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Environmental Justice Leader Mustafa Ali to Review Justice40 Initiative with White House Advisor Gina McCarthy at Second Annual BIPOC Climate Justice Dialogue

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Environmental justice leader, Mustafa Santiago Ali, will discuss the progress made on the implementation of the Biden-Harris Administration's Justice40 initiative with White House Advisor Gina McCarthy during the Second Annual BIPOC Climate Justice Dialogue. Hosted by the HBCU Green Fund and other environmental groups, the two-day virtual event is open to the public and will take place April 7 - 8, 2022.

To register visit: https://bit.ly/35aiE3N.

The event will feature discussions and addresses from Ramon Cruz, president, Sierra Club, U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva (AZ), White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council representatives, federal agencies, and climate leaders about the key accomplishments made by the Biden Administration and next steps for implementation of Executive Order 14008: Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, which committed to deliver 40% of climate investment benefits to disadvantaged communities. Recommendations gathered from the discussions will be reported to the federal government.

President Biden appointed McCarthy, a leading environmental health and air quality expert, as the National Climate Advisor in 2021. She was EPA Administrator under President Obama and helped in efforts to secure the Paris Climate agreement. Ali is a former Environmental Protection Agency official and served as senior vice president for the Hip Hop Caucus. He is the vice president of environmental justice, climate and community revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation and founder of Revitalization Strategies.

US ACE Coalition, Land Peace Foundation and the BIPOC Climate Scholars Project joined with HBCU Green Fund to convene the event. In addition to several break-out dialogues, primary discussions planned for the conference are:

:: THURSDAY APRIL 7, 2022

-- Climate Justice: A year of Justice40

Mustafa Ali and Gina McCarthy

WHEJACT Justice40 Report Panel

Moderator: Mustafa Ali,

Panelists: Ruth Santiago, EJ Advocate, Miya Yoshitani, executive director, APEN.

-- Federal Agencies Justice40 Advancement

Moderator: Richard Gragg, professor, FAMU

Panelists: Daniel Blackman, EPA Administrator Region 4, Christopher Coes, deputy assistant secretary, DOT

-- Path Forward: Justice40 Frontline Initiatives

Moderator: Chandra Farley, CEO, ReSolve Consulting

Panelists: Nathaniel Smith (video), CEO, Partnership for Southern Equity; Denise Fairchild, president, Emerald Cities; Sherri Mitchell founding director, Land Peace Foundation; Jacqueline Patterson, executive director, Chisholm Legacy Project.

:: FRIDAY APRIL 8, 2022 (PARTIAL DAY)

-- Making Justice40 a Reality: Regional Perspective

Moderator: Donna Hope, president, UHope Consulting

Panelists: Kizzy Guzman, executive director, NYC Mayor's Office of Climate and Environmental Justice ; Larry Lambert, Delaware House of Representatives; Zachary Lou, APEN; Andres Jimenez, executive director, Green 2.0.

The BIPOC Climate Justice Dialogue is free and open to the public. To register and get a full agenda go to https://bit.ly/35aiE3N.

ABOUT HBCU GREEN FUND

The HBCU Green Fund promotes investment in sustainable campus solutions, interdisciplinary sustainability curriculum development, student and faculty engagement and just climate policy with a focus on historically black colleges and universities. Learn more: https://hbcugreenfund.org/

ABOUT U.S. ACTION FOR CLIMATE EMPOWERMENT COORDINATING TEAM

The ACE team promotes the alignment of climate education, workforce development, and civic engagement nationally to accelerate a just transition to a low carbon economy and coordinates multi-level participation in the development of an Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Framework to advance the US national strategy as articulated in UNFCCC and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement.

ABOUT LAND PEACE FOUNDATION

The Land Peace Foundation (LPF) is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Indigenous way of Life, which includes: the protection and preservation of Indigenous land, water, religious and/or spiritual rights; proliferation of cultural and traditional practices; strengthening of kinship roles, and; preservation of ceremonial ways of being.

ABOUT BIPOC CLIMATE SCHOLARS PROJECT

The BIPOC Climate Scholars Project is established as a resource hub activating a national network of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian/Pacific climate science and policy experts eager to advise, conduct and support research and implementation of public and private action to address climate change.

