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(1)  Your best tips for beating procrastination





(5) Carole Biro: How our lives will change dramatically in 20 years


Section 12A, NC events


(1) Laresa Griffin: Safelight – hope and healing for familiesA FUNdraiser to highlight Safelight’s services for children

Saturday, September 9 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Burntshirt Vineyards
2695 Sugarloaf Rd, Hendersonville, North Carolina

Night of the Child is a fundraising party to highlight the exceptional children’s services and programs offered by Safelight. Sponsored by Pardee Hospital, this fun event will feature delicious food from Dandelion, award-winning wine from Burntshirt Vineyards, and a silent auction full of beautiful artwork from local artisans and Safelight family children. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by calling 828-693-3840 or at

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

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(2) Lucas Gregg: Ah, where to begin…

The long and short of it:
A theatre company near and dear to my heart needs your help. Consider making a donation and if you are in the WNC area, check out ‘HARD TRAVELING WITH WOODY’ aka Randy Noojin at Owen Theatre July 27th-30th.

Some backstory:

I’m fortunate enough to have been raised in a “theatre family.” Theatre had always been a part of my life, but in the year 2000, my family moved to Mars Hill, NC where my father Bill Gregg took a position as the artistic director at SART. The theatre was old, and falling apart in many places. But man, it had history! The space was an old church converted into a performance space, and at that point SART had already been running for 25 years.

Growing up, if I wasn’t acting on the stage, I was backstage being babysat by the actors, or in the technical booth operating a follow spot. I’ll never forget playing the role of Little Jake at the age of 7 in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ along side my mother Liz Aiello – literally kicking ass on stage in cowboy boots and hat, swinging an antique 45′ like it was her job.

Or the time my brother, Cameron Gregg and I played stage brothers in ‘Lost In Yonkers’ with the immensely talented Kay Galvin.
Michael Mattison played the badass uncle and man, cameron you rocked that ‘stickin it to the man’ monologue every night! You got moxie, kid!

And who could forget ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’? Savannah Rose Crespoabsolutely stole the show as scout, Ellis Robinson as Jem. I portrayed Dill. Mackenzie KnappJennifer Ariel HastyRobert P McDaniel all in this one as well.

How about ‘The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe’. Manon ManavitJasmine Sky, Cameron and I – What a dream team! One night we forgot one of our prop swords and came out at the end with a frying pan instead….Larry Putnam.

And the summer of 2008 was probably the best summer
I ever had as a kid thanks to Amanda ‘Mandy’ SaylesCat Dillon and Chelsey Lee Mirheli. The year of Evita! Or some might say….Evito? Michael Fisher

All of these individuals and so many others passed through the stage door every summer. Some came and went, others returned each year. And every single one of them I looked up to in one way or another. This theatre, the people, the shows, shaped so much of my being. Im so fortunate to have called SART my home for the last 17 years.

…………………Clear the stage, dim the lights, lower the curtain………………

From 2015-2016 SART and MHC Theatre dept. finally got the renovations and new building they so desperately needed to a falling apart space. However, the construction process displaced SART and the theatre was forced to move out of its home venue for two seasons, drastically diminishing sales and now the doors have been temporarily closed.

However the once downtrodden theatre space has been turned into a state of the art facility with new seating, lighting, and carpeting. There’s a new box office, black box theatre, and bathrooms. What a shame it would be if this new space couldn’t be properly put to use!

I want so much for others to experience the one of a kind magic that SART has the potential to offer, and that I experienced for so may years growing up.

There are stories that deserve to be told on that stage…and actors who eagerly await to tell them.

So lets raise the curtain again for SART, and keep the tradition alive for years to come.

With love & gratitude***

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(3) Ginger Heskett: The three best tips for customer retention

(4) As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away



(7) Natalie Kaye: Saw My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – laughed so hard.  I loved it.

Response: I liked it, too–and so did Cynthia.

(8) Bill Rech: [Saw] Dunkirk the movie, today. I Max version. Really worth seeing.

(9) Jacquie Wollins:


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Richard Shulman: “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: A Journey in Jazz” with Wendy Jones, Russ Wilson, and Richard Shulman

Great Jazz Songs from the 1920s through the 20-teens.

July 30, 2017

Lounge Seated
Limited Tables Available with a Dinner Reservation :: All Other Seating is First Come First Serve General Admission :: Please Call Venue for Dinner (Table) Reservations 828-575-2737
$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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(2) Hendersonville Community Theatre:

Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. In this family-friendly performance, the African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters.

