How To Collect No Deposit Casino Bonuses

Reference article on collecting deals like Silver Oak Casino bonus codes or rivals such as the Sun Palace Casino bonuses:

By Nick Rambo

To collect no deposit casino bonuses, click on the casino you want to play at, open a new player real money account, download the casino if necessary, go to the cashier and enter the associated bonus code in the section marked “enter bonus code” or “enter promo code” or “redeem coupon”.

No deposit bonuses are normally credited to your account immediately, some casinos may take up to 24 hours.

Playthrough requirements must be met before withdrawing any bonus money.

No deposit or credit card information is required to collect a no deposit bonus.

If you collect on a $50 free chip bonus you can use the bonus money like real money when betting, but in order to cash it out you must meet the casino’s playthrough requirements.

Most casinos cap the amount of money you can win from a free chip, usually at around $100.

If you make a real money deposit there is no maximum amount you can win at the casino.

Most casinos will offer you a sign up bonus after you’ve sampled the games with their free chip.

You will have to meet playthrough requirements before cashing out winnings from your free chip, you can’t bet the $50 free chip on one hand of blackjack and cash out immediately if you win.

Free chips are offered to new customers to sample the casino games, you will not get rich at the casino with free chips, you should make a deposit if you want to win big.

No deposit bonuses are available to new customers only if you take advantage of a no deposit bonus offered by a casino, you may not be eligible to collect the match deposit bonus, it is advised you check the casino’s policy and bonus rules regarding collecting multiple bonuses.

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Backpacks for Girls in High School Serve Charity Purpose

A marvelous piece describng how a ‘buddy’ program can give additional value to backpacks for girls in high school.

While parishioners from Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church of Odenton were involved in helping Odenton Elementary Schools students in a variety of projects, they couldn’t help but notice some children were hungry.

Rev. Linda Coolbaugh of Nichols-Bethel had heard of “Backpack Buddies” being used at other schools, and with the help of Odenton Elementary Principal Tracey Ahern, the program began at Odenton Elementary in the fall of 2015.

Backpack Buddies is a free program that sends food home with children who may not otherwise have enough food to eat over the weekend.

When the program first began, Wegmans of Waugh Chapel donated $25 and 25 bags. Planet Fitness of Bowie saw the post on Facebook and donated 50 bags.

Meredith Long, a bubbly mother of four from Gambrills known for her pink hair, began volunteering. However, she knew there must be other hungry children so “I just started making calls,” she said.

Long approached Arundel Middle School Guidance Counselor Lacey Wallace. Wallace was immediately on board. In 2016, Backpack Buddies began at Arundel Middle.

However, Long was not done. At a monthly “Coffee with the Principal” at Arundel High School this year, Long approached Principal Gina Davenport with the idea of bringing backpack buddies to Arundel High. Davenport agreed but created a new name, the Arundel Food Pantry.

Long was put in touch with Arundel High Guidance Counselor Julie Cochran who was supportive of the food pantry.

“It’s so sad to know kids are only eating at school or hungry,” Cochran said.

While the program is run by Nichols-Bethel, the community has stepped up to help: The Four Seasons Community Association donated $200, The School of the Incarnation’s Girls on the Run program donated food, a local dentist donated toothbrushes and toothpaste, and Arundel Middle’s Family Consumer Sciences teacher Amy Rosendale donated all the fresh produce left over from recipes the students made.

Dawn Tudor, a Nichols-Bethel church member who assists Long with backpack buddies, also runs Service Unit #637 for all the Girl Scout Troops in Odenton, Severn and Gambrills. Tudor mobilizes Girl Scouts for assistance when needed.

However most of the food is still provided by Nichols-Bethel church members. Backpack buddies needs for the week are posted in the church’s bulletin and members donate every week.

Long contacts the school guidance counselors each week to determine how much food to provide. Odenton Elementary receives four to 10 bags each week, Arundel Middle receives five to seven, with extra going to a family of eight, and Arundel High receives eight to 15 bags a week.

All backpack buddies and the Arundel Food Pantry student recipients are confidential.

“We don’t know who gets it and the teachers and administrators don’t know which kids either,” Long said.

Bags and backpacks are filled with food to create meals with, but also treats children and teenagers enjoy, including granola bars and individually wrapped packages of cookies and chips.

Long says the community can help by donating food or starting a collection for the schools on their own.

