Monday, January 31, 2011

The Vagina Monologues

Girls Inc. is proud to be the benefit organization for V-Day Red Bluff's 3rd annual local production of

Eve Ensler's
The Vagina Monogolues 

The Vagina Monologues are part of a 13-year global awareness campaign called V-Day, which hopes to end violence against women and girls. The monologues are based on a series of interviews by Ensler with women of all ages, races, professions, and economic status.
The Red Bluff cast will perform some of the most popular readings, some poignant, many hilariously funny, a few showing the devastating pain of abuse, rape, and intolerance. Each monologue tells the story of one woman’s experience. The content is mature, so parental guidance is suggested.

2 Nights, 2 Locations
1 amazing show!

Saturday, February 26th @ 7:00pm
State Theater
333 Oak St. Red Bluff
Saturday, March 12th @ 7:30pm
Old City Hall
1313 Market St. Redding

$10 in advance, $12 at the door
Tickets are available now at:
  • Wink Fashion & Salon (332 Oak St. Red Bluff)
  • Toucan Tans Fashion & Tanning (2012 Hilltop Dr. Redding)
  • Girls Inc. NSV (605 1/2 Main St. Unit C. Red Bluff)
Questions? Email

Monday #4- Prepare For An Emergency

What Matters Most?

  • 800 tornadoes are reported annually.
  • The average path of a twister is 660 feet wide and up to 50 miles long.
  • 39 states are considered at risk of an earthquake.
  • 46% of disaster deaths occur due to floods.
  • Because of contamination, clean water is harder to find than food after a flood.
  • A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when the speed of its winds reaches 74 MPH.
  • September 11, 2001 will always be a reminder of the reality of terrorist attacks and the damage they can cause.
Take action today!
  1. Develop a family communication plan by selecting a person outside your local area for everyone to call in case of an emergency.
  2. Ensure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card for calling the emergency contact. Cell phones often get jammed due to high call volume during disasters.
  3. Designate a primary and secondary meeting location.
  4. Create an emergency supply kit with a 3-day supply of basic items. Check and rotate supplies every 6 months. Include items such as:
- fresh water
- food
- first aid
- towelettes
- garbage bags
- a flashlight with extra batteries
- local maps
- a whistle
- dust masks
- tools
- a can opener
- cash

You matter!

Disasters are never planned, but they will happen. They are inevitable. Being prepared is the only thing you can do . Having proper supplies and a well-thought-out plan can make the difference in your survival. Readiness will also reduce fear, anxiety, and potential losses.

Prepare today...for any kind of tomorrow!

(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday #3- Have AMBER Alerts Sent to You

What Matters Most?

What if it was your child?

  • AMBER stands for "America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response" and was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas.
  • 76% of abducted children who are murdered are dead within 3 hours of the abductionand 88.5% are dead within 24 hours.
  • 336 children have been reunited with their families because of AMBER Alerts.
  • 70% of people with cell phones are eligible to recieve Wireless AMBER Alerts as text messages.
  • 100% of computers can have the AMBER Alert ticker downloaded onto them.
  • AMBER Alerts are active in ALL 50 states.
Take action today!
  1. Pay attention to AMBER Alert signs on the freeway or on TV.
  2. Sign up to recieve AMBER Alert text messages on your cell phone.
  3. Download the AMBER Alert ticker onto your computer.
  4. If you see or recieve an AMBER Alert signal, don't take it lightly!
Your matter!

Protecting children from abduction and locating those who have been abducted is the two-fold purpose of AMBER Alerts. They increase the number of people who can help locate an abducted child or deter predators, and they have caused perpetrators to release the abducted child after hearing or seeing the AMBER Alert.
Remember, those first 3 hours are everything to that child and his or her family.

Your action could mean the difference between a life lost and a life saved!

(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday #2- Turn Off Your TV!

What Matters Most?

