Dec 05,2016: Manhattan Beach Santa Float

“The Manhattan Beach Santa Float, along with Santa and the Elves, will be in the neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach starting the evening of Monday, November 28, 2016. The neighborhood routes generally start at 4:45 pm this year (note, Area 9 on December 8 starts at 5:30 pm). Note also that the Santa float will be stationary from 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm in the Manhattan Village neighborhood in front of the recreation center, before moving on to the remainder of the Area 11 route. The Santa float will tour a different neighborhood for fourteen nights (excluding weekends), concluding on December 15, 2016.

The route map and calendar can be seen here: www.manhattanbeachsantafloat.com/routes/

You can see where the float is in real time by viewing the LIVE SANTA TRACKER at www.manhattanbeachsantafloat.com/santa-tracker/

We will not have any rain make-ups this year, so if you miss us due to weather, please use the Santa tracker to find us on a neighboring route.

There is no charge to visit the Santa float on its nightly routes. The Santa float is managed by the Manhattan Beach chapter of Kiwanis International. Special thanks to Kinecta Federal Credit Union which provides the truck and driver that pulls the sleigh, the Manhattan Beach Police Department and Volunteer Police Auxiliary which keeps Santa safe, and to the many local organizations who staff the float on its routes!!!”



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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Firefighters Rescue Stranded Tourists

As flames consumed parts of Tennessee, including popular tourist towns like Gatlinburg, firefighters from all over the country were pitching in to help. Thousands of people have been evacuated and local fire crews are being credited with rescuing hundreds, including a dozen people with their dogs taking shelter in their cars as the fire surrounded them on all sides.

Oak Ridge Firefighters were hampered in reaching the stranded caravan by fallen trees and downed power lines, but after cutting the trees and having the power cut off in the area, they found the group of mostly elderly people frantically waiting to be rescued. 

The Oak Ridge Chief was interviewed by local media and dismissed the hero status. Besides being part of the job his crew is trained for, he cited the contributions being made by firefighters from all over to help get the fires in Tennessee under control.

While the area has gotten some much needed rain, fires continue to burn in parts of the Southeast, so the firefighters who can will be moving on to where they are needed most.

Do you know a firefighter or first responder in your area deserving of praise? Nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes.



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Earth Talk: Making Colleges More Green

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways I can get my college to be more green?    — B.OTT

 

In recent years, colleges and universities have recognized the capacity for their independent communities to lead the nation as examples of sustainable and carbon-neutral institutions. Colleges in the U.S. and around the world have introduced conservation measures to reduce waste, installed solar panels to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and promoted shared vehicles to reduce carbon emissions, among other initiatives.

 

Many colleges have followed the lead of Stanford University’s “Green Campus” program by replacing disposable plastic utensils with organic alternatives. Cutlery made from potato starch and sugarcane allows students to simply put all waste in compost bins, including the utensils themselves. This compost is reintroduced in turn as fertilizer for use on university gardens.

 

Reusable mug programs accomplish similar goals. At Portland Community College in Oregon, bringing your own mug gets you a five-cent discount per drink, while other colleges with meal plans offer similar incentive programs. And efforts to reduce waste aren’t limited to the dining hall. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University have partnered with Kimberly-Clark Professional’s RightCycle program to recycle non-hazardous lab waste. Since joining the program in 2013, the colleges have redirected six tons of plastic waste from landfills for use as shelving, flowerpots and furniture.

 

Meanwhile, 48 different colleges—from Harvard to UC Santa Cruz—have signed on with the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), which helps universities reduce waste through plastic-free initiatives, waste audits and move-in/move-out collections and subsequent sales.

 

Universities can also employ renewable energies to offset power demands from fossil fuels. Campus solar installations have risen dramatically in the past decade. Large, tall structures—the style of many academic buildings—are ideal locations for photovoltaic panels, especially as peak electrical production correlates with peak demand during daytime hours. And photovoltaic installations are not limited to sunny states; Colby College completed a 1.9 megawatt project in 2015 that is currently the largest system in Maine.

 

Other forms of renewable energy have also seen tremendous success on college campuses. A University of New Hampshire project provides over 80 percent of its energy using landfill gas. And Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana has replaced its outdated coal boilers with 3,750 geothermal wells that utilize the Earth’s interior temperature to regulate heat in campus buildings.

 

Colleges have also taken steps to green up transportation. Vermont’s Middlebury College introduced its Yellow Bikes Cooperative in 2001 to offer public bicycles to students for just $6 per year. And students there who complete a free class on bicycle repair are rewarded with a free discarded bike. Many colleges also now partner with Zipcar to offer student rates, reducing the need for personal vehicles on campus. And dozens of colleges nationwide have replaced campus car and bus fleets with electric vehicles.

