Cure Diva, Cancer Lifestyle Store, to Launch “30 Days of Breast Cancer Reality” for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast cancer gets lots of attention in October. Pink ribbons has already start popping up on merchandise in September, along with puppies and kittens with funny sayings. And this does only so much for the cause of breast cancer awareness. But it misses the mark when it comes to a different kind awareness – the reality of life before, during, and after breast cancer.curediva_logo

That’s where Cure Diva comes in…

With CureDiva, you’re never alone. Whether you were just diagnosed, or are a long-term survivor, one of the most immediate and direct impacts of being diagnosed with breast cancer is the way it can negatively affect your perception of your own femininity and appearance–your self-esteem. They know what’s it like, have been there themselves, and figured it was time to make a change… CureDiva is here to revolutionize the lifestyles of women coping with breast cancer and it’s after-effects, including the side effects caused by treatments.

This October, Cure Diva presents “30 Days of Breast Cancer Reality” where they will:

Encourage education, screening, and detection. Help women find resources and the benefits of being more assertive in the screening process.

Share a realistic picture of what life is like for women with breast cancer during treatment and beyond. Showcase some ways to make their lives easier and more comfortable.

Educate about long lasting effects of treatments, surgeries, and recurrence risk are just a few ways that being “cancer free” is misleading. Many women get rid of her cancer, but that isn’t necessarily the end of her breast cancer journey.

Educate people about metastatic breast cancer, with a special focus on October 13th, Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

Cure Diva is an online store for women with cancer, focusing on products to make their lives easier, more comfortable, and more stylish. It features lifestyle products, such as mastectomy bras, breast & nipple prosthetics, clothing, books, and beauty products developed for women with cancer. Many of these products were developed by women with breast cancer when they found no existing solutions. Cure Diva also offers stylish products that solve medical problems, such as lymphedema, post-surgical compression & draining, treatment planners, cooling accessories, and more.

The only online store dedicated to helping women with breast cancer find the right products for their needs, Cure Diva carries most major brands like Amoena, American Breast Care, AnaOno, Nearly Me, Classique, Anita, LuisaLuisa, Nouvelle, Top Secret Society, Trulife and more. In addition, Cure Diva has boutique product lines developed by women who had breast cancer, like Red Fern, Brittanie’s Thyme, Infusion Breast Care, June Jacobs, and more.

A Royal Visit from Great Britain: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Lends 22 Paintings From The British Royal Collection to the Mauritshuis in The Hague

Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (“The Music Lesson“) by Johannes Vermeer Returns to the Netherlands for First Time in Twenty Years.

The Mauritshuis to Highlight Masterpiece in Landmark Dutch Masters Exhibition

Timed Tickets for Exhibition, At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection

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Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (“The Music Lesson”) by Johannes Vermeer, the highlight of At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection, on display at The Mauritshuis (also known as The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery) in The Hague, The Netherlands; September 29, 2016 – January 8, 2017. Photo Credit: Ivo Hoekska

From September 29, 2016 to 8 January 2017, The Mauritshuis (also known as The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery) in The Hague (The Netherlands) will exhibit a selection of the most important Dutch genre paintings from the British Royal Collection. The renowned British Royal Collection, held in trust by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, includes highlights by famous painters such as Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, and Gabriël Metsu.

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Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681) A Gentleman pressing a Lady to drink, ca. 1658-1659. Oil on canvas, 41 x 32 cm. Purchased for George IV, 1812. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

The exhibition, At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection, covers a broad selection of the best Dutch genre paintings from the British Royal Collection, including 22 paintings from the Collection and one from the collection of the Mauritshuis, The Young Mother by Gerrit Dou. This painting was part of the British Royal Collection until about 1700, and came into Dutch ownership through King and Stadholder William III. The highlights of the exhibition are Johannes Vermeer‘s ‘The Music Lesson‘ and Jan Steen‘s A Woman at her Toilet. Also featured are significant works by other grand masters of Dutch genre painting, such as the artists mentioned above and Willem van Mieris.

