Monday, August 8, 2011

8/9 Volunteering, Kristen Kinney back to school, SLS Hotel, What's it Worth?

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:


On Tuesday, August 9, the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will release new research illustrating the commitment that volunteers made to fill critical voids in our communities in 2010. According to the annual Volunteering In America report, volunteers served at least 8.1 billion hours across the nation last year – giving time, expertise and “sweat hours” valued at nearly $173 billion. In this radio media tour, CNCS’ acting CEO, Robert Velasco, and Chief Strategy Officer, Heather Peeler, will spotlight where volunteerism is strongest and how service can help communities tackle their toughest challenges while expanding opportunity. Velasco and Peeler will also share some surprising results about how Americans of all ages are giving back to the community.

Robert Velasco is the acting CEO of CNCS, the federal agency that engages 5.5 million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs. CNCS also leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. • Heather Peeler is the Chief Strategy Officer for CNCS. In this role, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the federal agency’s 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, which provides a roadmap for using national service to address critical challenges facing our communities and our nation. Heather also oversees the agency’s research, including the Volunteering in America report.

Getting Kids Prepared To Go Back To School With Help From Kristen Kinney!

Kristen, Director of Primary Literacy, has worked with online curriculum provider K12’s Phonics and Language Arts programs since 2001. Previously, she taught kindergarten and first grade in the Rochester City School District (New York) and K–3 Special Education in Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia). Ms. Kinney holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the State University of New York at Geneseo, a Master’s degree in Reading from Nazareth College, and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from The George Washington University.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills

Ideally situated at the crossroads of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, the SLS Hotel is a landmark of sleek sophistication, just steps from The Beverly Center, the sparkling storefronts of Rodeo Drive, and favorite celebrity haunts.

Sweet Eats!
Revel in the palpable buzz of The Bazaar by José Andrés, a magical dining and lounge experience woven into an indoor piazza, or indulge in The Private Guest Lobby, Tres, a sophisticated and secluded sanctuary for added privacy.

Pinnacle of Luxury
A tempting menu of room options creates a customized experience in each of the 297 guest rooms and suites designed by Philippe Starck for Cassina, including 7 lifestyle suites with personal gym equipment and two hypoallergenic Pure Rooms.

New Show Coming To NBC and It's Worth A Look

"It’s Worth What?" is a game show that taps into America’s curiosity for cost and value, such as the hidden gems found in one's attic. Through set imagery and a never-ending flow of collectibles, antiques and near priceless treasures, America is brought into a world with seemingly endless doors behind which are various objects ranging from a night at the Jersey Shore house to a cave bear skeleton from 150,000 BCE. A pair of contestants is taken through a series of challenges that escalate in level of difficulty, tasking the contestants with discerning the price of the items in each round. If they successfully complete the challenges, contestants can win up to $1 million.

Stuart P. Whitehurst will be a guest on the show today and he serves as the appraiser on NBC’s new competition reality show “It’s Worth What?” He will give host Cedric “The Entertainer” and the contestants pertinent facts about the treasured items in order for them to make an informed decision during the game. Whitehurst has over 26 years of experience in the field of fine and decorative arts, and has been with Skinner Inc., since 1995. While currently working in the Boston, Mass. area, he has worked for auction houses based in New York and Chicago.

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