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April 2014

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New Venture Series for Start-Up Businesses

This 4-part training series provides essential information for starting a new business and new business owners (in business one year or less). Topics include: New Business Orientation, Market Analysis, Cost Analysis, and Business Plan Overview. You will learn the legal requirements for business start-up, how to assess your market and plan for direction, how to obtain funding, and calculate start-up costs and best practice for completing a business plan.

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Denim Day

• WEAR JEANS WITH A PURPOSE ON DENIM DAY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014 In 1999, an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans, reasoning she must have helped her attacker remove them. People all over the world were outraged. Wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. This day we unite against the sexual assault of girls, women, boys, and men. We stand in support of survivors. We break the silence to end sexual violence. On Denim Day, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, wear your jeans as a visible sign of protest against the myths that still surround sexual assault.

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FREE Flat and Minor Bike Repair

The Willows Lions Club will be holding a free flat and minor bike repair clinic on April 26, 2014 from 10 AM to 2 PM in Memorial Park as part of Friends & Family month. We will provide free repair or replacement of your flat tires as well as perform minor bike repair. Free snow cones will be available to devour while you wait.

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3rd Annual WordFire Creative Writing Conference

Ignite your creativity! Come join the 3rd annual WordFire Creative Writing Conference April 26 at Butte College. This one-day event includes workshops in poetry, fiction, memoir and other creative genres. WordFire is open to the public and to Butte College’s faculty, staff, and students. Workshops offer insights and ideas on the writing craft from those working in the field today. And our intimate, community setting provides opportunities for both novice and experienced writers to network with other writers and workshop leaders. Over a hundred students and community members attended last year’s conference. Butte College student Kailey Farrell said of the experience, “WordFire was a great opportunity to discover all of the different ways I can use my writing to create an impact. In the span of one day I learned how to set up a plot for a novel, find beauty in nature poetry, and appeal to young readers in children’s book writing.” “Wordfire was an experience I will not soon forget,” agreed Chico State student George Goldkind, a member of last year’s Literary Arts Club. “It is an environment meant to help writers of all styles flourish. The skills I learned at WordFire I still use today in my writing.” Student and writer Chad Napoli added, “I loved being in a room with people just as eager to improve their writing as I am.” This year’s schedule brings together presenters from five colleges and two states, and features a songwriting workshop from local musician and poet Jeremy Gerrard, a memoir workshop with author and professor Neal Snidow, and a workshop in cross-genre writing from essayist and editor Kiara Koenig, a Yuba College English instructor. Poets Gary Lemons, Chico State professor Jeanne Clark, Shasta College professor Kathryn Gessner, and Poemcrazy author Susan Wooldridge will also present workshops. Sessions on writing fiction will be led by Sacramento author and educator Christian Kiefer, YA author C. G. Watson, novelist and short story writer Finn Kraemer and award-winning YA author Zu Vincent. Additional activities include a workshop on publishing with local writer Dan O’Brien, a presenter reading, a student-led workshop by the Literary Arts Club and an expert panel on trends in publishing. Lyon Books in downtown Chico will be hosting a reception for the conference on Friday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. The reception is open to the public and includes refreshments and an informal presenter reading. The conference is on Butte College’s main campus, set in the middle of a large and beautiful nature preserve twelve miles east of Chico. All events will be held in the Learning Resource Center, 2nd floor, from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. A light breakfast and buffet lunch are included in registration costs— $65 for community members and $35 for students. A limited number of scholarships are available. The event is sponsored by the English Department at Butte College and is supported by grants from Butte’s Associated Students as well as community donors. For more information and to register, visit, email, or call Professor Molly Emmons at (530) 895-2935. Check out our Facebook page for further updates. See you there!

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