Related link: https://hbcugreenfund.org/

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Key Entrepreneurs to Present at 2022 Bioelectronic Medicine Forum

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Neurotech Reports, the publisher of the Neurotech Business Report and BioElectRx Business Report newsletters, announced that founders and CEOs of several promising bioelectronic medicine startups will present at the Fifth Annual Bioelectric Medicine Forum on April 5, 2022. The event will take place in New York City, although participation via Zoom videoconference will be accommodated.

Entrepreneur presenters at the conference include Attila Borbath, CEO of Synergia Medical, a European firm developing an optical vagus nerve stimulation system, Nicolas Vachicouras, CEO of Neurosoft Bioelectronics, Jennifer Ernst, CEO of Tivic Health, Manfred Franke, CEO of Neuronoff Inc., and Anuj Bhardwaj, CEO of SecondWave Systems Inc.

Peter Staats, a bioelectronic medicine pioneer and co-founder and chief medical officer of electroCore Medical, will keynote the conference. Dr. Staats is internationally recognized for his work in developing and implementing minimally invasive procedures for a number of disorders, including COVID, and his patents have led to the use of novel pharmacologic agents. He is a past President of the North American Neuromodulation Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the Southern Pain Society.

Other speakers at the 2022 event include Marom Biksom, professor of biomedical engineering at City College of New York, Imran Eba, partner at Action Potential Venture Capital, Chihiro Hosoya, head of venture management and business development at Astellas Pharma, Eric Hudak, program director at the National Institutes of Health, and Hannah Claridge from TTP plc in the U.K.

Other sessions will cover a range of technologies and indications for bioelectronic medicine, including applications in cardiovascular medicine, inflammation, gastrointestinal disorders, and many other clinical specialties.

MST is the Platinum Sponsor of this year's event, while Valtronic is the Silver Sponsor.

Key topics will include promising new indications, alliances with bio/pharm firms, regulatory and reimbursement issues, and pricing/commercialization issues.

"Bioelectronic medicine is one of the most promising new segments of the healthcare industry," said James Cavuoto, editor and publisher at Neurotech Reports. "This fifth-annual conference will be a key meeting place for entrepreneurs and executives helping to found this industry."

For more information on the 2022 Bioelectronic Medicine Forum, contact Neurotech Reports at 415 546 1259 or visit this link: https://neurotechreports.com/pages/bioelectronic-medicine-forum.html.

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Recession Proof Convention with Wealth Strategist Marcus Barney to Elevate Members in Challenging Economic Times

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- While inflation and financial struggles are challenging many across the United States, wealth strategist and "Recession Proof" founder Marcus Barney and his members have a lot to celebrate this year, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today. With a theme of "Elevation," the 4th annual Recession Proof Convention will convene members for an exclusive entrepreneurship event on May 27-28, 2022 at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

"This year, we are combining financial literacy with a little fun as we come together to celebrate being Recession Proof in Vegas!" Barney said. "When we work together, we are even more powerful and more empowered to get out of debt and stay out of debt while enjoying all of the amazing things we have already accomplished."

Last year's event was held in Miami, with Barney chartering planes to fly his mentees to the convention. Past Recession Proof Convention speakers include Floyd Mayweather, Rick Ross, the Circle of CEOs, Wallstreet Trapper, and other high-profile business moguls and wealth strategists.

The multi-million-dollar Recession Proof program is comprised of financial literacy, personal and business funding, tradeline business strategies, coaching and more. Recession Proof reported 2021 year-end payroll of $2.5 million and sales commission of $1 million to his all-Black team of entrepreneurs. Further, Barney has mentored more than 10,000 others on building wealth, getting out from the crushing load of debt and becoming a successful entrepreneur.

"The education, the mentorship and the community all continue as we elevate our mission and each other at this one-of-a-kind annual get-together," Barney added. "We are a true family of entrepreneurs and supporters."

Exclusive to Recession Proof members, more details and registration for the private event are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recession-proof-convention-elevation-tickets-291024751867.

About Marcus Barney

With the goal of spreading financial literacy to those who know what it is like to be financially disadvantaged, marginalized, broken and in America, Marcus Barney created Recession Proof, out-of-the-box strategies to change credit into cash, live luxuriously without spending extravagantly and build generational wealth. He recently received the 8 Figure Club Award from Clickfunnels and Russell Brunson. For more information, please visit https://www.recessionproofxtreme.com/sales

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2022 Americas Summit will take place in Miami in July 2022 in partnership with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS)

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Concordia has announced that it will hold its 2022 Americas Summit in Miami, Florida in July, 2022. The Concordia Americas Summit was originally scheduled to take place alongside the Ninth Summit of the Americas in June in Los Angeles, California.

