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Crab Week at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort Kicks Off this August

Cambridge, MD (PRWEB) June 30, 2014

Summer on the Eastern Shore wouldnt be complete without succulent Maryland blue crabs, and Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marinas Fifth Annual Crab Week, August 15-29, pays homage to the time-honored dining tradition with two full weeks of crab-happy festivities. In addition, guests can enjoy a third night free when booking the resorts Sunshine on Sale package.

Culinary highlights of crab week start at check-in for overnight guests, who receive a complimentary gift of Old Bay seasoning. Savor crab specialties whipped up by food truck sensation, Feelin Crabby, and enjoy an exclusive tour and feast at J.M Clayton Company, the worlds oldest crab house. Watch or participate in the resorts annual crab cake eating contest. Learn to catch, crack, and cook up your own crabs during daily demos by the pros, savor daily crab specials, as well as crab pairings.

After feasting on crabs, swing into action during River Marsh Golf Clubs Crabby Cup, a nine-hole golf tournament. Join author/illustrator Chris Raschka for a special reading of his book, Crabby Crab. Kids love sinking their claws into arts & crafts at Krusty Krabs Kreative Korner, competing in marine animal pool races and other crab-inspired games, and watching favorite movies while floating on water. Click here for a full schedule of activities.

Crab Week guests staying under the Sunshine on Sale package receive a third night free, when staying two nights at regular rates, as well as free daily breakfast for two. Overnight rates start at $ 359 per night during the summer season. Sunshine on Sale is available through December 30, 2014, and is based on double occupancy, subject to availability. Taxes and resort fee additional. Reservations must be made in advance. To book this package, please call 800.633.7313 or visit

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina is the premier four-diamond resort of the Chesapeake Bay. The property is nestled on 342 magnificent acres along the Choptank River, and features 400 luxurious rooms and suites. Among amenities are six superb dining options; an award-winning, 18-hole championship golf course; the 150-slip River Marsh Marina; the Sago Salon & Spa; multi-level indoor and outdoor swimming pools; a fitness facility, and a children’s recreation center. For more information on the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake bay, please call (800) 633-7313 or visit Follow Hyatt Chesapeake Bay on Facebook at; Twitter @hyattchesapeake; or Instagram #HyattChesapeake.

About Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency encompasses the full spectrum of hotel types, which are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Properties range in size from 200 to more than 2,000 rooms, feature intimate and large meeting spaces, and offer a full range of services and dining options tailored to serve the needs of conventions, business travelers or resort vacationers. Hyatt Regency enables all guests whether they are traveling to work, unwind or gather in celebration to feel productive and revitalized. For more information and reservations, visit

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Artist-Animator Donna Kay Lau Successfully Funded Surf Soup Ocean Conservation Project on Kickstarter; In Honor of World Oceans Day, Launches Pre-Sale of Picture Book

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) June 10, 2014

Animator-artist Donna Kay Lau successfully funded the “Surf Soup” project on Kickstarter, a crowd fundraising website for creative projects. Lau’s “Surf Soup” project funded beyond the original goal, achieving 116% funding. Lau also received generous Dogecoin and Bitcoin donations.

The Surf Soup Project first premiered at the “dA Center for the Arts” in Pomona, California, at the Arts Colony, and Lau also appeared at the Hibbleton Gallery at the Magowski Arts Colony, at the Art Walk in Fullerton, which featured the artwork of artist and author Donna Kay Lau.

Laus painting Honu (Hawaiian for turtle) is the first installation in her Surf Soup project that she funded through a Kickstarter campaign. Lau will appear with “Honu” at First Annual Hsi Lai Temple Music and Arts Festival which marks the temple’s 25th anniversary. The free family event is Saturday, June 21, from 4 to 8:30 p.m., located at 3456 Glenmark Drive in Hacienda Heights.

This will be the third Art Show appearance this year for the “Surf Soup” project, with this being the first outdoor Music and Art Festival. Lau is calling this the “Honu Tour.”

“This has been such an exciting journey and Honu is swimming slowly and leading the way for Surf Soup! Honu is like a rock star on tour,” said Lau.

Also appearing with Lau will be Miss Mary Ann King who thrilled preschoolers from 1966 to 1976 as host of Romper Room on KCOP-TV. King wrote the “forward” to the “Surf Soup” book. Lau and “Miss Mary Ann” will be signing autographs.

I am delighted to support Donna in her launch of the ‘Surf Soup’ project, King said. I believe its a great cause and a wonderful project for charities.

