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Hyundai Hope on Wheels


Since 1998, Hyundai and its dealers have been committed to supporting the fight against childhood cancer. What began in 1998 as a local initiative supported by New England-area Hyundaidealers to raise funds for the Jimmy Fund at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has evolved into Hyundai Hope on Wheels, an independent 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that is now supported nationwide by Hyundai’s 800+ dealers and Hyundai Motor America. Since its inception, Hyundai Hope on Wheels has donated more than $23 million to children’s hospitals across the country to help kids fight cancer. Every time a new Hyundai vehicle is sold in the U.S., a donation is made to Hope on Wheels.

The Hope on Wheels Tour is the united effort of Hyundai dealers across the country to raise awareness about childhood cancer and celebrate the lives of the courageous children battling the disease. In 2010, the Hope on Wheels Tour traveled to 44 children’s hospitals across the country and donated more than $2 million to support further training and research for doctors involved in childhood cancer research. Hyundai Hope on Wheels designates the medical professionals supported by these donations as Hyundai Scholars.

The 2010 Tour also hosted Handprint Ceremonies for childhood cancer patients, both past and present, at the 44 children’s hospitals receiving donations. The symbol of the Hope on Wheels Tour is a white Hyundai Santa Fe vehicle covered with colorful handprints representing childhood cancer patients from all over the country. The Handprint Ceremonies celebrate the courage of these patients by capturing their colorful handprints on the white Santa Fe, with attending children placing their own handprints on the car to commemorate their battle with cancer.

Why handprints? Because there’s nothing more personal than a handprint – and the goal of the Hope on Wheels Tour is to share the personal triumphs of each of these children with other childhood cancer patients and their families across the country. Whether it’s completing a round of chemo, celebrating a beautiful new head of hair or receiving a clean bill of health, one childhood cancer patient’s milestone can be another’s symbol of hope.

In 2011, Hyundai and its dealers will continue their commitment to battling childhood cancer with the “Hyundai Gives Hope on Wheels” initiative during the month of September – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to the $2 million raised through the 2010 Hope on Wheels Tour, HyundaiMotor America and Hyundai dealers donated an additional $6.8 million to children’s hospitals and other non-profit organizations across the country through last year’s September initiative.

May 27, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley chevy, AV Best Car Dealer, av chevy, GM Superstore, palmdale hyundai | , , , , | Leave a comment

Make Memorial Day Fun with Great Activities…Ideas by Aven’s!

Make Memorial Day Fun with Great Activities

Memorial Day is a time for remembrance and gratitude. It also indicates the beginning of summertime fun and vacations. Celebrate Memorial Day and the beginning of a great new season with some fun-filled activities with family and friends.

  • Grill out. Entertain family and friends at outdoor gatherings with food and festivities. Invite friends over and celebrate on your back patio with hotdogs, burgers, kabobs and chips for an easy activity.
  • Hang out. If the wind is howling…grill out in your garage and dine together in your dining room or relax in your living room and enjoy some of the days popular sporting events, like baseball, the Indianapolis 500 or the Coca-Cola 600.
  • Take a trip. Enjoy the three-day weekend and head to the beach. Mammoth Mountain will have skiing and snowboarding until July 4th! Head out to Devils Punch Bowl for some hiking in a truley remarkable area before it gets too hot out.
  • Go Shopping. You no doubt need new furniture! Stop by Aven’s for our Huge Memorial Weekend Sale.We deduct an amount equal to the sales tax Storewide on everything except Hot Buys!

Exercise your freedom from Delivery Charges by Printing out this Free Delivery Coupon from Aven’s!

  • We will be open from 10 til 4 on Memorial Day. We like to grill out with our families too!

Hurry into Aven’s to celebrate the Savings this Memorial Day weekend!

Thanks for Reading!

May 26, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley furniture, Lancaster Furniture, Palmdale furniture, thomasville southern California | , , , , | Leave a comment

Children’s Adventure Stories on Nook, Kindle, iPad, Sony and Smashwords.com

THE PROMOTION OF BOOKS (Group one)

The goal of authors is to have their books read, and even better, published, with the purpose to receive royalties.  Since I have so many of my children’s eBooks under the name Felix Mayerhofer in Kindle, Nook, iPad, Sony, smashwords.com and many other eReaders, I’ve decided to write a description (synopsis) of each of my eBooks.  To make it easier I have the URL for your own particular eReader listed at the

bottom.

