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Free Oil Changes to Seattle Area Healthcare Professionals

SEATTLE, Wash. -- LIQUI MOLY today announced it has partnered to provide motor oil to Seattle area repair shops for free oil changes to more than 150 area healthcare professionals.

LIQUI MOLY, a global motor oil and additive company based in Germany, has a history of being involved in its communities from motorsport to continued support and education for the many automotive shops providing its products.

"We are pleased to make a difference where and how we can," explained LIQUI MOLY USA/Canada CEO, Sebastian Zelger. "These healthcare professionals are making significant sacrifices and commitments devoting countless hours and days to saving so many people's lives. At the very least, hopefully this will relieve them of one stress that might encroach in their busy lives. The last thing we'd want is a devoted healthcare professional not able to make it to his or her responsibilities because of car trouble. An oil change-something statistically many will need during this crisis-can help avoid that."

The average age of vehicles on the road today is around eleven years. Many of these cars require oil changes every 5,000 miles. Seattle area workers commute an average of 50 minutes roundtrip each day-often at speeds averaging as low as 21mph-and the average driver puts 1,000 miles per month on their cars. Unless a driver got his or her oil changed the first two months of the year, chances are they will need one soon.

"We see how hard the healthcare workers are working and dealing with so much stress during this time," explained Blake Walker, Owner of Central Automotive in Kent, Wwashington. "We've grown over the years not just because of our automotive skills, but because of the relationships we've built with our customers and wonderful partners like LIQUI MOLY. Our customers are like family to us and if they need help, we're here for them. This is the best way we could think to help them out right now."

Central Automotive is a full-service Automotive Repair and service center and has been serving South King County for 25 years.

Through this program, LIQUI MOLY and Central Automotive will be contributing more than 150 oil services and interior disinfection services to the healthcare community. To take advantage of this program, employees at Valley Medical will call Central Automotive and schedule an appointment. Upon presenting their employee ID, they would get a free LIQUI MOLY oil change, interior vehicle disinfection service, and free ozone treatment.

About LIQUI MOLY

With around 4,000 items, LIQUI MOLY offers a global, uniquely broad range of automotive chemicals: Motor oils and additives, greases and pastes, sprays and car care, glues and sealants. Founded in 1957, LIQUI MOLY develops and produces exclusively in Germany. There it is the undisputed market leader for additives and is repeatedly voted the best oil brand. The company sells its products in more than 120 countries and generated € 569 million in sales in 2019. Learn more: https://www.liqui-moly.com/.

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African Youth Drug Prevention (AYDP) Project Presents Substance Abuse Impact Data in Washington State

SEATTLE, Wash. -- On April 25 from 1 to 3 p.m., Union of Tigrean Women North America Seattle Chapter, a charitable non-profit organization supporting socio-cultural and educational causes of Ethiopians, invites the community to attend the African Youth Drug Prevention presentation of findings. The presentation will take place at the Washington State Coalition of African Community Leaders (WSCACL) quarterly meeting via Zoom.

The African Youth Drug Prevention (AYDP) team will present their neighborhood findings on the influence of substance abuse shops and advertisements as it relates to youth behavior and health.

Sponsored by WSCACL, the AYDP project demonstrates how two different African communities committed to protecting their youth can successfully collaborate to combat a common issue. The project has received support from Public Health Seattle and King County and was formed by a Coalition member partnership between the Union of Tigrean Women North America Seattle Chapter and the Rescue Mission and Prayer Network International.

Information presented will showcase how targeted youth are impacted by billions of advertising dollars and how youth of color disproportionately face negative consequences for their substance use, even though their consumption is often comparable or even lower than white youth.

Meeting participants can log into the Zoom meeting with ID: 614-712-9422 and password: 520716. Past meeting attendees have included: King County Councilmember, Girmay Zahilay; Seattle City Councilmember, Kshama Sawant; and former State Representative and current WSCACL Advisor, Dawn Mason.

About WSCACL

Founded in 2016 by a handful of African community leaders, WSCACL has grown to a Coalition membership of more than 100 leaders, individuals and business owners. It supports African Community organizations and individuals in Washington state committed to sharing resources and promoting collaboration across communities.

WSCACL assists in fostering leadership development, capacity building, community advocacy, training and education, economic empowerment and civic engagement. It receives generous support from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Urban League, Washington Nonprofits Association, Seattle Foundation, Neighborhood Matching Fund, Center for Multicultural Health, HealthPoint and the Seattle Foundation.

