Houghton College to Sponsor Second Annual Wellsville, N.Y. Rock The Tarmac Music Festival

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Seventh Day Slumber performing at last years Rock The Tarmac festival Wellsville, NY (PRWEB) June 29, 2015 National touring rock group and GMA Dove Award Nominee We As Human, along with Grammy-nominated singer Lacey Sturm (formerly of Flyleaf), will be headlining year two of Rock the Tarmac, a free rock music festival held on Saturday, July 11, at the Wellsville Municipal Airport in Wellsville, N.Y. Event gates will open at 4:30 p.m., and the show begins at 6 p.m. For complete event details, please visit http://www.RockTheTarmac.com. Along with Youth for Christ, other major sponsors for the event are Otis Eastern Service Inc. and Houghton College as well as many local area businesses and churches. Opening bands will be two-time Rock Album of the Year winners Manic Drive along with Scarlet White, who has had three songs from their most recent album reach the top ten on the charts with one hitting number one. “It feels amazing to be in a position to host a concert event like Rock the Tarmac with artists like the ones we have in our line-up!” said Keith Chase, festival coordinator and director of the Southern Tier Youth for Christ. “They [the bands] are either at the top of their careers or on the threshold of HUGE success…. These bands are in high demand, and they chose to be here in Allegany County!” Last year, the first Rock the Tarmac event kicked off with great success, garnering between 750 and 1,000 people. In addition, there were multiple vendors on site including food, merchandise, and sponsors. With the headlining bands for this year’s event, there is anticipation for attendance of 3,000 to 4,000 people—so many, in fact, that the airport will be completely closed during the event to ensure maximum safety of all the spectators. Case further commented, “If you thought last year was awesome…wait, because this year is going to blow your mind!” The performance will be on the tarmac of the Wellsville Municipal Airport located at 2600 Tarantine Road, Wellsville, N.Y. There will also be an array of food and merchandise vendors, and the festival will go on whether rain or shine. Headliners, We As Human, were discovered by Skillet front-man, John Cooper, who has also had much influence on their career and albums. In 2013, the band was nominated for the GMA Dove Award: Rock Song of the Year. The band has had their self-titled album chart in the top ten of two Billboard charts, and, in 2014, their song “Take Bullets Away” hit number one. We as Human has played with such notable rock bands as Skillet, Korn, Alterbridge, Papa Roach and Shinedown. They are currently on the Atlantic Records label. “We as Human have everything they need to explode,” said Indie Vision Music. Also headlining is Lacy Sturm, formerly the lead singer of the platinum-selling rock group Flyleaf. Sturm was also twice nominated at the Grammy’s for Best Gospel Song and Best Gospel Performance for her work with Third Day’s album “Born Again.”

EPS Literacy and Intervention Announces 2015 S.P.I.R.E. Award Winners, Recognizing Student Achievement in Building Literacy Skills

