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Vallejo California Celebrates the Mad Hatter Holiday Festival throughout the City during December

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VALLEJO, Calif., Nov. 25, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The City of Vallejo, California celebrates the Mad Hatter Holiday Festival throughout the city combining a parade, tree lighting, festival, boat parade, museum exhibit, grand homes tour, city hall exhibit and free bus service to and from the festival throughout the city!

Saturday, December 6, 2014 – in Vallejo, Calif. – Downtown Historic District (Wonderland Hotline: 844-344-8793):

– Wonderland Festival Activities begins at 2 p.m. in Unity Plaza, downtown Vallejo.
– Mad Hatter Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. (Georgia and Sonoma Blvd.)
– Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m.
– Lighted Boat Parade at 6:30 p.m.
– Mad Hatter Costume Ball at 7:30 p.m.

The Mad Hatter Costume Ball will be at Dance Unlimited, 501 Georgia Street – two dance floors, three bands, DJs, dance performances, costume contest, food and drink – be entertained by The Shams, Bay Area’s popular hard rocking, fiddle playing, punk-infused group along with Fiddlaround, an acoustic trio performing fiddle tunes and swamp boogie and Raymond Victor: The Used Blues Band with foot stomping bluegrass music.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 – January 3, 2015:

“Gazing Through the Looking Glass” exhibit at the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum explores how some artists have picked up Lewis’s characters and made them part of contemporary art: the exhibit features work by celebrated illustrator Barry Moser, visionary artist Charles Ware, and fantasy artist Ronnie Goodman. Lectures, film, and presentations will accompany the exhibit.

Sunday, December 14, 2014:

Vallejo’s Grand Homes Tour from charming historic homes ranging from imaginative craftsmanship to Victorian Italianate with a special treat to visit one of Burning Man’s top creations the NeverwasHaul built in 2006 – a magical nomadic 19th century Victorian three level structure inspired by the works of Jules Verne-decked out for the holidays.

This year celebrates the Festival’s 5th year anniversary with city-wide participation – creating positive exposure for Vallejo and contributing greatly to the efforts in revitalizing the Downtown.

Art mobiles, fire-shooting snails, dragons, and horses light-up Vallejo’s streets – marching and dancing Maritime Academy Cadets grace the downtown, other attendees donned with top hats and Victorian attire come in droves to celebrate Wonderland once again. There is a 5 foot Santa G-Nome that shoots fire from the top of his head thirty feet into the air, giant multicolored Wagon Wheel: The Vicious Cycle, the Mad Hatter, mouse, Lion King, Cheshire Cat, as well as roving Queens and Duchesses, along with the white rabbit – giant mushrooms and cupcakes come alive, an adult and children fantasy Wonderland that continues on weekends throughout the month of December.



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‘Drive Safer Sunday’ is November 30: Reminds Drivers of Special Danger on Year’s Busiest Travel Day

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ATLANTA, Ga., Nov. 25, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The 10th annual observance of Drive Safer Sunday is on November 30, 2014, and Road Safe America reminds Americans taking holiday road trips “to focus on being rested and attentive to dangers inside and outside their cars.” The observance is sponsored by Road Safe America, a non-profit dedicated to reducing collisions between tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles.

“Drive Safer Sunday” falls on what is traditionally the busiest highway travel day of the year – the Sunday following Thanksgiving. It has been recognized this year by more than twenty state governors and, again this year, prompted an official Resolution from the U.S. Senate.

Steve Owings and his wife, Susan, founded Road Safe America in 2003 after their son, Cullum, was killed when his car – stopped in an interstate traffic jam – was crushed from behind by a speeding tractor trailer going eight miles per hour above the posted speed limit on cruise control. That crash occurred on the Sunday after Thanksgiving as Cullum returned to college after spending the week at home in Atlanta with his family and friends.

“The Sunday after Thanksgiving will always be a painful one for our family,” Steve Owings said. “But we hope that by raising awareness of the dangers of holiday travel, other lives will be spared and other families will not have to deal with needless, tragic loss.”

U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show that, among the 40,000 average highway deaths each year during the past decade, over 500 are truckers and about 4,000 are auto drivers and passengers involved in collisions with big trucks.

RSA reminds everyone traveling during Thanksgiving – and the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to come – to:
– Get plenty of rest before setting out and take frequent breaks to remain alert.
– Consider driving during off-peak travel hours to minimize congestion.
– Avoid unnecessary distractions behind the wheel – including loud sound systems and the use of any hand-held devices. Remember that in many states, a hand-held phone – and particularly texting behind the wheel – has become illegal.
– Give large trucks plenty of room since they can’t see as well, maneuver as quickly, or stop in the same distance as passenger vehicles can.

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Road Safe America: PO Box 191502 Atlanta, GA 31119-1502
Executive Director: Thomas M. Hodgson

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LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 28, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It’s not hard to lose money in Las Vegas says Remember the phrase, “The house always wins”? For the most part, gone are the days when hotel/casino heads figured that if they could get the tourists there, they’d spend so much money gambling it was worth it to sell prime rib plates for $4.99 and offer cheap entertainment.

