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Bryan Duncan Headlines Puyallup Concert And Donates “Every Father Is A Son” Through Fathers Who Serve and Dads Who Serve Campaigns


Puyallup, WA (PRWEB) May 22, 2013

Christian music legend Bryan Duncan will perform a concert at Experience Church in Puyallup, WA on Saturday, June 15 at 7:00 pm. Duncan is offering a pre-concert VIP experience, concert tickets and other perks through a special crowdfunding campaign.

Duncan’s father/son duet “Every Father Is A Son” honors dads through the Fathers Who Serve and Dads Who Serve campaigns. Duncan will do a Washington state media tour June 13-14 to promote the campaigns and concert.

Duncan started performing professionally with the Sweet Comfort Band and recorded six albums with them before launching a solo career. He has released 14 solo albums, including his new album Conversations, and three more with The NehoSoul Band, selling in excess of 1.2 million records and videos.

Duncan was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame along with Amy Grant and Al Green. His recordings have been celebrated with four Dove Awards and one Grammy Award.

Duncan’s songs were a Christian radio staple in the 1990s. Between 1993 to 1997 his singles charted number one 10 times and other radio hits followed.

But the ‘90s ended and so did Duncan’s recording contract. Joyride, released in 2000 on Diadem Music, was his last album with a big music company.

Duncan went on to record three independent albums with The NehoSoul Band. He performed hundreds of concerts, solo and with the band. But Duncan did not thrive as an independent artist initially.

“During my time with the big record labels I learned a lot about recording,” says Duncan. “But I never understood the marketing, promotion or business sides of music. I could write and record songs but I didn’t really understand how to get them heard.

“The big record companies produce a lot of albums. If you’re not prepared to compete with them for attention at radio and in the press, you simply don’t get much.”

Meanwhile, longtime friend Christopher Redner had convinced Duncan to begin reconnecting with his past audience through social media. Starting from scratch and with no budget, it was a slow process. But Duncan loves to connect with people, so while his social media presence lacked breadth, it had depth.

Redner was convinced that Duncan’s core audience would respond to a new approach– a convergence of technology, social media and commerce called “crowdfunding”–even though most of that audience hadn’t even heard of it.

“Honestly, I was skeptical,” says Duncan. “And when Christopher proposed a plan to raise $ 40,000 through crowdfunding, I almost choked. Maybe this crowdfunding thing could work at some level, but I thought we’d be lucky to raise $ 10,000.”

In the end, Duncan trusted Redner. Duncan’s Kickstarter campaign launched in October 2011 with a goal of $ 40,000. When it closed on Dec. 16, 2011, some 446 backers had pledged $ 47,638 to the project.

“The crowdfunding process and how we continued to involve the audience after the campaign closed had a profound influence on my songwriting,” says Duncan. “Many

of the songs on this album are about how God is working in my life through my relationships. There’s a current of gratitude that runs through Conversations.”

Duncan’s song I See You is a grateful acknowledgement of God’s presence and participation in our lives.

“My wife does this thing throughout the day,” says Bryan Duncan. “She’ll be working at something and out of the blue she’ll just stop, point to the sky and say ‘I see you!’ I had to smile because it is such a great example of being in the moment with God. I don’t see that kind of acknowledgement of God very often. It seemed like the perfect idea for a song.”

Duncan is offering fans a chance to hear I See You and his entire Conversations album and the stories behind the songs free at SoGoodForTheSoul.com

“We are excited to host Bryan Duncan again in concert,” says Pastor Dennis Cummins of ExperienceChurch.tv. “He has an approach that will draw you in and have you laughing at the same time. I like the fact that this concert will have a Father’s Day touch to it. With Father’s Day fast approaching many families wonder what gift to buy their father. I think this is a great opportunity to buy fathers an experience with their children. Dinner and a concert means time spent together, not another tie that hangs in the closet or box of golf balls that will set in a drawer unused. We are looking forward to a great night with a packed house.’

“ExperienceChurch.tv, located in one of the most unchurched counties in the nation is thriving and growing. One of the unique things about Experience Church is our innovative approach to sharing the message of Jesus Christ. As we leverage technology in spreading the gospel we realize technology is not a replacement for the personal touch, it should only enhance it. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”







Best Advice For Improving Your Photography Skills! 3

Best Advice For Improving Your Photography Skills!

People love to take pictures of their favorite events, but not all of them are good at it. Some produce photos that are blurry and contain visually unaesthetic properties, such as red eyes and glare. Though not everyone has the photography skills of a professional, they can be better. Use the photography tips in this article to increase your photography skills.

