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NJ’s Greenwood Gardens Prepares Fall Tours

Approaching the end of August, each stroll through Greenwood Gardens offers opportunities for discovery and delight. While the flowers are still in full bloom and the worker bees are hard at work, the Greenwood Gardens staff has prepared a delightful roster of tours and programs for this fall. 360 magazine is pleased to see multiple events planned out for the fall season, it’s a beautiful garden and has fully planned events for everyone to enjoy. 

Greenwood Gardens is a non-profit 28-acre public garden and historic site located at 274 Old Short Hills Road in Short Hills, New Jersey. Its mission is to connect people with nature in a historic garden oasis through self-guided tours and programs at the nexus of nature, beauty, and history. Formerly the private estate of the Day and Blanchard families, Greenwood is supported by gifts, membership, and volunteers.

A WALK THROUGH Greenwood’s Past

Fridays, September 3, October 29, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m

Join Greenwood Staff and Volunteers on a meandering walk through the Garden to learn a century’s worth of history about the unique families whose sensibilities paved the way for the architecture and gardens of the Greenwood of today.

Garden Photography for Enthusiasts

Wednesdays, September 8, October 13, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Greenwood offers photographers an ever-evolving backdrop against which to capture nature, beauty, and history at their best. On these exclusive days reserved just for you, we invite you to photograph our sensuous gardens, unique collection of garden statuary, antique ornaments, iconic follies, as well as our colorful and entertaining collection of turkeys, chickens, and talkative roaming geese.

Journaling Workshop

Friday, September 10, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

With Peter P. Blanchard III, Co-Founder, and Chairman of the Board

Find great satisfaction in closely observing nature through journaling, the practice of keeping a personal record using a combination of writing and sketching. Guided by Peter, who has joyfully employed this practice for decades, you will spend one hour in an introductory session, followed by the opportunity to add an optional extra hour to practice what you’ve learned. Bring your own sketch pads pencils, pens, and markers.

En Plein Air Watercolor Painting

Wednesdays, September 22, October 20, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Are you a watercolorist longing for a unique setting in which to practice your art? If so, Greenwood welcomes artists of every skill level to our historic garden oasis for a mid-autumn day of en Plein air painting. Our century-old site offers magical views, iconic Arts and Crafts style follies, stately fountains, winding paths, bucolic ponds, and wandering geese. Artist easels are permitted, so long as pathways are not blocked or placed in the planted beds. Watercolors ONLY and drop cloth required to participate.

Experience QiGong in the Garden

Thursday, September 23, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

With Carl Klemme, Qigong Practitioner, Glow Yoga Center & PS108 Yoga

Let the peace and beauty of Greenwood Gardens enhance your introduction to qigong with Carl, an experienced practitioner of this ancient practice utilizing movement, breathing, and mindfulness to support and enhance health, longevity, and spiritual connectivity. This session will focus on the Eight Pieces of Brocade, a classic series of movements from which anyone can benefit and which will be performed in different locations throughout the gardens.

$15 members; $20 non-members

Scavenger Hunt and Tour

Friday, October 1, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Hidden trinkets await discovery throughout the garden! Join us for instructions on the East Terrace, followed by a fun and challenging scavenger hunt in the crisp air through Greenwoodߣs historic landscape. Prizes awarded to scavenger hunt winners! A mini-tour of the inside of the Main House follows.

Bird Walk

Thursday, October 7, 2021

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

With Dave Hall, New Jersey Audubon Naturalist

Join Dave for a birding tour through Greenwood Gardens. Explore habitats of hardwood forests, conifer stands, and ponds. Venture into South Mountain Reservation to spy avian friends. Binoculars recommended.

What’s In Bloom Walk

Friday, October 15, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

With Sonia Uyterhoeven, Head of Horticulture

Join Sonia for a tour and discussion of our extensively renovated gardens. Learn about Greenwood’s new planting palette and the decision-making process that was used to inform the planting design.

Experience Tai Chi in the Garden

Thursday, October 21, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

With Carl Klemme, Tai Chi Practitioner, Glow Yoga Center & PS108 Yoga

This session will introduce you to the ancient Chinese technique of tai chi, a graceful form of exercise, akin to meditation in motion, through which various self-defense forms are strung together into a fluid, slow-motion sequence. The result is a quieter mind, reduced stress, and improved balance, posture, and strength. Surrounded by the beauty of Greenwood Gardens, Carl, an experienced instructor, will teach you a variety of short tai chi flows that you can enjoy practicing at home.

$15 members; $20 non-members

Autumnal Natural History Ramble through the Gardens

Friday, October 22, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

With Peter P. Blanchard III, Co-Founder, and Chairman of the Board

Peter will lead participants through Greenwood for a walk on the wild side that will focus on seasonal changes. We’ll return to the Main House for warm cider following the ramble.

The Genius of Bees – The Queen and Her City

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

With Joe Lilenho, Beekeeper, Hilltop Honey

In this indoor lecture and presentation, expert beekeeper Joe Lilenho dives deeply into the inner workings of the bee colony, providing fascinating facts about building the hive, cell creation, and the collection of nectar, pollen, water, and propolis. Learn how each bee interacts with the Queen and one another as they go about their important work in their Éc;tidyÉd; hive. Joe will demonstrate how the beekeeper works in conjunction with the colony to ensure the health of the hive and delicious honey production.

$15 members; $20 non-members

Walking and Talking Greenwood’s Trees and Winter ID

Friday, November 5, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

With Scott Lamm, Arborist, Sav-A-Tree

Take a walk through the garden on a crisp November morning with expert arborist Scott Lamm as he identifies the trees of Greenwood Gardens. Scott will share his nearly 50 years of experience on the property and will cover such topics as how to care for trees, detect potential damage, and plan for the long-term health of your trees.

Entry to the garden is free to members and children under 3; $15 adults 13-64; $10 senior (65+); and students with ID; and $5 children 3-12. Register for advance timed tickets, where a complimentary downloadable guide to the garden and its history is also available. The garden adheres to state and municipal guidelines governing visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rita Azar illustrates a video game article for 360 MAGAZINE

Video Games x Standardized Testing

Standardized testing in schools is one of the most hotly contested subjects in academics. Does it actually measure academic skills and learning progress? Is there a better, more definitive way to measure those skills? Is standardized testing punishing hard workers and high achievers who also happen to be anxiety-ridden or bad test-takers?

In an interview with CMRubinWorld, video gaming industry veteran and founder of Breakaway Games Doug Whatley said the next step for these pesky measuring sticks is in the video game world.

“We already have simulation games that are capable of being used as a standardized test, so I think there is real promise for many types of tests to be replaced by games,” Whatley said, adding that games are often better, more secure and more affordable tests.

Whatley also predicted that free-to-play games and large market games would close the gap between the two.

“Mobile apps will get bigger and AAA games will get smaller using multiple season type distribution,” he said.

Whatley used that premise to make five more predictions. First, he said video games will cover a wider variety of content. Next, he said phones will become more powerful, thus driving more gamers to mobile devices as a gaming platform. Third, he expects to see games use new media platforms like Zoom and Google Classroom. Fourth, he expects to see more distribution in rolled out packages, like the already popular DLC model, and finally, he anticipates student-created content to be judged and used by peers.

The pandemic has forced education to adapt on its feet, and it appears technology and video games will be beneficiaries of its modern adjustments and pivots.

NEEDTOBREATHE – Banks

GRAMMY Award-nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE have returned with Banks, the fifth song off their highly anticipated new album Out of Body. The track is available to stream and download starting today HERE. Watch a visualizer for the track HERE. Out of Body is due for release on August 28, 2020 via Elektra Records/Centricity Music, and is available for pre-order and pre-save now HERE. Limited edition merch bundles and experiences are available exclusively through NEEDTO BREATHE online store HERE.

“This song is about the women in our lives… they are strong, ambitious, patient, caring, and intelligent forces of nature, the band shared. Banks is our way of saying we support you and that there’s nothing more beautiful than watching you effortlessly become the very thing you were made to be.”

Earlier this week, NEEDTOBREATHE announced they will welcome their new album with Celebrating Out of Body, a fully immersive concert experience directed by acclaimed filmmaker Elizabeth Olmstead (Brandi Carlile, The Highwomen) that will see the band perform their new songs live for the very first time. Streamed from the studio in Nashville, TN, this high definition audio and video experience will put fans right in the middle of a live performance to celebrate the album’s release. Celebrating Out of Body will take place on Friday, August 28th at 9:00pm ET. Tickets are available now HERE.

NEEDTOBREATHE introduced Out of Body in April with the release of anthemic lead single Hang On and ballad Seasons. American Songwriter claimed, Hang On could easily be the next summertime sing-along, and E! News praised the track as The sort of anthem we all need right about now. Hang On has already soundtracked a national campaign for the PGA Tour’s Impact Initiative and been featured in the season finale of American Idol. Last month, NEEDTOBREATHE launched the album’s pre-order, and shared its third song Survival (feat. Drew & Ellie Holcomb). The band also shared the emotionally charged track Who Am I. Fans who pre-order Out of Body will receive immediate downloads of all five songs the band has unveiled.

