“Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” at Universal Studios Hollywood Opens June 15

Universal Studios Hollywood’s all-new attraction DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” is officially set to open on June 15!

This new experience will immerse families in a thrilling journey using the first-ever integration of interior projection mapping and the never-before-adapted technique will captivate guests as they embark on the exciting adventure created and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Universal Creative

Universal Studios Hollywood channels its inner Master Shifu from DreamWorks Animations hit film, Kung Fu Panda, with today’s gift announcing Friday, June 15 as the official grand opening date of its all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring the premier attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”   Inspired by the global blockbuster franchise, the attraction will take guests on a thrilling journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art visual effects for a highly engaging experience. 

Created and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Universal Creative, “Kung Fu Panda:  The Emperor’s Quest” recounts a plot filled story whereby on the morning of The Emperor’s Great Feast of Heroes, dragon warrior Po embarks on a wild and perilous mission to deliver the rare and precious Liquid of Limitless Power to the Palace, while enlisting guests to join him on the exciting adventure filled with raging rapids, river pirates, awesome magic and Kung Fu.  With cutting-edge technology at the forefront of the multi-sensory attraction, “Kung Fu Panda:  The Emperor’s Quest” will introduce the first-ever integration of interior projection mapping designed to engulf guests in 180 degrees of immersive adventure.  Developed by the innovative team at Universal Creative, this never-before-adapted technique will depict a series of immersive and visually dynamic scenic designs that will transform within the interior space and enhance the story. With detailing that is so precise, it will be near impossible to realize the projected imagery is a mere illusion.   Coupled with seven Christie 4K Boxer Cinema Projectors and 360 degree surround sound audio, sweeping physical effects from water to wind will empower guests to feel more like participants than spectators in the adrenaline-spiked adventure.

As guests navigate past the ticket booth, through the flourishing outdoor garden and into the theatre queue, they will encounter a series of 36 movie posters that pay homage to DreamWorks Animation films. Within the lobby, a selection of over 20 award statuettes will be on display, representing a sampling of the Golden Globe, Emmy, People’s Choice, Critic’s Choice, National Board of Review and Annie awards DreamWorks Animation has amassed from 2008 to 2015. A collection of original sculpted maquettes of the “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” characters will also be on display along with artifacts embodying magical powers that Po brought back from the Spirit Realm.

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Rock N Roar - May 5th

Ready for a Roarin' Cinco de Lions?

An upcoming family event, the Rock N Roar celebration on Saturday will be May 5th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at non-profit, Lion Habitat Ranch!

Proceeds will benefit Sunrise Children’s Foundation and their efforts to support the HIPPY Program’s (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) School Ready Initiative. 

There will be live music, themed Mexican dishes and spirits, including margaritas!

Tickets are available online http://sunrisechildren.org/events.php.  Children 18 and younger are $25 and Adults are $75. Website sunrisechildren.org

Free River Rafting - Las Vegas (Hurry & Book!)

Black Canyon River Adventures, in conjunction with the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival, is offering the Black Canyon/ Hoover Dam Postcard tour, a short smooth-water river rafting excursion on the Colorado River,  on Science Is Everywhere Day, Sunday, April 29. The experience is FREE, but registration is required. Reservations may be made by calling (702) 278-0606.

The tour includes spectacular views of Hoover Dam and the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, as well as the majestic, rugged landscape of the area. Guests check in at the Alan Bible Visitor Center for the Lake Mead National Recreation Area (10 Lakeshore Rd., Boulder City, NV), and from there are transported down the historic Lower Portal Road to the Black Canyon Water Trail of the Colorado River. From that point, guests will board a motorized raft piloted by a guide for a 30-minute float trip. All guests should allow for 1.5 hours total for this tour from the park service parking area and back. Available tour times are 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on April 29; each tour time accommodates 45 guests.

This unique excursion takes place aboard a motor-assisted raft that allows guests to leisurely enjoy and learn about the history, desert wildlife and beauty in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. The tour takes place along the portion of the Colorado River designated as the Black Canyon National Water Trail by the National Park Service in 2014.

Both full-day (4.5 hour) and “postcard” tours (1.5 hours) are available. The full-day trip covers 12 miles of the Colorado River and culminates at Willow Beach Marina on Lake Mohave in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. A boxed lunch and transportation back to the departure point is included.  Transportation back to your hotel is also available. The postcard tour stays within ½ mile of Hoover Dam and offers spectacular photographic opportunities of the dam and the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial (bypass) bridge completed in October 2010.

