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2011 Preakness Attendence Amazing!

The statistics for 2011 Preakness Stakes reveal that it was the 6th most attended event in history with more than 107,398 people jammed into Pimlico Race Course to see Shackleford fight with Animal Kingdom to win the event.

Preakness 2011 is also first time the crowd has exceeded 100,000 since 2008 which is amazing in such a short time span. 2008 was also the last year that guests were allowed to bring were allowed to bring their own alcoholic beverages. Many questioned Kegasus, a centaur that hailed itself as the “Lord of the Infieldfest” and appeared to encouraged drinking. However, it seemed to work out for Maryland Racing Commission as without this encouragement, they probably would not have made any money from this event as they do not make any money from their other events as well.

Also, the day marked over $76 million dollars was spend this day day which is the seventh most in all Preakness events.

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2012 NFL - Week 2 Picks

2012 NFL week 2 picks for win/lose probabilities. The % beside each team is the probability of that team winning the game.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them at the Hawk Fantasy Sports – Fantasy Football Start/Sit Lineup Advice page on Facebookhttp://ift.tt/1WGFrGH I will answer questions and offer up some advice there, so feel free to follow along this season. Hawk Michaels @ Hawk Fantasy Sports Blog – http://ift.tt/1WO4iIE

Week 2 — QB Rankings — RB Rankings — WR Rankings — TE Rankings — D Rankings — Waiver Pickups — Win/Loss Matchup Picks

Thursday 9/13/12

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers = PACKERS – 65%

Sunday 9/16/12

Minnesota Vikings vs. Indianapolis Colts = COLTS – 55%

Arizona Cardinals vs. New England Patriots = PATRIOTS – 85%

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers = PANTHERS – 55%

Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars = TEXANS – 95%

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants = GIANTS – 90%

Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals = BENGALS – 70%

Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins = RAIDERS – 60%

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills = BILLS – 55%

Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles = RAVENS – 60%

Washington Redskins vs. St Louis Rams = REDSKINS – 75%

Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks = SEAHAWKS – 55%

New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers = STEELERS – 60%

Tennessee Titans vs. San Diego Chargers = TITANS – 55%

Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers = LIONS – 55%

Monday 9/17/12

Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons = FALCONS – 65%

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2011

2011 NFL – Week 2 Picks. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comment box below and I will reply back. – Hawk Michaels @ Hawk Fantasy Sports Blog – http://ift.tt/1WO4iIE

Early Week 2 Matchups – Picks and Predictions Will Be Posted and Updated Throughout the Week

Week 2 — QB Rankings — RB Rankings — WR Rankings — TE Rankings — D Rankings — Waiver Pickups — Matchup Picks

Sunday 9/18/11
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets = JETS
Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans = RAVENS
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Detroit Lions = LIONS
Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Redskins = CARDINALS
Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints = SAINTS
Oakland Raiders vs. Buffalo Bills = BILLS
Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts = BROWNS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Minnesota Vikings = VIKINGS
Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers = PACKERS
Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers = STEELERS
Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers = COWBOYS
Houston Texans vs. Miami Dolphins = TEXANS
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Denver Broncos = BENGALS
San Diego Chargers vs. New England Patriots = CHARGERS
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons = EAGLES

Monday 9/19/11
St. Louis Rams vs. New York Giants = GIANTS

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2011 Postal Holidays

A few times a year, the hard working people at the US Postal Service celebrate federal holidays by enjoying a day off. On these ten federal holidays, post offices are closed and mail is not delivered, so be sure to plan your postal needs accordingly.

Post offices around the United States are closed for New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday (more commonly known as President’s Day), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

In 2011, these postal service closures are likely to take place on the following dates:

  • New Year’s Day: Saturday, January 11, 2011
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday: Monday, January 17, 2011
  • Washington’s Birthday: Monday, February 21, 2011
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 30, 2011
  • Independence DayI: Monday, July 4, 2011
  • Labor Day: Monday, September 5, 2011
  • Columbus Day: Monday, October 10, 2011
  • Veterans Day: Friday, November 11, 2011
  • Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 24, 2011
  • Christmas Day: Monday, December 26, 2011

Please take note that in the event a federal holiday is on a Saturday or Sunday, the Postal Service may be closed the day prior to or the day after the holiday in observance of the holiday. Also, be sure to check with your local post office, as some offices may have shorter hours on days such as Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.

