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Linda Hall Library Announces Fall Lecture Series Featuring Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author & Historian David McCullough on October 2

Kansas City, Missouri (PRWEB) August 29, 2014

The Linda Hall Library Fall Lecture Series will transport attendees to the Panama Canal, tropical reefs and outer space, educating and entertaining along the way. As the world’s foremost independent research library devoted to science, engineering and technology, the Library has secured such notable speakers as double Pulitzer Prize-winner and best-selling author David McCullough.

Of the seven lectures in the series, four will pertain to the Panama Canal. The Library this year is celebrating the Canals 1914 opening. Its centennial exhibition The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal features more than 100 selected artifacts from the Panama Canals construction that havent been accessible to the public in nearly 80 years and runs through December 31, 2014.

Each Linda Hall Library Fall Lecture Series event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration at and e-tickets are required. The Library, located at 5109 Cherry Street in Kansas City, will host all of the series except for McCulloughs presentation, which will be held at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Make plans now to attend one or more of the following lectures (more details on following pages):

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American College Student Improves Mandarin and Completes Month Long Teaching Project in China through

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

Volunteering abroad offers great opportunities for both personal and professional growth. Aaron Barnes from New York wanted to volunteer abroad in China not only to help, but also to learn Mandarin and immerse himself in Chinese culture. After a great deal of research, he opted to do a month long teaching project through, which offers various international internships and volunteer projects abroad.

Aarons project was located in the mountain city of Chengde, Hebei province. Chengde is conveniently located only about 2 hour drive from the capital city Beijing. As one of the most famous historic and cultural cities in the nation, Chengde has incredible scenery and world cultural heritage sites. In the attached video (, Aaron talks about his experience in China and showcases his volunteer experience in action.

Enhancing his Mandarin was one of Aarons priorities on the trip. “Im really glad that I came here. It’s really improved my Chinese speaking abilities,” said Aaron.

Staying with a local family definitely sped up the language learning process even more, as demonstrated by Aarons statement “Im staying with a Chinese family and they have been more than accommodative to everything I need. They are very sweet and kind. I try and talk to them at night all the time using a dictionary. It’s a lot of fun.”

Throughout Aaron’s stay, full local support was provided to ensure his well-being and safety. Speaking on that topic, Aaron reported, “I was extremely happy with everything given to me. The food was great and I never felt like I didnt have something that I needed.”

After a month of teaching kindergarten kids and middle school students, Aaron found teaching to be tremendously rewarding. When asked about his overall experience, Aaron said, “I was extremely happy. The most rewarding experience was being able to form a bond with my kids and actually find out that I enjoy teaching. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.”

After the programs completion, when Aaron was asked if he would recommend the program to others, he exclaimed, “Absolutely! Cross-Continental is a great program with great people. When I was having trouble obtaining my visa, Jen went out of her way to help me secure it. The staff at Cross-Continental were always in contact with me and made me feel very safe. I never felt hungry or bored. It was a great time indeed and I would highly recommend them.” Aaron also said that he would be happy to share his experience with potential volunteers seeking to speak with a past participant.

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Pictraits Launches i Can Photo! Video Series

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

Pictraits will launch its new video series, i Can photo!, on July 23, 2014. i Can photo! is a series of instructional videos that break down the techniques of producing studio-quality photos in the home environment. By adopting a DIY approach, Pictraits has leveled the playing field for parents and consumers when it comes to viable and affordable alternatives to waiting in line at the local portrait studio. Without getting into industry jargon, viewers are engaged with step-by-step examples to have them photographing right from the start.

The first video to be released is The Basics, which demonstrates how to set up shots just like the professionals but without the pricey equipment and by using items that could be found around the home. Emphasizing the matter, the point-and-shoot camera appearing in the video costs less than $ 100, which goes to show how easily the outlined principles can translate to something like a smartphone or tablet.

Comprehensive in its coverage, its contents are divided into chapters, the first few of which break down the fundamentals of portraiture, with the later chapters offering techniques and suggestions for specific subject ages and groups, from toddlers at play to classic family portraits.

The Basics will be made available on as a digital download ($ 49.95) or a DVD ($ 59.95) but, upon its release, it will be offered at promotional prices of $ 29.95 and $ 39.95, respectively. Both formats will come packaged with a guidebook as a digital download.

