first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsFiction Critique Group *RRSaturday, July 6, 9:15 11:30 amLove writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials before the meeting. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.The 60s, Moon Memories, and MoreTuesday, July 9, 9 am-1 pmBuzzell Senior CenterThe 60s shout beehive hairdos, bell bottom pants, granny glasses, and more. It was the era of JFK and the race to the moon, Vietnam, and civil rights. Do you have memories or personal photos you would like to share of this decade? Do you have memories of the moon landing? If so, stop by the Buzzell Senior Center from 9am to 1 pm and share them! WCTV will do the recording (oral recording if you prefer not to be videotaped); photos will be scanned on site and returned. Help us capture the spirit of the 60s!Streaming Music *RRTuesday, July 9, 10 amSearching for the song of the summer? Bring your smartphone or device for hands-on experience navigating popular streaming music services such as, Spotify, Pandora, and Freegal.Explore Cosmology with Mike D’Eon *RRTuesday, July 9, 7 pmThe universe is full of interesting things, and the universe itself is also of interest to study. Unlock the universe’s evolutionary secrets, starting with the Big Bang, at this informational talk with Mike D’Eon, a PhD of Physics candidate at Brandeis University.Pints + Pages Book Group *RRThursday, July 11, 7 pmFeatured Book: Kiss Quotient by Helen HoangLocation: Reading Public LibrarySocial book group geared towards readers in their 20’s and 30’s. The group meets on the first Thursday of every other month. Librarians from the Wilmington and Reading Public Libraries will host the book discussion. This month we’re having a potluck picnic on the patio at the Reading Public Library. Bring along a dish to share!Local History: Wonderland *RRThursday, July 11, 7 pmThirty years before the Wonderland Race Track was built, the site was given its name by the Wonderland Amusement Park. Conceived by a man in the Baking Soda industry who bought the land and planned by a man who had failed to build the biggest park in Coney Island. Wonderland was filled with cutting-edge rides and attractions. Its opening day broke attendance records at Revere Beach, and the park was a major success. Author Stephen R. Wilk has been researching the park for his forthcoming book Backstage at Wonderland, and will talk about the building of the park and its first year of operation, 1906.Kids & Teen EventsLittle Movers *RRMonday, July 8, 10 amLet’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2.LEGO BuildingMonday, July 8, 3 pmBuild a unique LEGO creation. Kindergarten+.Sciencetellers: Aliens Escape from Earth! *RRMonday, July 8, 6:30 pmThroughout an intergalactic story, volunteers from the audience will get to discover the unbelievable world of science through experiments and demonstrations with chemical reactions, polymers, pressure, inertia, energy, explosions and so much more! Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure! It’s totally out of this world! Grades K-5.Preschool Storytime: Summer FunTuesday, July 9, 10 amThis storytime on summer fun for preschoolers includes books, rhymes, music and a fun craft. Parents and caregivers accompany the child and participate in the activities. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 3-5.Travel Club: England *RRTuesday, July 9, 3 pmJoin us as we explore the food, language, and culture of different countries around the world. We’ll play games, do a craft, and have a snack. Grades 1-5.Explore Cosmology with Mike D’Eon *RRTuesday, July 9, 7 pmThe universe is full of interesting things, and the universe itself is also of interest to study. Unlock the universe’s evolutionary secrets, starting with the Big Bang, at this informational talk with Mike D’Eon, a PhD of Physics candidate at Brandeis University. Grades 6+ & adults welcome.Storytimes in the Sun: Silver LakeWednesday, July 10, 10 amJoin us for a fun outdoor storytime! In accordance with Recreation Department regulations, there is $10 beach fee per person charged to non-residents. Free admission for Wilmington residents with ID.Pals and Popsicles *RRWednesday, July 10, 3 pmWant to cool off in the library air conditioning while eating frozen treats and listening to stories? Then this read-aloud book club is for you! Join us as we read Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman in this three-week series. We will meet on July 10, July 17, and July 24. Each child will receive a complimentary copy of the book and a bookmark. Grades 1-5.Holiday HoursWednesday July 3- Library closes at 5 pmThursday July 4 – Library closedFriday July 5, Library open 9 am -5 pmSaturday July 6, Library open 9am- 5 pm (please note that the library will be open Saturdays throughout the summer).