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2011 Panasonic Lumix Lineup

The Panasonic Lumix 2011 lineup is a series of cameras which provide high-end photography capabilities at an affordable price. Some are for newcomers to the digital age, others are for people who want advanced features without the accompanying complexity. Still others are for travelers. There is definitely a camera for you, the question is which type of camera fits your personality.

Features and Functionality

Below is a list of features which all of the Panasonic Lumix cameras will have.

Intelligent Auto Mode (iA mode): The camera uses several advanced functions and technologies to take the best shot. Basically a mode in which you tell the camera to do what it thinks will yield the best results.

Intelligent Exposure: Corrects the lighting on the fly to make the best image before the shot is taken. This lessens the need for photo editing in post-production.

Intelligent Resolution: Boosts image quality by identifying outlines, texture areas, and soft gradation and optimizing each.

Intelligent ISO Control: Detects movement and adjusts the ISO and shutter speed to prevent motion blurring. Great when taking action shots such as your kid’s soccer game, or your rambunctious pet.

Intelligent Scene Selector: Not sure which of the preset scenes will work best in your situation? Let the Intelligent Scene Selector make the choice and you won’t have to worry about it. This mode examines the scene and determines which preset will create the clearest picture.

Power OIS and Mega OIS: These features are lumped together because they both involve image stabilization. This is when the camera detects the shaking of your hand and counters it so the image is still and no blurring occurs.

AF Tracking: AF (Auto-Focus) Tracking targets the subject of a photo and makes sure it stays in focus. This is appropriate when trying to take a shot of a moving object. This mode will key in on the subject you’re trying to shoot and will make sure it stays in focus instead of some random object in the background or foreground.

Face Recognition: Focuses in on up to six faces to make sure they all remain in focus. This is great because many cameras will only focus on a single face, usually the one closest to the camera. Great for group shots.

Digital Red-Eye Correction: This mode is something that has been common in digital cameras for a while, but it takes a different approach. Instead of removing red-eye after the shot, this mode does so before it is transferred to the memory card. Yet another feature which removes another task generally left to post-production.

Motion Deblur Mode: Reduces motion blur by raising shutter speed. This is basically a feature which can be used when Intelligent ISO Control is not enough. Sometimes adjusting the ISO of a camera is not enough, so adjusting shutter speed is just another step which can be taken to eliminate image blurring.

Intelligent Burst Mode: Adjusts how quickly shots can be taken. Excellent when trying to take a series of shots quickly in order to determine later on which one came out the best. Or maybe you want a sequence of shots for a specific purpose, such as documenting a golf swing or dance move.

Leica Lens: The Leica lens is a wide angle lens fitted with multiple aspherical lenses. It is high resolution and prevents light distortion and reduction. It should be repeated that all cameras in the Panasonic Lumix line will have this lens because it is a high-end lens and is an excellent feature.

MOS Image Sensor: Provides fast processing and high sensitivity. Fast processing is needed if you’re going to use the Intelligent Burst Mode, and is in general a nice piece of technology to have so you don’t have to wait forever to see how your shot came out.

Venus Engine: This is a multi-task image processing engine which works in tandem with the MOS Image Sensor to provide heightened image quality and shutter speed.

AVCHD: An HD video recorder which provides recording in HD with the ability to zoom.

The Models

S, FP, and FH Series: Casual and Easy. Good for everyday use. Simple interfaces and basic features give you high performance without having to read the entire manual twice.

FX Series: Stylish Touch. Extra slim to fit in your pocket or purse.

LX5: Advanced Creative. An advanced lens provides even more flexibility when trying to capture the perfect shot.

ZS Series: Travel. Very portable, and contains a GPS so you can tag each photo with a latitude and longitude. This is a great feature if you want to create a map where you can chart where each photo was taken. It also has full HD movie capabilities.

FZ Series: Ultra High Zoom. Just what the previous sentence says. It has even more zoom for when you want to bring something far away closer to home.

3D: These cameras can shoot 3D photos. By using 3D mode, high speed consecutive shots taken from slightly different angles provide the same sense of 3D as 3D HDTVs. Put in your SD card into an HDTV and view them in 3D with 3D viewing glasses.

Sources:

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2011 Progressive Gator Bowl Predictions Against the Spread: Michigan Wolverines Vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines find themselves in the Progressive Gator Bowl against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Rodriguez desperately needs a victory here, but is this a bad match-up for the Wolverines?