For more information: http://www.wcacl.org/

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/africanyouthdrugprevention/

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Shobitam, one of the fastest growing Indian Ethnic Wear Brands in the US, releases Shobitam Signature Collections, to celebrate International Women’s Day

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Shobitam Inc,. designers of beautiful Indian Ethnic Wear announced the release of Shobitam Signature Collections, their largest product launch yet. The Pure Silk Sarees of the Signature Collections are inspired by the rich heritage of Indian handloom and mark a significant expansion to Shobitam's collection of highly rated sarees, blouses, gowns and jewelry.

Just in the first year, thousands of customers all over the US have experienced Shobitam's original designs of saree and jewelry collections. With over 530 five-star customer reviews, Shobitam, known for its top-rated and unique collection in ethnic and party wear, is now expanding into women's bridal wear and wedding collections with gusto and confidence.

Shobitam Signature Collections Details:
* Signature is the curated collection and couture line from Shobitam, and includes highly curated premium partywear and bridal wear. The bridal wear collection portrays the beauty and classiness every bride dreams about for her special day.
* Signature Collections include Pure Silk Sarees from Banaras, Kanjeevaram, Chanderi, Mysore and Coimbatore. Drawing from rich Indian handloom, the finest and most delicate silk fabrics with intricate weaves of zari work have been embellished with traditional embroideries.
* Pure Shobitam Silks are Silk Mark Certified for best quality and offered at best prices which will allow women across the world to embrace ethnic wear for weddings and special events.

"We are thrilled to announce the release of Shobitam Signature Collections," said Aparna Thyagarajan, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Shobitam. "This launch marks an important milestone in our journey towards making Ethnic Fashion accessible to everyone in a sustainable way. As a women-owned enterprise, we are especially grateful to be launching this to celebrate Women's Day, and continue to earn reviews like: 'My second purchase. Love their professionalism. Beautiful saree! great quality. Packaged so nicely and arrived very quickly.'"

The Signature Collections are the hallmark of the highest quality of elegance and design that Shobitam is known for. Check out Shobitam Signature Collections at: https://www.shobitam.com/

About Shobitam, Inc.

Founded by fashionistas and creative sisters Aparna and Ambika in Seattle, Shobitam is dedicated to making Indian ethnic wear affordable, elegant and available globally. We are powered by a passion for wearing good clothes, an interest in designing them, and a drive to make them available to all. A shop for a cause, our mission is to help people feel good, look good and do good. By working closely with weavers in designing unique collections and selling directly to customers through an online platform, we offer beautiful selections with quality, prices and 5-star service!

Website: https://www.shobitam.com

Instagram: @shobitam

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‘American Daughter’ Captivates Readers Revealing a Family’s Dark Secrets, Intergenerational Trauma, and a Daughter’s Quest for Redemption

SEATTLE, Wash. -- "AMERICAN DAUGHTER" (ISBN: 978-1632992529) tells an extraordinary story of trauma, healing and transcendence in this powerful memoir by Stephanie Thornton Plymale. As CEO and visionary of the Heritage School of Interior Design - the premier interior design school on the west coast - Stephanie Thornton Plymale kept her past a fiercely guarded secret. No one outside her immediate family would ever have guessed that her childhood was fraught with every imaginable hardship: a mentally ill mother who was in and out of jails and psych wards throughout Stephanie's formative years, neglect, hunger, poverty, homelessness, truancy, foster homes, a harrowing lack of medical care, and ongoing sexual abuse.

Stephanie, in turn, knew very little about the past of her mother, from whom she remained estranged during most of her adult life. All this changed with a phone call that set a journey of discovery in motion, leading to a series of shocking revelations that forced Stephanie to revise the meaning of almost every aspect of her very compromised childhood. American Daughter is at once the deeply moving memoir of a troubled mother-daughter relationship and a meditation on trauma, resilience, transcendence, and redemption. Stephanie's story is unique but its messages are universal, offering insight into what it means to survive, to rise above, to heal, and to forgive.

"I unveiled secrets that had been hidden for years and these discoveries rocked my world," says Plymale. "I was finally able to integrate my childhood story with the adult person that I am today. This process allowed me to forgive my mom when I never thought I could. I found the bravery to share my story with the hope of helping others who are struggling with trauma and broken relationships; to encourage them to share their story, cease living in secrecy, and to find healing. Everyone has a story to tell and peace to be had."

