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Student Art Showcased El Paso Community College (EPCC) Student Art Society will host its 37th annual Student Art Exhibition as part of the college’s Spring Arts Festival. Event entries were open to all EPCC students. Presentation of jury selected pieces will be on display at the EPCC Administrative Services Center (ASC) Building A Foyer, 9050 Viscount Blvd. The display is open to the public weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., April 3rd through April 30th. An award presentation and reception, open to the public, will be held in the ASC Building A Foyer Thursday, April 3rd from 5:00
p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monetary awards will be presented for first, second, third place and honorable mention in the categories of twodimensional and three-dimensional, as well as Best of Show. Awards are made available through the EPCC Student Government Association. This year’s Juror/Guest Artist is Sharbani Das Gupta (www.sharbanidasgupta.com). A Juror Artist Talk will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 4th in Cafeteria Annex of EPCC Valle Verde campus, Building C, 919 Hunter. It is free and open to the public.
Sierra Providence East Medical Center Expands and Relocates Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation Center and Outpatient Infusion Clinic EL PASO, TX – Sierra Providence East Medical Center (SPEMC) is proud to announce the expansion and relocation of both Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation Center and Outpatient Infusion Clinic. Early April 2014, both centers will be relocated to the Medical Office Building located right next door to the SPEMC hospital – 3270 Joe Battle. The new location for both centers will allow more convenient access and better accommodations for our outpatient rehabilitation and infusion clinic patients. SPEMC Outpatient Infusion Clinic, which is now relocated at 3270 Joe Battle, Suite 180, distributes the administration of medication through a needle, catheter or epidural routes and allows patients to decrease the time spent in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes with decreased risk of infections. The new location has been designed to allow care to be provided in a comfortable and healing environment. The larger eight-chair infusion clinic will provide each patient treatment in a larger relaxing, a top-quality recliner chair in a more suitable and
comfortable setting. The Outpatient Infusion Clinic delivers services from compassionate, highly-skilled staff and uses guidelines from The Joint Commission and nursing standards supported by the Oncology Nursing Society and Evidence Based Practice. “The new equipment and technology, combined with our dedication to care, will allow us to treat patients in a safe and more efficient manner, which will make for a more comfortable patient experience,” said Sally Hurt-Deitch, CEO of Sierra Providence East Medical Center. SPEMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Center’s new location is also next to SPEMC, 3270 Joe Battle, Suite 140. This new facility will accommodate all of the services, which will also include speech, and occupational therapy services provided at the previous location. This relocation will allow for expansion of services offered in the future. Services provided at the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center include:
• Flexibility, Strength, and Conditioning • Sprains, Strains, Tendonitis, Bursitis, and Arthritis • Orthopedic and Sports Injuries such as knee, hip, ankle shoulder • Injury Prevention • Frequent Falls/Balance Impairment • Neurological Rehabilitation • Neck/Back Injury Management • Sports Medicine Physical Therapy • Ability to refer for Aquatic Therapy at Providence Memorial Hospital For more information, and to speak with medical experts please call Marina Monsisvais at (915) 861-0446.
About Sierra Providence Health Network: Sierra Providence Health Network includes Sierra Providence East Medical Center, Sierra Medical Center, Providence Memorial Hospital and Providence Children’s Hospital. The Network also offers a wide range of outpatient services including Sierra Providence TotalCare, Sierra Providence Urgent Care Centers, Sierra Providence Trawood Center and ER, Sierra Teen and Women’s Centers, Wound Care Centers and Sierra Providence Sleep Disorders Center. SPHN is committed to providing the Greater El Paso region with high-quality, patient-centered care that improves our region’s well being.
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AUSTIN TO HOST SOCIETY FOR AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY CONFERENCE AUSTIN, Texas––Be part of an exclusive “behind the scenes” tour of a 17th century French shipwreck, or learn more about the state’s Hispanic heritage at Casa Navarro in San Antonio during the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society
for American Archaeology, April 23–27 in Austin. Many events at this year’s conference are designed specifically with students in mind, including a speed mentoring session and résumé review. A special student day on Saturday, April 26 will introduce high school and undergraduate students to archeology, including an archeology career panel and hands-on archeology activities. The opening session will focus on the challenges of archeology publishing, and an evening reception will introduce attendees to officers, board members, and other Society members. Proceeds from a silent auction will benefit Native American scholarships. Off-site excursions include a trip to the nearby Bullock Texas State History Museum to view artifacts recovered from the Belle shipwreck, sailed by French explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, and discovered by Texas Historical Commission (THC) archeologists in 1995. The group will view the actual timber of the ship being reassembled for exhibit, and learn about the ship’s recovery from the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. Jim Bruseth, who led the excavation. The Texas Tejano Tour is a trip through Spanish Colonial San Antonio; another tour takes visitors to the Gault site––the largest and most complex known site of occupation of the prehistoric Clovis peoples, where a three-meter-deep excavation block affords tour participants a view into the past. Workshops and symposiums cover everything from prehistoric Texas to how to get a job in archeology. Several current and former THC staff members are participating in this year’s conference, which takes place at the Austin Convention Center and nearby Hilton hotel. To register or learn more, visit www.saa.org or contact the THC’s Archeology Division at 512.463.6096.
Generation 2000 takes place Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th from
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is the largest children's fair. This event has over 100 specialty events, games, booths and interactive displays aimed at not only showing kids a great time but also educating these kids in every aspect. All the games are aimed for partici-
Adventures in Learning Science Area, Roller Races, Tiny Tots, Giant Sand Tables, Beading Area, and more fun stuff for the whole family.
10am-6pm daily. The price for admission is $3.25 for children and $4.50 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door as well as
purchased at any Domino’s Pizza in El Paso. Another great event in our city benefiting a great cause such as the Child Crises Center.
pation with parents as well to help their child connect with each and every activity. Generation 2000 is also aimed to help a non profit from the El Paso region. This year a portion of the funds raised at this event will go to benefit the Child Crises Center of El Paso. This year promises to be the biggest yet from any previous years. This year marks the 28th annual generation 2000 and it doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon.The Imagination Station is an arts and crafts area where parents and kids create their own special creations from a wide assortment of materials to take home. As in the past, Generation 2000 will still have Mini Golf, Live Entertainment on the Nerium Main Stage, Giant Bubbles,
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Sierra Providence East is pleased to announce a new Community Health Education Series for our neighbors. Join us for a brand new series with a diverse menu of FREE seminars to help educate and inform our community. Offered for free, the programs cover a broad spectrum of health subjects that share a common goal: to help improve and maintain the health of our community. Please call 577-SPHN to register for these FREE seminars and for more information. Refreshments will be served.
English presentations begin at 6PM Spanish presentations begin at 7PM Sierra Providence East Medical Center 3280 Joe Battle
The April seminar is Wednesday, April 23 !
EL PASO ZOO TO HOST FROGWATCH CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAM ON MAY 3 Program Encourages Community Stewardship by Training Volunteers to Report Frogs and Toads in Local Wetlands El Paso, Texas (March 31, 2014) - The El Paso Zoo, in cooperation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), is offering in-person chapter coordinator training workshops throughout the country with the support of National Science Foundation grant funding. A workshop will be offered at the El Paso Zoo on Saturday, May 3. Register online at http://www.aza.org/hosta-frogwatch-chapter.
Registration closes on April 23 at 3p.m. Mountain Time. Additional workshops are being scheduled and online coordinator training courses are also available. Amphibians play an important role in the health of ecosystems. As a result of habitat destruction, pollution, environmental changes, and other factors, more than 1/3 of the world's amphibian species are facing the largest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Take action and celebrate the “spring forward” time change by engaging in amphibian conservation in your community.
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readily accessible by anyone with an interest in frogs and toads.
You do not have to be a frog or toad expert to make an important contribution. There are more than 100 FrogWatch USA chapters across the nation available to train and support volunteers. Join a local chapter and learn how to identify frogs and toads by their unique breeding calls, select a wetland monitoring site, and collect and submit data. Data are input online to a nationwide data entry and visualization system which is
Locate a chapter on the interactive chapter map, or use other maps, graphs, and calling calendar visualizations to determine when species are likely to be heard calling, compare observations over time, and examine how species compositions change across regions. Learn more about data collection, entry, and visualization by visiting www.aza.org/frogwatch.
FrogWatch USA’s online data entry, mapping, and analysis system is powered by FieldScope, a platform developed by the National Geographic Society for citizen science projects.
About El Paso Zoo
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FrogWatch USATM is a citizen science program dedicated to collecting information about frog and toad populations, raising awareness about amphibians and wetlands, and engaging the public in science. FrogWatch USA volunteers have been collecting data on the frogs and toads heard calling in local wetlands during evenings from February through August since 1998, and together contribute to a long-term, large-scale effort to gather information on species presence,
habitat use, and changes over time. Previously abundant amphibian populations have experienced dramatic population declines in the United States, and the data collected by citizens scientists can help understand the scope, geographic scale, and causes of population declines to inform conservation and research efforts.
Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kiddos, the El Paso Zoo sits on 35 acres of fun and adventure. Bigger and better than ever, the El Paso Zoo is an expansive green space that is home to exotic animals from around the world and features family attractions such as the African Star train and the Hunt Family Desert Spring. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the El Paso Zoo celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature. For more information, visit elpasozoo.org. For news and exclusive content, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elpasozoo) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/theelpasozoo).
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Price’s Creameries Presents A April Pools Events In Coordination with Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso El Paso, Texas – Price’s Creameries and the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso will host April Pools Month teaching water safety to children and adults in El Paso, Texas along with free swimming. The events will be at various aquatic centers in the city with the Drowning Prevention Coalition Partners and all activities will be free.
YMCA Bowling Family Branch 5509 Will Ruth Ave. Information - (915) 755-9622
YMCA Westside Family YMCA 12:30 p.m. 7145 N. Mesa St. Info – Anthony Arriola - (915) 584-9622 April 12
YWCA Shirley Leavell Branch 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 10712 Sam Snead Dr. Info – Diana Hastings - (915) 593-1289 El Paso Parks and Recreation 11:00 a.m. Armijo Aquatic Center Information – Wright Stanton (915) 544-3556
*also includes Easter Egg Hunt for children
MOST ENDANGERED PLACES DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 11 AUSTIN, Texas––Do
you know of a historic building or site that is threatened with demolition or extinction? This is your
on May 22 during the Annual Preservation Summit.
A wide range of sites will be considered, from public residential buildings to neighborhoods, bridges, and landscapes. chance to nominate that location for Preser- Previous lists have included Texas Capitol vation Texas’ annual Most Endangered view corridors, the 1896 Texas State RailPlaces List. By calling to endanP. O.attention Box 1890 - El Paso, Texas - (915)jail 541-4331 road, a 79950 rare moveable cell in Hays gered places in Texas, Preservation Texas County, and historic homesteads that capencourages local action while there’s still tured the state’s ranching heritage. time before the wrecking ball swings or age takes its toll. Nominations are open to the For more information, or to downpublic until midnight April 11. Inclusion on load a nomination form, visit www.preserprevious lists has provided groups and indi- vationtexas.org. Preservation Texas is the viduals who are concerned about the future only private, nonprofit membership organiof a site the support, expertise, and guidzation in the state dedicated to protecting ance to strengthen preservation efforts. Texas’ historic resources, and is a strong New this year, consulting services will be partner with the Texas Historical Commisprovided to accompany sites making the sion. list. Selected locations will be announced on the steps of the State Capitol in Austin
Please join us at the El Paso Museum of Art for a
Panel Discussion with Students of Gaspar Enríquez Thursday, April 3, 2014 @ 6:00 PM • El Paso Energy Auditorium • FREE Please join us on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM at the El Paso Museum of Art for a Panel Discussion with Students of Gaspar Enríquez in the El Paso Energy Auditorium. This event is free to the public. Seating in the El Paso Energy Auditorium is limited to 220 people and is on a first come, first served basis. Join us for a conversation between former students of Gaspar Enríquez who have gone on to make their own mark in the art world. These artists are all participants in the mural project that is the centerpiece of the Rubin Center’s exhibit Ignite: The Artistic and Educational Heritage of Gaspar Enríquez, which opens June 9, 2014.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Jesus "Cimi" Alvarado Fabian Araiza Francisco Delgado Herman Delgado Mauricio Olague Aron Venegas Presented in partnership with the Rubin Center at the University of Texas El Paso.
