Listen to tales of personal courage at our upcoming Hearth gathering on Thursday, October 26th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland (1800 E. Main Street). Six local community members will share their own tale of bravery and help raise funds for The Teresa McCormick Center, a nonprofit committed to providing resources, education, and relationships to those in need in Southern Oregon.  Tellers include Phoenix Sigalove, Selene Aitken, Wendy Werthhaiser, Tom Pike, Debra Zaslow, and Arlene Mueller. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli. Music by Duane Whitcomb and friends. $5 suggested donation.

Join your friends and neighbors for an all-ages community sing-along! Gathering together to unify our voices in song is a powerful force that strengthens our community bonds and uplifts our spirits. Hosted by Josh Blaine of Finding Our Voice, Mark Yaconelli of the The Hearth and sponsored by Rogue World Music, it all takes place Thursday, September 7th from 7 to 8:30pm at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (87 Fourth St. in Ashland).

Ten local musicians from Southern Oregon will each lead the group in an accessible song for “Singalongs and Protest Songs.” Songleaders include Phoenix Sigalove , Tish McFadden, Jennifer Joss, Lisa Spencer, Karen Wennlund, Daniel Jokelson, Paula Sohl, Adam Kukuk – musician and composer, Val Rogers , and Megan Danforth.

Finding Our Voice “In Search of Sing-alongs and Protest Songs” is a grassroots project by Josh Blaine of Austin, TX consisting of podcasts and popups. He is traveling from Austin to Seattle connecting with musicians and song leaders who are writing, reviving and teaching songs with a message that we can sing together. You can support and follow his project on Patreon at

Breaking Down Walls: True Tales from Immigrants in Austin, Texas


The Hearth Austin event, “Breaking Down Walls” was a powerful, much needed night of stories from people who have suffered under U.S. immigration policies. As one teller said, “At the level of the heart we are the same. We want the same things. We want a safe place to live, a future for our children, a place to work and contribute to society. We are not ‘aliens.’ We are human beings. We are just like you.” Read more

The Hearth Austin Raises Funds and Volunteers for Local Environmental Project

Now for some good news. The Hearth Austin raised over $1100 for The Festival Beach Food Forest at last week’s Into the Wild: True Tales from Environmental Activists event. PLUS we signed up lots of volunteers. Thank you to activists and storytellers Aly Tharp, Josh Blaine, Kendra Bones, Amy Stansbury, and Lukus Ebert. Also thanks to bluegrass band Steel Betty and musician Justin Stewart from CreekPeople. What a great, heartfelt event. Next Austin event will be on Saturday, July 1 from 4 to 6pm at the Mexican American Center with a gallery of over 100 written stories from undocumented immigrants and live stories from Latino Immigrants.

The Hearth Austin is hosting INTO THE WILD:TRUE TALES FROM ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS this Thursday, May 25th 7:30 to 9:30pm at The North Door. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli with music by bluegrass band Steel Betty and Justin Stewart. The event will present true stories by 6 local young adults involved in environmental activism in Austin. Tellers include Dave Cortez from Sierra Club, Amy Stansbury from EcoNetwork, Aly Tharp from The Festival Beach Food Forest, Josh Blaine from InGredients, Lukus Ebert from Texas Impact, and Kendra Bones from Austin Zero Waste Alliance. $5 suggested donation at the door goes to support The Festival Beach Food Forest. Hope all my Texas friends can make it out. Co-sponsored with The Front Porch.