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Gabriël Metsu (1629-1667) Self-Portrait standing at a Window, ca. 1655-1658. Oil on panel, 38 x 31 cm. Signed lower right: G. Metsu. Purchased by George IV, 1814. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

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Adriaen van Ostade (1610–1685), An elderly Couple in an Arbour, ca. 1670. Signed: Av. Ostade. Oil on panel, 23 x 19 cm. Acquired by George IV, 1814. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

The exhibition At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection is a collaboration between The Royal Collection Trust and the Mauritshuis. The exhibition was first held at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, under the title Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer from November 13, 2015 to February 14, 2016. It then traveled and was on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh until July 17, 2016. From Thursday September 29, 2016, the paintings will be on view in the Mauritshuis in The Hague.

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Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (The Music Lesson), early 1660s. Oil on canvas, 73 x 65 cm. Signed on the bottom of the frame of the painting on the wall to the right: IVMeer (IVM in monogram). Acquired by George III, 1762. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (“The Music Lesson”) by Johannes Vermeer returns to the Netherlands this fall for the first time in twenty years. This masterpiece, part of the British Royal Collection, was last on display in the Mauritshuis in 1996, as part of the major Johannes Vermeer exhibition and will be the highlight of this fall’s exhibition At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his contemporaries from the British Royal Collection.

The Music Lesson” is one of the rare 36 surviving works by Johannes Vermeer. This painting dates from 1660-1662, and shows a woman and a gentleman beside a virginal. Above the instrument hangs a mirror, which reflects the foot of Vermeer’s easel. The painting was acquired by King George III of England in 1762, when it was attributed to Frans van Mieris the Elder. Only later was it recognized as a masterpiece by Vermeer.

(The Mauritshuis itself has three works by Vermeer – Diana and her Nymphs, View of Delft and Girl with a Pearl Earring – but its collection lacks a genre piece by the artist. That’s why the museum is delighted to have the opportunity of showing a fourth Vermeer for a time.) Continue reading

National Aids Memorial in San Francisco Commemorates 25 Years Of Remembrance, Healing And Hope With Ceremony Honoring Long-time Supporters

Volunteers gather for Community Volunteer Workday; Pay tribute to friends and loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS

Twenty-five years ago a small group of San Francisco residents representing a community devastated by the AIDS epidemic gathered in a dilapidated grove in Golden Gate Park to restore it and create a serene place where people seeking healing could gather to express their collective grief through a living memorial, an AIDS Memorial.

This past week, hundreds of supporters, volunteers and community leaders came together in “The Grove” to commemorate the 25th anniversary of what is now the National AIDS Memorial. A special ceremony paid tribute the original founders and honored supporters, including the City of San Francisco, who have helped in its mission to provide, in perpetuity, a place of remembrance so that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten and their stories are known by future generations.

Twenty-five years ago our community was ravaged by AIDS and we came together here in this Grove to heal and remember our lost friends and loved ones,” said Jack Porter, a 25-year volunteer who lost his partner Stephen Marcus to AIDS and was honored with the “Heart of the Grove” award for his years of dedication and service. “Today, this memorial has evolved into a national treasure for our entire country to remember, seek comfort and ensure that we always keep their memory alive in our hearts.”

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Circle of Friends: Volunteers and supporters gather in the “Circle of Friends” at the National AIDS Memorial following a special 25th anniversary commemoration event and Community Volunteer Workday to pay tribute to lost friends and loved ones to HIV/AIDS.

The 25th anniversary tribute began with hundreds of volunteers helping landscape and plant trees and shrubbery on the grounds of the memorial, followed by a ceremony in the Circle of Friends in honor of those lost to HIV/AIDS and an emotional performance by members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Community leaders in attendance included State Senator Mark Leno, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, Phil Ginsburg, General Manager, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Christine Pelosi, former National AIDS Memorial Board member & long-time supporter.

