Nashville, TN (PRWEB) December 17, 2014 John R. Ingram, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC), said today Dr. Michael Burcham, the founding President & CEO, has indicated he plans to leave the nonprofit for a new opportunity in the private sector. Ingram said the Board will launch a nationwide search for the next CEO, and that Burcham will remain in his post until his successor is chosen. Ingram will chair the search committee, and board member Mark Montgomery, founder of FLO | CO, will be the vice-chair. Interested candidates should apply to email@example.com “Our entrepreneur center has become a model for the nation, and Michael’s vision and leadership have made that happen,” Ingram said. “We wish him well in his bright future, and we hope to build on his successes here.” Burcham has been the President and CEO of the nonprofit organization since 2010. The EC, with offices at 41 Peabody Street in the Rutledge Hill area, was founded as an outgrowth of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce initiative for economic development. It is a nonprofit organization supported by local and state governments and the Nashville business community. Its mission is to raise the quality of resources available to the Nashville entrepreneurial and small business communities. Clayton McWhorter, chairman of Clayton Associates, was the founding board chairman of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. He said today Dr. Burcham has brought the organization to a position of stature and readiness for future growth and service. “Over the past five years the Entrepreneur Center, under the leadership of Michael Burcham and the Board of Directors, has grown to become one of Nashville’s most important resources in terms of economic development, talent recruitment, education and global recognition,” McWhorter said. “The Nashville Entrepreneur Center has done a phenomenal job putting Nashville on the map. Beyond just being a music or healthcare town, they have given us global recognition among entrepreneurs, investors and universities. The biggest factor in this success is attributed to the leadership and staff at the EC. “One of the most critical elements of the Entrepreneur Center’s success has been the emphasis on education, especially in terms of mentorship. Michael Burcham was the perfect leader to develop a training program that both facilitates the pairing of entrepreneurs with successful mentors and teaches those individuals how to mentor. What has resulted is a strong, diverse network of highly skilled mentors and entrepreneurs who have the advantage of those resources right here in Nashville. “The future of Nashville is bright because of the leadership this town has had with Mayor Dean and the Council,” McWhorter added. “And the exact same is true for the Entrepreneur Center. Because of the tremendous leadership of Michael Burcham, Sam Lingo and the Board of Directors I have no doubt that the EC’s future is as bright as it has ever been.” Burcham has extensive experience in healthcare innovation, entrepreneurship, and startup venture coaching. Earlier in his career, he served as President of ParadigmHealth, a provider and integrator of care and disease management services for health plans and employers, from 2001-2007. He also founded and served as President of Theraphysics, a venture-backed specialty healthcare firm managing rehabilitation services, from 1992-2000. Over the past five years, he has led Nashville’s rise as a nationally recognized destination for startup and entrepreneurial endeavors. In 2011, he launched “Startup Tennessee” in partnership with Tennessee’s Governor Bill Haslam and Startup America. The following year he was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his leadership in mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs. Earlier this year, Burcham was named Chair of the Global Advisory Board for Entrepreneurship at King Fahd University in Saudi Arabia. Through his faculty appointment at Vanderbilt University and the EC’s partnership initiatives, Burcham has assisted dozens of cities in developing their entrepreneurial ecosystem and championed innovation initiatives for numerous corporations and early stage ventures. In October, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed him Co-Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The council will advise the Secretary on issues related to accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship, and developing a globally competitive workforce. He is on the faculty of Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, where he teaches healthcare innovation and strategy. He received his PhD in Healthcare Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2003. About the Nashville Entrepreneur Center The EC fosters innovation and entrepreneurship by Turning Ideas Into Reality, helping to start businesses and create jobs. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Center is funded through sponsorships, partnerships, donations and grants. The EC relies on support from leading corporations, successful entrepreneurs and those who have a vested interest in the Center’s success. For more information, visit our website at http://www.ec.co Contact: Zach Hunt 615.321.3110 / zach(at)tsgnashville(dot)com end - Related Music Press Releases
