Anyone else watching their schedules fill up this spring? There are so many events and festivals coming up, I’m having a hard time choosing what to pick! This week’s Memo has us turning inward (a new book club, anyone?), looking out (Charlottesville’s annual Tom Tom Fest), and dashing to Target on April 14 for their release of the Hunter for Target collection. Somehow, I think I’ll find space in my schedule for that! Thanks for a well-informed Company Memo, Lorae. Have a fabulous weekend, gang!
Read: Hello Sunshine
Who doesn’t love what Reese Witherspoon is doing for women everywhere right now? You appreciate her movies, her shows, her clothes and now you can love her book selections. Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine (her production company) have launched a community celebrating women’s stories, and we’ll all want to follow along. This month’s book selection is Happiness by Heather Harpham. Hello Sunshine offers an interactive forum—while you are reading, you will be able to explore the story with other readers, learn about the author by asking questions, and participate in some FUN giveaways! You can follow the Hello Sunshine Book club on Facebook, Instagram and on GoodReads.
Shop: Hunter for Target
Watch: Set Your Screen for YouTube
- Khan Academy – Videos are concise and engaging and use all kinds of interactive tools. You can find videos on skip counting, place values and much much more (side note: this site was initially set up as a resource for high school math but has since expanded to lower grades so if you have that tween, they may be able to glean some knowledge here too;
- The Brain Scoop – Chicago’s Field Museum makes fun, fact-filled 8–10 minute videos on topics ranging from baby dinosaurs to shark fossils. Even better, this channel is led by a women, an extra encouragement for the little female scientists in your home;
- A Kid Explains History – Mr. Q brings enthusiasm to topics that could be total duds for your kids. He even has introduced some history based gaming videos that might catch the eye;
- Kid President – shares his take on being a global citizen for smart kids who want to share their thinking with the world;
- Ian Loves Theater – reviews musicals and interview stars of Broadway.
Go: Tom Tom Founders Festival
Now in its sixth year, Charlottesville’s Tom Tom Fest spotlights culture, innovation, and entrepreneurship each April in conjunction with the birthday of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson. With over 100 events and 400 speakers from April 9 – 15, Tom Tom is drawing national attention. Keynotes this year include Dan Rather and John Cleese. A crowd-funded Pitch Night is a favorite for aspiring entrepreneurs and audiences alike, and the many free concerts and community parties throughout the week bring the festival to life. Want to know more? Check out the Tom Tom schedule for a comprehensive list of events, workshops, summits, and competitions. There’s never been a better time to visit Charlottesville!