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MDEEC Recieves Recognition from Silicon Valley

MDEEC excels at their services, granting the company recognition from Silicon Valley.

There are very few companies that can boast of quality customized training and solution-based videos for their clients­–not only in India, but also in Asia and the US. These two crucial and special services are provided eloquently by one company: Mehul Darooka Engagement and Entertainment Corporation, which is headquartered in Pune, India. Recently, the company was recognized with a letter of recognition for their services by several companies that MDEEC were serving in Silicon Valley, California.

The company is helmed by Mehul Darooka, who has the distinction holding an MMS (Master of Management Science) from Pune University–one of the prestigious universities in the world.

Mehul himself is an accomplished corporate trainer, internationally published author, and short filmmaker. He has trained 20,000+ people from various corporatations, institutes, and companies around the globe. He is also the founder of the Global Connaissance Exchange Festival, an online festival between countries and continents in which knowledge is exchanged amongst world leaders.

Mehul has authored three books on entrepreneurship, with his second book released in three editions. Two of his books are written in English and the other is composed in in Marathi. His Hindi edition, as well as other language editions, will be released soon.

In August 2019, Mehul also had the privilege and rare feat of releasing his third book in Silicon Valley amidst an esteemed panel and well-known entrepreneurs.

MDEEC has also been instrumental in contributing to some of the most prolific mega-events, corporate films, stage shows, radio shows, and plays. One of the most notable performances was the mega singing and dancing competition for 250 colleges in association with the reputed Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts. MDEEC has scripted almost 200 stage shows, corporate seminars, workshops, public gatherings, and 500 plus poems. Mehul also represented one of his clients on a radio channel based out of California in a show called “Saturday Swag,” which has a listenership totaling half a million viewers.

MDEEC’s recognition comes in the wake of serving clients from multiple industries. The most challenging industry was serving the Criminal Justice System of California for 15 counties as a training specialist.

“We are happy that we could cater to such a unique and different line of work, and supported [our clients during] such a tough and difficult area of work” says founder Mehul Darooka with a proud smile.

They have also been phenomenally successful at providing customized video and filmmaking solutions. Some of their global and esteemed clients include Suzlon Energy, Trimble INC, Loreal Cosmetics, Solix Tech, Emagia, Draexlmaier, Fujitsu, S&N, Schaeffler India, Cummins India, Symbiosis Institute, Indira, and many more.

Mehul and his company have also been applauded and decorated with awards. They have won the certificate of excellence from the reputed National Film Development Corporation in Mumbai. The company has also been granted recognition from reputed universities and colleges based out of India and US.

Mehul Darooka has also had the extraordinary and amazing opportunity to interview great industry leaders and stalwarts from all walks of life. Some of the dignitaries interviewed by him are Dr. Ganesh Natarajan­: former CEO of Zensar, Mr. Girish Chitale: owner of Chitale foods, Mr. Sidharth Jain: CEO of the biggest book to screen company in India, Mr. Vishal Furia: well known Indian film director, Mr. Kailash Katkar­­: CEO of Quick Heal, Ms. Shubhra Chaddha: CEO of Chumbak, and many more.

With a team of passionate and experienced trainers, facilitators, and consultants, MDEEC is for sure to grow and reach even greater heights. They also boast of an enthusiastic and experienced team of technicians like cinematographers, actors, editors, and more to support the creation of the perfect corporate film for your product, process, or company. You name it, and MDEEC will offer you the best service at the most competitive prices, leaving their customers delighted.

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Marine Layer Wines

Marine Layer Wines Launches in Downtown Healdsburg 

Marine Layer Wines,  a modern new winery that brings the soul of the Sonoma Coast to life with its lineup of small production Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, has officially launched, with a tasting room opening in downtown Healdsburg, June 2021.

Marine Layer was created by a tight-knit team of free-spirited colleagues who share a devotion to quality wine, genuine hospitality and living life to the fullest. They have already amassed a small cult-like following of industry insiders and locals who have embraced their stellar lineup from sought-after vineyard sites.

“This winery is a passion project many years in the making for the team,” said Baron Ziegler, founder of Marine Layer. “It’s pretty rare that you get the chance to work with a group that has this much joy for their craft, and it’s no surprise that it’s expressed through our wine, which is authentic, small-batch, and sustainably sourced. We can’t wait to share Marine Layer wines with everyone.”

The name Marine Layer pays homage to the prominent blanket of fog that pours in from the Pacific.  Known for cooler temperatures and wild and rugged terrain, the wines are vibrant, structured, and finessed.  With a focus on sustainable farming, heritage clones, and hand-harvesting, Marine Layer’s obsession for quality guides their path.  Every bottling of Marine Layer is produced in tiny quantities, some as small as four barrels.