New York, NY (PRWEB) December 08, 2014 The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is making a winter getaway to Europe easier with savings of 20% or more at several of its luxury properties within its collection. Available for bookings now through the end of the year, the sale offers special seasonal rates and attractive value adds, including complimentary breakfast, spa vouchers, museum passes and more. With summer’s tourist crowds long gone, cities are alive with cultural offerings and resorts are even more serene, making it a perfect time to visit. Great views of the city, a lavish new spa and Michelin-starred dining are just three reasons to choose the Hotel Okura Amsterdam in the lively De Pijp quarter for a winter break. Seasonal rates starting from EUR 229 (approx. USD 285) per night, single or double, including daily breakfast and Wi-Fi seal the deal. With 6 kilometers of arcades, the old quarter of the Swiss capital offers visitors one of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe. The 153-room Bellevue Palace Bern warms guests with winter rates starting from CHF 338 (approx. USD 350) per night, single; and CHF 457 (approx. USD 472) per night, double; which include buffet breakfast, wireless Internet, local calls, newspaper, VAT and service. City tax is extra. Settle in at Hotel Villa Magna on the Paseo de la Castellana and enjoy the winter craft markets, stands selling churros and hot chocolate, and colorful lighting displays throughout Madrid with rates from EUR 345 (approx. USD 429) per night, single or double, that include a welcome bottle of chilled Spanish cava and Christmas treats, gourmet buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi, and service. The gateway to central Switzerland, Lucerne is renowned for its music festivals and cultural highlights, and Palace Luzern, right on the lake, is the perfect base for visitors to this charming city. Leading seasonal sale rates; from CHF 370 (approx. USD 382) per night, single, and CHF 390 (approx. USD 403) per night, double; include buffet breakfast, CHF 100 voucher per stay per room for use in restaurant or spa, use of spa, wireless Internet, and VAT. City tax extra. Two-night minimum stay required. For more seasonal sale offerings and to book visit lhw.com/Offers/LeadingSeasonalOffers. Please note: Booking code for the rates above is LWS. All rates are subject to hotel availability. Certain restrictions may apply. About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (LHW) When extraordinary and one-of-a-kind intersect, you have likely found a Leading Hotel. As the largest luxury hotel collection, with more than 430 of the world’s greatest properties in over 80 countries, we seek out the exceptional. From grand palaces to intimate city hideaways, from ancient castles to sumptuous safari tent villages, from tropical aeries to mystical paradises, all are utterly unique and boldly independent. Each celebrates the culture of its destination, rather than trying to mask it with corporate-mandated sameness. Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, it started with 38 initial members. With our eight-decade-long commitment to providing unforgettable, authentic travel experiences, LHW selects only hotels that meet our high standards for quality and distinctiveness. To us, hospitality is not an industry; it’s an art…and our passion. Related Spanish Press Releases
ATLANTA (PRWEB) December 12, 2014 Readers can step onto the battlefield with Union and Confederate soldiers with author Gerald Dougherty’s book, “Ann’s Letters: A Newly Released Collection of Letters from the American Civil War” (published by iUniverse). Dougherty collected 32 letters for this book – 19 from soldiers and 13 from their friends or family. These letters provide an intimate look into the minds of soldiers and civilians and gives readers a look into the language and everyday life of the 19th century. “This is a treatment of Civil War information that hasn’t been widely known and is descriptive of home life and family concerns during the Civil War,” Dougherty says. Dougherty hopes readers will have a new appreciation for modern conveniences after reading of a time when the only way to contact someone was sending a letter and waiting for one in return. An excerpt from “Ann’s Letters”: “We’re now in Georgia, near Kingston. We have halted here to wrest(sic) a day or two; and then we expect to resume our journey. Save yesterday, and to day, we have not been from under the sound of the Cannon, for the last two weeks. We have not done much vary (sic) hard fighting, but have been skirmishing considerable. The rebs are in full retreat, and it is unknown to us, where they will make the next stand.” “Ann’s Letters” By Gerald Dougherty Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 204 pages | ISBN 9781491716199 E-Book | 204 pages | ISBN 9781491716205 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble About the Author Gerald Dougherty is currently retired in Atlanta with his wife of 56 years. They have four married children and six grandchildren. He received a chemical engineering degree from the University of Toledo. iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.