Join this cast of students, ages5-15, as they take you on a memorable journey of coming of age and finding your destiny!

(3) David Francis:

Note: This is David’s final recital in the area, in that he will be moving to Mexico in September. (Asheville’s loss!) There is no charge for this performance.

(4) Travis Low: Tickets are on sale now for Six Knots. Get them here:

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(5) Nathan Singer: Learning to Listen, for a Change.

Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective presents…

by Mark St. Germain
Directed by Ashleigh Millett-Goff
Assistant Direction by Courtney DeGennaro Robinson

August 17 – September 2 (Thurs – Sat) at 7:30PM
Online tickets are $15 for Opening Weekend or $18 in advance, and $21 at the door. And NO FEES for online purchases.

BEBE THEATRE. 20 Commerce Street. Downtown Asheville, NC

Features: Jeanette Oliver, Sean David Robinson, Bjorn Goller-Hagoob, and Molly Graves

Designs: Artemis Addams, Stephanie Hickling-Beckman, Katy Hudson, Laura Lowe, Grace Siplon, Nathan Singer, and Tippin

Production Beneficiary: Word on The Street, a component of Asheville Writers in The Schools & Community

Osha Gray Davidson’s The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in The New South, chronicles a friendship that developed in 1970 between two people who began as bitter enemies–black activist Ann Atwater (Janet Oliver) and white Grand Cyclops of the Durham North Carolina chapter of the ​Ku Klux Klan, C.P Ellis (Sean David Robinson). Mark St. Germain’s play, Best of Enemies, brings the story of this “unlikely friendship” to the stage against a Civil Rights backdrop.

Best of Enemies is based on the true events leading up to the official desegregation of the Durham school system in 1971. Ellis’ racism and contempt are challenged by Atwater, a local civil rights activist and Bill Riddick (Bjorn Goller), a community organizer from D.C. sent to Durham to facilitate the desegregation process. Both Ellis and Atwater are extremely reluctant to be in the same room together, let alone co-chair a committee to explore the problems in their school system. But through the course of their work together—and the tough-but-soft influence of Ellis’ wife, Mary (Molly Graves) — the two extremes find their way to the middle, uniting around their shared desire to secure a better future for their children. They realize that regardless of the color of their skin, their children are suffering in appalling school conditions. “We began to talk about what was on our heart,” Ellis says. “And both of us wept. … It was because the kids were suffering.” In the documentary “An Unlikely Friendship”, Ellis explains that people join extremist groups because they feel “shut out”. “Deep down inside, we want to be part of this great society,” he says. “Nobody listens, so we join these groups.”

I love how Best of Enemies explores what these two angry, opposite people have to go through in order to find common ground, and how relevant that is to the divisive times we’re going through in 2017. When I chose this play almost a year ago, I was very consumed by the negative effects of the social and political climate on my friends, and within our community; how people weren’t really listening to each other, yet fighting ​vehemently ​to be heard. Best of Enemies appealed to me as proof that the people of this country could find a way to listen to each other despite our personal and political differences; to work together for the rights, equality, and safety of all it’s citizens.

– Stephanie Hickling-Beckman, Managing Artistic Director

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(6) Kai Elijah Hamilton:

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) ‘The Threepenny Opera’ at ActorsNET through July 30

To read a review for this show, please click:


(2) At Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre:


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(4) Shela Anmuth: How do you both not weigh 400 lbs. each???

Response: We very rarely have bread and/or dessert. We often split our meals in half, which also gives us a meal on another day.  In addition, we both exercise. (And  I walk at least 10,000 steps every day.)

(5) Sam Uhl: A song/video to share. He’s normally not my kind of music, but this young man honors his grandmother by presenting her with the gift of spending her day doing anything she wanted with him for her 100th birthday. It hits you right in the “feels.”

(6) Keith Challenger: Your question about merging, then answer is the “zipper merge” approach. It’s very common in most European countries and study after study shows it is way more effective than the alternative which only seems to be popular in the US for some reason.

(7) Sharon Gunderson:  Great CD [from Buce Lang; see Section 1A]. Love the songs and your newsletter.
(8)  Shelly Jacobs: Beyond Fitbit: The quest to develop medical-grade wearables

 (9) Ginny Plaisted: Just wanted to let you know that we found “The Beguiled” with Clint Eastwood on Google play.