(NOTE: The above listings are from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.comShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Buzz Lightyear To Visit On July 29; Boston Globe’s Meredith Goldstein Talks On Aug. 1In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgA man walks past a TV broadcasting a news report on the dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, in Seoul, South Korea, 24 May, 2018. Photo: ReutersNorth Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels used for nuclear testing on Thursday, media reported, as part of steps that have reduced tension on the Korean peninsula and raised the possibility of a summit with the United States.North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests at the Punggye-ri site, which consists of tunnels dug beneath Mount Mantap in the northeast of the country.A small group of international media selected by North Korea was on hand to witness the demolition, which Pyongyang says is proof of its commitment to end nuclear testing.The destruction of the site began at about 11am with the blowing up and collapsing of a tunnel and an observation post.After some time, it destroyed another tunnel and other facilities, then a third tunnel and another observation post.About five hours after beginning the operation, it destroyed two military barracks, South Korean media said in pool reports.The North Korean offer to scrap the test site has been seen as a major concession in months of easing tension between it, on the one hand, and South Korea and the United States on the other.But the progress appears to have been checked this month with North Korea raising doubts about an unprecedented June 12 summit in Singapore between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and US president Donald Trump.The North objects to US demands that it unilaterally give up its arsenal of nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles.Last week, Trump sought to placate North Korea after it threatened to call off the summit, saying Kim’s security would be guaranteed in any deal and his country would not suffer the fate of Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya, unless that could not be reached.But the reference to the case of Libya has angered North Korea.’DUMMY’In a statement released by North Korean media on Thursday, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui called US vice president Mike Pence a “political dummy” for comparing North Korea – a “nuclear weapons state” – to Libya, where Gaddafi gave up his unfinished nuclear development programme, only to be later killed by NATO-backed fighters.”It is to be underlined, however, that in order not to follow in Libya’s footstep, we paid a heavy price to build up our powerful and reliable strength that can defend ourselves and safeguard peace and security in the Korean peninsula and the region,” Choe said.Choe said the fate of the summit was “entirely” up to the United States.”We will neither beg the US for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us,” said Choe.She said she could suggest to leader Kim that North Korea reconsider the summit if the United States offended the North’s goodwill.China, North Korea’s sole main ally, said it hoped the summit between Kim and Trump could proceed smoothly, after Trump cast further doubt over whether it would go ahead.Both countries should cherish the opportunity and all parties should ensure that dialogue leads to a positive outcome, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular briefing.Trump said on Wednesday he would know next week whether the summit would take place as scheduled.White House aides are preparing to travel to Singapore this weekend for a crucial meeting with North Korean officials to discuss the agenda and logistics for the summit, said US officials in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

first_img Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Share Posted by Travelweek Group NEW YORK — Virtuoso is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year by highlighting 20 experiences available at the network’s original 20 hotels.Over the course of a quarter-century, Virtuoso has grown from just 20 hotels in 1992 to today’s 1,246, which include more five-star properties than any other organization. Nearly 500 of the program’s partner hotels work solely with Virtuoso, and nearly half of the hotels within its program are under 100 rooms, offering clients ‘hidden gems’ around the world.To date, Virtuoso has added 94 properties in 2017, and has annual sales of US$21.2 billion. Its portfolio encompasses hotels, resorts, lodges, tents, camps, private islands, villas and apartments.