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Nominations Are Now Open for the 8th Annual Oakland Indie Awards

Oakland, CA (PRWEB) March 22, 2014

The 8th Annual Oakland Indie Awards is an annual event hosted by One PacificCoast Bank and Foundation, in partnership with East Bay Express, encouraging people to recognize the positive community, economic, environmental impacts of supporting locally-owned businesses and artists. At the Indies, locals are the rock stars. The community is invited to nominate their favorite Oakland-based businesses and artists in one of seven categories- Oakland Soul, Ripple Effect, Innovative Newcomer, Social Changemaker, Greenie, Job Creator and Pillar- for their shot to be honored on the Indies stage. The Indie Award nominations are open until March 28th.

Established in 2007, the event features an awards ceremony hosted by Oakland community leaders and a party at the Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden. This is a party with a purpose featuring live performances, fresh food and drinks, an Indie Marketplace, revolutionary art and an all-around great vibe. Last year, the Indies party brought together over 1,300 people for a memorable night under the stars.

?The Oakland Indie Awards is a chance for all of us to appreciate the amazing creativity and activism displayed by Oakland?s entrepreneurs,? said Oakland Indie Award founder, Erin Kilmer-Neel.

The Indies? crowd is as diverse as Oakland itself, derived partially from the City?s leaders, nonprofits, public officials, and socially-responsible financial institutions, and from the extremely eclectic group of 400+ deeply community-minded businesses and artists who are nominated for awards. The Indies are where the suits meet the tats. In seven years, the Indie Awards has presented over 100 awards to Oakland-based enterprises.

We hope that you?ll come out on May 30th to celebrate with us at the Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden!

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About One PacificCoast Bank and Foundation

One PacificCoast Bank, FSB, is an FDIC-insured Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that serves businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals. One PacificCoast Bank operates from a triple bottom-line measuring its financial, social, and environmental impact to meet the needs of its communities. The bank is headquartered in Oakland, CA with branches in Seattle, WA, Ilwaco, WA, Portland, OR and a Loan Production Office in Sacramento, CA.

The One PacificCoast Foundation supports the goals of One PacificCoast Bank by creating initiatives and engaging in programs that increase access to financial services, help alleviate economic distress, strengthen community development, and improve financial capacity. One PacificCoast Foundation holds the economic rights of One PacificCoast Bank.

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About the East Bay Express

From our authoritative cover stories to our in-depth local reporting, arts and dining coverage, and the area?s most comprehensive weekly calendar, the East Bay Express has been this vibrant region’s leading voice since 1978.

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On the eleventh day of clinics

On the eleventh day of clinics, my kitties gave to me:



10 dogs a-derping

9 beggars prancing

8 screws a-stabilizing

7 mites a-swimming

6 Old Souls Graying

5 Moldy Rings!

4 Gastric Grommets

3 Dead Pens

2 Blown Up Gloves

And a linear Foreign Body!

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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This beautiful Afghan hound poses amongst the ornamental bananas (or are they Strelitzias?) in the Casino gardens in Monte Carlo.  I did ask his name and can’t find where I wrote it, but  think it may have been Rajah. Anyway that seems to suit him, don’t you think?

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New Albany Dentist Weighs In On New Trend of Overbleaching Teeth

NEW ALBANY, IN (PRWEB) December 24, 2014

Dr. Ronald Receveur, a New Albany dentist with worldwide training and experience placing dental implants in a day, has written a blog cautioning the public about the effects of overusing teeth-whitening treatments.

In his blog published Dec. 23 to his website,, Dr. Receveur writes that overusing teeth-whitening treatments can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and even irreversible damage to enamel.

?Because teeth-whitening treatments are available in every drugstore or grocery store, people assume they are harmless,? Dr. Receveur said. ?But we?re seeing a new wave of patients who overuse teeth-whitening treatments and create serious dental issues for themselves. In some extreme cases, the bleaching treatments make the teeth appear translucent.?

Teeth-whitening products have become so popular that Americans are spending about $ 1 billion on over-the-counter treatments every year, Dr. Receveur said.

?With a dentist by your side or in moderation, teeth-whitening products can be very safe and incredibly successful,? Dr. Receveur said. ?But misusing these products can lead to serious oral health issues. At our office, we provide safe cosmetic dentistry services that can brighten your smile.?