It was very good!


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(1) Bray Creech: Love the brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing every week, Blaine.

(2) Barbara Firestone: Two great jokes… # 2 & 3…Really enjoyed them!




(6) Peggy Shafer: All 50 States Reimagined as Food Puns


Section 12A, NC events

(1) At The Magnetic Theatre: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 PM, July 6-15
Something is very wrong at Cadmus Academy. A teacher is dead, a student is missing, and the school is on edge. Anew head has arrived with a mandate to restore order and discipline, but as details of her strategy begin to emerge, members of the Cadmus community wonder if they may have gotten more than they bargained for.

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(3) Attic Salt Theatre Company Presents the poignant comedy Gruesome Playground Injuries

Gruesome Playground Injuries, by Rajiv Joseph

Produced by Attic Salt Theatre Company at 35below

July 14-30, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm

35below, 35 East Walnut St., Asheville, NC

Attic Salt Theatre Company is proud to once again team up with 35below for Rajiv Joseph’s bittersweet comedy, Gruesome Playground Injuries. Attic Salt produced the acclaimed How I Learned to Drive at 35below in November 2016, opening the season there, and is now closing it with this offering. The company has a long relationship with the black-box theater, previously presenting the hits God of Carnage and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as well as the smash hit All in the Timing. 35below is located at 35 East Walnut Street in Downtown Asheville. The performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm, from July 14th through the 30th. Tickets cost 20 dollars and can be purchased through the Asheville Community Theatre box office at  or by calling 828-254-1320.

Widely known for the much-lauded Bengal Tiger in a Baghdad Zoo, Rajiv Joseph has been the recipient of many coveted theater awards for his startling works, as well as being a Pulitzer finalist. Although Joseph is a relative new voice in the theater, he has already established himself as one of the most imaginative and original.

Gruesome Playground Injuries was first produced in Houston in 2009 with film star Selma Blair, and went Off-Broadway in 2011 starring Pablo Schreiber and Jennifer Carpenter. Its uncommon presentation, innovative uses of time and the ability to capture the uniqueness of relationships has it being taught at colleges and in theater programs around the world.

The play follows Kayleen and Doug’s odd connection as they find a certain kinship in a series of life-altering calamities. Despite being an unrealized romance, the each find themselves constantly drawn to the other and shows how needing often supplants wanting, ultimately asking the question: Shouldn’t every great love story leave permanent scars?

Director Jeff Catanese said of the play, “The characters are literally broken when we first meet them. The exploration is in the wounds we don’t see and sometimes don’t even feel. No matter what your take on these characters, and their odd relationship, it’s hard to deny that this is a love story.”

Kayleen will be played by Asheville stage newcomer Nina Troy and Doug by her real-life partner Patrick Brandt, who was last featured in The Nerd, Attic Salt’s most recent production at NC Stage Company. Of this example of art imitating life, Catanese said, “We didn’t seek it specifically, but I was hoping to get one of our great, local acting couples to perform this show. There’s an intimacy, both in the text and in the presentation, that a couple already familiar with each other will be able to convey that would be much harder to exact from those who aren’t.”

Attic Salt’s Executive Director, Marci Bernstein, will serve as producer on this show, with costumes designed by local fashion designer McKinney Gough. The play will be directed by Jeff Catanese, Attic Salt’s Artistic Director, and stage managed by Lilly Mills.

Tickets for Gruesome Playground Injuries are available now through the Asheville Community Theatre box office at or by calling 828-254-1320.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events



EVENT: THE THREEPENNY OPERA:  ActorsNET concludes its 21st season with a milestone musical – The Threepenny Opera.  Conceived as “an opera for beggars,” the “play with music” was adapted by Marc Blitzstein into English from the original production in German – music by Kurt Weill and book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht.  Set in the London slums just prior to the coronation of Queen Victoria, it chronicles the crimes and womanizing of notorious Macheath, best known as Mack the Knife.  Chaos ensues when Macheath marries Polly Peachum over the objections of her father, who reigns in the slum as king of the beggars.  Artistic Director Cheryl Doyle of Morrisville, PA directs Blair Johnson of Doylestown, PA as Macheath; Elizabeth Rzasa of Ewing, NJ as Polly Peachum; Steve Lobis of Morrisville as Mr. Peachum; and Laurie Hardy of Hamilton, NJ as Mrs. Peachum.  Co-Starring Nicholas Pecht of Hamiton, NJ as “the street singer;” Holly Gash of Yardley, PA as Jenny, Kyla Donnelly of Levittown, PA as Lucy, and C. Jameson Bradley of Quakertown, PA as Tiger Brown.  Featuring Tom Smith, John Russell, Rick Speer, Ellen Wisnosky, and Stacy Danka.  Musical direction by David Bohn of Trenton, NJ.  Stage managed by Erin Leder of Bordentown, NJ.  Lighting design and operation by Andrena Wishnie of Morrisvlle.  Special choreography by Joy Woffindin of Sea Girt, NJ.  Produced by special arrangement with R & H Theatricals.

