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Earth Day Bay Area activities

Earth Day Bay Area activities

Some 28 years after the first Earth Day festival marked the start of the modern environmental movement, we continue to celebrate not just the day itself — April 22 — but the days leading up to it. Here’s just a sampling of green festivities around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Great Race and Earth Day Festival: 9 a.m. April 14, 1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto. 5K run/walk and kids’ 1K fun run. Festival includes electric vehicle rides and drives, live music, food trucks, bird walk, guided bike ride, zoo animals, arts and crafts and more. $5-$25. https://bit.ly/2Idw6mu

Earth Song: Improv Singing in Nature: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 14, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, 3000 Atlas Road, Richmond. For people with any level of singing experience. Connect with your signature soul song and share it with the land on this nature walk. Bring bottled water, a small blanket or pad to sit on, your lunch/snack and a backpack. https://bit.ly/2Gxn5YZ

Earth Day at the Oakland Zoo: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 14, 9777 Golf Links Road. Over 50 hands-on Earth Stations and local environmental organizations. Live music with Asheba, a wild trapeze show with Trapeze Arts, animal encounters and more. All activities included with zoo admission. $18-$22. www.oaklandzoo.org/

Earth Day on the Bay: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 14, Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City. Arts and crafts, touch-a-shark exhibit, music, workshops, environmental fair, animal exploration and more. www.sfbaymsi.org/earthday

Earth Day Celebration: 1-4 p.m. April 15, Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. “Live Wild Cats” education presentation by Leopards Etc. featuring a cheetah, ocelot and black leopard at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Also, bookmobile, Santa Clara County Fire rig, local environmental organizations and electric cars. Free. https://bit.ly/2J1sZz4

Spaceship Earth Day – A Buckminster Fuller Celebration: 7-11 p.m. April 16, Autodesk Gallery, One Market, Floor 2, San Francisco. Explore the inner reaches of outer space with immersive planetary and cosmic visualizations. Suit up in the astronaut photo booth. Music by DJ Timoteo Gigante. $30-$50. https://bit.ly/2JlvWuz

Earth Day Cleanup on North Fremont Street: 8:30-10:30 a.m. April 18, Monterey Lanes, 2161 North Fremont St., Monterey. Complimentary coffee and Monterey Donuts will be served prior to walking the North Fremont District of Monterey to pick up litter and help beautify the area. 831-594-1500brickman@brickmanmarketing.com

Earth Day Taste and Talk : 6:30-8 p.m. April 18, San Mateo Main Library, 55 West Third Ave., San Mateo. Sample food from San Mateo restaurants, while discussing transportation priorities, programs and solutions. Free. https://bit.ly/2q91hrF

Oakland Earth Day: April 21. Groups and individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to join the 24th annual Oakland Earth Day cleanup and restoration projects at creeks, parks and neighborhood sites throughout Oakland. All tools are provided. Times and locations:  https://bit.ly/2GCEApX

Earth Day 2018 at Albany Bulb: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21, 1 Buchanan St., Albany. Help clean up Albany Beach and the Bulb. Learn about local efforts to protect San Francisco Bay watersheds and wildlife. Free refreshments. Tools and gloves will be supplied, but if you have your own pair of gloves and bucket, bring them. Wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen and bring water. Free. https://bit.ly/2H8Ynv4

Earth Day @ Upper Sand Creek: 9 a.m.-noon April 21, Upper Sand Creek Basin, 6600 Deer Valley Road, Antioch. Activities: Trash Talking Showdown, invasive species removal and local creek education. https://bit.ly/2JhDFdf

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 21, Coyote Hills Regional Park Visitors Center, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont. Create your own litter-bug craft, view an environmental puppet show (11:40 a.m. and 3:40 p.m.), and play recycling games. 510-544-3220http://www.ebparks.org/

Earth Day Community Clean Up: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21, MacArthur Community Baptist Church, 2301 Rumrill Blvd., San Pablo. Clean Up on Rumrill Boulevard. Enjoy games, educational activities and more. Refreshments provided. All ages are welcome. Prizes for the team that collects the most litter. earthteam.net/node/1698

