Lessons of the Week: Idina Menzel, Matthew Morrison & More!

first_img Star Files It’s Friday, so throw on your Wicked leggings and start your weekend with the Lessons of the Week! Broadway took us on yet another wild ride over the past seven days with myriad belters, geniuses and Broadway.com boyfriends making headlines. We’re here to recap it all for you, so let’s not waste any more time (are your Wicked leggings on?) and get started.       If You Belt, Idina Will ListenIdina Menzel is taking If/Then on the road. That’s right: the cardigan and blazer are coming to a city near you! It’s truly a cause for a celebration, and the most sensible way to do so is to belt your face off. If you record a video doing just that and send it to us, we might a) have Idina Menzel say your name b) fly you out to California to see the show! Now please excuse us while we do some serious warmups.Don’t Send the Platts Schmackary’sJonah Platt makes his Broadway debut as the ever-so swankified Fiyero in Wicked, and his brother, stage and screen fave Ben, had but one piece of advice for him: “Stay away from dairy and gluten.” OK, there are a few vegan/gluten-free cookies at Schmackary’s. But wait sec, Ben? That’s all your advice?! You didn’t have any tips about kite-flying?Joshua Castille’s Got Smash-ing JunkAt the opening night of Spring Awakening, we asked the cast and guests what their junk was (because we’ve all got our junk). Lots of love for fiancés, Real Housewives, chocolate and yes, even us (the feeling is mutual, Mientus!). However, Joshua Castille, who plays Ernst in the Deaf West production, won our hearts by enthusiastically signing “Debra Messing.” Same, Joshua. Same.Matt Morrison Has a Thing for FLOTUSWe all have our “Celebrity Free Pass” lists. For example: “I’m totally into you and promise to stay committed, but if Debra Messing comes along, all bets are off.” We suspect Finding Neverland’s Matthew Morrison appears on many people’s lists, but who is on his? None other than First Lady Michelle Obama. Just remember, kids: Matty Fresh may be cute, but no boy is cute enough to keep you from getting an education.Tevye’s Been Ready for 30+ YearsWhen we took a trip out to Pikes County to catch some R&R with upcoming Fiddler on the Roof star Danny Burstein, the five-time Tony nominee revealed that Tevye’s been in the cards for years. Some 30-35 years, to be exact; he’s had a copy of the book on his shelf for that long. It’s unclear whether he stole it from a high school library, but the checkout card is still intact.Carly Rae Is a Beautiful Blonde PineappleShe’s going from pop princess to beauty school dropout! Broadway alum Carly Rae Jepsen will trade Cinderella’s ball gown for a Pink Ladies jacket when she takes on the role of Frenchy in Fox’s live telecast of Grease. Sure, she may be at an all-time high with E•MO•TION, but even that’s not stopping her from living out her musical theater dreams she’s had since the age of seven.Lin-Manuel Miranda Is a Certified GeniusLin-Manuel Miranda has racked up 62,500 Hamiltons from the MacArthur Foundation. The Tony winner and Hamilton star/composer is one of the latest individuals awarded a “Genius Grant.” Also honored were puppeteer Basil Twist, set designer Mimi Lien and Beth Stevens (the neuroscientist, not the Broadway.com Managing Editor. Although that Beth Stevens deserves a f**king Genius Grant, too.)Bryce Pinkham Has a ‘Genius’ PlaylistThe Hamilton cast album has been out for one week, and it has already taken over the lives of theater people everywhere. Not even the devilishly charming Monty Navarro is safe. On his final Full Monty episode, Gentleman’s Guide headliner Bryce Pinkham was all about the #Hamiltunes on his commute to the Broadway Flea Market. See? Broadway stars (and First Ladies): they’re just like us!Tim Minchin Wants to Get Dirty with LesliWhen Matilda composer Tim Minchin was asked who would win in a hypothetical cage match between him, Matilda and Lesli Margherita, he had a proposition: ditch the fictional bookworm and have him mud wrestle with the Dames at Sea queen. We’re not exactly sure what that solves, if anything, but maybe let us know if and when this happens. Can we bring a camera crew? Or can you vlog it?We Think of Elsie (Fest) to this Very DayStep aside, Coachella. Do you have Laura Osnes and Aaron Tveit singing “Falling Slowly” or Darren Criss channeling his inner Sally Bowles? We think not. That’s exactly what the Hedwig and Glee alum brought to his show tune-filled outdoor music festival, along with several other gems. The Times Square annual concert Broadway on Broadway is sadly a thing of the past, but Elsie Fest should live on for years to come! View Commentscenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

