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Nate Diaz Announces Intentions to Promote Combat Sports Events

Nate Diaz Announces Intentions to Promote Combat Sports Events

Nate Diaz is ready to expand his role in the world of combat sports.

One of the UFC’s most popular figures, Diaz today revealed his intention to launch a new promotion that “will focus on promoting combat sports shows, specifically boxing, MMA and Brazilian jiu-jitsu,” under the name Real Fight, Inc.

According to an official statement from the Diaz team, “the new venture has no bearing on his status as a fighter, where he will continue to be very active. Real Fight, Inc. is his expansion into the business side of the sport where he has been a fixture for close to 20 years.”

“The best fighters in the world aren’t the ones they tell you,” Diaz tells MMA Underground. “It’s the real fighters who know how to put on a show, and that’s what we’re going to do—in MMA, in boxing, in jiu-jitsu. All of it.”

Nate Diaz turning to promotion with Real Fight Inc.

Real Fight Inc. promotes MMA, boxing and jiu-jitsu for ‘real fighters who know how to put on a show.’

Diaz rep Zach Rosenfield said the new promotion intends to file an initial promoter’s license in California, where “The Ultimate Fighter 5” winner and his older brother, fellow MMA superstar Nick Diaz, have proudly represented throughout their legendary careers.

“Real Fight, Inc. is the next step for Nate in expanding his business presence, both in and out of the world of combat sports,” Rosenfield says. “He has always had a clear vision of who he is as a fighter, which will immediately carry over to the new promotion.”

Diaz (20-13 MMA, 15-11 UFC) has been a mainstay of the UFC roster for the past 15 years, perhaps most famously serving as the first man to hand former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor a loss in the promotion’s famed Octagon. Diaz, 37, is set to headline Saturday’s UFC 279 event in Las Vegas against fast-rising undefeated contender Khamzat Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) at T-Mobile Arena.

Diaz has openly discussed his desire to pursue options outside of the organization following the bout, though UFC president Dana White has also said the Stockton native would be worthy of a welterweight title shot should he defeat Chimaev.

Regardless of what comes next, Diaz’s team insists he will continue to compete moving forward, though Real Fight Inc. will become a chief focus for him, as well.

“The promotion will look to attract fighters from around the world, whether it be up-and-coming prospects or household names who fit the brand of ‘Real ninjas. Real fighters. Real sh-t,'” a statement read.

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MPP Thompson announces new provincial funding for local events and festivals

MPP Thompson announces new provincial funding for local events and festivals

The Member of Provincial Parliament for Huron-Bruce was at Music In The Fields on Friday to announce new funds for the festival, as well as some other events in her riding.

Lisa Thompson announced $185,000 for Lucknow’s big music stop, saying the festival put on by the Lucknow Kinsmen is one of many local events and festivals receiving funding through the Ontario Reconnect Program.

A total of just over $763,000 was announced for several events across Huron-Bruce, including over $100,000 for the Huron County Playhouse, as well as $27,000 for Pumpkinfest in Port Elgin.

Thompson says the program was designed to help festival and event organizers to adapt to new public health measures with virtual and other types of safe offerings.

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Neil Lumsden added that the “COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted tourism and culture, two major industries that bring our communities to live. By supporting festivals and events through the Reconnect Ontario program, our government is delivering a much-needed boost to the sector as we continue to recover from the effects of COVID-19.”

List of events and festivals receiving funding:
$40,224 for Huron Waves Music Festival
$101,275 for Huron Country Playhouse
$89,540 for Blyth Centre for the Arts
$38,795 for Lighthouse Blues Festival
$23,315 for the Municipality of Huron East
$12,638 for St. Joseph’s Kingsbridge Community
$27,269 for Port Elgin Pumpkinfest
$92,500 for Nuclear Innovation Institute
$28,268 for Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
$11,914 for Huron Arts & Heritage Network
$95,645 for Cowbell Brewing Co.
$17,205 for the Municipality of South Huron

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Cal Poly Music Department Announces 2022-23 Events Season | Cal Poly News

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will open its 2022-23 season with a jazz recital, followed by additional events that showcase faculty and student performers as well as guest artists.