The early spread on this game is Bulldogs (-4.5). Here are seven of the key aspects of the game and what to watch out for when betting. All lines from Cooper’s Picks.

#1 Mismatch?
The Wolverines have surrendered 2,252 rushing yards this season, one of the worst rushing defenses in college football. Not good against the Bulldogs, who are a top twenty rushing offense.

#2 Quality Victories
The Michigan Wolverines opened the season with victories against the Big East champion UConn Huskies and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. They failed to defeat a Big Ten opponent who amassed a record above .500, however.

The Bulldogs were competitive against the Auburn Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks. Still, they failed to attract any victories against any team who had eight or more. Their best victory came against the Florida Gators in “The Swamp,” but even they had immense difficulty this year transitioning past Tim Tebow.

#3 Similar Opponents
No similar opponents available.

#4 Denard Robinson
Denard Robinson is one of the most dynamic players in college football. Robinson had 2,316 passing yards along with 1,643 rushing yards, and that was through injury. Robinson is a potential 2500/2000 player if Rich Rodriguez stays.

The Bulldogs do have experience against mobile quarterbacks, however. The Bulldogs hosted the Auburn Tigers and Cam Newton in Week 2. Newton had 136 passing yards and 70 rushing yards in a 17-14 loss. The Bulldogs also have one of the better rushing defenses in college football to counteract the mobile QB. Bulldogs QB Chris Relf is also mobile, so they could gimmick Robinson better than many other teams in practice.

#5 Wolverines Record Deceiving?
The Wolverines finished the season 7-5, but were pretty much dominated in Big Ten play. After starting 5-0, the Wolverines finished the season 2-5 with victories against the Purdue Boilmakers and Illinois Fighting Illini, combined for a record of 10-14. All of their losses were by double digits, and they were outscored 85-35 over the final two games against the Big Ten BCS Bowl representatives, the Wisconsin Badgers and Ohio State Buckeyes.

#6 Defenses
The biggest difference between these teams is defenses. The Wolverines defense could be outdone by some Division I-AA schools. They’re 102nd in points allowed at 33.8 per game. They’ve given up 34 points or more in seven of their last eight games, and only held opponents to under 21 twice. They surrendered 65 to the Illinois Fighting Illini in a triple overtime match-up.

The Bulldogs are ranked 27th in points allowed at 20.3, and have played solid offenses such as the Auburn Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Arkansas Razorbacks. They’ve only given up 30 points twice this season: 30 at Alabama, and 38 against Arkansas in a double overtime defeat.

#7 Injuries
Michigan has a slew of injuries. They have five defensive backs and a linebacker definitely out for this match-up. Denard Robinson is recovering from a hand injury and is always questionable during games concerning his health. They could be without a sixth defensive back in Junior Hemingway, and even their punter is questionable due to disciplinary issues.

The Bulldogs have three receivers who are questionable for this match-up, including Chad Bumphis. However, the Bulldogs offense is heavy run, and two of the receivers have a very limited impact.

Final Predictions:
Rich Rodriguez job support is near asystole, and this is a terrible match-up for them. An SEC team that prides itself on gritty defense has a good opportunity to slow Denard Robinson down. The Wolverines defense is atrocious and they’ve seemed to regress during the season after good opening victories.

Predictions against the Spread: Mississippi State Bulldogs (-4.5)
Straight: Mississippi State Bulldogs

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SOURCES:
Cooper’s Picks, December 15 2010.
College Football Statistics, Rivals.com. December 15, 2010.
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Michigan Wolverines ESPN Clubhouse. December 15, 2010
Mississippi State Bulldogs ESPN Clubhouse, December 15, 2010.

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2011 Oscars Reactions: A King was Crowned and Franco Flopped

The 2011 Oscars are over. However, the memory of them lingers on. I love movies and I love the Oscars. Too bad I didn’t love the Oscar hosts. They were James Franco and Anne Hathaway. James Franco looked bored and stiff. Anne Hathaway did a good job singing and she looked beautiful in almost all of the gowns that she wore. She was funny and fresh. However, I don’t think that Anne Hathaway will not be asked back to host the Oscars. But, rest assured, she will be invited back to receive her own Oscar someday. I give Anne a B and I give James a D. He might have been better off staying in the dress, so he could leave at the end of the show unrecognized. I recommend that next year Billy Crystal host the Oscars. Steve Martin would also be a good choice to host this ceremony.

