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“Through the Lens”

Stunning Photography
Presented at Madrigal’s Sausalito Wine Salon & Gallery
Continuing Bay Area California Artist Series

On Thursday, January 31st, Madrigal Family Winery’s Sausalito Wine Salon & Gallery will open “Through the Lens” the latest exhibit in its Bay Area Art and Wine series. The exhibition features the work of Rose Hodges and Mary Serphos and local photographers, Jeff Greendorfer, Patricia Gatti and Davide Antonio, curated by Shiva Pakdel. The opening reception will be held from 6:00 – 8:30 pm in Sausalito. The exhibit is on view from January 24 – February 27. The Tasting Salon is open from 12-7pm Thursday through Monday.

Chris Madrigal, Madrigal Family Winery’s Founder & President states, “We love supporting our local artists and photographers, who are committed to a skill and to creating their own personal vision and appreciating life, very much like we are at the winery up in Calistoga. One of my favorite things to do on a cool winter evening is looking at art and listening to music while sipping a fantastic glass of wine.”

About Rose Hodges
Rose discovered photography while studying Graphic Design.  A well-known photographer came to the University to lecture sharing his still life and view camera work.  After many years of searching, Rose knew immediately this was her calling. Rose assisted other photographers for 5 years in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City.  She decided to open her studio in San Francisco where she currently works.

 

About Mary Serphos
Mary started taking photos as a child, inspired by her father’s devout love of photography. In 1998, on a trip to Thailand, she used her first digital SLR camera and was hooked. Making the move to digital from film proved to be a long slow process but now it’s pure passion where Mary fuses photo imagery design with digital art. Please check out Mary’s Instagram gallery for a comprehensive look at over 7,000 of her artful images.

Mary has been exhibiting her work in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1998. She currently has an exhibit at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA and teaches iPhonography classes in Marin (see classes for more info) Mary grew up in New York and moved to San Francisco from NY in 1996 where she lived for 11 years then to Nosara Costa Rica for two years and has made her home in Fairfax, Marin, CA for the past 7 years.

About Jeff Greendorfer
In the earliest days of his childhood, Jeff has marveled at and been fascinated by cars, their designs, their curves and more. He saw them as works of art, especially pre-1960s cars. Since his early 20’s, photography has enabled him to capture subjects that have drawn him in, be it an amazing array of brachen ferns, the tail fins of a 1959 Cadillac, or the fluid-looking chrome grill of an early Bugatti.


About The Madrigal Family Winery Sausalito Wine Salon & Gallery
The Madrigal Family Winery Sausalito Wine Salon & Gallery is open from 12-7pm daily, closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays during winter. For information, contact Tasting Salon Manager Patricia Gatti at (415) 729-9549 or pgatti@madrigalfamilywinery.com

 

Located on Highway 29, halfway between Calistoga and St. Helena in the renowned Napa Valley, the Madrigal Family Winery continues the family tradition of viticultural leadership and wine production. Since the 1930s, the family has been building its reputation and earning recognition for their vineyard management program as well as their wines. Situated on 40 acres of estate vineyards, the state of the art Madrigal Winery specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, and small lots of single vineyard and estate wines. Today, Madrigal Family Winery is run by Chris Madrigal, the family’s 3rd generation.

Tate Tucker Single “Breezy”

TATE TUCKER RELEASES NEW SINGLE “BREEZY”

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Los Angeles-based genre-blending rap artist Tate Tucker releases his new single “Breezy” today. Get it HERE via Harvest Records.

Over a Southern California-centric soundscape produced by Tim Anderson [Billie Eilish, Banks] and IQ [Jaden Smith, Goldlink], “Breezy” slides from kinetic verses towards a captivating and catchy refrain. With a slick and soulful spirit, the track epitomizes the dynamic and diverse artistry of Tucker. Right now, Tucker is hard at work on his debut EP, coming later this spring. Representative of his multifaceted approach to hip-hop, it delivers the full spectrum of his clever personal style.

With millions of streams under his belt and the endorsement of everyone from Hypebeast and Earmilk to Rap-Up and The Source, Tate Tucker brings an expansive palette of vibes to his music. Born and raised in Los Angeles, his music mirrors the city’s sun-soaked soul. Since his emergence in 2016 with breakout single “Just Wanna,he has opened for the likes of Big Sean and Post Malone and established himself as a creative force along the way. 2019 has all the signs of a major year for Tucker.