“With decades of experience and deeply rooted relationships with the top growers in the Sonoma Coast, we built Marine Layer with an intimate knowledge of this region,” said Winemaker Rob Fischer. “Our wines are a pure expression of the land, history and soul of the Sonoma Coast.”

Marine Layer has partnered with local designers, the Hommeboys, who have perfectly captured the spirit of the Sonoma Coast in the design of the tasting room.  With its warm, earthy tones, low-key coastal vibe and layered textures, the space exudes the look and feel of the ultimate laid-back Northern California retreat.  Marine Layer’s Tasting Room is slated to open in downtown Healdsburg, June 2021.

For more information, please visit Marine Layer Wines website.

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The Modern-Day Farmer: Innovation on a 100-Year-Old Farm

By: Matt Billings

You could call me a third-generation almond farmer turned “entrepreneurial yogurt innovator;” and those two titles are linked more than you can imagine. I’ve been able to combine my love of the land and our family farm with a drive to innovate and create, adding a whole new branch to our family farming legacy. 

As a result of running an almond farm in the San Joaquin Valley, California, the land has always been an integral part of my family’s life, and it runs in my blood. My great grandfather started our farm in 1913. For over 100 years, we have been farming in California, and it’s been a true labor of love. Sustainability is the key, and our family is driven by the desire to pass on healthy, living soil to the next generation. 

I earned a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of California, Davis, and have served as an alternate on the Almond Board of California’s Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Production Research Committee. Farming is my passion, and I love being a lifetime learner regarding how to constantly innovate and support the farming community. And of course, we Billings love what we think of as a pretty much perfect food–almonds. 

Walking the orchard is always the best part of my day. Our almond trees live up to about 30 years, and to watch their seasonal process is both beautiful and grounding. The bare branches of the winter bloom gloriously in the spring and summer. Then, in the fall, the almonds are harvested when the tree is shaken to loosen the nuts. The cycle of nature, as well as the challenges, stay true. Like any farmer, there is so much appreciation for the earth and a strong desire to take care of it. One of the guiding tenets for our farm–and family– is, “leave the earth a better place than when you started.” 

I am also an innovator and have a passion for better health through wholesome foods. About four years ago, the family came together to figure out how we could offer our almonds to consumers in a new way. It’s a pretty amazing thing when generations can build upon each other. We believe in the dietary goodness of almonds, and knew we could do more with our product. It was time to take a big chance. For the Billings family, that meant creating AYO Almond-based Yogurt. 

At first, it seemed like a pretty straightforward endeavor–using our organic almonds in almond milk based yogurts. But nothing good comes easy. We created a whole new retail product, and we weren’t going to go to market until we were confident that our yogurt was the best offered.

We like to call AYO Almond Milk Yogurt “farm-to-spoon” because we created this yogurt every step of the way. I truly oversee the entire process, starting with the 20 almonds that go into each cup. The almonds are cleaned and sorted, then blanched in boiling water to remove the outer skin. Then, they are roasted and ground into almond butter–the pure nut butter almond base that is used to make AYO. AYP is all-natural, contains nothing artificial, and is probiotic-rich.

Being a father, the importance of creating wholesome food–we call it “better for you foods”–that I want to feed my own kids is a driving force in creating our product. We worked hard to create a healthy yogurt that isn’t full of sugar, but that kids (and adults) like. We did just that, and like to say it’s “kid tested, parent approved.” We churn our organic almonds, and create a creamy yogurt with a touch of toasted almond flavor. Then we picked the flavors the kids and adults love: vanilla, organic peach, strawberry, blueberry, and more to come. And we’ve been proud to say that we are getting fantastic feedback from our customers–they love the taste and texture. We are thrilled with their reviews. 

Every day I am reminded of my forefathers’ challenges with running an almond farm–water supply, the challenges of mother–you name it. But jumping into the retail food market is a whole new learning curve. First, I wouldn’t recommend launching a new product during a pandemic. I can say that with a smile, but it has been a challenge to market something with incredible taste when you can’t have in-store tastings. We’ve had to work harder on other fronts and, just like in farming, you have to surround yourself with trustworthy people that share your vision and work hard for a common goal.

I love farming. I love creating wholesome food that our customers enjoy. We’ve had the joy of creating a product our family is proud of in a tough time. Just like the generations before me, I truly believe with a commitment to quality and core values, you’ll find success. 

To Find AYO near you, visit this website.

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TAYLOR SWIFT – ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Taylor Swift Wins Album of the Year at Grammys

Taylor Swift × Disney+

Taylor’s announcement video on Twitter and Instagram

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Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner (The National), Jack Antonoff (Bleachers) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) created an album that crossed genres — a musical journey that allows us to cry and laugh, and during these trying times, makes us feel like we’re not quite so alone. They recorded “folklore” thousands of miles apart from each other and had never been in the same room together…

…until now

“folklore: the long pond studio sessions” was filmed in upstate New York in September 2020 and will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Wednesday, November 25, at 12:01AM PT. Taylor, accompanied by co-producers Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff along with a guest appearance by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), performs each song in order of her critically adored, five star album, “folklore” and for the very first time, reveals the stories and secrets behind all 17 songs.

