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.

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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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Oregon Shakespearean actor Eduardo Placer, horse trainer Tedi Tate, Providence Hospital chaplain Fred Grewe, and world renown fiddler Kevin Carr have all joined Mary Landberg and Renee Miereanu, as storytellers for “Temporary Insanity” this Thursday, June 19th from 7 to 9pm. Duane Whitcomb has pulled together an incredible group of musicians including blues duo Joseph Seamons and Benjamin Hunter from Seattle (fiddle and banjo) and sweetheart singer-songwriter Madeline Schmidt from Medford (who stole the show last summer) as well as others. The Hearth is still only $5 and all proceeds will be given to the crisis helpline at Community Works in Medford.

A big THANKS to the Ashland Coop for sponsoring our summer Hearth event.

Make sure you gather your friends and walk, bike, or carpool (lets reduce our carbon footprint and leave the parking to those who truly need it) this Thursday night for another beautiful gathering.