Sep 4 2015

Local arts & entertainment news

Yanni tickets go

on sale Friday

Performer and composer Yanni and his orchestra will perform on March 7 at Pikes Peak Center. Tickets to the performance go on sale Friday at 10 am

Tickets can be purchased online at, through TicketsWest locations by dialing 520-SHOW, or by visiting the Broadmoor World Arena or Pikes Peak Center box offices.

Yanni has accumulated more than 40 platinum and gold albums, with international sales totaling over 25 million copies, including the 1997 double-platinum Tribute album, which sold more than a million copies within six weeks of its release, and 1994s Live at the Acropolis, which has sold more than 7.5 million copies worldwide. He has also earned Grammy nominations for his 1992 album Dare to Dream, and the 1993 follow-up, In My Time.

Parks and Wildlife

hosting moose fest

GOULD – Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be hosting the Colorado State Forest Moose Festival at State Forest State Park, 56750 Colorado Highway 14, about 22 miles east of Walden, from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, near the site of the states first moose relocations in 1978.

During the daylong event, CPW personnel will lead a variety of fun programs and events, including hay rides, scavenger hunts, moose talks and fly-fishing lessons. Brats and burgers will be on sale during the event.

The area in and around State Forest State Park is known as a prime moose watching area, according to park officials.

The event is free; however, a $7 daily pass, or annual pass, is required to enter the park.

For more information: State Forest State Park, 970-723-8366.

Contests honor mans best friend

PUEBLO – The Colorado State Fairs General Entry Department provides an opportunity for all Coloradans to participate in the fair through 1,500 contests. This year, two new contests feature mans best friend in the Hot Diggity! Dog Days competitions.

– The Special Quilt Contest highlights the skill of quilt making. Quilts must have been made within the past 24 months and be an original design. Quilts made from precut, stamped kits or preprinted panels are ineligible. This competition is open to an individual or groups, amateurs and master quilt makers, and must feature the theme Hot Diggity! Dog Days. The entry fee is $5 with prize money totaling $1,700. The contest will be held on Aug. 29; registration is now open with an entry deadline of Aug. 27. The six winning quilts will be on display during the run of the fair.

– The Dress Your Doll Contest suggests that you dress your doll showcasing dogs to follow the theme of Hot Diggity! Dog Days. It is open to amateur and pros and is composed of adult and youth categories. The entry fee is $5 with prize money totaling $150. The contest will be held on Sept. 3; registration is now open with an entry deadline of Sept. 1. Winning entries will be on display throughout the run of the fair.

For contest details and rules, and a list of other contests, contact the Colorado State Fair 719-404-2080 or visit events/competitive- events/231. The fair runs Aug. 28-Sept. 7.

The Gazette

Sep 3 2015

Apple’s automotive ambitions reportedly take toll on other departments with …

According to a source familiar with the matter, Apple is reassigning workers to its car project at such a high rate that department heads are beginning to bemoan the loss of talent, reports The Register.

The exact nature of Apples car initiative, dubbed Project Titan, remains shrouded in mystery, with rumors ranging from work on a bespoke automotive operating system to a full-fledged branded vehicle. As the publication notes, a staffing drain of such proportions does suggest work on a significant scale, perhaps belying a move into a completely new sector like heavy industry.

In March, AppleInsider uncovered a secret off-campus installation seemingly dedicated to Project Titan. A number of buildings leased by Apple, but bearing no signage, held car-related structures including a garage, room for repairsand various research and development facilities. The sites purpose remains unknown.

Circumstantial evidence suggesting Apples interest in electric vehicles came in a poaching suit leveled by battery technology company A123. The lawsuit alleged Apple illegally recruited top researchers at A123, leaving research of high-performance, large format battery applications at a standstill.

Reports of road-going Apple vans equipped with advanced sensor hardware and cameras only added to the confusion. First spotted in February, over eager reports attributed the vehicles to work on an unannounced self-driving electric car, but Apple later laid those rumors to rest earlier this month, saying the vans are part of a worldwide initiative to enhance Apple Maps.

Sep 2 2015

Beth Stern & James Denton to Co-Host 5th Annual American Humane Association …



Hallmark Channel is once again going to the dogs with the world premiere of the 5th Annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards on Saturday, October 30 (9pm ET/PT, 8C). TV personality, author, and animal advocate Beth Stern and television veteran James Denton (Good Witch, Desperate Housewives) will return as co-hosts of the program, which tapes September 19th before a live audience at the historic Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Hero Dog Awards is a truly special program and I look forward to returning as co-host for the second year in a row, said James Denton. It is a great honor to have the opportunity to join Hallmark Channel and American Humane Association in raising the profile of these dogs and giving them the recognition they so deserve.

Co-hosting last years Hero Dog Awards was such a rewarding experience and Im excited to be back again and to honor the 2015 finalists, said Beth Stern. This is one of the most unique and inspirational awards shows out there and I am grateful to be a part of it and to have the opportunity to meet these amazing dogs and their handlers.