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Greenville, Wisconsin (PRWEB) June 04, 2015 EPS Literacy and Intervention, a division of School Specialty, Inc., today announced the winners of its 2015 S.P.I.R.E.® Awards, honoring students who have overcome significant challenges to improve their reading proficiency, as well as the teachers who go the extra mile every day to guarantee their students have the opportunity to improve their literacy skills. S.P.I.R.E. is a comprehensive and multisensory reading intervention program that integrates phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension in a 10-step lesson plan especially designed for struggling readers. “It is an honor and privilege to recognize the determination of these students as they strive to build the literacy skills vital for success in school and life. Reading the stories of how they faced their obstacles head-on and surpassed expectations makes choosing just one student a challenge – they all are winners,” said Bodie Marx, senior vice president and general manager of School Specialty Curriculum. “We are proud to celebrate the achievements of our 2015 S.P.I.R.E. Award winners.” The 2015 S.P.I.R.E. Super Star of the Year is Kimberly, a fourth-grader at Liberty Elementary School in Franklin, Tennessee. As a native Spanish speaker, Kimberly faced several challenges with her reading progress. When she was placed in a Tier 3 S.P.I.R.E. reading intervention group at the start of the school year, Kimberly was reading at the 18th percentile. By the end of the school year, she had jumped to the 33rd percentile. Her teacher, Marguerite Pryor, said S.P.I.R.E. gave Kimberly a newfound awareness of phonemes, vocabulary. and sentence structure and through independent study, she has reached her goals for the year. “She has become so aware of how words are spelled and pronounced,” Pryor said when nominating Kimberly for the award. “Because her vocabulary has increased, her comprehension has also improved significantly. I am so very proud of Kimberly’s growth!” Kimberly will receive a $ 100 gift card to Amazon.com, where she can find books to read during the summer. As the 2015 S.P.I.R.E. Teacher of the Year, Tracy Miller of Plainview Primary School in Tar Heel, North Carolina, is known for her energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to her students. Many of her students demonstrated two years of reading growth during the course of one school year. In nominating her, Rena Jessup, an exceptional children teacher at the school, said Miller is a compassionate, highly motivated go-getter, noting she was able to turn a non-reader into a reader with S.P.I.R.E. Jessup said, “If Tracy could teach S.P.I.R.E. 24/7, she would do it. Students couldn’t wait to get to class, because she helped them travel a path to success with S.P.I.R.E.” Miller will receive a $ 100 gift card to Amazon.com and a $ 350 gift certificate to use toward the purchase of materials from EPS. The students honored as 2015 S.P.I.R.E. Super Star finalists are: Damien, fourth grade, Liberty Elementary School, Franklin, Tennessee When Damien began the school year, he had reading comprehension obstacles to overcome and according to his teachers, April Harper and Jeannette Abbott, he felt defeated and lacked the motivation to work toward making gains in reading. He was placed in a Tier-3 S.P.I.R.E. program and the change was remarkable. Damien began the school year reading at 54 words-per-minute (WPM); by the middle of the year, he had increased his speed to 107 WPM. Damien’s success cultivated an insatiable love of reading and improved his confidence in other academic subjects. By the end of the school year, Damien had increased his reading fluency by 92 percent. Harper and Abbott call Damien, “an inspiration.” Roman, fourth grade, Angier Elementary School, Angier, North Carolina Diagnosed with a learning disability, Roman was discouraged and had very little confidence in his reading ability. He was able to read independently at a first grade level and about 45 WPM at a second grade level. In 2014, Roman began work with S.P.I.R.E. three times a week during summer school and twice a week when school started. He started at Level 1 and 10 months later, was proficient in Level 4. Roman began to earn As and Bs, which placed him on the honor roll for the first time in his academic career. He now holds the highest grade point average in his reading class and no longer requires daily reading intervention. The educators honored as 2015 S.P.I.R.E. Teacher of Excellence finalists are: Jessica McInnis, exceptional children’s teacher, Covington Street Elementary, Laurinburg, North Carolina McInnis is hailed by her fellow educators for her ability to use technology and creativity in implementing S.P.I.R.E, into the classroom. She incorporates a Smart Board into the curriculum and ongoing assessment drives instruction, allowing her to help her students successfully master each level. When nominating McInnis, literacy coach Laura Britt said, “Jessica’s knowledge of S.P.I.R.E. is unmatched. Her attention to detail and fidelity of the program have been key to the success she has had with it. Above all is her care and concern for her students. She works tirelessly to ensure S.P.I.R.E. truly meets the needs of her students.” Stacie Wood, exceptional children’s lead teacher, Lafayette Elementary School, Kipling, North Carolina Known as the “S.P.I.R.E. Guru,” Wood’s love of learning is the foundation of a S.P.I.R.E. program that is popular and well-respected. Educators from schools in and around the area come to observe Wood teach the program and learn more about her methods. Fellow teacher Sarah Fiero, who nominated Wood, said, “Stacie is always willing to go that extra mile to help a teacher be more successful with the program. The level of confidence the program has instilled in her students is phenomenal! Through her use of the program, her students have progressed from struggling readers to confident readers who can quickly and successfully decode words. S.P.I.R.E. and Stacie Wood have given children at our school the priceless gift of the love of reading.”     To read the nominations of these outstanding students and teachers, visit: http://epsbooks.com/other/SPIRE_awards/2015 S.P.I.R.E. has been used throughout the country with great success by thousands of students who need a direct, systematic, and sequential approach to reading. Based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, S.P.I.R.E. is now in its third edition, which incorporates the most recent research regarding best practices in reading and language arts instruction. The program includes many opportunities for practice, ensuring students experience continuous and visible success. Learn more at http://epsbooks.com/SPIRE. About EPS Literacy and Intervention EPS Literacy and Intervention provides K–12 blended-media solutions that build core skills and close the achievement gap in reading and math. With powerful instructional tools and high-quality materials, the company’s reading and math intervention solutions are proven to help struggling students. From universal screening to interventions, progress monitoring to data-driven decision-making, and professional development, EPS offers an integrated approach to effective teaching and learning. For more information on EPS and its proven programs Wordly Wise 3000®, Academy of READING®, Academy of MATH®, MCI, S.P.I.R.E.®, Path Driver for Reading®, Path Driver for Math™, Explode The Code®, EPS Customized Learning, and more, visit http://epsbooks.com. About School Specialty, Inc. School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. For more information about School Specialty, visit http://www.schoolspecialty.com. Find More Spanish Press Releases

