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Consumer Electronics Show

The Consumer Electronics Show ® January 9-12, 2018

CES represents an important annual industry dialogue where the worlds of technology and media intersect.


Opened in 1967


To grow the consumer electronics industry.



January 9-12, 2018 


Company Overview

CES is the world's largest tradeshow for consumer technology and America's largest annual tradeshow of any kind. With more than four decades of success, the Consumer Electronics Show ® reaches across global markets, connects the "who's who" of the industry and enables consumer technology (CT) innovations to grow and thrive. 

CES is produced by the Consumer Technology Association, the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the CT industry. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy. 

The Consumer Electronics Show ® is not open to the general public. To attend, you must be affiliated professionally with the CT industry.

General Information


CES covers every aspect of the consumer technology industry. More than 2,500 exhibitors travel to Vegas to show off their latest innovations in 15 product categories and the content that supports them.

Convention Center · Nonprofit Organization · Event

3150 Paradise Rd

Las Vegas, Nevada

Call (702) 892-0711

2017 Mill Valley Film Festival: Thursday, October 5-15

2017 Mill Valley Film Festival: Thursday, October 5-15

2017 Mill Valley Film Festival will begin on Thursday, October 5 and ends on Sunday, October 15

Mill Valley Film Festival: 1001 Lootens Pl, Ste 220, San Rafael, California 94901

Ticket Information: www.mvff.com


Since founding the Mill Valley Film Festival in 1977, Mark Fishkin has shepherded this once small, three-day showcase into an eleven-day, internationally acclaimed cinema event presenting a wide variety of new films from around the world in an engaged, community setting.

The festival has an impressive track record of launching new films and new filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival by celebrating the best in American independent and foreign films, along side high-profile and prestigious award contenders.

Each year the festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers, representing more than 50 countries. Screening sections include World Cinema; US Cinema; Valley of the Docs; Children’s FilmFest; a daily shorts program; and Active Cinema, MVFF’s activist films initiative. Festival guests also enjoy Tributes, Spotlights and Galas throughout.

The relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere surrounding MVFF, gives filmmakers and audiences alike the opportunity to share their work and experiences in a collaborative and convivial setting.

Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival - Sept 16-17, 2017 (10 am – 6 pm) 

Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival – Sept 16-17, 2017 (10 am – 6 pm) 

Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival 

Saturday, September 16 & Sunday September 17, 2017

Downtown Lafayette, CA


About the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

Dates: Sat, Sept 16, 2017 (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.) & Sun, Sept 17, 2017 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
Admission: FREE 
Kids Zone: Ticket is $1-$5 for different activities 
Drink Tickets: $7 for individual ticket. Individual wine or beer glass is $7. Combination packages available with big discounts!

2017 will be the 22nd year of this annual festival! The Lafayette Art, Wine and Music Festival is held the 3rd weekend in September, and is perhaps the largest annual festival in Contra Costa County.

In 2016, over 80,000 people strolled among the booths of art, handmade crafts, enjoying foods from top local restaurants as well as quality wines and microbrews, pausing to enjoy continuous music from our three main stages.

A Weekend of Fun for Everyone!

What's In Your Organic Makeup?

What’s In Your Organic Makeup?

What's In Your Organic Makeup?

What ingredients are you putting on your skin?

We all have a few products that are labeled "natural" or "organic" but have we checked those ingredients lately?

Most "natural" and "organic" products only contain 50-60% of the organic ingredients advertised and the remaining 40-50% are made of man made chemical compounds.

A lot of products are labeled as "all natural" but still contain damaging, synthetic ingredients such as parabens, preservatives, talc and bismuth oxychloride.  

A lot of women experience severe facial itching and irritation from popular mineral makeup companies —which is caused by the addition bismuth oxychloride in the formula—a chemical compound that these companies add to improve the "slip" and texture of powder and liquid makeup.

What's even more alarming is that the FDA doesn't require makeup companies to disclose "all" of the ingredients in their products —so sometimes you never know exactly what you're putting on your face and skin.