At age 4, Stephanie Thornton Plymale survived a full throttle, head-on collision in a mail truck stolen by her mother's boyfriend. Again, at age 5, sat in the back of a van going 70 miles per hour, Stephanie survived a drunken rollover crash. She was twice physically unscathed but left mute with trauma, a condition which would come and go for years. She later suffered life-threatening burns due to neglect and became blind in one eye. Homelessness evolved to isolation in the Dependent Unit of the State of California - to placement in several foster homes, one of which was horribly abusive. By age 10, Stephanie's experience was that of criminal neglect, chronic hunger, truancy, homelessness, and ongoing sexual violation. The terror and fear that she experienced as a child she later uncovers are the insidious ripple effects from an appalling crime that occurred in the summer of 1953 in Baltimore, Maryland, and made national news.

Stephanie's mother suffered from severe mental illness; schizophrenia and Dissociative Identity Disorder, was in and out of jail and a series of ghastly psych wards throughout her entire life. Meanwhile and despite all odds, Stephanie's lifelong desire for a sense of home led to her passion for interior design and burgeoning career in the industry. However, time seemed to stop when Stephanie received a call from her mother after a period of estrangement that was enforced by a court order. Her mother revealed her terminal illness and Stephanie became her mother's sole guardian.

Timing became critical for Stephanie to address her longing to seek the truth about her devastating childhood and lost heritage. She began a series of "interviews" with her mother in an attempt to find answers and to get her mother to take personal responsibility for the past. In one of these interviews, her mother reveals that she herself was the victim of that horrific crime in 1953 that plagued her as a child and for the rest of her life. This revelation incites the unlikely redemption and reconciliation between mother and daughter. Stephanie's mother also revealed a stunning and illustrious ancestry that she had kept hidden for decades. Stephanie grew up thinking of herself as "white trash" and knew nothing of the aristocratic family heritage from which she came.

Learn more: https://american-daughter.com/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephanie Thornton Plymale is the CEO of Heritage School of Interior Design. Stephanie calls Portland, Oregon, home - a word with much meaning as she grew up without one. From living in a car on the beach with her five siblings, to isolation in the Dependent Unit of the State of California, to a horribly abusive foster home, Stephanie never experienced a feeling of family as a child. Married at 19 to her high school sweetheart, her desire for family roots helped her to build a stable marriage and loving home for her three children.

From a young age, Stephanie had an insatiable desire to create a feeling of home. This incited her passion for interior design which led to her successful career working in nearly every facet of the industry, including residential, commercial, retail curation, fabrication and staging. After 18 years of owning her own firm, Stephanie felt ready to pursue her next chapter. It was then that she took over Heritage School of Interior Design. Stephanie's vision was to make education accessible to all who were interested in excelling in the industry. Stephanie has supported hundreds of students in achieving their dream careers. Many alumni have gone on to win prestigious awards and begin wildly successful businesses. Stephanie continues to balance family life with promoting Heritage, the success of its students, staff, continually growing community and philanthropic efforts.

Stephanie's traumatic childhood, family life and career is unique yet she takes heart in knowing that life's lessons are universal and that everyone has a story. Her goal is to inspire others to share their stories, receive support and feel empowered by their ability to survive, forgive, heal, transcend and live the life of their dreams.

ABOUT GREENLEAF

Since their start in 1997, Greenleaf has continually evolved to meet the needs of their authors. The core of their business has always been master distribution to major bookstores, airports, and specialty retailers. Over time, Greenleaf recognized their authors' need for top-quality editorial, design, and strategic marketing services, so they built a team of experts to help authors publish and market their books. To date, Greenleaf's projects include multiple New York Times and Wall Street Journal best sellers.

Greenleaf Book Group; Publish Date: February 11, 2020; $18.95; ISBN: 978-1632992529. Also available as an eBook (February 11, 2020) and Audiobook (April 2020). Green Leaf information: https://www.greenleafbookgroup.com/

Learn more: https://american-daughter.com/

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Michi Suzuki - 206.412.8140
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Lisa Willis - 617.968.2979
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Dating App for Dog Lovers Launches for iOS

SEATTLE, Wash. -- New dating app Wowzer is officially available for download nationally, with user-growth marketing focused on the company's home city of Seattle. The app that helps dog-loving humans make more meaningful connections will launch in Seattle this fall before bringing the Wowzer community experience to cities nationwide later in 2020.

