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Ketolicious Kitchens Launches Keto Mexican Comfort Food Product Line

GILBERT, Ariz. -- Ketolicious Kitchens recently launched a new brand - Sonora™ - that caters to the Keto and low-carb lifestyle, specifically those looking for authentic Mexican fare. Founded by Lupita Aguilera Hicks, she shares that the basis of her product line all started at home. Some of her family members experienced serious complications from heart disease and diabetes and she even observed close friends who died from related complications from the disease.

After diabetes claimed her grandmother's life, she made it a personal mission to help not just her mother and friends manage their health through better food, but to bring these healthy, new choices to the world.

Lupita said she tried to find off-the-shelf options that would allow her to create family favorites, but she came up short each time. She sought healthy choices combined with the flavors and comfort from her childhood in Sonora, Mexico. After much experimenting on her own, she realized she could create great tasting keto meals that didn't taste like keto substitutes.

"For me, Sonora means flavor, family and home," Lupita says. "And, it's healthier comfort food."

The current Sonora™ product line consists of four dry mixes for tortillas, tamales, pan dulce (sweet bread) and bolillos (French bread). And, people who buy the mixes don't need to add eggs or milk. All that's needed is a little water (and love!).

The dry mix ingredients are natural and include items such as almond flour, eggs, yeast and salt - real ingredients for people who want to enjoy the flavors of Mexico without the heavy carbs. There's one-gram net carbs per tortilla; 4 grams net carbs per tamale; 8 grams net carbs per pan dulce; and one-gram net carbs per bolillo.

Mike Hicks, Lupita's husband, directs product development and experienced first-hand how a low-carb ketogenic diet could help him to lose weight and lower his A1C numbers.

These simple and delicious "just add water" recipes are perfect for anyone who is trying to reduce their carb intake, reduce inflammation and improve their overall health.

"The Sonora brand gives people healthier choices when it comes to home-made desserts and breads," he says. "Plus, they taste as good or better than the traditional carb-heavy versions. There's enormous potential here."

About Ketolicious Kitchens, LLC:

Ketolicious Kitchens, LLC is a Mexican-American/Native American, woman-owned company proudly based in Gilbert, Arizona. All products are low carb and no sugar added.


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Cottage Cooking helps people to host their own cooking classes at home

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Taking cooking classes is a fun way to learn new culinary skills and expand a menu repertoire. It's also fun for people to host their own. But how? Cottage Cooking in Asheville, North Carolina helps people make it happen. Most of Cottage Cooking's classes are held in their home, but more and more people are looking to stay in their homes or vacation rentals and host their own.

As a result, Cottage Cooking goes off site for groups ranging from six to 12. They bring all the ingredients, aprons and recipes and the hosts simply provide the space and items like glasses, plateware, silverware and pots and pans.

"So, forget get that canape cocktail party, and do something a little different next time you want to get together with friends and family," Liisa Andreassen, co-founder, Cottage Cooking, says.

Recent off-site classes have ranged from bachelorette parties to family reunions and a girl's weekend getaway.

Reasons for hosting a class in the privacy of one's home or at a vacation rental are many. For example, people don't have to drive, find babysitters, shop or plan anything. They just sit back and Cottage Cooking will execute it all. Those who want to participate can, and those who just want to kick back and sip are welcome to do that too.

People who choose to host a cooking class of their own, just have to contact Cottage Cooking, let them know what type of menu they're looking for and get their date on the calendar.

"Folks really like this option - it gives them a chance to create a custom cooking experience where guests will learn a little, laugh a lot and remember the party for a long time to come," Andreassen shares. "And we clean up too!"

About Cottage Cooking:

Cottage Cooking classes are designed for the home cook and a typical class is designed like a dinner party where guests prepare and eat an appetizer, main course and dessert. There's also a Saturday morning baking class once a month. These classes make for a great date night or ladies' night out. The company has also built a reputation in the business for hosting fun bachelorette parties and family reunions. In addition to a schedule which can be found on their website, they'll also design custom dates and menus as requested.

Most offsite classes are $125 per person, but prices can be adjusted based on menu choice. Gift certificates are also available.






