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Deer Valley High’s Divine Voices performed for an audience of 3,600 during the 83rd annual California School Boards Association education conference, held in San Francisco’s Moscone Center on Monday, December 15.
The award-winning group was one of only two school choirs to be asked to perform. About 30 other high school choirs submitted audition tapes.
Superintendent Donald Gill, who was in attendance during the live performance said “They were phenomenal.”
The three-song performance, which was streamed live throughout the state, was given a standing ovation.
Special thanks to Antioch School Board Trustee Barbara Cowan for providing this information and photo.
On behalf of El Campanil Theatre Preservation Foundation, I would like to thank all of those involved with our recent Gift Basket Raffle Fundraiser. Our goal was to sell 1000 tickets and raise $10,000. We met our goal and exceeded it by nearly $500! We congratulate our winners Floyd Furgeson of Discovery Bay, Leslie Munson of Antioch and Ali Shironi of Antioch.
A very important part of any raffle is the prize donors. We are very thankful that Southwest Airlines, Disneyland and many local businesses donated the wonderful prizes which were a part of each gift basket.
I want to let our Executive Director and Board know how much their time and support in procuring prizes and selling tickets is appreciated.
Finally, we are all eternally grateful to every person who purchased at least one raffle ticket during these past few months.
As a Board, we are committed to do everything possible to continue to sustain our local landmark and treasure, El Campanil Theatre, bringing quality entertainment close to home at affordable prices.
Foundation Board President
The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch is proud to present The 10th Annual Local Artist Collection, featuring 35+ local artists at the Lynn House Gallery from November 22nd – December 13th. The exhibit is a diverse, non-themed mixed media exhibit of artworks featuring paintings, photographs and more. In its 10th year, the show is a local favorite and provides the community an opportunity to view and purchase local art during the holiday season.
The Contra Costa Open Studio event will be held Saturday & Sunday, November 22nd & 23rd (same day as the Local Artist Exhibit opening and artist reception). ACFA will be promoting their event and they will be promoting ours. It will be a great artistic weekend for participating artists and artist supporters. Our hours for the weekend will be 11-5 PM both Saturday and Sunday. This is a great opportunity for those artists who do not have a studio to be part of the annual tour.
ACFA will still celebrate the opening of the Local Artist Collection exhibit with our standard artist reception from 2-4 PM on Saturday, November 22nd. This is the chance for artists to bring their friends and family and meet other participating artists.Participating artists are: Amy Schmidt, Angela Denise Allen Simms, Betty Espindola, Beverly Knight, Beverly Turner, Carol Jurczak, Dan Kennedy, Easy Gonzalez, Gloria Cannon, Joel Summerhill, Julia Starr, Kay Kirby, Michele Eakin, Paul Schorr, Shirley DiMercurio, Richard Meyer, Sandy Gangwer, Anna Chunn, Ron Kronewitter, Sherry Cullison, Milian Correa, Richard Edwin Meyer, Jessica Boriack, Arturo Garcia, Clyde Cox, D.D. Chabot, Mary Negrete, Prudence Capelle, Elizabeth Westfall, Michele Brady, Adele Boyer, Karen Nelson Kelly and Paul Yang.
The Lynn House Gallery is located at 809 West First, in downtown Antioch. For more information, visit http://art4antioch.org/Local-Artist-Collection.asp, or contact Diane Gibson-Gray at the Arts & Cultural Foundationat (925) 325-9897 or e-mail Diane@art4antioch.org
The Lynn House Gallery is located at 809 W. 1st Street in Antioch (across from the Amtrak Train Station) and is open Wednesdays and Saturdays during exhibits from 1-4 PM.
Local artists welcome the public into their studios and galleries the weekend of November 22 and 23 during the popular Contra Costa Open Studios event. Visitors are invited to meet the artists, enjoy a wide variety of original fine art and shop for unique, creative gifts. Many of the artists will be demonstrating their techniques and some will offer hands-on art activities.
Five studio groups and two galleries are participating, with locations in Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Discovery Bay. The Lynn House Gallery will be open special hours, November 22 and 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to showcase its 10th Annual Local Artist Collection. The public can meet those artists at a free reception Saturday, November 22, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lynn House Gallery, 809 West First Street in downtown Antioch.
Each location will have its own unique personality, so visitors are encouraged to plan a fun weekend of studio-hopping. All locations will be open Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For a complete guide to the artists and a studio map visit www.contracostaopenstudios.com.