Dogs are great companions and, now, they can be your "wingpup." After all, who doesn't need a little bark in their dating journey? Wowzer is throwing single dog lovers a bone. Officially debuting on the iOS App Store on Oct. 23, now-available Wowzer (gowowzer.com) is the dating app for dog lovers.

When looking for connections on Wowzer, you control what profile information and preferences you share. Dog owners can put their best pup forward in a companion dog profile. Wowzer does the rest to connect you with potential matches.

The app will be free during launch, with a suite of premium membership services that will be released at a later date. All dog lovers are welcome whether they own a dog or not.

Wowzer is the brainchild of co-founders Michi Suzuki, a lifestyle public relations and events professional, and Stephanie Worley, a veteran marketer in the tech industry. The longtime friends and dog lovers believe canine intervention is just the tonic for all the anxiety that modern dating can cause. Having a dog by your side helps create a more authentic, relaxing and fun dating experience.

"We're passionate about dogs, and we're suckers for love," said Worley, who, with Suzuki, had originally planned to open a daycare for dogs. Over time, as they helped mutual friends navigate the online dating world, they recognized an opportunity.

"This business was born out of a desire to help our single dog-loving friends meet people who share their interests and values," Suzuki said. "The fact that it can help a lot more people is really heartening for us."

About Wowzer:

Wowzer is the dating app for dog lovers. Founded in Seattle, Wowzer provides a better way for dog lovers to make more meaningful connections. With Wowzer, dogs are our co-pilot. They're an easy ice breaker, a great way to get outdoors, and they say a lot about who we are and how we live. Dogs help bring out the best in us and when you connect on Wowzer, you know you're meeting someone who just gets it. Whether you live with a dog or just love them, Wowzer can help you find your human. Available on the iOS App Store.

For more information, visit https://gowowzer.com/.

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Media Contact:
Michi Suzuki
michi@michimsuzuki.com
206.412.8140

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MyKabin Officially Completes Its First Backyard Cottage as Seattle Detached ADU (DADU) Landscape Shifts

SEATTLE, Wash. -- MyKabin, a Seattle construction firm specializing in making it easier, faster and less expensive for homeowners to build a personalized and sustainable detached accessory dwelling unit, just completed its first backyard cottage build at a Madison Valley home.

This comes after citywide changes to a variety of regulations affecting accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs) come into effect, loosening regulations and making it easier than ever for Seattle homeowners to build on-property dwellings. With their first backyard cottage officially completed and the city primed to welcome an expansion of DADU builds, MyKabin Co-Founders Clint Jones and Tom Todaro are eager to share their uniquely affordable, customizable and simplified DADU solution with Seattle-area families.

MyKabin spent almost a year working with the city, engineering every aspect of the design from the foundation to the roof. The time and technology investment allow them to offer an easy, hassle-free, turnkey option for building a backyard cottage at a price most Seattle homeowners can afford. For Ronnie & Wendy Cunningham, Seattle natives and owners of the newly finished inaugural MyKabin DADU, building a DADU in the backyard of the Madison Valley home bought in 1975 had been a goal for years. But after fourteen months of navigating the city's permitting process and receiving construction bids of over $300,000, the project seemed to be hitting insurmountable roadblocks. Enter MyKabin.

"No one else was doing this, building high-quality DADUs doesn't have to be as expensive or as complicated as traditional construction methods, the Cunningham's is the first cottage with six more around the city to be completed in the next few months. Consumer response has been very positive," says Co-Founder Tom Todaro.

MyKabin handles everything without sacrificing customization, from permitting and design all the way through construction, installation and inspection. This closed process is much more efficient than traditional building and allows them to guarantee a no-surprises price tag that's far below that of typical local options. With sizes from 250-1000 square feet and options for roof design and window/door placement in each, plus a nearly limitless interior canvas, homeowners have the ability to design the Kabin of their dreams without the headache.

At the base of MyKabin's smart, streamlined approach is the use of their exclusive Karry Beam foundation and other specialized foundation systems that are non-invasive and can be installed in as little as one day. Removing the need for heavy machinery, the foundation systems are more sustainable by allowing almost all of the existing landscaping to stay in place. Because MyKabin does everything for one installed price, they can guarantee a lower price that's completely transparent and unchanging, starting at $111,000 for small-size cottages.