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312 DAY

Goose Island Beer Company and Do312 Present:

312 DAY

A week of hookups for a very real made up holiday leading up to 312 Day with Julie Snyder & Curious City

Tuesday, March 5th – Tuesday, March 12th 2019

Goose Island Beer Co. and Do312 have teamed up again to celebrate a very real made up holiday- 312 Day on Tuesday, March 12th 2019.  Join them for an entire week (March 5th – March 12th) of events and deals exploring some of the best music, food, drinks, culture, and events Chicago has to offer, leading up to 312 Day with Julie Snyder & Curious City at Goose Island Brewhouse in Lincoln Park – celebrating everything we love about Chicago and dedicated to the people that inspire and create this city’s amazing culture.

Check out what you can do all over the city below:

TUESDAY, March 5th

  • NAMASTAY: FLOWING + CLIMBING
  • Venue: Brooklyn Boulders Chicago
  • Time: 6pm-8pm
  • Start the week off with Brooklyn Boulders’ expert staff who are providing complimentary climbing and yoga classes to make it through the last few weeks of winter, followed by a refreshing hosted Goose Island beer.
  • RSVP to register for a free yoga and climbing class and a hosted Goose Island 312 Beer HERE

WEDNESDAY, March 6th

  • SECOND CITY COMEDY NIGHT
  • Venue: Second City
  • Time: 8pm
  • Laughter is the best medicine, and you can get a big dose of just that by entering to win a complimentary pair of tickets Second City’s Algorithm Nation or The Static Quo and a hosted Goose Island beer.
  • Enter to win a pair of tickets and a hosted Goose Island 312 beer HERE
  • CHICAGO BULLS 1/2 OFF TICKET NIGHT
  • Venue: United Center
  • Time: 7pm
  • Cheer on our hometown team as they take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight with half-priced tickets!
  • 100 Level Baseline: $57 – Discounted from $117
  • 200 Level Baseline: $41 – Discounted from $85
  • 300 Level Corner, Rows 1-7: $27 – Discounted from $54
  • 300 Level Rows 8-17: $21 – Discounted from $42
  • RSVP for the ticket discount code (while supplies last) HERE

THURSDAY, March 7th

  • SCREAMO 2 // EMO & ALL THINGS ROCK PARTY
  • Venue: Berlin Nightclub
  • Time: 10pm
  • Relive the best moments of MySpace with a special edition of ScreamO, curated by A Queer Pride and New Hell, featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar Laila McQueen. Dance to your favorite nostalgic pop-punk music until 4am, with pop-up shows by Chicago drag queens Lucy Stoole, Bambi Banks-Couleé, Abhijeet and more – no cover charge and you get a hosted Goose Island beer.
  • RSVP for free entry and a hosted Goose Island 312 beer! (first 25 people to arrive) HERE
  • BLACKHAWKS VS BUFFALO SABRES TICKET GIVEAWAY
  • Venue: United Center
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Cheer on our local legends as they take on the Buffalo Sabres with a pair of free tickets!
  • Enter to win a pair of tickets HERE

FRIDAY, March 8th

  • FREE SUPERDAWGS
  • Venue: Superdawg
  • Time: 11am
  • The only thing better than one Chicago-style dog (yes, that means no ketchup), is TWO Chicago-style dogs!
  • RSVP for free bonus Superdawg™ with purchase of a Superdawg™ (first 100 to redeem) HERE
  • CHICAGO BULLS 1/2 OFF TICKET NIGHT
  • Venue: United Center
  • Time: 7pm
  • Cheer on our hometown team as they take on the Detroit Pistons tonight with half-priced tickets!
  • 100 Level Baseline: $57 – Discounted from $117
  • 200 Level Baseline: $41 – Discounted from $85
  • 300 Level Corner, Rows 1-7: $27 – Discounted from $54
  • 300 Level Rows 8-17: $21 – Discounted from $42
  • RSVP for the ticket discount code (while supplies last) HERE

SATURDAY, March 9th

  • $3.12 PIZZA SLICE + BEER
  • Venue: Pie-Eyed Pizzeria
  • Time: 12pm – 4:20pm
  • Grab some friends and head over to Pie-Eyed Pizzeria to ward off that Friday hangover with an unbeatable $3.12 deal for a specialty slice of pizza, made with Goose Island 312 dough, plus a hosted Goose Island beer!
  • RSVP For A Complimentary Speciality Slice and a hosted Goose Island 312 Beer HERE