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Alpha Floral is delivering its exquisite, hand-arranged floral creations in Montecito and Goleta, offering same-day delivery to fill your celebrations with beauty

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- As the best-rated florist in Santa Barbara, Alpha Floral has won hearts all over the county with its fresh blooms and stunning floral arrangements. Spreading its vines further, the top florists in Santa Barbara also deliver their fresh blooms to the suburbs of Goleta and Montecito.

Whether you are looking for a bright and cheerful bouquet to make someone's day or a tasteful arrangement to express your sympathies or condolences, Alpha Floral's floral artists have all your needs covered.

According to owners Cassie and Gary Marcias, "Alpha Floral believes in creating gorgeous arrangments that bring a smile to someone's face and make them feel treasured. Our bouquets and other floral creations deliver messages of love and celebration, and we do our best to make them feel heartfelt and special."

The flower shop's hand-arranged creations use garden-fresh flowers grown in and around Santa Barbara county, including Roses, Dahlias, Tulips, Sunflowers, Calla Lilies, Hydrangeas, and Orchids, among others.

Located at 1810A Cliff Drive, Alpha Floral delivers its delightful floral creations in the entire Santa Barbara area, including Downtown, Goleta, Montecito, Hope Ranch, San Roque, and the Mesa.

If you're looking for an arrangement that evokes rustic elegance or a modern piece arranged in a minimalistic style, Alpha Floral's floral artists can create custom bouquets that will execute whatever it is you may envision.

Another key feature that endears these florists to their customers is their same-day delivery service which has helped many clients on important events or occasions.

The florist offers delivery services in Montecito (zip codes 93103 and 93108) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Monday through Saturday. They also offer same-day flower delivery for orders placed before 10 a.m.

As per Cassie and Gary Macias, "We love serving our clients in Montecito and feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring beauty to homes, parties, holidays, and a wide range of events. Our elegant and inspired creations are guaranteed to elevate any event or occasion."

Alpha Floral also delivers to residents and businesses in Goleta, even providing custom flower arrangements every week to U.C.S.B. for their numerous events.

They have provided distinguished guests at U.C.S.B. with elegant English garden-style pedestal vase arrangements comprising colorful hydrangeas, roses, cymbidium orchids, and trailing smilax. Their skilled flower designers also have extensive experience in creating sophisticated floral arrangements for guests at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort.

In the words of Cassie and Gary Marcias, "We have been making floral deliveries in Goleta for several years now. It's a family-friendly place with loads of events and celebrations and we feel privileged to be able to contribute towards them with our floral creations."

Alpha Floral also delivers between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Goleta. They offer same-day delivery on flower orders that are placed prior to 10:30 a.m. Their team delivers their fresh floral creations in pristine condition to residences and businesses in the 93111, and 93117 zip codes in Goleta.

Alpha Floral also hand-delivers flowers to intended recipients to make them feel special and treasured. The shop further sends customers a photograph of the final arrangement before sending it to the intended recipient.

With Christmas approaching fast, they are all set with special creations for fall festivities, including festive floral centerpieces and decorations.

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Cassie and Gary Macias are particularly proud of their floral bouquets, specially crafted for the upcoming holiday season.

You check out their extensive range of floral bouquets and gifting options and order them online at:

If you wish to place an order for flower delivery in Montecito and Goleta, you can call them at: (805) 965-5156.

Weddings and Custom Arrangements:

You can also fill out this form to request a custom creation for delivery:

If you're seeking a floral partner to design your dream wedding, you can also book a free consultation here:

About Alpha Floral-Established 1935:

Winners of the Readers Choice Award for Santa Barbara in 2015 and 2017 for Best Florist, Alpha Floral also offers weekly in-home and office flower delivery and is well-known for its expertise in providing flowers for weddings, parties, funerals, and all kinds of events!

They are also a premier florist on BloomNation, a widely-trusted community marketplace that enables people to list, discover, and send uniquely-fashioned bouquets handcrafted by local florists across the country. The platform allows them to reach out to an even wider audience and help them celebrate their loved ones.

Whatever the message you wish to convey, Alpha Floral has the flowers to tell your story.

Alpha Floral, 1810A Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA, 93109.

