News Article | May 4, 2017
"We are thrilled to celebrate our continued investment in Michigan, which contributes to our overall long-standing commitment to invest in America," said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota in North America. "Expanding the Research and Development Campus in York Township is an incredible next step in Toyota's journey in the United States." The TMNA R&D campus supports the One Toyota commitment to the environment through sustainable, environmentally-sensitive and state-of-the-art design, materials, features and efficiencies like low-flow faucets for water conservation. The commitment to sustainability is also found in conservation measures, such as LED lighting, high-efficiency building shells and exterior landscaping using indigenous plants such as Michigan strawberries. Finally, the TMNA R&D Supplier Center has applied for the new LEED Version 4. If approved, this will make the TMNA R&D Supplier Center the first LEED V4 Platinum building in Michigan. The celebration also served as an opportunity to welcome the newest executive leader to the TMNA R&D team, Shinichi Yasui. Yasui, who arrived in April, serves as Toyota engineering and manufacturing president, executive vice president of TMNA R&D and managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). His previous position at TMC was executive general manager of Mid-Size Vehicle Company. "We now have a fully developed Research and Development operation in the heart of the auto industry in southeast Michigan, which will allow for deep collaboration between all departments, reinforcing our commitment to One Toyota," said Yasui. "I am excited to join the TMNA R&D team as we commemorate 40 years of engineering excellence here in Michigan." The event will conclude with a ceremonial cherry tree planting to honor the milestone. Since opening the doors of the York Township campus, TMNA and TMC executives have sponsored and planted almost 200 trees on the York Township campus as part of the "Cherry Tree Project." The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture dates back hundreds of years and the annual blossom season coincides with the beginning of the new fiscal year. It's fitting, then, that the cherry trees were in bloom at the TMNA R&D grand opening celebration here in Michigan, ushering in a new beginning for TMNA R&D and its important role within One Toyota. To demonstrate Toyota's continued commitment to Michigan, the company announced $200,000 in grants to several organizations in Washtenaw County: Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, Growing Hope, Ypsilanti Consolidated School District and Dixboro Road Shared Use Trail. The Dixboro Road Shared Use Trail is a hiking and biking trail that will connect Parker Mill County Park and the Border-to-Border Trail with Matthaei Botanical Gardens. TMNA R&D was also pleased to present a Toyota Tundra truck to York Township. Toyota (NYSE: TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today. Toyota Motor North America Research & Development (TMNA R&D) aims to redefine next-generation cars as not simply a form of transportation, but as a fully connected vehicle. In fact, Toyota is the leader in automotive patents, including autonomous vehicle patents (over 2,000). Centered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Toyota puts the brightest thinkers from all across America together to focus on letting people live more safely and comfortably. Globally, Toyota spends approximately $1 million per hour on R&D to ensure that Toyota rapidly and continuously develops cutting-edge, high-quality, and appealing vehicles. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/toyota-celebrates-40-years-of-research-and-development-in-north-america-with-the-official-opening-of-the-expanded-rd-centers-in-michigan-300451571.html
News Article | May 2, 2017
Cynthia Harris Recognized as a Professional of the Year by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Publication Las Vegas, NV, May 02, 2017 --( About Cynthia Harris Ms. Harris is the President and Owner of Classical Entertainment Inc., a music consulting and contracting company that books talent and live music for corporate and social events, including customized programs for destination weddings in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a small, boutique music brokerage, Classical Entertainment takes pride in providing unparalleled red carpet service to its discerning clients, from concept to completion. With each and every event customized with its own uniqueness, the most amazing and extraordinary musical endeavor Classical Entertainment had the pleasure of producing was a three and a half year tenure providing Music Curation for the stunning Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Ms. Harris has over 40 years experience in the fields of live music performance and music education. “As a child, I knew at the age of eight that I was going to be a musician. And now, looking back over a lifetime dedicated to the art, I realize that, not only did I choose this lifestyle, but this lifestyle chose me...How lucky am I!” Ms. Harris enjoys history and cultural travel, photography and videography, all things associated with ballet and the dance world, and most importantly, being a grandmother. For further information, contact www.classicalentertainment.com. About Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide highlights the professional lives of individuals from every significant field or industry including business, medicine, law, education, art, government and entertainment. Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is both an online and hard cover publication where we provide our members’ current and pertinent business information. It is also a biographical information source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms throughout the world. Our goal is to ensure that our members receive all of the networking, exposure and recognition capabilities to potentially increase their business. Las Vegas, NV, May 02, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Cynthia Harris of Las Vegas, Nevada has been recognized as a Professional of the Year for 2017 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Edition for her outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of entertainment.About Cynthia HarrisMs. Harris is the President and Owner of Classical Entertainment Inc., a music consulting and contracting company that books talent and live music for corporate and social events, including customized programs for destination weddings in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a small, boutique music brokerage, Classical Entertainment takes pride in providing unparalleled red carpet service to its discerning clients, from concept to completion. With each and every event customized with its own uniqueness, the most amazing and extraordinary musical endeavor Classical Entertainment had the pleasure of producing was a three and a half year tenure providing Music Curation for the stunning Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.Ms. Harris has over 40 years experience in the fields of live music performance and music education. “As a child, I knew at the age of eight that I was going to be a musician. And now, looking back over a lifetime dedicated to the art, I realize that, not only did I choose this lifestyle, but this lifestyle chose me...How lucky am I!”Ms. Harris enjoys history and cultural travel, photography and videography, all things associated with ballet and the dance world, and most importantly, being a grandmother.For further information, contact www.classicalentertainment.com.About Strathmore’s Who’s Who WorldwideStrathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide highlights the professional lives of individuals from every significant field or industry including business, medicine, law, education, art, government and entertainment. Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is both an online and hard cover publication where we provide our members’ current and pertinent business information. It is also a biographical information source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms throughout the world. Our goal is to ensure that our members receive all of the networking, exposure and recognition capabilities to potentially increase their business. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Strathmore Worldwide
News Article | May 9, 2017
When Fort Bragg became the first Bee City USA® member in the state of California, the small town with a population of just over 7,000 energized their community with a firm commitment to create and nurture habitat for a diverse population of bees as a vital step in preventing the disappearance of bee colonies and increasing the ability to grow food in the rugged coastal community. When honey bee colonies started disappearing around 2006, Colony Collapse Disorder made headlines since 80% of crop pollination is courtesy of bees and three-quarters of the world's plant species rely directly on the pollinators for reproduction. Both wild bees and honey bees have disappeared rapidly because of habitat loss, inappropriate pesticide use, disease, and parasites. Fort Bragg's decision to join the Bee City USA® organization means protecting the bees, which includes creating educational events designed to promote public awareness, and reporting to Bee City USA® and the growing network of U.S. cities (44 so far) that share information about activities and programs that really work to prevent the loss of bee colonies nationwide. “Fort Bragg is ideal,” says Lavender Cinnamon of Bee Bold Mendocino. “It is a city of gardeners and gardens: it has a garden club, school gardens, numerous community gardens at nonprofit organizations, the farm-to-school program at Noyo Food Forest and, of course, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.” Learning How to Protect Bees and the Environment Local non-profits including Bee Bold Mendocino, Noyo Food Forest, and the Mendocino Coastal Bee Keepers Guild, with more than 200 avid beekeepers all rally in support of community efforts to maintain a healthy coastal ecosystem and care for the local wild bee population. The Fort Bragg Library created a Bee City Read-Aloud Fun Day for children to hear bee stories, enjoy crafts and games and, watch Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show. “I am delighted that the City of Fort Bragg saw the wisdom of becoming a Bee City USA,” says Tanya Wyldflower, a local beekeeper and one of the founders of the Mendocino Coastal Bee Keepers Guild. “We are continually told how deeply gratifying beekeeping is and how our local residents love to contribute to a healthy ecosystem here on the coast. Supporting our pollinators is essential for our community’s long term well being. Educating the local community, engaging children in the schools, and working with the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, local garden clubs, community gardens, and nurseries to implement the program is aimed at raising awareness and spotlighting urgent issues like eliminating the use of neonics, a systemic pesticide that poisons nectar and pollen. Local residents will be taught how to plant bee sanctuaries with forage plants and native wildflowers. Fort Bragg's long term goals include protecting a wide variety of animal species, increasing community awareness of how food grows, improving local food production, helping local nurseries and businesses stock pollinator-friendly native species, alerting the public to the dangers of non-native invasive plants, and teaching the use of non-toxic alternatives for pest control. Urban beekeeping and small-scale bee-related entrepreneurs, including purveyors of local honey will be encouraged. A local business, Thanksgiving Coffee Company, has partnered with Friends of the Earth to donate a portion of sales of BeeBold Coffee. Making sure bees have a safe environment to live in helps to create a more vibrant, educated, healthy community. The USDA Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership Publication, Bee Basics, An Introduction to Our Native Bees is available online for free. It is a fascinating compendium of information about all the different kinds of bees, their nesting practices, the bee’s heritage, habitats, and habits—even the specific body components of different types of bees, and how they function. It also covers floral specialization of specific types of bees. For example, the squash bees pollinate only squash, pumpkin, and zucchini. Honey bees, bumble bees, carpenter bees and even cuckoo bees – they’re all in this handy and informative publication. More than 4,000 bee species take care of the 250,000 flowering plant species on earth. Join the conversation about native bees here. If you want to take action in your own state, click here.