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Social Security Announces New Fraud Prevention Unit In New York Specialized Unit Will Identify Trends to Prevent Fraud Nationwide (Monday, March 30, 2014) Today, Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced the establishment of a centralized fraud prevention unit in New York City to identify potential fraud and detect fraud trends that can be applied to disability cases nationwide. This unit consists of experienced disability examiners who are currently involved in the re-review of disability medical decisions resulting from recent indictments in Puerto Rico and New York City. Using their specialized experience, they will collaborate with Social Security systems personnel to help build data analytics to detect and prevent fraud at the earliest possible point in the disability decision-making process. “Social Security strives to preserve the public’s trust in our programs and we have no tolerance for fraud. We are aggressive in our efforts to detect and prevent fraud,” said Acting Commissioner Colvin, noting that Social Security’s anti-fraud approach has resulted in a fraud incidence rate that is a fraction of one percent. “The employees in our anti-fraud unit will be our national experts, and we plan to compile data from their work to help us develop further analytical tools to find potential fraud.” This first-of-its-kind unit will start with 20 disability examiners at the Addabbo Federal Building in Jamaica, New York. Based on the trends found in the Puerto Rico and New York cases, along with further analysis of doctors’ reports, the unit will use their findings to help create the systems and data analytics that Social Security will use for disability applications nationwide. As these systems develop and begin to identify new cases of potential fraud, the New York fraud prevention unit will analyze those cases to prevent fraud from happening before the agency makes a disability decision and authorizes payments. Acting Commissioner Colvin added, “To those who would try to cheat us: We will find you; we will prosecute you; we will seek the maximum punishment allowable under the law; and we will fight to recover any money you’ve stolen from the American people.” If a member of the public suspects fraud, they should contact the Social Security Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271, or visit http://oig.ssa.gov and click on “Report Fraud, Waste, or Abuse.”
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By: â€œDopplerâ€? Dave Speelman
Updated Spring/Summer Forecast
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If you follow the latest computer models and keep up with the recent long range forecast, you might not be too pleased with El Paso's spring outlook. The Climate Prediction Center has just updated the latest forecast for April, May and June (spring and early summer months).
The bulk of the above normal temperatures will be concentrated in the southern states. El Paso is one of the many areas that could see above normal temperatures continue (March was an above normal month). In fact, the models are a bit more confident that temps will be warmer, compared to last months model runs. The states of Arizona and California will bear the brunt of the anticipated above normal highs. The colder air will be centered across the northern portion of the United States.
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Weather Trivia: What is the average amount of rain El Pasoâ€™s receives for the month of April? A. .23â€? B. .41â€? C. .75â€? D. 1.15â€? â€œDoppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm on ABC-7 (channel 6 cable). If you would like Doppler Dave to address (explain) any weather issues you can email him at Dopplerdave@kvia.com.
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When it comes to precipitation, the El Paso area (along with the rest of the country) is expected to see an equal chance at seeing above normal, normal or below normal amounts of rain. The area anticipated to witness below normal precipitation is concentrated over California. This is one area that has been hard hit with the drought and can't afford any lack of rainfall, especially since we get a lot of fruit and produce from that part of the country.
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LIFE Best-Dressed: Spring /Summer 2014 Dress Trends When all else fails ... wear a dress. Someone must have said that at some time or another. At least many of us have relied on the ease of pulling a dress out of our closets when we didn't want to think all that hard about what to wear. It's a onepiece dressing that requires little thought. Just add a few accessories and go. You can look pulled together in no time. There are lots of ways to be the best-dressed this year ... no matter what the occasion. Here are some of the latest styles to dress up (and down):
—Dress up a shirtdress — It's one of the favorites this year, and it's a classic silhouette that is a twist on its preppy predecessor that stood out in the '70s in crisp oxford blues and plaids. Don't be surprised this season to see shirtdresses dressed up with lots of exotic embellishments.
—Dress down a slip dress — Oh, the ease of it ... just a long, lean column of silky elegance. The newest slip dresses — long or short — shimmer with metallic sheens. And, of course, they can be dressed up, but pair them with Birkenstocks or leather ankle boots, and you've got real down-to-earth diva style.
—Dress up a maxi dress — Hemlines are coming down this spring and summer, and the floor-length maxi is back, even for cocktails. Experience the new little black dress in a sweeping fit-and-flare maxi dress with a high-low hem. Just add your dancing shoes.
—Dress up a wrap dress — Another classic made famous by designer Diane von Furstenberg in the '70s. This time around, the flattering shape is updated with lots of colorful prints — from bold abstract artsy graphics to digitalized stripes and watercolor florals.
—Dress down a sporty dress — Cheer on the varsity team this spring and summer with athletic-inspired dresses in fabrics that stretch into body-conscious sculpted styles that often use color blocking to get their sport-inspired messages across. Keep the accessories simple with this dress ... no tennis shoes required.
—Dress up the coat dress — One of the best ways to transition into warmer weather for the office or for a special occasion like a spring cocktail party. Choose a structured sheath to layer under a knee-length jacket. The all-white look is one of the season's most sophisticated silhouettes. Pair with candycolored accessories. Yum! Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association. COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM
—Dress down a sweatshirt dress — What could be more confortable? These new knit dresses are not only easy to wear, but they're fun, too. Designers covered them up with whimsical prints and logos that give them standout personality.
—Dress up a sheath dress — The sleeveless sheath dress is a close cousin of the shift dress ... but much more fitted. This year, the structured sheath is all dressed up with all-over lace: the perfect onepiece party dress.
The little black dress goes to new lengths this season at H&M. Featured: The newest Conscious Exclusive collection showcasing sustainable organic fabrics.
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Help Available for Family Through a Difficult Time Dear Mary: I have been a fan for more than 15 years. Thanks to following your advice over the years, we have paid off our house, and we are currently two car loans from being completely debt-free. Recently my teenage daughter was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer, and the bills are piling up. We are having to travel back and forth to Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville, and we live in South Carolina. Do you know where we can get help with these expenses? There are only a few doctors that treat this kind of cancer. I appreciate your help and advice. Thanks, and God bless. — Barb, email
Dear Barb: Take a look at "Local Organizations and Funds" (childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/services.php?mid=7786) at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital website. You'll find many resources for families in your situation, including Jade's Fund, which helps families of children un-
dergoing cancer treatment at Children's Hospital with everyday living expenses that typically fall behind when a child is diagnosed with a lifethreatening illness, requiring a parent to stop working. Hopefully these resources will help you hope and help as you face this challenging time. I am so sorry you are facing this challenge. My prayers are for your daughter's soon and full recovery from this horrible disease. Thanks for being such a loyal follower.
Dear Mary: I read in this column about Adella in Minn., whose daughter is looking for college scholarships and loans. I admire anyone who is working two jobs and getting a college education at the same time. Could you give her my email, if shed like to contact me? I am a member of a philanthropic organization that helps to empower women to get an education. She may qualify, and I'd love the chance to help
her. Thanks for all you do. I've learned so much! — Bev, email
Dear Bev: What a wonderful offer. I've forwarded your message and address to Adella, encouraging her to contact you. I hope that she does. I am impressed by your organization's mission and would love to know more about it when you get an opportunity. Thanks for reaching out to this young woman and her mom. Dear Mary: It's tax time, and it turns out that for the first time ever I will owe the IRS a lot of money. Should I use my savings to pay my taxes or is there a way to make payments without it being overly, well, taxing? I've been planning to use that money to pay off my high-interest credit cards. — Cheryl, Ohio Dear Cheryl: While the IRS claims to set up payment plans in certain situations, if there is any way you can avoid that, you should. The last person you want to owe money to is Uncle Sam. Trust me on this. Your taxes should take top priority. Then do whatever it takes (extreme measures as necessary) to immediately and quickly replenish your savings. This is not a lesson you want to ever have to learn again. Mary invites questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630. This column will answer questions of
Smelling Better For decades, conventional wisdom decreed that humans could detect about 10,000 different scents, which is nothing to sniff at, but not even in the ballpark with, say, dogs, whose olfactory sensibilities were estimated to be at least 1,000 times more acute. Well, the contest just got a little closer — by a nose, so to speak. A new study out of Rockefeller University suggests that well-functioning human noses can differentiate 1 trillion different odors. By comparison, our eyes can distinguish somewhere between 2.3 and 7.5 million colors and our ears 340,000 different tones. The scientists didn't actually test for 1 trillion different smells. They extrapolated that number from study participants sniffing variations of smells comprising up to 30 different odorant molecules. They said the actual number of detectable smells might be higher when you add even more odor molecules to the mix.
general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website and the author of "The Smart Woman's Guide to Planning for Retirement," released in 2013. COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM
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Freecycling to Keep Usable Things THE CATCH-22 OF THREE Out of The Waste Stream GENERATIONS UNDER ONE ROOF Each one of us produces 1.2 tons of garbage per year, which is mainly bagged household trash. What's not included in that figure are all the perfectly usable goods that get thrown out each year such as old furniture, clothes, books, obsolete technology and working appliances.
Many of these items are yard sale fodder or can be found parked by the curb with a "free" sign attached. If you can't find what you need through curb shopping or the classifieds, try websites like Craigslist and Freecycle. You can pretty much search any category â€” from ab workout machines to xylophones â€” and find what you need. For cashstrapped families or people who just wish to avoid adding to the consumerist culture, buying secondhand is the way to go. The good news is that it creates a larger economic impact in your local community when you buy something used from a neighbor than new from a big box store. In addition to filling your home with beautiful, newto-you furniture, it helps reduce the solid waste stream flowing into our landfills. It takes a lot of energy and resources to produce new consumer goods each year. By reusing items, we extend the lifecycle of that good and reduce the environmental impact of our purchase. In my circle of friends, we frequently exchange garbage bags full of used clothing. We often
My mother walked in the back door of the house to find a pool of blood on the ground. There was a trail of blood leading to the family room couch, where my elderly aunt had dragged herself after falling down a flight of stairs.
Freecycling is a way to reduce solid waste and environmental impact of consumer goods. have parties centered on trading clothes or hand-made things. Some of these parties have been open to the public and leftover clothes were donated to families of migrant workers.
ble and that pollution is the price of progress. To really turn things around, we need to nurture a different paradigm based on the values of sustainability, justice, health and community.
There are a few stores that cater to a reusing crowd; Goodwill and Salvation Army stores are great for clothing and housewares. Plus many vintage clothes boutiques sell haute couture used clothing. Habitat for Humanity runs its own Restore outlets across the country for reusable building materials. Many municipalities have nonprofit programs to reduce solid waste and retail directly to schools, homeowners and businesses.
My Irish ancestors had a philosophy of "make do with less" and "want what you have." This paradigm shapes a resilient culture that thrives on minimal goods and builds community rather than personal wealth. Many of our grandparents survived the Great Depression and learned to live simply. Hopefully, we don't have to suffer through that deep of an economic drop before we adopt voluntary simplicity.
A paradigm is a collection of assumptions, concepts, believes and values that together make up a community's way of viewing reality. Our current paradigm dictates that more stuff is better, that infinite economic growth is desirable and possi-
Shawn Dell Joyce is an awardwinning columnist and founder of the Wallkill River School in Orange County, N.Y. You can contact her at Shawn@ShawnDellJoyce.com. COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM
This aunt, my father's sister, is in her late 80s and has lived on-and-off with my parents in Texas for the past 20 years. She survived her recent fall with just a cut to her head, which has since healed. It took much longer for her to recover from a stroke, also occurring in my parent's home, last spring. She had been paralyzed, and my parents' mainlevel family room transformed to a nursing facility of sorts. The brunt of her care fell on my mother and father, but all of us -- her nieces and nephews -rallied around her. She relearned how to talk, feed and dress herself and walk within a matter of months, a remarkable recovery for someone her age. Doctors acknowledge that one of the most critical elements in a patient's rehabilitation from stroke is the strength and commitment of their primary support system, typically their family. The tenacity of family connections may be a factor that contributes to Hispanics living longer than nonHispanic whites, despite a higher health risk profile. Recent research indicates Hispanic study participants had significantly higher
survival rates for cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and other medical conditions such as lupus, diabetes, kidney disease and strokes -- part of the "Hispanic paradox" debated in academic papers. In some cultures, including my own South Asian background, the typical family arrangement involves at least a period of multigenerational living beyond childhood. Growing up, we always had an aunt or a grandparent spending part of the year with us. Seasonally, one of us gave up our bedroom and moved into a shared space. It's not so unusual in non-ethnic households anymore, either. A 2011 report, "Family Matters: Multigenerational Families in a Volatile Economy," published by Generations United, reported that more than 51 million Americans -- about one in six -- lived in a multigenerational household. That's an increase of more than 10 percent since the recession began in 2007. Yet, as often as tight family bonds and shared living quarters lead to improved health outcomes, they may just as often provoke a host of mental health issues -- specifically, nearly losing your mind because you are living with so many crazy people with whom you share genes and perhaps little else. I am reminded of this every year when we visit my family for an extended visit. My parents' house, normally home to three generations, expands to four during these trips. It's not the sheer body count that heightens the sense of chaos. A small person may be messing with the elaborate entertainment system upstairs set up by my adult brother and his wife, who live there. An
older person may require a different meal than everyone else because of set-in-stone preferences and routines. Someone gets stuck doing most of the dishes. And sooner or later, normal political differences between adults begin to veer into increasingly ad hominem attacks during evening discussions. The generational differences can surface in unexpected ways. I have had a strained relationship with my aunt, who has lived with us for so long, because I have witnessed the extent to which her care has fallen on my mother's shoulders. She doesn't speak English, and her mentality is still very much mired in Old Country, back-home thinking. But I am grateful she, and her older sister before her, have been a constant part of my life. Living with them has taught me something valuable about compassion and tolerance. I don't know if I could do what my parents have done -- so willingly and generously opened their home to any relative who has needed it, for as long as they have needed it. I've seen my father's brother and his wife, who also live in Houston, do the exact same with their home for as long as I can remember. But their living example of choosing to give rather than take, of choosing to forgive rather than resent, has been a lifelong lesson in how to love. (Aisha Sultan is a St. Louisbased journalist who studies parenting in the digital age while trying to keep up with her tech-savvy children. Find her on Twitter: @AishaS.) ** COPYRIGHT 2014, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
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Smokers Need Outside Help to Quit Smoking DR. WALLACE: Both my parents and my older brother are addicted to tobacco. All three of them want to stop smoking for three reasons: First, to be healthier; second, to save money; and third, to keep me from hounding them to stop smoking. All three of them have quit smoking several times, but something eventually triggers their smoking habit, and they light up again. A lot of people I know who now smoke have tried to quit before, but have gone back to lighting up. My dad said he is destined to smoke until the day he dies because he's too addicted to stop. I know this isn't true, but I want to convince him that with willpower he can become an ex-smoker. Are there any statistics that show how many times a person tries to quit smoking and then finally succeeds? If so, there will still be hope that dear old Dad, sweet Mother and misguided Big Brother can eventually be smoke-free. — Lynn, Portland, Maine.