On Oct. 6, Cal Poly Director of Jazz Studies Arthur White will give a recital with guest artists Henry Johnson, guitar; Jo Ann Daugherty, piano; Dale Black, bass; and Thomas Taylor, drums.  Compositions by White and Johnson will be performed.

On Oct. 20, the duo andPlay will present “Collaborating with Technology.” New York-based guest artists Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola, will present a talk and concert with three pieces they commissioned showcasing three different ways of incorporating technology into performance by Bethany Younge, Lester St. Louis and David Bird.

There will be a Faculty Showcase Recital on Oct. 21 as part of Cal Poly’s Mustang Family Weekend, which will include guitarist James Bachman, sopranos Katherine Arthur and Amy Goymerac, percussionist John Astaire, bassoonist Lisa Nauful, trumpeter Chris Woodruff, and percussionist John Astaire.

Additional fall events include:

  • Nov. 4 — Bandfest 2022
  • Nov. 18 — Fall Jazz Concert
  • Dec. 2 — Choirs’ Holiday Kaleidoscope
  • Dec. 3 — Arab Music Ensemble Fall Concert
  • Dec. 4 — Symphony: Madrone String Quartet and the New World

The department will ring in the new year in with a solo piano recital by W. Terrence Spiller on Jan. 13, and Bach Week Jan. 17-21.

The complete list of events for the 2022-23 season — which runs through June and includes dozens of free offerings — is available on the Music Department’s calendar website. For more information, call 805-756-2406 or email the department.

Tickets are on sale now at the Cal Poly Ticket Office. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

Patrons receive a 20% discount when buying season tickets to four Music Department events through the Performing Arts Ticket Office; Cal Poly faculty and staff receive a 20% discount on individual tickets.

All events are sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department and the College of Liberal Arts. Several are also sponsored by the Instructionally Related Activities program.

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August 26, 2022
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SIU welcomes students to back to campus, announces upcoming events

SIU welcomes students to back to campus, announces upcoming events
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August 10, 2022

SIU welcomes students to back to campus, announces upcoming events

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale will roll out the maroon carpet to welcome new and returning students to campus in grand Saluki style with a host of special activities during Saluki Startup and Weeks of Welcome.

Students move onto campus Aug. 18 and 19, with classes starting Aug. 22. Preparations have been underway for months to ensure a smooth transition for students to their new campus home away from home. View the online schedule, which is constantly being updated as activities are added. Students can also stay abreast of what’s happening by downloading the Saluki Superfan app, their portal to keep tabs on student life throughout the year.

Dawg Days helps create a successful transition

SIU’s Dawg Days New Student Retreat, set for Aug. 15-18 at Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center, is an action-packed week. Organized and led by students, it is designed to help their new student peers successfully transition to college life. 

move-in-21-v2-sm.jpgParticipants learn about Saluki traditions, services and the support system as they network and engage in fun activities, including battleship games in canoes, duct-tape dodgeball, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, themed evening socials, a costume party and much more. They will also connect with campus administrators, faculty and staff, as well as with one another.

Forging connections through Saluki Startup

Creating a Saluki family connection is what Saluki Startup, set for the early days of the semester, is all about. During special activities on Aug. 18-21, the university will help returning and new students get acquainted with one another and the campus.

A recent popular addition to Saluki Startup is Light up the Lake, set for 7-9 p.m. Aug. 18 as the boat dock will be glowing all evening. Campus Lake/Becker Pavilion will come alive with glow-in-the-dark games and activities, slacklining, a climbing wall, a DJ, freebies, snacks, a pottery throwing wheel and other fun Saluki experiences.

A Resource Fair provides information about what’s available and how to connect with the campus departments or units as well as community organizations 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 19, in Ballroom D of the Student Center. The Saluki Startup Kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at Saluki Stadium is a giant pep rally, complete with a class picture for new students. Afterward, the action moves to the Student Recreation Center for Late Nite at the Rec, with volleyball, swimming, basketball and a host of other activities from 9 to 11 p.m.

2018-DawgDays-sm.jpgThe Student Center is the place to be at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 for the popular Dawg’s Night Out student fest as participants enjoy arts and crafts, inflatables, games, food and assorted revelry.

A favorite tradition, the Chancellor’s Welcome Fest, will be 1-3 p.m. Aug. 21, complete with a cookout, DJ, climbing wall, yard and watermelon games, giveaways and the chance to get acquainted with campus leaders, faculty and staff.