Concordia, in close consultation with its partner, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS), made this shift in timing to complement and support their critical agenda and resulting work of the Summit of the Americas. Concordia looks forward to hosting this important follow-on event, continuing to contribute to the conversation and creating impactful partnerships.

The Concordia Americas initiative began in 2016, with its inaugural Summit in Miami, Florida, and subsequent convenings in Bogotá, Colombia, gathering leaders from the public, nonprofit and private sectors. The region's critical position on the global stage, and the interconnected nature of its challenges with the success of the Western Hemisphere, aligns with Concordia's ethos to create an inclusive, collaborative global community.

"We are thrilled to continue strengthening our partnership between the General Secretariat of the OAS (GS/OAS) and Concordia. The 2022 Concordia Americas Summit represents a unique opportunity to connect key stakeholders and envision new public-private social impact initiatives to benefit the people of our Hemisphere. It is times like these that require that institutions work together to uphold principles of democracy, human rights, security and development," said Luis Almagro, Secretary General, OAS.

"Since 2016, the Americas have been a focal point for Concordia with the establishment of the Concordia Americas Initiative. The 2022 Americas Summit will gather a powerful roster of speakers, including world renowned political leaders, business innovators, global non-governmental representatives, and impressive young minds to tackle some of the toughest issues facing the Western Hemisphere. The GS/OAS has been a key ally for Concordia in the region and we're thrilled to support their agenda in the Summit of the Americas," said Matthew Swift, Co-founder & CEO, Concordia.

For press enquiries, contact Rita Lockheart at rlockheart@concordia.net.

About Concordia:

Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that builds meaningful partnerships for positive social impact. As an equal parts convener, campaigner, and idea incubator, Concordia is actively fostering cross-sector collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. Concordia was founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis.

Learn more at: https://www.concordia.net/

About OAS:

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) is the central and permanent organ of the Organization. The OAS is the world's oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889 to April 1890.

Related link: https://www.concordia.net/

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Cottonwood Art Festival Selects Marjolyn van der Hart as Featured Artist for May 7-8

RICHARDSON, Texas -- Cottonwood Art Festival has selected Marjolyn van der Hart as the featured artist for the 53rd semi-annual show in Richardson, Texas. A panel of jurors reviewed artwork from hundreds of artists competing in 14 categories and chose the Canadian mixed-media artist to represent the spring event set for May 7-8. Marjolyn's custom artwork is incorporated into the new poster, festival merchandise, marketing graphics and recent collection of originals that are available for purchase from her booth.

Creating captivating scenes with layers of nostalgia, Marjolyn uses history to piece together charming stories. The meticulously layered work expresses the ways that men and women cope with the world's demand for perfection. They tell the story of persistence, challenges of change, perspectives and positive attitudes.

"The last couple of years, Cottonwood Art Festival has been incredibly supportive by promoting my work online," Marjolyn van der Hart said. "These lean years of not showing in person at festivals did not deter their art loving group of loyal collectors. I'm looking forward to seeing and thanking the Cottonwood patrons in person for their generosity by sharing a new body of work that brings them a bit of nostalgia and joy."

Marjolyn's art captures the realistic need to normalize the challenges of work and home balance. Her work encourages stimulated self-esteem, promotes self-empowerment and accepts that an occasional escape from the bindings of reality is not only tranquil, but often a requirement for self-regulation.

The artist along with her family reside in Toronto and she travels extensively throughout North America showing her work at prestigious art fairs, including Cottonwood Art Festival. Marjolyn is represented by Blue Crow Gallery in Toronto and Wall Space Gallery in Ottawa, Canada.

Admission, Hours, and Location Information:

Admission for Cottonwood Art Festival is free and open to the public on May 7-8. The event is held at Cottonwood Park located at 1321 W. Beltline Road in Richardson, Texas.

Hours for the 2022 Spring Festival are:

* Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

* Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Festival Food, Beverages and Activities:

* Within the gates guests are welcome to stroll beneath the shaded trees and meander through the rows of art. They'll also discover a Food Court, Courtyard Beer Tent, live music on stage and ArtStop area for children of all ages.