SHOW DATES:  July 14 – 30, 2017.  (Ten performances only) 

TIMES: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.  Special Saturday matinee July 29 at 2 p.m.

PLACE: The Heritage Center Theatre, 635 North Delmorr Avenue (Route 32), Morrisville, PA – near the Calhoun Street Bridge.

ADMISSION:  $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (62+), $15 for WHYY cardholders and students.  Parental discretion advised.  Group rates available for ten or more.     

TO RESERVE:  Call the nonprofit Actors’ NET at 215-295-3694 or email

ON THE INTERNET:  The Company’s website is  Social networking includes Facebook page — “ActorsNET, AKA Actors’ NET of Bucks County” — and Twitter name @actorsnet.

(2) Sharpest Cowgirl in the West About to Take Aim at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ July 28 to August 6

West Windsor, N.J. – The Yardley Players are about to prove there’s no business like show business, as they present the beloved musical “Annie Get Your Gun” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre this summer. Dates and show times for this Broadway classic are Fridays, July 28 and Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 29 and Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, July 30 and Aug. 6 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening performance on July 28.

Famous throughout the Wild West for her sharpshooting skills, Annie Oakley meets her match in fellow gunslinger Frank Butler. Performing with the traveling show headlined by the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie and Frank spar both professionally and romantically. Along the way, they belt out some of the most well-known tunes in Broadway history, including Doin’ What Comes Naturally, Anything You Can Do, I Got the Sun in the Morning, and, of course, There’s No Business Like Show Business.

With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, “Annie Get Your Gun” premiered on Broadway in 1946, where it ran for more than 1,100 performances. A film version debuted in 1950 that won the Academy Award for Best Musical Score and received three other nominations.

The show stars Karaline Rosen of Robbinsville as Annie Oakley; Brian Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Frank Butler; Scott Karlin of Plainsboro as Buffalo Bill; Meredith Thomas of East Windsor as Dolly Tate; Nathan Parker of Manalapan as Charles Davenport; John Montero of Ewing as Chief Sitting Bull; Danielle Slaboda of Hamilton as Winnie Tate; Jon Logan of West Windsor as Tommy Keller; Ken McCormick of Yardley, Pa., as Wilson; Wayne Wood of Fairless Hills, Pa., as Pawnee Bill; Dan Mucha of Yardville as Mac; Elise Carey of Yardley, Pa., as Jessie; Shealyn Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Nellie; Tristan Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Little Jake; Andrew Millin of Perrineville as Porter; and Sydney Broitman of Newtown, Pa., as Mrs. Potter Porter.

Ensemble members include Cathy Coryat of Cream Ridge, Sophie Daley-Harris of Princeton, Brayden Davis of Newtown, Pa., Jake Federico of Lawrenceville, Jenna Gottlieb of East Windsor, Grace McFarland of Fairless Hills, Pa., Daniel Montero of Ewing, Jeff Rosenthal of Dayton, Hayley Rubins-Topoleski of Trenton, Madison Russell of Morrisville, Pa., Carissa Salzano of Yardley, Pa., Marge Swider of Langhorne, Pa., Natalie Thomas of East Windsor, Ashley Gafgen of Robbinsville, and Abby Gafgen of Robbinsville.

Featured dancers are Margaret DeLucia of Robbinsville, Maryellen Molnar of Skillman, Nicole Potenza of West Windsor, and Reva Sangal of Princeton Junction.

The production staff includes Producer Marge Swider, Director Kristy Davis, Music Director and Orchestra Conductor Matt South, Choreographer Laura Ghaffoor, Stage Manager Liz Wurtz, Set Designer James Kenna, and Costumer Louisa Murey.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 students and children. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

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(1) Ron Peyton: Great jokes!   Couldn’t open news bloopers. Thanks for the laughs!   