SUNDAY, March 10th

  • FREE MUSEUM DAY
  • Venue: Chicago History Museum
  • Time: 12pm
  • Spend a day at the Chicago History Museum in Lincoln Park to learn more about the people, places and things you see every day. Current temporary exhibitions include “Amplified: Touring Blues” and “Remembering Dr. King: 1929-1968”, along with permanent exhibits sharing stories for over 150 years, including “Sensing Chicago” designed to uncover the city’s past by using all five senses!
  • Enter to win a pair of free admission passes HERE
  • FREE MUSEUM DAY
  • Venue: Museum of Science and Industry
  • Time: 9am
  • Explore over 400,000 square feet the Museum of Science and Industry’s hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.Current exhibits include a World War II submarine, a five-story movie screen, a 40-foot tornado and the 727 – get ready to blow your mind!
  • Enter to win a pair of free admission passes HERE

Monday, March 11th

  • BLACKHAWKS VS ARIZONA COYOTES TICKET GIVEAWAY
  • Venue: United Center
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Cheer on our local legends as they take on the Arizona Coyotes with a pair of free tickets!
  • Enter to win a pair of tickets HERE

ALL WEEK, March 5th – March 12th

  • 2-FOR-1 STEPPENWOLF PERFORMANCE
  • Venue: Steppenwolf Theatre
  • Time: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances
  • Catch an amazing and original production of A Doll’s House: Part 2, a bitingly funny sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s 19th century play – about a slammed door, an awkward favor and new beginnings. The best part, you don’t need to see part one! Win tickets to select shows throughout the week, or purchase them with a special 2 for 1 discount!
  • Get a 2-for-1 ticket discount code or enter to win tickets  HERE.

TUESDAY, March 12th

  • 312 DAY W/ JULIE SNYDER & CURIOUS CITY
    Venue: Goose Island Brewhouse
    Time: 7pm
    Cap off a week of deals and hookups with a very special event on #312Day. Join Do312 and Goose Island Beer Co. for an evening with co-creator and producer of the award-winning podcast SERIAL Julie Snyderand WBEZ’s Curious City. Learn about Julie’s incredible background and deep connections with Chicago, and then let Curious City present some of the wild stories and investigations they’ve made into Chicago’s incredible history.
    RSVP For Free Entry & A $5 Token Good For Any Purchase! (While Supplies Last) HERE

About Do312

Do312 is part of a national network of locally-owned media brands focused on helping our culture-forward audience find awesome events. Since its launch in 2010, it has established itself as the go-to source for discovering what to do in Chicago. Event listings are readily available on desktop or in an iOS/Android app so you can easily find the best concerts, festivals, and cultural events in Chicago and the 21 other DoStuff Network cities (and counting) around North America. Find Do312 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Northwoods of Wisconsin: An Outdoorsman’s Paradise

By Jake Porter & Vaughn Lowery

There is no better place in the United States to experience as many snow and cold-weather activities in one day as there is in the Northwoods region of Wisconsin. The two larger towns, Cable and Hayward, which are located in the far north of the state, act as home bases for tourists to Wisconsin. Hayward is a small, quaint town in Sawyer County, Wisconsin. It is characterized by its gently rolling hills, while Cable is just 15 minutes away. Aside from being known for it emphasis on outdoor activities, Cable is also renowned for being the starting point of the American Birkebeiner cross-country skiing race. There are also nationally renowned restaurants within a short 30 minute drive. Both locations offer an opportunity to escape from the stress of congested metropolitan cities and relax in the welcoming environment that both towns offer.

Traveling from the west coast, the north of Wisconsin is a dramatic change of pace from the bustling vibes of the many developed metropolitan cities. It is also the top destination for most snow-related adventure spots. The food and travel businesses in the area, the top two largest economies in the northern Wisconsin, are thriving and are welcoming to new small-businesses. With a well-developed and diverse school system in the surrounding communities, both towns are extremely capable of hosting both tourists and accommodating people intending to move to the region.

With their proximity to the great woods of the Chequamegan National Forest and the sparkling waters of Lake Owen and Namakagon, the recreational activities are abundant. Activities range from cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and winter fat biking. Cable is an epicenter for skiers, offering wonderfully groomed trails traversing the relatively flat landscape. At the start of the Birkebeiner trail in Cable, there is a newly built rest area and event center which offers a wide range of amenities including a source of heat in the wintertime. Snowmobiling is a crucial activity for the adventure-seeking traveler. It is also a staple for most of the locals in the area. In addition, ice fishing is a classic wintertime sport and can be done on most frozen lakes in the area. Fat Bike riding and snowshoeing can be done by most any able-bodied traveler. Bikes and snowshoes can be picked up at Howl Adventure Center, while snowmobiles can be rented from Hayward Power Sports.

