Saturday, October 31, 2009
Local story teller, Brother Wolf, has a Halloween relevant theory.
PR.com: "Scary Stories Are Good for Your Children," Says Host of the Art of Storytelling Show
On Saturday, October 24, people around the world gathered to show their support for the environmental goal of decreasing carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million (ppm). The earth’s atmospheric CO2 is presently significantly above that concentration and there is great concern in the scientific community that mankind has already reached the point where positive feedback mechanisms will hasten catastrophic climate change. How do we reduce our “carbon footprint?”
One part of the problem is being played out almost daily over our heads. The 178th Fight Wing publication, aptly named “The Thunderer” of May/June 2009 (Vol. 51, No. 4) reported on an award for pumping a lot of fuel at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. Their refueling operation pumped 5,248,450 gallons, and they defueled 161,654 gallons, for a net fuel usage of 5,086,796 gallons. That is a big carbon footprint.
To appreciate the magnitude of this fuel usage, it is interesting to look at the numbers from an advertisement by CSX railroad. They say that their railroad can move a ton of freight 423 miles on a gallon of fuel. At that rate, the fuel used to make the aircraft roar over our heads would move a ton of freight about 2.15 billion miles, or about 85,000 times around the earth. Thought of in another way, if one’s automobile has a fuel efficiency of 25 miles per gallon, that quantity of fuel will move the car 127 million miles, or the equivalent of about 265 round trips to the moon.
These numbers can be frustrating to imagine or contemplate. What good does it do to bicycle downtown, or to drive an efficient automobile, in the face of such numbers? But the numbers can also give hope,. Remember that Einstein said “You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.” So, if mankind can prepare for peace, instead of for war, we might also save our planet from catastrophic climate change.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009
4:22 a.m. "Thrill The World 2009"
5:01 a.m. "Thrill The World 2009"
5:22 a.m. Zombie Walk for Charity
11:02 a.m. Zombie Walk for Charity
11:14 a.m. "Thrill The World 2009"
11:41 a.m. Zombie Walk for Charity
2:41 p.m. Zombie Walk for Charity
2:53 p.m. "Thrill The World 2009"
3:19 p.m. Zombie Walk for Charity
6:41 p.m. Zombie Walk for Charity
6:53 p.m. "Thrill The World 2009"
7:19 p.m. Zombie Walk for Charity
Both shows will also run all day on Monday, Nov. 2.
Call/write if you have questions----
Thursday, October 29, 2009
She explained that deer were extirpated from Ohio by 1911, reintroduced in 1923, and now number a record 650,000 in Ohio. As Ohio settlement replaced deep forest with farmed fields and then suburbs, these edge areas provided a lush smorgasbord for deer. Marnie explained 20 is the ideal number of deer per square mile for sustaining a herd without critical damage to the habitat. Currently, according to a study in Fairborn, we host 75 deer per square mile!
We learned that deer browse rather than eating in one place and will eat 500 different types of plants with each deer consuming 7-10 pounds of food a day. No wonder we can’t find plants they won’t eat! Well-fed females can become pregnant at 6 months but more likely at the age of two. They average 1.7 offspring a year – a large annual increase in herd size. And does outnumber bucks 8 to 1.
Marnie also addressed feeding deer and providing salt licks. This is not a good practice because sharing food at the same spot each day transmits deer diseases through saliva. The biggest threat is deer wasting disease that can spread to humans. I had heard this before but it was good to have confirmation from a researcher.
We received a good handout of plants deer are likely and unlikely to browse, available at http://njaes.rutgers.edu/deerresistance/. We learned a lot more about repellents, fencing, and other methods of exclusion and also about the major damage they are doing to future forests of Ohio. However, this will be material for an article in coming weeks.
Macy Reynolds, Greene County Master Gardener
This will be the last public forum where voters will have the chance to hear from the candidates for School Board, Miami Township Trustees and Village Council.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Elsinore Overture - Whear
Fortinbras March - Shostakovich
Suite in Minor Mode - Kabalevsky
March Funebre - Alkan
Golliwogg's Cake-Walk - Debussy
Pavane For a Dead Princess - Ravel
Swing's the Thing - Medley arr. by Osterling
Two Part Contention - Brubeck
Things That Go Bump In the Night - Medley arr. by Bocook
The Forge of Vulcan - Sweeney
Pirates of the Caribbean - Badelt
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
“We’ve been working on this a long time,” villager Kathryn Hitchcock said of the upcoming 23rd annual Classical Mandolin Society of America Convention in Dayton starting tomorrow (Oct. 28) and running through the weekend.
