The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory brought history to Miller Park during the Milwaukee Brewers most recent homestand. Among the items on display was The World’s Biggest Bat, which is being held by Cynthia Preston and Lawrence Winfrey. Also on display was Hank Aaron’s 700th home run bat that the homerun king used on July 21, 1973. This A99 model ash bat is 35-inches and 32-ounces, ans is one of the significant teasures in the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory collection. The bat is also signed by Aaron. Other pieces of baseball history were bats used by Brewers legends Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Geoff Jenkins and Rickie Weeks. There were also bat making demonstrations and a replica of Miller Park made with LEGO® Bricks. (Photos by Yvonne Kemp)
Trying to choose the best gift to give to someone? Sometimes it can be very difficult to figure out exactly what your loved ones want and need, something that they’ll actually be happy and excited to see once they peel off that wrapping paper.
But, there’s one present that everyone can appreciate – great health!
So, as you head to the store, remember that health is a gift that can be used over and over again.
Here are some great holiday treats with great health benefits…
• Healthy Food. Typical food gifts encourage unhealthy eating during the holidays. Instead of giving a box of rich chocolate, try something more nutritious, like a box of fresh fruit. You can also bring gift boxes of almonds, walnuts and other unsalted nuts. Or how about a collection of gourmet teas? You can generally find such healthy food gifts in stores, or search for them online. Many come in reusable metal boxes that can serve as a reminder of your thoughtfulness for years to come.
• Healthy Homecooking. Another option is to prepare something yourself. You might put together a soup mix in a nice mason jar. Or you can simply get a gift card to a health food store or a quality grocery store to encourage them to pick out what they like themselves.
• Healthy Lunch Box. Other gifts can promote nutritious eating. Reusable bento boxes, which have several small compartments for food, can encourage people to take healthier, homemade lunches to work. Traditionally, these boxes have been used in Japan to pack small portions of rice, vegetables and fish or meat. Or, simply give someone a standard lunch box depicting their favorite movie, TV show or character, filled with some healthy treats.
• Healthy Sports Equipment. Physical activity, of course, is the other part of staying healthy. For kids, sports equipment can be a great gift. Even something small like a flying disc, boomerang, football or soccer ball can provide hours of healthy and fun family activity. Other pricier fit gift ideas include a bicycle, push scooter, ping-pong table or indoor exercise equipment like a treadmill. Some video game systems have special accessories that encourage physical activity as well.
• Healthy Clothes. Who couldn’t use an extra pair of workout pants (or shorts, or shirt, or socks)? Exercise clothing, or a gift certificate to a fitness store, can make a much appreciated holiday gift.
• Healthy Gadgets. Exercise accessories, like a pedometer, can be another great idea. Maybe give someone a watch with a heart rate monitor. For runners, a watch with a GPS (global positioning system) can help them track not only how far they’re running, but also their average pace. Hikers might also appreciate a GPS device or other accessories, like a walking stick.
• Healthy Relaxation. Chronic stress has been linked to high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. So why not give something to help with relaxation? It could be soothing music, candles or soaps. Also consider a gift certificate for a massage or relaxation spa.
• Healthy Exercise. We’ll bet you know someone who says, “I really need to start working out/I really need to work out more,” but has yet to do so. Why not buy them a few sessions of exercise or yoga classes at a local health club—or schedule a visit with a
fitness trainer for them. Either of these ideas just might encourage them to get into the exercise habit.
One other great idea: If you’re not sure exactly what someone would like, consider giving a gift card for a health-focused store, spa or fitness center, and let your loved ones pick something out themselves.
Wauwatosa, WI – The office of the Milwaukee chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (Milwaukee/NARI), the area’s leading home improvement and remodeling industry resource for more than 51 years, is officially serving as a Salvation Army of Milwaukee County Toy Shop collection location.
Starting Thurs., Nov. 1 through Thurs., Dec. 13, new (and unwrapped) toys along with cash contributions will be collected for underprivileged children in Milwaukee County at the Milwaukee/NARI office, 11815 W. Dearbourn Ave. (second floor) in Wauwatosa.
The office is open to the public Mon. – Fri. from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Call Milwaukee/NARI at 414-771-4071 for directions.
In addition, Milwaukee/NARI members and their staffs will donate to the toy collection drive and the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign, with the association’s annual holiday party collecting toys for the drive.
The mission of the Salvation Army Toy Shop is to provide parents with the opportunity to “shop” for toys that have been donated and collected in the community. Parents make selections based on the age and gender of their children and are able to surprise them on Christmas morning with toys. The Salvation Army Toy shop is supported by toy drives and collections that take place throughout the year. Hundreds of volunteers are used to sort toys and assist parents with their selections. Over 10,000 children receive toys through this annual community program.
The Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council was chartered in July 1961, as a Chapter of the National Home Improvement Council. In May of 1982, the National Home Improvement Council merged with the National Remodelers Association to form NARI – the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. With over 800 members, the Milwaukee Chapter is the largest in the nation.
The Council’s goals of encouraging ethical conduct, sound business practices, and professionalism in the remodeling industry have led to the growth of the remodeling industry nationwide and made NARI a recognized authority in that industry.
For more information or to receive a free copy of an annual membership roster listing all members alphabetically and by category, and the booklet, “Milwaukee/NARI’s Remodeling Guide,” call 414-771-4071 or visit the Council’s website at www.milwaukeenari.org.
San Diego, CA (BlackNews.com) — World of EPI’s newest doll line, the Positively Perfect Diva Collection, will be available in select stores and online in time for holiday shoppers.
“Having already created an infant and toddler line of multicultural dolls, the concept for this new line started with my desire to target girls in a slightly older age group,” said Lisa Williams, Ph.D., CEO. “I wanted young ladies to know that they are Dignified, Intelligent, Vivacious and Attractive – and the Diva Collection materialized.” Divas radiate confidence and beauty. When they walk into a room all heads turn, because of their outer beauty and inner grace. Diana loves to write, Abrielle is a dancer, and Zair is an artist. All are straight “A” students.
Dr. Williams is a mom and former professor, and has always wanted to inspire the best in young people. In 2003, the World of Entertainment, Publishing and Inspiration (World of EPI) was formed with the mission of expressing joy by providing children with access to dolls that encourage dream, promote intelligence, challenge perceptions, and open their hearts to all types of beauty.
She comments, “Having our dolls on store shelves and available through many online retailers is the direct result of generations of parents, grandparents, and friends wanting to provide positive play for children.”
Motivated by their dreams and from Dr. Williams’ heart, Positively Perfect Dolls were born. Every doll represents positive statements, such as “I am proud,” “I am smart,” or “I am beautiful.” They are lovingly designed to show the beauty of diversity, from curly to straight hair and butter cream to chocolate skin.
“Positively Perfect Dolls show all little girls they are beautiful,” Williams adds. “I do not want to see another little African American girl fail to chose the doll that most closely resembles her precious face because the child does not view the doll as being equal to or more beautiful than the white doll.”
All of the magnificent dolls in the World of EPI collection including the Infant, Toddler and Diva dolls are available now in select Walmart Stores, and will be available through their website in November. In addition, dolls will be available for purchase online at Toys R Us, HSN, Target, Sears, Kmart, Meijer and Overstock websites.
Recognized as an expert in Self Esteem and Inspirational Psychology, Williams was recently invited by the Toy Industry Association (TIA) to visit with State of California legislators and members of the House of Representatives to tell lawmakers the story of EPI. EPI represents the American dream of a company with a vision to improve society. “Our company is the little engine that could. We never gave up on our dream to bring beautiful and authentic dolls to children of all cultures,” said Williams.
Dr. Williams currently serves on the Walmart Women Owned Business Executive Committee to advise Walmart on how to support and partner with more women businesses. She was also invited by State of California politicians to participate in a delegation of politicians and business executives traveling to China in the fall, and she serves on the Tuskegee Supply Chain Forum Board to help educate and inform middle school children about business and supply chain management.
Recently, Positively Perfect Dolls won the Dr. Toy Best 100 Award, as well the Award for Best Vacation Toy. Dr. Toy is like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval for the Toy Industry.
Visit www.positivelyperfectdolls.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PositivelyPerfectDolls
The Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation is hosting Gallery Night on Friday, July 27, 2012 from 5:30 to 9:00pm and July 28, 2012 -11am to 3pm, at the King Drive Commons Gallery and Studio, located at 2775 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.
Gallery Night and Day on King Drive will feature and celebrate African American artwork by artist Darron Reed, titled “On My Own” a collection of paintings inspired by his interests in jazz and lifestyle experiences of African Americans.
Entertainment will include live music by Larry Moore Jazz Trio, a preview of a play titled, “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men”, presented by Hansberry Sands Theater Company. Culinary delights provided by B.R. catering.
This event is free and open to the public. All donations are greatly appreciated. Our past Gallery Night events have brought hundreds of people together to view dynamic and emerging artists with particular emphasis on African American Artwork. Come and join us in continuing to support the development of stronger arts and cultural presence in the neighborhood! For more information please contact: Marquita Edwards at (414) 444-4587.