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Ted Rigoni’s Oxidized! Exhibition opens at the Progress Gallery March 7 – 29, 2020

POMONA, Calif. -- The Progress Gallery, located at 300 S. Thomas St., Pomona, CA presents "Oxidized!" - a solo exhibit of art photographs of pigment on paper by artist Ted Rigoni. The Progress Gallery is open to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and is celebrating this work with an Artist's Reception during the Artist Walk, on March 14, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The oxidized metals of the Mojave Desert Landscape - rusted cans, discarded bolts, 'gold mine' conveyor parts, spiraling culverts, and other metallic objects - seem annihilated by the gritty red rust of time. Yet these remnants have been born again as contemporary art photographs by Rigoni through selected light, edgy textures, and micro-details, to reveal the beautiful metals that supported desert pioneers as they pursued life, love, and riches in a hostile and unforgiving environment.

Abandonment is a common theme of America's West as places that once were, have become nonplaces, but at the same time places replete with nostalgic affections. Thus, Ted Rigoni titled his exhibit, Oxidized! to emphasize the rusty relationship we have with abandoned metals from our past - a distinct contrast with our shiny object culture of today. For a year plus, Ted explored the desert within the Mojave National Preserve, discovering metal artifacts that date back generations, each of them an Oxidized! (rusted) icon to the rugged miners, ranchers, railroaders, and itinerant explorers whose ghosts still linger in this land of creosote bushes, coyotes and sand.

A series of rusted bean cans cast a bronze, nostalgic glow, but no details to pinpoint a specific place or time. Grand scale photographs of small rusted bolts seem to vibrate with life on the Giclee prints and display as equals to images of gigantic metal culverts and sinusoidal railroad tracks. Ted's art connects the small with the large, the very old to the just old- all of it through the magic of an uncommon desert light.

"During my desert wilderness explorations, I often shoot images that reach out to me before I have reached out to them," Rigoni says. "When I return to my digital darkroom, I focus on creating images that explore the role art photography plays in our psychic understanding of the specific places that spawned these abandoned metals."

Ted describes his work as semi-abstract, with a deep topographical connection to the details which express an emotional response to the "Oxidized!" elements.

Ted points out, "I often stack focus 50 images of the same piece to capture the minute detail with exquisite sharpness because my visual vocabulary includes the finite rust and all its pigment varieties. I want to extend the visual experience beyond documenting the abstract light, patterns, and textures, which naturally appear. I am interested in how the unconscious act of abandoning these metals is born again in our consciousness as art."

Ted Rigoni resides with his family in Tustin, California, is a professional sports photographer, retired County Road Division Manager, and has been engaged in fine art photography for the last four years. In addition to creating art photography projects, Ted is an associate art photography instructor for National Park Photography Expeditions.

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Caption: "Spiraling" by Ted Rigoni.

Caption: "Native Blanket" by Ted Rigoni.

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First female Brazilian pilot to race FlatOutFriday

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- MILWAUKEE, Wis., March 3, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Brazilian entrepreneur, Bruna Wladyka, is scheduled to be Royal Enfield's substitute racer in its "Built Train Race" (BTR) program, during the team's first race at FlatOutFriday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 13.

Her inclusion in the program is a major step for the female motorcycle community in Brazil since this is the first time a Brazilian woman, motorcycle enthusiast, and advocate, is invited to an event of such impact. She will race among men and women in the 749 Twin class.

Wladyka's efforts to make motorcycling more accessible to Brazilian women are notorious. She is the founder of #ElasPilotam (translates to #SheRides), a movement that prioritizes sorority and empowers women, who already are involved in this universe, to take leadership roles in their bikes and lives. During FlatOutFriday, she will also be the only South American woman to take part in the races in Milwaukee.

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bruna will race in place of professional pilot Melissa Paris, who, at the time, will be in Daytona, Florida. As the surprised from the invitation sets in, Bruna is wasting no time to get ready. Back in Curitiba (PR), Brazil, she is training with other eight pilots, from team FlatTrack BR.

"I've been involved with the Flat Track team in Brazil for years, but I've never really raced. The FlatOutFriday race will be my first big competition. To be standing alongside women who are so empowered in this segment is real pressure. I feel grateful for being able to represent Brazilian women, and I hope to do it with honors," says Bruna. This is the second year the Brazilian group come to FlatOutFriday.

