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Section 2, part 2

(1) Doug H. in NC: Our pastor preached about that Mother’s Day clip yesterday!

(2) Rob S. in PA: So far 324 Mercedes Benz Raffle tickets have been sold [for the BARC raffle]…no one gives better odds to win then this raffle. If you already purchased a ticket you may want to increase your odds of winning by buying more! Just click and buy below:

(3) Marty D. in PA: Restaurant Receipt Shows Secret Well-Behaved Kids Discount
(4) How Young Is Too Young for a Digital Presence?
(5) Majo M. in NC: Nina Lantis continues to battle cancer and continues to inspire friends and family with her strength, wisdom, creativity and sense of humor.  Check out her song at this website to get a taste of this mighty lady.  Every little contribution makes her feel more supported – and feeling supported translates directly into healing energy.

Thanks for your support (financial or other) of worthy causes, here or elsewhere.
(6) Jean D. in PA:  I’m going to Manhattan tomorrow for the NYC premiere of The Discoverers, including a meet 7 greet with the actors; it was  shot here in Newtown and elsewhere in Bucks County! You’ll recognize Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope and Tyler State Park in the trailer! Here: Spread the word!


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Fred Lemmons and others in concert:

What: Pan Harmonia presents J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and W.A. Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Performers are Barbara Weiss, harpsichord; Kate Steinbeck, flute; Fred Lemmons, clarinet; Margaret Humphrey, violin; Ginger Kowal, violin; Andrea Pettigrew, violin; Kara Poorbaugh, viola; and Rebecca Humphrey, cello.

When and where: 5 p.m. Sunday, Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St., Asheville; and 7:30 p.m. May 23, White Horse Black Mountain, 105 Montreat Road, Black Mountain.

Admission: $15 in advance online at until 2 p.m. the day of the show, or $20 at the door; students $5 at the door.

Note: For more information and Fred’s picture, click to read the following article:


Hendersonville Little Theatre is proud to present Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed drama A Raisin in the Sun
as their June production at their theatre in downtown Hendersonville. This is the autobiographical play by Lorraine Hansberry about her family’s struggle to break into a previously all white neighborhood in 1950’s Chicago. Long considered one of the most important plays of the 20th century.
A Raisin in the Sun has been a successful film, has been filmed twice for television and has been revived twice on Broadway including the current production starring Denzel Washington.

We are very proud of this large cast of actors some new to HLT and others with prior experience. Brandon Gash last seen at HLT in A Streetcar Named Desire; you will recall Ronnie Pepper as Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy; Jonathan Forrester, director and actor well known to our audiences; and Howard Burgin made his debut at HLT in Romeo & Juliet. New on our stage are Dakota McMinn, Kimbela McMinn, Nickie Sampson, Pam Suber, Africa Thompson, and Josh Williams.


The production staff includes Kai Elijah Hamilton, Director; Jonathan Forrester, Producer; Bob Reece, Stage Manager and Sound Designer; John Arnett, Set Designer and Brett Hargis, Lighting Designer.








The production will be presented on June 13-15, 19-22 and 26-29 with evening performances at 7:30 P.M. and Sunday performances at 2:00 P.M. Ticket prices are $20.00 for Adults. $15.00 for ages 18-25 and $10.00 for students 17 and under. Thrifty Thursdays $5.00 off the ticket price. Reservations may be made by calling the Little Theatre’s box office at 828-692-1082 or online at


(3) Asheville Jewish Business Forum (open to ALL, regardless of religion):

Join us Wednesday, May 21st, at Yao Buffet Sushi Grill for our new Lunch & Learn series! Our presenter is Josh Dorfman, Director of Entrepreneurship Development at Venture Asheville.

Josh Dorfman is Director of Entrepreneurship Development for Venture Asheville and has over a decade of experience as an entrepreneur in green and start-up ventures. Previously, Josh launched, a business unit of that retails natural and organic foods. Josh was also Vice President of Marketing for GoodGuide, a “Fast Company 50” authority on the health, environmental, and ethical performance of consumer products. Josh is best known as The Lazy Environmentalist, a media brand he created as a blog and developed into a book series, daily radio show on SiriusXM, and award-winning reality TV series on Sundance Channel. Josh’s first business was Vivavi, a retailer of modern, sustainable furnishings, which Inc. Magazine named one of the top 50 companies driving the green revolution. Josh holds a BA from The University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Thunderbird, The School of Global Management.

