Sep 04,2015: Hermosa Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:
Year Round
Fridays, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: On the Corner of 11th and Valley Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254



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Sep 03,2015: Crash Kings

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Rooftops Newsletter: NFESH’s Success in DC to be Replicated Around the Country

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Sep 01,2015: Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Young Athletes Don’t Let Diabetes Get Them Down

Living with diabetes is a challenge for anyone—young or old, but when children are involved there is always the concern for their future health and safety. Luckily, so much is known these days about how to manage diabetes and diet and exercise are both important to creating a healthy lifestyle.

Aidan Sarmiere and Kyle Rosa are both living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and are both on the Brookfield Barracuda 10U baseball team that recently won the Cal Ripken Connecticut State Tournament.

Thanks to the talent and determination of these boys and their team mates, they progressed to the New England Regional Tournament where they went undefeated before moving on to represent the New England region in the 2015 Cal Ripken 10U World Series in Jonesboro, Arkansas! They are the first team from Brookfield to ever accomplish this.

Both Aidan and Kyle were key contributors to the team’s success in the tournaments. Aidan plays 3rd base and Kyle is the catcher and they both inspire the other players on their team and young athletes who are dealing with the challenges of trying to live a normal, active life while managing T1D.

Do you know someone who has triumphed over a disease or condition and is inspiring others to to do the same? Nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes.



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Student ETF Investment Contest

Exchange-Traded-Funds remain one of the fastest growing instruments for current investors and an investment of choice for emerging investors. To further the investment education of collegians, we have launched the ETF Global Portfolio Challenge which provides college students the opportunity to select a virtual portfolio of ETFs and compete on its performance. The contest is FREE and requires no purchase at any time.

Through our collaboration with Stockfuse, students can compete against their fellow classmates and other schools for some very cool prizes intended to benefit both their educations and their careers. Students can register at www.etfportfoliochallenge.com through September 18 – so sign up today!

Here is the contest flyer:  Flyer – ETF Global Portfolio Challenge – Fall 2015.  Please forward to any college students who may have interest.



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Earth Talk: How are environmentalists putting drones to use to help further their causes?

Dear EarthTalk: How are environmentalists putting drones to use to help further their causes?   — J.M.

Conservationists are utilizing drone or “unmanned aerial systems” (UAS) technology to gather highly detailed imagery and other environmental data that is traditionally challenging to obtain. Wildlife biologist John Takekawa and his team at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Ecological Research Center (WERC), for example, are using drones to obtain aerial images of San Francisco Bay marshlands.

 

“It’s very hard to get some of the data sets in some of these areas that are remote or hard to reach in the marshes,” Takekawa explains. “If you have something that can fly over and get sensors that can report back to your computer, that’s what we’re looking for in exploring these types of technologies.”

 

Dr. Amy Woodget, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Worcester in the UK, uses her small Draganflyer X6 UAS to collect high-resolution imagery of river channels. The images map the physical conditions within the rivers, including the channel topography, water depth and surface flow patterns, data all crucial for gauging river health and habitat conditions essential to the survival of local wildlife.

 

“The results obtained using UAS technologies provide unprecedented levels of detail concerning these physical river habitat parameters, with high levels of accuracy and precision,” Woodget says.

 

Drones are also helping preserve the Peruvian Amazon forest, where illegal gold mining and logging has cleared mahogany, Spanish cedar and other old-growth trees. Carlos Castaneda, coordinator of the Amazon Basin Conservation Association’s Los Amigos Conservation Concession, monitors the 550-square-mile Los Amigos reserve in southeastern Peru, home to a large diversity of plant and animal species, including palm swamps, bamboo thickets, giant otters, harpy eagles, spider monkeys and jaguars. Small drones weighing less than five pounds enable detection of any deforestation within the area.

 

Considering that more and more drones are being launched for conservation research, Linda Rothschild, an evolutionary biologist at NASA’s Ames Research Center, was concerned when she found out that UAVs sometimes get lost in coral reefs or other sensitive habitats. “As I started to hear about this, I thought, ‘Well, wouldn’t it be useful if the UAV was biodegradable, so if it crashed somewhere that was sensitive, it wouldn’t matter if it dissolved,’” Rothschild says.