Plant City, Florida (PRWEB) December 04, 2014 The future is here. AVA, the airport virtual assistant, is a holographic presenter now on the job at San Antonio International Airport. She works 24 hours a day, doesn’t charge overtime, and never takes a break. AVA is next generation technologly that projects a holographic mannequin that looks and sounds like a real person. In fact, she is so real that most people need to do a double take before they realize that AVA is really not real. Even when passengers figure out she is plastic — they still listen to her important messages designed to speed up security screening. The City of San Antonio contracted with Airus Media, Inc. of Plant City, Florida to produce, manufacture, and install two airport virtual assistant (AVA) units to assist with passenger security screening. Recently installed, the two avatars are now on the job and have been affectionately named “EVA” by the City. As reported by CNN, the two units are essentially bi-lingual avatars of security screening agents, providing general and TSA pre-check security screening messages, in both English and Spanish, to facilitate and expedite security screening at San Antonio International Airport. This is the first known installation of an avatar for use in TSA pre-check security screening. The specific objective of the program is to deliver a clear and consistent message that prompts passengers to prepare for security, prior to reaching the security screening point, thus expediting the security screening process for passengers and freeing up TSA staff for more important tasks. AVA was created by Airus Media, Inc. (formally doing business as airportONE.com). According to Patrick Bienvenu, CEO, AVA was created to disseminate information clearly, consistently, and with the impact necessary to achieve the desired result. Depending upon the use of AVA, that result may simply be the recipients understanding of a particular message, or an experience that results in the purchase of a particular product or service. In addition to delivering a clear and consistent message, AVA is an incredible advertising tool that literally “stops people dead in their tracks”. Applications for AVA range from health care to advertising and public guidance. According to Bienvenu, producing and manufacturing AVA is a complex process involving high end videography, digital engineering, computer programming, graphics, and manufacturing. “Its very new technology that uses Casio Lamp Free Projectors which can work 24/7 for up to 20,000 hours. That means essentially no maintenance.” AVA actually looks real … much more lifelike than a traditional hologram. Bienvenu says that the process is truly an art in that it takes creativity and an artistic ability to make AVA look like a real person. In addition to San Antonio International Airport, Airus Media has produced and manufactured virtual assistants for numerous airport installations including Long Beach, Northwest Florida, Laguardia, JFK, and Newark Liberty International Airports. Also, Airus Media recently finished installation of 5 AVA units for the Department of Defense at 5 military installations throughout the US. Airus Media is the creator of AVA and the premiere producer of interactive virtual assistants worldwide. Visit http://www.AirusMedia.com for more information.
Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) December 09, 2014 In the blink of an eye, a person’s entire existence can change forever. The news reminds viewers all too often about the impermanence of life. Surviving nearly fatal-injuries, author S.D. Michael reminds readers there is life after tragedy. “The Beauty of My Shadow” is the inspiring memoir of author S.D. Michael telling her story of almost being killed in a car accident when she was a teenager at the hands of a drunk driver. With wisdom, grace and humor, Michael recounts the aftermath of her injury and her personal, medical and emotional struggles to win back the happiness taken from her. As an adult, Michael beautifully discusses the impact on her family and friends, the lasting physical trauma and the pain of deferred dreams. Most importantly, “The Beauty of My Shadow” serves as a reminder to those affected by similar trauma, or those struggling with the challenges of daily life, that while adversity derails our path in life, undefeatable perseverance often helps us discover an alternative route to take. Complete with an accompanying music CD, performed by pianist Mark Ferguson, “The Beauty of My Shadow” is a unique experience that will tug at many different emotional chords. A percentage of author royalties from the sale of this book are donated to charity. “I would never have opened up to talk about a challenging experience in my life unless I could do so in a way that would help others,” Michael said. “I decided to have a pianist perform and created the CD ‘Songs for Everyone’ to help raise money for the advancement of education.” For more information, visit anaid.org or authorhouse.com “The Beauty of My Shadow” By: S. D. Michael ISBN: 978-1-4969-4514-3 (softcover), 978-1-4835-1184-9 (e-book) Available in softcover ($ 19.95), e-book ($ 9.99) Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart Canada, Chapters Indigo and AuthorHouse About the author Samantha Michael was born in Ajax, Ontario. An ambitious student on the verge of beginning university, her life was unexpectedly and permanently altered when in 1991, she suffered near-fatal injuries as the passenger in a single-car accident caused by a drunk driver. Today, Samantha serves on the board of the Ontario-based non-profit, “An Aid to Help Foundation.” Additionally, she has assisted the National Arts Centre since 1999 as a volunteer. Other books by Samantha Michael include “The Butterflies Above My Bed” and “The Princess in Pink: A True Tale.” The fairy tale is a children’s version of her story with “Songs for Everyone” being an accompanying soundtrack as well. # # # **FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** For review copies or interview requests, contact: Daniel Pearson 317.602.7137 dpearson(at)bohlsengroup(dot)com Find More Music Press Releases
