May 11,2016: Toddler Storytimes

Toddler Storytimes will begin Tuesday January 12th and Wednesday January 13th at 10:15 and 10:45 AM. This series will run for 10 weeks, every Tuesday and Wednesday until March 15th and 16th.Children, ages 0 to 3, and their parents and caregivers are invited for songs, rhymes, stories and movement. In the best interest of the enjoyment of the children and families at our storytimes and equal opportunity to attend, the series will have a limited attendance and families will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings tickets will be distributed outside the library beginning at 10 AM. For more information please contact the children’s librarians.



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May 10,2016: Toddler Storytimes

Toddler Storytimes will begin Tuesday January 12th and Wednesday January 13th at 10:15 and 10:45 AM. This series will run for 10 weeks, every Tuesday and Wednesday until March 15th and 16th. Children, ages 0 to 3, and their parents and caregivers are invited for songs, rhymes, stories and movement. In the best interest of the enjoyment of the children and families at our storytimes and equal opportunity to attend, the series will have a limited attendance and families will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings tickets will be distributed outside the library beginning at 10 AM. For more information please contact the children’s librarians.



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May 06,2016: The Curly Wolf and Barley Legal

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Window Washers Become Superheroes for Kids

It’s a feel good story you may have heard before. A bunch of guys who do a dangerous, but necessary job were using the tools of their trade to help kids see more clearly and also give them a reason to smile and forget about their injury or condition for a bit.

You may not think of them as superheroes, but there they were, dressed in superhero garb. Four unnamed, mild-mannered gentlemen who assumed the identity of Batman, Captain America, Spiderman and Superman to give the kids at the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital a treat. When the kids looked out their windows they saw some of their favorite characters scaling the sides of the building!

This act of kindness came from the folks at Allegheny Window Cleaning Inc. and it’s something they have been doing for a few years. They know how much it delights the kids and who doesn’t want to don the cloak of a superhero for a day?

Do you know someone or a group of people who are do gooders in your community? Nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes.



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Earth Talk: What has been the environmental impact of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal?

Dear EarthTalk: What has been the environmental impact of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal? — E.W.

An analysis by The Guardian last September 2015 revealed that affected VWs in the U.S. are likely emitting between 10,392 and 41,571 tons of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) into the air every year, based on typical annual mileage counts. If those vehicles had complied with federal pollution standards, they would have emitted just 1,039 tons per year. Researchers believe Volkswagen has added between 10 and 40 times more NOx pollution into our atmosphere than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers safe for people to breathe. According to the Guardian, the 11 million affected diesel-engine VWs on the road worldwide could be emitting some 237,161 to 948,691 tons of NOx emissions annually. In contrast, Western Europe’s biggest electrical power station emits just 39,000 tons each year.

 

Meanwhile, a study released in October 2015 by public health researchers from Harvard and MIT found that 59 Americans will die prematurely from the excess pollution caused by Volkswagen having cheated emissions tests in the U.S. Researchers calculated the amount of extra particulate and ozone pollution put out by the rigged vehicles between 2008 and 2015 to arrive at their conclusions—and recommend that VW prevent another 130 early U.S. deaths by recalling all affected cars in the U.S. by the end of 2016. The health implications in Europe are even more troubling given that half of the passenger cars on the road there are diesels (including eight million affected VWs), compared to just three percent in the U.S.

 

 

According to a tentative deal reached between the U.S. government and Volkswagen in April 2016, Americans may be able to breathe a sigh of relief soon. VW tentatively agreed to compensate some 500,000 U.S. customers who own 2-liter diesel-engine vehicles (including certain Jetta, Golf, Beetle and Passat models) that were rigged to cheat emissions tests. While details are not finalized, VW reportedly has committed to either buying back or fixing the cars to meet emissions standards and providing “substantial compensation”—$5,000 each is a figure floating around the rumor mill—to affected car owners. This deal doesn’t apply to the 90,000 3-liter diesel-engine vehicles in the U.S. implicated in the scandal, let alone the 10+ million other affected vehicles worldwide, but it does establish a precedent and some guidelines which should direct VW’s compensatory efforts moving forward in Europe and beyond.