Dr. Receveur offers New Albany cosmetic dental procedures and general dentistry such as teeth cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, teeth whitening and veneers.

Dr. Receveur also has vast experience with All On 4 dental implants, All on Six dental implants, One Day Smile Solution, dental implants in one hour, bone grafting and sinus lifts, all with IV sedation dentistry. He has been restoring implants with prosthetics and complex dentistry for 25 years and surgically placing implants since 2008.

Dr. Receveur, a New Albany native, has been the family dentist of choice for Southern Indiana and Louisville since 1981.

Dr. Receveur graduated from Indiana University Southeast with honors in chemistry, after which he earned his doctorate in Dental Surgery from the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

Dr. Receveur has attended more than 5,000 hours of postgraduate training and even gone to Portugal to study with the best dentists in the world. He has been awarded numerous advanced certifications in Implant, Sedation, Comprehensive, Restorative and Aesthetic dentistry so he may provide the most current dental techniques to his New Albany and Louisville dental patients.

Dr. Receveur?s associate, Dr. Frederick, graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. He has received additional training in cosmetic dentistry, endodontics (root canals), orthodontics and dental implants at the Midwest Implant Institute, and has completed dental sedation training.

Dr. Frederick was a dental lab technician before receiving his DMD. That gives him unique knowledge in cosmetic dentistry elements like crowns, bridges, veneers and smile design.

Dr. Frederick is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the men?s soccer team and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He graduated high school from St. Xavier in Louisville.

Those looking for New Albany aesthetic dentistry should go to for more information.

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Keeping it Fun

Have I mentioned how much I’m enjoying my 52 week project this year?  I’ve had the occasional frustration, but for the most part I’m really enjoying trying new things, going new places and finally taking pictures I’ve been thinking about for a while.  Some weeks are more creative than others, but I’m trying to do learn something new each week – or at least 3 out of 4 weeks per month. :)

This week the theme was “Budget” and you had to take a photo using props while remaining within a $ 20 budget.  I’ve been wanting to photograph bubbles for a while and it turns out that Lorelei has a bubble machine (of course she does – she has everything!) so I borrowed it.  It wasn’t the best day for it because within a few minutes the bubble solution cooled and started to freeze. But I managed to get one that I liked before that happened.

A well timed outtake.  :)

I tried taking pictures of just the bubbles too – it is pretty cool to see landscape reflected in them.  Would be fun to try in a more scenic location.

In case you are wondering what frozen bubbles look like. Here’s one with 2 that have already popped floating nearby.

Last week the theme was silhouette.  I’ve taken lots of silhouette pictures in the past so I decided to try some in a “studio” setting instead.  So I set the lights up to shine on the background.  I also tried some bubbles in the background to see if it would add some fun texture. I think I prefer the plain but this one of Lacey didn’t turn out too badly.

Chewy helped me when I was setting up. She didn’t really understand the whole modelling concept so this was hard to get!  The red one on the end was the original – I then just changed the hue in Lightroom to get the other 3 colours.

Coulee’s image for the project…

On Sunday before I took everything down, a few friends came over and we tried some stuff with them too.  This is Zack.

And Paisley.

And I can’t forget Miss Molly!  We also tried shining a light straight on them instead of on to the background. It had a pretty cool effect.

I’m glad to have this week’s project done already – it leaves me more time to figure out next week’s plan!
Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Playstation 4 ~ Blogger Opp

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Animal Island: My take on the raw food diet for dogs

Animal Island: My take on the raw food diet for dogs
They had clean white teeth and fresh breath, did not shed much at all and had very small poops — a great thing when you have eight dogs at one time. However, the raw diet was expensive for the number of pets I had, and time-consuming to thaw out, …
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Police K-9 hoping to raise money for charity
“It's brisk, it takes your breath away for a little bit—but I like the cold.“ One thing Marshall noted during Boomer's first exposure to the Police Plunge: The dog seemed intrigued by fellow first responders, firefighters in what most of us recognize
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Email Renewal Reminders

If you didn’t receive your email renewal reminders recently, send an email to PetsitUSA to receive a discounted renewal price.  The site underwent major updates, and renewal reminders was the last of the programming to be updated.  Thanks for your patience.

PetsitUSA Blog

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Play Time

Coulee’s activity monitor registered this walk as “play time” instead of a “walk”. :) Maybe there should be a “bully time” setting

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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