“folklore: the long pond studio sessions” was directed by Taylor Swift and filmed on 6 x Lumix S1H mirrorless cameras with Leica lenses embedded in the studio, along with a one Alexa LF with an Angenieux 24-290 on a Furio robotic camera with 30+ feet of curved track.

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TAYLOR SWIFT RELEASES FEARLESS (TAYLOR’S VERSION) ALBUM 

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Today Taylor Swift released Fearless (Taylor’s Version).

The 27-track album of new recordings was produced by Taylor Swift, Chris Rowe, Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff and features musical collaborations with Colbie Caillat, Keith Urban and Maren Morris.

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) includes six never before released songs, including “Mr. Perfectly Fine” and “You All Over Me (Taylor’s Version)” featuring Maren Morris, which marks Taylor’s 130th Billboard Hot 100.  Taylor Swift now has the most entries in the Billboard Hot 100 of any female artist in history.

Taylor Swift released her second studio album, Fearless in 2008. It is the most awarded Country album of all time and received GRAMMY’s most prestigious accolade, Album of The Year Award in 2010. Taylor is the only female artist ever to have been honored in this category three times (Fearless1989 and folklore).

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) tracklisting

  1. Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
  2. Fifteen (Taylor’s Version)
  3. Love Story (Taylor’s Version)
  4. Hey Stephen (Taylor’s Version)
  5. White Horse (Taylor’s Version)
  6. You Belong with Me (Taylor’s Version)
  7. Breathe (Taylor’s Version) Featuring Colbie Caillat
  8. Tell Me Why (Taylor’s Version)
  9. You’re Not Sorry (Taylor’s Version)
  10. The Way I Loved You (Taylor’s Version)
  11. Forever & Always (Taylor’s Version)
  12. The Best Day (Taylor’s Version)
  13. Change (Taylor’s Version)
  14. Jump Then Fall (Taylor’s Version)
  15. Untouchable (Taylor’s Version)
  16. Forever & Always (Piano Version) (Taylor’s Version)
  17. Come in with the Rain (Taylor’s Version)
  18. Superstar (Taylor’s Version)
  19. The Other Side of the Door (Taylor’s Version)
  20. Today Was a Fairytale (Taylor’s Version)
  21. You All Over Me (from the Vault) Featuring Maren Morris
  22. Mr. Perfectly Fine (from the Vault)
  23. We Were Happy (from the Vault)
  24. That’s When (from the Vault) Featuring Keith Urban
  25. Don’t You (from the Vault)
  26. Bye Bye Baby (from the Vault)
  27. Bonus Track: Love Story (Taylor’s Version) – Elvira Remix
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Vinfolio’s New Chief Technology Officer

Vinfolio Announces New Chief Technology Officer, Stephen Mutch

Vinfolio, one of the country’s leading fine-wine companies, is pleased to announce its hire of new Chief Technology Officer Stephen Mutch. Mutch will be leading the development of strategic technology solutions that align with Vinfolio’s goal to make buying, selling, and storing fine wine a seamless, technology-driven experience for collectors.

“Stephen brings a wealth of industry-related tech experience to Vinfolio, both as an entrepreneur and with WineDirect,” says Adam Lapierre, Vinfolio’s President. “We are confident that Stephen’s contribution to the company will position us for true innovation, solidifying our role as the market leader in our space.”

Mutch was raised in San Diego, California. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he began his career in technology in one of the largest data centers in Southern California. That experience highlighted his passion for online applications and the utilization of technology to simplify complex problems. After relocating to Napa, California in 2006, Mutch took his technical expertise to the wine industry, landing a position with the startup Inertia Beverage Group, now WineDirect—where he eventually became Vice President. With WineDirect, Mutch learned the unique challenges and needs of the wine industry, as well as the complexities of its highly regulated marketplace. In 2011, Mutch left WineDirect to develop his own proprietary, end-to-end solution that simplified commerce, customer management, compliance, and shipping for hundreds of wineries and retailers within the industry.

“I am excited to be joining the team at Vinfolio and to be a part of an organization that is hyper-focused on delivering exceptional consumer experiences,” Mutch says. “The future of this company and the opportunities in the marketplace are exciting. I look forward to developing a strong technology strategy and infrastructure to meet its needs.”

