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Section 2, part 2

(1) Cecile K. in PA: My crush on Juliette Binoche continues. Saw The Clouds of Silas Maria last night. Fantastic film that also illustrates how beautiful women really are at any age:)

My response: I agree with beautiful women at any age; e.g., Cynthia! And thanks for the recommendation. I also like Binoche and now want to see the film.

(2) Howard D. in FL: Join with the world’s largest Holocaust survivor family organization Generations of the Shoah International (GSI) which is publicizing  “The Poetry of Bearing Witness” in their new May Newsletter. We are asking you to share a link of importance, using social media, blog, email, media outlet, etc. Please reach out to your community and let them know about “The Poetry of Bearing Witness”

Here’s content for an email, blog post, or post to social media, etc:

On Being, the award-winning publisher and media entity, has a new online feature “The Poetry of Bearing Witness” involving artifacts and vintage photos from the Holocaust, the silent witnesses from the time, used as a basis for poetry and essays about them; in this way giving them new voices through contemporary writers, new voices arising to ensure truth and memory are preserved. The work explores our collective need for recollection and retelling, presenting the unique journey of the creative spirit to discover the possible in attempting to express the inexpressible. The work includes photos from the renowned collection of The Jewish Museum in Prague, an evocative photo of the Auschwitz entry by celebrated photographer Chris Schwarz, and a powerful series of poems “Terezin: Trilogy Of Names,” from the work in progress New Voices from Salvaged Words: An Anthology of Contemporary Holocaust Poetry and Essays. Visit this link for more:

(3) Bob H. in FL: I always enjoy Blaine’s World.  This was a special issue because of the story Cynthia wrote about Pablo.

She writes so beautifully . . . and the words she chose to share really were moving.  This gave Blaine’s World a new lustre.  I hope more of these things happen to her and she will continue to share them with us.
Bravo to all of you . . . you, Cynthia and Pablo.
Oh…. tell her how hot her boots looked in the Verizon photo!  🙂

(4) Bill K. in FL: THANKS Blaine! — enjoyed the newsletter as always, especially the story on Pablo Stone.

(5) Marie V. in NJ: LOVED Cynthia’s “Pablo” story!!!!  AND that Zuzu  was on your team — can’t wait to see photos! 🙂

(6) Tebbe D. in NC: Check out Marry and Tebbe talk art, my blog

(7) As We Age, Keys to Remembering Where the Keys Are


The Brady Campaign/MMM is pleased to be partnering with Mothers In Charge on the STANDING FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE National Rally.  We will be providing support in all phases of this endeavor.  The main causes covered during the Rally will be bringing gun violence to the forefront as a public health issue and the discrimination in the distribution of the crime victim compensation fund.  We hope that our Brady/MMM supporters and many others will get on board and make every effort to attend the Rally.

The organizers are in need of Bus Captains to work with US

Coachways, an official partner for this Rally. If you will be the point person from your area to assist people in getting onto a bus, please contact me right away!  The average cost per person for round-trip transportation (NJ locations<—>Washington, DC) is approximately $33.  Bus parking is generally at the RFK Stadium.  Additional money should be carried for use on the Metro to get you from the bus to the Lincoln Memorial ($1.85 each way), for food and souvenir purchases, etc.  So #GETONTHEBUSWITHUS!!! or hop on a train or plane!  Make plans NOW to attend the Rally.  Spread the word.

Even if you are not able to be a Bus Captain, contact me ASAP so that we know areas where we need buses to cover.

Contact Carole Stiller, NJ MMM Chapters President, at  or Dorothy Johnson Speight, Founder, Mothers In Charge, at with any questions.

(9) Dan B. in PA: 10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating

(10) Mira K. in NC: I know you are “beautiful”, as Cynthia describes, but I was so moved and upllifted by Cynthia’s story of Pablo that I now know she is beautiful, too.

She is right – it is a story that should have been told, and told by her in such a delightful way.