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‘Achieving Life Satisfaction Is Our Ultimate Goal’ – Personal Development Writer Releases Inspiring Book On Finding Your Purpose

OTTAWA, Ontario -- An inspiring story about finding your purpose and achieving happiness by tapping into three spheres: personal growth, family values, and career focus, "For A Better Chance At Life: Achieving Life Satisfaction" (ISBN: 978-0228880103; Tellwell Publishing) is a personal development novel by author Jonathan J. Woolverton.

A new release, "For A Better Chance At Life: Achieving Life Satisfaction," tells the story of how achieving life satisfaction is our ultimate goal. And to achieve it, we must set out our purposes in life. We exist in three spheres: our Personal Growth sphere, where we determine what we wish to accomplish in our own personal life given what is important to us; our Family Values sphere, where we set out our goals and objectives for what we wish to accomplish as a family unit; and our Career Focus sphere, where achieving a certain status and income level will determine our successes and accomplishments as they relate to our working life. As well we must determine how to achieve happiness in our life-after-work years.

When asked why Woolverton wrote "For A Better Chance At Life: Achieving Life Satisfaction," he said: "The world has become more chaotic over the past couple of decades. The stresses, pressures, and worries in our lives have grown exponentially. It has become more difficult to find happiness and joy in life. We have lost the ability to balance our lives effectively between what we require to achieve what is important to us on a personal basis, how to achieve a balance between our career goals and our family priorities, how to manage our expectations against reality, and how to ensure that our life-after-work years result in true life satisfaction."

The recently published personal development novel is perfect for readers ready to clarify their life goals and purpose and strive for their ultimate goal: achieving life satisfaction.

"For A Better Chance At Life: Achieving Life Satisfaction" is available through Tellwell Publishing (RRP $21.99), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository and Booktopia.

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JONATHAN J. WOOLVERTON was born in Ontario, Canada. Shortly after that, he moved with his family to the U.S. J.J. attended a private boys' school in Western New York State and later enrolled in a university in Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a BBA in economics and accounting with a minor in psychology. Over his career, J.J. has consulted and advised committee members on how to set and accomplish their internal goals and objectives within their own organizations.

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Publishers Newswire announces annual Books to Bookmark List for Dec. 2022 – 10 Great Reads You’ve Likely Never Seen

TEMECULA, Calif. -- Publishers Newswire (PNW), a news publisher covering books, music and software launched in 2004, has announced its annual "books to bookmark" list of 10 new and interesting reads from small publishers and self-published authors in North America published in 2022. These books are often overlooked due to not coming from major traditional book publishing houses.

"A notable trend in 2022 was the illustrated children's book, teaching youngsters to deal with grief from loss of a loved one, or explaining the pandemic, or both," says PNW editor and publisher, Christopher Laird Simmons, who has worked in the publishing world since the late '70s, and is also CEO of the website's parent company, NEOTROPE®. "Adoption and memoirs were also a trend in small publishing, more so than the common business and financial books, or general adult fiction. For our annual list we've picked a diverse and worthwhile line-up for avid readers to discover."

Herewith are 10 interesting reads worth a look (alphabetical order, based on book title):

"A Secret Revealed" (ISBN 978-1954682351; J2B Publishing; 136pp) by Robert Stowe England is debut novel, tells the story of Dean Farley, a young boy growing up in post-World War II America trying to gain confidence in himself by earning the respect of his parents and peers. A small North Carolina community is the crucible Robert Stowe England, a veteran financial author, uses in "A Secret Revealed" for Dean to figure out if he has the mettle and ability to handle adult life.

"Avoiding Swindlers" (ISBN: 978-0228881179; Tellwell Talent; 360pp) by Canadian author Al Rosen, is a book full of warnings based on true events. Investors lose multi-millions of dollars to financial tricksters. Social media and new investing apps have encouraged new investors to buy into "hot tips" - this has created more hazards and swindlers. Al Rosen wrote "Avoiding Swindlers" so individuals can learn to identify red flags. Al Rosen has served as a university professor (holding a PhD) with several qualifications in the fields of investigative accounting and reporting (such as acting as a fraud examiner) for over 35 years.

