Winner, Winner, CHICK’n Dinner!

I am pleased and delighted to tell you all that I have been selected to receive a $4,000.00 educational Scholarship from AVON and the AVON FOUNDATION’s Scholarship program.

Special thanks go to Nancy I. Delgado, Manager: Grants and Programs, Avon Foundation for Women, 1 AVON PLAZA, RYE, NY 10580.

Words, feelings, and emotions cannot express the level of thankfulness and gratitude in my heart right now.

As many of you know my sole focus in being an Avon Representative is to educate the average person about all the wonderful things Avon is doing through its foundation against the fight to end Breast Cancer and its work to end, educate, and eradicate Domestic & Sexual Violence.

The reward of this award will help me to continue to reach out to the community, the business owners, and promoters of good will to empower and elevate our fellow humans.

Most Humbly,

Cynthia “Synth” Surber

BiteByByte Rolling out the Red Carpet!

NanoCon Mk. IV International Science-Fiction Film Festival

This year, the NanoCon Mk. IV Science-Fiction Convention begins on Friday, March 24, 2017 with The NanoCon International Science-Fiction Film Festival. The annual festival, now in it’s second season, accepts submissions of short subject, science fiction films from all over the world. This year 959 films were submitted from 88 countries.

Winning entries from this year’s festival will premiere at a red-carpet event at the Wallenberg Auditorium in the Rose Center for the Performing Arts at Lower Columbia College.

Cosplay (science-fiction related costume) or formal attire is preferred but not required. Walk the red carpet with science-fiction characters and local celebrities.

– 5-6:00PM Food and drink in the Rose Center Lobby

– 6-8:00PM Award-winning films presented in the Wallenberg Auditorium

– 8:30-9:30PM Gold Member ticket holders are invited to share dinner with the our special guest, Northwest science-fiction author, Ken Lizzie, on the Rose Center Mezzanine.


Film Festival Only – $5 – *Individuals under 17 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult. Some films may not be suitable for children under 13 yrs. Films submitted specifically for the Youth category will premiere on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Bronze-Level Member – $10 – Includes admission to all NanoCon Mk. IV activities.

Silver-Level Member – $25 – Includes admission to all NanoCon Mk. IV activities and an official NanoCon Mk. IV t-shirt.

Gold-Level Member – $50 – Includes admission to all NanoCon Mk. IV activities, an official NanoCon Mk. IV t-shirt, official signed poster, and reserved seating at all event activities.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

The NanoCon International Science-Fiction Film Festival accepts submissions on an annual basis as part of the NanoCon Science-Fiction Convention at Lower Columbia College. Screenings for the second season of the festival will occur at the NanoCon Mk. IV Science-Fiction Convention on March 25, 2017.

Howdy neighbors!

On July 1st, 2017, we plan on opening our doors, and on August 23rd we will have our ribbon cutting featuring our gallery artist, Brian Kibbons. It will be a great soiree for all, as well as a lovely opportunity to speak with the artist himself, view other mediums of his artwork, and maybe get something displaying one of his amazing photographs.

NOT a Thrift Store.

Our focus here at S.O.S. Charity Shoppe is to provide you, the customer, with a great selection of NEW and VERY GENTLY used products, with approximately 70% of the shop being new product.

At this time, S.O.S. pulls specific items for the resale portion of the Shoppe from a small, select list of resources.

Classes soon to be offered

Here is a small teaser of just a few of our upcoming classes, workshops and training seminars.

  • Beginning Sewing – I, II, and III. Based on the Palmer/Pletsch Method.
  • Advanced Beginning Sewing – IV, V, and VI. Based on the Palmer/Pletsch Method.
  • How to apply your new AVON makeup workshops.
  • How to present yourselves in the public forum when re-entering the workforce.
  • Resume Writing: Getting It Done! Synth One-Hour Session.
  • Girl On The GO: A monthly get-together where we get to mingle, exchange ideas and win fun prizes for building your business!
  • And so much more!

Prime Objective

The main purpose of S.O.S. Business Enterprises is to educate, empower and enable our fellow citizens to engage in a positive manner to rise up and take back our communities by utilizing the great resources offered within Cowlitz County.

A few examples are the SCORE classes offered at the Longview Library, you can also take StartNextQuarter classes at Lower Columbia College, all while getting on the job Internship training via the S.O.S. Training Center.