Why I Chose the IKON Pass Over the Epic Pass This Season

OK – I did it.  I bought the IKON ski pass – and I’m super excited about it!

The other day I wrote a post about trying to decide whether to buy the EPIC Pass or the IKON Pass, and I decided to go with the IKON Pass.  

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EPIC or IKON? Which Ski Pass Should I Buy?

Epic Ski Pass 2018-19

With winter closing in across the US and lots of winter storms happening already early in the holiday season, I’m excited to get to ski and snowboard this winter.  Even though I’ve lived in San Diego for most of the last 35 years, I’ve never actually skied or boarded in California.  My on the snow experience has been limited to Washington State (Snoqualmie Summit, Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge), Oregon (Mount Bachelor, Mount Hood and Mount Ashland), Colorado (Beaver Creek and Vail) and British Columbia (Whistler Blackcomb – my all-time favorite ski resort so far).

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BBB International Torch Awards for Ethics Winners

The Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust announced the winners of the 2018 BBB International Torch Awards for Ethics. These awards are presented to businesses in recognition of best practices in leadership character, and organizational ethics. Honorees will be celebrated at an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the International Assembly of Better Business Bureaus in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on September 17, 2018.

BBB International Torch Awards for Ethics WinnersBBB

The winners are:

Health Savings Associates, Encinitas, CA (category 1 – 1-10 employees)
Gary’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Amarillo, TX (category 2 – 11-99 employees)
WebPT, Phoenix, AZ (category 3 – 100-499 employees)
Computer Aid, Inc., Chicago, IL (category 4 – 500 or more employees)
“This year’s winners provide proof that success in business does not happen by accident and is not accomplished through short-cuts. It requires a commitment and dedication to ethical leadership, to fairness in the marketplace, and to honesty and trustworthiness in day-to-day operations. Those are the very hallmarks of this year’s BBB International Torch Awards honorees,” said Melissa Trumpower, executive director of BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust.

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Hackathon to be Sponsored by Industry Leaders

The Los Angeles Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA recently announced that for the first time, Visa and General Motors (GM) will co-sponsor the hackathon at AutoMobility LA, taking place November 25-26, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Focused on reducing congestion, emissions and building in-car payment solutions, both Visa and GM see the hackathon at AutoMobility LA as an opportunity for participants to explore solutions that will improve the overall driving experience.

Hackathon to be Sponsored by Industry LeadersHackathon

As the future of transportation evolves, Visa will utilize the hackathon at AutoMobility LA as an opportunity for participants to explore new in-car payment solutions that can improve the overall driving experience. As the world’s leader in digital payments, Visa believes simple and secure in-vehicle payments are a crucial part of the connected car transformation.

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TAPPP Gets $5M for Access to Live Streaming

TAPPP, a New York based pre-paid platform enabling global access to premium live sports content, announced on September 5, 2018, it has secured $5 million in Series A financing, led by leAD Sports/OurCrowd’s ADvantage Fund. The financing also includes the backing of a number of leading venture capital firms and sports technology investors, including Accomplice, Elysian Park, Go4it, Courtside VC and Sterling.VC.

TAPPP Gets $5M for Access to Live StreamingTAPPP

This past April, TAPPP launched its flagship product, an exclusive pre-paid card offering access to the MLB.TV streaming service offered by Major League Baseball. TAPPP cards are currently available at over 5,000 retailers including Walmart and Gamestop, providing live sports access directly to any consumer device. This new platform not only serves the millions of U.S. sports fans who are unable to acquire credit cards, but also the rising generation of young consumers who are shunning credit cards in favor of smarter payment options.

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World Pool Championship Won By San Diego

Some local residents are $10,000 richer after a recent visit to Sin City. But their good fortune didn’t happen in the casino. The team of Q-Bert 222 won the 2018 APA Team Captains World Pool Championship in late August in Las Vegas.

World Pool Championship Won By San Diego ResidentsWorld Pool

Q-Bert 222 were one of only 384 teams worldwide to qualify for the American Poolplayers Association’s (APA) Team Captains Championship held at the Westgate Resort & Casino.

Q-Bert 222 brought home $10,000 and ultimate bragging rights upon returning home to their pool room. Team members include: Blake Kamiab, Phil Oh, Scott Zuckerman, Melanie Roach and Jay Roach.

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Cascade Bicycle Club Organizing for World Record Ride and Expo

Cascade Bicycle Club(CBC) invites everyone to join the Ebike World Record Ride & Expo powered by Rad Power Bikes on Saturday, September 15 from noon to 3 p.m.

Cascade Bicycle Club Organizing for World Record Ride and Expo

Cascade

The growing availability and improved technology of ebikes is reflected in the current demand. According to a late 2017 report by the NPD Group, ebike sales have nearly tripled since 2014. The world record ride is a celebration of the growing ebike market as part of the broader bicycling community.

The free event consists of a light two-mile parade around Seattle’s Magnuson Park in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for most ebikes on a ride. Also on site will be a free ebike expo with vendors showcasing a variety of new ebike products and accessories.

Riders who own or have access to an ebike are encouraged to ride them to the event; interested bicyclists who do not have access to an ebike will be able to borrow one while supplies last, courtesy of LimeBike. Registration for the event is free and also includes a commemorative t-shirt.