"Here Comes Cowboy Larry, Stepping Out In Faith" (ISBN 978-1667838816; Reality Marketing And Design; 116pp) is the biographical story of Larry Callies in his own words, where he dreamt from the age of ten of becoming a Cowboy; and his spiritual journey as man of color to the founding of the First Museum honoring the long history of the Black Cowboy Heritage. This must-read story shares insight into Larry's unshakeable grit, unrelenting compassion, unbending stubbornness, and unmistakable kindness which Larry cultivated while growing up in a segregated Southeast Texas over three decades on ranches, singing Country Western songs at the then segregated Gilley's Nightclub with Gilley's all white band, and life-risking bull penning jobs. Larry is a professional cowboy, singer, writer, and museum curator.

"I Slept in My Bed Last Night" (ISBN 979-8985784404; WF Publications; 32pp) by seven-year-old author, Sammy Wallace, is his debut rhyming children's picture book. The book is a comical story about a boy who finally decides to sleep in his bed. While fast asleep, a mysterious monster wakes him up from his dream. Confused as to exactly what the monster is, and what the monster wants, the brave boy contemplates a series of possibilities as he tries to unlock the mystery. Sammy created the premise of the book at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Los Angeles. Due to school closures, Sammy kept busy with his imagination and often composed stories with his grandmother, Dr. Gwendolyn Mukes, who transcribed the book for him, and felt that it was important to help Sammy find his literary voice while maintaining a sense of wonder and imagination.

"Ketogenic Bodybuilding: A Natural Athlete's Guide to Competitive Savagery" (ISBN: 978-1956955071; Savage Sports LLC; Legacy Launch Pad Publishing; 448pp), the first book by Robert Sikes. While Sikes was always interested in competitive bodybuilding, the "bro dieting" approach based on junk calories, extreme caloric deficits and carbohydrates resulted in disastrous side effects. The book is the result of Sikes' experiences as a professional bodybuilder and fitness coach, specifically his transition from carbohydrate-based training protocols to ketogenic ones, and its resultant performance benefits.

"Love Without Wings: An Adoption Fairytale" (ISBN: 979-8986768014; BookBaby; 36pp), by Adam Swain Ferguson and Illustrated by Veronica Stanley Hooper, was inspired by a true story - his own story - and celebrates diverse families made complete through adoption. While "Love Without Wings" is written for children, it's also the perfect read for adoption agency staff, counselors and teachers in search of a positive educational tool.

"ScootieToots and the Feathers From Heaven: A Family Healing Book" (ISBN: 978-0228866862; Tellwell Talent; 66pp) by Audri B. Cabness is a whimsical children's story with a powerful message that offers families an uplifting vantage point, at any point in their healing process, from which they are given the opportunity to begin to pivot from despair to serenity. CABNESS is an author from the United States, and is also the founder of The Sebastiens Smile Foundation. Cabness endured the pain associated with the loss of her beloved infant son, in whose honor the book was written.

"The Velocity of Information - Human Thinking During Chaotic Times" (ISBN: 978-1475865455; Rowman & Littlefield; 208pp), authored by David P. Perrodin, Ph.D., rigorously clarifies and deepens how we think about societal human behavior and mental health during days, weeks, months, or even years of chaos. This is an invigorating scholarly work for all audiences. Utilizing several in-depth personal interviews and explorations of historical and contemporary events, "The Velocity of Information" provides a functional and realistic roadmap with specific, actionable guidance on how to navigate chaos. Perrodin is an author, researcher, professor, and host of "The Safety Doc" podcast. Dr. Perrodin is a speech-language pathologist specializing in psycholinguistics.

"The World According to Bess: A Funny, Unfiltered Memoir of Life Lessons from My 90-Year-Old Mom" (ISBN: 978-1956955330; Legacy Launch Pad Publishing; 168pp), by Bonnie Lorber Habyan is a treasure trove of motherly insights and a "love letter" to her mother. Reflecting on their mother-daughter bond, Habyan details the hilarious and insightful things her mother has said and done over the years. In the latter chapters, she also examines how their relationship has been shifting as Bess battles with dementia. Habyan is a speaker and a chief marketing officer working in real estate in finance, and has had rich life experiences that include earning her MBA as well as being a corporate spokesperson, a news reporter, and a radio DJ for a call-in love songs program.