* The Food Court offers a variety of Festival favorites such as corn dogs, funnel cakes, gyros, tacos, and more. Booth and food truck vendors accept cash or credit cards.

* The Lakeside Courtyard Beer Tent includes craft beer, wine and margaritas for patrons 21 years and older with valid identification.

* Live entertainment on two stages features performances by Matthew Fiock, The Shepherds, Retrophonics, Maylee Thomas Band, and Midnight Soul. A full lineup and schedule of performances will be announced soon.

* ArtStop is where kids can learn that there's an art to having fun at Cottonwood Art Festival. These hands-on activity stations provide an introduction into weaving, painting, clay pottery, and jewelry.

Festival Parking:

Parking is available across from the festival grounds at the Richardson High School football stadium. Shuttles are provided throughout the weekend to and from the parking area.

About Cottonwood Art Festival:

Celebrating 53 years, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show ranked among the Top 10 Fine Art Shows in the country. Local artists staged the first Festival at the scenic Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas in its humble beginnings in 1969. Cottonwood has since established itself as an internationally, award-winning, signature art event and become a tradition within the community. The Festival designed outreach programs as innovative tools to mentor students, to broaden the interest in visual arts beyond the art festival and bring the art world into classrooms.

Learn more at: https://www.cottonwoodartfestival.com/

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California Soul Food Cookout and Festival: An Event with Purpose

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- The California Soul Food Cookout and Festival is an exclusive, two-day weekend event being held on September 17 and 18, 2022 at the Alameda Fairgrounds. In its 12th year, this year's lineup will feature some of the state's top food vendors, hottest R&B artists and gospel greats. What's more, Chef Milly, a celebrity chef from "Hell's Kitchen," is the food venue host at the heart of it all.

Having earned a reputation as, "The Bay's Premier Outdoor Event," this exciting festival is focused on bringing friends and family together through good old-fashioned fun, family-style cooking and music. A Job Fair and Career Expo will also take place on both days.

Event organizers are expecting more than 12,000 attendees, 35 food truck vendors and a variety of small business vendors. To date, 11 musical artists are confirmed with a combined number of 3 million Instagram followers.

"That's an impressive number of people for sponsors to reach," says Annette Jackson, the CEO of The California Soul Food Cookout and Festival. "We'll be posting often and the excitement we're building is sure to pay off. It's all coming together in one great location and we've put every precaution in place to ensure a safe, entertaining and successful event."

Corporate partners are invited to help underwrite the California Soul Food Cookout and Festival, while showcasing and promoting their company's services and products. Customized sponsorship packages are available here: https://eventhub.net/events/California-Soul-Food-Cookout-and-Festival_3027

"The California Soul Food Cookout and Festival is sure to evoke a spirit of unity, wholeness, peaceful gathering, love, celebration and memories that will resonate within the souls of all those who attend, while transferring positive energy back into the community," Jackson says.

A portion of the proceeds raised will provide much-needed resources to organizations throughout the Bay Area that help victims of domestic violence and the homeless population. To ensure that all members of the community get to participate, The California Soul Food Cookout and Festival will also provide complementary tickets to various community organizations, so those less fortunate may attend.

"We look forward to working with great community organizations and corporate partners to make this year one of the most unforgettable family entertainment experiences yet," Jackson adds.

As Margaret Mead once said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

For event information: https://www.californiasoulfoodcookoutandfestival.com/

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Bay Brewers and Half Time Partner to Deliver Series of Mixed Packs, Starting with SF Beer Week Beers, to Consumers in 33 States

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The Bay Area Brewers Guild and Half Time Beverage have partnered to launch a series of unique guild-curated mixed packs to celebrate California craft beer and the robust Bay Area craft beer scene.

This partnership with a national direct-to-consumer retailer means the Guild will be able to showcase its membership of independent and world-class craft breweries to beer lovers within and outside of the Bay Area.

The initial pack, out now, spotlights SF Beer Week, the internationally renowned craft beer celebration currently running through February 20.

The exclusive official SF Beer Week Mixed Pack is available through Half Time, shipping to 33 states, and features rare one-off releases, brewery collaborations, and beers from highly sought after breweries such as Humble Sea Brewing Co., HenHouse Brewing Co. and Temescal Brewing Co.