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Unveiling of Boulder: Senator Mark Leno joins Christine Pelosi; Phil Ginsburg general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department; John Cunningham executive director of the National AIDS Memorial; Mike Shriver, chair of the board of the National AIDS Memorial; and San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener unveil a commemorative boulder at the National AIDS Memorial honoring the City of San Francisco as part of the 25th anniversary of the National AIDS Memorial.

Since 1991, nearly 25,000 volunteers have donated more than 150,000 hours participating in monthly Community Volunteer Workdays and other events to support the National AIDS Memorial. Every third Saturday from March to October, volunteers ranging from the very young to the elderly come together to help maintain the Grove, clearing overgrowth, reintroducing native species and planting new trees, plants and shrubs.

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NAM 25th Anniversary Ceremony: (L to R) Christine Pelosi, State Senator Mark Leno, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, and John Cunningham, executive director, National AIDS Memorial.

That dedication, commitment and support set in motion passage of legislation spearheaded by U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 making the Grove this nation’s sole federally-designated National AIDS Memorial. Continue reading

HIV: The Long View Initiative Launches With Advocates Urging Actions To Address Barriers To Long-Term Health Among People Living With HIV

A Coalition of U.S. Advocates Explores Future Health Trends and Announces Calls to Action for HIV Education, Prevention and Care in New Evidence-based Report

lvlogo-jpg-192221-originalLast week, a Coalition of leading HIV/AIDS advocacy groups and stakeholder organizations announced the launch of HIV: The Long View with the release of an evidence-based report that examines the potential implications of future healthcare trends on HIV care and management in the United States. Members of the Coalition include the American Academy of HIV Medicine, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, HealthyWomen, National Council on Aging and National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. In the report, the Coalition recommends several key actions necessary to help improve the outlook for the long-term health of people living with HIV. Gilead Sciences is a partner and sponsor of the initiative.hivthelongviewreportcoverimage-jpg-192211-low

HIV is perhaps the most ruthless public health crisis the world has ever faced, and while the most immediate, life-threatening challenges have evolved in developed nations, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the epidemic continues to grow, even in well-resourced areas,” said Kelsey Louie, Chief Executive Officer, Gay Men’s Health Crisis. “If we are going to meaningfully advance HIV education, prevention, treatment and care, it will be due to multidisciplinary collaborations like HIV: The Long View that identify and strive to help work through the complex socioeconomic and healthcare factors that currently deny a long-term healthy future to many people living with and at risk for HIV.”lvusinfogram1-jpg-192197-originallvusinfogram2-jpg-192191-originallvusinfogram3-jpg-192187-original

The report is a result of an in-depth research process collaboratively reviewed, scrutinized and translated by the HIV: The Long View Coalition to determine a potential future state of HIV healthcare in the United States over the next two decades. The method allowed the Coalition to develop corresponding calls to action to help HIV stakeholders support the long-term health and well-being of people living with and at risk for HIV, including: Continue reading

Gourmet Foods: Victoria Fine Foods Launches Four New On-Trend Sauces This Fall

Victoria Fine Foods (VFF), the #1 slow kettle-cooked premium pasta sauce manufacturer in the U.S., demonstrates their commitment to innovation and dedication to their Read Your Label campaign with the launch of four new on-trend, clean label sauces this fall.

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Victoria Fine Foods Launches Four New On-Trend Sauces This Fall (PRNewsFoto/Victoria Fine Foods)

Brooklyn-based Victoria Fine Foods, founded in 1929, is committed to using only the finest ingredients and the most authentic slow kettle-cooking process for a true homemade taste. In keeping with the brand’s philosophy of Ingredients Come First(TM), they were the first major pasta sauce company to put their ingredients on the front of their premium sauce label.

Victoria’s newest sauces include:

Chef CollectionGourmet Pasta Meals – Introducing Victoria’s restaurant-quality, delicious, healthy, cooked pasta in premium sauce. Made with clean label ingredients, you can simplify your life without compromising quality. These heat and serve meal solutions deliver all the taste you expect from Victoria, without the time. Available in two delectable varieties: Penne Marinara & Penne Alla Vodka. Sold in 24 oz Jars.