The best rule of thumb is to check your makeup and skincare ingredients label and understand that the "fewer" ingredients and those you can actually pronounce, will be the better choice for skin and your overall health.

Lisa D Carmichael
CEO/Founder, Blogger

summer skin protection

Protect Your Skin This Summer

Summer Skin Protection

Summer skin protection can be as easy as wearing a hat and keeping your arms covered. Especially for young children, though, SPF sunscreen is essential  when you will be outdoors in the sun. SPF sunscreens with with a strength of S30-50 are recommended for children over 6 months. Before 6 months of age, doctors recommend using physical barriers, such as clothing or umbrellas, rather than sunscreen. 

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. with an estimated 3.5 million cases diagnosed each year. According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, it develops as an abnormal or uncontrolled growth of mutated cells of skin, typically in the top layer known as the epidermis. Skin cancer may initially appear as a bump or irregular patch on the skin. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. It’s critical that you protect yourself

Source: Protect Your Skin as Summer Heats Up – Memphis Daily News


Millbrae Celebrates 47th Annual Labor Day Weekend Festival, The “Last Blast of Summer”

Millbrae Celebrates 47th Annual Labor Day Weekend Festival, The "Last Blast of Summer"

Let the good times roll as we celebrate #47! The festive spirit and flavor of the "Big Easy" is coming to the Bay Area! For some sun-splashed, Mardi Gras-style fun this Labor Day weekend, head to lively, pulsating downtown Millbrae for the city’s annual big bash –– the 47th Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, September 2-3.

The 2017 Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, “Last Blast of Summer”, will take place September 2-3 from 10 am to 5 pm on Broadway. Admission is free.


September 2-3, 2017.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.


On Broadway (one block west of El Camino Real) between Victoria and Meadow Glen in Millbrae CA.










Broadway Avenue
(between Victoria and Meadow Glen)
Millbrae, California

September 2-3, 2017
10am – 5pm




Our best friend

National Dog Day is observed annually on August 26th. This day encourages dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure, and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and abuse-free life. Dogs give us companionship, they keep us safe and they aid those in need. It is a goal, for many on National Dog Day, to find homes for all dogs in need of a loving family. The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs each year.

For more information on National Dog Day, see http://www.nationaldogday.com/

August 26 & 27, 2017 • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • University Avenue, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

  • AUG 26  Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

  • AUG 27  Sunday 6:00 pm

  • Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

  • University Ave between High and Webster

  • Downtown Palo Alto, CA

Celebrate the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce’s 36th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts with 300 fine artists from across the country on tree-lined University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto, Saturday and Sunday, August 26h and 27th from 10 am to 6 pm. Enjoy the Italian Street Painting Expo, Kids’ Art Studio, continuous entertainment, gourmet foods and beverages throughout.

This high quality, community-friendly event is hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce with the support of the City of Palo Alto. In the past it has attracted over 150,000 people every year from throughout California and the West Coast. The festival-celebrating its thirty-fourth year-takes place on tree-lined University Avenue in beautiful downtown Palo Alto, a vital economic area 35 miles south of San Francisco.

PLEASE NOTE: the City of Palo Alto has a ban on the use of plastic & paper bags for carrying purchased merchandise. The Chamber of Commerce highly recommends that festival attendees bring their own tote bags for easy transportation of multiple purchases.

The backbone of the festival and the key to its success are the three hundred fine artists and crafters whose display booths are placed back-to-back along University Avenue. These exhibitors are the reason why this festival attracts such a high percentage of fine artists and crafters whose work you'll see only at a few select shows on the West Coast.

NEW THIS YEAR! Located on the plaza at Cowper Street: Chopin and Chandeliers. For more info.

And, always a crowd-pleaser, the Italian Street Painting Expo, sponsored by the Palo Alto Weekly, will again offer sixty chalk artists creating larger-than-life works of art all weekend long on Tasso Street. This year's beneficiary of the funds raised by the Italian Street Painting Expo is Palo Alto's Youth Community Service.

Local participation is high at this event. The Palo Alto Parents & Professionals for Art are the organizers and beneficiaries of the kids' art & crafts area called the Kids' Art Studio. Also, the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto will again manage and serve the micro-brews and fine wines that can be found throughout the festival.