Now, buffets can run as high as $50 a person, and many shows along the strip are pushing $100 or more per ticket. But, with proper planning, it is possible to find discounted, cheap and free activities in Vegas. Here’s a short guide for those visiting Vegas on a budget.

Hotels Deals in Vegas:
If you plan far enough ahead in advance of your trip, it’s possible to get some great hotel deals online. These are available primarily by signing up to become a member of rewards programs, such as Total Rewards, offered by Caesars Entertainment; or M Life, offered by MGM Resorts. Sign up online several months before your trip, and discounted hotel rates for all the hotels that are part of these rewards programs will start heading your way within a couple of weeks. Find More Deals at . Once in Vegas, pick up your Total Rewards or M Life cards at your hotel and use the card whenever you gamble, buy souvenirs at the hotel gift shop or eat at eligible restaurants to earn points that can be cashed in for play money and other freebies.

Save Money on Food:
There are some fabulous buffets in Vegas, and they carry a fancy price tag. To save money, consider purchasing the Buffet of Buffets, a 24-hour pass accepted at several hotels: Caesars Palace; Flamingo; Planet Hollywood; Bally’s; Imperial Palace; Paris; The Rio; and Harrah’s.

The cost is $44.99 for Total Rewards members – signing up for Total Rewards is free and can be done online or at any Total Rewards hotel – and $49.99 for non-members. For Special Deals view VegasTourism’s website.

Although this may seem pricey, these buffets run around $20 to $50 per person per visit, and the pass allows you to eat as many times as you want in a 24-hour period, so it’s possible to save start money after just one or two visits. The pass expires 24 hours after it is purchased, so it’s a good idea to purchase it prior to breakfast; then try to eat that day’s three meals and attend breakfast before the pass expires the next morning. That’s four meals for about $50, including tax. Not a bad deal!

It’s also worth noting that drinks – soft drinks, beer, wine and some cocktails – are FREE while gambling at most casinos, but it’s expected that servers should be tipped at least $1 per drink.

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Quilt Shop of DeLand and Quilting Guild of the Villages combine creative forces with the Stetson Mansion for a ‘Christmas Spectacular!’

1886 Stetson Mansion

DELAND, Fla., Oct. 27, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Quilt Shop of DeLand and the Quilting Guild of the Villages will be partnering with the 1886 Stetson Mansion for a unique holiday quilting event Nov. 15 thru Jan. 15. The combination of quilting with the artistic talents of various Orlando designers at the annual Stetson Mansion “Christmas Spectacular!” will be a must see during the holiday season.

Mrs. Clause has moved her work room to Florida’s most historic home where she is busy creating designs on ten antique sewing machines in the Stetson Mansion music room. Her garland, presents, and Stetson hats all made out of fabric will enhance the Christmas themed tour. The display will include a custom-made comforter made with over 14,000 individual pieces of fabric made by Cheryl Sullivan.

Judy Hansen, owner of the Quilt Shop of DeLand is enthusiastically on board with the Christmas Spectacular annual event. Says Hansen, “Quilters will be drawn to the 16 intricate parquet wood floor patterns and over 100 unusual windows. It’s a quilters’ paradise – full of inspiration for quilting. The Mansion is a warm and welcoming place with a wonderful positive energy that guests happily take away with them. It’s hard to describe.”

The Quilting Guild of the Villages has a special charity interest in participating in the event. They will also display 13 handmade quilted Christmas tree skirts for a charity drawing in the Quilt Shop of Deland. Proceeds will benefit five charities such as Quilts of Valor and Voices for Children. The Quilt Shop is located 2 miles from the Mansion on Rich Street in downtown DeLand. For more information visit or .

The holiday display will include over 20 themed Christmas Trees throughout the home. That is right; this is a private family home. A knowledgeable tour guide or maybe even one of the owners will guide visitors through the first and second floors of the home, as holiday music from the baby grand player piano wafts in the background.

These enchanting tours lead guests through the first two floors, which include the three main bedrooms, seven bathrooms and the secret master closet while learning the history of the mansion, details of the decorations as well as relating the inspiring story of the current owner’s extensive restoration.

Magical and awe inspiring are the best words to describe the estate and tour. Christmas tours will start on November 15, 2014 and continue until January 15, 2015. The cost for the tour is $25 plus tax and will last approximately one hour. All tours must be booked in advance, so make sure to check for availability.

It is easy to book your tour, go to and click on “Book a Tour.” Click on your choice of times, 10:30 a.m., 1:30, 5:00, 6:00, or 6:30 p.m., and how many people. There is no payment when booking. Cash at the door. That is it. Plan an incredible holiday experience!

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It’s Not Your Daddy’s RV: Luxury RV Rentals Are Filled with Surprises

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 8, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In the 1950s, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz gave into the romantic notion of cruising America’s highways and byways in “The Long, Long Trailer.” If they had to do it all over again, they would likely have been a lot better off in a luxury RV rental, says Allstar Coaches.

