A Social Media Gathering in Southern Oregon

via ConverStations:

Several years ago (Nov ’06), my friend Terry Starbucker rolled into Des Moines. Business blogging was really just getting started. About 10 of us gathered to meet with Terry for coffee and an “institution” was born.

Central Iowa Bloggers (#CIB). My has this group grown! Now, on any given 1st Friday, 80-100 people might flow through at various times and lengths, talking about how Social Media is (or isn’t) helping their business.

In Akron, OH – Chris Brown and others started up an ABC group to do likewise. Though I’ve not yet been able to visit their group, I’m sure some great conversations have been had around the coffee tables.

These “coffees” are always energizing and educational, and I’m hoping we can do the same in Southern Oregon.

So this Friday – the first Friday or the month – several business bloggers/Twitterers/Facebookers are gathering at Downtown Grounds (map) at or around 7:30 to ignite similar conversations.

Folks I know will be there:

* Ginger Johnson from Women Enjoying Beer (and a former conversation/coffee cohort at the Iowa events)
* Mike Frey and Tisha Oehmen from Paradux Media
* Brooke from Downtown Grounds (though she’ll be working)
* Myself – from ConverStations:-)

Folks who should come:

* Anyone interested in how/why/if Social Media is right for their small business, or how they can improve their efforts — or best yet, how they can share how the rest of us can improve ours.

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Local Equality Patronage Guide

The Oregon Local Equality Patronage Guide lists local LGBTQ equality supporters who welcome you to their establishments and/or their services, and most offer gift certificates. As we shop this holiday season, and year round, let’s show them our appreciation of their past commitment to equality, and that we will continue to support businesses that continue to donate to LGBTQ equality causes.

If you’re a business/service that has supported LGBTQ causes and you find that you’re not on my list, then email lesliestone@ashlandhome.net with the details “why I should be in this shopping guide” and you will be included the next time this is updated.

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CPJ Film Nite Presents: The Dark Side of Chocolate

The Dark Side of Chocolate is a documentary by Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano about the continued trafficking of children and forced child labor in the international chocolate industry.

While we enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate, the reality is strikingly different for African children.

In 2001 consumers around the world were outraged to discover that child labor and slavery, trafficking, and other abuses existed on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, a country that produces nearly half the world’s cocoa. An avalanche of negative publicity and consumer demands for answers and solutions soon followed.

Two members of US Congress, Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and Representative Eliot Engel of New York, tackled the issue by adding a rider to an agricultural bill proposing a federal system to certify and label chocolate products as “slave free”.

The measure passed the House of Representatives and created a potential disaster for Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland Mars, Hershey’s, Nestle, Barry Callebaut, Saf-Cacao and other chocolate manufacturers. To avoid legislation that would have forced chocolate companies to label their products with “no child labor” labels (for which many major chocolate manufacturers wouldn’t qualify), the industry fought back and finally agreed to a voluntary protocol to end abusive and forced child labor on cocoa farms by 2005.

The chocolate industry fought back. Ultimately, a compromise was reached to end child labor on Ivory Coast cocoa farms by 2005.

In 2005 the cocoa industry failed to comply with the protocol’s terms, and a new deadline for 2008 was established. In 2008 the terms of the protocol were still not met, and yet another deadline for 2010 was set.

And in 2010?

Almost a decade after the chocolate companies, concerned governments and specially foundations spent millions of dollars in an effort to eradicate child labor and trafficking in the international cocoa trade, has anything changed?

Miki Mistrati and U Roberto Romano launch a behind-the-scenes investigation and verify if these allegations of child labor in the chocolate industry are present today.

7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2nd
Lidgate Hall, Medford Congregational United Church of Christ
1801 E. Jackson St., Medford, OR 97504

Free showing, open to the public

Presented by Citizens for Peace & Justice
www.cpjmedford.org

WordPress Beginners Workshop at CultureWorks

Here is an upcoming workshop that would be ideal for folks new to WordPress content management system:

Do You:
> Currently have your website built using WordPress, but don’t understand aspects of how it works and how to update it?
> Want to build your new website within a tight budget, and need ideas for how to create a site while staying Frugal?
> Need your Questions answered about how to use a WordPress Blog or how to integrate a Blog into your site?
> Want to understand the difference between Pages & Posts, and want to underst…and what a Plugin is & how to use it?
> Want to completely overhaul and re-structure your old site using WordPress and want to see how it works before you launch the construction of your new site?
> Feel like a Technological Luddite from 1983 and need some serious hand-holding on how to do any of this Internet / WordPress stuff?
> Want to understand WordPress like a Pro so you can use it easefully without having to go to your webdesigner to pay for minor updates?

My name is Sitka, and I am a webdesigner. I work with WordPress to build websites for clients, and I can answer many of your questions about how to understand and use WordPress for your website. WordPress is currently the most popular CMS (Content Management System) available, and is easy to use – and yet still, people have many questions about how to use it. We will go over many of the basics; from website hosting, to installing wordpress, to premium or free templates, to pages & posts, and More!! I’m available and happy to be your guide to help answer your questions and help you make sense of this user-friendly CMS. Please arrive with a LAPTOP and your Questions! We will have a Projector Display to work together to answer questions from basic to advanced; for all levels of understanding – from techno geeks to luddites from the stone age!!!

It is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to RSVP for this class, as space is limited to 12 people!

When: Saturday December 4th @ 2pm – 5pm
Where: Culture Works
Cost: Sliding Scale – $20-$30 per person
in Ashland, OR

For More Information, Please Visit: Divine-by-Design.com
RSVP by calling Sitka: 503.333.1242  or email: info@divine-by-design.com

RVTD Transportation Hero Award

RVTD’s Transportation Options Department is now accepting nominations for its annual Transportation Hero Award!

Nominate someone in your life who you feel is a real Transportation Hero.

To qualify they simply need to walk, bike, skate, or take the bus as their primary
means of transportation.

How do I nominate my hero?

Nominations should be sent to Kat Smith at 3200 Crater Lake Ave, Medford OR 97504, or by email at k.smith@rvtd.org.

Please include the candidates name, contact information, and a short description of why you feel they should be declared the 2010 Transportation Hero.

For more info. please call 541.608.2423

Nominations are due by Friday, September 3, 2010.

RVTD's Transportation Options Department is now accepting nominations for its annual 
Transportation Hero Award!

Nominate someone in your life who you feel is a real Transportation Hero.

To qualify they simply need to walk, bike, skate, or take the bus as their primary
means of transportation.

How do I nominate my hero?

Nominations should be sent to Kat Smith at 3200 Crater Lake Ave, Medford OR 97504,
or by email at k.smith@rvtd.org. 

Please include the candidates name, contact information, and a short description of
why you feel they should be declared the 2010 Transportation Hero. 

For more info. please call 541.608.2423 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              541.608.2423      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Nominations are due by Friday, September 3, 2010.