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Section 2

(1) Marlisa Mills: This Is the Only Thing You Should Do If a Tick Lands on You




(5) Michael Dequina: Please help save my home. To find out how, please click:–14


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Hillary Bolter:

(2) Salley Williamson: The Color of Dance: Collaborative Performances by ACDT and OHAC

You don’t want to miss this collaborative dance performance at the BeBe Theatre on June 8, 9, and 10! Show times are 7:00 PM on Thursday and Friday and 3:00 PM on Saturday with $10.00 admission. Please contact the Bebe Theatre Box Office for advance tickets: 828-254-2621.

The Color of Dance, a collaboration with Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre (ACDT) to create and perform a new work of dance starring both Open Hearts Art Center (OHAC) participants and ACDT dancers, was supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The artistic premise of the project is that local audiences benefit and learn from exposure to people with developmental and physical disabilities—in local arts and everyday life. People with developmental disabilities are traditionally segregated in schools and communities at a very young age, but new studies, mental health practices, and education formats are demonstrating that this is detrimental, not only to people with disabilities, but to society as a whole.

OHAC and ACDT are in the process of 30 weeks of one hour rehearsals to collaboratively develop and refine the concept and the performance. Throughout the collaboration, ACDT artists are learning to develop new ways to teach people with disabilities and to work more comfortably and collaboratively with OHAC participants. In turn, OHAC participants benefit from the wealth of experience and artistry of ACDT staff, and learn to express and value themselves in new ways.

OHAC is a community based nonprofit, providing opportunities for differently abled adults to express themselves through the arts. The program is committed to improving the quality of life for artists with disabilities and to recognizing these individuals and what they have to offer as a contribution. OHAC is a safe, loving community that is focused on supporting the individual needs and goals of people living with disabilities

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Note: I’ve already seen the above. It is excellent! (More details next week.)


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

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(2) Edie Weinstein:

Hard to believe that nearly three years has passed since the day that everything changed.

 On June 12, 2014, I was on my way home from the gym after a ‘normal’ workout and a little more than an hour later, I was lying in the OR of Doylestown Hospital as a stent was inserted in a fully occluded artery.

My life BHA (Before Heart Attack) looks so different from 
how it is AHA (After Heart Attack)
One of the things I do to keep myself going is offering FREE Hugs any and everywhere I can. Hugs are heart healthy since they bring people together across all kinds of divides, they help folks feel a sense of love and belonging, they feed skin hunger, which is as vital as food hunger. they reduce pain and depression and numerous other benefits.
To celebrate this milestone, I am inviting folks to join me to participate in a Free Hugs stroll from Headhouse Square, around South Street to

Penns Landing in Phildelphia.

I will be there from 10-12 on Saturday June 10th.

My friend Flora Zanfrisco contacted me and asked about filming it. She is the co-owner with Rene Harris of Freedom Films Productions.

Naturally, I was delighted!

Soooo, if you want to be a Hugmobster Armed with Love, please come on out with your open heart and open arms! Friends are welcome as we take it to the streets of The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.
If you can’t be there, hug somebody wherever you are!
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