 

So Rothschild created a biodegradable drone with a team of students in the 2014 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. The team’s prototype took its first short flight in November 2014 at the iGEM competition in Boston. The drone, which resembles a cardboard cup holder, is made primarily of mycelium grown by New York-based Ecovative Design. The team grew cellulose leather-like sheets to coat the mycelium body and then covered the sheets with proteins sourced from the saliva of paper wasps—a water resistant material that the insects use to cover their nests. The biodegradable drone body is certainly a step forward, though the drone still uses a standard battery, motor and propellers.

 

Rothschild’s dream is to make a UAV where every part is made with something biodegradable, but for now, she says, “realistically, this is going to be much more of a hybrid vehicle.”

 

CONTACTS: WERC, www.werc.usgs.gov; Los Amigos Conservation Concession, www.amazonconservation.org/ourwork/conservation.html; iGEM, www.igem.org.

 

 

EarthTalk® is produced by Doug Moss Roddy Scheer and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network Inc. View past columns at: www.earthtalk.org. Or e-mail us your question: earthtalk@emagazine.com. 

 



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Aug 30,2015: Pretzel Logic

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Aug 28,2015: The Blasters


The Blasters stink of rockabilly. They project the essence of small streets of post-war neighborhoods, car culture and the sun-bleached concrete of Downey, California. They are lead by Phil Alvin’s soulful bellowing about causing chaos, chasing women and the loss of the citrus groves. Influenced by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and many others who came and went during the 1950’s, The Blasters play the songs of the working man’s curse and rock and roll romance. Founding members Phil Alvin and John Bazz, with the addition of Keith Wyatt on lead guitar and Jerry Angel on drums, are carrying on their hard-won legacy of one of the most credible and recognizable bands in Americana music.

The Blasters first started playing in the late 70’s, hammering out burning rhythm blues and roots-influenced rock and roll in biker bars in their hometown of Downey, California. It wasn’t long before word about the band’s searing live sets spread to Los Angeles, and the band carved out a name for itself in the city’s burgeoning club scene. Along with X and Los Lobos, the Blasters became an LA favorite. They enjoyed a punk rock following to their bluesy straightforward rock, playing to the fans of the newfangled American punk rock movement that was just at its beginning. Their debut recording on the small but feisty Rollin’ Rock label has since become a coveted collector’s item. Soon thereafter, they began attracting the attention of other record companies.

The band was on the crest of the wave during the resurgence of American roots rock, a genre they helped define with their debut album “American Music.” Many have tried to imitate The Blasters’ sound but no one has been able to harness the passion and perseverance with which they play. With a tradition of producing timeless and meaningful songs, touring extensively, and collaborating with some of the most respected roots rock artists, like John Cougar Mellencamp and Lee Allen. The Blasters have continually stayed true to their original vision: to play songs built on America’s greatest musical traditions.

Upon Dave Alvin’s departure to pursue a solo career in August of 1986, the band was as strong as ever and riding high on their success. After rigorously touring, The Blasters took some time off the road to reflect and work on new material. At that time, a number of major films hit theaters featuring The Blasters tunes including Bull Durham (“So Long Baby, Goodbye) and Some One To Watch Over Me (“Marie, Marie”). The Blasters spent the next few years attempting to find a guitar player suitable to measure up to the impeccable standards by which The Blasters play. The band met veteran guitar maestro, Keith Wyatt.

4-11-44 is The Blasters’ fifth studio album. It is fourteen tracks of their signature rock and blues. Phil Alvin’s vocals are as powerful and true as they ever were and the band follows through with steady, raucous riffs and rhythms. Their music continues to be used frequently in dark, pulp films and television shows such as From Dusk to Dawn, Streets of Fire, and Six Feet Under. Originally released in the UK in 2004, 4-11-44 was released on Rainman Records in August of 2005.



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Aug 28,2015: Hermosa Beach Farmers Market

Market Hours:
Year Round
Fridays, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: On the Corner of 11th and Valley Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254



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