Country Music Star Lee Ann Womacks First Headline Performance in Jackson to Fund Jackson Christian Scholarships

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Lee Ann Womack Jackson, TN (PRWEB) June 23, 2015 Jackson Christian School will host its third annual scholarship fundraiser with Grammy-award winning country music singer and songwriter Lee Ann Womack Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at 7 p.m. Jackson Christian awards approximately $ 150,000 in need-based student scholarships annually. Last year, the scholarship event raised more than $ 110,000. Froggy 104 serves as the official media sponsor for this year’s fundraiser. Jackson Christian Director of Elementary Linda Bradford has witnessed how the scholarships benefit families. “The Jackson Christian Scholarship Fund is not only about providing a quality education for children,” Bradford said. “It is also about providing an environment where Christ is seen. It is about a family working together to teach children to love God and to develop Christian leadership. We are preparing children for tomorrow and for eternity. The scholarship fund opens that door.” Womack is best known for her 2000 release “I Hope You Dance,” which earned a Grammy for Best Country Song and Song of the Year. In addition, she has placed more than 20 hits on the Billboard Country Top 40 and sold more than five million records in the United States. A Texas native, Womack studied music business at Belmont University in Nashville and has lived there since 1990. She released her debut album in 1997, which produced the hits “Never Again, Again” and “The Fool.” This year Womack received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album for “The Way I’m Livin.’” The album is her first studio recording since 2008 and was recorded almost completely live. Her latest recording includes an inspirational song titled, “Same Kind of Different.” “Our world is so divisive; everyone hates somebody else . . . people are all angry and focused on what’s wrong or different. I think there’s so much similar about all of us. If we’d focus on how we all hurt, hope and want to fall in love, to take care of the people we love, we might be able to help each other heal,” she said. More information about her recordings can be found at http://www.leeannwomack.com. Sponsorships for An Evening with Lee Ann Womack include event and program recognition, dinner and concert seating, passes for a private reception, photos/autographed items and priority parking, depending upon level. For more information on sponsoring and helping fund Jackson Christian student scholarships, individuals can email Chris Ramey at chris(dot)ramey(at)jcseagles(dot)org or call 731-668-8055. Details are online at http://www.jcseagles.org/leeannwomack. Womack is the third country music artist to perform for the Jackson Christian fundraiser. In 2013, Pam Tillis, the first female country entertainer to perform in a Broadway musical, performed during Jackson Christian’s inaugural fundraising event. Known for their country roots and hits, “No News,” “Come Crying to Me” and “Amazed,” Lonestar performed the following year. Founded in 1976, Jackson Christian is a private college preparatory school located in Jackson, Tenn. With an enrollment of more than 800 students, Jackson Christian offers TSSAA Division I athletics, fine arts and a 21st Century Digital Learning Initiative, bringing iPad technology to all grade levels. Jackson Christian is fully accredited by AdvancED through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Christian School Association. More information is available at http://www.jcseagles.org or http://facebook.com/JacksonChristianEagles.

The Slanted Sound are selected to play Artscape 2015

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Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) June 23, 2015 Coming off of an amazing performance in support of their latest CD release “Between a Rock and a Funk Place” at the Rams Head Live – Baltimore, local funk rock group The Slanted Sound have been selected to play at Artscape 2015 on July 19 at 2:30PM on the Sound Off Live! Festival Stage.They were selected as one of the winning bands from a juried competition organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts held at the Metro Gallery. The Slanted Sound was formed when a group of Maryland musicians and college students from Harford County Community College and Towson University came together around diverse musical influences such as Stevie Wonder, The Allman Brothers and Snarky Puppy. The band members are Keith Tuttle, Walsh Kunkel, Zachary McKinney, Graham Mitchell, Riley Battaglia, Mohammed Gbadamosi, Laura Banner and Jake Fidler. You can find background, pictures, music, videos and more about The Slanted Sound at their websites: http://www.TheSlantedSound.com http://www.facebook.com/gootybandtheslantedsound http://www.sonicbids.com/band/the-slanted-sound Also appearing at Artscape 2015 will be headliners George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on the MICA Main Stage. Press Contact: Dave McKinney (Manager) at 410.703.3603 Related Music Press Releases

