The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-09-19T04:28:34Z Sydney Kings Basketball goes on camp with Sports Camps Australia! 2014-09-19T04:28:34Z sydney-kings-basketball-goes-on-camp-with-sports-camps-australia And current U/16’s Metro State Coach, Curtis Sardi has signed on as an SCA Coach for Sydney’s October Basketball Camp. SCA are excited to announce the inclusion of the Sydney Kings Assistant Coach & players from the Sydney Kings development squad, who will assist Curtis Sardi with the October SCA Basketball Camp. The Kings are passionate about the growth of basketball in and around Sydney and what it brings to the wider community. They put major emphasis on development in all their programs with the potential for talent to grow the sport.     Sardi, who also is a junior development officer as well as the u/16’s head coach, is passionate about passing on his knowledge to the younger generation. Sardi is a highly recognised junior basketball coach, with six years as a development officer & coaching at state and national level. Sardi has coached junior sides, such as the Penrith Panthers, to Sydney championships. His teams have also been very competitive in state and national competitions. Sardi has shown that he is passionate about the growth of grassroots basketball and growing the communities engagement in basketball. Enrolments for the October Basketball and Multisport Camps are now open to both beginners and advanced players from the age of 8 to the age of 13. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the best coaches Sydney is able to provide. If you would like to get involved, visit sportscampsaustralia.com.au or call 1800-753-127. GET INTO CAMP TODAY! Notes: Sports Camps Australia (SCA) is partnered by US Sports Camps, Nike and the Healthy Kids Association and are bringing camps in over 12 sports to the Australian market in an effort to get kids active and healthy. SCA teams up with the country's best coaches and clubs to direct camps and provides them with valuable administrative and marketing support. Terror in Australia makes Peace Day even more vital 2014-09-19T02:24:28Z terror-in-australia-makes-peace-day-even-more-vital Australia has been awoken to the need for peace, both within our country and on a global level, just days before International Peace Day will be celebrated. The timing is rather eerie, but it serves to show how much work must be done before we achieve peace.   In the last few days, headlines about the recent raids in Sydney and Brisbane, and the feared backlash have flooded our newsfeeds. It’s clear that Australia’s general public is no longer just a spectator to international conflicts. Prime Minister Tony Abbot has revealed that the terrorism plots that were foiled by the raids were very close to being carried out. This alarming news has forced Australians to realise the global reach of conflicts that we believed might never impact us, which has made peace an even more poignant issue.   The need has arisen for Australians to take a stand, with the rest of the world, for peace. Peace One Day, the organisation behind International Peace Day, has over 470 million supporters worldwide. This year, Australia can support Peace Day through an event that is aligned with and supported by Peace One Day and the United Nations; the Sydney Peace Day Festival.   The Sydney Peace Day Festival will be held this Sunday, the 21st of September, at the iconic Bondi Pavilion. 5% of the proceeds of the day will be given to White Ribbon Australia. Visit the Sydney Peace Day website for more information about the event: http://sydneypeacedayfestival.com/   The founders of the Sydney Peace Day Festival are available for comment.   Media contact For more information and interviews contact: Karen Morris Underground Communications 02 8065 8827 or 0408 559 400 karen@undergroundcomms.com.au Word Branch Publishing Re-releases Terrie McClay’s Acclaimed Breakout Novel: 4-Ever-in-My Heart 2014-09-18T12:52:20Z word-branch-publishing-re-releases-terrie-mcclay-s-acclaimed-breakout-novel-4-ever-in-my-heart Marble, NC, September 18, 2014 -- Word Branch Publishing’s owner, Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh says, “We are excited to get the opportunity to work with Terrie and to publish 4-Ever-in-My Heart. And we are also excited to be able to offer readers a free download of traditional Native flute music to listen to while reading.” The MP3 download of Native American Music Award winner, Randy McGinnis’, Dance of the Spirits is available for a limited time with the purchase of either the electronic or paper editions of the book. Drawing on her extensive knowledge of Lakota culture and the complex relationship with other Americans, McClay weaves a story of intense love, deep-seated hatred, long-standing prejudice and ethereal spirituality. Since 1995, her interest has been focused on the traditions and history of the Lakota, and she has made numerous trips out West and to Canada to do extensive research for her books. 