Chorale plans madrigal feast as fundraiser

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The ticket price may seem steep at $100 per person, Klahs said, but the event is the chorale’s main fundraiser for the year. Madrigals originated in 16th century Italy and were performed by small groups of unaccompanied voices, usually singing themes of love or nature. English composers later adapted the form, and since then madrigals have been associated with feasting and holiday revelry. The chorale will re-create the Renaissance feast in the great “baronial hall” also known as the Santa Clarita Activities Center. The bill of fare includes appetizers of chicken liver pate with calvados and hazelnuts, tomato and aged cheddar canapes, Old English spiced beef roast with assorted mustards, potatoes a la maitre d’hotel, roasted vegetables, and trifle, along with coffee, tea, and wine. Banquet revelers will be greeted by the jester before the entertainment begins. The wacky masque du jour takes off in several comedic directions at once as a motley troupe of actors tries to imitate a cast of thousands. To help pull this off, one character actually plays the parts of a father and a stepmother at the same time, wearing one costume in front and another on her back side. Each time the other character speaks, the actor turns around, so as the dialogue speeds up, so do her rotations. SANTA CLARITA – The Santa Clarita Master Chorale will present a re-creation of a 16th century royal banquet Saturday to raise money for future performances. The Midwinter Madrigal Feast will feature the farcical enactment of “Handel and Gretzky: A Tale of Two Kiddies,” presented by an assortment of dancers, troubadours and the Beverly Hills Players. The midwinter event is an opportunity for the community to show its support for fine arts in Santa Clarita, said Sherry Klahs, chief executive officer of the chorale’s board of directors. “For nearly seven years, the nonprofit Master Chorale has provided Santa Clarita with the finest in choral music,” Klahs said. The play, or masque, includes audience involvement, surprising sound effects and fast-paced dialogue, with singers performing authentic madrigals. An opportunity drawing is also planned for the evening, with drawings for numerous gift baskets. The grand prize is a seven-day Holland America Cruise. Tickets for the drawing are $50 and just 150 will be sold. The Midwinter Madrigal Feast will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the city Activities Center, 20800 Center Point Parkway, Santa Clarita. Individual tickets are $100, or preferred tables for eight are available for $1,000. Tickets may be purchased by telephone or mail order. Order forms are available on the chorale’s Web site, www.scmasterchorale.org. For information, call the chorale office at (661) 254-8886 or write to Santa Clarita Master Chorale, P.O. Box 800459, Santa Clarita, CA 91380-0459.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

A’s give Mike Fiers Opening Day nod, pitching plans for Japan

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Mike Fiers was always the logical choice to start Opening Day for the A’s and now it has been made official.Before Saturday’s 11-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, manager Bob Melvin announced that Fiers will take the mound March 20 when the A’s open the season against the Seattle Mariners at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. It will be the first which will count as regular season games.Fiers, 33, has never been an Opening Day starter.“One guy on each team gets to start the season,” he …last_img

Freedom Park for free on 27 April

first_img25 April 2013As part of the country’s Freedom Day celebrations, South Africans, including tourists, will be offered free entrance to the newly completed //hapo museum at Freedom Park outside Pretoria.The museum, officially unveiled by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe earlier this week, tells the story of the southern African region dating back 3.6- billion years in an interactive manner.“//hapo is more than a traditional museum. //hapo is a living interpretive centre – one with which each and every South African will identify personally,” said Freedom Park chief executive Fana Jiyane.“As we celebrate our peace, unity, freedom and human dignity, we invite all South Africans to visit a place where they will reach a new understanding of a complex past, and explore the diversity that is South Africa’s greatest wealth, and so create shared dreams of the future.”Freedom Park will be open to the general public for free until 1 May for guided and self-guided tours of //hapo and other elements of the park.The country’s national Freedom Day commemorations will take place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 27 April.Jiyane said Saturday’s celebrations will start with prayers by different faith-based organisations at the Freedom Park in the morning, before proceeding in a cultural parade to the Union Buildings.He said the park is also hosting educational tours to celebrate Freedom Day with learners from five different schools in Gauteng on 25 and 27 April, in partnership with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Five-star Springboks crush Pumas