October is National Popcorn Month – survey reveals two-thirds of Americans prefer watching movies at home over the theater and women are more likely than men to read the book before seeing the movie versonSaturday, October 18th, 2014
Smartfood Popcorn And Movie Critic Ben Lyons Celebrate National Popcorn Month By Unveiling America’s At-Home Movie And TV-Watching Habits
PLANO, Texas (Oct. 7, 2014) – In celebration of National Popcorn Month, movie critic Ben Lyons and Smartfood Popcorn, the No. 1 ready-to-eat popcorn brand* from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, went to the polls with a survey on American at-home movie and TV-watching habits, honoring America’s go-to popcorn eating occasion. Among the interesting results, the survey revealed more than two-thirds of respondents are staying home and prefer a movie night from the comfort of their couch over a night out at the movie theater, and 70 percent of respondents indicated they prefer to pace themselves rather than marathon-watch a television or movie series. Additionally, when asked when they would most likely reach for the popcorn while watching a movie, 78 percent of respondents indicated they get a hankering for the snack during exciting or happy moments, as opposed to only 22 percent during sad or scary moments.
“Throughout the year I spend lot of my time at film festivals and big movie premieres, but the truth is, I also love a relaxing night at home enjoying a good movie or my favorite TV shows,” said Ben Lyons. “I’m not surprised that in the survey, Americans agreed that buying the right variety of snacks is the best way to make a movie night at home feel special. So, a fun way for movie fans to celebrate National Popcorn Month is to stay at home with some Smartfood popcorn and enjoy a great film.”
Additional survey results revealed:
· Not feeling nostalgia: The all-important decision between watching a new movie or an old favorite swayed in favor of the latest and greatest, with 62 percent of respondents indicating they most often watch new movies versus old ones.
· Book vs. movie – A battle of the sexes: With so many literary works turned into movies, men and women stand divided on what should be enjoyed first – the book or the movie. Sixty-two percent of women say reading the book is a must before watching the movie version, compared to 53 percent of men preferring the move first.
· Slow and steady beats marathon viewing: When choosing to binge-watch movies or a television series, the average number of episodes enjoyed per sitting is a whopping seven, however, 70 percent of Americans indicate a preference to pace themselves rather than taking on a marathon session.
As a smart snacking choice that’s air popped with great taste, and doesn’t use artificial flavors or preservatives, Smartfood is a flavorful snacking choice and the perfect complement to at-home movie night. For a reduced-fat** snacking spin, Smartfood Delight Popcorn offers snack fans a tasty way to enjoy delicious flavors at 35 calories per cup. Available in two varieties, Sea Salt and White Cheddar, Smartfood Delight popcorn is 100 percent whole-grain popcorn, gluten free and contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
To celebrate National Popcorn Month, Smartfood and Lyons invite popcorn fans to enjoy a Smartfood flavor with their favorite kind of “flick:”
· Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn – perfect for a family favorite
· Smartfood Movie Theater Butter Popcorn – perfect for an action-packed Hollywood blockbuster
· Smartfood Kettle Corn Popcorn – perfect for a romantic comedy
· Smartfood Cinnamon Brown Sugar – perfect for a holiday classic
· Smartfood Delight Sea Salt Popcorn– perfect for a critically acclaimed film
· Smartfood Delight White Cheddar Popcorn – perfect for a feel-good chick flick
Wakefield Research conducted the Smartfood National Popcorn Month survey online with 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+ from September 15, 2014 – September 19, 2014.
Smartfood is one of the many brands that make up Frito-Lay North America, the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. Learn more about Smartfood at www.facebook.com/smartfood and Frito-Lay at the corporate website, http://www.fritolay.com, the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com/ and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fritolay.
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.
* Smartfood® is America’s #1 Selling Popcorn Brand based on 2013 retail sales data from Information Resources, Inc.
** Regular Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn has 10 g of total fat per 1-oz. serving. Smartfood Delight Sea Salt Popcorn has 7 g of total fat per 1-oz. serving. Smartfood Delight White Cheddar Popcorn has 5 g of total fat per 1-oz. serving.
EXCLUSIVE to the Herald: After hitting #2 on the charts, for King & Country bring their You Matter – The Tour to Brentwood, Friday nightThursday, October 9th, 2014
By Allen Payton
Featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as a debut artist, gathering “New Artist of the Year” and “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” awards, and having the top-selling debut release from 2012 in its genre, for King & Country is currently on its next season with a new album – that’s hit #2 on the iTunes charts in America – and a major market, 40-city fall tour. Comprised of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, the duo continues on their “YOU MATTER – THE TOUR” Friday, October 10 at Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood, in support of their sophomore release, RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG.
