News Article | May 12, 2017
Colorado's Premier Western Artist Experiences an Increased Demand for His Work -- Bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming and up-and-coming Denver artist Drew Sarka is gearing up for a busy Spring season, showing his work at multiple exhibitions in Colorado and Kansas.Drew will showcase more than 10 original works, available for purchase at the following exhibits: 2017 Loveland National Fine Art Show running through April 29 will showcase "Standing Guard" and "Winter's Ochres" at the Lincoln Gallery hosted by the Thompson Valley Art League. 2017 Art at the Center Exhibition running April 7 through June 12 will showcase three works including "Red and White Roses," "Plowed Field" and "Catching Grasshoppers"at Overland Park at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center.· 2017 Colorado Visions Art Exhibit (http://www.nmarts.net/art.htm) from April 10 through May 25 will showcase three works including "Continental Divide," "Seven Year Itch" and "Blue and Orange River" at Westminster City Hall hosted by the North Metro Arts Alliance.· National Greeley Art Exhibition (https://ngae-artshow.com)from Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30, will showcase "Aspen Oranges" and "High Plains Sunset" at the Union Colony Civic Center."It is humbling to be accepted into so many shows across Colorado and outside the Denver art market," said Drew Sarka. "Art is a great escape whether you're the artist or an enthusiast, especially during these uncertain times."For a complete list of upcoming and past shows and exhibitions, visit http://www.drewsarkapaints.com/shows-exhibitions/Drew Sarka, a family doctor at Aurora Family Practice Group, creates representational oil paintings that capture his life experiences and showcase the beauty of what Colorado has to offer. From majestic mountainscapes to delicate florals to playful children twirling on a tire swing, Sarka is known for translating genuine, honest experiences onto the canvas. His choice of color and placement of light, shadow and form bring out his signature textural composition. Drew's work has appeared in more than 35 art galleries and shows across the U.S. For more information, connect with him on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/drewsarkapaints/?ref=hl), Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/drewsarka) and at www.drewsarkapaints.com.
News Article | May 24, 2017
Below are just a few of the exciting things families can do during their visit to The Mile High City, including some of the blockbuster events and exhibitions, outdoor recreation and free (or nearly free) activities. For a full list of events, things to do and hotel packages, please go to the VISIT DENVER website. LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil, June 1 – July 9 Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions – a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people. Nature's Amazing Machines, June 16, 2017 – January 1, 2018 Denver Museum of Nature & Science's upcoming exhibition, Nature's Amazing Machines, uses real objects, scientific models and hands-on elements to showcase the marvels of natural engineering. Discover how a giraffe's heart pumps blood up its long neck, how a toucan stays cool in the jungle and how it might feel to fly. You'll also see modern designs inspired by natural adaptations, like Velcro, wind turbines and chainsaws. DINOS! Live, July 1 – October 31 Denver Zoo will take visitors back in time with DINOS! Live, an exhibit through which 18 animatronic dinosaurs will come to life around the park. Guests will see Mesozoic marvels, from a Tyrannosaurus rex to a Stegosaurus, and be able to compare them to animals that live at the Zoo and in the wild today. Frozen Premiere, August 17 – October 1 The beloved Disney tale of two sisters torn apart and their journey to find themselves comes to life on the stage in August. Premiering at the Buell Theatre in Denver first – before it reaches Broadway in New York – the highly anticipated new musical will open to the world in The Mile High City. Vikings: Beyond the Legend, through August 13 In what is the largest collection of Viking artifacts to visit North America, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science's Vikings: Beyond the Legend contradicts the one-dimensional stereotype of bearded barbarians with horned helmets and showcases a culture of surprising refinement, complexity and achievement. Fresh insights revealed through new archaeological discoveries and more than 500 treasures, many never before seen outside of Scandinavia, show why the Vikings will always capture peoples' imaginations. The Western: An Epic in Art and Film, through September 10 The Western: An Epic in Art and Film is the first major exhibition to examine the Western genre and its evolution from the mid-1800s to the present through fine art, film and popular culture. Featuring 160 works, the exhibition explores gender roles, race relations and gun violence — offering a visual journey that is more than cowboys and American Indians, pursuits and duels or bandits and barroom brawls. Calder: Monumental, through September 24 American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is considered one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century and is known for his bold, energetic sculptures. Calder: Monumental at Denver Botanic Gardens features these iconic works of bolted steel plate – which rise