“Doctors can set up boxes in their offices or you could start your own food drive and bring it in,” Long said.

Long’s goal is to expand to kids in need and “keep getting bigger and bigger.” Long hopes to expand to summer deliveries…

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How to Become a Social Worker–Plusses and Minuses

The below primer provides a short overview of how to become a social worker.

Are you thinking about becoming a social worker? This is a career path for only the passionate and motivated by heart. You would not find joy in this position unless it is something you really want to do. The admission process to university is the first hurdle you would have to overcome. Usually you would need to submit the following materials:

Social worker personal statement
Completed course work documentation
Reference letters (3 – 5)
Application fee
Transcript copies

One of the most important documents to be submitted is the, why I want to be a social worker personal statement. It is important because you can really express your knowledge as well as your love for the career path. You need to speak to the hearts as well as the minds of the recipients.

All jobs have positives and negatives. Being a social worker is nothing different. You will have pros and cons.

Pros of being a social worker:
Variety – Social workers have a variety of fields to choose from. They can work in schools, hospitals, nursing homes and even the military. Many social workers find work in government schools and organizations. If you do your Master of Social Work and you qualify as a clinical social worker, you can open your own private practice. If you decide to go for your MSW, remember to pay special attention to your personal statement social work. This is your footstep in the door.
Work environment – Social workers do not have the worst work environments. Usually it is in an office, schools, hospitals or government organizations. These are secure and safe environments to work in.
Opportunity for growth – Event though it is not easy to get your foot in the door as a social worker, if you work hard, you have opportunities to be promoted. By completing your MSW you potentially open even more doors. This will help your growth a ton.

Cons of being a social worker:
Emotional exhaustion – Being a social worker is not easy. Especially if you have to deal with difficult circumstances. Investing your feelings in a case / client can have you feeling emotionally drained. This happens especially if you find it difficult to separate your personal life and your job.
Compensation – Social workers are not one of the top earning careers. You have to really do it for the love of it. It is a secure income but many social workers live an average financial life. If you want to become an instant millionaire, then this is not the job for you.
Workload – With all the paperwork and difficult cases, many of our social workers are overworked. Combine this with low pay and you have a very big con for this job.

We need passionate, good social workers to help restore the future of our people. Having a social worker degree will help you personally as well. You learn how to analyse people in your everyday life and could save you some heartache.


‘Online PC Help’ Can be a Scam–Teach Yourself to Watch Out!

Curated article advising consumers to be wary of online PC help scams, that may be fronts for throwing adware and malware on their system. Users should seek out and trust legitimate online PC support services if they want to improve computer security:

Online scams are getting better, but the patterns are the same and it is suspected that the scale of the ‘support’ scams is such that the person actually phoning you may even believe they are working for the company they claim to be working for.

Having just removed adware installed using AnyDesk after a parent believed a scam caller because when asked ‘are you really from BT?’ and the caller said yes, and apparently the sounds of a call centre convinced them this was genuine, I thought it was worth highlighting how people are caught out and some of the things you can do to help or avoid being scammed. The parent has had the chats and warnings about these sort of scams, but the fact they fell for it highlights that you need to vigilant all the time.

So how do you protect yourself? What should you say to friends and relatives?

In this case the caller was claiming to be from BT support and was stating that her PC was infected and they would sort it out if she downloaded AnyDesk remote control software. Alas the parent did download AnyDesk but thought more of it and contacted us, and after some scanning have removed AdWare that was installed for the short time they had control. So the key points to convey to people are…

-Broadband Providers, Microsoft and other IT firms will not usually call you to warn about a virus or another incident on your PC (if they do follow steps suggested below, i.e. do not trust them)

-The caller may know more about you than just your phone number, due to the number of hacks on large companies, don’t allow this extra info be used to gain your confidence.

-Hang up the call, or ask them for a number to call them back on, and note this down, it may help authorities combat this nuisance. Incidents can be reported to

-Do not share personally information with random callers, they may be phishing for a little more information about you rather than verifying your identity

-Never call the scammers back on a number they give you

-In some cases scammers have stayed on the line and will pretend to be your bank, so to ensure your line is clear, phone a friend who you know and thus can ensure your line is clear.

-Some changes have happened to phone systems to reduce the risk of this happening, but calling a friend or family is a good way of knowing the line is clear.

-If you think it really may have been your provider or bank, call them after looking up their number on a statement or website
Do not visit any websites or download software they suggest, AnyDesk appears to be the choice of the moment for gaining remote access to a PC.

