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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With A Parade

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With A Parade
Cinco de Mayo brings celebrations to the Bay Area that showcase the best of Mexican and Latin inspired music, food, dance, art and culture. Here are just a few of the venues the whole family can enjoy: Calistoga Cinco de Mayo Parade and Tamale Festival Begin your Cinco de Mayo celebration with the Great Tamale Festival on Saturday, May 1, and follow it up with the tenth anniversary Cinco de Mayo Parade and Celebration in Calistoga. The annual Cinco de Mayo parade, featuring music, colorful costumes,...
April 30th, 2010 | kleland | Read More | Comments: 0
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Enlightenment in Amsterdam’s Chinese Temple

Enlightenment in Amsterdam’s Chinese Temple
The smell of incense wafted towards me. A shining statue of Guan Yin sat on an altar flanked by smaller statues of other Chinese deities. A row of candles burnt on a low shelf in front of the shrine. Buddhist temples and monasteries are traditionally built on hills or mountains. The entrance to Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple is through the three-arched Mountain Gate but because there are not any mountains in the Netherlands, the Great Hall I climbed a wide staircase. Each step symbolizes practicing...
March 28th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: culture, People - Interesting Local People, top-feature

Carrying the Torch for Canada: 2010 Winter Olympic Games

Carrying the Torch for Canada: 2010 Winter Olympic Games
I was one of those Olympic dissenters, arguing that all the billions of dollars spent on this event could do better spent solving the very dire need of Vancouver’s homeless and low income families.  I firmly do disagree with the corporate greed and dictatorial attitude of VANOC and the IOC regarding these Games. But I have to admit that watching the torch relay on a daily basis since it began in the surf off the West Coast of Vancouver Island at Tofino, travelling all across the breadth of...
February 12th, 2010 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: 2010 Winter Olympics, Attractions, Events, featuredarticle, People, People - Interesting Local People, top-feature, torch relay, Travel Tips - General Information

Arctic Treasures at Canada Northern House

Arctic Treasures at Canada Northern House
Canada Northern House, dedicated to the Yukon, North West Territories and Nunavut has opened, and the exhibit is well worth the visit.  As you enter, passing the real  (stuffed) caribou, you’re greeted by a 1.82 metre Inukshuk and inside, past the shaggy muskox and the handsome white Arctic wolf you’ll see some of the excellent arts and crafts of the northern people.  You can even enter a contest to win a diamond, a gold nugget or a hand-woven tapestry. This free exhibit represents...
January 21st, 2010 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: 2010 Winter Olympics, Announcements, Arts and Entertainment, Attractions, exhibits, Family Friendly, featuredarticle, History & Information, People - Interesting Local People

Best Places in Vegas to Dance the Night Away

Best Places in Vegas to Dance the Night Away
Looking for a place to pick up a few dance steps to sweep your sweetheart off her feet? Wish you knew how to actually dance? Too cheap or too scared to take lessons?  Never fear.  Free (or nearly free) dance lessons are here. Vegas offers free Keno lessons, but if you want to make like James Bond,  learn to line dance, swing, cha cha, tango, two-step-, rumba, hustle or do the salsa.  Lessons typically take place a half-hour or so before the club opens.  Nightclubs are typically 21 and older,...
December 31st, 2009 | Lynn Goya | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: 50+, all ages, best of week, club dancing, deal, free, free dance, great deal, Just a Bit Weird - Fun & Quirky Places, learn to dance, line dancing, People - Interesting Local People, salsa, Sound Like a Local - Local "speak", Sports & Recreation, vegas, Vegas dance lessons

Bali: Abode of the Gods

Bali: Abode of the Gods
Pale pink and fuchsia red flower offerings decorated shrines wrapped in red and black-and-white cloths. White and yellow banners fluttered from tall bamboo poles. A turmoil of people, all dressed in ceremonial garb, buzzed about the temple grounds. The women wore lacey, close-fitting long-sleeved blouses, tightly wound sarongs with sashes around their waists, the men white-collared shirts and hip cloths over their sarongs. Children in their ceremony-best frolicked like kittens. My visit to Pura Besakih...
December 27th, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: bali, besakih, Family Friendly, festival, indonesia, mount agung, People - Interesting Local People, top-feature