in sweeping curves or puncture space with geometric lines – revealing the artist's exploration of forms, volumes and voids. Using shapes that resonate with the natural world, Calder's large lively abstractions will interact with Denver Botanic Gardens' vibrant landscape. Backstory: Western Art in Context, through February 11, 2018 Artists of the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries captured the landscapes and people of a rapidly changing West – as events set in motion dynamics that still shape the region to this day. Backstory: Western Art in Context at History Colorado Center pairs nearly 50 masterpieces from the Denver Art Museum's renowned collection with History Colorado's wealth of artifacts to tell the stories beyond the art, including some of Albert Bierstadt's magnificent landscapes, Frederic Remington's exuberant bronzes and the Taos painters' colorful scenes of the Southwest. FIFA World Cup Qualifier – US Men's National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago, June 8 In conjunction with U.S. Soccer, the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club announced that Dick's Sporting Goods Park will host a FIFA World Cup qualifier between the United States Men's National Team and Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday, June 8. CONCACAF Gold Cup, July 13 Denver will host a 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup group C stage double header at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, featuring matches between the Mexican national soccer team and the Jamaican national team, and El Salvador against Curacao. The Edge at Denver Zoo Located on almost a full acre on the southeastern edge of the facility, Denver Zoo's brand new exhibit, The Edge, will bring guests closer than ever to the Zoo's Amur tigers, one of the world's most endangered species. The expansive, open space will also offer several unique ways to safely connect with these magnificent creatures and to see them from multiple perspectives in yards that mimic their native habitat. Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park Located in the heart of downtown Denver, Elitch Gardens is America's only downtown theme and water park. All weekend – and all summer – long, kids of all ages can experience more than 50 rides and attractions, including the brand new Star Flyer thrill ride (which opened earlier this year), 14 pint-sized adventures, exhilarating roller coasters, cool water slides, Dive-In Movies, free concerts and more. Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus Located in downtown Denver, the recently renovated Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus features hands-on, interactive exhibits for children as young as newborns. There are also daily activities, year-round special events and always something to learn. Denver Aquarium The Downtown Aquarium showcases more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits that highlight fascinating ecosystems from around the world. The complex houses more than 500 species of animals, the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, the Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, shopping and amusements for the entire family. Water World Located just north of downtown, Water World features more than 45 water adventures on 64 acres of land – the largest variety of water attractions in the U.S. Families can enjoy everything from a lazy river to speed slides; children's play adventures to Colorado's only magnetic water coaster, the Mile High Flyer. The park features kid-friendly food vendors, but picnics are also welcome and parking is free. Professional Sports – Colorado Rockies, Colorado Rapids and Denver Outlaws Denver is home to seven professional sports teams, including Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies, Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids and Major League Lacrosse's Denver Outlaws. Schedules for all teams can be found online. The Rapids play on the Fourth of July, and fans can stay late to watch the fireworks display over the field after the game. The Outlaws will have fireworks after their July 4th game against the Atlanta Blaze as well. Extreme Sports Parks The Mile High City loves sports, and extreme sports are no exception. Denver features a collection of extreme sports parks where visitors can bike, kayak, skate and more, all within the metro area. From year-round rugby at Infinity Park to BMX and mountain biking at Evolve Action Sports Park to whitewater kayaking in the center of downtown at Confluence Park, extreme sports are readily available all around Denver. Denver Chalk Art Festival, June 3-4 More than 200 professional, amateur and student artists will show off their incredible talents in what has become one of Denver's most treasured events. Over the course of two days, the artists will take to the streets armed with vivid pastel chalks and spend hours recreating major masterpieces or sharing original works of art. Spectators will watch as the intricate chalk paintings come to life and spread out to adorn four downtown blocks in and around Larimer Square. Visitors will enjoy live music, food and beverages while also having the rare opportunity to interact with the artists as they work. Denver PrideFest, June 17-18 Denver PrideFest in Civic Center Park is recognized as one of the top ten pride events in the country. It is a two-day celebration of community, heritage, family and culture produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center); and this year, PrideFest will highlight the national ¡Viva la Vida! theme. Saturday features activities and entertainment for kids, adults and pets – including a petting zoo, games and races, free concerts, art projects and more. On Sunday, the annual Coors Light PrideFest Parade makes its way from Cheesman Park down Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park, ending in a full-day of festivities, from live music and performances to interactive activities and more. Buskerfest, June 23-24 Featuring an international lineup of artists, Buskerfest aspires to cultivate a tradition of live street art and performance in The Mile-High City. Conceived by award-winning preservationist Dana Crawford, the Buskerfest will enliven Union Station's open-air public plaza and introduce Denver audiences of all ages to skilled performers specializing in the living traditions of busking and street theatre. Fire performers, musicians, face painters, hula-hoopers, jugglers and others will provide entertainment. This event is free and open to the public. Proceeds from select Union Station vendors will benefit Arts Street, an organization which encourages high-risk youth to channel their artistic talents into positive activity. Denver Comic Con, June 30 – July 2 This three-day fan convention at the Colorado Convention Center features the best in comics, sci-fi and fantasy television shows, movies, Japanese animation, cosplay, toys, gaming and celebrities. Announced guest speakers include: Nathan Fillion, best known for his roles on "Castle" and "Firefly"; Wallace Shawn from "The Princess Bride" and "Toy Story"; Lou Ferrigno from "The Incredible Hulk"; Garret Wang, who played Harry Kim on "Star Trek: Voyager"; and Bonnie Bright, who played Ginny Weasley in all eight "Harry Potter" series films. Cherry Creek Arts Festival, July 1-3 Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts, and enjoys an attendance of more than 350,000 visitors over three days. The Cherry Creek North event features Artivity Avenue, a full block of interactive, family-friendly activities, from a collaborative mural to an art playground and more. Independence Eve Fireworks, July 3 The annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park will feature a free patriotic concert, an innovative light show on the Denver City and County Building and a stunning fireworks finale. Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are welcome. Concessions will also be present on-site. Mile High Culture Pass VISIT DENVER offers the Mile High Culture Pass, which allows admission to many of the city's top museums for the bargain "Mile High" price of $52.80 for a five-day pass, or $30 for a three-day pass. Visit the website for additional details on the attractions included and how to purchase one. First Friday Art Walks (First Friday of every month) – Explore Denver's creative neighborhoods on the First Friday of every month when galleries, studios and cultural attractions stay open late for a mind-expanding night of art, food, drink and fun. Find the pulse of Denver's vibrant creative community year-round on the first Friday of each month in The Mile High City's seven neighborhood art districts. This year, RiNo (River North) Art District and the new Drink RiNo group will sponsor a free shuttle every First Friday from 5pm-12am (and Saturdays 2-10pm) that will have multiple stops at galleries, studios, breweries and eateries throughout RiNo. Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre and Dinosaur Ridge Red Rocks Amphitheatre is consistently named the top outdoor venue in the country and is on every music lover's bucket list; it is also a family-friendly attraction day or night. Recently named to the National Historic Register, Red Rocks is a world-famous outdoor concert and recreation venue some 300 million years in the making. Families can enjoy free hiking, biking and exploring during the day; and nearby Dinosaur Ridge is also free and features trails with real dinosaur fossils. The free Visitor Center at Red Rocks features interactive educational displays and a short film on the geologic and musical history of Red Rocks. The park is open daily; and Summer Concert Series, Film on the Rocks and event schedules can be found online. City Parks & Denver Bike Trails – The Mile High City boasts more than 4,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways, which include 2,500 urban natural acres, more than 300 acres of designated rivers & trails and an additional 14,000 acres of spectacular mountain parks, plus many miles of paved, off-street bike trails. Whether families rent a bicycle through the Denver B-cycle program, create a picnic feast from their favorite food trucks or select their favorite recreation activity (kayaking, paddle boating, running and more), there is no shortage of space to enjoy for free or very low cost. Outdoor Movies in the Parks – Several Denver parks offer free or very affordable outdoor movies in the evenings, and they are an ideal way to spend time as a family. Many spots allow picnics or have food trucks, and restless young viewers have plenty of open space to expend some extra energy without disturbing a silent theater. Denver Art Museum – Families are always welcome at the Denver Art Museum, and kids under 18 visit for free. The museum is home to everything from world-class traveling exhibits to daily activities such as coloring, costume