New York, NY (PRWEB) November 06, 2014 Ticket Down is a reputable source for authentic Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull tickets. These beloved performers have added second leg to their recent tour and the new tour dates will begin in 2015. Concertgoers can add promo/coupon code CHEAP for added savings. Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull 2015 Tour Dates: Jan. 28 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center Jan. 29 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center Jan. 31 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Arena Feb. 05 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center Feb. 06 Lubbock, TX United Supermarkets Arena Feb. 07 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center Feb. 12 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena Feb. 13 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center Feb. 14 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena Feb. 17 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Feb. 19 Minneapolis, MN Target Center Feb. 20 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena The tour will be the second time Pitbull and Iglesias have hit the road together. In 2011, they performed together on the Euphoria Tour, which was headlined by Iglesias. That tour was an astounding success and these popular Latino artists have come back again for their diehard fans. Iglesias was born in Madrid, Spain and was born into the music business, as his father was Latino superstar, Julio Iglesias. He is one of the top selling Latin artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records around the world. He has recorded five tracks that have reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts including two tracks that reached the No. 1 spot. He has produced 24 No. 1 Spanish singles on the Billboard Hot Latin charts and also has 13 No. 1 Billboard dance chart singles. Pitbull, the 33-year-old native of Miami, has been in the music business since 2001. He is one of the most popular and sought after figures in music and has been known as the brain behind countless remixes that were as popular, or more popular, than the original including Diamonds, How Low, Dark Horse, Bad, Papi, and Over to You Now. He has also released many of his own popular tracks including his late 2013 release with Ke$ ha, Timber. About TicketDown.com: Ticket Down delivers tickets to sold out concerts and events worldwide when no one else can, and they do so at discounted prices. This popular ticket exchange also has affordable tickets for Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull’s 2015 concert tour. Concertgoers can add promo code CHEAP for added savings. Note: Ticket Down is not associated with any of the artists or venues mentioned in this release. The names that are used in this release are purely for descriptive purposes. We are not affiliated with nor do we endorse any artists or venues in this release. Check out our discount codes online for all upcoming events. Ticket Down has low overheads which allow this well-known ticket site to keep prices competitive
(PRWEB) November 04, 2014 “Today’s lesson is on arpeggios”, says Johnson, “for those of you that do not know what an arpeggio is, it’s simply the notes of a chord played separately”. Claude starts off by demonstrating an Am (A minor) chord in the open position and says that the notes are “A, C, and E”. Claude continues by performing a variety of ways to play the individual notes from the chord in different positions on the neck to demonstrate all of the possibilities of licks that can be created by using arpeggios. Johnson also demonstrates ways to add in other degrees of the major scale such as the seventh to get even more sounds and demonstrates licks that use the major scale as well as the minor pentatonic scale. Complete guitar TAB’s are available for this easy lead guitar lesson at GuitarControl.com. An arpeggio is when the notes of a chord are played separately in a sequence. The word comes from the Italian word apeggiare which means “to play on a harp”. The major scale, aka the Ionian Mode, is a seven tone diatonic scale that is widely used in western music. The eighth duplicates the first at double its frequency so that it is called a higher octave of the same note, which its name is derived from Latin “octavus”, the eighth. A Pentatonic Scale is a musical scale with five notes per octave and is very common and found all over the world. Claude Johnson Claude Johnson, a native of Philadelphia PA, began playing guitar in 1990 after being inspired by players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He is the creator of GuitarControl.com and has helped 1000’s of people to learn to play the guitar with his critically acclaimed instructional DVD courses, all available at GuitarControl.com About GuitarControl.com GuitarControl.com is the leader in modern guitar instruction. It’s packed with recourses including articles, video lessons, and the best videos in the business for the beginner to the advanced guitar student taught by the best instructors out there. Weather you are into the blues, rock, jazz, metal, folk, or anything in between, they have you covered.