She and four other Yellow Springers, husband Michael Hitchcock, Yvonne Wingard, Mike Ruddell and David Nibert, are members of the 18 piece Dayton Mandolin Orchestra (DMO), which is hosting the event. Wingard was one of the founders of the group that started in 2004. Michael Hitchcock, who has been playing mandolin for over 40 years, joined shortly thereafter. Kathryn was also involved early on, but not as a playing member. She helped out administratively.
Kathryn didn’t play the mandolin, or any other instrument, for that matter. Even though she had enjoyed listening to her husband play with such groups as the Hot Mud Family, and sang to his accompaniment at church events and such, she had no urge to take up the instrument, herself. Until she heard the mandolin in an orchestra setting, that is. After about a year of listening to the mandolin performed in the richness of a full mandolin orchestra, she got the bug. As a singer, she had learned to read music. I can do that, she thought. So she started taking lessons from another orchestra member, Dottie Palsgrove, who villagers might know from the group Heartstrings.
“Dottie is a very good teacher,” Hitchcock said in a recent interview. “It was only about a year before I was playing in the orchestra.”
Hitchcock played in the DMO’s first concert at the First Presbyterian Church in Yellow Springs two years ago. This weekend she will get the chance to play in an “en masse orchestra of very accomplished players,” she said speaking of the group of over 130 mandolin and guitar players that will come together for a joint concert.
A schedule of 17 workshops running from Wednesday through Saturday for mandolin and guitar players of all levels includes such classes as: Sight Reading; Technique program for classical mandolin, with historical background; Articulation on Classical Guitar; Mandolin set-up and easy repairs you can do; and many more. For the complete schedule, email Hitchcock at email@example.com.
“90 people attended our concert in Yellow Springs,” Hitchcock said. “If they like what they heard, I hope they come to the concerts and workshops. This won’t happen again for a long time.
For more information, go to DaytonMandolin.net.
Related post: Local mandolin player gets press for her orchestra
Thanks to Pam Geisel for the heads-up.
At about 4:30, the Amstel will begin an open rehearsal for the benefit of the master class participants of the pieces they have programmed for their Chamber Music Yellow Springs concert at the church at 7:30 p.m. The program will include works by Haydn, Ravel, Tan Dun, Phillip Glass and Tristan Keuris. Student tickets at the door are $6.00.
These events are sponsored by Chamber Music Yellow Springs with the assistance of WSU saxophone professor Shelley Jagow. For further information, phone Jeff Huntington at (937) 767-7001.
Although admission is free, voluntary donations of any size to benefit the nonprofit Little Art Theatre will be collected at the box office. Free Movie Weekend does not apply to the Saturday matinee of Ponyo, nor the Sunday Screenpeace
Showtimes for Taking Woodstock are Friday, October 30 at 7 p.m. and 9:20 p.m.; Saturday, October 31 at 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:20 p.m.; and Sunday, November 1 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Taking Woodstock stars Demetri Martin, Emile Hirsch, Imelda Staunton, Henry Goodman, Jonathan Groff, Mamie Gummer, Eugene Levy, and Liev Schreiber. This film is Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual content, drug use and language.
More information at http://www.littleart.com or by calling (937) 767-7671.
Monday, October 26, 2009
This replacement levy keeps our millage at the same level, but takes into account the County’s most recent property valuations. This will result in an increase of $15.42 per $100,000 appraised home value. The additional funds generated will help us continue to provide the outstanding level of service that the community expects.
As a department, I can assure you that we are well prepared to face future challenges as well as respond to current ones. You will find no group more dedicated to protecting the public and serving the community than our staff of firefighters, officers, EMTs & paramedics. Please join me on November 3rd by voting YES for Issue 22.
If you have any questions about the levy, please feel free to contact me at 767-7842 or visit our levy website at www.mtfrlevy.org. For information about the department, visit our website at www.mtfr.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/MTFR80).
At this event, each candidate for local office - school board, Township and Village - will have an opportunity to make a five-minute presentation. Members of the audience will be able to submit written questions to be answered by those candidates. Candidates have also been encouraged to make campaign literature available to attendees.