GreatValueVacations Now Offers People-To-People Travel Programs to Cuba

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Rockville Centre, NY (PRWEB) June 20, 2015 Cuba has become a destination of fascination for many Americans, and now GreatValueVacations is offering the opportunity to participate in two people-to-people cultural immersion programs to the island. Cuba’s Charming Colonial Cities & Havana is an 8-night program which offers opportunities to join in a variety of discussions about Cuba’s history, agriculture, music, religion, and art. Participants can fully embrace Cuban culture when they meet and join in a discussion with the dancers of the world-renowned Camaguey Ballet Company, interact with local artists and exchange views on the importance of art to a community, enjoy a dance lesson and engage with musicians who will introduce them to Cuba’s popular music, and meet Cuban baseball players and discuss this favorite pastime for both Cuba and the U.S. This 8-night program is priced from $ 3,992 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes: Round-trip economy class airfare to Miami Round-trip economy class charter airfare between Miami and Camaguey, Cuba Round-trip airport transfers Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar: 1 night in Miami at the Miami Airport Marriott 2 nights in Camaguey at the Gran Hotel 2 nights in Trinidad at the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Trinidad 3 nights in Havana at the Melia Cohiba Guided sightseeing as described in itinerary, including: Camaguey, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Playa Giron and Havana Breakfast daily including a continental breakfast in Miami, 7 lunches, 5 dinners including a farewell dinner in Havana Services of a Professional Travel Director Transportation by private motorcoach Gratuities to wait staff at restaurants, porters at hotels, motorcoach driver, Cuban National Tour Director, and your group leader Baggage fee on charter flights between Miami and Cuba (bag cannot exceed 44 pounds) Cuban visa fee Grand Cuba From Coast to Coast offers an immersive experience in Cuba’s everyday life through captivating educational activities and conversations with Cubans about a wide range of topics. Visits include such highlights as Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Revolution Square, Colon Cemetery, and the Cuban Institute of Music; Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigia home; a print shop that still employs traditional printing and binding methods; a mechanical music-organ factory; Casa de la Cultura in rural Velasco; Fidel Castro’s boyhood home; the Matachin Museum in an 18th-century Spanish Fortress and Bay of Pigs Museum; the semi-indigenous Guirito community; a cowboy interaction at Kings Ranch; a cocoa farm; rum and cigar factories; pottery, ceramic, and local art studios; the historic city centers of Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, and Havana; San Pedro de la Roca Castle; Teddy Roosevelt’s fabled San Juan Hill; an elementary school, daycare center, library, and local family’s home. Participants will also enjoy a farm-to-table cooking demonstration, interactive dance lessons, a scenic cruise on Santiago Bay, the changing of the guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, interactions with Cuban baseball players and dancers at the world-renowned Camagüey Ballet Company, a ride in an Old Styler car, and performances by jazz musicians and the Cienfuegos Orchestra. Dinners at local paladars, lunch at a Casa Particular and an organic urban farm are just a few of the tantalizing special dining experiences. This 16-night program is priced from $ 6,397 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes: Round-trip economy class airfare to Miami Round-trip economy class charter airfare from Miami to Santiago de Cuba, and Havana to Miami. Round-trip airport transfers Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar: 1 night in Miami at the Miami Airport Marriott 2 nights in Gibara at the Hotel Encanto Ordono 2 nights in Baracoa at the El Castillo de Baracoa 3 nights in Santiago de Cuba at the Melia Santiago de Cuba 3 nights in Camaguey at the Gran Hotel 2 nights in Trinidad at the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Trinidad 3 nights in Havana at the Melia Cohiba Guided sightseeing as described in itinerary, including: Holguln, Gibara, Velasco, Biran, Baracoa, Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, La Maya, Las     Tunas, Camaguey, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Playa Giron and Havana Breakfast daily including a continental breakfast in Miami, 14 lunches, 11 dinners including a farewell dinner in Havana Services of a Professional Travel Director Transportation by private motorcoach Gratuities to wait staff at restaurants, porters at hotels, musicians, motorcoach driver, Cuban National Tour Director, and your group leader Baggage fee on charter flights between Miami and Cuba (bag cannot exceed 44 pounds) Cuban visa fee For additional information click on these Cuba experiences, visit http://www.greatvaluevacations.com/vacation-packages/cuba or call 800-896-4600. About GreatValueVacations GreatValueVacations is changing the way consumers travel by creating expertly designed, high-quality, air-inclusive vacations to compelling destinations at affordable prices. With so many online resources to find air, hotels, transportation, and more, consumers can spend many hours doing research trying to put it all together. GreatValueVacations takes the guesswork out of planning the perfect vacation by doing all of the legwork and packaging upscale travel products that have been vetted by destination experts. GreatValueVacations also offers advice and recommendations on what to see and do in each locale, and provides customer support every step of the way. Additionally, GreatValueVacations’ state-of-the-art technology offers the ability to book complicated vacations in just a few clicks. For additional information, visit http://www.GreatValueVacations.com or call 800-896-4600. Follow GreatValueVacations on Facebook or on Twitter at @vacationsreview.