"It was exactly what I needed, and night and day compared to what I was looking at with other options. It's a better product at half the price. When I heard about MyKabin, I told Tom I wanted to be their first customer," says Ronnie Cunningham.

For him and his family, MyKabin was the solution to make the dream of creating a cottage on their property achievable: turnkey, affordable, sustainable, customizable.

The Cunningham Kabin at 432 31st Ave E will play host to an open house from October 19-27, 2019, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, allowing Seattleites a special up-close & in-cottage view of what a MyKabin build can be. MyKabin team members will be on hand to answer questions and to help visitors search to see if their home is eligible for a DADU.

With the city easing the path towards owning a DADU and MyKabin's simplicity, it's truly never been more accessible to construct an on-property dwelling for families wanting to offset housing costs with a rental property, hoping to extend the flexibility of a property for an aging or multi-generational family, or dreaming of outfitting a cottage for a special use. In a city badly in need of more diverse housing options, MyKabin hopes to make a positive, sustainable impact for both homeowners and tenants.

Check if a home is eligible for a DADU and explore floor plans & pricing when you visit https://mykabin.com/.

About MyKabin:

MyKabin is a Seattle-based construction firm specializing in affordable and sustainable, turnkey detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs). MyKabin reimagines the DADU construction process by focusing on creating beautiful, cottages with a minimally disruptive installation process that saves homeowners time, money and the hassle of a lengthy construction project. Handling the process completely from permitting through inspection, MyKabin removes the headache of hiring and coordinating from the homeowner, while simultaneously guaranteeing an upfront price that's more affordable than other construction methods. With extensive customizable options and a strong sustainability commitment, MyKabin is the best DADU solution for Seattle-area homeowners. For more information, visit https://mykabin.com/.

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Dating App for Dog Lovers Launching in Seattle

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Dogs are great companions and, now, they can be your "wingpup." After all, who doesn't need a little bark in their dating journey? Wowzer is throwing single dog lovers a bone. Launching on Oct. 23 for iOS, Wowzer (gowowzer.com) is the dating app for dog lovers.

When looking for connections on Wowzer, you control what profile information and preferences you share. Dog owners can put their best pup forward in a companion dog profile. Wowzer does the rest to connect you with potential matches.

The app will be free during the launch, with a suite of premium membership services that will be released at a later date. Initially, Wowzer will launch in the Seattle area, where dog-friendly workplaces abound and the so-called "Seattle Freeze" can make it feel like you're in the dog house. All dog lovers are welcome whether they own a dog or not.

Wowzer is the brainchild of co-founders Michi Suzuki, a lifestyle public relations and events professional, and Stephanie Worley, a veteran marketer in the tech industry. The longtime friends and dog lovers believe canine intervention is just the tonic for all the anxiety that modern dating can cause. Having a dog by your side helps create a more authentic, relaxing and fun dating experience.

"We're passionate about dogs, and we're suckers for love," said Worley, who, with Suzuki, had originally planned to open a daycare for dogs. Over time, as they helped mutual friends navigate the online dating world, they recognized an opportunity.

"This business was born out of a desire to help our single dog-loving friends meet people who share their interests and values," Suzuki said. "The fact that it can help a lot more people is really heartening for us."

Meet Wowzer:
* Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Join Wowzer at the Downtown Dog Lounge Barktoberfest for dog-friendly activities and a costume contest. Location: Van Horst Plaza, 426 Terry Ave. N., South Lake Union. Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barktoberfest-tickets-71694194265

* Nov. 3, 2-7 p.m. - Wowzer's official launch party will take place at Optimism Brewing. There will be giveaways for those who have downloaded the app. Pasado's Safe Haven will have dogs available for adoption. JustFoodForDogs will have cooking demos. Wag Booth is providing free photobooth sessions. Marination is providing food. (Optimism Brewing welcomes well-behaved and leashed dogs.) Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/506297016834548/

About Wowzer:

Wowzer is the dating app for dog lovers. Founded in Seattle, Wowzer provides a better way for dog lovers to make more meaningful connections. With Wowzer, dogs are our co-pilot. They're an easy ice breaker, a great way to get outdoors, and they say a lot about who we are and how we live. Dogs help bring out the best in us and when you connect on Wowzer, you know you're meeting someone who just gets it. Whether you live with a dog or just love them, Wowzer can help you find your human. Available on the iOS App Store on October 23.

