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The theme is “Letting Go” for the Thursday, March 19th Hearth event at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland. The stories are honest and heartfelt by locals Cat Gould, Dee Anne Everson, Emma Durbin, Adam Marx, and Jim Titus. Doors open at 6:30, cost is $5 and all proceeds collected at the door will benefit The Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice. Music by Duane Whitcomb and friends. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli. Wine and homemade treats will be available. Spread the word.
We need volunteers to set up chairs, sell concessions, and work the front door. If you can help email Mark at email@example.com.
The Hearth was profiled on Immense Possibilities, a local television and online program here in Southern Oregon. The focus of the show is on the power of personal storytelling. You can watch the episode here:
A community that sings together stays together. It’s time for The Hearth Pub Sing! Thursday, January 29th from 7 to 8:30pm at Louie’s Restaurant and Bar off the plaza in downtown Ashand. Led by Hearth regular Wendi Stanek, we’ll chase away the winter blues with some heartfelt folk songs, spirituals, and popular songs. This is an all-ages event and there is no fee.
The Hearth is looking for individuals and communities interested in starting their own community storytelling project. The Hearth recently received a $10,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation as well as support from the Ford Institute (out of Roseburg, OR) to run a pilot program to train other Southern Oregon towns in developing their own Hearth-like storytelling project. The training includes two retreats, online teaching, and individual coaching by Hearth founder Mark Yaconelli. For those selected, expenses will be underwritten. If you know of Southern Oregon communities (outside of Ashland) interested in the training have them look at the information here.
The training will also be open, for a fee, to individuals and communities interested in receiving training in personal and community storytelling. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be prepared to laugh from the belly and cry from the heart at The Hearth Holiday Gathering this Thursday, December 11th from 7:30-9:30pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland. $10 suggested donation, doors open at 7:00pm. It’s our once-a-year fundraiser for The Hearth Community. The evening will include some of our best storytellers including Lorraine Cook, Joshua Boettiger, Mary Landberg, Juliet Grable, Michael Fitzgerald, and Mark Yaconelli with stories on the theme “All in the Family.” Music will be performed by Hearth favorite Wendi Stanek. Other performers include Jeff Stanley, sisters Kate Joss-Bradley and Carly Joss, and Duane Whitcomb.
We encourage you to bring your checkbook and make a tax-deductible gift that night to help us develop a new training program for other communities in Southern Oregon. This will be a great evening to gather with your neighbors and celebrate a year of doing good work for our community through the Hearth. You won’t want to miss it.