News Article | December 2, 2016
HONG KONG, Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate the holiday season, Cafe on 8 at Two MacDonnell Road presents to diners an exciting array of culinary delights. Indulge in the Cafe's new international lunch buffet, as well as a tempting Christmas and New Year's Eve lunch buffet and set dinner with a wide selection of festive delicacies, all in a comfortable homey setting. Christmas & New Year's Eve Lunch Buffet Savour a joyous afternoon this upcoming Christmas and New Year's Eve in a scrumptious spread of festive lunch buffet prepared with an international fare, available from 23 to 31 December. At HKD 268 for adult and HKD 198 for child, the lunch buffet menu includes traditional Christmas favourites such as Roasted Turkey Breast in Cranberry Sauce and Pan-fried Honey Gammon Ham. Other buffet items available are assorted sashimi and tempura, Baked Garlic Oysters, Christmas Pudding and Creme Brulee. Diners can also top off the meal with a special beverage package of HKD 48 per person for a free flow of fresh juices. Christmas & New Year's Eve Set Dinner For those who crave for a hearty feast, diners can also enjoy an alluring four-course set dinner from 24 to 26 and 31 December at HKD 350, from Parma Ham and Rock Melon Salad, Shrimp Bisque, choice of entree such as Pan-fried Angus Beef Tenderloin, Pan-fried Tiger Prawns with Garden Salad or Grilled Whole Spring Chicken, to the Cafe's signature Portuguese Pudding as dessert. Complement the meal with a glass of sparkling wine, red and white wine for just an additional HKD 108 per person. Regular Lunch Buffet Starting 1 December, Cafe on 8 also presents a new lunch buffet, featuring a full variety of chilled seafood, assorted sashimi and charcuterie platter, freshly mixed salad, savoury hot dishes and sweet dessert bites, pricing at HKD 168 for adult and HKD 118 for child. Managed by Lanson Place, Two MacDonnell Road and its restaurant Cafe on 8 boast spectacular views of the lush mountain and iconic Central city skyline. Spend a warm and cosy Christmas at Cafe on 8, an ideal venue for gathering family and friends to celebrate the festive season. For restaurant reservations and enquiries, please contact +852 2132-2688 or email email@example.com. For more information, please visit http://twomr.com.hk/promotions/Christmas%20Dining%20Offers. The above prices are charged per person and subject to 10% service charge. About Two MacDonnell Road Conveniently set in a vibrant residential neighbourhood within the city's prestigious Mid-levels, Central, accommodation at this restful oasis boast green tropical views backed by Hong Kong's iconic architectural skyline. Two MacDonnell Road offers 213 classically decorated rooms, private gymnasium, a popular restaurant Cafe on 8 and free shuttle bus service, the property enjoys an unrivalled location close to Central's key financial district and cool entertainment hubs Lan Kwai Fong and Soho. Immediately surrounding the property are the city's lush Botanical Gardens and Hong Kong Park, making this hidden gem perfectly located for work, play and restoration. About Lanson Place Hospitality Management Limited Lanson Place is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wing Tai Properties Limited (Wing Tai), a publicly listed company in Hong Kong (HKEx stock code:369), currently manages eleven properties (two of which Wing Tai has equity in) under the Lanson Place brand, comprising high-end hotels and serviced apartments in Shanghai, Chengdu, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong. Lanson Place properties are generally located in close proximity to the central business district as well as shopping and entertainment precincts. Lanson Place aims to offer attentive and personalized service with the convenience of a luxury hotel and the comfort and privacy of home. The Group will continue to grow the "Lanson Place" brand as a pan-Asian brand and will continue to explore investment and management opportunities mainly in gateway cities in the Asia-Pacific region.