Featured at the festival will be artists and artisans, and live bands such as Indie folk and atmospheric alternative to Chinese drum troupe and zither music, a diverse lineup of Los Angeles area musicians, along with vegetarian food booths, book sales, face painting and more. More information is on the festivals Facebook page,

Lau has also designed a special mermaid costume that will be featured in a photo shoot, and Lau will be modeling and displaying the mermaid costume at the festival, made from Hawai’i. This is designed after a character in the Surf Soup book that teaches Upcycling. Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

Lau is currently arranging appearances with the local Aquariums to appear, and teach Upcycling, and art activities, and plans to wear the mermaid costume for book appearances and book signings.

The Honu (Hawaiian for Turtle) painting and book are based on the theme,”Red String of Fate.” The Chinese believe that, “an invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break (from a Chinese Proverb).”

“This is so special and it is true serendipity that my “Surf Soup” project has now found its way to the Hsi Lai Temple Music and Arts Festival, because my “Honu” story is about love and compassion,” says Lau.

Laus book “Surf Soup” teaches children how to surf and provides character building lessons while learning how to surf. It also focuses on ocean conservation. It is the first book, in a series of specially themed subjects that addresses topics that are important for children to understand. Proceeds from the projects will be donated to ocean rehabilitation and various charities.

On June 8th, in honor of “World Oceans Day,” Lau’s “Surf Soup” book will be available for pre-sale along with limited edition prints, infant onesies, stickers for cars and surfboards, t-shirts, bikinis, and also the original “Honu” painting on Surf Soup’s newly launched Etsy Store,, also available online at http://Surfsoup.TV where Dogecoin and Bitcoin will be accepted.

Lau, who was recently honored with a Prime-Time Emmy for contributions to the animated series Regular Show, has worked on several series for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network including Dora the Explorer, CatDog, Oswald the Octopus, Generator Rex. She has free-lanced on many productions including the PBS series Danger Rangers. She is also the designer of her own childrens clothing line Art is On! and “Surf Soup” Surf Couture (a unique bikini and clothing line).

For more information on Lau and her successful Kickstarter campaign: or click on http://SurfSoup.TV

About Donna Kay Lau

“Buddhism is the way to understand the heart, says Venerable Hui Dong, Abbot of Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple. Music and art are also means that touch heart. By putting them together, the festival is in fact a journey to the deepest of one’s heart.”

About Hsi Lai Temple

Hsi Lai Temple, a traditional Chinese Buddhist mountain monastery in the foothills of Hacienda Heights, California, is one of the largest temples of its kind in North America. It is the first overseas branch and North American regional headquarters for one of Taiwan’s largest Buddhist organizations, Fo Guang Shan. The Temples founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, is recognized worldwide for his dedication to promoting Humanistic Buddhism, which incorporates all eight traditional schools of Chinese Buddhism to provide guidance deemed most useful to modern life. The Temple is committed to serving as a bridge between East and West so the Buddha’s teachings of kindness, compassion, joyfulness, and equanimity might be integrated into peoples lives for the benefit of all.

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Restaurant Week in Palm Springs Attracts Homebuyers

Palm Springs, CA (PRWEB) May 28, 2014

Brad Schmett, Broker Associate with Luxury Homes by Keller Williams today announced that the always incredibly popular Palm Springs Restaurant Week celebrated Valley wide from May 30 June 8, will attract a substantial number of real estate investors and luxury home shoppers during the weeklong gala celebrations for foodies everywhere

With gourmet prix-fixe menu galore, dozens of the most popular eateries from Palm Springs to Coachella participate in the event every year. Everything from casual dining such as handmade pizza at Acqua Pazza Bistro, to delicious Southwestern cuisine at the Blue Coyote to an elegant candlelight dinner complete with champagne and caviar at the fashionable Melvyns at Ingleside Inn, it is all happening during Restaurant Week.

Schmett observed that, This is the perfect opportunity to sample that restaurant you’ve had your eye on for a while. Every major restaurant in town has great fun participating in Restaurant Week and the chefs always seem to come up with new creations to tantalize all of us. Food is arguably one of the most popular reasons why people love to live in the Palm Springs area. We are notorious for having the finest restaurants to be found anywhere in the country, along with al fresco dining all year round. The real estate community is always extremely busy during Restaurant Week and happily so. We enjoy meeting everyone.