(11) An Uber for Doctor Housecalls(11) An Uber for Doctor Housecalls

 (12) Corinne G. in PA: Norman Rockwell Magazine Covers

(13) 60 worst mother selfies of all time!gallery-837922-837986-60

(14) Some new math for the 4 per cent retirement rule

(15) How to buy art: a beginner’s cheat sheet

(16) Bill G. in NC: Unpaid virus will destroy theatre industry

(17) Lucille E. in VA: I’ve used this website to find a good but reasonably priced plumber in my area. It’s a nonprofit website that rates local firms and provides unbiased ratings to consumers. It provides information on local auto repair shops, home repair services, health services, etc.

Note: The organization publishes Consumers’ CHECKBOOK magazine in both print and online versions in the Boston, Chicago, Delaware Valley, Puget Sound, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Twin Cities, and Washington, D.C., areas.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Ann-Lee Waite:

  • Just want to remind you that foot fitness classes, that I run, are now only on Thursdays, one at 9am and the other at 7pm at the Asheville Running Company store on Depot St in the River Arts district. 

(The only other foot fitness classes open to the public are on Wednesdays at 4:30 and Saturday at 10:45 at the Grove Park Inn Sports Complex.)

  • Because attendance has become quite erratic I am requiring everyone to confirm their attendance the night before class.  IF I DO NOT GET AT LEAST ONE ATTENDANCE CONFIRMATION I WILL NOT BE THERE.
  • Two payment model choices: Package of 5 classes at $14 ($70) each or 10 classes at $12.50 each($125.00). The package of 5 is valid for two monthes and the package of 10 for three monthes.

I believe doing it this way people will be more consistent and committed to attending class; in this way they are able to feel the difference consistent work does in improving their foot issues.


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June 17th – AsheFestivals: Secrets to Successful Festivals

Moderator: Jon Fillman, Economic Development Specialist, City of Asheville
Terry Bemis, Director, Mountain Sports Festival
Jennifer Pickering, Executive Director, LEAF
Meghan Rogers, Executive Director, Asheville Downtown Association
David Whitehill, Executive Director, Asheville Symphony.
Moderator: Josh Dorfman, Director of Entrepreneurship, Venture Asheville
and Managing Director, Asheville Angels
Justin Belleme, Founder and Director of Strategy, JB Media Group
Matthew Raker, Vice President of Entrepreneurship, AdvantageWest Economic Development Group
Jill Sparks, Executive Director, Small Business Center and Business Incubator AB TechAug 18th – Asheville’s Innovation Districts: A Catalyst for GrowthModerator:  Steph Monson Dahl, Riverfront Redevelopment Office Director, City of Asheville
Patrick O’Cain, Chef/Owner, Gan Shan Station
Esther Manheimer, Mayor, City of Asheville
Jay Richardson, Asheville General Manager, New Belgium Brewing
Chris White, Founder, President & CEO,  White Labs, Inc.


(3) Asheville Theater Alliance presents “Theater and the Press,” a panel discussion for ALL local theater companies and independent producers, featuring Emily Patrick of the Asheville Citizen-Times and Alli Marshall of the MountainXpress. It will be moderated by Jeff Catanese.The panel will hope to shed light on our theater community’s current relationship with the press and how we can improve it. Hear tips and tricks as to how to get noticed and reviewed, how to write an effective press release, how to make all the local calendars, among many other topics. A Q&A will follow the initial presentation.This event will take place on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 6pm, at The Magnetic Theatre‘s brand-new space Magnetic 375, 375 Depot St. in the River Arts District of Asheville. A cash bar will be available before the panel discussion at 6:30.The Asheville Theater Alliance is an organization dedicated to helping performing arts companies of Western North Carolina, through education, service and advocacy.
 (4) One week away…springtime pizza blast!

SUNDAY MAY 17TH 5:30-8:30Come join the fun as 8 of the best pizza companies in Asheville compete for most tasty…with Judges like Tony Kiss and Jeff Messer adding your vote to the mix.