LYNN: It's rare for a smoker to quit successfully — that is, permanently — on his or her first try. Many people have to keep trying and trying, often over the course of years. No one should be disappointed when the first (or the fifth) attempt to quit ultimately doesn't work out. Each attempt builds the momentum and desire to quit, and only when that desire is stronger than the desire to smoke will the person be successful. The American Cancer Society says that its "Fresh Start" program has a 27 percent success rate for quitting smoking, while the Lung Association has a "Freedom from Smoking" program that claims success 28 percent of the time. As these statistics show, nicotine is a powerfully addictive drug; it's extremely difficult to stop craving it. Don't give up! Keep hounding all three of your family members until they are smoke-free. It can and will happen. Both the Cancer Society and the Lung Association report that smokers need outside help and support. Fewer than 7 percent who try to stop using tobacco on their own are successful.
MY PARENTS EAT LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW DR. WALLACE: My parents are both in their early 40s and are both overweight. They eat like there is no tomorrow! I keep telling them that being overweight is not healthy, but they keep saying that there is nothing to prove that being overweight causes health hazards. I'm almost positive that it does, but I'm not sure what these health hazards are.
Two New Ways to Buy LTC Insurance Long-term care insurance has gotten a bad reputation because insurers have been raising premiums on existing policies. The insurance companies admit they made a mistake — pricing policies too low and being surprised that there was so much usage of the benefits, and that so few people ever cancelled those policies (unlike life insurance policies).
provider, (OneAmerica.com) gave me these examples:
As a result, people who bought long-term care insurance have seen a premium increase of as much as 90 percent! The industry said it had to increase price to be able to make good on its promises. It has been a bitter pill for those who had expected stable premiums and are now retired and unable to pay the higher prices. Some have opted to decrease the coverage or the inflation protection. Most understand the importance of having at least some coverage for the cost of custodial care.
If she waits until age 65 to buy this policy, her $100,000 premium would buy $3260 per month of lifetime LTC protection and a death benefit of $163,000 if no care is utilized.
Here's the Savage Truth: Long-term custodial care is hugely expensive. And the cost is not covered by Medicare or supplement policies. Only if you're truly impoverished, can you turn to your state Medicaid program for coverage — but it is unlikely to offer home care. Instead, you'll be stuck in a nursing home that is dependent on state Medicaid payments. That won't be your desired choice for care for yourself — or for your parents in your old age. But now there are two new and fast-growing types of LTC insurance — products that ensure not only price stability, but also a real return on your money — a death benefit — in case you die without needing to use the long-term care insurance.
Single Premium Combo LTC This attractive deal offers a combination of life insurance, long-term care insurance and the ability to borrow cash out of the policy if you need the money for living expenses. These policies are perfect for those who have the ability to take a lump sum of money, probably currently sitting in CD's, to buy this policy. Putting the money into this combo product leverages the investment to provide far more in death benefits or long-term care insurance than they would have if they just kept their money in traditional investments. Only two major companies offer it currently, but many others are racing to create products. OneAmerica, the largest
JOYCE: There is a direct link between being overweight and heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Encourage Mom and Dad to eat nutritious and well-balanced diets and exercise regularly and they will lose all that excess weight. Have them check with the family doctor before they change their eating and exercising habits. Dr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Although he is unable to reply to all of them individually, he will answer as many as possible in this column. E-mail him at email@example.com. COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM
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Can you help me identify them? I want my parents to be aware of exactly what being overly fat can do to a person. I love them too much to lose them. — Joyce, Birmingham, Ala.
For a woman age 55, who could afford to place $100,000 of her savings in this product, she would have $4,400 per month lifetime long-term care coverage. And if she did not need or use the care, the death benefit on the policy would be $220,000.
Once purchased, you don't have to worry about any premiums increasing. Your benefits are guaranteed. Yes, the cost of care might rise. But at least you have enough coverage to afford home care or buy your way into assisted living, or a better-quality nursing facility. And if you choose a shorter (five years instead of lifetime) period of long-term care coverage, you will get a higher benefit each month. OK, I know what you're thinking: A $100,000 deposit into a life/LTC insurance policy is a bit steep! But that's where the second creative solution comes in — a solution that also takes away the worry of rising LTC insurance premiums in the future, when you can least afford them.
Annual Funding Life/LTC Insurance This combo-type policy, often called "asset-based," is such a good idea that the insurers have created ways to make it more widely available. Instead of depositing a lump sum all at once, you can now make the cash deposit into the policy in a fixed amount over a period of years. It's called "annual funding." And, of course, the cash value for the insurance care doesn't build up quite as fast — but that's not a problem if you're in your 40s and don't expect to need the care for at least 20 years. Best of all, this annual premium is guaranteed never to increase — even if you choose lifetime long-term care protection. So instead of making a deposit of $100,000 into this policy, let's see what happens if you pay in $5,000 per year over 20 years. Continues on page 13
SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM APRIL 03, 2014 PAGE 12 KITCHEN SCOOP by Alicia Ross
Soybeans and Lemon Juice Make Delightful Salad Pairing
Black soybeans are all the rage, and even Dr. Oz says the bean is a powerhouse of nutrients. But how do you prepare black soybeans? I bought a few cans at my local grocery store and thought I'd give them a whirl. But after a month, they were still sitting in my pantry next to a lone can of garbanzo beans. Then it came to me: bean salad. If a bean salad can make canned green beans palatable, then those crazy black soybeans would have to be pretty yucky not to fit in, right? To my great satisfaction, I actually really like the black soybean's taste and texture. It is milder in flavor than a regular soybean, a little less earthy and is similar in texture to a firm black bean. Paired with the garbanzos and a lemony garlic dressing, they make a delightful side salad that I know I'll return to again. You can find black soybeans at multiple online and retail stores. But if they haven't made it to your neck of the woods quite yet, you can substitute plain black beans for a similar taste result.
Black Soybean and Garbanzo Salad Start to finish: less than 20 minutes Yield: 8 (1/2 cup) servings 1 can (15 ounces) organic black soybeans 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed well 1/2 cup frozen yellow corn kernels, rinsed (see Cook's Note) 1/4 cup carrot, finely chopped, drained and rinsed well 1 tablespoon grated onion
"Photo by Alicia Ross for Kitchen Scoop"
In a medium bowl, combine both cans of beans, corn, carrot, onion and parsley. Set aside.
Serve, or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing: lemon juice, oil, sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Pour over the bean mixture and toss well to coat.
Cook's Note: You can rinse the corn in the same colander with the two cans of beans. Rinsing the corn kernels helps thaw it quickly.
1 tablespoon finely chopped flatleaf parsley 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon course ground black pepper
(Alicia Ross is the co-author of "Desperation Dinners!" (Workman, 1997), "Desperation Entertaining!" (Workman, 2002) and "Cheap. Fast. Good!" (Workman, 2006). Contact her at Kitchen Scoop, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit the Kitchen Scoop website at www.kitchenscoop.com.) COPYRIGHT 2014 ALICIA ROSS
Approximate values per 1/2 cup serving:
471 calories 18 g fat (3g saturated) NO cholesterol 29 g protein
50 g carbohydrates 14 g dietary fiber 95 mg sodium.
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On the Penny
By Holiday Mathis
Mars Opposes the Sun Humans existed for thousands of years as restless, roaming hunters and gatherers. Then one day a travelweary soul spoke up and said, "Let's stay here and try to grow something." As Mars in Libra opposes the Aries sun in a tug-of-war situation across the sky, many will wonder whether it's better to take what's offered and use what's around, or create something that doesn't yet exist. There are merits to both sides. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Something you just found out about will show up in multiple places in your life this week. Are you unconsciously keeping an eye out for it, or is this part of a grand plan? Either way, there's a message in all of these seemingly coincidental happenings, and it won't be hard for you to decipher it.
ACROSS 1 Irene Dunne role FEB1290 5 Some dyes 9 Author of Ralph Roister Doister 14 Skunk cabbage, e.g. 15 Largest of the Andreanofs 16 Pap 17 Rent 18 Concert circuit 19 Odd-numbered page 20 With 53 Across, famous freedom document 23 Low bow 24 Blush 28 Gasconade 30 With 43 Across, issuer of 20 Across 31 Mentally alert 34 Spike 36 When Paris sizzles 37 What expectant fathers do 38 Dealt out 39 Bear it's fellow 40 Pal in Gap 41 Lollapalooza 42 Course 43 See 30 Across 46 French cheese 48 Old envelop 49 At war
53 See 20 Across 57 Suffuse 60 Le Roi d'Ys composer 61 Home of the Pearl Mosque 62 Golden willow 63 Rara ___ 64 Equal 65 All in 66 Desert staple 67 Women's magazine
DOWN 1 Warrant officer assistants 2 Bouquet 3 Wall painting 4 Accountable 5 Bluebeard's last wife 6 Upon 7 Predatory shorebird 8 Fruit sweet 9 Brouhaha 10 Spanish date ingredient 11 Electrode gap discharge 12 Obstacle 13 Name of thirteen popes 21 Grief 22 Surround closely 25 Over ___, WWI song 26 Carmen or Cicero 27 Improve a text
29 Early astronaut 30 Sarcastic 31 "Behold ___ horse": Rev. 6n8 32 Urchin 33 Cake topper 35 Corroded 38 Very, to Verdi 39 Chimp or gorilla 42 Ms. Turner 44 Zero 45 Solar system model 47 Full of cracks 50 Double star in Orion 51 80's mushroom 52 Gin 54 Adorned 55 Volcanic stuff 56 Deplaned 57 Submit 58 Peer Gynt's mother 59 Pedro's aunt
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If you don't have an "elevator pitch," this is the perfect time to come up with one, as you'll likely be meeting new and influential people in the week ahead. If you can easily tell them what you do in 30 seconds, you'll advance to the next step in your business. The same principle applies to your personal life. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Some lies are told out loud, but lies of omission are worse because they do not come with any telltale variances that give the recipient a fighting chance at detecting them. In your fight for truth and justice this week, stay aware of the silence, and poke around a bit to make sure you're not missing something. CANCER (June 22-July 22). A bossy person will figure strongly into this week's events. Bossy types are not as popular as others because most people don't enjoy being bossed around. How-
ever, bossy people are often forceful for a reason: They have a vision they believe in. In this week's case, much improves when you buy into it, too. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). At various points in the week you will play the role of the free spirit or possibly the rebel. It's important to note that to some degree you still care what people think of you. Free spirits need friends, too! And rebels are far more effective at overturning the system with their crew of revolutionaries in tow. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Someone is keeping you from the next step. If you've been resistant to recognizing it, here are the signs: 1. You can't seem to get a clear answer from this person. 2. The overall feeling is one of "dragging along." 3. It takes longer than it should to get in touch. How will you eliminate or go around this obstacle? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your tendency to require very little of your loved ones will make things easy for them and hard for you. Just know that "easy" isn't what they really want. To balance out the relationship, ask for something more. People want to give to you, and relationships will be better if you let them. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If all of the logic lines up, and things still don't feel right, do not move forward. You'll never regret the decisions you make that follow a strong intuition. However, there is plenty to regret about letting a limited understanding of the world's precarious accounting system dictate your choices. Trust your inner knowing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Most of your relationships work brilliantly, and when they don't, you give people the
week 4/03 - 4/09 benefit of the doubt. Then again, if you can accurately predict the other person's behavior, and it's mostly unsupportive, unhelpful and ultimately disappointing, then it's time to take a break. You can always try again later. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It will benefit you to interact with others in a controlled environment. Letter writing, presentations, edited video — these are all methods of communication that allow you to be in control of what you present. You won't be able to control every environment this week, but you'll enjoy taking charge where you can. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You can finish a project alone if you like — just know that it will take you several weeks to do so. If you want fast results, enlist the help of a Taurus. Also, accept the help of the volunteers who will come along on Thursday and Friday. (They will be attracted to your sense of purpose and the fun you seem to be having.) PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If you can't figure out right off the bat what you have in common with the new people you meet this week, start with basic human needs, such as the need to connect and feel included and respected. If you couldn't find a single other commonality, the mutual need to connect is enough of a basis for a solid relationship. THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: What is noble and what is natural will work together for you this year so you won't have to make big decisions about image or character consistency. Your moral compass will be in top working condition. This contributes to private victories in May and September, as well as business success this month and in June. A sweet interaction in June leads to a long relationship. Also, your admirers will grow in number as you pursue interests more publicly.
