Friday, September 25, 2009

Virtual Peace Dance & Benefit Raises Real Awareness & Dollars

On September 26, 2009, nearly half a million world citizens in over 60 countries will join together for the world’s largest synchronized music and dance festival for peace.

Earthdance Mystical Mastery will unites people from around the globe through the virtual world of Second Life for the annual Earthdance celebration and synchronized global Prayer for Peace. Earthdance Mystical Mastery will also be raising funds for the organization Tariro, who provides for the education of young girls in Zimbabwe who have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

This 24-hour event includes live performances from 11am-5pm SLT and DJ/dance music throughout the day. Some of Second Life’s top-notch musicians and performance artists bring their talents to Earthdance Mystical Mastery including Avatar Orchestra Metaverse; ChangHigh Trinity Sisters Fireshow of Light, Life & Love; DJ Miles Eleventhauer; Cypress Rosewood; Aira Jun; and Reis & Ald Alter.

Performers are from Portugal, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Canada, Brazil, Italy and the United States. At least 50% of all performers’ tips and 100% of donations to Earthdance Mystical Mastery will be donated to this year’s benefit organization Tariro, bringing hope & health to Zimbabwe’s orphans.

The defining moment of Earthdance is the Synchronized Global Prayer for Peace where every Earthdance event around the world listens to the Prayer at the same moment, 4pm SLT.

Second Life Locator (SLURL): Mastery/131/120/50

Sponsored by Sonorant VR2L Media™. Bringing the world's music to virtual worlds...and back!


Tariro works to bring hope and health to HIV/AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe by educating young women. Located in the high-density neighborhood of Glen Norah in Harare, Tariro enables young women who have been orphaned by AIDS to complete a secondary school education, thereby dramatically reducing their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.

The public school system collapse in 2008 created significant challenges for Tariro as they moved all the girls into private and boarding schools so they could continue their education. In addition, the challenges of this economic year have resulted in a decrease in contributions from individuals. Tariro appreciates any and all support at this critical time of need.

“Education, particularly for girls, is fundamental to reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS.” – UNICEF

Learn more at
Support the Tariro Cause on Facebook:


In order to increase awareness of live events in Second Life and to spread the word about this wonderful event, Mal Burns and Metaworld Broadcasting will web casting this event on their live music channel:


A big thank you to our sponsor, Sonorant VR2L Media™!

Sonorant VR2L Media™ are the developers of the Sonorant VR2L Media™ delivery system for playing music and media in Second Life. Sonorant is focused on providing engaging and interactive media experiences for consumers while bringing Second Life and Real Life artists additional revenue streams and promotions in the emerging platform of virtual worlds.

Using the Sonorant VR2L Media™ System, Second Life residents are able to listen to music with their friends and access artist information in the form of notecards and links to websites and in-world locations.

Sonorant VR2L Media™ has generously donated a special Earthdance Mystical Mastery 2009 Sampler Album containing tracks of EDMM performers and others who are contributing to this great event.

Stay in touch with Sonorant:
Twitter: SonorantVR2L

Learn more on Earthdance Mystical Mastery’s Earthdance Community Network page
Twitter: Use #EVearth0926
Earthdance Mystical Mastery on Facebook:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Longmont Library Program - The Age of Oprah

The Age of Oprah

by Janice Peck, Professor, University of Colorado

Peck traces Winfrey’s growing cultural impact and illustrates the fascinating parallels between her road to fame and fortune and the political-economic rise of neoliberalism in this country. While seeking to understand Oprah’s ascent to near iconic status that she enjoys today, Peck’s book provides a fascinating window into the intersection of American politics and culture over the past quarter century.

Library Meeting Rooms
Thursday, September 17
7:00 - 8:00 PM

Thanks to the Friends of the Longmont Public Library, there is no charge to attend this program.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cutest Race in Town

Cutest Race in Town is
Saturday, September 12

The Children’s Museum of Denver promotes health and fitness for every member of the family; even those crawling or toddling to the finish line!

Hop, Skip & a Jump Start The 3rd annual fitness fundraiser at the Children’s Museum of Denver is a stroller-friendly, 5k, Infant Crawl, Toddler Trot and Kid Course. Proceeds support the Children’s Museum of Denver’s educational programming, innovative Playscapes, outreach initiatives and learning through play!

Day of activities including:

  • Pom-Pom Making with
  • RUFF Flyball Demonstration immediately following the mini-meets
  • Face Painting with Denver Vail Orthopedics
  • Award Medal Creation
  • Bunny & Froggie Hat Construction

Saturday, September 12th
Race Day Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. on the Children’s Museum Plaza
5k starts at 9:00 a.m.
Mini-meets begin at 10:00 a.m.
Activities & Expo - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Children’s Museum of Denver Plaza
121 Children’s Museum Drive
The 5K goes along the Platte River


5K Registration ~ $35
Mini-Meet Registration* (Infant Crawl, Toddler Trot and Kid Course) ~ $15 with 5k registration, $25 without
*Limit 2 children per 5k participant. Registration for each additional child is $20.

Registration includes: Race bib, Museum admission, t-shirt/onesie, post-race snacks and activities.

Zoe Poltawec, Marketing and Communications Manager
303.561.0111 – office
732.407.9233 – cell
Amy Burt, Senior Manager of External Affairs
303.561.0105 - office
720.771.4991 - cell

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Colorado's Extra Brainy

There might be a good explanation for why you and all your friends seem so doggoned smart that has nothing to do with watching quiz shows like “Jeopardy!” or “So You Think You’re Smarter Than a 5th-Grader?”