-If you know someone who has fallen for the scammers,
–make sure they contact their bank immediately if they do online banking from that device to report the incident and avoid losing money
–run the various malware and anti-virus tools. MalwareBytes is a popular suite and will clean up a PC as part of the free trial
–For any services such as email, online shopping, website logins, you should once the computer has been given a clean bill of health change change all your passwords and check for suspicious activity on the accounts. Report any rogue orders to the vendors, to ensure you are not out of pocket

-The tendency is to clam up about being caught out as it can be embarrassing but this makes life easier for the scammers, so do the opposite tell your friends and warn them these attacks

A great resource if you don’t have a friendly tame IT person to hand to help you is and while it may seem a bit scary to read of so many scams that are done online, being pre-warned is half the battle.

The ‘support’ scams have been running in various disguises since at least 2009, and the fact they have not given up indicates they are still getting a reasonable hit rate, a better informed public will hopefully in time mean they will vanish and hopefully some of those behind the scams will get caught and sent to prison eventually.


Course for Biz Owners on Generating Free or Cheap Instagram Likes

Excerpt of a news item from about a Bluefield, WV conference for business owners interested in Instagram, including how to build followers or generating free or cheap Instagram likes:

BLUEFIELD — Business owners worked with city officials at a local coffee shop Tuesday to learn the ins and outs of Instagram.

According to the social media platform: “Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures.”

Bluefield Community and Economic Development Director Jim Spencer helped to organize the meeting.

“This morning Erica Farrington taught Instagram 101,” Spencer said. “Erica gave an overview with Instagram. It’s basically the Instagram basics and how to use them for your business.”

Spencer said officials worked with business owners to find out what their needs are and develop opportunities to address those needs. “One of the things we’re doing is through Create Opportunity,” Spencer said. “It’s an initiative to support our local businesses. We’ve been hosting sessions since August for our businesses. In August, we had the entrepreneurship option. Then we hosted a class of new market tax credits. We’ve had two marketing classes taught by David Hite.”

According to Spencer, a local business was presented to the group as a case study. “Then we had a case study, which was Ansel Ponder, who is the brand manager for a new business called 3Up 2Up,” Spencer said. “He started this business in October and he’s grown tremendously. He’s done very well, getting their brand out there with social media. He was explaining today to other businesses how they can do the same. Erica taught them the basics and Ansel showed them how Instagram has grown their business.”

Spencer said there were approximately 12 people present for the session on Tuesday morning. “This is something the city is offering to the businesses to help them grow,” Spencer said. “We’re going to continue doing this, we’ll have monthly sessions.”

Officials interested in attending future sessions can contact “Our next class is a Snapchat for businesses session,” Spencer said.

Online Courses for Fashion Ed

From Business of Fashion:

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s been one year since we unveiled the first iteration of BoF Education. Today, we are happy to unveil our first paid online courses — The Art & Science of Buying and Merchandising with Susanne Tide-Frater and Fashion History for Today with Colin McDowell — as well as the 2016 edition of our Global Fashion Schools Ranking, which now includes 54 schools from 17 countries around the world.

Our new online courses, which join our free Fashion Foundations courses on Setting up a Fashion Business From Scratch and Fashion Legends, are the next step in the development of BoF Education, fashion’s platform for online learning. Online courses and classes — now embraced by leading institutions like Harvard, MIT, Oxford and Cambridge — have broken down major financial and geographical barriers to knowledge sharing and can do the same in fashion education.

Until now, students who did not live near top institutions were disadvantaged. In the fashion sector, where leading schools are largely concentrated in a handful of style capitals, these barriers are even more pronounced. By contrast, our new courses can be completed anywhere with good access to the Internet — including far from traditional fashion hubs. What’s more, our offering is structured so students can work through materials at their own pace, fitting education into their own schedules…

WIX Free Online School For Website Design

As the below excerpt shows, from Texas to Taiwan, online based learning is becoming the key to everything in the modern world:

DIY website creator Wix wants to make starting a career in web design as easy as it’s made building your own site.

Today, the company is launching WixEd, a free online education program that teaches Wix users everything they need to know to launch their own website design business.

The course consists of three parts: Wix Webmaster, which teaches web design with the tools Wix provides, and two business and marketing classes that cover all aspects of running a small business with intros to SEO, e-commerce, accounting, and photography.

wixedA group of Wix instructors are on call to answer questions and review the homework that’s assigned after each section, including building a website for a real small business client.