The Oscar fashion was fantastic. I think that most of the women did a good job choosing their dresses. Natalie Portman glowed in a purple off-the shoulder gown. The designer of her Oscar gown was Rodarte. There was also a sea of red gowns on the red carpet. In addition, Michelle Williams looked angelic in a beaded white gown and Halle Berry looked stunning in a beige feathered gown. There were some Oscar fashion mishaps as well. Yes, Melissa Leo won an Oscar; however, she swore like a sailor and looked like a doily in her lace gown. I like Mark Bauer. However, he missed the mark with this “tablecloth” dress. Nicole Kidman also wore a white gown. the top of it was beautiful; however, the bottom looked like she had forgotten to take her napkin off her lap when she was done eating dinner. Nicole Kidman dresses well; therefore, she is allowed one fashion faux pas.

I was pleased that The King’s Speech won four Oscars. http://ift.tt/2aCrh4P Colin Firth’s Oscar speech was great. It was also great that Tom Hopper won the Oscar for directing the King’s Speech. The Oscars were nicely distributed. In other words, no movie ran away with Oscars. Inception got four Oscars in technical categories. http://ift.tt/2aDvgl2. This movie made me a fan of science fiction films. The Social Network walked away with three Oscars. http://ift.tt/2aCr3L0 The book that the movie is based on is good and the soundtrack is good as well. Jesse Eisenberg is a movie star in the making.

This year’s Oscars are over. Let the praise and the blame begin. I enjoyed the Oscars. I loved that a king was crowned at the Oscars. I also liked that nerds represented at the Oscars. In addition, dreams were cool as well at this year’s Oscars. There was both good and bad fashion on red carpet. in addition, the hosts of the Oscars tried hard. I can’t wait until next year’s Oscars. Source. The 83rd Academy Awards 2/27/2011.

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2011 Rothman Guide Chapter I - the Guerrilla Marketing Checklist

Yes, there should be a plan. So everything starts with a checklist:
The The Guerrilla Marketing Checklist

  1. Pain in childhood: no amount of training can make up for a lack of pain in childhood: if you expect me to tell you a secret way to succeed without dedication, hard work, and character; then you should look elsewhere.
  2. Perspective: the pain in your childhood grounds you when things do not go your way: if you break even at nothing at all, everything is profit. Some research is needed: do not consider it wasted time: instead, think of yourself as a mad scientist, brewing up one hell of an experiment.
  3. Everybody knows something about something: in the new democratic meritocracy known as the Internet, you must make a contribution to be heard, and you must be popular to stand out
  4. Choose your passion: there is so much opportunity: you may as well choose something that you love to do.
  5. Research your competition: pretend to be your own potential customer and look for information the way that you would, discover what is missing, what is hard to find; chances are there are others like you.
  6. Determine what it is that you love to talk about, write about, discuss, bet on and/or otherwise keep track of. Now think of everyone whom you share this interest with: this is your potential audience, the people whom you understand from your own experiences.
  7. I suggest to you that you need to make these people your customers. Create the best online Magazine/TV Station/Newspaper/Radio Station for people like you! You are the publisher, the editor, the the paperboy, the janitor, the type setter, the broadcaster, the editor, the moderator and the distributor and retailer.
  8. You will need hosting, unless you are one of us Uplog.org people, where hosting is included.
  9. You will need a website, read the next chapter to what kind of website we recommend.
  10. A perpetual view of the possible: yes that is original, it is what you need to succeed.

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2011 Rotary Mission 10 Run Results

Congratulations to all the participants of the 2011 Rotary Mission 10 run in San Juan Bautista, California. The 2011 event consisted of a 10-mile race, 5K race, and a kids’ 1-mile fun run. All of the races started near the historic Mission in San Juan Bautista and travelled through San Juan Bautista and the surrounding areas.

For 2011 race results, visit 2011 Mission 10 Race Results.

For past race results, visit the links below.

2011 Mission 10 Results

2010 Mission 10 Results

2009 Mission 10 Results

2008 Mission 10 Results

2007 Mission 10 Results

2006 Mission 10 Results

2005 Mission 10 Results

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2011 Season Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks brought in an assorted group of solid players that included JJ Putz, Armando Galarraga, and Zach Duke. However, they lost their second best player in Mark Reynolds in what was a terrible deal that was a steal for the Orioles. Adam LaRoche had a nice year in 2010, but he’s gone as well. The D’Backs also lost injury prone ace Brandon Webb, who could turn out to be monstrous if he can get healthy again. The Diamondbacks got a little bit worse this offseason, thanks to the loss of Reynolds. That won’t bode too well for a team that finished in last in the division last season. Expect another dismal year in Zona.

