Awe-Inspiring Laser Shows at the Adventure Science Center in Tennessee

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Adventure Science Center
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As a Realtor for Keller Williams, Roxanna Anspach Devlin helps families buy and sell homes. Also a dedicated community member, Roxanna Devlin supports the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Adventure Science Center is home to enriching and fun activities for learners of all ages. It is also the home of the Sudekum Planetarium, which allows children and adults alike to explore the universe without leaving Nashville. From constellations and planets to black holes, the planetarium offers all manner of educational shows and exhibits.

Because it has so many programs to offer, the Sudekum Planetarium often holds special after-hours shows. Educational shows for a younger audience include Skies Over Nashville and Once and Future Cities. Others, targeted toward adults, provide a completely different experiences.

Through the planetarium’s laser light shows, music lovers can enjoy some of the greatest pop and rock acts of all time. The planetarium hosts musical experiences ranging from laser Johnny Cash to laser Michael Jackson.

Book’em Helps Put Books in the Hands of Every Nashville Child

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Book’em
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Nashville, Tennessee-based realtor Roxanna Anspach Devlin helps Keller Williams clients buy and sell homes. As an active community member and advocate for learning and literacy, Roxanna Devlin actively supports Book’em in Nashville.

Book’em facilitates a more literate Nashville through efforts to put books in the hands of children from diverse backgrounds. The group was founded in 1989, the result of four women who recognized a need in the community. In partnership with Reading is FUNdamental, the organization began to collect books.

Today, Book’em makes a difference through the Books for Nashville Kids program. This unique service collects books for nonprofit organizations working in other sectors. Annually, the group supplies 30,000 books to groups, including Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest, and St. Luke’s Community House, as well as local public schools. In this manner, partnering organizations can distribute books everywhere they touch lives.

Book’em also actively works to promote literacy in young students through various programs. The Ready for Reading program, offered in pre-schools, helps children grasp the fundamentals of literacy before beginning kindergarten. The organization also sponsors Read Me Day, a day to celebrate reading and literacy in Nashville schools.

Improving Your Freestyle Swimming Technique

 

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Freestyle Swimming
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Nashville realtor Roxanna Anspach Devlin represents buyers through Keller Williams Realty. A proven leader, she previously co-founded Triangle Trade Corp. and served as senior vice president at Paine Webber (now UBS) in New York. In her free time, Roxanna Anspach Devlin is an avid swimmer

The freestyle stroke is one of the basic strokes that many beginners learn, but even advanced swimmers can struggle with their technique for this stroke. To improve your freestyle, you will need to pay attention to your body’s position in the water. Your head guides the direction of your body while in the water, so keep it pointing forward and line your forehead up with the water’s surface. Meanwhile, your body should be flat with your stomach facing the bottom of the pool, and you neck muscles should be relaxed. As you rotate your body to take a breath, fully turn so that one side of your body faces the bottom of the pool while the other side faces the sky.

Your freestyle technique may also be affected by a poor breathing technique. Rather than focusing on inhaling whenever you turn your head, focus on exhaling. It is better to exhale while under the water. This relaxes you and lets you inhale more air each time. Further, when you do turn your head for air, do not lift it up above the water. As you swim, your head creates a small pocket of air near your ear that you can breathe from. Lifting your head up slows you down and makes it harder to get back on track. Over-rotating your head or moving it when you aren’t breathing causes similar problems.

Adventure Science Center’s Annual Mini Maker Faire Set for September

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Adventure Science Center
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Nashville, Tennessee resident Roxanna Anspach Devlin serves as a realtor for Keller Williams Realty and provides buyer representation services for transactions involving single family homes, condos, investment properties, and new luxury homes. Outside of her professional commitments, Roxanna Devlin supports numerous community organizations and has previously served on the board of directors for the Adventure Science Center.

In September 2016, the Adventure Science Center will host its annual Nashville Mini Maker Faire. Celebrating dreamers, innovators, tinkerers, and other science and technology makers, the Mini Maker Faire serves as a community show-and-tell and science fair that highlights local projects and talents. The family-friendly event will showcase a variety of projects, inventions, and do-it-yourself skills, and it enables inventors of all ages to share their learning experiences.

Makers come from a diverse array of backgrounds and range from crafters and garage tinkerers to scientists and tech enthusiasts. Originally launched in 2005, the Maker Faire operates with the goal of entertaining, informing, connecting, and growing the community.

Admission to the Mini Maker Faire costs $5 for adults and $2 for youths aged 18 and below. The event will take place outside the Science Center regardless of weather conditions and food trucks will be available onsite.

Guests may park at the Greer Stadium parking lot and access free shuttle services, although a limited number of additional spaces will be provided at the Science Center on a first-come, first-served basis for guests with disabilities.

The Nashville Mini Maker Fair will take place on September 17, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, visit adventuresci.org/events/event/nashville-mini-maker-faire-2.

Annual Read Me Day Raises Awareness for Reading Importance

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A real estate professional in Nashville, Tennessee, Roxanna Anspach Devlin represents buyers in real estate transactions for investment properties, single-family homes, condos, and new luxury homes. Roxanna Devlin has also previously served as a board member for Book’em, an organization that provides literacy programs to economically disadvantaged children throughout Nashville. Book’em programs include the annual Read Me Day.

The annual Read Me Day operates in conjunction with the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program, which provides visits from volunteers readers five to eight times throughout the school year. Read Me Day consists of a special reading celebration that raises awareness of the importance of establishing literacy services for children in the Nashville community. Book’em hosts the event at one of the 10 schools served by the RIF program.

Launched by East Hickman Elementary School teacher Frankie DeWees in 1986, Read Me Day began with the purpose of celebrating the importance of reading. Its namesake came from the concept that teachers, students, and visiting readers would be encouraged to wear a shirt, cap, or pin with a message for children to read.

To learn more about Read Me Day and the Reading Is Fundamental program, visit bookem-kids.org/programs.

The Seasons in Moscow – A Visitor’s Guide

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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.