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Center For Sexual & Gender Diversity To Host Events Throughout Fall Semester

Center For Sexual & Gender Diversity To Host Events Throughout Fall Semester

Penn State’s Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) will host a variety of events this fall, with topics including pronouns, sexuality, and empowerment.

The first event is “Game Time” beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, in the HUB. That’ll be one of two events to take place in September.

The two events in September will be followed up with four in October, which is LGBTQ+ History Month, and three in November, which is Transgender Awareness Month.

The CSGD strives to create an inclusive environment where students, faculty, staff, and alumni can all feel supported. Within the CSGD, Penn Staters everywhere are able to access support, connect with others, and expand their knowledge on gender and sexual diversity.

Additionally, the CSGD has resources that span many different communities, including those who identify as queer and transgender and those who belong to the Commonwealth Campuses.

In honor of LGBTQ+ History Month in October and Transgender Awareness Month in November, the CSGD will host various speakers so students can learn more from members of their respective communities.

For more information, reach out to the Penn State Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity through Instagram or email.

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MCSD to host events in person ahead of classes for first time since 2019

MCSD to host events in person ahead of classes for first time since 2019

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO — Students in the Marshalltown Community School District are heading back to school on Tuesday, and parents and students will have the opportunity to meet teachers and familiarize themselves with each school during Back to School night this evening from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Students in the Marshalltown Community School District are heading back to class on Tuesday, and Director of Instruction Shauna Smith and Superintendent Theron Schutte took a look ahead at what to expect during the new school year.

Schutte is looking forward to a semester less permeated by pandemic concerns, and he is hoping for a school year that feels more normal than the last few. It’s already off to a more routine start, as Back to School Night is being held in person for the first time since fall 2019.

Back to School Night is an event that will be held at every school building in the district on Monday evening from 4:30 to 6:30, and it provides an opportunity to meet teachers, see school buildings and get pumped for the new school year prior to the first day of school on Tuesday.

“That’s really something that’s really been, I think missing in terms of our ability to maintain the same kind of connectedness that we had with families prior to the pandemic,” Schutte said.

For the most part, Schutte felt that school would look very similar to how it did pre-COVID, and in-person engagement is going to be a priority for the new school year since that has been relatively lacking in the last two years.

That engagement starts with Back to School Night, and Smith hoped the event would put any lingering jitters to rest as families will be able to familiarize themselves with teachers and each building’s layout. Smith also said that backpacks for students who have a need for one will also be available at the event.

“(The backpacks) are plain and simple, but it is something for those students who really have that need and we have a lot of them to give away, so we’re really excited to get them into the hands of our students,” Smith said.

Smith and Schutte described the event as an open house for the different buildings, and parents and families are welcome to filter in and out between 4:30 and 6:30, as there is no need to remain for the entire duration of the event.

Back to School Night is just the beginning of the school year, and Smith said maintaining engagement throughout the year begins with a student’s classroom attendance, which is a crucial part of their learning.

“We know that the more students attend, the more engaged they are in their learning and the more they are able to reach their fullest potential, so we ask that parents really partner with us in making sure students come to school on time,” Smith said.

Smith also stressed that there are resources within the MCSD that are there to help parents find “the right recipe” to get students to class if there are any barriers. Parents need only reach out to their child’s school.

The pandemic resulted in many changes throughout the district, and now that things are, in a sense, returning to normal, Schutte is eager to see how the more routine school year shapes up.

“I think we’re in a great position to turn the focus away from the safety concerns and issues that we’ve had in the recent past with the pandemic and really kind of focus in on, you know, how do we get better as students and employees at doing what we do on a daily basis,” Schutte said.

Schutte wants to really help teachers hone in on finding ways to enhance teaching methods so they can go from good to great, and he is looking forward to being able to find the best ways to address achievement gaps and learning loss.

“I’m really, really excited to see what we can do within the context of the regular school day for all students to help with some of that missed and or lost learning. And then also, continuing to provide supplemental opportunities through both interventions that we do during the school day, for the students most in need, but then the after school programming, the summer school programming, the high dosage tutoring, those types of things that we’ve been doing to, first and foremost, help kids rebound from COVID, but in reality, I think all of these things are critically important just to have our best shot at helping kids remove any learning gaps,” Schutte said.