Response: Thanks, Ron, for letting me know.  The links seem to be working for me now. Try again:

 and also:

 Note to others: Do continue to share your feedback via email. And if you also notice if something doesn’t work or if there is some error, glaring typo, etc., let me know that too. Much obliged!

(2) Carole Biro: Whether You’re A Runner Or A Weightlifter, You Need To Know About This Yoga Flow





Section 12A, NC events

(1) SIGNIFICANT OTHER at Henderson Community Theatre

24 hours before his wedding, Joe’s ex reappears, shedding light on their past. He deliberates between life with his fiancé and regaining what was lost.

General Admission: $16

7:30 PM Fridays & Saturdays and 2:00 PM Sundays

Join us for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a drink of choice an hour before each Second Stage show!

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(2) “An All Jazz Affair – Great Songs Written by the Masters” with Sidney Barnes and Richard Shulman. Featured songs sung by Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole at Isis Music Hall.

For tickets and to make a dinner reservation please call us between noon and 4PM daily at 828.575.2737

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Quintessential Backstage Musical ‘42nd Street’ Comes to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre July 14 to 23

West Windsor, N.J. – Prepare to tap your feet along with M & M Stage Productions as they present the enduring and endearing classic “42nd Street” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times are Fridays, July 14 and 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 15 and 22 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, July 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening performance on July 14.

The entertainment quotient doesn’t get higher than in this show that combines crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theater songs, and show-stopping ensemble production numbers. Peggy Sawyer, a small town girl with big time talent, arrives in New York with hopes to be on Broadway and lands a spot in the chorus line of a new musical, “Pretty Lady.” When lead actress Dorothy Brock twists her ankle right before opening night, Peggy is picked to take her place. Says “Pretty Lady” director Julian Marsh, “You’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!” Delightfully corny, with romance and hilarious wisecracks throughout, “42nd Street” is a part of musical theater history that never gets old.

The musical score includes some of the greats: “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”

The cast stars Michael Marrero of Hamilton as Billy Lawlor; Haley Schmalbach of Palmyra as Peggy Sawyer; Elio Lleo of Ewing as Julian Marsh; Jen Gursky of Lebanon as Dorothy Brock; Carolyn Anzuini of Bordentown as Maggie Jones; Matthew Cassidy Morrisville, Pa., as Bert Barry; Tara Wagner of Hamilton as Ann Reilly; Fred Gropper of Yardley, Pa., as Pat Denning; Ron SanGiovanni of Burlington as Abner Dillon; Shan Williams II of Trenton as Andy Lee; Sarah Webster of Morrisville, Pa., as Phyllis Dale; Erin Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Lorraine Flemming; Chris Schmalbach of Palmyra as Mac; and Joe Stockette of Langhorne, Pa., as Oscar.

The ensemble features Kathryn Aylesworth of Cherry Hill, Robbie Angarone of Hamilton Square, Lexi Baldachino of Millstone Township, Zachary Benedetti of Ewing, MaryRose Brendel of Cranbury, Reise Bridgers of Hamilton, Sean Conway of Hamilton, Nicholas Eldridge of Hamilton, Maddie Keelan of Hamilton, Nick Kianka of Hamilton, Matt Krauss of Yardley, Pa., Marley Madding of New Hope, Pa., Marina McLaughlin of Columbus, Elizabeth Miller of Yardley, Pa., Isabella Papaccio of Hamilton, Christina Pullen of New Egypt, Allison Reed of Yardville, Harrison Smith of Cherry Hill, Danielle Standifer of Hamilton, Joseph Wojtkowski of Manalapan, Julianna Zannikos of Doylestown, Pa., and Sam Zdanowicz of Hamilton.

The production team includes Producers Mike Almstedt and Mike DiIorio; Director Mike DiIorio; Musical Director Pam Sharples; Choreographer Laura Ghaffor, Lighting Director Chris Ghaffor, Sound Design Eric Collins and Costumer Louisa Murey.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 students and children. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

(2) Michael Hennessee: Dear Friends, here is the Book Group lineup for Fall 2017.