Vinfolio transforms how the fine wine community buys, sells, manages, and enjoys fine wine with advanced cellar management technology, fine wine storage facilities, and a direct-to-consumer ecommerce platform. Combined, these systems empower the fine wine enthusiast to acquire highly collectible wine directly from producers, purchase and sell wine from Vinfolio’s collector marketplace, stay on top of every bottle in their cellar, and engage with other fine wine collectors, industry influencers, and winemakers—all in one seamless experience.

Vinfolio is majority-owned by Executive Chairman Don St. Pierre Jr. and his business partner and good friend Allan Warburg, co-founder and co-CEO of Bestseller Fashion Group China. St. Pierre is the recipient of numerous wine industry accolades, including being named number seven on Decanter magazine’s 2011 Top 50 global wine industry power players and selected by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as the 2011 International Man of the Year. In 2012, the French government awarded St. Pierre Jr. the degree of Knight in the French Ordre du Mérite Agricole, and in 2015, he was appointed as a member of the supervisory board of Vinexpo Overseas. Vinfolio’s ownership also includes Jean-Michel Valette, who chairs the Education and Examination Board (EEB) of the Institute of Masters of Wine and is former chairman of Robert Mondavi Corporation and Peet’s Coffee, and Jon Moramarco, former CEO of Constellation Brands.

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Weedmaps Virtual 4/20 Event

With 4/20 right around the corner, Weedmaps, in partnership with Diamond Supply Co and Wiz Khalifa / Taylor Gang, has announced an upcoming limited-edition 4/20 capsule collection featuring apparel items and accessories for cannabis lovers and streetwear aficionados alike.

The capsule will be available for purchase starting tomorrow, 4/20, on Diamond Supply Co’s website, at the LA Diamond Supply clothing store, as well as a number of Diamond Supply authorized retailers. Items in the collection include hoodies, t-shirts, crewnecks, hats, sweatpants, a varsity jacket and a catch-all tray, all retailed between $36-$480. Proceeds from the capsule purchases will be donated to cannabis reform nonprofit, Last Prisoner Project via Weedmaps.

Also, be sure to also check out Weedmaps’ 4/20 “Even Higher Together” virtual event (taking place on the holiday on Weedmaps’ website) hosted by Snoop Dogg with co-headliners A$AP Rocky and Jhené Aiko. The 4/20 collection will be worn by Wiz Khalifa, Chevy Woods and Fedd the God during the Taylor Gang Cypher hosted by Wiz featuring Taylor Gang members and more, with beats supplied by world-renowned producer The Alchemist.

Weedmaps Announces “Even Higher Together” Virtual 4/20 Event Featuring Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Jhené Aiko and More .

Weedmaps, the premier destination for consumers to discover cannabis products and retailers, announced today its second virtual 4/20 event, “Even Higher Together,” to celebrate the holiday. Hosted by Snoop Dogg with co-headliners A$AP Rocky and Jhené Aiko, the virtual event will include appearances by Wiz Khalifa, Mike Tyson, G-Eazy, Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany, Berner, The Alchemist, TOKiMONSTA, Ms. Pat, Too $hort, Jaleel White, Bam Marley, and more.

“Despite the last year being a challenging one for everyone, there is ample reason to celebrate given the momentum we’ve seen in cannabis legislation across the country, and we wanted to, once again, give our community a way to do so safely”

“Weedmaps’ virtual 4/20 event is going to be phenomenal,” said Snoop Dogg. “Anything celebrating cannabis and the culture around it, you know I gotta be there. Cannabis brings people together and Weedmaps is doing just that. I’m also dropping my new album, “From Tha Streets 2 Tha Suites” on 4/20, to give my fans a little something to smoke to on this holiday, ya dig?”

The virtual event will ring in 4:20 across all U.S. continental time zones and include a variety of never-before-seen performances, including Wiz Khalifa hosting a cypher featuring Taylor Gang members and more, with beats supplied by world-renowned producer The Alchemist. Additionally, Mike Tyson, Too $hort, and Jaleel White will get together with celebrity chef Nikki Steward, as she cooks up the perfect 4/20 brunch.

“Despite the last year being a challenging one for everyone, there is ample reason to celebrate given the momentum we’ve seen in cannabis legislation across the country, and we wanted to, once again, give our community a way to do so safely,” said Juanjo Feijoo, chief marketing officer, Weedmaps. “As cannabis becomes more widely accepted and as the industry experiences significant growth, Weedmaps is steadfast in its commitment to bring together consumers and businesses as we continue the fight for a more inclusive industry. In that vein, we’re excited to bring together top talent to create an eclectic event to celebrate the progress that’s been made thus far and unite for the necessary work that is ahead.”