A little bit of biblical wisdom can go a long way in photography, like doing unto others what you would have them do unto you – i.e. smile! You need to be happy when behind the camera if you’re shooting other people as a photographer. Your energy needs to be infectious. People need to feel that energy to relate it right back.

A great photography tip is to try out different lenses. A cool lens you can try is the fish eye lens. With the fish eye lens you end up with a lot of neat distortion around the center of the image. It can make your photographs much more interesting.

If you find yourself out and about with your camera and see something that you would love to photograph, make a little note to come back to that spot, when time permits and you are equipped to take the photo. Carrying a little notepad with you is a great way to keep track of the spots that you would like to revisit.

Only about one in twenty shots you shoot will be a “keeper,” but do not throw anything away that you shoot. You want to keep these shots to see what you’re doing wrong. Having a personal scrapbook of your overall work and not just your accomplishments is a great way you can work to get better at photography.

Make sure that you’re always taking notes as a photographer if you want to keep improving. Take notes of the places you like, the places you dislike, the hotspots you find, those little “secrets” you discover along the way, and anything else you think is worthy of writing down to remember.

Take the time to listen to what others think about your pictures. Taking both the positive and the negative criticism is going to make you a better photographer. You may find that things that you did not like are just what others are looking for in a photo that they love.

If you’re doing a landscape shot, try and capture some movement in the shot. Whether it’s the wind blowing the trees or a wave crashing against the shore, capturing this movement can add an extra layer of depth to the photograph. If you’re going to try and capture movement, make sure you’ve got the shutter speed set correctly.

As stated before, people love to take pictures, but not everyone takes them well. The photos some people generate contain blurriness, red eyes, and other negative results. Anyone can become a better photographer with some help. By using the photography tips in this article, you can take better pictures.

Local Photo Booth Business Makes New Jersey Hurricane Victims a Priority


Orlando, FL (PRWEB) November 05, 2012

Peekaboo Photo Booth has announced $ 200 off the standard price and a free scrapbook for New Jersey residents of in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. This includes New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington DC, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

“Our hearts go out to the families who have been affected by this terrible storm.” says Andrew Birr, owner of Peekaboo Photo Booth. Coming up on the holiday season, this is typically a time when holiday parties begin and families reunite. Andrew is no stranger to hurricanes being based out of Orlando Florida. “I’ve seen my share of hurricanes and know firsthand how devastating the damage can be.”

Portable Photo Booths have exploded on the party scene over the past few years and now has become a staple in party entertainment and hosting services. In the past a big party would have a DJ or band, now photo booths have been included into this tradition. Peekaboo Photo Booths enable the party goers to take candid photos and instantly have them printed, providing an instant memory of the moment.

Peekaboo has seen as explosive amount of growth in the New Jersey area since expanding there nearly two years ago. Additionally, Though Peekaboo Photo Booths have been featured in countless area weddings, high profile parties, and large corporate functions they also service smaller private events such as Halloween and Holiday Parties. “I truly believe that our growth has been fueled by our commitment to our customer and their event. Our priority is to make sure they have a blast and let us show their guests a great time.”

“We love New Jersey and the people belonging to that great state and want to do what we can to help people get their life’s back.” The New Jersey photo booth rental business has exploded over the past 4 years.

For more information, please visit http://www.peekaboophotobooth.com or contact Andrew Birr at 1-800-752-2313.

About Peekaboo Photo Booth

With more than five years of experience, Peekaboo Photo Booth has completed more than 1,000 successful events. The company offers classy, cabana-style booths that are easy to set up and simple to use. Based in Winter Park, Fla., Peekaboo Photo Booth is a privately-owned firm that offers services nationwide. In addition to operating in the New York City area, the company also has a presence in the following metropolitan areas: Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle and Detroit. Peekaboo Photo Booth has been in the Photo Booth Rental Business for over 5 years and celebrates a nationwide footprint.







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New, Exciting, Timesaving Service for Brides, Civic Organizations and Busy People

(PRWEB) April 8, 2004

How do you tell 150 friends that you just got engaged and you want every one of them at your wedding? With Give Them A Ring™ you make one call and tell everyone instantly—no stamps, no envelopes and no delays. Best of all, you don’t have to spend hours sending out e-mail that might go unread, or addressing cards. Give Them A Ring™ combines the latest phone technology with the convenience of a single call. It’s the unique solution for busy people with big news to share. Clients perform all steps to Give Them A Ring™ directly from our website.