We meet in the Rollins Center Room 114 at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, from 7:30 TO 9:00 P.M.  All are welcome to join us on the second Thursday of each month to share your thoughts and questions about any or all of the selections. For snow or bad weather information, call 215-968‑8000. On the radio, the College code for snow closing is 2760. For more information, call 215-968-8164 or send email to:

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Sep 14: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

From Amazon:  From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

Oct 12:  House of Names  by Colm Toibin

From Kirkus Review:  “Clytemnestra, narrating in the first person, is a captivating and terrifying figure, heartbroken and ruthless in her lust for power… Tóibín captures the way that corruption breeds resentment and how resentment almost unstoppably breeds violence. The original myths established these characters as the gods’ playthings, but Tóibín reframes this version in a ‘time when the gods are fading’ the better to lay the blame for our human failures plainly on ourselves.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Nov 9:   Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

From Review: When Nadia and Saeed fall in love in a distant unnamed city, they are just like any other young couple. But soon bullets begin to fly, fighter jets streak the sky, and curfews fall. As the spell of violence spreads, they flee their country, leaving behind their loved ones. Early in Exit West, the author Mohsin Hamid explains that geography is destiny, and in the case of his two young lovers, geography dictates that they must leave. Hamid offers up a fantastical device to deliver his refugees to places: they pass through magic doors. Rather than unmooring the story from reality, this device, as well as a few other fantastical touches, makes the book more poignant and focused, pointing our attention to the emotions of exile rather than the mechanics. Surrounded by other refugees, Nadia and Saeed try to establish their places in the world, putting up different responses to their circumstances. The result is a novel that is personal, not pedantic, an intimate human story about an experience shared by countless people of the world, one that most Americans just witness on television. —Chris Schluep

Dec 14:  The Sellout by Paul Beatty

From Booklist: “Beatty, author of the deservedly highly praised The White Boy Shuffle (1996), here outdoes himself and possibly everybody else in a send-up of race, popular culture, and politics in today’s America . . . Beatty hits on all cylinders in a darkly funny, dead-on-target, elegantly written satire . . . [The Sellout] is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and, in the way of the great ones, profoundly thought provoking. A major contribution.” ―Mark Levin, Booklist (starred review)

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(1) 50 Side Jobs to Help You Make an Extra $500 or More This Month

(2) Amy Joy Suben:

(3) Swim Lessons Won’t Keep Your Toddler From Drowning




(7) Lisa Zaglin: It’s a longshot, but there’s still a chance of winning the playground for our preschoolers. If anybody has an opportunity, please vote daily on any email addresses you have between now and June 30th. Our school is in second place. Just go to the following link and select Saint Andrew School – Newtown, PA 18940. There’s no cost to you, no junk email, just the satisfaction of knowing you helped us to win the contest and won’t be getting bugged about it this time next year. Thanks to those of you whom I know have voted and those who continue to vote. To vote, please click:





(12) David Weiner:  I love the joke about legalizing drugs!  

(13) Laresa Griffin:  I love the Blessings Bag! What a great idea. Thanks, Blaine!

(14) Conor Rae: Just finished reading this weeks edition of your newsletter. Great job. Hope you and Cynthia are having a blast! Just come home safely and soon…You are missed!

(15) Dan Becker: Recently returned from a relative’s 10th 60th birthday party. I may have to start measuring mine that way.

(16) Mike Martinelli: BEATRIZ AT DINNER ***

Two of the best performances so far this year by Selma Hayek a massage therapist/holistic healer who clashes with a wealthy real estate tycoon played by John Lithgow.(Definately written with Trump in mind)
When Beatriz makes a house call to Kathy, (played by Connie Britton from Nasheville fame) and ends up being invited to a big business dinner party after herold clunky volkswagon dies. Beatriz immediatly classes with the cocky Doug (John Lithgow) the fur really flies.
The film very much shows the reality of the rich wealthy snobs that are walking around and running this country. A big reality for decades.
If anything about the film that I didn’t like was the ending, until I thought about the point the film maker is trying to get across.
Definitely worth the price of a movie ticket and not a wait for red box release.

(17) Debbie Hancock with two jobs in the PA/NJ area:

Direct Hire Sr. Claims Specialist Position Available in King of Prussia $60 k to 75k /yr. Must have 2 years of General Liability Experience Call 610-629-0088 if interested. Tell them Debbie Hancock referred you.
Customer Service Representatives Needed! Immediate Direct Hire position in Cherry Hill, NJ $35,000/year + $2,500 bonus available . Property + Casualty License is a plus call 610.629.0088 Tell them Debbie Hancock referred you.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Jeff Messer: 24 hours before his wedding, Joe’s ex reappears, shedding light on their past. He deliberates between life with his fiancé and regaining what was lost.