4-Ever-in-My Heart was inspired by many of her own person experiences, working with horses as an equine midwife, volunteering with the BFC (Buffalo Field Campaign) and her spiritual Native American studies. The novel centers around a somewhat reclusive rancher, Lorena Brinton, who, above all, loves horses. She has committed her days to breeding and raising them, but her life is about to become very complicated when she inherits her grandpa’s horse ranch in Montana. While exploring an old trunk in the attic, Lorena learns about her true heritage and is captivated by an old photograph and journal that she discovers. She begins dreaming of a young warrior and is both fascinated and frightened when her dreams take an unusual turn, and she starts to see a mysterious young brave sitting on the back of a black and white paint horse. Things get even more complicated when her dreams literally come true in the form of Sky Hunter, a handsome and troubled Lakota man with whom she has had a mysterious connection even before they actually meet. Sky, who is depressed, unemployed, drinks too much and is haunted by his own demons, has been having his own dreams and visions, and his heart leads him on a course that will change his and Lorena’s lives forever. Terrie McClay’s 4-Ever-in-My Heart is available at http://www.wordbranch.com/4-ever-in-my-heart.html as well as Amazon, Barne & Noble and bookstores everywhere. Word Branch is an independent publishing company located in the heart of Appalachia. WBP represents talented new and emerging authors who need a venue to make their voices heard. Word Branch offers unique titles in both paperback and e-books in a variety of genres including science fiction, fantasy, young adult, indigenous and personal growth. Visit http://wordbranch.com for more information. Contact: Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh Word Branch Publishing PO Box 41 Marble, NC 28905 828 837 5277catherine@wordbranch.comhttp://www.wordbranch.com Depreciation deductions smash through glass ceilings 2014-09-18T04:18:34Z depreciation-deductions-smash-through-glass-ceilings MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release    The five apartments from the hit Channel Nine show ‘The Block Glasshouse’ could each become lucrative purchases for property investors when they go to auction on the 11th of October 2014. An independent depreciation assessment of the completed properties by specialist Quantity Surveyors, BMT Tax Depreciation, has identified significant deductions for any property investor considering purchasing one of the five apartments. The 1980’s office building on High Street Prahran was reported to have been originally purchased for $8.25 million, an average of $1.65 million per apartment. The office conversion to five high end apartments, two food and drink outlets and fourteen parking spaces has undergone extensive renovation by the contestants including installation of both structural components as well as plant and equipment assets. The Managing Director of BMT Tax Depreciation Bradley Beer advised if an investor was to purchase one of the properties, which are tipped to sell for more than $2 million, the properties are an underlying goldmine of deductions. “An investor purchaser could claim a minimum of $49,714 and a maximum of $62,545 as an average first year depreciation deduction for one of the five properties,” said Bradley. “The units will obtain the maximum depreciation potential for investors within the first five years of ownership,” said Bradley. BMT Tax Depreciation prepares tens of thousands of property depreciation schedules each year through eleven office locations around Australia and are specialist Quantity Surveyors. Quantity Surveyors are one of the few professionals recognised by the Australian Taxation Office to have the appropriate costing skills required to estimate building costs for depreciation. Legislation allows the owners of any income producing property to claim depreciation deductions for the wear and tear of the building structure and the assets contained within. Yet Beer says research shows that 80 per cent of property investors fail to take full advantage of property depreciation. “Investors who don’t claim depreciation are missing out on thousands of dollars in their pockets,” said Bradley. Brad Beer will be appearing on an episode of The Block Glasshouse next Wednesday the 24th of September to outline the potential depreciable value of assets installed for contestants Darren and Dee. *ENDS* 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen - Unleash the 3D Artist within You 2014-09-18T04:18:14Z 3doodler-3d-printing-pen-unleash-the-3d-artist-within-you 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen is an innovative gadget that lets you create amazing digital 3D designs. It is a handy handheld unit that can be used simply as a pen, but works more than a pen. This new gadget can be perfect for those who love the artistic work. The 3Doodler is great for free hand drawings and uses plastic strands to create the desired 3D designs.There is a filament on the tip that contains hot plastic which stiffens as you draw something in real time. Those who are new to 3D printing might need some rehearsal to make things go smoother. So you will need some good practice sessions to get the hang of it. Once you’re done, there are many opportunities to draw your imagination.Create decorative stuff for your room or make models for the projects. Starters can begin with 2D models and then join pieces to turn them into 3D things. Two types of materials are available for doodling with this pen, ABS and PLA. The ABS material is preferred for objects that include more curves like jewelry or spiral. On the other hand, the PLA material is used when you wish to doodle on surfaces like metal or windows because it sticks better.Both materials are also different when it comes to appearance. The ABS gives a glossy while the PLA offers a translucent look. However, both are suitable to get the perfect 3D drawings. Unlike common pens, the 3Doodler comes with a power cable since needs continuous power to work. Other notable features of this gadget include – Compatible only with 3mm PLA/ABS plastic, 1-2 minutes warm up time, two types of Indicator lights (blue for ABS and green for PLA), downtime starts after 2 hours of nonstop printing and please avoid using it on skin because the hot plastic will leave the burn marks.The 3Doodler 3D Pen is now available in stock and can be purchased online from Yatango Shopping. One unit comes with 50 strands of PLA plastic and the other one with 50 strands of ABS plastic. 