BREAKING BARRIERS: beyond the track

Bruna's participation at FlatOutFriday is a significant milestone because it also shows the industry's recognition of the women's involvement in the Brazilian bike scene. By taking part in a program such as BTR's, she increases awareness about all the opportunities for women in the two wheels universe, from being a rider to taking active roles in fabrication and market decisions.

The growth of #ElasPilotam movement in such a small period of time in Brazil is one of the proofs of how the female riding community needed an outlet to connect around the country. Besides the initiative, Bruna also fosters the motorcycling niche through events like the BMS Motorcycle, and the only Wall of Death show in Latin America.

Note about BTR Program

Royal Enfield's BTR Program highlights women and motorcycle culture in a format that brings riders from different backgrounds to race a custom flat track motorcycle - the base model for this program is Enfield's Intercontinental 650 Twin. Besides Melissa and Bruna, the group also has photographer Lana McNaughton, founder of the Women's Moto Exhibit, from Oregon, motorcycle enthusiast Jillian Deschenes, from Minnesota; and DIY shop owner Andrea Lothrop, from Canada.

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$675 Billion Reasons to ‘Declare Your Share!’ with Upcoming 2020 Decennial Census

BURTONSVILLE, Md. -- U.S. Census Bureau, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker and AARP Maryland State President Jim Campbell Join Forces to promote senior participation in upcoming 2020 Decennial Census.

Event held at a community center in an area that is predicted to be undercounted; will highlight community programming funded by census dollars.

* Brian Frosh, Attorney General, State of Maryland
* Tom Hucker, District 5 Councilmember, Montgomery County Council
* Jim Campbell, AARP Maryland State President
* Maria Sofia, Executive Associate, Maryland Department of Planning
* Erin Smith, Montgomery County Area Agency on Aging
* Officials from the U.S. Census Bureau will also be in attendance.

What: Senior Census Awareness Event
When: Monday, February 24, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, Social Hall, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
Why: Participation In the 2020 Census is Safe, Easy and Important!

April 1 is Census Day! The first United States (U.S.) Decennial Census was conducted in 1790. So the upcoming 2020 Census marks the 24th time that the U. S. has made a headcount of all residents in the Country as required by the constitution. Article 1, Section 2 requires that a census be carried-out every 10 years.

The results of the head count will determine allocation of $675 billion dollars of federal government funds to states, protectorates, and, the District of Columbia; as well as apportionment in state houses and the U.S. House of Representatives. Census results influence how dollars are allocated to local communities to fund specific needs, including roads, hospitals, emergency services, senior citizen centers, job training programs, and; Medicare Part B health insurance. It is estimated that Maryland lost nearly $1BN due to undercounts in hard to reach communities during the 2010 census.

Seniors are historically among the most undercounted groups during. It's important that we remind them that participation in the Census is Easy, Safe and Important! Soon, the Census Bureau will begin a process to invite people to respond to the 2020 Census. This year, respondents have the option be counted by paper questionnaire, telephone response, or online response (including smart phones).

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"The Census Bureau is committed to ensuring that all U.S. residents are counted once, only once and in the right place", says Fernando Gordon, Deputy Director of the U.S. Census Bureau. "We applaud all of our partners, including Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh; Montgomery County; Montgomery County District 5 Councilmember Tom Hucker; and AARP Maryland State President Jim Campbell for their outstanding commitment towards ensuring a complete count in all communities - especially those that are historically undercounted. Today, we especially encourage seniors in Montgomery County, Maryland to be counted in the upcoming Decennial Census!

"By the time of the next census in the year 2030, there will be more Americans over the age of 65 than under the age of 18. Communities are going to have to prepare infrastructure, services and supports to accommodate this historic shift in demographics and will require every federal dollar they are entitled to in order to do so," says AARP Maryland State President Jim Campbell. "That is why AARP Maryland is urging all residents to 'Declare Your Share' and participate in the 2020 census."

