MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS MARCH 2010 The Reed Advantage - Announcing our next series of BYOL Classes! The concept is simple: we will supply the instructor, the topic and location; You Bring Your Own Laptop installed with the right software for that lesson. See below for our current offerings: Thursday, March 4, 2010 Excel 2007 - Creating Pivot Tables and Macros - 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Creating PivotTables, How PivotTables Work, Formatting a PivotTable, Creating PivotTables, Filtering a PivotTable, Report Editing, PivotTable Calculations, Refreshing PivotTable Data, Creating PivotCharts, Formatting PivotCharts, Assigning Macros, Changing Macro Security, Security Levels, Recording Macros, Naming a Macro, Storing Macros, Running Macros, Saving a Workbook Containing Macros. Outlook 2003 – Working with Contacts- 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Creating Contacts, Editing and Deleting Contacts, Navigating in the contacts View, Sending Email to Contacts, Dealing with Multiple addresses for the Same Contact, Sending Email to Multiple Addresses, Printing the Contacts View, Categorizing Contacts, Modifying the Master Categories List, Viewing Contacts by Category, Sorting Contacts by Fields, Assigning Categories to Email Messages, Using Distribution Lists, Creating and Managing Distribution Lists. Each class is 2 hours and includes 15 minutes of Q&A. $35.00 per class. Classes held at 320 E. Fairhaven Ave., Suite 209, Burlington, WA To register or be added to our email list visit our website, www.thereedadvantage.com Call 360.770.4295, or send us an email Info@TheReedAdvantage.com If you would like to be removed from our mailing list please click here firstname.lastname@example.org Skagit Preschool and Resource Center presents SPARC Your Engines The 2010 “SPARC Your Engines” Auction to benefit children with special needs in Skagit County will be held Saturday, March 6 at St. Joseph Center in Mount Vernon. The event, now in its eighth year, will include a buffet dinner, as well as live and silent auctions. Tickets to the event, Whidbey Island Bank and Skagit State Bank, cost $60 per person and are available now through SPARC at 320 Pacific Place. Doors open at St. Joseph Center at 5:30 p.m. for the silent auction, to be followed by the live auction and dinner. Table sponsorships are available for $500 and include eight tickets. Proceeds from the event go to help SPARC programs, which provide services to young children with special needs and their families. For more information or tickets, call Creative Celebrations at (360) 428-5972. Downtown Burlington Art Walk The Downtown Burlington Art Walk is the first sanctioned Tulip Festival Event for Burlington, and it is happening in April 2010. Businesses on Fairhaven Avenue will have the opportunity to display artwork during the month of April that is part of a juried exhibition. The Burlington Arts Council is coordinating the program that will also include a chance to meet the artists in Railroad Park on Saturday, April 10. Please contact the Burlington Chamber for details. Artists, please contact the Burlington Chamber for application to display art. Phone: (360)757-0994 or Lisa@Burlington-Chamber.com 30th Annual SICBA Home & Garden Show March 19th, 20th & 21st at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, 1410 Virginia Street in Mount Vernon Friday, 11am to 6pm, Saturday, 10am to 6pm & Sunday, 11am to 4pm $4 for Single or $6 for family…. go to www.sicbahomeshow.org for a $2 discount coupon Surplus Materials Sale on Saturday at 1pm Ciscoe Morris on Sunday at 1pm New this year... Garden Court and the Playhouse Competition Friday is FREE Entry for Senior Citizens and Active Duty Military Personnel & their Families NEED MONEY? The Skagit Council of Governments is an alternative lender. They have loans available from $5000 to $150,000 for businesses. Contact the Director, Kelley Moldstad at 416-7875 or visit his office at 204 W. Montgomery St., Mt. Vernon WA The Economic Development Association of Skagit County presents the next installments of its Education Series. Sessions are designed for both the seasoned business professional and the budding entrepreneur. The series is designed around workgroups that allow business owners to engage and learn from each other’s experiences. Topics presented in this program are based on current needs with the most current listings available on-line at www.Skagit.org. 3/9 – Planning and Financing a Business. A three and a half hour odyssey of what it takes to start and maintain a high performing business. From financing to business plans this is a must do for anyone who has recently started or is considering to launch a business. FREE! 1:00pm – 4:30pm. Refreshments provided. 3/11 – Understanding the Department of Revenue Requirements 2. Some of the rules have changed. Are you up to speed? Additional resources and tools are available. Are you using them? In this session, featuring a speaker from The Bellingham office of the Washington State Department of Revenue, learn more about the new reseller permits, the advantages of DOR’s e-file system, destination sales tax, field office resources and your own questions. $10 member, $20 non-members. Noon – 1:30pm. Lunch provided 3/24 – Finding Government Contracting Opportunities. Every day contract opportunities are announced by various government agencies. Millions of dollars are at stake. Are you competing? Do you know how to find these golden opportunities? In this session hear from EDASC’s own Diane McLeod on tips, tricks and techniques. $15 member, $25 non-members. 10:00am – 1:30pm. Sessions are presented in the EDASC offices located at 204 West Montgomery in Mount Vernon (unless otherwise noted in the description). Advanced registration is required on-line at www.skagit.org or 360- 336-6114. SKI TO SEA 2010 Registration for Ski to Sea Race We plan to open registration for the Ski to Sea Race on March 1, 2010. The Ski to Sea Race is May 30, 2010. Registration this year will be similar to 2009, and each participant is responsible to ensure that all parts of the registration form are completed. Hold Harmless forms must be completed in order for you to race. This is a legal requirement. These forms will be part of the registration process. Automatic text messaging your race times as you cross the finish line for each Race Leg will be available again this year. Mini Sites are back and you are encouraged to update last year's pages if you're in the race again. Thanks for your support of the voluntary Green Fee in 2009, as we are bringing it back for 2010. For the first time, the Ski to Sea Race will have a b-e-e-r g-a-r-d-e-n at the Finish Line in Marine Park. Please check the website for news about 2011. Residents at Country Meadow Village in Sedro-Woolley raised $214.90 for the people of Haiti Residents, family members and staff who participated, baked something from an old family recipe to sell. People from the greater Skagit Valley also brought items for the fundraiser. “Our residents are so in tune with the plight of the Haitian people that we thought this was a perfect way to participate in the relief efforts,” said Tracy Willis, executive director of the retirement community. ”It feels good to give back to all that have been so devastated by this event. We really feel like we are making a difference in the world.” The money will be donated to the Haitian relief efforts of Rotary International. Willis and program director David Bricka are active members of the Rotary Club of Sedro Woolley. The recipes collected will be compiled into a commemorative cookbook that will be sold for additional money for Haiti. David Bricka, Program Director at Country Meadow Village (360) 856-0404.