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Section 2, part 2

(1) Teacher uses LEGOs to explain math to children

Teacher Uses LEGOs To Explain Math To Schoolchildren

(2) Henry W. in NY: “Loving” is an intensely powerful and emotional movie based on the personal and legal struggle of Richard and Mildred Loving, a young, married inter-racial couple, who lived in rural Virginia in the late 1950’s when laws criminalizing inter-racial marriage (anti-miscegnation laws) flourished. Arrested, convicted, and sentenced to prison, the couple was able to avoid jail by agreeing not to return together to Virginia for 25 years. Exiled to Washington, D.C. for several years and then surreptitously living in Virginia, the couple’s love for each other never fades. Fast forward to 1967 when the Supreme Court, in the landmark case of Loving v. Virginia, unanimously ruled that laws that enforced racial segregation in marriage were unconstitutional as violative of the Equal Protection Clause. Not lost on me was the cruel irony of watching the Loving’s story at this particular moment in American political history. The one thing I would like to have known is how this historic couple – a quiet, white, construction worker and a young, out-going, Black woman, both from rural, segregated Virginia, met and fell so deeply in love. Excellent acting and a must-see film.


(4) Paula L. in NY:  Really enjoyed this edition, and both cartoons! Hope your visit to NJ was great!

(5) John D. in PA:  I was looking at previous issues and didn’t see it, just wondering if you reviewed Mr. Church. Anyway, saw it on DVD yesterday and really enjoyed it. Thought Eddie Murphy was really good.


Section 12A, NC events


Monday, December 5 at 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church 2021 Kanuga Rd, Hendersonville NC

Creating ‘Ohana, a community of sisterhood and kinship through Hula

taught by Kaleo Wheeler

Hula is an ancient spiritual practice exquisitely expressed through the flowing movements of your hands and body. “I love how hula makes me feel…so relaxed and at peace…The Spirit of Hawai’i just comes into my soul and lifts me….It makes me feel beautiful.”

“WHY WE DANCE… To dance is to Pray..
To Pray is to HEAL… To Heal is to GIVE…
To Give is to LIVE… To Live is to LOVE…
To Love is to Be~LOVED…”

Introductory Classes: Mondays, December 5 and December 12, 10:30am to 12:00noon

A Weekly Day Class will be starting on Monday, January 9, 2017
10:30 to 12:00noon

Fee for Introductory Classes: $15
(Goes toward 1st monthly fee, if you register within a week of the Intro Class)

Fee for weekly classes: $60/monthly

Evening weekly classes: Wednesday evenings, 6:30 to 8:00pm in the MIlls River/Fletcher area.

For more info and to register, visit:


(2) Choosing Gratitude and Ease

“There is always something to be grateful for even when life is hard and times are tough.”. In Grateful by: Madisyn Taylor

Every moment of every day is a blessing, with much to be grateful for. Living in Gratitude creates a snowball effect. With each small expression of gratitude we show our light, and we are mirrored back our brightness with blessings from others.

There is always something to be grateful for, even during life’s challenges. At times, it can be hard to find your gratitude. Yet, if we can look deeply during challenging times, we can typically find something to be grateful for and transform the challenges into blessings.

Blessings and abundance surround us.
Having gratitude for one blessing can bring on the snowball effect!

We can choose to appreciate who and what we have in our lives. We can choose to be grateful for every breath, smile, helping hand, and friendship; each is a gift. Challenges can be gifts too; each one teaches us something important.

Living in gratitude allows us to spread our light. Our world reflects this back to us, giving us more to be grateful for.

This InterPlay workshop will provide you with an opportunity to explore some craftily-created tools for having more gratitude and appreciation.

We will use InterPlay forms of telling our stories through words, movement and stillness, while creating connection and gratitude for ourselves and others.

“Grace happens when we act with others on behalf of our world”
by: Joanna Macy

Led by Darlene Kucken, Certified InterPlay Leader

One of Darlene’s practices is saying “Thank You” and “Good Job”
every chance she can.

Bring a friend! We welcome one and all!
No prior experience with InterPlay is needed.

Cost: $10-20 sliding scale

Friday, November 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

French Broad Food Co-op Movement Learning Center, 90 Biltmore Ave, Asheville NC
Park free in gravel lot behind building or in Co-op lot at end of block, or paid parking on street or the Aloft parking deck.