There are also meet-and-greet events sponsored by numerous colleges and groups and various other activities throughout the early days of classes. Find the complete Saluki Startup schedule of events at For more information about any of the events, email or call 618-453-1000.

Welcoming one and all with events galore

At SIU, the “welcome back” vibe continues with a variety of diverse activities during five Weeks of Welcome, or WOW, as it is called it on campus. Highlights of the fall schedule include some very special guests you’ll want to see.

SIU will celebrate Diversity Week during this time. Juan Manual “John” Quiñones, ABC News correspondent/journalist and longtime host of “What Would You Do?,” will speak during the kickoff on Aug. 29. The diversity commemoration from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 will also feature a discussion of military culture, a disability support and accessibility presentation, jazz ensemble, a Women’s Equality Day celebration and a jazz and hip-hop seminar, mural painting, SAFE Zone and DACA training and more. The full schedule will be available online when finalized.

You can also “Meet Kevin and Oscar from ‘The Office’” in the Student Center Ballrooms at 6 p.m. Sept. 22.  Oscar Martinez and Kevin Malone, portrayed by Oscar Nuñez and Brian Baumgartner, will share about their time on the NBC Emmy-winning series “The Office.” Students and the general public are welcome to attend the free presentation; no tickets are required and admission is on a first-come basis. A book signing will follow, and some fortunate guests will have the opportunity to meet the pair at a reception following the moderated event.

Other Week of Welcome activities include open houses, an involvement fair, movies, a job fair, a bonfire, barbecue, workshops, student organization events, and a free Family Carnival at the Student Recreation Center’s west gym from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 27 featuring a bounce house, games, snacks and more. Geared toward non-traditional families, the event is designed to help them learn about campus and the community and connect with resources and other people.

Weeks of Welcome will wrap up with Saluki Family Weekend, Sept. 23-25, featuring a craft sale, Greek Sing, and other activities, including the the football Salukis hosting North Dakota in gridiron action.

Visit for the complete schedule of events, which is subject to change, depending on weather and other factors.


Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover many of SIU’s Dawg Days New Student Retreat, Saluki Startup and Weeks of Welcome activities.

Opportune times to capture good stories, photographs and video at Dawg Days, set for Aug. 17-18 at the Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center, include:

  • The Saluki Welcome Fest, 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15, featuring the SIU spirit Squad and other fun along with various guest speakers, including Tena Bennett, assistant vice chancellor for auxiliary enterprise; Jennifer Jones-Hall, dean of students; and Jeffery T. Burgin Jr., vice chancellor for student affairs.
  • Participants will rotate among various active games, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 16.
  • New students will be enjoying a costume party at 9 p.m. Aug. 17.

All activities take place at Camp 2. For more information or to arrange a visit to Touch of Nature at another time, contact Brian Croft at 618-453-1121 or

You can also find great opportunities for stories, photographs and video on the SIU campus during numerous Saluki Startup and WOW, including:

  • Move-in, which begins 18 for new students and continues Aug. 19 for returning students. For more information, visit For details, contact Jim Hunsaker, senior associate director of operations for University Housing, at 618-453-1067, 618-201-2211 (cell) or
  • Light up the Lake, 7-9 p.m. Aug. 18, Becker Pavilion, Campus Lake.
  • Saluki Kickoff Event, 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 19, Saluki Stadium.
  • Late Night at the Rec, 9-11 p.m., Student Recreation Center.
  • Dawg’s Night Out, 7-11 p.m. Aug. 20, Student Center. Arts and crafts, games, inflatables.
  • Chancellor’s Welcome Fest, 1-3 p.m. Aug. 21, Shryock Lawn, climbing wall, yard and watermelon games, and more.
  • Involvement Fair, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 25, Faner Plaza. Students can find out what’s happening on campus, learning about campus resources and registered student organizations as well as community organizations as they meet fellow Salukis. Contact or 618-453-5714.
  • Family Carnival, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 27, Student Recreation Center.
  • Diversity Week, 29-Sept.1. The full schedule will be posted online when finalized.
  • “Meet Kevin and Oscar from ‘The Office’” 6 p.m. Sept. 22, Student Center Ballrooms.