So much of what dogs do on our behalf goes unrecognized and this special program allows us to bring their incredible stories of bravery, devotion, and unconditional love to light, said Michelle Vicary, EVP, Programming Network Publicity Beth and James are deeply passionate animal lovers and we are excited to welcome them back as co-hosts of the 2015 Hero Dog Awards.

The Hero Dog Awards, presented for the past four years by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, is a moving celebration of our four-legged friends and the innumerable ways they enrich, protect, and save lives every day. Each year, the program salutes 8 special dogs – one in each of eight categories – chosen in a nationwide online vote. The 8 finalists and their human handlers are flown to Los Angeles where they are honored at a red carpet, star-studded awards gala. The evening is capped off with the announcement of the top American Hero Dog of the year. The two-hour special airs in conjunction with Hallmark Channels Pet Project, the networks on- and off-air campaign designed to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives, while shining a spotlight on shelter animals and encouraging the public to adopt.

We are thrilled to have our dynamic hosting duo back for this years Hero Dog Awards, said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. Their signature warmth and passion for animals makes them the perfect hosts for this heartwarming tribute to mankinds best friends.

Once a year, America salutes the best and bravest of our nations canine heroes, and we are happy to have the best and brightest hosts to lead our tribute, said Lois Pope. We are grateful to Beth Stern and James Denton for once again lending their starpower to shine a light on the valor of these remarkable animals. On behalf of all of Americas hero dogs, thank you!

For more information on the Hero Dog Awards or to vote for this years American Hero Dog, visit


Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 84 million homes. The countrys leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. In addition to its signature original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other original content, including scripted primetime series, such as Cedar Cove, Good Witch, and When Calls the Heart; annual specials like Kitten Bowl and Hero Dog Awards and; a daily 2-hour lifestyle show, Home Family. Additionally, in November 2014, Hallmark Channel became the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate lifes special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers such annual holiday programming events as Countdown to Christmas and Countdown to Valentines Day. Rounding out the networks diverse slate are televisions most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, The Middle, Little House on the Prairie, and Frasier. Complementing Hallmark Channels light-hearted and comedic fare, sibling network Hallmark Movies Mysteries presents a unique mix of content that is more dramatic in tone, including original movies and such acquired series Matlock, Murder She Wrote, and Hart to Hart.
Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN), owns and operates Crown Media Family Networks.

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Hallmark Channels Pet Project is a cross platform on-and off-air campaign devoted to celebrating the joy and enrichment pets bring to our lives, while raising awareness of this countrys epidemic of pet homelessness and promoting adoption. The campaigns programming elements include annual specials like Hero Dog Awards, Kitten Bowl, and Paw Star Game, as well as original movies like Puppy Love and My Boyfriends Dogs that convey pet adoption messages. In addition, Hallmark Channels Pet Project features social media outreach, a resource-rich website, and grass roots pet adoption initiatives. Leveraging its digital, social, and linear platforms, Hallmark Channels Pet Project also partners with such national non-profit organizations as American Humane Association, North Shore Animal League America, and Best Friends Animal Society, to inform the public about the many wonderful animals in shelters across the country and ultimately inspire them to adopt their next pet.
For more information, please visit


American Humane Association is the countrys first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today were also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at today.

Sep 1 2015

Hyundai Genesis: What Makes the Car an Automotive Star

TO ME, THE HYUNDAI BRAND will forever seem like a major-league expansion team. It wasn’t in the league when I was growing up–the Colorado Rockies? What kind of name is that, anyway?–so it will never own the full legitimacy of history no matter how many pennants it brings home.

And that’s OK. We already have a Ford. Hyundai


‘s role in the global passenger-car market is as an insurgent and disruptive force, shaking up the old franchises. No romance, no poetry, just a relentless, morally neutral march of commodity-car building across the globe. By unit sales, Hyundai is now the world’s fifth largest auto maker. Hyundai’s footprint in America includes California-based design studios, technical centers in Michigan and Arizona and vast assembly halls in Alabama, which disgorge daily fleets of crossovers and family haulers to driveways all over the northern continent.

Aug 31 2015

Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Friday, Aug. 21

WOBURN at Ice House Park at Horn Pond, Sturgis Street, 6-8 pm, 2015 Horn Pond Summer Concert Series. The concert will feature roots-rock, a blend of rock, folk, country and bluegrass, by Jo Henley. Cost: free. Info:

Saturday, Aug. 22

WESTFORD at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Powers Road, noon-7 pm, Blues N Brews Festival. The 12th annual Blues N Brews will feature top blues bands, dozens of regional micro-breweries and a variety of Oktoberfest-style food. Basic ticket price includes admission to view the live entertainment and a variety of beer samples. Home Brew Awards, raffles, games and local craft vendors will also be on hand. Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, free for ages 13 and younger with an adult. Info:

Sunday, Aug. 23

STOW at the Randall Library, 19 Crescent St., 9 am, 14th annual Stow Bike for the Woods. Registration starts at 8:30 am, and the ride begins at 9 am in front of the library. Participants can choose from 5, 14, 28, 35, 48 and 65-mile metric century ride. All ages and abilities are welcome. Routes will be well-marked. Proceeds benefit the Stow Conservation Trust, which aims to preserve open space for future generations. Cost: $15 adults, $10 children in advance; $20 adults, $15 children the day of the ride. Info:


WESTFORD at Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Powers Road, 11 am to 5 pm, Pig N Pepper Festival. The Pig N Pepper event will feature carnival and balloon rides, bouncy houses, games, arts and crafts vendors, a petting zoo, barbecue food concessions and live music all day. Visitors can see barbecue being cooked and judged at the New England Barbeque Society-sanctioned Pig N Pepper Tailgate BBQ Challenge. Cost: $10 adults, $8 ages 14-17 in advance; $12 adults, $9 ages 14-17 at the gate; and free for ages 13 and younger. Info:

Tuesday, Aug. 25

LEXINGTON at Youville Place Assisted Living Residence, 10 Pelham Road, 3 pm, Free Basin Street Dixieland Band Concert. The free concert feature Boston musicians playing brass and woodwind instruments. Attendees can hear jazz and swing music, including songs such as #x201c;Sweet Georgia Brown,#x201d; #x201c;Bill Bailey,#x201d; #x201c;I#x2019;ve Got Rhythm#x201d; and #x201c;I Found a New Baby.#x201d; Info:

Thursday, Aug. 27

CONCORD at Reasons To Be Cheerful, 110 Commomwealth Ave., Concord, 7 pm, Ukulele Taster. The Concord Conservatory of Music is hosting a ukulele taster event at Reasons To Be Cheerful ice cream shop. Visitors can buy ice cream while trying out a ukulele. The Conservatory#x2019;s ukulele teacher and plenty of instruments on hand. Visitors can also sign up for CCM#x2019;s Ukulele Crash Course for adults, which meets 7-8 pm Thursday. Classes start Sept. 17. Kids uke classes are available, too. Info: 978-369-0010;

Aug 30 2015

Laurel Legal names director

Laurel Legal Services has appointed attorney Renee Elizabeth Williams as executive director.

Laurel Legal is a nonprofit organization providing civil legal representation to low-income people and domestic violence victims in five western Pennsylvania counties.

Locally, the firm has a location along North Fourth Street in Indiana.

Prior to joining Laurel Legal Services, Williams served as associate counsel at Highmark. Previously, she was general counsel to Eightfold Inc., where she gained significant management experience. Throughout her legal career, Williams has advocated for indigent and low-income clients, beginning at the University of Pittsburgh School of Laws Health Law Clinic and later as a volunteer attorney for Pittsburghs Christian Legal Aid Clinic.

She also brings noteworthy political advocacy experience to the position, having represented the American Liver Foundation and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) on Capitol Hill. She was acknowledged for her community service efforts in 2013, being named one of Pittsburgh Magazines 40 under 40.

Williams is an alumna of Point Park University, where she earned a bachelors degree in theater arts, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Williams, who is replacing Cynthia Sheehan as executive director in the Greensburg-based program, will begin Monday.

Aug 29 2015

WATCH: Tracey E. Bregman on ‘Home & Family’

The Young and the Restless Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore) appeared on Hallmark Channels Home amp; Family earlier this week and revealed some interesting tidbits about how she got her start in Hollywood, including that her first name wasnt originally spelled with an e and that she didnt always include her middle initial (which stands for Elizabeth) in her profession, and shares some of her Days of our Lives memories. Also part of her appearance, Bregman played the soap star name game with hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare, and talks about her new Manhattan Malibu clothing line.

Watch the clip below:

Home amp; Family airs Weekdays on Hallmark Channel. Check listings for channel number.

Aug 28 2015

Ben Affleck Looks Weathered While Smoking Outside His Rental Home After Family …

Ben Affleck took a moment to relax on Sunday as he continues to deal with the fallout of his divorce with Jennifer Garner and rumored affair with the familys nanny Christine Ouzounian.

Aug 27 2015

Cox Automotive & Dealertrack extend tender offer again


In the latest development in the previously reported $4.2 billion cash deal, Cox Automotive and Dealertrack Technologies on Friday extended the offering period of its previously announced tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Dealertrack for $63.25 per share.

Officials said the offer, which was previously scheduled to expire at midnight ET on Friday has been extended until midnight ET on Sept. 14, unless it is extended further under the circumstances set forth in the merger agreement.

Aug 27 2015

KSAZ Morning Anchor to Join Hallmark Channel

KSAZ morning anchor Kristin Anderson is leaving the Phoenix Fox-owned station to join the Hallmark Channel.

Andersons last day at KSAZ is September 18. Shell be working in Los Angeles as a contributor to Hallmarks Home amp; Family morning show.

The station is naming Syleste Rodrigiuez as Andersons replacement from 4:30 to 7 am and for the Noon news.