Pictraits is a New York-based company founded by Damian Hardeen, an award winning photographer, manager, and trainer, who has over 15 years of experience in the Portrait Studio industry. Dedicated to fostering a DIY approach to photography, Pictraits demonstrates how consumers can take studio-quality photos with only a simple camera and a few household items to capture intimate moments as they happen.

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2014 British Customs Iron Moto Challenge Master Dealer Builder: Johnny Scheff and Motoworks Chicago

Gardena, CA (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

Motoworks Chicagos Calle Maton build, a fire-breathing tribute to the drama and spirit of individualism inherent in motorcycling, has been announced as the winner of the Triumph Motorcycles X British Customs Iron Moto Challenge. The scores are in and the votes have been tallied; your voices have been heard! In addition to earning high marks from judges Brian Klock, Christy Lee, Julian Heppekausen and Kevin Dunworth, the Motoworks build has been crowned the Master Builder of the Iron Moto Challenge thanks to the participation of thousands of fans on social media.

The winning build, dubbed Calle Maton, began as a bone-stock Triumph Speedmaster before Johnny Scheff and the rest of the Motoworks Chicago team stripped it down and got to work installing the long list of British Customs components they had selected for their build. The bike is a nod to a time when motorcyclists had a well-deserved reputation for lawlessness; even the name translates to Street Thug. With its vintage-inspired details, strikingly intricate custom paint, and long list of British Customs upgrades, Calle Maton captures the imagination in every gout of flame fired from its BC cocktail-shaker exhaust. See more of the Calle Maton including a photo gallery, write up and complete parts list here.

It was a true honor to compete in the Iron Moto Challenge, we couldnt be happier with how things turned out, said Motoworks Chicago founder Johnny Scheff. Our goal was to show people how much creativity can go into a bike in a relatively short period of time when youre working with British Customs bolt-on parts. We wanted to show people that you dont have to be a pro builder to customize your bike, you just need the determination to do it yourself or head to your local Triumph shop to get started. The response has been great, and now our work is even featured on the Triumph Motorcycles websites summer campaign along with the other Iron Moto Challenge contestants.

Read more about Johnny Scheff and Motoworks Chicago here.

We have a lot of respect for Johnny Scheff and the entire Motoworks team, said British Customs President, Jason Panther. They exemplify what it means to be unique and share our vision of making customization accessible to all Triumph enthusiasts. Our mission here at British Customs is to foster a vibrant Triumph community and inspire people to go out and customize their machines. All of these builders captured our philosophy of innovation and creativity. We are fortunate to have had amazing partners that were instrumental in making all of this happen, and we want to extend a special thanks to our judges, Triumph Motorcycles, ICON 1000 and RAEN.

In recognition of their ingenuity and expertise, Triumph Motorcycles USA and British Customs will be sending the crew from Motoworks Chicago to the 10th Annual Barber Vintage Festival this October, where they will meet with Triumph racers including Daytona 200 winners Jason DiSalvo and Danny Eslick, explore the legendary Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, and surely find inspiration for their next custom build.

Feeling inspired to build your own custom Triumph? British Customs has added new parts packages based on Calle Maton and the other Iron Moto Challenge builds are available from your local Triumph dealer. Triumph owners will be able to mix and match components from Appearance, Performance, Lighting, Protection, Control, Driveline, Suspension, Braking, Paint & Body Packages to customize their sport bike, cruiser or modern classic to create a unique machine.

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Motoworks Chicago Calle Maton Build

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Keep up with the latest events and products from British Customs by liking them on Facebook, and following them on Twitter and Instagram. You can read about the latest custom builds featuring British Customs components, including each of the builds from the Iron Moto Challenge, on the British Customs Blog. Photos by Alex Hawn Photography

Exquisite Waterfront Auction in Burnt Pine, Destin, FL

Destin, FL (PRWEB) August 14, 2014

On August 28 at 2 pm, discerning homebuyers have a rare opportunity to bid on a beautiful waterfront home in the desirable Burnt Pine development in the Sandestin community of Destin, FL. Luxury Estates Auction Company, one of America’s top auctioneers of carefully selected, high value real estate, is offering a beautiful 7,900 square foot home built in 2006 and filled with amenities that define luxury living. For details visit

Situated on the Choctawhatchee Bay, the seven bedroom, eight full bathroom waterfront home features an open floor. That plan maximizes flow between rooms, and it well-designed to maximize heart-stopping bay vistas from the master suite, main living space, and bay facing lanai. The gourmet kitchen has a large island, custom cabinets and is fully stocked with cutting edge appliances. Wine collectors will be thrilled with the spacious wine cellar and the built-in wine refrigerator in the dining room.

