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November 22, 2013 

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Annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast December 4th
Feed the Fire Candles a Startup Weekend Success Story
Save the Date for Startup Weekend February 7-9
"Saturday Morning Physics" for high school students
Networking Opportunity November 26
FLL State Tournament Dec 7 & 8 at JMU
Annual Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast (pre-registration required)
Wednesday, December 4, 2013; 7:30 - 9:00 am, 

JMU Festival Conference & Student Ctr.

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This is your chance to hear directly from our local Legislative delegation on their priorities and opinions of what the next General Assembly might accomplish. It is also your chance to state your position or voice your concerns. We are looking at a session with a new Governor in the executive office. We are also looking at the first session following the Virginia Chamber's Blueprint Virginia ("a roadmap for economic competitiveness") debut in mid-November. Let's hear what our local delegation has to say about the upcoming session.


FREE -- BUT  we ask that all attendees pre-register no later than December 2, 10 am. [A hot breakfast will be provided and we will reserve --and pay for-- a meal for each attendee. In case you need to cancel after registering, please advise us by Dec. 2nd.]



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Startup Weekend success story
Feed the Fire Candles 
Feed the Fire Candles is a business born out of April 2013's Harrisonburg Startup Weekend.  Co-founder David Khoshpasand  announced in a blog posted on Up Global that the company has donated more that 3,000 meals, expanded to 13 retail locations and recently landed a deal with Kroger.

Their mission is one of social responsibility and empowerment on a local level. They sell scented, soy-based candles made in the U.S. with a socially responsible result.   For each candle purchased, Feed the Fire Candles donates the equivalent of at least four meals of food to that local community.

"Feed The Fire Candles strives to provide a path to reduce hunger within the United States, beginning at a local level. We aim to not only create an elevated awareness about domestic hunger, but provide our customers with a unique, quality, and environmentally conscious product. Also, a rewarding sense of social responsibility." says Mr. Khoshpasand.  

Feed the Fire launched a new website in October.  

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Save the Date for Startup Weekend
February 7-9, 2014, JMU's Showker Hall

for more information about the event including a schedule of the weekend and registration. EARLY PRICING IS IN EFFECT
JMU Outreach & Engagement Schedules "Saturday Morning Physics" for 2014 
 JMU Physics and Astronomy presents an educational event series designed specially for high school students and teachers but one parents will enjoy, too: Saturday Morning Physics. For the fourth year running, the Physics and Astronomy Department in collaboration with the Office of Outreach and Engagement at JMU cordially invite high-school students and science teachers to take part in an engaging enrichment program developed in a sequence of 6 easy-to-follow scientific exploration events. 
From the subatomic to galactic scales! Explore fascinating science and cutting-edge research topics in physics and astronomy.  This popular program will be held on  
six consecutive Saturdays Jan. 25- Mar. 1 at JMU's Miller Hall.  The fee is only $45 per student with scholarships available.  Possible college credit available for high school juniors and seniors.  Registration is now open.

Schedule, Activities and More Information Here

Member News: "Original Tuesdays" Networking Event
from Johnnie Barr via Linkedin
"Come join us for networking and help us connect like minded people - Tuesday, November 26 - Holiday Inn - Rt. 33 and I-81 - Come anytime from 5 pm to 8 pm."
Everyone is welcome! There is no charge to attend, no membership, and no attendance requirement. Just like-minded people looking to help connect and grow their business.  No nonsense networking. Bring plenty of business cards. Pay it forward and invite your friends and colleagues.

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Save the Date for Virginia / DC FIRST Lego League State Competition December 7 & 8

FIRST Lego League (FLL) is a fun STEM activity that celebrates science and technology with children aged 9 through 14. Using LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System technology, young participants can build a robot using LEGO bricks and other elements such as sensors, motors, and gears. Teams gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles as they construct and program their unique robot inventions.

Mark you calendars for December 7 & 8 for the FLL  Virginia / DC FIRST Lego League competition which is held at JMU's Memorial Hall and Harrisonburg High.  It's a massive event: it pits 100 teams of 9 - 14 year olds from across the state against each other in 3 competitions.  They come with team 3-9 members, plus coaches, mentors, parents, siblings  and assorted supporters.  They stay the  night; dine and shop; and compete for 2 frantic days of non-stop action.  

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