2018 City of Alameda Earth Day Festival: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21, Washington park, 740 Central Avenue. Activities for kids, Earth Day games, exhibits and bike-powered spin art machine. https://bit.ly/2GYSy3q. Coastal clean-up: 8:30-10 a.m. Crown Memorial State Beach, Crab Cove Visitors Center. Registration required: https://bit.ly/2GUvEKu

John Muir Birthday – Earth Day Celebration: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 21, John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. Music, recycled fashion show, silent auctions, and more. 925-228-8860https://bit.ly/2F3NWeH

Earth Day Event: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21, Danville Library, 400 Front Street. Environmentally friendly activities. https://bit.ly/2IdKESX

Earth Day Santa Cruz: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 21, San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Avenue. San Lorenzo River clean-up, climbing wall, music, recycled fashion show, arts and crafts, face painting, compost workshop and more. https://scearthday.org/

Annual Earth & Arbor Day Festival: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21, Civic Center and on Torre Avenue from Rodrigues to Pacifica, Cupertino. Learn about environmental issues and solutions in an interactive atmosphere with hands-on activities, live entertainment and electric vehicle demos, plus local food trucks. https://bit.ly/2GYIG9S

Earth Day San Francisco: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 21, Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco. Celebrate the 49th year of Earth Day and the 100th anniversary of the Save the Redwoods League. Live bands, DJs, speakers, dance and performances, fashion show, chef zone and eco demo. Free. http://www.earthdaystreetfest.org/

Alum Rock Park Earth Day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22, 15350 Penitencia Creek Road, San Jose. Volunteer projects from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Festival 1-4 p.m. Learn about local pollinators and sustainable gardening, see live animals, and plant native seeds and a ceremonial tree at the end of the event. Free. https://bit.ly/2pR3TdL

Earth Day Hike and Wine Tasting: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. April 22, Benziger Family Winery, 1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Chris Benziger will lead the hike, share stories about the historic Benziger property and biodynamic farming, and share the history behind some of the family’s favorite vineyard blocks. $30. 800-989-8890wineclub@benziger.comhttps://bit.ly/2q5otqU

Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 22, South end of Stinson Beach, Marin County. Earth Day Celebration combines care for the environment with arts activities for all ages. Participants can help with beach cleanup or creek restoration, and join artists engaging the public in sculpture-making with natural materials, music, dance and more. www.earthdaystinsonbeach.org/

Annual Wildlife Festival: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 22, Wagner Ranch Nature Area, 350 Camino Pablo, Orinda. Visit animals in the garden, dabble in DIY gardening projects and hands-on nature arts and crafts, play Earth Day games and more. Free. https://fwrna.org/wildlifefest/

A Heartful Earth Day Celebration: 1-3 p.m. April 22, Just Be Yoga, 2333 Boulevard Circle, Walnut Creek. Hear live music and stories from Nimo & Empty Hands Music, learn about Nimo’s work in India, do fun mindful movements and engage in Tinkergarten Earth Day projects. Free. https://bit.ly/2q4qkgs

Gloria Ferrer’s 2018 Bubbles & Blooms Festival: Noon-4 p.m. April 22, 23555 Highway 121, Sonoma. Meet experts on rose care, floral arranging and container gardening. Enjoy the eighth annual Trashion Fashion show and an array of bites paired with Gloria Ferrer’s award-winning wines. $90. www.gloriaferrer.com/blooms18/

National Geographic: Symphony for Our World: 8 p.m. April 22, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. This event pairs National Geographic’s stunning natural history footage with an original symphony composed by Bleeding Fingers Music, performed live by a full orchestra and choir. $60-$191.50. Shnsf.com