They’re hitting significant venues in cities like Los Angeles (Chino and Riverside, CA), Washington, D.C. (Woodbridge, VA), Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, San Diego, Las Vegas, Austin, Albuquerque and more before wrapping up in New York City on Nov. 23.
Being sponsored by Compassion International, during their tour for KING & COUNTRY are planning a full night of live music, with no opening band, and will play their current hit single “Fix My Eyes” and more new music, as well as fan favorites like “The Proof Of Your Love” from their critically acclaimed debut album, Crave.
“While Crave was a great foundational piece, particularly if you have seen us live, you will see this springboard into a new and more developed version of what for KING & COUNTRY is with the rhythm and all of these different components,” says Joel, reflecting on the new album. “One of the things that is really exciting with the album overall is that we have about 300-plus shows under our belts at this point with a group of guys that have become like brothers. We have made these discoveries along the way—our love for rhythm, our excitement for theatrics. These sorts of things have naturally found themselves inside the new record.”
In an exclusive interview with the Herald, older brother Joel gave some insights into the band.
A Christian pop group, for King & Country derives their name from an old English battle cry. The brothers are originally from Australia, which is part of the commonwealth of Great Britain, thus the English connection.
They grew up and are based in Nashville, where their father worked as a promoter in the music industry. He is now their manager. Their older sister is Rebecca St. James, also a Christian recording artist, and speaker.
Launching their own musical career in 2007, they’re a “10-year overnight success,” Joel said with a laugh.
When asked about their style of music, Joel offered, “Absolutely the spiritual side, we write music for God and people.”
“We are Jesus followers,” he added. “Absolutely Jesus and hope are central themes of for King & Country. But, we want the music to be heard.”
“Jesus’ benediction on earth was to go out and make disciples and that’s what we take very seriously with our music. Whatever your faith, even Muslim, our desire is that you will be able to find the humanity and honesty in the music and that you will be able to be inspired by it.”
Much has happened in their lives the past few years, since release of their first album, in 2012.
Younger brother Luke and his wife Courtney had a baby. Now, they’re pregnant with second child. Courtney’s with them on this tour, Joel mentioned.
Last year Joel married Moriah Peters, who hails from southern California and is also a Christian recording artist.
They’re both on tour, right now, which takes some coordination in order to spend time together. Moriah performed in New York on Sept. 18 and the band performed the next night, in Pennsylvania.
They just purchased a motorhome which will serve as their home on the road.
“We’ll do three or four shows a week,” Joel stated. “We try to knock out a tour over a two month period. Nashville was sold out.”
Both brothers sing. Luke is the drummer, because “he’s much more proficient, rhythmically,” he said. He also plays the glockenspiel and harmonium.
“I play a little piano but really focus on singing,” Joel added. “We have five band of brothers. I leave it to them to handle the instruments.”
With soaring melodies, driving rhythms and powerful, personal themes of RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., for KING & COUNTRY has created an album that lives up to the band’s name, a reflection of standing and fighting for something bigger than yourself, a mission statement that drove the duo from the first words written for this project until the last note was recorded.
“RUN WILD. LIFE FREE. LOVE STRONG. is a statement of reclaiming our birthright as humans to live a life that is for others–a life that is others-focused, God-focused—and in that find what it truly means to run wild, live free and love strong,” says Joel.
The first single from RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., “Fix My Eyes,” has remained in the Top 5 on iTunes Christian/Gospel singles chart since its release May 1. In addition, Nielson BDS reports that the single had the most stations supporting first-week at Christian AC/CHR radio than any song since 2009, including 100% of the Christian CHR panel. With 98 reporting stations currently spinning “Fix My Eyes,” the song hits No. 10 on the National Christian Audience National Airplay Billboard chart and continues to climb. The song also jumps to No. 3 at Christian CHR while hitting No. 11 on the AC Indicator chart. Fans can get an inside look at the inspiration behind the song “Fix My Eyes” and their exciting live show in this new video: http://smarturl.it/fixdoc.
More about for King & Country
The duo was named “New Artist of the Year” at the 44th Annual Dove Awards and “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards. Their critically acclaimed debut album, Crave, released in 2012, is the highest selling debut from a new artist in their genre that year. They made their late night debut performing their hit song “The Proof Of Your Love” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the song was named iTunes’ Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Song of the Year. ET’s “The Insider” said for KING & COUNTRY “make music that speaks directly to your heart” and have been “gaining popularity in the alt-rock genre.” American Songwriter commented that “for KING & COUNTRY may just be Australia’s answer to Coldplay.” In 2012, they were named one of Billboard’s 17 acts to watch and were CCM’s best-selling new artist.