As for the less adventurous travelers, downtown Hayward, which was named one of five Hallmark-worthy small towns in Wisconsin, is easy to explore. The downtown includes small boutiques and coffee/pastry shops which line the beautiful, quiet streets. Meet the artists at local art shops such as Art Beat and Nordic Northwoods, who specialize in fun, artsy gifts and souvenirs. Hayward Mercantile is a delightful place as well, filled with Wisconsin-made goods, while Ronnings, just a few doors down provides everything from moccasins to sweatshirts. Just 10 minutes away, Glassy Ladies Art Studio provides a fun environment to get your creative juices flowing while you learn glass fusing, bead making, metal-smithing, and how to work with stained glass.

After a long day in the snow, there is nothing better than a hot meal at lunch or at the end of the day. Lucky for you, there are countless, award winning, restaurants within close proximity. Tamarack Farms Winery is not only the number one winery in the area, but also provides small sandwiches and artisan pizza. The Old Southern Smokehouse, a creation of the award winning BBQ chef Dave Anderson, is the epitemy of a BBQ experience. Their menu consists of quality meats, fresh produce, and award winning sauces. The Landing, situated on the Chippewa Flowage is an amazing place known for its nationally renowned fish fry and its liquor bar. The owners, Chris and Elsie Lee are extraordinary people and are extremely hospitable. Located in Cable, The Brick House Cafe is a quaint place featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-in, and Dives with Guy Fieri. Serving sandwiches and fresh salads, they are known for their locally sourced meats and vegetables. It even occupies one of the oldest buildings in Cable, dating back to the 1800s!

Finally, The Rookery exhibits casual gourmet dining at its finest. The Rookery’s ever-changing menu features fresh fish specials and their famous bison steak. Here you will find some of the best vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options you’ll find anywhere in the northern Wisconsin communities. And what’s Wisconsin without cheese? Most of the restaurants and dives nestled in the towns serve a wide range of cheeses and fried cheese curds which are almost like a staple in the state. With all of these amazing options for food in the area, your taste buds are in for a real treat!

Not only is there a multitude of thrilling activities interspersed amongst the trails, forest, and lakes surrounding the area, there are also countless establishments in which to shop and also create art. Both communities are extremely sustainable, and are excitedly welcoming tourists and thrill-seekers alike. The spirit of the towns are quite endearing. The eager traveler definitely has a chance to fully experience what the area has to offer in a 5 day to a week span. Can you imagine visiting a region for the first time and immediately feeling at home and being welcomed by the locals? Can you imagine having access to incredible activities and nationally recognized eateries? Then the sister towns of Cable and Hayward should be at the top of your list of future travels. They are communities that are welcoming and make you feel at home, no matter your background, ethnicity, or culture.

Hayward Wisconsin, Wisconsin,  360 magazine

Restaurants and Eateries:

http://tamarackfarmswinery.com/

https://www.oldsouthernbbq.com/

http://www.thelcolanding.com/

https://thebrickhousecafe.net/

https://www.rookerypub.com/

Shopping and Art:

http://www.artbeatofhayward.com/

https://nordicnorthwoods.com/

http://haywardmercantileco.com/

https://ronningsofhaywardinc.business.site/

https://www.travelwisconsin.com/arts-and-culture/glassy-ladies-art-emporium-281937

Adventure Sports Rentals:

http://www.howlinbayfield.com/bike.html

https://www.haywardpowersports.com/

Starlight Xperience for Children

Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization whose mission is to create moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families, unveiled today its newest initiative, Starlight XperienceTM virtual reality, a groundbreaking new technology program that offers millions of seriously ill children a fun and exciting way to explore the world and beyond through the magic of VR.

To watch a video on Starlight Xperience and how it helps kids, please see here.

Built for the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream, Starlight Xperience features a state-of-the-art and hospital-ready headset that comes preloaded with age-appropriate and dynamic content geared toward entertainment and distraction for hospitalized kids, which has been specifically modified to meet strict infection safety protocols for use in hospital settings. Pre-loaded content includes educational field trips to exotic locations through Google Expeditions and Street View, fun interactive stories like Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay by ILMxLAB, and Lola and the Giant, popular apps such as Ocean Rift and Hello Mars, and meditation exercises and therapeutic games such as Relax VR, which allows the patient to escape into beautiful environments.