Anne Frank in Amsterdam

Anne Frank in Amsterdam
Amsterdam honours Anne Frank with two statues. The first statue is only a few steps away from the Anne Frank Huis and close to the Westerkerk. At the corner of Prinsengracht and Westermarkt stands a bronze statue of Anne Frank. This statue captures Anne’s personality as we know it from her diary. With hands on her back she looks up, full of hope. Anne Frank at Westermarkt The second statue is in a small park opposite number 37 Merwedeplein, the apartment where the Frank family had lived since...
December 24th, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Dutch Dual Christmas

Dutch Dual Christmas
With a little bit of luck, Dutch children have two Christmases and therefore may receive presents twice. Sinterklaas on 5th and Christmas on 25th December. Mid-November, St Nicolas, or Sinterklaas, travels by steamboat from Spain to Amsterdam. The Mayor of Amsterdam welcomes Sinterklaas and Dutch television broadcasts this event. Sinterklaas mounts his white horse and accompanied by his black helpers, Zwarte Piet, he tours the city. The Zwarte Pieten play pranks upon the cheering children (and their...
December 5th, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, Family Friendly, festival, People - Interesting Local People, sinterklaas

The War Diary of Klaartje de Zwarte-Walvisch

The War Diary of Klaartje de Zwarte-Walvisch
Alles ging aan flarden, Everything is in Tatters, is the title of the war diary written by Klaartje de Zwarte-Walvisch between March and July 1943. She wrote about her days in transit camp Vught. She told about fathers crying when children were picked out for deportation, about ill-treatment of elderly people. She also brought new details to light. How Chopin’s Funeral March was played when women returned from dragging around stones and bricks for no reason at all. An exercise only meant to bait...
November 23rd, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: History & Information, jewish heritage, News, People - Interesting Local People

Dutching It

Dutching It
I am often asked, “Is Dutch a difficult language to learn?” I don’t really know, because the answer depends on so many factors. If you speak German, Dutch is not really difficult because the two languages are very similar. Young people learn foreign languages more easily than older people. But what is young and what is old? Another important factor is interest in the language and a strong desire to learn it. Many foreigners in the Netherlands have a hard time practising their Dutch...
November 18th, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
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Sinterklaas is Back in Amsterdam

Sinterklaas is Back in Amsterdam
Sinterklaas, aka Santa Claus, is back again. Today he arrived in Schiedam (near Rotterdam) from Spain. You don’t have to be in Schiedam to meet Sinterklaas. Every city, town and village in the Netherlands has their own Sinterklaas. And if this is not enough Sinterklaas’ arrival can be watched on television. He also has (several) Sinterklaas websites  and a daily television programme.  Television makers have agreed that the same actor will plays the role of the official Sinterklaas, so that...
November 14th, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 4
Filed under: Events, Family Friendly, featuredarticle, festival, People - Interesting Local People, sinterklaas

Gerald Posner’s Miami Babylon: the Magic City Unmasked

Gerald Posner’s Miami Babylon: the Magic City Unmasked
Illusion and reality are a potent topic for any writer to dissect — tell-all books on celebrities living and dead are standard fare and a media staple of our time.  What is more unusual is a book about a city and its times from infancy to maturity — well, sort of — and the people and events that were key in shaping it and have left their imprint to the present.  This type of intelligent tell-all about a place can get you dropping everything else to sit down and learn a...
October 30th, 2009 | themiamiguide | Read More | Comments: 4
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The Finn Slough Heritage Site

The Finn Slough Heritage Site
If you’re visiting Steveston B.C. touring the old canneries and boat builders you should take a side-trip to visit Finn Slough at the foot of No. 4 Road in Richmond.  Back in 1890 a group of Finnish settlers arrived in Richmond.  They worked in coal mines and logging camps to save money to buy land by the Fraser River so they could work as fishermen.  Finn Slough, (pronouncned ’slew’) also known as Gilmore or Tiffin Slough, became their new home.  Their first houses were built...
October 29th, 2009 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Family Friendly, featuredarticle, fishing, heritage centre, History & Information, Outdoors & Recreation, People - Interesting Local People

Dueling Pianos for the Vegas Casino-Fatigued

Dueling Pianos for the Vegas Casino-Fatigued
Head on over to Town Square to enjoy four of the area’s best piano players in nightly rock & roll keyboard competition. Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar is part of a Texas-based entertainment chain that pits top-notch piano players in against each other to see who can best beat their keyboard into submission.  The Texas-based company hires top keyboard players who rotate throughout the night, sometimes coming together in a four-person grand-piano concert frenzy that gets patrons energized, clapping...
October 13th, 2009 | Lynn Goya | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: 50+, concert, Just a Bit Weird - Fun & Quirky Places, music, musicians, People - Interesting Local People, rock&roll, Sound Like a Local - Local "speak", Vegas club, Vegas musicians, Vegas piano bar

