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CBN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE Brings The Spirit Of European Christmas Markets To Hampton Roads

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Patterned after Europe’s beloved Yuletide markets in Vienna and Dresden, CBN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE is an all-new holiday event, offering food, music, artisans, crafts, games, rides, movies, Santa Claus, and a spectacular 40-foot lighted tree

Families throughout Hampton Roads will experience the excitement of an authentic European Christmas festival December 6-8 and 13-15 as guests of CBN’s new CHRISTMAS VILLAGE.

“Because the people of Hampton Roads have been so supportive of our work, we wanted to give something back to the community,” CBN Vice President Michael Stonecypher explained. “Most people probably don’t realize that 90 percent of CBN’s charitable efforts are focused overseas. But we couldn’t do what we do in other parts of the world without the support of people here. Because we truly feel a part of the local community, we’re creating a special place that local families can visit for free and partake of the Christmas spirit.”

The CBN/Regent Campus, Centerville Turnpike at Indian River Road, is the setting for the event which features the Christmas Marketplace with more than 40 decorated vendor booths with holiday crafts and delicious foods. The entire Regent mall area will be ablaze with lights, including the campus buildings.

Everyone is invited to enjoy holiday sights and sounds with a spectacular 40-foot Christmas tree, thousands of twinkling lights, entertainment, live performers, and children’s rides. Shop for international and local gifts and decorations. Warm up with a glass of warm cider or hot chocolate while enjoying the great variety of European-style food and beverages.

The Nativity scene will resemble a mini Christmas play, according to Stonecypher, “There will be a cast of actors and actresses who will reenact the story of the first Christmas several times each hour, complete with lights, live animals, music and narration. They won’t be merely posing but bringing the entire Nativity drama to life.”

Costumed characters and live Toy Soldiers stroll through the Village. Professional carolers lift the joyous songs of Christmas. On Saturday, December 15, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Brass Band presents a free Christmas show, “Holiday Brass.”

Inside the CBN Chapel and the Regent Theatre, children’s choirs, ensembles, local dramatic artists and musical groups perform. In the theatre will be free showings of favorite classic Christmas movies.

Have a picture taken with Santa in his quaint, cozy cottage. Kids will also enjoy free showings of animated features and rides on the Ferris Wheel, Tea Cups, Airplanes and the Gold Rush Train. A collection of antique cars, including an antique fire truck, will be on display. There will also be free horse-drawn carriage rides.

“We will have something for everyone,” Stonecypher noted, “and in the tradition of giving back to the community, we will have Military Appreciation Day on December 15, beginning with a 5K run sponsored by CBN’s Helping the Home Front, and a toy drive.”

According to Stonecypher, the inspiration for CBN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE came from Gordon Robertson, CEO of CBN and son of its founder, Pat Robertson. Gordon is also the executive producer of many documentary films. His latest film is Christmas: The Story Behind the Traditions. “Gordon called me one night following the filming in Dresden,” recalled Stonecypher, “and he was so excited by the atmosphere and the joyful feeling that he found there, he said, ‘I would love for CBN to do something to bring this experience to the people of Hampton Roads!'”

History of the Christmas Market: The first official Christmas market was the Striezel Market in Dresden, Germany, which began in 1334. And while that first Christmas market lasted just one day, the Dresden Christmas Market now lasts throughout the entire Advent season.

“The Christmas season is a time for people to come together with family and friends, to show their love for one another,” Stonecypher expressed. “We’re offering them a place to do that; a place where the true meaning of the season is celebrated joyously; a place where they can create precious Christmas memories that will last a lifetime.”

CBN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE Dates and Times:

Thursday, December 6           6-9 p.m.

Thursday, December 13         6-9 p.m.

Friday, December 7                6-9 p.m.

Friday, December 14              6-9 p.m. 

Saturday, December 8            Noon-9 p.m. 

Saturday, December 15         Noon-9 p.m. 

