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By Emil ProtalinskiThe New WebFriday, April 18, 2014
Google today added email notifications to its Google Trends service. As a result, you can now subscribe to any search topic, Hot Searches for any country, or any US monthly Top Chart and get updates delivered straight to your inbox.
Ft. Sheridan girl lands understudy role in Lyric Opera’s ‘Sound of Music’
By Linda BlaserLake ForesterFriday, April 18, 2014
Most 11-year-olds have busy after school schedules, but few involve rehearsing with the Lyric Opera of Chicago six days a week. Spunky Sophie Varones of Ft. Sheridan landed the role as understudy to Brigitta von Trapp in the Rodgers and Hammerstein family classic, “The Sound of Music,” which will be performed Friday, April 25, through Sunday, May 25. Her first professional performance is a dream for Sophie, who puts the world-famous musical at the top of her list of favorite movies. Before this, the fifth-grader at Lake Forest Country Day School acted locally with The Performer’s School in Highwood, The Music Theatre Company in Highland Park and at the Performing Arts Summer Theatre Academy in Lake Forest.
ARTSblogFriday, April 18, 2014
Use Us
Use Us
By George Patrick McLearARTSblogFriday, April 18, 2014
As we sat down with our Congressmen this past March during National Arts Advocacy Day, one message kept coming out of my mouth, “In my community, we don’t just ‘fund’ the arts, we use the arts.” I didn’t arrive in Washington with that phrase in my mind. I didn’t even think about it until after our “advocacy sessions,” the day before we visited Capitol Hill.

What alarms me the most about our annual trek to Capitol Hill is that our ask never seems to change— “We would like our Representative/Senator to support funding the NEA/Arts Education at this specific level.” We mention the ability to leverage the arts for economic impact, improve education, and make our lives more fulfilling, but at the end of the day we ask for money—either from the federal government or private citizens via tax policy shifts.
Nonprofit QuarterlyFriday, April 18, 2014
Minimum Wage: Tough Choices for States, Cities, and Nonprofits
Minimum Wage: Tough Choices for States, Cities, and Nonprofits
By Rick CohenNonprofit QuarterlyFriday, April 18, 2014
Hopefully, nonprofits are on the side of raising the minimum wage in their states and ensuring that their own employees are beneficiaries. This year already, five states—Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, and West Virginia—and the District of Columbia have increased their minimum wage levels above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. That means more than half of the states will be above the federal minimum wage. Other states with increases progressing in their legislatures include Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Vermont.
InsightNews.comFriday, April 18, 2014
8 tech tools every nonprofit should use
8 tech tools every nonprofit should use
By Timothy HoustonInsightNews.comFriday, April 18, 2014
With an estimated 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States alone, nonprofits help with everything from ending local hunger, advocating literacy, and other essential services that help build strong community. Yet for all their diversity, nonprofits share many of the same needs. Here are eight useful tech websites that nonprofits can use to stay organized, funded, and in the public eye. 
Chronicle of PhilanthropyFriday, April 18, 2014
Using Social Media to Connect With Older Supporters
Using Social Media to Connect With Older Supporters
By Allison FineChronicle of PhilanthropyFriday, April 18, 2014
In this episode of Social Good, Alejandra Owens, who handles social media at AARP, discusses what approaches work best with people over age 50 and how nonprofit organizations can promote digital literacy among their members.
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Spring 2014 Magazine Issue
  • From Gold Rush to Google
  • Before, After and During Opera Conference 2014
  • OPERA America's New Works Forum Expands and Explores
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From Airport:
The easiest way to reach the OPERA America offices is to get a cab at the airport. Cost is $40-45
(not including tip).
  • JFK - Take the AirTrain ($5 - approx. 15 minutes) to the Jamaica Street Station and transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR to Penn Station ($12 - approx. 35 minutes). See Penn Station directions below.
  • LaGuardia - Take the M60 Bus to the Hoyt Ave/31st Street. Get on the or Train and take that to 42nd/Times Square Station. Follow the Times Square Station directions below.
  • Newark - Take the New Jersey Transit train to Penn Station ($15 - approx. 45 min). See the Penn Station Directions below.

From Penn Station/Madison Square Garden:
Leave the station through the 7th Avenue/33rd Street exit and walk south for four blocks. The building is on
the right hand side.

From Grand Central Station:
Take the Train to the 42nd/Times Square station and transfer to the Train.
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

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