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 04, 2014 On Thursday, November 20th, President Barack Obama outlined the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions during a televised event. The plan will help improve security on the border and give relief to nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants. Currently, Elkhalil Law, P.C.’s website offers a variety of useful and free references through multiple immigration blog posts, written by immigration attorney, Debby Le. The blog posts offer easy-to-understand basics and terminology relating to the new Executive Action including, “Immigration Law Terms: What does it mean?” and “Overview of Obama’s Sweeping Changes on Immigration.” They are also regularly posting up-to-date information on their website Elkhalil Law, as well as social media outlets (Elkhalil Law Facebook page) with the latest immigration news. In addition, they are available by phone for those who may have questions about whether they may be eligible for immigration relief. About Elkhalil Law, P.C. Elkhalil Law, P.C., a boutique immigration, criminal, and business dispute law firm. They have been serving the Atlanta and surrounding areas for over a decade, making their firm one of the most knowledgeable and experienced to handle immigration, criminal, or business disputes of any kind. As a boutique law firm, they are able to give clients the attention to detail they deserve, something that sets them apart from many other firms. Managing attorney Hassan Elkhalil recommends that those prospective applicants in the Atlanta area call the office if they are interested in applying for legal status and would like a consultation on where to begin this complicated process. The law firm is fluent in Arabic, Spanish and Vietnamese. The office is located at 1950 N Park Pl NW #550, Atlanta, GA 30339. You can reach them via phone by calling (770) 612-3499 to set up a consultation. About NALA™ The NALA is a full-service marketing agency providing custom personalized service for small and medium businesses throughout the United States. PR Contact: Tiffani Tendell ttendell(at)thenala(dot)com 805.650.6121, ext. 361 Find More Spanish Press Releases
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GUNNISON-CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (PRWEB) December 08, 2014 The season for winter events distinctly stamped with Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado’s unique brand of joie de vivre kicks off this weekend with the second annual Santa Ski & Crawl. The fun-loving spirit spills over into an action-packed calendar of winter festivals that incorporate talented country singers and songwriters, Nordic skiers who ditch Lycra and embrace costumes, downtown ski jumping, flying snowmobiles and flushing out winter to welcome spring. Participants and observers of all ages are sure to walk away grinning. Skiing & Crawling Santas It will be a day for red suits and white beards in Crested Butte on Dec. 13 as the town attempts to secure a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for number of Santas skiing during the second annual Santa Ski & Crawl. It also marks the lowest cost lift ticket for the season, with a rate of $ 22 for skiers and snowboarders who wear a full Santa suit. Either wear your own Santa costume or buy one through the event for only $ 20, with child and adult sizes available. All Santas are invited to ski as a group from the mid-mountain Uley’s Cabin to the ski area base at 3:30 p.m. Those ages 21 and over can begin the Santa Crawl at Uley’s, continue at the slopeside Butte 66 and finish at several locations in downtown Crested Butte. The pre-registration cost for the Santa Pub Crawl is $ 25 (including a Santa suit and drink tickets) and goes up to $ 30 the day of the event. Families can finish the day on a nice versus naughty note by attending Light Up Night in Mt. Crested Butte at 5:30 p.m. or the evening before in downtown Crested Butte. Country Music in Intimate Venues Dean Dillon is equally comfortable kicking back at his ranch in Gunnison, living in Nashville and performing on stages throughout the nation. The Broadcast Music International (BMI ) Icon honoree, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and prolific singer/songwriter is throwing his passion for the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley and his extensive network of friends in the country music industry behind his latest creative endeavor, Mountain High Music Festival on Jan. 14 – 18. “We are going to have a lot of fun, three days of a blast in the number one ski town in North America,” Dillon promises. The new event will build on three years of a lower-key Crested Butte Songwriters Festival and is dedicated to presenting a diverse lineup of the world’s best recording artists and songwriters, providing an eclectic mix of evening performances in intimate venues