On Out of Body, the platinum-certified trio, Bear Rinehart [vocals, guitar], Seth Bolt [bass, vocals], and Josh Lovelace [keys, vocals], examine life, family, and friends through a youthful prism. The guys take stock of not only two decades as a band, but also first-time fatherhood and the future over a rich soundtrack of soulful rock with stadium-size scope and poetic intimacy. After spending a week at a beach house in Charleston to gather thoughts and ideas, the trio headed to Nashville, to record alongside producers Cason Cooley and Jeremy Lutito. As they cultivated a team atmosphere, the songs organically came to life.

Out of Body follows 2016’s H A R D L O V E, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Current Album Sales Chart, and featured the gold-certified title track Hard Love.

ABOUT NEEDTOBREATHE:

GRAMMY Award-nominated NEEDTOBREATHE have mounted a steady ascent to the top of the charts and packed arenas everywhere. Formed in 1998, the group attracted a loyal grassroots following with their full-length debut Daylight [2006] and its follow-up The Heat [2007]. Two years later, The Outsiders became their first Top 20 entry on the Billboard Top 200 before eventually going gold. During 2011, The Reckoning landed at #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart and #6 on the Top 200. In addition to bowing at #3 on the Top 200, 2014’s Rivers in the Wasteland yielded the platinum-selling Hot 100 hit Brother [feat. Gavin DeGraw] and Multiplied, which garnered their first GRAMMY nod. Meanwhile, H A R D L O V E [2016] marked their highest chart bow yet, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top Current Album Sales Chart, as the title track Hard Love [feat. Andra Day] scored a gold plaque. Along the way, they headlined and sold out iconic venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Greek Theatre, and Ryman Auditorium, to name a few. The group picked up a pair of nominations at the Billboard Music Awards, and received praise from People, Rolling Stone, Forbes, and more. Now, NEEDTOBREATHE reflect the freedom of youth on their seventh full-length offering, Out of Body [Elektra Records/Centricity Music] over a rich soundtrack of soulful rock with stadium-size scope and poetic intimacy.

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HOLIDAYS × FREDERICKSBURG, TX

Tenth Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony set for Friday, November 23, in Fredericksburg

Experience the unique mix of German Christmas traditions and warm Texan hospitality this holiday season in Fredericksburg. In partnership with the City of Fredericksburg, the Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau will begin the season with the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and German Christmas Pyramid on the evening of Friday, November 23, at Marktplatz.

The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. on the East side of the Vereins Kirche with entertainment throughout the evening by The TubaMeisters, The Low Brass Project band, the Fredericksburg Chorale and the Fredericksburg Akkordeon Klub. The countdown and lighting ceremony will take place at 7:00 p.m.

Following the lighting ceremony, the entertainment will continue until 8:00 p.m. with more holiday favorites as Santa makes his way to the Oktoberfest Halle at Marktplatz, where free cookies, hot chocolate and bottled water will be available.

Cookies will be provided by a number of local businesses and hot chocolate will be prepared by the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Children are invited to take free photos with Santa (bring your own camera or phone), and groups are encouraged to take photos at the holiday selfie station, also at the Oktoberfest Halle.

In case of inclement weather, the entertainment and countdown will be relocated under the Adelsverein Halle at Marktplatz.

Lighting ceremony attendees can also enjoy outdoor ice skating until 10:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23, at Eisbahn in the Kinderhalle Pavilion at Marktplatz (for a fee). All day skating and skate rental is $15 per person, and tickets are available at the gate.

The German holiday spirit is most apparent with Fredericksburg’s 26-foot tall wooden German Christmas Pyramid that was hand-crafted in Germany in 2009 specifically for Fredericksburg. Considered staples in German holiday decorating, Christmas pyramids are wooden carousel-like structures (normally table-top size) that have several levels depicting Christmas motifs, such as angels and manger scenes.

Fredericksburg’s Community Christmas Tree, also part of the lighting ceremony, stands 30 feet tall and dons hand-crafted ornaments donated by Hill Country artisans. The beautifully lit Christmas tree and Christmas pyramid are the centerpiece of the holiday magic in Fredericksburg and will be prominently displayed at Marktplatz through January 6, 2019.