News Article | December 19, 2016
December is a beautiful time to visit San Francisco—just don’t expect to see snow on the ground. No matter how cold California natives might find the weather, Dec. 25 in San Francisco is guaranteed to be warmer than at least 38 other states. And it’s bound to be considerably less crowded than the slushy sidewalks of Manhattan. All this means that there are plenty of reasons to be out and about in San Francisco on Christmas Day. Ice Skate in Downtown San Francisco All three downtown San Francisco ice skating rinks (Yerba Buena Gardens, the Embarcadero Center and Union Square) are open for you to show off your triple axels on Christmas Day, the latter two until late in the evening. The Union Square rink is particularly jolly, as the commercial bustle will have ceased but the adjacent holiday tree remains lit. San Francisco Zoo & Gardens The Reindeer Romp at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens runs from Nov. 19 to Jan. 1, and stays open Christmas Day. Those reindeer don’t even take the day off! Considering the zoo is across the street from the Pacific Ocean, it’s hard not to take a bonus trip to the beach in late December, especially with a cup of hot chocolate from the Lemur Café. San Francisco Botanical Gardens Society at Strybing Arboretum The Botanical Gardens are Golden Gate Park’s most manicured jewel. Although San Francisco residents never pay an entrance fee, the gates are flung open to everyone on Christmas Day. Roam through 55 acres of native plants, succulents, magnolias, a grove of redwoods, the Ancient Plant Garden, and the rest of the 8,000 species on display, some of which might even be in bloom (especially the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest). If you’re lucky, the weather will be temperate enough for a picnic.. Contemporary Jewish Museum The Contemporary Jewish Museum is open on Christmas. Better yet, it’s a Community Free Day, so all the galleries are open (which means advance registration is highly recommended). Art-making, musical performances and a nosh from Wise Sons Delicatessen round out a wonderful holiday afternoon inside Daniel Libeskind’s post-modern cube. Kung Pao Kosher Comedy Kung Pao Kosher Comedy brings together the Jewish comedic heritage with the venerable tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas. Comic Lisa Geduldig began performing at the 370-seat New Asia Restaurant in Chinatown in 1993, and the tradition has grown every year since. This year’s performances happen Dec. 23-25. Brunch at the Palace Hotel The freshly renovated Palace Hotel turns into a holiday wonderland each year, with a giant gingerbread house and tea with Santa every Saturday in December. Spoil yourself at one of six brunch seatings on Christmas Day, in either the Grand Ballroom or the fabulous 19th century Garden Court. An upscale buffet as opposed to a standard meal (think crepes and a carving station), its Yuletide grandeur befits both the occasion and the surroundings. Check out which restaurants are open on Christmas Day. The San Francisco Travel Association is the official destination marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, activities and more, visit http://www.sftravel.com, read the Visitors Planning Guide or call 415-391-2000. San Francisco Travel also operates Visitor Information Centers at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market St. at the corner of Powell and Market streets and on the lower level of Macy’s Union Square. American Express® is the official Card partner of the San Francisco Travel Association. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 44 international cities on 38 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with 78 cities in the U.S. on 13 domestic airlines. SFO offers upgraded free Wi-Fi with no advertising. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit http://www.flysfo.com. Follow SFO on http://www.twitter.com/flysfo and http://www.facebook.com/flysfo. Note to editors: Press releases and other media resources are available at http://www.sftravel.com/media. The San Francisco Travel Photo Video Library is available at http://barberstock.com/sanfranciscotravel. For news and story ideas, follow @SFMediaRelation on Twitter and @OnlyinSF on Instagram. To sign up for e-newsletters on San Francisco travel, culinary or LGBT news, click here.