Features and accents befitting such a stately waterfront home include iron filigree, built in hutch cabinetry, a curved window bank adjoining the grotto and pool, and a ten seat theatre and screening room. To see the property brochure, visit:

This is a magnificent waterfront home in prestigious Burnt Pine in the community of Sandestin, and what a great opportunity for Luxury Estates Auction Company to be chosen to sell such a magnificent home. We are presenting buyers with an extraordinary buying opportunity, stated Chris Camp, Luxury Estates Auction Company founder and owner. We have a unique marketing program that attracts buyers, which creates the urgency to a specific time and date that the home will be sold. The live auction process creates fair market value.

To help buyers make an informed purchase, we have every piece of information for them. Our team of real estate auction professionals is fully licensed to answer any question on the property, and to assist buyers or their agents, we also allow ample time for previews prior to the auction. Buyers should come prepared to bid on this exquisite waterfront home in Destin, Florida.

About Luxury Estates Auction Company

Luxury Estates Auction Company ( is one of the leading auction firms of some of the most exquisite residential properties in the nation. Their extensive marketing program leverages direct mail, professional photography, traditional and social media and flawless open houses to put properties on buyers radar. Their real estate auctions attract serious bidders and drive up the final sales price. Chris Camp, co-founder of Luxury Estate Auction Company, is a graduate of the World Wide College of Auctioneering. Chris and his team were selected by NAA in 2009 for Auction of the Year, which was a luxury condo close out that brought $ 10 million+ auction day.

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The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) Reports Exhibitor Commitments 25 Percent Ahead of Last Year

Alpharetta, Ga. (PRWEB) August 14, 2014

Ramping up for 2015, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the largest North American platform devoted to kitchen and bath industry design, announces more than 500 exhibitors have committed to space, representing a 25 percent increase over the successful 2014 event. Show producers, Emerald Expositions, and show owners, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) are pleased to report the North Hall is sold out.

KBIS 2014 set the tone for future success and we are poised for growth, said Brian Pagel, VP Kitchen and Bath Group, Emerald Expositions. The innovation of products and programming continues to drive the health of the show. To date, the North Hall is sold out and we have booked additional space in the South Hall, which is going quickly.

The event will take place Jan. 20-22, 2015, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev., under the umbrella of Design & Construction WeekTM. In collaboration with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the NKBA is pleased to announce the co-location of two additional design and construction events the Winter 2015 Las Vegas Market and The International Surface Event SURFACES and The Tile Expo. The International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) will also continue its participation. Due to the early adoption of exhibit space, show producers have booked the South Hall offering an incremental 500,000 square feet of space, branded KBISNeXTTM. This space will host the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Pavilion.

Building on the success of the inaugural Design & Construction Week, KBIS 2015 is expected to have the largest attendee and exhibitor participation in the shows more than 50 year history, said Bill Darcy, NKBA Chief Executive Officer. We are excited to welcome members of the design industry to see the latest for the kitchen and bath.

KBISNeXT South Hall Incorporates ICFF Pavilion

KBIS is pleased to announce the creation of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Pavilion within KBISNeXTTM. ICFF, known as the North American center of gravity for the global design trade, provides an opportunity to showcase the best of global design and luxury at the premier kitchen and bath event in North America.

Designed to offer thought-provoking, inspired on floor programming, as well as additional exhibit space, KBISNeXT, will support the newly launched ICFF Pavilion, ICFF Stage and the KBISNeXT Tech Bar. It will also be the showcase for the popular Best of KBIS Awards, the Innovative Booth Award programs and the newest award program the Innovative Showroom Competition Award.

The explosive growth and resurgence of KBIS has captured the attention of ICFF exhibitors keen on reaching designers, developers and distributors involved with higher-end luxury residential projects, said Kevin OKeefe, ICFF Event Director. As a nexus of the larger Design & Construction Week, KBIS is the ideal platform for an ICFF feature pavilion.