To highlight the importance of criminal justice reform, decarceration, and equity in cannabis for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, WM TEAL (Together for Equity, Access & Legalization) and Last Prisoner Project will bring together activists who have been previously incarcerated for cannabis crimes, as well as M-1 of dead prez, for the Last Prisoner Project Justice Session, moderated by rapper and activist Talib Kweli. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to donate directly to the Last Prisoner Project throughout the virtual event to support those incarcerated for cannabis crimes and their reentry into society.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, April 20, adults 21 and older in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico can tune into the free virtual celebration for one day only by visiting Weedmap’s website. Adults living in states where cannabis is legal are encouraged to check out their website or download the Weedmaps app on iOS or Android to find the latest deals ahead of the festivities.

Weedmaps, the premier destination for consumers to discover cannabis products and retailers, announced today their second virtual 4/20 event, “Even Higher Together.” The live stream will be hosted by Snoop Dogg (who will also be debuting his new album From Tha Streets 2 Tha Suites) with co-headliners A$AP Rocky and Jhené Aiko.

Attendees can expect: 

  • Top Tier Talent: In addition to Snoop, A$AP, and Jhené, appearances will be made by G-Eazy, Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany, Berner, TOKiMONSTA, Ms. Pat, Bam Marley, and more. Other notable talents will be featured in interactive sessions and never-before-seen performances including:
    1. Taylor Gang Cypher: Wiz Khalifa will be hosting a cypher featuring Taylor Gang members and more, with beats supplied by world-renowned producer The Alchemist.
    2. Last Prisoner Project Justice Session: Viewers can tune in to learn more about the importance of criminal justice reform as WM TEAL (Together for Equity, Access & Legalization) and Last Prisoner Project bring together activists who have been previously incarcerated for cannabis crimes, as well as M-1 of dead prez, in a panel moderated by rapper and activist Talib Kweli.
    3. Cooking with cannabis: Mike Tyson, Too $hort, and Jaleel White get together with celebrity chef, Nikki Steward, as she cooks up the perfect 4/20 brunch.
  • Timing: Attendees 21 and older across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are invited to tune in at weedmaps.com/wm-420/ beginning at 1 p.m., and ring in 4:20 pm across all U.S. continental time zones PDT on Tuesday, April 20.

About Weedmaps

Founded in 2008, Weedmaps’ mission is to power a transparent and inclusive global cannabis economy. As WM Holding Company’s (WMH) business-to-consumer (B2C) platform, Weedmaps provides consumers with the latest information about cannabis and cannabis products and connects its retailer and brand clients to those highly engaged consumers on its website and mobile apps.

WMH holds a strong belief in the power of cannabis and the importance of enabling safe, legal access to consumers worldwide. Since inception, WMH has worked tirelessly, not only to be the most comprehensive platform for consumers, but also to build the software solutions that power business compliance in the space; to advocate for legalization, social equity, and licensing in many jurisdictions; and to facilitate further learning by partnering with dozens of subject matter experts in providing detailed, accurate information about the plant.

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Weedmaps employs more than 400 professionals around the world, including in Denver; Sacramento, California; Tucson, Arizona; New York; Barcelona, Spain; and Toronto. Visit their website here.

About Last Prisoner Project (LPP)

The Last Prisoner Project (LPP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cannabis-related criminal justice reform. As the United States moves away from the criminalization of cannabis, giving rise to a major new industry, there remains the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered under America’s unjust policy of cannabis prohibition. Through intervention, advocacy, and awareness campaigns, the Last Prisoner Project works to redress the past and continuing harms of these inhumane and ineffective laws and policies. Visit their website or text FREEDOM to 24365 to donate and learn more.

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Ziggy Marley × Concert

Ziggy Marley to Headline First “Concerts In Your Car” Live Concert of the Season

Legendary Reggae Musician to Pay Tribute to his Father’s Legacy on April 17 in Ventura

The music is BACK!  Concerts in Your Car returns to the Ventura County Fairgrounds with a blockbuster live concert by Ziggy Marley.  An eight-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner, guitarist, songwriter, and humanitarian, Marley will perform, along with his band, a tribute to his legendary father, Reggae Icon Bob Marley.  This year will mark the fortieth anniversary of his father’s death.
 
Ziggy Marley is known as a musical pioneer, infusing the reggae genre with funk, blues, rock, and other elements.  Marley, who is a prolific composer, usually primarily performs his own compositions.  Sets focusing on his late father’s music are a rare event.
 
Two performances are scheduled for Saturday, April 17 at 5 pm and 8:30 pm at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  Tickets start at $99. per car for up to four passengers, with additional passenger tickets available for purchase.  The number of passengers must not exceed the number of safety belts/seats in the vehicle.  Tickets are sold in advance and online only. 
 
All “Concerts In Your Car” events include a visual light show and multi-media entertainment.  The combination of an extra high, theatre-in-the-round style, four-sided stage, and four over-sized screens ensures that every seat is the best seat in the house.  The events are designed to comply with all state and county restrictions.  Sound comes from the stage like a traditional concert and can also be heard via car stereos on an FM station.
 