Tammie Jo Schults: Southwest pilot is a Hero for safe landing

Tammie Jo Schults: Southwest pilot is a Hero for safe landing

Tammie Jo Shults flew fighter jets for the US Navy

Tammie Jo Shults, the hero pilot who safely landed a Southwest Airlines plane Tuesday after one of its engines failed, is said by a friend to be "doing fine" and concerned about the family of the sole fatality in Tuesday's incident. An experienced pilot with Southwest Airlines, Shults was among the Navy's first women pilots trained to fly fighter aircraft.
A pilot who safely landed a Southwest Airlines passenger plane after a jet engine ripped apart mid-air has been praised as a hero by passengers.
A female passenger died after she was nearly sucked out of a shattered window of the stricken plane.
Tammie Jo Shults captained Flight 1380 to a Philadelphia airport in Tuesday's emergency, said passengers.
Survivors on the New York-to-Dallas flight carrying 149 people lauded the ex-US Navy pilot as an "American hero".
A cause has yet to be determined, but officials said an early review of the incident found evidence of metal fatigue where a fan blade had broken off, according to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Who is the pilot?
Capt Tammie Jo Shults hero Southwest pilot one of Navy's first female fighter pilots. "She was commissioned in the Navy on June 21, 1985, and completed flight training in Pensacola," said Lt. Christina Sears, a Navy spokesperson.
"She served at the Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ-34) in Point Mugu, Calif. as an instructor pilot flying the EA-6B Prowler and F/A-18 Hornet," Sears said. "We can confirm that Lieutenant Commander Shults was among the first cohort of women pilots to transition to tactical aircraft," Sears said.


53rd ACM Awards® To Be Broadcast LIVE From MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 15, 2018 on the CBS Television Network

The 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. The 53rd ACM Awards, honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in country music, will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more!

Lauren AlainaJason AldeanKelsea BalleriniDierks BentleyKane BrownLuke BryanKenny ChesneyKelly ClarksonDan + ShayFlorida Georgia LineAlan JacksonChris JansonToby KeithLady AntebellumMiranda Lambert, Little Big TownMidlandMaren MorrisJon PardiThomas RhettDarius RuckerBlake SheltonCarrie UnderwoodKeith Urban, Brett Young and ?€‹Chris Young will take the stage for must-see performances. Plus, Bebe Rexha and Julia Michaels will make their debut appearances at the ACM Awards, with Rexha performing the chart-topping collaboration “Meant to Be” with Florida Georgia Line and Michaels performing with Keith Urban for Urban's new single "Coming Home."

Hollywood stars David Boreanaz, AJ Buckley, Sam Elliot, Ashton Kutcher, Nancy O'Dell, Rebecca Romijn and Max Thieriot will join musicians Cam, Eve, Dustin Lynch and Sugarland, as well as professional athletes Drew Brees and Lindsey Vonn, to present some of the night's prestigious awards.   

For the first time, the Academy of Country Music Awards will also debut “ACM Flashbacks” to honor classic country music hits and/or the artists whose music continues to influence musicians and fans alike. With this new feature, the ACM Awards will celebrate hits from a specific year, or honor an individual artist and their accomplishments through unique collaborations and one-of-a-kind renditions of their iconic songs. This year, the awards telecast will honor three of country music’s hit songs from 1993 with Toby Keith and Blake Shelton performing Keith’s celebrated No.1 debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performing Jackson’s ACM Award-winning hit “Chattahoochee,” and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson performing Reba’s GRAMMY® Award-winning hit “Does He Love You.”

For the full list of this year's ACM Awards nominees, click here.


"In the Shape of a City" Solo Exhibition - Underground Circuit

“In the Shape of a City” Solo Exhibition – Underground Circuit

Underground Circuit (installation, 2017)

Video projection onto fabric and central cube with relief

Sound design by Stephen Farrell; Documentation by Andrew Thoreson; 

To view the video version of Underground Circuit in large format, please click

           Exhibition History of Underground Circuit (installation): 

  • "In the Shape of a City" Solo Exhibition  (10. 18, 2017 – 11. 8, 2017), Paul Watkins Art Gallery, MN