Schutte said the district is in a good position to fully implement all of the information and techniques they have been learning regarding Social Emotional Learning this year as well, and 51 new teachers are also being welcomed to Marshalltown this fall.

The first week of school has officially arrived, and MCSD staff and teachers can’t wait to meet this year’s students.

“We want our students to be ready to be a bobcat and, you know, show pride, and continue to build each other up with positivity. Our teachers are ready to welcome them with open arms, and we couldn’t be more excited to get the 22-23 school year launched,” Smith said.


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It was a day for the dogs: local organizations host fundraising events across SW Ontario

It was a day for the dogs: local organizations host fundraising events across SW Ontario

On Saturday several local organizations kicked off fundraising events, all for a good cause.

The fifth annual dog festival was hosted at the Fox and Hound Canine Retreat in Sarnia, following a two year hiatus.

“It’s everything dog. The whole thing is to celebrate dogs and the relationships we have with them,” said Donna Pyette, the executive director of the Sarnia & District Humane Society.

The event is meant to encourage dog adoption and highlight the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project.

“For over 110 years Coldwell Banker has helped people find their homes and now we’re trying to help dogs find their forever home,” said Karley Chamberlain, the director of marketing at CB southwest realty.

“By partnering with, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, the Coldwell Banker network has helped to find more than 40,000 dogs their furever homes.”

Amelia Humphries is one of several dog owners who adopted her nearly 2-year-old pup Fraya with help from the humane society.

“I saw her on the website and fell in love and knew I had to have her,” she said. “It was all around a good experience. We got to help out the humane society by helping them versus buying one.”

The donations raised from the event will go towards supporting the Sarnia & District Humane Society. According to the executive director, their goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of the day.

“Everyone has a spot in their heart for that organization and I think it really brings the community together,” Katie Fuller said.

In London, the Paws on the Green fundraiser by Leads Employment also kicked off this Saturday for the first time in Wortley village.

The event showcased pet-serving entrepreneurs and local craft businesses.

“It’s the first time for entrepreneurs to sell their services, their products, showcasing their talents to get into the labour market and into the gig economy, it’s very exciting,” said Wendy Lau, the CEO of Leads Employment Services.

According to Lau, proceeds from the event will go towards supporting lead’s clients with employment resources to support clients with disabilities or barriers.

“We need to support our small businesses and those that are dependent on the business they get from festivals.” 

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Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee still seeking volunteers for events leading up to the big game

Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee still seeking volunteers for events leading up to the big game

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Football is back! And while there’s a whole season of games to play before the Super Bowl next February in Glendale, the host committee is still seeking volunteers to help in various ways leading up to the big event.

Super Bowl LVII is set for Feb. 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale. Even though it’s still months away, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has a lot of work ahead. That’s why last month, the committee launched a volunteer program called TEAM AZ, presented by Avnet and PetSmart.

The group’s goal is to get 5,000 volunteers signed up who will serve as ambassadors for events leading up to the Super Bowl. That could include welcoming guests at airports, hotels and other other locations. If you’re interested in volunteering as part of TEAM AZ, click or tap here to apply.

There are a couple of things to note: You have to be at least 18 years old and applying means you’ll go through a formal process including a background check. Volunteering also won’t get you into the actual Super Bowl. TEAM AZ support won’t be needed in the stadium on game day.

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CII lines up host of events to celebrate Madras Day

CII lines up host of events to celebrate Madras Day

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-Chennai zone is organising a host of events commemorating Madras Day, an official said on Saturday.

The CII, along with Greater Chennai Corporation, police, and other departments, are holding the events today and on Sunday on the eve of Madras Day observed on August 22 every year.

The idea is to create pride among the people in Chennai. The city is a colourful combination of the old world and new. From its culture, architecture, beaches, industries, Chennai is a true metropolis, said CII Chennai zone chairman J Murugavel.

