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Section 2, part 2

(1) The mouth is mightier than the pen

(2) Mike M. in NC: I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS … Fine performance by Blythe Danner in a not so great script. The idea of a middle aged widow of 20 who starts to enjoy life by befriending her pool boy and dating a man for the first time since her husband died in 1994 just is not the fun film that the preview makes it seems and doesn’t really get out of the gate.

(3) Andi B. in NC: Saw a “nice” movie we think you will like: Words & Pictures with Clive Owen.

(4) Natalie K. in PA:   Also saw on Netflix the other night and enjoyed “Big Eyes.”

(5) With Summer Sun Come Signs of Danger

(6) How to Talk About Dying


Section 12A, NC events



Would you like to improve your…
…Memory? …Focus? …Attention? …Stress levels? …Function related to a neurological disorder? …Current level of brain and body health?


If you answered YES to any of these questions, then this introductory brain health series taught by local experts in the fields of neuroscience, brain training, professional counseling and personal coaching was designed just for YOU. This ½ day workshop is jam-packed with education on topics necessary for Building a Better Brain, interactive sessions for you to learn valuable self-assessment and brain improvement strategies, and takeaways that you will have to use long after our time together.

What’s included?

Pre-workshop preparation:

  1. Standardized cognitive testing battery to be reviewed during workshop ($100.00 value)
  2. 15 minute phone consult with Michael D-C to review your goals/objectives for this program ($50.00 value)

Day of event:

  1. Complimentary breakfast ($15.00 value)
  2. Introductory education on the following topics (Priceless):
    • Neuroplasticity and your brain’s ability to change (for better or for worse!)
    • Understanding of motivation, and patterns and habits we develop throughout life that we CAN have a positive influence on, including:
      • Perception
      • Why habits are hard to change
      • Building our own strengths to impact change
    • Metabolic and environmental impacts on brain function that are under your control, including:
      • Diet
      • Exercise
      • Stress
      • Lifestyle habits
    • Our sense of authenticity, and how to conquer fears AND utilize strengths for maximum benefit to our brains and bodies. Resolving conflict in our lives through mindfullness
    • Memory and cognition, and physical ‘biomarkers’ of these functions that can be measured AND improved for better brain performance
  3. Breakout sessions demonstrating physical/psychological aspects of assessing and Building a Better Brain
  4. Course takeaways include ($100.00 value):
    • Printed course handouts
    • Complimentary E-book on Dr. Trayford’s Top 10 Brain Health Tips
    • Complimentary Tip Sheet from Michael D-C on Accomplishing Goals Through Building Authentic Motivation


  1. One 3-part Brain Performance Assessment (testing of eye movements, balance and mental timing) with review of testing at APEX Brain Centers ($600.00 value)
  2. One 15 minute follow-up phone consult with Michael Dietrich-Chastain to explore how to maintain goals, implement new strategies, and take action towards lasting change ($50.00 value)
July 21, 2015 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hampton Inn & Suites
18 Rockwood Road
Fletcher, NC 28732
$229.00 + Processing Fee
This seminar combines well over $1000.00 worth of services and education all for the exceptionally low price of only $229.00!Call 828.708.5274 or email with any questions.Seating is limited to 24 participants and will sell out quickly.VISIT OUR WEBSITE!

(3) Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch celebrates their 6th season.  Kick off event is July 11th, 10am-Noon at Diana Wortham Theater.  FREE thanks to our generous sponsors.  Every Saturday morning from 10am-Noon, July 11th through August 8th!

July 11th features winner of the Boston Story Slam and 3 time National Festival Teller, Regi Carpenter from Ithaca, NY. along with Asheville storyteller Debbie Gurriere and Jonesborough storyteller and author Saundra Kelley.
Please join us!





Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Nathan Detroit and Associates Roll the Dice in M&M Stage’s ‘Guys And Dolls ’ at Kelsey Theatre July 10-19

West Windsor, N.J. – Inveterate gambler Nathan Detroit is strapped for cash as he prepares to set up the biggest craps game in town.   It’s time for Lady Luck to step in.  M&M Stage proudly presents the unforgettable Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, July 10 and 17 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 11 and 18 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, July 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night show on July 10.