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New Orleans tech companies and training organizations come together to help prepare youth and young adults for emerging tech job market

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- LifeSkills Foundation will host the first annual Tech-2-Talent Youth Expo on Saturday, March 14 from 1 - 5:30 p.m. at the Mel Ott Multi-Purpose Center located at 2301 Belle Chasse Highway in Gretna, La. The event is a fun, interactive tech expo and speakers forum designed to encourage youth, ages 25 and under, and their parents to explore tech career pathways for 21st century jobs in areas like information technology, computer science, engineering, healthcare, cybersecurity, and digital media.

Co-sponsored by DXC Technology and OnPath Federal Credit Union, the event will educate and inform attendees about traditional and non-traditional pathways, certifications, and experiential learning opportunities that can lead to successful careers in hard and soft-skill positions in various industries. Attendees will learn how technology skills readily used in the home, school, and workplace can translate to long-term careers and entrepreneurial ventures. In addition, youth and their parents can be trained on a tech skill in 20 minutes or less during the Tech20 Interactive Showcase.

"Pursuing a job in tech-whether it's digital media, coding or health IT- is not only a great idea, but it lays the foundation for a career that can generate great pay and longevity as well as equip youth with the tools they need to successfully reinvest into the community," said Michelle Jackson, executive director of LifeSkills Foundation. "Our goal is to work with local stakeholders to offer youth, at all skill levels, a pathway to success in tech. If we can encourage one avid gamer to pursue a job as a video game designer or inspire a student who enjoys problem solving to pursue a job as a network administrator, we know we are moving in the right direction."

In traditional New Orleans style, Tech-2-Talent will include music by a local DJ, food, tech swag bags and prizes. Participants include DXC Technology, Tulane University School of Professional Advancement - Digital Design, Game Art & Animation, the U.S. Army, Operation Spark, National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), Diabetes Management & Supplies, Urban League of Louisiana, Tech Talent South, Zephyr Drones, NOLA Code, New Horizons Computer Learning Center, PR Solutions and My College Fit. Other participants include Electric Girls and Louisiana College.

The 2020 theme is, Inspiring the Next Generation of Tech Leaders. The event is open to youth with no tech skills or formal education, as well as those who are video game, smartphone, and social media savvy. Gaming competitions, virtual reality and drone demonstrations will take place throughout the day. Tech training and college preparation workshops will be offered. Parents can participate in all activities, attend panel discussions, and be guests at the Inspiring our Youth Speakers Forum. The forum will feature recent graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Cedric Dent Jr., author of "Searching for Purpose and Understanding: Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life."

Other speakers include: Jayed Stokes, Scrum Master, DXC Technology; Eddie Smith Jr., Software Engineer, GE Aviation; Dominque Riley, Senior Technical Product Manager, Baker Hughes; Anastasia Aubrey, Senior Scrum Master, DXC Technology; and Pamela Calonje, Career Consultant, New Horizons Computer Learning Center. New Horizons will also provide first-hand information about the Louisiana Workforce Commission Youth Grant, which provides young adults between the ages of 18-24 who are currently not in school, an opportunity to receive funds to cover the cost of IT training and certification programs.

To attend, register at or access the event on Eventbrite.

Ticket prices are $35. To receive a $15 discount, purchase tickets online using code T2TXmas19. Schools and nonprofits can receive two complimentary tickets if registered by March 1.

For more information, email Michelle Jackson at

About LifeSkills Foundation

LifeSkills Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides mentoring to youth and aspiring youth entrepreneurs. The Foundation connects young leaders to experienced business and academic professionals via virtual and face-to-face platforms designed specifically to ensure delivery of guidance, training, and financial support. The Foundation's mission is to help youth business leaders build viable ventures and use their business know-how, leadership skills, and self-confidence to invest in their communities, create jobs, and prepare for the future workforce. LifeSkills is a principal supporter of the i.Invest National Youth Business Competition.

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JH ARTS CORP. Presents South Korean Pianist Dr. Bong-A Jung Debut Recital at Weill Recital Hall – Carnegie Hall Feb. 20, 8 p.m.

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- JH ARTS CORP. announces that Dr. Bong-A Jung, 1st prize winner at the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Competition and recipient of the Olga Gagliardi Getto Award, is making her Carnegie Hall debut as a solo recitalist on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 8 p.m. The grand pianist has appeared previously at Carnegie Hall but as a chamber musician.

