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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Proclaims May 25th Africa Day

 

From Doxie McCoy: Mayor Vincent C. Gray has proclaimed Friday, May 25, 2012, as “Africa Day” in the District of Columbia. In commemoration of African Liberation Day, the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs is partnering with the Office of Minority Health to host a roundtable discussion on Africans in DC and Access to Health Care on May 25th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Building, Room G-9.

 

NHGRI Collaborates with Smithsonian to Produce New Genome Exhibit

 

From Omar McCrimmon: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of researchers producing the first complete human genome sequence — the genetic blueprint of the human body — the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., will open a high-tech, high-intensity exhibition in 2013. The exhibition will result from a collaboration of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health.

DC Jazz Festival and Events DC Present Jazz in the ‘Hoods Performance Series

DC Jazz Festival and Events DC Present Jazz in the ‘Hoods Performance Series

 

Neighborhood Venues to Host More Than 80 Performances Citywide June 1-10

 

The annual, highly popular Jazz in the ‘Hoods performance series will once again bring jazz to almost every Washington, D.C. neighborhood during the 8th annual DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) from June 1-10.  Presented by Events DC, Jazz in the ‘Hoods features more than 80 performances spread out over 10 days at more than 50 museums, clubs, restaurants, hotels, and galleries across the city.

Crime Museum Celebrates Four-Year Anniversary with Guest Festivities

Crime Museum Celebrates Four-Year Anniversary with Guest Festivities

Guest speakers, an exhibit unveiling, and admission deals all top the special events hosted at the Museum

 

To celebrate the four-year anniversary of its opening, the Crime Museum is offering some unique offerings the latter half of May in appreciation to guests for the continued success the museum.

On May 22nd at 11:30AM, museum guests and members of the media are invited to attend the unveiling of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s temporary exhibit at the Crime Museum, Crimes Against Marine Mammals. The exhibit will feature artifacts and information related to illegal importation of marine mammal parts, as well as the harassment or killing of marine mammals, This exhibit is part of the 40th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, established in 1972 by Congress, to protect all US marine mammals.

Fresh Healthy Vending Takes Aim at the Nation's Looming Obesity Crisis

Fresh Healthy Vending Takes Aim at the Nation's Looming Obesity Crisis


Fresh Healthy Vending Takes Aim at the Nation's Looming Obesity Crisis

By the year 2030, 40 percent of Americans will be obese

Vending machines have traditionally been notoriously known as a "junk food haven."  For decades they have overflowed school campuses, business offices and shopping malls, giving customers convenient access to unhealthy foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been a dramatic increase in obesity rates over the last 20 years, for both adults and children. In fact, they report that one-third of the nation’s adults are considered obese, and 17 percent of children are as well. This has lead to a lot of parents to re-think things like snacking.  

5 Ways to Market Self-Published Books on a Shoestring Budget

5 Ways to Market Self-Published Books on a Shoestring Budget

Self-publishing books is on the rise, as even celebrity and well-known authors opt for that route to publication. In fact, Lulu.com reports that the number of print titles they produced in 2011 was approximately 50,000, which represented a 9 percent increase over the prior year. In addition to their print sales, they also published over 115,000 new e-book titles last year, which was a 22 percent increase. Self-publishing has been made easy, but authors can increase their chances of sales success by making marketing a priority.

“Authors don’t need to spend a lot of money to market their books,” explains Sarah Gilbert, director of sales at Lulu.com (www.lulu.com), a self-publishing company. “There are plenty of marketing options that are either free or quite affordable, all of which can help authors to reach their target market and sell more books.”

Here are 5 ways that authors can help to market their self-published books on a shoestring budget: