"Love your selfie": A week with the Today Show

The Today Show hosted a week long tribute to self-esteem, self-worth and the power of YOU in a series called "Love your selfie". The idea behind this series was a chance for viewers to understand the issues facing people on all levels.

According to an independent (survey) research done by TODAY and AOL, Seventy-eight percent of teen girls, ages 16-17, have negative thoughts about their appearance. With that in mind, TODAY found three groups of teens working to change the way they see themselves: The Girl Scouts of the USA and Girls Inc., (both are partners with Dove in its self-esteem project, which has reached 13 million people) and REbeL, a grassroots organization started in Kansas in 2008.

Each group has found innovative ways to celebrate who they are and not what others tell them to see.

To see the segment as it aired on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @ 8:43 AM please go to http://tinyurl.com/mgog7kp

Cinco de Mayo a cultural event

Many people think that it's Mexico's Independence Day (like our 4th of July); but, it is not.
(Note: Mexico's Independence day is September 16).

What Cinco de Mayo really celebrates is the Mexican victory over the French armies in the area of Mexico called Puebla (in the southern section, just East of Mexico City) in 1862.

Cinco de Mayo was so important to the Mexicans, that even Mexicans living in the United States celebrated. As early as 1863 (one year later), Mexican residents in San Francisco began celebrating "la gloriosa fecha" (the glorious date) and have been ever since representing Mexican nationalism in a foreign land. The American flag is flown along side the Mexican flag too.

Many today think of Cinco de Mayo as just a big drinking party. But, it really represents standing against strong, invading forces, oppression of a culture and of personal freedom in the lives of a country's citizens.

And now you know!

Boston kicks off National Bike Week May 9, 2014

Ride to work

Bike Week is a yearly international event that originated in Europe. It is typically a seven day event that advocates the importance of bicycling as a means of transportation. The event has been steadily gaining popularity in North American cities over the past decade. Bike Week takes place during the second week of May or June and is typically an entire week of city-wide cycling supplemented with events.

The central aim of the event is to give citizens of a city the opportunity to help the environment and exercise in a fun and social way. Participants include professional cyclists, celebrities and individuals who choose cycling as a chief means of transportation for the week.

Join more than 9 "convoys" of riders as they meet for the Boston Bike Week Festival on
May 9th, 2014 from 7–9 AM at the City Hall Plaza, Boston

There will be Free breakfast hosted by Boloco as well as more vendors, music and fun!

Lynn Park Fun Day!

Park Fun Day

H.A.L.T. hosting a Teen Conference and Workshop

H.A.L.T conference

Harmony Among Lynn Teens or H.A.L.T. is taking Lynn pride to another level as they set aside 6 hours to celebrate, learn and have fun Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Lynn Tech.

The coalition has created workshops, performances, food from around Lynn and fun for Lynn youth grades 8-12 (with a proper student ID).

The evening begins at 4pm with sessions and ends at 10pm with DJ Brisco.

The event is co-sponsored by several agencies including: The Lynn Police Department, Lynn Parks and Recreation, Mayor Kennedys office, and Girls Inc. of Lynn.

Contact Colleen at cbumford@girlsinclynn.org for information.

Earth day knowledge

Earth day

Today is Earth Day and for those of us who have a thirst for knowledge take a look a these facts and figures http://tinyurl.com/mtepq86.

Find ways to celebrate and share in the experience. Go to http://tinyurl.com/myb6ges and of course Boston and surrounding areas have things planned for today as well http://tinyurl.com/kkbz95f

So get out there and enjoy the great weather and the planet Earth!

Theatre performance at NSCC

NSCC theatre troupe

North Shore Community College’s (NSCC) Performing Arts Council presents 33 Swoons, Vaudeville Sketches by Anton Chekov. Performances will be held at Lynn Arts, Inc., 25 Exchange Street, Lynn on April 25 & 26 at 7 p.m. and also on April 26 & 27 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 for seniors and students (with ID).

For more information, contact Matthew Woods at 781-593-6722, x6228 or email matwoods@northshore.edu

Taking a stand against racism is real in 2014

all hands in

The Science museum in conjunction with Our Teen Science Leadership Council will be leading a powerful conversation to confront some common myths about race and ethnicity.

The teen talk focuses on personal relationships with race. While it is hosted the Teen Council all ages (9 years +) are invited to attend.

For more information including location and driving direction go to http://tinyurl.com/k5jhx5w

To register go to http://tinyurl.com/lm3jf6c

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