3D printing creating new waves for boat builders 2014-09-17T23:25:41Z 3d-printing-creating-new-waves-for-boat-builders New Zealanders have a fascination with boats which doesn’t just mean a lot of them on the water. The country is also home to a vibrant marine industry which employs over 10 000 people and generates over $2.2-billion in annual sales. But it is a competitive environment, which means the arrival of affordable 3D printing technology gives this industry the opportunity to transform the way it operates. That’s according to Paul Francois, product manager at Comworth Technologies, who notes that custom boat builders and component manufacturers often deal with unusual shapes, bespoke designs and experimental deck layouts. “The ability to very quickly print out ideas and see how things will look in real life, as opposed to on the drawing board or computer screen, gives manufacturers a major boost,” he says. Instead of relying on building balsa models, a time consuming and costly process, boat builders and subcontractors can 3D print their designs on the spot. “That’s made possible with the availability of affordable 3D printing technology like the XYZ Printing Da Vinci. This device retails for around $900 and can produce models of up to 20 cubic centimetres,” says Francois. Angus Small, who has 12 years’ experience as a marine production manager, says the ability to rapidly produce models directly addresses one of the major challenges facing boat builders – the cost of labour. “New Zealand’s industry has to compete on a global stage, but our labour costs are substantially higher than those of countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or China. A low-cost 3D printer reduces the time and cost required to build models of objects using wood – and in this industry, there are a lot of small items and components which can be prototyped before handing them over to the stainless steel or composite fabricators,” he explains. Small says the ability to have a physical object to work with provides a further distinct advantage. “When the cost of producing a model is a $900 device with inexpensive consumables, I think you’ll find a lot more prototyping going on. A lot of items which would ordinarily only be presented on a 3D onscreen drawing can now be printed out, giving members of design teams a far better way of understanding how different components will look and whether or not they will work together.” With a shorter time frame for development, Small says the marine industry can get a major boost in its competitiveness. “Being able to do this in-house at the early stages of product development is a leap forward. Typically, good designs are copied by outsiders within a year or less, so if you can accelerate the time from initial design to production, you’re on to a win,” he adds. Continuing, Francois says the Da Vinci offers ease of use, so any CAD operator will have no difficulty using the machine. “This is a plug n play device and even changing the 600 gram consumable is as simple as changing a toner cartridge,” he says. “And, while more detailed models might be sent offsite to specialist 3D printers, a low cost machine like this is ideal for initial prototyping and evaluation of experimental designs on site and at very low cost. That takes out development time and eliminates the need for expensive testing of designs which won’t work.” Distributed exclusively by Comworth and available from resellers nationwide, the XYZ Printing Da Vinci 1.0 is available immediately. Eleven Clever Ways to a Summer Dream Body 2014-09-17T06:58:19Z eleven-clever-ways-to-a-summer-dream-body Perth, WA, 17 September 2014 – Summer is around the corner in Australia, and many women are curious how to adopt a ‘summer body’ quickly and efficiently.Michelle Monks, Gym Manager at Warwick Women’s Centre, says if women follow most, if not all, of the eleven best suggestions their staff offered, they’ll be on track to a beach-worthy physique.“We worked out some tips that are worthy,” she says. “The obvious ones are eating right and keeping active, and those are very important all year long. But there are several more things to accelerate weight loss in time for beach season.”Monks recommends working out at higher intensity levels: skipping rope, jumping jacks or running in place. She and her staff also advocate balancing your workouts with a combination of strength training and cardio. “This is a super effective workout,” Monks says. “At Warwick Women’s Workout, we offer a circuit that combines both regimens into one. When done this way, it helps build endurance, energy and works your larger muscle sets.” Rowing is also a great way to work several muscle groups at the same time. Rowing machines are effective when used in a gym setting, but rowing a boat or paddling a canoe or kayak will also suffice.If one is strength training, the WWW fitness team agrees that the exercises with the best results are deadlifts, pull-ups and bench presses.Monks says, “We invite women of all ages to try our fitness community. However, during the days when you can’t visit the gym, you can continue with your fitness regime and get some of the same results at home. You can do sit ups, squats and push-ups as easily in your home.”Hiring a personal health coach is helpful as well. These health and fitness experts help keep track goals, address and correct their clients’ fitness weaknesses, offer nutritional advice and much more.One might not think of it, but sleep cycles are important to fitness health. “Your circadian rhythm inside your body helps regulate wakefulness and sleepiness,” Monks says. “If you keep track of your body’s personal clock, find the time that you have the most energy and use that time to exercise. Exercising when you’re already exhausted is essentially futile.”Sleep heals, too, she says. Getting adequate rest helps the body reset for a new day. A good night of rest will regulate metabolism, appetite and keep moods stable.