"Uncle Rocky - Fireman #10 - Ice Rescue" (ISBN: 978-1954682160; J2B Publishing; 36pp), authored by James Burd Brewster is the 10th Uncle Rocky - Fireman book in the "Glad to do it!" children's series and is illustrated for kids aged 3-7. The series, illustrated by Mary Barrows, honors first responders by retelling true-life emergency response stories through the eyes of its characters: Uncle Rocky - Fireman, Officers Jack and Kate and EMT Morales.


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Publishers Newswire is an online publication founded in 2004, part of the Neotrope News Network, covering books and publishing, music and software news. Publishers Newswire does not endorse, "recommend," or review any of the book titles mentioned, and the specific books mentioned are for informational purpose only. No fee or other consideration was paid for inclusion in this list.


Neotrope has been in the publishing business since the late 1970s, when then teenage founder Christopher Simmons published first "The Comic Collectors Comic Checklist" sold at the San Diego Comic-Con. The company went on to publish "The Galaxy of Fandom" a one-off entertainment magazine, and later "The Adama Journal" a fanzine for "Battlestar Galactica." In 1982, "The Unicorn Hunters Guidebook" was featured in Playboy magazine. In 1987, a fanzine for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" called "Galaxy Class" launched. In 2008, the company published "FRACTOPIA" a coffee table art book by Simmons (ISBN: 978-0971055506; Neotrope Press).

The company publishing unit was originally called Silver Unicorn Graphics (S.U. Graphics and Marketing), became Mindset Press in 1987 and Neotrope Press in 1997. The Neotrope News Network was launched in 2004.

The company is also a leader in online advertising and marketing, public relations, music/video and multimedia. Neotrope is based in the Southern California wine country of Temecula. Neotrope® is a registered trademark in the U.S. and Europe. The company celebrates its 40th anniversary in Jan. 2023.

Christopher Simmons has been a working journalist since 1984 when he sold his first article to POLYPHONY magazine. Later writing for diverse pubs including Computer Player, Digital Imaging, Micro Publishing News, Spazz, the Graphic Artist's Guild newspaper, among many others. He has been widely interviewed on topics related to technology, marketing, health and entertainment.

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Christmas at Schnepf Farms 2022 Opens in Queen Creek the Day After Thanksgiving

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. -- It's the time of year when Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek transforms into a magical winter wonderland. The east valley mainstay has partnered for the fourth year with World of Illumination - known for producing the largest drive-through light shows in the world - to present Christmas at Schnepf Farms, opening to the public on November 25, 2022.

More than 30 acres of the farm are transformed into a hub of family holiday entertainment, including the two-lane Sleigh Bell Slide and a giant Christmas-themed obstacle course. Visitors can stop by Santa's workshop that offers a letter-writing station and authentic mailboxes to send notes to the North Pole.

Also on the list of attractions is pine-cone decorating, a historic Christmas carousel, ice skating and snow-globe mini golf. Additionally, guests can take a hayride to feed the reindeer, shop along the promenade, listen to carolers and watch holiday movies.

Another highlight of Christmas at Schnepf Farms is the Illumination Express train ride. Thanks to the partnership with World of Illumination, guests can experience a train trip through an RGB LED tunnel that doubles as Santa's magic portal. When finished, visitors can soak up the warmth of one of the farm's Christmas campfires, complete with the option of an added-on s'mores kit.

In addition to a variety of food vendors, adults can enjoy a large beer and wine garden while the children explore the park.

"Every year, Christmas at Schnepf Farms expands and amplifies the best parts of the holidays," said one of the farm's organizers, Callie Graham. "With dozens of activities, it's outdoor entertainment perfect for all ages."

It is highly recommended that guests purchase tickets in advance at

Ticket prices begin at $18.95 online for the twilight ticket, which begins at 7:30 p.m.. Those who wish to arrive early at 5 p.m. can purchase a general admission ticket for $22.95 online. Children 2 years of age and under are free of charge.

Christmas at Schnepf Farms runs Thursday through Sunday, beginning November 25 until December 24, 2022. For more information, visit

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World of Illumination Opens Today in Salt Lake City with an All-New Holiday Light Show

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- World of Illumination, the producer of the world's largest drive-through animated light show, is coming to Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City this holiday season. With this addition, the company adds its sixth location to its lineup of shows in the United States.