Gone are the days of bumpy rides, junky kitchens and cramped spaces. Today’s RVers can spread out in style. And surprisingly when the cost of a luxury RV rental is compared to that of an average RV rental, the difference is minimal. However, when comparing the actual RV rentals side by side, it’s like comparing apples to eggplants.

Rob Tischler, CEO of Allstar Coaches, says that it’s truly amazing just how much more you can get for just a little more money.

Here’s a scenario to consider. A regular 19-foot class C Florida RV rental that accommodates up to three people goes for approximately $2,000 per week. However, for an additional $500, RV renters can get a 35-foot, class A luxury Florida RV rental for six people.

“Seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it?” Tischler says.

Tischler says that the main reason more people don’t travel in a luxury RV rental is because they are not aware such an animal exits.

So, what separates a luxury RV rental from the rest of the fleet? Luxury RV rentals are like hotels on wheels and come with an array of special concierge services too. So, for RVers who want to combine the adventure of RVing with the luxury amenities offered by five-star resorts, luxury RV rentals are the way to go.

“It’s all about educating the public,” he says. “Once they discover the differences, there’s no turning back. Trust me, I can just about guarantee that Lucy and Ricky would have taken this route.”

About Allstar Coaches:

Founded in 2005, Allstar Coaches was created to fill a missing niche in the RV rental market – luxury recreational vehicle rentals. Strategic locations include: California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. Allstar’s luxury RV rentals may also be delivered to locations around the nation.

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Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Music Festival Set for April 20th and 21st at Kief-Joshua Vineyards

Kief ManningTUCSON, Ariz., April 12, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Kief-Joshua Vineyards announces the Second Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, featuring 18 Arizona Wineries in one location, is slated for April 20 and 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kief-Joshua Vineyards in beautiful Elgin, Arizona.

The day will be filled with new wine releases, fabulous winemakers, great food, a professional chili cook-off and live music by Jeordie, daughter of 60′s pop star Melanie.

“We are once again bringing together winemakers from every wine region within Arizona,” states winemaker and host Kief Manning. “The day will provide the perfect opportunity to experience Arizona wines at one location.”

On Saturday, the non-profit Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) hosts a professional Chili cook-off. Guests can taste the winning chili with proceeds benefiting the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank.

In addition to wine tasting, Chef Stephen and Tommy DiMaggio’s “On the Road” Cafe will be on site selling chicken wings, pulled pork sandwiches, sirloin steaks and much more for your enjoyment. The food dishes will cost $8 to $10.


From Verde Valley: Arizona Stronghold, Alcantara, Pillsbury Wine Company, Bitter Creek, Arizona Angel, and Jerome Winery.

From Phoenix: Kokopelli and Su Vino Wineries.

From Willcox Wine Country: Keeling Schaefer, Golden Rule, Coronado , Carlson Creek, Zarpara, Sand-Reckoner, Gallifant Cellars and Lawrence Dunham Vineyards.

From Sonoita: Charron, Wilhelm Family, Village of Elgin and Kief-Joshua Vineyards.

The cost of $16 per person includes wine tasting and a souvenir glass. Gates will open at 10 a.m.. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit or call 520-455-5582.

The tasting room at Kief-Joshua Vineyards is open seven days a week and is located at 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ. The Sonoita Wine Trail is Arizona’s original and oldest wine-growing region. The festival is a perfect and affordable event for the entire family.

From Phoenix or Tucson: From Highway 10, take exit #281 – Rte 83 to Sonoita. Stay on 83 until you come to Elgin Road (mile marker 28) and turn left. Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be 3.7 miles on your left.

From Sierra Vista: I 90 to Rte 82 West, turn left on Upper Elgin Rd., the winery is 1 mile past the bridge on the right.

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Flathead Community Foundation claims title sponsorship for 2013 Montana Dragon Boat Festival

Montana Dragon Boat FestivalKALISPELL, Mont., Feb. 28, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When the Flathead Community Foundation climbed on board as the title sponsor for the 2012 Montana Dragon Boat Festival, they knew they were in for a wild ride. After a rip-roaring success in 2012, including the $75,000 raised by local non-profits, the Flathead Community Foundation returns as this year’s lead sponsor, it was announced today by the Kalispell Convention and Visitor Bureau.

Working to pair local philanthropists and donations with area non-profits, the goal of the Flathead Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Flathead, forever. The Montana Dragon Boat Festival, hosted by the Kalispell Convention and Visitors Bureau, first sparked the imagination of executive director, Lucy Smith, in early 2012. Smith, impressed with the event’s potential to showcase the Flathead, also saw its possibilities for raising awareness of the Flathead Community Foundation and the non-profits it supports. The Foundation Board was on deck from the outset and it was Paddles Up! for Title Sponsorship.

“The Montana Dragon Boat Festival is a perfect fit for the Flathead Community Foundation because of the tremendous opportunity to showcase the Flathead Valley’s greatest resources, from beautiful and pristine Flathead Lake, to thriving local businesses and institutions, to the many nonprofit organizations that serve our community,” says Smith.