“You should also say no to a big, carb-heavy dinner,” Monks says. “Your body metabolises better earlier in the day. The last thing you want is a plate of pasta sitting in your belly overnight. Carbs can convert to fat unless they’re burned off immediately. So try a salad or even a light soup instead for dinner.”“Hopefully some of these suggestions will mobilise our friends to kickstart their healthy summer bodies!” At Warwick Women’s Workout, our exclusive women’s fitness facility located in Perth, WA, our staff are happy to give advice on keeping healthy. Contact Michelle Monks and join us in better health. View our web page at http://www.warwickwomensworkout.com.au or contact us at (08) 9342 9028. The Axis of Awesome Launch New Comedy Series 2014-09-17T01:30:26Z the-axis-of-awesome-launch-new-comedy-series YouTube sensations The Axis of Awesome have released a brand new interactive comedy series called Axis All Areas that can only be described as Spinal Tap meets an Easter Egg Hunt. The series gives fans the opportunity to peak behind the curtain of the world’s ‘most awesomest comedy band’ as they attempt to shoot their latest music videos. The Axis All Areas series is showing exclusively on the band’s official YouTube channel over the coming months and the first episode, ‘Why Aren’t Lasers Doing Cool Shit?’ is now live at www.youtube.com/axisofawesome - with episode two to follow next week.  Each episode of the series revolves around a brand new music video with a number of scripted comedy sketches set behind-the-scenes. Plus there’s a series of secret videos that fans have to track down themselves by finding hidden links inside the music video and the sketches. Each clip is a standalone piece of comedy content but put together they tell one giant story. It’s up to the viewer to find the pieces, put them all together and discover that story. Axis All Areas marks a joint collaboration between YouTube and Screen Australia and is the band’s second online series after success with ABC’s iView Fresh Blood. The show further underlines the band’s commitment to creating original and engaging comedy content for their online fans. The Axis of Awesome soared to Internet stardom with their song ‘Four Chords’, which has received over 60 million hits online. The group is made up of Jordan Raskopoulos, Benny Davis and Lee Naimo and has been touring the world with their unique brand of musical comedy since 2006, boasting nearly 200,000 YouTube subscribers. Last month The Axis of Awesome performed to sold out shows at their 6th Edinburgh Festival Fringe and are now following this up with their second tours of the UK and Germany, playing over 50 shows through August and September. Critically acclaimed, The Axis of Awesome have picked up numerous awards including the recent Time Out Award for Best Australian Act at the Sydney Comedy Festival and the Moosehead Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. PEPSICO’S DORITOS BRAND INVITES FANS WORLDWIDE TO CREATE THEIR OWN DORITOS ADVERTISEMENTS FOR CHANCE TO WIN $1 MILLION GRAND PRIZE 2014-09-16T05:32:55Z pepsico-s-doritos-brand-invites-fans-worldwide-to-create-their-own-doritos-advertisements-for-chance-to-win-1-million-grand-prize AUSTRALIA — PepsiCo’s Doritos brand is asking fans in Australia and around the world to create a Doritos television advertisement for the chance to see their ads air for an audience of millions. Two winning ads will air for a global television audience with the creator of the ad that receives the most consumer votes winning a $1 million (U.S.) grand prize and a life-changing opportunity to work for a full year onsite as a contractor at Universal Pictures. For more than 100 years, Universal has created global hits from “Jaws” to “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” as well as the blockbuster films of the “Jurassic Park,” “Fast & Furious,” “Bourne,” “Ted” and “Despicable Me” series.  More eligibility details and official rules are available at www.doritos.com.             This opportunity for aspiring filmmakers around the world is part of the ninth installment of the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest. Since it began in 2007, the annual contest has invited consumers to create and submit 30-second homemade ads celebrating their love of Doritos tortilla chips for a chance to see their work during the Super Bowl broadcast — the annual championship game of the National Football League. The program regularly draws more than 100 million viewers in the U.S. alone and millions more around the world. This marks the second time in the history of the competition that consumers in participating countries worldwide have been invited to enter. Winning ads will be potentially aired in each creator’s respective markets even after the Super Bowl broadcast.               