first_img17 August 2013The Springboks did full justice to the occasion of the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day by delivering a stunningly ruthless performance to crush Argentina 73-13 in the opening match of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.After leading 26-6 at the break, the Boks ran riot in the second half, scoring 47 points to the blasts of vuvuzelas before Argentina answered with a late try.Interviewed at the post-match presentations, Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers said: “Obviously we had a lot to play for today, so hopefully we made a lot of people proud.”‘We can improve’He must have been a very satisfied man, but tried to downplay his side’s runaway victory. “There are still areas that we can improve upon,” he reckoned. “I think the try that we let in at the end was a bit disappointing, but there are definitely signs of us evolving and making sure that we take our opportunities.“There were still situations in that game where we created opportunities, but didn’t capitalise on them. But you can’t complain too much when you win 73-13.”Man of the match Adriaan Strauss was more forthcoming with his comments, saying: “It was a great team effort today. We knew that it was going to be very tough and physical, especially the first 20 minutes, and we knew that we had to just chip away at them, and I think everyone had an outstanding game.”Top of the standingsSouth Africa’s massive win, which took them to the top of the Rugby Championship standings – New Zealand has beaten Australia 47-29 in Sydney earlier in the day – was built on a solid scrum and very secure lineout. Indeed, a number of the Springboks’ tries came off of rolling mauls from lineouts near the Pumas’ try line.The fact that nine different players dotted down showed just how effectively and well De Villiers and company moved the ball around.As the match progressed, one could see the confidence of the men in green and gold growing. They played with more freedom, more flair and with fine interaction between forwards and backs.The contest could not have gone much worse for Argentina, who lost the influential Patricio Albacete to a hamstring injury very early in the game. They also did themselves no favours by twice having players sin-binned.Assessing the victoryWhile it was a stirring victory for the Springboks, it is difficult to assess just how good the home team’s performance was. Their remaining five tests in the Rugby Championship will no doubt be far more testing and it is in those games that the Boks’ standing will be more easily revealed.However, having drawn 16-16 with the Pumas the last time the teams met in Mendoza in 2012, the victory in Soweto was a massive boost for the team’s campaign so early in the competition for southern hemisphere (and many would say world) rugby supremacy.For the first 20 minutes, as hooker Strauss accurately forecast, Argentina put up a good fight. They fell behind in the sixth minute to the first of many successful kicks by Morne Steyn. By the end of the contest, he had landed eight out of nine conversions and four out of four penalties for a match haul of 28 points.Pumas’ penaltySteyn landed another penalty before the Pumas made their way onto the scoreboard with a penalty by Felipe Contepomi in the 16th minute.Strong work by Francois Louw at a breakdown, after a high-up-and-under by Steyn earned the Boks another penalty in the 19th minute and the flyhalf once again took a shot at goal. After striking the ball, he turned, knowing it was on target.Strauss took too long to react to the referee’s call of “no hands” at a ruck in the 23rd minute, handing Contempomi an opportunity to reduce the Pumas’ deficit. He took it to make the score South Africa 9, Argentina 6.Duane Vermeulen made a sharp break, running onto a flat ball from Ruan Pienaar. His pass to JJ Engelbrecht, which would have put the centre in the clear, was blocked by Juan Martin Hernandez and the Argentinian defence held. A warning had been sounded that effective action would come later in the match.Pressure toldThe Boks were playing the game in the Pumas’ half and the pressure told when they won another penalty, deep in the 22 from a rolling maul. This time, Steyn, instead of attempting the easy kick at goal, set up a lineout five metres from the tryline.After a clean take, the Springboks drove at the Pumas’ line, but their momentum was stymied by a player in an offsides’ position. The home team kept the ball going, however, and captain Jean de Villiers went over, but was held up. Once more, South Africa had a penalty. Once more they set up a lineout.After driving up to the line, Strauss attempted a pass to Ruan Pienaar on the blind side. Hooker Eusebio Guinazu knocked the ball down, preventing a try. After consulting with the television match official, referee Chris Pollock awarded a penalty try and sent Guinazu to the bin. Steyn knocked over the simple conversion, stretching South Africa’s lead to 16-6 after half-an-hour.Argentina roared onto the attack from the restart and an unkind bounce of the ball fooled Steyn on the cover defence. Left wing Juan Imhoff was, however, caught as he cut inside and when