A Guide To Upcoming Local Music Festivals And Events Taking the stage by storm will be Seattle"s own, THEESatisfaction who are not only in town to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of thier collective, but are also here on their first-ever tour: The Black Weirdo Tour. Gold parties allow you spend some time with your friends, coworkers or neighbors, while a professional gold buyer evaluates your items and makes you a cash offer. Most are set up as a open house, drop by event wristbands. Folks come and go over a several hours and the host or hostess gets paid a percentage for holding the party. Talk about easy money. Shows cost anywhere for $5 to $12, depending on whether an out-of-town group is playing, how popular the bands are, etc. If it"s a pretty big show, you can save a couple bucks by purchasing tickets online in advance. Some of the shows are all ages but, unfortunately, quite a few require attendees to be at least 21 years old. You can check their online calendar for specifics. Summary: With a grand total of 42 acts and counting, Mile High festival wristbands is going to be a tough act to follow. With two hometown bands in the line-up, 3OH!3 and The Fray, you will be hard pressed to find another festival swelling with pride. Dick"s Sporting Goods Park should accommodate festival goers quite easily, providing open space and lush grass. Think Glastonbury, U.K. Start. I"m a big fan of starting. If you"re debating with yourself whether to exercise or not, just start. Make a deal with yourself that you can call it quits after 10 or 15 minutes (of true-blue effort) if you really, really can"t stand it. By then, your happy brain hormones should have kicked in and you"re half way to conquering the world. You"re sport wristbands good-go-go. WHY ARE YOU HAVING THE PARTY? Do you what to have a theme part or just a get together with friends? Last year my daughter turned 23. We do not have any family around so a family birthday party is kind of dull. So I decided to have a get together with friends. I did not want to call it a birthday party because we did not expect gifts so I decided to have an International Party. The party would be a small party at my house, no decorations required but all food had to be from a different country. Billy Draws Two will be opening for Queensyryche, a heavy metal band formed in 1981 in Belleview, Washington, on July 31 at the Canal Fest Concert Series in Lockport, N.Y.

Chinese Vice-Premier Han Zheng, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, meets with Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor in Beijing, capital of China, June 26, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Policies boosted living standards, economy, vice-premier affirms

Vice-Premier Han Zheng on Tuesday recognized the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government"s work in the past year under the leadership of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.

In a meeting with Lam in Beijing, Han said that since the new SAR administration assumed office on July 1, it has administered the city in accordance with the law, with policies that boost the economy and improve people"s living standards.

Han listened to Lam"s report about Hong Kong government and various sectors" views and suggestions concerning development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Han said President Xi Jinping has placed great emphasis on the development of the Hong Kong and Macao SARs and required law-based governance and a comprehensive implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle.

He said the Bay Area would bring cooperation among the three areas to new heights for joint progress and shared benefits.

Meanwhile, pressing ahead with Bay Area development will foster Hong Kong"s stability and prosperity, Han added.

Lam said there is no doubt that the development of the Bay Area would be a new growth engine for the city"s economy.

Lam, speaking to reporters after meeting with Han, cited Han as saying that he hoped Hong Kong contributes to Bay Area development under the principle of "one country, two systems", leveraging the city"s advantages in financing, logistics and science and technology.

Lam said Hong Kong has been actively studying Bay Area development in various aspects including opportunities it will bring and the policy coordination and support it requires.

She said Hong Kong and Shenzhen can have a win-win situation from deepened collaboration based on Hong Kong"s rich resources in prestigious universities, scientific research and talent and Shenzhen"s strengths in manufacturing and innovation.

Lam also expressed appreciation for the central government"s support and care for Hong Kong, including in the field of innovation and technology.

"President Xi"s care of Hong Kong"s young generation and his instruction on the city"s science and technology sector are inspiring," Lam said.

The meeting also was attended by Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office Zhang Xiaoming, Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People"s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Wang Zhimin and Director of the National Development and Reform Commission He Lifeng.