Give Them A Ring™ is the perfect planning partner. Use Give Them A Ring™ to:

tell your friends to save the date for your wedding, bar mitzvah, anniversary party or class reunion.

make all the time-consuming follow-up calls when you’re waiting for RSVPs to those wedding invitations, reunions, retirement parties and other social events.

announce the milestones in your life: your new baby, your engagement, your move for a new job.

get last-minute messages out in a hurry. Let teammates know that soccer practice has been rained out or a swim meet is cancelled. Tell club members that an event has been moved to new location or what to do in the case of rain!

It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

1.Give us all the phone numbers of people you want to reach.

2.Record your message and tell us when you want the calls to go out.

3.Our automated system delivers your recorded message.

For a one-time charge of $ 10.99, clients set up the list of friends and family they want called. There’s no charge to update or administer the list, and there are contracts or no monthly minimums. Calling charges are 20¢ per minute for all calls one minute or less, 16¢ per minute per call, for calls that exceed one minute. There’s a $ 5.00 minimum charge to send calls. Lists with fewer than 25 delivered calls will be charged $ 5.00 minimum.

Give Them A Ring™ can make the calls for any non-commercial civic club or charitable organization. The principals of Give Them A Ring have more than 30 years’ experience in telecommunications and technology and have dealt with the real-life problems that Give Them A Ring will solve.

Give Them A Ring™ is the message that others hear. Personal. Fun. Quick. Easy.

Visit our website today: http://www.givethemaring.com


Or contact Give Them A Ring™ at [email protected], or call (866) 769-RING (7464).

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Baby Shower Theme – How to Find the Most Creative Baby Shower Themes that Please the Mom-to-be

Baby Shower Theme – How to Find the Most Creative Baby Shower Themes that Please the Mom-to-be

So, you need a special unique baby shower theme to make your party different, huh?

A baby shower isn’t just about helping parents-to-be get ready for their little arrival, but about fun, encourage and memories for years to come. Why not use an unique baby shower theme to piece together a perfect party time for every invited person?

You can type “baby shower theme ideas”(“baby shower themes” or “theme party idea” and “party theme”) into internet search engines, such as Google, MSN Search and Yahoo! Search. The smart spider will lead you to the most relevant web sites for those coolest theme ideas.

Also, there are tons of ideas from party handbooks and experiences you already learned from other theme based parties, such as kids’ birthday parties and bridal showers.

Somehow, you can’t jump out from the endless mind bogging for the best baby shower theme ideas. I guess you just get into the wrong direction.

However creative you could be, don’t forget your best friend is about to be a Mommy, and this is the solely reason you want to throw her a baby shower! So chose the baby shower theme more personal to the mom-to-be, than yourself!

Before you run for the best theme idea, ask a few questions about the expecting Mommy:

* What does she like and dislike?
* Does she business like, shy, formal, friendly?
* Is the she expecting a girl, boy? Twins or More?
* How many people she’d like to invite?
* Does she plan to invite kids?
* Will she like to have her husband and other guys show up?
* Do you have a co-host? Does she have any idea?

More questions you ask the mom-to-be, more theme ideas come out with the answers themselves, automatically! And you may not be aware of this: The best baby shower theme lies somewhere in the depths of your imagination.

You can setup a ladies-only tea party in your house at a Sunday afternoon if the mom-to-be only feel comfortable when she stay with a small group of people. You can also throw a Hollywood glamour baby shower for parents-to-be who are super movie fans (so are their closest friends including you).

Or what if she is a second-time mom and her elder kids are Pooh lover? Phew, it couldn’t be more exciting than having a Winnie the pooh baby shower and arranging everything in the ways that Pooh-like.

And if you’re inviting the new daddy and his buddies to your party, the male guests would love to enjoy a western style BBQ in your backyard with beers and country music.

No matter how you plan the shower party, a good theme always serves as your inspiration when you’re picking the location and time for your baby shower.

You can use theme based baby shower ideas run through the invitations, decorations, games and food, especially in preparing a baby shower cake to fit the party setting. When you’re preparing the baby shower supplies, gifts and favors, the shower theme will practically tell you the best ideas to pick up.

In fact, baby shower theme can really make planning baby showers a snap.

How To Increase Your Photography Skills

How To Increase Your Photography Skills

Photography is fast becoming a popular hobby for the recreational hobbyist. Because there are so many different ways to take a picture, and so many ways you can make the same shot look different it provides a very unique experience. This article will offer some tips when it comes to photography.

