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Section 2, part 2

(1) Pat A. in NC: My final post on the topic of self-publishing ‘Let’s Visit New Hope’ – using Amazon’s Createspace.

(2) Bob H. in FL: Vincent van Gogh The Complete Gallery HD

(3) The Moral Bucket List

(4) Deb in NY: I  have a friend who has an 8-year-old son working on a school project and still needs postcards from several states.  If your state is on the list, could you send a postcard, postmarked in your state, to my friend’s son.

Note: I don’t want to give his street address here, so please write me for it. You can reach me at: Put POSTCARD in the subject line.

The deadline is May 1st.  Thanks for your help.  States needed are: Wisconsin,Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Oklahoma, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Hawaii.

Many thanks!

(5) Marty S. in TX: Really Neat!  This may or may not work on your computer….

This demo requires a decent graphics card and up-to-date drivers.

Note: If you can’t run the demo, you can still see it on YouTube:

(6) Maria P. in PA: Yes!!! The name description fits you to a T!

(7) Reading with imagination

(8) Musical-Theater Junkies Score Seats to High-School Productions


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Tuesday, April 21 at 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Celebrate Earth Day a day early! Join us for a talk by Josh Dorfman, founder of The Lazy Environmentalist and managing director of Venture Asheville.

Free, open to the public, no registration required
Ferguson Auditorium on A-B Tech’s Asheville Campus
Learn more about Josh:

(2) Steven Turner in NC: Streetcar Named Desire opens this weekend at ACT

For the first time in its storied 69-year history, the great American play “A Streetcar Named Desire” opens this weekend at Asheville Community Theatre. Local veteran actress Jennifer Russ plays Blanche (some say the most demanding dramatic role in American theater). Read more about Jennifer and the other leading players here in The Asheville Citizen-Times preview.Directed by Jerry Crouch, “A Streetcar Named Desire” opens Friday 17 April for a three-week run.  Click here for online ticket information, including “Big Easy” opening weekend pricing. As always, Waylon and his friendly ACT Box Office staff await your call at (828) 254-1320.

(3) Attention, high-growth small businesses: ScaleUp WNC is seeking applicants for the 2nd cohort; ‘Bootcamp & Beer’ events will provide info and tips for successful submissions

AdvantageWest is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2nd cohort for ScaleUp WNC. Growth-oriented small businesses in the region that are past the start-up phase (but before maturity) are encouraged to apply by the deadline of May 18 for this highly competitive program, available at no charge.

Like the 1st cohort that is currently underway, 15 founders or executive managers of growth-oriented small companies will be selected to receive intensive training, one-on-one management support, assistance in connecting with growth capital, and the opportunity to strengthen connections in order to scale up their ventures. The cohort members will be chosen through a competitive, merit-based application process. Cohort 2 sessions begin June 26 and run through September 4.

Learn more and apply here by clicking:…

AdvantageWest received a whopping 67 applicants for the 1st cohort of ScaleUp WNC; of those, 15 were chosen for the highly competitive program. What are the secrets to developing a strong application? Find out at one of four upcoming information sessions at area craft breweries. These free workshops are open to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is highly encouraged.

‘Bootcamp & Beer” events will take place as follows:

Friday, April 17 – Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone, 2-4pm

Monday, April 20 – Catawba Brewing in Morganton, 2:30-4:30pm

Monday, April 27 – Hi-Wire Brewing in Asheville, 2-4 pm. Details for this session here:…

Tuesday, April 28 – Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City, 2-4pm

Each session will include an overview of the ScaleUp WNC program, a mini-bootcamp on how to prepare a successful growth plan and ScaleUp WNC application, an opportunity to connect with local service providers and funders, and great networking over craft brews (cash bar) with peer entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Anyone is welcome to attend ‘Bootcamp & Beer,’ regardless of whether you currently meet the ScaleUp WNC eligibility requirements. For additional event information and to register, visit:

Is your business eligible for ScaleUp WNC? How much does it cost?

Are you or someone you know eligible to apply for the ScaleUp WNC program? Founders, owners or executive managers of growth-oriented small businesses are eligible to apply. Businesses must:

Be a for-profit company based in Western North Carolina
Have been in business for at least 2 years
Have annual revenues between $150,000 and $750,000
Have at least one full-time employee (can include founder/owner positions)
Have identified opportunities for business expansion

There is no cost to participate in ScaleUp WNC, thanks to funding from the US Small Business Administration. The program is led by AdvantageWest with training and technical assistance provided by Ascent Business Network, A-B Tech, and The Sequoyah Fund. AdvantageWest was selected by the SBA as one of only eight organizations in the country to develop the project as part of SBA’s ScaleUp America initiative.

(4) 8593 storytelling program

(5) Ann-Lee Waite in NC:  Next two hour Master Class will be Saturday May 16th from 12:15-2:15 at Weaverville Yoga. Our focus will be hips, lower, middle and upper back and of course, feet!! 🙂

Foot fitness class reminder: Wednesday 4:30-5:15 Omni Grove Park Inn; Thursday 9:00-9:30 Asheville Running Company(starting next week also from 7:00-7:30); Saturday 10:45-11:30. 

Here is April’s blog post on the influence of foot work on proprioception….

(7) Kaleo Wheeler will be presenting on:

Introduction to Hula


Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m.-noon

Fletcher Library, Fletcher, NC

(8) David Fine in NC: I am gearing up for my next production, The Music Man at TC Roberson High School. The show runs from April 30-May 2, with performances at 7:30 each night, as well as a 2:00 Saturday matinee. Tickets are available both online

and at the door. I will be playing the title character, Harold Hill, and I’m backed by an awesome cast of nearly 40. We’d like as many people as humanly possible to come out and support high school theatre and arts in public schools. It is truly a cause of Herculean importance! Thanks so much!


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) “Groucho: A Life in Revue”

When: weekends through May 3; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Where: Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 North Delmorr Avenue (Route 32), Morrisville, Pa.
How much: Tickets are $20 with senior tickets at $17; WHYY card holders at $15 and tickets for children under 12 are $10; group discounts also available
Contact: 215-295-3694



Presenting the Eighth Annual
Tyler Formal Gardens & Landscaping Lecture
Featuring Chris Strand lecturing on “The du Pont Influence on American Gardening.” A guided tour of the Tyler Formal Gardens is also included.
Saturday April 25, 9 to 10:30am

Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

Bucks County Community College Newtown Campus

$15 Admission (Students with I.D. $10)

Since 2005, Chris Strand has served as Director of Garden & Estate at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Recently, he co-curated the highly successful exhibition “Costumes of Downton Abbey” at Winterthur. Strand will address the various ways that the du Pont Gardens in the Brandywine Valley influenced American gardening.

Sponsored by:
BCCC Foundation * Bucks Historic Preservation Program * Carol Tyler * Christiansen Memorials, Montgomeryville * de Gruchy Masonry for Preservation, Quakertown * Feeney’s Garden Center, Feasterville * Heartland Wealth Advisors, Lebanon * Lowe’s Home Improvement, Hatfield * Berkshire Hathaway Realty, Mary Dinnen, Newtown
All proceeds benefit the continued preservation of the Tyler Gardens.
For more information, contact Lyle Rosenberger –
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