Bring Kleenex to March 19th Hearth Event

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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 mark@thehearthcommunity.com.

Deadline for Blues Pilgrimage

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Here is information for our upcoming Blues Pilgrimage to Portland, Oregon February 18-20th. The trip will be a mixture of beautiful settings, soulful music, good food, and sharing stories of grief and loss within a safe and compassionate group. We need to book rooms and tickets so if you plan to go YOU MUST SEND AN EMAIL (“I’m going!”) to mark@thehearthcommunity.com by January 30th. Space is limited.

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Community Storytelling Training

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 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 mark@thehearthcommunity.com.

A Lump of Coal, A Father Found, and the Joy of Disco This Thursday Night!

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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.

Best of The Hearth Holiday Event December 11th!

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We will hold our annual Holiday Hearth Event on December 11th at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland as part of our annual fundraiser for The Hearth. The evening will include a gathering of some of our best storytellers including Mark Yaconelli, Joshua Boettiger, Mary Landberg, Cat Gould and others sharing stories around the theme “All in the Family.” Music will be performed by Hearth favorite Wendi Stanek.  This special evening will begin with a VIP wine and dessert reception beginning at 6:30 with live music and a special presentation by Mark Yaconelli. Tickets are limited (fifty) and include reserved seating for that evening’s storytelling program. Tickets for this special reception are $50 and can be purchased at Paddington Station or you can reserve tickets by emailing mark@thehearthcommunity.com.

The Hearth storytelling program will begin at 7:30, cost is $10. All proceeds from the evening will go to support The Hearth for another year of community-building. We encourage you to bring your checkbook and make a tax-deductible gift that night to help us develop new programs, provide a better sound-system, and 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.

True South Solar to Sponsor Fall Hearth Event

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We are very grateful to Eric Hansen and True South Solar for sponsoring our fall Hearth event on October 30th, from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon. Thanks to True South Solar all proceeds collected at the door for this event will go to Rogue Climate which seeks to bring communities together in Southern Oregon for clean energy and a more stable climate. True South Solar will be present at the October 30th event and will offer a special discount to Hearth participants. Learn more about True South Solar and how you can switch your home or business to clean energy here.

Looking for Male Storyteller

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Our upcoming Hearth event is October 30th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland. The theme is “Change: True Tales of Transformation.” Unfortunately, we had a storyteller who needed to drop out. We need a male willing to share a story of “change.” If you know someone willing to share a true story, told first person, in 10 minutes or less based on the theme, please email Mark at mark@thehearthcommunity.com.