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Evolve Aikido & Movement Center and neighboring businesses to host Grand Opening & Block Party on SundayWednesday, October 29th, 2014
Evolve Aikido & Movement Center in Antioch announces it’s Grand Opening & Block Party this on Sunday, November 2nd from 11am to 2pm. It’s a “drop-in” day with free lunch, a raffle, giveaways, music, performances, classes and jumpies, so bring the whole family. The schedule is below for your planning convenience.
Please “like” their page on Facebook if you haven’t already – https://www.facebook.com/evolvemovementcenter
GRAND OPENING SCHEDULE
11:00am – Opening, Music, Jumpy, Registration
11:10am – Yoga Mini-Class, all levels
11:30am - Dance/Tumbling/Cheer Performances
12:00 - Free Lunch to first 100 registered guests
12:10pm - Jui Jitsu demo
12:30pm - Tour of Businesses
12:45pm – Tai Chi Mini-Class, all levels
1:00pm - Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting & Raffle
1:30pm - Aikido Belt Promotion
2:00pm – Finish
The location is 1211 Auto Center Drive in Antioch, between 10th & 18th Streets across from Midas. To attend the event, please contact Owner & Chief Instructor Brandy Lucky at (925) 207-8656.
If you’re on Facebook, please join their Grand Opening “event” by clicking here.
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.
A new business has opened in Antioch with great expectations to take the business and education worlds by storm.
Professional Address Inc. (P@) was formed to help enrich the community, improve employment rates, and provide a safe online environment for young people. As a result, City of Antioch officials have partners with the company.
Community and business leaders were on hand when P@ celebrated their grand opening with a business fair, on Thursday, September 18,
The vision of CEO and Founder Joshua Samuel, P@ provides people with a professional online presence that is designed to help them attain success; providing students, parents, schools, and employers with a single, unified platform where they can come together to achieve their common goals.
The leadership team also includes President and COO, Timothy Negrete and Ashley Ondek, Director of Education.
P@ is a state of the art social networking platform that allows their users to present themselves professionally, and communicate in a professional environment. On the P@ website, users can quickly and easily create a professional resume, portfolio, and interview video that they can then send anywhere, electronically. As a site that their users can grow with, people of all ages can benefit from what P@ has to offer.
Students, even as young as elementary school, can have a P@ profile. Their site is controlled and monitored by their parents who make the final determination on what their minor child posts, and what they can access. All students can build portfolios, an archive of their achievements that showcases the inception of their talents.
In high school, students expand on their portfolios, begin building their resume, and start filming interview videos for college and career. Beyond K-12, P@ is a relevant professional tool for adults seeking to gain and/or maintain success in college, career, and life.
So, visit their website at www.professionaladdress.com, today to register for your own P@.
By Allen Payton
Seeing a need in the senior care services field, Antioch resident Kelly Gonzales Saleh decided to start another business and launched Pacific Senior Care Services, earlier, this year.
With a background in banking and insurance – she also started and operates Gonzales Insurance Financial Group – Kelly has combined her knowledge of finance, as well as her compassionate and caring nature to meet the needs of seniors, and others in finding the right level of care.
She works with individuals and their families to determine the best fit for their needs and budget.
Kelly, a bilingual native of Peru, and her team, work with assisted living facilities, in-home care providers, board and care homes for their clients.
In addition, they offer advice and insurance products in the area of long-term care, senior life, retirement and the very sensitive area of funeral pre-need planning.
One of her clients, a man named Mr. Cheney had very positive things to say about Kelly and her company.
“When my father’s health started to deteriorate, I realized that he needed assisted living. So I talked with one of the social workers at Kaiser Permanente, and she highly recommended Pacific Senior Care Services. I gave them a call and that’s when I spoke with Kelly the Director. She assessed my needs and then gave me the best recommendations.