Reliever David Hernandez was the only useful player they got in the Mark Reynolds deal. Juan Gutierrez make up a boom or bust set-up man duo. Closer JJ Putz is another boom or bust player at closer. If he reverts to his old form, the D’Backs might actually have a solid bullpen. If Putz gets injured or does poorly, then this bullpen will be quite awful. If he only does okay, I would still consider the pen to be a liability.

It is pretty pathetic that Juan Miranda is the starting first baseman for this team. They will dearly miss the solid play of Adam LaRoche, but they should keep their fingers crossed in the hope that Miranda turns out to be as good as fellow heralded former Yankees’ prospect Ian Kennedy was in his debut year on a new team. I don’t think that happens. Kelly Johnson was great last year, and I think he and Stephen Drew make up a solid middle infield duo. Melvin Mora is a poor player at this stage in his career, so I don’t have high hopes for them at the corner positions.

Going back to Miranda, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Russell Branyan take over at first. The Diamondbacks signed him to a minor league deal. Branyan isn’t anything good- he strikes out far too much- but he makes up for that with really good power. You won’t get anything in the field or contact wise, but you will get some hefty power. Miguel Montero is a lock at catcher. He has some solid pop and isn’t bad in any specific category. He is a solid player and hitter, and that’s all you can ask for from a catcher.

Xavier Nady might be a useful contact hitter, but I really don’t see anything else that this guy could hope to bring to the table. I think he’s done. Gerardo Parra will overtake him in left field. Chris Young and Justin Upton are the D’Backs’ two best players. They are the team’s only hope. Both of them are extremely talent young outfielders that are great all-around players. Upton is disappointingly inconsistent- much like his brother- but I think Justin is better than BJ and should be able to break out of his shell. I love that outfield duo.

Joe Saunders and Ian Kennedy are two decent pitchers that should fill in their slots nicely. I love Daniel Hudson, and that Edwin Jackson trade was a real steal. Hudson is one of the best prospects in baseball, and they also got highly touted shortstop prospect Dave Holmberg. Hudson is the best pitcher on this staff. Barry Enright is solid. He doesn’t do anything great, but he isn’t terrible at any one category. He slots in nicely. Zach Duke has a chance to really impress with a change of scenery. Duke has always had the stuff, but he was always stuck on the Pirates. The D’Backs stink, but they are much better than the Pirates. Duke has the chance to be great, but it’s only a chance and not a lock.

Armando Galarraga has name recognition for his near perfect game, but I think he is only an average pitcher. That being said, he isn’t bad and he gives the D’Backs more depth. They also signed Micah Owings to a minor league deal. The Diamondbacks have no star power in their staff, but it is a deep one with solid talent. I think they do okay there, but they will still end up as the worst team in their division.

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2011 Santa Cruz 10K Race Results

If you participated in the 2011 Santa Cruz 10K race, visit 2011 Race Results to see how you did.

Using the above link, runners can find out how they did in the race, as well as how their running compares to other competitors.

To recap the race, 1,459 runners converged on Santa Cruz, California on Sunday, April 10th, 2011 to run the Santa Cruz 10K race. The race ran concurrently with the Santa Cruz half-marathon. Runners enjoyed a beautiful run along the ocean’s edge. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, with cool air and sunshine throughout the morning.

Crowds during this race were quite overwhelming, leaving many runners wishing the race organizers would cap 10K entries at no more than 1,000 runners. The finish line area was way too small and could hardly accommodate the thousands of runners and fans gathered there.

Anyone considering running this race in the future should beware that the race has several annoying flaws. First, parking is ridiculous in Santa Cruz. It cost $12 for us to park in the boardwalk parking lot, and most of the street parking meters have a two-hour parking limit, not to mention they don’t accept credit cards (bring a lot of quarters).