In order to follow through on the commitment to serve as title sponsor, the Flathead Community Foundation raised $10,000 to back the sponsorship. The sponsorship investment paid strong dividends in community awareness and funds raised for area non-profits participating in the event.

“The Flathead Community Foundation teamed with the Montana Dragon Boat Festival because of its potential benefit for area nonprofit organizations. Participating in this exciting, high visibility event creates a wonderful opportunity for organizations to raise money and awareness, involve volunteers, and have a blast doing it,” Smith continues.

Non-profits across the Flathead Valley took on the challenge, with 20 entering teams or banding together with other groups to fill a boat. Among the ranks were Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County, Dream Adaptive Recreation, and the Flathead Valley Hockey Association. Other visionary groups such as The Hockaday and A Ray of Hope helped round out the field, each recognizing the unique opportunity presented to highlight the contributions of their organization.

“The foundation of DREAM is that outdoor recreational activities enhance life for individuals with disabilities,” shares executive director for DREAM, Cheri L. DuBeau. “Working together with people who believe in our mission and those who benefit from it in one of the world’s most beautiful backdrops banded us together as a stronger team and helped spread the vision to new supporters.”

The Flathead Valley Hockey Association leveraged the event to build team unity for their upcoming winter season. Team participants were so enthusiastic about its success that the association plans to enter two boats loaded with players – one recreational and one competitive – in 2013. Other non-profits also benefited financially with many raising between $2,000 and $7,000.

“The Montana Dragon Boat Festival creates a perfect metaphor for our community; we are all in the same boat together whether professional business services, non-profits, entrepreneurs, students, or philanthropists,” said Smith. “When we align our different strengths and paddle together, we can move farther and faster than any one of us can do alone. That is the great joy, pride, and power in being a part of the Flathead and its Dragon Boat Festival.”

In 2013, the Flathead Community Foundation will again host the Triple Threat, a trio of dragon boat racing teams open to nonprofits and individuals wishing to participate on a smaller scale and economy than organizing a 22-person dragon boat team. In addition to a place on the racing team, Triple Threat registration for the two-day event will include a signature team shirt and other adornments, special event raffle ticket, tent decorations and an optional donation to the Foundation’s Flathead Fund for community grants and awards to area nonprofits.

For more information about the Flathead Community Foundation, contact Lucy Smith at 756-9047, or email To register for the Triple Threat Team, go to and click on the Dragon Boat logo.

Details about the Kalispell Convention and Visitors Bureau’s 2013 Montana Dragon Boat Festival, set for September 7 and 8, are available at .

For 2013 Montana Dragon Boat Festival more information about event registrations or sponsorships contact Rob Brisendine at the Kalispell Convention and Visitors Bureau at 406.758.2820 or

About Kalispell, Montana:
Located in the center of the Flathead Valley, Kalispell is the gateway to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, Whitefish and all of the recreation, art, shopping and adventure that northwestern Montana has to offer. .

About the Flathead Community Foundation:
The Flathead Community Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity established in 2005 with a mission to improve the quality of life in the Flathead, forever. The foundation works with donors to realize their philanthropic goals through donor advised funds and permanent endowments, and partner with local nonprofits to address community needs through grant making and special initiatives. For more information visit .

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Ely Winter Festival Celebrates 20 Years with Snow Sculptures and ArtWalk Turning City into Veritable Art Gallery

ELY, Minn., Jan. 10, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The 20th annual Ely Winter Festival runs from February 1st through the 10th in the northern Minnesota tourist city known for its local beauty and wilderness. The volunteer Board has announced a celebratory, expanded schedule of events with something for all ages and interests taking place over the Festival’s 10-day period for 2013: snow sculptures, an historic Voyageur Encampment, a skiing/snowshoeing triathlon, a crafts fair, a dance, several food events, musical concerts, educational programs, and the annual Ely ArtWalk.

The cornerstone of the Festival is the International Snow Sculpting Symposium in the town’s Whiteside Park with 20 smaller “amateur” blocks and more than 20 large “expert” blocks, each carved by a team composed of three or more. The Symposium has reached out to all past carvers for an expanded Symposium this year.

“We’re all working hard to bring snow to the park,” said Chris Ellerbroek, co-director of the Symposium. “There’s plenty in the area, it’s just a matter of getting it in trucks and filling the forms.”

Alongside the carvers in the park is an authentic Voyageur Encampment, with the participants in historic garb camping outside over the three-day weekend.

The downtown area of the town becomes a veritable art gallery, as merchants clear their windows to display local artists’ works in the Ely ArtWalk, which runs over the 10 days of the Festival. Over 450 pieces of art by 120 artists were displayed in 2012, and this year expectations are similar.

On Thursday, January 31, 2103, the Ely Steak house hosts the Snow Carver’s Jam as local musicians jam in an entertaining evening of music.