SWAIA Announces Annual Fellowship Winners

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“Deception,” Oil on Birch Panel, Impressionism, Del Curfman, 2015 Design Fellow Santa Fe, New Mexico (PRWEB) June 29, 2015 The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is pleased to announce this year’s Indian Market artist fellows in four distinct categories: Discovery, Design, Residency and Youth. “We were overwhelmed by the talent and diversity of this year’s applicants to the Fellowship Program,” stated Chief Operating Officer Dallin Maybee. “After much deliberation in the Discovery Fellowship category, our judges selected Fellows from two art forms we have not traditionally looked at in the work of writer Terese Marie Mailhot and filmmaker Razelle Benally.” Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), acclaimed painter, Indian Market artist, and former SWAIA Board member, was one of the 2015 Fellowship judges. “This year’s entries were very exciting. We have gone from a very small focus to saying that all aesthetic ideas and forms are important,” said Romero. The abundance of talented applicants to this year’s fellowship program resulted in SWAIA’s decision to award glass artist Daniel Friday 1st Runner-up recognition in the Discovery category. Friday will receive a complimentary booth on the Plaza at this year’s Santa Fe Indian Market. The annual Residency Fellows are jeweler Wayne Nez Gaussoin and abstract painter Holly Grimm. “The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is pleased to host Wayne Gaussoin and Holly Grimm as the 2015 SWAIA SFAI Residency Fellows. These awards represent SFAI’s commitment to cultivating creative practices, engaging with diverse communities, and addressing the most pressing social issues of our time,” said Residency Program Manager, Nina Elder. Painter Del Curfman was awarded the 2015 Design Fellowship and will have his painting of a black crow, titled “Deception,” featured on this year’s Indian Market merchandise and promotional materials. “The crow’s image symbolizes creation stories and the connection to culture through oral history, which is why I chose it,” said Curfman. “We are thrilled to have Del as the Design Fellow this year and very excited to promote his work in the Santa Fe Indian Market 2015 Merchandise package,” said Rima Krisst, Marketing Projects Coordinator for SWAIA. Finally, SWAIA is proud to announce Youth Fellowship winners painter/photographer Chamisa Edd-Belin, and painter/printmaker Olathe Antonio.     SWAIA’s staff and judges want to acknowledge all of the artists who applied to this year’s Fellowship Program. The entries were of the highest caliber and uphold SWAIA’s commitment to substance, standards and fairness. “The 2015 individual artist fellows are recognized for their exceptional skill, creativity and leadership,” said SWAIA Board Treasurer Elizabeth Pettus. “The Fellowship Program was originally created to honor emerging artists in all mediums and at all ages, as well as provide financial assistance, in an effort to encourage and support them in their artistic growth and endeavors.” “I’m honored and grateful for the opportunity to have the support to create work that I feel strongly about, and that I want to share with the world,” said Razelle Benally. For media inquiries, contact: Audrey Nadia Rubinstein 505 490 1837 Audrey(at)jlhmedia(dot)com About SWAIA and Santa Fe Indian Market: SWAIA is an advocate for Native American arts and culture, and creates economic and entrepreneurship opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market as the finest Indian art event in the world; cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms; and, developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native artists year-round. http://www.swaia.org About Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI): The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI), founded in 1985, takes as its mission an exploration of the intersections of contemporary art and society. By bringing together prominent individuals and institutions in the arts, sciences, and humanities, SFAI enlivens local, national, and international discourse through residencies, lectures, workshops, publications, exhibitions, and educational and outreach programming. Nurturing artists and providing a stimulating, creative atmosphere for their work serves society in an essential way and gives artists the support necessary to take risks and explore possibilities. For young people, the arts allow creativity and innovation to be valued along with the traditional skills for learning. http://www.sfai.org About the 2015 SWAIA Artist Fellows: All applicants to Santa Fe Indian Market and the Fellowship Program must be members of a federally recognized tribe. 2015 Discovery Fellows: Razelle Benally: Filmmaker/video artist Razelle Benally is Oglala Lakota and Diné. Her Sundance Film institute Native Lab-supported film: I Am Thy Weapon begins production in August 2015. Razelle’s SWAIA fellowship proposal explores indigenous artists’ connection to themes of identity. Terese Marie Mailhot: Writer Terese Marie Mailhot grew up as a member of the Seabird Island First Nations Band in British Columbia, Canada, and now lives in New Mexico. Currently, she is working on a novel called Medicine Wheel, informed by her life growing up on the Seabird Island reservation. Her wit and incisiveness set her apart as a true original, weaving narrative, traditions, and unexpected twists and turns into her storytelling. She offers a powerful commentary and reflection on contemporary Native life. Dan Friday: Dan Friday of the Lummi Nation, located in the Pacific Northwest, is a glass artist, currently exhibiting at Blue Rain Gallery Santa Fe. He has spent the past two decades working with glass artists Dale Chihuly and Paul Marioni gaining knowledge and inspiration, and perfecting his skills and talent. Friday’s glasswork can already be found in major art collections throughout the world. 2015 Design Fellow Del Curfman: Design Fellow Del Curfman is a member of the Crow Nation and grew up in Montana. He has experience in successfully licensing his images commercially, and is represented by the MEI Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. He is 22 years old and attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. This summer he was awarded an internship at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and is looking forward to returning to Santa Fe for Indian Market. 2015 Residency Fellows Holly Grimm: Holly Grimm is an abstract Diné artist whose work has been shown extensively throughout the Southwest. She is influenced by Navajo rug designs, Chinese painting, and Abstract Expressionism. She is transitioning her art into an environmental/social practice by integrating it with sustainable practices such as Permaculture in dryland Native American communities. Wayne Nez Gaussoin: Picuris Pueblo/Diné jeweler, Wayne Nez Gaussoin is the son of famed jewelers David and Connie Tsosie Gaussoin. Wayne is a silversmith who mixes traditional and contemporary elements in his masterful designs. He is also completing the final year of his MFA Program at UNM, specializing in sculpture and art installation. 2015 Youth Fellows Chamisa Edd-Belin: Diné painter/photographer Chamisa Edd-Belin says her work is motivated by her Navajo culture, Japanese animation, classical music, and Native modern art. Through her art she shares her heritage, stories, language and the history of her people. Olathe Antonio: Olathe Antonio is of Diné and Shawnee heritage, and comes from a family of artists. She likens the preparations and process for creating art to that of giving birth, and the completed artwork the beginning of its life journey. More Music Press Releases

Signal360 and PlayNetwork Partner to Evolve the Consumer Experience with Beacons

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New York, NY (PRWEB) June 24, 2015 PlayNetwork today launched a strategic partnership with Signal360 to utilize beacons to engage consumers and innovate global brand experiences. The rollout is currently underway, actively implementing proximity-based solutions into brand marketing strategies worldwide. “PlayNetwork’s new platform is driving personalized services, contextual targeting and greater loyalty through interactive services,” said Craig Hubbell, CEO of PlayNetwork. “Beacons and proximity-based solutions are a vital element to these solutions providing the right content at the right time. We are very excited about this partnership with Signal360. Their unique ability to deliver audio signal messaging, intelligent content management and target specific audiences is unprecedented, and a perfect complement to our technology.” From creative strategy, music, global licensing, video, messaging, A/V systems and new technology, PlayNetwork creates and delivers branded entertainment media solutions to inspire consumer engagement. The addition of proximity marketing, powered by Signal360, enables brands to enhance the digital experience and in-store message with targeted and personalized communications within a location, such as in-aisle, lobby or other specified zones. The Signal360 platform easily integrates into a consumer’s existing CRM and frequency capping to ensure a positive user experience. Alex Bell, CEO and Founder of Signal360, said, “This is a natural fit for our two companies. PlayNetwork is the worldwide leader of creating immersive experiences, the relationships they cultivate with their clients is unmatched. Being able to be a part of their offering is very exciting for Signal360,” said Bell “Not only are we able to trigger engagements through the PlayNetwork in-store audio player with our patented inaudible signal, but we can further that with ultra-focused activations using our beacons.” “Proximity marketing augments the brand story while connecting the consumer to the experience, we consider it an intelligent tap on the shoulder when it matters most,” said Ben Teplitsky, VP of Strategic Partnerships at Signal360. “This is a groundbreaking partnership, the Signal360 platform combined with PlayNetwork’s leading brand architecture strategies will evolve the way brands captivate their customers.” About Signal360 Signal360 is the leader in the proximity marketing industry and provides an enterprise ready platform of Beacons, SDK, and CMS to communicate with smartphones and tablets. In addition, the system’s analytics engine processes massive amounts of data reported by these devices to allow companies to refine their marketing messaging and location experiences. Signal360 beacons broadcast both standard Bluetooth Low Energy signals and proprietary, patented Audio signals that reach consumers even with Bluetooth turned off. About PlayNetwork PlayNetwork helps brands use music and entertainment media to enhance customer experience, in-store and beyond. These experiences add emotional interaction points that increase engagement and influence lifetime value. Clients engage PlayNetwork for custom music and media supervision, audio/visual systems engineering and installation, branded entertainment campaigns, technology and software development, global music and content licensing, original video and motion graphics, in-store and on-hold messaging, advertising networks, and more. They partner with over 400 brands across 100,000 locations in 110 countries, reaching more than 100 million people every day. For more information, visit http://www.playnetwork.com. Contact: Nicole Rikkinen, VP Marketing, PlayNetwork, nrikkinen(at)playnetwork(dot)com, 425-629-1801 Find More Music Press Releases