Annual Funding Life/LTC Insurance... Continued from page 11 In effect, you are buying similar coverage — over time — with a guaranteed flat premium. And, quite obviously, the leverage of your invested dollars is greater the younger you make the purchase. Also note that the coverage for long-term care is for a lifetime, which takes away the concern about outliving your LTC coverage. Remember, the policy is completely paid up after 20 years — guaranteed. And as another benefit, if you really needed cash, you could borrow from the money you have in the policy — reducing your death benefit and long-term care coverage. Also, this coverage is available for two people on one policy (typically spouses), which makes the pot even larger for both life and LTC coverage. The LTC protection can be accessed by either or both insureds for their combined lifetimes.
Getting older is far better than the alternative. But taking care of our parents — or having children take care of us in our old age — is an expensive burden to place on each generation. That's something to think about as Mother's Day and Father's Day approach. Long-term care insurance — either a traditional policy or one of these asset-based policies — can make a huge difference in a family's finances. And that's The Savage Truth. Terry Savage is a registered investment adviser and is on the board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. She appears weekly on WMAQ-Channel 5's 4:30 p.m. newscast, and can be reached at www.terrysavage.com. She is the author of the new book, "The New Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire?" "Terry answers readers' personal finance questions on her blog at www.TerrySavage.com. COPYRIGHT 2014 TERRY SAVAGE PRODUCTIONS
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Video Game ReViews by Jeb HauGHt
'South Park: The Stick of Truth' is Kick-Ass DEVELOPER: Obsidian Entertainment PUBLISHER: UbiSoft SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360 (PS3, PC) PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: Mature REVIEW RATING: 4.0 stars (out of 5) I was lucky enough to catch the debut of "South Park" over 15 years ago, and I've been a loyal fan ever since. Although several games based on the series were created, they all died a more gruesome death than Kenny! Now "South Park: The Stick of Truth" has been released, and I'm delighted to exclaim that this turn-based RPG is a wonderfully fun, incredibly hilarious, disgusting game that's sure to offend everyone. That's right, playing the game is just like watching the TV show! Promising Medieval cyber warriors begin their adventure as
the new kid (nicknamed douchebag) who's just moved to the seemingly quiet Podunk town of South Park. Soon he's recruited by Cartman, the human Grand Wizard, to fight against the Elves (led by King Kyle) for possession of the allpowerful stick of truth (a twig). Eventually, the plot becomes extremely convoluted and involves aliens, government agents, underpants gnomes, SNUKES and, of course, Nazi zombie cows. Players create their character using an in-depth creation tool, and they can change the look in-game by finding and using wacky items such as goth skull face and glam makeup. Four classes are available (Fighter, Mage, Thief, Jew) that offer marginal differences in combat. Sure their basic moves are different, but all classes can use the same weapons and armor with no penalties, and they all learn the same hilarious fart
magic. That's right, I said fart magic. What "South Park" game would be complete without
constant references to bodily excretions? Douchebag can learn four different types of farts that are available in and out of combat. For example,
the sneaky squeaker is used to distract people, while the dragonshout damages enemies in combat or causes explosions out of combat. What really
cracks me up is the ability to imbue weapon attacks with fart magic to not only make them more powerful, but also gross out the enemy.CONT.P.15
SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM APRIL 03, 2014 PAGE 15 Video Game ReViews... Continued from page 14 Gross out is a funny debuff that makes characters puke and prevents them from being healed. Other debuffs include standards such as burning, slow and stun. Fortunately, players don't go into battle alone, as they can have one buddy at their side during most combat scenarios. This is where players control the main characters in "South Park," and the fighting moves are over the top! Butters the Paladin uses his holy hammer to smite enemies and can transform into Professor Chaos while Jimmy the Bard stutters his way through songs that buff allies and debuff enemies. What's really cool is the ability to change buddies during combat so players can adapt combat to suit the situation. In addition to the main quest line, it's also possible to pick up several side-quests that reward players with experience-points loot. This is where most of the familiar "South Park" references occur, and one of the best side-quest lines involves Al Gore's annoying hunt for Manbearpig. I also really appreciate the ability to see and explore the entire town of South Park as well as the retro-pixelated country of Canada. Besides alien anal probes and Nazi zombies, all is not well in the virtual town of South Park. For starters, the game play is barely challenging even on the hardest difficulty setting. I also think there aren't enough differences between character classes, and the level cap is reached too easily. Lastly, additional abilities such as crafting weapons and armor, as well as class-specific quests would give the game more depth and offer incentives to replay the adventure. Regardless, "South Park: The Stick of Truth" is an authentic replication of the TV show with an engaging storyline and fun game play ... per se.
REVIEW SCORING SYSTEM 5 stars = Must Have 4 stars = Very Good 3 stars = Above Average 2 stars = Bargain Bin 1 star = Don't Bother
RATINGS KEY Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) E: (Everyone) E10+: (Everyone 10 and older) T: Teen (13 and older) M: Mature (17 and older) COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM.
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BEGGARS = LOSERS Teach your dog that beggars never win not paying attention to us. Teaching your dog not to beg is a matter of consistency. Dogs do what is rewarding to them, so if you — or your toddler in a high chair — give him food from the table when he’s a puppy because he’s just so goshdarn cute or a convenient receptacle for unwanted broccoli, he’s going to continue that behavior into adulthood, no matter how hard you try to extinguish it. It’s a lot harder to teach a dog to break a habit than it is to not establish the habit in the first place.
By Kim Campbell Thornton and Mikkel Becker Universal Uclick She stops traffic in one of the most touristed towns in California. Standing on her hind legs, paws posed prettily in front of her, with a pleading expression that could melt the hardest heart, our dog Harper has been the focus of many photographs as we dine outdoors in Laguna Beach. Passersby ask in awe, “How can you resist that face?” My husband and I just laugh. After living with her for six years, we are inured to her adorable begging. She’s a cavalier King Charles spaniel, so trading on her charm is second nature to her. It doesn’t get her much, because we are about as hard-hearted as cavalier owners come, but it is always entertaining to watch. Well, OK, I confess: She gets the occasional french fry or bit of bread. But there are rules.
What else can you do? My pal and colleague, dog trainer Mikkel Becker, has some great suggestions. Mikkel lives with pugs, who are equal to cavaliers in their begging ability, cuteness and manipulation skills, so she knows whereof she speaks.
Make the dinner table a dog-free zone. Teach your dog to go to his bed, a mat or his crate when meals are served. It’s a great opportunity for him to practice a long downstay. If necessary, use a baby gate or other barrier to prevent him from crashing your dinnertime do.
Begging at the table at home is never rewarded. Ever. Our dogs know that the best way to get food is to wait patiently on the sofa until meals are over and then hope for bites of leftovers.
Begging during meal preparation is not rewarded per se, but calm, out-of-the-way watchfulness may be rewarded with a piece of bell pepper or cauliflower in exchange for a sit, spin, down or other trick.
This dog has perfected the art of begging, but she knows it doesn’t come with any rewards at the dinner table.
Paws may not be put on people at the table or in the kitchen. Not ever. Guests are firmly instructed not to permit this.
At restaurants, the aforementioned french fry or crust of bread appears magically on the ground when Harper isn’t looking — and, I might add, when she’s not begging. The behavior that is most likely to earn manna from heaven is lying quietly,
To sweeten the deal, give him a stuffed Kong or food puzzle to occupy his time. That way, he doesn’t feel deprived, and you are rewarding him for being away from the table. Feed him ﬁrst. If he has already eaten, he’ll be less interested in your food when you sit down at the table, especially if you ignore his longing looks. Finally, never give attention for begging. No laughing (I know; it’s hard not to), no talking to the dog, no yelling at him. Attention, even if it’s negative, just reinforces the behavior. If you don’t want to see begging, then quietly and calmly take your dog to another room or to his crate and leave him there until the end of the meal. He’ll learn that begging is a bone-a-fide route to disappointment.
Hamsters best suited for older children, night owls Q: My 4-year-old son is begging for a hamster. Would this be a good “starter pet” for him? — via email
A: My short response is no, based on memories of my little brother’s rough handling of our hamster when he was about that age. Here’s why a hamster isn’t necessarily a good first pet for a young child: • Hamsters are nocturnal. About the time your child is getting ready for bed, a hamster awakens and stays active throughout the night. A child will either sleep through his running on the wheel or be kept awake by it. • Hamsters are grumpy if they’re awakened and handled during the day. They may nip your child when he tries to play with them. • Hamsters are escape artists. Small and speedy, they can escape a child’s grasp and be off to a hiding place — usually beneath the sofa cushions in our childhood home — in seconds flat. • Hamsters are solitary. If you try to introduce two hamsters after maturity, they will fight unless you keep them in separate habitats. Anyone who wants two hamsters should acquire two young hamsters of the same sex at the same time. • Hamsters have special grooming needs. They enjoy dust baths, require a tree branch or piece of wood to gnaw on to keep their continuously growing teeth at an appropriate length, and must have their sharp toenails trimmed regularly unless they wear them down by digging and climbing.