Make plans to attend the lighting ceremony with your family, friends and neighbors. To learn more about all of the holiday events in Fredericksburg and to download a free 2018 Fredericksburg Christmas & Holiday Guide, log on to holidays.VisitFredericksburgTX.com.

Airport Snowploughs May Soon Become Autonomous

Snowploughs at airports may soon be autonomous. For the first time, autonomous snowploughs, 20 metres long and 5.5 metres wide, have cleared snow from a runway. This project, which is known as Yeti and uses technology developed by Semcon, aims to increase efficiency and reduce delays at airports.

Clearing snow at airports is absolutely crucial. Takeoff and landing runways must be completely clear of snow if flights are to depart and land on time. At present, airports always need to be prepared and have staff on standby who can clear snow whenever they are needed. Problems with snow also result in many delays and stranded passengers every year.

“Autonomous snowploughs will allow airports all over the world to streamline their activities and reduce delays for their passengers. This is a good example of how autonomous vehicles can increase profitability and add value for people,” says Markus Granlund, CEO at Semcon.

On 19 March, self-driving snowploughs were presented for the first time when they were deployed at Fagernes Airport in Leirin, Norway, 200 kilometres north of Oslo. This project has been developed by Yeti Snow Technology, co-owned by Semcon and Øveraasen, for Norwegian airport operator Avinor. The snowploughs have enough capacity to clear an area of 357,500 square metres an hour. One unique feature of these autonomous vehicles is that they can clear snow in formation, several vehicles working together, and with the same outstanding precision no matter the weather.

Semcon in Norway is contributing its expertise to the project, working with complex real-time systems and autonomous technology.

“We have designed a control system that sets up digital patterns for autonomous snow clearance at airports. The system can then download these patterns and monitor a number of vehicles that navigate using RTK GPS, an accurate form of position measurement, and communicate using 4G modems,” explainsJohn Emil Halden, Semcon project manager.

Read more at semcon.com/yeti

WIXTER MARKET

WIXTER MARKET COLLABORATES WITH FAHLSTROM’S FRESH FISH MARKET TO OFFER THE LARGEST SELECTION OF CONSERVAS IN CHICAGO

Conservas Arrive At Fahlstrom’s Fresh Fish Market Bringing An Extensive Selection of Quality Seafood to the Midwest

Wixter Market (2110 W. Division St) is collaborating with Fahlstrom’s Fresh Fish Market (1258 W Belmont Ave) to install twenty-nine of Wixter Market’s conservas, or tinned seafood products.

On the heels of the launch of Wixter Market’s new distribution program, the addition of a wide variety of conservas at Fahlstrom’s Fresh Fish Market signifies the beginning of Wixter Market’s exclusive product being more widely available to any shopper interested in sourcing sustainably harvested seafood products. The restaurant and market operated by Glenn Fahlstrom has become a neighborhood staple, serving freshly prepared seafood dishes alongside a working fish market which retails superior sustainably sourced product without antibiotics and growth hormones at a more accessible price point than larger commercial competitors. The extension of Fahlstrom’s Fresh Fish Market to include such a broad selection of Wixter Market’s tinned seafood products is a logical wholesale partnership that exhibits the premium sourcing of quality seafood from around the world that is becoming available in Chicago.

Conservas, which are tins of seafood prized for the high-quality and fresh preservation of product, have also been steadily gaining popularity in the gourmet food market scene. Natural and delicious seafood in an easily transportable container with beautiful packaging make these items ideal for the quickly approaching holiday season and beyond. W ixter Market offers two lines of sustainably sourced tinned fish including La Brújula (Spain) and Jose Gourmet (Portugal) both of which are now carried by Fahlstrom’s Fresh Fish Market . With this relationship with Fahlstrom’s Fresh Fish Market as a partner restaurant, conservas are available from the retail market in a range of prices from $5.65 up to $43.75. For more of a shareable experience, customers can enjoy plated conservas from the bar where your tin of choice is served with accompanying bites including warm toasted bread, whipped butter, thick cut caramelized onions with rosemary, roasted garlic, shaved aged parmesan cheese, spicy capicola ham, dijon mustard and housemade seasonal jam.

The full line of conservas from La Brujula and Jose Gourmet are always available from Wixter Market’s retail shop in Wicker Park (as well as will be available soon on www.wixtermarket.com ). However, for those closer to the north side neighborhoods, Fahlstrom’s Fresh Fish Market provides additional access to a well-rounded selection of tinned seafood offerings.