Next up for April is the electronic dance music duo Hippie Sabotage on Saturday, April 24.  They are best known for their remix of “Habits”, which has surpassed a phenomenal 800 million views on YouTube.  To buy tickets and for more information visit the website.
 
ABOUT CBF PRODUCTIONS
In 2020 when large public gatherings were rendered unsafe by COVID-19, CBF Productions launched the first drive-in live music experience in California. They continue to lead the pack by bringing top-name talent to their acclaimed live, drive-in, theatre-in-the-round-style, and socially distanced entertainment option to the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  From their legendary Boots & Brews Country Music Festivals to Tequila & Taco FestivalsWinter Wine Walks and more, CBF’s visionary events have been on the forefront of the food/drink and music festival circuit for over 12 years. 

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VIDAS: Deep in Mexico and Spain

ADVENTURE AWAITS IN THIS NEW COMING-OF-AGE TRAVEL MEMOIR 

“VIDAS: Deep in Mexico and Spain”

A Tribute to The Glorious Diversity of Our Worlds

Shortly after the American ministers of hate started demonizing the people of Mexico, New York Times Best-Selling Author Edward Stanton began writing about his own wide experience living in that country, confounding the bigots and their bogeys, showing the real women, men, and children he knew there. When the coronavirus struck Spain last year, he decided to include that country as a homage to it and its people, whom he also knew and loved. 

This is how VIDAS: Deep in Mexico and Spain was born.

A wayward descendant of Mexico’s national hero, a femme fatale who recites poems in cantinas, a Tunisian prostitute in Barcelona, a Spanish psychiatrist who fights brave bulls, the wise owner of the world’s oldest restaurant. They are just a handful of the characters portrayed in VIDAS: Deep in Mexico and Spain, the first memoir to capture Mexico and Spain from the perspective of an American and the knowledge of an insider.

VIDAS explores subjects as diverse as the art of blasphemy, the cult of the Virgin Mary, superstition and witchcraft, the bordellos of Mexico, Spain’s paradise of drink and food, the bullfight, and the running of bulls in Pamplona, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Every chapter of this vibrant travel memoir depicts a different person or place, which combined create a cross-section of the most populous Spanish-speaking countries in the New and Old World. VIDAS is a passage from childhood to adolescence and maturity, a tribute to nature and the open road, an exaltation of love, food, and wine, a journey from the tender, mortal flesh to the luminous world of the spirit.

-RELEASE DATE: March 1st, 2021
-PUBLISHING COMPANY: Waterside Publications
-ISBN-13: 978-1-949003-47-5 (print)
-ISBN-13: 978-1-949003-48-2 (eBook)
-GENRE: Nonfiction, travel, memoir, culture, diversity
-PRICE: $17.95 (print) $9.95 (eBook)
-PURCHASING INFO: VIDAS is available for purchase on Amazon here.

Why You Need This Book

Filled with photographs, this engaging and unique memoir provides a sensory travel experience many of us are craving today. VIDAS: Deep in Mexico and Spain offers the opportunity to learn about faraway lands and striking events while never leaving home. This timely “armchair travel” memoir is for anyone searching for an escape during our troubled time.

“Lyrical…Iconic…Elegant…” –KIRKUS REVIEWS

“A love letter to the Mexican and Spanish peoples, a pure affirmation of life in countries with radical cultures of death.” –ANA MERINO, WINNER 2020 PREMIO NADAL

About the Author, Edward Stanton:

Born in Colorado and raised in California, Edward Stanton has lived in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, and Spain. He’s the author of twelve books, some of them translated and published in Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese. Road of Stars to Santiago, the story of his 500-mile walk on the ancient pilgrimage route to Compostela, was called one of the best books on the subject by the New York Times; Stanton’s environmental novel Wide as the Wind, the first to treat the tragic history of Easter Island, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Young Adult Fiction and three other international prizes. 

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Honest Marijuana Company

In the old days of illegal weed, the price you paid for your weekend toke depended mostly on who was selling it to you. These were behind-the-scenes transactions, with no recourse for a deal gone bad and no way to price compare with a competitor. You paid the price asked or you went without.

Now, as state legalization grows and the chatter about federal legalization becomes less talk and more reality, the game has changed forever for the buyer. So, it’s a good time to be clear on what you’re paying for before you go to your local cannabis boutique, or even the corner store, if you should be so lucky to have marijuana available for sale there!

First off, price comparing starts with quantity

If you want to look at what your weed is going to cost you, and even compare different strains, it’s best to pick a quantity. From state to state, the price of quantity X will vary, based on factors we’ll discuss later, but for now, it’s important to understand what quantities you can order in. 