Who should have a hamster? Get one if you’re a night owl or would enjoy interacting with one after a long day at work. For a child who is at least 6 years old — the age at which kids can understand the need to handle hamsters gently — choose a sturdy species, such as a Syrian, amenable to handling when he’s awake. Limit dwarf hamsters and small species such as Chinese hamsters to children 12 or older. — Kim Campbell Thornton Do you have a pet question? Send it to email@example.com or visit Facebook.com/DrMartyBecker
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2200 N. Yarbrough
Schedule good for 4 /4 - 4/9
ENDLESS LOVE (PG-13) DIGITAL: 4:30 pm | 7:05 pm | 9:50 pm GRAVITY (PG-13) 3D: 6:40 pm 2D: 4:20 pm | 9:00 pm HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG-13) DIGITAL: 5:50 pm | 9:10 pm
LONE SURVIVOR (R) DIGITAL: 4:20 pm | 7:00 pm | 9:40 pm POMPEII (PG-13) 2D: 4:40 pm | 7:20 pm | 9:45 pm THE NUT JOB (PG) 3D: 7:00 pm 2D: 4:30 pm | 9:30 pm THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (R) DIGITAL: 6:00 pm | 9:30 pm
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CINEMARK MOVIE BISTRO
CINEMARK CIELO VISTA Gateway West Blvd/Cielo Vista Mall • www.cinemark.com
Schedule good for Friday April 4 Sunland Park Mall Schedule good for April 4 Captain America: The Winter Soldier PG-13136 Mins with Partial Reserved Seating 9:45am | 12:50pm | 4:10pm | 7:30pm | 10:50pm Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating11:10am | 2:30pm | 5:50pm | 9:10pm Noah PG-13138 Mins Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 10:05am | 1:20pm | 4:35pm | 7:50pm | 10:55pm Divergent PG-13140 Mins Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 12:10pm | 3:30pm | 6:50pm | 10:10pm Muppets Most Wanted PG106 Mins Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 5:15pm | 8:00pm | 10:45pm Sabotage Not Rated109 Mins Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 1:30pm | 7:10pm Cesar Chavez PG-13101 Mins Digital Cinema with Partial Reserved Seating 10:40am | 4:20pm | 10:00pm
Premiere Cinema + IMAX El Paso Bassett Schedule good for Friday April 4
3 DAYS TO KILL (PG-13) DIGITAL: 11:30 am | 4:55 pm | 10:20 pm 50 TO 1 (PG) *DIGITAL: 12:05 pm | 2:40 pm | 5:15 pm | 7:45 pm | 10:15 pm 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE (R) *2D: 10:15 am | 12:45 pm | 3:15 pm | 5:45 pm | 8:15 pm | 10:40 pm CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (PG-13) *D-BOX 3D: 11:00 am | 2:00 pm | 5:00 pm | 8:00 pm | 11:00 pm DIVERGENT (PG-13) *DIGITAL: 10:30 am | 11:30 am | 1:30 pm | 2:30 pm | 4:30 pm 5:30 pm | 7:30 pm | 8:30 pm | 10:30 pm GOD'S NOT DEAD (PG) *DIGITAL: 10:45 am | 1:25 pm | 4:25 pm | 7:15 pm | 9:55 pm*IMAX 3D: 10:00 am | 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm | 7:00 pm | 10:00 pm*3D: 11:00 am | 1:30 pm | 2:00 pm | 5:00 pm | 7:30 pm | 8:00 pm 11:00 pm 2D: 9:15am | 10:30am |12:15pm| 3:15 pm | 4:30 pm | 6:15 pm 9:15 pm | 10:30 pm NON-STOP (PG-13) *DIGITAL: 11:40 am | 2:10 pm | 4:40 pm | 7:10 pm | 9:50 pm ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS (R) DIGITAL: 11:45 am | 4:40 pm | 9:40 pm ROBOCOP (PG-13) *DIGITAL: 11:15 am | 1:55 pm | 4:40 pm | 7:20 pm | 10:10 pm SABOTAGE (R) *DIGITAL: 11:15 am | 1:45 pm | 4:20 pm | 7:25 pm | 10:05 pm SON OF GOD (PG-13) DIGITAL: 10:40 am | 1:40 pm | 4:40 pm | 7:40 pm | 10:40 pm THE FACE OF LOVE (PG-13) *DIGITAL: 2:10 pm | 7:35 pm THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (R) *DIGITAL: 10:30 am | 12:50 pm | 3:10 pm | 5:30 pm | 7:50 pm | 10:10 pm THE PLAYERS (NR) *DIGITAL: 2:10 pm | 7:10 pm THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB (PG-13) *DIGITAL: 11:40 am | 2:15 pm | 4:50 pm | 7:25 pm | 9:55 pm * -- denotes Pass Restricted features
NoahPG-13138 Mins 11:00am | 2:05pm | 5:10pm | 8:15pm Digital Cinema 10:00am | 12:00pm | 1:05pm | 3:05pm | 4:10pm | 6:10pm | 7:15pm | 9:15pm | 10:20pm Muppets Most Wanted PG106 MinsDigital Cinema 10:15am | 11:15am | 1:15pm | 2:15pm | 4:15pm | 5:15pm | 7:15pm | 10:15pm Mr. Peabody & Sherman PG91 Mins 10:40am | 4:40pm | 10:40pmDigital Cinema 10:05am | 1:05pm | 4:05pm | 7:05pm |
10:05pm Cesar ChavezPG-13101 MinsDigital Cinema 10:00am | 1:00pm | 4:00p|7:00pm | 10:00pm Cesar Chavez - Spanish DubbedPG-13101 Mins Digital Spanish Dubbed 1:10pm | 7:20pm Bad Words R89 Mins Digital Cinema 10:10am | 1:10pm | 4:10pm|7:10pm| 10:10pm Le Week-end R93 Mins CinéArts Digital 10:20am | 1:20pm | 4:20p|7:20pm | 10:20pm Need for Speed PG-13131 Mins 1:40pm | 7:40pm
Digital Cinema 10:30am | 1:30pm | 4:30pm | 7:30pm | 10:30pm The LEGO Movie PG94 Mins1:10pm | 7:10pmDigital Cinema 10:10am | 4:10pm | 10:10pm The Monuments Men PG-13118 MinsDigital Cinema 8:00pm | 10:40pm Ride AlongPG-13100 MinsDigital Cinema 10:35am | 1:35pm | 4:35pm | 7:35pm | 10:35pm 12 Years a SlaveR134 MinsDigital Cinema 10:05am|4:15p| 10:25pm
CINEMARK 14 - EL PASO
West side of El Paso .- 7440 Remcon Circle
Schedule good for Friday April 4 Captain America: The Winter Soldier PG-13136 Mins 11:50am | 3:25pm | 7:00pm | 10:35pm 10:00am | 10:50am | 2:25pm | 5:25pm | 6:00pm | 9:45pm Digital Cinema 9:05am | 12:50pm | 1:50pm | 4:25pm | 8:00pm | 9:00pm The Grand Budapest HotelR100 Mins Digital Cinema10:05am | 1:00pm | 3:55pm | 6:50pm | 9:50pm NoahPG-13138 Mins Digital Cinema 11:10am | 2:45pm | 3:35pm | 6:20pm | 7:10pm | 9:55pm |
10:40pm DivergentPG-13140 MinsDigital Cinema 12:10pm | 3:45pm | 7:20pm | 10:45pm Muppets Most Wanted PG106 MinsDigital Cinema 9:00am | 12:05pm | 3:20pm | 6:30pm | 9:40pm Cesar ChavezPG13101 MinsDigital Cinema 9:40am | 3:40pm | 6:40pm | 9:35pm Cesar Chavez - Spanish Dubbed PG-13101 Mins Digital Spanish Dubbed 12:40pm SabotageNot Rated 109 MinsDigital Cinema 10:35am | 1:40pm |
4:45pm | 7:50pm | 10:55pm 50 to 1 PG-13110 Mins Digital Cinema 10:15am | 1:20pm | 4:20pm | 7:30pm | 10:30pm Need for Speed PG-13131 Mins Digital Cinema 1:05pm | 7:40pm Mr. Peabody & ShermanPG91 Mins 9:25am | 3:15pm | 9:05pmDigital Cinema 12:20pm | 6:10pm Non-Stop PG-13107 Mins Digital Cinema 9:55am | 4:35pm | 10:50pm
CINEMARK EAST MONTANA
12704 East Montana - East of Joe Battle
Schedule good for Friday Apr 4 thru Wed Apr 9 300: Rise Of An Empire (3D) (R) 11:55AM 5:25PM 10:55PM 300: Rise Of An Empire (Digital) (R) 1:20PM 7:00PM 50 To 1 (Digital) (PG-13) 10:55AM 1:45PM 4:35PM 7:30PM 10:20PM Captain America: The Winter Soldier (3D) (PG-13)10:40AM 2:15PM 4:55PM 5:45PM 9:15PM Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Digital) (PG-13)11:35AM 1:25PM 3:05PM 6:35PM 8:25PM 10:05PM Captain America: The Winter Soldier (XD-3D) (PG-13) 12:20PM 3:50PM 7:20PM 10:50PM Cesar Chavez (Digital) (PG-13)
11:30AM 2:10PM 4:50PM 7:40PM 10:25PM Divergent (Digital) (PG-13) 11:25AM 2:55PM 6:20PM 9:40PM God's Not Dead (Digital) (PG) 12:40PM 3:35PM 6:30PM 9:25PM Mr. Peabody And Sherman (3D) (PG) 2:40PM 8:10PM Mr. Peabody And Sherman (Digital) (PG)10:35AM 4:05PM 9:35PM Muppets Most Wanted (Digital) (PG)12:10PM 3:10PM 6:05PM 9:05PM Noah (Digital) (PG-13) 10:30AM 12:05PM 2:00PM 3:15PM 5:30PM 6:40PM 9:00PM 10:45PM Sabotage (Digital) (R) 10:50AM 1:40PM 4:25PM 7:25PM 10:15PM
EAST POINTE MOVIES 12 • I-10 & Lee Trevino • for 4/04 - 4/09 12 YEARS A SLAVE (R) 11:45AM | 2:50PM | 6:25PM | 9:30PM DEVIL'S DUE (R) 9:05PM 2D GRAVITY (PG-13) 11:00AM | 1:10PM | 3:20PM | 6:30PM | 8:45PM 3D GRAVITY (PG-13) 12:00PM | 2:10PM | 4:20PM | 7:25PM | 9:45PM HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE (PG-13) | 1:30PM | 7:00PM 2D I FRANKENSTEIN (PG-13) 1:50PM | 7:10PM JACK RYAN SHADOW RECRUIT (PG-13) | 11:05AM | 4:35PM | 10:00PM LONE SURVIVOR (R) 11:30AM | 2:25PM | 6:15PM | 9:20PM PHILOMENA (PG-13)11:25AM | 1:45PM | 4:00PM | 6:50PM | 9:10PM
2D POMPEII (PG-13) 11:40AM | 4:45PM | 9:55PM 3D POMPEII (PG-13) 2:15PM | 7:20PM THAT AWKWARD MOMENT (R) | 11:10AM | 4:10PM | 9:00PM 2D THE LEGEND OF HERCULES (PG-13) | 11:20AM | 4:40PM | 9:40PM 3D THE LEGEND OF HERCULES (PG-13) | 1:25PM | 6:25PM 2D THE NUT JOB (PG) | 11:50AM | 2:00PM | 4:05PM | 6:10PM | 8:30PM 3D THE NUT JOB (PG) | 12:30PM | 2:45PM | 4:50PM | 7:30PM | 9:35PM 2D WALKING WITH DINOSAURS (PG) | 11:55AM | 4:20PM 3D WALKING WITH DINOSAURS (PG) | 2:05PM | 6:35PM
Schedule good for 04/04 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE 2D (R) 8:15 | 10:30 50 TO 1 (PG13)11:00 | 1:40 | 4:20 | 7:00 | 9:40 | 12:20am CAPT AMERICA:WINTER SOLDIER2D (PG13)10:15 | 11:00 | 1:25 | 4:35 | 5:20 | 6:20 | 7:45 | 8:30 | 9:30|10:00|11:20 | 12:00am | 12:25am CAPT AMERICA:WINTER SOLDIER3D (PG13)10:00 | 11:30 | 12:00 | 1:00 | 2:10 | 3:10 | 4:10 | 5:10 | 6:45 | 7:20 | 9:30 | 10:30 CESAR CHAVEZ (PG13) 11:10 | 4:20 | 7:15 CESAR CHAVEZ, DUBBED (PG13) 1:45 | 9:50 DIVERGENT (PG13)11:00 | 12:45 | 2:10 | 4:00 | 5:20 | 7:10 | 8:30 | 10:20 | 11:40 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN 2D (PG)11:45 | 2:20 | 4:55 | 7:30 MUPPETS MOST WANTED (PG) 10:30 | 1:15 | 4:00 | 6:45 NEED FOR SPEED 2D (PG13) 2:30 | 5:30 | 8:30 | 11:30 NOAH (PG13)10:00 | 11:00 | 1:00 | 4:10 | 7:20 | 8:30 | 10:30 | 11:40 NOAH, DUBBED (PG13)2:10 | 5:20 NON-STOP (PG13)9:50 SABOTAGE (R)11:20 | 2:00 | 4:40 | 7:20 | 10:00 SON OF GOD (PG13)11:00 | 2:10 THE LEGO MOVIE 2D (PG) 11:00 | 1:35 | 4:10
TINSELTOWN Las Palmas i-10 @ Zaragosa
Schedule good for Friday April 4 Captain America: The Winter SoldierPG-13 136 Mins12:00pm | 3:30pm | 7:00pm | 10:30pm 10:30am | 1:30pm | 2:15pm | 5:15pm | 6:00pm | 8:55pm | 9:45pmDigital Cinema 11:10am | 12:45pm | 3:00pm | 4:15pm | 7:45pm | 8:15pm | 11:00pm The Grand Budapest Hotel R100 Mins Digital Cinema 11:30am | 2:10pm | 5:00pm | 7:50pm | 10:40pm Noah PG-13138 Mins Digital Cinema 10:40am | 12:15pm | 2:00pm | 3:45pm | 5:20pm | 7:15pm | 9:00pm | 10:45pm Noah - Spanish Dubbed PG-13138 Mins Digital Spanish Dubbed 3:10pm | 9:10pm DivergentPG-13140 MinsDigital Cinema 11:00am | 12:20pm | 2:30pm | 3:50pm |
6:05pm | 7:20pm | 10:50pm Cesar Chavez PG-13101 Mins Digital Cinema 11:15am | 2:05pm | 4:55pm | 7:55pm | 10:35pm Cesar Chavez - Spanish Dubbed PG-13101 Mins Digital Spanish Dubbed 12:30pm | 6:20pm Sabotage Not Rated109 Mins Digital Cinema 10:50am | 1:45pm | 4:40pm | 7:35pm | 10:40pm 50 to 1 PG-13110 Mins Digital Cinema 10:55am | 1:50pm | 4:45pm | 7:40pm | 10:25pm God's Not Dead PG113 MinsDigital Cinema 10:25am | 1:15pm | 4:00pm | 7:10pm | 10:10pm Muppets Most WantedPG106 Mins Digital Cinema
10:45am | 1:40pm | 4:30pm | 7:30pm | 10:20pm Need for Speed PG-13131 Mins 3:35pm | 10:15pm Digital Cinema 12:25pm | 6:50pm 300: Rise of an EmpireR103 Mins 2:35pm | 8:05pm Digital Cinema 5:25pm | 10:55pm Mr. Peabody & ShermanPG91 Mins 11:05am | 4:35pm | 10:05pm Digital Cinema 1:55pm | 7:25pm Non-Stop PG-13107 Mins Digital Cinema 10:35am | 1:25pm | 4:10pm | 7:05pm | 10:00pm Son of God PG-13138 Mins Digital Cinema 11:20am Ride Along PG-13100 Mins Digital Cinema 9:30pm
TIMES FOR APRIL 4 - APRIL 10 DRAFT DAY CC (PG13) Thu. 8:00 PM DIVERGENT CC (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 12:10 3:20 6:40 9:55 OCULUS CC (R) Thu. 10:15 PM MUPPETS MOST WANTED CC (PG) Fri. 1:40 4:20 7:10 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER CC (PG13) Fri. 12:30 2:15 2:45 3:45 5:30 6:15 7:00 9:00 9:30 9:40; Sat.-Sun. 11:00 1:40 4:20 7:10 9:40; Mon.-Thu. 1:40 4:20 10:15; Sat.-Sun. 11:00 11:30 12:30 2:15 2:45 3:45 5:30 6:15 7:10 9:40 7:00 9:00 9:30 10:15; Mon.-Thu. 12:30 2:15 2:45 3:45 5:30 6:15 7:00 9:00 9:30 10:15 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE CC (R) Fri.-Thu. 10:00 PM CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER 3D CC MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN CC (PG) Fri. 2:25 5:05 7:35 (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 12:00 3:15 6:30 9:45 NOAH CC (PG13) Fri.-Thu. 12:05 12:50 3:10 4:05 6:20 7:05 9:50; Sat.-Sun. 11:45 2:25 5:05 7:35 9:50; Mon.-Wed. 2:25 9:35 SABOTAGE CC (R) Fri.-Thu. 1:20 4:00 7:25 10:10 5:05 7:35 9:50; Thu. 2:25 5:05
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NORTHEAST/ CENTRAL El Paso semi-pro football — El Paso’s Semi-pro football teams play at various high schools in the area during the spring months. Sun City Reapers home games are 6:30 p.m. at Bowie High School, 801 S. San Marcial, part of the New Mexico Premier Football League. Admission: $4 ($2 students; free for age 8 and younger; $3 for college students and military with ID. Information: 383-4966 or suncityreaplers.com. Saturday, April 5: New Mexico Titans El Paso Seminoles home games are at Burges High School stadium, part of the Minor Professional Football League. Information: theseminoless.com. They host Permian Base Skyforce at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5. El Paso Sun Devils home games are 6:30 p.m. at the SAC, part of the Crossroads Amateur Football League. Information: 760-3753 or elpasosundevilsfootball.com. Saturday, April 5: Texas Shadow
‘Alice in Neverland’ — Kids-N-Co., 1301 Texas, presents the Alice/Peter Pan mashup adventure through April 13 Directed by Jim Lupercio, and written by Paige Hale, with Alice Hale and Jim Lupercio. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7 ($5 students, seniors, military). Information 351-1455 or on Facebook. “Alice in Neverland: picks up after Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, but before Peter meets Wendy in Neverland. The tale is filled with pirates, mermaids and lost boys.