While working onsite at Universal Pictures, this year’s winner will experience firsthand the inner workings of this major motion picture studio and have the chance to lend his or her creative talents to a variety of projects, including future Universal Pictures releases such as “Pitch Perfect 2” and other big comedies. This year’s winner will also collaborate with some of the most talented stars in Hollywood, including Elizabeth Banks, who will be making her directorial debut on “Pitch Perfect 2.” Banks has starred in critically-acclaimed films such as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Seabiscuit,” and “Pitch Perfect,” as well as global franchises like “The Lego Movie,” “The Hunger Games” and “Spider-Man.” In addition to her role as a collaborator with this year’s Crash the Super Bowl winner, Banks will also serve on the judging panel that determines the contest finalists.             “The Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest is such an exciting program because it gives aspiring filmmakers around the world an opportunity to break into the entertainment industry,” Banks said. “Making my directorial debut with ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is a dream-come-true for me, and Universal is the studio giving me that shot. I love that Universal and Doritos are also taking a chance on a talented fan, opening doors that could catapult this year’s Crash winner to the big time and change his or her life.”             A qualified panel of judges, including Banks, executives from the Doritos brand and advertising professionals, will select 10 finalist ads — twice as many as the previous year’s contest. Ultimately, two spots will air during the Super Bowl broadcast — one will be selected by fan votes on www.doritos.com and the other by the Doritos brand. The creator of the finalist ad with the highest total number of votes will receive a $1 million (U.S.) grand prize and the opportunity of a lifetime working at Universal Pictures, where he or she will work firsthand with writers, directors and producers to get real-world entertainment industry experience in the heart of Hollywood. “The Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest has a tremendous legacy of engaging bold Doritos fans in the U.S. and the brand is thrilled to bring this renowned program to international markets,” said Lorraine Chow Hansen, President, Global Snacks Group, PepsiCo. “This career-launching opportunity for aspiring filmmakers highlights the amazing creativity of Doritos consumers and we know our fans around the world are up to the challenge. The chance to have their talents showcased during one of the biggest sporting events of the year, win an incredible $1 million prize and work onsite at one of the most renowned movie studios in the world has raised the bar once again for fans to create the ultimate Doritos commercial. We can’t wait to see what they deliver.”  Since Crash the Super Bowl was first introduced, the Doritos brand has received more than 27,000 consumer-created ad submissions with contest winners consistently ranking among the most memorable and buzzed-about Super Bowl commercials. Last year marked the first time the contest was open to fans from participating countries around the world, resulting in more than 5,400 entries from 30 countries. Over the years, creators of winning Doritos ads have been awarded millions of dollars in grand prize money and have gone on to receive commercial work, film deals, Hollywood talent representation and other life-changing experiences. Each of the 10 Crash the Super Bowl finalists will win an invitation to Arizona, to attend Super Bowl XLIX and watch the game from a private suite, where they will tune in to learn which finalist ads will air for the world to see. The eight finalists whose commercials don’t air during the broadcast will each win $25,000. The Super Bowl XLIX broadcast is set for Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, on NBC in the United States and local broadcast networks around the world. ESPN and Foxtel will bring the game to Australia. Starting Friday, Sept. 13, 2014, the Doritos brand will be accepting submissions until Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. As one of the leading snack brands in the world, Doritos has a presence in 46 countries and six continents. With flavors ranging from Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch to Sweet Chili Pepper and Tangy Cheese, the worldwide Doritos portfolio currently offers more than 70 unique varieties.   About Universal Pictures Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com).  Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal.  NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.   About DoritosDoritos is one of the leading brands from PepsiCo’s (NYSE: PEP) global snack portfolio. To learn more about the Doritos brand, visit its website at www.doritos.com.   About PepsiCo PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2013, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.   At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth in shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.   Follow PepsiCo: ·                 Twitter (@PepsiCo) ·                 Facebook ·                 PepsiCo Blogs ·                 PepsiCo Press Releases ·                 PepsiCo Multimedia ·                 PepsiCo Videos ### BROADCAST / PRINT / TV MEDIA: Broadcast quality video, photo stills and press information is available to preview, download and share at www.magicbulletmedia.com/MNR/crashthesuperbowl       Granite Belt Wine Country Events 2014-09-16T05:00:06Z granite-belt-wine-country-events Saturday 20th September. Gamekeepers Dinner - The Barrel Room at Ballendean Estate.  