creation and building in the Just for Fun Center, to weekend activities; there is something for every guest, every day. About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau Celebrating 108 years of promoting The Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. A record 16.4 million visitors stayed overnight in Denver in 2015, generating $5 billion in spending, while supporting nearly 55,000 jobs, making Tourism one of the largest industries in Denver. Learn more about Denver on the VISITDENVER website and at TOURISMPAYSDENVER or by phone at 800 2 Denver. Denver International Airport (DEN; flydenver.com) connects The Mile High City to more than 180 destinations worldwide including nonstop service to 20 international destinations in 8 countries. Follow Denver's social media channels for up-to-the-minute updates at: Facebook.com/visitdenver; Twitter.com/visitdenver; Instagram.com/visitdenver; and YouTube.com/visitdenver. 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News Article | April 21, 2017
Marijuana enthusiast flashes a peace sign as he waits to go on the stage light up at the 4/20 holiday on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Denver's Civic Center Park. The annual celebration of cannabis culture attracted users from across the intermountain West to Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the 4/20 marijuana celebrations (all times local): Some revelers on San Francisco's Hippie Hill are complaining that the 4/20 marijuana celebration was less free-spirited than in the past. Security checked IDs and turned away people who didn't have them, leading to angry exchanges. City officials issued permits for medical services, food sales and security without formally sanctioning the event. Merchants received permits to provide food trucks, portable toilets and erect a fence around the perimeter. A 4/20 celebration focusing on social justice is underway at a west Oakland, California urban farm. A DJ played hip-hop and reggae with cannabis themes as guests drank bottles of beer, ate tacos and toasted 4:20 p.m. by lighting up plump joints. The event was hosted by Hood Incubator, an Oakland nonprofit formed last year to help minority entrepreneurs get a foothold in the legal cannabis industry. Marijuana is gaining acceptance, but social justice activists want to make sure African Americans and Latinos, who are arrested at higher rates than whites, have a shot at participating in the lucrative industry. Incubator co-founder Ebele Ifedigbo said Thursday's event was a space to learn about the upsides of a plant that could help communities of color economically and socially. Overcast skies and drizzle didn't stop several thousand people from gathering at a park near the Colorado Capitol to light up during the 4/20 marijuana celebration. At 4:20 p.m., pot enthusiasts, many in costume, lit up and sent out a raucous cheer, as well as a cloud of smoke that lingered in the humid air. Rapper 2 Chainz then took the stage. The annual celebration of cannabis culture is providing activists an opportunity to reflect on how far they've come, with the recreational use of marijuana legal now in eight states and the nation's capital. Some hearty stoners opted for a literal high to celebrate the 4/20 holiday outside Los Angeles. About two dozen people gathered Thursday morning at a trailhead in the Altadena foothills for the inaugural "High'ke," a 2.5 mile trek that promised joints to everyone who made it to the 5,600-foot peak of Mount Lowe. Anna Acosta called it a "perfect way" to begin a day. The 49-year-old brought her Chihuahua, Tuxedo, hoping to revel in the "camaraderie of being out in nature" with like-minded people. Organizer Pedro Velasco hopes to someday quit his telecom sales job and open a dispensary and events-planning company focusing on social marijuana use. He says he was inspired to become a pot advocate after a dying uncle refused cannabis that might have brought relief during chemotherapy treatments. Seven pro-pot activists have been arrested by U.S. Capitol police while handing out free joints to congressional staffers and people who work on Capitol Hill. The demonstration Thursday was intended as a protest against federal interference with states that have legal pot. Possession of up to 2 ounces of pot is legal in the District of Columbia, and the demonstration was held on city land rather than federal property in an attempt to comply with the law. But in a statement, police say they invoked federal law in making the arrests. Police say a man and two women were charged with possession with intent to distribute, while four women were charged with simple possession. One of the organizers, Nicholas Schiller, says police "decided to play politics" with the demonstration. Colorado lawmakers have rejected a last-minute proposal to ban marijuana churches where users can congregate inside and smoke pot. The House vote came Thursday on the 4/20 holiday after it debated whether to try stamping out attempts to use religious freedoms to open places where marijuana users can gather. Opponents from both parties said telling churches how to worship is a "slippery slope." The International Church of Cannabis was set to open Thursday in a century-old building in a tony Denver neighborhood. The former Mount Calvary Apostolic Church has traditional church features outside and psychedelic paintings inside. It's illegal in Colorado to consume marijuana indoors in places considered public.