‘Butterflies Are Free’ — El Paso Community College’s Theater Ensemble presents the comedy hit by Leonard Gershe, April 4-6 and April 11-13, at the EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum. Directed by Hector Serrano. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Children 7 and older welcome. Tickets: $15 ($10 non-EPCC students and military, $7 EPCC students); cash or checks only. Information: 831-5056 or epcc.edu/theater. A blind young man seeking independence creates problems with his mother and his new roommate as he struggles to become self-reliant.
If you want your upcoming event listed in SPOTLIGHT’S Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately for him, things don’t exactly go according to plan.
Coffee, Beans & Rice — First Christian Church and the Mustard Seed Café, 1104 St. Vrain entrance (at Arizona) hosts the 4th annual coffee house benefit 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 4, to raise money to feed families in Mexico. Featured entertainer is Patricia Morrison, a folk singer/songwriter in the style of Joan Baez. Admission: $10 (includes performance, bottomless cup of coffee and dessert). Information: 533-6819 or elpasofirstchristian.org.
‘Dial ‘M’ For Murder’ - El Paso Playhouse, UUCEP Spring 2501 Montana, presents an Arts and Crafts original play written and directed by Ken Forestal March Bazaar — Unitarian Uni-
28-April 19. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($8 seniors, $7 military/students with ID; $5 students under 18). Information: 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com. Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for
versalist Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron, hosts its spring arts and craft bazaar 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, with may handcrafted items and selections from noted El Paso area artists. Portion of the proceeds goes to the upkeep of the Community. Admission is free. Information: 562-4001 or uuelpaso.org.
Gun Show — The Paso
Del Norte Gun Collectors Fall Gun Show is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 5-6, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. The show includes guns and antiques for buy, sell or trade. Admission is $5, $4 active military with ID, $3 for under 18. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. Information: 598-0935. The Paso Del Norte Gun Collectors Inc. was formed in 1964 and raises funds for various charities.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Austin High, 3500 Memphis. Setup for participants begins at 8 a.m. Admission is free; cost for participants is $20. Information: Scott Graves, 494-6213 or email@example.com.
EASTSIDE Child Crisis Center Gala — Springfire performs for the center’s gala dinner, is 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Wyndham El Paso, 2027 Airway. All proceeds support the El Paso Child Crisis Center’s work to protect children. Tickets: $100 per person (tables of 10 available). Information/reservations: 5627955 or childcrisiselp.org.
Fort Bliss Spring Bazaar — The Noncommissioned Officer’s Club hosts the spring bazaar 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 5-6, at Fort Bliss Trading Post, 1717 Marshall Road, with arts and craft, antiques, clothes, bake sale, door prizes and food booths. Admission: $1. Information: Sue Gonzales: 590-7202.
Carlos Mencia — The superstar standup comic performs Thursday through Sunday, April 3-6, at the Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. Tickets: $27.50 Thursday, $32.50 Friday and Saturday; available from ticketweb.com. No free passes accepted. Information/showtimes: 779-5233 or laff2nite.com.
Spring Cactus Garden Tours — El Paso Cactus and Rock Club hosts its garden tour and plant sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5,at six locations. Hosts at each garden will be available to answer questions about cacti and succulents and how to grow them. Admission: $5 ($8 families). Tickets and maps available at all gardens. Information: 244-8004 or elpasodesert.com/epcrc. Locations: 3008 Titanic, 417 Valplano, 7237 Orizaba, 4432 Loma Diamante, 812 Dulce Terra and 5734 Kingsfield. Cactus plants will be available for sale at Titanic and Valplano locations.
Wheels on the A — Austin High School’s Sandra Day O’Connor Academy hosts Rockabilly, Rides and Car show
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Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico are from April 3rd - 9th, 2014 MISSION VALLEy ‘La Pastorela de Petra’ — “Viva Mexico” Theater Ensemble and El Paso Community College’s Senior Adult Program present the original bilingual comedy and traditional Christmas play by Rubert Reyes, translated and directed by Malena Cano, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 4-6, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission; $7; discounts for military and seniors with proper ID and children. Information/tickets: 772-3905 or 329-7774. The play depicts the antics of Petra Dominguez, portrayed by Cano, and her adventures surrounding her tortilla factory business and her employees and of course her nemesis, a villain named Tina Tamayo. Other plays in the series have included “El Sueño De Petra,” “El Pecado De Petra” and “El Cuento de Petra.” Advance tickets available at All That Music & Video, 6800 Gateway East; Andale Restaurant & Cantina, 9301 Gateway West; Casa Blanca Flowers & Gifts, 3500 N. Mesa and CheeZies Pizza, 12379 Edgemere.
EPCC Spring Arts Festival — The 37th an-
Mencia, superstar/stand-up comedian, is undoubtedly one of today’s most lauded entertainers and feared comics. An equal opportunity offender, Mencia promises to put on a show much like his Comedy Central hit, “Mind of Mencia.”
nual spring festival of performing, visual and literary arts offers workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibits at various venues of El Paso Community College through May. Most events are free. Information: 831-2461, firstname.lastname@example.org or epcc.edu/events/artsfestival. Exhibits in the Administrative Service Center Foyer, 9050 Viscount are the Annual Student Art Show, April 3-29, with opening ceremony 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday,April 5,.
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DOWNTOWN/ WESTSIDE Crossland Gallery — The El Paso Art Association’s gallery is at 500 W. Paisano (in the Art Junction of El Paso). Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: 534-7377, email@example.com or CrosslandArtGallery.com. Showing April 4-29: “7 Paths to Creating Beauty,” UTEP Student Scholarship Exhibition featuring seven styles of artwork. Sponsored by Huthsteiner Fine Arts Trust, UTEP professors selected students in seven artistic mediums (Metals, Graphic Design, Drawing, Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, and Printmaking) to display their work and receive a scholarship provided by EPAA. Gala opening is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4.
Art Auction 2014 — KCOS-TV public television’s annual fundraiser featuring works by area artists 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 5 and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 6. All mediums of art by local artists are represented, as well as antiques, collectibles and celebrity items. Works available for purchase during live auction only. Information: 590-1313 or kcostv.org.
‘STAR Western Gala’— The Alzheimer’s Association STAR Chapter of El Paso will host its annual gift basket fundraiser 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Proceeds will benefit people with Alzheimer’s disease. Ticket information: Susie, 544-1799 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 12th annual market now runs year round. Winter hours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in at One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. From El Paso, take Race Track Drive across the Rio Grande and
across McNutt Road (NM 273), continue past the post office and turn left on Ardovino. Yoga with Erin Stroud of Casa de Yoga is 10 a.m. every Saturday in Building A-1.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural
Mariachi Isai, Joshua Chavez and Band, Dennis Agajanian and Tommy Coomes Band, with a message from Franklin Graham.
Generation 2000 — Clear Channel Media and Entertainment presents the 28th annual children’s fair 10 a.m. to 6 p. m. Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, at the El Paso Convention Center, consisting of more than
the City Municipal Service Center, 7968 San Paulo Drive, with informational and educational booths, music, games and family activities. Admission is free. Information: Sara Saucedo, 621-6754 or email@example.com.
SOuTHERN NEW MExICO Pavlo and his Band —
Affairs Department’s market for area artists are Saturdays in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space for about 53 artists available each month. Information: 541-4942.
UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hal. Tickets are $5 general ($3 seniors, military, non UTEP students; free for ages 6 and younger, UTEP students, faculty and staff). Information: 7475606 or utep.edu/music. • Thursday, April 3; UTEP Symphony Orchestra, with feature soloist Dr. Steve Wilson playing Concerto for Tuba and String Orchestra by Jan Koetsier, along with music by Rossini, Prokofiev and Gliére.
Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham — El Paso pastors join the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to host the outreach event Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. No tickets required; seating is general admission. Information: 2197991 or elpasofestival.org. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. both days, with the festival beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday is Student Night. Musical performers are Thousand Foot Krutch, Flame, Funky, Joshua Chavez and Band, Dennis Agajanian and Tommy Coomes Band, with a message from Franklin Graham. Sunday is Family Night, with music by Michael W. Smith, Daniel Calveti,
100 specialty booths, games and interactive displays aimed at entertaining and educating children of all ages. Tickets to be announced. Ticket information: generation2000.net. Portion of proceeds benefit Child Crisis Center of El Paso. This year features Family Fun Adventure Prize Walk, Imagination Station arts and crafts area, Mini Golf, live entertainment, Giant Bubbles, Adventures in Learning Science Area, Roller Races, Tiny Tots, Giant Sand Tables, Beading Area and more.
El Paso Sports and Get Fit Expo — The 13th annual family show 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. The expo features free health screenings, consultations, sports card and collectors’ tables, and sportsrelated retailers will exhibit and sell sporting goods, apparel and more. Admission is free. Information: 351-4592 or krod.com. This year’ special guests are Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams and Baseball Hall-of-Famer Goose Gossage. Autographs are $25 flat items; $50 deluxe items. VIP luncheon include reserved seating for breakfast with Gossage at 9 a.m. or lunch with Williams at 11 a.m.; includes one autograph (item provided by ticketholder). Cost: $100
Earth Day – The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department’s Earth Day celebration is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at
Grant County Community Concert Association presents the “Greek god of the guitar” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater in Silver City. Pavlo introduced his infectious signature “6String VS Greek Bouzouki” sound in 1998, and has since recorded nine al-
bums, and performs more than 150 show a year worldwide. Admission: $20 ($5 students 17 and younger). Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.
LCSO with Ray Anthony — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein, welcomes guest Ray Anthony, trumpet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5-6, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Selections include Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances,” Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet, Copland’s “Quiet City” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 (Scottish). Tickets: $35, $40 and $45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com.CONT/P.22
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Nightlife calendar April 3rd
Tom Trago @ 1914 Lounge
11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 3, at Paisano Cafe, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla, featuring a preview of concert music. Cost: $20 at the door. The final performance of the season features guest violinist Janet Sung at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 34, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Selections include Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody” No. 2 and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4.