  • 99% of all homes have at least one TV and 45% have 3 or more.
  • 56% of all 8 to 16 year olds have a TV in their bedroom.
  • A person watches TV an average of 40 days per year.
  • Children spend 1,023 hours a year watching TV compared to 900 hours in school.
  • 200,000 violent acts, including 16,000 murders, will be see on TV by children before their 18th birthday.
  • Roughly 70% of all TV shows include sexual content, with an average of 5 sexual scenes per hour.
  • On average, 38.5 minutes per week of meaningful conversation happen between a parent and their child.
Take action today!
  1. Turn off your TV today.
  2. Designate certain TV-free time throughout the week to reduce viewing hours.
  3. Remove TV's from bedrooms, kitchens, etc.
  4. Make a list of activities to do besides watching TV- activities like reading, biking, swimming, walking, gardening, or socializing with friends. Then start doing them!
  5. Avoid using TV as a reward- this only increases its power.
  6. Be more selective about programming and choose history, travel, cooking, home repair/design, and other educational themes.
Your matter!

70% of people say that no matter how hard they try, they never seem to have enough time to do everything they need to do.
Are you a part of that 70%?
If you give up TV for just one day a week, you can exercise for the recommended weekly amount necessary for healthy living, read over 20 books a year, or spend more time with your loved ones.

Instead of watching reruns of FRIENDS, go make some!

(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday #1- What Matters Most

What Matters Most?

Facts- The average person spends:
  • 100 hours a year commuting to work compared to 80 hours of vacation time
  • 91 hours a week at work for dual-career couples with kids
  • 1.8 hours a day doing household activities
  • 2.6 hours a day watching televsion
  • 8.6 hours a day sleeping
Take action today!
  1. Stop and think...then make a list of what matters most to you
  2. Create a list of how you currently spend your time each week
  3. Organize your list of weekly activities and identify activities that are required and those that are optional and waste time
  4. Take steps to rearrange your schedule or reduce the optional activities so that you can spend time doing what matters most
  5. Don't waste time
You matter!
What really matters most to you?

Your relationships with family and friends? Helping others? Passions? Faith? Security? Health?
At the end of each year, don't you want to look back and see that you made a difference? That you matter?

January is the start of a new year.
Start it off by making a difference in you, in your life, and in the lives of those you love!

"Time spent on what matters most is never a waste of time."

(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Every Monday Matters!

Have you made today matter?

Millions of people each year, young and old, want know how to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others. 
Millions of people each year, young and old, want to focus on what is important and what really matters.

If you are like most people, you want to contribute, make a difference, and have a positive impact, but maybe you don't know what to do, where to go, when the "right" time is, or how to get others involved.

Well, with our new blog series Every Monday Matters, you can find those answers right here on our Girls Inc. blog every Monday in 2011!

(Adapted from the book Every Monday Matters- 52 Ways to Make a Difference written by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)


Traditionally, Monday is the least favorite day of the week. Monday is the day that ends your weekend and the day we have to get back to work...

The goal is to change the image on Mondays by making them mean something amazing, something incredible, something unbelievable. From this day forward, Girls Inc. will show you how to make your Mondays matter!

Be on the lookout for our 1st Every Monday Matters blog next week:)

"Everyone has the power of greatness. Not for fame, but greatness. Because greatness is determined by service."  -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Girls Inc. and The Vagina Monologues

The 3rd annual community performance of Eve Ensler's

The Vagina Monologues

will be held on February 26, 2011
at 7:00pm
at the State Theatre, 333 Oak St. Red Bluff

V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Proceeds from this 2011 performance will benefit Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley!

V-Day Red Bluff is holding open auditions
Thursday, January 13th and Friday, January 14th
from 6:00-7:00pm
at Tehama County Department of Education, 1135 Lincoln St. Red Bluff in the Gallery Room

Scripts will be provided upon arrival and no experience is necessary, so women of all ages and backgrounds are welcome!

Are you interested in the V-Day mission but don't want to be onstage?
Volunteer opportunities are also available:
  • Sell tickets to The Vagina Monologues
  • Help spread the word by distributing posters and leaflets
  • Work the box office or concession stand during the show
  • Assist the Director during rehearsals and performance
  • Raise awareness in our community
Questions? Ideas? Ready to help? Email or ask Girls Inc.