6.30pm. A five course meal featuring game meats, such as quail, duck and local venison perfectly matched with Ballandean Estate's award winning wines $120pp. www.thebarrel-room.com 07 46 841 326 September 25th to 26th October Crisps Art Show 2014 - The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery -, Free Admission. Crisps Art Show returns this year as local school children are asked to create artworks until the theme of “2014: The International Year of Family Farming”. www.srag.org.au 074681 1874 Sunday 28th September Opera in the Swigmore Hall - Robert Channon Wines. 2pm. Tickets are $20 including a glass of wine at the interval and a delicious $30 buffet in the Singing Lake Cafe beforehand. “Wine and Roses” program will feature soprano Emily Burke and mezzosoprano Hayley Sugars www.robertchannonwines.com - 07 4683 3260 Sunday 28th September The Opera Bus. Travelling to Opera in the Swigmore Hall - Robert Channon Wines. Hosted by Lindy Hume, OperaQ’s Artistic Director. Departs Brisbane South Bank at 8.30am returns at 6.30pm $100 incl. hosted return luxury coach travel, special wine tasting inclusive of new vintages, lunch at the Singing Lake Café, “Wine and Roses” program ticket, wine glass at interval. Saturday 4th October Octoberfest - Granite Belt Brewery -. 10am. Beer Drinking, Meat Munching, Live Music and Dancing. What does all this mean? Oktoberfest!! www.granitebeltbrewery.com.au 07 4681 1370 Saturday 4th October Kefi at the Winery - Kominos Wines – 6.30pm. $85pp. A celebration of fine Kominos Wines with Greek cuisine and live Greek bouzouki and Latin dance music. www.kominoswines.com 07 4683 4311 Sunday 5th October The Winemaker and the Chef- Golden Grove Estate- Strangebird Degustation Dinners – 6.30pm. $135pp. Join the Golden Grove family for a night of alternative wines and food to match. www.goldengroveestate.com.au 07 4684 1291 Sunday 5th October Market in the Mountains – 9am-1pm.  Celebrate locals who make it, bake it, grow it or sew it, and offer a diverse range of handmade products. www.marketinthemountains.org 0417 760 529 Saturday 11th October Pranzo Italiano – The Barrel Room at Ballandean Estate- 12 Noon. $50pp. A five course long lunch featuring authentic live Italian music and food with house wine included. www.thebarrel-room.com 07 4684 1326 Saturday 11th October Tapas and Tempranillo – Hidden Creek Winery- 12-3.30 pm.  $15. Tapas and Tempranillo is an afternoon of fabulous music, fantastic Spanish style tapas and fine wine. www.hiddencreek.com.au 07 4684 1383 Saturday 11th October Sunset Vineyard Walk – Twisted Gum Wines 4 pm. $25pp.incl.wine tasting with artisan cheese. Join Tim and Michelle Coelli on a leisurely stroll through their picturesque, hand tended vineyard. www.twistedgum.com.au 07 4684 1282 Saturday 25th October Australian Small Winemakers 2014 Public Tasting -. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to taste over 1,500 wines from Australia's and New Zealand's premier wine districts. www.asws.com.au 07 4681 4482 Saturday 1st November Feast of Saint Martin- Golden Grove Estate (pan’e vino, San Martino) -12 Noon. $58pp. Celebrate the feast of Saint Martin, patron saint of wine, mounted soldiers, & beggars at Golden Grove Estate, with a bountiful beggar’s lunch. www.goldengroveestate.com.au 07 4684 1291 Saturday 8th November Sunset Vineyard Walk - Twisted Gum Wines - 4 pm. $25pp.incl.wine tasting and artisan cheese. Join Tim and Michelle Coelli on a leisurely stroll through their picturesque, hand tended vineyard. www.twistedgum.com.au 07 4684 1282 Sunday 9th November Market in the Mountains -. 9am to 1 pm. Celebrate locals who make it, bake it, grow it or sew it, and offer a diverse range of handmade products. www.marketinthemountains.org 0417 760 529 Sunday 9th November Primi Piatti Italian Yum Cha -. The Barrel Room at Ballendean Estate. From $6.50A twist on the traditional Chinese Yum Cha. Featuring a huge array of savoury and sweet options, from arancini, meat balls,  fried bait fish to tiramisu. www.thebarrel-room.com 07 46 841 326 Saturday 15th November Stanthorpe Rocks 2014 - Ballandean Estate Wines. Featuring Leo Sayer, Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, Russell Morris, 1927, The Eurogliders and local acts. 12- 9 pm. $99. Tickets available at www.stanthorperocks.com.au Saturday 22nd November The Caxton Street Jazz Band - Robert Channon Wines. 2.30pm $20/$15.incl.glasss of wine at interval. Join us  in our concert hall for another blast of trad jazz delivered with the Caxton Street ‘s own special brand of humour. www.robertchannonwines.com 07 4683 3260 Saturday 22nd November – Celebrity Chef Matt Golinski - Banquet on the Belt: A Sumptuous Feast –Stanthorpe Exhibition Centre.6 pm. $150 The finest Granite Belt produce matched with local medal winning wine from the Australain Small Winemakers Show. www.stanagsociety.com.au - 07 4681 2107 The Biggest Natural Bodybuilding Competition Comes to the NSW Central Coast 2014-09-12T09:57:12Z the-biggest-natural-bodybuiulding-competition-comes-to-the-nsw-central-coast The sport of bodybuilding comes to the NSW Central Coast on September 27 to the Impact Centre, Erina.  The ANB Central Coast Natural Physique Championships are presented by the Mick Moss, owner of VIP Fitness Personal Training.  "This year we will witness the best line-ups of athletes in the contest's 12-year history with a record number of competitors", he said.Years of hard work and dedication will be on competing in various categories for both men and women in either bodybuilding, figure, fitness and model categories with ages ranging from teenagers to GrandMasters. Competitors train all year round, but the real competition preparation begins about three months prior to competition, shedding fat by exercising at least six days a week and tailoring their diets to get lean for competition. Its total focus and dedication to being in the best shape possible on stage says Mr Moss. Competitors are very strict with their diets eats five or six meals every day  to hone their bodies as they want to maintain muscle while burning body fat. Its not just about losing fat, this is a real science. Its a lot of work and dedication. For each and every competitor up on stage it is a testament to their commitment, mental strength to overcome challenges, and focus. It takes real heart to compete, says Mr Moss, himself a multiple National and World Champion.The competition is open for entry by natural athletes of all ages and members of ANB Australia. The ANB have a pro-active ASADA drug testing policy to keep the sport clean. The event is a 1-show format incorporating the Prejudging, which is where all competitors in each category appear on stage as a group performing their mandatory poses. This enables the judges to be able to assess like-to-like, followed by the Finals and announcement of Winners. Each category winner is invited at the end to compete for the coveted title of Overall Champions.Apart from the competition on stage, there will be displays by leading suppliers to the sporting athlete, or the fitness conscious.  The finals of the Fitwear NSW Brand Ambassador search will also happen at the event with announcement and presentation of the winner.  This competition is a facebook competition where potential Brand Ambassadors are invited to post a photo of themselves with a supporting statement of why they would make the best Ambassador the Fitwear NSW.  All entrants into the competition are to use the #ANBCentralCoast hashtag.A lucky door prize will also be drawn from entries submitted on the day to win a huge basket of healthy products for body, mind and business.  Contents of the basket include products from JC Fine Foods, Bakers Delight, Well Naturally, the Digital Delusion's latest book on social media and online marketing, Conversational Hypnosis Academy 1 hour 'Breakthrough' session,  the Marketing Muscle 1 hour marketing consult, Chavez Chiropractic adjustment session ... just to name a few.This is going to be the biggest event.  Come join the lineup! #ANBCentralCoastVenue:  Impact Centre, 19 Chetwynd Road, Erina  NSW  2250Date:  Saturday 27 September 2014Time:  Starts at 10.30am Quality Live Music Classes and Concerts for Babies and Toddlers 2014-09-11T05:17:57Z quality-live-music-classes-and-concerts-for-babies-and-toddlers QUALITY INTERACTIVE BABY AND TODDLER MUSIC PROGRAM - MELBOURNE ~ SINGAPORE ~ PENANG   Research conducted at McMaster University and recently published in the scientific journals Developmental Science and Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences has found interactive music classes for babies under 12 months to be developmentally beneficial.   The research found that babies under 12 months participating in interactive music classes had enhanced early communication skills such as pointing, waving and smiling and were socially easier to comfort, reason with and more confident than babies that were not exposed to music in an interactive way.   Baby Love Music Fun is a quality interactive music program that provides this type of musical instruction for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and the great news is the Melbourne developed program is coming west-side.   The award winning program created in 2007 places a strong emphasis on parents and carers engaging with their child by combining development enriching milestone based activities with music, movement and live singing. The musical activities aim to stimulate advancement across the four key areas of gross motor, fine motor and vision, social and speech, language and hearing and are aligned to milestone checklists of the Victorian Government Best Start early years initiative.     The program is also committed to presenting quality first musical experiences for children by using professional singers as teachers. Teachers are professional opera singers so classes offer a wonderful live experience of singing with a fantastic touch of theatrical flair. Program Founding Director, Melanie Maslin has found anecdotally that babies, toddlers and children respond particularly well to live professional quality singing in the classes and that the ability to teach and hold their attention is increased through this medium.   To book a free trial class and join anytime email info@babylovemusicfun.com or call 0401875147More details on our website www.babylovemusicfun.com.au Journal References: 1.     David Gerry, Andrea Unrau, Laurel J. Trainor. Active music classes in infancy enhance musical, communicative and social development. Developmental Science, 2012; 15 (3): 398 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2012.01142.x 2.     Laurel J. Trainor. Musical experience, plasticity, and maturation: issues in measuring developmental change using EEG and MEG. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2012; 1252 (1): 25 DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2012.06444.x   Current releases for three Under The Sea Ball acts 2014-09-11T03:06:30Z current-releases-for-three-under-the-sea-ball-acts GAVIN CAMBPELL, TRENT McDERMOTT and SAM G WILL ROCK THEIR TUNES AT UNDER THE SEA BALL to aid Sea Shepherd Australia Saturday, September 20 at Melbourne Pavilion With Under The Sea Ball about to set sail on its maiden voyage, among the array of weird and wonderful entertainment in an under-the-sea fantasy environment, will be some of the best of Melbourne’s home grown DJs and hip hop acts, all coming together for a spectacular, queer friendly fundraiser event in aid of Sea Shepherd.  