It is recommended that you check to see if your favorite restaurant is one of the many participants this year. This is certainly the time to try several new places to dine since all participating restaurants will be offering special menu and special prices to fit any budget. Bon app

NFMLA and NUVOtv Celebrate Latino Filmmakers in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 27, 2014

NewFilmmakers LA Film Festival and NUVOtv invite LA audiences to attend the Saturday, June 7th 2014 film screening series and after-party event. Held at the AT&T Center in Downtown LA, the program will highlight some of the finest independent filmmaking hitting todays festival circuit and feature a filmmaker networking lounge with food and drinks throughout the evening.

NUVOtv is the premiere English-language entertainment network created for modern Latinos. Nu Point of View allows talented writers, producers and directors to showcase their works on a national stage. The inspirational story of each selected finalist filmmaker will be profiled at NewFilmmakers Los Angeles and on the NUVOtv network.

Learn more about the entire June 7th NewFilmmakers LA Film Festival and NUVOtv Nu Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmakers program below.

NewFilmmakers Shorts Program

No Names – Dir. Isabella Hyams

Bored in your marriage? Desperate for an intimate encounter? The Nonames website database pairs up the espoused and dissatisfied yearning to scratch the carnal itch in the comfort of their own anonymity. Your sexual adventure is a click away. No hassle. No risk. No names. Just dark secrets and deadly lies.

Director Isabella Hyams is best known for directing and writing the TV series Bitchcraft. She has previously worked as an assistant for director Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight and has worked for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura on 1408 and Stardust.

No Names stars actor Josh Stewart (Transcendence, The Collection, The Dark Knight Rises,Criminal Minds) and Monique Gabriela Curnen (The Dark Knight, Contagion, Half Nelson).

Pablo on Wheels – Dir. Brett Sorem

Six months after their parents deportation, Rey (18) and Pablo (11) do what they can to survive in New York City. The bond of skateboarding keeps them together, but the culture surrounding it begins to split them apart when a single mistake by Rey threatens to take away the last family he has left.

Director Brett Sorem grew up immersed in the skating culture of San Diego, so his goal for Pablo on Wheels was to cast real skaters rather than actors. Lead actor Luis Tolentino currently holds the record for the highest ollie jump at 46 inches. Luis earned a best actor nod for his work in Pablo on Wheels at the Greenville International Film Fest, and Brett Sorem was nominated for Best Director at the Cincinnati Film Festival.

Interstate – Dir. Camille Stochitch

Joaquin is a driving instructor who teaches illegal immigrants how to drive, taking them to Utah so they can get drivers’ licenses in a state that doesn’t require a SSN. One day, an HSI agent shows up at his door who asks him to help arrest his boss, Lalo, during their next drop-off, or he will be locked away. Will Joaquin save himself or give up the immigrants he has been helping?

Upon graduating from the Sorbonne University in Paris, director Camille Stochitch moved to Los Angeles to attend the AFI Conservatory where she graduated with an MFA in Directing. Interstate is a 2014 Student Academy Award recipient for Best Narrative Short Film. Lead actor Benny Nieves can be seen in hit TV show such as CSI, Weeds, and Castle.

Actress Gina Rodriguez is best known for her performance in Filly Brown, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Gina was named the next big thing and one of the top 35 Latinos under 35 by the Hollywood Reporter. Her credits include Our Family Wedding, Tiny Dancer, The Mentalist, and Happy Endings.

La Carta – Dir. Francisco Lorite

Victor has the perfect wife, the perfect job, the perfect car, the perfect life. But Victor has a secret: in his clock, he receives a letter everyday listing all the decisions that he has to make–until one day the letter is not there. The NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Film Festival will be the premiere for this Spanish film.

NUVOtv Shorts Program

Elvis – Dir. Nic Santana

17 year old Elvis Delgado finds out his father is being held at an immigration detention center. When Elvis goes to see his father, he soon discovers he himself is also ‘illegal.’

Stray Dogs – Dir. Santiago Limon

Sidney Mitchell–a man with a troubled past–spends his days with a one eyed dog in an isolated house near the US Mexico border, until his life changes forever with the arrival of a young illegal immigrant boy, who offers to help Sidney out around the house in return for a ride to Los Angeles.

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Dreamer Dir. Jesse Salmeron

Dreamer opens a window into the reality of many who find it impossible to achieve their dreams because of one insurmountable obstacle. Even though Joe was raised in the United States for all but the first few years of his life, he must live in constant fear of deportation from the country he loves to a place he has never known. The film transcends racial lines and illuminates the immigration debate for what it is: a tragedy that affects all Americans.

