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Get fresh, locally grown produce this Saturday

SAGE_withCAAMembers of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) program will be selling produce this Saturday at the East End Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. SAGE is a multipronged economic development initiative with the goal of training and developing prospective urban agriculture entrepreneurs, or “agripreneurs.” Participants in the program receive education and training in farming and business practices that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. Produce that will be available this Saturday include:

  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce (leaf and head)
  • Snow peas
  • Herbs (basil, parsley, dill, tarragon)
  • Garlic
  • Nasturtiums
  • Summer squash
  • Carrots
  • Hungarian hot wax peppers (NEW this week)
  • Eggplant (NEW this week)

The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue. The crops were cultivated at micro-farms located on Charleston’s West Side. The micro-farms, which were constructed by SAGE participants and volunteers, are where trainings for the program takes place. SAGE aims to create economic opportunities and jobs for participants, while minimizing impact to the environment through sustainable agriculture practices and improving access to healthier food options. SAGE is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

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admin in Announcements,Events,SAGE on June 27 2014 » 0 comments

Teams needed for Corporate Cook-Off on July 31

LiveWellCWLive Well Charlie West
Corporate Cook-Off

Thursday, July 31
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location TBA
Tired of getting home late, hungry and settling on takeout to feed you and your family?Live Well Charlie West, a program of the Charleston Area Alliance, is here to help while simultaneously building team relationships at your workplace.Live Well Charlie West will host its next Corporate Cooking Cook-Off on July 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.We are currently seeking teams of three to five co-workers who are willing to take on five mystery ingredients and create a healthy, well-balanced dinner in 60 minutes.There is a $50 registration fee for teams. Deadline to register your team is July 18 at 5 p.m.

Registration is completed by emailing Madison Cochran at MCochran@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org 

Please include the following in the e-mail:

  • Team leader
  • Name and e-mail
  • Team member names
  • Name of employer

The Corporate Cook-off aims to demonstrate how to make a quick, healthy meal using seasonal produce. All produce will be supplied by the SAGE microfarms, located on Charleston’s West Side.

Each team will be provided five mystery ingredients to create the meal. Teams will have access to a pantry filled with spices, condiments, oils and other ingredients commonly used in cooking.

Teams will prepare their meals in 60 minutes and present them to a panel of judges who will critique the meal. Prizes and bragging rights will be granted to the top team.

For more information, please contact Cullen Naumoff at CNaumoff@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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admin in Announcements,Events on June 25 2014 » 0 comments

FestivALL meets ArtWalk on Thursday

aw.logo.cmykDowntown ArtWalk
Thursday, June 26
5-8 p.m.

Downtown ArtWalk, the showcase of downtown Charleston’s thriving art scene, celebrates FestivALL for its June edition this Thursday.

ArtWalk, a Charleston Area Alliance program sponsored by Masters Law Firm, is a monthly event that draws hundreds of residents and visitors to downtown Charleston for a festive evening of culture and commerce.

The purpose of ArtWalk is to help revitalize downtown and to promote economic development through the arts.

New to ArtWalk this month is The Art Store at 233 Hale Street and Only One Look at 110 Capitol Street.

The Carpenter Ants will perform on the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Bandwagon at the Lee Street Triangle during ArtWalk.

The ever popular Musical Easels will also occur at the Lee Street Triangle at 6:30 p.m.

FestivALL street performers,  including Qiet, The Snake and the Pot, and Mike Waldeck, Jr., will also be out entertaining ArtWalk patrons.

For a full lineup of FestivALL events, check out www.FestivALLCharleston.com.

For more information on ArtWalk, visit www.charlestonartwalk.org.

Click on the June 26 date from the home page to get a the list of venues for the month.

Check out what’s also in store for this special FestivALL ArtWalk:

Tony the Tailor
822 Virginia Street East

Tony the Tailor will host artist Sarah Frydrich, who has been adding to her incredible portfolio since her debut show at Tony’s earlier this year. In addition, Tony The Tailor will be having a preview of our “Go to Hale” sidewalk sale with sportswear and footwear up to 90 percent off.