Some high rollers are rolling into New York City and Nathan Detroit is desperate to set up yet another of his floating crap games – if he can just raise the dough to secure the site.  He decides on an elaborate wager with fellow gambler Sky Masterson.  Can Masterson win the heart of straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown?  If not, Detroit will be $1,000 richer. Adding to the melodrama is Detroit’s own complicated love life with his long suffering fiancé, Adelaide, whose patience is finally at an end.  Are these guys ready to do right by their dolls?

Based on the colorful stories of Damon Runyon, “Guys and Dolls” made its Broadway debut in 1950.  With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, the show’s rapid fire wit and brilliant musical score have made it a true classic of American theater.  Favorite tunes include the catchy title song, plus Luck Be a Lady, Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat, If I Were a Bell, A Bushel and a Peck, and Adelaide’s Lament.

The quirky cast stars Michael Lovett of Ewing as Nathan Detroit; Joe Zedeny of East Windsor as Sky Masterson; Sarah Carter of Lawrenceville as Sarah Brown; and Jen Gursky of Lebanon as Adelaide.

Supporting cast members include Matthew Cassidy of Morrisville, Pa., as Arvide Abernathy; Stacy Danka of Allentown as General Cartwright; Charles Denk of Princeton as Lt. Brannigan; Chris Neuman of Hamilton as Benny Southstreet; Nicholas Pecht of Hamilton as Nicely-Nicely; Kurt Penney of Pennington as Harry the Horse; Peter Sauer of Yardley, Pa., as Rusty Charlie; and Sheldon Bruce Zeff of Newtown, Pa., as Big Jule. Also featured are gamblers Reise Bridgers of Hamilton, Charlie Gormley of Morrisville, Pa., Nicholas Kianka of Hamilton, Matt Krauss of Yardley, Pa., Daniel Montero of Ewing, Dan Mucha of Yardville, Christopher Schmalbach of Marlton, Liam Smith of Yardley, Pa., Joseph Stockette of Bensalem, Pa., Tristan Takacs of Trenton, Michael Wemer of Mt. Holly, Shan Williams of Ewing, and Ray Weems-Pickens Burlington.

The female ensemble includes missionaries Carolyn Anzuini of East Windsor, Rachel Benoit of Yardville, Gina Migliaccio of Hamilton and Chrissy Pullen of New Egypt.  The Hot Box Dancers are Patricia Curley of Lawrenceville, Katelyn Dunkel of Hamilton, Kailee Graham of Ewing, Marina McLaughlin of Columbus, Amanda Peterson of Lawrenceville, Lauren Rennert of Marlboro and Erin Wurtz of Levittown.

The show is directed by Mike Diiorio and produced by Diiorio and Mike Almstedt.  The choreographer is Laura Murey Ghaffoor and the musical director is Pam Sharples. Lighting design is by M. Kitty Getlik.  Stage manager is Angela Fasanella.

Tickets are $20 adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 students and 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 listing of summer events and performances at Kelsey theatre, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office.

(2) “2015 Kelsey Theatre Awards” Features Ceremony and
Live Performances from Past Season July 25

West Windsor, N.J. – It’s awards season once again at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre.  The “2015 Kelsey Theatre Awards,” a Tony Awards-inspired evening that celebrates the past year’s theatrical successes, takes place Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Says Kyrus Westcott, the show’s producer/director and head writer, “There is so much talent, energy and professionalism on stage and behind the scenes at Kelsey Theatre every season. This ceremony is our version of the Tony Awards. It gives us a chance to recognize the actors and production teams who make the magic happen.” The Kelsey Awards ceremony has been jointly hosted by K2KEntertainment and Kelsey Theatre since 2011. (The awards program began in 2009.)

Winners in 26 categories will be announced during the ceremony. Among the categories are best performances, best technical achievements, best direction and best choreography. The ceremony will also honor Kate Pinner, Kelsey Theatre’s technical coordinator and an MCCC adjunct instructor, who will earn a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The awards are based on voting by Kelsey Theatre fans.  (The voting continues through July 5.)  Visit to vote or for more information.

The event will include performances from the past season, featuring the casts of CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, Meet Me in St. Louis, Into the Woods, and The Secret Garden, along with The Producers (2009) and Pippin (2012).  Returning for a fifth year of entertainment will be the Kelsey Theatre Dance Squad, choreographed by Rachel Tovar.  The show will also feature well-known performers in comedy sketches and presentations.

Tickets are $16 for all.  Tickets are available online at or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

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