in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte as well as at the ski area base in the afternoons. Hosted by Great American Country and SiriusXM’s on-air personality Storme Warren, the dynamic line-up includes headline concerts by Texas mainstay Robert Earl Keen and Curb Records artist Lee Brice, who recently released the album “I Don’t Dance” and received 2014 Song of the Year from the Academy of Country Music (ACM). Also look for Grammy award-winning songwriter Rodney Clawson known for such hits as “Drink On It” and “Crash My Party,” ACM award-winning duo Thompson Square, “American Idol’s” Brooke Eden, Nicolle Galyon from NBC’s “The Voice,” and Sonia Leigh, writer of the Zac Brown Band hit “Sweet Annie. ” Also on the roster are the vocal group Due West, R&B recording artist Colin Lake, and bluegrass music sensations The Crowlin Ferlins from Aspen. Dillon and other local artists such as Chris Coady, Evelyn Roper, Lizzy Plotkin, Craig McLaughlin and Bill Dowell round out the roster. Snowmobiling Revs Up Snowmobiling events and ski areas aren’t often mentioned in the same sentence but in keeping with Crested Butte’s reputation for thinking and acting outside of the box, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has made it a reality. The third annual Roost the Butte on Jan. 10 – 11 consists of four competition categories: snowcross, hillcross, snowovals and hill drag. Watch from the terrain park or bottom of Gold Link lift as snowmobilers fly around the course for their chance to win. Depending on snowfall, Saturday’s events may take place in the nearby North Village meadow. There’s still fun to be had after the lifts stop spinning for the season with the second annual Ultimate Snowmobile Event on April 10 – 12. Hillcross, hillclimb, hilldrags, snow ovals, snocross and “speed n style” categories will decide the Ultimate Snowmobiler. Watching is as fun as competing, and a Jumbotron located in the ski area base will air the various events live and a live feed posted on CBMR’s website. Iconic Nordic Races with a Costume Twist The premier Nordic events at both ends of the valley have both competitive and laid-back sides. While racing suits are certainly acceptable, it’s the crazy costumes that bring in the crowds and make Gunnison’s Kenny Mac Ski Fest and Crested Butte’s Alley Loop Nordic Marathon truly unique. Kenny Mac Ski Fest is an event for Nordic lovers of all ages and abilities. Competitive 3- and 5-kilometer races for kids kick off the morning and 15-and 30-kilometer adult races traditionally follow, serving as great training for Crested Butte’s Alley Loop the following weekend. A new twist for Kenny Mac is being planned, so watch Gunnison Nordic’s website for updates and a location announcement based on snow conditions. The event is typically held at Hartman Rocks Recreation Area in Gunnison or in the Mill Creek area nearby. The 29th Annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon on Feb. 7 is part serious and part silly. Sure there are plenty of high-tech racing suits since Alley Loop is an American Birkebeiner qualifier and part of the American Ski Marathon Series, but there are just as many costumes and light-hearted moments since kids and families are encouraged to participate. Course lengths range from 1.5 to 42 kilometers, and crowds line the streets and alleys to cheer on the more than 500 racers and pack the beer garden on Brick Oven’s deck. The third annual Alley Loop Pub-Ski Crawl and Crested Butte Fat Bike Race take place the day before on Feb. 6. Catching Air & Skimming Water A ski jump in the middle of downtown? It happens in Crested Butte during Big Air on Elk on March 7 when a snowmobile pulls top skiers and snowboarders who launch off a step-up style jump with a 45-foot gap located at Third Street and Elk Avenue. The invite-only format ensures that each jump will have a good chance of wowing the crowd from approximately 7 – 9 p.m. For more details, call event organizer Colorado FreeSkier at (970) 343-9196 or Two Plank Productions at (970) 349-0350. Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s annual Slush Huck on April 4 is all about watching monumental water crashes and impressive pond skims as contestants of all ages battle for the title on skis, snowboards and sometimes other unique contraptions while observers line the ski area base and cheer from the Butte 66 balcony. Flushing Out Winter & Welcoming Spring In typical Crested Butte Style, ski season ends on a humorous note. Locals and visitors alike will be flushing out winter and welcoming spring during the 47th Annual Flauschink on April 1 – 5. The typical Flauschink schedule typically includes a historical slide show at a local nightspot on Wednesday evening, coronation ball and polka dance on Friday evening, parade on Saturday morning, and ski slope salute on Sunday (closing day). The king and queen of Flauschink are presented scepters made from toilet plungers and locally crafted crowns. The “Has Beens” (previous Flauschink royalty) join in festivities, and there is a Flauschink exhibit always on display at Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. For information, contact Michelle English, event organizer, at (970) 349-7348. Vacation Packages & Visitor Information For travel planning and general information and to save on flights, hotel rooms, vacation packages, car rentals and more, go to http://www.VisitGCB.com and call (800) 814-8893. Find More Music Press Releases