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EVENTS! Lunar New Year…Orion Authors/Illustrators Event…Green Business Course

Good morning!

Well, we’re starting to get back to the point where there are just too many great events and activities going on, you’ll have to choose! Here are a couple of great events this weekend, along with a community college course in Effective Green Business Marketing, that I thought you’d like to know about (even though the course is at Skyline College). The events are: the fabulous Lunar New Year Celebration, the Orion School Children’s Authors and Illustrators Festival.

Please read below, and check your calendar to see if one or more of these are right for you.

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the

Lunar New Year Celebration

At Courthouse Square!

This Saturday, February 4, 2012
11am-4pm
Courthouse Square

Join friends, family, neighbors, and other community members for this Asian celebration of change and the Year of the Dragon! Lion Dancers, Red Panda Acrobats, Martial Arts, Kids Arts & Zodiac Themed Crafts, Food, Inflatable Playland & More! FREE!

Here’s what’s happening:

  • Opening Ceremonies featuring Kristen Sze of ABC7 Morning News
  • Lion Dancers, Martial Arts, and more from Shaolin Culture Center
  • Red Panda Acrobats
  • Taiko performance by Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble
  • Demonstration by California Kung Fu & Tai Chi
  • Performance by Vân-Ánh Võ Vietnamese musician and master of the dan tranh zither

PLUS as part of the Lunar New Year Celebration, you’re invited to join the reception at The Gallery Annex from 1 to 4 pm! Featured artists include photographer Beth Mostovoy, showing her timely and award winning China Series, Bill Szarowicz, with his fascinating work in graphite and charcoal, Alisan Andrews showcasing floral watercolors of spring, photographer Marla Lehr and her San Francisco Bridge Series, and more! The Gallery adjoins the Century 21 Theatre on the corner of Broadway and Theatre Way, across from Courthouse Square.

And on that same day, you’ll get free admission to the San Mateo County History Museum all day, and enjoy their featured Lunar New Year Celebration activities:

  • Children’s Crafts in the Rotunda will include activities such as a miniature dragon kites and lucky red envelopes,
  • Listen to the Erhu – traditional Chinese version of the violin, performed by Ms. Mei Xuan, an Erhu virtuoso
  • Short talk given by Mr. Nan Su, New Tang Dynasty TV (Channel 32) news commentator.
  • Chinese Classical Arts presentation

This is Redwood City’s second annual Lunar New Year celebration! The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asian heritage, often celebrated with big family gatherings, gift giving, the eating of symbolic foods, and displays of festive decorations – all focused on bringing good luck for the New Year and celebrating the imminent arrival of spring.

Visit www.redwoodcity.org/events/lunarnewyear.html for all the details!

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You’re Invited to the

TENTH ANNUAL ORION CHILDREN’S AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS FESTIVAL

WHEN:  Saturday, February 4th, 2012, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Orion Elementary School, 815 Allerton Street, Redwood City
WHY:  A unique and FREE opportunity to hear presentations by a wide range of children’s authors and illustrators.  The lineup includes Jennifer Holm, 3 time Newbery Honor Winner as well as the author of the best selling Babymouse series.  Also presenting,  Elisa Kleven, Bruce Hale, Deborah Underwood, Teri Sloat, Thacher Hurd (not just a wonderful author/illustrator in his own right, but the son of Clement Hurd – illustrator of Goodnight, Moon), Shirin Bridges and our own amazingly talented Orion Parent – Elizabeth Gomez.

The purpose of the Festival is to have children meet the people who create the books that they love, and tohelp break down the barriers between reader and author.  The festival is free. Each classroom adopts an author or illustrator and studies her/his work in depth.  They then create beautiful banners based on their person’s art.  Every child in grade 2 and above may serve as a docent to the author(s) of their choice.

It truly is a school wide event and Orion’s gift to the greater Bay Area community!

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No-cost training with the HERO (Home Energy Retrofit Occupations) Program!

Skyline College, in collaboration with San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board, is offering a training program n Effective Green Business Marketing with the intent to provide entrants into the green home improvement market powerful framework from which to successfully grow their companies.

Where: Skyline College, San Bruno
When: February 7th to March 8th – Tuesdays & Thursdays 4pm-7pm

NOTE: participants must meet Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program enrollment criteria.

 For more information and to inquire about the WIA application process, please contact Robert at HERO@smchsa.org

Class provides a foundation of knowledge and tools to effectively market and acquire customers for a host of green and sustainable businesses and industries, including solar, energy efficiency, green building, corporate sustainability measures, and other sustainable products and services. The class represents state-of-the art best practices in marketing, branding, lead generation, and customer management to drive new green and sustainable business.

Topics include: (1) branding strategy, (2) customer relationship management, (3) marketing techniques and tools, and (4) best practices for green and sustainable business development.

Apply learned marketing techniques to real-world businesses in order to gain practical experience and grow your business. Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to drive demand in a variety of clean energy industries and companies offering sustainable products and services. No fees for program, just avid participants!

 

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