For more information, visit https://gowowzer.com/

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‘Treasure Trove’ From Italy’s ‘Most Underrated Museum’ Travels to The United States for the First Time

CHICAGO, Ill. -- It is with great pleasure that the American Friends of Capodimonte (AFC) announce the first U.S. traveling exhibition of 40 Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces, most of which have never been viewed by an American audience, from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Italy; the royal palace built in 1738 by Charles of Bourbon, King of Naples and Sicily (later King Charles III of Spain).

"Flesh & Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum" will open October 17, 2019 and run through January 26, 2020 at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) in Washington state before traveling to Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum in Texas from March 1, 2020 to June 14, 2020.

"This spectacular exhibit is also a testament to the strong cooperation between Italy and the United States and some of their greatest cultural institutions which tirelessly endeavored to renew the bonds of our deep cultural ties by bringing a unique glimpse of Italy to Seattle and Fort Worth," says Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States.

"We're thrilled for SAM to be the only West Coast venue for this powerful exhibition from the extraordinary Capodimonte Museum-our first collaboration with the institution," says SAM's Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, Chiyo Ishikawa. Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Museum, says the exhibition's paintings "embody innovation, exuberance and grandeur-the result of revolutionary painting techniques and dramatic use of light and dark. The works continue to influence artists and inspire art lovers the world over."

"Flesh & Blood" is presented chronologically, tracing a 200-year period from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Highlights include Parmigianino's Antea (ca. 1535), El Greco's Boy Blowing on an Ember (1571-1572), Titian's Danae (1544-1545) and Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith and Holofernes (ca. 1612-1617), featured in "When a Woman Wields a Weapon" in the Wall Street Journal, August 16, 2019.

"The joy of Capodimonte," says the museum's director Sylvain Bellenger, "is not only the breadth of the collection, but the quality. We have the best of Titian, Parmigianino, Annibale Carracci, not to mention Italian giants unknown to the general public like Schedoni and Preti. This exhibition brings many of these knock-out masterpieces to the United States for the first time."

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE:
A 160-page illustrated softcover exhibition catalogue, produced in collaboration with the American Friends of Capodimonte Curatorial Fellows, will be available at the Seattle Art Museum and Kimbell Art Museum.

ABOUT CAPODIMONTE MUSEUM:
Referred to as an "under-visited treasure trove" by the New York Times in 2019 and "the most underrated museum in Italy" by Condé Nast Traveler in 2016, Capodimonte was built in 1738 by King Charles of Bourbon. It sits atop the highest hill above the ancient city of Naples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The core of the collection is the Farnese collection of paintings and sculpture, formed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and inherited by Charles of Bourbon. This fall the museum opens a yearlong exhibition on the oldest opera house in Europe, Naples' Teatro San Carlo. The exhibition, "Napoli Napoli: Of Lava, Porcelain and Music," recounts the Bourbon monarchy's patronage of the arts and sciences during Naples' golden age.

More information: http://www.museocapodimonte.beniculturali.it/

ABOUT AMERICAN FRIENDS OF CAPODIMONTE (AFC):
American Friends of Capodimonte (AFC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to bring awareness about one of the world's greatest museums to an English-speaking audience. The AFC's Fellowship is the only U.S. program to offer young American art historians the experience of working in an Italian museum. AFC members receive exclusive access to Capodimonte Museum and Royal Park, U.S. events related to the museum's collection and priority on custom trips to Naples and beyond.

For more information, visit:
http://www.americanfriendsofcapodimonte.info/ or americanfriendsofcapodimonte@gmail.com.

EXHIBITION ORGANIZATION AND SUPPORT:
The exhibition is organized by the Capodimonte Museum (Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte), Naples, the Seattle Art Museum, the Kimbell Art Museum, and MondoMostre.

Media Contact:
For information about AFC events and membership, press inquiries, or to set up an interview with Sylvain Bellenger, Director of the Capodimonte Museum, please contact americanfriendsofcapodimonte@gmail.com.

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MyKabin Launches in Seattle – Brings Affordable Backyard Cottages to Western Washington

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Now residents of Western Washington have access to affordable backyard living space with the launch of MyKabin, a new construction firm specializing in backyard cottages. MyKabin has reimagined the construction process by focusing on creating a beautiful, prefabricated cottage with a minimally disruptive installation process that saves homeowners time, money, and the hassle of a lengthy construction project.