"Dr. Bong-A Jung is in possession of exceptional sensitivity, personality and deep musical color," said World-class pianist Andre Watts.

This outstanding musician is a player of both poise and power, bringing exceeding grace and weight to any dynamic rich gemstone of classical music she selects to offer an audience.

Jung has performed internationally and nationally in prestigious venues and presentations, including the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Naru Arts Center in South Korea, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Rock Hall in Philadelphia. She also has collaborated with leading instrumentalists, singers and symphonies throughout South Korea and the United States. She was the 2nd Prize winner of the American Proteigei International Competition of Romantic Music 2014 in New York. Her forward thinking and progressive musical interests also inspired her to become a co-founder of the distinguished and highly unique jazz and classical collaborative project, The Zamar Ensemble.

Jung has performed internationally and nationally in prestigious venues and presentations, including the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Naru Arts Center in South Korea, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Rock Hall in Philadelphia. She also has collaborated with leading instrumentalists, singers and symphonies throughout South Korea and the United States.

She was the 2nd Prize winner of the American Proteigei International Competition of Romantic Music 2014 in New York. Her forward thinking and progressive musical interests also inspired her to become a co-founder of the distinguished and highly unique jazz and classical collaborative project, The Zamar Ensemble.

Dr. Jung currently serves as piano faculty of the Orange County School of Arts in southern California.

Connoisseurs of fine classical music in the New York and New Jersey jurisdictions will not want to miss the opportunity to experience Dr. Bong-A Jung's Carnegie Hall debut as a solo piano recitalist.

Thursday, Feb 20th at 8 p.m. | Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue - New York, NY 10019

Concert Tickets start at $25 / Student Tickets - $15

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) / Sonata No. 13 in E-flat major Op. 27 No. 1, "Quasi una Fantasia"
Allegro molto e vivace
Adagio con espressione
Allegro vivace

Nikolai Kapustin (1973b) / Variations, Op. 41
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) / Pictures at an Exhibition

Il vecchiocastello
Tuileroies (Dispute d'enfants apres jeux)
Ballet of Unhatched Chicks
Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle
Limoges. Le marché (La grande nouvelle)
Catacombae (Sepulcrumromanum)
Con mortuis in lingua mortua
The Hut on Hen's Legs (Baba Yaga)
The Bogatyr Gates (In the Capital in Kiev)

Dalton Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Wharton Center, East Lansing, MI
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
The Cook Hall, East Lansing, MI
The Rock Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Naru Arts Center, South Korea
Buam Art Center, South Korea
The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo, MI

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Alertus Technologies Partners with Vanderbilt University for Emergency Preparedness Seminar

BELTSVILLE, Md. -- Alertus Technologies, a market leader in unified mass notification, is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with Vanderbilt University for an in-person seminar focused on simplifying and improving mass notification. The seminar will take place in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, February 28, 2020, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. CST.

"The upcoming Alertus seminar is a tremendous opportunity for emergency management and preparedness practitioners in higher education to share and learn new ideas as we navigate the daily issues and prepare our institutions to become more resilient," said Johnny Vanderpool, Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness, Fire and Workplace Safety at Vanderbilt University.

During the seminar, Leveraging Mass Notification Systems & Emergency Response to Severe Weather, attendees will learn how they can leverage mass notification systems to better prepare for and respond to weather-related incidents such as tornadoes and severe storms. A wide range of experienced professionals - from Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Alertus, and more - will join the conversation to provide insight on policies and procedures, integrating personal notification systems with a facility-based notification system, and the appropriate channels to leverage for a mass notification solution.

"Alertus serves over 1,700 educational customers globally that all bring unique challenges when it comes to critically communicating with their population. Alertus is proud to deliver a unique solution that fits the individualized needs of their respective communities," said Patrick Dennin, Director of Education Sales at Alertus. "We are excited to hear the unique challenges that schools are facing today at our upcoming seminar. Problems and technology are always changing, and we love to stay ahead of the curve."

Kevin Painter, Regional Account Manager of Education Sales at Alertus, added, "This seminar is unique in the fact that three different speakers-representing 29 schools total-are coming together to share their knowledge and experiences with emergency preparedness and mass notification systems. Whether you work in public safety, emergency preparedness, or information technology, there's a topic for everyone."