 

Environmental groups aren’t letting Volkswagen off-the-hook just yet, and not only because the company hasn’t agreed to any specifics yet. “The final settlement needs to fix or remove all of the polluting cars still on the road, make whole the consumers who trusted the vehicles were lower-polluting, and compensate for the pollution the faulty cars created,” says Kathryn Phillips, the Sierra Club’s California director. It’s unclear if there is any nod to Phillips’ last requirement—a key sticking point for greens intent not to let the German automaker off the hook—in the as-yet unreleased agreement.

 

For its part, VW isn’t taking the scandal lightly, recently announcing that it was setting aside $18.2 billion—more than double the amount it originally anticipated—to help fix the situation amid an environment of overall declining sales. Hopefully VW is now committed to solving the problem and will stay on the right side of regulators moving forward, but who knows how many other large industrial companies are skirting rules and spewing dangerous levels of pollution into our skies, land and water?

 

CONTACTS: “VW scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows,” The Guardian, http://bit.ly/1MostqE; “Impact of the Volkswagen emissions control defeat device on US public health,” Environmental Research Letters, http://bit.ly/1WLgj1C; Sierra Club, www.sierraclub.org.

 

 

EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network, a 501(c)3 non-profit. For more information, or to make a donation, check out www.earthtalk.orgSend questions to: question@earthtalk.org.

 



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2016 Memorial Day Weekend: Fiesta Hermosa style!

Get ready for your kick-off to summer ~ Memorial Day Weekend, Fiesta Hermosa style!

About The Festival:
Since 1972, HBCCVB has produced Fiesta Hermosa, the “Largest Arts Crafts Fair in Southern California,” featuring approximately 300 artists including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handicrafters. The festival takes place every Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) in downtown Hermosa Beach.

Fiesta Hermosa attendees can choose from a wide selection of cuisine in the food court, which also boasts a new clean uniform look to vendors and general seating area. The AB InBev-sponsored Charity Beer Wine Garden offers beer, wine and beeritas with proceeds benefiting a number of local charities. There is live music on two main stages as well as a new satellite stage situated outside Java Man. A full schedule is available under music lovers.

Families have plenty of activities to keep the kids happy. The Kiddie Carnival features a 30 foot slide, mechanical rides and games for kids from 3 to 10 years old. There will be pony rides, a petting zoo, face painters and a new improved Adventure Plex sponsored KIDZone.

Mommies can find solace in their very own tranquil zone at the Fiesta Siesta. Fiesta Siesta is a staffed, secure Mommy zone, where diapers can be changed, babies can be nursed, water can be found, and mommies can freshen up and just relax. Alison, a very grateful mom had this to say about the Fiesta Siesta: “I was able to nurse change my 3 month old. Just wanted to say Thank You! It was very comfortable and much appreciated!”

Free shuttle bus service runs 7:30am to 7:30pm daily from 701 Aviation Blvd., El Segundo. Additional buses have been scheduled to mitigate congestion and parking issues.

Return of the ever-popular world famous free Bike Valet service, compliments of Hermosa Cyclery located just south of the Hermosa Beach Pier. The lot is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily with an on-site diagnostic checkup.

Features:

Music Lovers:
Not only do people flock to Fiesta Hermosa each year for the arts and crafts, but for the Music – which is always of the highest caliber.
There are two stages featuring live music – one at the Main Stage on the Pier and another in the Charity Beer Wine Garden.
The Main Stage features the finest “tribute bands” performing the classic rock of bands such as Heart, Elvis, AC/DC, Steely Dan and David Bowie. Classic rock, 80s, 90s and Pop are showcased in the Charity Beer Wine Garden.
In addition, we have one satellite stage located in the Java Man vicinity.

Charity Beer Wine Garden:
Our popular Charity Beer Wine Garden features drinks served by town “celebrities,” including the Mayor, city councilmembers, and non-profit organizations such as the Rotary, Kiwanis, and other civic organizations. Proceeds are returned to the participating organizations for their good works in the community.