Healthy Habits at Home

first_imgOur nutrition and physical activity behaviors are not just the result of our personal choices. The environment or setting in which we live and family cultures and customs can also influence our choices and behaviors.Parents can help encourage youth to adopt healthy habits through making small changes in the home and family setting that are supportive of health.Making good food choicesWith so much time spent at home, you may find that you are having more family meals than ever. This is good news — eating meals as a family has been linked to increased fruit and vegetable consumption.Involving children and youth in meal planning and preparation can help increase their interest in trying new or healthier options.Shake up the monotony of eating at home by planning a fun theme dinner, eating outside or even dressing up.Avoid using food as a reward when possible and consider what non-food ways could be used as a celebration. Doing a fun activity together, small non-food rewards like stickers or earning “points” towards a bigger future prize are all good non-food options. Model positive attitudes about food in both your behavior and your language. One easy way to support healthy food choices at home is to make healthier choices easily accessible. Try storing fresh cut fruits and vegetables in a designated space in the fridge where youth know they can go for a snack, or keep easy-to-eat options like clementine oranges and apples displayed attractively on the counter.Staying active Children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years should do 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Consider how your family’s routines have changed. If school or sports activities were providing most of the physical activity opportunities for the youth in your home, it may be a good idea to look for some activities to add to your at-home schedule.In other cases, youth may be getting more activity than ever, as a less strict schedule can afford time for play, walks and activities with siblings. Caregivers can support physical activity for youth by providing movement breaks during school-at-home activities, limiting screen time when possible and making physical activity a family activity.Remember that for young children unstructured play can be a great source of physical activity. On a rainy day, online resources can be a good place to find fun, follow-along physical activity videos for younger children.For older youth, offer opportunities for physical activity like family walks, practicing for a sport they enjoy or gardening together, but recognize their independence and do not force physical activity.Find online nutrition and physical activity resources from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and other recommended programs at georgia4h.org/about-us/resources/activity-resources/#healthy-living.last_img read more

Shoot-out to mark 25th year

first_img Bio SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A quarter of a century ago, seven junior high and high school basketball teams participated in the inaugural Great Harbor Shootout.This year, 84 teams from nearly every corner of the state will play in Harbor House’s tournament, which will take place March 17-19 at six locations on Mount Desert Island and in Trenton and Ellsworth.“From where it started with seven teams to what it has become is pretty huge,” said Diana Novella, events and community relations director at Harbor House. “It’s a testament to how big basketball is in the state of Maine. It’s kind of all-encompassing for the whole winter season.”Over 1,000 players and coaches from Camden to Fort Kent will participate in this year’s tournament.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“It’s huge and it’s become one of those tournaments that so many kids look forward to,” Novella said. “It gives them a chance to play after the season is over and lets coaches take a look at what teams may look like next year.”Since seniors are not allowed to play in the tournament, basketball coaches can get a feel for how teams are shaping up as new leaders step in.Novella said that since teams from classes A, B, C and D will play in this year’s tournament athletes get a chance to play against teams they would not normally face in the regular school season.“It’s a great chance for them to work on their skills since they are playing kids in a different division,” she said.Not only is the tournament a must-see event for basketball fans, it is also a boon to the local economy.Those 1,000 players come with parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. Area hotels are booked up and restaurants will enjoy an influx of celebrating customers.“That’s an influx of about 5,000 people and it’s a great economic boost for the island restaurants that are open during this in-between season,” Novella said.Games begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 17, with high school girls playing at Trenton Elementary School and Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor while high school boys will play at Mount Desert Elementary School and the MDI YMCA. Junior high school boys and girls will play at MDI High School.Ellsworth Middle School will host a handful of high school preliminary games on Friday night and Saturday morning.The middle school finals will be at MDI High School on Sunday, March 19, with the boys playing at 11:30 a.m. and girls playing at 1 p.m.High school finals are set for the same day at Pemetic Elementary School with the girls at 2:30 p.m. and the boys at 4.For spectators, weekend passes are available for $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and students which will allow entry into any game. Day passes are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors and are only good for one venue.All funds will go toward Harbor House’s year-round youth sports programs including after-school and summer camp programs.“It helps keep our fees down for youth sports programs as low as possible,” Novella said.The Great Harbor Shootout is being underwritten by The First while several local businesses donated to the event. Town Hill Takeout serves up inventive tacos – August 18, 2017 Latest posts by Taylor Bigler Mace (see all) Taylor Bigler MaceReporter at Mount Desert IslanderTaylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. [email protected]center_img Latest Posts MDI man reaches 41 straight years of daily runs – July 31, 2017 Sea urchin subject of aging research – July 30, 2017last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Mount Sentinel Sr. Girl’s Volleyball