Starlight Xperience was created in collaboration with Founding Sponsor, Star Wars: Force for Change, the charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company that harnesses the power of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Through grant funding provided by The Walt Disney Company and Niagara Cares – the philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling – as well as charitable donations from grassroots donors, Starlight Xperience will be provided at no cost to Starlight’s network of more than 800 children’s hospitals and other health care facilities across the US.

“We believe Starlight Xperience has the potential to transform the hospital experience for millions of seriously ill children and their families,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “We’re thrilled to stand beside The Walt Disney Company, Google, Lenovo and Niagara Cares in unveiling this exciting new program, which is the latest evolution in our 35-year history of bringing innovative entertainment technologies to hospitalized kids.”

“Providing these unique entertainment experiences reflects our commitment to bring comfort during what can be difficult times for kids and families. This is part of our Disney Team of Heroes initiative, which includes a $100 million commitment to children’s hospitals,” said Elissa Margolis, senior vice president, Enterprise Social Responsibility for The Walt Disney Company. “The collaboration with Google and Lenovo is the perfect blend of technology and content that we’ll be able to deliver to kids during their hospital stay.”

“Our goal has always been to create virtual reality experiences that are accessible, useful, and relevant to as many people as possible,” said Amit Singh, VP of Business & Operations for AR & VR at Google. “Starlight Xperience is a shining example of that goal coming to life in a really great way. We’re thrilled to be able to support Starlight in bringing transporting VR experiences to hospitalized children across the country.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Starlight and Google to bring technology to hospitalized children in their time of need. Helping to provide a solution for the children and their families allows us to truly make a difference for the better,” said Gunjan Shah, general manager for North America Smart Devices at Lenovo.

Starlight Xperience was developed in part through a series of grants provided by Starlight to the CHARIOT program (short for Childhood Anxiety Reduction through Innovation and Technology) at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. CHARIOT implements new technologies in the hospital that are nontraditional yet familiar to children to engage and distract them during stressful or painful procedures, keeping clinical usage in mind and improving upon the typical hospital experience. This past summer, Starlight Xperience was soft launched and tested at five children’s hospitals: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minn., and Texas Children’s Hospital.

“At Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, virtual reality has been a fantastic addition for our patients,” said Chantel Barney, Ph.D., a clinical scientist who leads Gillette’s VR program. “In some instances, we’ve been able to curb the anxiety and fears our kids typically experience during procedures such as blood draws, transfusions, wound cleanings, casting and more. It’s a wonderful distraction for kids and parents alike.”

“We’re proud to support Starlight Xperience and look forward to bringing smiles to the faces of hospitalized children through this educational and inspirational program,” said Andrew Peykoff II, President and CEO, Niagara Bottling. “This technology makes learning fun and we’re excited to expand the program to even more children.”

Thanks to the grants provided by The Walt Disney Company and Niagara Cares, in addition to the generosity of charitable donations from individuals, Starlight is on track to deliver up to 1,000 Starlight Xperience kits to its network of hospital partners by the end of 2018, with a goal of doubling that by the end of 2019. A donation to Starlight will entertain, educate and inspire hospitalized kids across the US through stimulating immersive experiences that transport children from the hospital to any place in the world – or beyond – through the magic of virtual reality.

The public is invited to learn more and support the program online at www.starlight.org/starlight-xperience.

ABOUT STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
Starlight creates moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families. For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. With your help, more kids and their families will enjoy Starlight Gowns, Starlight Fun Centers and other Starlight programs at a children’s hospital or facility near you. Support Starlight’s work by visiting www.starlight.org and by following Starlight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

ABOUT STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE
Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, harnesses the strength of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Since 2014, it was inspired by Star Wars fans, and the countless hours they have dedicated to philanthropy over the past four decades. To date, over $16 million has been raised for charitable causes around the world on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change. With a bright future ahead, and new Star Wars stories to be told, Force for Change aims to continue collaborating with causes and encouraging others to be forces for change in their own community. To learn more, please visit ForceForChange.com.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified worldwide entertainment company with operations in four business segments: Media Networks; Studio Entertainment; Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products; and Direct-to-Consumer and International. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $55.1 billion in its Fiscal Year 2017.