For those driving to the festival, free parking is within a block or two of the festival site, with parking for disabled patrons in all city lots. Festival attendees though are encouraged to use public transit or ride a bike. For transit information go to511.org.

Check out this year's promotional clip for a live overview of the festival.

If you are a dog owner thinking about bringing "Cuddles" to the festival, please reconsider. Large crowds can easily make a typically mellow dog very anxious & sometimes aggressive.

For up-to-date information, call the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce: 650-324-3121.


The PetLight Story

The PetLight Story

Our little Fluffy (Maltese dog) is 10 years old, 10-lbs.  We were staying at a good friend of JerriAnne (wife) who has Pergo laminate flooring. Fluffy jumped off her very tall bed – expecting carpet/pillow – but instead, landed on the slippery floor… so her legs splayed out and she, basically, did a swan dive – crashing on to the floor and falling hard onto her chest. Fluffy just laid there… kinda stunned, for a bit and then slowly got up and walked around looking like she'd been knocked silly. When we got home the next day to pick her up, she could hardly walk and was wobbly… like she was drunk. From there, it just got worse. Much worse! After a week, we'd had two very involved Vet appointments and went thru different pain meds and muscle relaxers, since they diagnosed: sprained neck & shoulder, torn ligament in upper leg, and possible concussion! Fluffy couldn't walk more than a couple of steps without falling over. Couldn't stand to pee, without us holding him up in a harness. The Vet meds constipated her.

After two weeks of carefully tending to our beloved Fluffy dog… who screamed in pain every time you even came near her!! There was even talk of putting her to sleep. I mean… WHAT kind of a "life" was this???  BUT THEN… I stumbled across a website for a Pet Chiropractor (Kelly Thompson) who operates out of a clinic in Cupertino called: PetLight Vet.  The reviews on Yelp were out-of-this-world amazing… so I decided, why not try it? This would be our last-ditch effort, before sending Fluffy to pet heaven. I called (650-218-5512) and left a detailed message, as requested. Within an hour, he called me back – we discussed – and he fit Fluffy into his schedule THAT DAY.


Fluffy has four herniated discs. A herniated discs can pinch the spinal cord or a nerve root. In a perfect world where "Money is no object" we would pay the $5k to fix a single herniated disc, the Neuro Surgeon said he would try to address the worst disc and see if it fixes the problem. It might not, then more surgeries would be needed.

Recently Fluffy was having neck strain spasms. We used Dr. Kelly Thompson (doggie Chiropractor) to decompress her discs in her neck combined with PetLight therapy. At the same time I gave Fluffy an eighth of a baby aspirin, light neck messages and it really, really helped. Big surprise. Doggie Chiropractor plus PetLight therapy is actually inexpensive compared to spine surgery and less invasive.

Fortunately Fluffy is up and running about.

Monterey International Pop Festival - 50th Anniversary

Monterey International Pop Festival – 50th Anniversary

Monterey International Pop Festival – 50th Anniversary 

Just 50 years ago, there was only one: the Monterey International Pop Festival, which featured more than 30 artists and bands playing over the course of three days in the summer of 1967.

The festival's star-studded lineup reads like a who's who of rock royalty, but four names rise to the top of any conversation about the festival. There was Janis Joplin. ("When she sang, all of her sang," Pennebaker remembers.) The Who left the audience in awe after Pete Townshend concluded "My Generation" by smashing his guitar.

Finally, there was Jimi Hendrix, who threw his guitar down onstage and doused it with Ronson lighter fluid. "Then [he] lights it, and then leans back in this sacrificial rite of giving his guitar to the gods," the audience remembers. "One of the most iconic rock 'n' roll moments in musical history."

42nd Annual Mt. Dora Art Festival - Orlando

42nd Annual Mt. Dora Art Festival – Orlando

42nd Annual Mt. Dora Art Festival

This is a juried, fine arts festival for all art lovers, casual festival-goers, and families!Nothing compares to the Mount Dora Arts Festival!