Marinara made with Avocado Oil – Victoria is launching a new premium marinara sauce with the same great taste as the original, but made with antioxidant and omega rich avocado oil. Avocado Oil provides essential fatty acids and unsaturated and Omega 6 fats. Sold in 24 oz Jars.

Pizza Sauce – Victoria is launching a new sauce made exclusively for pizza! This premium sauce features a clean label and is slow kettle-cooked with fresh, high-quality ingredients you can trust. Made without tomato paste or added sugar, it has an authentic, homemade flavor and is perfect for making pizza at home! Sold in 14 oz Jars.

Victoria is inspired by the energy and authenticity of our hometown of Brooklyn and continues to strive to stay ahead of the latest culinary trends. What makes us different is our combination of genuine and ambitious – Italy Born. Brooklyn Raised (TM),” says Tim Shanley, CEO, Victoria Fine Foods. “These four new delicious sauces continue the Victoria tradition of using only the best, high-quality ingredients and feature the authentic homemade flavor that sets us apart. We know our consumers are looking for clean, on- trend ingredients and these sauces fit that criteria.” Continue reading

Explore Santa Barbara County on a California Wines Road Trip

Wine Institute Series Offers Tips on How to Sip, Stay and Play in Wine Country

California’s beautiful wine regions offer a wide variety of wines and experiences to enjoy and are a key reason that many travelers choose the Golden State as a vacation destination. To help visitors learn more, The Wine Institute’s California Wines Road Trip series highlights different regions. This month, consider taking a trip to Santa Barbara County, a region with a 200-plus year history that was put in the spotlight by the indie hit film, Sideways, and travel magazines worldwide. Santa Barbara’s “mountains meet the sea” picture-postcard geography produces diverse micro-climates, making it possible for winegrowers to grow dozens of winegrape varieties – especially Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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California’s Santa Barbara County wine region, put in the spotlight by the movie, “Sideways,” is home to nearly 200 wineries. (PRNewsFoto/Wine Institute)

Santa Barbara County contains six American Viticultural Areas (AVA) and is part of the larger Central Coast AVA. Located about 90 miles north of Los Angeles, this wine region hugs the Pacific coastline and visitors can enjoy sun, scenery, excellent restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries and outdoor activities as they explore the region’s wineries.

SIP: Nearly 200 wineries call Santa Barbara County home. Browse this list of Santa Barbara County wineries or use the discovercaliforniawines.com interactive map to search wineries by amenities such as tours, gardens, picnic areas, food for purchase, concerts, art and more. The Santa Barbara County Vintners Association also features an in-depth wine country touring guide and two-for-one tasting passes for purchase online, as well as free tasting route maps to nine wine trails. These include downtown Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone urban wine trail, a dining, nightlife and arts scene where entertainment in the waterfront district is within walking distance of more than two dozen tasting rooms. Movie buffs can follow in Miles’ and Jack’s footsteps along the Sideways Wine Trail. Other wonderful wine routes include the Santa Ynez Wine Trail and Foxen Canyon Wine Trail —with beautiful estate wineries—and the town of Los Olivos, boasting 20-plus tasting rooms as well as charming shops and artisanal eats.

STAY: Those looking to stay in the Santa Barbara County wine region can choose from charming inns in the historic Danish town of Solvang or upscale boutique hotels in downtown Santa Barbara to luxurious beach resorts. Notable wine-centric hotels include Bacara Resort and Spa, The Landsby and Santa Ynez Valley Marriott.

PLAY: One “must see” is Old Mission Santa Barbara, a picturesque mission where wine was originally made by Franciscan monks two centuries ago. The site, considered one of California’s grandest missions, is the 10th of 21 built along the state’s “mission trail” and features a museum, docent-led tours and 12 acres of gardens. Stearns Wharf offers seaside restaurants, a fishing shop, old-fashioned candy store, wine tasting and shops, close to the beach where visitors can surf, play volleyball, rent bicycles, paddleboard and more. Or you can visit the historic Danish village of Solvang, known for its authentic architecture and bakeries, the latter of which you can explore on the Sweet Treats Trail. Sip and stroll along the Solvang Wine Walk to get a full taste of the town.