ABOUT LENOVO
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$45 billion Fortune Global 500 company and a global technology leader in driving Intelligent Transformation through smart devices and infrastructure that create the best user experience. Lenovo manufactures one of the world’s widest portfolios of connected products, including smartphones, tablets, PCs (ThinkPad, Yoga, Lenovo Legion), data centers and workstations as well as AR/VR devices and smart home/office solutions. Lenovo works to inspire the difference in everyone and build a smarter future where everyone thrives. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Weibo, read about the latest news via our Storyhub, or visit our website at http://www.lenovo.com/.

ABOUT NIAGARA CARES
Niagara Cares, a philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling, is committed to supporting local and national community initiatives serving children and families in need by engaging stakeholders and investing its resources. Niagara Cares efforts include national strategic partnerships, local community grants, employee engagement, volunteerism and the Andrew D. Peykoff, Sr. Scholarship Program. For more information, visit www.niagarawater.com/niagara-cares.

Off The Hook Seafood Festival

The 4th annual OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival celebrates National Seafood Month on the iconic Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 from 4-7 PM (VIP access at 3PM). The event features tastings from the city’s best seafood restaurants and chefs, live music, the popular oyster shucking competition, sustainable seafood VIP Lounge and more. This seafood-loving food fest is 100% free of single-use plastics and benefits Heal the Bay who help to keep our oceans, waves and beaches clean.

We are delighted to be part of this year’s OFF THE HOOK,” said Apryl Boyle, Associate Director of Heal the Bay Santa Monica Aquarium, “This event brings together the best restaurants and seafood dishes while also helping to draw awareness for sustainability and ocean friendly lifestyle practices.

This year’s festival will feature Santa Monica’s top chef’s showcasing dishes with their underwater ingredients such as oysters, baja kanpachi, ahi handrolls, shrimp mac and cheese, lobster rolls and more. Participants include Chef and Restauranteur Jason Fullilove of Barbara Jean, Barbara Pollastrani from Heroic Deli and Govind Armstrong from The Lobster, and bites from other amazing restaurants such as BOA, Sushi Roku, Herringbone, Red O, Blue Plate Oysterette, 1212 Santa Monica, The Albright,T MBI Craft Indian Kitchen, Del Frisco’s Grille, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Enterprise Fish Co., Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., TrashFish Box, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern and more.

The OFF THE HOOK Oyster Shucking Competition, sponsored by The Albright, is always a crowd favorite where competitors battle it out for “Best in Shuck.” The Heal the Bay Santa Monica Aquarium, located directly under the Pier, will also be offering free entry to VIP ticket holders.

Tickets are $50.00 in advance for general admission, which include tastings, access to beer and wine garden, spirits tasting, live music, games and more and VIP tickets are $85.00 in advance and include early entry at 3 p.m. and access to the Sustainable Seafood VIP Lounge with curated cocktails and specialty seafood dishes from FIG, Barbara Jean, and Omega Blue Seafood.

OFF THE HOOK is proudly sponsored by Peroni/Blue Moon, Odwalla, The Albright, Getaround, Kevita, Fresh Wata, Kikori Whiskey, Cheeky Plates, Get Around, Eco Eats Party Ware, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Buy Local Santa Monica, Santa Monica Daily Press, LA Weekly, Angeleno, ATOD Magazine and Yelp.

A portion of proceeds will benefit Heal the Bay to help preserve our local oceans, waves, and beaches for future generations. Tickets are available now www.offthehookseafoodfest.com.

ABOUT HEAL THE BAY:

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean. To fulfill our mission, we use science, education, community action, and advocacy. Learn more at www.healthebay.org.

Social Links

Instagram – @othseafoodfest
Twitter – @othseafoodfest
Facebook – @offthehookfest

Fairfield, California

If you haven’t had a chance to jump into an adventure this summer, then now is the chance to travel to Fairfield, California! Best known for their Jelly Belly Factory and Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Fairfield has many attractions to offer. It is a vibrant area surrounded with parks, golf courses, wildlife, and wine! Take one of the many tours that are offered including a talk with a brewing expert, or a behind the scenes into how Jelly Belly makes their famous jelly beans. Spend the day checking out the Western Railway Museum, the Suisun Marsh, shopping, wine tasting or filling up your day with entertainment and have some locally made dinner later on in the evening.

Visit https://www.visitfairfieldca.com/ for more information!