Ely Community Resource hosts a Spaghetti Feed on Friday evening, February 1, benefiting local youth and families, followed by an Opening Ceremony Concert, which will include musical entertainment and the “passing of the paddle” to this year’s Grand Marshals, Emily Wahlberg and Barb Berglund.

During the day on Saturday, February 2, is the NLAA crafts fair, a fish fry at Veterans-on-the-Lake Resort, and the second annual Boathouse Brewpub Winter Classic Triathlon sponsored by the Nordic Ski Club. The latter involves snowshoeing, skiing and drinking (water, that is!).

Also on Saturday, Vermilion Community College holds an open house, the Dorothy Molter Museum, the Wolf Center and Bear Center are all open for visits, the Ely ArtWalk holds its Artists’ Meet and Greet, and Twin Metals Minnesota will be hosting an open house.

Saturday night is the second annual Polar Bear Dance, presented by the Ely Rotary from 8:00 PM to midnight at Amici’s Event Center. Raffle items will be available, and proceeds benefit community projects, including the Winter Festival. The dance is an adults-only event.

The Amateur Snow Carving Contest is judged on Sunday morning, February 3.

The second weekend of the Festival is packed with events as well. On Thursday evening, Jerritt Johnson, Director of Education, presents “Wolves as a Political Barometer” at the International Wolf Center. E3 will also present an Energy Symposium talk at Vermilion Community College that night.

On Friday, February 8, the Boundary Waters Blues Fest and Ely TV will host a blues concert at Amici’s Event Center. That evening the film about the campaign for clean water, “Sled Dogs to Saint Paul,” will be screened at Vermilion College.

For outdoor and history enthusiasts, on Saturday, February 9, Outward Bound guides a group by snowshoe to the Hegman Lake Native American Pictographs (snowshoes are provided). Also on Saturday, the Vermilion Law Enforcement Club hosts in an ice-fishing contest on Shagawa Lake, and the Igloo-Creek Ridge Third Annual Radar Run snowmobile event will be held on White Iron Lake.

Saturday night the Dorothy Molter Museum hosts a fundraising dinner at Grand Ely Lodge. Silent auction and raffles are offered with proceeds benefitting the Museum Foundation.

On Sunday, February 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the Washington Auditorium, the Mesabi Community Orchestra presents a celebration of Nordic music with selections by Nielsen, Sibelius, and Grieg.

Festival pins, T-shirts, beanies, brochures and information will be available during the Festival at their Headquarters, the Front Porch Coffee and Tea Co. on Sheridan Street in Ely.

Up-to-the-minute details on events and Festival news can be found on the Festival’s website Of special interest is a live web cam of the park and the snow sculptures available on the site during the Festival.

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About The Ely Winter Festival:
The Ely Winter Festival is a non-profit organization funded in part by grants from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund), the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust, the Ely Chamber of Commerce, and local merchants, organizations and individuals.

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Rare French Machine now at the Pacific Pinball Museum

ALAMEDA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) welcomes the public to experience pinball with a European flair. Play a game on the newest addition to their exciting collection of more than 80 playable games: a 1967 Rally West Club. This game marks the one resident of their collection not produced in the United States. Rally was a French pinball manufacturer designing games for the European market.

This unusual source for pinball results in West Club embodying European design sensibilities from the Mod era of the 1960s. In some ways the game is a full decade ahead of American pinball design. Solid State score displays and sounds capture a moment of French ingenuity in an otherwise American monopoly.

Lovingly restored by long-time pinball tech and operator and former Atari engineer, Dan Kramer, through West Club’s patient restoration, Kramer has entered the realm of virtuoso technician. The PPM retains a collection of several hundred machines in a warehouse in Alameda.

While perusing the warehouse one day with PPM Executive Director, Michael Schiess, Kramer said, “Mike, give me a machine to work on for the museum. I’m looking for something really different, I want a real challenge.”

Clearly, PPM must have something that could measure up to Kramer’s long established skill repairing antique American pinball games with complicated wiring and logic and parts that are near impossible to find.

That’s when Schiess brought Kramer past the West Club machine. The rare and valuable machine was a donation from Jim Dietrick of Pinball Revival Co., who’d been unable to restore the game due to the extreme rarity of Rally parts in America. The machine needed a lot of work and it had another huge strike against it: it was French. For Kramer, however, this didn’t pose a problem, as he speaks fluent French and comes from a French family. Kramer had found his pet project.

Over a year’s time, Kramer systematically tracked down individual parts for the machine as they miraculously appeared on French eBay and eventually brought this beautiful game back to full working condition. “That game is the most transcendental pinball experience I’ve had in years,” said PPM board member Jem Gruber. “Out of some 400 games at our pinball expo, this game from 45 years ago really caught my eye!”

Candy colored lights and a strong pastel color-scheme make West Club an amazing feast for the eyes. From a technical standpoint, West Club marches to a different drummer. The game boasts DC coil power and grounded legs and chassis along with Nixie electronic tube scoring displays, solid state sound, frictionless electromechanical bumpers and kickers, upper playfield kicking mechs, relay bank security braces and fold away tubular metal legs and rubber cushioned feet — all of which predate any kind of similar feature on American pinball games. Top that off with the lit colored translucent posts covering the playfield, and West Club carves out a unique place for itself in the Pacific Pinball Museum collection.

