Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Dallas Pumpkin Village

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden celebrates Autumn at the Arboretum featuring 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash and the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, named one of "America's Best Pumpkin Festivals"

DALLAS, Aug. 18, 2015 /-- With the welcome change of seasons comes one of "America's Best Pumpkin Festivals" according to Fodor's Travel and one of the Dallas Arboretum's most anticipated events—Autumn at the Arboretum—which opens on September 19 and continues through November 25, 2015. Autumn at the Arboretum is supported by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments.
The highlight of the festival is the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, which is created with thousands of pumpkins, gourds and squash by the talented horticulture team. Dave Forehand, Dallas Arboretum's vice president of gardens, said, "As we say, 'Everything is bigger in Texas.' A jaw-dropping 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash is a record-breaking number for the Arboretum's Autumn Pumpkin Village and surrounding displays, so it is only fitting to recreate an Old Texas Town in the Pecan Grove.
"Cinderella's carriage returns with thousands of pumpkins, hay bales and cornstalks artfully arranged throughout Pecan Grove, creating a popular photo opportunity for visitors."
Forehand added, "Fall is one of my favorite seasons at the Arboretum. Many of the summer flowers like zinnias, impatiens, salvia and coleus, respond to cooler nights with blazing bursts of color. Our thousands of pumpkins bring out the color in banks of chrysanthemums that are layered with ornamental grasses, copper plants and firebush."
Autumn is the perfect time of year for a picnic in the gardens or a leisurely walk among 150,000 fall-blooming flowers. The fall foliage, cooler weather and deep colors make Autumn at the Arboretum a must-see for locals and visitors. Guests will find unlimited opportunities not only to create lasting memories, but also to capture them in photos filled with beautiful backdrops of spectacular color.
Many activities take place throughout the garden on weekdays and weekends during the festival kicking off with the 10th annual Tour des Fleurs 10K/20K race, presented by W. B. Carrell Memorial Clinic. Visit www.tourdesfleurs.com.
Other events include Kimberly-Clark Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays, Monarch Migration Day, free garden tours, Cool Thursdays Concert Series, Oktoberfest Garten at Cafe on the Green, special music, Golden Hours photography and special discount days. Some events require an additional cost, so check the website for the latest information at www.dallasarboretum.org.

SOURCE Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Transgender athlete to become first to compete for Canada internationally

LAS VEGAS, NV, Aug. 10, 2015 / - Team Canada Womens dodgeball of the Canadian Dodgeball Association, will make history in Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend and will be another step towards inclusion in the world of sports.

 With so many more Transgender people coming out, along with one of the highest profile athletes in history Caitlyn Jenner recently and proudly proclaiming herself to be transgender. Competitive sports are at a crucial point in time with respect to providing appropriate guidelines for participation for Transgender athletes. 

"My goal would be, through my participation and visibility, that other Trans people especially Trans youth feel they are able to participate at any sport they choose and will be welcomed by their respective governing organizations. Governing organizations have an obligation to provide welcoming, safe, and inclusive environments for all athletes." said Savannah Burton. Member of Team Canada and Professional actress.

History will be made at Tarkanian Basketball Academy located at 2730 S Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV on Saturday August 15, 2015 with the first round of matches beginning at 10:30am Pacific time and concluding on Sunday August 16 for the medal rounds.
Countries participating in the WDBF World Dodgeball Federation World Championships August 15-16th include France, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, United States and Canada.

Media are invited to attend throughout the days of Saturday and Sunday August 15-16 starting at 10am.  

Savannah Burton's twitter is @savannahvburton
SOURCE Savannah Burton Inc.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Prince New Album, HITNRUN


NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2015 /Multi-platinum music icon Prince, and global music and entertainment platform TIDAL, today confirmed that the next release from the entertainer will be exclusively on TIDAL on September 7, 2015.
The upcoming release, the experimental, HITNRUN, was first announced by his band, 3RDEYEGIRL, on BBC radio late last month, following the release of the critically praised first single, "HARDROCKLOVER".  Minutes after the song was released on July 1st, critics raved with The Guardian saying, "Prince is back to his old sensual self 'ripping jeans' and 'making women scream' on this minimal slow jam."  Billboard called the single "A dreamy rock song", and Rolling Stone described it as simply "Wild".
"Super hardcore Prince fans that know every song he's ever recorded - we refer to them as 'The Purple Collective' or 'The Purple Army' - this album is absolutely for them, because it's super funky," reported 3RDEYEGIRL.  "There are a lot of experimental sounds.  It's just hit after hit and definitely caters to those fans who just love to hear what Prince has to say, rather than wanting to always hear that classic Purple Rain Prince sound."  Prince worked with co-producer Joshua Welton on HITNRUN – Welton was also a co-producer on Prince's ARTOFFICIALAGE album, released late last year.
The Prince/TIDAL partnership has been in the works for some months, but was quickly cemented out of mutual admiration and respect and a profound belief in artists' rights.  The relationship began in May with TIDAL live streaming the first hour of Prince's RALLY 4 PEACE concert in Baltimore.  TIDAL hosted live audio of the event and matched funds for donations made on TIDAL.com.
The music icon stated, "After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at TIDAL recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put in2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry.  Secondly, TIDAL have honored Us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows Us to continue making art in the fashion We've grown accustomed 2 and We're Extremely grateful 4 their generous support.  And lastly, in the tech-savvy, real-time world We all live in 2day, everything is faster.  From its conception and that one & only meeting, HITNRUN took about 90 days 2 prepare its release.  If that's what freedom feels like, HITNRUN is what it sounds like."
JAY Z added, "Prince has always been a visionary, a free-thinker.  We're honored to offer his breadth of work, "1999," "Purple Rain," etc., music that has inspired so many, on TIDAL.  We're also excited to be the home for his new upcoming album, HITNRUN.  Both Prince and TIDAL share the belief that all creatives should have the opportunity to speak directly to those that love and support them.  This partnership with Prince represents TIDAL's philosophy in its truest form, a 1 to 1 connection and direct delivery of artistry to the world."
TIDAL is an innovative platform to experience and discover music from artists around the world, enjoy access to exclusive and curated content, and connect and share with artists. TIDAL is available in more than 44 countries with a 30 million song catalog, and more than 75,000 high quality videos. The service offers high-fidelity CD sound quality, high quality video, expertly curated content and unique experiences.

Follow TIDAL at http://facebook.com/tidal and http://twitter.com/tidalhifi

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Canada Take Proactive Approach to Marijuana Advertising Enforcement

New direction will mean Health Canada will actively monitor for advertising violations

OTTAWA, Aug. 1, 2015 The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced she has directed Health Canada to take a more proactive approach to monitoring illegal advertising of marijuana by non-regulated parties. This will be done using existing authorities under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Health Canada will proactively monitor all forms of marijuana advertising and promotion, and will issue compliance letters in cases where violations are identified. Continued violations may be referred to law enforcement. The department will also be more active in working with businesses to ensure that they are aware of the rules around advertising marijuana for medical purposes. Businesses and individual Canadians will be provided with an opportunity to file complaints about illegal advertising for follow-up.

Consistent with Health Canada's commitment to openness and transparency, information will be made available on the Health Canada website on advertising activities being investigated and actions that have been taken.

Quick Facts

  • Marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada. The Government of Canada does not endorse the use of marijuana, but the courts have required reasonable access to a legal source of marijuana when authorized by a healthcare practitioner.
  • With the rise in number of illegal marijuana dispensaries, including mail-order and web-based services that don't have physical locations, advertising for their services has also become much more common in recent years.
  • To date, Health Canada's activities around illegal marijuana advertising by non-regulated parties have been primarily complaint based. Under the new approach, the department will be more proactive in identifying and addressing cases of illegal advertising.
  • In addition to more traditional advertising in print, radio and television, Health Canada will monitor web sites for various businesses, including dispensaries, to identify any advertising that may be taking place.
  • Regulated parties such as licensed producers of marijuana for medical purposes are allowed to conduct limited advertising of basic information that is non-promotional, as long as they do not violate applicable advertising prohibitions.

"The law is quite clear that dispensaries, whether they are online or a store-front, are illegal and they should not be allowed to advertise these illegal services. I have directed Health Canada to take a more proactive approach to compliance in order to protect the health and safety of Canadians."
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health

Associated Links

Information on Marijuana for Medical Purposes

SOURCE Health Canada
CONTACT: Michael Bolkenius, Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, (613) 957-0200; Health Canada, Media Relations, (613) 957-2983; Public Inquiries: (613) 957-2991, 1-866 225-0709; Health Canada news releases are available on the Internet at: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/media