleston Area Alliance, 1116 Smith St., for a Sustainability Awareness workshop.
Click here to register.
Join us Thursday, June 10 for a Sustainability Awareness workshop. This workshop, led by Matt Earnest, executive director of workforce development at Bridgemont Community and Technical College, will focus on the economic, social, and environmental impacts of the human species on the planet and the “Nine Opportunities for Sustainability” as potential solutions to those impacts. The Nine Opportunities for Sustainability (9 OPPS) are:
- OPP 1: Eliminate Waste—of all kinds
- OPP 2: Go Non-toxic—supply chain, our process, emissions and products
- OPP 3: Fight Global Weirding—reduce our carbon footprint
- OPP 4: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Redesign—mimic nature
- OPP 5: Make Transportation Efficient—move less stuff over shorter distances
- OPP 6: Get Healthy—practice personal sustainability
- OPP 7: Add Value in Our Community—give something back, it’s a two-way street
- OPP 8: Engage Others—spread the word and listen
- OPP 9: Challenge the Future—rethink how we create value
Cost to attend is $25 for current Alliance members, $45 for future Alliance member. Refreshments will be provided. For more information please contact Lesley Hager at LHager@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.
We are unable to invoice for groups with fewer than 10 or issue refunds for cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the event. Thank you.
“At College Summit we create ripples in the pond that ultimately change the entire landscape. What can be better than taking four days of your schedule to help change the next four years for a promising student?” — Jessica Solomon, College Summit Volunteer
As its Year-Long Initiative, Generation Charleston has committed its support to College Summit, an organization with the mission to increase the college enrollment rates of low-income students in America.
Volunteers are crucial to the success of this mission. Eight four-day summer workshops are held on partner college campuses, including the following five West Virginia schools: Concord University, Fairmont State, Glenville State College, Marshall University and WV State University.
Following a training session on Thursday evening, volunteers work one-on-one with a small group of students to lead them through the steps of College Summit’s writing process to ultimately produce a personal essay they will be confident in submitting with their college applications. Please note, you need not be a writing expert — College Summit provides a step-by-step plan and assistance throughout the entire program from a Writing Coach Coordinator.
The weekend session culminates with a special banquet ceremony where the completed essays are shared with family, friends and fellow students.
Generation Charleston has pledged to recruit at least two volunteers per session — this is a wonderful opportunity to volunteer with a friend, coworker or your significant other, and can be scheduled now to fit into your summer plans. Additionally, many employers offer paid time off to cover the Friday portion of this unique volunteer experience; College Summit is happy to provide your employer with any necessary documentation.
We encourage you to visit www.collegesummit.org/volunteer for more information, including workshop dates and locations, and to sign up. When registering, make sure to indicate you are a Generation Charleston member. If you have any questions, please contact Jayme Waldeck at email@example.com or 304-204-4061. Jayme would love to talk with you about this amazing program.
Deadline for Registration is May 27, 2010
The second annual Kanawha Valley Sustainability Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 22 at the Habitat for Humanity Restore, 301 Piedmont Rd.
Admission is free.
The signature event of Kanawha Valley Connections — a volunteer organization dedicated to creating pathways to sustainability throughout the Kanawha Valley and surrounding communities — this year’s fair looks to be bigger than last year’s, which drew more than 2000 people.
“Attendees of this year’s fair will not only be reenergized by some of last year’s favorites but they will be absolutely blown away by the quantity and quality of first-time exhibitors at the fair,” said Michael Tierney, executive director of Step by Step and a KVC volunteer. “Embracing this year’s theme, many new exhibits, vendors and entertainment have joined the ranks to demonstrate sustainability by ‘exchanging ideas and experiencing possibilities.'”
Food will be available from several vendors, including Capitol Roasters, Bluegrass Kitchen, Tricky Fish, Purple Onion, Healthy Life Market and Monroe Farm Market.
Music, live performances, local art, storytelling, energy exhibits, cooking demonstrations, health screenings, live animals, products and children’s activities will introduce participants to a wide variety of locally available economic, environmentally and socially sustainable resources.
“Overpopulation, resource depletion, and climate change have created a crisis that will take all of us working together to create sustainable choices and policies,” said Robin Wilson, a VISTA volunteer helping with the project. “The Sustainability Fair is a chance to swap ideas with and honor those building new green alternatives today.”
The Kanawha Valley Sustainability Fair is funded through grants from the Sustainable Kanawha Valley Initiative and the West Virginia Conservation Agency Capitol District.
Visit www.kvc-fair.org to learn more.
Join us Thursday as nine businesses open their doors to showcase the best of Charleston!
Participating businesses include:
Stray Dog Antiques
Annex Gallery Taylor Books
Good News Mountaineer Garage
Chet Lowther Studio
The Purple Moon
Romano & Associates Law Gallery
Visions Day Spa
Take a stroll downtown and enjoy the best of what Charleston has to offer.
For more details, visit www.charlestonartwalk.com.
The Art Emporium presents new photographs by Robin Hammer, Betty Rivard, Andy Vann and emerging artist Kerry Bingaman. A meet-and-greet will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. May 20. The exhibit runs through May 30.
Gallery Eleven will be featuring Pat Roberts in her exhibition “Visual Journey,” which is a record of her trip through time and place from Maine, where she was born, to the coal mining areas in West Virginia.
Gallery Eleven is having an opening of the exhibition on Thursday, May 20 during ArtWalk where you can meet Pat and get her personal impressions.
The Purple Moon
Sculptor and artist Diana Martens will be opening her first show in West Virginia entitled “Full Circle.”
The exhibit will open at The Purple Moon on Thursday, My 20 with a reception with the artist and as part of the monthly ArtWalk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show will run through the end of June and be featured by The Purple Moon during FestivAll. Music will be provided by Tofujitsu for the opening.
A new pastry and coffee shop is now open on the East End.
John and Keeley Steele, who own and operate the Bluegrass Kitchen and Tricky Fish restaurants, are hosting a grand opening for FrütCake May 18. The public is welcome to attend the event, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. at 1599 Washington St. East.
Mayor Danny Jones will help “cut the coffee cake” and formally welcome FrütCake to Charleston. He is among several city officials expected to attend.
The business serves organic pastries, cookies, pies and coffee Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visit www.EastEndMainStreet.com and click “blog” to learn more about FrütCake.