“Having West Club displayed prominently at the front of our museum gives our staff a chance to use it as a teaching tool,” said PPM curator Melissa Harmon. “The game so clearly presents the essential aspects of our mission: art, history and science. The game helps position American and European art styles and technology in a particular moment of history.”

The public loves playing West Club. “Sometimes that game gets more attention than the newer ones in back,” said PPM front-man John Briggs. Hit 1 thru 6 in sequence to unlock the highest scoring modes. Hit the die, the knife, the hand, then the lips, the cards and the police. Top 4500 points for your first replay. By then you’ll be hooked.

The Pacific Pinball Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to teaching art, science and history through pinball and preserving this important part of American culture.

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Allstar Coaches: Luxury RV Rentals Serve Multiple Markets

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 1, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Luxury RV rentals are not just for special occasions. Staff at Allstar Coaches will tell you that it gets creative and practical client requests as well.

Rob Tischler, CEO of Allstar Coaches, says that there are so many reasons to rent a luxury RV that many people have likely never even considered.

Right now, in the midst of football season, tailgating is a top reason to rent a luxury RV. More and more tailgaters are stepping it up a notch and arriving at sporting and NASCAR events in style.

RV rentals are also perfect for promotional tours such as political rallies, concerts or family and college reunions. And businesses can take advantage too.

“RV rentals are ideal and cost effective for advertising,” he says. “For example, if a company is launching a new product, why not wrap it and drive it around a targeted demographic area and interact directly with potential consumers? It’s basically a 45 foot rolling billboard that you can take anywhere.”

Luxury motorhome rentals also serve as a discerning travelers golden ticket to the ultimate fantasy vacation. With Allstar Coaches recently teaming up with some of the world’s finest private aircraft and yacht charter companies, the possibilities are endless.

Finally, RV rentals can serve as temporary housing or field offices during times of emergency or disaster situations such as hurricanes, fires and more.

These luxury RV rentals are equipped with comfortable and well-appointed cabins, gourmet galleys, and state-of-the-art, user-friendly technology. RV rentals also include multiple slide outs and automatic awnings that, when extended, almost double usable space.

“Our innovative ‘Hotel On Wheels’ concept means that our luxury RV rentals come pre-stocked with items such as luxury hotel bedding, fresh towels and invigorating ECO Spa bath products,” Tischler says. “Concierge services, itinerary planning, driving – you name it – our clients can rest assured that we’ll take care of it all.”

About Allstar Coaches:
Florida-based and founded in 2005, Allstar Coaches was created to fill a missing niche in the RV rental market – luxury recreational vehicle rentals. Strategic Allstar locations include: California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. But, Allstar’s luxury RV rentals and Hotel On Wheels™ can be delivered to locations across the nation.

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Allstar Coaches Redefines Luxury RV Travel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 17, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Traveling in a luxury RV rental just got even better. Allstar Coaches is paving the way and setting new standards in the luxury motorhome rental market. RV rentals continue to grow in popularity. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) attributes this growth to flexibility and convenience, comfort, family appeal, affordability, lure of the outdoors, versatility and availability of rental RVs.

Rob Tischler, CEO of Allstar Coaches (, reports that its firm has seen a large increase in RV rental sales due to soaring airfares.

“People are tired of not having control over when and how they travel,” Tischler says. “Our luxury RV rentals ensure that people travel in style – on their own terms.”

Renting a luxury RV also allows people to travel with pets; this is often a concern for families looking to hit the road. The benefits and advantages to RV rentals are numerous.

For example, many customers want to combine the adventure of RVing with luxury, five-star hotel amenities. As a result, Allstar offers its clients an array of high-level concierge services that include anything from arranging private chefs and drivers to full itinerary and customized route planning.

“Whether a client wants to hot air balloon at sunrise or ski down a sand dune at sunset, we can make it happen. Our RV renters quickly discover what sets us apart from the rest of the industry,” Tischler says. “We are truly a hotel on wheels. All of our luxury RV rentals boast fully-equipped kitchens, satellite television, hotel-style bedding, fresh towels and ECO Spa bath amenities. It’s the little things that make a big difference.”

About Allstar Coaches:
Florida-based and founded in 2005, Allstar Coaches was created to fill a missing niche in the RV rental market – luxury recreational vehicle rentals. Strategic locations include: California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. But, Allstar’s luxury RV rentals can be delivered to locations across the nation.

For additional information on Florida RV rentals and availability across the U.S., contact Allstar Coaches at: 866-838-4465 or visit: .

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New Eco Glamping Company Goes Mobile

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 11, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Destination Earth ( has announced the launch of an all-inclusive luxury camping experience. This concept is the brain-child of Jud Yaski and Steve Juba, co-founders. Unlike traditional “glamping” companies that are stationary, Destination Earth has created a resort that travels to the best destinations in California.