South Africa turned over possession and cleared, the threat was defused for a moment.Broke outA minute later, the Springboks broke out of their 22 after the Pumas had spilled possession while on the attack. Fullback Willie le Roux knocked a chip over a defender and suddenly there were acres of space open as Engelbrecht raced onto the ball, gathered it, and ran through unchallenged for South Africa’s second try. Steyn added the extras to put South Africa well in control at 23-6.The Springboks’ confidence was on the up and they put together a nice backline move that resulted in big Willem Alberts crashing over the try line. An accidental offsides by De Villiers, though, just before Alberts broke free brought the home team back for a penalty. De Villiers pointed to the posts and Steyn did the honours to extend South Africa’s lead by three points.At halftime South Africa led 26-6.Second halfA good, flowing backline movement early in the second half almost saw Willie le Roux breaking through by picking up his own chip, but the Pumas’ cover defence managed to knock the ball into touch to prevent a third Springbok try.Habana then spilled a pass from Le Roux inside the Argentine 22 that would have given him a good shot at a run-in down the right hand flank.When the Pumas conceded a penalty for an early engagement at scrum time, South Africa set up a lineout once more and Strauss, after providing the throw, then bulldozed his way through the middle of the opposition pack to crash over for a try. Steyn was on target from the 15 metre line on the right to increase the South African lead to 27 points.Argentina were by this time looking disjointed and fresh out of ideas. The Springboks had their tails up and were not about to ease the pressure on the visitors.Yellow cardThe Pumas’ night got worse five minutes into the second stanza when eighthman Leonardo Senatore was yellow carded for a tip-tackle on Engelbrecht. The test had turned into a nightmare for coach Santiago Phelan.South Africa kicked for a lineout in the corner, but the South Americans defended the rolling maul well. Still, the Boks maintained possession and pressure. Le Roux sent out a pass to the left, where the green and gold had a two-man overlap, but the pass was missed.Referee Pollock, though, penalised Argentina for being offsides and it was back to a Springbok lineout and drive. This time the Pumas’ defence splintered and Willem Alberts fell over the try line for South Africa’s bonus point-earning fourth try. Steyn missed for the only time in the match, leaving the Springboks in a 38-6 lead.Coach Heyneke Meyer then rang up a few changes, including a return to the green and gold for scrumhalf Fourie du Preez for the first time since the 2011 Rugby World Cup.Intercept tryWith 55 minutes gone, captain De Villiers extended South Africa’s advantage when he anticipated an inside pass from Argentina and intercepted to run clear and score just to the right of the posts. Steyn added two more points to push the home team’s total up to 45 points.South Africa’s confidence was sky high. Forwards and backs were combining superbly and even went it went wrong for the Boks the shell-shocked Pumas couldn’t capitalise, knocking on when an advantage beckoned.De Villiers then sliced his way through the Argentine midfield and looked out wide for support. Patrick Lambie, on for Le Roux, took the pass and then laid off inside to Bryan Habana, who was dragged down just short of the try line. Du Preez was on hand, though, to pick up and dive over to take the Springboks to 50 points. Steyn continued his metronomic accuracy with a successful conversion, making it 52-6.Habana’s 51st test tryNext, Lambie made a lovely break before Eben Etzebeth smashed his way forward. Du Preez, showing the excellent vision that has always served him so well, found Habana wide on the right with a hard, flat pass, leaving the speedy winger with an easy run-in for his 51st test try. Steyn knocked over another kick as the hosts’ lead grew to 53 points.When South Africa won a heel against the head, they moved the ball to the left with impressive speed. Jan Serfontein made a break and when the ball came back inside from Morne Steyn Duane Vermeulen powered his way through a big gap for yet another Springbok try. Steyn converted from wide on the left and Heyneke Meyer’s charges led 66-6.South African recordA collapsed scrum cost Argentina a penalty and there was no was hesitation from the home team as Steyn set up a lineout close to the Pumas’ try line. A very convincing driving maul from the Springboks ended with Bismarck du Plessis crashing over for a try. It was a South African record seventh for a hooker. Almost inevitably, Steyn landed his kick from a tough angle.Serfontein broke through the in the midfield again, but a poor pass to Habana prevented another five-pointer for the rampant home team.With a minute left, Argentina claimed a consolation try. For the first time in the half they managed to put some meaningful phases together and eventually Contepomi was on hand to receive the try-scoring pass. He converted his own try and the final whistle sounded.Final score: South Africa 73, Argentina 13.last_img read more