The series of mixed packs, released periodically throughout 2022, will directly support the work of the Guild, and feature both singular creations and brews that rarely, if ever, make it outside of the Bay Area.

SF Beer Week Mixed Pack combines official guild collabs with local favorites

The SF Beer Week Mixed Pack is beginning to land at the doors of craft beer fans. It contains twelve beers in which 16 brewers from the Bay Area Brewers Guild had a hand, including three one-off official SF Beer Week collaboration beers, each brewed by a team of member breweries using ingredients from Admiral Maltings and sporting labels designed by Barretto-co.

* Temescal Brewing - Intrinsic, a West Coast IPA enhanced with New Zealand Phantasm and featuring experimental and cryo hops, and an official SFBW collab brewed with Headlands Brewing Co. and Del Cielo Brewing Co.

* Devil's Canyon Brewing Co. - Pure Harmony, a Cold IPA made with local honey, and an official SFBW collab brewed with ShaKa Brewing Co. and Brewing With Brothas; the label also features famed SF street artist fnnch's iconic honey bear

* Cooperage Brewing Co. - Hop Drip, a Sour Fruit IPA and an official SFBW collab brewed with Adobe Creek Brewing Co. and Parliament Brewing Co.

* Humble Sea Brewing Co. - Ocean Party, a Dual Stage, Double Dry Hopped 'Foggy' IPA

* Fort Point Beer Co. - Prime 5, a Double IPA, brewed as a stand alone collaboration with HenHouse Brewing Co.

* HenHouse Brewing Co. - Weekly Beer Name Generator, a Doppelbock

* S27 Alehouse & Brewery - Belgian Experimental Series #1, a Saison featuring Belgian hops, grains and yeast, but dry hopped with German Saaz for a twist

* Gilman Brewing Co. - Maison de Campagne, a French Farmhouse Ale

* Original Pattern Brewing Co. - Smoked Coffee Porter featuring coffee from Timeless Coffee, plus a bonus brew, Hella Hallertau Blanc, a Helles Lager

* East Brother Beer Co. - Red Lager, a Vienna-style Amber Lager, plus Oatmeal Stout, a bonus brew featured in virtual cheese pairings at https://sfbeerweek.org/cheese.

"Thanks to this first-of-its-kind partnership with Half Time, we're able to curate a taste of SF Beer Week and get these special releases into the hands of beer lovers across the country," says Bay Area Brewers Guild Executive Director Joanne Marino. "It's thrilling to hear from people who lived in the region before and have fond memories of how special SF Beer Week is, and still others who are curious to try new beers from Bay Area breweries."

To learn more visit: https://sfbeerweek.org/mixedpack

SF Beer Week is Back

Continuing through Feb. 20, 2022, SF Beer Week, organized by the Bay Area Brewers Guild, continues to surprise and delight as craft breweries, bars and beer-savvy restaurants add to the collection of events that make this annual celebration of the Bay Area's unique beer culture so memorable. Visit https://sfbeerweek.org/

About the Bay Area Brewers Guild

The Bay Area Brewers Guild is a non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association. Its mission is to support and promote local independent craft beer and breweries throughout the greater Bay Area. Stay atop the region's world-class craft beer scene year-round at DrinkBay.Beer ( https://drinkbay.beer/ ).

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Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival Launches 2022 Event Tickets Sales and Announces Musical Lineup

RICHARDSON, Texas -- Presented by the City of Richardson, The Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival will return as a live festival May 20-22, with tickets on sale today. Festival attendees will enjoy a variety of musical performances from both local legends and internationally renowned artists, a battle of the bands, a songwriters contest, a silent auction, culinary offerings from food vendors from throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, kids activities and more.

Performance Lineup

Highlights of the confirmed festival lineup include:

* Collective Soul,
* American Authors,
* The Wailers,
* Landsharks Band,
* Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights,
* Le Freak - The Greatest Disco Band In The World,
* Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand,
* The U.S. Stones - The Ultimate Rolling Stones Tribute Band,
* Jamie Lin Wilson,
* Infinite Journey - The Music of Journey,
* Jason Eady,
* The Battle of Evermore - A Led Zeppelin Tribute Experience,
* Meagan Tubb & Shady People Band,
* BettySoo,
* Curtis McMurtry, and
* Susan Gibson.