Ari Albinder, Leading Boca Raton Realtor and Owner of Mizner Grande Realty, Breaks His Own Tropic Isle Sales Record with $3.41 Million Deal

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Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) June 02, 2015 Ari Albinder, Owner and Broker of Mizner Grande Realty, proudly announced that he has sold another Tropic Isles Intracoastal Point Lot Mansion with an impressive $ 3.41 million mansion deal in Delray Beach’s exclusive Tropic Isles. Early this year, Albinder broke the Tropic Isles record with a $ 3.1 million sale. http://www.miznergranderealty.com “It was an honor to represent such a stunning house and make another major deal like this. Our firm has become a trusted source for buyers and sellers when it comes to their million dollar properties. We know how to close deals quickly and successfully,” said Ari Albinder, Owner and Broker of Mizner Grande Realty. Located at 969 Bolender Drive in the prestigious Tropic Isles, this three story trophy Intracoastal Mansion had 213 feet of waterfront, abundant dockage and panoramic Intracoastal views. Its amenities included a new gourmet kitchen, incredible resort style pool and spa, and a luxurious master suite. “We’ve become a trusted and respected name in real estate in Delray Beach. We continue to get the waterfront listings here, because our reputation for hard work and successful real estate transactions continue to grow. Delray Beach is known around the world as the ideal place to live, work and play thanks to the glorious year-round lifestyle options it provides,” added Albinder. Mizner Grande Realty has 72 elite agents and has become a real estate leader in selling luxury residences and condominiums in the Boca Raton, Gulf Stream, Highland Beach, Delray Beach, Hillsboro Mile, Manalapan, Ocean Ridge, Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point and south to Miami Beach. Mizner Grande Realty’s global and international market approach includes: Mizner’s Dream: The Official Magazine of the Boca Resort and Club, duPont REGISTRY Around The World to 54 Countries, Homes & Land of the Palm Beaches, South Florida Living, Boca Raton Magazine, Delray Beach Magazine, Boca/Delray Life, Simply the Best Magazine, Boca Club Life, The Real Estate Book and the South Florida Real Estate Guide, TV ads, movie theatres and tremendous Worldwide Online Marketing reaching 800,000 qualified buyers locally, internationally and worldwide in 54 countries in full color print capturing qualified buyers. Mizner Grande Realty is one of South Florida’s leading real estate firms specializing in luxury home sales, having negotiated over $ 1.5 billion dollars in sales in South Florida. Together with the DuPont REGISTRY Worldwide Online Marketing, Mizner Grande is reaching over 800,000 unique monthly visitors, in 200 countries to qualified buyers locally, internationally and worldwide. For more information call the company at (561) 393-7000 or Ari Albinder, Broker-Owner (561) 702-0413. They are located at 155 NE Spanish River Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Mizner Grande Realty’s new website will be launched on June 1st and expects to be groundbreaking for the real estate industry. http://www.miznergranderealty.com

Elvis the Penguin Captures Glowing Kirkus Review

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“A pompadour-touting penguin makes a bid for fame in Casanova’s zany, rollicking debut children’s book.” – Kirkus Reviews Baton Rouge, LA (PRWEB) June 22, 2015 The self-published children’s storybook, Elvis the Penguin, has received a glowing review from Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Reviews is venerated in the publishing industry for its unbiased critique of books, and has been one of publishing’s standard bearers for quality since its inception 82 years ago. “I’m elated. And relieved,” stated author Kara Casanova. “I was on pins and needles waiting to receive the review. Despite the fact that my little book is clocking self-publishing sales records, and I’ve always believed the story was great, it’s truly phenomenal to have Kirkus validate that it is indeed a high quality story.” Elvis the Penguin is about a baby penguin with a pompadour who wants to sing and perform like his famous namesake, Elvis Presley. The fast-paced tale of Elvis’ quest to become famous zips children through hilarious mishap after mishap as he pursues his dream. Although Elvis the Penguin is a fun and entertaining story, it also inherently contains social values, and is now being used as a platform in elementary schools to address bullying and social tolerance. In part, the Kirkus review states: “This quirky, upbeat, and undeniably fun children’s book is sure to make even the most reluctant Elvis fan want to join in and sing along. The author has a keen sense of humor, including zany touches such as a bad-boy gang of Bronx Zoo penguins and plot twists that reference the lyrics to Elvis Presley’s songs. Some of the pop-culture nods may be better understood by adults than by children, but the song snippets and the child-friendly backdrop of the zoo make this a perfect introduction to a bygone era of music history.” A whimsical, heartfelt picture book about a little bird with a surprisingly big dream.” – Kirkus Reviews To read the review in its entirety: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/kara-casanova/elvis-the-penguin-second-edition/ Elvis the Penguin, Second Edition ISBN 978-0-9861763-0-2. More Music Press Releases