They were successful in finding the best care and negotiated the best affordable price for us. Kelly operates in a spirit of excellence and professionalism. She’s very courteous and compassionate. I would highly recommend this service to anyone who’s looking for the best senior care.”
To learn more, visit their website at www.PacificSeniorCareServices.net or to set an appointment for yourself or your loved one, call their office at (925) 732-7100.
By Luke Johnson
Nearly a hundred people gathered Saturday, August 9 to celebrate the Grand Opening of Malu Fitness, in Antioch.
A list of local area celebrities and dinitaries were in attendance. Cal-Berkeley’s head football coach Sonny Dykes, professional basketball player Eli Holman and Brentwood Vice Mayor Joel Bryant all made an appearance.
After cutting the big red tape, employees and gym members gave back to the community and served free food to the homeless in downtown Antioch.
“I know how it is to be down on your luck. To be called a loser. To be called a ‘brokey-broke,’” owner Marcus Malu said. “The opportunity and doors that God has opened for me and the people He has put in my circle, why not take advantage of all those things? Why hold on to that hook up when you can have your hook up, hook you up, to hook everybody else up? It’s not, ‘scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.’ I’m scratching your back because I know your back itches.”
Malu has been a personal trainer for five years, and has produced top tier talent. He worked with former Freedom High School running back Joe Mixon, who received over 50 Division I scholarship offers. Current athletes under Malu, Freedom High senior Dominic Fredrickson, Antioch High sophomore Najee Harris and Heritage High senior Sam Hinn combine for well over a dozen offers.
Malu is not just Marcus’ last name, it’s also an acronym which stands for “Making Athletes Live Unique,” which is their slogan. One thing that makes Marcus unique is that he trains kids, whose parents cannot afford it, for free.
“I grew up with nothing, but at the same time with the very little that we had, my parents taught me to always share,” Malu said. “If somebody ain’t got it, reach out and help them. It’s always been that way.” Malu Fitness is located at 8 Walter Way, off A Street. To learn more, call (925) 305-6249 or visit www.Facebook.com/malunique.
By Allen Payton
Brandy Lucky is a rarity in martial arts, as a woman sensei (teacher, in Japanese) of her own dojo.
“I really was, 30 years ago, when I started,” she laughed. “I started fresh out of college.”
Lucky is the sensei of a new studio in Antioch, known as Evolve Aikido & Movement Center.
Aikido is a Japanese, non-violent martial art, she explained. There’s no kicking, hitting or punching. It uses the force of the attacker to take them down.
“The founder would say if any of those are included, it’s not Aikido,” she stated.
Lucky first learned about Aikido at a dojo in Stockton, where she developed their juniors program and women’s self-defense program, before starting her own in Santa Rosa.
That dojo still exists, today and was handed over to one of her apprentices.
Her newest location, which just opened at 1211 Auto Center Drive in Antioch, is more than Aikido. Evolve offers instruction in Tai Chi, Jiu Jitsu, self-defense, yoga, dance and tumbling, plus cheer and gymnastics.
“It’s inspired movement, which is different than going to the gym,” Lucky said. “It gives you far better results than just being on the treadmill for 30 minutes.”
Each of the instructors are well-known and high-level in their fields. The dance instructor, for example, has a Masters degree in Dance.
Lucky is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Aikido and a Brown Belt in Kung Fu, as well.
“I got into this because I realized I could help change people’s lives,” she shared. “That trumped everything – my college degrees, the vision of who I wanted to be.”
“Seeing the results in a student who, after just a few classes, would think of themselves differently, walk and carry themselves differently makes it all worth while,” Lucky added.
The classes are affordable with an introductory price of just $5.00 each and instruction is for all ages.
She is starting an eight-week Beginners Course in Aikido in September and there is limited space. So, be sure to pre-register by calling 207-8656.
If you’re interested in starting on a new path of personal evolution, to feeling safe, healthier and more powerful, call Evolve Aikido & Movement Center, today.