Additional artists will be added to the lineup, and updates - including a complete Festival schedule - will be announced on the festival's website and social media channels.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased at www.wildflowerfestival.com. Sales include VIP packages, weekend passes and daily admission tickets. Pricing for 2022 festival tickets is $35 single day, $75 three day pass and $400 Friends of the Festival VIP Packages, and children 12 and under will receive free admission all weekend.

Friends of the Festival VIP packages will include access to the Texans Credit Union VIP Hospitality Lounge plus rock-star seating near the main Methodist Richardson Amphitheater Stage.

City residents may also purchase discounted tickets at participating City of Richardson locations beginning April 1.

Festival Hours and Location Information

The annual, three-day event will be held at Galatyn Urban Park, located just north of Galatyn Parkway on the east side of U.S. 75 (Central Expressway) in Richardson.

* Hours for the 2022 festival are:
o Friday, 6 p.m. - midnight,
o Saturday, 11 a.m. - midnight, and
o Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Festival Food and Other Attractions

In addition to musical performances throughout the weekend on the Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage, Bud Light Stage, CityLine Stage and Singer Songwriter Stage, the Festival will feature various food and drink options, family-friendly activities and shopping from local vendors.

* WF! Eats & Drinks will offer a craft beer garden, wine garden and an array of tasty cuisines, including festival favorites.
* Kids attending the Festival can explore their wild side in the WF! Kids area, where they can keep moving and grooving while bands rock on stage.
* The WF! Marketplace, located in the heart of the Festival, will offer art, décor, clothing and accessories created by talented artists and novelty vendors.
* The Renaissance Hotel in Richardson is the official hotel sponsor, and Festival hotel packages will be available in the coming weeks.

Festival Parking

Complimentary parking will be available within the nearby surrounding area. Festivalgoers are encouraged to take advantage of the DART Red Line light rail, which stops at the Galatyn Park Station, located immediately adjacent to the west side of the Festival grounds.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://wildflowerfestival.com/.

About Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival began in 1993 and is produced by the City of Richardson Parks & Recreation Department. Follow Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival on social media with the official hashtag #WAMFEST22 or visit www.wildflowerfestival.com for more information.

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Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival Returns to Mesquite

MESQUITE, Texas -- Looking forward to spring fishing? Who isn't? Fortunately for those of us still stuck in winter, the 5th annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival is headed to Mesquite on February 26-27, 2022.

Unique to the Texas Fly & Brew is a focus on microbrewery beer. With their paid admission, festival attendees 21 years and older receive tasting tickets to sample a variety of locally handcrafted brews. Breweries selected to participate in this year's event include Four Corners Brewing Co, Hop & Sting, and Tupps. All of the participating breweries will have personnel on hand to explain what sets microbrewed beer apart, why and how certain ingredients yield different flavors, and how to brew and taste different types of beer.

New to the 2022 Texas Fly & Brew is a series of advanced courses for experienced anglers. "We're well-known as a safe space for complete novices--those folks who have never picked up a fly rod in their lives," says Fly & Brew Director Beau Beasley. "Our event draws scores of children, and we have about six times the national average for women's participation, compared to other fishing events. This year, we're stepping up our game to draw experienced anglers, too, with unique, highly specialized courses taught by regional and national experts."

"Advanced Tactics for Fishing Tailwaters" with author and guide Pat Dorsey focuses on how to correctly fish below dams and in cold water rivers.

Full-time saltwater guide Captain Gary Dubiel, owner of Spec Fever Guide Service and a national pro-staffer for Temple Fork Outfitters, offers his unique "How to Locate and Land Monster Redfish ,"a class specifically designed for those who hope to land the redfish of a lifetime.

Interested in fly tying? Fiber Flies Dubbing owner Jim Bensinger will teach a "Beginner Fly Tying" class as well as a "How to Tie Wet Flies" class for intermediate to advanced fly tyers. No gear? No problem: All vises and materials will be provided by Norvise, which is sponsoring Bensinger's classes.

In cooperation with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation's Take Me Fishing Program, professional guide Karlie Roland will offer a women-only "Becoming an Independent Angler" to help women hone their angling skills and meet their outdoor goals. Don't miss the "Breakfast Meet & Greet" with Karlie and other female anglers, which is open to the public but limited to the first 50 women who sign up online.