Art Emporium
823 Quarrier Street

The Art Emporium will feature “The Greenbrier: A West Virginia Treasure”, new works by Kathy Boland for the June ArtWalk. The exhibit will run through July 12.

Uncork & Create
1031 Quarrier Street

Uncork & Create will be featuring Dr. Sketchy’s.

Delfine’s Jewelry
245 Capitol Street

Delfine’s Jewelry will be featuring artwork by Gregg Oxley.

Charleston Ballet
100 Capitol Street

Art walkers are invited to visit the Charleston Ballet studios to observe dancers and apprentices in class and rehearsals. They will be featuring artist Trevor Oxley, who has recently returned to West Virginia to continue creating his art.

Romano & Associates
230 Capitol Street

Romano and Associates will feature photography by Doug Maxwell. Many of Maxwell’s images will be from travels across the world, as well as still life and landscapes.    Maxwell first picked up an 8 mm movie camera at age nine and never looked at the world the same way again. Now a filmmaker based in Charleston, he draws his inspirations for his still photography from his favorite cinematographers and directors.

West Virginia Executive
8 Capitol Street

West Virginia Executive will showcase artist Glenn Toler. A retired teacher, lifelong outdoor enthusiast and avid traveler, Toler will demonstrate traditional forms in pottery.

Quarrier Diner
1022 Quarrier Street

Quarrier Diner will have chalk art along the sidewalk near the Quarrier Diner.  Also, Lola and Jamie ‘LoJam’ will be performing during ArtWalk. The Quarrier Diner menu will be served at Timothy’s in the lower level from 4 p.m. throughout the evening and served on the deck.

Chet Lowther Studio
223 Hale Street

Chet Lowther will be showcasing new works in encaustic, oil, and acrylic. Check out the website at www.chetlowther.com.

The Art Store
233 Hale Street

The Art Store will exhibit new and recent works of art by our local and national artists for ArtWalk and FestivALL. Join them for refreshments and fun during Artwalk for the first peek at the new gallery and our exhibition, “Gone to Hale” from 5-8 p.m.   The “Gone to Hale” exhibition will continue as The Art Store joins the businesses on Hale Street for “FestivALL: Go to Hale”, a weekend of music, special deals, exhibitions and events that begins Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. The events will resume on Sunday, June 29 at 11 a.m. and continue through 5 p.m. Go to www.theartstorewv.com for more information.

Woomer Nistendirk & Associates
231 Capitol Street

Woomer Nistendirk & Associates will be featuring Bill and Carolyn Hilborn for the June Artwalk. The Hilborns will be presenting photographs that represent the capture of light and are delicately post-processed to highlight the features of the subject.

Christina DiFillippo at Zando’s Catering Unlimited
241 Capitol Street

At Christina DiFillippo at Zando’s Catering Unlimited, Justin Gillispie will be exploring the Appalachian folk art tradition of whirligigs, which are kinetic, wind-powered sculpture.

Mission Savvy
202 Hale Street

Mission Savvy will hold an Instagram photo contest for a chance to win Mission Savvy money.

Good News Mountaineer Garage
222 Hale Street

“We Love Charleston” is the name of an exhibit at the Good News Mountaineer Garage for ArtWalk.  Local fine art photographers including: Todd Griffith, Thorney Lieberman, Chris Morris, Steve Payne, Al Peery, Betty Rivard, and Sally Swisher, will present their various views of the city.  The exhibit will be open during ArtWalk on June 26 from 5-8 p.m. and on June 27 and 28 from noon to 4 p.m.

Ivor’s Trunk
819 Lee Street

Ivor’s entire store will be 50 percent off including all summer apparel, handbags and jewelry.  Don’t miss their outdoor rack sale (cash only) $10, $20, $30 and $50 racks with values up to  $300. All sales are final as they get ready to receive their new fall lines.

Capitol Conference Center
815 Lee Street

Steven A. Holsclaw will be the featured artist at Capitol Conference Center for ArtWalk.