Mr. Painter is scheduled to speak about the Alertus System and its many benefits at the seminar.

"Leveraging Mass Notification Systems & Emergency Response to Severe Weather" will be held at the Police Department Support Services Annex at Vanderbilt University on Friday, February 28, 2020.

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Alertus Technologies is a pioneer and market leader of emergency mass notification systems for large-area, high occupancy facilities. Since 2002, Alertus has engineered groundbreaking solutions for unified mass notification, in-building notification, outdoor notification, and personal notification.

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iTrinegy to Exhibit at SD-WAN Expo Florida 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- iTrinegy announced today that it will be showcasing its Software-Defined Test Networks at SD-WAN Expo being held February 11 - 14, 2020 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. SD-WAN Expo is the leading forum for enterprise executives, service providers, and technology vendors to connect, learn and discuss how the market is growing and how to make the most of the SD-WAN opportunity.

The event includes a robust exhibit floor, industry perspectives, case studies, unique panels and presentations, special events, networking opportunities and much more.

Meet iTrinegy at SD-WAN Expo at booth #830 to learn more about iTrinegy's strategy for enabling both SD-WAN vendors and purchasing Enterprises to achieve realistic SD-WAN Proof-of-Concept and Proof-of-Value testing:

"All organizations will have a concern when introducing new networks into the production environment, namely: Will they be able to deliver the anticipated benefits of SD-WAN without compromising existing application performance and service delivery? Vendors share this concern as they are often asked to demonstrate the effectiveness of their solution to the enterprises," explains iTrinegy Senior Technical Specialist, Frank Puranik. "Whether they are enterprises or vendors what they need is some way to conduct realistic pre-deployment testing of how applications will behave in the new network environment before actually investing in the proposed new infrastructure."

"This is where iTrinegy comes in. Our Software Defined Test Network (SD-TN) products enable both enterprises and vendors to recreate network topologies that accurately mimic the proposed real-world networks, like the Internet, MPLS and Cellular and their associated conditions including bandwidth, latency, loss and jitter."

Frank continues, "For the enterprise, this ability to see if the proposed SD-WAN solution works effectively in even the most trying of circumstances should provide the reassurance that they are making a sound investment. At the same time, a Software Defined Test Network enables SD-WAN vendors to demonstrate their products operating in a realistic equivalent of the customer's network, providing direct proof that it will work as expected when implemented."

Visitors to the iTrinegy booth will be able to discover how its Software Defined Test Network products enable customers and vendors to validate SD-WAN in a controllable environment that accurately mimics real-world WAN circuits, so that realistic proof-of-concept tests can be performed and repeated under both normal and challenging network conditions.

You can hear more from Frank by attending The 20 Questions...Go panel session on Friday 14 February 2020, where he, together with fellow panelists, will provide invaluable insight into what you need to do in the early phases of the SD-WAN research/deployment process, including realistic proof-of-concept testing in order to successfully select and implement the right SD-WAN solution for your organization.

For more information or to register for SD-WAN Expo, contact For media inquiries, contact Michelle Connolly. Companies interested in exhibiting, sponsorship or advertising packages for SD-WAN Expo should contact TMC's Joe Fabiano at 203-852-6800 x132 or Maureen Gambino at 203-852-6800 x109.

For the latest SD-WAN Expo news, updates and information follow the event on Twitter at @SDWANexpo.

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iTrinegy focuses exclusively on the development and delivery of Enterprise-Class Software Defined Test Network (SD-TN) technology which enables organizations to fully understand the impact new types of network infrastructure will have on service delivery (applications, video, voice etc.,) and performance. Our (SD-TN) products enable customers and vendors to validate application performance and behavior in a controllable environment that accurately mimics real-world WAN, Satellite, Cloud, Cellular, SD-WAN and Hybrid circuits, so that realistic proof-of-concept tests can be performed and repeated under both normal and challenging network conditions. iTrinegy is trusted by Governments, Military Organizations and Enterprises across the globe. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook

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Through education, industry news, live events and social influence, global buyers rely on TMC's content-driven marketplaces to make purchase decisions and navigate markets. As a result, leading technology vendors turn to TMC for unparalleled branding, thought leadership and lead generation opportunities. Our in-person and online events deliver unmatched visibility and sales prospects for all participants. Through our custom lead generation programs, we provide clients with an ongoing stream of leads that turn into sales opportunities and build databases. Additionally, we bolster brand reputations with the millions of impressions from display advertising on our news sites and newsletters. Making TMC a 360-degree marketing solution, we offer comprehensive event and road show management services and custom content creation with expertly ghost-crafted blogs, press releases, articles and marketing collateral to help with SEO, branding, and overall marketing efforts. For more information about TMC and to learn how we can help you reach your marketing goals, please visit and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, @tmcnet .

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana Kickoff Annual ‘Bowl for Kids’ Sake’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana will kick-off their annual "Bowl For Kids' Sake" bowling fundraisers on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Ovrdrive (112 W. Jefferson Street Louisville, KY 40202).

WHAT: What: Bowl For Kids' Sake Kickoff (Louisville)

WHO: Jeri Swinton, Chief Executive Officer (Cell # 502-554-5192)
Rudy Spencer, Chief Development Officer (Cell # 502-303-3882)
Mike Kopp, former Little Brother

WHEN: Tuesday February 4, 2020. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with remarks at 6:15 p.m.

WHERE: Ovrdrive (112 W. Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40202)

Bowl for Kids' Sake is a fun and easy way for you, your company, friends, and family to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana! Bowl for Kids' Sake - the organizations largest annual fundraiser- brings teams of bowlers together throughout the region to benefit thousands of children in need. With over 700 children currently on our waiting list, we need your help more than ever by participating in our annual community campaign.

"In addition to the bowling fun, we are expanding our For Kids' Sake campaign to include new team activities!" says Rudy Spencer, Chief Development Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. "This year you can raise money and participate in virtual reality Axe Throwing & car racing at Ovrdrive here in Louisville. For our events in Southern Indiana, you can also fundraise in bumper cars, playing laser tag and many other fun activities at Clarksville Strike & Spare."

Funds raised during Bowl for Kids' Sake provide 20 percent of the organization's annual operational budget, playing a vital role in ensuring that every local child who is facing adversity and wants a positive role model, can receive the benefits of a caring adult mentor. All money remains in the local area to further the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.

For more information on bowling dates & times and how to register, please visit

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana:

Established in 1967, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana is a non-profit organization that creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. The largest donor - and volunteer-supported mentoring network in the U.S., Big Brothers Big Sisters makes professionally supported matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"), ages 7 through 22, to all youth achieve their full potential. Learn more:

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27th Annual Blind Willie McTell Music Festival Lineup Announced

THOMSON, Ga. -- The Activities Council of Thomson proudly announces the lineup of musicians for the 27th Annual Blind Willie McTell Music Festival. This year's date for the iconic day of great roots music is Saturday May 2, in Thomson, Georgia. The one-day event is held in honor of Thomson's Blind Willie McTell, a pioneering guitarist, songwriter and performer.

McTell, a giant of a performer in the first half of the 20th century, was a complete original - whose talent was unmatched regarding early American music. He was born South of Thomson in McDuffie County and is buried in the Happy Valley area of McDuffie County. Modern guitarists, far and wide, cite his influence as a writer, a player, and an entertainer.

The roster for the 27th features a broad swipe of influences from blues to gospel to Americana. The fest this year will feature The War and Treaty, the husband and wife duo of Michael and Tanya Trotter. They won Emerging Act of the Year at the 2019 Americana Music Awards. The award came after a breakthrough 2018 when they released their debut Healing Tide. The disc was produced by Buddy Miller (who headlined the 20th McTell Fest).

In addition, the festival will feature Son Volt, the pre-imminent combo lead by Jay Farrar, who along with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, was one of the founders of Uncle Tupelo. With the latest disc, Union, Son Volt has released 10 albums of original material by Farrar, all of which is strongly and equally influenced by folk, rock, blues and country styles of music. They've been making strong critically acclaimed music for a couple of decades and we could not be prouder to have them at this year's fest.