We encourage all voters in Yellow Springs and Miami Township to attend and participate.
Kent Bristol, vice-president,
The James A. McKee Group
Yellow Springs resident Kathryn Hitchcock talked to the Dayton Daily News about the Dayton Mandolin Orchestra of which she and several other Springers are members. From Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, the DMO will be hosting the 23rd annual Classical Mandolin Society of America convention at the Crowne Plaza and other Dayton venues.
"I think there are a lot of musicians and music lovers in YS that might want to take some of the workshops for guitar and mandolin, and/or attend one of the concerts," her sister Dee Sorrell wrote in an email to the Blog.
Kathryn's husband Michael Hitchcock also plays in the orchestra, which was founded by Yvonne Wingard. Other local members are Kathryn, Mike Ruddell and David Nibert. The DMO has performed in the village in the past.
Dayton Daily News: Mandolin enthusiasts to make music in Dayton
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Villager and Greene County Library Director Karl Colon is on the news show WHIO Reports on Channel 7 right now.
The new button at the top of the sidebar is the brainchild of videographer Susan Gartner. Click on it and it will bring you to her recently completed video tour of the house for sale at 401 Fairfield Pike, Yellow Springs. This lovely home is being offered for sale by its owner Joanne Augenstein.
Got a house for sale? Want to show a rental property or limited stay apartment? Shoot me an email and I will quote you an extremely reasonable rate: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Mary M. Morgan 937 767 1889 540 Ridgecrest Drive , Yellow Springs, Oh45387
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Friday, October 23, 2009
Dayton Daily News: "Last Truck" screenings set
A few years ago a Yellow Springs village tax levy passed by one vote, driving home the point that this is a town where the cliché “every vote counts” is a truism. This year, in addition to a variety of county-wide levies and state and local issues, voters are faced with three local elections for public office: village council, school board and township trustees.
In the case of council, five candidates are running for three seats; for school board, seven candidates are contesting three seats; and in the township, three candidates are vying for two positions. In the village council election, the candidate who comes in third in the vote count gets a two year term, while the top two vote getters get four year terms. This year it seems we are blessed with having a number of candidates to choose from. There have been council elections in recent times where only three candidates ran for the three seats.
The temptation in this wrinkle in our democracy, of course, is to put the candidates for each position in an ordered list and vote for the appropriate number from the top down. But, what if you only like one or two candidates? Are you obligated to vote for someone you do not want in office? Some might argue that you are, because someone you prefer even less might get in because of your non-vote. In something as vast as a national election this would seem unlikely, but in Yellow Springs every vote counts. And it is precisely because of that, that I argue that you should exercise your non-vote.
Here is the reasoning: Let’s say you have six candidates for three seats. You like candidate A, but A is up against some tough competition from two or three other candidates. There is a good chance A might come in fourth. Of the remaining candidates, some are better than others, but for the most part they are not acceptable to you. In this scenario you need A to get the most votes possible relative to the other candidates. The way for A’s supporters to insure this is to vote only for A and not cast votes for any other contender, unless there is an additional candidate they would very much like to see in office. A vote for an opponent might be just enough to knock your candidate out. Your withholding of that vote might be just enough to insure their election.
This year’s voting is particularly important, especially in village. With two newcomers running for three of five positions, the makeup of village council could change drastically at a time when the village is looking to define itself. The precarious balance that sometimes seems to exist on the current council will likely be upset. The three running for reelection to the school board have sat on a body of five during a time of budgetary challenges, administrative changes, and a downgrade on the statewide report card for the elementary school. Voters have to decide whether to blame some, all, or none of the incumbents for the schools’ problems, or to retain them because of their experience in those matters. Heads are liable to roll.
If there is one candidate in any of these contests that you think stands head and shoulders above the rest and you are concerned that person might not get elected, your best option is to cast one vote and let the rest of the chips fall where they may.
We've had a glorious summer and fall here in Greene County. We've been out a few times enjoying both the colorful leaves and the colorful election signs. There is one I want especially to draw your attention to.