Section 12B, PA/NJ event

‘Babes in Toyland’ Gets Holidays Off to Bright Start at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Nov. 18-27; More Holiday Entertainment Coming in December

West Windsor, N.J. – With their friends in trouble, the fairytale characters of Toyland are preparing for battle.  M&M Stage Productions presents the charming holiday musical “Babes in Toyland” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre in November.  Dates and show times for this family classic are Fridays, Nov. 18 and 25 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Nov. 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Nov. 18.

Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  The theater is an official drop-off site for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign and is accepting new, unwrapped toys now through Dec. 12. (There will be a special toy sale in the lobby during performances of “Babes” to give patrons a convenient way to purchase and donate on the spot.)

This musical by Victor Herbert brings to life various beloved characters from Mother Goose nursery rhymes, all of whom live in Toyland. It’s a wonderful place to call home, except that they must share their town with the wicked Barnaby, the original Grinch!  Barnaby is intent on ruining the holidays for all by foreclosing on their homes and stealing their money.  He also has his evil eyes set on marrying the adorable Contrary Mary by kidnapping her boyfriend, Tom Tom, the Piper’s son, to get him out of the way.   Family audiences will root for them all – Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffet, Simple Simon, Little Boy Blue, Little Bo-Beep and many more – who will band together to protect their friends and their town.

Starring in “Babes” are: Amy Bessellieu of Lawrenceville as Hilda; Alexa Comeau of Princeton as Contrary Mary; Gina Drigant of Bensalem, Pa., as Widow Piper; Richard Kirschner of Belle Mead as the Toymaker; Michael Marrero as Alan, Barnaby’s nephew; Connor McDowell of Levittown, Pa., as Tom Tom; Marina McLaughlin of Columbus as Jane, Barnaby’s niece; Dan Mucha of Yardville as Roderigo; Ron SanGiovanni of Burlington as Gonzorgo; Hudson Waller of Kendall Park as Grumio; Joe Zedeny of East Windsor as Marmaduke; and John Zimmerman of Hamilton as Barnaby.

Also featured are Nicholas Benedetti of Ewing as Tommy Tucker; Sawyer Berness of Pennington as Peter Pumpkin Eater; Addison Blumberg of Margate as Curly Locks; Roman Engel of Hamilton as Simple Simon; Maya Karp of Marlboro as Red Riding Hood/Fairy; Dylan Katz of West Windsor as Boy Blue; Makenna Katz of West Windsor as Little Miss Muffet; Maddie Keelan of Hamilton as Bo Peep; Jack May of Millstone as Jack (of Jack and Jill); Isabella Papaccio of Hamilton as Jill (of Jack and Jill); Alexis Pulsinelli of Bordentown as Sally Waters; and Andrew Reiman of Yardville as Bobby Shafto.

The ensemble includes Eliyana Abraham of Penndel, Pa., Isabelle Bannon of Princeton, Evan Chartock of Princeton Junction, Madelyn Chartock of Princeton Junction, Isabella Colon of Hamilton, Linda Colon of Hamilton, Whitney Daniels of Willingboro, Stacy Danka of Allentown, Carter Erickson of Yardley, Pa., Nolah Flynn of Yardley, Pa., Hope Ghaffoor of Yardville, Jenna Gottlieb of East Windsor, Robyn Kerachsky of Yardley, Pa., Abigail Leach of Yardley, Pa., Kaili Mack of Lawrenceville, Isabella Mellos of Princeton Junction, Shannon Mohan of Langhorne, Pa., Peyton Nolan of Yardville, Cara Pergament of Robbinsville, Anusha Qaisar of Robbinsville, Jonathan Ronen of Robbinsville, Shreya Savur of Robbinsville, Chris Schmalbach, Haley Schmalbach, Samantha Torillo of Hamilton, Kali Victor of Moorestown and Kaitlyn Young of Robbinsville.

The production team includes Producers Michael Almstedt and Michael DiIorio, Director Director Tom Bessellieu, Musical Director David Shirley, Choreographer Laura Murey Ghaffoor, and Stage Managers Chris Szemis and Tristan Takacs. Props are by Jill Katz, costumes are by Louisa Murey and lighting is by M. Kitty Getlik.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students/children and may be purchased online at  or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.

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