When working with flowers or a lot of natural subject matter outside, try to take your shots on an overcast day. It seems like it wouldn’t provide enough light, but it will surprise you. This kind of diffused light eliminates any unwanted shadows making it the perfect time to shoot subjects outside.

Do not underestimate the disposable camera as a way to take wonderful photos. The technology has improved, and you can take shots equal to, and even better than, your durable film camera. Many disposable models also offer a built in zoom feature. New disposables are not the same old junk cameras they were ten years ago.

If you are taking pictures in the sun during the spring or summer, make sure to turn the flash on. Failing to put the flash on your camera can result in a bad glare, which can taint your photos. Once you turn the flash on, you can take pictures as you usually would.

Focus your efforts. When you are attempting to better your photography skills, you will be more successful if you choose subjects that interest you. If you love people watching or lively images, practice with those subjects rather than landscapes. Practice keeping your subject in focus while crafting a shot that excludes distracting elements such as telephone lines, trash, or conspicuous signs.

A great photography tip is to always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t shut off your creative vision when you don’t have a camera nearby. You should always be looking at things and visualizing. This is a great way to stay fresh creatively and to always be inspired.

If you are thinking about becoming a photographer, it is important that you go to college. Most companies will not hire a photographer unless they have some sort of education in photography. There are many websites that will provide you with the best collgees throughout the whole world for photography.

A random element that can give you unique photos is to change the lighting. There is an unlimited number of ways you can use light to change pictures. Using side lights can help to create silhouetting the subject to hide their features. It can also create back-lighting and mood. Using sync-flash can also help to create unique photographs.

Use your camera’s zoom feature to highlight your subject and eliminate nearby distractions. After you’ve framed the subject, take a moment to look around the frame to see if there’s anything creeping in on the sides that will end up being a distraction in the final image. If there is, zoom in a little until the distractions are gone from the frame. If your camera doesn’t have a zoom feature take a few steps forward and then re-frame your subject.

By way of conclusion photography is a very unique and interesting hobby because of the variety of things it offers. You can take pictures of plants, animals, scenery or whatever your heart desires. The better the quality of your pictures the more enjoyable it will be. Employ the tips from this article and photography will soon be your favorite thing to do.

Groupize Sets Pace for Record Growth Year as 12 More Hotels Choose Their Group Booking Platform to Automate Direct Web Group Bookings


Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 14, 2015

Groupize Solutions, Inc., the leader in group travel technology solutions for hotels, resorts, independents and chains, announced that 12 new properties selected their award wining solution in December. This increases the company’s growing portfolio to over 8,000 properties and showcases the diversity of properties looking to meet the emerging needs of the fastest growing segment in hospitality.

The hotels include the L.A. Hotel Downtown in California, Deauville Beach Resort, Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport in Florida, Colony South Hotel in Maryland, Federal City Inn & Suites in New Orleans, Mount View Hotel & Spa in Napa Valley, Inn at Longwood in Boston, Polynesian Water Park in Wisconsin, Tamarack Lodge at Bear Valley, and Southern California’s Luxe Hotels – Luxe Rodeo Drive, Luxe City Center, Luxe Sunset Blvd.

“At Federal City Inn and Suites, we are committed to delivering the best possible guest experience at every touch point, starting from the website,” said Brett T. Forshag, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at HRI Lodging. “Eliminating the traditional RFP and automating the group booking and tracking activities benefits group organizers and our sales staff alike. Groupize Solutions is an innovative company paving the way for change in this already dynamic industry, and we are excited to be part of the evolution to better serve and manage groups.”

US hotel occupancy in 2015 is expected to reach its highest level in 20 Years and PwC US anticipates acceleration in group bookings to be a major factor in the growth. By giving organizers the ability to shop, book and manage small groups in real-time on the hotel website, hotels can attract and convert more small group, meeting and SMERF business including reunions, weddings, tours, sports trips and family vacations. The turnkey Groupize solution consists of three integrated solutions to easily manage the complete lifecycle of a group – the Group Booking Engine (GBE),Pipeline Response Manager (PRM) and The Hub which includes a mobile platform and dedicated website for each group.

“It’s a very exciting time,” explains Charles de Gaspe Beaubien, President and CEO of Groupize . “We are finding many hotels are now making the commitment to improve the experience of booking groups at their hotels. Our GBE will allow our partners to capitalize on this profitable customer base, meet the demands of millenial travelers, ease the RFP lead fatigue on sales managers and reduce costly dependencies on 3rd parties.”

To view an online demo of the Groupize GBE, CLICK HERE or to set up a live demo, call 1.855.GROUPIZE.

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About Groupize Solutions:

Groupize Solutions is passionate about solving the small to mid-size group booking dilemma for hoteliers and planners. Through the development and delivery of a highly intuitive group booking platform, Groupize Solutions empowers hotels to win and manage more group business thus delivering better service and ultimately increasing hotel revenues. Our innovative technology solution automates all tasks involved with booking group business online and simplifies the process for occasional and professional planners. Groupize Solutions is the proud winner of the 2013 PhoCusWright Award for most Innovative Travel Technology Company (Emerging Category).







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National Photo Booth Business Offers Donations in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy


Winter Park, FL (PRWEB) November 07, 2012

Peekaboo Photo Booth has announced it would donate $ 100 for each event booked through the end of 2012 in Boston area. This is in addition to the $ 200 off the standard price and a free scrapbook that Peekaboo has already extended to Massachusetts residents of in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Which include New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington DC, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

“Our hearts go out to the families who have been affected by this terrible storm,” says Andrew Birr, owner of Peekaboo Photo Booth. Coming up on the holiday season, this is typically a time when holiday parties begin and families reunite. Andrew is no stranger to hurricanes being based out of Orlando Florida. “I’ve seen my share of hurricanes and know firsthand how devastating the damage can be.”

Portable Photo Booths have exploded on the party scene over the past few years and now has become a staple in party entertainment and hosting services. In the past a big party would have a DJ or band, now photo booths have been included into this tradition. Peekaboo Photo Booths enable the party goers to take candid photos and instantly have them printed, providing an instant memory of the moment.

Peekaboo has seen as explosive amount of growth in the Massachusetts area since expanding there nearly two years ago. Additionally, though Peekaboo Photo Booths have been featured in countless area weddings, high profile parties, and large corporate functions they also service smaller private events such as Halloween and Holiday Parties. “I truly believe that our growth has been fueled by our commitment to our customer and their event. Our priority is to make sure they have a blast and let us show their guests a great time.”

“We love Massachusetts and the people belonging to that great state and want to do what we can to help people get their lives back.”

For more information, please visit http://www.peekaboophotobooth.com or contact Andrew Birr at 1-800-752-2313.

About Peekaboo Photo Booth

With more than five years of experience, Peekaboo Photo Booth has completed more than 1,000 successful events. The company offers classy, cabana-style booths that are easy to set up and simple to use. Based in Winter Park, Fla., Peekaboo Photo Booth is a privately-owned firm that offers services nationwide. In addition to operating in the New York City area, the company also has a presence in the following metropolitan areas: Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle and Detroit. Peekaboo Photo Booth has been in the Photo Booth Rental Business for over 5 years and celebrates a nationwide footprint.







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Bryan Duncan To Perform Cannon Falls Concert And Donate “Every Father Is A Son” Through Dads Who Serve And Fathers Who Serve Campaigns


Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN (PRWEB) May 24, 2013

Christian music legend Bryan Duncan will perform a concert at Riverwood Community Church in Cannon Falls, MN on Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 pm. Duncan is offering a VIP experience, concert tickets and other perks through a special crowdfunding campaign.

Duncan’s father/son duet “Every Father Is A Son” honors dads through the Fathers Who Serve and Dads Who Serve campaigns. Duncan will do a June media tour to promote the campaigns.

Duncan started performing professionally with the Sweet Comfort Band and recorded six albums with them before launching a solo career. He has released 14 solo albums, including his new album Conversations, and three more with The NehoSoul Band, selling in excess of 1.2 million records and videos.

Duncan was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame along with Amy Grant and Al Green. His recordings have been celebrated with four Dove Awards and one Grammy Award.

Duncan’s songs were a Christian radio staple in the 1990s. Between 1993 to 1997 his singles charted number one 10 times and many other radio hits followed.

Duncan went on to record three independent albums with The NehoSoul Band. He performed hundreds of concerts, solo and with the band. But Duncan did not thrive as an independent artist initially.

“During my time with the big record labels I learned a lot about recording,” says Duncan. “But I never understood the marketing, promotion or business sides of music. I could write and record songs but I didn’t really understand how to get them heard.

“The big record companies produce a lot of albums. If you’re not prepared to compete with them for attention at radio and in the press, you simply don’t get much.”

Meanwhile, longtime friend Christopher Redner had convinced Duncan to begin reconnecting with his past audience through social media. Starting from scratch and with no budget, it was a slow process. But Duncan loves to connect with people, so while his social media presence lacked breadth, it had depth.