Cascade Bicycle Club Executive Director Richard Smith said, “Ebike popularity is exploding throughout our region. People who wouldn’t have considered riding a traditional bike are taking to ebikes to help them overcome potential obstacles like physical limitations, distance and hills.” Smith continued, “the innovative technology of ebikes is helping more people discover the joys of bicycling.”

Event sponsor Rad Power Bikes is a major supporter of Cascade’s efforts to incorporate more ebike friendly riding opportunities.“The Seattle biking community is growing, and this event is just one way that we can unite all cyclists,” said Rad Power Bikes Co-Founder and CMO Ty Collins. “We will earn this title together!”

While the event is free, participants are asked to pre-register online here.

Ride details:
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Magnuson Park, Lot E-5; Seattle
Ebike World Record Ride: 2 p.m.
Ebike Expo: 12 – 3 p.m.

More information at cascade.org/E-world-record-attempt.

Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Return to Del Mar in 2021

Del Mar Breeder's Cup

Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, has announced that Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California will be the host site for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6. This will be the second time that Del Mar – where the Turf meets the Surf – will serve as the event’s host site – after last year’s successful debut as host of the Breeder’s Cup. Continue reading “Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Return to Del Mar in 2021”

Gail Benzler Joins Seattle Tennis and Education Foundation as Executive Director

Seattle Tennis and Education (STEF) is proud to announce Gail Benzler as its Executive Director. STEF, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 2017, provides athletic conditioning, tennis training and educational enrichment to under-resourced youth in Seattle. STEF recognizes that not every child and not every family has access to quality schools, a top education and opportunities to play lifetime sports like tennis. STEF aims to help level the playing field for kids across the Seattle area. Benzler is a longtime Bellevue resident and the organization has plans to expand to the Eastside in 2019.

Seattle Tennis and Education Foundation

Seattle Tennis and Education (STEF) has announced that Gail Benzler has been named its Executive Director. STEF, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 2017, provides athletic conditioning, tennis training and educational enrichment to under-resourced youth in Seattle. STEF recognizes that not every child and not every family has access to quality schools, a top education and opportunities to play lifetime sports like tennis. STEF aims to help level the playing field for kids across the Seattle area. Benzler is a longtime Bellevue resident and the organization has plans to expand to the Eastside in 2019.

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Largest Automotive Show Returns to Los Angeles

Car enthusiasts and fans of the Los Angeles Automotive Show can now purchase tickets for this year’s event at LAAutoShow.com. Last year, the global show had 1,000 of the latest models, vehicle debuts, and concept cars on display and this year, the expectation is no different. Alongside vehicles of all kinds, attendees of the 111-year-old show will experience a stellar lineup of family-friendly activations, including simulators, gaming attractions, and interactive driving experiences.

Largest Automotive Show Returns to Los AngelesAutomotive Show

Tesla will be returning to the LA Auto Show this year, exhibiting their latest vehicles in South Hall. Hyundai and Porsche will have racing simulators for use and a life-size Lego car for a “Kids Zone” area, respectively within the South Atrium. Attendees will also be able to test drive numerous makes and models, including the latest from Acura, Alfa Romeo, Buick, Cadillac, FCA, Ford, GMC, Honda, Mazda, Toyota, and Volvo. Electric vehicle brands BYTON and Rivian, along with Genovations – the world’s first street legal electric car to exceed 220mph – will bring theirlatest concepts and creations. In the West Atrium, visitors can experience live, interactive demonstrations and new autonomous vehicle concepts from companies including ICONA Designs.

“The LA Auto Show has been a staple in Los Angeles for more than a century and we continue to pride ourselves on being an annual destination for so many people,” said Lisa Kaz, President and CEO of the LA Automotive Show and AutoMobility LA. “Being located in the largest car buying market, we are excited to provide guests with entertainment, fun activations and for those looking for their next vehicle, shoppers will have a hassle-free car shopping experience.”

The breakdown for LA Automotive Show tickets are as follows:

· Any Day: Good for any one day between November 30 – December 9. Pricing is $5 for children, $10 for seniors and $15 for adults (kids under 6 are free with a paying adult)
· Monday-Thursday: Lower priced tickets available December 3-6 only. Pricing is $5 for children, $10 for seniors and $12 for adults (kids under 6 are free with a paying adult)
· Early Entry: Allows entry into the show one hour before the general public on any Saturday or Sunday (December 1-2 or 8-9). Tickets are available for purchase online only. Pricing is $10 for children, $20 for seniors and $35 for adults. (kids under 6 are free with paying adult)
· Group Ticket Packages: This is a single day entry November 30 – December 9 and valid for groups of 20 or more. Pricing is available upon request at LAAutoShow.com/groups
· Guided Tours: Taking place December 1, 2, 8 and 9 beginning at 7:45 AM, the two-hour tours are led by automotive experts and include headsets and a continental breakfast. Following the tour, participants will have full access to the show floor until closing. Tickets are available for purchase online only. Pricing is $35 for children and $85 for adults

Similar to years past, guests will have the opportunity to explore The Garage, located under South Hall, which is a substantial part of the one million square foot LA Automotive Show campus. Within The Garage, visitors can experience the latest in automotive technology and enjoy a large collection of customized rides, exotics and more.

Additional information on vehicles and on-site activations will be announced in the coming months.

Immediately preceding the LA Auto Show is AutoMobility LA, one of the world’s largest events for major automotive and technology news, taking place November 26-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

For additional information on the LA Auto Show or AutoMobility LA, please visit LAAutoShow.com and AutoMobilityLA.com.