Video: What is means to be a U.S. citizen

Watch this great 12 min video called “A Promise of Freedom”.  It has English captions (words) at the bottom of the screen, so you can follow along.  The video is from the website of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. (USCIS)

Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade – Saturday Morning!

The Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade will take place in downtown Raleigh this Saturday morning, 11/19/11, starting at 9:40am.

The Parade is free, so get there early since the spaces fill up fast! Last year over 60,000 people came to watch! (Bring a folding chair if you’d like to sit .)

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If you’d rather watch at home, the Parade will be shown on WRAL (chanel 5) starting at 10am that morning.

This parade has been held every year for the past 66 years. It’s the biggest Christmas parade on the East Coast between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

For more info about the parade:

For additional information and a bit of history on the parade:

Tarheel of the Week: Our ESL Volunteer, Mary McLaurin!

Wake Tech’s own Mary McLaurin was featured in a News and Observer article this Sunday! Mary has been a volunteer in our ESL classes for over a decade (10 years), and she now helps teach a music class, with ESL instructor, Susan Ballard, to help students learn English through songs and songwriting.

You can find links to the article and to a video of Mary singing at our CHOC blog (click on the link in blue, below): Congratulations to Mary!

Several students have already congratulated Mary by commenting on this blog post. Hooray Mary!

“SPENT” – This free online game helps people understand what it’s like to be homeless in America.

From Urban Ministries of Durham, NC:

Challenge the way you think about poverty and homelessness in the United States.

Work hard. Do the right thing. “Homelessness is something that will never happen to me.”

Sometimes, all it takes is one life-changing experience to land you in trouble.

How would you cope? Where would you go? What would you do? Figure something out, right?

We invite you to take the challenge…Play SPENT (

Read more about it here:

FREE seminar: Social Networking

This FREE three-hour seminar, taught by
personal coach Martin Brossman, will
give practical advice on how to use social
media and other online business tools to
enhance your enterprise – improve your
brand, stay closer to your customers, and
handle problems when they occur.
Learn about Facebook (business and
personal), Twitter, YouTube, Linkedin,
online press releases, blogs, and more!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wake Tech Main Campus
9101 Fayetteville Road
Student Services Building
Conference Center, Room 212
RSVP: 334-1534 or 334-1500

The Lion King Broadway Musical Now on Durham Stage

More than 50 million people around the world have come to discover the thrill, the majesty, the truly one-of-a-kind musical that is THE LION KING. The critically acclaimed production has won audiences over with its powerful musical score, extraordinary costumes, and heartfelt story.

THE LION KING continues to amaze, with astounding visuals that will make this a show you’ll remember forever. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by an enormous company of international performers, whose detailed costumes, carved masks, and intricate makeup will transport you to the gorgeous vistas of the African savanna.

Based on the 1994 Disney animated film, THE LION KING continues to reign as one of the most popular shows on Broadway and around the world. The global phenomenon is the winner of more than 70 major awards worldwide, including the Tony Award® for Best Musical, and the Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album.

You can experience THE LION KING in Durham. I’ve see this musical before and highly recommend it to all. It’s a true example of a good American Broadway Show.

Durham, NC
Durham Performing Arts Center
Jan. 04 – Jan. 30, 2011

By Phone: 800-745-3000 or
In Person: DPAC Ticket Center
123 Vivian Street, Durham
M– F, 10am-5pm, Sat, 10am-2pm
or all Ticketmaster Outlets.