“Since its inception, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts has thrived due to its superior collection of world’s-finest properties, its commitment to excellence, and its continual innovation,” said Albert Herrera, Virtuoso senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships. “However, it’s the commitment to working with travel advisors and the value these hotels place on the human connection, be it the advisor-client relationship or the hotel-advisor partnership, that makes them stand apart from other luxury hotels. The magic of the program is that it is constantly advancing to deliver exciting options to upscale travellers.”Here are the 20 experiences at Virtuoso’s original 20 hotels:Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane: Guests can re-energize at the hotel’s glass-walled rooftop floor, featuring a spa, fitness centre and lounge. There are also private shower suites.Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay: Guests can explore local religious traditions with the resort’s Hindu priest, who leads ceremonies, blessing rituals and shrine visits.Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea: Guests can join award-winning photography duo Cesere Brothers on a customized seasonal whale-watching and photography adventure.Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara: Sporty clients can play beach volleyball with two-time Olympian, gold medalist and Santa Barbara native Todd Rogers.The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale.The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale: A 30-minute helicopter flight takes guests on an unforgettable exploration of Arizona.Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland: Guests can stay in a unique two-bedroom suite: inside a historic lighthouse on a world-famous golf course built atop the ruins of a medieval castle.The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection, London.The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection, London: Enjoy afternoon tea with a Debrett’s Social Etiquette Advisor. Anglophiles will learn why afternoon tea became one of the most beloved British pastimes.Mandarin Oriental, Geneva: Guests can experience a watch-making workshop in the city renowned for its luxury timepieces.Mandarin Oriental, Munich: At BMW World, guests will enjoy an exclusive individual experience that includes a ride to and from the museum in a private BMW.Belmond La Samanna, Saint Martin.Belmond La Samanna, Saint Martin: For those who enjoy adventures at sea, this hotel offers charters of yachts used in the America’s Cup Regatta.The Peninsula Beverly Hills: Kids will become celebrity VIPS in an interactive simulation, where they experience a day in the life of Hollywood’s hottest stars. They will film a live-action movie and walk the red carpet at the film’s premiere, complete with paparazzi.The Peninsula Hong Kong: Guests can become dumpling masters during a dim sum class at Michelin- starred Spring Moon. At the end of the class, they can savour their own delicacies.Rosewood Mansion On Turtle Creek, Dallas: Consult with one of Dallas’ top fashion experts at the iconic NorthPark Center. A stylist will provide bespoke fashion recommendations and advice for clients who want to grow, customize and refine their personal flair. A two-hour private session and US$100 shopping spree at the upscale center will get them started.The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia IslandThe Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island: Experience unspoiled natural beauty on a guided kayak tour through the scenic salt marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway.The Ritz-Carlton, Naples: Design a personal keepsake alongside Conrad Williams, a Dale Chihuly-trained glass artist. Guests can choose from a rainbow of colors and work with the artist, forming molten glass with their breath and shaping tools. When done, they can take home their creation as a one-of-a-kind souvenir.The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, New York: Music lovers have a treat awaiting them at the hotel’s swanky Two E Bar: a live jazz performance three nights a week. The bar’s Art Deco surroundings, as well as the hotel’s status as a Jazz Age landmark, also enhance the experience.Claridge’s, London: Executive chef Martyn Nail will share secrets behind the cooking and presentation of Claridge’s menus while preparing dishes, assisted by class members. Each dish will then be served to the audience with complementing wines chosen by the hotel’s sommelier.The Connaught, LondonThe Connaught, London: For those who have always wanted to know how to effortlessly stir and shake their way to the perfect blend, the world-renowned Connaught Bar introduces a series of mixology masterclasses led by award-winning Director of Mixology Agostino Perrone.Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: he young, and young at heart, can learn to ride the waves at the Flow House Boca, the ultimate surfers’ destination. Body surfing, stand-up surfing, even night sessions – guests master surfing in whatever style they prefer at the ultimate surf-on-land experience, the FlowRider dual-sided wave simulator.The St. Regis New York: he hotel’s King Cole Bar is the birthplace of the Red Snapper, the original Bloody Mary. Created in 1934, the hotel recently celebrated the millionth sale of the cocktail. Patrons can sip a Red Snapper in the intimate lounge, named Best Bar by Virtuoso.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFor more information on Virtuoso’s Hotels & Resorts collection, or to book a stay, visit virtuoso.com/hotels.center_img Virtuoso: 25 years, 20 experiences, 20 original hotels Tags: Luxury Travel, Virtuoso << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — It will be a jam-packed summer for Contiki next year when it launches its highly anticipated Europe Summer 2018/19 program. In addition to 26 new trips, the tour operator will introduce its first foray into river cruising with the launch of U by Uniworld, as well as a new “revolutionary” travel style called ‘Independent Insider’, which will replace its current ‘Easy Pace’ style.The program will also include an increased emphasis on culinary offerings through a partnership with social eating platform VizEat, as well as the increasingly popular ‘Limited Edition Series’ trips that give Canadians an even closer look into local cultures.“Europe was the birthplace of Contiki 55 years ago, and it remains a leading destination for young adventurers,” said Gabrielle Nydam, president of Contiki Holidays Canada. “We celebrate 35 years in Canada this year and by developing over 26 new and improved itineraries for 2018, we are demonstrating not only the constant innovation we bring to our European experiences, but also our dedication to young Canadians from coast to coast to coast. No matter what type of traveller your client might be, if they’re 18-35, Contiki has a European trip for them.”The Europe Summer 2018/19 program includes the following highlights:Independent Insider: This new travel style offers clients more freedom and flexibility. Itineraries are based in Europe’s most popular locations including Nice, Copenhagen, Budapest, Mykonos, the Amalfi Coast and Porto, and include hotel accommodation throughout, No Regrets Experiences and a choice of Free Time Add-Ons. Trips range from 3-13 days, with three nights in each city.In-Depth Explorer: There are three new and improved In-Depth Explorer trips, including the brand new ‘The Best of Britain’, a 10-day, summer-only itinerary that visits London, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Cardiff. There’s also the 11-night ‘Fiestas & Siestas’ that travels to Porto, Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona.High Energy: A new High Energy trip has been added: the nine-day ‘Ibiza & Beyond’. This trip kicks off in Barcelona then travels to Ibiza, Valencia and Madrid, and includes eight nights in quad-shared hotel and hostel accommodation, standard breakfasts, a cooking class in Valencia and more.Winter & Ski: Another new trip titled ‘Fire & Ice’ is launching in the Winter travel style. This six-day trip is based in Iceland and visits Reykjavik, Vik, Selfoss and Skaftafell. Highlights include the Blue Lagoon, horseback riding, buggy and glacier adventures and caving, with twin-share hotel accommodation throughout, all breakfast and three dinners included.Short Trips & Festivals: Four new Insider trips have been created as part of the Independent Insider travel style. These three-night breaks are ideal for those short on time and looking for a city escape.Sailing, Cruise & Beach: Contiki is offering river cruises for the first time through its sister company Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. Designed for travellers between the ages of 21-45, U by Uniworld features sunrise yoga on deck, bikes on board, expert cocktail mixology classes and DJs on deck. There are four eight-day itineraries: ‘The Seine Experience’, ‘All in on Germany’, ‘The Danube Flow’ and ‘Rolling on the Rhine’. The summer program will also see new and updated ‘Sailing & Cruise’ trips, including the nine-day ‘Idyllic Aegean’.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksTo entice clients to book a Europe summer trip, Contiki is extending its Early Payment Discount program by an extra month. Now until Feb. 21, 2018, clients who book and pay in full can save up to $895 or 10% off. In addition, clients enjoy a further 5% off (the lower cost trip) with the brand’s new ‘Mix & Match’ program, where they can mix and match a selection of two Contiki trips seven days or longer.Moreover, groups of 10 or more guests can save 10% off (or the 11th person travels for free), 7.5% with seven or more guests, and 5% with four or more. Posted by Contiki announces new travel style, 26 new trips for Summer 2018/19 Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Contiki, Europe Thursday, October 19, 2017 Sharelast_img read more