These great restaurants are signed on: ALL SOULS, BRIXX, DEL VECCHIOS, FAVILLA’S, FRANK’S ROMAN PIZZA, MELLOW MUSHROOM, NONA MIA, STRADA! **Family friendly, face painting and balloon critters**SCHEDULE:
5:40 Pizza judging starts
6:00 Indigo DeSouza
6:30 Andalyn (VMAs 1st Pl Winner) w/Honey B’s
6:50 Garrett Nelson (2015 Slam 1st Pl Winner)
7:00 Judge Winners announced, People’s Choice voting
7:45 Zuzu Welsh Band
Tickets for “Pizza Pan-Demonium!” are $20 adv ($25 at the door) and include pizza, beer, wine. soft drinks, and entertainment. Kid tickets (under 12) only $5, and teens (age 13-20) are $10. Proceeds to Eblen Charities. Click here to get advance price discount:
 (5) Mike M. in NC: Hoke, take me to the Piggly Wiggly. Yes yum Miss Daisy.


It is wonderful to see a new play written by the talented actor, writer and director Waylon Wood here in Asheville.
Very charming story of a woman work works at the Piggly Wiggly and her beau a plumber. Through the letters we find out about their lives families and their intriguing live. The show is wonderfully acted by Joan Atwood and John Hall.

On a personal side note, several years ago I purchased a pack of letters at an antique shop from a woman in Buffalo to her man who was in WW2. Seeing this show reminded me of the joy I had reading those 30 letters over a period of time.

You have 2 more weekends to see this wonderful show at Asheville Community Theatre intimate black box theater 35 Below.

(6) Asheville Jewish Film Festival

Deli Man

Opening Night Film & Reception
May 7th. 6:00pm at Blue Spiral 1 • All Tickets $22
May 8th. 1:00pm All Tickets $8.50

Jewish culture reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. As that culture continues to shift and adapt alongside mainstream America, delicatessen food – as its name suggests – remains a beloved communal delicacy.In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S. His story – augmented by the stories of iconic delis such as Katz’s, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate ‘n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage – embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods.

Above and Beyond

May 14th. 7:00pm
May 15th. 1:00pm
All Tickets $8.50

In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. As members of Machal – “volunteers from abroad” – this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride. ABOVE AND BEYOND is their story.

Once in a Lifetime

May 21st. 7:00pm
May 22nd. 1:00pm
All Tickets $8.50

A teacher with 20 years of experience, Anne Gueguen is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. Overcoming their apathy, however, is proving to be more difficult than expected. Frustrated but undaunted, Anne tests her multicultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the class’s attitude dramatically. Despite their long-shot odds of winning, these once-rebellious teens soon begin to see one another – and themselves – in a whole new light.
A potent and moving antidote to the devaluation of education in an age of ignorance, ONCE IN A LIFETIME demonstrates the enduring impact of the Holocaust in transforming future generations.


May 27th. 7:00pm
May 28th. 1:00pm
All Tickets $8.50

Widowed and down on his luck, Nat Dayan is desperate to save his bakery in London’s East End. His customers are dying off, his sons have no interest in keeping afloat the family business, and hostile businessman Sam Cotton has his own greedy plans for the property. In a pinch, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash a refugee from Darfur. The Muslim boy assists with the bakery’s daily chores, while selling cannabis on the side to help his struggling mother make ends meet. When Ayyash one day accidently drops his stash into the dough, the challah starts flying off the shelf, and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice
DOUGH is a warmhearted and gently humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) ‘The Music Man’ Marches into MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre May 8-17

West Windsor, N.J. – Fast-talking con man Harold Hill is up to tricks and the unsuspecting folks of River City, Iowa, are about to buy into his scheme to create a Boys Marching Band – starring their children!  The Yardley Players present “The Music Man” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre in May.  Dates and show times for this enduring Broadway classic are: Fridays, May 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, May 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, May 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  An opening night reception with the cast and crew follows the May 8 performance.

When Harold Hill arrives in the sleepy town of River City, he goes right to work convincing the townspeople that they need a marching band to keep their boys out of trouble.  Expensive instruments and uniforms follow.  The only problem is that “Professor” Hill doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef and the local folks are getting suspicious.  Plus, Hill has fallen for Marian, the town’s librarian.  When Harold is forced to face the music – literally – how will he prove himself to the town and the woman he loves?

Based on the book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, “The Music Man” came to Broadway in 1957, winning five Tony Awards.  It was made into a 1962 film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo.  Among the songs that have become classics of American theater are: “Goodnight, My Someone,” “Till There Was You,” “Gary, Indiana,” “Shipoopi,” and the show-stopping “Seventy-Six Trombones.”