Returning to Thomson in 2020 will be the Bros Landreth. Led by Canadians Joey Landreth on guitar and his brother David Landreth on bass, the latest version of their quartet is out touring behind a new disc, "87." They opened our show a few years back in trio format and we're excited for them to return. From Santa Monica, we are honored to introduce Joachim Cooder to Thomson, the home of McTell. Cooder, son of famed guitarist and musicologist Ry Cooder, is a percussionist, drummer and pianist and will be on our stage, fronting his trio. Do a search of his recording credits and you'll see an amazing list of music projects he has participated in. Cooder's eclectic solo material is his own take on the influences he's been exposed to all his life and he's out touring ahead of his second release, slated for later in the year.

Rounding out the lineup will be Atlanta's Blair Crimmins and the Hookers and 12 string guitarist Todd Albright, from Michigan. Crimmins and his band offer an incredible blast of high energy Ragtime and Dixieland music, filtered through a lens of Crimmins originals and rollicking covers from the early 20th century. Albright comes to Thomson from Detroit. Touring solo, he is a wonderful performer, vocalist, and player of the twelve-string guitar. Of course, he's a disciple of McTell, Leadbelly and other great Country blues artists from the past and will right at home on our stage.

Tickets went on sale February 1 at

Prices for tickets are $35 advance, and $45 on the day of. There is no charge for children, ages 12 and under. Great regional food will again be featured along the food court. Gates open at 11 a.m. in the morning, with music beginning at noon. Come join the fun at the 27th Annual Blind Willie McTell Music Festival.

About the Activities Council of Thomson (ACT):

Organizers of the festival, the Activities Council of Thomson (ACT) are a non-profit organization founded in 1974. ACT was formed to foster education, appreciation and promotion of American arts, particularly those that draw from Southern history, culture and the American experience. To this end, its primary purpose over the past two decades has been to expose this area of Georgia to styles of music and musicians that, without our effort, would likely pass us by. For our work, we were honored with the Governor's Award for the Arts and Humanities in 2014.

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FIL-AM EXPO 2020 in Northern Virginia on June 13-14, 2020 is host to fashion show uniquely dubbed ‘COUTURE MOD•A•NYO’

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- After the June 12 Philippine Independence Day, what more is there to do for the Filipino-American (Fil-Am) community? Celebrate more! The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Metro Washington DC (PACC-DC), in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, is spearheading the Fil-Am Expo 2020 on June 13 and 14 at the Dulles Expo Center.

Why "Couture Mod*A*Nyo"? PACC-DC PRO Olma Inocentes explains, "The word Moda in the Filipino language means fashion, style or vogue and the word Anyo means look, form or appearance - combined, we have the perfect moniker for our uber stylish fashion show."

The couture fashion show on June 14 is the grand finale of an impressive entertainment line-up spread over the two-day Expo. It will feature LA-based designer Puey Quinones and Philippine-based designer DJohn Clement. The show is co-directed by fashion maven Ms. Elle Madrona of International Fashionistas and fashion correspondent Tee Artis of SMTV, who jointly hold more than 20 years of fashion experience between them. Fashion show sponsors Erwin Gomez of famed Karma Salon will provide hair and make-up services and Kingsley Model and Talent Management will provide some of the models.

To add to the top-notch Kingsley models, actress-model Sanya Lopez from Manila was also tapped to model and in addition, PACC-DC has issued a casting call for female and male models on March 22, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2735 Hartland Drive Suite 200, Falls Church, Va.

From PACC-DC president Cristina Sison, "We are all so excited about this fashion show on June 14. We have an absolutely talented cast of designers, directors and models! There will be a pre-fashion show program showcasing Filipino talents, including Cesar Montano, so be sure to come early as seating is first come, first serve. And for the music lovers, we also have the 'Pinoystock,' our version of Woodstock, on June 13."

She added, "There will be lots of music featuring SNRG, a popular mixed hip-hop and R&B band, and at least 7 other bands participating. For those who wish to participate in the Expo, vendor and exhibitor booths are going fast, so reserve yours now! Sponsorship packages are also available."

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PACC-DC is on its 26th year of service to the community and its vision is to further grow that presence in the DMV area. It is committed to develop programs and events that have a positive impact on the business community and to foster community outreach initiatives that benefit the entire region.

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