The most common quantities you can buy cannabis in are a gram, eighth of an ounce, quarter of an ounce, half an ounce, and a full ounce. Notice how the common quantities mix metric and Imperial measuring units? A gram is 1/1000th of a kilogram and an ounce is 1/16th of a pound. Typically, you’ll find that dispensaries will use ounces for larger quantities, and grams for a smaller purchase.

What does a gram look like? It’s about the size of a bottle cap, which gives you a visual point of reference to figure out what you’re getting for what price. The average joint is about 0.7 grams of weed so a gram will give you about 1.5 joints. Here are the other measurements, to give you a rough idea of what you’re getting:

  • An eighth of an ounce (which is roughly 3.5 grams) will give you just about 5 joints.
  • A quarter of an ounce (7 grams) will net about 10 joints.
  • A half an ounce (14 grams) will give you about 20 joints.
  • A full ounce (28 grams) is just about equal to 40 joints.

From Alaska to West Virginia, that price per ounce of medium quality weed can run anywhere from $6 to $12.

Quality is the next factor

If you look at average prices of weed across the country, they’re pretty stable and typically refer to medium quality cannabis. When you want to compare a gram of cannabis from one shop to another, a major increase in price could be because of the quality of the product. 

For example, an organic and locally indoor grown variety might be more expensive than a mass produced, imported one. You really do have to compare apples to apples, if you want to be sure you’re getting the right picture.

Other factors that will influence the price of weed

Your state’s legal stance toward cannabis

If you live in a state where cannabis isn’t legal in any form, obviously you’re still operating in the old ways of quiet deals made with people who don’t really care to negotiate the prices they feel like charging. After all, they risk going to jail for providing you with your ‘chill’ so there’s a premium attached to that.

In the states that have legalized recreational marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington), you’ll find competition higher and prices that reflect that.

The remaining twenty-one states that have legalized medical marijuana require a doctor’s note to obtain it, which isn’t a particularly challenging hurdle in most places, so this doesn’t affect the prices too significantly.

One place where cannabis is particularly expensive? Washington D.C. Despite legalization of medical and recreational use, they didn’t legalize the purchase of cannabis. That little detail is reflected in prices that are almost twice the national average for legalized / decriminalized states!

The physical geography of where you live

Cannabis isn’t an overly fussy plant to cultivate but it does prefer warm, stable temperatures, averaging in the daytime around 80 degrees. Places that have daytime temperatures that run hotter than 88 degrees or colder than 60 degrees have a harder time growing—it’s a slower process—and can end up with plants that have lower THC content and therefore lower overall quality.

So, if you live in Alaska or New Hampshire, for example, your weed has most likely been brought in from elsewhere, which means added costs in transportation and labor, to package and ship.

How your weed is grown

How your preferred brand is grown makes a difference on quality. 

  • Are they grown outdoors where light, water, soil, and ambient daytime temperatures are all free for the asking and therefore don’t add to the cost of production? 
  • Are they grown indoors, where special electrical lighting, watering and feed systems, and climate control are all required and add to the cost of production? 

Outdoor grown weed can be lower quality in that there aren’t many ways to control Mother Nature. Being able to control elements through technology can yield a higher quality product. From pest and humidity control to very specific watering schedules, as well as the use of light waves to maximize growth and intensity, indoor growers have the keys to control quality in ways that outdoor growers really cannot.

Factor in also whether the grower is using organic production methods, as this will definitely yield a higher quality product. No toxins from pesticides means a cleaner experience for you.

Where you buy your marijuana

Are you buying from a boutique dispensary or a corner store? Are you buying from a chain of cannabis stores or from a one-man dealer? Which way you go will affect the price you pay.

Dispensaries have overhead and staff to pay, which adds to the cost. However, they also have guidelines to follow in terms of packaging and labeling, as well as a vested interest in pleasing their customer, so they’re a good bet. You will know exactly what you’re getting, including the sourcing, THC content, whether it’s organic or not and so on. If you buy from a dealer, who is claiming to sell high quality products, you have no guarantees whatsoever that they are telling the truth.

Competitors drive the price down

Supply and demand is an easy equation. If there are several dispensaries with similar offerings in your area, the price per gram will be lower than in an area with no competition for your one dispensary. There is less supply for potentially similar demand, which can easily affect the price. The key as a consumer is to know your average pricing so you can tell whether or not you are getting a good deal.

Taxation and legalization go hand in hand

The states that have legalized marijuana have also clued in that it is an important revenue source. Sales tax, if the state has one, is applied to cannabis too. The rate can be higher for weed than for other products, as it is in Colorado. They have a state sales tax rate of 2.9% but the rate for weed? 10%.

In addition to sales tax, legal sellers are faced with taxes in production, purchasing, packing and transportation, costs that are typically downloaded to the end consumer.