Obviously the beautilul leaves are not the reason for this letter. Full disclosure: I am in the seventh year of my first term as a trustee on the Greene County Library Board. I am shamelessly requesting your support of the library's 1-mill levy renewal, Issue 7. If you aren't actually involved in promoting a levy, it may have escaped your notice, but I hope this letter will capture your attention, especially as you vote on Nov. 3.
The levy is a renewal of a 1-mill, five-year levy, not an increase or a new levy. You will not notice any additional cost on your tax bill. That's about $30 a year for every $100,000 worth of property here. We are also very much aware that Greene County's unemployment rate is too high and we want to be very careful in asking for money from you.
We have a superb library system here in Greene County. We were recently (again) voted a top 10 US library when ranked alongside similar sized libraries. That's not to be sneezed at. Libraries are ranked on circulation, staffing and materials. Dull stuff, yes, I know. But it is the stuff that makes our library, all seven of them, excellent.
Several years ago we did a survey and learned that our patrons wanted more materials (books, CDs, etc.), Sunday hours open, and more programming for both children and adults. We on the board and our director have been very careful to do these things. Maybe you aren't one who needs Sunday hours, or perhaps you haven't enjoyed some of the excellent programs that are available, but they are there, and for an extremely low cost to Greene Countians.
You've no doubt been made aware of the state of Ohio's financial condition. Ohio's libraries get a large chunk of their funding from the state and when the state's tax collections go down, so does our funding. Our Greene County libraries took a $2.8 million budget reduction this past year. At first we were told to plan our budget with a potential 8% cut. Well, our administration planned on a 20% cut and it turned out to be 18%. Many cuts were made and more will no doubt have to be made, but the 1-mill levy renewal is essential to continuing our usual excellent library service.
Our circulation runs over 3 million items -- about 20 items for every Greene Countian. That's an amazing number and it proves how important library services are. While waiting for a recovery, it appears that those circulation numbers will be increasing.
Okay, that's the end of the hard sell. I just want you to PLEASE vote for Issue 7 - the library's 1-mill renewal. And if you wish to go a step further, you might also send this letter to all YOUR friends in Greene County and ask them to support this levy, too.
Thank you very much!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Michael Jackson fans and zombie wannabes came together at the YS Senior Center on Thursday night, Oct. 22, to rehearse for the 3rd Annual Thrill The World dance event which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the John Bryan Center gym. The event is a global celebration of the life and music of Michael Jackson and an attempt to break the world record of a worldwide simultaneous dance to Jackson's "Thriller". A second rehearsal will take place Saturday at the gym from 6-8 p.m., followed by the official group dance performance at 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to dress like zombies or Michael Jackson and bring plenty of water to avoid dehydration. For more information, go to www.ThrillTheWorld.com or contact event organizer and local DJ Judith "JuJu" Wolert-Maldonado at (937) 532-4996 or email@example.com.
Yellow Springs, Ohio, October 19, 2009 – On Saturday, October 24, 2009, the weekend before Halloween, Yellow Springs will host a local space in which Miami Valley residents and beyond may participate in a tribute to Michael Jackson, in the form of a simultaneous Thriller dance, carried out worldwide in an attempt to break a world record. The event will be a part of the official Thrill the World dance events happening across the globe. The 2009 Thrill The World event is set for October 25, 2009 @ 12:30am GMT/UTC (October 24, 2009 in EST). This year's Thrill The World aims to be an unprecedented global celebration of the life and music of Michael Jackson.
Judith Wolert-Maldonado, a local disc jockey known locally as DJ Juju, and local organizer of the event, encourages Michael Jackson fans and impersonators, zombie impersonators and dancers of all ages to participate in the local event. Wolert-Maldonado hosted an outdoor world music dance party throughout the summer of 2009 as part of Yellow Springs' Summer in the Springs events and saw many local children showing their love of the dance. "Despite having the dance event be billed as showcasing world music, I had children repeatedly make song requests each night for the one and only, Michael Jackson," Wolert-Maldonado said. She added, "I felt that I had no choice but to try to have another dance event for youth (and adults) that would solely focus on the music of Michael Jackson, who clearly has local fans of all ages. When I came upon the Thrill the World website and concept in my research for such an event, I thought that it would be perfect for Yellow Springs and the Miami Valley."