Trinity Site Tour — The annual April 12th
Mobb Deep @Lowbrow Palace
Sebastien Leger @301 Live April 22nd
Mogwai @Tricky Falls
Cashmere Cat@ Lowbrow Palace May 24 and 25 Neon Desert Music Festival
LCSO with Ray Anthony... A luncheon with Klein is
tour to the site of the first atom bomb explosion is Saturday, April 5, at White Sands Missile Range. At the site, visitors can take a quarter-mile walk to ground zero, where a small obelisk marks the exact spot where the bomb was exploded. The tour no longer will be offered in October due to budget constraints. Historical photos are mounted on the fence surrounding the area. Food and souvenirs sold at the site. Admission is free. Information: White Sands Public Affairs (575) 678-1134 or wsmr.army.mil. Visitors also can ride a missile range shuttle bus two miles to the Schmidt/McDonald ranch house where the scientists assembled the plutonium core of the bomb. Enter off U.S. 380 on the north end of the range (Stallion Gate) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Site closes promptly at 3:30 p.m. Must show a photo ID at the gate. Visitors are encouraged to have a full tank of gasoline and a spare tire for the trip, which is 85 miles each way. There are no service stations on the route. Department of Defense police will direct traffic. Pets allowed on leash only. An Alamogordo caravan forms at the Tularosa High School football field parking lot and leaves at 8 a.m. It is a 75-mile drive to the site from Tularosa and there are no gasoline service stations on the route or at the site. The caravan is led by military police once it gets onto the Missile Range. It is scheduled to leave for the return trip between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Information: (575) 437-6120.
Southwest New Mexico Dutch Oven Cook-Off — The 12th annual cook-off begins at 9 a.m. through mid-afternoon Saturday, April 5, at Glenwood Community Park on CatWalk Road in Glenwood, N.M. (one hour north of Silver City). Tasting begins at 2 p.m. at the park pavilion with awards at 2:30 p.m.
Also featured are musicians, craft vendors and awards for winning cooks. Bucky Allred of Glenwood’s Blue Front Café will sell barbecue sandwiches (beginning at 11 a.m.), and Glenwood Senior Center will sell breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, tea and lemonade. Proceeds benefit park upkeep and future cook-off events. Taster plates for spectators are $7:50; tickets sell out, early purchase and arrival recommended. Information: Leah Jones, (575) 545-3737 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cooking categories are “Fancy Fixer,” “Camp Cookie,” and “Tenderfoot” along with Single Pot or Three Pot dishes. Cook’s registration begins at 8 a.m. Entry packets may be viewed online at glenwoodgazette.com. Also that day are a rummage sale by Glenwood Woman’s Club Rummage Sale, along with the Library’s Book and DVD Sale will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Whitewater Mesa Kite-Flying Picnic is noon to dusk.
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‘The Lion in Winter’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, presents the James Goldman play that inspired the Oscar-winning film through April 3. Directed by Monte H. Wright. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tick-
The Faint - Doom Abuse The Mary Onettes - Portico Thus Owls - Turning Rocks Todd Terje - It's Album Time
ets: $10 ($9 seniors, students, military; $8 per person for groups of 10 or more; $7 children under six). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org. King Henry II of England wants the kingdom to stay united after his death, but all three of his sons want to rule and it is likely to be torn apart by revolution. Henry favors the youngest John, while Eleanor favors the eldest, Richard. Middle son Geoffrey hopes to play both ends against each other and come out on top.
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Dj Spotlight | Cosmic Gate place in EDM’s hall of fame has long since been secured. In 2011 the duo released ‘Wake Your Mind’ – their fifth artist album. It produced ‘Be Your Sound’ – a release which UK EDM bible MIXMAG said: “finally unseats ‘Fire Wire’ as Cosmic Gate’s best-known-for track”. The track scored an IDMA nomination in 2012, with the JES-sung ‘Flying Blind’ following suit at the awards a year later. Such was the response to the album and its singles that in February of 2013 a multimedia Deluxe Edition was compiled. This brought together for the first time all of the ‘Wake Your Mind’ tracks, a 360° remix compendium and the album’s celebrated singles videos. Through ‘Wake Your Mind’s title, Nic & Bossi had comThe perfect union of musical minds, one karmic meeting in a recording studio resulted in Cosmic Gate’s Big Bang moment. It set brothers-insound Nic Chagall and Bossi on a rapidly expanding path - one that’s seen them evolve into Germany’s most consistently successful electronic music duo. It’s catapulted their Cosmological productions to the highest reaches of the official sales charts and seen them remix the compositions of revered Hollywood composers such as ‘Avatar’s James Horner.
Through their atomic onstage synergy, Nic & Bossi have created countless unforgettable dance floor nights. They’ve sold out arenas & festival halls, conquered EDM capitals, hosted their own stages at major festivals and 10 years into their career became the highest climbers on DJ Mag’s Top 100 chart. Driven by their hugely received albums, club-busting singles (incl. ‘Not Enough Time’, ‘Body of Conflict’ and ‘Over The Rainbow’) and scenedefining classics ‘Be Your Sound’, ‘Fire Wire’ and ‘Exploration of Space’, their
municated a belief in border-free electronic music to fans. Its message was embraced by untold thousands of clubbers and music lovers around the world, subsequently turning into a groundswell movement. The #WYM tag was widely adopted as the abbreviation-ofchoice for those wishing to display a more flexible, less tribal outlook to electronic music. In the second half of 2013 Cosmic Gate added other significant dimensions to Wake Your Mind, further galvanizing the #WYM effect. Following rave receptions to a string of sold out Wake Your Mind In Concert gigs they launched Wake Your Mind Records. Attached to the Armada Label group, it brought yet greater scope to its core ethos.
GOLF INSIDER SPOTLIGHTEPNEWS.COM APRIL 03, 2014 PAGE 24
By T.J. TOMASI IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR GAME
Do teaching aids really work?
The next frontier of physical training
Golf teaching aids, like golfers themselves, come in all shapes and sizes, and in a wide range of prices, too. Everyone has a different opinion on whether they work or not, but research suggests that their effectiveness depends on which teaching aids you use and how you use them.
Many athletic trainers and coaches believe the human body has reached its optimal size. If we grow any bigger, we’ll lose speed and flexibility, any smaller and we’ll lose power.
Take, for example, the elongated hat brim shown below that keeps players from seeing the ball after they hit it. This helps prevent the ball from becoming your master — a big problem for most golfers. If you’re trying to learn the correct grip, but the ball slices and you immediately revert to your old grip, you’ll never learn anything new.
Because humans learn a lot from making errors, some scientific literature questions the advantage of devices that decrease error feedback in practice — a point well made. But golf is such a “feel” game that if you can use a device that quickly gives the feel of a hard-learned move, then that’s a valuable shortcut. The danger of teaching aids is leaving them on too long. To be effective and practical, an aid should be easy to attach and remove. My other criterion for a good teaching aid is the ability to hit balls with it on.
The problem is the body’s architecture (bones, ligaments, tendons) can’t take the force delivered by oversized muscles — they rip apart. Witness the football players with huge muscles who spend too much time in the gym; they can’t finish a season because their muscles are too big for their frame. I believe Tiger Woods opened himself to injury by bulking up to a point that made it possible for him to move his bones too fast. But if beneficial changes in performance will not come from bigger muscles, then where is training headed? The answer is that the next frontier is the mental side of sports. The newest technique, dynamic imagery, uses gesturing during mental practice. It’s a step beyond simply sitting with your eyes closed while using imagery. In addition to visualization, dynamic imagery uses micro-movements along with imagining yourself performing the actions you want to learn. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordon, Johnny Miller, Peter Jacobsen, Ricky Williams, Bill Walton, Greg Norman and the Michigan men’s basketball team all use mental practice, as do many other athletes.
This pro is using an aid designed to keep his trail elbow at the correct 90-degree flex at the top of his swing. Collapsing the elbow at the top causes an overswing that’s hard to feel and hard to control. Golfers using this aid can straighten the elbow to release the club, but can cock it to only 90 degrees.
GOLF SPOKEN HERE
Closely mown grass down the central line of play between the tee and the green. Interestingly, the term “fairway” doesn’t appear in the rule book.
Images on your mental screen drive motor movements, so the images you place there must be: 1. Real in proportion, size and likeness 2. Multisensory 3. Compelling 4. Repeatable 5. Emotionalized 6. Personalized A good example is the image of a revolving barber pole used by water ballet swimmers, who mimic the stripe going around as they revolve in place with only their legs visible to the judges.
Insider Takeaway: The best vehicle for learning motor movements is actual physical practice, but if you can’t practice for real, then mental practice is an effective means to increase learning.
Muscles in Mini Motion
ABOUT THE WRITER
The first step is to secure a model that’s correct, and watch it until you have control of the move-
Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a teaching professional in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Visit hiswebsite at tomasigolf.com.
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When you’re trying to learn the basics, you can become so concerned with ball flight that you’ll be distracted from the task at hand. The extra-long visor prevents this player from seeing what the ball does after he hits it.
ment sequence. Then run the movement through your own brain apparatus, using the micromovements that make it up. This process is driven by rich imagery composed of multisensory pictures you see, hear and feel. In a way, dynamic imagery is like dreaming: Everything is in place, but held in tonic immobility except for rapid eye movements and muscle twitches. This altered state creates a rehearsed movement repertoire that lacks only the mental “go” signal needed for the full-power movement.
Golf mind game Q: What do you think of sports psychologists for golf? — O.W. A: Some swear by them and some swear they’d never go to one. Tiger used to have one, but Ben Hogan never did. Sports psychologists, along with physical fitness trainers and swing coaches, form the support team for many modern tour players. But psychologists aren’t for everyone. Not only do players have different swings, but also different personalities. Just as you match a person’s swing to his body type, so you have to be aware of and able to work with different
mind-sets. What it boils down to is that you can’t be dependent on any coach — mental or physical. You must own what they give you. In the last analysis, standing on the 18th tee under the heat, it is you and you alone, sans your teacher, your psychologist and your trainer. As Michael Jordon is fond of saying, there might not be an “I” in team, but there is in “wIn.” (To Ask the Pro a question about golf, email him at: email@example.com.)
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There’s more than one way to cure the yips The yips have brought down both champions (including Harry Vardon and Ben Hogan) and hackers alike. There are three contributors to the yips:
1. Bad technique, including an inferior stroke, incorrect aim and faulty posture; 2. Physical problems manifested by tremors and spasticity; 3. Psychologically induced stress. And because there is more than one cause, there is more than one intervention. In order to beat the yips, you have to be willing to experiment until you find just the right mix of the interventions listed below: Take a lesson from a teaching professional. Most pros teach, but a teaching professional does nothing but teach. Stop trying to keep your head still and your eyes frozen on the ball. While you may not realize it, your head is always moving and so are your eyes. These micro-movements, wired to your inner ear and eyes, are part balance and part security-oriented — like a multisensory camera
timed to constantly scan the environment. According to Wikipedia, the vestibulo-ocular reflex stabilizes images on the retina during tiny head movements by producing eye movement in the direction opposite to the head movement. Suppressing this natural movement can cause yipping, so let your head and eyes move, but don’t make them move. A yip-related stroke can be ball-dominated. To minimize this, try this drill: Have a friend use a wedge and stand ready to rake the ball away as you start your down stroke. The key is, sometimes your friend should remove the ball and sometimes he should leave it. You’ll never know which, so you’ll learn to continue your stroke no matter what — a stroke that is no longer balldominated. In some cases, fear of missing a putt can cause enough anxiety to scare you into the yips. The cure for this is not to miss, and that means practice. Putt as many balls as you can stomach (it’s boring) from 2 or 3 feet and focus on having a multisensory experience: See, feel and hear the ball go in.
Occupy your mind with something else. One study shows that counting backward helps make a yip-less stroke by diverting your mind away from your putting stroke. Close your eyes and concentrate on your follow-through. The sight of the hole can be a stimulus to the fight/flight response. Studies show that when some putters look at the hole, their blood pressure increases. If your stroke is the problem, look at the hole while you putt. This works well for those who focus too much on the mechanics of their stroke. Use the long putter. Anchoring the grip end against your chest/stomach and letting the putter swing on its own has turned a lot of stabbers into strokers. But you’d better hurry — anchoring will be against the rules in 2016. Use a routine that never varies. Your brain loves patterns, and they reduce stress. Train yourself to accept your own orders. Find a trigger that guides the stroke. It could be a blink of the eyes, a smile or a verbal cue like
“ready, set, done.” Armed with your trigger, practice the nastiest putts you can find. Relax and control your breathing. Holding your breath under stress causes explosions. Like a sniper, pull the trigger at the end of your exhale, when everything is quiet. Watch golf with the sound off. You don’t need to learn how impossible and dangerous a 4footer is by listening to a dramatic announcer whose every sentence contains words that should be used only to describe real horrors, such as suicide bombings, airplane crashes and political debates. If you have a tremor due to a physical cause, you might try Botox. The Food and Drug Administration just approved Botox to treat spasms of the elbow, wrist and fingers. Botox works by blocking the connections between nerves and muscle, temporarily paralyzing the spastic muscle. Always consult a doctor before trying anything new.