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats look to play their best volleyball of the season as the South Slocan school hosts the BC High School A Girl’s Championships through Saturday at the Selkirk College gymnasium in Castlegar.The Wildcats are seeded eighth entering the 16-team tournament, but have few of key players returning to action this weekend.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Cats as Team of the Week. The team includes, Leanne Kabatoff, Maya Mierau, Samantha Shkuratoff, Lauren Spurge, Simone Chernoff, Victoria Peebles, Teya Makortoff, Kalina Spurge and coach Joe Moreira.last_img

LA Times features Winter meet opening day

first_img“An after-Christmas package: Santa Anita racetrack is opening its winter season in style” titles a recent article published by the Los Angeles Times. The Times featured our newest renovations for this current Winter meet saying, “The Winter Meet, as it’s called, is set to kick off with live music, a Guest Chef series and, of course, thoroughbred racing.” The article listed out details of this year’s Winter meet featuring our Guest Chef Series, Family Fun Zone, and American Pharaoh Trackside Package.Via Los Angeles Timeslast_img

Play Your Part fulfils Mandela Day promise to children’s home

first_imgBrand South Africa delivers on its promise to donate plants to a Midrand children’s home.Eight years after the launch of Mandela day, it has gained momentum, with worldwide support from citizens of all races and ages, playing their part. (Image: supplied)During Nelson Mandela International Day activities on 18 July 2017 at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home, Brand South Africa committed to donating 150 Abelia Grandiflora plants to help renovate the garden.On 14 September 2017, the Play Your Part team made their way back to the home to surprise each child with a plant.“We are very happy that the Play Your Part team returned to surprise the children with these plants, we truly appreciate the support and we promise to look after the plants,” said the deputy principal Linah Ramonyai. “Our children love gardening and this is an added bonus to their daily activity.”Handing over the plants, Brand South Africa’s activations manager Rabia Metedad said Play Your Part was pleased to be reiterating its objective to play its part on a daily basis. “Today’s activation was to remind the little ones that we haven’t forgotten them and we encourage everyone to play their part.”Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It is held on his birthday every year, with worldwide support from people of all races and ages playing their part.Part of the Nelson Mandela International Day’s promise is to remind every citizen that no matter how small your action, you can change the world for the better, just as Nelson Mandela did.“Do whatever it is you can, no matter how small even just spending time with the children is enough because it shows them that they are loved,” said Ramonyai.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Facebook Aims To Simplify Sharing, Ad Targeting With Android Apps

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… selena larson Today Facebook announced a major update to the Facebook SDK for Android intended to further simplify the process of letting users share news and updates from outside apps, while also beefing up support for Facebook advertisers.The update introduces what Facebook calls the “Share Dialog,” which enables users to share activity and tag friends from applications without having to first log in to Facebook. The update also includes support for Object API, which makes it easier for developers to integrate Facebook’s Open Graph into Android apps. Open Graph is Facebook’s technology for letting apps push information and updates to Facebook proper.The update also provides new tools that let apps developers track, analyze and publish the actions their users take within their apps, such as adding products to a cart or achieving a new level within a game. This is largely intended to help advertisers measure the effectiveness of their mobile ads on Facebook. Similarly, Facebook will now let app developers define particular subsets of customers as “custom audiences” for future ad targeting. Tags:#Android SDK#Facebook#updates The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