News Article | February 15, 2017
OKEMOS, MI--(Marketwired - February 14, 2017) - As the daily attendance reports kept coming in, it was apparent the 51st Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show, February 8-12, was shaping up to be something special. According to the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds, (MARVAC), more than 28,500 people came to the show during its five days at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. That was a 12 percent increase over 2016. "Every day was a record breaker in terms of public attendance and sales opportunities," said Darren Ing, show director. Saturday proved to be the most popular day with close to 13,000 camping and RV enthusiasts appreciating 287 vehicles, reserving campground space at MARVAC-member campgrounds and enjoying many RV-themed seminars. Larry Andree, A & S RV Center, Auburn Hills, reported it was one of the best RV and camper shows the A & S sales team has experienced in a long time. "It was almost-almost-too busy," he joked. "There was a lot of interest in all sorts of vehicles and price points and it was very encouraging to see all the young families." The 51st annual Detroit Camper & RV Show-the third-longest running RV show in the country-has historically been an indicator of the health of the camping and RVing industry as well as the economy as a whole. "Based on the strong sales and campground reservations at the show, it's going to be a good year for our members," said Ing. MARVAC sponsors multiple camper and RV shows across Michigan throughout the year including the 40th Annual Flint Camper & RV Show, March 16-19, 2017 at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint; the new MARVAC Port Huron Camper & RV Show March 23-26, 2017 at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron; the 25th Annual Northwest Michigan Camper & RV Show, March 24-26, 2017 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center in Traverse City and the 28th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show October 4-8, 2017 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. For more information, go to marvac.org. The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging growth in the recreation vehicle and private campground industries while contributing to the quality of Michigan tourism. MARVAC, 2222 Association Drive, Okemos, Mich. 48864-5978; 517.349.8881.
News Article | February 15, 2017
DENVER, CO, February 14, 2017-- Exuberant sign holders poured out of the crowded light rail train at Denver's theater district station. When I say crowded, I mean Tokyo subway crowded. An estimated 100 to 200 thousand flocked to the Women's March at Denver's Civic Center the day after America inaugurated a new president, joining the voices of millions on every single continent, yes even Antarctica. The boisterous support of the president elect's fans were in stark contrast to many voters who were gripped by feelings of anger, disbelief, and sadness, but the positivity and upbeat mood at the march was palpable. Seeing many of the same signs that protesters of the 60's carried can raise some doubts that protests work and the voice of the people matters, but there have been clear indictors over the opening weeks of the new presidency that resistance doesn't just trigger an infantile and ill-conceived Twitter rant, but it works. From rescuing refugees from immigration limbo in a terrifying airport ordeal, to getting businesses to distance themselves from the current administration, it's working. If the turnout to the marches and protests of the past few weeks is any indication, the women of today's movement are here to do more than just roar and this sure isn't your mama's women's movement.The power of the women's movement of the 60's is nothing compared to the might that female market and cultural influence wields today. Until 1974 women had to have a man cosign for any credit application, regardless of income. Until 1978 a woman could be legally terminated from any job for becoming pregnant. Other than purchasing items for the household, few financial decisions were in her power. Voting with her wallet, whether it was a Gucci bag, or worn plastic folder stuffed with coupons, exerted very little influence. Yes, there is still an income gap, but not only are there more women in the workplace, there are more women business owners, and more women in executive positions than ever before. The power of the female spending dollar cannot be overstated.Why are department stores, one by one, distancing themselves from brands associate with the White House? Because women weren't supporting them. Why did the Uber CEO back out of the financial council after just a week of heat? Because Uber has been steadily losing market share to their, not nearly as well funded competitor, Lyft. Their slowed growth is due in part to their tone deaf response to women's safety concerns dating back to 2014. Their misguided frat-bro culture cultivation and "boys will be boys" attitude resulted in their app being deleted from many female customers' phones and Uber can ill afford to face the long-term ire of women riders again.A focused campaign of voting with their collective wallets will have tremendous sway over the marketplace worldwide. It is estimated