The Seasons in Moscow – A Visitor’s Guide

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Moscow
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A graduate of Duke Law School, Roxanna Anspach Devlin has held such positions as cofounder of Triangle Trade Corp and vice president at Paine Webber (now UBS). She now serves as a realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Nashville, Tennessee. In her free time, Roxanna Devlin loves traveling and has visited such places as Moscow.

Most travelers visit Moscow during the summer. From June to August, the city’s many attractions are open, and the city bustles with events like the Moscow International Film Festival. Days generally stay sunny, and temperatures hover in the low 70s. However, hotel rates skyrocket during these months due to high demand and crowds see a significant surge in size, as well.

Winter, on the other hand, offers the cheapest hotel rates, but some of the worst weather. Temperatures between November and March typically stay in the low 30s and 20s, and the sun rarely finds its way through the clouds.

Fall and spring are normally the best times to visit Moscow for visitors looking for manageable weather, lower prices, and fewer crowds. The short fall season runs from September to October. Temperatures are still in the mid 40s to high 50s during these months, but hotels start offering a few deals because the summer crowds have died down. Spring lasts from April to May. Rates are the lowest in April and gradually increase as summer draws closer. Temperatures are still cool, and sunlight is at a minimum, but with averages between 50 and 70 degrees the weather is much more appealing than in winter.

The Basics of Badminton

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Basics of Badminton
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Roxanna Anspach Devlin provides buyer representation to clients seeking condos, single-family homes, and investment properties. When she’s not working, Roxanna Devlin enjoys playing badminton.

Played between either two players or two teams of two, badminton involves hitting a shuttlecock, or birdie, over a net in an attempt to score. Similar to tennis, the sport is played on a court that is divided into different sections by lines. A small stringed racket is used to hit the shuttlecock to the opposing side, and it can only be hit once before it goes over the net or hits the ground. Typically, winning the game requires one side to win two different sets. Each set is won by the player or team who reaches 15 points first, though there are some exceptions. Points can be won during a serve from either side.

There are a few basic rules badminton players must follow during a match. When serving, the shuttlecock must be hit diagonally across the net. Serves alternate between sides once a point is won and a player faults if they swing and miss their serve. After the serve, players can move and hit freely within the court. During a set, players cannot touch the net with their rackets or bodies. However, the shuttlecock is allowed to touch the net as long as it falls to the opposite side. If it remains on the net or falls onto the same side, it is considered a fault.

Benefits of Olive Oil in Mediterranean Food

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Roxanna Devlin is a licensed realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Nashville, Tennessee. Responsible for client representation and the facilitation of real estate transactions, Roxanna Devlin enjoys cooking in her spare time, particularly Mediterranean food.

The Mediterranean diet is based on the dietary traditions of the people of Southern Italy and Crete in the 1960s. It consists mostly of fruits and vegetables, seafood, hearty grains, legumes, nuts, and olive oil. Recognized for its health benefits, olive oil is a traditional cold-pressed oil rich in monounsaturated fats; it is made without chemicals or heating. Unlike modern, processed oils such as soybean and sunflower oil, which are industrially manufactured using high heat and toxic solvents, olive oil is free from dangerous trans fats that have been linked to numerous health problems. Additionally, olive oil has been scientifically shown to satisfy hunger quickly, ensuring that dieters eat smaller portions and thereby fewer calories.

Researchers have also linked the Mediterranean diet prepared with olive oil to lower risk of heart disease and memory loss. Additional research also shows that through its use of raw extra virgin olive oil, the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of breast cancer.

The Adventure Science Center’s Judith Payne Turner Theatre

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Adventure Science Center
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A Realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Nashville, Tennessee, Roxanna Anspach Devlin represents buyers of single family homes and condominiums. Beyond her work in real estate, Roxanna Devlin spent two terms as a board member of the Adventure Science Center.