Wolert-Maldonado stresses that anyone can participate, regardless of the seemingly-complex dance choreography of the 1980's classic music video and that by attending any of the two open dance rehearsals, the dance can be learned in two hours. The choreography includes many repetitive dance moves which make the learning of the dance approachable. "The most important part about all of this is to just have fun and forget about other more serious matters, even if for a short while", she stated. All events are free to the public. A video on Youtube is available from the Thrill the World website for people to watch to begin practicing in their own homes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heEFEOfAn4k
The first rehearsal will be on Thursday, Oct. 22nd, from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. at the Yellow Springs Senior Center at 227 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs. The second rehearsal will be on Saturday, Oct. 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the John Bryan Community Center gymnasium at 100 Dayton Street in Yellow Springs, to be followed promptly by the final and official group dance performance at 8:30 p.m. EST. Participants are encouraged to dress up as zombies or Michael Jackson, if they wish, and to bring plenty of water to avoid dehydration. The event will be videotaped and counted as a part of the world record-breaking attempt.
An estimated 400+ events in 42 countries are expected to dance with between 10,000-50,000 participants worldwide.
Now in its 3rd year, Thrill The World’s participant numbers have increased exponentially from the initial 62 dancers in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2006, which resulted in a Guinness World Record, to 4,179 dancers in 10 countries in 2008. This incredible tribute to Michael Jackson was founded by Ines Markelle, a dance choreographer and instructor in Toronto, Canada. It is Markelle’s unprecedented Thriller dance instructional teaching videos that make it possible for non-dancers and dancers, young and young-at-heart, to learn the dance in a very short time. New Thriller dancers have then gone on to teach other event participants.
Thrill The World achieved the ultimate recognition in 2008 from Quincy Jones. He blogs, “Proof of the Thriller album’s continuing popularity and impact comes in the form of Thrill The World, a volunteer organization that exists to stage simultaneous dances of the song Thriller around the globe.” In July 2009 after the death of Michael Jackson, Jones once again acknowledged Thrill The World in an open letter to the media. He writes, “In every language on the planet, from prison yards in the Philippines to Thrilltheworld.com, that will be the beautiful, grand legacy of Michael Jackson.”
Join us in 2009 as we Thrill The World! Visit www.ThrillTheWorld.com for complete list of events.
Please mark your calendars for the Mullin family's 6th annual pumpkin launch with our trebuchet. Bring your jack o'lantern and watch it fly (and then smash to tiny bits).
Saturday, November 7, 2-4 pm
4300 State Route 370
Put on your comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes for this fun and exciting workshop.
October 24th, 1:30-4:30 pm. $25
Bruce Cromer was a resident actor/fight choreographer/stage combat instructor at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for seven years, even while completing work for his B.F.A. in acting from Wright State University. He has choreographed fights for numerous professional and college productions. A member of Actor's Equity Association, he was recommended in six weapons styles and won the Patrick Crean Award at the 1993 National Advanced Combatant Workshop of the Society of American Fight Directors. (He has since become a Certified Teacher in the SAFD.) He is a Resident Artist with the Human Race Theatre in Dayton for over fifteen years. A full Professor, Bruce Cromer acts, directs, and teaches acting and movement courses at Wright State University.
Information and updates about new classes can be found at www.yskp.org. Call or email Kim Kremer to register, 937-767-2259 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Online payment can be made at www.yskp.org, or just pay on the day of the workshop.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The visioning was begun to give the entire community a process to address critical issues. The last community visioning was done in 1990 and it is now time to go back to the community to gather your input and hear your dreams for the future.
The Visioning process will have three phases starting with Share Your Dreams where everyone is invited to provide input into the process. The second phase, Build A Vision respectfully molds our voices into a consensus. In the final phase, Shape Our Future, citizens will ensure that the vision is a reference point for future planning.
You will have four opportunities to participate in one of the Visioning Workshops that will be held the week of October 26. The schedule is as follows: Monday, October 26 at 7:00 at the Clifton Lodge in Clifton; Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 pm at the Bryan Center Gymnasium; Wednesday, October 28 at 2 pm at the Senior Citizens Center and Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm at Yellow Springs High School Gymnasium.
You only need to attend one meeting and all meetings are open to everyone. You will only be asked to give two hours of your time for this process that is so critical to our future. Childcare will be provided for the meetings at the Bryan Center and Yellow Springs High School . All meeting locations are handicapped accessible.
If you have any questions about the Visioning, feel free to call Len Kramer at 767.2324. Please join us!