News Article | October 31, 2016
Significant changes in the distribution of plants on Earth can be a reality by 2050. The prediction is made by scientists from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the University of Copenhagen, based on fossilized pollen. The pollen stems from plants that existed during previous periods with climate changes - similar to those expected in this century. We still cannot physically travel in time, but ancient fossils can - like a time machine - give us knowledge about the past and the future. In a study published today in Nature, scientists use fossilized pollen to examine the future of biodiversity on Earth under climate change. The scientists predict profound changes in the distribution of plants globally. Lead-author of the study, Associate Professor David Nogués-Bravo from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the Natural History Museum of Copenhagen, says, - Surprisingly, our results forecast major shifts in abundance and composition of plants in forests, grasslands and other plants communities. These transformations will occur already by the middle of this century. It means that our own grandchildren will encounter largely different landscapes compared to those we know today. They will see new species in forests, on prairies and scrublands, while other species, that are common in those areas today, will be gone. The prediction is based on records of fossilized pollen from plants that lived between 20,000 years ago to present. During this time, ice sheets melted and global temperatures rose by 4 to 5 degrees, similar to the temperature rises expected for this century. Professor Jack Williams from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, co-author of the study, elaborates, - The fossil record gives us a natural model system for studying species responses to climate change. We can see that ecosystems were transformed by past climate changes, for ecosystems both on land and in waters - and across many regions. Thus, we can expect similarly profound changes throughout the Earth. The records of pollen used in the study comprised 100 European plant taxa from 546 sites, and 87 North American plant taxa from 527 sites. The study shows that one third of North American plants and more than half of European plants may face increased threat status in the future due to climate change. Central North America and southern Europe are the most exposed regions. - The findings of our study based on paleorecords highlight the vital importance of biological archives. Archives like those at Natural History Museums, Botanical Gardens and digital internet databases. They provide conservation assessments directly relevant and useful for conservation policies of today and for the future, concludes Professor Carsten Rahbek, senior-author on the article.
News Article | January 13, 2016
After posting our early edition of 2016 science art exhibits nationwide, several artists got in touch to let me know about upcoming shows they are in. I updated the roundup accordingly and in the process, discovered four opening receptions in the next three weeks. If you are in the area and available, don't miss the opportunity to meet these accomplished artists face-to-face: Origin of the Universe. Evolution of the Universe. String Theory. Dark Matter. Dark Energy. Multiverse. Unification of Space + Time. Our Solar System. Cultural Cosmology. Art.Science.Gallery.’s science-inspired printmakers explore the cosmos in this far out exhibition for PrintAustin 2016, a city-wide printmaking festival. This exhibition explores the relationship between culture and nature, one of the oldest human tropes. In this recurring schism, humans believe ourselves to be of nature and, alternately, distinct from it. As we search texts and traditions to support either position, the persistence of the trope itself is underscored; it’s an impasse, shifting in form. It’s also an embrace of or a resistance to the natural world that produced us; from which we believe we stand apart. In Raw and Cooked, artists Jim Jacobs, Joshua Winegar, and Paul Crow present work within this nature/culture dialectic. Jacobs begins with an ancient horticultural intervention, the graft, to focus our attention on a literal intersection of the natural and the human-made. Winegar takes on the natural world as a partner in a conversation with his psyche, alternately responding to, and intervening in, the world which surrounds him. Crow maps the span of his life onto the time frame of the human awareness of global climate change. Each artist begins with material that exists before agency and brings it through a process of intervention to manifest a hybrid: the artist in dialogue both with the world and without, and with an inner understanding of that world. Artist and ocean advocate Courtney Mattison creates large scale ceramic installations and sculptures inspired by science and marine biology. Her intricate hand-crafted porcelain works celebrate the fragile beauty of endangered coral reef ecosystems and promote awareness to conserve and protect our natural world. Born and raised in San Francisco, Courtney received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Marine Ecology and Ceramic Sculpture from Skidmore College in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies from Brown University with coursework at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Mattison has exhibited her work nationally including at the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY, the headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Organized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Curated by Alison Byrne, Director of Exhibitions and