 

These are just a few examples of how higher education is walking the talk on the environment. If your school isn’t already moving in the same direction, there’s no time like the present to team up with students, faculty and administrators to initiate earth-friendly policies and encourage greener behaviors.

 

CONTACTS: Sustainable Stanford, sustainable.stanford.edu; Post-Landfill Action Network, www.postlandfill.org; RightCycle, www.kcprofessional.com/brands/kimtech/rightcycle.

 

 

 

EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit Earth Action Network. To donate, visit www.earthtalk.orgSend questions to: question@earthtalk.org.

 



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Dec 04,2016: Cubensis


Since 1987, Los Angeles-based band Cubensis has carried the torch in celebration of one of America’s most beloved touring bands, the Grateful Dead. Cubensis sets out to re-create the Grateful Dead experience by emulating the sounds of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and the rest of the legendary San Francisco jam band. Cubensis plays completely spontaneous shows covering all eras of the Grateful Dead, and no night is ever the same. Cubensis is far more than just your standard cover band as they bring the magic and sounds to those longing for the live vibe that only the Grateful Dead was able to deliver. The group has been acclaimed for giving new life to the Grateful Dead’s material, bringing in new styles, new innovations, and new jam band fans, while at the same time remaining loyal to the original music and the original fans.

CUBENSIS brings the Grateful Dead concert experience back to life. Drawing from all eras of the Dead, the band performs a three-hour set of Grateful Dead and JGB classics that retains all the spontaneous exploratory jamming for which the bands were renown. However, the music produced is uniquely Cubensis.

Here, you won’t find the band wearing wigs and fake beards to re-create the Dead experience, unlike Beatlemania. “We don’t strive to play Dead tunes note-for-note,” explains Cubensis guitarist Craig Marshall. “We use the music as a skeleton, and then we flesh it out with our own improvisations. The Dead did that every time they played, and we find it to be a perfect model for our shows. The fans agree. They love hearing Cubensis-flavored Dead.”

The group is drawing national attention with their true-to-life performances. LA Weekly recently raved, “Cubensis plays with the same laid-back mastery as the real McCoy.” The LA Times declared “As the tribute to one of the ultimate jam bands, their set lists are as free and frollicky as the crowd.” Big Brother skateboard magazine says Cubensis is “the nation’s premiere Dead tribute” and the OC Weekly declared them “the hottest Grateful Dead tribute act going.” OC Register affirmed Cubensis was “the best place to channel Jerry Garcia” and AOL Citybeat stated, “Cubensis is renown for whipping its faithful crowd into a swirling, psychedelic mass for three hours straight.”

Cubensis has been pleased to find their most enthusiastic supporters are those who never got a chance to see the Grateful Dead in person, and wonder what they missed. Seasoned “Deadheads” come out to relive the great shows gone by, and as a result, the band is in great demand, performing over 150 shows a year throughout the Southwest. Cubensis was given specific permission by Jerry Garcia to perform the Dead’s music. Garcia’s only request was “do a good job of it.” Ever since, CUBENSIS has promised authenticity and delivers pure Grateful Dead-inspired music like it was meant to be heard, keeping the Dead alive and re-creating the magic one show at a time. Don’t miss it!



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Dec 02,2016: Manhattan Beach Santa Float

“The Manhattan Beach Santa Float, along with Santa and the Elves, will be in the neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach starting the evening of Monday, November 28, 2016. The neighborhood routes generally start at 4:45 pm this year (note, Area 9 on December 8 starts at 5:30 pm). Note also that the Santa float will be stationary from 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm in the Manhattan Village neighborhood in front of the recreation center, before moving on to the remainder of the Area 11 route. The Santa float will tour a different neighborhood for fourteen nights (excluding weekends), concluding on December 15, 2016.

The route map and calendar can be seen here: www.manhattanbeachsantafloat.com/routes/

You can see where the float is in real time by viewing the LIVE SANTA TRACKER at www.manhattanbeachsantafloat.com/santa-tracker/

We will not have any rain make-ups this year, so if you miss us due to weather, please use the Santa tracker to find us on a neighboring route.

There is no charge to visit the Santa float on its nightly routes. The Santa float is managed by the Manhattan Beach chapter of Kiwanis International. Special thanks to Kinecta Federal Credit Union which provides the truck and driver that pulls the sleigh, the Manhattan Beach Police Department and Volunteer Police Auxiliary which keeps Santa safe, and to the many local organizations who staff the float on its routes!!!”