Free Admission and Activities 
Marketplace and Food Items Available for Purchase 
Website: CBNChristmasVillage.com

SOURCE Christian Broadcasting Network

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The North Face Launches a Global Effort to Make Earth Day a National Holiday

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The brand will close its stores on Earth Day, launch a global petition to make Earth Day an officially recognized holiday and celebrate exploration through city takeovers across the globe

Beginning today, The North Face will activate “Explore Mode” in major cities leading up to Earth Day on Monday, April 22. Throughout the week, The North Face will partner with musicians, artists and culinary influencers to host a series of one-of-a-kind experiences that encourage people to disconnect digitally and engage with their surroundings.

The week will culminate with The North Face and 15 organizations around the world partnering to launch a global Change.org petition to make Earth Day an officially recognized holiday. The North Face will also shut down 113 stores in the US and Canada, as well as its global headquarters on Earth Day to provide opportunity for employees to disconnect and explore.

“The North Face is no stranger to exploration and this Earth Day we are proud to join our partners and fellow explorers in a global effort to make Earth Day a national holiday,” said Global General Manager of Lifestyle at The North Face, Tim Bantle. “We believe that when people take time to appreciate the Earth, they feel more connected to it and are more likely to protect it. Explore Mode urges us to unplug from our digital lives to connect in real life to the world, each other, and ourselves in the effort to move the world forward.”

The North Face partnered with influencers including singer and songwriter Ella Mai, chef Angela Dimayuga and model and activist Gabrielle Richardson to host bespoke events in New York City that will reflect the brand’s spirit and the mindset of exploration in music, food and art, along with encouraging exploration in the outdoors. These experiences will only be accessible to those who put down their phones and digital devices to be present in the moment.

Explore Mode experiences are rooted in inspiring and enabling people everywhere to unplug from their digital lives and connect in real life to the one another and the world around them.

  • Tuesday, April 16: Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Ella Maijoins with vintage fashion collector and curator, Brian Procell, to throw the ultimate 90s throwback party – a mash-up of music and streetwear. Mai will pay homage to the hits and looks of past decades that inspire culture today, while Procell’s collection, including vintage looks from The North Face, is on display.
  • Wednesday, April 17: World renowned chef Angela Dimayuga will go off menu and bring a select number of consumers along for the ride as she explores the many flavors of NYC that bring her inspiration.
  • Thursday, April 18: Model-artist-activist Gabrielle Richardson takes over Skylight Soho to curate an art exhibition under the theme of exploration. Guests are invited to participate in a “live” piece onsite with Gabrielle and her partners through an interactive display of artistic exploration.

The brand will also activate Explore Mode in other major cities globally including London, Manchester, Munich and Paris.

“Exploration drives creativity. It is important to me to find musical inspiration from all the world’s aspects,” said Mai. “I’m excited to partner with The North Face to celebrate the many forms of exploration and show New York City what exploration means to me.”

Before closing stores, The North Face will also switch its retail locations into Explore Mode where customers can find all the resources they need to spend Earth Day off the grid, exploring the outdoors. Customers who choose to take part in The North Face exploration activities will be rewarded with an exploration kit that includes analog gear to stay present and capture memories without the need for digital devices.

The North Face is committed to social good through programs like the Explore Fund, as well as conservation efforts since its founding in 1966. For more information on Earth Day as a national holiday or to sign the petition visit:

www.thenorthface.com.

 

SOURCE: The North Face

 

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RAVE Reviews Releases Ranking of the Best Hair Straighteners

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RAVE Reviews, the innovative site that publishes entertaining rankings based on advanced data-driven analysis, has published a ranking series of the “Best Hair Straighteners,” available at:

https://www.ravereviews.org/women/best-hair-straighteners/.

You’ve probably been there before. The plan was to spend time straightening your hair to perfection so that you could strut out of your house in supermodel fashion. Yet, an hour later, you stumble out of your house burned and looking like a crow tried to nest in your hair. Forget your subpar straightener. Your hair is a diva and demands more. This is why RAVE Reviews put together a ranking of the best straighteners to ensure you are equipped with the best of the best.