MyKabin is the creation of home design and construction veteran Clint Jones, manufacturing expert Paul Fichter, and Tom Todaro who heads up financing and partnerships. By combining their years of experience in their respective fields, they have created a prefabricated backyard cottage that can be installed in a backyard in as quickly as three weeks and as little as $110,000.

"The rising cost of home construction has made adding an accessory dwelling unit or backyard cottage unattainable for a lot of people," said Clint Jones, co-founder and chief executive officer of MyKabin. "MyKabin is the result of our desire to make adding this type of space to people's existing homes not only affordable but as easy as possible."

The MyKabin team has created a concierge experience for homeowners unlike any other in the small home construction industry. The team handles all aspects of the project, from permitting, to delivery, to the installation of the foundation and cottage, and hooking up utilities. Homeowners select their style of home, floor plan size, and finish level, and MyKabin handles the rest of the construction process, removing the need to hire additional vendors or home professionals.

What sets a MyKabin home apart from other backyard cottage offerings is the Karry Beam Foundation. The Karry Beam Foundation dramatically reduces time, materials, and disruption to the existing home. The MyKabin team worked closely with Pin Foundations Inc. to create a non-invasive foundation system that is installed in as little as one day, all without large machinery or the need to pour concrete. As the system is minimally invasive to the yard, most existing landscaping stays intact, and the installation can happen regardless of the weather. By removing the traditional foundation process that includes things like excavation, pouring concrete, and installing footing drains, a Karry Beam Foundation can save homeowners several months of construction time and significantly reduce the cost. The Karry Beam is explicitly designed for a MyKabin cottage and designed for a permanent structure.

The Karry Beam system is made up of four steel beams which are hand-carried into the backyard and placed at each corner of the cottage's new location. Each beam contains four holes that allow a series of pipes to slide through the beam at an angle to drive into the soil. Based on Pin Pile Technology, the Karry Beam system keeps the earth's existing soil structure intact, and lock into the ground to prevent the foundation from moving, giving the foundation the same strength as a traditional concrete foundation. MyKabin also conducts a geological study of the soils in the proposed installation area, so the team knows how to size and place the foundation.

"A MyKabin cottage is perfect as a mother-in-law unit, a short-term rental, or just additional space for your family. As our focus is on keeping costs as low as possible for homeowners, it's possible to breakeven on a unit through short-term rental income in less than five years given the rates in the Seattle region," Jones added.

A MyKabin is available for order and installation now. To learn more about MyKabin, visit https://mykabin.com/.

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City University of Seattle Offers 25 Percent Tuition Scholarship to Art Institute Students

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The private, nonprofit City University of Seattle is demonstrating its support for students impacted by the recently announced closure of Art Institute campuses. To assist students seeking options to continue their education, City University of Seattle is offering a 25 percent tuition scholarship to students transferring from any AI campus.

As a private, nonprofit university, CityU is working diligently to map out credit alignments, in addition to the tuition scholarship, to provide a seamless transition for students who wish to continue their education immediately. CityU can help students enroll for the Spring term, which starts in April.

The University has been working diligently to map out credit alignments, specifically for the B.S. in Culinary Arts Management and B.S. in Fashion Marketing & Management, which transfer into CityU's B.A. in Management program.

Representatives from CityU will be participating in information fairs being held Tuesday and Wednesday by WSAC on behalf of the affected students. The information fairs will take place at the Art Institute of Seattle campus, and offer impacted students a chance to learn more about CityU programs, the tuition scholarship and other credit alignment opportunities.

CityU has been part of the Seattle community since 1973 and has ranked in the national top 50 "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" by U.S. News & World Report from 2013-2019. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities through the doctoral level and offers more than 60 online, onsite and performance-based programs.

Impacted students can work with CityU's admissions and enrollment teams to initiate courses for the Spring term, which begins in early April. To learn more, students can submit an online information request or contact us directly at 1.888.422.4898 or advising@CityU.edu.

Online information request: https://www.cityu.edu/request-information/

About City University of Seattle:

City University of Seattle is a private, nonprofit university dedicated to serving working adults and transfer students. CityU has ranked in the national top 50 "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" by U.S. News & World Report from 2013-2019. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities through the doctoral level and offers more than 60 online, onsite and performance-based programs. CityU's primary campus is located in downtown Seattle, Washington, and the university has multiple sites throughout Western Washington, Canada and abroad.

For more information, visit https://www.CityU.edu.

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