Related post: Visioning Workshop Schedule
Please let me know if you'd like one (or more). We're suggesting donations. The signs cost us just under $5 each. They should be here by Friday.
Cowperthwaite, who purchased the theatre in 1998, decided to transition the business after meeting several times with Charlie Humphrey, Executive Director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Humphrey served as a consultant and advisor to the theatre as part of the Yellow Springs Center for the Arts’ effort to stabilize and build the capacity of existing arts organizations in the village. Humphrey observed, “Although the Little Art is a for-profit venture, it functions very much as if it were a not-for-profit organization ... programming seems motivated more by mission than revenue. Residents of the village value the Little Art as a significant cultural asset.”
Cowperthwaite’s later-formed advisory committee, which was tasked with researching a number of other small, single-screen theatres around the country, found that all but one were operating as a nonprofit.
According to Cowperthwaite, “The advantages of being a 501(c)(3) became clear.” Little Art patrons have shown their support for the theatre via the Friends of the Little Art membership campaign since its inception in 2001 and have played a major role in keeping the doors open these last several years. Maureen Lynch, Vice President of the Little Art Theatre Association Board noted that, “Donors will now receive tax deductions for their contributions, and we’ll be able to seek foundation and government support for special projects.”
Board President Zack McGhee said that Little Art audiences can look forward to a continuing commitment to showing independent and foreign films, and also a “wider range of programming and events.” In a recent letter to the Friends of the Little Art Cowperthwaite assured “all memberships and passes are still valid, and all that you love about the Little Art will remain, including the great films you’re accustomed to seeing in a wonderful, warm and friendly atmosphere.”
The Little Art Theatre Association is ready to begin a major fundraising effort through the Friends of the Little Art membership campaign. The Yellow Springs Community Foundation has agreed to match up to $5,000 in contributions received. Patrons can also sign up for or renew memberships online at www.littleart.com
More about the Little Art, along with membership and donation information, can be found online at www.LittleArt.com or by calling 937-767-7671.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
"A Raisin in the Sun" is playing at the Xenia Community Theater Friday and Saturday, Oct.23 and 24th at 7:30 p.m. This new theater is at 45 E. 2nd street just a few feet east of Rt. 68 (S. Detroit St.). For more information telephone 372-0516, email email@example.com or go to the Xenia Area Community Theater Website.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thanks again for your support of real action to curb global warming. The big day -- Saturday the 24th -- is almost here! On 10/24, people at more than 3500 actions in 161 countries (and counting!) will come out to show world leaders they are serious about action on climate change. Specifically, they're showing their support for the number "350:" the number of parts per million atmospheric carbon dioxide that leading climate scientists believe is safe for our planet. (For more on the subject, please visit the 350 movement's home page at www.350.org).
Every group will do something creative to show the number 350, and the compiled photographs will form a visual petition to the world leaders who will meet in Copenhagen in December to decide the future of global warming policy. (A cool recent side-development is that, following the Day of Action, these pictures will also be displayed on the gigantic screen in Times Square!)
In Greene County, we're going to gather at one of Ohio's most beautiful parks, John Bryan, to spell the number 350 with ourselves. Your participation is your presence -- it's a fun and simple way to help make a big statement for real action on climate change! Need a Ride? There will be a shuttle from the library starting at 1pm.
The event shall go forth rain or shine; right now the forecast says there might be some showers, so bring your windbreakers and warm sweaters!
Hope to see you there with your friends, neighbors and family!
Directions to John Bryan and the Main Picnic Area: Heading North on US 68, turn right on Route 343. Continue to State Rte. 370/Bryan Park Road. You'll drive through the main entrance of the park, then make a left at the first road you come to, and this will lead to a parking lot. We'll be taking the picture nearby!
Any questions or for more information, contact Sehvilla at 767-1370, 217-649-8840 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
"I think it's time we got rid of Tressel," the caller to the sports radio program proclaimed.
This could mean one of two things, I reasoned. Ohio State failed to tromp Purdue by more than 20 points, or (could it be..?) they lost.
The radio show was well past giving the results or the score by the time I tuned in. But the way caller after caller was demanding Head Coach Jim Tressel's head and insisting that the offensive coordinator leave town immediately, there could be no question that the Buckeyes had suffered the worst humiliation of all, losing to lowly Purdue who hadn't beaten at 7th ranked team in something like 25 years.