Redner was convinced that Duncan’s core audience would respond to a new approach– a convergence of technology, social media and commerce called “crowdfunding”–even though most of that audience hadn’t even heard of it.

“Honestly, I was skeptical,” says Duncan. “And when Christopher proposed a plan to raise $ 40,000 through crowdfunding, I almost choked. Maybe this crowdfunding thing could work at some level, but I thought we’d be lucky to raise $ 10,000.”

In the end, Duncan trusted Redner. Duncan’s Kickstarter campaign launched in October 2011 with a goal of $ 40,000. When it closed on Dec. 16, 2011, some 446 backers had pledged $ 47,638 to the project.

“The crowdfunding process and how we continued to involve the audience after the campaign closed had a profound influence on my songwriting,” says Duncan. “Many of the songs on this album are about how God is working in my life through my relationships. There’s a current of gratitude that runs through Conversations.”

Duncan’s song I See You is a grateful acknowledgement of God’s presence and participation in our lives.

“My wife does this thing throughout the day,” says Bryan Duncan. “She’ll be working at something and out of the blue she’ll just stop, point to the sky and say ‘I see you!’ I had to smile because it is such a great example of being in the moment with God. I don’t see that kind of acknowledgement of God very often. It seemed like the perfect idea for a song.”

Duncan is offering fans a chance to hear his entire Conversations album and the stories behind the songs free at SoGoodForTheSoul.com

“There were a few contemporary Christian artists that I liked growing up,” says Tony Ashworth of Prudential Lovejoy Realty, Inc., the Cannon Falls concert sponsor. “Sweet Comfort Band and Bryan Duncan were my favorites by far! I look forward to the opportunity to see Bryan in concert again.”

Ashworth has been a licensed agent in Minnesota since 1997, and a licensed Broker since 2000. Lori Ashworth joined Tony in his real estate business in 2008. Tony and Lori work all aspects of the real estate business, but specialize in residential listings and sales in the southern suburbs of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Contact Tony Ashworth at 612-998-8299 or visit his website.

“We are very excited to host Bryan Duncan in concert on Saturday, June 22,” says Pastor Dan Feldkamp of Riverwood Community Church. “We are grateful to have him share his ministry in the Cannon Valley area.”

“Our vision at Riverwood Community Church is to make the cross visible to Cannon Falls and to the world, as a city on a hill in Matthew 5:14. We are a Christ-centered and caring church whose commitment is to love and disciple each other.”







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16 – Superfoods for Conquering the Pain of Arthritis

16 – Superfoods for Conquering the Pain of Arthritis

With some thought and planning, it’s easy to make these nutrient-dense foods part of your daily diet. With choices from virtually every food group, you’ll soon be well on your way to arming yourself to battle the pain of arthritis and begin to manage it from the inside out.

Salmon is among the richest sources of healthy fats, making it an ideal source of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, salmon contains calcium, vitamin D, and folate. Besides helping with arthritis, eating salmon may protect the cardiovascular system by preventing blood clots, repairing artery damage, raising levels of good cholesterol, and lowering blood pressure.

Commonly referred to as one of nature’s ‘perfect foods,’ bananas are perhaps best known for packing potassium, but they’re also good sources of arthritis-fighting vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin C. They’re easy for your body to digest, and since they’re a great source of soluble fiber, they are an important player in your weight loss efforts, because you fell full after eating one without consuming a large number of calories.

If you are in need of vitamin C but aren’t a big fan of citrus fruits, reach for a green pepper. A single green pepper contains 176 percent of your daily needs for vitamin C — and colorful red and yellow varieties have more than double that amount. That makes them richer in C than citrus fruits, but sweet peppers are also excellent sources of vitamin B6 and folate.

Vitamin D is a tough one to come by in foods, but shrimp fills that bill, since they have about 30 percent of the daily recommended amount in about three ounces – much more than a cup of milk. Shrimp also contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C, along with other nutrients essential for general health, including iron and vitamin B12.

Hard or soft, fresh or ripened, cheese in all its variety is an excellent source of calcium for bones, and protein for muscles and other joint-supporting tissues. Cheese can be easily sliced to put on a cracker or a sandwich, grated into your favorite recipe, or eaten alongside an apple or pear for a fresh, quick snack.

Green tea contains hundreds of powerful antioxidant chemicals called polyphenols and has been cited for helping prevent problems ranging from cancer to heart disease. But studies also suggest green tea may help prevent or ease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.