“It’s not only about building websites, it’s about being the person who is responsible for the online presence of a small business,” says Yuval Finkelstein, who is running the WixEd program for Wix. “All of the strengths that online marketing had two years ago are now available for small business owners, they just need the professionals that can do it.”

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Art Education: Basic Techniques of Classical Realism Oil Paintings

What is oil painting? Oil paints on the canvas. It’s an indisputable definition. I thought that oil painting is more than that.

Any kind of figurative art (including oil painting) is thought of beforehand. The basic rules of studying drawing and painting are very closely connected with the laws of the discipline.

Tip 1. Brushes

You should have many brushes so that not to lose time washing them while working. Take a new brush for every new mix. Use round kolinsky brushes, No.1 to No. 10. To cover larger surfaces, you will need a few #20 to #35 brushes. For final strokes PRIPLAVLENIYE (final blending) you will need a few very soft round and flat average size squirrel brushes. Brushes should be treated very carefully. After every session they should be washed in turpentine and after that in warm water with soap.

Tip 2. Canvas

The canvas should be primed additionally a few more times and in conclusion it should be ground with fine sandpaper. After that the canvas should be scraped with a razor to remove the canvas texture till smooth dead surface similar to the egg’s surface is achieved.

Tip 3. Palette

The palette must be made of hard dark wood, best of all, of pear wood. After work wash the palette with turpentine and scrape it with a razor. Before work wipe the palette with linseed oil.

Tip 4. Paper

The drawing is made on paper life-size to the smallest details. Then it is transferred to the canvas by carbon-paper. After that the drawing is outlined with brown ink because the first oil layer – IMPRIMATURA (transparent coat that is equal to the middle tone of largest, lightest object in painting) – will wash away the pencil, but the ink will remain visible almost through the last layers.

Tip 5. Still Life Objects

It is very important to have objects for still life in the studio.009 Don’t be stingy at garage sales and flea markets, you may regret it later.

Tip 6. Lacquer  -The lacquer for IMPRIMATURA is made of 2% of dry DAMAR CRYSTALS and 98% of turpentine. The lacquer for painting is made of 5-10% of dry resin and 90-95 % of turpentine. A couple of lavender oil drops are added directly to the oil-can. Scientists say lavender oil stimulates the brain. However, I think that old masters added it to eliminate the heavy turpentine smell. The lacquer for the final step consists of 30% of DAMAR CRYSTALS, 3% of linseed oil, and 67% of turpentine.

Tip 7. Canvas Cleaning

Before each new layer the canvas (ideally dried during 7 weeks) is carefully wiped with a half of an onion (in order to prepare the dried surface to absorb better) and then with linseed oil. After that the canvas is wiped with a soft piece of cloth.

Tip 8. Mixture

IMPRIMATURA, or the first paint layer. The canvas is covered with a liquid mixture based on Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre Light and Ivory Black (the mixture should have an olive hue).

Tip 9. Basic Set of Paints

The basic set of paints is the following: “Rembrandt” oil colors: Flake White, Yellow Ochre Light, Red Ochre, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber Ivory and Lamp Black (7 Basic Colors), and 4 extra colors (when necessary) which I use in the last layers: Flake Yellow (instead of it also can be used Cadmium Yellow Deep), Madder Lake Deep, Chinese Vermilion, Prussian Blue. But be careful to use these last 4 colors very sparingly.


The first and the second TEL’NII (flesh tones: main life colors) PODMALYOVOK (5th and 6th layers). The first TEL’NII PODMALYOVOK is made half a tone lighter and two tones lighter in colors; and half a tone darker and two tones lighter in shadows. The same is true of the second TEL’NII PODMALYOVOK.


The dead layer – the fourth PODMALYOVOK – is made with white lead, light ocher, red ocher, and burnt bone. The aim of this PODMALYOVOK is penumbra. The picture must look as if its objects were lit with moonlight – olive cold gray color. Colors are applied thickly, half a tone higher, shadows are very transparent, half a tone lower.


The seventh layer — LESSIROVKA : Details of textures, thickly applied highlights, bright reflections, and signature. In this layer you may use additional paints: Prussian blue, red cinnabar, yellow flake (cadmium yellow deep), madder lake deep.

