Monthly Archives: April 2014
———- Forwarded message ———-From: Ellen SaylesSubject: Fw: Brightwood Community Center eNewsletter April 2014
Please share this with our community. Brightwood Community Center needs applicants for summer camp director, Executive Director, bus driver, and volunteers! Immediate need. Also, a community meeting on May 7 for sharing ideas for moving the Community Center forward.
Peace, Favor, and Blessings,
Ellen Sayles Lane
Board Member of Brightwood Community Center
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “Lisa Morris, Metro Ministries”
Subject: Brightwood Community Center eNewsletter April 2014
Central District – The United Methodist Church | 3901 N. Meridian Street, Suite 210 | Indianapolis | IN | 46208
Inspired by: Dotan Negrin
Spring in New York City is a beautiful thing. While the warmer temps are a bit fickle these days, one thing is for certain, when they do decide to show up the entire city comes alive. Saturday afternoon in SoHo was no exception. While walking down Prince Street this weekend I stumbled upon this awesome moment:
When is the last time you saw a guy playing an upright piano in the middle of the city? The first thing that came to mind is how bold and creative New Yorkers are when it comes to following their dreams. Seeing this man share his gift on the streets was beyond inspiring so in true blogger fashion, I snapped a pic and posted it to Instagram to spread the love. In less than 10 minutes I received a comment from the unidentified pianist himself thanking me for the great shot! I’m still not sure how he got to my page since I didn’t tag him in the photo but after taking a look at his IG bio, I was even more impressed. Dotan Negrin quit his 9-5 job to travel around the world and play his upright piano in extraordinary places. According to his Facebook page:
Maiya Norton Presents: The Sweet Spot
I have a deep appreciation for music and how it affects me. On any given day, I’m generally listening to music from the time I awaken, throughout most of the day and up until it’s time to go to sleep. I listen when I’m happy, when I’m sad, and even when I just need a little background noise to break the silence. Music, sometimes, is a reminder of past events in your life and moments you won’t soon forget. Be it your first artist crush, or the song that played during a special date with that super special someone, it has the power to take you to a happy place. No matter the genre, music triggers my creativity and has been the soundtrack to the birth of some of my greatest ideas.
That said, I was stoked to come across this Soundcloud mix today created by the lovely Maiya Norton. As a woman who’s been putting together head-nodding compilations since ’07, the Brooklyn-based music aficionado shared these thoughts on her latest and greatest:
I consider musical curation a gift as well as a passion. So, here we are with something fresh! The Sweet Spot is my new series which aims to highlight music that fits within a genre/feeling/moment, and showcase a new artist or photographer for every volume. Play it loud, share it, reminisce and enjoy!
Click here to get your dose of Maiya’s musical genius today. Trust and believe, you won’t be disappointed!
Subject: Press Release for Living Well Seed Exchange April 26, 2014
*Contact: Faizah Mawusi, Community Garden Coordinator *
*Living Well Community Garden*
*2415 North Rural Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46218*
(Indianapolis, Indiana, April 2, 2014) Each year Living Well hosts this free meet and greet open to garden enthusiasts from around the city to exchange seeds, transplants and ideas. This is an excellent way to try new seed varieties, save money, preserve heirloom varieties, and locate hard to find seeds.
On Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM, the community
gardeners invite you to bring your seeds and transplants. Living Well will
provide bags, labels and markers for the treasures you want to take home as
well as herbal teas and snacks for free. This event is a great ntroduction to seeds and planting for first time gardeners, even if you don’t have seeds to exchange. Backyard and Community gardeners with years of experience will freely offer suggestions, tips and more.
Living Well Community Garden is located on the eastside of Indianapolis in
the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood at 2415 North Rural, Indianapolis,
Living Well Community Garden was established in 2011 to provide healthy
organic food, neighbor-to-neighbor engagement, create a safe green space
for the families to enjoy and demonstrate urban gardening techniques that
can be used in backyard gardening when the soil quality is less than
Peace and Love, Sis Faizah
“Your silence will not protect you.”~Audre Lorde 1934-1992
No one event, circumstance, job, or relationship has the power to define who you
… It doesn’t matter what people say. … Keep looking up and moving forward.
3 Tips To Create PR Buzz About Your Business
If you pick up industry publications, newspapers or local magazines and see companies getting featured stories about your business and wondered, “how do I get my business featured in the news?” read on. We are going to give you 3 tips to create PR buzz about your business and start getting featured in the media.
1. Be Where The Reporters Are:
Getting your business in the media is like following a recipe with the key ingredients of: connecting with the media and building relationships before you pitch your story, having a pitch that makes their job easy and a little bit of luck and timing. Here are a few ideas on places to start connecting with reporters:
Twitter is a goldmine for networking and connecting with people. For example; if your company provides health and fitness coaching, you could type “health and fitness reporter” into the Twitter Search Function….and…voila…hundreds of leads for you to connect with.
Use Muckrack to find journalists that cover your product or industry and connect with them on twitter. Muckrack is what journalists are saying about the top news of the moment. If you are a blogger, you can create a free profile for yourself so journalists can check you out.
Help A Reporter Out is a service that connects sources (you) to journalists seeking your expertise. Free to sign up and you will receive daily email summaries with story requests. I’ve been able to connect with several reporters on stories through HARO.
2. Prepare Your Pitch
Media professionals are busy people and appreciate and reward you when you make their job easy. Write your press release in the form of a ready made story. If you are submitting to a publication with a smaller readership, often they run your story exactly as you provide. If you need some assistance with your press release, we have a great template available.
Remember to sell the benefits to potential readers or listeners. People what to know what’s in it for them.
For local publications, pitch your story at least two weeks before the desired run date. Even if you are hoping for national coverage, its much easier to get local coverage first. Often, national publications will pick up stories from local wires.
3. Making Your Pitch Irresistable
The key is to STAND OUT! Here are a few ideas:
Hold a bizarre contest – for example if you are a professional organizer, you might hold a contest for the Messiest Office and the winner would receive a free session. You could pitch this to local business publications.
Turn a sale into a fundraiser or donate your product for a cause and let the media know. Top Pot Donuts in Renton recently donated donuts to emergency service workers handling the landslide in Washington State (see…people are still talking about it!)
If you are doing something unique, that no one else in your community is doing (like a cooking school for preschoolers) – that is newsworthy and people want to know about it.
What successes have you had getting media coverage? Please share in the comments below.