The perfect straightener is different for everyone. Frequency of usage, hair thickness, and hair texture are all factors that need to be taken into account in order to select the ideal straightener. RAVE’s number one choice, the Furden Two-In-One Straightener, does the job wonderfully for most people. As some hair has very particular needs, however, RAVE highlighted the best straightener for everyday use, thick hair, fine hair, and for those working on a budget. This ranking outlines the tools you need for that supermodel look. It’s time to get your strut back.

Flat irons are one of the most versatile styling tools, but they can seriously damage your hair if you’re not using the right one,” said Hillary Miller, Managing Editor for RAVE Reviews. “Whether you’re looking to straighten, create beachy waves, or get tighter curls, a good straightener can do it all — without frying your hair in the process. That’s what we wanted to highlight in this ranking.”

In determining which straighteners to feature, RAVE compared reviews from sources across the internet and took into account multiple factors such as price, materials, technology, feel, effectiveness, and more.

The full list of featured products includes:

Agave Healing Vapor Iron – Los Angeles, California

Bio Ionic Onepass Straightening Iron, 1 Inch, Black – Staten Island, New York

BylissPRO Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron – Stamford, Connecticut

Drybar Tress Press Flatiron – Brentwood, California

FHI Brands Platform Tourmaline Ceramic Professional Hair Styling Iron – Norwalk, California

Furiden 2 in 1 – Shenzhen, China

ghd Platinum White Styler – Leeds, United Kingdom

HAI Gold Convertible – Chino, California

HSI Professional Glider – Hialeah, Florida

KIPOZI Pro Flat Iron – Zhuhai, China

Remington Pro 1″ Digital Heat Flat Iron – DeForest, Wisconsin

T3 Singlepass Luxe – Venice, California

RAVE Reviews is an authoritative and entertaining guide for consumer goods, entertainment, and travel. It’s not a product review site or a lifestyle magazine. But if those two met on an online dating site, 9 months later, you’d have RAVE Reviews.

 

 

SOURCE: RAVE Reviews

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Dropp Announces New Brand Partnerships Team

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Dropp is proud to announce that it has hired Jose Rodriguez and Willie Escobar Montanez of Escobar and Sons to manage Brand Partnership strategy for Dropp. Montanez and Rodriguez have nearly 50 years combined of experience creating, developing and marketing brands, especially in youth and pop culture oriented markets.

Willie Escobar Montanez is well known for his own brand “Willie Esco,” a highly successful urban street wear brand and has worked with globally known brands, including Samsung, Barneys, COOGI, Daymond John, FUBU, KITH, Etonic, Tupac Shakur, Rag & Bone, 424, and Patta. Mr. Montanez has secured licenses for brand development ranging from Tupac Shakur to MGM film/movie licenses that have been instrumental in generating more than $400 million in worldwide sales to date.

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Jose Rodriguez has more than 15 years experience developing brands such as Platinum FUBU, Rocawear, Sean John and others. Mr. Rodriguez’s design portfolio has generated more than $200 million in sales. Focusing especially on brand image, Mr. Rodriguez maintains personal and professional relationships with high profile luminaries and organizations, such as 50 Cent and G-Unit Records, Shady Records, StarPower Global (Fabolous), Roc Nation, Def Jam, the Country of Bermuda and many others.

Willie Escobar stated that “The opportunity to be involved with a company that is redefining the way Brands and Creators interact with consumers allows us to be at the cutting edge of innovation in the music and fashion industry.”

Montanez will focus on taking over as “Head Of Brand Partnerships” and utilize the current roster of brands within their portfolio – Coogi / Jaclar / Lotto Sport Global / Fubu / Lo Life Brand / Patrick Kelly / Puma / Twinzz and many more. Rodriguez is appointed to help creator’s who are part of the Dropp Creator Network (DCN) with designing merch and clothing lines to help monetize their brands.

Dropp CIO Gurps Rai had this to say about the appointment “We are delighted to appoint such high calibre industry veterans who will advance Dropp’s Brand Partnerships Strategy allowing the company to collaborate with some of the world’s most influential brands and demonstrating that Dropp represents the next generation of creator centric technology.”

 

SOURCE: DroppTV

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