Super Spanish Win Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at Lisbon

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(PRWEB UK) 30 May 2015 In a competition of wildly fluctuating fortunes for many of the nine competing nations, the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2015 Europe Division 2 League leg at Lisbon, Portugal was won by a rock-solid performance from the Spanish team tonight. And, to the delight of the home crowd, the Portuguese produced a much-improved second round to clinch runner-up spot and maximum points towards qualification for the Furusiyya 2015 Final. The clock gave France the nod over Belgium for third place when the two sides finished on level pegging, while Team USA lined up fifth ahead of Ireland in sixth and Great Britain in seventh place. Finland filled eighth spot, withdrawing in the second round after elimination for their second-line partnership Mikko Maentausta and For Success, but still guaranteed 90 qualifying points as one of just two countries hunting for points in today’s leg of the series. Having collected 16 faults in the first round, Team Italy sat it out on the sidelines when only eight nations returned for the second round. Established their superiority The Spanish established their superiority with three first-round clears from Alberto Marquez Galobardes (Belcanto Z), Gerardo Menendez Mieres (Cassino DC) and Ivan Serrano Saenz (Condor). But perhaps typifying the whole concept of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™, with its layers of competition that guide young, developing riders onto the ladder of success as part of a team, it was a great second round from Laura Roquet Puignero that clinched it and left Saenz with no reason to return to the ring for a second time. Both Roquet Puignero and Menendez Mieres experienced their Nations Cup debut which made it all the more creditable that the latter produced one of just two double-clears on the day. But Roquet Puignero’s improvement from a 16-fault first effort to leave just the middle element of the Longines triple combination on the floor second time out was also remarkable. The 12-fence track designed by Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge jumped very differently for many of the horse-and-rider combinations over the two rounds. One of the most surprising elements of the competition was the fact that so many of those who went well first time out really struggled at their second attempt. The two-hour interval between the first round in daylight, and the second under lights, created a completely different environment. As Roquet Puignero explained afterwards, “a lot of horses were very spooky about the lights in the second round, and there was a lot more tension for the riders at that stage.” Halfway point The Portuguese were languishing in sixth place at the halfway point carrying eight faults, while the French lay ahead of them with five and Great Britain, the USA and Ireland shared second spot with four faults apiece. But they mainly lost their grip as the second round progressed, the French faring best of the leading bunch when adding nine to their tally, and the Belgians doing really well when adding just one time fault to their first-round 13, but leaving it all to late to make any real impression. The Portuguese got off to a flying start in round two when Mario Wilson Fernandes produced the second part of a double-clear with Abanderado MZ and Joao Pedro Gomes was also fault-free with Electra S. But their rapid improvement ground to a halt when Luis Ferreira’s Quechua d’Emeraude ducked out twice at the middle element of the Longines triple combination for elimination. It was left to anchorman, Luis Sabino Goncalves, to save the day, and it seemed very possible that he might even force the Spanish to a jump-off if their last rider faulted, as mistakes from Marquez Galobardes and Roquet Puignero moved the leaders onto an eight-fault total. However although Sabino Goncalves brought Uching Imperio Egipico home with all the timber intact, he collected a single time fault to move his country onto a final total of nine faults, good enough for second place but allowing Spain’s Serrano Saenz the luxury of not having to come back into the ring. Beautiful to ride “The course was beautiful to ride”, said Menendez Mieres whose lovely 10-year-old grey, Cassino DC, produced that critical double-clear for the winning side. Course designer, Jorge, talked about the challenge he set. “The first round was a bit easy but we decided to raise only two fences (in the second round) as the lights change things a bit as well. On top of that, we felt it was important to put a bit of pressure on the riders, so it was the right decision. The time allowed (79 seconds) was totally different from the first round to the second – I wish I had set 76 or 77 seconds in the first round, but the 79 was absolutely perfect for the second round” he pointed out. Laura Roquet Puignero said the winning team were “surprised, but very happy tonight!” She said her horse “was very naughty in the first round, he was a bit fresh and not so concentrated but in the second round he was a little more tired and much more calm. I’m so happy with him. I broke him when he was four and we are together now for six years – we have learned a lot together!” said the 25-year-old from Barcelona. More Spanish Press Releases

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