Other Opportunities: June 2009 Archives

First 100 to Register for NPLD and World Water Monitoring Day will Receive Free Test Kit

Hopefully we are all familiar with the saying, "Water is life."  While true, this phrase could be improved--"Clean water is life."  In the United States and throughout the developed world, people tend to take the availability of clean water for granted.  We turn on a faucet and have water to drink, we dive into a lake and don't get ill--for the most part.  How is this possible?

Throughout the U.S., groups of volunteers dedicate their time to monitoring the quality of the nation's waterways.  If something doesn't look quite right, they investigate and may eventually seek action from environmental agencies to identify and solve the problem.  What are these water quality monitors looking for? 

While conducting a river clean-up, or working in a park near a body of water for National Public Lands Day (NPLD), why not seize the opportunity to learn a little bit about water quality?  It's easy--simply register for World Water Monitoring Day as well, and order an easy-to-use water quality test kit.  Monitor your waterway (along with tens of thousands of others around the globe) and then report your data.  Information for how to do this can be found at www.WorldWaterMonitoringDay.org.

In order to encourage more NPLD groups to also take part in World Water Monitoring Day, the program is offering a FREE water test kit to the first 100 groups that register on the WWMD website and identify themselves as being associated with National Public Lands Day. 

For more information about WWMD or the free test kit offer, please contact Lorien Walsh at lwalsh@wef.org.

Great opportunity from the Mobile Area Jewish Federation - a musical performance by the Israeli Scouts!

Monday, July 6, at the Main Library, Burnheim Hall, 701 Government St.

About Tzofim Friendship Caravan

The Friendship Caravan consists of four traveling groups, 5 male and 5 female 17-year-old Tzofim (Israel Scouts) in each, who crisscross North America each summer as emissaries, sharing their lives in Israel through song, dance and story.  Participants are chosen after undergoing an extensive auditioning and interviewing process, ensuring that above all, they are true representatives of Israeli culture and spirit.  In 2008, the Tzofim Friendship Caravan reached 35 states, including 250 camps, community centers, churches, senior homes and schools, performing for an audience totaling nearly 100,000 people.


Each teen in the Friendship Caravan, like all 100 Delegation members visiting North America, is a member of the 60,000 member strong Tzofim (Israel Scouts) Movement which, in turn, is part of the International Scouting movement. The Tzofim Movement is the only non-political and non-sectarian youth movement in Israel. Each Delegate must exhibit leadership capabilities, a high level of scouting and extensive knowledge of Israeli and Jewish history.


For more information about the Israeli Scouts visit: http://www.israelscouts.org/ and click on: Tzofim Friendship Caravan.


For more information about the performance in Mobile, contact Shir Mnuchin at (251) 656-8294.

Kids looking for summer jobs can take a class at Infirmary West that trains them to be baby sitters.  Safe Sitter, a national program designed for girls and boys ages 11 to 13, teaches basic child care skills and how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children.

The one-day course is scheduled Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Infirmary West Auditorium. The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by baby sitters. Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies.

Certified instructors from Infirmary West teach the course, which includes hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques and CPR so the students are prepared to act in a crisis. Safe Sitter participants receive helpful tips to make them more confident caregivers such as safety and security precautions, what to do when a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They also learn about child development, age-appropriate activities and the business aspect of baby-sitting.

To successfully complete the Safe Sitter program, students must pass a rigorous practical and written exam to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

The cost of the program is $35.  For registration or more information, contact the Infirmary West Public Relations Department at (251) 435-3912 or jennifer.vellianitis@infirmaryhealth.org

Many of our Girl Scouts are getting ready for their Junior Miss pals to come in town, and many of you have earned the America's Junior Miss Be Your Best Self patch.  Well, now you have a chance to be a Junior Miss for a day!  America's Junior Miss is holding a donation raffle at their Meet and Greet at Bel Air Mall, where you can enter for a chance to win.

Includes the following for one young girl, her mother and a friend on Saturday, June 27:

·         Front row seats at the 52nd AJM National Finals and rehearsals on Saturday, June 27

·         Backstage passes during rehearsals to see the dressing rooms, hospitality rooms, hair and makeup, VIP rooms, and other backstage areas where you'll get to enjoy food and drinks with the Junior Misses and meet some of the VIP guests (like Lindsey Brinton, America's Junior Miss 2008)

·         Early admission to the State Specialties Party, where you'll get to meet the Junior Misses, their parents and Junior Miss volunteers from all 50 states

·         Personal attention from Chelsea Fenton, Mobile County's Junior Miss 2009, as she escorts you to all of the day's events

·         Two free merchandise items of your choice - one for you and one for your friend

Enter for your chance by making a donation to America's Junior Miss at the AJM Meet and Greet at Bel Air Mall.

When: 7-9 p.m., Saturday, June 20

Where: Bel Air Mall in Mobile

Cost: $5 for 1 ticket, $10 for 3 tickets and $20 for 5 tickets



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