August 22 is celebrated to commemorate the founding of the city of Madras (now Chennai). It was on this day in 1639 that the purchase of Madrasapatnam was made by the East India Company, thus setting the ball rolling in the making of a renowned city that it is today. Year 2022 marks the 383rd anniversary of Chennai, said CII.

“Chennai Nights, a cultural extravaganza, has been organised as part of the celebrations. The highlight is the presence of more than 20 different food stalls, among others,” he said in a press release.

The CII has organised a platform to showcase various products created by self-help groups, and farmer produce organisations during the two-day event that would be held at the Elliott’s Beach, the release added.

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Wheeling-Ohio County Airport Preparing To Host Pair of Events

Wheeling-Ohio County Airport Preparing To Host Pair of Events

William Piko, 2, a student at the Holy Family Child Care and Development Center, invites the community to attend the upcoming “Touch A Truck” event at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport on Saturday.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Airport is hosting two upcoming events, and the first of them happens Saturday.

The Holy Family Child Care and Development Center is partnering with the Ohio County Commission to present a “Touch a Truck Event,” where children and all motor enthusiasts will get the opportunity to see up close a wide range of large vehicles – including a semi-truck, a helicopter and emergency vehicles.

The event happens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the airport.

Then on Sept. 24, the Ohio County Commission is sponsoring a “Wings Over Wheeling” vintage aircraft and vehicle event, and aircraft from World War II and the Vietnam War will be on display. Gates at the airport will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

Both events are free to the community.

Terra Crews, executive director at the Holy Family Child Care and Development Center, said the school had organized similar “Touch The Truck” event gatherings in the past.

“When I took over in January, I thought what a great event. We need to bring that back,” Crews said. “We wanted to bring in the community and bring them to the airport. A lot of people don’t know you can visit the airport, and it’s a wonderful place.”

“Touch a Truck” serves as a fundraiser for the Holy Family Child Care Center, which will be serving concessions during the event.

There will be a semi-truck on site, as well as a helicopter, a fire truck, a law enforcement cruiser and Ohio County Sheriff’s Department deputies, Crews said. There will also be bounce houses and games.

Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration will provide a giant sand box for the children, and the Valley Avengers superheroes group have been invited.

It is expected Spiderman will be driving the character bus to the event, according to Crews.

“This is geared toward anyone who loves vehicles,” she continued. “I know we have kids who play with dump trucks. This is a way for them to get to see them in real-life size.”

She credits County Administrator Randy Russell as being “very instrumental” in making the “Touch the Truck” event happen.

Russell, meanwhile, has been busy planning the “Wings Over Wheeling” festivities.

Among the aircraft coming to the airport is a World War II C-47 “Whiskey 7” cargo plant, and a C-123 K Provider “Thunder Pig” that flew during the Vietnam War. There will also be vintage cars and trucks on site, as well as food vendors.

Last year, county commissioners sponsored a 9/11 commemoration ceremony at the airport, and Russell said as many as 500 attended events throughout the afternoon.

“We would love to do more events on a regular basis,” he said. “The idea is to involve the local community in the airport.”

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Beacon Education to host 8th Annual Celebrity Chef Events, Emeril Lagasse and Rachel Ray to attend

Beacon Education to host 8th Annual Celebrity Chef Events, Emeril Lagasse and Rachel Ray to attend

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Beacon Education announced Aug. 9 that Emeril Lagasse and Rachel Ray are expected to attend the foundation’s 8th Annual Celebrity Chef Events on Feb. 9 and 10, 2023.

Per their announcement, the two will be in attendance for a dinner on Feb. 9 as well as a breakfast and luncheon on Feb. 10. The breakfast and luncheon are currently scheduled to occur at Landfall Country Club.

Beacon Education, formerly GLOW NC, is a nonprofit foundation that currently supports the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW Academy). According to Beacon, the foundation is working to open the Spark Academy, a co-ed and mixed-income education center for young children. As of this time, the Spark Academy is scheduled to open in summer 2023.

According to their announcement, the money raised by the 8th Annual Celebrity Chef Events will go towards supporting both the Spark Academy and the GLOW Academy.

For more information, please visit Beacon Education’s website.

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