The Texas Fly & Brew has partnered with Chris Johnson, owner of Living Waters Fly Shop, to offer a variety of classes specific to the Lone Star State.

HERE ARE A FEW COURSES AVAILABLE TO ALL GENERAL ADMISSION ATTENDEES:

"A Man, a Fly Rod & a Kayak," taught by experienced fly fishing guide Jerry Hamon, owner of River Crossing Fly Fishing Guide Service, is for all who hope to fish safely from a kayak. Don't have a kayak yet but looking for pointers on what to buy? Hamon will cover kayak purchasing as well.

At the "Women's Panel: Ask an Expert" class, Dana Williams, former president of Texas Women Fly Fishers, will answer questions from the audience. Cybil Jones of Dagon Apparel Company will discuss how the right clothing will keep you on the water longer and make your fishing experience more enjoyable. Other guest speakers may participate.

New Mexico-based Ron Kless, competitive angler and a Hardy pro-staffer, will be presenting "Euro Nymphing: The Do's & Don'ts."

Looking for just the right kayak? Check out regional pro-staffers from Dallas-based Mariner-Sails.

"This is our 5th annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival, but actually anglers and vendors come from across the entire country," says Beasley. "Mesquite has done all it can to make us feel welcome and we look forward to partnering with them again. The spacious Mesquite Convention Center provides more room for vendors and sponsors and even allows specialty food trucks. A wide variety of specialty fly tyers will also be participating."

The Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival was honored to receive several first-place awards in various categories from the 2022 meeting of the Texas Festival & Events Association.

"Our strong showing is thanks in large part to support from Mesquite, our amazing event team, and our excellent social media manager, Cece Liekar of The League Lady," says Beasley. "I accepted the awards on behalf of the Texas Fly & Brew team, but it was definitely a group labor of love to hold the first in-person fly-fishing event in the country since the pandemic. We had a very strong turnout in February 2021, and we expect to set a new record for vendors and attendance in 2022."

Major sponsors of the 5th Annual Texas Fly & Brew include the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Gangler's North Seal River Lodge, City of Mesquite, Temple Fork Outfitters, Trout Unlimited, Norvise and Fly Tyer.

For more information, visit https://txflyfishingfestival.org/ or call 703-402-8338.

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#HousingDC22 Announces New Sponsors and Political Commentator Amy Walter

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Housing Finance Strategies President Faith Schwartz made two key announcements today regarding the firm's annual housing policy and technology event on September 26-27, 2022. "We are so excited to announce additions to our sponsorship ranks as JPM Chase and Finance of America Reverse have joined as Platinum Sponsors and Volly as a Gold Sponsor. Our sponsors are critical to our success and they open our event to all who wish to attend as guests with our compliments," said Faith Schwartz.

She added, "And given #HousingDC22 will take place ahead of the critical midterm elections, we are especially pleased to share that noted political commentator Amy Walter will address the impact of the 2022 election cycle on the housing finance industry. Having Sunday morning talk show pundit Walter with us is in keeping with our mission to feature the highest quality level of speakers that our audience has come to expect from a Housing Finance Strategies produced event."

Amy Walter is the national editor of the Cook Political Report and a frequent on-air analyst. She appears weekly on "Politics Monday" on the PBS NewsHour and is a regular Sunday panelist on NBC's "Meet the Press" and CNN's "Inside Politics" and appears frequently on "Special Report with Bret Baier" on FOX.

The list of #HousingDC22 sponsors is growing and is a testament to the high quality delivered. Caliber, FICO, Finance of America Reverse, FormFree, Freedom, JPM Chase, Mr. Cooper and RiskSpan are Platinum sponsors. CoreLogic, LoanCare, Mortgage Connect, Notarize and Volly are Gold sponsors. And Black Knight, Depth PR and USMI are Silver sponsors.

Make plans now to Save the Date: https://www.housingdc22.com/.

Registration is complimentary. And watch for more sponsor updates, key speaker announcements and event details to come.

Housing Finance Strategies was established by Faith Schwartz in 2016 as a professional services and advisory firm specializing in mortgage modernization, housing policy and legislative and regulatory affairs. Schwartz serves on a number of bank and fintech boards and has a lengthy record of hosting and moderating housing industry events. Schwartz has created and delivered multiple housing events and a number of national housing policy conferences.

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