Food Court:
Fairgoers rave about our Food Court, which offers 18 different kinds of ethnic food choices. Everything is delicious – from roasted corn to Thai, Greek, and Mexican food, to tri-tip sandwiches and barbequed sausages. Handmade guacamole, crepes, and shaved ice creations are also popular with the crowd. And where else can you find cotton candy, caramel apples, fresh squeezed lemonaide, and funnel cakes?

Carnival Rides Petting Zoo:
The Kiddie Carnival features a 30 foot slide, mechanical rides, rock climbing wall and bungee jump, and games for kids from 3 to 10 years old. Pony rides, a Petting Zoo, and facepainters are sure to delight the little ones.

Date: May 28 – 30, 2016

Time: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Venue: Downtown Hermosa Beach,Pier Plaza and Strand,Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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May 06,2016: 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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May 05,2016: Flashback Heart Attack

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May 04,2016: The Movement and Iya Terra

Rock, Reggae and Hip Hop: Each is definable, recognizable and at once familiar to people the world over–but never before have those three forms of musical expression been blended into a sound that is as indefinable as it is recognizable and familiar. Enter the Philadelphia quartet known as The Movement.

Growing up with one another in Columbia, South Carolina, Joshua Swain and Jordan Miller spent time jamming in various high school bands together. Swain, a multi‐instrumentalist versed in guitar, bass, and drums, left for Florida’s Full Sail University in 2001, while Miller honed his freestyle rap, guitar, and keyboard skills in Columbia. Upon returning in 2002, Swain reconnected with Miller and the two began writing songs in Swain’s garage using a drum machine and drawing from musical influences that ranged from Sublime to Tupac to Pink Floyd. The Movement was born.

Early incarnations of the band found them as a trio. It was Swain, Miller and DJ Jon Ruff. They developed a loyal following as a trio and went on to release their first full length album, entitled On Your Feet. That album, recorded and mixed in 24 studio hours, was released in March of 2004 and continues to be well received by new fans worldwide.

Fast forward to 2008. The band had built a loyal following while touring the Southeastern circuit nonstop and opening for national acts such as Steel Pulse, Blues Traveler, Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, Ludacris, G. Love Special Sauce, Common, Long Beach Shortbus, The Wu Tang Clan, 311, and Rebelution. Things were good but stale; the band wasn’t breaking any new ground and the members began to lose interest. DJ Jon Ruff left the band to pursue a family while Josh and Jordan came to a crossroads. Enter producer Chris DiBeneditto (G. Love Special Sauce, Slightly Stoopid, The Expendables), who had seen the band several times and was searching for new talent to work with. The Movement quickly teamed up with him at Philadelphonic Studios in Philadelphia to begin work on what would become “Set Sail”. It was a creative tsunami–Josh and Jordan churned out eighteen songs within a week’s time. Revived by the momentum, a commitment was made to relocate to Philadelphia in order to give the project every chance to blossom. The next step was to solidify the band’s roster so Chris DiBeneditto contacted local drummer Gary Jackson. After one jam session together, Gary accepted an offer to join the band and promptly suggested bassist Jay “Smiles” Schmidt as the missing element. It clicked right away. The vibe was on. The Movement was reborn!

The prominent new additions to the group proved their worth immediately as the live music took on a potency it had never achieved with a looped beat. The band’s dedication to touring virtually nonstop since the release of Set Sail has served to establish their increasing reputation as an unmissable live show. As a further result, Set Sail has thus far attained the number 7 spot on iTunes’ Top 100 Reggae Albums, brushing shoulders with the releases of long-established icons of the genre. As the fanbase booms, the crowds reach a fever pitch–but this is only the beginning–The Movement is about to Set Sail!



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May 04,2016: Toddler Storytimes

Toddler Storytimes will begin Tuesday January 12th and Wednesday January 13th at 10:15 and 10:45 AM. This series will run for 10 weeks, every Tuesday and Wednesday until March 15th and 16th.Children, ages 0 to 3, and their parents and caregivers are invited for songs, rhymes, stories and movement. In the best interest of the enjoyment of the children and families at our storytimes and equal opportunity to attend, the series will have a limited attendance and families will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings tickets will be distributed outside the library beginning at 10 AM. For more information please contact the children’s librarians.



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