All are welcome to come and bring a friend! There will be a $10.00 cost for attending the event that covers your meal and gratuity. The agenda for the luncheon is as follows: we will be having lunch from 12:00 – 12:30 pm, Dorfman’s presentation from 12:30 – 1:00 pm, and a networking opportunity from 1:00 – 1:30 pm. The meeting will be held at Yao Buffet Sushi Grill, 153 Smokey Park Highway, Asheville, NC 28806. If you get lost call Yao at (828) 667-0410

For further information: 561-289-4451.

(4) Breakthrough Leadership Program here in Asheville, presented by Brian Biro

To quote Brian on the program: AB Tech has created a brand new Center for Professional Studies, and I am working with Katherine Morosani to do all we can to get the program off to a FLYING start! As you see, I’ll be teaching two versions of my BREAKTHROUGH LEADERSHIP seminar … A FULL day on June 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. …. and a 4-session series once each week for two hours from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM starting Tuesday July 8th and running each Tuesday for the rest of July.

This is a very ambitious, exciting, and dynamic WOO – Window of Opportunity. This is essentially the same program I did in 2013 for every Microsoft Operations employees worldwide. I have never had the opportunity to bring this full program to Western NC! It will be tremendous!

For those of you who need CEU credit for your profession, Katherine is putting that into place for these seminars.

I encourage you to take any (or all) of these simple actions…

Enroll yourself TODAY!
Bring a team from your organization!
Spread the word to your contacts, friends, colleagues, and family
Make an investment in YOURSELF so you can serve others!
In my 24 years as a speaker and author and after more than 1,400 events all over the world, for the first time I FINALLY will be bringing my full program to Western NC! I am so pumped to make a difference for my community and for YOU!

For more information and/or to register, please click:

Note: I’ve seen Brian present many times. He is the absolute best!


Boys, girls, and adults of all ages will be moved by this exciting, funny, romantic, and above all magical tale. A young woman discovers, through her own imagination, the inner resources to release her from the restrictions of her world. A young man discovers the courage to defy the restrictions of his world. Our Cinderella keeps the enchantment of the traditional Fairy Tale while transforming it into a story for us all.
(6) PONDER ANEW: A WWII WARRIOR’S STORYAsheville Community TheatreFriday, May 23, 2014 at 7:30 pmSaturday, May 24, 2014 at 2:30 pmPonder Anew: A WWII Warrior’s Story is a riveting two-person Reader’s Theater performance based on the memoir of Lt. Herschel Ponder, a WWII fighter pilot in the European Theater and a native of Asheville, NC. Enriched with songs from the era and from the mountains, Ponder Anew is a beautiful production that evokes the essence of war and warriors: their victories, sacrifices, loyalty to each other; and the sweet pain of coming home.Carol Ponder, Lt. Ponder’s middle daughter and her husband, Robert Kiefer, have adapted the memoir and will be performing the piece. Carol grew up at ACT as both her father and mother (Eleanor Ponder) were active here.Ponder Anew is truly a moving performance – ACT staffers were brought to tears during a preview of the piece last fall. After he saw a performance of Ponder Anew, Todd Donatelli of All Souls Cathedral shared that “Ponder Anew has an integrity in which we can honor our veterans and find the healing from war that is too little offered in our culture.”We are thrilled to present Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior’s Story over Memorial Day weekend. Performances are Friday, May 23 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 24 at 2:30 pm at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut Street in downtown Asheville. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for active military, veterans, or students. For tickets or more information, visit or call 828-254-1320.(7) 


There’s only one week left to apply for Leadership Asheville!
Please note, we have had trouble this year with the formatting of the application forms. If you are experiencing any difficulties accessing or saving your application, please contact us at We’re happy to help you submit your application!

Leadership Asheville will be accepting applications for our LA 33 class from now until Friday, May 23rd. We encourage you to consider participating in this renowned community leadership development program!

The primary aim of LA 33 is to strengthen participants’ knowledge of, commitment to, and involvement in collaborative community leadership. Graduates complete the program with an increased capacity to contribute as effective leaders, a strong connection to the Leadership Asheville network, and a greater knowledge of their community. 


For more information, Click Here for the LA 33 Program Brochure.


Or if you are ready to apply for LA 33, please download the forms below and pay close attention to the application instructions:

1 – LA 33 Application

2 – LA 33 Commitment Statement

3 – LA 33 Financial Assistance Request Form (if applicable)

We hope you’ll consider applying!

The Leadership Asheville Team
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(9) MAGIC FUNDRAISER for Odyssey Community school and The Vanishing Wheelchair INC.

