People Helping People: Entirely Women

A long-time friend, Karen Palka, recently invited me write a blog post for a collaborative effort — Entirely Women — she developed with 102.3 FM WGRT, Port Huron’s family radio station. Entirely Women, which went live in November, is an online community — for women — that entertains, inspires and informs. Karen is also Founder and Executive Director of A Beautiful Me®, a 501c3 charitable organization that fosters girls’ self-esteem in  3rd-12th grade through uniquely developed, interactive workshops. She and I became friends at a luncheon the Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce hosted in 2004. Her creative talents as well as her advocacy for building girls’ self-esteem, for her community and for her friends inspires all.

Related previous post …

Empowering Self-Esteem in Girls

 

https://kateschannel.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/empowering-self-esteem-in-girls/

 

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People Helping People: Empowering Self-Esteem in Girls

A local friend, business-owner turned founder and director of A Beautiful Me®, is on a mission. Since January 2009, Karen Palka and her group, A Beautiful Me, have offered self-esteem-building workshops to empower youth and strengthen communities. A Beautiful Me is a 501c3 charitable organization that fosters girls’ self-esteem in  3rd-12th grade through uniquely developed, interactive workshops.

On Sunday, November 10, A Beautiful Me presents its 3rd Annual Avant Garde Hair Show Event and Fundraiser. This family-friendly fundraising event showcases Michigan hair stylists and avant-garde hair created on everyday women.  This unique fundraiser supports the mission of A Beautiful Me, which is to empower youth in knowing they are beautiful — inside & out…confident, respected and loved!  Last year the event tripled in size from the first year with participants and attendees from SEVEN COUNTIES in Michigan (Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair, Wayne & Washtenaw).

The Hair Show Event and Fundraiser takes place at Zuccaro’s Banquet Hall, on Gratiot N. of M59, Chesterfield, MI. Doors open 3:00 pm, Dinner 3:30 pm, Hair Show 4:30 pm.

Tickets are $55 per person. To learn more, visit the Avante Garde Hair Detroit Facebook Page.

Click here to purchase tickets

Good People Find Good People

Well, here it is. As promised, I wanted to call your attention to my updated blogroll. It contains all the blogs I read on WordPress as well as some I picked up through my blogger site. Each of them is a fave. Subject matters vary as do the writing styles. But, there is one thing each has in common with the other: they are all damn good blogs written by good people.

During an interview for a newsletter I write and publish, the interviewee gave me a quote that replays on a continuous feed in my head, “Good people find good people.”

Don’t you agree? It’s okay if you do not. But, I can honestly say that each blog I sign on to follow is a true treasure to me. I believe in the connections blog communities foster and hope that all of you are finding/developing common threads with those visiting you.

In closing, I have more to say about good people finding good people. But, I will save those words for my post next Thursday. Be on the look out for some lines about the good people I call family, friends, teachers and neighbors.

Have a good night, morning, afternoon or evening wherever you happen to be.

Good People, Good Neighbors

I am a lifelong suburbanite of Detroit. With the exception of my college years, I have called this place one hour north of the “D”, home. Despite thoughts about skipping town for something more exciting in say San Diego or Turino, Italy, I can’t turn away.

The draw is more than world-class sports teams, superb shopping, exceptional restaurants, Stony Creek Metro Park, beautiful shorelines, scenic bike paths and cultural opportunities. The one reason I stay rooted here is the people.

While growing up in Rochester, I was fortunate to reside in a neighborhood where splendid friendships were forged swapping stickers and Tiger Beat magazines, pretending to be Charlie’s Angels, hanging out at the Rochester Cider Mill after school, or skating on a common ice rink in the middle of someone’s veggie garden.

I now live in a Shelby Township neighborhood that boasts the company of good, caring people. In addition to sharing dog and child sitting duties, a number are runners and fitness enthusiasts. I love how we all encourage each other to run those 5ks, attend boot camps training sessions and give Zumba a try. Plus, the bus stop just wouldn’t be the same without the exchange of parenting tips, recipes, and style ideas.

The love my neighbors have with one another is rare and irreplaceable. One plows the sidewalks so that school children are safe walking to the bus stop, another hosts an annual holiday open house to encourage fellowship, a third organized a meal plan for a family experiencing the loss of a spouse and mother, and a fourth is rallying all of us to save the life of a child.

I am in very good company, indeed. And, I don’t want to leave.