                    THE ADVENTURES OF NICK & KNOBBY SERIES

 

 

 

1.  NICK MEETS KNOBBY (Age Level – 3-10) – In the first story of this series of eight called the “Adventures of Nick & Knobby,” Nick rescues a dog who used to be part of an animal act.  Nick plays the bass drum in the school band, and Knobby, his new dog, has a tail with a knob at the end that looks like a drumstick, and he plays the bass drum, too.  Knobby’s former owner causes serious problems after being released from jail.

 

2.  NICK & KNOBBY GO DIGITAL (Age Level – 3-10) – Nick builds his own bass drums and organizes a digital bass drum band with Knobby as an integral member.  The story includes a French baker whose ultimate survival depends upon the band.

3.  NICK & KNOBBY IN THE DARING ESCAPE (Age Level – 3-10) –Nick and Knobby who have an act where they both play the bass drum, are kidnapped in the “Big City,” and escape just in time for their successful TV debut.

          

4.  NICK & KNOBBY GO TO HOLLYWOOD (Age Level – 3-10) – Because of Knobby’s supposed cowardice, Nick and Knobby fail their Hollywood screen test.  But Knobby proves the Hollywood director to be wrong as he regains his credibility through his eventual heroics.

 

                                                          eREADERS

KINDLE— http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=Felix+Mayerhofer&x=0&y=0   OR write in FELIX MAYERHOFER

NOOK— http://productsearch.barnesandnoble.com/search/results.aspx?store=EBOOK&WRD=felix+mayerhofer&page=index&prod=univ&choice=ebook&query=Felix+Mayerhofer&flag=False&pos=-1&box=Felix+Mayerhofer&ugrp=2   OR write in FELIX MAYERHOFER

SONY READER— http://ebookstore.sony.com/search?keyword=Felix+Mayerhofer  OR write in FELIX MAYERHOFER

SMASHWORDS.COM— http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Felix+Mayerhofer   OR write in FELIX  MAYERHOFER

iPAD—Write in FELIX MAYERHOFER

 

May 26, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Children's Books | , , , , | Leave a comment

May is Motorcycle Safety Month Lancaster

May is Motorcycle Safety Month.  Learn how you can avoid danger on the road with these Riding Tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.  http://msf-usa.org/downloads/Street_Motorcycle_Tips_2010.pdf

May 24, 2011 Posted by | lancaster allstate insurance, lancaster auto insurance, lancaster home insurance, lancaster insurance, lancaster life insurance | , , , , | Leave a comment

Loving Live Music!

I don’t love all live music. I can be picky. I also have a wide range of what I like. I always like what the piano players play on the storefront piano.

The sounds that come from out there are sweet.

The sounds that I heard at Neilstock Vll last night were fantastic. Thanks to Neil Werner and Ron Emard for making it happen. I am lucky to know some great and talented musicians. If you weren’t there, you missed out on some great entertainment.

From left to right, Jim, Neil, Danny (on drums), Roby. Mitch hidden behind Neil, Manny hidden behind Roby. A super loaded stage of talent!

These two guys are also just great to listen to. Sean and Jim are a real treat, especially since Sean is usually on the road.

Of course, I wouldn’t post photos of musicians that I don’t like. There are a few. To those, I say, keep practicing your craft!

To the ones I love, I say, thank you. I am blessed!

 

May 24, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley custom frames, antelope valley local art, av best framing, frames lancaster, frames lancaster ca | , , , , | Leave a comment

How Objections to Social Media Are Killing Your Business

Came Across this fantastic article on OpenForum.com (from American Express) read it, I’m sure it is bound to spark some questions!

How Objections to Social Media Are Killing Your Business

by Ivana Taylor Marketing Strategist, DIY Marketers

March 18, 2011

One of the most common objections to social media is that it’s a fad; here today gone tomorrow. There is truth in that the social media sites we have today grew out of other sites: LinkedIn (2003) evolved from SixDegrees (1997) and Friendster (2002), then MySpace (2006) gave way to Facebook (2004) when it opened itself up beyond college students in 2006. And this is not the end of the list by any stretch.