MAKE: A fun experience is Santa Barbara’s Market Forays, where every Saturday attendees shop for seasonal local ingredients with a chef and learn how to use them to easily create delicious meals paired with local wines. Creative wine consumers can sip and paint at The Painted Cabernet, an urban studio on State Street where an artist gives one-on-one instruction while guests enjoy local wines. Learn to make great food and wine photos while consuming the subject matter with the Eat This, Shoot That! Tour.

GROW: Santa Barbara County’s geography and climate is unique because of its transverse mountain range that runs east to west rather than north to south. Many of the vineyards sit open-mouthed to the Pacific Ocean. This maritime climate sweeps into the western part of the county with a daily influx of fog and cold ocean wind, while inland brings more sun and warmer temperatures. These diverse micro-climates produce more than 50 winegrape varieties, from Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the west to Bordeaux and Rhone grapes in the warmer east.

EAT:  Santa Barbara serves up a good portion of farmer’s markets, celebrity chef restaurants, and wine and food events. In October, visitors can partake in the Celebration of Harvest, where nearly 150 wineries pour at the Santa Inés Mission and food purveyors and winemaker dinners abound. See the best throughout October in local cuisine, libations and culture. Other standouts include the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend in April and the California Lemon Festival in September

Visit discovercaliforniawines.com for information on wine regions, wines and wineries throughout the Golden State and for planning your trip to California wine country.  California is the number one U.S. state for wine and food tourism with dozens of distinct wine regions, 138 American Viticultural Areas and 4,600 wineries that produce 85 percent of U.S. wine. Established in 1934, The Wine Institute is the public policy association of nearly 1,000 California wineries. wineinstitute.org.

Loretta Lynn’s New Holiday Album, White Christmas Blue, Coming Friday, October 7 on Legacy Recordings

Newly-Written Title Track, “White Christmas Blue” Opens Queen of Country Music’s First Yuletide Collection in 50 Years

Album Features 12 New Studio Performances including Traditional Carols & Seasonal Pop Standards

Loretta Lynn invites you to celebrate the 2016 yuletide season with the release of her new album. White Christmas Blue, on Friday, October 7.

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The album debuts “White Christmas Blue,” a future yuletide classic newly penned by Lynn and Grammy Award winner Shawn Camp (who’s written #1 country hits for Garth Brooks, Josh Turner and Brooks & Dunn, collaborated with the legendary singer since 2007, and provides acoustic guitar and backing vocals on White Christmas Blue).

Lynn’‘s first collection of seasonal songs since 1966 (and her second release this year for Legacy), White Christmas Blue premieres 12 studio performances including new versions of two original compositions (“Country Christmas” and “To Heck with Ole Santa Claus“) which first appeared on her first Christmas album, Country Christmas; soulful interpretations of traditional carols (“Away in a Manger,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night“); in-the-moment contemporary takes on seasonal pop standards (“Winter Wonderland,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas”) and the title track. The album concludes with Loretta’s heartfelt recitation of the beloved seasonal story “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

White Christmas Blue is the celebratory successor to Loretta’s first Legacy release, Full Circle (her 40th Top 10 country album and her highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200). At the time of Full Circle‘s release, in March 2016, it had been more than a decade since Lynn had recorded or released any new studio music. An emotional and personal journey through Christmases past, present and future, White Christmas Blue is an essential addition to any Loretta Lynn library or holiday album collection.

Like Full Circle, White Christmas Blue pays homage to Lynn‘s deepest musical roots and influences and was recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash.

White Christmas Blue is the second volume of the Cash Cabin Recordings and part of a planned multi-album deal with Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music Entertainment).

Loretta Lynn: White Christmas Blue Track Listing: White Christmas Blue, Country Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Away in a Manger, Blue Christmas, To Heck with Ole Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Oh Come, All Ye Faithful, Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Silent Night, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

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