General Admission: $16

7:30 PM Fridays & Saturdays and 2:00 PM Sundays

Join us for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a drink of choice an hour before each Second Stage show!

At Hendersonville Community Theatre through July 9. For tickets, please click:

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(2) Michel Louzon: From 11:00 am until 9:00 pm on Tuesday, July 18, Arms Around ASD will be the beneficiary of Iannucci’s legendary 10% Tuesdays. All you have to do is round up everyone you know and their neighbor, head over to Iannucci’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant at 1981 Hendersonville Road and “manga”. But eat like you mean it because Arms Around ASD will receive 10% of the day’s proceeds.

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(3) Paula Hanke:  We will be doing a special concert on Saturday, July 15 at Isis to honor Linda Ronstadt’s 71st Birthday! We hope you all can celebrate with us! Reserve your seats:

(4) T.J. Shimeld: Magician Zeke Powerz to Read Minds
For The Vanishing Wheelchair Charity

“Magic & Mind Reading Mysteries,” featuring Zeke Powerz, is coming to Asheville this summer! Award-winning magician Zeke Powerz from Blairsville, Georgia will read thoughts, palms, cards, and the future on July 23 at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville. The event is geared for adults and teenagers and the $10 ticket price will help support the work of The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity for people with disabilities.

Zeke is a full-time mentalist who teaches leadership workshops during the day and provides entertainment at night: all based around developing your own intuition or “sixth sense” at both private parties and corporate events. Zeke’s demonstrations blur the line between science and superstition. A member of The International Séance Project, The International Brotherhood of Magicians, and a regular performer at the East Coast Spirit Sessions, Zeke will demonstrate all forms of psychic phenomena July 23rd at St. Mary’s for “entertainment and fundraising purposes only” to benefit The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc.

The Vanishing Wheelchair is a non-profit which works with people with disabilities to help them find their passion in life through the arts. It has used the proceeds from the events it hosts to launch “All Things Possible” to teach skills in performing, painting, photography, music, crafts, writing, and wood working to people with disabilities. These workshops are available to other non-profits to share with their clientele and are conducted at its Little Theatre at 175 Weaverville Highway, or on location. Eventually the non-profit wishes to expand to establish a universally accessible hands-on museum for children to explore the arts and sciences at which people with disabilities can work and continue to learn these skills.

During the 3 p.m. fundraiser, Zeke speaks openly about the events that changed his life, from being struck by lightning at 9, being homeless as a teenager and spending 20+ years as a corporate trainer and leader. “The magic is inside each of us, it is all about figuring out how to unleash it. Ricky Boone (co-founder of The Vanishing Wheelchair, local magician, and Asheville magic shop owner) is one of the best examples of not letting anything stop you from achieving greatness.” Ricky will bring his own brand of comedy and magic as a special guest performer on July 23.

Tickets are $10 each and all funds raised will go to a great cause. To purchase tickets or for more information visit, contact Magic Central, 175 Weaverville Highway, Suite L, Asheville, North Carolina 28804, or call 828-645-2941.

Zeke Powerz’s official Web site: has recently had a facelift and is now easier than ever to navigate. Besides his Web site, you can book Zeke directly on any of the “Big 3” social media platforms of Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

(5) Dr.  Michael Trayford: Post-Concussion Syndrome Solutions
Tuesday, June 27, from 6-7:30 p.m.
Apex Brain Center Drive, Suite 80, Asheville, NC

Blow to the head, whiplash injury? Persistent headaches, dizziness, visual or auditory sensitivities, struggles with memory and attention, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and more that just won’t go away? The “wait and see” approach to concussion management does NOT work in most cases, and many suffer needlessly for months to years. In this program, Dr. Michael Trayford will discuss proven assessment and treatment strategies that can help those with the lingering effects of concussion. ‘Build a Better Brain, and Live a Better Life’. Q&A will follow. Refreshments will be provided. You must be registered to attend as seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

To register, click here if you’re on Facebook: or  if you’r’e not on Facebook, call 828.708.5274.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) At Princeton Yoga:

Taking your Yoga Practice to the next Level.
Learn how with this FREE INTRO
Have you been touched by the spirit and essence of yoga? Do you feel you would like to share the gifts you have received from your practice with others? Or are you drawn to simply go deeper into yoga? Then this yoga teacher training is for you!
Prana Yoga Teacher Training (200 hour)
Directed by Jeff Migdow, MD, with Marisa Bonfanti
2017/2018 Training: Runs from October 14, 2017 through June 10, 2018

In this 200 hr Yoga Alliance certified Prana Yoga Teacher Training, you will learn how to practice and teach yoga as a profound science that unites movement, breath, sound, concentration, meditation and prayer. Approached in this way, yogic practice becomes a deeply potent healing and transformational path. This training will enable you to become a teacher of yoga at its essence and greatly expand the depth, power of your own practice and the healing experiences of your students. This training also includes Usui Reiki I certification. Learn More

(2) At Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College:

June 23 – July 2

William Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure

An unflinching look at the confusion between lust and love, and goodness and self-righteousness, Shakespeare ’70 explores who sins the most among a congregation of murderers, pimps, politicians, whores, nuns, and nobles. Shakespeare’s electrifying exploration of the arrogance of power hovers tantalizingly between comedy and tragedy.

Tickets: $18 adults; $16 seniors; $14 students, children, vets, alumni

(3) At Actors’ Net of Bucks County:

The Threepenny Opera
Musical by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein.
July 14 – 30, 2017

The notorious outlaw Macheath (“Mack the Knife”) is back in town, marrying the daughter of the beggar king. This tale of love, death, corruption and betrayal plays out to the tune of an unforgettable score.

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(3) 94-year-old woman makes history in S.D. Half Marathon

(4) Marleen Allen VarnerGet a lifetime senior pass from the National Park service before the cost soars. Before August 1sst any US citizen 62 or older can buy a lifetime senior pass fo $10. The cost of that pass starting August 1 will be $80. Pass allows entrance to more than 400 national parks. Purchase at a park for the $10, but my mail or on line it costs an additional $10. To obtain, please click:



(7) Padma Dyvine: Procrastination: A Scientific Guide on How to Stop Procrastinating

(8) Kristin Pedemonti: I’m turning 50. I can’t believe it either! To celebrate I’m volunteering in Nepal. I’m invited to bring my literacy project to Kathmandu, collaborate with Nexxus Artivists and share mental health stories to break stigma.

I’m also trekking to Mt Everest Base Camp as an official fundraiser for Teach for Nepal. Yes, it’s legit! 😉

My birthday isn’t until September, but I’m asking for your support early in 1 of 2 ways.

1. Donate to my go fund me, the first 3K raised goes to Teach for Nepal to support their good works and gets me on their trek. $0 goes to me personally. This trek is officially organized by them!

Donate here:

2. Do you like encouragement? Me too! Send me a message here on Facebook or via with encouraging words to help me complete the trek.

Remember, those mountains we are carrying we are only meant to climb.

Here’s to climbing the mountain!

Hugs from my heart to yours!


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Note: I saw the above. (See next issue for pictures and more information). And I got a big kick out of it. You will, too.

(2) Brevard Little Theatre is proud to present the Tony Award winning musical comedy, Urinetown. Don’t get fooled by the title, this musical parody is pure fun! If you liked Fiddler, Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables and West Side Story, then you’re going to love Urinetown. It’s all those and more rolled into one. This side-splitting send-up to the Broadway musical combines humor with a beautiful score of songs that range from the classic ballad to big dance numbers to soul-lifting gospel.

Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. A terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must pay a fee to use public amenities, regulated by a single, malevolent company. Amid the most impoverished people who frequent the filthy Amenity Number 9 in the worst part of town, a hero decides he’s had enough and plots a revolution to lead them all to urinary freedom!

The show opens Thursday, June 22nd and runs for a total of 8 performances over two weekends. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows are at 7:30 while Sunday matinees are at 3 pm. Call 884-2587 for reservations or visit 
for more details. Come join the revolution!

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) At Actors’ Net of Bucks County: The Threepenny Opera
Musical by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein.
July 14 – 30, 2017

The notorious outlaw Macheath (“Mack the Knife”) is back in town, marrying the daughter of the beggar king. This tale of love, death, corruption and betrayal plays out to the tune of an unforgettable score.

(2) At Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College:

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”

       Tickets: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 students/children

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