The cast stars Christopher Neuman of Hamilton as Harold Hill and Elizabeth Rzasa of Lawrenceville as Marian Paroo.  Also starring are Laurie Hardy of Hamilton as Mrs. Paroo; Nicky Torchia of Langhorne, Pa., as Winthrop Paroo; James Zimmerman of Hamilton as Marcellus; Shealyn Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Amaryllis; David Danner of Newtown, Pa., as Mayor Shinn; Liz Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn; Christina Pullen of New Egypt as Zaneeta Shinn; Abigail Kenna of Robbinsville as Gracie Shinn; James Kenna of Robbinsville as Tommy Djilas; and Ron Sangiovanni of Burlington as Charlie Cowell.

Appearing as salesmen and in other roles are: Evan Bilinski of Franklin Park, Nicholas Kianka of Hamilton, Jonathan Logan of West Windsor, Michael Marrero of Hamilton, Daniel Montero of Ewing, Dan Mucha of Yardville, Nathan Parker of Manalapan, Joseph Stockette of Bensalem, Pa., and Michael Torchia of Langhorne, Pa.

Featured as Pick-A-Little Ladies are: Carolyn Anzuini of East Windsor, Pam Booth of Belle Mead, Cathy Coryat of Cream Ridge, Stephanie Harden-Giunta of Lawrenceville, Leslie Kraus of Levittown, Pa., Caitlyn McCloughan of Lambertville, Gina Migliaccio of Hamilton, Ashley Patrick of Langhorne, Pa., Lindsey Rearic of Lawrenceville, Bridget Sweeney of Hamilton, and Charlotte Singh of Princeton Junction.

The teen/children’s ensemble features: William Alena of Princeton, Emma Behrens of East Windsor, Alex Bischoff of Hamilton Square, Addison Blumberg of Yardley, Pa., Mary Rose Brendel of Cranbury, Teddy Brendel of Cranbury, Hayden Clark of Lawrenceville, Quinten Darling of Morrisville, Pa., Margaret DeLucia of Robbinsville, Alana Greener of Princeton Junction, Dylan Katz of West Windsor, Makenna Katz of West Windsor, Marina McLaughlin of Columbus, Clara Rice of Lambertville, Tara Misiura of Hightstown, Jimmy Weinstein of Princeton, and Kaitlyn Young of Robbinsville.

The production staff includes Producer Kristy Davis, Director Marge Swider, Music Director Pat Masterson, Choreographer Laura Murey Ghaffoor, Stage Managers Gene And Whitney Pullen, Set And Sound Designer Mike Almstedt, Costumer Louisa Murey, and Publicist Liz Wurtz.  Props Are By Jill Katz And Patty Walsh.

Tickets for “The Music Man” are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $16 for students/children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

(2) “Junie B. Jones” Takes Center Stage at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre May 30

West Windsor, N.J. – There’s big time fun in store when “Junie B. Jones” steps onto the stage at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre.  Theatreworks/ USA presents the irrepressible first grader in her very own musical on Saturday, May 30 at 2 and 4 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Based on Barbara Park’s best-selling books, the production chronicles the outspoken and lovable youngster’s daily accounts as she describes them in her “top secret personal beeswax journal.”  Junie’s challenges include getting used to a whole new group of friends, meeting her teacher, adjusting to wearing glasses, participating in the annual kickball tournament and other angst-ridden moments of childhood.  Young audiences will easily connect with this warm and bubbly heroine, who finds a way to succeed in the end and learns important lessons along the way.

After a brief New York City-area tour in Spring 2004, “Junie B. Jones” premiered off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in July 2004 and is now one of Theatreworks/ USA’s most popular productions.  The musical is based on books in the Junie B. Jones series including Junie B., First Grader (at Last!); Junie B., Boss of Lunch; Junie B., One-Man Band; and Top-Secret Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B. (and Me!).

Theatreworks/USA is America’s largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theater for young and family audiences.  Since 1961, the company has enlightened, entertained, and instructed more than 90 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about four million people annually.

Tickets are $10 for children, students and senior citizens, and $12 for adults. Free parking is available next to the theatre. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333.

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