According to a new study by Martek Biosciences and Michael Roizen, M.D., a best-selling health author and chairman of the RealAge Scientific Advisory Board, Colorado ranks sixth in the nation in brain health.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia—you knew it wasn’t a state, right?—were evaluated on 21 indicators of brain health, including diet, physical health, mental health and social well-being. The top 10 areas on the list were the top-ranked District of Columbia, followed by Maryland, Washington state, Vermont, Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maine and New Hampshire.

Colorado and Washington were the only two states west of the Mississippi to make the top 10. The only two areas in the elite group that were also below the Mason-Dixon line—look it up if you don’t know what it is, smarty-pants—were Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The bottom 10 states in the brain-health survey were West Virginia, Iowa, North Dakota, South Carolina, Indiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama and, dead last, Louisiana.

Coloradans ranked high in the study for several reasons: We consume relatively high amounts of DHA Omega-3 fatty acids from fortified foods, supplements and fish; we have a low prevalence of diabetes; and we have a low prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease.

But don’t get too cocky about the study. It also found Colorado has a low rate of health insurance coverage, and relatively low involvement in religious/spiritual/community activities shown to boost brain health.

—Michael Whiteman-Jones

Brain photo by Studio Araminta

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Kid's Literature Workshops, Sept 12

Calling all Kids!
And, of course, their parents.

This Saturday !!! Come on down! Bring your kids!
If you don't have any nearby, borrow some and bring them. Or, bring that inner child everyone keeps talking about.

At the NEW Barnes & Noble
(by Pearl St. Whole Foods)
Saturday September 12th, 10:00 AM

Barnes & Noble is having a morning of Kid's Literature workshops.
For kids and their big kid friends.
While you are there, get lost in the stacks. Aisles, miles, and files of great books await you.

Important Information - Ted Ringer, amazing author of Born with a Beard and Gus Goes West, will be conducting the two sessions listed below.
Always good to bring a pen and paper.

The Amazing Adventures of Me!
10:00 AM
Celebrate your own good self. Learn how to tell tall tales, true stories, and everything in between. No experience necessary. Create a biography no one will forget. Find out just how amazing you really are. Turn the spotlight on yourself and see spots. Indulge the you in you you. You, you you.
(special materials provided)

Notebooks Gone Crazy
11:00 AM
Learn about the need for and the caring of notebooks. A notebook can become the heart of your creative life. We will discuss possible strategies, create examples, and figure out what's next.
This session promises to be intimate, immediate, and unintimidating.
Bring your pencils, pens, and maybe
even a notebook (pocketsize is cheapest and best).

See you there!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The West – Old, New, Wild, True

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the City of Boulder. To celebrate, the Colorado Chautauqua Association has invited Boulder Art Association (BAA) back for their second annual juried art exhibition, September 4-7, at the historic Chautauqua Community House.

The call for entries invited artists to respond in their own, unique ways to capture the beauty, creativity and spirit of the theme, The West — Old, New, Wild, True. Working in various mediums from watercolor to sculpture, photography to oil, artists from all over the state, did just that.

Artwork will be on display for four days in September from the 4th through the 7th. The show opens at noon on Friday, September 4th with a public reception Friday evening from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. The reception will feature live music and an Awards Presentation.

BAA is awarding $2000 in cash awards including a People’s Choice Award to be given away at the end of the exhibit. Exhibit hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Monday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A selection of exhibiting artists will be demonstrating their skills during the exhibit hours. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Artist demonstrations are: Saturday, 11am – Watercolor, 2pm – Pastel, 5:30 pm – Photography; Sunday, 11am - Pastel, 2pm – Bronze Sculpture, 3:30pm Oil Painting; Monday, 11am – Soft Pastel, 2pm – Create Art Using Disposables. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The juror for this exhibit is Mary Williams, owner of Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, Colorado. Mary Williams has been involved in the fine art business since moving to Colorado in 1981. She spent the first part of her career managing two art galleries and in 1996, she was fortunate enough to open her own. The gallery is located at 2116 Pearl Street in Boulder and specializes in antique prints and maps and original artworks by established Rocky Mountain artists.

Founded in 1923 by Jean Sherwood, an art teacher at Chautauqua, the Boulder Art Association offers demonstrations at their monthly meetings, and many opportunities for artists to gain visibility for their work throughout the county. BAA is dedicated to helping beginning, emerging and professional artists in the creation of fine art, as well as in developing appreciation for the fine arts.

Visit the web site for the Boulder Art Association for details about all upcoming events and meetings; and visit the web site for the Colorado Chautauqua Association for more information about their mission and upcoming events.

Pictured above: "Buster Priddy" by Stephen Collector, Archival Silver Gelatin Print

Get the scoop:

“The West – Old, New, Wild, True” Juried Art Show
September 4-7, 2009

Community House
Chautauqua Park
900 Baseline Road,
Boulder, CO, 80302

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Friday, September 4, 6-8pm
(Free and Open to the public)
Reception to include live music, refreshments and awards presentation

SHOW HOURS: (Free and open to the public)
Friday, September 4, 12-8pm
Saturday, September 5, 10am-8pm
Sunday, September 6, 10am-8pm
Monday, September 7, 10am-4pm

LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS: Artists’ demonstrations during the exhibit hours:

Saturday, September 5
11am – Plein Air Watercolor, Joan Wolbier
2pm – Pastel, Gretchen Acharya
5:30pm – Photography, Carol Walker

Sunday, September 6
11am – Pastel, Cheryl Whitehall
2pm – Bronze Sculpture, J. Lucas Loeffler
3:30pm – Plein Air Oil Painting, Mike Brouse

Monday, September 7
11am – Soft Pastel, Francis Moreno
2pm – Create Art Using Disposables, Aura Liesveld