Saturday, May 24 at 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801

TICKETS: Adults $10.00 Children $5.00 At the door.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Friends of the Yardley-Makefield Library. 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Margie Montet, information literacy librarian, Bucks County Community College. The program, “The Passion of Opera,” will explore the history of opera and discover the innovators of the art. Yardley-Makefield Branch Library, 1080 Edgewood Road, Yardley. Cost: free. To register: 215-493-9020.”

(2) Spring 2014 Salons Hosted by Deanna Trust

SATURDAY, MAY 24 ~ Working Co-Creatively with Nature Spirits with Sharon Gabriel

We usually think of Nature as being the trees, flowers and plants that surround us. In this class you will receive a much

larger understanding of what Nature encompasses, and more importantly, how you can work co-creatively with Nature
by communicating with Nature Spirits. It’s fun, easy, and the possibilities are endless. Despite what we may think, we are
unable to control or over-power Nature, but Nature eagerly awaits our communications in order to work in partnership
with us in solving the many problems we, as humans, have created for ourselves and for our planet. • With a background
in Social Work, Clinical Hypnotherapy, RoHun, Shamanism, and a variety of energy healing techniques, Sharon has extensively studied
Machelle Small Wright’s work with Nature Spirits at her research center in Virginia.

SATURDAY, JUNE 28 ~ The Secrets of Egypt and the Power of Isis with Lorraine Henrich

Egypt contains the first recorded human effort of symbolism: defining the inner and outer cosmos, the microcosm, and
the macrocosm. It is the most powerful form of symbolism and has survived the ages. Egyptian symbolism reaches
below the conscious mind to tap into the collective consciousness of the human mind. The symbols of ancient Egypt are
still alive today, existing in the hearts and minds of humanity. Join us on this powerful day where we will meet
Goddess of Love and Archetype of Divine Feminine, Isis. With her help we will work with powerful keys within our
souls to restore beauty within and achieve balance and peace • Lorraine is an international instructor and serves as Priestess and
Council Member in the Osiris Temple of the Modern Mystery School and is the founder of the Tree of Light Healing Center in Morris
Plains, NJ ( Salad of Mandarin Orange, Toasted Almonds & Cranberries with Ginger Dressing; Spring Rolls with Ponzu
Dipping Sauce; Orange-Ginger Soup; Teriyaki Vegetable Lo Mein; Coconut Brown Sugar Cake with Pineapple Custard Filling
MENU: Greek Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Pesto
Hummus with Green Mountain Gringo Chips; Hemingway’s Gazpacho; Lemon Herbed Salmon with Tabouleh Quinoa; Lemon Bars and Fresh Fruit
• MENU: Dried Fig & Apple Salad with Spring
Greens & Raspberry Vinaigrette; Artichoke Gratin with Diced Smoked Gouda; Roasted Red Pepper Bisque; Shrimp Etoufée with Basmati Rice;
Strawberries Romanoff
Spring 2014 Salons
with Gourmet Luncheons
hosted by Deanna Trust
Call to reserve your salon: 973-366-3570
COST: $90.00 per individual salon / Sign up for all 3 salons and get one free…just $180.00!
OR for any individual salon, reserve and pay by Friday, April 18 and save 10%.
Price includes gourmet 5-course luncheon selected from Deanna’s favorite recipes.
Vegetarian substitutes are available by Advance Request only.
Mail checks payable to DEANNA TRUST • Send to 192 Casterline Road, Denville, NJ 07834
OR mail an electronic payment through – Chase Quick Pay to Deanna S. Trust
Three Master Teachers to Inspire You with Empowering Topics
Delicious Gourmet Fare & Delightful Vocal Entertainment
INSTRUCTION: 10 AM to Noon & 2 PM to 3 PM • LUNCH: Noon to 2 PM
Salons take place in Deanna’s Casterline Inn decorated with cherished icons and sacred artifacts


Section 12C, National event

Special Webinar Announcement….
Creating Futures: Barry Sysler’s Legacy
Thursday May 29th at 4p.m. PDT/7p.m. EDTA donation based event to benefit the Dr. Barry Sysler Memorial Scholarship at Bucks County Community College
Join us for a memorial webinar to celebrate the life and legacy of Barry Sysler.  Barry’s former students will share how Barry helped them create a future. Colleagues will share what they learned from Barry, and how they can carry on his work.A $25 donation is requested to attend this event. You will automatically be re-directed to PayPal to submit your donation after you complete the GoToWebinar registration. Upon receiving your payment and webinar registration, we will email you with information to join the webinar. If you cannot attend the webinar, but would still like to donate, click here.All proceeds from this webinar will go toward the Dr. Barry Sysler Memorial Scholarship at Bucks County Community College where Barry taught for 38 years and was the head tennis coach for 27 years.Register now by clicking:


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