The many reasons to invest in a business valuation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. RavencraftA business valuation is an investment most business owners should consider making. A business valuation is a procedure that is performed in order to evaluate your operation and then determine its estimated economic value. This service is carried out by a certified public accountant that holds the credential that positions them to gage the value of businesses based on a number of factors.Many professionals believe that selling your business is really the only reason to have a business valuation performed. However, here are several scenarios that call for a thorough review of the worth of your business. Our firm has been performing this service for clients for many years, for many different reasons. Yes, if you are preparing to sell your business, a valuation will provide you with the numbers you need to a secure a deal that benefits both you and the new owner. But that is just one reason.You will need to know the fair-market value of your operation in the event that you consider merging with another entity. Or, you will need to be armed with the right numbers if you plan to add a new owner to the business so you can set the buy-in amount for him/her. The same goes for owners and other shareholders that will be exiting the business.What about your own exit strategy? Knowing the value of your business sets you up to create a better retirement plan, whether you plan to sell, pass it along or close up shop all together. Many times I work with business owners who must know the value of their operation due to a family-related situation. For example, business owners going through divorce proceedings often need to know the value of their business so they are properly informed during legal proceedings. Or, a family emergency comes into play and the current value of the business is as vital piece of information that is needed as the parties involved work towards a solution. Sometimes needing to be aware of the true value of your business has nothing to do with selling or leaving and everything to do with expansion. How you know just how far you can grow without knowing where you currently stand in regards to finances and value?When looking for someone to assist your privately held enterprise with independent valuation requirements, you want to partner with a CPA with varied experiences and intense training in valuation theory as well as application, litigation support, accounting, tax, auditing, finance, insurance, economics and investments. There is no substitution for experience, so you will want to secure a firm that routinely performs business valuations. As always, contact me with any questions you may have.Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at BRavencraft@HolbrookManter.comlast_img read more