Maserati Boomerang concept car by Giorgetto Giugiar

Giorgetto Giugiaro – Honoring Legendary Italian Automobile Designer

Giorgetto Giugiaro – Honoring Legendary Italian Automobile Designer 
Maserati Boomerang concept car by Giorgetto Giugiaro: From any angle, the profile is magnetic. It has inspired everything from the Lotus Esprit that followed, to squadrons of Italian marque super cars – and even the Delorean DMC-12.
Born: August 7, 1938 (age 79) Garessio, Italy
Notable designs – Automobiles  
Alfa Romeo
2600 Sprint (1959)
Giulia Sprint GT/GTV (1963)[6]
Canguro concept car (1964)
Iguana concept car (1968)
Caimano concept car (1971)
Alfasud (1972)
Alfetta GT/GTV (1974)
Sprint (1976)
Brera concept car (2002)
156 facelift second series (2003)
Visconti concept car (2004)
159/159 SW (2005)
Brera (2005)
American Motors
Eagle Premier (1987)[7]
1000 GT (1962)
Aston Martin
DB4 GT Bertone 'Jet' (1961)
80 (1978)[5]
3200 CS (1961)
BMW Spicup concept car (1969) [8]
M1 (1977)
Nazca M12 concept car (1991)
Nazca C2 concept car (1992)
Nazca C2 Spider concept car (1993)
M1 Homage Concept (2008)
EB 118 (1998)
EB 218 (1999)
Park Avenue Ultra (1989-1990 interior seating)
Sixty Special (1989-1993 interior seating)
Lanos (1996)
Matiz (1997)
(former Fiat Cinquecento Lucciola design study)
Leganza (1997)
Magnus (2000 and 2003)
Kalos hatchback (2002)
Lacetti hatchback (2004)
De Tomaso Mangusta (1966)
DeLorean Motor Company
DMC-12 (1981)
250 GT SWB Bertone (1960)[6]
Ferrari GG50 (2005)
850 Spider (1965)
Dino Coupé (1967)
Panda (1980)[5]
Uno (1983)
Croma (1985)
Punto (1993)[5]
Palio/Siena (2001)
Croma (2005)
Grande Punto (2005)
Sedici (2005)
Ford Mustang concept car (1966, 2006)[9]
GreenTech Automotive
GreenTech MyCar (2003)[10]
GreenTech Automotive (2008)
Polonez (1978)[11]
GT (1960)
Pony (1974)
Excel (1985)
Sonata (1988)
Stellar (1982)
Innocenti 186 GT[12]
Iso Rivolta
Rivolta IR 300 (1961)
Grifo (1963)[6]
Fidia (1967)
117 Coupe (1968)
Piazza/Impulse (1981)
Aztec concept car (1988)
Quaranta concept car (2008)
Marco Polo concept car (1982)
Calà concept car (1995)
Megagamma concept car (1978)[13]
Delta (1979)
Prisma (1982)
Thema (1984)
GS (1993)
Esprit (1972)
Etna concept car (1984)
5000 GT (1961)
Ghibli (1966)
Simun (1968)
Bora (1971)
Boomerang (1972)
Merak (1972)
Tipo 124 (1974)
Medici (1974)
Medici II (1976)
Quattroporte (1976)
3200 GT (1998)
Coupé (2002)
Spyder (2002)
Mazda Familia (1963)
Mazda Luce (1965)
Tapiro concept car (1970)
PROTON Holdings
Emas concept car (2010)
21 (1986) [14]
19 (1988)[15]
600 (1980)
9000 (1984)
Ibiza (1984)
Málaga (1985)
Proto T & TL concept car (1989-1990)
Proto C concept car (1990)
Toledo (1991)
Córdoba (1993)
Ibiza (1993)
Toledo (1998)
León (1998)
Simca 1000 Coupé (1962)
Simca 1200S (1967)
Skoda 720 concept car (1972)[16]
Korando (2010)[17]
Alcyone SVX (1991)
Cervo (1977–1982)
Carry (1969)
SX4 (2006)
Ren (2018)
Aristo (1991)
Alessandro Volta concept car (2004)
Karmann Ghia TC
Passat (1973)
Golf (1974)[5]
Scirocco (1974)
Jetta (1979)
Rare 'backwards' Beatles Abbey Road photograph

Rare ‘backwards’ Beatles Abbey Road photograph

Rare 'backwards' Beatles Abbey Road photograph that dispels 43 years of conspiracy theories sold for £20,000

  • Photo shows Paul McCartney wearing sandals – proving he didn't 'die'
  • Hidden for 10 years, it's one of 25 prints in existence
  • Sold to an anonymous bidder for twice the estimated auction price

For decades fans of the Fab Four have suggested the singer was killed in a car crash and replaced with a lookalike – pointing to his barefoot appearance on the Abbey Road album cover as proof.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2148661/Rare-backwards-Beatles-Abbey-Road-photograph-dispelled-43-years-conspiracy-theories-sold-20-000.html#ixzz59yyGFAnK

The Powder & the Glory (the Elizabeth Arden & Helena Rubinstein story) on PBS

The Powder & the Glory (the Elizabeth Arden & Helena Rubinstein story) on PBS

The Powder & the Glory (the Elizabeth Arden & Helena Rubinstein story) on PBS

www.pbs.org › show › powder-glory

"The Powder & the Glory" tells a story of women's entrepreneurship through the lens of the creation and development of the rival business empires of Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein. When they first opened their shops 100 years ago, cosmetics were worn primarily by prostitutes and performers, and businesses were run mostly by men. These two indomitable immigrants changed all that and transformed.

They were in the cosmetic industry, but they were more than that. They were giants of industry. They created an industry. It just so happened it was in the world of powder and paint.

— Shirley Lord, Senior Editor, Vogue


Film’s website: http://www.powderandglory.com/

Based on British author Lindy Woodhead's bestselling book War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden, their lives, their times and their rivalry, this film focuses on two women from meager means who immigrated to the US nearly a hundred years ago, reinvented themselves and ultimately created the cosmetics, health, and beauty industry we know today. 

Buy the DVD: https://shop.pbs.org/the-powder-and-the-glory-dvd/product/POWD601?productId=3493338&cp=&kw=the+powder++the+glory&origkw=the+powder&sr=1&parentPage=search

Elizabeth Arden & Helena Rubinstein

Delorean DMC-12

The DeLorean DMC-12 Story

The DeLorean DMC-12 (commonly referred to simply as "the DeLorean", as it was the only model ever produced by the company) is a sports car originally manufactured by John DeLorean's DeLorean Motor Company for the American market from 1981 to 1983. The car features gull-wing doors and an innovative fiberglass body structure with a steel backbone chassis, along with external brushed stainless-steel body panels. It became widely known and iconic for its appearance, and a modified DMC-12 was immortalized as the DeLorean time machine in the Back to the Future media franchise.

Founder: John DeLorean
Founded: October 24, 1975, Detroit, MI
Headquarters: Humble, TX

Manufacturer    DeLorean Motor Company
Production    8,583
Model years    1981–1983
Designer: Giorgetto Giugiaro

Northern Ireland: DeLorean Motor Cars Limited (DMCL) Dunmurry
United States: DeLorean Motor Company (DMCH) Houston, Texas
Designer    Giorgetto Giugiaro

There had also been a long-standing rumor that the body stamping dies were dumped into the ocean to prevent later manufacture. Evidence later emerged that the dies were used as anchors for nets at a fish farm in Ards Bay, Connemara, Ireland.

2001: A Space Odyssey - 50th Anniversary

2001: A Space Odyssey – 50th Anniversary

2001: A Space Odyssey – 50th Anniversary 

2001: A Space Odyssey” was first released, on April 2, 1968, is a science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially based on Clarke's short story "The Sentinel". A novel also called 2001: A Space Odyssey, written concurrently with the screenplay, was published soon after the film was released. The film, which follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer HAL after the discovery of a mysterious black monolith affecting human evolution, deals with themes of existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and the existence of extraterrestrial life. It is noted for its scientifically accurate depiction of spaceflight, pioneering special effects, and ambiguous imagery. It uses sound and minimal dialogue in place of traditional cinematic and narrative techniques, and its soundtrack is famous for its inclusion of a number of pieces of classical music, among them.
Today, 2001: A Space Odyssey is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.
Budget‎: ‎$10.5–12 million‎
Box office‎: ‎$138–190 million‎
Produced by‎: ‎Stanley Kubrick‎
Edited by‎: ‎Ray Lovejoy‎
Release date
April 2, 1968 (Uptown Theater)
April 3, 1968 (United States)
May 15, 1968 (United Kingdom)
Happy Easter Fools Day