Swatch Fall-Winter 2018 Collection

Telling stories of an ancient past and a faraway future and proving that reinvention is the best form of innovation while triggering both imagination and senses is the essence of Swatch’s latest Fall-Winter collection. The three different themes link urban trends with local handcraft, bright colors with simple designs and understated style with statement pieces, adding up to a powerful selection that proves to be as playful, colorful and joyful as ever.

In an ever-connected world, distance is shortened to a tap-away. The world is your neighborhood, a phenomenon that Worldhood puts on the wrist in many different ways inspirations from all over the globe have found their place in this collection, where fantasy becomes reality, well-known ideas mix with new states of mind, and art is in cahoots with handcraft. World-famous museums have opened their archives and paved the way for a swatchy recreation of historical art pieces; seem-to-be knitted watches make a contemporary wink to one’s own heritage; black-and-white models focus on the raw and substantial design, adding the story of the brand and sophisticated brushing techniques.

More color, more fun, more fantasy. Think Fun fully embraces the DNA of Swatch, where colors, shapes and stripes explode into vibrant designs. Bold styles go well with simplistic geometries; precious Swarovski stones set a glamorous tone on discreet-colored watches; pins and patches meet and mingle on denim looks. The red carpet is rolled out for Deep Wonder that makes colors shine with intensity and shades glitter into the night. Lavish colors mix with premium and alcantara materials, and sparkling crystals. It’s time to shine!

See more about the collection here and here.

Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge

Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge, Panama’s newest luxury and adventure outpost, is getting ready to open its doors to guests in January 2019, but it’s already raising the bar for sustainable tourism in the region.

Located 20 miles off the coast of Panama, and with 9 stylishly-designed “casitas” sleeping up to 18 guests, the archipelago of 14 private islands covers more than 1,000 acres in the Gulf of Chiriqui. With approximately 75% of the archipelago consisting of environmentally protected areas, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge protects the archipelago’s incredible beauty while offering guests a timeless, idyllic setting among one of the most pristine and diverse marine environments in the world.

“Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is located in an extraordinarily vibrant ecosystem with more than 750 species of fish and 128 species of plants,” said Sergio del Nunez Prado, Property Manager at Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge. “Designed to blend harmoniously with its surroundings with minimal environmental impact, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge aims to preserve the rich biodiversity of the archipelago while connecting people with nature in its purest form.”

At the core of Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is a driving passion for the enjoyment and conservation of the archipelago’s natural resources, with a deep appreciation and respect for local culture and history. Sustainability and environmental stewardship are at the core of the facilities, infrastructure and operations of the property, from the use of solar energy to composting all organic materials and recycling water waste for irrigation use. Among the sustainability initiatives and programs implemented by the reserve are:

  • 100% of energy consumption on island is powered by a 300-meter long solar array.
  • 100% of guest water use is captured and reclaimed through a system that includes man-made wetlands, sand filtration system and infrared light process to provide surface irrigation.
  • 100% of food waste are dehydrated and used for composting as fertilizer. There is no waste.
  • Guest facilities were constructed with certified sustainable wood, and interior woods were pressure treated with non-toxic boric acid. These high-quality materials and construction methods were used to maximize the life of facilities to reduce the frequency of future rebuilds.
  • No single-use plastic water bottles.

Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge aims to create a model for sustainable tourism by pairing exhilarating recreation and warm Panamanian hospitality with a strong ethos of environmental stewardship and community support. Understated and under-the-radar, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is ready to welcome today’s most discerning and conscientious traveler, including couples, families and groups of friends seeking adventure and an intimate setting where no detail has been overlooked.

For more information on Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge please visit: www.islassecas.com

For reservations please contact 800-377-8877 or info@islassecas.com

ABOUT ISLAS SECAS RESERVE & LODGE, PANAMA:
Officially opening in January 2019, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is a new and exclusive property located on its own archipelago of 14 pristine islands in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Panama. The secluded retreat will sleep 18 people across four casita sites with of 9 luxury guest rooms, providing the perfect springboard for marine and land adventures in this lesser explored part of Panama. The interiors were designed by renowned interior designer Tom Scheerer and built to reflect the island’s surroundings. Facilities include the Terraza, offering local cuisine, a Hemingway-style lounge and bar and a Dive Center. 2019 will see the addition of a resort pool and a Field Station, while the 2020 season will see the completion of a Wellness Pavilion and a 4-bedroom Villa Residencia with a private swimming pool.

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