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Our winter Hearth event will seek to counter some of the misogyny present within the rhetoric of the recent presidential campaign by focusing on the stories of women. Titled “Growing Up Girl,” six local women will share personal stories of growing up female. Proceeds from the event will benefit Stories Alive–an arts-integrated literacy instruction organization in Southern Oregon. Storytellers include Julie Gillis, Teresa Cisneros, Ana Byers, Nancy Linton, and Alicia Hwang. Our December 8th Hearth event will happen from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom(1800 E. Main St.) in Ashland, Oregon. This event is open to all ages. Please bring your sons and daughters!

susan-rochesterThe Hearth produced a special event at Umpqua Community College to help the healing process in Douglas County following the one year anniversary of the shooting at Umpqua Community College. Six local community members shared stories of generosity, kindness, and compassion that took place in the wake of the tragedy. This was the culmination of a one year project directed by Hearth founder Mark Yaconelli that used a variety of story collection strategies to promote healing following the trauma of the shooting. You can read about the live storytelling event here.

pub singingA community that sings together, stays together. This Wednesday (April 1) from 7 to 8:30pm we will hold The Hearth Pub Sing at Louie’s Restaurant and Bar on the Ashland plaza. Veteran recording artist Pat O’Scannell and world famous fiddler Kevin Carr will lead the chorus in a variety of Irish pub songs. This is an all-ages, free event. LOUIE’S WILL DONATE ALL PROFITS FROM THE EVENING TO THE ASHLAND FOOD BANK. So come early, get yourself some chips and a pint and prepare for a harmonious evening of too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral….Ashland style.