As long as human beings have the need to reach out and communicate, they will discover and push technologies to achieve that. I am still waiting for the technology that makes Star Trek’s transporter replace airplanes! In the meantime, the best way to do business globally is to pull together a social media strategy. Yet, a lot of business owners haven’t done so because of their objections to social media. However, these objections may be killing your ability to generate leads and new customers and ultimately, be killing your business.

1.  There’s no return on investment in social media. What is the ROI for your phone?  If you don’t have a phone or a website or a social media profile, you do not exist on the business landscape of your customer. That doesn’t mean that you just throw money at social media and hope it delivers results. Use sound business principles. Set business goals and start comparing the investment you currently have in getting and keeping customers with new social media tools.

2.  We don’t have the money or the time to waste on this new thing. This is another ROI question. If you currently make cold calls, send sales reps into the field, go to networking events, travel to trade shows, gather business cards, make sales calls, make appointments, drive to appointments and make more appointment to generate a new sale, then you might actually be saving time and money by using social media tools. I still have face-to-face meetings, but these often come AFTER a lengthy relationship building series over LinkedIn, Facebook and even Skype. I’ve just calculated my mileage for taxes and have seen a 50 percent decrease in travel miles over the last three years. The same is true for my “meals” category!

3.  We can’t control our message. Yes. Tony Hayward from BP had this same objection and we see how much good it did him. The way you control your message with social media is by putting it out there in the form of blog articles, guest articles, Twitter posts, Facebook updates, LinkedIn updates, answering questions and simply being present online. Think of Google as your homepage. When people search on your name or your company name—the content that you created should overwhelm the page. On a personal note, when I searched my name back in 2005, there was a soap opera star ahead of me and (of all things) a blow up doll!  I certainly didn’t want my customers to see THAT!  Now when I search on my name—it’s only my content.

4.  We’ll lose privacy and expose ourselves to the competition. You will lose as much privacy as you would by sharing information at a networking event or a customer presentation. In fact, social media is a sales and marketing tool—the last thing you want is privacy! Worrying about privacy is like sending your sales rep to a trade show and saying, “Don’t tell anyone we’re there.” You wouldn’t do that at a trade show, why do it online?  Maybe you’re stuck on the Twitter idea that people share what they’re having for breakfast.  That might have been true in the early days, but overwhelmingly Twitter is a place where conversations happen about brand.  There are marketing research tools out there designed to pull and analyze what products and services people are talking about.  They wouldn’t do that if it wasn’t there and important.

5.  We’ll open ourselves up for legal problems. This is a valid concern, especially for companies that are in heavily regulated industries like financial services. Instead of saying that it’s too difficult, get legal advice on what is acceptable in your industry. In 2009, the Federal Trade Commission issued general guidelines for social media that will help you start thinking about what the best way is for you to address your social media strategy. I recommend coming up with objectives and plans for your social media marketing strategy and THEN consult your legal team. This way you will get them to think of ways for you to achieve your objective instead of focusing on what you cannot do.  Finally, create a social media policy that clearly states what’s acceptable and what’s not for your organization.  Create social media identities for those employees who are eager to promote your brand online and be clear about how they are to represent your brand.

Don’t let uncertainty or doubt overcome the need for your business to gain new leads, prospects and customers.  Instead of approaching the world of social media with an immediate “no” and then finding excuses as to why it’s not for you, start with “yes” and see what benefits suddenly open up for you.

Need help setting up your Social Media Marketing Strategy?

At ilivetoday.com we have the tools and resources to help you succeed. Give us a call to help you with your Socialnomic Soultions!

About Ben Andrews

People call me a Young Punk Social Media Whiz Kid, But really I just Love Teaching People to Make Social Media Work… oh yeah and I’m Production MGR. of ilivetodayav 661.948.8442 


May 23, 2011 Posted by | social media, SOCIAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY USE, social networking, social networking for business, Socialnomics solutions | , , , , | 1 Comment

THURSDAY MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE

MTB Ride from: The Block Shop (Block Bikes) 604 West Ave L Unit 101 Lancaster, CA 93534.