that women control 65% of global spending and as much as 80% of spending in the U.S. This probably isn't what the right had in mind when they composed their oft repeated mantra, "Let the market decide", but as weekends of protesting and marching turns into a business climate of holding companies accountable for financially supporting the trampling of civil rights by indirectly funding divisive and unfair policies and candidates, corporations will have no choice but to listen. Go to https://grabyourwallet.org/ for a growing list of companies with questionable ties.Sifting through the sea of images from the Denver march there were several clever signs calling attention to a variety of valid and serious issues but two really cut into what embodies the collective mood as this administration steps into power. A sign reading "Our daughters are watching" was especially poignant, considering the outcry against the current administration from virtually every corner of the globe. Our sons and daughters, not just in this country, but around the world are watching how we react to this challenge to the social progress we've made over the past decades. They will witness what it means to our standing as the example of democracy other countries have been encourage to follow. They will watch us fight for what the very definition of being American means. What is it that we want these young eyes to see as we struggle to find our footing again? We can't let the actions of the right become the recruiting materials of the hate groups of the future.If our sons and daughters become angry years down the road because they remember saying, "We just want a fair shot", and some sneered and said, "All you want is a hand out," we have to make sure that they have predominant memories of many that offered a hand up. If someone tries to recruit them to do harm to this country, reminding them that they cried out for aid and sanctuary during times of war or natural disaster and some slammed the door in their faces and said, "We're taking care of our own", they'll remember that they were heard, and offered assistance. If they are tempted to become bitter because unfair laws and sanctions were levied against people like them, and some said they weren't welcome because of where their parents were born, or because of the religion they practiced, they'll look back and recall that many embraced their differences and stood by them.Another photo depicts what will be the seminal message of our path forward. It shows an Asian gentleman holding a sign that says, "We don't want your discrimination." Next to him someone is holding one that says, "We all belong here and we will defend each other." No matter where anyone fits in the broad spectrum of colors, religions, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, or political affiliations that make up the American populous, disenfranchisement is likely the biggest fear and most widespread complaint of our society today. Some would argue that is how the current leaders got into power. A large segment of our population felt ignored and belittled and turned to a candidate with little affiliation with the current political establishment and promised to put them first. The details of what that would mean and how it would happen seemed to matter very little. This silver spoon, billionaire descended from his gilded penthouse cast himself as a man of the people. He did it sometimes by stoking fears and by sometimes bringing the socially unacceptable out of the woodwork and shining a bright spotlight on the festering wounds that most believed had healed decades ago, but were only driven into the shadows of political correctness, and begrudgingly suppressed by stiffer anti-discrimination laws.Dr. King taught us that it's impossible to have any influential power over those who can feel your contempt. It's impossible not to feel contempt for the variety of discriminatory policies and various unqualified, anti-equality, and anti-diversity government appointees that have been recently put forth. Our only recourse is to resist when we can, and fight when we must. But especially for the next two years when the Republicans have control over both the house and senate, we are going to have to be our brother's keepers.We may not be able to coerce the government to do what is right for all citizens of this country so our only recourse is not to try to persuade, but to neutralize and take matters into our own hands. In the days ahead there will be plenty to resist but we must change the battle cry of this movement from resist to assist. Assist organizations that help, assist allies in local and federal government, and assist those in need around the world and around the corner. The silver lining to any dark clouds that amass in the days ahead will be a newly solidified and well informed citizen base that will be more empowered and educated in the ways of effecting change. If the goal of the right is to stack the deck for the 1% we must ensure that they feel the power and hear the voices of the other 99% at every turn and every stroke of the pen that seeks to discriminate or do harm.Lisa Burkhart is a photojournalist based out of Denver, Colorado. She largely covers travel related subjects as well as matters of social justice.