Tip 13. Shadow PODMALYOVOK

The shadowPODMALYOVOK (the process of creating intermediate layers) is made with Burnt Umber in two layers (2nd and 3rd layers). In the second layer all details are made excluding the texture. In the third layer LESSIROVKA of the main tone masses is made with a big brush.

Tip 14. Music

Many painters get an energy charge from music. Stop listening to any modern music and begin listening only to classical music. Try to begin loving it.

Last, stop looking at modern art and stop loving it. Modern bright colors and hue contrasts destroy the subtle vision of the painter who took risks to study classical painting in our time.

From the 16th century to the beginning of the 20th century artists used the seven layer technique. Like music where there are seven notes, seven keys, and within each there are seven more. 7 days in a week. 7 Layers of Paint. Each layer in oil painting must dry for seven weeks. The energy which we receive from old paintings in museums, like ghosts in old castles with old paintings, is related to this magic figure.

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LLCC Provides Adult Education and Socialization Options

By David Blanchette, Correspondent

The Lincoln Land Community College Academy of Lifelong Learning “may have some of the similar joys of a second childhood,” according to 80-year-old Springfield resident Kathryn Ransom, who has been involved in the program for nearly 10 years.

“Besides, if you don’t use your brain, it goes dead,” she added.
The academy is an education, activity and socialization program for those 50 years of age and older and will hold its annual kickoff event on Aug. 18, in the Trutter Center on the college’s Springfield campus. The doors open at 10 a.m., and refreshments will be provided.

Ransom is a former educator for District 186, still teaches courses at Benedictine University at Springfield, and has been on the academy board for three years.

“It involves seniors in an active way, whether they want to be physically active or they want to keep their mind working,” Ransom said. “It’s a way to get seniors together to have a fellowship and conversation. A lot of seniors live alone, and it’s an opportunity for them to develop friendships both within the group as well as outside of the group.

Membership in the 25-year-old academy program has grown from 306 to 363 in the last four years and includes people in their early 50s through their mid-90s, according to Jamie Stout, director of community education at Lincoln Land.

“They have educational lectures on hot topics like drones or medical marijuana or cancer advancements. They really want to be in the forefront of the things that are happening in today’s world,” Stout said. “We’ve recently started a technology group. A lot of members have grandchildren or they see people around them using Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, smartphones, smart TVs, and they really want to stay on top of the latest technology.

“There really is something for everybody, whether you are looking to learn, or to be social and do things around the community.”

Offerings include lecture and discussion programs; interest groups; a breakfast roundtable; Wander on Wednesday, where members visit attractions locally and throughout the Midwest; Meet, Greet and Eat that allows members to enjoy monthly dinner events; and the Road Scholar program. There is a nominal fee for some of the activities, Stout said.  


Hillsdale College Online Courses Surpasses 1,000,000

Online education is the new gold standard, or gold rush:

Hillsdale College’s free, online courses on the subject of the Constitution, politics, economics, and other subjects surpassed 1,000,000 total unique students, the College announced today.

“Hillsdale College was founded to provide ‘sound learning’ that will help preserve ‘the blessings of liberty‘ in America,” said Bill Gray, director of marketing at Hillsdale College. “For more than 170hillsdale years, we have provided that kind of education to our students. Now, with our online courses, we can invite citizens nationwide to learn from the same professors who teach on campus. Achieving this milestone is a great accomplishment, and indicates just how many people are eager to learn from Hillsdale.”

Hillsdale College’s first online course, “Introduction to the Constitution,” launched in September 2011. Currently, Hillsdale offers more than a dozen courses, including:
-Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution
-The Presidency and the Constitution
-History 101: Western Heritage, From the Book of Genesis to John Locke
-History 102: American Heritage, From Colonial Settlement to the Reagan Revolution
-Economics 101: The Principles of Free Market Economics
-Public Policy from a Constitutional Viewpoint
-The Federalist Papers
-Winston Churchill and Statesmanship
-An Introduction to C.S. Lewis: Writings and Significance

More than 868,800 people have enrolled in Hillsdale’s Constitution courses since they were first offered, making it Hillsdale’s most popular online course.

Most Hillsdale online courses last for 10 weeks and consist of weekly video lessons. Hillsdale College faculty members teach the 40-minute lessons. Students may begin an online course at any time and work through them at their own pace. For new courses, one session is released each week. Older courses are archived and available to view online indefinitely.

For more information or to register for an online course, go to