I don't know how they do it, but the Ohio State athletic department surely must have one of the best PR machines in the country. Year after year, the football team is ranked near the top of the preseason top ten, whether they deserve it or not. This year they started at number five and immediately lost to USC, which dropped them just out of the top ten in most polls. They managed to climb back up to number seven, before yesterday's loss. Not only are they not even the best team in the state, but their offense ranks somewhere around 200 out of 250 teams. They will probably be ranked somewhere in the top 25 this week. I'm not sure they deserve it.
Remember Maurice Clarett [name corrected]? He was being touted as the first freshman Heisman Trophy winner before he even set foot in Ohio Stadium. Clarett was a great running back. But where is he now? High expectations and bad advice landed him so far off the team his current location is unfathomable. Terrelle Pryor, with the same kind of pressure, seems only to suffer from performance anxiety. It's about now that we can expect the bad advice to start. From what I have seen, he is smart enough to ignore it.
Tressel seems like a decent guy who tries to do the right thing by his players. Clarett should have listened to him. And while Tressel's detractors decry his play calling and blame him for the sputtering offense, they should not encourage Pryor to distance himself from the coach. "It's not Tressel's responsibility to mold Pryor into an NFL quarterback," they say. "His job is to win football games." They think Pryor, with his size and speed, should be cut loose to run all over the field. I have to admit that I'd like to see a little more of that, myself. But I understand where Tressel is coming from - strong defense and conservative offense. It's an Ohio State tradition and it has served him well in the past. The problem is, this year they don't have the runners to get that four yards and a cloud of dust.
Will the Bucks win the Big Ten this year? Probably not. It's beginning to look like "wait until next year" time. However according to the Mayans, there won't be very many "next years," as the world is due to come to an end in 2012. Was yesterday's 24-16 loss to Purdue an omen that they are correct? I'm sure it seems that way to those callers to that Columbus radio station.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Laura Carlson presents sculptor Olga Ziemska with an award as one of the winners of the public art competition. In the background is her piece "Flock of Hands."
October 9, 2009
Dear [Friend of the Little Art]
It is with great pleasure that I bring you the news first that The Little Art Theatre is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization! As many of you know this was initially a difficult decision for me to make because nothing has given me more pleasure and pride than owning the Little Art these past 12 years. But without your wonderful financial support these last 8 years through THE FRIENDS OF THE LITTLE ART our doors would have closed. So much has changed in the film and entertainment industry this past decade which continues to challenge all movie theaters, but especially independent single-screens like the Little Art. It was time for forward thinking and to do something different for the Little Art, and so after 80 years of corporate and private ownership, the Little Art now belongs to all of us!
As a 501(c)3 with a great board of directors, wonderful volunteer committees and fresh sources of energy there is much to be excited about. As a non-profit we can expand and grow the business in ways impossible to do before. We will be able to:
… Allow donors a tax deduction for their contributions
… Seek foundation and government grants for special projects
… Offer a wider range of programs and events
And don¹t worry - all memberships and passes are still valid, and all that you love about the Little Art will remain including the great films you're accustomed to seeing in a wonderful, warm and friendly atmosphere. I too will continue on as the Little Art's executive director.
In a tremendous show of support and confidence, the Yellow Springs Community Foundation will match every dollar we raise from this letter up to $5,000. If your membership has expired, please consider renewing now, and if your membership is still current please renew now (early) to help us meet our goal and make for a great launch into the Little Art's new future. It will "take a village" to keep the Little Art vibrant and alive for future generations to come, and together I know we will!
Jenny Cowperthwaite Ruka
PS: Remember, your contributions are now tax deductible!
RE-ANIMATOR completes the marathon's lineup after NIGHT OF THE CREEPS was suddenly canceled due to print availability issues. "Unfortunately this kind of thing happens every now and then," said Zack McGhee, who organizes the event for the Little Art Theatre. "But I think we've found a pretty awesome substitute. RE-ANIMATOR has quite a following, and it will be great to see it with our audience, in 35mm, on the big screen."
A revised schedule is available at the event website: http://www.ohiohorrorfest.com
Tickets for the marathon are $20 each and are on sale now at the website. Patrons who have already bought tickets were notified of the change via email, and are eligible for a full refund should they decide to request one.
