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Section 2, part 2

(1) 6 Strategies to Extend Savings Without Working Longer

(2) Picky eating in children linked to anxiety, depression and a.d.h.d.

(3) How to Live Wisely

(4) Eating Spicy Food Linked to a Longer Life

(5) Michael L. in PA: If you charged for hugs, you would find out  your true friends. I might pay.

Response: Money talks!
(6) Mike M. in NC: Ricki and the Flash ** 1/2 An aged rocker who left her family to peruse her dreams of becoming a rock and roll singer returns home many years later to handle a crisis with here daughter, very well portrayed by Meryl Streep’s real life daughter Mamie Gummer. When Ricki aka Linda returns home after being contacted by her husband Pete (played by Kevin Kline), the reception from her children is not very welcoming or loving. This is where the movie lost me. The dysfunctional family trying to be cordial just doesn’t have a realistic feel to it.
But, if you love Meryl Streep you will love her singing and electric guitar playing (which she learned to play for the film.) The music in the film including her on screen boyfriend Greg (played by Rick Springfield )really rocks. This and the one scene that Ricki has with Pete’s new wife Maureen (played by the amazing Audra McDonald) are worth the price of admission or red box rental. To have two of the greatest actresses in one scene is beyond words.
Screen writer Diablo Cody who have had a better film had she wrote a film about the relationship of a rocker and her band mate and new boyfriend.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Daniel in NC: I want to invite you all to a wonderful Production of Steven Sondheim’s COMPANY! at HART in Waynesville, NC. I’m playing the lead and could use the support!

Friday, August 14, 2015 7:30 PM The Fangmeyer
Saturday, August 15, 2015 7:30 PM The Fangmeyer
Sunday, August 16, 2015 3:00 PM The Fangmeyer
Friday, August 21, 2015 7:30 PM The Fangmeyer
Saturday, August 22, 2015 7:30 PM The Fangmeyer
Sunday, August 23, 2015 3:00 PM The Fangmeyer
Friday, August 28, 2015 7:30 PM The Fangmeyer
Saturday, August 29, 2015 7:30 PM The Fangmeyer
Sunday, August 30, 2015 3:00 PM The Fangmeyer
Friday, September 4, 2015 7:30 PM The Fangmeyer
Saturday, September 5, 2015 7:30 PM The Fangmeyer
Sunday, September 6, 2015 3:00 PM The Fangmeyer

Ticket Prices: Adults $26, Seniors $22, Students $13 ($9 Matinees)
Author(s): Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furth
Director(s): Steve Lloyd
Music Director- Kelli Brown Mullinix
Choreographed by- Shelia Sumpter
Stage Manager- Christy L. Bishop
Sound- Bruce Donley
Show Rating: Adult themes

Description: Tony award winning Best Musical that centers on Bobbie, a young man unable to commit to any relationship, let alone marriage, and his friends, five couples who are all married. This witty, wise, and sophisticated musical has become a classic, with one of Sondheim’s best scores. ADD TO YOUR TICKET PRE SHOW MEAL SERVICE at 6:30 – Central Park Picnic- $15

Or call the box office- 828-456-6322


Robert – Daniel Hensley
Sarah – Leslie Lang
Harry – Mike Yow
Susan – Karen Covington
Peter – Charles Mills
Jenny – Tabitha Judy
David – Dwight Chiles
Amy – Kristen Yarborough Hedberg
Paul – Strother Stingley
Joanne – Lyn Donley
Larry – Stephen A Gonya
April – Chelsey Lee Gaddy
Marta – Kirby Gibson
Kathy- Madison

Piano- Sarah Grace Mccoy
Bass- Sandy Boone
Drums- Jason

(2) Songs of the Stage: An Evening of Wine, Cheese, and Musical Theatre
Sunday, August 16, 7-9 PM at Biltmore Lake Clubhouse, Biltmore Lake, NC.

Note: If you want to make reservations, do so on the Biltmore Lake Intranet. Or if you want to have me (Blaine) make them for you, send an email to: and put RESERVATIONS in the subject line.


Join Madison Fiedler for a memorable evening of wine, cheese and the music of Broadway as she prepares to embark on the next phase of her career! Featuring songs by Stephen
Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, Maury Yeston, Frank Loesser, Scott Alan, and others, this evening will take you on a musical journey sharing songs that have profoundly touched Madison and helped shape her dreams for a life in the theatre.
Madison is an 18year old resident of Biltmore Lake who graduated Asheville School in the
spring and will be attending Northwestern University (with a Theatre major) in the fall. Since her first show at 5 (as a nameless barnyard animal in a hastily put together kindergarten play), she’s been in love with musical theatre and has performed at Flat Rock Playhouse, in the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade, and at other various venues in and out of state. She has performed as the featured soloist in various local concerts, including AmiciMusic’s “The Next Generation” at White Horse Tavern and the Blue Ridge Orchestra’s “Sound of Music Medley” at University of North Carolina at Asheville. Favorite roles include Helena in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof.”
John R. Crawley, Director of Music at Asheville School, will accompany Madison. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he received his degree in piano performance, John also has an extensive background in musical theatre. He was last heard as music director of Asheville Community Theatre’s hit production of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” in June.
Admission is free, although donations will be gratefully accepted. All proceeds from the concert will go toward helping Madison with her college expenses as she begins the next exciting chapter of her life.

