Archive for April 2, 2011

Now casting style-savvy people with all levels of fashion experience to compete for an unprecedented grand prize – YOUR BRAND manufactured and  sold through one of the largest retail stores in the country! Looking for inspired designers at all levels – amateur, semi-professional, do-it-yourselfers, emerging designers, established retailers, folks who make their own clothes, sell online, work within the fashion industry or outside of it..

Come to the Atlanta Open Call, Tuesday, April 26th from 1pm-4pm at The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur One West Court Square, Suite 110. Decatur, GA 30030. We will be in the Gallery Room, hope to see you there!

What do you have when “Cooking collides with Competition”?  One of the most delish food fights the ATL has ever seen.  Created by the very talented Walt Henderson, Culinary Fight Night pits 2 culinary teams, as they go head-to-head with their skills, stoves and spices.

Ventannas will host Culinary Fight Night on Tuesday, April 26 from 6pm to 10pm.

The two teams will consist of Chef Frank Judkins (Just Chefs) & Chef Christian Norton (Gordon Biersch) vs. Chef Terry Dwyer (Tantra) and Chef Javier Viera (Divan) and aspiring chefs from Le Cordon Bleu will assist both teams respectively

The Judges include Latina chef/food blogger Bren Herrera, Atlanta’s own Rashan Ali, celebrity stylist/boutique owner Adrene Ash, foodie, former American Idol finalist Anoop Desai and Atlanta Gspots’ Grace Lee.

For more information and for tickets – go to

The President and First Lady announced that this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 25, 2011 with the theme of “Get Up and Go!” promoting health and wellness. The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. All of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. The White House will open its South Lawn for children aged 12 years and younger and their families.

The White House Easter Egg Roll is now less than one month away! Each week brings new exciting information and opportunities related to this year’s event.

On Monday, the official 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll logo and souvenir eggs were announced. The logo features a jumping Easter Bunny, representing this year’s theme Get Up and Go!, in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids.

This year’s eggs come in the pastel colors purple, pink, green, and yellow. The eggs are handmade in the United States from wood that is harvested using strict environmentally friendly practices. Each egg will feature a stamp of the logo, and the signatures of both the President and First Lady. The souvenir eggs can be purchased online through the National Parks Foundation.

Finally, there are only 5 days left to enter the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest. This contest is open to local Elementary and Middle School students in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The winning artist will have the opportunity to bring their whole class to this year’s Easter Egg Roll. The submission deadline is Monday, April 4th at 11:59 pm EDT. You can learn more about the contest here.

The Easter Egg Roll has been an important White House tradition for over one-hundred and twenty years, and has grown to become the largest event held at the White House each year. This year’s Egg Roll will be attended by visitors from every corner of the United States, who will travel great distances for their visit to the People’s House. Bringing members of the public in for the Easter Egg Roll is just one important way that we’re working to make this the most open and accessible White House ever.

26 days and counting! Time to start getting excited!

Ellie Schafer is the Director of the White House Visitor’s Office

2011 DC Scholars Program
School Administrator FAQ

1. What is the DC Scholars program?

This is a program for public and charter high school students in the District of Columbia committed to public service and interested in learning more about the White House. The D.C. Scholars internship program is an unpaid, part-time internship inside the White House. In addition to having a hands-on experience with government at the federal level, D.C. Scholars will also have an opportunity to attend a weekly lecture series led by White House staff, interact with White House interns, be paired with a mentor, and work on a summer service project.

2. What can I do to help my students apply to the DC Scholars program?

Our administration is looking forward to engaging the youth of our country. As such, we appreciate any guidance made available to high school students interested in the DC Scholars program. Many DC schools are already providing assistance in the application process through resume assistance. Teachers and counselors can also help by providing letters of recommendation.

3. What qualifications should the student meet?

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, graduating seniors at a DC public or charter high school, and at least 17 years of age by June 27, 2011. The DC Scholars program is intended to be competitive, but most of all we are looking for students who are interested in government and civic involvement. Suggest this program to students who are academically engaged and to those who are closely connected to their community. Volunteering at a church, a recreation center, or a non-profit are all excellent examples of community involvement.

4. How do students apply and how can I encourage them to do so?

Students can apply online at We look forward to having a competitive applicant pool of energetic Washington, D.C. public high school students. To encourage more applications, you may want to include application information in morning announcements. Additionally, some schools have approached teachers directly to assist in student encouragement and selection. A complete application consists of two essays, a resume, and two recommendations. All of this can be submitted online through the DC Scholar application form. Applicants should receive a confirmation email after submitting their application.

5. What important dates should I know about?

The deadline for applications for the DC Scholars program is April 24, 2011. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application the week of May 9. The internship starts on June 27 and ends August 12.