All they require is a water source, a beautiful environment, and access by car or boat.

“Destination Earth brings the comfort of your home into the wilderness. Isolated lakes and remote white water rivers are transformed into a plush private resort literally overnight,” says Jud Yaski, co-founder. “We also provide a fresh way to experience nature in comfort at tourist destinations such as Mendocino, California wine country, Monterey, Yosemite, and other locations upon request.”

Destination Earth’s mobile resort includes a portable hot tub, hot showers, a bar, queen size full height beds, remote control lighting, cabin tents, night stands and a mirror, and even an inflatable couch.

Gourmet meals are artfully prepared by a private chef; in a complete kitchen featuring a full size propane fridge, shelving, propane ovens and stoves, and yes, the kitchen sink complete with hot pressure water.

Evenings bring large screen movies projected with a low power LED projector, music, and interactive games. Powered by a solar array, all this luxury sits elegantly in a low carbon footprint.

All Inclusive eco glamping trips are offered on the website Additionally, the company is available for hire for team building, corporate retreats, family gatherings, incentive travel, and as a venue for weekly retreat organizations.

All of the pre-planned trips offer outdoor activities such as sailing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and more. Many trips feature the highlights of the unique areas they are hosted in. All inclusive 3 and 4 day trips start at $359, making the experience accessible to all want-to-be glampers.

For more information on the next adventure, or to design a custom glamping experience, visit or call 650-533-5487. If you are press and would like to join us on a complimentary adventure, please call for availability.

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Epic Airfares Help Drive RV Rental Business to Record Levels

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 31, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — According to Allstar Coaches, the RV rental industry is poised to have its best year ever; thanks in part to the highest airfares seen in more than three decades. The airline industry’s seemingly relentless commitment to create innovative new ways to bilk consumers is finally driving them away. With no end in sight, even with fuel prices steadily declining, the cost of air travel continues to rise, reaching levels that travelers haven’t seen since Congress was forced to step in with the Airline Deregulation Act in 1978.

RV rental companies such as Florida based Allstar Coaches, appear to be the largest beneficiaries of the airline industry’s antics and are reaping the rewards. Allstar, who specializes in luxury motorhome rentals, is reporting their highest volume since opening in 2006.

“For years airlines have been taking more and doing less. The public has had enough and is finally pushing back,” said Rob Tischler, CEO of Allstar. “Now that the levy has broken, we are here to help pick up the pieces,” he adds. Now, to add just a bit more salt to an already gaping wound, the TSA along with several major airlines have proposed to double the mandatory security fee on every ticket sold.

Doreen Santos, a registered nurse who resides in Allentown, Pa. with her husband and three boys, was shocked when she learned that airfare to Orlando that usually cost her about $200 per person was now going for more than $500. Determined not to give up their vacation, the family decided to rent an RV and make the journey to Florida part of their adventure.

“We’ve gone to Disney every year since the kids were born. I couldn’t even imagine having to tell them we couldn’t go this year,” said Santos. “My kids were ecstatic when they found out we were taking an RV. When all was said and done, without the hotels and airfare, we saved about $2700.”

Families looking to head out on the highways in an RV can save money at virtually every turn. Without the added burden of overpriced hotels and airfares, there isn’t a need for rental cars or expensive restaurants. Allstar’s rental units are equipped with full functional kitchens, spacious, comfortable cabins and come outfitted with everything one would expect to find in a luxury vacation rental. “Ours just happen to have a couple sets of wheels attached,” said Von Isanogle, Allstar’s fleet manager.

With the exorbitant price of airfares and nickel and dime fees airlines charge for baggage, seating and food, it’s no wonder travelers are looking for alternatives. RVing is one that offers travelers the comforts of home and the convenience of traveling on their own time.

For additional information on motorhome rentals in Florida and across the USA, contact Allstar Coaches at 866-838-4465 or

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Father’s Day Gift Your Family Will Remember 30 Years from Now

LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 22, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Quik Pod®, by Fromm Works Inc., allows Dad to be included in every photo and video without asking strangers for help. Just in time for Father’s Day get the man in your life the world’s first handheld extendable monopod for smartphones ( Your family will cherish photos taken with the Quik Pod generations from now. No more missed shots or awkward raised arms in the photo.

Quik Pod Inventor Wayne Fromm says “I first invented this for myself, for when I travel with my family. Since then it’s been on Oprah’s O List, The Today Show and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I’m proud to keep all dads in their family photos!”

Fits smartphones, all compact cameras, DSLR and GOPRO cameras.

Prices for the Quik Pod start at $19.95. Available online at – and at Amazon, B&H Photo, J&R Computer World, Adorama, Henrys Camera and Kaiser Fototechnik (Europe).

U.S. Patent No.: 7,684,694.

Fromm Works, Inc. is an invention and design company that has marketed nearly fifty successful commercial products including Quik Pod, Disney’s Snow White Magic Talking Mirror and Nesquik’s Magic Milkshake Maker. A supporter of Starlight Children’s Foundation. Member of DEMA and PMA.