A film inspired by aftermath of the Dream Act failing to pass in the Senate, Dreamer stars Jeremy Ray Valdez who is best known for his work in the film La Mission opposite Benjamin Bratt. He has appeared on shows such as 24, CSI: NY, Without a Trace, Closer, and Longmire.

Julio Cedillo is best known for his role in Tommy Lee Joness The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada which won two Palme dOr awards at Cannes. He can also be seen in The Walking Dead and Cowboys vs. Aliens.Actress Isabella Hofmann (Dreamer, West End, Burlesque) rounds out this talented cast.

Located in Downtown LA, AT&T Center is the Presenting Venue Sponsor of NFMLA. Founded in 2007, NFMLA has screened over 750+ films from over 43 countries. NFMLA boasts over 20,000 supporters locally. The organization provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized with title supporters NUVOtv, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wells Fargo, SAG-AFTRA and LA Weekly.

For information and to purchase tickets to the NewFilmmakers LA June 7th screening, please visit

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Walker Metalsmiths Celtic Jewelry Marks Five Years in Fairport

Fairport, NY (PRWEB) May 27, 2014

The luck of the Irish was with Stephen Walker when he moved his Rochester shop, Walker Metalsmiths Celtic Jewelry, to Fairport in 2009. The move from Park Avenue was timed so that the new location of the family run business would be introduced during Fairports largest festival, Canal Days. This year the festival falls on June 7 and 8. Walkers shop at 140 Packets Landing will be open for extended hours during the festival, as well as exhibiting Walkers unique, handcrafted Celtic rings and other jewelry with a street fair booth on Main Street.

A combination of good weather, enthusiastic support from the community and guest artist appearance by one of Irelands leading Celtic jewelers all contributed to a successful launch of the new shop. Picture perfect weather brought a record 250,000 visitors to Fairport for the juried arts festival, musical performances, food and entertainment on the legendary Erie Canal.

Festival promoters were very excited about Walkers guest jewelry artist Aidan Breen. A native of Dublin, Breen is one of Irelands most famous Celtic design craftsmen. The festival publicist Scott Winner arranged for several television and radio interviews with this esteemed international exhibitor, which in turn brought hundreds of people into Walkers shop. Walker says, I cannot overstate how helpful Aidan was getting this shop established. Aidan Breen is a great master craftsman of the Celtic Renaissance. Having him with us was the best endorsement of our quality and authenticity I could ask for.

Each of Walkers six children has worked for the family business at some point, along with his wife Susan and mother Barbara. The Fairport shop was originally managed by Walkers eldest daughter Jeanne, who took over leadership from her brother Andrew, who had established the Rochester shop in Park Avenue. The shop is a retail extension of their fathers workshop, showroom and mail-order business in Andover, NY. More than half of the sales are of silver and gold jewelry made in the Celtic tradition at the family workshop. Jewelry and other crafts from designers and craftsmen in Scotland and Ireland add the treasure trove on display.

The Fairport store has hosted several special exhibits. In 2012 the American Celtic Art Exhibition was shown during the month of March. This was a touring collection of paintings and sculptures made by American artists working in the Celtic tradition. In 2013 an exhibition of antique Celtic jewelry was presented that traced the development of the style in Scotland and Ireland from the 1840s through 20th century. This exhibition resulted in a book, written collaboratively by Aidan Breen and Stephen Walker and others titled The Modern History of Celtic Jewellery, which is available through Amazon.

For the past three years Walkers Celtic jewelry in Fairport has been managed by Susana Galens, a former customer, who jumped at the opportunity to make her love of Celtic jewelry her career when she learned that Jeanne Walker was leaving in 2011. Susana is assisted by two Fairport High School graduates Lindsey Heavner and Kelsey Hatlestad, both of whom are pursuing training as jewelry artists. Susanna says, Our customers are very loyal. People who have been here are happy to come back. As more and more people discover our shop we have seen a steady increase in business each year.

Walker Metalsmiths was begun in Andover, NY by Stephen and Susan Walker in 1984. In their thirty years in business they have created silver and gold jewelry inspired by the medieval treasures of Ireland and Scotland. Many of their rings, Celtic crosses, necklaces and earrings can be purchased on-line at their website Over thirty-eight thousand fans follow their work on Facebook. Regular business hours at the Andover location are week days 9-5 and Saturdays 10-3. Phone 800-488-6347. The Fairport store is open year round Tuesday through Saturday 10 – 6. Normally closed Sunday and Monday, but for Canal Days the shop will be open on Sunday June 8. Fairport phone 585-223-7033.

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