Visitors to the Utah show will experience Arctic Adventure, an out-of-this-world holiday extravaganza that features millions of sparkling lights perfectly synchronized to festive music, hundreds of animated displays and appearances by beloved holiday characters. Guests will meet 32-foot tall Sunny the Snowman and all of his tundra-bound friends on a journey to the North Pole, where holiday magic is on full display.

"World of Illumination is so excited to be opening in Salt Lake City," said CEO Yakir Urman. "As we expand into yet another new area, we continue to be committed to an epic Christmas experience for our guests. Our goal is to deliver an unforgettable holiday memory!"

The show runs from November 23, 2022 to January 1, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly. Visitors enjoy the dancing LED lights-customizable to up to 16 million shades of color-and the towering-high structures, fanciful tunnels and other surprises all from the comfort of their cars during the one-mile ride.

Pricing starts at $39.99 per vehicle, so guests can bring as many people as they like through the experience at one low rate. All reservations must be made in advance online at

For more information about Arctic Adventure and each of the company's holiday light shows, visit

About World of Illumination:

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, World of Illumination is the producer of the world's largest drive-through animated light show, featuring millions of state-of-the-art lights and displays set to music. The industry leader in executing holiday light shows, World of Illumination has partnered with major stadiums and iconic parks to bring shows to such states as Arizona, Georgia, Missouri and Utah. Connect at @worldofillumination.

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Lowell Chamber Orchestra’s December performance contemplates immigration, history

LOWELL, Mass. -- Nearly forty percent of Americans can trace at least one ancestor to Ellis Island, and the Lowell Chamber Orchestra will present a work based on three actual stories of the famous islands that encompass the immigrant experience.

Composer Gabriele Vanoni spent half year researching for his work "Island of Peoples," a multimedia composition based around three true stories from Ellis Island that are just as relevant today as they were when they happened, since they deal with struggle, pain and sadness, but also joy, love, friendship, and faith.

"My family has a connexion with Ellis Island because in the museum, you can look up for passengers," says Vanoni, "And I found the record. I found the ship where they came. When I got to passengers' search looking for my family's history, I found out about the Ellis Island Oral Histories.I found this amazing collection of stories of people who basically just left their country without knowing what to expect."

These stories are told and unfold intertwined around a few common traits: the longing for home, the perils of traveling for days, and the cultural, social and human uncertainties of the new world, through the fabric of musical mastery that only Vanoni can delivery.

When asked to describe his work "Island of Peoples," Vanoni says "What you're gonna hear is basically three snapshots. This is a multimedia work in which you will have electronic music interludes with some media projection, and you're gonna have three works for ensemble, which are snapshots of three stories."

While the ensemble is very small - flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion - Vanoni's orchestration makes it a perfect vessel to express the many feelings imbued in the stories. Soprano Mary Mackenzie and tenor Kartik Ayysola are the vocalists who bring to life the three stories, sometimes singing, sometimes speaking.

Vanoni decided on three particular stories because "it was important to give a little bit of a glimpse of the experience to the listener. The scenes do follow pretty much like a trip. So the first section talks about leaving the country. Then the interviews and the middle section talks about being on Ellis Island. And the end of it is just the legacy, if you wish: the history and the future if you wish."

Like all Lowell Chamber Orchestra concerts, the performance is free and open to the public, and will take place on: Saturday, December 17, 2022, 7:30 p.m., at Middlesex Community College's Richard and Nancy Donahue Academic Arts Center (240 Central Street, Lowell, MA).

This concert is part of Middlesex Community College's "A World of Music Concert Series."

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Economic-Empowerment Nonprofit Launches Campaign to Raise Funds for Minority Women in Business

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Millionaire Mastermind Academy (MMA) has launched its Giving Tuesday Campaign to raise $150,000 through November 30, 2022, to support programming that uplifts minority women entrepreneurs through access to professional development, networking opportunities, and access to financial resources, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today. Millionaire Mastermind Academy's founding was grounded in the mission to fight against poverty and end systemic barriers against minority women in business.