The timing of your purchases

Time of year can impact the price of weed. Like most cultivated crops, the largest amounts are harvested in and around the month of September. Result? The supply is up, and prices should go down a little. 

As legalization continues to expand, state to state and even federally, the pricing will become more standard and easier to predict. At that point, the quality of the weed will be the big differentiator and as the end consumer, that’s not a small factor to consider. Buy with care and enjoy yourself!

Bio:

Anthony Franciosi, also known as Ant, is an honest to goodness farmer whose fingers are as green as the organic cannabis he grows. He is the proud founder of Honest Marijuana– an all-natural, completely organic marijuana growery in Colorado.

End Gun Violence illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Boulder Shooter Kills Ten People

Colorado Supermarket Mass Shooting:

Gunman kills 10, including police officer

The series of mass shootings have continued within the United States, this time in Boulder Colorado at 3600 Table Mesa Drive. A gunman killed 10 people at a King Soopers supermarket on Monday afternoon. One of the victims included police officer Eric Talley who was first on the scene. Officer Talley was first to respond to report of gunfire at the grocery store. The workers and shoppers that survived were able to flee the scene and others were able to take shelter within the store – enduring the horrific violence that echoed throughout the store.

The shooting started shortly after 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of King Soopers. Videographer Dean Schiller provided a livestream video showing what appears to be victims and an employee saying the shooter was inside of the store. Two roommates commented that “he just came in and started shooting” without saying a word. They went on to note that the gunman “let off a couple of shots, then was silent, and then he let off a couple more – He wasn’t spraying.”.

Survivor Ryan Borowski commented to CNN’s Don Lemon that he was still processing what happened. Borowski had just gone to buy some ice cream at the grocery store. He had changed his mind at the last minute and went down a different aisle. Borowski then heard the first gunshots, which he then started running to the back of the store. Borowski and several others rushed out of the store through the back, telling employees “Gun, gun, gun. Run, run, run.” Borowski went on to comment “I don’t remember anybody screaming. It was just go, go, go, get out of here… I knew I had to move.”.

Steven McHugh commented that his son-in-law and his two granddaughters were in the store as their dad got the vaccination for Covid-19. McHugh was told that his family watched people get shot and managed to run to a staff area to hide in a coat closet until police were able to intervene.

The 21-year-old suspect, Ahmad Al Issa, was taken into custody and treated for injuries, however, there are not many answers as to why the violent crime was carried out. Issa is facing 10 counts of first-degree murder and will be taken to Boulder County Jail. Officials say it will take days to investigate the crime scene thoroughly and notify families of the loss of their loved ones. Local, state, and federal agencies responded to the scene to aid in the investigation.

Officer Eric Talley had been with the department since 2010 and was very passionate about his job according to Officer Mark Bliley, head of the Boulder Police Department’s union. Bliley continued to say that Talley had a unique ability to connect with people; that he was a highly respected, well-loved person and officer – a solid person that everyone loved.

Kelli McGannon, King Soopers spokeswoman, said the company is working with investigators and will be deferring to law enforcement on all inquiries about the shooting. “Our hearts are broken over this senseless act of violence,” she said.

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords commented “It’s beyond time for our leaders to take action” on gun control. Giffords is a gun control advocate and mass shooting survivor. She went on to comment that “This is not normal, and it doesn’t have to be this way. This is an especially personal tragedy for me. I survived a shooting at a grocery store, in a tragedy that devastated my beloved community of Tucson. It’s been 10 years, and countless American communities have had to face something similar. Today it’s a tragedy in Boulder, Colorado. This past weekend it was a house party in Philadelphia. And last week it was an armed attack on Asian American women in the Atlanta area.”

The supermarket shooting occurred just seven days after the violent mass shooting in Atlanta where eight innocent people, including six Asian women, were killed when a gunman terrorized three spas. On March 17, five people were gunned down in a drive-by shooting while preparing a vigil in Stockton, California. Just a day later, four victims were shot in Gresham, Oregon. In Houston, five people were shot within a club during a disturbance on March 20. In Philadelphia, five people were injured and one murdered during a shooting at a party on the same day.

The Colorado Healing Fund is collecting donations for victims of the Boulder shooting. The Colorado Healing Fund is a non-profit organization created to support victims of mass tragedies.

Victims of the King Sooper’s Mass Shooting:

  • Denny Strong, 20 years old
  • Neven Stoanisic, 23 years old
  • Rikki Olds, 25 years old
  • Tralona Bartkowiak, 49 years old
  • Suzanne Fountain, 59 years old
  • Teri Leiker, 51 years old
  • Officer Eric Talley, 51 years old
  • Kevin Mahoney, 61 years old
  • Lynn Murray, 62 years old
  • Jody Waters, 65 years old