Featuring over 170 hands-on exhibits that focus on everything from visual perception and space to biology and earth science, the Adventure Science Center in Nashville is committed to helping people discover a love for science. One of the center’s many activities is the Judith Payne Turner Theatre located beneath the 63-foot dome of the Sudekum Planetarium. The theater presents a variety of shows the teach attendees about various topics relating to space. Some of the theater’s shows have included Skies over Nashville, through which viewers learn about locating constellations, and STARS, which teaches viewers how stars are born and how they die.

The Sudekum Planetarium’s Judith Payne Turner Theatre features day shows during the week and evening shows during the second Saturday of each month. The theater is occasionally closed on Mondays and only runs a few shows a day. During daytime shows, viewers must purchase both general admission to the Adventure Science Center and a planetarium show ticket. Most evening and laser shows do not require general admission.

Greater Nashville Association of Realtors Offers Online Classes

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Greater Nashville Association of Realtors
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As a Realtor for Keller Williams Reality in Tennessee, Roxanna Anspach Devlin represents sellers and buyers in the sale of single-family homes and investment properties. Roxanna Devlin also belongs to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR), which offers distance learning classes through a partnership with the RECampus online platform.

GNAR distance learning courses provide real estate professionals with the opportunity to further their knowledge and advance their skills without needing to worry about scheduling conflicts. Designed with an independent approach to learning, courses incorporate learning features tailored for adult learners. Courses offered range from general real estate topics to state-specific courses mandated by state-issued real estate licenses. In addition, all courses are approved by the Tennessee Real Estate Commission for continuing education credit.

Individuals who sign up for a course may begin immediately following enrollment and receive the flexibility to complete the course at their own pace, depending upon jurisdiction application. However, most final exams require completion in a single sitting. Students can also purchase textbooks and course materials through ERCampus’ online store.

After Hours Adventures Program Allows Overnight Exploration of Science

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Adventure Science Center
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A Realtor at Keller Williams Realty in Nashville, Tennessee, Roxanna Anspach Devlin represents real estate clients in transactions involving single-family homes, condos, and investment properties. Roxanna Devlin also previously served as a board member for the Science Adventure Center, which offers a wide variety of children’s activities, including the After Hours Adventures Science Sleepovers.

After Hours Adventures provides children aged 5 and older with an opportunity to experience an  ultimate science exploration and participate in hands-on learning activities. Sleepover events include a science presentation, interactive activities, and the chance to explore the Science Adventure Center afterhours. Presentations and activities fall under a scientific theme selected at the time of event registration. Available themes include engineering and physics, space and aerodynamics, and investigation and forensics. Additionally, all children participants receive a light breakfast.

Sleepovers run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights during September through May. Adults must be present to supervise their children, and sleepovers accommodate between 40 and 120 students. Also available at the time of registration are a number of upgrades, including the addition of a Subway sandwich meal and the deluxe sleepover option, in which a Sudekum Planetarium show is added.

Nashville Children’s Theatre – Performances for Homeschooling Families

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Nashville Children’s Theatre
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Roxanna Anspach Devlin serves as a Realtor for Keller Williams Realty in Nashville, Tennessee. Outside her professional responsibilities, Roxanna Devlin formerly held a position on the board for directors for the Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT).

NCT offers special opportunities for homeschooling families to attend its field trip productions through the Homeschool Days program. Every Homeschool Days season features one performance of each production scheduled at different times throughout the year beginning in September. Members of the public may also attend the performances and purchase tickets at a reduced price normally reserved for schools. Additionally, activities based on the theme of each production follow its performance, allowing children who are homeschooled the opportunity to receive the same benefits as their peers in a traditional school environment. Scheduled Homeschool Days shows include Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott on March 9, 2016, and A Year with Frog and Toad on April 27, 2016. Both shows start at 1:00 p.m.

To order tickets or learn about performances and schedules, visit NCT’s Homeschool Days informational page at www.nashvillechildrenstheatre.org/homeschool-days.