BLAINESWORLD #988 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Laura B. in NJ: I kind of disagreed with you about the Joan Rivers book.  I took exception to the part near the beginning were she started to make fun of Anne Frank.  I just thought that this was tasteless and it hit me wrong.

I am all caught up with your enews and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Pat Achilles art folder on Facebook.  My niece lives in West Point and her daughter. Brooke is very interested in art.  Brooke has always been in the Gifted andTalented Program.  I hope Brooke gets a chance to meet Pat someday.  I would like to meet her too.

Response: I didn’t think the Frank bit was funny, but overall, I liked the book. Rivers tended to take lots of potshots at folks. Many connected; some did not. On Pat Achilles, I agree with you big time. She is the best!

(2) Mike M. in NC: THE GIFT ***1/2Excellent performance and script that made this my second favorite top 10 films of 2015. Well worth seeing once and even twice.

It basically is tied to an incident that dates back to school between the two guys. It really has a lot of twists and the ending will leave the door wide open with suspense.If you click the picture you can see the video preview.

(3) Rachel Pearlstein in NC:  Tomorrow is my last day at the JCC; I can’t believe it!  It has been a pleasure working with you and everyone else on the AJLC. I set up a fundraising campaign for my trip to Nepal and have already reached half of my goal in the past week!  I know you are well tapped into some great networks.  I am attaching the link to my fundraising campaign.

(4) Chuck S. in NJ: E-Cigarettes “Around 95% Less Harmful” Than Regular Smoking

(5) Advice after stock market drop

(6) Lori H. in PA:  I saw Learn to Drive with Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson in a sneak peak. I liked it. Thought it was a sweet film.

(7) Cooking With Kids: 5 Reasons You Should Be Doing It



Section 12A, NC events


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.

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!”

• 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

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.



(4) LINDA HOLLINSHEAD’S WALK PAGE (for September 19)

Chuck and I are teaming with Dr. Margaret Noel, Founder and Director Emerita, MemoryCare, again this year to continue our support in raising awarness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

MemoryCare provides specialized medical care for the patient as well as education and support for the caregiver.  “Team MemoryCare” has joined forces with TheAlzheimer’s Association in its “Walk to End Alzheimer’s”.  This is the nation’s largest event to fight Alzheimer’s disease. By joining our team, you can help end this epidemic and show the more than 5 million Americans living with the disease that they are not forgotten.

Come join our team and/or come walk with us on 9/19/15, beginning at Pack Square Park. You can donate on line, at the event, or you can form your own team.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s largest voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, and the funds we raise will go directly toward supporting their efforts.

Would love to have your support.  Let’s do this together, my friends!

Chuck, Linda, and Peggy Noel

To register, please click:


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Laura Beyer in NJ: The Music Mission at my church (Boonton United Methodist) is having a Guitarbegue on Saturday, September 12 from noon until 5:00.  All the proceeds are going wards Sandy relief in NJ as well as No More Malaria (a malaria nets program started by the NBA and supported by MLB.  Another portion is going to local missions in our are including our food bank.

We are also hosting a national-award winning barbeque house along with ice cream from a wonderful local store. More information can be found on or on Facebook using “The Music Mission”  There is information on both sites about tickets.

(2) “Little Women – The Musical” Delivers Big-Hearted Message at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Sept. 11-20

West Windsor, N.J. – Join the March sisters as they navigate their growing up years during turbulent times in America in “Little Women – the Musical.” Presented by Pierrot Productions, this family musical set during the Civil War opens the new season at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre.

Dates and show times are Fridays, Sept. 11 and 18 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sept. 12 and 19 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Sept. 13 and 20 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 Sept. 11.

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, the musical version of “Little Women” opened on Broadway in 2005 and has since toured the country. Audiences will fall for with the Marches: Meg, the romantic oldest daughter; Jo, the spirited and talented writer; Beth, sweet and caring; and Amy, irascible and feisty.  Living in Concord, Massachusetts, with their beloved mother, Marmee, they struggle to find their own voices while coping with the anguish of a father who has gone off to war. Set to the beautiful music of Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein, the story of the Marches mirrors the story of a young America — and it all adds up to an inspired musical adventure.

Starring as the March sisters are: Marnie Kanarek of Marlton as Meg; Samantha Sharpe of Basking Ridge as Jo; Heather Corson of Lawrenceville as Beth; and Jessica Turk of Manalapan as Amy. Also featured are Susan Blair of Philadelphia, Pa., as Marmee; Gabrielle Affleck of Philadelphia, Pa., as Aunt March; and Kyla Marie Mostello Donnelly of Levittown, Pa., as Mrs. Kirk. The men in their lives include Jeff Price of Monmouth Junction as Professor Bhaer; Jarrett Smith of Long Valley as John Brooke; Zachary Taylor of Haddon Heights as Laurie; and William Walters of Columbus as Mister Laurence.

The production team includes Producer Pete Labriola, Director Kat Ross Kline, Music Director Peter de Mets, Assistant Director Jaci D’Ulisse, Assistant Stage Manager Hannah Knight, Costumer Barbara Paolillo, Set Designer Bill Mercado, Master Builder Jim Petro, Lighting Designer Kitty Getlik, and Sound Designer Eric Collins.

Tickets for “Little Women” 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.  Discounted subscription packages for the 2015-16 season are still on sale.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

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