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SABRE Supports National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

Did you know that April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month? The theme for this year, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, is “Embrace Your Voice.” From a blog post in September by Susan Sullivan announcing the theme, she says “Our words shape the world around us. How we talk about sexual violence matters,” spurring forward the theme “Embrace Your Voice.”   For over 40 years, SABRE has stood as a proud advocate of women's safety through their extensive line of self-defense products and by teaming up with several philanthropic causes that operate on a global scale. The SABRE team is passionate about prevention and equipping women to fight back and feel safe. With a
 variety of safety products, self-defense programs and other resources available, SABRE is dedicated to personal safety on all fronts.  “Even in today's modern world there are still women in the fight for their lives,” said SABRE CEO David Nance. “Up to 70% of women globally will suffer a violent experience in their lifetime—potentially more as many assaults and rapes go unreported.”

SABRE is currently partnered with three unique causes dedicated to helping women and children lead safer lives with greater confidence.
  • Kuros! A Fighting Chance – For every teal Kuros! pepper spray that's purchased, SABRE makes donations of their police strength pepper sprays to the program. Since 2015, they've facilitated drops in Central America, India, South Africa, and Southeast Asia, donating over $156K in sprays to help women protect themselves against physical and sexual abuse. The bright blue Kuros Key Case Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring is in collaboration with Kuros!
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) – SABRE has donated over $40K since 2010 through the sale of their red RAINN series. This network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization and has helped more than 2.5 million people since 1994. Supporting the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the RAINN Key Case Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring.
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) – Since 2008, SABRE has raised $1.55M for National Breast Cancer Foundation through the sale of their pink NBCF line of pepper sprays and personal alarms. The proceeds helped launch their National Mammography Program which has provided 293,031 screening & diagnostic services to women in need across the country. The Pink Key Case Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring is in collaboration with the NBCF.
SABRE has collaborated with these organizations to offer a variety of safety products to help keep men and women alike safe on a global scale. Other popular safety products include Pepper Spray & Personal Alarm Safety KitPepper Gel Kit with Keychain Pepper Gel, Practice Gel, Target & Training Video, and the SABRE Tactical Stun Gun with LED Flashlight & Anti-Grab Technology.

Switch News: Lode Runner Legacy Steals Onto Nintendo Switch

Lode Runner Legacy, the newest installment of the beloved 1983 Lode Runner series, is back-and better than ever! The modernized classic is now available for download on the Nintendo Switch, and can be purchased for $11.99 USD. A free demo is available so new players can see what all the excitement is about.

"The original Lode Runner was the first game to feature a level editor, to which our new Craft Mode pays homage," says Scott Tsumura, co-founder of Tozai Games. "When Lode Runner came out on the Famicom system in 1984, it also was the first third-party game to sell over a million units. Lode Runner Legacy really is about our appreciation of how important Lode Runner is in the history of gaming--literally, its legacy."

In Lode Runner Legacy, players control the Runner, solving puzzles to regain stolen gold from the Evil Empire's labyrinth. Each puzzle is a unique challenge to the player's puzzle-solving and strategic techniques. The game features a brand new Two-Player mode, in which players can team up offline using two Joy-Cons or a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Teammates must work together to defeat each level-and their cooperation is rewarded handsomely with prizes impossible for a single player to capture. The Two-Player mode also has online rankings, so play in perfect harmony and aim for the highest score in order to make it onto the board!
Additionally, players can flex their creative muscles in Lode Runner Legacy's most unique new feature: Craft Mode. Players can create original levels, characters, and items, which can then be shared online with players around the world, making Lode Runner Legacy one of the only Nintendo Switch games with user-generated content sharing. Share your original level and characters or play other players' levels in World Levels mode, and "Like" the best ones!

Lode Runner Legacy includes countless features and game modes for players to explore. Players can regain stolen gold from the Evil Empire in Adventure Mode, or play enemy-free puzzle levels in Puzzle Mode. Additionally, Lode Runner Legacy comes equipped with 150 of the original Lode Runner levels in Classic Mode, as well as several hidden levels for players to uncover. All in all, there are 300 levels for players to beat as well as any new levels posted online, providing players with limitless hours of entertainment.
For more information about Lode Runner Legacy, visit the official website: http://www.tozaigames.com/legacy/sw/ 
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