Ten Steps to Clean Up a Broken CFL

first_imgAt a wedding last weekend, I heard the following story third-hand, attributed to a local landscape designer.There was a large group of relatives of this gentleman who had lived their lives in Dorchester, Mass. — in the Boston metro area — and had never gone anywhere else. Ever.Well, a major reunion was happening in Delaware, and some of the Dorchester clan decided to go. They filled three cars and set out in a caravan. As the story goes, they made it as far as northern New Jersey without incident. At some point they had to leave the Turnpike and head off into the local roads — after dark. Now, parts of New Jersey and Delaware are very rural, and the caravan soon found itself on some rural county roads with no traffic lights, no streetlights, no lighted billboards, and — gasp — no traffic. “What has happened here,” they thought? “Something must be terribly wrong.” All three cars turned around and went back to Dorchester. EPA’s 10 steps to CFL cleanupIn response, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued guidelines earlier this year about how to deal with a broken compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) without calling in the bomb squad.According to EPA, here are the key steps to safely cleaning up a shattered CFL:1) Remove all people and pets from the room where the bulb broke.2) Ventilate the room by opening a window for a few minutes.3) Shut off central air conditioning or heating, for several hours if possible.4) Avoid vacuuming in a mercury-contaminated area.5) Pick up fragments with cardboard rather than a vacuum cleaner.6) Pick up remnants with tape.7) Seal all debris inside a glass jar (since plastic bags will not prevent mercury vapor from escaping).8) Store sealed glass jar outside the home.9) Open windows and turn off central climate control the next few times you vacuum the room.10) Check with local waste disposal authorities about how to dispose of all CFLs, whether broken or not.Where I live, some retailers will take used CFLs at no charge, and the local transfer station will take broken CFLs any day of the week. How great is the danger?How much of a danger are CFLs? A document accompanying the new release on the EPA website suggests that the minuscule amount of vaporized mercury from a single broken bulb is within the safe range for adults. Studies have measured the level of vapor shortly after a CFL breakage to be between 8 and 20 micrograms per cubic meter, and levels decline rapidly within a few minutes. To give some context, 100 micrograms per cubic meter is considered a safe level for long-term occupational exposure.However, the scientists conclude that there is not enough data to make a similar evaluation regarding children — especially since children’s behaviors are different from adults’ — and a reliable risk assessment regarding children and broken CFLs is not currently available.In the absence of evidence that short-term, low-level exposure is safe for all households, the EPA’s guidelines help consumers minimize that exposure until more is known.I am doubtful that most people will follow these guidelines. Who has the time or attention for steps like this? Who can turn off the heat and open a window for hours at a time during the winter? Do homeowners or renters know how to turn off the air?Fortunately, I think it’s safe to say that the risk is fairly minimal. But it’s worth being careful and following EPA’s steps as best as you can. It’s too bad, though, when a major signpost to environmentalism contains hidden dangers behind it. CFLs: A signpost of environmentalismWe all need signposts and transitions when leaving the beaten path. For a lot of people, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, or CFLs, have been one of the chief signs of energy efficiency and environmentalism for the last decade-and-a-half.You have probably heard statistics like these: a single CFL can save more than $40 in electricity costs over its lifetime. A CFL uses about 75% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and lasts up to 10 times longer. A CFL produces about 75% less heat, so it’s safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.center_img Safe to operate—but when they break down?Hold it — safer to operate maybe, but breakdowns, as Fukushima has reminded us, happen. Are CFLs safe when broken? The average CFL contains around 5 mg of mercury, about 100 times less than an old-fashioned oral thermometer. Over the last few years there have been media reports highlighting apparently scary costs of proper household cleanup of broken CFLs. Four years ago, reports started circulating about a woman in Maine who got a $2,000 hazardous material cleanup estimate, for example.Mercury in fish and other foods can lead to long-term accumulation of mercury in the body, but mercury vapor, like that contained in bulbs, is more of a problem. Ingested mercury is not well absorbed by the body, while inhaled mercury enters the bloodstream readily. How important are windows, really?Dear Energy Solutions, A couple months ago you said that windows weren’t really important. Then you’ve told us about nothing but windows for three weeks. What gives? – Tom, Halifax, VT.Tom, I’m sorry if your eyes were “glazing” over. My earlier advice was that window retrofits can be relatively expensive, with a long “payback” time. There are a lot of reasons to buy new windows, though, and not just for new construction. It’s hard to calculate a payback on comfort, and occupants can feel much warmer in winter when a drafty, single-pane window is replaced. But if you have older, inefficient windows and replacing them seems like a stretch for your budget, look for future columns where I’ll discuss which window attachment options — plastic films, window quilts, etc. — are effective.Thanks to Paula Melton at BuildingGreen for contributing to this column with research on CFL cleanup.Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions. You can learn more at www.BuildingGreen.com.last_img read more