News Article | February 23, 2017
— Only two months into 2017, tornadoes have already ripped through many states including Mississippi, Louisiana and most recently Texas. Recently, the state of Alabama has also experienced tornado devastation and destruction this year, in a state where tornadoes are always on the minds of residents. Plastics Rotational molding leader Granger Plastics Company exhibited its tornado shelter innovation, the Granger ISS, at The Birmingham Home and Garden Show which was held this past weekend at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. The show supplied over 230 vendors for attendees with several speakers and features such as a tiny home village. Over 23,000 people are estimated to have attended Thursday through Sunday of last week, with many show goers exclaiming that they were there specifically to find a tornado shelter. It is common knowledge in Alabama that tornadoes can destroy any type of building, while modular and portable buildings carrier a higher risk of damage than others. While all buildings and structures are susceptible to tornado damage and destruction, buildings that provide a storm shelter that meets or exceeds FEMA and ICC 500 standards can provide near absolute tornado protection. The Granger ISS was designed to be installed practically anywhere including outside of existing homes, in new construction or even added to existing structures. Attendees who came to the Granger ISS Storm Shelter booth at the Birmingham Home and Garden show could experience entering into a In-ground Safety Shelter as well as learn about tornado safety, the FEMA guidelines and available tornado shelter grants. A world renown rotational molding leader and in business for two decades, Granger Industries is seeing a greater interest in safety products including the Granger ISS – In-ground Tornado Shelter. To learn more about the Granger ISS please visit www.grangeriss.com. Granger Industries includes Granger Plastics Company, ForeverSafe Products and Granger Aerospace Products. Granger Plastics Company manufactures a variety of custom and proprietary products. To learn more about Granger Plastics Company please visit www.grangerplastics.com. For more information, please visit http://www.grangerplastics.com
News Article | February 20, 2017
Known for its freshly made recipes and fun and eclectic atmosphere, Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant Chuy’s, will be opening a new location at 9538 Civic Center Boulevard in the Streets of West Chester shopping center. To prepare for the restaurant launch in April, the company is now hiring 170 new team members. The West Chester location will be the fifth Chuy’s to open in Ohio. Chuy’s has already earned a reputation in the area for made-from-scratch Tex-Mex using only the freshest ingredients. The new restaurant’s eclectic, inviting atmosphere will incorporate many elements unique to Chuy’s, including metal palm trees, an Elvis Shrine, a “school” of hand-carved wooden fish, a hubcap-covered ceiling, and the La Chihuahua Bar, featuring framed pictures of local dogs. “We are thrilled to open our doors to the West Chester community and bring made-from scratch Tex-Mex to the community.” said Chuy’s West Chester Local Owner/Operator, Ron Carson. “April can’t get here fast enough!” To support the West Chester restaurant at every level, Chuy’s is seeking to fill a variety of positions, including front-of-the-house hosts, servers, bussers and bartenders. The restaurant is also hiring kitchen staff. Full-time and part-time positions are available. “Chuy’s is known for our dedication to great food,” said Carson, “but also incredible service. That’s why we’re looking for team members who are passionate about food, have positive attitudes, and come to work to have fun.” Interested applicants can visit the hiring location Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 9226 Schulze Dr, West Chester, OH 45069. Applications may be printed and completed ahead of the event at Chuys.com. For updates and giveaways, visit the Chuy’s West Chester Facebook page Facebook.com/ChuysWestChester. ABOUT CHUY’S About Chuy’s Founded in 1982 in Austin, Texas, Chuy's serves authentic Tex-Mex food in an eclectic atmosphere full of color and personality. The menu offers family recipes from south Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns, all made to order from the freshest ingredients. Chuy's has the reputation as the most fun and friendly spot to eat real Tex-Mex at a great price. For more information visit http://www.chuys.com.
News Article | February 15, 2017
The Jefferson High School Symphonic Band has been named the 2017 High School Honor Concert Band by the West Virginia Music Educators Association (WVMEA). The Symphonic Band will perform at the West Virginia Music Educators Conference on March 3 at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. JP Lynch, Jefferson High School band director said, “I am so proud of my students. The students grew as musicians and as individuals during this very arduous audition process. That's really why we submit a recording every two years. Being named the West Virginia High School Honor Concert Band is just icing on the cake." One West Virginia High School Concert Band is selected to perform at the West Virginia Music Educators Conference. Since 2011, the JHS Symphonic Band has been selected for this honor on four separate occasions. “Jefferson County Schools is extremely proud of Jefferson High School’s band students. Celebrating the arts is an integral part of a robust educational program,” said JCS Superintendent Bondy Shay Gibson. The public is invited to listen to the topnotch group during their spring concert on Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held in the Jefferson High School auditorium. About WVMEA WVMEA is a professional organization designed to engage and support music teachers in West Virginia. The membership spans from those teaching pre-school to college. The WVMEA aims to strengthen and advance the study of music education throughout the state by providing the latest music education resources. WVMEA provides leadership models in professional growth for teachers and highlights effective techniques, resources and materials that offer special opportunities for musical growth to school students. The mission of Jefferson County Schools is: “Through excellence in teaching and learning, Jefferson County Schools will ensure that all students value themselves and others, contribute to their community and succeed in a global society.” With a total of 17 schools, the district employs more than 1,100 staff members and enrolls more than 9,000 students. The county is home to eleven elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools. Since 2000, Jefferson County has been one of the fastest growing localities in West Virginia, experiencing more than 30 percent growth in its population. As one of the top ten employers in Jefferson County, the district annually receives teacher grants for programs that contribute to hands-on learning, preparing students for the 21st century workplace. To learn more about Jefferson County Schools, visit boe.jeff.k12.wv.us.