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CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS
Race: Duck Commander 500 Where: Texas Motor Speedway When: Sunday, 3 p.m. (ET) TV: FOX 2013 Winner: Kyle Busch (right)
Race: O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Where: Texas Motor Speedway When: Friday, 8:30 p.m. (ET) TV: ESPN2 2013 Winner: Kyle Busch
Race: SFP 250 Where: Kansas Speedway When: May 9, 8:30 p.m. (ET) TV: Fox Sports 1 2013 Winner: Matt Crafton
Kurt Busch delivers his first 2014 Sprint Cup win in dramatic fashion cluding the highly respected Dr. Jerry Punch. And he said it was a sign that the team is on the rebound from its troubles of a year ago, when Stewart was unable to compete because of a broken leg and the team’s overall performance tailed off. “There were a lot of naysayers and doubters out there about Stewart-Haas Racing,” Haas said. “With Tony (Stewart) having his injury last year, it looked like we were all washed up and out of business. “But it just goes to show you that there is a team behind everybody. That was always the backup plan. We are still going forward. “Racing is tough. Every time you win, you typically lose three times. It’s a very difficult sport, and it’s always great to win.” Haas also said he was glad to see that Busch was able to put aside the early spat with Keselowski and go on to victory.
Kurt Busch celebrates his victory in the STP 500, his first win of the 2014 Sprint Cup season. to slicing up top-of-the-line kitchen guys did really well. I think we just tiles. They replace earlier technology came out on top of that. Any other day, in which machine tools are controlled I think Jimmie would have come out manually with hand wheels and levers. on top. Haas, speaking on a telecon“I was just really impressed ference with reporters after the race in with that, and the great season, to fiMartinsville, said he liked what he saw nally win a race with Haas Automation in the performances of his driver and on the hood. of Johnson. “It couldn’t have been better. “I think Jimmie was a real … Well, it could, if I could have been gentleman about racing [Busch] there.” cleanly and not trying to push him out The win also validated Haas’ of the way,” Haas said. “I think Kurt decision to hire Busch, who had been and Jimmie both did that. considered “damaged goods” in “Ultimately, they didn’t do NASCAR after being released by what they typically do at the end of Penske, in large part because of his bethose races, where they have multiple havior off the track, which included passes and all that stuff, so those two tirades against several reporters, in-
“As far as Kurt Busch handling it, I think he did a great job, and we have obviously found a solution for Kurt Busch,” he said. “When he is in Winner’s Circle, he doesn’t [complain] about anything, so that is where we need to keep him.” Busch’s victory came after a slow start to the season. He didn’t score his first top-20 finish until placing third in the Auto Club 400 the week prior to Martinsville. And the team is led by a rookie crew chief, Daniel Knost, who got his first Cup victory on home turf, as he’s a Virginia native. “A win like [Sunday’s] is a great step forward,” Busch said. “I don’t want it to camouflage any of the work, though, that we still have to do to make our car stronger and to be more competitive week in and week out. “But don’t think that I’m not going to enjoy this for one moment.”
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California businessman Gene Haas has been fielding cars in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series since 2002, when Jack Sprague drove his car to a 35th-place finish at Kansas Speedway. But it wasn’t until this past Sunday at Martinsville Speedway that a car primarily sponsored by his Haas Automation company went to Victory Lane. Kurt Busch, the driver Haas hired last year to be the fourth driver at Stewart-Haas Racing, the team Haas co-owns with driver Tony Stewart, delivered the milestone win in dramatic fashion. He overcame an early race skirmish with Brad Keselowski that could have seen him knocked out of the race, then outdueled Jimmie Johnson — a Martinsville master — down the stretch to seal the victory. It was Busch’s first win since October 2011, when he drove a Roger Penske-owned car to victory at Dover International Speedway. And he becomes the sixth different winner in the first six races this season. The Victory Lane appearance by Haas Automation has been surprisingly long in coming, given the position that company holds in the machinery world. Haas, as a sole car owner, ran 284 races without a win, but now has 21 since Stewart joined his team as a co-owner. But none of the earlier 20 came in races in which Haas Automation was the primary sponsor. Haas’ company is the nation’s largest machine tool manufacturer and specializes in computer numerical control (CNC) technology. CNC machines are computer-controlled devices that do everything from cutting out precision parts for race cars
Kurt Busch battles Jimmie Johnson (left) in the final stretch of the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30.
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Denny Hamlin slams speculation over missing the Auto Club 400
Ambrose, Almirola have strong runs at Martinsville The two Richard Petty Motorsports drivers — Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola — went into the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway hoping for strong ﬁnishes to honor the memory of Lynda Petty, the wife of Richard Petty, who died Tuesday before the Martinsville race.
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When Denny Hamlin was unable to drive his No. 11 Toyota in the Auto Club 400 on March 23, the initial reports said it was because of vision problems believed to be caused by a sinus condition. But it wasn’t until midday on Wednesday after that race that Hamlin and his team revealed that the real culprit was a flake of rusty metal that had somehow gotten into his eye, causing the pain and affecting his vision. Because more than two days went by with no update, some began to wonder what was wrong with Hamlin, leading to some wild speculation. Hamlin said in a media briefing at Martinsville Speedway that he waited to make any announcement until he was sure there weren’t other issues besides those related to the flake of metal. “Although at the hospital they found the metal and I felt better instantly, that doesn’t mean that was the whole problem,” he said. “We had to go through two more days of testing in Charlotte to realize that the sinus part was OK. That’s why nothing was said for a few days, because I don’t want to be speaking out of line and not knowing exactly what I’m talking about until I know exactly what the problem was.” But Hamlin was upset that people questioned his integrity during the days leading up to his announcement. “My health is my business, but what if it was cancer or a tumor — I don’t have to tell anyone that,” he said. “It’s my
Sam Hornish Jr. drove for Denny Hamlin in the Auto Club 400 on March 23. business. People who think negatively of me or think that we sidestepped some sort of drug test or something is ridiculous. “I’m in one of the top three cars in NASCAR. I would have to be an absolute moron to risk that. I have a daughter that I have to provide for for a really long time.” He said that because he’s out in public more than some of his peers, some people assume he’s a little on the wild side. “I don’t stay tucked in my motorhome,” he said. “I don’t stay tucked into my house. It’s not what I like to do. Be-
cause I’m out there a little bit more, people think I go out and I party. I don’t drink at all hardly, ever. I’ve never done drugs, ever. I’m as clean as they come.” He said he worked too hard to get where he is today to throw it all away on something foolish. “It bothers me that my character is questioned,” he said. “People think that there’s some kind of conspiracy. It just bothers me because there’s people that like to make rumors, and, of course, within our NASCAR community, rumors become truth when enough people say it.”
They didn’t win, as both were hoping to do, but they had strong runs, with Ambrose ﬁnishing ﬁfth and Almirola eighth. “We’ve had a really tough week,” said Ambrose, who led 22 laps. “We lost Miss Lynda. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Petty family right now. We really wanted to win for them bad out there, but we’ll take a top 5. We’re really proud of our efforts.” Ambrose said the Petty team — which has struggled in recent seasons — is on the rebound. “We spent a lot of money and a lot of effort in getting Richard Petty Motorsports back on the map, and I think you’re seeing the results,” he said. “We’ve been fast for about four weeks in a row, and we’re just starting to hit our stride. We’re going to win one of these soon and lock ourselves in the Chase and feel good about our chances.” Almirola, who recently posted a career-best third-place ﬁnish at Bristol, said he, too, has hopes of winning in the not-too-distant future. “We’re doing things right,” he said. “If we keep running like this, we’ll get to Victory Lane.”
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Corvette Stingray returns as a world-class performer The mighty Corvette sure has been in the spotlight lately. First, a few months ago, the allnew C7 Corvette arrived at local dealers, causing a lot of excitement in the automotive world (as you will soon learn why). Then, in February, eight rare Corvettes were swallowed by a 40-foot wide sinkhole that opened up under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Even Hollywood couldn’t make that story up. Luckily, all the Corvettes will be saved, thanks to the generous hand (and wallet) of GM. The new Corvette, though, needs no help as it is a runaway hit in its own right. For 2014, the Corvette Stingray, a name that hasn't been used since 1976, returns and in a big way. This seventh generation of America's iconic
sports car has a body that is unmistakably Corvette - along with its traditional big V8 engine and seating for two. Basically, if you like Corvettes of past, you'll love this new one because it's the best 'Vette yet.
nicely into the vented hood. Unique door handles keep the sides smooth and clean, which merges to a wide and aggressive rear end, demonstrating that this American sports car means business.
The new Corvette looks amazing. The bodywork is jet-inspired and race-tested. Every scoop, vent and spoiler is functional, most borrowed from the Corvette Racing team. The traditional pronounced fenders over the front wheels of past Corvettes return and blend
While every aspect of the 2014 Corvette is an improvement over prior Corvettes, it's the interior that really steals the show. Once considered the weak point in prior ‘Vettes, this new model sports a cabin that Chevrolet can be proud of. The materials used are of high qual-
ity and the entire cockpit emits a premium vibe to both driver and passenger. Helping provide that feeling are greatly improved seats that are more supportive for aggressive driving yet are comfortable enough for that day-to-day stint to and from the office. And the instrument panel and center screen are greatly improved. Even the popular heads-up display (HUD) has been updated to now appear in color. For many Corvette lovers, it's what's under the hood that matters most, and the 2014 Corvette doesn't disappoint. An all-new 6.2 liter V8 engine, using the old LT1 name makes 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Both these numbers are up from last year’s C6 Corvette which made 436 and 428 respectively. The tester was equipped with the optional sixspeed automatic, but a new seven-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2014 Corvette.
car as it envelops you. Sounds from the big V8 are loud, throaty - and addicting. And like all Corvettes before it, the Stingray is quick and fast. But my favorite trait is how well it connects to the road. Equipped with the optional Z51 Performance Package along with Magnetic Ride Control, this 'Vette handles like it’s on rails. And it practically is with meaty 19" wheels up front and 20" wheels in back.
leased convertible model. As a droptop, the Corvette barely adds 60 pounds to the curb weight and Chevrolet claims there is no loss in performance. With the top up, I could hardly tell I was in a ragtop. Top down and traveling 70 mph, there is a little wind disturbance, but not enough that you have to shout to be heard. The three-layer fabric roof can be opened or closed in about 20 seconds and at speeds up to 30 mph.
An added bonus was the fact that the test car was the just re-
The auto industry has been waiting for a long time for the
My initial drive in the C7 Corvette was really as expected - it feels like a Corvette. Sitting slung down low, you become a part of the
By The Numbers:
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Z51 Base Price: $58,800.00 Price as Tested: $73,525.00 Layout: front-engine / rear-wheel drive Engine: 6.2 liter LT1 V8 Transmission: 6 - speed automatic Horsepower: 455 hp Torque: 460 ft-lbs EPA Fuel Economy: 16 city / 28 highway mpg [Visit me at www.carsbycar.blogspot.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org]
C7 Corvette and now that it is here, no one has been disappointed. Corvette sales, which have been falling over the years, have recently skyrocketed thanks to the Stingray. In fact, sales are so good, GM has recently raised the price of the Stingray by a few thousand dollars (the prices below do not indicate the new price). Not only is the 2014 Corvette Stingray the best Corvette to date, but it has finally achieved world-class performance status. With 0-60 times under 4 seconds and a top speed in the neighborhood of 190 mph – Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini better watch out. -- Christopher A. Randazzo
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When the new Chase formula was announced earlier this year, it was generally assumed that a single win in one of the 26 regular-season races would assure a driver one of the 16 berths in the Chase. But now that the season has opened with six different drivers winning in the first six races, many are wondering if there will be more than 16 winners in the first 26 races, which would mean that some race winners would miss the Chase. Carl Edwards, who won at Bristol Motor Speedway, said he can see that happening. “I believe we’re going to have more than 16 winners,” he said. “It feels that way. It feels like there are more competitive cars.” Edwards, who is third in the standings, is counting on his ranking to give him some working room as the season goes on. “The easiest way for us, though, is to just go win [another] race,” he said. “Right now, we’re going to go for it and try to get that win while we have the points to lose.”
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New Chase formula means that some race winners may not make cut for the championship run
Dale Earnhardt Jr. applies his 2014 Sprint Cup winner decal to his No. 88 Chevrolet. Series points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr., who felt like he was a sure bet to make the Chase after his win in the Daytona 500, said he’s hoping Edwards is wrong about the prospect of more than 16 winners this year, because that will force drivers to be back in the position of focusing on points each week. “If we get into Week 13 and 14 and we have got 12 winners at that particular point, with 10 races left in the regular
season, guys are going to get a little more protective of their position in points,” he said. “Having to fall back into that mode of concentrating on your points position, your track position, maximizing every race to get the most points, is a bit of a burden.” But he said that won’t mean the racing will be less exciting. “The pressure will rise for sure,” he said.
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