Only One Look
110 Capitol Street

Only One Look will showcase a large collection of West Virginia art glass for ArtWalk.

Gallery Eleven
1025 Quarrier Street

Gallery Eleven is having its first ever sale in June. Selected items will be featured at 40 percent off.

The Boutique by B.Belle Events 602 Virginia Street East, Suite 101
The Boutique by B.Belle Events will feature artist Judy Foxx.

Other participating venues include:
Taylor Books and Annex Gallery
The Purple Moon
Modern by Design

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Hit the links with the Alliance at the 2014 Golf Scramble

GolfFlierTop20142014 Charleston Area Alliance Golf Scramble
Monday, Sept. 15
Registration – 10 a.m.
Shotgun Start – 11:30 a.m.
Berry Hills Country Club

Take advantage of the early “birdie” rates and sign up today for the 2014 Charleston Area Alliance Golf Scramble.  Join the Alliance and title sponsor United Bank at the annual fundraising event on Monday, Sept. 15 at Berry Hills Country Club. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and a shotgun start follows at 11:30 a.m.

The event will feature a hole-in-one contest with a $10,000 grand prize. Proceeds from the golf outing support the Alliance’s job-creation and community enhancement programs. The cost per foursome is $600. The cost per individual golfer is $150. Those prices increase to $800 and $250 after Sept. 8.

To register for the scramble, click HERE.

Exclusive sponsorships, which offer premier opportunities to showcase your business and forge valuable connections with decision makers, are now available. Tournament sponsorships are available at $2,500. Eagle sponsorships are $1,000. Hole sponsorships are available at $500.

For more information at to register for sponsorship opportunities, click HERE.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. Lunch follows at 11 a.m., and the shotgun start is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. A dinner and an awards banquet will follow.

One of the premier events of the year, the Alliance Golf Scramble sells out quickly. Sign up today!

 

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admin in Announcements,Events on June 23 2014 » 0 comments

Member Market: Advance your career

Member Market:
By Alliance Members for Alliance Members

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

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“Undercover Boss” to be featured at ribbon cutting this Friday

belfor_logoBELFOR Property Restoration:
Grand Opening Celebration

Friday, June 20
11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
4756 Chimney Drive
The Charleston Area Alliance is proud to join member BELFOR Property Restoration for the grand opening/ribbon cutting celebration at its new Charleston operation offices.The event will be held this Friday, June 20 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.BELFOR is the world leader in disaster recovery and property restoration. With a global reach but a local focus, BELFOR brings unmatched experience and capacity to jobs as diverse as an entire college campus after a hurricane to a residential kitchen fire.

Alliance members are encouraged to attend the grand opening and:

  • Tour BELFOR’s new facility and national disaster mobile warehouse
  • Watch tabletop demonstrations of the company’s technical services
  • Network with industry peers
  • Enjoy real pit BBQ and refreshments
  • Meet BELFOR CEO Sheldon Yellen, who was featured on the CBS show, “Undercover Boss.”
  • Hear from Secretary of State Natalie Tennant

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Robert Bonham at rob.bonham@us.belfor.com.

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admin in Announcements,Events on June 19 2014 » 0 comments

This Wednesday, you bring the eats – we bring the beats

BrownBagConcert11x17revisedMTBrown Bag Concert
Wednesday, June 18
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Davis Park
Corner of Lee and Capitol Streets

This Wednesday, grab your lunch and head to Davis Park for free live music at the Brown Bag Concert. A Charleston Area Alliance program, the concert celebrates International Picnic Day, the work completed by Kanawha Garden Club and the city’s Municipal Beautification Commission in Davis Park.

It also offers people a welcome outdoor distraction during the summer.   The concert is the one of many programs and projects to come out of the “Imagine Charleston” plan. Live music will be provided by Alasha Al-Qudwah of Qiet and Beth Summers of Snakebox. The duo will play an eclectic mixture of classical, eastern, jazz, folk, porch and chamber music.

Several Charleston restaurants are offering lunch specials for guests to enjoy at the concert.