(3) Howard D. in FL: I have recently found a terrific “new” group The Devil Makes Three (TDM3); they will be coming to your neck of the woods — check them out.

Here’s their website:
Here’s their complete performance via NPR at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival
Not only are they refreshingly good, they feature tenor banjo, my personal instrument of choice.
Contact: Barrie Barton
LOCAL MOVEMENT THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES FALL WORKSHOPAsheville-based Community Choreography Projects presents Talking to God, a 9-week artistic conversation, exploration, creative collaboration and presentation workshop that helps attendees address the question: Do we connect with God, Spirit or the Divine, and how do we connect?The workshop which begins September 14, invites all participants to engage with the influences of their spiritual inner lives and share the paths they take to connect with God or what they identify as a divine power.

Some people pray, dance or sit in silence, explains CCP Artistic Director Barrie Barton. Others commune through nature, conversations or doing good deeds. And many people don’t talk to God or don’t believe in God.

“How many methods are there to commune with God? As many people inhabiting this earth,” says Barton. The workshop and presentation is not based in or from any specific religious practice and is not about finding answers, she explains, but more about exploring the full human spectrum of experience.

People of all experience levels are invited to join Barton as she facilitates and helps attendees engage in expressive activities using movement, story, writing and art. The Talking to God workshop culminates with a collaborative, community-based movement-theater piece to be performed on Sunday, November 22.

“I enjoyed moving with our group exploring and navigating of some juicy life topics that surfaces our stories in such a clear and simple way,” says former CCP cast member Mindy Coleman. “The path of creating and group expression at the heart of the experience was such an honor be a part!”

The Talking to God series is currently open for registration. Class will meet Monday, September 14 – November 16 at Jubilee! Community in Asheville from 6-8pm.

• Registration is currently open
• 9-week workshop starts Monday, September 14
• Class meets at Jubilee! Community, 46 Wall St. in Asheville, from 6:00-8:00pm.
• Course fee: $155.
• Participants can attend a sample first session for $15.
• All experience levels and walks of faith welcome.
• For information and to register: (828) 658-1217 or go to

Community Choreography Projects, led by Artistic Director Barrie Barton, is an open-call, performance art theater company that creates collaborative, community-based performances.

Barrie Barton brings a wide-open, liberating skill for creative expression to her role as Artistic Director of Community Choreography Projects, dance educator and community choreographer. Her work invites participants to artful play, exploration and expression through movement, stories, creative writing and choreography. Barrie believes that movement is a vital celebration of life.

(5)   Good Morning!

We are in the process of recruiting standardized patients (SPs) for our objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) at the UNC-CH Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Asheville Campus. These exams involve students interacting with standardized patient actors in clinical role-play situations. Previously, our students traveled to Chapel Hill to complete these exams once per semester. During the spring semester of 2015 we successfully completed our first OSCE in Asheville. This fall, our OSCEs will be held on November 18th and 19th from 9am-5pm.

This is a part-time, temporary position, and would likely only result in 2-3 days of work per semester. However, over time, medicine and other health professions will begin conducting OSCEs in Asheville as well, so the need for SPs will only increase. We are starting the recruitment process now to allow adequate time for the hiring process to take place. Ideally we would like to have a pool of standardized patients to call on to participate in these invaluable experiences for our learners.

Quick Review

Thank you, and please contact me if you have any questions!

Amanda Savage, PharmD

Clincal Instructor

Pharmaceutical Care Lab Coordinator, Asheville Campus

One University Heights, CPO #2125, Asheville, NC 28804

Phone:   828-250-3903

Fax:       828-250-3842


Section 12B, PA/NJ events


Joey Novick at Catch A Rising Star-Princeton – August 15th

“Highly improvisational!…involves theaudience,hysterical every time.”
The Press of Atlantic CityAs an improv actor, Joey appeared with Robin Williams at the Comic Strip in NYC, studied with Chicago’s famed IO improvisational theater director & improv guru, Del Close. He features regularly at scores of comedy venues across the country, and opened in concert for comedy legends Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Paul Reiser, Chris Rock, Robert Klein and Rosie O’Donnell.

“ Number one news parody site in New Jersey”—Bridgegate movie parody on the mark…Novick is the founder and editorial director.” [CONTINUED]


Novick to Present Improv for Lawyers Workshop at Applied Improv Network Conference in Montreal in September

Improv for Lawyers develops skills in dealing with the unexpected, trusting intuition, active listening, agreement and other critical legal skills that are supported by the fundamentals of improvisation. [MORE INFO]
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