9 months agoNewcastle keeper Dubravka shuts down Juventus links

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Newcastle keeper Dubravka shuts down Juventus linksby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United manager Martin Dubravka has expressed his happiness at St. James’ Park amid speculation linking him with a move to Juventus.The Slovakian has been excellent for Toon over the past 12 months, which has lead to the Old Lady keeping an eye on his performances.But Dubravka insists he is happy on Tyneside.”I am very happy here. To be honest I am completely focused on my job here and that is what I am concentrating on right now,” Dubravka told Chronicle Live.”I know a lot of people have been asking me if I will stay or not, but I am happy now and I am not thinking about any other club.” last_img read more

a month agoChelsea manager Lampard: Abraham not guaranteed spot

first_imgChelsea manager Lampard: Abraham not guaranteed spotby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says he won’t stop pushing Tammy Abraham.The 21-year-old scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Wolves.It was Abraham now has seven goals from five Premier League appearances, but Lampard has warned he must keep scoring to keep his place.He said:”I felt that knowing his abilities and watching him in the Championship have two great seasons and in the Premier League, I felt it was more than time for him to have his opportunity,” Chelsea boss Lampard said of Abraham.”He needed to show it in pre-season and at the start of the season, hence he started at Manchester United.”I have competition up there. I definitely don’t want to down-talk Giroud and Batshuayi because we need them as well and Batshuayi looked sharp when he came on and Oli always gives something of a high level, so it was up to Tammy to show it.”I’ve got confidence in him and I’m prepared to give him chances, but even more now I’ll be tougher on him because he’s shown what he can do. So the moment he wants to come off that and think that goals will just drop at his feet will be a moment when maybe he will be rested, so it’s important he makes sure he stays on his game.”I’m happy because I see him every day with a feeling like he wants to play every day, to score goals every day and that’s something a bit special. You don’t see that in all young players and it’s a great gift in him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Fort St John Chamber Joins Coalition regarding Caribou section 11 draft agreement

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce has joined a list of BC Chambers in a Coalition to support the petition started by Dawson Creek Chamber.The FSJ Chamber of Commerce goes on to say that although the FSJ area is not directly affected by the current Caribou closure plans in section 11, it’s the unintended effects that will impact all communities within the region and all around the province that is of the greatest concern.Section 11 sets out the overall relationship between BC and Canada, and it gives a sense of where the recovery process may go. Section 11 currently identifies 54 herds across the province and leaves a lot of questions around what potential land management could look like shared the FSJ Chamber of Commerce. Concerns regarding this online form have since surfaced by many Chambers, calling it cumbersome, very lengthy and convoluted. Some Chambers have taken the measures to offer open house events to walk participants through the online forms to ensure they are understanding them completely.“We stand with our Chamber of Commerce organizations throughout our province in appealing to the BC Government to hit pause on the negotiations. The debates in the public sphere over the proposed caribou recovery program have really highlighted that proper engagement with land users and other stakeholders has not been completed, and the process taken for consultation has not been communicated well. The consultation seems rushed. Without a full understanding of the depth of the issues, how can the residents of BC ensure that all the potential impacts of the program have been considered?” responds Julie Ziebart – Chair of the Advocacy Committee, FSJ Chamber of Commerce. “Meaningful economic and social analyses is critical to working with communities and sectors so that decisions are fully informed and reflect the entire scope of the impact. ” Says Christopher Flury, Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce, President.In November 2018 the Dawson Creek Chamber demanded socio-economic Impact Assessments for the North East region prior to finalization of Section 11 and Partnership Agreements on Caribou Recovery.On April 10th, 2019, the petition was delivered to the house with over 35,000 signatures demanding that all negotiations halt immediately and the Provincial Government negotiation teams and all government agencies:1) Consult openly with ALL users, stakeholders, businesses, and local government2) Immediately begin economic and socio-economic impact studies on the North Eastregion3) Provide baseline data on populations and relevant science-based studies to supportclosures and recovery plans.In November 2018, the Concerned Citizens for Caribou Recovery group, led by the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce has been actively working to bring the issues identified with section 11 to the public, government and key stakeholders. The group has been actively working to bring to light the socio-economic impacts that section 11 (in its current form) could bring to the Province.Public Consultations did not happen until now when the Provincial Government (afterincreased pressure) opened up their consultation to public comment at the end of March 2019 with a deadline to submit comments by May 3rd, 2019. The public can submit their feedback through the government’s online feedback form found at engage.gov.bc.ca/caribou.last_img read more