The restaurants offering brown bag specials include:

  • Diana’s Downtown Café, 180 Summers Street
  • Timothy’s at Quarrier Diner, 1022 Quarrier Street
  • Sam’s Uptown Café, 28 Capitol Street
  • Mission Savvy Café & Juice Bar, 202 Hale Street
  • Sam’s Hot Dog Stand, 211 Hale Street
  • Swiftwater Café, 405 Capitol Street
  • Swiftwater General Store, 301 Capitol Street
  • Taylor Books, 226 Capitol Street

For more information and full descriptions of the lunchtime food specials, click HERE.

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Learn the fundamentals of leadership on July 8

ALLIANCE_color~verticalManagement 101 – Fundamentals of Leadership
Tuesday, July 8
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith Street

Join the Charleston Area Alliance and The Performance Group for a one-day session that will help improve your management skills.  “Management 101 – Fundamentals of Leadership,” will teach new managers how to make the transition from being part of the team to leading the team.

The event will be held on Tuesday, July 8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Charleston Area Alliance.

During this one-day class, participants will be introduced to a variety of management skills and tools that will help them develop new perspectives, become more effective leaders and get better results.

It will be presented by Chuck Stump of The Performance Group. Stump has given over 1,500 seminars in the areas of leadership, coaching, communication, client care, and change management.  His trainings draw from over twenty-eight years of hard-learned life lessons and creative ideas to help people change not only the way they think, but also the way they act.

Click HERE to register.

Individual registration is $125 for Alliance members/$150 future members through June 30. Prices go up to $150 for Alliance members/$175 future members after that date.

Registration is limited to the first 20 people that sign-up.

For a full agenda of the event, click HERE.

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Time is running out to register for ‘Women with Energy’

Elevations“Women with Energy” Forum
Thursday, June 19
Charleston Marriott Town Center
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The fourth annual “Women with Energy” forum, presented by the Charleston Area Alliance Elevations Professional Women’s Network, will be held Thursday, June 19, at the Charleston Marriott Town Center.

The popular event includes a luncheon and program offering insight and analysis on current opportunities and challenges from women business executives, lawyers, engineers and other professionals from the natural gas, coal and renewable energy sectors.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Sharon Flanery, Steptoe & Johnson, moderator
  • LuAnn Datesh, VP, CONSOL Energy, Cannonsburg, Pa.
  • MaryAnn Fox, VP, Rex Energy, State College, Pa.
  • Gina Velo, Technical Project Manager, OPower
  • JoEllen Diehl Yeary, VP and General Counsel, Northeast Natural Energy

This event is presented by Steptoe & Johnson. Sponsorships, which include admission to a VIP pre-event, Meet & Greet with speakers and state leaders along with other benefits, start at $750.  For more information, contact JoEllen Zacks, jzacks@charlestonareaalliance.org.

Individual registration is $55 for Alliance members/$65 future members.

Click HERE to register.

Elevations is presented in partnership with Title Sponsor DOW Chemical Company. The mission of the 1,700-member network is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.”  Through luncheons and other events featuring high-profile speakers, Elevations provides an affirmative network that connects professional women with the information, resources and contacts that helps them, their businesses and their communities succeed.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information. The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.   

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Get fresh, locally grown produce this Saturday

SAGE_withCAAMembers of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) program will be selling produce this Saturday at the East End Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. SAGE is a multipronged economic development initiative with the goal of training and developing prospective urban agriculture entrepreneurs, or “agripreneurs.”

Participants in the program receive education and training in farming and business practices that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. Produce that will be available this Saturday include:

  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce (leaf and head)
  • Snow peas
  • Herbs (basil, parsley, dill, tarragon)
  • Garlic
  • Nasturtiums
  • Summer squash
  • Carrots
  • Green tomatoes

The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue. The crops were cultivated at micro-farms located on the West Side. The micro-farms, which were constructed by SAGE participants and volunteers, is where trainings for the program takes place. SAGE aims to create economic opportunities and jobs for participants, while minimizing impact to the environment through sustainable agriculture practices and improving access to healthier food options. SAGE is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

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