Runners also found that the return path was dangerous and not accommodating to large crowds. The return route had runners travelling on a small path along the coastline. The path is not very well maintained and, at most points, is hardly wide enough for three runners running abreast. Since the race organizers do not shut down the path for the duration of the race, runners find themselves running into bicyclists, walkers, and even surfers. I nearly tripped over a surf board lying on the run route and got a nasty look from the long-haired surfer who had laid it there (oblivious to the fact that thousands of people were trying to run by).

Another problem with this race, as the author found out, is that the race ends on the beach. For most runners, that is not a problem, but for anyone pushing a jogging stroller, it poses a severe danger to their child, themselves, and to other runners. Most jogging strollers have thin wheels meant for making running easier; they were not designed for sand. The race organizers should consider adding a plywood path for jogging strollers.

If you ran in this race and you’re wondering which good cause your entry fees will be helping, you’ll probably be disappointed to find out that this race was organized by Firstwave Events, which is a for-profit race organizing company. While they mentioned the “Mini Mermaid Running Club” on several occasions, and encouraged runners to donate to the club, they have not made it clear if they will be donating any of the proceeds from this race to that club or any other charity.

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2011 SAG Awards: Who was the Best Dressed, Who was the Worst Dressed?

The Screen Actors Guild Awards’ ostensible purpose is to honor the best films and actors from the previous year, but the dazzling jewels and gowns have stolen the show as actresses vie for best and worst dressed at each year’s ceremony. This year, Lea Michele stole the show for best dressed while Hailee Steinfeld was the hands-down worst dressed.

Michele’s shimmering white Oscar de la Renta blush crepe de chine caviar bead embroidered gown was a floor-length masterpiece. It curved low in a deep vee that the actress (or her stylist) smartly left unadorned for maximum effect. A giant diamond necklace, commonplace at the SAG Awards and other awards shows, would have made the outfit gaudy. Instead it was a chic look thanks to the straight skirt that fell to the floor, accented only with a slim silver belt that kept the dress modern instead of edging into dangerous wedding dress territory.

Michele, 24, added a funky pearl cuff and diamond cocktail ring from Tiffany to balance the dress’ glimmer, and carried a smart, structured Daniel Swarovski white and silver clutch. With her hair falling in dark waves, Michele looked ready to celebrate a win at the awards. Along with the rest of her Glee costars, Michele was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Hailee Steinfeld was even more noticeable than Michele at the SAG Awards, but for all the wrong reasons. The nominee for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the hit Coen brothers’ film True Grit wore a Prada gown that was colored in blinding stripes of neon orange, fluorescent pink, and black. The 14-year-old had been both youthful and elegant at the Golden Globes, wearing a white Prabal Gurung gown. However the neon colors, thick horizontal stripes, and flounced hem on her SAG Awards ensemble made her look both frumpy and far too young to be up this late.

Gossip website Just Jared reported that she wore a Solange Azagury-Partridge ring and black Prada shoes but the psychedelic lampshade look of the dress made any and all accessories entirely unnecessary since anyone near Steinfeld was unable to look anywhere but at the thick stripes that must have been inspired by the jail inmates’ uniforms shown in old movies.

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2011 Spring Programs for Children, Ocean Institute, Dana Point, Southern California

The Ocean Institute in Southern California offers a variety of exciting, educational spring camps for children ages 6 and older. Each program has been designed to fully utilize the Institute’s state-of-the-art Ocean Education Center, its research vessel Sea Explorer and the nearby Dana Point Marine Life Refuge. Ocean science programs include:

Junior Neptunes (ages 6-8) – Children will discover the hidden world beneath the ocean’s waves, including a look at marine critters from the smallest crab on the beach to the giant whale.

April 6 & 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $75

Junior Oceanographer (ages 9-12) – Become a marine biologist for the day, learning the principles of marine biology and oceanography. The day also includes a visit to the Dana Point Marine Protected Area on the beach alongside the Institute and a two-hour cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer.

April 6 & 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $75

General registration for the marine science camps begins January 19. For additional information about Ocean Institute educational camps, please visit http://ift.tt/1iH65xs or call (949) 496-2274.

Founded in 1977, the Ocean Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean preservation through education, setting the standard for educational excellence and serving as a leading resource for universities, museums, teachers and all others seeking to increase their knowledge of the ocean. The Ocean Institute is open to the general public on weekends, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: $6.50 adults, $4.50 children (ages 4-12), Ocean Institute members free. Unique maritime and ocean-themed items are available in the Chambers Gallery everyday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Institute address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point. Website: http://ift.tt/1iH65xs.

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