Happy Easter Fools Day

Happy Easter Fools Day
Let’s fool around on Easter
Easter & April Fool's
I Can't Wait For Easter & April Fool's To Be On The Same Day . . .  So I Can Tell The Kids To Search For Eggs I Didn't Hide.
2018, Easter and April Fools are both on April 1st. 
First time since 1956
Spring Holiday Summation
Easter: We celebrate our RISEN LORD
April’s Fool: We recognize the Folly of FALLEN MAN
Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day February 14th
Easter and April Fools’ day are both on April 1st, 2018
2018 is Weird
2018 Major League Baseball season begins March 29

2018 Major League Baseball season begins March 29

2018 Major League Baseball season begins March 29

The 2018 Major League Baseball regular season will begin on March 29 — the earliest Opening Day in league history.

In addition to the early start, all 30 MLB teams will be in action on Opening Day this year. The full slate of games begins on ESPN at 12:30 p.m., when the Miami Marlins host the Chicago Cubs.

MLB Opening Day 2018 Schedule

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies, Thursday, March 29, 10:10 p.m.
Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, March 29, 4:10 p.m. | fuboTV
Baltimore Orioles vs. Minnesota Twins, Thursday, March 29, 3:05 p.m.
Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays, Thursday, March 29, 4:00 p.m. | fuboTV
Chicago Cubs @ Miami Marlins, Thursday, March 29, 12:30 p.m. | ESPN
Chicago White Sox @ Kansas City Royals, Thursday, March 29, 4:15 p.m.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals, Thursday, March 29, 4:10 p.m.
Cleveland Indians @ Seattle Mariners, Thursday, March 29, 10:00 p.m. | ESPN, fuboTV
Colorado Rockies @ Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, March 29, 10:10 p.m.
Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, March 29, 1:10 p.m.
Houston Astros @ Texas Rangers, Thursday, March 29, 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, fuboTV
Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox, Thursday, March 29, 4:15 p.m.
Los Angeles Angels @ Oakland Athletics, Thursday, March 29, 4:05 p.m. | fuboTV
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants, Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. | ESPN
Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs, Thursday, March 29, 12:30 p.m. | ESPN



American Diabetes Alert Day,

Tuesday is American Diabetes Alert Day, take the Type-2 Diabetes Risk Test

Tuesday is American Diabetes Alert Day, a call for everyone to take the Type-2 Diabetes Risk Test. 

Want to make your iPhone faster?

Want to make your iPhone faster?

Want to make your iPhone faster?

Well, we’ve got a few tricks for you. For starters, hold down on the power button until you get the “Slide to power off” message. Then hold down the home button. Within a few seconds, the screen will go blank.
iOS clears out the RAM (Random Access Memory), which can greatly enhance the phone’s operating speed. Of course, the best way to improve your phone’s speed is to close unused apps, but this is a nice add-on feature for a quick speed boost.
All phones gradually slow down, since you’ll tend to use more of your device’s internal memory over time. Regularly delete old apps and sync old photos to iCloud to clear up space. Generally, you should keep at least 20 percent of your phone’s total memory free.
You can check this out on the “Storage” menu by tapping Settings, then General, then Storage & iCloud Usage.
Keep your iPhone Stuff Locked

Keep your iPhone Stuff Locked – Six Digit Passcode

Keep your iPhone Stuff Locked.

That four-digit passcode of days past is no longer the standard. Apple pretty much insists on six digits to keep your private content, well, private. And hey, that's a good thing.

But if you've got some seriously sensitive stuff, you can always go alphanumeric. A combo of letters and numbers gives you a virtually unlimited number of possible passwords, meaning hackers (or mistrustful significant others) probably can't break in.


iPhone's Emergency SOS feature - Get help in an emergency situation!

iPhone’s Emergency SOS feature – Get help in an emergency situation!

iPhone's Emergency SOS feature – Get help in an emergency situation! 

The iPhone's Emergency SOS feature could literally save lives, so make sure to know how it works.

Click the power button five times in a row to bring up a secret menu. In an emergency, you can drag on the SOS slider to automatically call emergency services. Your phone will send your location to first responders at the end of the call (unless you choose the "cancel" option, offscreen on the photo).

