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Former NBA All-Star Gives Back to Md.

Former NBA All-Star Gives Back to Md.

Want to shoot hoops with a former NBA All-Star? Here's your chance.

Takoma Park native, and former NBA All-Star, Steve Francis, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and community celebration for the newly renovated Takoma-Piney Branch Local Park on Sunday, June 3rd at 1 p.m.

The Steve Francis Foundation donated $70,000 for improvements to the park including a renovated basketball court featuring a color-coated surface and six new basketball hoops, two new playgrounds, a new skateboard park, and a new picnic pavilion.

Montgomery Parks Director, Mary Bradford, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, and the City of Takoma Park’s Mayor, Bruce Williams will be in attendance.

Kid Friendly Event At National Harbor

Kid Friendly Event At National Harbor

 

Looking for something fun and creative with your kids? Look no further than the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor. From May 25 to Sept. 1st, you and your family can have sticky fun decorating your very own Princess Fiona sugar cookie castle with candy and royal icing. For more information, call (301) 965-4000 or book online here.

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:

Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dubbed Broadway's "last leading man" by The New York Times, Tony Award-winning singer, actor and entertainer Brian Stokes Mitchell will appear at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University's Prince William Campus on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m.

Taking the Hylton Center's Merchant Hall stage for the first time, "Stokes," as he prefers to be called, brings a thrilling program showcasing his dynamic repertoire, which includes timeless show tunes, heartrending ballads and classic loves songs, such as "Embraceable You," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "It Ain't Easy Being Green" and his showstopper, "The Impossible Dream" from "Man of La Mancha." Stokes earned a Tony nomination and the Helen Hayes Award for his role as Cervantes/Quixote in the 2002 Broadway revival of this classic musical.