Downtown Mount Dora, with its New England architecture and breathtaking views of Lake Dora is the backdrop for this event. In addition to the endless rows of fine art, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, clay, sculpture and photography, the festival features local and regional musical entertainment at a main stage in Donnelly Park.

Festival food will be provided in separate food courts and local downtown restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisine. As well as the local merchants will be open for extra shopping.

Be kind to your pets — please leave them at home when you visit the Festival (we apologize for the inconvenience). For more information, please continue reading below.

Neighborhood: Orlando
Downtown Mt. Dora
411 north Donnelly
Mt. Dora, FL 32757 

This nationally ranked fine arts festival attracts 285 artists from all over the world. The fine arts are displayed throughout the downtown village attracting thousands of visitors.

Start on : February 4, 2017 9:00 AM Saturday
End on : February 5, 2017 5:00 PM Sunday


World Prematurity Day on 17 November

Women’s March on Washington – January 21, 2017

Organizers of the January 21, 2017 Women’s March on Washington – originally billed as the Million Women March – have revealed additional details about the planned event. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial and conclude at 5 p.m. The Lincoln Memorial was the site of Martin Luther King Jr’s stirring “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, before a crowd of more than 250,000 civil rights supporters.

National organizers released an official statement, outlining their vision. “The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us — women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault,” they wrote. “We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.”

"The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us,” they added.

The march is seen by organizers as the first step in creating change “from the grassroots level up” to achieve parity and equity for women at all levels of leadership. “We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE,” the statement concluded.

These chocolate crinkle cookies will be a hit with all who try them!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Home baked cookies are a Christmas tradition for our family. We typically use recipes that have been passed down from my husband's family but this year I've been tempted to try something new. Cookies are a great project to bring the whole family together and you can make a day (or two) of it by baking several different types of cookies. We plan on giving them to our neighbors, friends, and sharing some with the local fire fighters down the street (those guys deserve cookies from all of us!).

Now here at the Women's Suite test kitchen, we've been busy trying recipes for Christmas cookies to share with you! We've had a blast (and gained a few pounds) baking cookies from around the web and have found several that we think are keepers! We're not done yet, as there are still several cookies on our list. We hope to test these recipes and share them with you in the coming weeks. Hopefully, you will enjoy these recipes and use the "work" as an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. 

For pictures of our adventures in the kitchen, click here: Cookies!

For the first cookie in our series, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, click the link below. 

Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies — Recipes from The Kitchn | The Kitchn.

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. The term "Cyber Monday" was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term was coined by Ellen Davis and made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled "'Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year. 

Observed by    Australia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Brazil, Romania, Portugal, Uganda, Germany, UAE, Egypt, Netherlands, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Japan.

Celebrations    Shopping / Consumerism
Date    Monday after U.S. Thanksgiving
2015 date    November 30
2016 date    November 28
2017 date    November 27
2018 date    November 26
Frequency    annual
Related to    Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Giving Tuesday

World Prematurity Day on 17 November

World Prematurity Day on 17 November

World Prematurity Day on 17 November is one of the most important days in the year to raise awareness of the challenges and burden of preterm birth globally. The day was initiated by EFCNI and partnering European parent organisations in 2008. Meanwhile, countless individuals and organisations from more than 100 countries join forces with activities, special events and commit to action to help address preterm birth and improve the situation of preterm babies and their families. 

Everyone is warmly invited to join this day with activities or events: parent organisations, hospitals, non-profit organisations, healthcare professionals, societies, companies, politicians, media, and individuals. No matter how much time, money or manpower you are able to spare – even with simple things you can make a difference!

The typical socksline and purple lightings have become symbols of World Prematurity Day. The purple colour in the visual identity stands for sensitivity and exceptionality.

It is important to show the world the united voice of all those committed to preterm babies and their families: Please help us in putting together a complete review of the worldwide activities, by taking part in our survey. This way, we can feature your activity on our website. 

In addition, you can enter your activity and the difference you make on the EFCNI Changemaker Map in your native language. Once added, your input will stay on the homepage and can be read by many people around the world.