In addition to RE-ANIMATOR, films showing at this year's marathon are Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS (1963), THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (2009, area premiere), SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004), Roman Polanski's REPULSION (1964), FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980), and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968).
Also part of the marathon festivities, there will be a costume contest at about 1:30 a.m. where the winner will be determined by audience applause. Contest prizes include posters and DVDs. A variety of classic and contemporary trailers will also be shown throughout the evening.
The Little Art Theatre is located at 247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH 45387. For more information, please call (937) 767-7671 or email email@example.com.
Friday, October 16, 2009
"Sacred Fire" by Kay Reimers
One quiet autumn morning the United States was suddenly and ruthlessly attacked by a small band of determined men inspired by a charismatic but ruthless religious fanatic. The emotional response by the entire country to this unprovoked raid lead the United States on an unswerving path to war. The year was 1859, the place was Harpers Ferry and the leader was John Brown.
To commemorate the 150 year anniversary of the raid of Harpers Ferry, WYSO 91.3 FM and the Living History Theatre presents an original audio-drama, Sacred Fire on four broadcast dates.
October 22 (Thursday) 11:00 PM
October 23rd (Friday) 7:00 PM
October 25th (Sunday) 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM
The drama takes place during the weeks between Brown’s capture and his execution, when the entire nation held its breath and slowly made its judgment. Was he a saint or a madman? Were his supporters heroes or traitors?
Most of his New England supporters were peaceful, prominent social reformers who became caught up in a conspiracy they were only later to completely understand. During this drama they must coming to grips with the fact that their support for John Brown, done with the best of intentions, might trigger a long and bloody war. The lead actors included Howard Shook, Dan Davis, Doug Hinkley, Jason Sine, Tony Dallas, Gary Reimers and Miriam Eckenrode.
Sacred Fire was first produced as a stage play at the Antioch Area Theatre in 2007, sponsored by The Yellow Springs Community Foundation.
Produced by Kay Reimers, Jerry Kenney and Neenah Ellis
The appointments are:
Arthur E. Morgan Fellow
Susan J. Eklund-Leen
Director of Cooperative Education and Campus Work
Arthur E. Morgan Fellow
Arthur E. Morgan Fellow
Arthur E. Morgan Fellow
Former Antioch College faculty, Bohlen, Gregorek, Rodgers and Warren all continued to teach at the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute after the college closed. According to Eklund-Leen's bio, she had a leadership role at Nonstop.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Olga Ziemska and her fantastic assistant Jen arrived this morning with a U-Haul truck containing 20 logs topped by hands cast from the real hands of 20 Yellow Springers. Installation will begin first thing in the morning on Friday. I hope people will come by to watch the installation and maybe even lend a hand as the logs go into the ground. At 6:30 pm Friday the public unveiling of the sculpture will take place.
The survey results are available at the School Board Office.
One thing comes down, another goes up...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
A very special feature of the evening is the public unveiling of “Flock of Hands” by sculptor and installation artist Olga Ziemska from Cleveland at 6:30. This new public sculpture is located in the front lawn of the Train Station on Dayton St. The “hands”, each atop a tall, thin branch, reach toward each other and collectively visually, reach towards the sky creating a sense of connection between human and nature, earth and sky, community and environment.
Continue your stroll around to Xenia Avenue to Art Happens our newest gallery in King’s Yard and Rita Caz Jewelry Studio in their beautiful new space.
On the east side of Xenia Ave. stop in at The Emporium for wine tasting and the sounds of Slipstream with Jeanne Ulrich starting at 6:30. Always popular is the beer making demo at Main Squeeze from 7:30 - 9:30 pm.
For a quieter experience, see "Capitalism: A Love Story" at the Little Art Theatre at 7 pm & 9:20 pm. End the evening quietly sipping a drink at the Sunrise Café Martini & Tapas Bar from 9:30 pm - 2:30 am or dancing to the sounds of Buffalo Killers at Peach's Grill starting at 10 pm with a modest cover charge.
For more information, please contact the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce at 937-767-2686 or visit www.yellowspringsohio.org.
Holiday in the Springs
11/20 - 12/31
Glen Helen Nature
Nature-themed art from regional artists
Arts Council Holiday Art Sale