The complete schedule of events for Weeks of Welcome is at For more information, contact Jennifer Jones-Hall, dean of students, at or 618-453-4846.

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BRCC announces dates for 3 super registration events for fall semester

BRCC announces dates for 3 super registration events for fall semester
The following information is from Baton Rouge Community College.

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Baton Rouge Community College will host three Super Registration Events before the start of the Fall 2022 semester. All registration events will be held on the Mid City Campus in the Bienvenue Student Center, 201 Community College Dr. The first Super Registration event will be held Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The second Super Registration event will take place on Wednesday, August 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Baton Rouge Community College will host three Super Registration Events before the start of the...
Baton Rouge Community College will host three Super Registration Events before the start of the Fall 2022 semester.(BRCC)

The final registration event will be held Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., right before the fall semester begins on Monday, Aug. 22.

Baton Rouge Community College will host three Super Registration Events before the start of the...
Baton Rouge Community College will host three Super Registration Events before the start of the Fall 2022 semester.(BRCC)

The Registration Events offer prospective and returning students a one-stop registration experience. Students can meet with advisors, register for fall classes, and speak with financial aid representatives at convenient times during the evening and weekend sessions.

Individuals unable to attend the Super Registration Events, can visit BRCC’s Mid City Campus for registration assistance Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about registering at BRCC, visit or call 1-866-217-9823.

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FirstLink announces several suicide awareness events in the Fargo area

FirstLink announces several suicide awareness events in the Fargo area

FARGO — The non-profit organization FirstLink has scheduled events around the Fargo area to educate and bring together residents to talk about suicide and ways to prevent it.

A safeTALK training session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the FirstLink office, 4357 13th Ave. S. Suite 107L in Fargo. Participants will learn how to prevent suicides using the safeTALK training methods.

The training will assist anyone over 15-years-old to become a suicide helper. The event is free to register courtesy of the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Division.

FirstLink will also hold the annual Lifesaver Luncheon in honor of Suicide Awareness and Prevention month. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sep. 15 at the Delta Hotels by Marriot, 1635 42nd St. SW in Fargo.

This year’s Lifesaver Luncheon will focus on suicide and the LGBTQ+ community. Featured speakers include Faye Seidler, an activist, educator and community organizer, and Dr. Danial Sturgill, a Sanford psychologist specializing in mental health services for transgender and gender diverse individuals.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) will be on Sept. 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the FirstLink office. ASIST is a two-day workshop created for members of the community.

Registration is $240 per person, participants that register before Sept. 2 can use coupon “EARLY” to receive $50 off the registration fee.

Participants will learn useful skills including identifying people who may be having thoughts of suicide and reducing barriers that hinder the ability to be direct and comfortable with suicidal situations.

CEUs are available for North Dakota Social Workers, Law Enforcement, Nurses and EMS Professionals.

For more information on the FirstLink events, visit


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Ellis Chapel Announces Lineup Of In-Person Events – Puslinch Today

Ellis Chapel, Puslinch 1861

Ellis Chapel Announces Lineup Of In-Person Events

Ellis Chapel, Puslinch 1861

Ellis Chapel, Puslinch 1861

Summer weddings, an anniversary service and a blue grass concert are all marking the reopening of Ellis Chapel, closed for the past two summers due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This “beautifully restored” chapel, located in Puslinch Township, is cared for by a group of committed and loyal volunteers, says a news release.

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Bryan Announces Schedule of Events for Governor Turnbull’s Funeral

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Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has announced the schedule of events in honor of Gov. Charles W. Turnbull, whose body will lie in state at Government House on St. Croix and St. Thomas and The Battery on St. John.

Additionally, there is a candlelight service planned that will take place at Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas, as well as a funeral service at Christchurch Methodist and interment at Eastern Cemetery, followed by a repast at Fort Christian on St. Thomas.

The schedule is as follows:

  • August 10: Governor Turnbull will lie in state at Government House in Christiansted, St. Croix, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • August 11: Governor Turnbull will lie in state at The Battery in Cruz Bay, St. John, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • August 12: Governor Turnbull will lie in state at Government House on St. Thomas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A candlelight vigil will take place in Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

  • August 13: A viewing will take place at Christchurch Methodist Church at 9 a.m.