News Article | February 15, 2017
This desert town that's been certified by Guinness World Records as the sunniest city on earth has the cure for the winter blues.. Start with an outdoor concert on the shores of the Colorado River at the Boogie, Brews and Blues Festival this Saturday (Feb. 18) in Gateway Park. Presented by the City of Yuma and Robb Bower Presents, this all-day music fest features Philip Sayce, a blues guitar sensation from Toronto, along with Jonathan Boogie Long and the Blues Revolution from Louisiana, The Boscoe France Band from Kentucky, The Gino Matteo Band featuring Jade Bennett, a SoCal roots music band, and the McCoy Brothers Band from San Diego. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the beat goes on from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., with craft beers, food trucks, merchandise, memorabilia and more. Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the gate), with discounts for those with military ID, on sale now at Yuma City Hall, Yuma Art Center and Yuma Civic Center. More info at Robb-BowerPresents.com. Or get tips from folks who know how to deal with winter at the 15th annual Yuma Scandinavian Festival. The Nordic treats, arts and crafts and entertainment – including a special lunch plate – kick off from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.Saturday (Feb. 18) at the Yuma Civic Center, 1440 W. Desert Hills Drive, more info at 928.373.5040. Wrap up the year’s shortest month with a taste of what that desert sunshine produces. The inaugural What’s Growing in Yuma Festival is set for Feb. 24-25 on Main Street in historic downtown Yuma. The free festival runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days and will spotlight the fruits, vegetables, and other tasty crops grown here with demonstrations and activities, along with family-friendly entertainment and a variety of vendors. More info,928.373.5028. Ongoing in February, learn more about Yuma history on a trolley or walking tour – or explore historic haunts on a nighttime ghost trolley tour. It’s all happening at the Sanguinetti House Museum, (240 S. Madison Ave., more info at 928.782.1842), where this year’s special exhibit explores the naughty side of frontier life in “The Secrets of Victorian Yuma.” Who said history was dull? Jazz things up at the weekly Village Jazz Series, with free weekly concerts under the stars featuring local and out-of-town performers. Performances are Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at the Yuma Palms Regional Mall. Bring a folding chair and enjoy warm breezes and cool music. More info and the full season's schedule at YumaJazz.com. And that’s not all the fun in the sun on the Yuma calendar. Coming in March, rev it up at the Southwest’s biggest classic car show, Midnight at the Oasis (March 2-5) and take to the skies at the biennial Yuma Air Show at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (March 17-18). Save April dates for the Yuma County Fair (April 4-9), the annual Tunes & Tacos Fest (April 14-15), the Penitentiary Pint Fest (April 15) and ARTBeat 10 (April 22) Don’t let the season slip away without planning your Yuma getaway – head to VisitYuma.com to check out our complete calendar of events and custom itinerary builder. All you’ve got to lose is your winter blues!
News Article | February 27, 2017
AIM Solder, a leading global manufacturer of solder assembly materials for the electronics industry, is pleased to announce their participation at the SMTA Houston Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place March 9th, 2017 at the Stafford Civic Center in Stafford, Texas. AIM will highlight their revolutionary REL61™ and REL22™ lead-free solder alloys, along with their full line of solder assembly materials. Developed by AIM, the REL61 and REL22 lead-free solder alloys have been specifically engineered as exceptionally durable alloys for extreme service environments. REL61 and REL22 provide superior thermal cycling performance and lower voids versus other lead-free alloys. They have shown to reduce tin whisker formation and improved strength versus SAC alloys making them ideal for high reliability electronics applications. Additionally, AIM will highlight its full line of advanced solder materials, including its solder pastes, liquid fluxes, tin/lead and lead-free alloys. To discover all of AIM’s products and services, visit the company at the SMTA Houston Expo & Tech Forum for more information. About AIM Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, AIM Solder is a leading global manufacturer of assembly materials for the electronics industry with manufacturing, distribution and support facilities located throughout the world. AIM produces advanced solder products such as solder paste, liquid flux, cored wire, bar solder, epoxies, lead-free and halogen-free solder products, preforms, and specialty alloys such as indium and gold for a broad range of industries. A recipient of many prestigious SMT industry awards, AIM is strongly committed to innovative research and development of product and process improvement as well as providing customers with superior technical support, service and training. For more information about AIM, visit http://www.aimsolder.com.