Education. Exhibit details: Botanical Paintings in Colored Pencil by Nina Antze January 7, 2016 – April 25, 2016 Please call ahead 707-527-9277 x 107 to see exhibit Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA California Flora is an exhibit of botanical paintings by colored pencil artist Nina Antze. The paintings were created over the past eight years and focus mainly on California natives. Also included are paintings documenting Luther Burbank’s Experiment Farm in Sebastopol and a piece from the Alcatraz Florilegium, a documentation of the plants of the Alcatraz gardens. Nina Antze is a botanical artist and quilt maker living in Northern California. She has a degree in Fine Art from San Francisco State University and has a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens. She teaches Colored Pencil classes in the Botanical Certificate Program at Filoli Gardens, at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and around the Bay Area. Her botanical paintings and colored pencil drawings have been exhibited in New York, at the Huntington Library, and at Filoli Gardens and her quilts have won numerous awards. She works in colored pencil, watercolor pencil and fabric. Her botanicals can be viewed at her website, www.pcquilt.com Exhibit details: The Alcatraz Florilegium January 16 - 29, 2016 University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley 200 Centennial Drive Berkeley, CA The Northern California Society of Botanical Artists (NCSBA) in collaboration with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Garden Conservancy has created a florilegium, a series of botanical paintings, to document the plants of The Gardens of Alcatraz. The UC Botanical Garden is thrilled to welcome the NCSBA to exhibit this special showing of the Alcatraz Florilegium, with over 70 drawings and paintings, in the beautiful Julia Morgan Hall. For those unable to attend the exhibit in person, visit the online version here. _______________________________ If you have a scienceart exhibit that should be included in Symbiartic's regular scienceart roundup, with the relevant details.
News Article | December 23, 2016
With the help of their members and the public, Phoenix-based credit union, Arizona Federal, raised more than $8,000 during their eighth annual holiday raffle, which ended December 9, 2016. The money raised during is used to provide much-needed items to the children who attend the Wilson Community Center and their families. Every year Arizona Federal team members take the funds raised and go on a shopping spree for the Wilson Community Center – buying each child of the classrooms they sponsor a coat, shirt, pants, shoes, socks, hygiene items and a fun toy. Volunteers of the credit union wrap these presents and deliver them as Santa’s helpers for the children to open during their holiday celebration on the last day of school before winter break. In addition to providing holiday gifts, the program has allowed Arizona Federal to help supply uniforms to children attending the school, and provided food bags that the children and their families can take home over extended school breaks. “More than 25 percent of the children attending this school are homeless, and many more rely on the school’s free lunch program for their only meal of the day,” said Julie Rivas, director of risk mitigation and project chair for the holiday raffle. “Through this program, we can help give these kids a chance to just be a kid, and to help their parents stress less about where their family’s food will come from over winter and summer break,” Rivas added. “We’re thankful we can be involved – and that our members have been generous enough to make this program a success year after year.” Arizona Federal’s annual holiday raffle typically takes place from the middle of November through the beginning of December. Anyone who purchases entries is entered into a drawing for prizes that are donated from local businesses and credit union partners. Get Away Today, Desert Botanical Gardens, Bearizona, Ballet Arizona, Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort, Edgewater Hotel, the Verde Canyon Railroad, Arizona Science Center, Wildlife World Zoo, Phoenix Zoo, Main Event, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Tropicana Express, Aquarius Laughlin, Aquarium of the Pacific, Texas Roadhouse, Darden Restaurant Group, and Turf Paradise donated prizes for the 2016 raffle. About Arizona Federal Arizona Federal is a $1.4 billion not-for-profit, locally-owned financial cooperative providing financial services and expertise to more than 120,000 member/owners. Founded in 1936, the organization takes its mission of financial empowerment and mutual benefit to heart by providing members cutting-edge self-service tools, financial coaches, identity protection services, and annual member payouts when the cooperative does well. Arizona Federal has locations across the Phoenix metropolitan area. Deposits are insured by the National Credit Union Administration. About Wilson Community Center Wilson Community Center is a part of the Wilson Elementary School District in Phoenix, Arizona, offering classes from Pre-School to Eighth grade. With over 100 years in existence in Central Phoenix, the district serves an area where less than 25 percent of the community has a high school diploma, 94 percent of families qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and 60 percent of children enter school speaking a language other than English. The goal of the district is to prepare the students for college through a focus on academics and a state-of-the-art technology program. For more information about the Wilson Elementary District, please visit http://www.wsd.k12.az.us.