Design & Construction Week 2015 to deliver 125,000 attendees

Design & Construction Week 2015, co-owned by the NKBA and the NAHB, is expected to welcome more than 125,000 attendees to Las Vegas.

More than 35 percent of 2014 attendees were first-timers to the show. Building on 2014 attendee buying power data, which suggests growth to an average of $ 4.5 million, the event is a reflection of improved economic stability and growth in this sector. Nearly 80 percent of attendees were decision makers (owners/partners), with 76 percent reporting influence in design and/or specification of kitchen and bath products.

The energy at the show was incredible! said Lesly McCarthy, Vice President of Interior Design, John Wieland Homes. Great to see our industry coming back.

Peggy Fuller, an interior designer with By Design Interiors, Inc. who attended KBIS 2014, called the show a must for all professionals in interior design.

Attendee registration for KBIS 2015 is scheduled to open Sept. 2, at:

KBIS Continues to Attract Innovative Brands

Major kitchen and bath brands committed to exhibiting at KBIS like GE Appliances, Franke Kitchen Systems and Walker Zanger will be showing lines at the 2015 show. They will be joining other industry leaders like Cosentino NA, Hafele America Inc., ROHL and Rev-A-Shelf, who have demonstrated ongoing support for this premier industry event.

The inclusion of the ICFF Pavilion has also attracted international kitchen and bath brands such as Chambord (SCD) to the event. Show producers expect the ICFF Pavilion to generate interest among European manufacturers wanting to connect with designers in an energetic and innovative environment.

Prime exhibit space in the KBISNeXT Hall is still available. However, at the current rate of reservations, this additional space is slated to be sold by the end of the third quarter.

About KBIS

KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years.

Early in 2013, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced an agreement to co-locate the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) with the International Builders Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Nev. in February 2014 under the banner of Design and Construction Week. The mega-event will return Jan. 20-22, 2015, in Las Vegas with each show occupying a separate hall. Kitchen and bath brands that have participated in both shows can continue to choose to exhibit in the KBIS or IBS hall. One pass will provide access to both exhibits. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events.

For the latest news and announcements visit, follow KBIS on Facebook at and on Twitter at @KBIS2015

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association with more than 60,000 members that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for over 50 years. provides consumers with an inspiration gallery of award-winning kitchen and bath designs, as well as articles, tips, and an extensive glossary of remodeling terms. At, consumers can also find NKBA Connect (the associations official blog), certified kitchen and bath professionals in their areas, submit questions to NKBA experts, and download the free NKBA Kitchen Planner and NKBA Bath Planner. To learn more, visit the NKBA Press Room at

About Emerald Expositions

Emerald is a leading operator of large business-to-business tradeshows in the United States, producing more than 85 tradeshows and conference events per year connecting over 525,000 buyers and sellers across ten diversified end-markets, including general merchandise; sports; hospitality and retail design; jewelry, luxury, and antiques; e-commerce; photography; decorated apparel; building; healthcare; and military. Emerald is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, Cal. The companys shows are typically the most prominent and important for exhibitors and attendees within their various industries. For more information on Emerald, please visit

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Seattle, WA (PRWEB) August 07, 2014

CreativeLive (, the worlds leading online education network, announced today CreativeLive Photo Week will return September 15-20, 2014, offering six days of free, interactive online classes taught by 30+ world-class photographers.

Featuring engaging master classes, gear and software demos, and informative how-tos, CreativeLive Photo Week appeals to everyone from the enthusiast to the seasoned professional. Each class offers a powerful blend of education and demonstration, with insights on industry-leading techniques, concepts, and business strategies. This all-access pass to all-things-photo will inspire and educate, leaving participants electrified and ready to explore whole new territories through the camera lens.

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Barbara has been a photographer since she was in grammer school. Over the years she has used 35 mm Nikon cameras, 4x5 and 11x14 studio cameras, Hasselblads, and now Nikon digital cameras. She loves them all.

At one time Barbara was a portrait photographer with a studio in Princeton, NJ and Hopewell, NJ. Her focus is now on birds and animals. Of course, she still does the occasional portrait.

Over the years Barbara has studied with many well known photographers, including Philippe Halsman and Lisette Model.

All of Barbara's photographs are available for purchase as prints or downloads.