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July 2015

Sound Healing and Restorative Yoga
Sunday, 7/19/2015 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Central Mass Yoga and Wellness, 45 Sterling Street, West Boylston, MA - $35.00
Sunday, July 19th

5:00 - 7:00 PM
Cost: $35.00

Restore your body with restorative postures instructed by Mandi and sound healing with Priscilla.

This workshop is a relaxing combination of sound healing and restorative postures. Allow the sound to wash over you and absorb into your body while experiencing the deep relaxation of restorative postures.

Experience the soothing sounds of Gongs & Himalayan Singing Bowls, and Crystal Singing Bowls, and float blissfully into a deep meditative state where the tumultuous stresses of daily life are cleared, cleansed and washed away. Clinical studies have shown that sound can boost the immune system, decrease stress hormones, lower blood pressure and induce alpha and theta brainwave patterns which as associated with production of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers. As the sweet vibrations of these instruments envelop a room, their calming song enters into the body in a targeted way to balance, heal, restore feelings of well-being, reduce pain, release tension and stress, along with peace, joy, confidence, more energy and clarity of thought. All you have to do is ride the waves!
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Worcester Needs Diverse Books
Saturday, 7/25/2015 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Annie's Book Stop, 65 James Street, Worcester, MA - Free!
Authors, editors, and illustrators of diverse childrens and YA literature are spending an afternoon sharing their work and talking about the importance of diversity in literature. More than ever, there is a demand for more books that reflect the diverse collection of children and teenagers in our schools. Not only do students want to see and meet characters like themselves, but making sure all students see diversity is critical to our childrens and teens empathy development. There are books out there, but are they getting into our kids hands?
Come and find some beautiful new books to introduce children and teens of all ages toand meet the diverse folks who create the words, draw the pictures, and develop these books. Learn how all of us can make steps to promoting a more diverse, equal, and empathetic world for our children and teens!

The afternoon will begin at 2:00 PM with a panel discussing the importance of diversity and ways we can make diverse books more available to the children and teens who want them. Then, at 3:00 PM, the authors and artists will share their specific works. The afternoon will close out with a Q & A session with all the authors, artists, and editors.

The guest list includes:

Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung are a tag-team writing duo from Canada. They recently released their debut middle grade super-villain-themed novel Little Miss Evil, and are proud members of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.

Nicole Tadgell is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty picture books, including With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School and Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.

Cindy Rodriguez was a newspaper reporter for the Hartford Courant and a researcher for the Boston Globe before becoming a public school teacher. She is now a middle school reading specialist. She lives in Plainville, Connecticut with her daughter and rescue mutt. When Reason Breaks is her debut novel.

Terry Farish is the author The Good Braider, an ALA Best Book for young adults, a novel that follows a young girl's escape from war-torn Sudan to Cairo to New England. Either the Beginning or the End of the World, a Cambodian American story, will be released in October.

Rhea Ewing is an artist and illustrator who has been making LGBT+ comics for over 10 years. Rhea works in both fiction and nonfiction on a variety of stories, including the science fiction comic Bioluminescent Lisp and the nonfiction graphic novel FINE: a comic about gender.

Kimberly Long-Ewing is the author of the graphic novel series Bioluminescent Lisp. Zir short stories have appeared in Crossed Genres and New Myths, as well as in a variety of anthologies. Zir first novel, Curse of the Goblin Travelers, will be released by Spencer Hill Press in 2016.

T.J. Wooldridge is the child-friendly persona of Trisha J. Wooldridge, former president of Broad Universe. Her novels include The Kelpie, Silent Starsong, and The Earls Childe. Shes also a senior editor for Spencer Hill Press and Spencer Hill Middle Grade.

Jennifer Carson is the author of Hapenny Magick, Tangled Magick, and multiple non-fiction articles. Her first book, To Find a Wonder, and Hapenny Magick have both been produced into musical theatre. She is also the managing editor for Spencer Hill Middle Grade.

Join us for an afternoon celebrating diversity for children and teens!
For more information, e-mail or call 508-796-5613.

Marylou Hannon presents Art Matters. American Art I: 1776-1900.
Tuesday, 7/28/2015 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - free
Marylou Hannon presents Art Matters. This months topic is American Art I: 1776-1900. . Join us for a look at the roots of American Art from 1776 until 1900 with its pioneering courage, independent drive, and rebellious spirit.
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August 2015

Onna-Bugeisha: Women of the Samurai
Sunday, 8/2/2015 2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Worcester Art Museum, Conference Room, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA - Free with Museum admission
The official title of a Samurai's wife was, "The One who Remains in the Home", but what did these women really do while the men were away? From warriors to poets, manning catapults to writing laws, no two lives are quite the same. Come and learn the stories of a few outstanding women from the age of Samurai! (Programming subject to change)
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Joanna Connor Band - WCUW FRONTROOM Concerty Series 2015
Sunday, 8/9/2015 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
WCUW 91.3 FM - Worcester's Community Radio Station, 910 Main Street, Worcester, MA - $7 - $5 members
Worcester native and former WCUW DJ and GREAT Chicago blues guitarist Joanna Connor - Please bring your favorite snack or covered dish to share with your friends
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