Three stand-outs have current releases making waves in clubs on their home turf and internationally. Diving in head first is Trent McDermott, whose tracks “Stars Can’t Shine Without Darkness” and “For What It’s Worth” are two of his latest yet quite different combinations of trance and progressive house. Number 13 in Australia’s Sony InTheMix Top 50 DJ Poll, Trent’s compilations will keep the festivities going into the depths of the night with his equally as deep melodic house compilations. Melbourne-based DJ legend, Gavin Campbell will hit the decks at the Under The Sea Ball. The Poof Doof stalwart had a recent triumph with the Tasty Raid 20th Anniversary that saw thousands of clubbers flock together to pay tribute to the 1994 raid of the gay dance club, Tasty. Gavin’s track “The Saboteurs” featuringEvangeline has made a splash and is currently circulating the ARIA Club Charts. Fresh-faced hip hop artist Sammy G will be swimming in local waters at Under The Sea ball.  Sammy features on “Marathon”, the current track from Congo Tardis, which is making waves in Melbourne’s hip hop scene. A “song of this magnitude commands an equally overwhelming supply of remixes” that will keep Melbourne’s nightlife going all summer long.  Tickets from $60.00 are available through Eventbrite.  Early bird tickets have sold out.    VIP tickets are $85.00 and include a pre-party VIP soiree with canapés, exclusive entertainment and meet & greet opportunities with the heroic crews of the Bob Barker and Steve Irwin ships.   For ticketing and event details, go to www.undertheseaball.com. USB Wall Socket Version 2 Release black aluminium socket now avalible 2014-09-11T02:16:54Z usb-wall-socket-version-2-release Gain a competitive edge over your competition by providing a cutting edge product that today's consumers want and need.Introducing the future of power sockets. 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More products are being charged by USB input from mobile phones to power tools... so if not every socket then at least every dwelling should have at least one by their bed side table, in their bathroom and in their kitchen.Our wall sockets retro fit into any existing GPO and are available in various colours. https://www.usbwallsocket.com.au Mahoneys Framing - Framing the Unusual 2014-09-10T03:43:05Z mahoneys-framing-framing-the-unusual Greg Mahoney started Mahoneys Framing in 1977 and has seen many changes in picture framing in that time. “Probably the two major changes I have noticed,” says Greg, “is that most people want things in a hurry and a lot of what we now frame is quite unusual.”There has been a major shift in picture framing Melbourne towards cheap, imported frames for standard size frames and the framers who have not adapted have gone out of business. In fact, there would be only a handful of framers in Australia who have been in business as long as Mahoneys Framing. The unusual is often becoming the norm but it is only an experienced specialist who can satisfy the discerning client. As an example, in just the last month Mahoneys Framing have framed a large 2.5 metre tapa cloth from Tonga, an Indian miniature painting 12cm x 8cm from India that took 4 weeks to paint using at times a single haired brush, a 2.5 metre aboriginal painting from central Australia, a commission for a large painting of a judge and the framing for a Melbourne Court, children’s toys, a stethoscope and an artificial knee. Greg spoke about a very recent framing design. “Yesterday I delivered 52 certificates that were needed quickly for an interstate client who was having a major awards presentation in Melbourne. The design of the certificate was visually very appealing and it had rounded corners incorporated into the design. To match the certificate we rounded the corners of the double mat that surrounded the certificate. The rounded corners with the silver inner mat and Italian silver frame were a perfect complement to the certificate. I really enjoyed the finished result.” As another example, an architectural firm were looking at framing a series of awards they had received. Mahoneys Framing came up with a unique frameless Perspex frame which had four completely flat screws screwed through the Perspex, matboard and backing. “We decided,” says Greg, “to make the mats super big, as I believe it enhanced the design. I was very happy with the result.” The other aspect of picture framing that has changed significantly is that most want their framing yesterday. It is the pace of modern living and also that people have less time to do things. This applies to individuals, but it is particularly important for corporate clients. There are not many picture framers who can deliver quickly as most are small operators and lack the manpower to take on large jobs.“Mahoneys Framing,” says Greg, “is one of the largest and longest established framers in Melbourne and we have been operating in the Melbourne CBD forever. We are used to tight timeframes and we know the importance of delivering on time.” Greg concludes by saying. “Over the years a lot of people have said we should have a second location, but I’m happy in the city. We service our clientele well and many people come from all over Melbourne for our framing. I love framing the unusual and I enjoy it when people tell me no other framer could do this job. It makes my life interesting.”