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Dec 01,2016: Manhattan Beach Santa Float

“The Manhattan Beach Santa Float, along with Santa and the Elves, will be in the neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach starting the evening of Monday, November 28, 2016. The neighborhood routes generally start at 4:45 pm this year (note, Area 9 on December 8 starts at 5:30 pm). Note also that the Santa float will be stationary from 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm in the Manhattan Village neighborhood in front of the recreation center, before moving on to the remainder of the Area 11 route. The Santa float will tour a different neighborhood for fourteen nights (excluding weekends), concluding on December 15, 2016.

The route map and calendar can be seen here: www.manhattanbeachsantafloat.com/routes/

You can see where the float is in real time by viewing the LIVE SANTA TRACKER at www.manhattanbeachsantafloat.com/santa-tracker/

We will not have any rain make-ups this year, so if you miss us due to weather, please use the Santa tracker to find us on a neighboring route.

There is no charge to visit the Santa float on its nightly routes. The Santa float is managed by the Manhattan Beach chapter of Kiwanis International. Special thanks to Kinecta Federal Credit Union which provides the truck and driver that pulls the sleigh, the Manhattan Beach Police Department and Volunteer Police Auxiliary which keeps Santa safe, and to the many local organizations who staff the float on its routes!!!”



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Manhattan Beach Santa Float 2016

“The Manhattan Beach Santa Float, along with Santa and the Elves, will be in the neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach starting the evening of Monday, November 28, 2016. The neighborhood routes generally start at 4:45 pm this year (note, Area 9 on December 8 starts at 5:30 pm). Note also that the Santa float will be stationary from 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm in the Manhattan Village neighborhood in front of the recreation center, before moving on to the remainder of the Area 11 route. The Santa float will tour a different neighborhood for fourteen nights (excluding weekends), concluding on December 15, 2016.

The route map and calendar can be seen here: www.manhattanbeachsantafloat.com/routes/

You can see where the float is in real time by viewing the LIVE SANTA TRACKER at www.manhattanbeachsantafloat.com/santa-tracker/

We will not have any rain make-ups this year, so if you miss us due to weather, please use the Santa tracker to find us on a neighboring route.

There is no charge to visit the Santa float on its nightly routes. The Santa float is managed by the Manhattan Beach chapter of Kiwanis International. Special thanks to Kinecta Federal Credit Union which provides the truck and driver that pulls the sleigh, the Manhattan Beach Police Department and Volunteer Police Auxiliary which keeps Santa safe, and to the many local organizations who staff the float on its routes!!!”



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Nov 30,2016: Manhattan Beach Santa Float

“The Manhattan Beach Santa Float, along with Santa and the Elves, will be in the neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach starting the evening of Monday, November 28, 2016. The neighborhood routes generally start at 4:45 pm this year (note, Area 9 on December 8 starts at 5:30 pm). Note also that the Santa float will be stationary from 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm in the Manhattan Village neighborhood in front of the recreation center, before moving on to the remainder of the Area 11 route. The Santa float will tour a different neighborhood for fourteen nights (excluding weekends), concluding on December 15, 2016.

The route map and calendar can be seen here: www.manhattanbeachsantafloat.com/routes/

You can see where the float is in real time by viewing the LIVE SANTA TRACKER at www.manhattanbeachsantafloat.com/santa-tracker/

We will not have any rain make-ups this year, so if you miss us due to weather, please use the Santa tracker to find us on a neighboring route.

There is no charge to visit the Santa float on its nightly routes. The Santa float is managed by the Manhattan Beach chapter of Kiwanis International. Special thanks to Kinecta Federal Credit Union which provides the truck and driver that pulls the sleigh, the Manhattan Beach Police Department and Volunteer Police Auxiliary which keeps Santa safe, and to the many local organizations who staff the float on its routes!!!”



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Dec 10,2016: Tracii Guns

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Dec 10,2016: Holiday Quest 5K, 10K

Schedule:

6:30 am: check in
7:00 am: Conquest Launch

Course Information:

Welcome to Conquer Our Run’s Holiday Quest at the iconic Hermosa Beach Strand. Invite dad, grandpa, hubby, brother or pal to join us at the beautiful beachfront and conquest friendly running environm. This is the perfect place to conquer your limits 1 run at a time. We dare you to join us and run further than you have before! Accept the Challenge!

Awards:

Finishing medals to all participants! Top finishers take home something too!

Registration Fees:

Conquer-5k – Individual Age group/open: $28.00
Conquer-10k – Individual Age group/open: $32.00

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