The funeral service will take place at Christchurch Methodist Church at 10 a.m.

Interment at Eastern Cemetery on St. Thomas immediately after the funeral service.

Repast will take place at Fort Christian on St. Thomas following interment.

Members of the public are invited to attend all events.

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Kannapolis announces slate of new events, programs for the public – Salisbury Post

Kannapolis announces slate of new events, programs for the public - Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS — Kannapolis residents are invited to join in a series of different activities encouraged to increase civic engagement in the upcoming weeks and months.

The city announced Monday plans to host a National Night Out gathering, a Kannapolis 101 program and a Citizens Police Academy for members of the community.

National Night Out will be Aug. 2 from 5-8 p.m. at Veteran’s Park. The event is one taking place across the country in numerous other communities, and is aimed at growing relationships between residents and their local law enforcement agencies.

The event will offer free food, school supply giveaways, live music, children’s games and more. Members of the police and fire departments will be on-hand to meet and talk with those attending.

The departments are also holding a new winter coat drive for children in grades K-12 across the community. So visitors are encouraged to bring a new coat to donate to the event and be entered into a prize drawing.

Several non-profit organizations will be on hand providing information on community services or on volunteering with an organization.

The city also announced that Kannapolis 101, a two-month program, will be held, beginning Sept. 13, on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m.

Kannapolis 101 is free to the public and teaches local residents about how Kannapolis operates, covering areas of government including:

• Finance
• Public works and water treatment
• Planning
• Police department
• Parks and recreation
• Fire department
• Economic development/downtown revitalization

Those participants in this program are also encouraged to join the Citizens Police Academy. The academy allows residents to take classes about patrol operations, traffic enforcement, defensive driving, firearms, K-9 operations, special operations (SWAT), felony investigations, interaction with the courts, community service programs and more.

The Citizens Police Academy will begin on Thursday, Sept. 15, and continue on a weekly basis through Nov. 28. These free classes are taught by Kannapolis police officers in a fun and relaxed environment which allows residents to foster relationships with officers. 

It is recommended that participants take the Kannapolis 101 classes before enrolling in the Police Citizens Academy.

Seats are limited for both programs and registration is now open. Applications are due at 5 p.m. on Aug. 11. Those interested in participating in either program can apply at  and

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Creative team announces free arts events

Creative team announces free arts events

A TWO-MONTH programme of free arts activity is being launched by the government as the first initiative of the new Creative Island Partnership.

The Creative Spaces listings will go on line next week but the draft programme includes films to be screened in the Howard Davis Park, talks in the Jersey Library, live music on the Waterfront and at the Weighbridge, and a lunchtime classical concert at the Town Church.

Economic Development Minister Kirsten Morel heralded the announcement as ‘a post-pandemic investment both in Jersey’s arts and music sector, and in Islanders’ wellbeing’, adding that it would spark the public’s imagination about the spaces we inhabit and how art can help bring them to life.

‘Creative Spaces is about pushing boundaries and showing that art and artists belong everywhere,’ Deputy Morel said. ‘It has the core principles of being free, open and accessible to all; being experimental and innovative; and empowering artists to make use of the space however they feel best expresses their talents and abilities. This is an exciting trial which we hope to see develop, with additional public spaces and more artists and genres in future years.’

The Creative Island Partnership was established following a recommendation in the recent arts strategy and is described as ‘an interdisciplinary arts network for the exchange of knowledge, generation of ideas, and where those involved in the arts community could have direct engagement with government’.

It has helped direct new government funding into a series of workstreams arising from themes identified in the arts strategy, the top priority being given to creative spaces – ‘interesting, underutilised and/or neglected spaces in Jersey that could be used as space for artistic performance, rehearsal, exhibition, studios, installations, and/or makerspace’.

Deputy Morel described the programme as ‘a fantastic first step’ which illustrated the future working relationship between the government and the arts sector, and how the two could come together to help shape the delivery of the arts in Jersey.

‘The government has committed to spending 1% of Jersey’s annual budget on arts, culture and heritage, and we want greater engagement with arts, and the positive benefits that involvement brings. I would encourage anyone who is interested in joining the Creative Island Partnership and contributing their ideas and voice to the future,’ he said.

A spokesperson said they aimed to publish the programme online next week at and that it would be updated on a rolling basis.