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Fromm Works, Inc.
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Fare Buzz Corporate Travel Program Saves Companies Time and Money

Fare BuzzNEW YORK, N.Y., March 6, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Fare Buzz, a travel company located in New York City, has been growing their corporate travel division over the past year to cater to large and small companies for their travel needs. The division aims to help businesses save both time and money with their business travel needs.

“Most companies realize they need to travel in order to stay competitive and grow their business,” said Tom Ciccone, Director of Corporate Sales for Fare Buzz. “The paradigm becomes how efficient can we execute the travel program within our company. In other words how can we fly smarter?”

According to a recent study from the U.S. Travel Association, companies have spent roughly $246 Billion each year over the past few years. Taking the time to travel and meet with customers, or potential customers, face-to-face has been shown to increase the return on investment of travel expenses. The study also found that excluding business travel can cause a company to lose up to 17 percent of potential profits.

“We actually see an increase of business travel from our smaller companies in economic down turns,” said Ciccone. “This stems from a need to offer a more competitive edge in the face to face interaction with new or existing clients to help them compete with their larger rivals.”

Fare Buzz aims to make corporate travel effective for the company, but convenient for the person actually doing the traveling. They work with corporations of all sizes to stay in compliance and make sure each client is getting the best value for their business travel needs. Fare Buzz helps develop travel programs for companies that do not have a traditionally managed travel program in place. In addition, their Account Managers assist companies to maximize the benefits of managed travel program currently in place within their organizations.

About Fare Buzz:
Started in 1994 in New York City, Fare Buzz is one of the leading travel providers in the industry. The company has created affiliations with vendors of various travel products. Due to Fare Buzz’s buying power, the company is able to negotiate aggressive deals on air, hotels, car rentals and now vacation rentals to pass the savings on to the consumer.

In addition, Fare Buzz also specializes in discounted business class fares and offers an attractive rewards program for customers. For additional information, please contact Margaret Yekulis at

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Villa Estrella-Costa Rica Becomes Top Rated All-Inclusive Vacation Villa in Costa Rica on Trip Advisor Travel Website

Villa Estrella-Costa RicaPLAYA OCOTAL, Costa Rica, Feb. 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Villa Estrella-Costa Rica ( has announced that it has become the top rated all-inclusive vacation villa in Costa Rica on Trip Advisor’s website. Trip Advisor is the world’s largest travel site with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors, and over 60 million reviews and opinions.

Villa Estrella-Costa Rica is a luxurious, five-star, all-inclusive vacation villa located in the exclusive beach side community of Playa Ocotal. This gorgeous villa is situated on a private hilltop overlooking the beaches of Playa Ocotal with breathtaking views of one of the world’s most beautiful bodies of water, the Gulf of Papagayo.

Villa Estrella-Costa Rica aptly deserves its name because, in Spanish, “estrella” means “star” and at Villa Estrella-Costa Rica, its guests truly enjoy a “Five Star” all-inclusive vacation experience. The outstanding guest testimonials on Trip Advisor’s website and Villa Estrella’s website attest to Villa Estrella’s excellence.

“Our week at Villa Estrella-Costa Rica was spectacular,” says Julie and Scott Jones of Fort Worth, Texas. “The Villa is luxurious; the views are unbelievable, and the staff catered to our group’s every whim and need, from food, to drinks, to transportation, to all our activities. We had never vacationed at an all-inclusive villa before – we felt like royalty. Throughout our week, we sailed, snorkeled, paddle-boarded, zip-lined, and hiked a volcano. Between all those activities, we just lazed in various spots around the Villa, floated in the infinity pool, and enjoyed some very soothing massages. The week we spent there could not have been more enjoyable for our group. We’re going back!”

Villa Estrella-Costa Rica is a perfect all-inclusive vacation villa for families and group sizes ranging from 8 to 20 people. The Villa is conveniently located just 25 miles from the newly expanded Liberia International Airport (LIR). The Villa is well situated for guests to enjoy swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, paddle-boarding, and sailing in the warm waters of the Gulf of Papagayo.

Centrally located in the Guanacaste region, guests can easily venture out each day in different directions to experience the various pleasures of jungle zip lining, mud baths, horseback riding, white water river rafting, pristine surfing beaches, and nearby local villages. The village of Coco is just five minutes away and it boasts a variety of restaurants and local shops. After sunset, Coco’s nightlife comes alive with vibrant bars, discos, and even a casino. Guest activities and adventures are facilitated by Villa Estrella staff for maximum convenience.

The mission of Villa Estrella-Costa Rica is to provide its guests with a Costa Rican vacation experience they will thoroughly enjoy and never forget. This is accomplished through a staff that is extraordinarily focused on anticipating and responding to every need, from the initial moments of planning the trip to the final good-bye at the end of the trip.

To Learn More About Villa Estrella-Costa Rica visit or call 817-917-0705, 1-866-395-8287 toll free. We would be happy to help you customize a vacation of a lifetime for your group.

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