Since its inception five years ago, under the leadership of Dr. Velma Trayham, the organization has mentored over 8,000 individuals through vibrant, forward thinking frameworks. A Houston native who experienced poverty and many of the same struggles as the women she supports through MMA, Dr. Trayham has faced much adversity through her path to entrepreneurship and while she faced some failures along the way, she has turned them into lessons to help women across the U.S. Award-Winning entrepreneur, Author, and business-leader, Dr. Trayham has built a powerhouse group of women to help her lead the Millionaire Mastermind Academy as a premier partner of corporations that seek to show their social responsibility by fostering opportunities for minority women to become business owners.

Millionaire Mastermind Academy has put its own spin on the day of international giving, naming their Giving Tuesday campaign "GivingChooseDay," a hashtag that will be used throughout the month of November to highlight philanthropy and individual giving that makes the choice to support minority women on the rise. The organization has earned a prominent and influential reputation as a source of opportunity for minority women. Some of MMA's current partners include American Landmark, Truist Bank, and Blaylock Van to name a few.

Over the next few weeks, MMA alumni and corporate partners from across the country will share via social media their experiences with the world to showcase the importance and impact of the powerhouse and its initiatives using hashtags #GivingChooseDay and #ChooseToGive.

Dollars raised this November are needed now more than ever. The Millionaire Mastermind Academy is growing rapidly to ensure they are able to expand and provide it's programs efficiently. These initiatives need more dollars to guarantee high-quality services and operations running at its most robust capacity to meet the needs of major cities in the U.S. MMA is one of the only organizations in the U.S. that is woman-led and provides services and mentorship at the grassroots level from business leaders across the country who have net-worths in the millions or hold c-suite level appointments at million-dollar companies.

"Women's empowerment is not only equal consideration; it is necessary for sustainable economic and social development, said Millionaire Mastermind Academy founder Dr. Velma Trayham. Economic Empowerment is a powerful tool against Poverty, which is why Millionaire Mastermind Academy was created to end Poverty through empowered entrepreneurship.

To make a donation to The Millionaire Mastermind Academy in honor of Giving Tuesday, please visit our site at

The Millionaire Mastermind Academy services underserved Arizona, Georgia, Florida, and Texas business communities. The organization houses several impactful programs, including statewide Entrepreneur and Real Estate Accelerator Programs to help more minority women gain access to tools, resources and opportunities to succeed in business.

About Millionaire Mastermind Academy:

The Millionaire Mastermind Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and support the growth of women-owned business enterprises, thereby strengthening the economic impact in their community. Additionally, we address the barriers to economic mobility for women who have been systemically and historically underserved and excluded.

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The World’s Largest Drive-Through Animated Light Show Opens Three Shows in the Valley

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- World of Illumination, the producer of the world's largest drive-through animated light show, announced its lineup of new theme parks for the 2022 holiday season and headlining the list are three Arizona locations. World of Illumination is constructing its larger-than-life holiday light event in the parking area of Six Flags in Phoenix, Desert Diamond Casino in Glendale and Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Visitors to three shows will experience a different show at each location: The all-new Enchanted Safari debuts in Glendale, Rockin' Christmas comes to Phoenix and Candy Rush hits Tempe. Each show has unique elements never before seen and feature millions of colorful lights and hundreds of animated displays.

"World of Illumination is thrilled to be adding a third location to the Valley of the Sun," said CEO Yakir Urman. "As we expand into yet another venue, we also push the boundaries of what is technically and creatively possible to give our guests the most epic holiday experience imaginable."

The Tempe and Phoenix shows run from November 16, 2022 to January 1, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly, while the Glendale theme park opens November 23. Visitors enjoy the dancing LED lights - customizable to up to 16 million shades of color - and the towering-high structures, fanciful tunnels and other surprises all from the comfort of their cars.

Pricing starts at $39.99 per vehicle, so guests can bring as many people as they like through the experience at one low rate. All reservations must be made in advance online.

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About World of Illumination:

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, World of Illumination is the producer of the world's largest drive-through animated light show, featuring millions of state-of-the-art lights and displays set to music. The industry leader in executing holiday light shows, World of Illumination has partnered with major stadiums and iconic parks to bring shows to such states as Arizona, Georgia, Missouri and Utah. Connect at @worldofillumination.

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