News Article | January 20, 2016
Right this moment, hundreds of miles above the Earth's surface, a fleet of 19 NASA satellites are silently orbiting the planet. As they travel along their individual paths, the spacecraft are constantly taking photos and collecting information that helps predict everything from impending hurricanes to aerosol levels in the atmosphere. But despite their importance, these satellites are easy to forget—because they're so difficult to see and imagine. That's something NASA is trying to change. For example, in March it released an animated video showing the satellites' various trajectories. This time around, it's taking a more aural approach to the problem with the a seashell-shaped structure called the Orbit Pavilion. Located outside NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, the spiraling aluminum structure amplifies a symphony of sounds, each of which corresponds to one of the 19 satellites in orbit, plus the International Space Station. The brains behind this 3,500-square-foot structure are Jason Klimoski and Leslie Chang, of the Brooklyn-based architecture firm StudioKCA. The brief was left extremely open, the duo explain: "They came to us and said we've got these 19 satellites and we want to somehow have people interact with sound and with the trajectories of these satellites in an interesting way," says Klimoski. "The satellites are collecting data streams. That doesn’t really lend itself to good representation, so we had to think of a new creative way to do it." The firm worked with Shane Myrbeck, a sound artist and acoustic engineer at the firm Arup to assign each of the satellites its own sound—anything from water trickling to leaves rustling to deep tonal noises. Myrbeck then placed an array of speakers around the center of the space and programmed them to play the sounds in such a way that the visitors feel like they are zipping past them. Inspired by the way a conch shell conveys the sound of the sea, the building—made up of 72 perforated aluminum panels, each measuring six feet wide by 25 feet across—is designed to mitigate outside sounds and amplify the sounds of space. Of course, those sounds are just sonic interpretations of the orbiting spacecrafts—which themselves are silent and largely invisible from Earth. The timing is interpretive as well: a satellite that would typically take 90 minutes to complete an orbit is condensed down to five to create a whirling, immersive sensation. So while the installation does give visitors a sense of satellite's trajectory, don't count on a completely accurate experience. The point, as Klimoski puts it, is to create a sense of amazement that these satellites are spinning in orbit all around us in outer space, even if we can't see them. "We wanted to make that world tangible," he says. The Orbit Pavilion will be at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California until this summer (exact date TBD), when it will move to the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.
News Article | November 16, 2016
Brad Schmett, of Brad Schmett Real Estate Group and Keller Williams Realty announced today that the 10th Annual WildLights at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert scheduled for November 23-December 24, on select nights from 6 PM to 9 PM will bring in luxury home buyers looking for family homes and estates that surround the breathtaking and pristine area on the south side of the Coachella Valley. More than 750,000 twinkling lights illuminate the park creating a magical and stunning holiday aura. One of the favorites is the Tunnel of Lights where guests can take a walk under a canopy of brilliant blinking and flashing lights all set to favorite holiday music tunes. Taking a ride on the trackless train or riding the magnificent, old-fashioned carousel are other favorite activities that guests enjoy. Campfires, hot toddies, hot chocolate, and plenty of delicious gourmet goodies are also on hand making an evening that is truly impossible to forget. Schmett observed, “WildLights is one of our signature holiday events in the Coachella Valley. Listening to live music next to a campfire, and enjoying our favorite hot beverage under a brilliant canopy of stars reminds us of why so many of us choose to call Palm Desert and La Quinta home. The crisp night air and the peace and serenity of the desert underscore its beauty on every level. My team and I know that we will be busy during the weeks of WildLights since this event is a longtime favorite.” Santa Claus always shows up for the children, and there is plenty to do for everyone during the evening. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. For more information on the Annual WildLights at the Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens visit http://www.livingdesert.org/event/wildlights. To find out more about investing in Palm Desert real estate visit http://palmdesertrealestateinfo.com. About Luxury Homes by Keller Williams: Luxury Homes by Keller Williams – La Quinta is an exclusive, elite and sophisticated group of real estate consultants raising the bar for service in the La Quinta and greater Palm Springs real estate market.