Friday is National Puppy Day

Friday is National Puppy Day

Friday is National Puppy Day

Friday is the day to celebrate puppies of all ages by visiting shelters and rescue groups and bring a dog into your life.
National Puppy Day is here. Hugs, snuggles and giggles for everyone.
The special day, which encourages folks to adopt a puppy — or a puppy-at-heart — from a shelter or rescue group, 
Spring Break

Spring Break

The 1960s: Swinging Sixties bring Spring Breakers and broken barriers

Meanwhile, the spring break scene and its lusty young demographic was getting noticed. In 1986, MTV launched its first spring break special from Daytona Beach, Fla., a program which has continued from varying locales ever since. The images it broadcast only reinforced spring break's reputation for alcoholic and sexual excess. The American Medical Association began warning of the dangers of binge-drinking and risky sexual behavior; fingers have also been wagged at young women for prebreak "anorexic challenges" and documented promiscuity. Many universities have taken to distributing "safe break bags" to students — including sunscreen, condoms and a sexual-assault manual. 

1935—Sam Ingram, swim coach at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, fears that his team might get out of shape during Christmas break. A student’s father, living in Fort Lauderdale at the time, suggests the team train at the Casino Pool—the first Olympic-sized swimming pool in Florida. The swim team, the first group of northerners to swim at the pool, receives a warm welcome from the locals and a new American ritual is born.

1938— City officials and business owners in Fort Lauderdale sense a marketing opportunity in the making, and decide to host the first College Coaches’ Swim Forum at the Casino Pool. Over 300 swimmers attend this event.

1950’s— By 1954, an estimated crowd of 20,000 college students make their way down to Fort Lauderdale Beach. In April 1959, Time Magazine highlights spring break in an article titled, “Beer & the Beach,” and Fort Lauderdale quickly becomes the unofficial Spring Break Capital of the World.

1960’s— In 1960, the hit film Where the Boys Are debuts, and further spreads Fort Lauderdale’s spring break appeal. In 1961, 50,000 students were in attendance, and as the destination’s popularity grows, so does Daytona Beach’s interest in spring break. Daytona’s marketing efforts targeted to spring breakers is successful, bringing over 100,000 students to Daytona in the late 1960s.

1970’s— A significant shift in the tradition occurs, and the partying becomes raucous enough to cause damage to beaches, hotels, and other public property—communities are outraged and local residents question the desirability of living in a spring break tourist trap.

1985— After a rowdy spring break with at least 350,000 people in attendance, the city of Fort Lauderdale passes a series of restrictive laws in an effort to reduce the mayhem. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act is also enacted, requiring Florida to raise the minimum drinking age to 21.

1989— Dissatisfied with the new rules and regulations, the number of vacationers traveling to Fort Lauderdale drops to 20,000. Fort Lauderdale officially relinquishes its role of Spring Break Capital of the World to Daytona Beach.

1990’s— The Daytona spring break empire reaches its height in the early 90’s, but by the middle of the decade, the city cracks down. As a result, a new trend emerges—travelers start flocking to more southern destinations where the rules are looser, the drinking ages are lower and the sun is even hotter.

2000’s—With MTV’s help, Panama City, Florida builds its reputation as the undisputed Spring Break Capital of the World. Today, Panama City is still one of the top-booked Spring Break destinations along with Cancun, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Miami (South Beach), and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Prom dress giveaway by Dressed by West

Prom dress giveaway by Dressed by West

Prom dress giveaway by Dressed by West

Hundreds of teen girls who attend Oakland public schools will have the opportunity Saturday to attend a special 1,000 prom dress giveaway event organized by Leslie West, the wife of Warriors player David West.

She is passionate about her mission to help girls in need which she does through her event called "Dressed by West." The event provides free prom dresses to the girls, an effort to make their once-in-a-lifetime high school prom even more special.

West's effort is supported by the Warriors basketball team, the Oakland Unified School District and the Oakland Public Education Fund, a non-profit group that supports schools. 




During early spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt relative to the Sun, and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. The hemisphere begins to warm significantly, causing new plant growth to "spring forth," giving the season its name.

At the spring, or vernal, equinox, days are approximately 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses.

Swedish meteorologists define the beginning of spring as the first occasion on which the average daytime temperature exceeds zero degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days, thus the date varies with latitude and elevation.