Vegas Wi-Fi Wednesdays Business Networking

Vegas Wi-Fi Wednesdays Business Networking
Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology hosts a number of events that help bring business people together in a social setting. The organization helps entrepreneurs and wannabe entrepreneurs with contacts, help getting small business loans, mentoring and resources.  But one of the most fun efforts may be the weekly networking events.  Wi-Fi Wednesdays features a breakout speed networking activity where attendees are encouraged to polish their elevator speech and meet new people. ...
October 6th, 2009 | Lynn Goya | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: 50+, business leaders, Food & Beverage, Just a Bit Weird - Fun & Quirky Places, networking, People - Interesting Local People, small business, Sound Like a Local - Local "speak", Vegas business, Vegas freelancer, Vegas small business, young entrepreneurs

Vegas Freelancer that Needs SPACE?

Vegas Freelancer that Needs SPACE?
Join freelance photographer Jana Cruder at the grand opening of SPACE, an open floor plan communal office space for freelancers who want to get out of the house, but don’t need to rent an entire office for themselves.  The shared space concept is a big hit in places like Chicago, Boston and NYC where creative types enjoy the camaraderie along with dedicated office desk. Individual office units in the 24-hour facility come complete with built-in desks, phone access and Internet service that can...
October 1st, 2009 | Lynn Goya | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: art district, downtown Vegas, freelance, People - Interesting Local People, Sound Like a Local - Local "speak", Vegas art, working artists

“About Last Night” Launches at Pacific Time

“About Last Night” Launches at Pacific Time
Miami’s Design District eatery Pacific Time is readying to launch its own unique cocktail and dinnery party event this Tuesday, September 29, under the banner of “About Last Night“. The new weekly dine and be seen and heard on Facebook, Twitter and who knows where else in new media — and more important, on the msm as well — also promises to have on hand a number of paparazzi (both amateur and pro) who will capture shots for guests to later discover on the Pacific Time...
September 28th, 2009 | themiamiguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, featuredarticle, People - Interesting Local People, Restaurants & Bars

Sustainable Vegas: Harrah’s joins Team Earth

Team Earth is asking 1 million people to step up and make their voices heard over the next 6 weeks. In the past five years, interest in saving the planet has skyrocketed resulting in hundreds, if not thousands, of groups working to raise awareness on everything from carbon footprints to water shortages to how to install a solar panel on your roof.  One of the unintended consequences has been an information overload where consumers and corporations that want to help may have a hard time actually...
September 24th, 2009 | Lynn Goya | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: carbon footprint, carbon nuetral, green Vegas, History & Information, People - Interesting Local People, saving the world, Sound Like a Local - Local "speak", sustainable Vegas, Team Earth

Arizona Fall Festivals

What fun to get out and explore different parts of the state for a day trip or a short weekend to check out themed festivals. Here are just a few that are coming up in the next few weeks that might peak your interest. For even more festivals, visit the Arizona Board of Tourism’s site. 74th Street Band Standin’ on the corner September 25 and 26 If you’re an Eagles fan, you already know that in the lyrics of their song “Take It Easy” mentions … Standin’ – On – A –...
September 22nd, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arizona State Fair, Attractions, beer gardens, Bob-Dylan, brats, concert, concerts, coupons & discounts, eagles, Events, Family Friendly, festival, Food & Beverage, german, Kelly Clarkson, kids, Lady Antelbellum, live bands, music, oktoberfest, People - Interesting Local People, polka, rides, State Park, Tempe, The Black Crowes, Winslow

Taproot Theatre Presents Enchanted April

As summer moves into Indian summer and will move into rainy fall, I can’t help but think of my summer vacation in Italy.  Since it’s going to be awhile before I can get my Italy fix again, at least in person, I’ll be jumping at the chance to relive it vicariously with Taproot Theatre’s production of the romantic comedy, Enchanted April. Set in the 1920’s, the play follows four British women who leave behind a rainy English spring and head to a castle overlooking the Mediterranean on the...
September 18th, 2009 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Enchanted April, Italy, People - Interesting Local People, People Watching, Performing Arts - Theater & Dance, Taproot Theatre