FINALLY a mountain bike group ride that EVERYONE is invited to ride!!! A mile square flat area provides the perfect setting for pros to train and beginners to learn. Singletrack trails weave through the desert from a main hub. Riders of all levels can ride together and challenge themselves or just simply have fun. The best part is that you are never more than a mile away from the Block Shop for security and accountability. The Block Jr Development Mountain Bike Team has been training for almost a year together and now you can join us. We work on simple skills, turning, shifting as well as fitness and training. Every week is a learning process as well as a solid training foundation. The ride starts at 5:00pm from the Block Shop. Showing up late is not a problem as we are always less that a mile away and easy to locate. It is easy to take the dirt roads and take short cuts to catch up to the group. The trail system is starting off a little primitive but will improve week to week and become more detailed as the weeks go on. From beginner level to pro – everyone will have a good time – TOGETHER!!!


The all new Block Bikes location @ 604 West Ave L Unit 101 Lancaster, CA 93534 provides the perfect location for a mtb group ride. For any questions feel free to call us at 661.729.2800

The group will leave together from the Block Shop at 5:00pm and take the trail on the east side of the shop, next to the sand wash, heading south out to the trails. If you miss the start time don’t worry – you can follow the same road and once you cross the watch the group will be easy to find!!!

May 23, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley group bicycle ride, lancaster bike training, lancaster mountain bike group, lancaster mountain bike team | , , , | Leave a comment

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIDE

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIDE


Meet at Lancaster City Park – Park & Ride on the South/West corner of 10th Street West & K-8 @ 7:00pm.

Start pedaling promptly At 7:30pm.

Average ride speed is 12 mph for a 20 to 25 mile street lit route that takes a little over 2 hours. The ride is designed to be social and efficient. Fixed, Mountain and Road Bikes make up the majority – with an occasional Cruiser and Comfort Bike making the journey.

Tour Lancaster with us!

Helmets, headlights, and tail lights are strongly recommended.

 Block Bikes

604 west Ave. L

Lancaster, Ca 93539

661.729.2800


CYCOLOGY

 The Lancaster Ride is designed for a group of cyclists to ride socially and safely around Lancaster. It is not a race although we have been known to stop and throw events in the middle of the ride. It is designed as a no drop ride meaning that if you have a problem the entire group stops and waits. We advise all riders to show up with their bikes in good working order (meaning tuned up) so as to know disrupt the progress of the group. We also ask every rider to carry a spare tube, inflation device and tools in order to handle problems as the arise. The most common problem is flat tires. Even if you cannot change a flat tire yourself there will be someone in the group to assist you quickly and efficiently. It is not the groups responsibility to provide you with a spare tube so be prepared. If you elect not to bring a tube – bring a cell phone for your ride home.

We ask that everyone who shows up for the ride to be experienced in the ability to ride 20 miles. The group is slow and social but it is not designed to be your Everest. If the furthest you have ridden a bike is 5 miles than this is probably not the ride you are looking for. The wind can make sections seem miserable for a few minutes then we turn and the ride becomes effortless – that is the AV… We do the best we can with what we’ve got. All in all CYCOLOGY – The Lancaster Ride is the most fun cycling event in the valley. Come join us it promises to be a good time!!!

May 23, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley group bicycle ride, av bikes, cyclology the lancaster ride | , , , | Leave a comment

Meet Jacob Alexzander Daniels Lancaster

Meet Jacob Alexzander Daniels 

Today his family showed him how much they love him. 

He received his pet identification chip in the event he is lost he has a better chance off being reunited with the family that loves him. 


Meet Jacob Alexzander Daniels – Micro chipped for safety.

May 23, 2011 Posted by | lancaster dogs, lancaster puppies, Lancaster Veterinary, lost PET lancaster, Micro chip lancaster | , , , , | Leave a comment

URGENT LOST PET IN THE ANTELOPE VALLEY!


Gordon,  is an Orange tabby that has no teeth, green eyes, no collar, is AVID microchiped #101596086, he is very friendly. Last seen 5/13/11 on Avenue H4 in  Lancaster.  PLEASE CONTACT SMITH VETERINARY HOSPITAL IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, we would love to see Gordon reunited with his family.

May 23, 2011 Posted by | AV CAT, av veterinary hospital, lancaster cats, Lancaster Veterinary, LOST PET | , , , , | Leave a comment